Monthly Archives: September 2017

Bosch’s robust MIC IP video security cameras now even smarter thanks to latest built-in video analytics

The true potential of the MIC IP cameras from Bosch Security Systems is the combination of their rugged design with the latest built-in intelligent video analytics that are specifically designed for the most demanding environments. With added features like video analytics while moving and metadata fusion, situational awareness in extreme environments is substantially improved.

The built-in video analytics of both the MIC IP Starlight 7000i and the MIC IP Fusion 9000i cameras allow them to distinguish false triggers from real threats: for instance, a tree moving in the wind that isn’t a person trying to climb a fence. They can blend out snow, rain, hail or water reflections from the desired picture. The MIC cameras are also extremely resistant against shaking caused by punishing winds, city traffic or bicycles parked against the camera pole.

Fuelled by the Internet of Things, products are becoming more connected and more intelligent. An example of this is the MIC IP Fusion 9000i’s feature of metadata fusion. It fuses the metadata of the camera’s built-in optical and thermal lens and helps end users to focus on ‘invisible’ things that need attention. If the optical lens is blocked by smoke, the thermal one can automatically trigger an alarm and still deliver a thermal image of what’s going on. That’ why the MIC IP Fusion 9000i is ideal for situations that need maximum situational awareness and early object detection, such as perimeter protection of airports and critical infrastructure or the monitoring of bridges, tunnels and borders.

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Another new feature is video analytics while moving, offered by both of the new MIC IP models. An operator is alerted instantly even at a remote location, or the Intelligent Tracking feature is triggered when a moving object or person is detected as the camera pans, tilts or zooms. Once Intelligent Tracking is activated, objects are tracked automatically. Optimal capture of the moving objects is assured by the camera’s dynamic adjustment of its field of view.

Starlight technology as standard

Both the MIC IP Starlight 7000i and the MIC IP Fusion 9000i offer Bosch’s Starlight technology as standard, with a 1080p resolution and a frame rate of 60 frames per second enabling capture of highly detailed, fast-moving colour images in scenes with minimum ambient light (down to 0.0077 lux).

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Perfect exposure in uneven light is safeguarded by the cameras’ High Dynamic Range of 120 dB. In fog or low-contrast scenes, visibility is improved by Intelligent Defog. When light drops to zero, the MIC IP Starlight 7000i can be complemented with an optional illuminator, thereby enabling the camera to capture high quality images in complete darkness at distances of up to 450 metres.

Both cameras offer an integrated, motorised silicone wiper to keep the glass clean. A window-defrosting function allows the MIC IP Fusion 9000i capture the highest quality video, no matter how cold the temperature. These self-cleaning capabilities, combined with the NEMA-TS2 rating, make MIC IP cameras an ideal choice for monitoring traffic in tunnels or on bridges.

Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent Streaming

The MIC IP Starlight 7000i and the MIC IP Fusion 9000i cameras offer Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent Streaming combined with H.265 video compression. Depending on the content of the scene, this reduces bitrate by up to 80%. It helps to keep video data manageable, while substantially reducing network strain, storage requirements and costs without compromising functionality and image quality.

With analytics while moving, Intelligent Tracking, metadata fusion, extreme ruggedness and thermal solutions for early object detection, the new intelligent MIC IP moving cameras are a perfect example of how safety and security can be further enhanced.

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Video: Are You Putting Lives at Risk With Poor Fire Door Safety?

Did you know that six out of every ten people wouldn’t know how to identify a fire door?

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To highlight this issue during Fire Door Safety Week 2017, security expert Abloy UK has created a video to explain how organisations could be putting lives at risk by not ensuring fire door compliance in buildings across the UK.

Here’s a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-IZwpWweDw

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BSIA endorses new NPCC Security Systems Group guide to preventing false Hold-Up Alarms

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has contributed to a guide which aims to help installers of Hold-Up Alarm (HUA) systems to reduce the number of false alarms. Developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Security Systems Group, the guide provides an overview of the impacts that false alarms have and offers recommendations on how installers can help to reduce them.

These recommendations include:

*take HUA Systems out of service before work starts and remember to return them to full service when work has been completed

*remind users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the police – they’re for use during an attack or the threat of an attack involving persons at premises protected by the HUA (a brawl outside the premises or petty theft is not proper use)

*recommend the repositioning of HUAs vulnerable to damage following changes to internal layout of premises

*ensure HUA fixings and covers are secure during service visits and remind users to report minor damage

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*remind users of their duty to inform contractors working at the premises that HUAs are installed and active

*discuss the correct use of HUAs with all employees who have direct contact with customers

These simple steps can help to reduce the number of false alarms, thereby reducing the impact on the police service and maintaining the reputation of Alarm Receiving Centres and installers.

David Wilkinson, director of technical services at the BSIA, explained: “The BSIA is fully supportive of initiatives to reduce the number of false alarms generated from security equipment. Preventing false Hold-Up Alarm activations will help to ensure that such alarms remain an effective method for delivering a rapid police response and maintain users’ confidence in security systems.”

Wilkinson continued: “The new guide provides installers with simple recommendations that can help to prevent false alarms during installation, maintenance and use. The BSIA is pleased to endorse the guide, and I’m sure that this document will prove beneficial to installers and service engineers alike.”

The guide can be downloaded from the BSIA’s website: www.bsia.co.uk/publications/publications-search-results/preventing-false-hold-up-alarms

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ITW Security Division highlights value of holograms in latest White Paper

ITW Security Division has added its latest White Paper entitled ‘The Hologram – Still Going Strong!’ to its website for the personal ID and secure Government documents market at www.itwsecuritydivision.com.

The White Paper challenges the predicted demise of holography and highlights its continuing role as the security feature of choice for Governments and Government agencies in the fight against counterfeiters and organised crime gangs operating in the trade of counterfeit or illicit passports, driving licenses and other personal ID documents.

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The White Paper also looks at the history of the hologram and its role in today’s ID industry. From analysis of what a hologram is through to understanding its use across a variety of substrates – including ID documents and banknotes – the document explores how holography is still meeting authentication and security requirements.

“Holograms are still one of the most important security features available for the verification and authentication of a wide variety of security and ID documents,” commented Bob Carey, ITW Security Division’s business unit manager. “No competing print technology works on so many levels of security (overt, covert and forensic), nor combines the decorative, eye-catching appeal and kinetic effects available in a hologram. We’ve worked to highlight this in the latest in our series of White Papers.”

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Dahua and GJD partnership delivers advanced detector-activated surveillance

Dahua Technology’s network video recorders (NVRs) now have a direct integration with IP-based outdoor detectors from GJD Manufacturing Limited. This integration provides end users with high quality and reliable detector-activated surveillance and monitoring.

The D-TECT IP range of detectors and Clarius PLUS IP illuminators have been integrated with Dahua’s NVR6-4KS2 range, an enterprise-level NVR providing up to 4K resolution. Its open architecture supports multi-user access and it’s compatible with ONVIF 2.4, enabling interoperability when combined with third party 4K cameras.

The NVR includes intelligent video analytics to detect people and moving objects, as well as other predetermined events, such as abandoned or missing objects, tripwire detection, people counting and facial detection.

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The integration was achieved by incorporating GJD’s API on a special firmware that enables the NVR to accept alarms from the detectors and link them to the recorder’s functions.

The BS 8418-compliant IP detectors are suitable for intruder monitoring, CCTV surveillance and other alarm warning requirements, providing both volumetric and long-range narrow field-of-view sensing, in addition to remote programming.

Eric Wang, head of product support for Dahua UK and Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled to have integrated our NVRs with GJD’s IP detectors, providing a professional detection and alarm monitoring solution that’s a fantastic addition to our security portfolio.”

Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Dahua Technology. The integration of Dahua’s surveillance products with GJD’s D-TECT IP motion detectors and Clarius illuminators will provide end users with high quality, reliable and efficient surveillance solutions.”

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“Early compliance engagement is key to raising building standards” urges Bureau Veritas

With reports suggesting that the construction sector will continue to grow over the next two years, Bureau Veritas has been quick to assert that an industry shift towards earlier engagement with compliance partners is vital when it comes to raising quality and safety standards for all.

Despite a momentary downtime, largely the result of a post-Brexit slump in confidence and weakening pound, the consensus is that commercial construction will regain pace in the coming months. According to the latest Construction Products Association report, UK construction output will increase by 2.3% in 2019, primarily due to major infrastructure projects.

Concern focuses on the fact that an increased pressure on commercial and residential developers to build more properties, despite a declining workforce, presents a risk to ‘deliverability’ and quality control. A recent study, for example, estimated that over half of all new build properties have ‘major faults.’

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Andy Lowe, director for building control at Bureau Veritas, commented: “Amid incredibly tight construction deadlines, cost pressures and a raft of legislation, it’s understandable that the modern builder and developer has a lot to come to terms with. That’s why we always advocate early engagement with a certification specialist. Without the ability to influence the wider project, it can be incredibly difficult to optimise quality control procedures and enhance safety measures, while at the same time enabling developers to achieve stated targets.”

Lowe continued: “In some cases, it can even help streamline proceedings and improve efficiencies, and particularly so when it comes to ensuring that the design aspect correlates with the compliance requirements. Without the approver’s early input, for example, any decisions made by a design team could be borderline in terms of interpretation and, upon review, it may be that items such as the fire strategy or the number of staircases are questionable, thus affecting the design as a whole and even resulting in the need for a redesign.”

In conclusion, Lowe stated: “In this way, we believe an industry shift towards earlier engagement is core to not only increasing quality and safety standards, but also optimising efficiencies on current major projects going forward.”

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Record number of businesses to benefit from free Manchester Security event

‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’ takes place on Wednesday 20 September at St Ann’s Church in Manchester with a record number of businesses set to attend. With more than 250 pre-registrations to date, the event will provide the North West business community with valuable insights into current security issues, offering the latest advice to help better protect them against threats and acts of crime.

The day’s programme includes a formal opening by Assistant Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine and a presentation by Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hitchen (deputy head of intelligence for Counter-Terrorism Policing North West on the ‘Partnership Approach to the Threat from Terrorism in the UK’.

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Gary Hibberd (managing director of Agenci) is to focus on ‘The Dark Web – A Real Journey into a Virtual World’, while Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin of Greater Manchester Police concentrates on ‘Policing the City’. A representative from SelectaDNA is going to be talking about ‘Using Synthetic DNA to Convict Criminals’.

The event is completely free to attend. Doors open at 8.30 am. Refreshments and breakfast snacks will be provided and the event will conclude at around 11.30 am.

SelectaDNA, Window Security Solutions and Noonan Services Group are sponsoring the event and their crime prevention products will be on display.

‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’ is organised by the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel with the support of Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Atmaana Business Consulting.

*Limited places are still available at:  https://manchestersecurity2017.eventbrite.co.uk

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Next generation models of Illustra Flex 3MP IP cameras provide “seamless video capture and viewing experience”

Johnson Controls is introducing the next generation of Illustra Flex 3MP mini-dome, bullet and box cameras with features such as P-iris lenses and TrickleStor technology to provide optimal image quality and reliability, and the convenience and efficiency of bandwidth management of the camera using Illustra IntelliZip compression technology.

Going beyond H.264 and H.265, the embedded Illustra IntelliZip technology monitors and then adjusts system streaming parameters, matching the camera’s field of view activity. The video quality is automatically adjusted when motion is detected to ensure detail quality is maintained. When activity ceases, the video adjusts and optimises the bitrate, in turn helping to reduce network bandwidth usage and video storage requirements.

The new Illustra Flex cameras feature the aforementioned TrickleStor, allowing the cameras to record video at the edge of the network even if an outage takes place. The camera will detect an interruption or stoppage and begin to record video to its SD card. Once the connection between the camera and NVR resumes, TrickleStor will then transfer the video from the SD card to the NVR to ensure uninterrupted video.

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The true Wide Dynamic Range function available across the Flex family line allows cameras viewing a scene with high-contrast lighting to balance shadows and highlights in order to maintain crisp image detail. This feature is ideal for camera deployments where windows or doors are areas of interest.

The family of Flex 3MP cameras is also equipped with a P-iris lens system that works in conjunction with custom software algorithms to provide optimal image quality and sharpness in all possible lighting conditions.

“Providing a high-quality, seamless and economical video experience is at the heart of these latest Illustra Flex introductions,” said Stuart Bettle, video product marketing manager for security products (EMEA) within the Building Technologies & Solutions Division at Johnson Controls. “Whether it’s P-iris to ensure the clearest image, TrickleStor providing end-to-end recording failover or IntelliZip to maximise bandwidth, we’re focused on meeting the needs of our customers on every front.”

The small, aesthetically pleasing Flex 3MP mini-domes are available in indoor and outdoor versions, the latter IP67-rated for protection against dust and water damage and also featuring IR illumination for improved low-light viewing.

The bullet model also offers an IP67-rated enclosure that protects against dust and water damage, making it a top choice for parking areas, garages, loading docks and other areas exposed to the elements. These models also serve as an exterior solution for schools and small-to-medium retail stores, banks and office buildings.

The Flex 3MP box camera is a flexible solution adaptable for any installation or application requirements.

*For more information about the Illustra Flex line of cameras visit illustracameras.com

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Abloy UK set to showcase security solutions at MLA Expo 2017

Abloy UK is showcasing its range of compliant security solutions at MLA Expo 2017, and will also be highlighting the importance of fire and escape door standards in saving lives. Taking place at the International Centre in Telford between 6-8 October, MLA Expo is Europe’s largest exhibition trade show for the locksmith and security industry.

Products being presented on Abloy’s stand include a wide range of mechanical and electromechanical systems, some of which can be integrated with smart technology.

Standards expert Pat Jefferies (commercial director at Abloy UK) will be hosting an interactive training session on compliance for escape and fire doors, while visitors to Abloy’s Stand (H2.27) can also be privy to a hands-on demonstration of the company’s new products, namely eCLIQ and the Escape Door System (EDS).

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eCLIQ is a completely electronic locking solution which uses the mechanical precision and microelectronic modules of the PROTEC2 CLIQ system. The locks within the range are both secure and reliable, with a compact waterproof design allowing for the strongest possible security.

The system also takes advantage of the core benefits of the PROTEC2 CLIQ solution, as each key is individually programmable. This solves the problem of lost keys and allows for access rights to be easily amended or deleted as required.

The EDS allows Read In/Read Out on escape doors without compromising safety or security. The solution complies with BS EN 13637 and enables delayed egress as well as controlled egress with just a turn of the key.

Other products showcased on the stand will include Abloy’s range of compliant and energy efficient electric locks, EffEff electric strikes, door cylinders, super weatherproof padlocks, rim and mortice locks and door closers.

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Pat Jefferies explained: “We know that the MLA Expo is the key event in locksmith’s diaries, and we’re keen to meet with visitors to discuss a range of topics including fire and escape door standards. Abloy not only has a wide range of compliant high security products, but we’re also renowned for our expertise when it comes compliance. We’re pleased to offer training on this and other topics at our Academy to help make sure the right products are fitted in the right applications.”

*For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK visit www.abloy.co.uk

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Euralarm announces detail of 2018 Symposium in Bucharest

Euralarm has announced the date of its next Symposium, which will take place in Bucharest, Romania on 4 June 2018. This will be the second time that Romania has hosted this event, showing the country’s commitment to European electronic fire safety and security.

Euralarm member ARTS, the Romanian Association for Security Technique presided over by Liviu Mateescu, will host the event. “Romania is a market that’s expanding,” explained Mateescu. “For next year’s Symposium, we’re aiming to achieve the largest audience for this event to date.”

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The Euralarm Symposium has become a ‘must attend’ event for professionals in the fire safety and security sectors. Every year, it brings together all stakeholders in the fire and security markets, including installers, system integrators, manufacturers, end users, facility managers and certification bodies.

Topics for the Euralarm Symposium 2018 will be announced later on this year. In 2017, the event focused on the future of fire and security services across Europe and turning the digital service market into business opportunities.

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