The panomorph lens will imitate human eyesight and empower AI

ImmerVision is a one-of-a-kind company intent on persuading the security industry that its patented panomorph lens is far superior to the widely used fisheye lens. Founded in France in 2000, the company has a large and expanding ecosystem of tech partners, with many surveillance camera developers using its 360-degree panomorph technology. Louis Brun, director of marketing and communications at ImmerVision at the time of the interview (he has since moved on from the company), spoke to IFSEC Global about the applications of 360-degree panomorph lenses including for drones, body-worn video and artificial intelligence and ImmerVision s mission to expound its benefits in the security market and beyond.

IFSEC Global: How did IFSEC 2017 go for ImmerVision? Louis Brun: This year at the show we focused on the latest commercially available 4K panomorph lenses and the launch of new 4K panomorph cameras. The 4K lenses are from Evitar and CBC Computar which are supplying to several camera manufacturers. Because of the availability of these high definition 4k lenses, several manufacturers decided to come out with new products during the show. For example, VIVOTEK came out with a new 4K panomorph camera. If you don t have electroninc image stabilisation, what s the point of a body-worn camera? Are you going to put that on an officer and ask them not to move? We also showed Dahua with their latest 4k panomorph camera, also Hanwha, FLIR, Sony, Brickcom, Vista and many others. The image quality from all of these cameras offers edge-to-edge clarity, consistency and no drop in resolution.

All panomorph cameras are instantly compatible with over 50 VMS software partners. In our demos, we showed live video from the 4K cameras and everyone who saw it was really impressed. The cool thing is that you can see people even their faces as they move around the floor at IFSEC. IG: So IFSEC seems like a great place meet everyone all at once? LB: Absolutely. IFSEC is a key venue for us to meet all our partners and new partners. It is a great place to promote our partners and the fact there s a better alternative to fisheye lenses. I m not putting down anyone who has the fisheye solution; it might work for them. But a lot of people are not satisfied with fisheye.

Every day we have a lot of visitors who are wondering how they can integrate 360. When we show integrators and distributors that there s another option to fisheye, they say: Oh my God, we can get this quality ? IFSEC is the perfect opportunity to educate people and talk about how this technology can help them. IG: Are any other companies doing what ImmerVision does? LB: There are no other technology companies focused on 360 like us. Our technology is being leveraged by several companies in other industries for example ACER with their launch of the Holo360 camera or Motorola and their Mod 360 camera. There are also 6K panomorph broadcast cameras which filmed the Superbowl. I can say that we are world s specialist in 360-degree technology. IG: What about the body-worn video market?

LB: There were quite a few at IFSEC. I have noticed two things about the solutions on the market. Most of them weren t using a quality super wide angle lens. They have some quality on there, but they were lacking one thing which in my humble opinion is important: electronic image stabilisation. Given the variety of off-the-shelf panomorph lenses, you re giving a lot of flexibility to manufacturers to find the combination of cost and resolution they want. If you don t have that, what s the point of a body-worn camera? Are you going to put that on an officer and ask them not to move? They re not the Queen s Guards! Electronic image stabilisation is part of our image processing algorithm.

We showcased how that and our latest panomorph lens are implemented in a body-worn camera solution. The lens used in the body-worn reference design can give you up to 21MP in resolution. It s the size of a one pence coin. That 21MP lens is designed to work with several types of sensors from OmniVision, Sony and Samsung. This gives great flexibility and potential to manufacturers. IG: I m guessing the panomorph lens would be invaluable in the drone market? LB: The drone market is interesting and certain companies are now looking at panomorph lens technology, because again, the quality, the size, so many software solutions are compatible and our ecosystem has probably doubled in two years. This would include chip, sensor, module and product manufacturers. IG: If the panormorph lens is superior performance-wise to fisheye, is it not more expensive too?

LB: The technology has been designed to be competitive and to outperform fisheye. Given the variety of off-the-shelf panomorph lenses, you re giving a lot of flexibility to manufacturers to find the combination of cost and resolution they want. Moreover, those cameras are instantly compatible with any software system in the world. Overall, many of our partners are recognising the value that using our technology brings to them and to the market. We are bringing tools to enable manufacturers to create really cool products which are easily integrated across security, consumer, aerospace, AI, automotive, drones and more. IG: What are the possibilities of this technology in the near future and beyond? LB: There was a big announcement at IFA Berlin about a product using our technology solutions: the first 360 360 camera with LTE, the Holo360. This camera will capture full 360 images that can be shares live online. We re also being pulled into artificial intelligence, robots, drones The panomorph lens will imitate human eyesight and enable an evolution in AI.

ImmerVision is the 360 specialist and we are constantly moving forward. Free download: The video surveillance report 2017 Sponsored by IDIS The Video Surveillance Report 2017 covers all things video surveillance based on a poll of hundreds of security professionals. Specifically looking at topics such as open platforms, 4K, low-light cameras, video analytics, warranties and this year due to the growing threat posed, the cybersecurity landscape.

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UK government issues cybersecurity guidelines for connected cars

Cyber The Department for Transport has published cybersecurity guidelines for manufacturers of smart or connected cars. Written with help from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the principles implore everyone in the automotive supply chain to collaborate during the design process and over software upgrades and maintenance long after cars hit the road. The authorities are concerned about the prospect of older vehicles running outdated software.

As cars become increasingly automated and ultimately, driverless the stakes will rise. Last year ethical hackers managed to wrest control of a Tesla Model S while the car was moving and slam on the brakes (see how they did it in the video below). Attacks can even inject malicious code into the electronic control units (ECUs) and controller-area-network (CAN) bus, which control critical systems such as electric steering and braking. Mark Noctor, VP EMEA, Arxan Technologies The eight principles, which were launched by transport minister Lord Callanan, follow: Organisational security is owned, governed and promoted at board level Security risks are assessed and managed appropriately and proportionately, including those specific to the supply chain Organisations need product aftercare and incident response to ensure systems are secure over their lifetime All organisations, including sub-contractors, suppliers and potential 3rd parties, work together to enhance the security of the system Systems are designed using a defence-in-depth approach The security of all software is managed throughout its lifetime The storage and transmission of data is secure and can be controlled The system is designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when its defences or sensors fail embedded content Connecting to WiFi and external devices via Bluetooth, Modern cars are increasingly smart . The communications and entertainment systems are particularly vulnerable to attack, and can be reverse engineered to access the API libraries that facilitate data sharing between systems, says Mark Noctor, VP EMEA at Arxan Technologies. From here attacks can even inject malicious code into the electronic control units (ECUs) and controller-area-network (CAN) bus, which control critical systems such as electric steering and braking. Preventing application code from being accessed and tampered is one of the biggest priorities in protecting a connected vehicle, and it is encouraging to see the government s guidelines specifically list the ability to protect code and ensure its integrity as key principles. Manufacturers must deploy code hardening measures to prevent attackers from accessing their source code and removing vital data such as cryptographic keys which can be used to access other systems. Anti-tampering measures should be hidden in the code to alert them if the code has been changed, and prevent systems from starting if alterations are detected.

The government announced the Autonomous and Electric Vehicles Bill, which will allow innovation to flourish and ensure the next wave of self-driving technology is invented, designed and operated safely in the UK , during the Queens Speech in June. The outcome of recent efforts by the US government to engage with US automakers over the issue do not augur well. Asked by a Senate committee if they supported mandatory privacy and safety standards, executives from Google, General Motors, Delphi and Lyft were evasive. Free Download: the Cyber Security Crashcourse This report contains 40 slides packed with insight into the trends shaping the industry and how you can protect yourself. Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cyber security.

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The rise of China, changing power dynamics, territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea, and the U.S. rebalance to Asia have all led to the re-emergence of the Indian Ocean as the center stage for power politics in the Indo-Pacific. Much has been written about China s assertive behavior in the South and East China Seas and it remains a cause of concern for all key actors in the region.

However, looking beyond these islands in Southeast Asia to the ones in the Indian Ocean, one realizes that Beijing has been working incessantly to secure its strategic interests and strengthen its role as a major player in the Indo-Pacific alarming other regional powers such as India and the U.S. The conflict in the South China Sea can be describe as a frozen situation with no dispute resolution in sight. While a number of mechanisms exist, none has been successful in solving the territorial claims. Apart from the occasional confrontation and verbal protests, Beijing seems to be in good control over the South China Sea. Having fairly secured its interests in the Western Pacific, China is now looking to expand its presence in the Indian Ocean.

While Beijing has the capabilities to venture out into the Indian Ocean, alarming a host of other nations in the region, it does not have the means to sustain its presence, especially in the event of a conflict. What China now seeks to do is court and improve relations with the small island nations in the India Ocean to facilitate its increasing presence in those waters. Beijing is thus using commercial initiatives to achieve its security and strategic aims in the region. In turn, New Delhi and Washington too are scrambling to strengthen relationships with their friends and allies and re-assert their influence over the small island nations.

This essay looks at the geo-strategic competition unfolding between China, the U.S., India, and their friends in the Indian Ocean.

The Malacca Dilemma

China is well aware of its challenges in projecting power in the Indian Ocean. Beijing has always been concerned about the security of its oil and gas imports from the Middle East and Africa transiting through the Indian Ocean and the Strait of Malacca. What is emerging as a greater concern is the reliance on American forces to secure the sea lines of communications (SLOCs) and chokepoints along the route. With no sustainable presence in the Indian Ocean, Beijing s energy imports are highly vulnerable in the event of a military standoff with New Delhi or Washington. Former Chinese President Hu Jintao talked of the Malacca Dilemma and the need to secure China s strategic and economic interests in the region. For China, the debate boils down to two key points either they find a way to reduce their dependency on the Malacca Strait or they maintain a credible presence in the Indian Ocean to equally secure the SLOCs.

This is perhaps one of the driving factors behind China s aggressive pursuit of good relations with the island nations in the Indian Ocean. In an effort to moderate its strategy and avoid attracting attention, Beijing is relying more on economic initiatives to strengthen its ties with small but critical islands in the Indian Ocean.

Kyauckpyu, Myanmar

Kyauckpyu is a small port town in Myanmar and possibly Beijing s answer to its Malacca Dilemma. The Chinese presence in Myanmar and the Bay of Bengal is too close for comfort for policymakers in New Delhi. However, undeterred by Indian concerns, China has continued to invest in Myanmar, resulting in two gas and oil pipelines ferrying Chinese energy imports straight from the Indian Ocean without crossing the Straits of Malacca. The first project to materialize was the gas pipeline connecting Kyauckpyu to Kunming in 2013.

The pipeline enables Beijing to completely avoid using the Malacca Strait and tap directly into Myanmar s offshore gas fields. The second project is an oil pipeline starting from Maday Island in Kyauckpyu and transiting to China s Yunnan province. The oil pipeline entered its operational stage as recently as January 2015. This oil pipeline runs parallel to the gas pipeline, directly transferring Beijing s oil imports from West Asia and Africa. The gas and oil pipelines help solve China s Malacca Dilemma, increasing its energy security tremendously.

While the pipelines have great economic benefits for Myanmar as well, the underlying strategic dimension of the project cannot be overstated.

Coco Islands

Geographically a part of the Andaman group of islands, Great Coco Island and Little Coco Island are controlled by Myanmar. Since the early 1990s, there have been frequent reports of China using those islands for military and naval purposes but there is no certain proof of whether the islands are actually under Chinese control. Thus, Chinese presence on the Coco Islands, developing intelligence systems and other naval facilities, is unnerving for nearby India. While it is yet not certain whether the Great Coco island hosts Chinese intelligence systems, there is greater acknowledgement11 on the building of runways and other connectivity infrastructure on the Cocos. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI), controlled by India, are located southwest of the Cocos, closer to Indonesia and to the busy sea lanes of the Malacca Strait.

The islands give India a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region perhaps why New Delhi established there its first and only tri-command (Army, Navy and Air Force) service in 2001. India s control over the islands has proved instrumental in collaborating with the navies of the region and carrying out critical exercises such as MILAN and MALABAR. Chinese control of the Coco Islands in Myanmar would mean that Beijing would have the advantage of monitoring the Indian Navy in close proximity. With growing Chinese investments in Myanmar and developing ties between the two nations, Beijing s military presence in the Cocos is definitely a possibility over time, if not an overnight development. A military presence in the Coco Islands,if truly established, would give China the edge to monitor India s naval activities with other powers in the region.

It will also affect other regional powers such as Australia and the U.S. and strengthen China s foothold in the Indian Ocean. In February 2014, China carried out naval exercises through the Lombok Strait near Indonesia, deploying its largest landing ship, the Changbaishan. The drill was closely watched by countries like India, Australia, and the U.S., as it underlines China s ability to project power beyond its shores.

While as of now China is only projecting into the Indian Ocean, Beijing s growing ties with the island nations of the Indian Ocean will allow the PLA Navy to maintain a more sustainable presence in the IOR. Conscious of Beijing s Indian Ocean strategy, the Indian government under Prime Minister Modi is paying a considerable amount of attention to maritime security and to strengthening ties with the IOR islands and littorals. With a new government coming into power in Sri Lanka, India is eagerly looking to step up its security ties with the island nation. Chinese infrastructure and development projects such as the Hambantota port and the frequent docking of Beijing s submarines at Colombo for re-fueling and refreshment is a growing concern for India.

Capitalizing on the new opportunity extended by the Maithripala Sirisena government (India was the destination of Sirisena s maiden overseas visit), Modi is scheduled to travel to Colombo in March to discuss key issues of interest and concern between the two countries. Modi will also travel to the Maldives and Seychelles during the same leg of the trip, strengthening New Delhi s Indian Ocean act. While India cannot block Beijing s entry into the Indian Ocean game, New Delhi is in dire need of strengthening its own.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are an Australian Indian Ocean territory and an area of strategic importance given the critical SLOCs that pass through the region. While at present there are no military establishments in the islands, the Cocos could serve as a U.S. military base in the future as a result of competition for strategic space in the Indian Ocean. According to Australian Defense analyst Ross Babbage22, the Cocos (keeling) Islands can extend Australia s reach into the surrounding region for surveillance, air defense, and maritime and ground strike operations.

The islands could, in effect, serve as unsinkable aircraft carriers and resupply ships. These islands could prove critical to Australia and its allies during a time of emergence in the Indian Ocean. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal33 in February this year, Washington is looking to expand its maritime ties with Australia and India and hence is looking for a feasible Australian port and base to function out of. The report quotes U.S.

Chief of Navy Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert as saying We re doing a study to see what might be feasible for naval cooperation in and around Australia, which might include basing ships. The U.S. military presence in a base outside of Darwin is already set to increase, given Obama s announcement in 2011 that the U.S. will deploy 2,500 marines at the base on a rotational basis. As a part of the U.S.

rebalance strategy and growing defense ties with Canberra, American presence in the Indian Ocean will only increase, especially in the face of a stronger China. Small islands dotting the Indian Ocean are emerging at the center stage of great power politics unfolding in the Indian Ocean Region. These islands are critical in sustaining credible presence in the vast Indian Ocean outreach, encompassing the key SLOCs forming the backbone of the global economy. Control and authority over the Indian Ocean will help a nation emerge as true maritime power.

Access to and control of islands (through military and commercial initiatives) seems to be a key part of China s strategy to establish itself as a maritime power. However, unlike in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean cannot be controlled by one particular nation because of the sheer vastness of the area and the presence of multiple regional powers (or, as one may say, middle powers). What the Indo-Pacific region needs is a security architecture that can contain the territorial disputes in the Western Pacific and stop the hostility from spilling over to the other side of the Malacca strait.

The author has written a companion piece on the topic of Indian Ocean security architecture, which can be accessed here44.

Darshana M.

Baruah is a Junior Fellow at the New Delhi based think tank the Observer Research Foundation.


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FIREX 2017: ASFP Passive Protection Zone to include live installations

FIREX 2017 Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA have alighted on the theme achieving best practice passive fire protection for this year s ASFP Passive Protection Zone at FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, Excel London). For the first time ever, passive protection measures will be installed live during the show. Each day at the three-day event Q-Mark and Certifire-approved contractor London Fire Solutions will demonstrate best practice passive fire protection product installation on Exova s 80 square metre stand C100.

The first session, which starts at 12 noon, will involve the installation of a double doorset into a full-scale mock-up of a typical corridor. The installation will be filmed and relayed live to a seated audience on the stand, with expert commentary provided by senior product assessor Simon Bailey. At 2pm, London Fire Solutions will complete the installation of the remaining passive fire protection measures, including service pipes and protective collars alongside cables, cable trays and a fire bat. Again, the installation will be filmed, with Ross Newman, Principal Technical Officer at Exova BM TRADA providing detailed expert commentary to the audience. Both sessions will include a question and answer session with the audience and an opportunity to examine the installation work close-up. In addition to the full-scale simulated cross-corridor set-up, the stand will feature a number of displays including a burnt fire door, three types of burnt fire resistant glazing, burnt structural steel and a burnt service pipe and collar. Visitors to the stand will also be able to test their knowledge of fire doors by examining two seemingly identical specimens to determine which has been installed correctly and which has not. The installation demonstrations will be one of the key highlights of the ASFP Passive Fire Protection Zone. Exova BM TRADA Exova BM TRADA provides independent certification, inspection, technical and training services.

It helps organisations to prove their business and product credentials and to improve performance and compliance. Exova BM TRADA has have a long history of technical excellence in management systems, supply chain and product certification. The organisation offers certification to businesses in over 70 countries to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, BS OHSAS 18001, ISO 27001, FSC A000503, PEFC , BRC, RSPO and UTZ. Exova Warringtonfire Exova Warringtonfire is one of the world s leading independent fire testing, assessment and consultancy organisations, offering a diverse range of specialist fire safety services to international markets from a network of accredited sites around the world including Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Exova Exova BM TRADA and Exova Warringtonfire are part of Exova group which is one of the world s leading laboratory-based testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, Exova operates 135 laboratories and offices in 33 countries and employs around 4,200 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia/Asia Pacific and Africa. Exova s capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers products, processes and materials. With over 90 years experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors ranging from Aerospace to Fire & Building Products; Oil & Gas and Industrials; Infrastructure & Environment; Automotive; and Health Sciences. FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL) is Europe s biggest annual fire-safety show.

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LA hospital ransomware payout shows astronomical cost of neglecting cyber threat

LA Hospital Ransomware Payout Shows Astronomical Cost Of Neglecting Cyber Threat

Interest in cyber security has rocketed in the last few years amid a torrent of hacks of major companies and government systems. From small businesses to the biggest corporate brands, no one is safe it seems, although the last few years have seen hospitals become a favourite target for hackers. This year a hospital s systems were even taken hostage by ransomware.

This is something we expected to see based on attacks on financial systems, Mike Ahmadi, global director of critical systems security for the Synopsys Software Integrity Group, told me. The reality is people don t just walk into banks anymore to rob them; they d rather just do it the comfort of their home whilst eating Cheetos. Ahmadi , a member of the US Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group and part of the advisory board for the US Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force, says one thing is for sure when it comes to cyber security trends: We re going to start to see a lot more malicious activity . One reasons why t s so easy to break into a system today is the power of the computer is so insane that passwords aren t even a challenge Ahmadi has been in the industry for a few years. He started in the medical industry and has since worked in industrial control systems, the automotive industry and recently started working with the International Atomic Energy Administration (IAEA), helping them figure out cyber security issues for nuclear facilities. One thing that has struck him during his career is a growth in awareness of the discipline. When I started working in cyber security in 2007 full-time and people asked what I did, he recalls, I would say cyber security and they didn t have a clue what that meant. Today when I say I work in cyber security, everyone knows what I m talking about. Additional opportunities As traditional crime rates continue to fall across the Western World (in contrast, it seems to the fear of crime), cybercrime seems to be heading in the other direction, while the internet of things is multiplying the vectors of possible attack.

The continued growth of technology and continued increase of power and computational power is going to create additional opportunities for hackers to break into systems. So why do the criminals seem to have the upper hand in what used to be called cyberspace, even as some traditional crimes, like burglary or armed robbery, are much less practical and worthwhile than they used to be? One of the main reasons it s so easy to break into a system today is the power of the computer is so insane that passwords aren t even a challenge, says Ahmadi. Nevertheless, growing awareness does not necessarily equate to taking the problem seriously. The software industry are really pushing back on any attempts to regulate them against cyber security issues, explains Ahmadi. If governments don t start mandating some sort of real responsibility for software companies, where many of the serious issues actually lie, I believe we may be facing a black-swan event. He believes we are getting closer to such a black-swan event a term popularised by Nicholas Nassim Taleb that means an event that is low probability, high impact and extremely difficult to predict. There will be at least one very big event that will be devastating. As much as I hope this doesn t happen, all the data seems to be pointing in that direction .

We ve done tests at some places where we ve seen you can take down an entire network of infusion pumps by just sending a couple of bad packets to the network. In early 2015, an LA hospital s entire internal computer system went down for more than a week by ransomware, which encrypted patient records and set the ransom for unlocking them at 9,000 bitcoins (almost $3.7m). It meant that the hospital was unable to access patient s records, having to revert to paper registrations and medical records and sending A&E patients to different hospitals as emergency rooms were unable to function properly. Though the systems affected were not actual medical devices, Ahmadi believes hackers were capable of doing so. We ve done tests at some places where we ve seen you can take down an entire network of infusion pumps by just sending a couple of bad packets to the network. Indicators Drawing an analogy with society s response to environmental crises, he says: We all knew pollution was getting bad, we knew about it for a long time, but by the time we started to do something on a global basis, it had grown to be huge problem. He continues: The thing that is interesting about black-swan events is that they re usually preceded by a bunch of indicators that something like this is coming we ve seen what s happening with security but the amount of action that people in the government are taking to solve the problem is nowhere near how bad the problems are getting . Ahmadi believes this is not entirely a technological problem; rather it s more of a policy and people problem. People don t want to spend the time or money, or make the change.

Unfortunately, it takes a major incident for real action to be taken. Organisations tend to be reactive rather than proactive. I was working with a major medical device manufacturer when their insulin pumps were hacked and because they faced such a huge PR issue and backlash about what happened, they put a lot of time, effort and money into fixing their problem and have now got to a point where there systems are really solid. Unfornately, the risk of anything happening in a single instance is so low it breeds complacency, even if the chances of things happening across thousands of instances is actually very high. Because we haven t had a black swan event yet, people always look at the numbers and risks and it looks like a fairly safe risk for them to take. They look at it and think: what are the odds of it happening? If you look at the numbers, the risk can be construed as being small.

I understand they re playing the odds, but if it happens, the consequences could be really huge.

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Motorsport case study: Watch the results of Sony s revamp of Paul Ricard s monitoring and AV solution

Motorsport Case Study: Watch The Results Of Sony  S Revamp Of Paul Ricard  S Monitoring And AV Solution

Forty Sony SNC-WR632 dome cameras and five SNC-EM632R outdoor IR ruggedized cameras formed part of a recent AV overhaul of legendary motorsport circuit Paul Ricard. Watch the video and read the case study below to find out more about this project, including challenges faced and outcomes. embedded content An iconic venue in French motorsport since 1970, the Circuit Paul Ricard is located at Le Castellet, near Marseille.

The circuit s owners recently decided that its ageing AV systems needed an upgrade, including its video monitoring systems. Bulky, inefficient CRT screens, which were more than a decade old, were increasingly unreliable, while the owners recognised the potential rewards of upgrading their video surveillance set-up from analogue to IP cameras. Hurdles With cars hurtling around the track in scorching on-track temperatures that can rise as high as 50 outdoor motorsport presents a challenging environment for AV solutions. Rain, snow and wind also pose problems too. More difficult still, Racing at night means cameras must capture detailed pictures in near-darkness with added glare from cars headlights. The track, which is 5.8km long, can be configured to more than 160 variations, all of which must be monitored comprehensively. Indoors, analogue video monitoring screens are power-hungry and generate a lot of heat, especially when used 24 hours a day, as is the case on occasion. Sony solution Circuit Paul Ricard appointed Sony, networked communications specialist SOGETREL, software vendor SeeTec to update its entire video monitoring infrastructure. The control room now features a large video wall, consisting of nine Sony 60 BRAVIA Full HD Professional Displays.

The wall is supplemented by further Sony monitors in portrait mode displaying images from cameras around the circuit, plus a dedicated screen displaying race timing information. In addition, a VPL-FHZ55 3LCD laser light source projector displays crisp images of the race leader, while a second VPL-FHZ55 assists safety and efficient race management by providing an overall situational view of the circuit captured by on-track cameras. Race fans can enjoy the day s events in comfort, watching real-time race footage plus videos and other information on over 100 interconnected BRAVIA Professional Displays around the venue. Now we re getting pictures from night-time races with a quality that s close to daylight conditions. We can really follow the cars and react quickly if something happens. Video from the cameras can be displayed on the video wall of Sony screens and video projectors, and we can also share this externally with our customers. What we really appreciated above the quality and compatibility of Sony s products is the responsiveness of the team, who ve always been on hand to answer our questions. Thierry Dostes, IT Systems Manager, Circuit Paul Ricard Twelve VIP boxes are equipped with 48 BRAVIA displays. They re supplemented by a further 75 32 Full HD displays in the main stands and eighteen 40 Full HD displays in the Press room.

Sony solutions also feature in the main reception area, with three 65 BRAVIA 4K Professional Displays offering stunning 4K image quality of the Circuit Paul Ricard, together with touch-enabled BRAVIA professional display solutions to guide visitors around the installations. Kids and adults can even play automotive games on Sony PlayStation 4 to enhance the true fan experience. The nearby Grand Prix Burger restaurant is also kitted out with eight Sony displays in 48 and 65 sizes that show menu prices and sporting action. Sony SNC-EM632R Five SNC-EM632R outdoor IR ruggedised 1080p/30fps cameras keep a watchful eye around the venue. Out on the circuit itself, 40 SNC-WR632 Full HD PTZ network cameras capture every split-second move of the speeding race vehicles at a crisp, detail-packed 60fps (frames per second). HD streams are transmitted over IP to feed the live BRAVIA video wall in the Control Room. A separate analogue video output is distributed simultaneously to BRAVIA displays around the venue, which allow a double safety of recording. Outcomes In the Control Room, streams from the track-side PTZ cameras provide a crisp, detail-packed High Definition view with virtually no latency. It s easy to identify each car clearly, even in dark weather conditions or when races sometimes happen at night.

Offering up to 20,000 hours operation without replacement, the laser light source in the VPL-FHZ55 dramatically cuts maintenance overheads for busy technical support staff. What s more, the laser projector s near-instant start-up means that no time s wasted waiting for lamps to warm up at the start of a session. Winning the contract As Circuit Paul Ricard s long-term technology partner, Sony was selected to provide a complete, integrated network AV solution with the help of system integrator SOGETREL and VMS specialist SeeTec. The circuit s owners wanted to future-proof their world-class venue with a solution that incorporated the latest AV innovations including laser and 4K display technologies. Sony,which satisfied this brief with a solution that included cameras, screens and projectors, says the customer appreciated their promptness in delivering products on time and answering technical questions. Sony says its PTZ cameras powerful optical zoom gave the client the close-up detail it sought, allowing operators to distinguish between oil and water when analysing distant trails on the track. The new system has also helped to locate the cars tiny transponders, which often go missing during races. The cameras on-board image stabiliser, meanwhile, helps in windy conditions. Energy-efficient BRAVIA Professional Displays have slashed electrical power consumption.

Sony reports that positive feedback from the customer over the displays ease of installation, picture quality and range of screen sizes.

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Authorities rushed a JCPenney security guard to the hospital after he was stabbed in the parking lot of Towne East Square on Saturday evening.

Wichita police Sgt. Bart Brunscheen said the 26-year-old man was on duty and following two people a man and a woman out of the store shortly before 6:30 p.m. when he was stabbed during a confrontation with them. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition with stabs wounds to his chest, but was alert and talking to detectives Saturday evening, Brunscheen said.

Brunscheen said other JCPenney security guards, mall security and shoppers detained the suspects until police arrived and arrested the pair

LiMBS project energised to combat blast effects on structures

LiMBS project energised to combat blast effects on structures BAE Systems, QinetiQ, AIGIS Blast Protection, TPS, Permali Gloucester, MIRA, Sigmatex and the University of Nottingham have formed LiMBS (Lightweight Material & Structures for Blast and Ballistic Survivability). Co-funded by the Government-backed Technology Strategy Board, LiMBS aims to develop enhanced, lightweight and cost-effective multi-layer/multi-material structures to resist shock, pressure impulse and impacts associated with both land mines and free air explosives events, and to mitigate the effects when a structure is overmatched by reducing the spread of spall fragment projectiles passing through that structure. A material of this type could have potential commercial benefits across a number of sectors, including defence, aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, heavy industrial, high security environments, personal security/VIP protection and for security product manufacturers.

The programme intends to develop new materials that are lighter than rolled homogeneous armour which is typically used for the construction of fighting or armoured vehicles. Lighter materials could be used to manufacture and assemble armour-protected vehicles to resist the effects of explosions such as land mines and improvised explosive devices. These are the current ‘weapons of choice’ for disabling fighting vehicles in theatres such as Afghanistan.

Lighter vehicles would be more readily deployable, particularly when using air transport, and thus achieving enhanced performances for future military systems. The composite material, or a similar hybrid, could be adapted for use in a Health and Safety function for explosive manufacture, storage and transportation. The oil and gas sector could offer a potential market due to the intrinsic requirements of blast protection on their sites both on and offshore.

Furthermore, a primary objective of the LiMBS project is to exploit the technology in civilian applications such as physical protection for high value assets. Primary research objectives: materials development The test rig during set-up This project is potentially groundbreaking for industry, as the new material will be lighter than normal armour steel and therefore all the structures (vehicles and not) built with this material will be easier to transport and deploy all over the world, using more efficient transport, consuming less fuel and less CO 2 , said Alan Watson of BAE Systems. The research objectives are to develop materials that: have an areal density significantly less than Rolled Homogeneous Armour (RHA) offer similar blast and ballistic protection to RHA are capable of cost-effective manufacture, assembly and repairs when overmatched, reduce spall fragment spread are suitable for new build and retrofit applications In addition to the above, a key objective is to evaluate material properties to facilitate cost-effective reliable modelling using dynamic finite element analysis and minimise the need for expensive live testing.

The solution will be based on a backbone of fibre composite materials to provide the lightweight structural requirement, augmented with tailored interlayers consisting of shock dissipation, energy absorption and high failure strain materials, explained Simone Volpe, founder member of LiMBS and a consulting engineer at TPS. Previous studies have shown that blast resistance of composite materials can exceed that of RHA by judicial deployment of multi-layer, multi-material combinations. After careful consideration a wide selection of constituent materials have been selected for evaluation, including Armox 370T (as a baseline), aluminium, carbon fibre, glass fibre, aramid and Tabreshield .

Materials like the carbon fibre, glass fibre and aramid refer to composite materials formed using woven threads, all embedded in an epoxy matrix. A development of this is the manufacture of composites where the plies are stitched together using a tufting technique to improve in plane shear strength and potentially reduce delamination and premature failure. Combinations of the above were manufactured in the form of panels approximately 800 mm square, complete with perimeter holes to accommodate fixings into a test rig.

Testing: what has happened so far? Finite element computer analysis An extensive series of tests have already been undertaken to determine the blast and ballistic response of the various combinations. The test samples were bolted into a robust steel test rig and subjected to the effects of detonation of an accurately moulded pancake charge formed using commercial plastic explosive.

While the aspect ratio of the pancake and stand-off from the panel remained constant, the quantity of explosives was varied to determine the cusp (ie the point at which failure occurred). When the panel no longer remains gas tight it’s deemed to have failed. Instrumentation has included ‘contact pins’, strain gauges and witness panels.

The strain gauges and contact pins were used in order to gain an understanding of response times and strain rates of the composites. The honeycomb aluminium (crush witness panel) provided an indication of the gross dynamic deformation, while the multilayer witness plates helped identify the extent of spalling when the composite was overmatched. As well as providing insight into the performance of the panels, the instrumentation provided valuable data to support the development and validation of finite element simulation models.

Results attained to date While research work is ongoing, the results to date have already identified the potential for developing cost-effective lightweight blast and ballistic materials, continued Volpe. Additionally, it has been possible to determine some high strain rate material properties to facilitate dynamic finite element analysis, thus enabling refinement of composite combinations whilst minimising the need for explosion testing. The LiMBS research project is due to end in late 2012.

LiMBS is a research and development programme co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and is led by BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre. For further information contact Alan Watson: at [email protected] About The LiMBS Partners BAE Systems is a British multinational defence, security and aerospace company with operations worldwide and involved in several major defence projects. Areas of expertise offered by BAE Systems personnel include impact, shock and high strain rate testing, composite damage and fracture mechanics, survivability and armour design, blast and ballistic effect simulations, materials behaviour characterisation and modelling of structural responses to dynamic events.

The company boasts extensive experience in the use of advanced composite materials in structural applications and harbours facilities for design, testing and analysis. QinetiQ is a leading international defence and security technology company that develops innovative technology-based solutions and products, in turn providing technology-rich support services for major Government organisations and commercial customers around the world AIGIS has a strong knowledge base for the development of specialist blast/shock mitigating materials and their characterisations. The company is an established leader in all forms of blast protection solutions.

The basis of these solutions revolve around Aigis proprietary TABREshield materials that provide unique absorption and attenuation properties to mitigate a significant proportion of blast energy, thereby affording a significant weight advantage over conventional solutions for the same level of blast protection. TPS represents the buildings and construction sector and will engage its specialist explosives effects expertise, contribute material development requirements and exploitation for buildings infrastructure applications. It’s a multi-disciplined consultancy practise consisting primarily of engineers and architects.

Within this organisation there are a number of specialist teams, one of which is the explosives effects team. TPS has expanded its experience in explosion effects in the field of counter terrorist mitigation. This experience includes the design and testing of bomb blast glazed fa ade systems to provide protection from a range of terrorist threats, most notably packages, briefcases and large vehicle bombs.

Permali Gloucester is a world leader in the manufacture of composite materials for the aerospace, defence, rail, marine and medical markets. The company boasts practical research and development experience in developing composite systems at a small scale level, with the capability of transferring the technologies into large scale production for military programmes (as well as other markets where blast mitigation is important). MIRA brings distinctive expertise in the modelling of human body interactions with blast shock and pressure wave with prediction of occupant/personnel survivability.

The company has experience in the modelling of acoustic events, dynamic structural events and fluid flow. Sigmatex develops and manufactures carbon fibre textiles for composite material applications. Sigmatex supplies 2D woven, unidirectional, multiaxial (non-crimp) and 3D textiles across a broad range of industries.

These textiles meet various requirements including fibre orientation, crimp, drapeability, thickness and resin permeability. The University of Nottingham’s Polymer Composites Research Group has extensive expertise in the modelling of textile composites and their impact performance. Recent progress has also been made on modelling the impact behaviour of textile composites at the macro level using explicit FE methods (LS-Dyna).

The Technology Strategy Board is the UK s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together professionals from the business, research and public sectors, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

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