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Naftoport protects global petroleum supply chain with Nice Security Solutions

The NICE Situator and NiceVision solutions are helping the management team at a critical facility in Poland enhance situational awareness and improve incident management.

Naftoport Ltd, the major oil trans-shipment port in Poland, is successfully using Nice Systems’ NICE Situator and NiceVision intrusion detection video analytics to protect its critical resources.

Naftoport plays a vital role in the supply of petroleum to refineries in Poland and Germany, as well as the transit of crude oil from Russia and Kazakhstan to the ports of Western Europe, the United States and the Far East.

Naftoport Ltd, the major oil trans-shipment port in Poland, is successfully using Nice Systems’ NICE Situator and NiceVision intrusion detection video analytics to protect its critical resources

Naftoport Ltd, the major oil trans-shipment port in Poland, is successfully using Nice Systems’ NICE Situator and NiceVision intrusion detection video analytics to protect its critical resources

This latest project integrates nine existing gateway security systems to enhance situational awareness for improved incident management and operational efficiency.

Nice Systems’ advanced situation management solution, NICE Situator, offers a single, centralised interface and automated, adaptive workflows that are helping port authorities respond quicker and more efficiently to unfolding incidents.

Working together with ISM EuroCenter SA, Nice Systems has fully integrated NiceVision intrusion detection analytics, surveillance cameras, radar, intruder and hold up alarms, passive infrared, ACS, GPS and automatic identification systems with NICE Situator.

Naftoport plays a vital role in the supply of petroleum to refineries in Poland and Germany, as well as the transit of crude oil from Russia and Kazakhstan to the ports of Western Europe, the United States and the Far East

Naftoport plays a vital role in the supply of petroleum to refineries in Poland and Germany, as well as the transit of crude oil from Russia and Kazakhstan to the ports of Western Europe, the United States and the Far East

Even sonar is being fed into Situator to detect underwater intrusions.

Optimising day-to-day security management operations

The Nice Systems solutions are also being used by Naftoport to optimise its day-to-day security operations in order to minimise downtimes and ensure operations continuity. Roughly 40 procedures are being automated with Situator to proactively prevent any disruptions.

Cezary Jóźwiak, head of security at Naftoport, commented: “Integrating our disparate security systems within NICE Situator has made our security team more efficient, effective and agile by automating response processes and administration. It gives them a single operating platform through which they can proactively monitor, manage and maintain the safety and security of the port, in turn reducing risks and improving incident management.”

Chris Wooten, executive vice-president at Nice Security Group, added: “This implementation reinforces Nice Systems’ expertise in protecting major seaports worldwide, which is a critical element in border security. Working with Naftoport, we have maximised the potential of its existing infrastructure investments and provided a platform for the addition of new and upgraded systems in the future.”

Working together with ISM EuroCenter SA, Nice Systems has fully integrated NiceVision intrusion detection analytics, surveillance cameras, radar, intruder and hold up alarms, passive infrared, ACS, GPS and automatic identification systems with NICE Situator

Working together with ISM EuroCenter SA, Nice Systems has fully integrated NiceVision intrusion detection analytics, surveillance cameras, radar, intruder and hold up alarms, passive infrared, ACS, GPS and automatic identification systems with NICE Situator

Nice Systems’ security solutions help organisations capture, analyse and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations and, ultimately, make the world a safer place.

The Nice security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and Governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recognising trends.

Nice Systems’ security solutions are used by thousands of customers worldwide, including transportation system managers, critical infrastructure operators, city centre managers, banks, enterprises and Government agencies.

Project participants in detail

Naftoport performs transhipments of crude oil and refined oil products in the Port of Gdańsk. The company is a critical part of the petroleum supply chain for Polish and German refineries and crude oil transit from Russia and Kazakhstan to the ports of Western Europe, the United States and the Far East.

Naftoport has a capacity of 40 million tons annually across its four jetties.

The Nice Systems solutions are also being used by Naftoport to optimise its day-to-day security operations in order to minimise downtimes and ensure operations continuity. Roughly 40 procedures are being automated with Situator to proactively prevent any disruptions

The Nice Systems solutions are also being used by Naftoport to optimise its day-to-day security operations in order to minimise downtimes and ensure operations continuity. Roughly 40 procedures are being automated with Situator to proactively prevent any disruptions

ISM EuroCenter SA is a provider of intelligent security management and building automation solutions. The organisation was established in 2008 and is part of the JW Projan Group.

The company consists of specialists who have been professionally involved in areas of ISM EuroCenter SA activities (www.ismeurocenter.com)

Nice Systems provides software solutions that enable organisations to take the next best action in order to improve customer experience and business results, ensure compliance, fight financial crime and safeguard their people and assets.

The company’s solutions empower organisations to capture, analyse and apply – in real time – insights from both structured and unstructured Big Data. This data comes from multiple sources, including phone calls, mobile apps, e-mails, chat, social media, video and transactions.

Nice Systems’ solutions are used by over 25,000 organisations in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies (www.nice.com)

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MITIE partners with Facilities Show for second year running

FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company MITIE Group plc is partnering with the Facilities Show 2014 – the world’s largest dedicated facilities management event – for the second year running.

Taking place at London’s ExCeL from 17-19 June, in 2014 the Facilities Show 2014 celebrates 15 years at the heart of the FM industry, providing a platform for exhibitors, interactive sessions for visitors and a range of learning and networking opportunities.

MITIE will have a considerable presence at this year’s event, with an interactive stand on the show floor as well as participating in networking, industry discussions and seminars across all three days of the show.

The outsourcer will host a keynote seminar session at the event on Tuesday 17 June entitled: ‘Our Workplace in 2020’. This is to be presented by Martyn Freeman, managing director of MITIE’s Facilities Management business.

Facilities Show 2014 is going to be bigger and better than ever

Facilities Show 2014 is going to be bigger and better than ever

Co-hosted by Marketing Doctors, the session will focus on how FM companies will respond to the changing workplace environment and also showcase the results of MITIE’s ongoing research programme.

Martyn Freeman commented: “We are delighted to be partners of the Facilities Show 2014 and look forward to building our relationship over the coming years. We’re excited to have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with our industry peers and explore smarter ways of working in FM, both now and for the future.”

Tom Robinson, head of talent for MITIE’s client services business, will present a keynote seminar session on Wednesday 18 June focused around employee engagement and team performance.

Engagement with IFSEC International 2014

MITIE will also have a significant presence at co-lacted event IFSEC International, the world’s largest annual security event.

This year will see a dedicated ‘Meet The Buyers’ lounge at the show where suppliers can meet with procurement teams from leading FM companies.

MITIE’s procurement team will be at the show all three days to source new product and service solutions that can further support the MITIE business.

Fergus Bird, group event manager at UBM Live, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with MITIE once again. With the big move from the NEC in Birmingham to ExCeL London this year, we have gone all out to make it an unbeatable customer experience. MITIE is central to many of these exciting feature areas, which we greatly look forward to operating during the three days of the Protection and Management Series.”

2013 was the most successful Facilities Show on record, with 363 exhibitors displaying products and services to over 15,600 visitors.

*Facilities Show is the leading event for anyone in the profession. To find out more information about Facilities Show 2014 visit: http://www.facilitiesshow.com

**To register for the event please visit: http://www.facilitiesshow.com/mitie

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Digital Barriers to showcase SafeZone-edge embedded video analytics at IFSEC International 2014

Digital Barriers will showcase SafeZone-edge, the company’s edge-embedded intrusion detection application, at IFSEC International 2014. By combining outstanding detection reliability with affordability and simplicity, SafeZone-edge offers a genuine alternative to costly and complex server-based intelligent video analysis (IVA) as well as lower cost but unreliable video motion detection (VMD).

With organisations typically facing an underwhelming choice when selecting between video-based intrusion detection systems, SafeZone-edge was designed to specifically address the limitations and compromises of conventional solutions.

This started with streamlining the efforts of the installer and operator by replacing the complex and time-consuming manual calibration of cameras with a fully-automated set-up procedure. This even includes a unique function that allows multiple cameras to be calibrated in a single step, in turn saving time and offering greater flexibility to installers in their deployments of cameras and analytics at site.

Dave Oliver, director UK enterprise account sales at Digital Barriers, said: “SafeZone-edge was designed with a ruthless focus on simplicity, refining the product to concentrate on the key features and outcomes that are valued most – practical configuration of the system and reliable detection of intruders.”

Digital Barriers will showcase SafeZone-edge, the company’s edge-embedded intrusion detection application, at IFSEC International 2014

Digital Barriers will showcase SafeZone-edge, the company’s edge-embedded intrusion detection application, at IFSEC International 2014

Oliver continued: “A default intrusion detection zone and user-defined scenarios cover typical perimeter security and sterile zone monitoring operations, while set-up is streamlined by using a simple scene walkthrough to provide the reference data for automatic calibration of each camera. An advanced analytical engine with automated scene learning enables SafeZone-edge to detect reliably in even the most difficult environments, including adverse weather and variable illumination, as well as adapt to seasonal changes and day/night operation.”

Accreditation from the i-LIDS® scheme

Despite this focus on simplicity and ultra-efficient edge-based processing, detection performance remains uncompromising. SafeZone-edge is one of the very few truly edge-based applications to achieve the highest possible accreditation under the internationally recognised UK Home Office i-LIDS® evaluation scheme.

SafeZone-edge is certified as an i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications, as well as being an i-LIDS® approved event-based recording system for sterile zone monitoring applications.

Dave Oliver added: “SafeZone-edge uses an analytical engine that actually derives from a sophisticated server-based solution, with extensive re-engineering and code optimisation to create an edge-embedded application that runs directly on cameras and encoders. This effort was aided by the decision to develop the initial SafeZone-edge product on the world-leading ACAP open camera application platform from Axis Communications.”

SafeZone-edge is certified as an i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications

SafeZone-edge is certified as an i-LIDS® approved primary detection system for operational alert use in sterile zone monitoring applications

IFSEC International 2014 will feature the latest release of SafeZone-edge, with the innovative multi-camera automated set-up feature, enhanced object tracking, expanded thermal camera compatibility and the option to define multiple scenarios and alarm events on each camera.

SafeZone-edge is available through leading value added resellers and distributors, with an affordable and simple pricing approach. It’s already presenting system integrators, installers and consultants with a compelling case to re-evaluate their use of IVA and VMD for major projects as well as smaller site installations.

In one of the earliest trials, SafeZone-edge reduced the false alarm count at one site from an operationally unviable 10,000-plus per week to just one without any loss of detection sensitivity.
SafeZone-edge has launched on ACAP from Axis, the world’s leading network camera manufacturer.

Daren Lang, business development manager for Northern Europe at Axis, explained: “SafeZone-edge is a very exciting solution and a class-leading intrusion detection package that provides Axis camera users with a compelling argument for embedding video analytics at the edge of the network. This is a great working example of how the Axis Camera Application Platform is evolving. In this case, Digital Barriers is using Axis cameras as the platform to deliver a solution that’s not only very cost-effective but also provides levels of accuracy and robustness usually only associated with server-based applications.”

Further detail on IFSEC International 2014

At IFSEC International 2014, Digital Barriers will be exhibiting with Axis Communications on Stand E1000.

Digital Barriers will also be featuring its RDC intelligent ground sensors and TVI wireless video and alarm distribution platform. These innovative capabilities provide organisations – and particularly those in the CNI domain – with greater flexibility in their security and surveillance operations.

For more information on SafeZone-edge visit: http://www.digitalbarriers.com/safezone

IFSEC International 2014 takes place at ExCeL London from 17-19 June. Register as a visitor for free at: http://www.ifsec.co.uk

Delegates can see a live demonstration of SafeZone-edge on the Axis Stand (E1000)

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Securitas moves to strengthen technology offer in USA

Securitas has acquired 24% of the shares in US-based remote video services company Iverify at a purchase price of approximately MSEK 145. Simultaneously, Iverify has acquired 100% of the shares in technology solutions concern TransAlarm.

Iverify is one of the leading remote video servics companies in the United States and operates a state-of-the-art remote video operations monitoring centre. One of the largest of its kind, this facility is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

TransAlarm is a security technology integrator headquartered in Minnesota and operating a large network of over 400 installers capable of covering the entire United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Due to the acquisition, Securitas will have a 24% ownership position in the combined operations of Iverify and TransAlarm.

Driehaus Private Equity is Securitas´ co-partner in this transaction.

Iverify will continue to be headquartered in Charlotte with the two monitoring centres of the combined operations serving as back-ups to each other. The joint operation employs 300 people.

Alf Göransson: President and CEO at Securitas

Alf Göransson: President and CEO at Securitas

“Securitas has set a target to triple the group’s sales of security solutions and technology from 6% in 2012 to 18% by year-end 2015,” explained Alf Göransson, President and CEO of Securitas. “The acquisition supports the group’s strategy and strengthens Securitas’ position in the USA as an integrated security solutions provider.”

Göransson stated that the acquisition also facilitates the creation of alternatives to implement the Affordable Care Act in the USA, in addition to emphasising the long term value it will bring in creating security solutions for Securitas’ customers.

Santiago Galaz, Securitas’ divisional president for security services in North America, added: “Iverify and TransAlarm are a perfect match. They are both leaders in their industry and deliver complementary services. The new Iverify that emerges from this transaction will provide reliable solutions towards our customers for our remote video services and have the capacity for installing the associated technology. All of this is with a nationwide reach across the US.”

Securitas has approximately 104,000 employees in North America providing on-site security guarding, mobile services and remote guarding as well as risk management and consulting services.

*The acquisition is included as an associated company in Securitas as of 1 June 2014

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