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As well as enhancing safety and security, Qognify solutions distill mountains of data into meaningful intelligence to optimise business processes, cut costs and reduce the risk, and mitigate the impact, of shutdowns and service disruptions. The company sells solutions for airports, rail, traffic management, utilities, the financial sector and other environments where even minor setbacks can cost millions of pounds in lost revenue or cause major economic disruption. We spoke to Moti Shabtai, Qognify CEO and president, about the company s suite of big-data solutions, including Qblock, Suspect Search and Operational Intelligence Center.

IFSEC Global: Please tell us about your Operational Intelligence Center? Moti Shabtai: The Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) can be described as a big data machine that sits on top of our Qognify Situator PSIM solution and provides intelligence to the security team, the operational team, the executive suite as well as the wider organisation. It correlates huge amounts of data to give a snapshot overview, along with deep insight into how the organisation is performing. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway were to be closed One sector where the OIC is proving very popular is airports. They are measured on how many connections airlines choose to have through their airport versus another. If they re not providing a good service, it costs airlines money and therefore they may choose to go with another airport. So, knowing your response times, whether you are meeting your service level agreements and being aware of the number and the root cause of flights being diverted, is vitally important. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway is to be closed. How would it impact the capacity to contain landings?

When would planes need to be diverted because the airport can t absorb more landings? We have been working with one of the biggest airports in the world that is using the OIC to check how it is performing and how it is trending against its own KPIs as well as how to predict what may happen if the airport continues on a certain trend. IG: Where other than airports is the OIC useful? MS: The OIC is ideal for any mission-critical environments where the cost of business obstruction is very high. So airports, mass transit, seaports, financial institutions and utilities are key sectors for the solution. Also, smart cities initiatives around the world, where we are having conversations with governments and mayors, looking at how they can improve safety and security for their citizens, but also to optimise essential city infrastructure such as telecoms, water supply, sewer systems and traffic management. We take a sea of data which is getting bigger all the time and turn it into usable intelligence For example, we have a city that uses OIC and Situator to handle tickets for traffic violations. It has tripled the number of tickets by automating the process and making it much more efficient! So, Qognify Situator is the solution that enables operators or managers to manage situations and incidents, whereas the OIC focuses on operational intelligence and performance.

IG: Please tell us a bit about Qblock MS: Qblock is a converged IT solution for mass video storage. It s meant for those mission-critical organisations that cannot afford to lose anything and are seeking a zero-failure solution. They appreciate the benefits that network-attached storage is providing. IG: Do Qognify solutions deploy machine learning or deep learning? MS: Yes, our Suspect Search video analytics application is heavily based on both deep learning and neural networks, to analyse huge amounts of people and create a digital signature of whoever you are. IG: What kind of sectors or adjacent areas might you want to diversify into? MS: We are open to any opportunities to do with big data that complements our solution. We re a software company that specialises in finding the needle in the haystack and fast. We take a sea of data and that sea is getting bigger and bigger all the time and turn it into information and usable intelligence.

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Theia lenses approved for Dahua 4K box camera

Theia s lenses are designed to meet needs of a new range of 4K analytics-rich cameras and ensure true 4K resolution systems. Video surveillance specialist Dahua has qualified the Theia 4K lens family for use with its IPC-HF81230E Ultra HD Box Camera. The combination provides video surveillance professionals with one of the most advanced imaging technologies available.

Theia s 4K lenses offer resolution performance that matches the image quality 4K sensor cameras promise, but aren t always able to provide due to inferior lens selection. Theia s lenses resolve the 1.55 micron-sized pixel of the 1/2.3 4K sensors, while covering the larger 1/1.7 4K imagers. Verticals/sectors which they are suitable for include shopping centres, stadiums and open public spaces. They can be used for any application where a high level of detail and precision is needed for analytics-rich applications. This includes facial recognition and behavioural studies, especially in environments where there is lots of activity or total area coverage is needed. Dahua IPC-HF81230E 12MP Box Network Camera Features The varifocal lens family covers a horizontal field of view from 112 to 9 degrees, with the SL410 4-10mm lens and SL1250 12-50mm lens. Theia lenses maintain 4K resolution in day and night with 5 microns focus shift in near infrared light. They are 52mm and more compact than the comparable 1/1.7 4K lenses, allowing use in smaller enclosures and some domes. At F/1.4 the SL410 has the fastest F number and the best light gathering ability of any 4k 1/1.7 format varifocal lens available in the surveillance market.

The CS mount lenses are available in manual, DC-auto or P-iris versions; fully motorized, board and C mount versions are also available. Dahua says: When paired with Theia s 4K lenses, Dahua s IPC-HF81230E Ultra HD Box Camera is able to deliver very high image quality to the market enabling analytics and other high detail applications, says Daniel Chau, overseas marketing director. About Theia Theia Technologies provides high quality 4K and megapixel lenses for security and machine vision applications. Theia lenses are designed and marketed from the US, and manufactured to ISO 9001 standards. The company also provides optical engineering and custom design services. About Dahua Technology Zhejiang Dahua Technology is a leading provider in the global video surveillance industry. Dahua is committed to providing the highest quality solutions and products with the latest technologies to enable end users to perform their business successfully. 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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Airport security market set for years of strong growth amid perpetual terror threat

Market trends The airport security market is projected to grow 7% a year CAGR until 2024, reaching a value of $16 billion, according to a report by Global Market Insights. With the global terror threat likely to remain for years if not decades to come, demand for the latest innovations in security technology is burgeoning. Upgrades in customs screening technology, such as x-ray scanners, millimeter wave scanners or thermal cameras, are the most obvious investments.

Airports are also keen to maintain or even accelerate throughput of, and minimise disruption to, passengers even as they deploy systems that tighten security. embedded content One innovation designed to achieve both of these once contradictory goals is ThruVis by Digital Barriers. Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to the pioneering thermal-based camera. Hitherto manual processes are increasingly automated with the global market for smart airports growing at 10.7% CAGR, according to another report, by Grand View Research. Biometric passport authentication and contactless entryway checkpoints are two examples that enhance security, while remote check-ins, sensor equipment, e-gates, RFID baggage reconciliation systems improve operational efficiency. Airports are also keen to upgrade video surveillance systems to cover wider areas with fewer cameras, and to exploit higher resolutions and video analytics technology. Suspect Search by Qognify, for instance, can identify suspicious packages, track suspicious persons and reduce the frequency of false alarms and airport shutdowns that can cost airports tens of millions of dollars. The North American airport security market is expected to grow strongly as the US government prioritises homeland security, although Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region overall. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is experimenting with scanning technology that provides 3D images of screened cargo.

Called ConneCT the scanners are being trialled at the Phoenix Sky Harbor and Logan International Airport. Large security brands are increasingly providing end-to-end, integrated solutions that span a number of security technologies. Izmir International Airport in Turkey, for instance, has recently entered into an agreement with Tyco Security Products for the provision of unified security solutions such as access control, location monitoring, and intrusion tracking.

We recently spoke to Simon Cook, sales engineering manager EMEA and APAC at Genetec, the unified security solution provider with a huge presence in the airport market. At last count, 85 of the world s largest airports use Genetec systems, and 70% of all airports in the Middle East one of our fastest growing markets are protected by Genetec Security Center systems, Cook told us. Related Topics Can I take a knife-shaped banana on the flight?

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Finalists announced for the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017

AWARDS Finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The winners will once again be revealed at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on 22 November 2017. The event, which is supported by IFSEC and FIREX International, was sold out in the previous three years so you are advised to book your place as soon as possible.

This year s headline sponsor is Hanwha Techwin, the video surveillance specialist whose flagship brand is the WISENET series of CCTV cameras and equipment. Other sponsors include First Response Group, ICTS UK and Ireland, Oprema, Axis Communications and Honeywell. Find out who won in 2016, when the awards were compered by comedian Jimmy Carr. Here are the confirmed finalists for 2017, chosen from a record number of entries: Access Control Product of the Year (including biometrics) Avigilon Corporation with Access Control Manager (ACM) System with ACM Verify Browser DataScope with Fully-integrated online induction and access control system Doordeck by Doordeck FST Biometrics with IMID Access 4.0 Gallagher Security (Europe) with Gallagher Mobile Connect App Gingers Spark with Micro Power Lock Matrix Comsec with Matrix COSEC DOOR FMX Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Paxton Access with Net2 Entry Touch Panel PLATFORMBASE Inc. with ICT Compact Digital Locking System RBH Security Group with RBH AX-R Reader Range Vanderbilt ACT365 Cloud-based Access Control and Video Management Solution ACS Champion of the Year Active Response Security Services Axis Security Cadogan King (Security) (Part of The PCS Group) Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security ICTS UK & IRELAND SecuriGroup Services SmartSec Solutions Lovely way to start the week Oculi has made it as a finalist in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/BvQwnpNBbl Luminite Electronics (@LuminitePIR) September 25, 2017 Active Fire Innovation of the Year Accessium with Emergency Evacuations Management System Honeywell Security and Fire with VESDA VEA Nobel Fire Systems with Avantis Fire System Control Panel Ontech Security with Wardiam Pro Fire Trust Security with Haddon Hall, Derbyshire Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector Linx International Group Sainsbury s, Mitie, PaS and Sussex Police by Mitie Total Security Management CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year Avigilon Corporation with H4 Mini Dome Axis Communications with AXIS Q1659 Network Camera Dahua Technology Mini Thermal Hybrid Bullet Camera FLIR Systems with PT-Series HD Hanwha Techwin Europe with Wisenet X series of 2MP and 5MP H.265 cameras and domes Hikvision with DarkfighterX Honeywell Security and Fire with equIP camera range Panasonic Business with Aero PTZ Cameras Panasonic Business with WV-X6531N Weatherproof dome camera Reveal with D5 Body Camera Wireless CCTV with WCCTV Body Worn Camera (Connect) CCTV System of the Year (Excluding Cameras and Lens) Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) Security System Project Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi) with innoVi Edge Avigilon Corporation with Appearance Search Technology Axis Communications with Axis Camera Station Integrator Suite Digital Barriers with SmartVis Identifier Elmdene International with 4HR-UPS Range Guardia Systems for Beirut City Surveillance Project IDIS with IDIS Smart Failover Pelco by Schneider Electric with VideoXpert Professional SECOM with ROGUES (Repeat Offenders Gallery Under Electronic Surveillance) Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Total Integrated Solutions with West Midlands Combined Authority CCTV system Combined Security & Fire Solution of the Year Accessium with eEscape BT Redcare with Redcare Secure Fire IP Gerda Security Products with ACB Project Lazerbeam Fire & Security with The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair Mitie Total Security Management and Vodafone VSOC Securitas UK Securitas UK with University of Hertfordshire Swift Fire & Security with Caffe Nero Combined Staff Safety & Security Project Communication Product of the Year Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT Concorde Security with IFS CSL with DualCom MiniAir Digital Barriers with SmartVis Identifier Matrix Comsec with SARVAM UCS Milestone Systems with Milestone Husky M550A Panasonic Business UK with IP Video Intercom Qognify with Qognify Extend Situm Indoor Positioning StaySafe Lone Worker Safety Terracom Informatics with MyLoneWorkers PRO Verint with Verint Dispatch Manager STM Account Manager Nigel Moss shortlisted for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards Security Manager of the year category. ‘ ‘ ‘ pic.twitter.com/RZEOvpAkd5 STM Group (@STMGroupLtd) September 22, 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Amberstone Technology with Risk Watch Axis Communications with Removing PVC plastics to boost sustainability with Gatwick Airport Dot Dot Dot Property FGH Security Glevum Security Magenta Security Services Swift Fire & Security CSR programme Vigilance Wilson James Counter-Terrorism Innovation of the Year Frontier Pitts with Terra Gates Gatwick Airport Behavioural Detection Team Stratfor with Threat Lens VSG Customer Care Initiative of the Year BusinessWatch Group Chris Lewis Fire & Security with Getting Serious about Customer Service Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Customer Care Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Hospitality at the Core of Our Business ICTS UK & IRELAND ISS Facility Services (Security) in collaboration with ATOS Mitie Total Security Management with Eurostar Mitie Total Security Management with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Mitie Total Security Management with Vodafone VPS Home Security Emergency Response Customer Care Initiative Wilson James with Core Customer Values Great news! We’re so proud to be finalists in 3 categories in this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/JMbc5HqtnK Chris Lewis FS (@ChrisLewisFS) September 25, 2017 Cyber Security Innovation of the Year Axis Communications with Ensuring surveillance camera cybersecurity with Dell and Device Authority Genetec with CHAVE IndigoVision with CyberVigilant Nedap Security Management with AEOS end-to-end security Event Security Team of the Year Croma Vigilant Edinburgh International Conference Centre Security Team Effective Security Services Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security with Worthy View Security Team Glastonbury G4S with One Love Manchester Concert Team Houses of Parliament with Parliamentary Security Department Jaguar Land Rover with Corporate Security & Business Protection Logic Service Management Boston May Fair Event Security Team SecuriGroup Services with Events Division SGC Security Services Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year Ajax Systems with Smart wireless security system Avigilon Corporation with Presence Detector Axis Communications with AXIS D2050-VE Network Radar Detector Chuango Security Technology with Chuango D11 WiFi & Cellular Smart Home Control Enforcer V10 by Pyronix ERA with HomeGuard GJD with Laser-Watch Luminite Electronics with Luminite OCULi Wireless PIR Camera Ontech Security with Wardiam Perimeter Tyco Security Products / Johnson Controls with Visonic GB-502 PG2 Glass Break Detector Large Security Installer of the Year CBES Kings Security Mitie Total Security Management SecuriPlex Thompson AVC Universal Security Systems VPS and VPS Site Security VSG So pleased to be a finalist at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/8HU9j0lcw4 looking forward to the night! pic.twitter.com/BWH6UBbHBm NW Systems Group (@nwsystemsgroup) September 25, 2017 Passive Fire Innovation of the Year Hilti (Gt. Britain) with Hilti CFS-TTS Firestop top track seal LINIAN with LINIAN Fire Clip Parhelion with LDG StripeLight fireman torch Safe Connect with Hot Connection Indicator Security Consultancy of the Year CornerStone GRG CS Risk Management Future Risk Management Linx International Magenta Security Services MIPL QCIC Group Security Management International VIDEF Security Consulting Security Guarding Company of the Year Over 50M Turnover Axis Security ICTS UK & IRELAND Mitie Total Security Management Wilson James Security Guarding Company of the Year Under 50M Turnover Active Response Security Services CIS Security Croma Vigilant Exclusec Security Solutions FGH Security Global Guardians GMS Security Services Kings Security Magenta Security Services Pilgrims Group SecuriGroup Services Vistech Services Security Manager of the Year Andrew Sindall, Senior Security Manager, SGN David Cox, Security Manager King s Cross Estate, Andrews International Jason Hopwood, UK Strategic Account Manager, Santander by Wilson James Kuldeep Kainth, Security Contract Manager, CIS Security Lee Connelly, The King s School, Canterbury by Sunstone IP Systems Mark Burgin, Head of Security & Risk, Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park Martin Falsey, Physical and Electronic Security Manager, Yorkshire Water Matthew Hollick, Security Manager, Axis Security Muhammad Fahim, Eurostar by Mitie Total Security Management Nigel Moss, Account Manager, STM Group (UK) Paul Brady, Contract Manager, Croma Vigilant Shane Bailey MSyI, Network Rail (High Speed) So proud! TWICE: Qognify is a Finalist for Two Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 https://t.co/jPtiHZpNqH Hagar Lev (@hagarlev) September 26, 2017 Security Partnering Initiative of the Year Andrews International with Kings Cross Belfast City Centre Management with Retail Crimewatch CBES/Edesix in partnership with Asda with Body Worn Video System Chroma Vision with Westfield London CornerStone GRG with Google FGH Security with Long Term Brand Contribution iNCENTIVE fm with Bluewater Jaguar Land Rover Corporate Security with GMS Security Services SafetyNet Security Group with Leamington Student Street Marshal Scheme Wilson James with Santander Wilson James with Tate Galleries Security Project or Installation of the Year 2020 Vision Systems with the Yorkshire Seabird Centre, RSPB Bempton Cliffs Axis Communications video monitoring system at Chester Zoo installed by NW Systems Carlisle Support Services with Work-IT for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust CBRE Global Workplace Solutions and the Post Office with Modernising the Post Office (Security Systems) G4S with East Midlands Airport Refurbishment Project Meesons Speed Gate Installation at 55 Colmore Row, Birmingham Panasonic Business with Rethinking CCTV in Regensburg Case Study Qognify with Gatwick Airport Integrated Security SECOM with Co-op iCCTV Sunstone IP Systems with Solar IP CCTV System (SICS) Swift Fire & Security Domestic sprinkler Installation at Nottingham City Homes Springhead and Holwood Court Syntinex with Tinsley House, Gatwick Universal Security Systems with the GHERKIN Security Training Initiative of the Year Active Response Security Services with Security Awareness Programme Banham Academy with Traineeship and Apprenticeship Programme Chris Lewis Fire and Security with Core Values Training CIS Security Academy Development Journey Croma Vigilant with Critical Incident Management Training Crystal Peaks Shopping Mall and Retail Park with Continuous Improvement Houses of Parliament with Conflict Resolution Training ICTS UK & IRELAND with Charter Management Institute programme (CMI) Layer 8 with Layer 8 Toolkit Milestone Systems Learning & Performance Program Pilgrims Group with Lifesafe Training Programme Swift Fire & Security Culture of Compliance Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year 2020 Vision Systems Chris Lewis Fire & Security CSS Systems Lazerbeam Fire & Security Meesons A.I.

Security Engineering Sunstone IP Systems Taylor Technology Systems Tyneside Security The Inspiration in HR Award Axis Group & The Axis Academy CIS Security Securitas Ward Security Wilson James We are over the moon to announce that we are shortlisted for TWO entries in the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017! @SecurityXAwards pic.twitter.com/9eAmnKC8cm Lazerbeam F&S (@LazerbeamF_S) September 26, 2017 Related Topics Young professionals: Share your fire-safety ideas and jumpstart your career (and maybe win a prize) Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017: winners revealed Mike Tennent of Tavcom Training wins posthumous industry contribution award all winners revealed

GDPR gives CCTV operators chance to tackle negative image head-on , says white paper

DATA PROTECTION A white paper exploring the implications for CCTV of the forthcoming GDPR has been published by cloud-based surveillance company Cloudview. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force across the EU including the UK from 25 May 2018. The upper limit of possible penalties has been raised considerably: organisations found in breach of the law could be fined amounts up to 79 times greater than those levied under the existing data protection regime.

When installing a new system or upgrading an old system, any CCTV user or service provider will be expected to identify security risks and how those risks are to be addressed. Excerpt from Watching the Watchers Watching the Watchers: CCTV, the GDPR and the third wave of Data Privacy Regulation charts the history of data protection law, examines the changes introduced by the GDPR, identifies a shift from compliance to accountability , offers advice to CCTV operators and asks whether the new law might present an opportunity as well as a legal and administrative burden. Indeed, the white paper s introduction offers a positive take on a law that is causing great anxiety for organisations in most sectors: The CCTV industry has, almost from its inception, been portrayed in popular culture as the unofficial face of unaccountable surveillance overreach and invasion of privacy, it says. This position has been cemented by a popular perception of a lack of transparency and public engagement on the part of its users. More recently, it has become the unwilling poster child for the hazards of engaging with the Internet of Things. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) thus provides a welcome opportunity for the CCTV industry and its users to tackle this negative image head-on. The paper has been written by Andrew Charlesworth, a reader in IT and Law and director of the Centre for IT and Law at the University of Bristol (CITL). Cloudview which commissioned the report, provides a service that mobilises cloud computing and IoT technology to centralise and store visual data from CCTV systems, meaning the data can be analysed like any other form of big data. Connected to analogue or IP cameras, Cloudview securely transports visual data to cloud servers that the company says are secure and resilient.

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People of interest were known weeks before terrorist incidents but data was part of an unsearched, unstructured archive

Dell EMC develops hybrid cloud and big-data solutions built on converged infrastructure, servers, storage and cybersecurity technologies for enterprise customers. Graham Porter, the company s business development director EMEA for surveillance and security, recently spoke to our US-based media partner SecuritySolutionsWatch about the need to finesse access to archived video, the challenge of managing data from multiple sources and meeting the storage needs of critical national infrastructure among many other topics. SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today, Graham.

It s truly an honor to speak with a former member of the Royal Navy and co-creator of the SaaS solution incorporating cloud solutions for public sector and major enterprise customers. Before discussing recent trends and developments, please elaborate for us about your background. Graham Porter: In security, a mixed background appears helpful. Originally an electrical engineer, I was tasked with management of HM Trident submarine fleet electronic security originally to cover a G8 security conference, but thereafter to modernise the systems and processes around securing the naval base which housed the GB atomic weapons arsenal and associated accessories. For 7 years plus I worked with Cisco as part of their emerging technology team, based in London. Prior to that, I attach a BIO for your further interest. SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: In our recent chat with Ken Mills, General Manager, Dell EMC, Surveillance and Security we talked about how Dell EMC is today #1 In Everything, All in 1 Place and making the world safer. Your thoughts, Graham, on this topic? Read the full interview on SecuritySolutionsWatch.com Free Download: Securing the UK s borders.

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CNL Software and Promise Technology forge tech collaboration

Integration PSIM pioneer CNL Software is collaborating with Promise Technology to incorporate the latter s storage solutions into CNL s flagship IPSecurityCenter platform. Driven by founder Keith Bloodworth (one of our top 50 security influencers in the vendor category), CNL Software was at the forefront of the emergence of physical security information management (PSIM) platforms more than a decade ago. With its award-winning IPSecurityCenter software and integrated situation management solutions, PSIM is particularly active in critical national infrastructure markets.

Promise Technology, which also provides storage solutions for consumer/IoT, data centres and enterprise IT, provides surveillance-optimised storage solutions both in house and in the cloud. We believe in a connected world where security and life safety are not compromised by silos of information that are not able to communicate said Adlan Hussain, VP of marketing at CNL Software. We believe that technology should take the complexity out of decision making by integrating systems, people and processes. That is why we work with the world s leading manufacturer of security and life safety systems, Promise Technology. Together we create an agnostic method to connect critical technologies. Said John van den Elzen, general manager of surveillance at Promise Technology: Promise s server and storage appliances are custom-built to offer the highest level of performance for IP video surveillance. When it comes to PSIM implementations, we are aware that assurance and quality are paramount to reduce support needs and ensure availability. Our focus on innovation means that we are more efficient, allowing less hardware, less maintenance and a lower cost of ownership. We are active in all the key video surveillance segments and can offer solutions for deployments of any size.

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From cameras to the court: How to make full video integration a reality

Video has always been a rather touchy subject in the criminal justice system, and it s often hard for many people to appreciate the difficulties. Looking back, even in the VHS tape era, there were many court clerks scratching their heads at why the tape was playing too fast, or why it was flicking from one camera view to another. I remember many years ago, one such clerk taking about 20 attempts at hitting pause at the right time to show the shoplifting suspect in the act .

Although we had a standard recording format, no one had processed the time-lapsed, multiplexed video for court. Then came video DVD, and the legal system thought their prayers were answered. The challenge though came to the police and defence experts. In many places, it was their responsibility to prepare this old analogue, tape-based footage and get it onto a digital disk. For playback, it was easy: you had a standard player that could be purchased for peanuts and a standard format that allowed some degree of control. For creation though, it was a legal nightmare and one that created all sorts of problems. Getting the footage onto that disk, whilst retaining integrity and evidential worth required hardware, software and people with competency. It was very easy to create a bad video DVD with poor quality and little integrity. Manufacturers needed an open system.

Great for them but even better for a beleaguered video analyst like me And just to add in another complication, at that time we were right in the middle of the big VHS/DVR switchover. First and second-generation DVRs were purely VHS tape replacements. They were terrible, with very little thought about how to get the digital data out in an evidential manner. Many different solutions were implemented, but again the requirements on those having to deal with the surveillance footage increased. Many companies that had considered the export process often did not fully understand worldwide legal frameworks and would fail to give any ability to interpret or work effectively with the footage that had been recorded. So, we find ourselves circa 2010, where a video analyst in the UK needed around three desks worth of equipment to cope with the average weekly workload. Signal capturing, downscaling, screen grabbing, file conversion, reformatting: all just to get an image or a video into the criminal justice system. Due to some of the technical requirements, it was even easier to get things wrong. Getting it wrong in the legal world could have some dire consequences.

It was a challenge dealing with the input format, and now a challenge with the output format, mainly due to video DVD sometimes being completely unsuitable for the images/video to be presented but the courts only accepting that format. Early days of IP Very slowly, one or two system manufacturers started to talk together. We were in the early days of IP and they needed to have a video format that could start in a camera and end up being exported. They needed an open system. Great for them but even better for a beleaguered video analyst like me. I now had video data that I could independently validate and interpret. Not only on the HDD but the export as well. There were even one or two manufacturers that kept with stream formatting specifications, allowing individual cameras to be easily managed. There are quite possibly a great number of people working within the video surveillance industry thinking that you all do this.

All footage can be played and exported and then reviewed. I estimate that there are between 7,000 to 10,000 different types of video surveillance recording devices currently in use Well, within your own world it can but bring many formats into my world, and that s where things start to get interesting. In just the same way as manufacturers have started to integrate with others, ensuring the video signal gets from camera to DVR/NVR, we now need further integration to allow the video to carry on into the legal system. The regulations, guidance and forensic workflows of dealing with video evidence ensure that it can be trusted and relied upon. It is vital that the original recordings are retained, interpreted correctly, and if enhancement is required, then it s completed in a repeatable and reproducible manner. Getting the correct perspective of objects: An example of Amped Software s work In the most recent UK National Surveillance Camera Strategy for England and Wales, it states that there is a challenge within law enforcement and investigations because of an estimated 900 different formats. As we know, this is nothing new, it s just that national digitisation projects are now identifying the problem that many investigators were shouting about over 10 years ago. This number can be a little confusing so let me give you some estimates, based on my experience of investigating CCTV systems worldwide over the past 15 years. I estimate that there are between 7,000 to 10,000 different types of video surveillance recording devices currently in use.

Within those systems, there are less than five different recording codecs, with H264 being the current top dog. Finally, we have more than 900 different formats. The format relates to how the data is structured and the use of a specific file extension. It also includes the method of storing and decoding date and time information. DVR A and DVR B To put all of this into some form of perspective, let me introduce you to DVR A, and DVR B. DVR A is great. DVR B is, well let s just say that it s not so great. DVR A records in a standard H264 format. Its date and time format is stored within an open standard that can be decoded easily.

It stores this time against every frame and includes the milliseconds. Each camera is a separate stream, and the manufacturer has retained the standard for stream mapping and identification. The HDD can easily be removed and slotted into a caddy. The manufacturer retains all instructions of how to review, analyse and export, within documents easily found on its website. It also has all players and clients available to download. If clips are exported from the DVR, these clips are standard video files with standard subtitle tracks. Measuring height: Example of Amped Software s work The video files can be analysed at all levels: format, codec, GOP (group of pictures frames related between them), frame, macroblock (block of related pixels in a frame), pixel. The video files are given a unique checksum using an open algorithm upon export. Any video will play in any standard player.

Analysts can drop these videos and subtitles into forensic video software, such as Amped FIVE (Forensic Image and Video Enhancement), and immediately begin their investigative process knowing that this was the original recording and not a transcoded or recaptured copy. It s fantastic to see some manufacturers writing SDKs and APIs that allow other software to decode their formats when they use a proprietary recording method File authentication is simple with these exports as they each have a unique, standard mathematical value that is created at time of export. The method of authentication is transaperent, verifiable and most importantly, it is not reliant on a proprietary technology. With DVR B, it s a different story. For starters, the USB export ports are on the back of the DVR so they cannot be accessed easily. If all the footage was required, the internal HDD is secured inside the case so it s not a simple extraction. The manufacturer only retains make and model support for current hardware and places those behind an installer login page. When removed, the data on the hard drive is non-standard, with the video data and time information stored separately using a proprietary method. Although recording in H264, the header information is not held on the drive.

Exports can be created by the DVR but they transcode each new video to place the date and time information on the footage. The transcode process rewrites the files. Native files cannot be viewed or interpreted or validated by other software. The proprietary player requires installing on a computer and installs proprietary codecs within the system. Although the software has the ability to check file integrity, it relies upon a closed technology. Most systems fall somewhere in between these two extremes but I hope you get the picture which I often don t when dealing with exports from DVR B! Bridging the gap I train police officers and staff worldwide in forensic video analysis and in image authentication. Software such as Amped FIVE forms part of the final stage in a surveillance video s journey. It s not the DVR or NVR, and it s not the export player.

Legal systems around the world now need your help to bridge the gap and ensure that the challenge of these 900 plus formats can easily be overcome. If you are a CCTV owner, can you quickly export 10 mins, 10 hours or your entire system? For those with large installations, do you have a major incident recovery plan in place? For installers, are you installing equipment where footage can be exported, analysed, interpreted and managed if an incident occurs? Can it be played and reviewed without the need to install software? For manufacturers, are you working alongside the forensic video and investigative community to ensure that the footage your devices captures can be easily managed and integrated within any legal system? On a final note, it is fantastic to see some manufacturers writing specific SDKs and APIs that allow other software to understand and decode their formats when they use a proprietary recording method. I always enjoy the look on students faces when I show them that I can simply drop in a piece of footage and it plays without a problem. After spending years sourcing players and codecs, and then being forced to screen capture the footage, direct decoding is like a breath of fresh air.

There are no losers in integration. By working together and ensuring a full native workflow, the camera to court ideology becomes a reality. Please get in touch if you want to learn more. CFVA: [email protected] Free Download: The key to mitigating cybersecurity risks Exploiting IoT technology without creating cybersecurity vulnerabilities is one of the defining challenges in today s security landscape. This report will help you to see why third parties should adhere to secure by design principles and why the necessary convergence of IT and security departments demands a holistic approach .

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How to put your physical security systems into the cloud

PROCUREMENT We re in the midst of a revolution in the physical security world. The cloud era has the potential to change every aspect of physical security, offering alternative ways of doing things, opportunities to realise greater long-term value from legacy systems, and capabilities that have simply never existed before. Working together, smart devices and IP networks can realise remarkable benefits in diverse areas, including cost, installation, efficiency, integration, business automation, monitoring, situational awareness and ease of use.

Software is always up to date without the need for on-site work and systems can be quickly and easily adapted to user requirements. One of the perhaps unexpected effects of cloud is that, for many organisations, and particularly those operating or moving towards smart environments, security systems are shifting from being grudge purchases made only when they absolutely must be to desirable investments that can secure specific, tangible, measurable business benefits. The security sector has been slow to adopt cloud technology, in part because of natural, but now somewhat out of date concerns over putting security services out there rather than keeping them safely in-house The extent of this shift and the speed with which it can take effect, though, are dependent on how effectively security providers address the challenges arising for organisations wishing to take advantage of the new capabilities and benefits offered by cloud. This is particularly the case when a move away from a traditional systems approach is being considered. Choose the right provider Many longstanding security providers are simply lack the necessary skills and knowledge to address the complexities inherent in the integration of diverse systems, particularly over IP networks. Conversely, new entrants to the market from the world of IP networks, while bringing networking expertise, often lack understanding of security systems. Furthermore, they often do not fully understand, or sometimes even perceive, the complex legal and technical issues that can arise. It is beyond question, though, that in the world of physical security, the cloud is here to stay, just as it is in the consumer world of smart watches, fitness trackers and satnavs. Earlier this year, Gartner predicted that in 2017 we would see 8.4 billion connected things an increase of over 30% on 2016.

It would be foolish indeed to ignore such growth and the immense benefits that the technologies driving it can deliver as they connect previously disparate devices and data sources. Nevertheless, the security sector has been slow to adopt cloud technology, in part because of natural, but now somewhat out of date concerns over putting security services out there rather than keeping them safely in-house. At Reliance High-Tech, where we ve been innovating in the security arena for more than 40 years, we can see the parallels between this technology shift and previous trends, including the ongoing migration to IP solutions (which was much slower than many expected). Cloud integration essentials Appropriate expertise and experience are essential when it comes to cloud integration. Decisions must be made as to which facilities, services and infrastructure to move to the cloud right away, which to move later, and which should stay on-premises for the foreseeable future. There will be pros and cons for each device and service, which need to be fully understood to make the right decisions. Often a hybrid or staged approach is the right choice for example, embracing secure hosted services now with a view to full cloud migration as part of a longer-term plan. When planning the implementation of new and migrated systems, a seamless transition is usually essential. Risks must be fully understood and mitigated, and users and others brought up to speed rapidly, and then supported effectively on the new facilities.

Such issues mean you need a security partner that can provide expert counsel on both technical and commercial matters from the very start of the engagement. Exploring the idea Often, the first major challenge with any new technology comes at the exploratory stage, before any actual migration is even planned. Exploring potential risks and benefits, and convincing key players within the organisation that a move towards cloud should be made, can be challenging indeed without specialist knowledge in a variety of arenas, including IP networking, cloud infrastructure, applications and services, legacy systems integration and, of course, the cloud-based solutions available. A capable, experienced security systems integrator (like Reliance High-Tech) will work closely with you to fully understand the detail of your existing infrastructure, and your aims and objectives, as well as budgetary, technical and other constraints. Working from that basis they can then advise on strategic options and help you communicate the benefits to interested parties across your organisation.

Register of certified fire and security installers launched to combat rogue trader problem

A register has been launched for installers and those maintaining electronic security and fire systems who meet certain standards around experience, qualifications and trustworthiness. The CTSP Register, which has been endorsed by the BSIA, SSAIB, SIRA and Tavcom Training, will only include individuals who have demonstrated that they have at least a year s experience and are suitably qualified in the disciplines they claim to provide services in. Tavcom, the security systems training specialist, believes the initiative will help customers find reputable, suitably qualified operators and undermine unscrupulous traders.

Installers or integrators that become Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP) will burnish their credibility and enjoy greater exposure to potential customers by being on the register. Many in the industry have long lamented the lack of regulation around installation companies and the ease with which many cowboy operators have thrived to the detriment of reputable operators and customers alike. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Lee Dowling, sales consultant, West London Security I think this is a fantastic idea for the industry and for the individuals, says Lee Dowling, sales consultant at installation firm West London Security. Being able to show your professional skill set to employers and customers themselves will give them much greater confidence in you. Having been in the industry for nearly 10 years I have certainly come across some dreadful levels of workmanship which certainly doesn t match the standards required. Becoming a CTSP will certainly start filtering out the rough from the smooth and start bringing the level of installation work up to where standards should be. Criteria In order to gain certification and a place on the Professional Register for Certified Technical Security Professionals (CTSP), installers or integrators must demonstrate a minimum of 12 months practical experience and a minimum level 3 qualification such as a BTEC/City & Guilds or equivalent in one or more technical disciplines (like CCTV, access control, fire, intrusion and hold-up alarm systems). They must also provide two character references and have no criminal convictions for dishonesty, assault or sexual crimes.

Registrants are required to maintain CPD (Continual Professional Development) and conform to a strict code of ethics and disciplinary procedure. The industry has for many years expressed concerns over the absence of any meaningful controls and problems associated with unqualified installers and maintainers of security systems, says Kevin Matthew, the registrar and operations director at Tavcom. We have developed what we believe to be a robust professional register, which will have a significant impact on raising industry standards. We are delighted the register has been endorsed by the UK s largest security association the BSIA and Dubai s Security Industry Regulatory Agency. Indeed, the register has received overwhelming support from across the industry including the main inspectorate bodies. Said David Wilkinson, BSIA s director of technical services: We are very pleased to see this innovative register that recognises many of our security systems members. In such a challenging technical environment, it is more important than ever to demonstrate the professionalism of the personnel that represent our market sector.

The CTSP Register is now available online.