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The future of video surveillance amid the rise of artificial intelligence

A vast majority of recorded video data is never viewed. This isn t for a lack of interesting content or inadequate resources, but rather a gradual decline in human attention spans. Adding more cameras increases the amount of video data collected, but if it s not viewed, the useful information is missed.

There is an imbalance between the amount of video data collected and the human attention available to effectively mine that data. As security technology continues to evolve, exciting developments are taking place with the inclusion of artificial intelligence (AI). Powerful tools are being created that will allow us to modify our approach to video search. Site-wide intelligence Effective search uses a wealth of data to find necessary information. A person conducting a search needs to answer who, what, when and where, not just in the context of a single camera, but across an entire site. This is where the need for AI comes in. Avigilon Appearance Search video analytics technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine for video data. It sorts through hours of footage to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle across all cameras on a site. With this technology, users can initiate a search by simply clicking on a button and selecting to search for all instances of a person or vehicle of interest across recorded video.

embedded content Looking to the future Using AI in video search can help reduce hours of work to minutes, managing resources so that site security is more effective and efficient. The continued evolution of AI will provide security personnel with even more powerful tools not just for forensic purposes, but for real time event response. By designing video surveillance search technology to be as simple to use as searching the internet, Avigilon is better focusing human attention on what matters most, to dramatically change the way users interact with their security systems.

Avigilon Appearance Search technology is a sophisticated deep learning AI search engine that enables users to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across an entire site. 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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CSL unveils DualCom MiniAir: the smallest radio communicator yet

product launch CSL has launched the smallest radio communicator in the fire and security monitoring market. DualCom MiniAir can use all mobile networks via CSL s WorldSIM to signal an alarm from protected premises. Keyholders can receive alerts direct to their smartphone.

Fitting into any existing or legacy control panel, MiniAir is pitched as affordable upgrade to bells-only systems for residential premises. In common with other CSL products, it is supported by the Gemini platform, which handles more than one billion calls in the security sector each month and helps to protect nearly half a million premises throughout Europe. MiniAir is an easy to install solution saving valuable engineer time, whilst also offering installers a cost-effective bells-only upgrade and the opportunity to increase their valuable monitoring contracts, says CSL sales director Rob Evans.

Simply order through your chosen ARC to get incredibly competitive pricing for app connectivity and an easy upgrade option to ARC monitoring if/when required. 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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Qognify announces deeper integration with Bosch s suite of network cameras

Integration PSIM pioneer Qognify has expanded the integration of its Situator and VisionHub platforms with Bosch s network security cameras. Operators can control and manage Bosch cameras centrally through Situator, including PTZ and PTZ-like control for moving and fixed cameras, automatic triggering of processes when predefined incidents occur based on pre-defined alarm rules. These rules are based on video analytics built into the camera, playback via local camera storage and camera tampering detection.

The integration of Bosch s FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 camera with Qognify VisionHub gives customers access to dewarping technology that eliminates fish eye lens distortion, provides 360 of view without blind spots, and an undistorted overview image. Customers can digitally pan, tilt and zoom to focus on details without sacrificing the bigger picture, says Qognify. A single device can accommodate wide coverage and achieve a normal view from an otherwise distorted or reversed image. Bosch intelligent dynamic noise reduction, meanwhile, optimises storage capacity and eases network load. Distinguishing between noise and relevant information, it only uses bandwidth when required and slashes the camera s bitrate by up to 50% and therefore the total cost of ownership. VisionHub also helps security departments avoid network overload during working hours thanks to the automated, scheduled transfer from camera on-board storage to the centre. It also restores missing video from the camera s on-board storage. Qognify s VisionHub integrates with the video analytics platform built-in to Bosch cameras. The integration also supports the central operation, on the recorder, of Qognify s video analytics suite.

Qognify says the combination of edge-based analytics (courtesy of Bosch) and server-based analytics (from Qognify) gives designers of CCTV solutions maximum flexibility. When mission-critical solutions are involved, it is essential that stringent quality checks are taken. Qognify s solutions were tested to excel in multiple integrations, said Rudolf Spielberger, head of the integration partner program at Bosch Security Systems. Our strategic cooperation with Qognify is substantially enhancing the levels of security and delivering clear and quantifiable business advantages to our customers. Eran Noam, VP of global strategic partnerships of Qognify, said: We are committed to advancing integration with leading technology partners and are proud of our integration with Bosch to yield a complete, tested and field-proven solution. It s important that organizations have confidence in integrations so they can leverage the broad range of excellent, integrated products in today s security marketplace. 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.

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Virgin Trains had legitimate interest in publishing Corbyn images, rules ICO

data protection Virgin Trains did not breach data protection laws by publishing CCTV images of Jeremy Corbyn as he searched the company s train carriages in search of a seat, the Information Commissioner s Office has ruled. Such an action would ordinarily be in breach of the law, said the ICO, but Virgin had a legitimate interest in releasing the footage to rebut news reports that the Labour leader had been unable to find a seat. Richard Branson, founder of the rail operator, had tweeted out the footage, which was captured on one of his trains on 11 August 2016, to prove that spare seats were in fact available, contradicting the Labour leader s assertion that the train was ram-packed .

Photo: Virgin Trains under CC3.0 licence Corbyn was sat on the floor of the train when he made the comment, which were captured by a filmmaker accompanying him during his campaign to retain the Labour leadership. Countering Branson s tweet, Corbyn he had been unable to sit with his wife, and that he was only able to sit later because train staff had upgraded another family to first class. Virgin Trains did not entirely escape censure. The ICO found that the rail operator did breach the data protection rights several passengers whose faces it had failed to pixellate. Misleading In a statement, ICO head of enforcement Steve Eckersley said: In this case, the ICO s view was that Virgin had a legitimate interest, namely correcting what it deemed to be misleading news reports that were potentially damaging to its reputation and commercial interests. It would not have been possible to achieve Virgin s legitimate interests without publishing Mr Corbyn s image. Virgin could only show that there were empty seats on Mr Corbyn s journey if they showed Mr Corbyn on that journey. The Labour leader s celebrity was also a relevant factor, said Eckersley, as he would have different expectations than other passengers as to his privacy. This was especially the case given the video of the trip he himself had published and that he should reasonably expect Virgin to respond in kind .

By contrast, however, the other passengers whose faces were not pixellated were simply minding their own business and Virgin Trains had infringed on their privacy . Nevertheless, the ICO is taking no action against the company as only three people in the footage were recognisable, none of whom had contacted the ICO to complain. Shortly after the incident, Chris Brogan of B&G Associates wrote on IFSEC Global: The sixth condition of schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act addresses the use of personal data for the legitimate interests of the data controller as long as it does not prejudice the rights and freedoms or legitimate interests of the data subject. Virgin have a legitimate interest in protecting its brand . Jeremy made the issue public and Virgin has defended its rights. This is a balancing act and I suggest that the information tribunal/court would find in favour of Virgin. I cannot see under the circumstances how Jeremy would win the argument that the publication of his images by Virgin prejudiced his rights. 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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Chubb launches traffic monitoring system for smart motorways

product launch Chubb Systems has launched a surveillance camera solution designed for the growing number of smart motorways around the UK road network. The Television Out Station (TVOS) is an all-weather traffic monitoring system. Sectors/verticals The TVOS is designed specifically for smart motorways, which uses enforces variable speed limits and hard shoulder running at busy times in order to boost capacity.

A raft of UK motorways have been converted to smart status and several more are currently being redeveloped to the same end. The TVOS meets specific technical specifications set out by Highways England inits road investment strategy. Chubb Systems was awarded a position on Lot 2 (Traffic Monitoring and Traffic Enforcement Cameras) of the Crown Commercial Services/Highways England Traffic Management Technology 2 Framework agreement and Lot 15 , the framework s product catalogue. Features Comprises long-range, high-resolution camera with optical zoom and back-light compensation; infrared array with 500m range; and television base unit (TVBU) Delivers images in ultra-low and zero-light conditions Provides regional control centres (RCC) with images to monitor traffic flow and motorway incidents as well as protect highways workforce Possesses physical and cybersecurity accreditation Remote maintenance service for software upgrades and alterations VBU connects relevant cameras to National Roads Telecommunication System, which connects to relevant RCCs Chubb Systems says With emphasis being placed on providing improved technology to the UK s highways, we can deliver a product and service that matches expectations and offers excellent value for money, said Dave Dunnagan, sales director at Chubb Systems. Alongside the TVOS camera head s technological benefits are significant cost reductions. Capital costs are reduced with no special brackets needed to hold the camera head in place. The unit s ongoing costs are minimal as power consumption has been significantly reduced. About Chubb Chubb is a truly heritage brand, having been founded by the inventor of the first patent detector lock in 1818. Acquired for 622m by United Technologies Corporation in 2003, Chubb now provides security and fire-safety solutions as part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security.

The company offers an extensive range of products and services, including fire-risk assessments, alarm monitoring and security audits, among many others. 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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False alarms: The fake news of the control room

Functioning democracies are based on the ability of well-informed public to shape its views and cast its vote accordingly. However, when the public cannot discern between genuine facts and alternative facts (AKA fake news), it undermines the foundation of our democracies. To fill this gap Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales recently introduced the WikiTRIBUNE, a website where news stories are backed by a community checking and rechecking all facts geared to be a source for verified evidence-based journalism.

The situation in the control room is analogous. These unwanted alerts are the fake news of the security industry. They clutter the view of the operators and limit their ability to understand the situation at hand and make an informed decision on how to respond. But can they be filtered out to leave only actionable intelligence about real incidents, as the WikiTRIBUNE does? As new sensors and systems have been diligently invested in, with the intention of improving the ability to prevent, detect and respond to incidents, an unwanted consequence has been a sharp uplift in false alarms. There has been evidence to suggest that US forces are losing as much as 6.5 million man hours to false alarms In fact, it has been suggested that false alarms can consume 90% of a control room operator s shift and that comes at considerable cost, far above and beyond the operator s time (although the impact should not be underestimated). In the extreme, closing a platform in a rail station, shutting an airport terminal, or evacuating a bank, for example, can see costs rises to millions in the blink of an eye. To illustrate the extent of this problem, we worked with a large European bank that was having to deal with a massive 19,000 false alarms each year. To place this in context, the cost of every resulting police dispatch was $50.

This issue of false alerts is also having a significant impact on police resources, with estimates of annual costs reaching $1.8bn (in the US) for their response. With police resources stretched, as a result of budget tightening and the global threat level, which remains high, it is an unwanted and wholly unnecessary distraction. In fact, there has been evidence to suggest that police forces (again in the US) are losing as much as 6.5 million man hours to false alarms. Root-cause analysis A root-cause analysis to determine the scale of false alarms in your organisation is imperative, but the critical factor in beginning to reduce them is to understand what is triggering them and this can throw up some surprises. Is there an issue with the location of a sensor? Has the right piece of kit been specified for its specific use? Has it been installed correctly? Is there a reliability issue with a certain vendor over another? Crucially, this isn t a one-off exercise.

It needs to be an ongoing, ingrained programme of monitoring to ensure operators are presented with actionable intelligence that is combined with a best-practice-driven response to every incident: situation management. It is not to suggest that it is possible to eradicate all false alarms, but it is a realistic expectation to drastically reduce the volume and frequency of them. In turn this helps operators to filter the noise and focus on the meaningful aspects of their job. The aforementioned European bank was able to reduce its false alarms to 1,200 per annum. It has achieved this through the use of its situation management (otherwise known as PSIM) system to correlate information and provide video confirmation of alarms in real time. By integrating all data feeds coming in to the control room and presenting a single operating picture, a situation management system provides situational awareness that in turn enables operators to be far more confident in being decisive about what is false, what is fact and how to best respond. Jon Denial is executive director at JPMorgan Chase and is quoted as saying: Filtering false alarms and focusing on the important information gives us real-time situational awareness. With an ever-increasing array of sensors and systems being made available to control rooms, the issue of false alarms is not abating. If anything, it is only going to get worse if it goes unchecked.

The time has come to filter out the fake news in the control room. 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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Watch: HID Global on IFSEC TV

Watch Harm Radstaak, VP and MD of physical access control at HID Global, speak to IFSEC TV during IFSEC 2017, which took place at London ExCeL. Watch more videos from IFSEC 2017 here . embedded content 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.

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What cannot be seen, cannot be stolen

IFseC 2017 IFSEC International, held at ExCel London in June, was chosen as the launch for the new Fog Bandit 320 range, for anti-theft applications. At the show the Bandit UK team provided live demonstrations of the device. As well as being smaller and lighter, Fog Bandit 320 has many unique patented design and technical features.

Fog Bandit is the fastest security fogging system of its kind, for round-the-clock security. When sensors detect an intruder or a personal alarm is raised the system delivers a dense, visually impenetrable fog at a rapid rate. The technology acts as daytime robbery deterrent, for example, by creating a fog curtain between the raider and the staff and goods. Overnight protection is achieved by filling a room where valuable stock, equipment and other contents is kept, with dense fog. The objects, obscured from sight, are protected from the possibility of theft or damage, until police or security personnel arrive. Fog Bandit 320 can be mounted in any orientation on walls or ceilings. The system weighs 7kg (max 9kg with cartridges installed) and includes an independent control box for all electronics. Installation is simple. The new compact, self-change disposable fog cartridge has very low power consumption and does not require servicing.

Different shell and facia colours are available. Using a new patented heat exchanger, the 320 can protect smaller rooms with a fog ejection reaction time in a quarter of a second from when an activation signal is received. Fog is fully ejected in under four seconds. 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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Watch: NSI CEO Richard Jenkins on IFSEC TV

IFseC 2017 Watch Richard Jenkins, CEO of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), speak to IFSEC TV during IFSEC 2017, which took place at London ExCeL. Watch more videos from IFSEC 2017 here . embedded content Richard Jenkins also championed the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which the NSI sponsors.

embedded content 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. Further topics covered include: The network cameras hijack during the 2017 presidential inauguration, updates on the forthcoming EU data protection law (the GDPR), ultra-low light cameras versus thermal cameras and much more.

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Watch: Avigilon UK COO James Henderson on IFSEC TV

Watch James Henderson, COO of Avigilon UK, speak to IFSEC TV during IFSEC 2o17, which took place at London ExCeL. Watch more videos from IFSEC 2017 here . embedded content 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.

Further topics covered include: The network cameras hijack during the 2017 presidential inauguration, updates on the forthcoming EU data protection law (the GDPR), ultra-low light cameras versus thermal cameras and much more.

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