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MOBOTIX launches ‘Cactus Concept’ to set focus on cyber security for video surveillance

MOBOTIX has announced a heightened focus on cyber security by implementing the ‘Cactus Concept’. The concept aims to deliver a comprehensive approach towards protecting MOBOTIX products against the threat of cyber attacks along with education and tools to help customers and partners alike in building and maintaining secure video surveillance and access control environments.

The ‘Cactus Concept’ will raise awareness among potential and existing MOBOTIX customers of the importance of data security in network-based video security systems and how organisations can protect themselves through cost-efficient and intelligent solutions. End-to-end encryption with no blind spots is required, from the image source via the data cables and the data storage through to the VMS on the end user’s computer.

Like a cactus, whose every limb is covered in thorns, all of the modules (camera, storage, cables, VMS) in the MOBOTIX system have ‘digital thorns’ that protect them from unauthorised access.

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“Modern video surveillance and access control technologies help protect people, places and property across the world, but they’re increasingly targeted by criminals aiming to infiltrate, take-over or disable them,” explained Thomas Lausten, CEO of MOBOTIX. “With the Internet of Things trend adding billions of IP-connected devices each year, our industry must lead the way in creating secure platforms that can reduce the risks posed by these damaging attacks.”

MOBOTIX firmly believes in its ‘Cactus Concept’ to protect every element of the design, manufacture and operation of each device along with end-to-end encryption across the entire usage and management cycle.

To ensure the highest levels of security, MOBOTIX uses the services of SySS, a highly regarded and independent third party security testing company that examines the security of both software and hardware elements. SySS customers include Basler Versicherungen, Bundeswehr, CreditPlus Bank AG, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Flugsicherung, Festo, Hewlett Packard, Innenministerium/LKA Niedersachsen, SAP, Schaeffler, Schufa, T-Systems and Union Investment.

Sebastian Schreiber, CEO at SySS, added: “MOBOTIX has a contract with us to provide further penetration testing of its technology elements. The initial platform testing on a current camera model revealed very positive results. We’ll now continue security testing as an ongoing process.”

Thomas Lausten concluded: “Cyber security has been and will continue to be a core focus for us. We look forward to working with our peers in the industry, as well as customers and Government agencies, in order to protect the very technologies and systems that help make society safer for us all.”

*For more information visit www.cactusconcept.com

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Perimeter protection specialist Zaun majors on innovation at Intersec 2018

British innovation is the focus for multi-award winning perimeter protection systems group Zaun at Intersec 2018 as the company unveils new products. On Stand G11 in Hall 1) the company is unveiling two brand new products at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

First, Zaun is announcing the CorruSec SR3 and CorruSec Premier SR4, two new high-security fence systems that resist – for more than five and ten minutes respectively – sustained attack with designated specialist power tools.

Zaun’s stand features the company’s full suite of SR-rated products, installations of its raking ArmaWeave fencing system and also Government-rated PIDs and PulseSecure electric pulse fencing courtesy of electronic and electrified perimeter security systems business Harper Chalice.

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Zaun’s co-founder and director Alastair Henman has made no secret of his intentions to refocus Zaun on its manufacturing strengths and set it apart with pioneering innovation and bold investment. With this in mind, Henman has added strengthened relationships with core contractor customers and architects, strategic acquisitions and renewed energy on collaboration and partnering.

Speaking prior to Intersec (which is running from 21-23 Janaury), Henman observed: “It all contributes to a massively exciting future we’re building here at Zaun. We’re confidently ready to forge into the future and approach 2018 with record consolidated turnover and profit.”

Over the past two decades, Intersec’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent, but has also gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security and safety solutions from the world’s premier manufacturers.

Last year, almost 33,000 delegates from all over the world visited more than 1,300 exhibitors present from 58 countries.

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Hikvision opens new demonstration and training facility in Manchester

Hikvision has opened a Northern demonstration and training facility to support customers in the region. Based at Media City in Manchester, the new facility showcases the latest Hikvision products, solutions and technologies together with outlining the real-life benefits they can bring to both end users and installers of the products.

Also forming part of the facility is the new Hikvision Academy training centre which can comfortably train 30 engineers at one time in a number of courses including the popular HCSA training course along with the new Hikvision HCSP and VMS courses.

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To celebrate the official opening, Hikvision carried out guided tours of the new facility for invited guests, running through the latest products and technologies on display. This was followed by an evening event where the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place.

“We’re delighted to officially open the new Hikvision demonstration and training facility here in Manchester,” said Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK & Ireland. “We take great pride in providing Best in Class products and solutions for our customers and their end users. Coupled with this, we’re showing commitment to our customers by listening to their requests and supporting them by providing the tools required to specify and install Hikvision solutions to the highest possible level.”

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*To find out more about the new Hikvision demonstration facility or the training courses available at the Hikvision Academy in Manchester visit www.hikvision.co.uk

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Bespoke fire panels introduced for end users through Advanced’s dedicated AdSpecials service

For end user customers requiring custom fire panels, Advanced’s AdSpecials team will work with them to design and manufacture unique panels and control interfaces for its fire systems, whatever the installation challenge.

Advanced has been building fire panels for nearly 20 years and has supplied AdSpecials all over the world, with the company highly-skilled in meeting even the most complex of user requests.

“We offer a full turnkey service and will work with you to develop your brief into a finished special panel, covering just about any requirement,” stated Aston Bowles, Advanced’s head of marketing. “We make the complicated easy and do that within budget. When you work with members of our AdSpecials team, you’re talking to vastly experienced engineers.”

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The AdSpecials process is as follows:

Specification and Quote

The specification stage is critical to ensuring that the company thoroughly understands the customer’s needs. Advanced takes great care to get to the heart of user requirements and will work closely with customers to develop a comprehensive brief.

Preparation

Advanced works with the customer to develop a watertight, achievable spec to both budget and deadline.

Confirmation to Manufacturing

Once the order is approved, Advanced’s highly experienced engineers work up full manufacturing designs. On final approval, the company’s end-to-end manufacturing team then builds and tests the product to the highest quality levels such that the final installation and configuration are fault-free.

Every AdSpecial is different, but some recent examples include geographical mimics, sprinkler indication, fireman’s/fan and damper controls and evacuation control.

*To obtain a brochure about the AdSpecials service send an e-mail to: marketing@advancedco.com

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SeeTec integrates Panasonic camera line-up through Panasonic Smart Driver

Panasonic’s latest camera line-up has been successfully integrated into SeeTec’s Cayuga Video Management System with the development of the Panasonic Smart Driver.

SeeTec provides particular solutions for the retail, finance, transportation and logistics industries as well as for critical infrastructure and cities.

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The integration, which has been carried out for the current software version SeeTec Cayuga R11, includes the following selection of Panasonic Full-HD i-PRO Extreme range models: WV-S1531LN, WV-S1531LNS, WV-S1531LTN, WV-S2131 and WV-S2131L, WV-S2231L, WV-X6531N and WV-X6531NS

*Click here for the complete list of all devices supported by SeeTec Cayuga

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Johnson Controls introduces C•CURE Go Install App from Software House

Johnson Controls has announced the introduction of the C•CURE Go Install App for use with the Software House iSTAR Ultra LT. The new App provides a more efficient and convenient means of configuring or updating information on the iSTAR Ultra LT controller without having to physically access the unit.

Working with an embedded Bluetooth antenna that can be turned on and off remotely to ensure network security, end users simply log into the C•CURE Go Install App to perform a host of tasks, including configuring the network settings on the controller, rebooting the device and checking its status.

The App is ideal for use with iSTAR Ultra LT controllers that are difficult to access for manual configuration, such as those units located high above doorways or perhaps behind ceiling tiles.

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The password-protected App works for end users within range of the controller, including in-house security staff, integrators or system installers. Using the App replaces having to make changes on or check status directly from the controller.

“Using the C•CURE Go Install App with the iSTAR Ultra LT minimises the disruption that can be caused by having to access the controller itself,” said Rafael Schrijvers, access control product marketing manager (EMEA) within the Building Technologies & Solutions business at Johnson Controls.

“Increasingly, there are applications, such as hospitals with sealed ceilings, where physical access to the controller just isn’t feasible. Using the intuitive App to perform myriad tasks provides a more efficient option.”

*For more information on the C•CURE Go Install App for use with the iSTAR Ultra LT visit http://www.swhouse.com

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‘Technology at the Edge’: Axis Communications unveils Top Five Trends to shape 2018

Surveillance specialist Axis Communications’ CTO Johan Paulsson has outlined the Top Five Trends that the company feels will shape the New Year. 

Paulsson stated: “As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: ‘The only one constant in life is change’. There’s perhaps no better example of this than the technology industry, where innovation is so rapid that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could become a reality in the not too distant future.”

Axis Communications has put together five top technology trends that the Lund-based business feels will have a great impact on the security and surveillance industry now and in the years to come, helping to facilitate a smarter and, of course, safer world.

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(1) A move towards the edge

“Two of the greatest trends that have propelled our industry forward in recent years,” observed Paulsson, “are cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), both of which are delivering undeniable benefits to businesses and consumers alike. That said, they also come with implications, namely the rise in the amount of data being transferred, processed and stored. Going forward, we anticipate that ‘edge’ computing will become ever popular, alleviating this issue by performing data processing at the ‘edge’ of the network, closer to the source of the data. Doing so significantly reduces the bandwidth needed between sensors, devices and the Data Centre.”

(2) Cloud-to-Cloud

Paulsson observed: “Despite the move towards edge computing, the cloud will continue to play a significant role in IT infrastructures. As an increasing number of companies offer cloud-based services, the cloud ecosystem is increasingly becoming the preferred point of integration, rather than the traditional on-premise system. One benefit of integration between clouds is the significant potential reduction of in-house IT services required, in turn creating great cost benefits.”

(3) Deep and machine learning

According to Paulsson: “We’ve now reached a stage where the full benefits of deep learning architectures and machine learning can begin to be realised. The explosion of data available to analyse is helping businesses become increasingly intelligent. As applications develop, there are significant opportunities for predictive analytics which could facilitate incident prevention: from terrorist incidents to slip and fall accidents; from traffic issues to shoplifting and even the tragedy of rail suicides.”

(4) Cyber security

“Once again,” outlined Paulsson, “cyber security must appear on the list of trends for the next 12 months and beyond. The constant enhancement of cyber security will be a never-ending task. This is because well-resourced cyber criminals will never stop looking to exploit vulnerabilities in any new technology. As the number of connected devices grows, so too do the potential flaws that, if left unaddressed, could provide the opportunity for networks to be breached.”

Embellishing this theme, Paulsson said: “Legislation is being created to address these concerns. In the European Union, the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation – the deadline for compliance for this being 25 May – will unify the protection of data for individuals within the EU, wherever that data is held or used.”

(5) Platforms to realise the full benefits of the IoT

In conclusion, Paulsson informed Risk UK: “The IoT has reached a point where it’s crucial to use scalable architecture to successfully collect and analyse data and manage the network of connected devices. Such an IoT platform allows equipment from different node vendors to co-exist and easily exchange information to form smart systems using existing network infrastructure. There are numerous companies, both well-established providers of technology and new market entrants, that are enabling platforms to support IoT devices. The next 12 months will see further maturation of this process.”

*Read more: https://www.axis.com/blog/secure-insights/technology-trends/

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Hanwha Techwin announces 2018 business plan featuring five core values

Hanwha Techwin has welcomed the New Year with a ceremony which took place at the company’s Pangyo R&D Centre. The ceremony offered an opportunity for the surveillance specialist to announce its business plan for 2018. 

At the first New Year meeting since his inauguration last August, Youn Chul Kim (president of Hanwha Techwin’s security business) explained that the company’s five core values (ie business ethics, a good product range, best quality, affordable price and cyber security) must form the basis of its business and operations going forward.

The 2018 business plan entails a greater focus on vertical-specific solutions. Building on the momentum created last year, the company will continue to plan and launch solution-specific products, while also pursuing a deeper understanding of the needs of each vertical sector in order to provide sustainable value for end users.

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Storage devices

The second key task for this year involves enhancing the technological competitiveness of the business’ storage solutions. Along with its world class security cameras, Hanwha Techwin plans to boost the competitiveness of its increasingly important back-end products, including storage devices and Video Management Software (VMS).

While emphasising the importance of customer value in the security business, Kim also underlined that the company will continue to fortify its efforts to build greater trust with its valued customers. The video surveillance business is directly relevant to public safety and the security of the individual. Securing customer confidence and trust will therefore fulfil the company’s responsibility as a leading global security company.

Fuel business growth

President Kim also announced the company’s global market strategy to fuel business growth. Noting the great potential of the video surveillance business in the Asian market, Hanwha Techwin opened a new subsidiary office in Dubai last year and plans to start a manufacturing plant in Vietnam during the first quarter of this year.

The company is also planning to strengthen its sales infrastructure through aggressive investment in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets to expand pre-sales and further broaden its market reach through building better relations with partners and clients.

The North American and European markets are expected to see accelerated sales growth through multiple projects involving Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet X Series of cameras which was launched last year.

Responding to change 

“The global market changes so rapidly that it’s difficult to predict the management situation,” stated Kim. “We plan to lead the sector by smartly responding to changes in the environment through strategic scenario management. To secure key competitive advantages, we will make bold investments while strengthening performance management in each phase. We also plan to contribute to the growth of the security industry by collaborating with other companies in the sector.”

Hanwha Techwin earned praise last year for the global launch of its comprehensive Wisenet X Series cameras which feature the Wisenet 5 System on Chip which incorporates the company’s core technologies.

Indeed, Wisenet X was named ‘Best New Product of the Year’ by ADI Global Distribution, Europe’s largest provider of video surveillance solutions. It was also the winner of the video hardware category in the 2017 Benchmark Magazine Innovation Awards.

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Hanwha Techwin launches new Wisenet WAVE VMS brand

The new Wisenet WAVE video management software (VMS) from Hanwha Techwin “makes it almost effortless” to display up to 64 HD video streams. 

The company already offers an entry level free VMS called SSM, while for sophisticated Enterprise level VMS projects, the business integrates with technology partners such as Genetec and Milestone.

For its part, Wisenet WAVE has been launched to answer the needs of projects in the middle ground with an emphasis on simplified user experience.

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Uncomplicated and easy to use

An intuitive ‘drag and drop’ tool makes it extremely easy for operators to set up a display of live and recorded images on a single screen or video wall, with customisable layouts and sizes.

Other key features include a virtual PTZ which, with just simple clicks of a mouse, enables operators to zoom in to see close up detail of any suspicious activity, while motion detection and video analytics support can be configured to generate alerts when user-defined incidents occur.

A wide range of smart, keyword, calendar and time-slice search options facilitate rapid retrieval of recorded video.

Ultimate in flexibility

Wisenet WAVE offers a wide range of options to allow end users to choose how and where they wish to manage their video surveillance systems with minimal hardware requirements.

Desktop Wisenet WAVE is offered as software which can be installed on a user’s desktop running Windows, Linux or Apple/Mac. 24 to 64 live HD video streams can be managed on 32 and 64-bit operating systems.

Cloud A cloud-based service (which can be remotely accessed by an unlimited number of authorised users from anywhere in the world) offers a hardware free, cost saving method of taking advantage of all Wisenet WAVE functionality.

Server solutions Wisenet WAVE is available as a pre-loaded, out-of-the-box server or as software downloadable from the Hanwha Techwin website which enables operators to view up to 64 HD streams of live video. A supporting web-based application enables each Wisenet WAVE platform to be managed as a stand-alone system or as part of a larger, scalable video management solution. The application also provides an audit trail, real-time health monitoring and camera failover support, as well as reports on server health and storage status.

Mobile A mobile App affords the opportunity to remotely access the key functions of Wisenet WAVE from a smart device, in turn enabling ‘on-the-road’ users to view and respond to any incidents captured by Wisenet cameras.

While Wisenet WAVE is packed with features to make it simple and easy for users to achieve maximum advantage from their video surveillance systems, it’s likely to also be popular with system integrators looking to minimise their on-site time. With the benefit of an auto-discover feature, connected cameras and a wide range of third party IP network devices can be addressed and set up within a matter of minutes.

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