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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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Redvision s RV30 X-Series cameras integrate with Digifort s platform

Integration Set analytics profiles are now available on each Redvision RV30 pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) dome cameras preset, using the newly-integrated Digifort video management software. Redvision s RV30 X-Series rugged PTZ dome cameras now integrate with open platform, video management software provider Digifort, available exclusively through the Security Buying Group. Target markets and applications include retail, public areas, transport, defence, education, prisons, stadiums and industry.

The integration with Digifort allows operators to operate the cameras at variable speeds, with flexible control, as well as display, storage and channel expansion options. Remote configuration In addition the dome s wiper, infrared and white light illumination can be switched on automatically, manually or scheduled using the Digifort client. All dome pre-sets and tours can be configured remotely. Comprehensive analytics profiles can be set up for each rugged dome preset. Digifort s video management software reads the x, y and z coordinates of the PTZ preset so users can assign individual analytics profiles to each PTZ preset. The analytics set up in scheduled presets and preset tours can be tailored to different operation such as daytime, night, weekend, holiday and alarm. Dermot Grace, managing director of Redvision, says: Digifort gives customers a robust, server-based recording and control platform for the X-Series, with the ability to enhance system effectiveness and operation using advanced, easily set up, analytics. Redvision s RV30 X-Series of rugged PTZ cameras provide full high definition video stream recording, with lower resolution sub-streams for efficient, remote control, display and transmission. The RV30 range has 1080p and 720p resolution options and people can be identified at 40-60 metres.

Redvision RV30 cameras have also recently been integrated with the Meyertech FUSION Eclipse recording and control platform. Check out the latest solutions from Redvision at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find Redvision on stand D1150.

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ASSA ABLOY s Aperio locks now integrate with Tyco access control systems

integration news A technology partnership between ASSA ABLOY, which provides door locks, and Tyco Security Products has enabled the integration of Aperio wireless lock technology with Tyco s security and event management system. The integration ensures Aperio wireless RFID locks communicate with Tyco s C-CURE 9000 via iSTAR Ultra door controllers. Aperio locks have no need for additional wiring so can be installed in doors and entrances with little disruption to operations.

A link between iSTAR Ultra door controllers and an Aperio wireless hub enables the locks to communicate directly with C-CURE 9000, which is updated in real-time to ensure control of and visibility of activities at doors and entrances at all times. AES 128-bit encryption ensures data security. Rafael Schrijvers, access control product marketing manager, EMEA, for Tyco Security Products, says: C-CURE 9000 and Aperio wireless locks are increasingly being specified to work together on a wide range of security projects. The deep level of integration achieved between the two technologies will ensure systems integrators will now find it much easier to implement a combined solution. A similar level of integration has already been achieved between ASSA ABLOY s Aperio and Tyco Security Products Kantech Entrapass and CEM AC2000 access control software. Software House security and event management systems from Tyco Security Products are part of Johnson Controls, a global technology and industrial firm. Software House s C-CURE software portfolio works with various reliable controllers to provide security and event management. Visit Europe s leading security event in June 2017 Register here to attend IFSEC International where you will be able to take advantage of our meetings service, allowing you to select and meet with the manufacturers you want to see and with 600 companies exhibiting you are not short on choice. There are also discounts of up to 20% across a large range of products at the show, helping you to get the best value for your money.

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CES 2017: What homeowners wish security installers knew about home automation

CES 2017: What Homeowners Wish Security Installers Knew About Home Automation

No one could argue that we re not in the throes of a big shift for home security. The emergence of smart security has for the most part, been a good thing: it s allowed for more adaptable cameras and accurate alarms, and given homeowners more control over their systems while they re away from the home. However, it s also left many homeowners struggling to keep up with devices and developments.

Where before, the main model for security was through a professional monitoring service and alarm, today s homeowners have a wide range of options available at their fingertips everything from self-service DIY cameras and locks to smart monitoring services through a professional security provider. Consumer surveys show that the vast majority of customers still prefer a professional service to one they set up and monitor by themselves, but security services will need to adapt if they want to remain competitive with DIY systems Consumer surveys show that the vast majority of customers still prefer a professional service to one they set up and monitor by themselves, but security services will need to adapt if they want to remain competitive with DIY systems. Here s how security professionals can meet the changing needs of homeowners in the burgeoning era of IoT. How to install DIY equipment As it gets bundled into the rest of the home IoT universe, there s more of a tendency for homeowners to view security equipment as another branch of their home s automation, rather than as a separate system. While professionally installed security systems offer homeowners many pros namely, 24/7 monitoring the DIY market is definitely growing. Buying and installing equipment on their own allows homeowners to pick and choose their own products and ensure that what they re buying is compatible with home hubs and other devices. And the ability to avoid monthly fees is tempting enough that many are willing to risk going without constant surveillance. That doesn t mean that homeowners don t need professional assistance, however it just means that monitoring services may need to adapt their business model to include DIY setups. embedded content For instance, a system like LiveWatch Plug & Protect is a DIY device with professional monitoring capabilities.

Those installers that support similar devices will profit in the future, particularly since homeowners have questions about how amateur installations affect insurance rates. At the very least, security companies should allow homeowners more freedom to customize systems with the devices and services they really want, else they lose more customers to the DIY market. In one case a journalist was able to hack into a youth development centre s security system simply by entering the word admin for the username and password How to prevent IT security flaws Should I install my own firewall? How can I keep my password more secure? Can this equipment be hacked? A quick Google search reveals hundreds of reports of hacked or dangerously vulnerable home security systems. IT sites just love to take these devices and prove how easily they can be broken into in one case a journalist was able to hack into a youth development centre s security system simply by entering the word admin for the username and password. And although that might seem like a rare case, the truth is, most homeowners are terrible at picking secure passwords. A LinkedIn hack this spring revealed that the favorite password was 123456 used by over 700,000 accounts.

WiFi setup too, opens homeowners up to flaws, leaving routers unencrypted, or firmware badly out of date. Many homeowners know that they re in over their head when it comes to securing networks and devices, but they don t exactly know where to turn for help. Here, again, security services could help. In fact, when the security provider alarm.com questioned homeowners about what they wanted from smart device makers, they found that better customer support was high on their list. A whopping 85 percent said they d be more interested in smart home products if they could count on reliable support. Integrating IT services into professional security systems would definitely be a way for providers to edge out the do-it-yourself model, since a trained professional could not only help users set up systems securely, but also answer questions during a security event. How to set up home applets Thanks to the integration of the IFTTT if this, then that protocol into smart devices like Alexa, Nest, and Whirlpool, homeowners will soon be accustomed to applets, collections of actions triggered by a unique event. Many devices on the market are moving to this philosophy of smart device control: managing groups of actions as scenes , for instance. Saying the word bedtime aloud can set off a variety of security-related events: locking the doors and windows, setting the alarm, turning on security lights outdoors.

As the popularity of IoT security grows, professional installers can help homeowners by learning how to program and customize popular applets. That means they also might need to grow more familiar with the capabilities and limitations of other, non-security-related devices, so that homeowners can organize actions more fluidly. All in all, the more flexible security providers can make their services, the better off they ll be in the coming years, capturing those homeowners who want professional security advice, but don t want to pay the price in poor device compatibility and capabilities. Bryn Huntpalmer lives in Austin, Texas where she currently works as editor-in-chief of Modernize with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

Genie CCTV: British-born, global reputation story of a versatile security company

Genie CCTV: British-born, Global Reputation   Story Of A Versatile Security Company

Designing, manufacturing and distributing security solutions with customers in more than 30 countries, Hertfordshire-based Genie CCTV is highly versatile and a true British success story. Who is Genie CCTV? Based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Genie CCTV designs, manufactures and distributes a range of professional security products, including HD-SDI cameras and accessories, network IP equipment, access control devices and CCTV solutions.

Its 22,000 square-foot head office building is equipped with self-contained demonstration and training facilities. Incorporated in March 2001, the company is a family-run business with an international reputation, exporting to more than 30 countries. Products are sold through its nationwide and worldwide network of security distribution partners. It is reported to have a net worth of 1.16m, which has remained steady over recent years. After-care service and installers Genie s products have been used in a variety of applications, including retail, healthcare, rail, haulage, aviation and sea freight industries. Said to hold ISO 9001 accreditation , the firm prides itself on product quality and service, on-time delivery, and few returned products and complaints. The company also describes itself as well-equipped to support installers. It says it provides full after-sales support and technical back-up through its own in-house team, who are said to have many years of installation experience. embedded content The CCTV Eco Trailer from Genie CCTV Products and services A regular exhibitor at IFSEC, the company used its stand at the 2016 show to display its CCTV Eco Trailer for mobile surveillance.

This follows on from its self-powered wireless CCTV solution, the Solarguard RD . Showcased at IFSEC 2015, this rapid-deployment system provides CCTV surveillance for applications and environments where mains power or fixed wired communication are not readily available. The system incorporates self-generated solar power from military-specification photovoltaic panels on the trailer, which makes it a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution. It can accommodate a choice of cameras on a hydraulic mast, which can be extended up to six metres high, says Genie. As well as its recent focus on environmentally friendly mobile technology, the company used IFSEC 2016 to showcase its ANPR technology, body-worn camera, Virdi-integrated access control solutions and CCTV systems. In the same month as IFSEC, the company announced two important partnerships. The first agreement, signed with FST Biometrics , enables Genie to offer the In Motion Identification solution in the UK. In Motion Identification is described as the latest technology for seamless and non-invasive identification use for access control. The technology is said to use a fusion of facial recognition, behavioural analytics and voice analytics, and it is able to identify authorised individuals from a distance and in-motion.

The system, says Genie, provides a seamless access experience, which is accurate, reliable and non-intrusive. Using FST Biometrics core software, IMID Access , which serves as the backbone of In Motion Identification, Genie is able to provide identity management and access-control solutions, advanced visitor management, fraud detection, remote monitoring, and more. embedded content The second partnership saw the firm join up with SureView to integrate its Command Centre software platform, Immix, with Genie CCTV s hardware solutions. Immix is a software product that operates primarily in central stations and private command centres. It is said to consolidate a wide range of security products into a powerful but easy-to-use operator interface. It is designed to deliver new video-based services to customers and complements investment in existing security and automation systems. Genie has also recently released Biomerge-PX2 , approved interface utility software for the company s Virdi range of biometric readers and Paxton s Net2 controller. As part of the product support package, Genie is introducing a compulsory Biomerge-PX2 training session for integrators, which, in turn, will provide clients with a list of approved integrators across the UK and Europe. The Biomerge-PX2 training aims to ensure that integrators are fully acquainted with the integration requirements for: Paxton s Net2; biometric software/hardware; fingerprint enrolment; time and attendance; and the Biomerge utility software.

Genie CCTV auto-focus bullet camera, the WIP3BVAF Another recent product from Genie is an auto-focus bullet camera, the WIP3BVAF, which has been added to the company s Wish IP range. Described as a 3 megapixel auto-focus IP vandal-resistant camera, the unit comes with a 2.8 12mm auto-focus varifocal lense and has a 30 50m IR range. Focusing a camera manually, particularly high-resolution megapixel cameras, can be a laborious task. The company believes the camera s auto-focus feature can reduce installation time, support easy set-up and deliver high-quality images.

18-Port DC12V 20A Wall Mount Boxed PSU Eco-friendly solutions As evident from its eco-friendly solutions highlighted above, the company also prides itself on its environmental policy and says it is committed to leading the security industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment. The key points of its environmental strategy are: minimise waste by evaluating its operations and ensuring they are always efficient; minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of its fleet and the source of its power requirements; actively promote recycling, both internally and externally; source and promote products that minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution; meet or exceed environmental legislation that relates to the company; and use an accredited programme to offset any greenhouse gas emissions generated by its activities.

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NICE ranked PSIM software leader by IMS Research

NICE ranked PSIM software leader by IMS Research NICE Systems has been recognised by IMS Research for its “ability to customise and deliver complex PSIM solutions for leading organisations worldwide”. NICE Systems has been ranked as the global leader in providing Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software solutions by IMS Research (now part of IHS). The 2012 IMS Research Physical Security Information Management World Report counts NICE as the leading supplier of PSIM software based on revenues generated in 2011.

This is the second consecutive IMS Research PSIM report that ranks NICE as the top vendor worldwide. The PSIM market has high barriers to entry as it’s an area that demands the type of resources available only to well-established security solutions providers that have the ability to develop, customise and deliver complex offerings, said Niall Jenkins, manager of video surveillance and security research at IHS. NICE s ranking as the leading PSIM provider is based on its situation management solution, NICE Situator, which met the following criteria: Capture and correlation of third party systems and sensors NICE Situator s gateway library and open architecture allow for the seamless integration and management of third party systems and sensors.

Situator s correlation engine filters the relevant information and presents a single incident to the operator. Active policy management and rules-based processes Automatic tasks and adaptive workflows can be implemented based on pre-defined triggers and events for efficient collaboration and management of a situation. Visualisation and mapping Situator geographically maps out all systems and sensors for a comprehensive view of the situation in 2D and 3D.

Post-event reporting and analysis All activity managed by Situator is logged, allowing for the production of comprehensive ‘big picture’ debriefing, analysis and reporting. Anticipate, manage and mitigate security risks The IMS Research market share ranking reinforces our position as a top provider of solutions that helps enterprises and Governments anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks and improve operations,” explained Yaron Tchella, security president and EVP of business operations at NICE. “This is the second analyst firm that has recognised our leadership in the PSIM market. What differentiates NICE is the ability to transform big data into operational intelligence through correlation, adaptive workflows and trend analyses which promote a high level of situational awareness and effective responses.

NICE s security solutions “help organisations capture, analyse and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations and make the world a safer place”.

The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and Governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recognising trends.

NICE’s security solutions are used by thousands of end user customers worldwide, including those working in the transportation systems, critical infrastructure, city centre, banks, enterprises and Government agency sectors.

New technology alliance formed

New technology alliance formed A new technology alliance of four UK-based security product manufacturers will be launched at this week s Global Security Summit. The Harmony Alliance comprises power supply and sounder manufacturer Elmdene International; exterior detection and CCTV company GJD; intruder alarm manufacturer Texecom; and integrated access control system supplier TDSi. We believe that this high level collaboration represents a major advance in the harmonisation of security product integration, said Clym Brown, Harmony Alliance spokesman.

In initial discussions between the four companies, who are not direct competitors, it soon became apparent that there was a major gap in the market for a solutions-driven initiative that could readily combine the knowledge of like-minded providers, whose product offerings are based around a strong emphasis on innovation and best practice. The result was an agreement to establish the Harmony Alliance which is being officially launched at this year’s Global Security Summit. By cooperating, member companies will be able to create solutions where the individual elements are designed to work as effectively as possible with those from other alliance members, said Brown.

The rolling out of this unprecedented initiative should also deliver the product breadth, and reach, necessary for us to compete head-on with the larger competitors in the marketplace, across a broad spectrum of security applications.

No longer will customers have to be tied in with a traditional player to achieve the seamless and wide ranging integration they are looking for.’ Further details are available from the Harmony Alliance website.

Harmony Alliance set for launch at Global Security Summit

Harmony Alliance set for launch at Global Security Summit The forthcoming Global Security Summit provides a high profile platform for the launch of a groundbreaking initiative in the worldwide security industry: the Harmony Alliance. For the first time, four of the leading UK-headquartered electronic security product manufacturers are combining forces to offer ‘Best of Breed’ technology integration for consultants, installers and end users worldwide. The founder members of the Harmony Alliance – namely Elmdene International, GJD, Texecom and TDSi – are all recognised leaders in their respective fields. ‘Collaborate – innovate – protect’ is right at the heart of the Harmony Alliance.

Each member brings their complementary expertise and unique solutions to offer customers innovative security solutions and integration technology coupled with the peace of mind that each part of the system will work together on a seamless basis. Harmony Alliance members: the detail Elmdene International specialises in highly efficient power supplies, sounders and magnetic contacts plus ancillary products GJD is at the forefront of exterior detection equipment development alongside CCTV and lighting controllers Texecom has established itself as an award-winning manufacturer of intruder alarm products TDSi is a major global supplier of integrated access control systems, with several million card holders benefiting from its solutions on a daily basis Clym Brown, spokesperson for the Harmony Alliance, said: “We believe that this high level collaboration represents a major advance in the harmonisation of security product integration.” Brown continued: “During initial discussions between the four companies, who are not direct competitors, it soon became apparent that there was a major gap in the market for a solutions-driven initiative that could readily combine the knowledge of like-minded providers whose product offerings are based around a strong emphasis on innovation and Best Practice. The result was an agreement to establish the Harmony Alliance which is being officially launched at this year’s Global Security Summit.” Brown went on to state: “Moving ahead, by co-operating on an ongoing basis member companies will be best placed to create solutions where the individual elements are designed to work as effectively as possible with those of other Harmony Alliance manufacturers, whether it be access control panels, sounders, intruder alarms or exterior detectors.” Delivering product breadth and reach According to Brown, the roll-out of this “unprecedented initiative” should also deliver the product breadth and reach necessary for those involved to compete head-on with the larger organisations in the marketplace across a broad spectrum of security applications. “No longer will customers have to be tied-in with a traditional player to achieve the seamless and wide-ranging integration they are looking for,” explained Brown.

Further detail on the Harmony Alliance *The first point of contact for installers and end users who would like more information on the Harmony Alliance, and have specific project requirements, is via a new dedicated website *Visit Stand E170 during the Global Security Summit, which runs at London’s Olympia on 10-11 October, to find out more about the Harmony Alliance

Exceptional image processing with new remote video solutions

Security Essen 2012 Exceptional image processing with new remote video solutions HeiTel will be showing new solutions at Security Essen 2012, including the VideoGateway series, new DVRs for mobile applications and IMD passive infrared detectors. The VideoGateway series features a new design and offers exceptional image processing performance and an enhanced storage concept , according to HeiTel. Improved video motion detection differentiates local and global image changes providing a lower false alarm rate.

With their resistor-monitored inputs, all systems comply with both BS8418 and VdS guidelines, says HeiTel. The interfaces of the VG series enable intelligent integration in intrusion detection systems manufactured by third parties, says the company. With the CamDisc VG 2s and the Cam4mobile VG 2c, HeiTel has also extended its DVR range to include 2-channel devices with integrated hard disk for both static and mobile use.

The improved temperature management for mobile systems Cam4mobile VG 4, Cam4mobile VG 10s and Cam4mobile VG 2c also extends the range of possible uses in mobile applications.

Also on display at stand 309, hall 2, will be Xtralis life safety solutions, including VESDA early warning smoke detection, ECO for gas detection, and OSID for open-area smoke imaging detection.

The Xtralis ADPRO portfolio for perimeter, multi-site and enterprise security will also be on show.

Integration projects spearhead access control growth in China

Integration projects spearhead access control growth in China The access control software market in China is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 17%, reaching revenues of $40.4 million in 2016, according to IMS Research. Cash injections to the Chinese economy during the global financial crisis have seen an increase in the number of large-scale public projects, especially transportation projects such as airports and subways, which are providing a launch pad for access control software, explains IMS Research. These projects typically integrate sub-systems onto one platform, such as other security systems, fire protection systems, parking systems, electronic patrol systems and other intelligent management systems Historic revenues for access control software have looked relatively small in comparison to readers, control panels and credentials, said market analyst and report author, Rita Liu.

It s only in the last one to two years that the topic of integration has come to light, spurred on by large-scale complex systems that were previously unheard of in China. IMS Research says China s twelfth five-year plan provides for another 1,400 kilometres of subway lines being in operation by the end of 2015, with the number of airports in China planned to increase from 180 in 2011 to 230 by 2015. These two verticals will be the cornerstone of infrastructure projects in China with large scale investment being provided from the Chinese government, added Ms Liu.

Furthermore, growth is also set to be boosted by the trend to one-card solutions in China which is leading to further growth opportunities for access control software.