Video Analytics: Oversold and underutilised but could key to preventing terror attack

Panel of video surveillance manufacturers agree that video analytics has yet to reach its full potential. Atul Rajput, Axis Communications, Stephen Jones, Seagate, Jonathan Rickard, Panasonic, and Andy Coles, Hikvision took part in a lively debate at IFSEC International 2017 about the trends shaping video surveillance over the next few years. Video analytics raises Far too many false alarms, not really performing said Jonathan Rickard but that is going to change as machine learning and processing power in cameras is increasing.

Video analytics can already identify unusual behaviour, if someone in a crowd who is drunk, or walking in an usual way. Analytics can take away the current expectation that a single security guard can monitor 150 cameras, said Rickard. A guard can see one or two cameras maximum. Even if you them screen with 50 cameras, they won t be able to do it. Machine learning is needed to monitor all cameras and then present anything usual to the security guard. ‘The future of video surveillance’ just starting at Security Management Theatre in @IFSEC IFSEC Global Editor (@ifsecglobal) June 20, 2017 The potential of real-time analytics Andy Coles pointed out that Artificial intelligence is already built into many surveillance products already. Until now analytics have been used to review an incident after it happens. Imagine intelligent analytics that can interrogate behaviour before it happens. That s where security is going. Deep learning will make big impact in the years ahead.

Forensic searches for video analytics are good, but we need to now react in real time. Takes a lot of processing power and technology said Stephen Jones. Preventing terror attacks In many incidents such as the recent Manchester Arena bombing, terrorists conduct a reconnaissance before the bombing. How could video analytics have presented these attacks, asked an audience member. If know suspect was on terror list and you could get your VMS platform suppliers for government and businesses joined up, yes you could spot that. said Andy Coles. The technology is there, but as everyone is using disparate systems you cant do anything like that. In connecting systems Simplicity is key Atul Rajput added. The more complicated systems are the more mistakes can be made on installation.

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Watch: How to optimise your network for CCTV and prove it works

Tavcom Theatre at IFSEC 2017 Peter Mason, lead IP tutor at Tavcom Training, is presenting at IFSEC 2017 on the subject: How to optimise your network for CCTV and prove it works. In the video below he previews this presentation, which will take place in the TDSi-sponsored Tavcom Theatre on three separate days see hte times below. View more videos previewing the 2017 presentations at IFSEC 2017 s Tavcom Theatre.

You can check out the schedule for the Tavcom Theatre here. IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL . Get your free badge now. Presentation details: How to optimise your network for CCTV and prove it works / Peter Mason / Tavcom Theatre / 20 June, 11:50-12:20; 21 June, 14:40-15:10; 22 June, 11:50-12:20 embedded content The Tavcom Theatre provides practical advice for professionals working in the security industry both end users and installers on video surveillance, video analytics, CCTV networks, cybersecurity, systems integration, drones and more. Tavcom Training offers technical and non-technical training in a wide range of fields like security management, control room operations, system planning and project management, structured cabling, disaster recovery, counter eavesdropping, PAT testing and covert CCTV. They provide award-winning BTEC-certificated courses to installers, operators, managers and designers of CCTV, network IP, intruder alarm, access control, fire alarm systems and more. The Tavcom Theatre is this year sponsored by integrated access control innovators TDSi. A prime mover in the industry-wide shift to open platforms and software-driven evolution, TDSi is a widely respected provider of readers, controllers, cards, fobs and surveillance solutions. 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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Watch: The future of access control upcoming Tavcom presentations previewed by Jon Davies

IFSEC 2017 Integrated access control manufacturer TDSi will be presenting in the Tavcom Training Theatre which it also sponsors during IFSEC 2017. TDSi s programme schedule includes three presentations on wireless locking, combining physical and cybersecurity in the cloud and open platforms. Sessions are free of charge to attend for all IFSEC badge holders TDSi s managing director, John Davies, will be presenting specific presentations on all three days of the event from 12:30pm until 1:30pm.

On Tuesday 20 Davies will discuss: Enhancing security and reducing installation time and hassle with wireless locking the presentation on Wednesday 21 June will cover: The future of open platforms and on Thursday 22 June, Davies will talk about: The benefits of combining physical and cyber security in the cloud . He will also be one of a group of industry experts participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday 21 June (2pm 2:50pm), entitled: The future of access control , along with Gareth Ellams, from ASSA ABLOY, Tony Smith, from Integrated Design and Spencer Marshall, from HID Global. Check out the schedule for the Tavcom Theatre here. embedded content John Davies, MD, TDSi will be speaking in the Tavcom Theatre at these times: 20 June, 12:30-13:00, Enhancing Security and reducing installation time and hassle with wireless locking / 21 June, 12:30-13:00, The future of Open Platforms / 22 June, 12:30-13:00, The benefits of combining physical and cyber security in the cloud Says Davies: TDSi is committed to educating the security market, so it makes perfect sense that we are partnering with our good friends at Tavcom and sponsoring the theatre this year. We are also looking forward to engaging with an audience of security professionals and consumers, to discuss these key trends and to look at some of the exciting developments in the security sphere, which are shaping its future and are having a profound effect already. Click here to watch other preview videos from the Tavcom Theatre 2017. TDSi will also be demonstrating its technology on stand A1250, as well as on distribution partner Anixter s stand (D1050), while TDSi s EXgarde security software and controllers will be part of the display on the Suprema stand (D1400). IFSEC International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL . Get your free badge now.

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BSIA responds to cash courier shooting in London

Walthamstow shooting The trade body representing the private security industry in the UK has issued the following statement relating to the recent shooting of a cash-in-transit courier in Walthamstow, north-east London. The cash-in-transit courier was injured from the shooting ambush. James Kelly, chief executive of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) said in a statement: Every day, cash-in-transit couriers perform a vital public service, transporting cash around the country and supporting banks, retailers and businesses by facilitating millions of financial transactions across the UK.

However, in doing so, they place themselves at risk of extreme violence, as today s incident sadly reminds us. Kelly goes on to point out that the number of attacks on cash-in-transit couriers remains at an all-time low. There were 76 injuries to cash-in-transit crew members, police and the wider public in 2016. However, the risk of violence and injury remains a very real threat to couriers. This is something that the private security industry together with its partners in police and government is continually working to reduce through initiatives like SaferCash, which shares intelligence about attacks and suspicious incidents between couriers and the police, continued Kelly. Our thoughts are with the injured courier and his family who have made a very personal sacrifice for the sake of our nation s economic security and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. The BSIA is a longstanding and valued partner of, and exhibitor at, IFSEC International, Europe s biggest fire and security trade show taking place 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Take your security knowledge to the next level at IFSEC International 2017 Experts from across all areas of the industry will attend to share their expertise on critical topics on 20 22 June 2017.

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Four Security Guards Shield Maddow From Book-Wielding Fans …

Perhaps it’s just me, but this came across as a tad excessive. On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow told of speaking on Sunday at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara about her book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, before an audience she estimated at –

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Closed Circuit: Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees with Mikhael …

Friday, 29 June 2012 10:00

It is suggested that the private security industry in South Africa is one of the largest in the world, with access-controlled gated communities characterised by electric fences, closed-circuit television cameras, armed response and manned guarding appearing across the country.

In Cape Town, property owners formed the Central City Improvement District (CCID), a private-public partnership to provide safety and cleanliness and make Cape Town a pleasant urban environment to live and work in.

In Johannesburg, the Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) operates a CCTV video surveillance system that is used by state police to identify and document criminal individuals from various street points at the time of arrest. The more scrutiny there is on the city and, most notably, on the people who inhabit it, the less visible it becomes.

The exhibition by Mikhael Subotzky, Retinal Shift, engages us in this stratified matrix of surveillance systems that aim to render certain bodies invisible from the public space.

Subotzky, a Michaelis School of Fine Art alumnus, is this year s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Visual Art. His exhibition is in both the Monument Gallery and Gallery in the Round.

The five installations in the Monument Gallery are comprised of colour prints, single-channel video installations and 11 slideshows. The two single-channel video productions, placed opposite each other, record regulatory practices in city streets: one from police-controlled surveillance cameras and the other made by the artist.

Subotzky acquired the CCTV video footage from the Johannesburg police. Each time an individual is arrested, s/he is made to look at the CCTV camera, which zooms in on their face. This method of archiving, in which the viewer looks at and is looked at by the criminal , is striking. The Johannesburg police call this, and its practices that are aimed at small crimes, the broken window approach .

Subotzky shrewdly integrates this in some of the colour prints on the adjacent wall that are collectively entitled I Was Looking Back. Some of these images are fragmented by the shattered glass adhered to the photograph making it almost impossible to see all of the contents of the image.

The normalised contempt for the poor in South Africa becomes apparent in the stop-frame footage, entitled Don t Even Think about It, which documents the destitute , vagrants or homeless eating on the street next to a residential building, shot from Subotzky s apartment in Cape Town. In the same area, a man masturbates. A CCID employee, or security guard, arrives to remove them and uses a bucket of soapy water to clean the area. Above, a woman spills buckets of water on the same spot. The policing of the poor as dirt , threat or contamination in the public space of the city is poignant, if not retrogressive.

Although the CCID claimed that it employs the homeless to patrol and cleanse the city, it is also one of the ways in which the grim results of an unbalanced economy are removed from sight.

The Gallery in the Round exhibition contains four-channel projections of Moses Lamani and Griffiths Sokuyeka, two of the tour conductors working at the Observatory Museum and the Monument respectively.

The viewer is presented with the documentation of personalised tours given to Subotzky. Lamani and Sokuyeka s monologues blur public history with intimate, private narratives. Lamani gives a geographical perspective of Grahamstown s architecture for example the Cathedral of St Michael and St George, Ossher Bros Store, Fort England Hospital and the old Odeon Cinema building and points out where his blue house is located. As Lamani talks, we see Grahamstown through the Camera Obscura on the damaged surface.

Each of these men gives an account of Grahamstown history while surveying the city. Sokuyeka speaks about personal tribulations, and reveals a scar that remains concealed under a mound of history. In 1994 the Monument was set alight: Sokuyeka s pain from being treated as a culprit resonates beyond the confines of the gallery.

Subotzky s work draws attention to the increasing separatism and social estrangement in South Africa. It asks us to scrutinize and to regard the injurious structures that seem so normal. Retinal Shift is an important and timely commentary on the irony of security and homeliness in South Africa.

-Nomusa Makhubu-