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Watch: Highlights from day one of FIREX International 2017

Check out some of the action on the show floor from a busy, eventful opening day at ExCeL London. For more news, video and images from Europe s largest annual fire show, click here. Watch more videos from IFSEC and FIREX 2017.

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Watch: Getting CCTV images ready for the criminal courts

IFSEC 2017 preview Mamta Nokes and Richard Beckley of the central forensic image team, Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Department, are presenting at IFSEC 2017 on the subject: From CCTV set-up to the criminal courts . In the videos below the pair preview their presentations, which will take place in the TDSi-sponsored Tavcom Theatre on three separate days see the 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. From CCTV set-up to the criminal courts : Mamta Nokes, central forensic image team, Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Department 20 June, 16:10-16:40 embedded content From CCTV set-up to the criminal courts : Richard Beckley, central forensic image team, Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Department 21 June, 13:10-13:40 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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IndigoVision CCTV case study: Thorpe Park resort

Thorpe Park sought to bring its CCTV system into the 21st century while keeping costs down. It decided that IndigoVision was the right company to meet this criteria. Find out about the background to this video surveillance installation and the solution chosen by downloading this free case study.

Complete the short form to download the case study. IndigoVision has also published a case study about a CCTV installation at Birmingham Airport. IndigoVision will be showcasing its video surveillance solutions at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You will find them on stand E1100. Get your free badge now.

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Watch: The security door that refuses to yield to a flurry of hammer blows

BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone Watch a security door being put to the test by a hammer-wielding technician from the LPCB in the video below. This gives a flavour of what visitors to IFSEC International, which takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL, can expect to see in the BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone , which will take place within Borders & Infrastructure Expo . Live on the show floor, technicians from the LPCB will expose perimeter fencing, security doors, shutters and covers to attack from a variety of powerful hand-held tools that criminals might deploy.

Non-approved products will be tested in demonstrations against LPCB-approved alternatives that have reached a minimum of LPS 1175 SR-3 compliance levels. You can also speak directly to the manufactuers of the products being tested on their adjacent stands. David Cerquella, MD of Gilgen Door Systems, which is putting its security shutters up for testing, said: For the first time live LPCB test demonstrations are being made available to the public and we are delighted to give visitors to the show the opportunity to experience the strength of Gilgen high security shutters first hand. Visitors will gain an appreciation of the stringent nature of the LPCB test program conducted by experienced test engineers and the need for security shutters in today s high threat environment to repel various forms of attack . Click here to view the full attack testing schedule across all three days of IFSEC below. embedded content Join other high-end security professionals at the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo In conjunction with Europe s most renowned security event , IFSEC International, B&I is addressing your critical needs for large scale security projects affecting national security, integrated systems, border protection and much more. You will have access to test the latest security innovations in; Physical & perimeter, Barriers & bollards, Command & control, Emergency response, Cyber solutions, Drones & UAVs, Transport security and much more.

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Milestone Systems video: Are you ready for the next step in video management software?

IFSEC 2017 In the video below Bjorn Skou Eilertsen, CTO of Milestone Systems, previews his forthcoming presentation at IFSEC International 2017. Eilertsen is speaking at 1.30pm on Thursday 22 June 2017 in the Security Management Theatre. Milestone Systems are also exhibiting at IFSEC International 2017, which takes place between 20-22 June at London ExCeL.

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Hanwha Techwin s MD on the most powerful DSP chipset ever and exacting password standards to ward off hackers

Hanwha Techwin  S MD On The  Most Powerful DSP Chipset Ever  And Exacting Password Standards To Ward Off Hackers

Hanwha Techwin Europe MD Bob (H.Y.) Hwang Ph.D reflects on an eventful year for the company that began 2016 as Samsung Techwin, as well as setting out 2017 priorities around cyber security and upcoming product launches. IFSEC Global: Bob, what would you say is your most significant achievement during 2016? Bob Hwang: Despite fierce competition, we have continued to increase our share of the market and build on the excellent relationships we have with installers and systems integrators, as well as with our business and technology partners.

We are proud to have done so whilst at the same time rebranding our company name from Samsung Techwin to Hanwha Techwin. IG: To what would you attribute this success? BH: We ve continued to lead the market with the introduction of affordable and innovative video surveillance solutions such as our high definition open platform Samsung Wisenet-branded cameras, which are assisting installers and systems integrators to generate new business opportunities beyond the traditional security sector. The power of the DSP chipsets built into the latest generation of Samsung Wisenet branded cameras has provided opportunities to run on-board Apps which deliver additional real-life practical benefits. With these open platform cameras, end-users have the freedom and flexibility to choose edge based video analytics which best matches their individual requirements. IG: What products did you launch last year? BH: Our WiseNet HD+ camera and DVR range have been very popular with end-users who would like to benefit from being able to capture and record Full HD 1080p images, but are not yet ready to migrate from analogue to an IP network based video surveillance solution. There has also been much interest shown in our updated version of Smart Security Manager (SSM) Enterprise video management software. This powerful software platform is designed to maximise the efficiency of Wisenet IP network cameras, recording devices and servers, whilst facilitating integration with third party systems such as intruder alarms, fire detection, Access Control and ANPR (vehicle number plate recognition), to offer a fully integrated security system.

The most significant product developments for us during 2016 has been the launch of our new Wisenet Q series with Full HD 2MP and 4MP cameras, as well as Wisenet P 4K (12MP) cameras. These all feature H.265 compression and WiseStream, a complementary compression technology, unique to Hanwha Techwin, which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. When WiseStream is combined with H.265 compression, bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 75% compared to current H.264 technology. As a result, our Wisenet P and Wisenet Q cameras are among the most bandwidth friendly cameras available. IG: Has there been any significant challenges in changing your company name, bearing in mind that the Samsung Techwin brand was so well established? BH: We appreciated the familiarity the market had with the Samsung name and the trust they placed in it, and so we knew that the transition had to be carefully managed with our customers being kept informed every step of the way. In reality, on a day-to-day basis customers will have noticed very little difference because nothing has fundamentally changed. Our products are being designed and produced by the same talented people in the same factories as they have always been. The products are being sold and technically supported by the same enthusiastic, professional pre- and post-sales teams as before.

IG: What has been the impact of having a new parent company? BH: For those of us working within the Hanwha Techwin Europe team, it has been a fantastic development. The Hanwha Group totally supports our strategy of endeavouring to stand out in an overcrowded, competitive market by having a brand that can be trusted. The Hanwha Group understands what it takes to succeed in the B2B arena and we have been re-energised by its enthusiasm for what we are trying to achieve. IG: You have mentioned trust several times. Can you explain what trust means to Hanwha Techwin? BH: Nothing is more important to us than having satisfied customers who have trust in the Samsung Wisenet brand, but this will mean something different depending on where you are within the video surveillance supply chain. We know offering Best in Class products is not enough, even if they are equipped with unique, leading edge technology and offer superb value, maximum ROI and a low total cost of ownership. We need to provide a complete package, as well as peace of mind, which comes with product reliability, the highest levels of pre and post-sales support and the benefits of working closely business and technology partners.

IG: How do you establish trust with end-users? BH: One obvious way is to ensure their video surveillance systems are secure. We are constantly reviewing how Samsung Wisenet cameras, recording devices and software are equipped to minimise the threat from cyber attacks. Recent high profile incidents have highlighted how some manufacturers cameras can be hacked into via the back door in order to gain access to the images captured by the camera, or even as a way into an organisation s network infrastructure in order to steal confidential information or commit sabotage. The firmware of our cameras incorporate what is considered best practice in respect of the reasonable measures that can be taken to prevent unauthorised access to images and data. It is important not to be complacent and so we are constantly monitoring and testing the latest methods of hacking in field tests and our laboratories. When necessary, we release new firmware to counter new threats. In addition, whilst we appreciate that security protocols need to be flexible and easy to implement, we have introduced minimum mandatory and auto-enforced standards in respect of passwords. IG: You provide your video surveillance solutions via a distribution network; so how do you get installers and systems integrators to trust your brand?

BH: For installers and systems integrators, trust is built in many ways. Providing robust and reliable products backed with a three year warranty creates peace of mind. Trust is also established by offering an Advance Replacement service so that if a product develops a fault during in the first year of its three year warranty, a replacement will be dispatched to a specified address within 48 hours of the request. If you are part of the Hanwha Techwin STEP partnership programme, there is the additional benefit of being able to take advantage of the Advance Replacement service for up to two years of a product s three year warranty. Whenever we introduce a new camera series, consultants, system designers, specifiers, installers, systems integrators and end-users can trust Hanwha Techwin to always offer a comprehensive choice of models with the same technical specifications and performance levels. We know that many manufacturers fail to do this and it is extremely frustrating to find out that the cameras within a range, e.g.

2MP or 4MP, are not consistent in terms of their specifications and their ability to collectively offer an ideal solution for any camera location or application. IG: What does 2017 hold for Hanwha Techwin? BH: I am confident we will have a brilliantly bright and successful 2017 and beyond. We intend to have the upcoming new Wisenet X cameras and domes which are supercharged by the most powerful DSP chipset ever incorporated into a camera. The chip s all new architecture includes a high performance core that enables faster processing of video and optional on-board Applications. Most importantly, the ongoing investment in our future by the Hanwha Group means that we will be able to continue to expand our highly talented and enthusiastic pre and post sales teams in line with demand.

We are determined to excel in everything we do and we will move forward by listening, innovating and thinking outside of box. Whilst doing so and with the help of our dedicated and talented colleagues, we will look to work even more closely with our customers so that we are constantly tuned into their needs. 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.

Mobotix profile: the decentralised security camera and software specialist

Mobotix Profile: The  Decentralised  Security Camera And Software Specialist

If you work in the video surveillance and security sector, chances are you ll be familiar with the name Mobotix. Now in its second decade, the German IP camera and software specialists has made a name for itself developing the first decentralised IP camera and supplying the Mount Everest webcam. Contrary to popular perception as a hardware provider, the company sees itself as a software specialist with in-house hardware development of digital, high-resolution and network-based video security.

It produces complete systems using a single source. The company claims to be ranked fifth worldwide for video security (second within Europe, Middle-East and Africa) and to be world leader for megapixel surveillance cameras. The world s first decentralised IP camera The publicly traded firm with headquarters in Langmeil, Germany, is known for its network camera technology. The company was founded in 1999 and in the same year released the industry s first decentralised IP camera. Its Linux system contained video, alarm, and recording management functions in one unit, thus doing away with the need for licensed video management software to handle the recording event. Since then, the decentralised concept has been further developed to make high-resolution video systems more cost-efficient as the cameras themselves execute video analysis and event detection internally, and manage their video ring buffer on a NAS or server by themselves. This is said to reduce the workload of the VMS workstation and network considerably. Network ‘uctuation or longer interruptions are compensated by an onboard video buffer SD card. As a result, Mobotix video systems are claimed to be reliable while needing fewer servers and workstations, and less network infrastructure than other brands.

The company says this reduces the overall system cost as well as power consumption. Encrypted recording by the camera itself is claimed to guarantee data security and privacy. Of similar ilk is the company s M12-type model that serves as the world s highest webcam on Mount Everest. Powered by solar cells and operating from 6am to 6pm local time, it s capable of operating at temperatures as low as ’30 C and broadcasts live high definition video worldwide via the Internet. Located at an altitude of 8,000 meters, it works in conjunction with the Everest weather station to provide scientists with details of climate change. Event-driven ring buffers and onboard encryption Thus optimised for remote applications and cloud-based technology, the company s systems seem to be capable of reducing video bandwidth by scaling size and frame rate. Image detail is preserved via onboard Virtual PTZ functionality which stores high-resolution video in-camera and delivers low-bandwidth live images and playback on demand. In addition, Mobotix cameras are said to be able to manage an event-driven video ring buffer via a network or the Internet. Live and recorded video can be secured via in-camera video encryption.

Since 2010, Mobotix has extended its product range to include intelligent home automation. From the first autonomous IP cameras released at the beginning of the millennium, systems have been equipped with CMOS sensors without any moving parts, said to improve backlight recording and long term reliability. Two-way audio with VoIP messaging and phone connectivity using the SIP standard is included alongside weatherproofing and IP66 protection. In 2015, a new range of competitive 6-megapixel indoor cameras for ‘exible ceiling and wall-mount installations was launched. A fish eye lens on the hemispherical device is said to be capable of covering an entire room without any blind spots while the company s Moonlight Sensor Technology is claimed to be light sensitive enough to produce high-quality videos without motion blur even in low-light conditions. embedded content Optics, motion analysis and object statistics Other industry staples the company specialises in are interchangeable lenses, motion analysis and object statistics. A change of optics can be performed by customers themselves for most models. Camera positions can be changed and the optics adjusted according to the new mounting location. As the choice of lens dramatically varies the scope of a camera, using a super-wide angle lens, for example, enables an entire room to be monitored from a corner.

In turn, telephoto systems can capture details at longer ranges such as a number plate or the facial characteristics of a person. High quality HD lenses are said to fit different Mobotix camera series, and are backwards compatible with older models, even though the area captured by the lens may slightly differ with the image sensor installed in the camera. Mobotix also offers motion analysis for its systems. Its MxActivity sensor is said to only record video or trigger alarms if an operationally important event occurs. Interference caused by moving trees, shadows, passing clouds or snowfall is ignored; automatic configuration means only the objects direction of movement needs to be selected. As for object statistics, the firm s cameras seem to be capable of a range of operations. By defining counting corridors in a shopping mall s camera feed, for example, shopper numbers can be determined over the course of a week. The camera records how often each counting corridor is crossed within a specified period. The reliability of the count depends on the similarity of the sizes and shapes of the persons or objects in the image, their relative distance, how effectively they can be visually distinguished from their background, and how close the counting corridor is to the centre of the image.

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Hikvision UK & Ireland appoints Andy Coles as key account manager

Hikvision UK & Ireland Appoints Andy Coles As Key Account Manager

Hikvision UK & Ireland Ltd has appointed one time Norbain SD sales director Andy Coles as key account manager. Coles, whose most recent role was a four year stint as sales and marketing manager at Frontline Security, brings 20 years of experience in the security industry to the video surveillance giant. He is tasked with building relationships and developing business in Hikvision UK & Ireland s key accounts division.

I am delighted to have joined the number one security manufacturer in the world, he said. I am very much looking forward to renewing old relationships and building new ones. With such a vast array of exciting products currently available and many more due for release in 2017 I am looking forward to playing a pivotal part in this growing organisation. Said Hikvision UK & Ireland general manager Jason Yang: Andy is an excellent addition to the Hikvision UK & Ireland team. With his experience and knowledge of both the security installation market and distribution channels Andy will play a key part in us achieving our goals for 2017 and beyond.

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BAFE CEO highlights fire monitoring deficiencies at CSL Insurers Forum

Video In the video below BAFE CEO Stephen Adams offers his thoughts on the state of UK fire monitoring, expressing concerns about growing fire losses and responses to incidents at HMOs, care homes and empty buildings. In the interview, which was shown at the latest CSL Insurers Forum, Adams covered these areas: How he would compare fire monitoring to security monitoring How a drop in buildings monitored for fire activations has affected auto deployment How better fire monitoring could help responses when a building is empty What industry and insurers can do to improve fire installations and monitoring embedded content CSL s 10th Annual Insurers Forum in association with Vodafone enjoyed a record attendance of more than 60 senior insurers and fire and security consultants from leading companies at IFSEC International s HQ in Blackfriars, central London. Expert speakers discussed cyber security, home automation, M2M/IoT solutions and other industry trends.

Speakers included: Jason Girardier of Control4 discussed smart home automation and how it can help compliance of insured clients. Stephen Ridley of Hiscox (Aston Scott partnership) spoke about the need for greater awareness of cyber threats and offered ways for businesses to reduce their risks Entrepreneur Simon Gordon outlined the purpose of innovative CCTV-image-sharing resource Facewatch which he pioneered how it reduces crime and what it means for insurers Chantel Smith of Inner Range Europe presented their latest product including the standards it complies with, cyber threats and the ideology of a cloud-based alarm system Ray Kay of Vodafone discussed their investment in UK infrastructure, Vodafone s ongoing partnership with CSL and the importance of wireless technology Simon Banks of CSL focused on the value of partnerships within the security industry, investing in innovation, progressive trends and bridging the skills gap CSL is shortly publishing a booklet with more information about the Insurers Forum. To request your copy please click here . Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information. Key features: A full breakdown of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 The key actions when dealing with fire precautions & protection A complete guide to maintaining procedures and requirements within your organisation.

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