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IHS Research Note: ‘Metropolitan Police Service trial of body-worn cameras highlights new trend’

In the latest Research Note from IHS, David Green (senior analyst in video surveillance and security services) provides information on the market for body-worn video surveillance cameras in law enforcement.

In early May 2014, London’s Metropolitan Police Service announced it would be spending almost £1 million on a trial of 500 body-worn video surveillance cameras for police officers in ten of London’s Boroughs.

The move comes after several high-profile cases in recent years calling into question the integrity and transparency of police officer’s actions (for example with the shooting of Mark Duggan, which later sparked the London Riots of 2011).

Fitting video surveillance camera systems on mobile law enforcement is not a new idea. In fact, over $200 million was spent on these systems worldwide during 2013. However, so far the focus of this spend has been on in-car video – typically two-camera systems that offer both forward-facing and rear seat occupant coverage.

In the majority of cases, the motivation for fitting these cameras came through the video’s usage in prosecution cases as evidence, although as the ‘sue culture’ has become more popular there has increasingly been a benefit in helping protect against legal claims for malpractice.

If this Metropolitan Police Service trial of body-worn cameras shows clear benefits for the police, public relationships and even the Government, then it’s unlikely that this will be the last trial scheme to be announced

If this Metropolitan Police Service trial of body-worn cameras shows clear benefits for the police, public relationships and even the Government, then it’s unlikely that this will be the last trial scheme to be announced

Body-worn cameras are a much later addition to this industry segment. IHS estimates that sales reached over 5,000 units per year during 2013 for the first time.

In early adoptions, the body-worn cameras did not prove to be as successful as hoped. Issues arose with field of view, focal length and, above all else, simply whether or not the camera was pointing in the right direction when it mattered.

As a result, officers were finding that when they needed to search through video footage and prepare it for court, the video either did not show what it needed to or the quality was too poor to be admissible as evidence. The likely return, therefore, didn’t outweigh the financial cost to purchase the systems.

However, the technology has since improved and the newest cameras now offer a viable addition (but not replacement) to in-car video systems in providing law enforcement with total video surveillance solutions.

Solution to a problem

This is where trials like that planned by the Metropolitan Police Service are most interesting, though. It’s not necessarily that they are adopting body-worn cameras now that they’ve improved enough to be used as evidence. Rather, it’s more that they offer a solution to a different type of problem.

The motivation is not just about showing a tangible benefit (for example several thousand pounds a year in avoided legal claims) but that it can help rebuild the public’s trust in police officers and their conduct.

Body-worn cameras in this case are using video surveillance technology as a marketing tool rather than primarily being a security system.

It will therefore be interesting to see the progress of this trial in how it answers two key questions that could yet hold back growth in system sales.

First, will the public react in a positive way in that systems help improve public trust and reduce the frequency of legal claims against officers? Second, will the police officers themselves accept the technology?

Many arguments are made against the ‘Big Brother’ culture and there’s understandable resistance towards the idea that your every move at work could be recorded and scrutinised. However, if body-worn cameras can be shown to clearly reduce an officer’s risk in the field and improve public co-operation then maybe that resistance will reduce.

Post-recession, public services such as law enforcement don’t have a lot of funding to spend in any area. It follows that system cost will always be a concern, but if this Metropolitan Police Service trial shows clear benefits for the police, public relationships and even the Government then it’s unlikely that this will be the last trial scheme to be announced.

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IFSEC International 2014 Preview: HDcctv Alliance provides Europe with first look at HDcctv 2.0 technologies and products

Dahua, Eyenix, Intersil and Telecom & Security to demonstrate the ‘Next Generation’ of HDcctv technologies and surveillance equipment.

Surveillance video standards organisation the HDcctv Alliance will provide the European security sector with its first look at the new generation of HDcctv 2.0 surveillance technologies and products at IFSEC International 2014.

The HDcctv 2.0 standards – which were ratified in February of this year – have been developed and agreed for equipment able to produce high-fidelity HD video without transmission delay and without the need for IP cameras or new Ethernet cabling within a secured premises – meaning a significant cost-saving in many surveillance systems.

At IFSEC International 2014, Alliance members – including Dahua, Eyenix, Intersil and Telecom & Security – will showcase new HDcctv 2.0-related technologies and equipment. This demonstration coincides with the recent publication of an IHS report predicting significant growth in the HDcctv market segment over the next few years.

Todd Rockoff of the HDcctv Alliance

Todd Rockoff of the HDcctv Alliance

Todd Rockoff, HDcctv Alliance executive director, said: “There are two primary variants of HDcctv 2.0: NR and AT. HDcctv 2.0 NR adds ‘plug and play’ remote control up-the-coax to the underlying HDcctv 1.0 format. HDcctv 2.0 AT, based on HDCVI technology, delivers HDTV signals over any legacy CCTV coaxial cabling along with the ‘plug and play’ remote control capability. Both variants offer significant advantages over alternative methods for transmitting HD surveillance video.”

Further detail on companies taking part

Companies exhibiting on the HDcctv Alliance stand at IFSEC International 2014 include:

• Dahua – A world-leading advanced video surveillance solution provider and the inventor of HDCVI technology. The company’s product portfolio includes a full system series of front-end, back-end and display equipment as well as software and intelligent traffic solutions. Dahua will demonstrate the new HCVR7808S ‘tribrid’ DVR: an 8-channel DVR that supports HDCVI, analogue or IP video inputs on each channel.

• Intersil – Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high performance semiconductors for HDcctv Cameras and DVRs, in turn delivering a variety of high performance digital HD solutions. Intersil will demonstrate long-distance digital transmission capabilities.

• Eyenix – Eyenix manufactures Image Signal Processors for HDcctv surveillance cameras, providing security cameras with a total solution for capturing, analysing and transmitting HD video. Eyenix will demonstrate advanced ISP technology including long-distance digital transmission.

• Telecom & Security – T&S is an innovative Italian manufacturer of coaxial connectivity products for the security world, focused on simple, re-usable and effective termination solutions for coaxial cable-based installations. T&S will demonstrate unique, easy-to-use cable terminator technology.

Yin Jun, director of R&D at Dahua, said: “We’re very excited about HDcctv 2.0 and the flexibility it offers both end users and installers. HDcctv 2.0 AT in particular provides the means to upgrade any analogue system to HD quality video with ‘plug and play’ remote control without disturbing the legacy infrastructure.”

Jon Hwang, CEO of Eyenix, added: “Integrators and installers responsible for designing and specifying surveillance systems are now able to work with HDcctv as easily as they worked with analogue CCTV ten years ago. Certified HDcctv-compliant products from a variety of manufacturers will always interoperate without the need to test all pair-wise combinations. This means convenience, peace of mind and freedom of choice for installers and end users.”

Raman Sargis, product line director at Intersil, explained: “HDcctv 2.0 offers powerful technical options which will accelerate the migration to HD surveillance. Intersil is especially excited about further enabling ‘plug and play’ products by proposing our SMPTE-compliant VC-2 compression technology to the HDcctv standard roadmap for digitally transmitting HD video over longer distances and even higher-resolutions and frame rates.”

Intersil intends to license (under mutually agreeable terms) its VC-2 design Intellectual Property to other HDcctv Alliance members for integration in their semiconductor technology, thereby facilitating multi-vendor VC-2 compression interoperability and further accelerating proliferation of HDcctv-compliant products.

At IFSEC International 2014, the HDcctv Alliance will be exhibiting on Stand D265, where visitors are encouraged to meet Alliance members, see the latest HDcctv technology in operation and discover more about the benefits of HDcctv 2.0.

*To book a meeting at IFSEC International 2014, or find out more about HDcctv 2.0, e-mail: membership@highdefcctv.org

**IFSEC International 2014 takes place at ExCeL London from June 17-19. Visit: http://www.ifsec.co.uk for more information and to register as a visitor.

***The HDcctv Alliance is also taking part in the IFSEC Academy Conference Programme at IFSEC International. Attendance is free. Here are the details:

IFSEC International Academy 2014

Smart Buildings Theatre, Tuesday 17 June 2014

11.30 am-12.00 noon
‘The Future of HD Surveillance in Smart Buildings’
Todd Rockoff, Chairman and Executive Director, HDcctv Alliance
Giovanni Pugliese, CEO, Telecom & Security

Many major manufacturers have recognised end user demand for HD video, whatever the transport technology – hence their embracing of HD-SDI alongside IP cameras. Now, with the 2014 ratification of two advanced HDcctv standards, the options for providing end users with a High Definition surveillance system are greater than ever. What does this mean for CCTV system designers and specifiers? Are HDcctv cameras cost-effective in IP-based systems? What are the ideal situations in which to choose megapixel IP cameras instead of HDcctv cameras? What will the HD system of the future look like?

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Borderpol News: Organised crime “worth an estimated 870 billion US dollars per annum”

The latest Borderpol International Workshop was hosted by the National University of Public Service in Hungary under the direction of Police Brigadier General Gabor Kovacs.

Over 40 representatives from Interpol, Europol, the OSCE, the Turkish National Police, the Police Force of Slovakia, the Dutch Royal Marachausees, Romania, Serbia, Germany, Hungary and others from central and eastern Europe attended the gathering.

The Keynote Speech by Peter Talas from the University of Defence Research in Hungary gave a stark overview of global organised crime figures from the UNODC. Organised crime is now worth an estimated 870 billion US dollars per annum and represents the 15th largest ‘economy’ in the world.

The most lucrative forms of crime are drug trafficking, counterfeiting, human trafficking, weapons trafficking, trafficking in endangered species and pornography.

It’s estimated that there are 3,600 international organised crime groups of which 70% have multi-national membership.

Markets according to crime areas

Illicit drugs: 320 billion dollars per annum
Counterfieting: 250 billion dollars per annum
Human trafficking: 32 billion dollars per annum
Smuggling of migrants: 7 billion dollars per annum

When it comes to terrorism, Lt Col Jozsef Nahalko (head of the International Relations Division, Counter-Terrorism Centre, Hungary) highlighted the changing nature of international terrorist organisations becoming more leaderless, with independent cells, looser connections (generalised guidance, Internet) resulting in more small-scale and ad hoc attacks using lower resources.

The main outcome of the Workshop was that the experiences shared of co-operation between agencies has provided real benefit, but it’s recognised there needs to be an ongoing programme of co-operation.

Also, information is available on organised criminal activities, gangs and people but isn’t being used or shared effectively.

Further discussions and inter-agency co-operation will take place at Borderpol’s next Workshop in Helsinki, Finland during September.

For further information visit: http://www.borderpol.org

The World Border Organisation, Borderpol is a 21st Century body dedicated to improving border security and standardising international procedures and processes.

Recognising the need for the establishment of a global home to over 1,000 border-related services, Borderpol was officially registered in March 2003 as a non-profit international association in Canada with its General Secretariat located in Ottawa.

In concert with the EU Secretariat in Budapest (opened in 2005) and the Asia Secretariat (established in India during 2011), Borderpol facilitates co-operation and consultations among like-minded border services and related agencies.

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