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Eagle Eye Networks acquires Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV

Cloud-based video surveillance Eagle Eye Networks has acquired Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV (PCMSEU), whose flagship products are Panasonic Cameramanager and Panasonic Nubo. The two companies operate in the same market cloud-based video surveillance with Eagle Eye Networks the dominant force in North America and PCMSEU the clear European leader. PCMSEU operates more cloud-recorded cameras than any other company in Europe by some distance.

The acquisition of CMSEU gives Eagle Eye Networks a bridgehead into the European market and creates a truly global player in a still nascent cloud surveillance market that is growing at a much faster rate than the conventional DVR/NVR segment. Panasonic Cloud Management Services Europe BV will be renamed Eagle Eye Networks BV. Serving as the European headquarters for Eagle Eye, the European giant will now sell and support the expanded Eagle Eye product line. Our dealers in Europe have responded with overwhelming support for this acquisition. It will greatly enhance our sales and support efforts in the European market, said Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. The strong and experienced team in cloud video surveillance at our new Eagle Eye EMEA headquarters will make it possible for us to provide a tremendous level of support to all of our dealers in the region. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now.

The Eagle Eye NuboCam All PCMSEU employees will be retained following the deal. Cameramanager co-founders Rishi Lodhia and Tijmen Vos will remain with the company as managing director and technical director of Eagle Eye Networks EMEA respectively. Said Rishi Lodhia: This is a unique opportunity to bring two pioneers in cloud video surveillance together and deliver a broad portfolio of innovative cloud surveillance solutions. Eagle Eye and Cameramanager dealers worldwide will now have a wider selection of cloud video products to meet their customers needs. Panasonic Cameramanager, on which small and medium businesses can watch and manage live and recorded surveillance footage from their smartphone, will be renamed Eagle Eye CameraManager. Eagle Eye plans to expand global sales of CameraManager to meet demand for direct camera to cloud connectivity. CameraManager cloud surveillance products boast optional storage methods, motion detection, push notifications and cloud based video analytics. Lacking the onsite bridge device of the Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS, the CameraManager solution can be more cost-effective for smaller camera counts per location. Eagle Eye Cameramanager Eagle Eye Networks BV will continue to sell Eagle Eye Cloud Security VMS in Europe to customers that prioritise camera interoperability and have high camera counts.

Eagle Eye Cloud Security Camera VMS supports more than 1,000 different digital cameras, over 10,000 different analogue cameras, up to 10 years of video retention and very large camera counts. Panasonic Nubo, which becomes Eagle Eye NuboCam, is an LTE camera and was the world s first mobile video monitoring surveillance camera when it launched in 2015. Datacenters Eagle Eye Networks operates datacenters in California, Texas, Canada, Japan (two), the UK and thanks to the acquisition two in the Netherlands. Eagle Eye Networks are exhibiting at IFSEC International between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. You will find th em on stand C1025 . Get your free badge now. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 Taking place in London, 20 22 June 2017, IFSEC International gives you exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 security solutions, live product demonstrations, and networking with over 27,000 security professionals.

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Aperio H100 from ASSA ABLOY: easy-to-integrate wireless access control tech now inside a stylish door handle

The new Aperio H100 packs the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim, cleverly designed door handle. With easy retrofitting to almost any interior door and comprehensive RFID compatibility, the new Aperio H100 handle makes extending access control to more doors cost-effective by integrating with a vast range of third-party systems. The Aperio H100 s stylish design is perfect for indoor office and facility doors that receive high levels of traffic.

The Aperio H100 can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device. A battery fits inside the handle, ensuring a minimal footprint and a discreet look to gel with any contemporary door style. The Aperio H100 is easy to retrofit on existing doors, with no drilling and no wiring required. Any existing mechanical cylinder can still be used. The Aperio H100 is specified with maximum flexibility and designed to fit almost any format of interior door. The Aperio H100 is compatible with most common European (DIN) and Scandinavian mortise locks, in wooden, steel, tubular frame or glass doors with standard lock cases. It comes in left- and right-hand versions for a door between 35mm and 80mm thickness, with optional U-handle and USB adaptor. The Aperio H100 is compatible with multiple RFID technologies, including iCLASS /ISO14443B, iCLASS SE, Seos , MIFARE Classic, Plus and EV1, and DESFire SE. Like all Aperio devices, our new handle can upgrade site security for a very affordable price, says Matthias Wei , Product Manager Aperio at ASSA ABLOY EMEA.

The Aperio H100 further extends a range which adds access control wirelessly to exterior and interior doors, from fire and safety doors with regulatory requirements to meeting rooms, labs and offices. The new Aperio H100 handle completes a comprehensive range of Aperio wireless access control devices that already includes online and offline Aperio cylinders (C100/C900) and escutcheons (E100/E900); an online and offline lock (L100/L900); and a wireless lock for bringing server racks and cabinets (KS100) into the same access control system as doors. To discover more about how Aperio enhances security and convenience at any premises, you can watch a short film here. The new Aperio H100 handle will be showcased at IFSEC International, Excel London, 20 22 June 2017. Get your free badge now. Stylish door handle to extend an access control system About ASSA ABLOY ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Since its formation in 1994, ASSA ABLOY has grown from a regional company into an international group with about 47,000 employees, operations in more than 70 countries and sales close to SEK 71 billion. In the fast-growing electromechanical security segment, the Group has a leading position in areas such as access control, identification technology, door automation and hotel security. Visit Europe s only large-scale security event in 2017 IFSEC International is taking place at Excel London, 20 22 June 2017, here are 5 reasons you should attend: Exclusive hands-on access to over 10,000 brand new security solutions Network with over 27,000 security professionals Discounts of up to 30% exclusively for IFSEC 150 hours of seminars, workshops and keynote speeches A 1-2-1 meetings service to pre-book face to face meetings.

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IFSEC News: European debut of veracity s end-to-end security system integration set for IFSEC 2017

As new and varied threats drive rapid change in the security industry, IFSEC International 2017 is set to play host to more product launches than ever before. Veracity will be at the show launching their end-to-end security system to the European audience for the first time. Meanwhile, FLIR will be debuting four new security products for professional security and perimeter protection.

There are also new launches for; Genetec, Hikvision, Linx International Group and more. IFSEC International takes place 20th- 22nd June 2017 at ExCeL London. See the first issue of IFSEC news below.

Multiple approvals for British and EU markets would cost the fire industry millions of pounds

FIREX 2017 IFSEC Global caught up with former Royal Navy firefighter Ian Moore about the FIA s new engineering qualifications, the innovations on show at FIREX 2017, his forthcoming talk at Europe s largest fire-safety show, and the need for a holistic approach to fire safety. Ian joined the FIA in September 2015 as the new CEO. Previously to this Ian was the Managing Director of several companies operating in the fire and security industry the most recent being Elmdene International and as a Vice President of Potter Signal.

Recently Chairman of the BSIA Export Council and BSIA Operating Board, member of several fire and security committees, he has a wealth of experience to bring. Having lived in Oman, Taiwan and UAE, Ian also brings strong International experience to support any export activities of the FIA and its members. IFSEC Global: How did you first become involved with fire safety? Ian Moore: Coming from being a weapons engineer in the Royal Navy, I misread the advertisement and thought it said Fire Arms and not Fire Alarms ! In all seriousness, I was fully trained as a firefighter in the Royal Navy and had responsibility on various ships for the fire detection, alarm and sprinkler systems fitted thought the ammunition magazines. Upon leaving the forces, it was by chance I saw the advertisement and the rest, as they say, is history. IG: Could you briefly outline what you plan to cover at FIREX? IM: The FIA s overriding message is that of raising the bar on professionalism. We believe by individual s professional qualifications and companies audited by a third party is the only way to ensure this happens.

In addition we want to promote what the FIA can do for its members which is multifaceted. IG: How much of an impact do you think the new FIA engineering qualifications will have on the skills crisis? IM: I believe it will have a huge impact as does most of the industry given the comments we have received during a recent market survey. We need to make the fire industry attractive to young entrants into the job market and having a formal qualification gained through training is a big step towards that goal. With the potential of a reduction in European skilled labour (due to BREXIT), it is very much the right time to be introducing these qualifications so that we do not get to a crisis point (although many would say we are at that point already). IG: What impact do you think Brexit might have on the fire industry and is there anything the industry can do to prepare or protect itself? IM: Brexit means different things to different companies and cannot be rounded off as good or bad. Once we know the true deals then companies will navigate themselves towards the best for them and their offering. Standards and compliance (specifically to EN) is critical and it is important Government/BSI ensure we don t end up in a position that manufacturers need multiple approvals to cover British and EU markets this would cost the industry millions of pounds in wasted fees/costs.

IG: Are there any recent fire safety innovations that you re particularly excited about? IM: There are a few and they will be on shown during FIREX. To name one that comes to mind, given that I have an imminent meeting on the subject, is Coltraco s constant monitoring of liquefied and non-liquefied gaseous extinguishing systems and water/air-tight integrity by using ultrasonic technology. It s great to see innovation, not just for innovation s sake, but something that can a make a real difference in ensuring life/property safety systems you are relying on are ready to deliver when required. IG: Is there anything that hasn t be spoken about in this Q&A that you think is important to get out to the public? IM: I believe we should always have a holistic view when it comes to fire safety. Each company will obviously promote their products/services as the right solution. Commercial decisions often reduce the option to fit belt and braces so the best solution for the money is sought. Getting a professional risk assessment will go a long way to guiding on the options so spend the time and money in ensuring you get the best advice/guidance as it will save you in the long run and will increase your chances of fitting an effective life /property safety solution.

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7 facts you need to know about the new fire detection and alarm qualifications

This was met with a huge range of reactions online: our launch video views ramped up on YouTube, people retweeted the news on Twitter and shared it all over the place on Facebook. We also had the FIA team inbox filling up with requests for a hard copy of the new prospectus. We ve had the phone ringing with a tonne of questions since our big announcement and I m sure you want to know more about what these new qualifications entail, so here are seven facts you need to know about the new qualifications. #1 There are four new qualifications There is one qualification for each of the four main job roles within the fire detection and alarm servicing sector Designer, Installer, Maintainer, and Commissioner.

These all have official long titles set by the Awarding Organisation (which you can read in our new prospectus click to download), and will qualify you or your staff to an advanced level in each specialist area. The good news is that they are Level 3 on the Qualifications Curriculum Framework (QCF) in the UK, meaning they are equivalent to an A-Level. Due to differences in what qualification levels represent between the UK and Europe, a Level 3 qualification in the UK actually transfers to a Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework one level higher than the Level specified as the minimum level of education in EN 16763, the standard that sets out a minimum level of education required for fire and security services technicians. Good news for those that want to show compliance to this standard! #2 They are all formally recognised by an Awarding Organisation The Fire Industry Association Awarding Organisation (FIA AO) is the new official awarding organisation for qualifications within the fire industry. The FIA AO gained recognition with all the relevant national regulators for qualifications in England (OFQUAL), Wales (QIW) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) in 2014 and is recognising the FIA training department to be the first training centre in the UK to offer the qualifications. embedded content #3 Each qualification has four units This should be easy to remember four separate qualifications, each with four units each. The handy part is that three of those four units are common to all four of the qualifications, and it is completion of the final unit that identifies the qualification you are awarded. Therefore, if you wanted to gain multiple qualifications, there shouldn t be a need to resit the three common units first just complete a different final unit. This handy flowchart explains it: insert flowchart from the brochure #4 Those taking the qualifications will learn A LOT more than before The current FIA training is robust and industry recognised it is what we are most famed for.

We d be hypocritical if we said our current training wasn t up to scratch it is, and still relevant. Learners still benefit from it daily. But after consulting with members, doing a survey, and listening to what you wanted, one thing was clear: you wanted the training to be longer, formalised, and include more content. So the new qualifications will do exactly that more content, more advanced knowledge building The new qualifications link to other aspects of FD&A systems not previously covered in current training courses, giving a rounder, more comprehensive level of knowledge and understanding amongst learners. Even if you have previously done training with us here at the FIA, it would be worth booking a qualification course when they become available as there is going to be a lot more on the syllabus that wasn t covered before. The added benefit of the qualification course is that you ll gain a proper bonafide nationally recognised qualification that will benefit not just you (or your staff), but will be an attractive offering to any future clients. #5 There is provision for those with additional needs We ve always done our best to provide for those with additional learning needs, e.g. dyslexia, but you should be reassured to know that if you tell us about any other additional needs on your application, we should be able to offer the support you need. We strive for equal opportunities and you should be reassured to know that no matter what your needs are, we should be able to accommodate you. So long as you inform us, there is absolutely no reason why you can t walk away with a qualification (effort required, of course!). #6 No prior learning or experience is needed to start the qualification pathway.

In order to start a qualification, you don t need to have completed any prior learning such as the current FIA training courses. The qualifications are suitable for all levels whether you are a complete beginner or you have been in the industry for some time. Even if you have previously completed courses or you have gained industry experience, getting a qualification will give you a higher level of understanding and further your development professionally (see #4 above we ve added so much more to the qualification). For those that are just starting out this will be a great opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and understanding to an advanced level, giving you the edge in the business world over others that have not yet qualified. #7 The first classes will be bookable after our launch in June. Our official launch will be at FIREX this year, 20-22 nd June at the ExCel, London. We will be having a full programme of seminars and talks that you can attend to find out more, plus a networking bar where you can come and have a drink and meet with FIA staff to discuss the qualifications in more detail. You can also pick up a prospectus but if you can t wait, you can download one here, or request a hard copy here. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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National approvals for CE-marked products an unnecessary barrier to trade, says EAPFP

Passive fire protection The European Association for Passive Fire Protection (EAPFP) has condemned additional national approvals for CE-marked construction products as an unreasonable barrier to trade and a clear contravention of European law. The association was responding to the introduction of a new national approval for some construction products in Germany, including passive fire protection. The current draft of the German Regulation (Verwaltungsvorschrift) does not permit the use of certain CE-marked construction products without an additional national document.

Called Bauartgenehmigung (acc. to 16a, Musterbauordnung/MBO, 2016) this links usage in a building directly to the product via the applied European testing and classification standards. By apparently declaring product-related requirements that already incorporate usage requirements as building-related requirements, the German authorities have created a variety of installation and job-site headaches, according to the EAPFP. Infringement of the Construction Product Regulation The association says that additional approvals, such as the requirement for construction products to declare all required performances for the use of such a product in the declaration of performance (DoP) or European technical assessment, are a barrier to trade. They therefore infringe the Construction Product Regulation (EU) No 305/2011, Article 8, para 4. This states that A Member State shall not prohibit or impede, within its territory or under its responsibility, the making available on the market or the use of construction products bearing the CE marking, when the declared performances correspond to the requirements for such use in that Member State. The EAPFP contends that the free movement of construction products is fundamental to the fortunes of the fire protective products industry and the construction sector as a whole. National barriers, potentially explainable and justifiable from historic perspectives, and related to short-term objectives, are detrimental in the long term to our market sector, and thus for the economies of European Member States, says EAPFP president Joric Witlox. EAPFP supports the CE-mark as the only mark, that assesses the product characteristics, allowing access to the market.

The association says its position on the issue is supported by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which in a judgment on 16 October 2014, case C-100/13, also advised that Germany was impeding the free movement of construction products. Exova Warringtonfire and Exova BM TRADA are to undertake live installations of passive fire protection measures as part of this year s ASFP Passive Fire Protection Zone at FIREX International (20-22 June 2017, Excel London). Get your free badge now Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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The benefits of silent evacuation procedures in care homes

Evacuating a care home has its own unique challenges. Elderly residents could be bed-bound, suffering from dementia, hard of hearing, or unable to move without assistance. Added to this is the distress that a loud fire alarm can cause to vulnerable residents.

Plans must be in place to ensure no occupant is trapped in the case of a fire, and staff need to be well trained. A loud and startling fire alarm could cause physical or mental distress for frailer residents, particularly if they need to wait for help from a member of staff. Even if the noise does not cause panic, alarms sound frequently in care homes, so it may be difficult to work out exactly what the alarm is for. When you work in a care home alarms can be quite confusing for residents, as they don t know what the alarm means whether it s a smoke alarm from burnt toast, or an alarm to call for assistance, says Barbara James, a care home manager specialising in providing care for dementia patients. This means when a fire alarm goes off, we need to work out the best way to let our elderly residents know without causing upset. embedded content The benefits of silence In Europe, a silent evacuation system is often used. In this scenario, when an alarm is activated, staff are alerted with a pre-alarm notification system either warning lights, or a messaging system that goes directly to phones. Staff then have three to five minutes to check the building for fire. If it is a false alarm, the alarm is reset and no one is disturbed.

If a fire is found, an evacuation button is pressed and staff can move occupants to safety if required, or lead a full evacuation. As no loud alarm is necessary, it minimises upset and panic. One of the benefits of a silent evacuation, is the reduction in false alarms. As residents are not initially aware of an alarm, staff can quickly assess whether or not there is a fire without residents being disturbed. Containing danger With the different challenges involved in care home fire safety, a full evacuation is not always possible. It is sometimes necessary to undertake alternative evacuation strategies in care homes horizontal and delayed evacuation. Horizontal evacuation can be suitable if there are walls and doors in place that provide at least 30 minutes of fire resistance. In this situation, staff can safely move residents to a protected area until the fire has been dealt with, or further evacuation occurs. Occasionally, delayed evacuation will be required in which residents remain in their rooms until the fire has been extinguished.

A building will need much more robust structural fire protection if this type of strategy is planned. With these evacuation strategies, removing the distress of a loud alarm for residents still on the premises can be greatly beneficial. A calmer environment will aid quicker evacuation or movement to a safer part of the building, reducing danger and distress to residents. In these circumstance it is vital that the fire is contained where possible. The European Confederation of Fire Protection Associations states in its guidelines for fire safety in care homes for the elderly: If the resident or patient is not able to exit the apartment or treatment room quickly enough and that rescue by others in time is not possible, conditions must be prevented from becoming life-threatening by fitting a system to contain the spread of fire. Fire doors are extremely valuable here. Nothing is more important in a care home than the well-being of its residents. Silent evacuation is a highly effective way of keeping occupants safe and calm in the event of a fire. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry.

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UK and US security industry associations forge closer ties

BSIA Establishing a closer relationship between the UK and US security markets, as part of post-Brexit trade deal negotiations, is the focus of renewed talks between the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and the American Security Industry Association (SIA). Representing 640 companies across the US, the SIA engages with the US government and both Houses of Congress on Capitol Hill while providing members with industry research, standards guidance and training opportunities. At a private summit in Washington DC on Friday 17 March, the BSIA s public affairs executive, Felix Parker-Smith, met with SIA counterparts to discuss opportunities for closer collaboration.

A return visit planned for this summer will see a delegation from the SIA visit the BSIA in London and SIA chief executive Don Erickson is scheduled to speak at the BSIA s annual luncheon on 12 July. As well as providing a platform for the SIA to learn more about the work of the UK security industry, establishing closer ties between the two organisations may also help to ensure that the British security industry is in a strong position to benefit from international trade deals established in the wake of Brexit. Commenting on the visit, Felix Parker-Smith said: Although there will be a number of businesses back home in the UK concerned about the potential effects of Brexit, these negotiations are only one side of the debate and we should welcome potential trade agreements beneficial to the UK security industry with open arms. Today s summit in Washington with the American Security Industry Association reinforces that view, laying the groundwork for a positive trade agreement between the UK and the USA once we leave the EU. For UK security companies, the US is already an important export market, with British manufacturers exporting an estimated 633m to American customers. Meanwhile, the BSIA s links with Europe remain strong through its influential presence on Euralarm and CoESS (Confederation of European Security Suppliers) committees. Said BSIA CEO James Kelly: It s an exciting time for the UK to throw open the doors to wider international trade, especially with our closest ally and largest individual trading partner. I look forward to welcoming our American colleagues to London in the summer to showcase the UK security industry. To book your place at the BSIA s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday 12 July, click here.

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Hikvision profile: the biggest video surveillance brand by global sales

Hikvision Profile: The Biggest Video Surveillance Brand By Global Sales

Founded in 2001 Hikvision grew from a minor regional player to the biggest video surveillance brand in the world in a staggeringly short space of time. This is a profile of the Chinese CCTV giant, retracing its history, detailing its increasingly muscular approach to acquisitions and its latest products in network video. History/background Chinese video surveillance firm Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Company Limited (Hikvision) was founded in 2001 and was first listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2010.

Part-owned by the Chinese government, the Forbes 2000 company now has offices in 20 locations around the world including the USA and Canada, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, Singapore, Korea, India and five European countries. Hikvision has grown substantially in recent years, with revenue for the 12 months ending 31 st December 2015 recorded as US$3.9bn (25% of which came from outside China), up 47% on FY14 and more than double the US$1.76bn posted in FY13. That increased turnover and global reach has been achieved partly through acquisition and partly organic growth. Hikvision bought rival Chinese video surveillance product and service supplier Dahua Technology in 2015 for example (estimated at the time to have had the second largest market share of any video surveillance provider) and purchased UK-based intrusion alarm security firm Pyronix in May 2016 for an undisclosed sum. Hikvision recently opened a new UK office, showroom and training suite in West London Market position and strategy Hikvision s market share has accelerated in parallel with its revenue. Research company IHS calculated it held 19.5% of the global CCTV and video surveillance equipment market in 2015, up from 16.3% in 2014. Much of the company s strength lies in its willingness and ability to reach new customers through an extensive network of technology and distribution partners, ranging from global giants like ADI right down to local players in individual countries such as WDC Networks in Brazil. Recent examples of technology partnerships include a deal with Swedish video surveillance company Observit AB; a joint project with Eagle Eye Networks to provide cloud based security and business intelligence video management for the Lawrence Police Department in the US; and a software tie-up with ECMS on monitored surveillance system checking services. That flexibility around joint sales and marketing initiatives is backed up by Hikvision s embedded open platform (HEOP) program which was designed to ensure that third party analyst, detection and recognition applications can be downloaded and installed to run on its network cameras.

That approach gives customers and security integrators a choice around which application, service or system management components they use alongside Hikvision hardware, and supports independent evaluation, application development, compatibility testing and software development kit (SDK) delivery. It also allows systems integrators the option to feed footage from Hikvision cameras back to their own web pages without the manufacturer s assistance and therefore create their own revenue streams for ongoing service provision. While it is actively targeting customers in the retail, transportation, construction, finance and pharmaceutical industries, Hikvision traditionally has a strong presence in education selling surveillance and access systems to schools, colleges and universities across the world. embedded content Latest technologies Hikvision maintains large technology portfolio that centres on IP network, analog and HD CCTV cameras; digital and network video recorders (DVR/NVRs); video encoders/decoders; video management software; and access control and alarm systems. Hikvision attributes much of its success to the speed and scale of its product innovation, asserting that around 8% of its annual turnover is ploughed back into research and development each year, with a third of its global staff (roughly 5,000 engineers) being directly involved. The company was fast to incorporate H.264, video content analysis, cloud computing and big data into its product lines and its latest Dome and Smart Box and Smart Bullet cameras support 4K video recording for example. These offer 3840 2160 pixel resolutions that support more sophisticated video analytics applications like face or car number plate recognition and can cover a much wider area with a single camera than is possible with multiple HD models. embedded content Whilst Hikvision s early success was built on undercutting established rivals (particularly in the US and Europe) with comparatively inexpensive cameras, it has since used its broad product portfolio to reach every corner of the video surveillance market and offer security solutions at a much wider range of price points. Rather than smaller sites requiring 10 or 20 cameras and associated infrastructure and management tools, the company now sees customers needing hundreds or thousands of cameras as its sweet spot.

It is also applying significant resources to identify gaps in video security and analytics provision within key vertical industries, developing new applications able to exploit the latest camera functionality to provide customers with some measure of operational advantage. Examples of innovation here include intercom systems equipped with biometric readers that scan faces and fingerprints for accurate authentication and door entry, and heat mapping technology that use cameras to help retailers monitor traffic flow in shops and malls in response to marketing and promotion campaigns. Elsewhere a mobile in-vehicle solution that deploys camera with magnetic stick-on base, embedded WiFi and 3G/4G connectivity, long life batteries and integrated high capacity data storage options on the inside of buses and trains was developed for transport companies, with an all-in-one security terminal that combines video recording capabilities, storage and a display in one compact, movable unit having multiple uses.

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Pervasive Internet Surveillance

It has become clear in the past year that pervasive surveillance is a threat to all users of the Internet everywhere. A little over a year ago, a series of revelations began to emerge about widespread surveillance by government national security agencies that sent shockwaves across the Internet ecosystem. The world got an initial glimpse of the scope and scale of these programs on 5 June 2013 with the first leaks from Edward Snowden. The fact that governments use surveillance tools was not a surprise. It was the scope and scale of these online surveillance programs that has been a wake-up call for the international community.

Early on, the Internet Society expressed deep concerns about online surveillance, noting:

This kind of collection of user information is at odds with the commitments that governments around the world have made with respect to protection of personal data and other human rights.

Further, we highlighted the need for an open global dialogue on online privacy and security1. Also, last year, the Internet Society Board of Trustees endorsed the International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance2 from the civil society-led Necessary and Proportionate3 initiative and emphasized the importance of proportionality, due process, legality, and transparent judicial oversight. At its Vancouver meeting in November 2013, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) declared that pervasive monitoring represents an attack on the Internet. This was followed by the adoption of RFC 72584: Pervasive monitoring is a technical attack that should be mitigated in the design of IETF protocols, where possible.”

In this blog post, we identify some of the responses in the policy landscape. In a companion piece, on our Internet Technology Matters blog5, we examine some of the responses from the technical community.

Policy responses and new challenges

We see a range of responses emerging, including:

  • Statements of principles
  • Data localization policies
  • Traffic re-routing policies
  • Legal proceedings
  • Assertion of jurisdiction
  • Diplomatic pressure

All over the world and across stakeholder groups, Internet users, political figures and even industry leaders have proactively voiced their deep concerns, calling for pervasive surveillance to stop. Notably, in December 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution: The right to privacy in the digital age6, following an impassioned speech at the UN General Assembly in September by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff where she expressed outrage at the mass surveillance and set out key principles for the Internet7. The UN resolution, among other things, requests the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to present a report on the protection and promotion of the right to privacy in the context of domestic and extraterritorial surveillance and/or interception of digital communications and collection of personal data, including on a mass scale . In Europe, during the past 12 months there has been a wave of activity in response to online surveillance. For instance, groups within the European community issued statements of principles (e.g. the Council of Europe Declaration of Ministers on Risks to Fundamental Rights stemming from Digital Tracking and other Surveillance Technologies8), and commenced proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights that received the rare priority designation by the Court. Further, the European Parliament9 called for the end of the US-EU Safe Harbor agreement and there was talk of establishing a European communications network ( a Schengen-Net ).

Significantly, in this context, the European Court of Justice recently ruled10 that the EU Data Retention Directive is invalid. In the Asia-Pacific region, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have reportedly condemned the U.S. surveillance programs, with the latter two calling for ASEAN countries to unite against spying. In some parts of the world, notably the Caribbean region, countries that were already considering increasing their capacity to exchange regional traffic via the establishment of IXPs, have hastened their work in light of the revelations that their international traffic may be subject to external surveillance. While we see a range of positive policy actions to counter online surveillance activities and to protect citizens, such as through strong statements of principle, we also see instances worldwide where governments appear emboldened by the revelations to engage in online monitoring and invest heavily in major cyber defense technologies.

Data localization proposals combined with calls for intergovernmental action to ensure national cybersecurity have also raised concerns across the Internet that this global network-of-networks could be carved up along national boundaries11. There was strong resonance in Latin America on the issue of Internet surveillance. The Presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela have signed a joint Mercosur Declaration12 condemning the surveillance episode. Moreover, Brazil, under President Rousseff s leadership, convened a Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance, (NETmundial), 23-24 April 2014. The meeting adopted the Netmundial Multistakeholder Declaration13, a non-binding document that served as an exercise of achieving common ground among all stakeholders regarding Internet Governance.

It also clearly mentions the right to privacy, including:

Not being subject to arbitrary or unlawful surveillance, collection, treatment and use of personal data. The right to the protection of the law against such interference should be ensured.

Procedures, practices and legislation regarding the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, interception and collection, should be reviewed, with a view to upholding the right to privacy by ensuring the full and effective implementation of all obligations under international human rights law.”

The Internet Society, for its part, is working with the policy community to tease out good and bad policy responses to this pervasive monitoring environment (e.g. by engaging in policy debates, and convening multistakeholder dialogue on data localization and traffic re-routing proposals1). We are also involved in the OECD s work on implementation of the Revised Privacy Guidelines, in the Council of Europe s modernization of the data protection convention (Convention 108) and in APEC, on the implementation of the Cross Border Privacy Rules system. These three frameworks prescribe principles for transborder flows of personal data, an essential foundation for a trusted global interoperable Internet. Further, in our contribution to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for its consultation in light of the UN Resolution, and in other fora, we are advocating for an ethical approach to data collection and handling, especially in the context of national security.

What s next?

Despite the extraordinary growth of the Internet, revelations regarding surveillance within the past 12 months underscore the importance of remaining watchful in our support of an open, global and trusted Internet – we must not take it for granted. The Internet has flourished and expanded because it is open, resilient, interconnected, and interdependent.

It’s an ecosystem based on collaboration and shared responsibility from all stakeholders, including governments, technical community, civil society, private sector, and academia, among others. Important progress is already being made within and across stakeholder communities on a variety of technical and policy initiatives that share the common goals of:

  • Striving to protect Internet users communications from unwarranted monitoring and interception; and
  • Restoring trust in the Internet, its technologies, applications, and services.

And yet, there is no absolute answer to prevent massive surveillance. The only way to make the Internet more secure, more resilient, more robust, and with more privacy is through all of us working collaboratively to make it that way.

It’s time for us all to do our part to make the Internet stronger.

1 RightsCon 2014; Freedom Online Coalition; IGF 2014141516

References

  1. ^ online privacy and security (www.internetsociety.org)
  2. ^ International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance (en.necessaryandproportionate.org)
  3. ^ Necessary and Proportionate (en.necessaryandproportionate.org)
  4. ^ RFC 7258 (tools.ietf.org)
  5. ^ Internet Technology Matters blog (www.internetsociety.org)
  6. ^ The right to privacy in the digital age (www.un.org)
  7. ^ principles for the Internet (gadebate.un.org)
  8. ^ Declaration of Ministers on Risks to Fundamental Rights stemming from Digital Tracking and other Surveillance Technologies (wcd.coe.int)
  9. ^ European Parliament (www.europarl.europa.eu)
  10. ^ ruled (curia.europa.eu)
  11. ^ carved up along national boundaries (www.internetsociety.org)
  12. ^ Mercosur Declaration (www.mercosur.int)
  13. ^ Netmundial Multistakeholder Declaration (netmundial.br)
  14. ^ RightsCon 2014 (rightscon.org)
  15. ^ Freedom Online Coalition (www.freedomonline.ee)
  16. ^ IGF 2014 (www.intgovforum.org)