Seagate launches SkyHawk AI 18 TB hard drive for AI-enabled and large enterprise smart video systems

Seagate Technology, the data storage and management solutions specialist, has released its 18 TB SkyHawk Artificial Intelligence (AI) drives. SkyHawk AI is badged as “the world’s first purpose-built hard drive for AI-enabled surveillance solutions” enabling quicker and smarter decisions.

The new drive supports deep learning and machine learning workload streams for Edge applications with ImagePerfectAI.

The capacity to retain more data over time is required for deep learning systems to become smarter and more accurate in their predictive analysis, while behavioural analysis requires significantly more data than traditional video capture. 

SkyHawk AI simultaneously sustains 32 AI streams alongside 64 video streams and supports multi-bay NVR and AI-enabled NVR. It offers a 550 TB/year workload rate, which is more than three times the workload rate of standard surveillance hard drives, in order to manage data deluge in complex video security system environments without sacrificing performance.

Put simply, this drive intelligently adapts between traditional video workloads and video+AI workloads.

“Seagate’s SkyHawk AI 18 TB video security system hard drive was designed for growing data demands to accommodate nodes of any size, thereby making it easy to scale from terabytes to petabytes,” explained Jeff Fochtman, senior vice-president of marketing and business at Seagate Technology. “With the SkyHawk AI 18 TB release, Seagate has presided over improvements in operational and analytical processes, providing faster access to video security footage when compared earlier versions.”

Built to meet the demands of an always-on large workload in an AI-enabled NVR system, SkyHawk AI 18 TB accommodates the recording and analysing of footage simultaneously from multiple cameras which equips customers with faster and smarter footage analysis by eliminating data latency and processing.

It includes three years of Seagate Rescue Services for additional peace of mind in the event of data loss or accident and a standard three-year limited warranty. 

*Further information is available online at www.seagate.com

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Amthal works on school security projects in partnership with Frank Cooper & Son

Amthal is working in partnership with Frank Cooper & Son across a number of school security programmes to ensure that perimeter protection installations exceed Ofsted standards.

With security always being a vital ingredient for any school or college in protecting its students, staff and visitors, its additional inclusion in Ofsted inspections is now leading many schools to review current standards.

Simon Cooper of Frank Cooper & Son stated: “On a basic level, Ofsted inspectors need school managers to demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to ensure pupils are safe on the site. This is right from the site boundaries to monitoring visitors or volunteers as well as having adequate security arrangements for the grounds and school buildings.”

Cooper continued: “We have worked with Amthal for many years, focusing on supporting schools by helping and advising on the best security strategies to ensure Ofsted expectations are passed. In doing so, we provide vital assurances that school security does not need to make a given premises feel prison-like. Bespoke and often colourful perimeter protection solutions can be created to protect essential learning environments.”

Initial design to installation

Amthal works with Frank Cooper & Son right from the initial design process through to installation, operating around learning timetables to ensure minimal disruption to school routines and following up with essential maintenance and monitoring services. 

CCTV and access control can also be used to direct those entering and exiting a school and monitor pedestrian movement more efficiently.  This can reduce the risk of crime in the school environment.

Jamie Allam, CEO of Amthal Fire and Security, said: “School grounds protected by secure perimeters and good access control and surveillance systems are the foundation of a healthy learning environment, supported by alertness and a coherent awareness of risk management.”

He went on to state: “It’s why we choose to work in partnership with specialists such as Frank Cooper & Son. This ensures that schools pass their Ofsted inspections with flying colours. It is really all about offering a well-maintained system that complies with building safety regulations. That enables a school to honour its Duty of Care when it comes to providing peace of mind for staff, pupils, parents and visitors on an ongoing basis.”

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Intersec moves to 2022 at Dubai World Trade Centre

Intersec, the ever-popular security, safety and fire protection-focused exhibition, has been rescheduled to take place in January 2022. The move has been confirmed by event organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East.

The 23rd Edition of the three-day event was originally set to run from 24-26 January next year at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The move to 2022 follows on from extensive consultation with key industry stakeholders.

“We’ve spoken to many of our exhibitors, industry Trade Associations, supporters and partners over the last couple of weeks and have heard first-hand the many challenges they’re facing which, inevitably, is putting pressure on their ability to participate at Intersec in January 2021,” explained Alexandria Robinson, Intersec’s show director.  

Robinson added: “Moving Intersec to its customary January dates in 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre will allow time for business recovery.”

Further, Robinson stated that Intersec will be very active throughout 2021 via its ongoing webinar series, while the team is now working towards creating a virtual event early next year to engage industry leaders, regulators, Government agencies and opinion formers alike. 

“We might be restricted physically, but we know there is a definitive need for critical conversations and discussions to address the challenges the industry has faced,” asserted Robinson. “By hosting these talks via a digital forum, it enables us to remain connected with the industry and nurture our existing relationships, while at the same time sharing solutions and common goals. We’ll outline further details and plans about the digital event in the coming weeks.”

Trends and opportunities

Intersec’s popular free-to-attend webinar series (there have been 11 broadcasts so far in the last four months) has kept thousands of attendees abreast of the latest industry trends and opportunities.

“We know we have a vital role to play in connecting and supporting the industry and the Intersec webinars fulfil the remit of stimulating meaningful conversations, collaborations and success stories,” added Robinson. “We will continue to run these webinars and support our stakeholders in every way possible until we meet again in person, and safely, at Intersec 2022.”

In conclusion, Robinson informed Security Matters: “One thing is absolutely certain, and that is that our community is resilient and will bounce back. It has been involved in many front line situations throughout the course of this year and it will continue to play a critical role in the months ahead. Throughout 2021 and come January 2022, we’ll have much information to share and Best Practice to learn from each other.”

Intersec in 2020 featured 1,100 exhibitors from 56 countries, duly attracting 33,872 visitors from 135 countries.

The global industry event is supported by the Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), the Dubai Police Academy, and the Dubai Municipality.

*Further information is available online at www.intersecexpo.com

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Inner Range issues urgent reminder over ‘End of Life’ system Concept

Inner Range is reminding customers with Concept systems that its stock of parts is rapidly depleting with some items now down to single figures.

The security system designer and manufacturer first announced that its Concept system was nearing End of Life in November 2018. Many customers have migrated easily to Inner Range’s Integriti product at only a fraction of the cost of an entire system replacement.

However, the company remains concerned some customers have not yet migrated and may find themselves in a difficult situation when replacements are required if parts have become obsolete.

Tim Northwood, general manager at Inner Range, said: “We want to support our customers as much as we possibly can, but the reality is that, very soon, we will not have replacement parts available. For some items, we’re already close to stock exhaustion.”

He added: “Our technical support team will continue to try to assist customers, but there’s a risk we might not be able to supply service replacements in the near future. Ultimately, that could put people and locations at risk if their security system isn’t functioning properly.”

In conclusion, Northwood said: “We are now urging any remaining Concept customers to migrate to Integriti, which is easy, efficient and extremely cost-effective and will secure their system for the longer term.”

Straightforward process

Inner Range’s award-winning Integriti system is compatible with 95% of Concept hardware so migrating is very straight forward and cost-effective.

Integriti is ideal for managing and controlling single and multiple sites at the local, national and global levels. Benefits for Concept users migrating to Integriti include more integrations with current manufacturers for security, building automation, people and business continuity processes, enhanced graphics and reporting, more flexibility around global programming and permissions as well as being compatible with current and future IT platforms (such as Windows and Vista).

Concept 2000 was Inner Range’s flagship product and first launched in 1989. It was designed by three of the four founders of Inner Range: Doug Frazer, David Baughan and Alan Winch.

The system was updated to the Concept 3000 and later the Concept 4000, which have been installed around the globe. However, the system’s underlying technology is no longer economical to maintain in comparison with modern platforms like Integriti.

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TALL Security Print attains leading financial services supplier qualification

Runcorn-based TALL Security Print, part of The TALL Group of Companies and a provider of secure printed and electronic payment solutions, has successfully attained the Hellios Financial Services Qualification System certification. The certification is required by major banks and financial services organisations when selecting suppliers.

The Financial Services Qualification System is designed to improve the standard of suppliers through a common set of policy and risk areas including IT security, operational risks, the General Data Protection Regulation and responsible business governance, all of which are reviewed annually and updated in a bid to remain ahead of regulatory changes. 

As the regulated environment becomes more complex, the rigorous qualification system provides a standardised way in which to manage requests for compliance and assurance information.

The Financial Services Qualification System is currently used by 32 major banks, building societies and insurance companies including the Lloyds Banking Group, Metro Bank, Santander, TSB, Clydesdale Bank and The Bank of England. 

Martin Ruda, managing director of The TALL Group of Companies, said: “We are extremely proud to have successfully achieved this certification, which reinforces our commitment and demonstrates our ability to consistently provide products and services that meet the compliance and regulatory requirements of our clients.”

Ruda added: “This certification also recognises the hard work that our dedicated members of staff have undertaken during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The business has operated throughout as a key supplier to the financial services sector.”

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Steve Riley appointed in key sales role for PAC-GDX and 3XLOGIC brands

Steve Riley has been appointed in key sales role for PAC-GDX and 3XLOGIC brands. Formerly with Risco for over seven years, industry stalwart Riley has joined the organisation with an ambition to grow market share across all brands by adding value to security solutions in the form of business intelligence.

On his new role, Riley commented: “It’s a very exciting time to be joining this organisation because we have several exciting product launches planned. I see so much potential in the integration of our brands and the resulting ability to offer solutions that very few companies can provide.”

He continued: “By harnessing the secure data which is on board many security systems already out in the field, we can provide valuable insights for end users, such as tracking how, when and where people move around buildings. This is the sort of information that can really assist with everything from COVID-19 procedures to energy savings.”

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Riley will also be re-shaping and re-energising the organisation’s channel engagement, developing new distribution partnerships and relationships with system integrators here in the UK and across Europe.

“Some of our brands have been associated with certain market sectors to date and they have dominated those sectors,” asserted Riley, “but interoperability across our brands and calibrating the right products to suit the application means that our security installers and system integrators can target any kind of business from SMEs right the way up to enterprise-level plcs.”

Welcoming Riley to the fold, Bill Hobbs (global sales leader for all brands) enthused: “Steve has joined us on the brink of huge growth potential for the company and his energy and management skills are a welcome addition at this exciting time.”

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ONVIF goes live on GitHub for open source development

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is now live on GitHub, the online open source development platform. The repository at github.com/onvif/specs will help drive the development of ONVIF network interface specifications. 

“By having a repository on GitHub, ONVIF is making its interface specification development process more accessible, transparent and efficient,” explained Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “We encourage ONVIF members and the global developer community to go to our GitHub site and contribute to the standardisation work of supporting greater feature interoperability and innovation.”

ONVIF interoperability specifications are already publicly available as open standards and implemented by more than 400 manufacturers of IP surveillance cameras, video management software and physical access control systems to enable communication between conformant devices and clients from different vendors.

Opening the development of network interface specifications to the greater developer community will allow for input from other industries, such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence, cloud services and other technology domains.

Source files

The ONVIF GitHub site provides the source files of ONVIF specification-related documents, including schema files, which describe the XML framework of specific ONVIF features and functions. Developers with an active GitHub account may propose changes via so-called pull requests.

A dual licence scheme enables ONVIF to publish these extensions and enables further evolution by the open source community. Changes ultimately accepted by the ONVIF Technical Committee will be published on the ONVIF public website. 

The GitHub platform enables greater automation and efficiency by automating key areas of the process. This includes removing the manual handling of change requests via a ticket system and automatically merging accepted changes into a development branch, which eliminates the need for a dedicated editor to update the network interface specification files.

Over the course of its 11-year history, ONVIF has also developed several Profiles (groupings of certain functionalities derived from established ONVIF network interface specifications) that enable the performance of a set of features: Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for video recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for broader physical access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming. While Profile development is not open sourced, ONVIF widely expects that specification contributions realised via open source will support the development of future profiles.

*To learn more about ONVIF and contributing via GitHub visit https://www.onvif.org/about/faq/

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Security systems developer Vanderbilt joins Euralarm

The Board of Directors at Euralarm has welcomed Vanderbilt as the newest member of the long-standing and influential association of European security and fire safety solution manufacturers, installers and service providers, with the security systems developer joining the Security Section. The latter represents companies involved with CCTV, intruder alarms and access control and serves as a key stakeholder in organisations such as CertAlarm, CEN-CENELEC, IEC and, indeed, the European Commission.

The Security Section collaborates on a regular basis in a bid to find security solutions in what is now a digitised and somewhat challenging world. Section meetings feature recognised experts offering presentations on topics such as the standardisation landscape within the video surveillance market.

Importantly, the Security Section liaises with key standardisation groups in the security field and closely follows technological developments with a view towards guiding regulation and standardisation. In terms of standards, the Security Section informs member companies of changes and advocacy activities at both the national and European Union (EU) levels.

Being a member of Euralarm, Vanderbilt will enjoy access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors. Membership of Euralarm will realise opportunities for both parties as it also strengthens the association.

Vanderbilt is a global provider of high-performance security systems for access control and intrusion detection. The business is recognised for its future-proof, innovative and easy-to-use portfolio that contains access control systems including the ACT365 and ACT Enterprise and the popular SPC and SPC Connect intruder detection solutions.

A strong advocate of open platforms and system integration, Vanderbilt (itself an ACRE brand) understands the issues customers face and provides multiple solutions that are designed to meet these needs.

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Expertise on markets and opportunities

Companies joining Euralarm benefit from a unique insight into what is happening in European markets and the opportunities they might offer. They can not only tap into the political expertise and understanding that underpins EU policy, but also make personal connections with technical and political experts as well as potential business partners.

Euralarm members have their voice heard in Brussels and can actively support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.

Founded back in 1970, Euralarm now represents over 5,000 companies within the fire safety and security industry valued at 67 billion Euros. The membership comprises national associations and individual companies from across the European region.

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TDSi expands logistics team to support customer needs during COVID-19 restrictions

Integrated security systems manufacturer TDSi has announced the appointment of Keith Beech to its logistics team based at the company’s headquarters in Poole. Beech’s expertise in managing the shipping and movement of TDSi’s integrated security products to partners and customers around the world is particularly important during the COVID-19 restrictions and transition to the new normal.

TDSi’s managing director John Davies commented: “We are delighted to welcome Keith to the team at TDSi. He is already a key figure in our ongoing distribution operations. Given the restrictions and social distancing rules associated with the new normal, Keith has a pivotal role to play in ensuring that our products are smoothly and reliably managed and shipped worldwide, wherever and whenever they are needed.”

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Keith Beech

Reflecting upon his appointment, Beech explained: “I have joined the TDSi team at a challenging, but also highly rewarding time with a remit to support our customers and maintain logistics in a rapidly changing world. I am directly involved with all of the functions of our warehouse operations, from goods receipt through to picking, packing and distribution, while at the same time maintaining safe social distancing regulations as well as the highest levels of accuracy and quality service.”

With a distinguished career in logistics for technology businesses, including both supervisory and managerial roles, Beech has the expertise and experience to fully support TDSi’s expanding international operations.

Beech concluded: “One of the main things that drew me to this role is working with and being part of the highly talented and dedicated team at TDSi. The Poole facility encompasses many key parts of the company, including product development and business operations, which means our logistical team is a focal point in delivering TDSi’s combined expertise to the market. I am now looking forward to being part of our continued success and supporting our business partners and customers alike.”

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NorthEdge Capital backs Orbis Protect’s bolt-on acquisition of Optosafe

Private equity-backed property, site and people protection specialist Orbis Protect has made its first acquisition following a strong period of growth despite the UK-wide lockdown. The business has bought Glasgow-based Optosafe, the 360-degree CCTV tower provider with which it has partnered for the last three years.

Orbis Protect employs more than 400 staff across 19 UK depots, working with clients across the private and public sectors. Its services include vacant property management and securing such properties so that they are ready for re-occupation, as well as site security for commercial offices, construction and other vulnerable sites. The business also offers a lone worker monitoring solution, supporting 35,000 workers annually with personalised alarm services.

The deal follows NorthEdge’s initial backing in 2018 and two years of strong organic growth for Orbis Protect, which has achieved consistent year-on-year organic EBITDA growth in excess of 20% since 2016. Earlier this year, the business ranked eighth in the Sunday Times’ Profit Track and, following this acquisition, is expecting to achieve in excess of £8 million EBITDA in the next financial year.

During lockdown, Orbis Protect has seen rapid grown of its decontamination services. In March, it had six team members trained to deliver specialist cleaning services, which include fogging technology to remove traces of COVID-19, with a further 60 being trained throughout lockdown to meet customer demand.

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Supporting the client base

Guy Other, CEO at Orbis Protect, said: “During lockdown we have been able to adapt quickly to support our clients. This approach to spotting new opportunities for our business has been key to us continuing to report strong organic growth. NorthEdge has been supportive of our ambitions since backing the business, and its backing in terms of our first acquisition has been invaluable.”

Other added: “Over the last few years we have managed to develop a strong partnership with Optosafe on a range of client projects. The specialist insight which the team can provide makes this deal a key part of our ongoing strategy and will help us to further accelerate our growth.”

Optosafe CTO John Robertson has now joined Orbis as managing director of the Optosafe division and will continue to focus on delivering customer solutions, while at the same time driving new product development opportunities.

Robertson told Security Matters: “We know our markets well and are aware of the high demand for Optosafe’s services. It makes monitoring and security for areas like construction, infrastructure and the utilities much safer and more reliable than traditional security systems, which is key for clients who own and operate such assets. Working with Orbis Protect will allow us to accelerate our ongoing R&D work in order to develop new services for our customers.”

Details of the deal

The acquisition was funded in part thanks to financing provided by Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank. Orbis was supported on the acquisition by Deloitte (corporate finance), Browne Jacobson (legal), BDO (financial due diligence), Fairgrove Partners (commercial due diligence) and Better Basics (operational due diligence).

Kevin O’Loughlin, investment director at NorthEdge Capital, explained: “Orbis Protect has performed exceptionally well in the harshest of trading environments presented by COVID-19. The acquisition of Optosafe provides Orbis Protect with additional penetration into the high-growth CCTV towers market and underpins the exciting growth strategy which management has in place for the business.”

Ian Mansell, senior director at Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank, added: “We are delighted to have worked with the team at Orbis Protect and alongside NorthEdge Capital to deliver what is a highly strategic acquisition. To have completed this deal against such a challenging backdrop is testament to the resilient and highly sustainable performance seen across the core business, which should be further enhanced through this acquisition. We look forward to continuing to support Orbis Protect on delivering its ambitious plans for future growth.”

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