Monthly Archives: March 2019

ONVIF set to discuss role of access control in smart buildings environment at ISC West 2019

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, will be participating in ISC West 2019, which runs from 10-12 April at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. The organisation will have a presence in the exhibition area as well as participating in the education programme.

The ONVIF Lounge (Booth L0) is where attendees can catch up on the latest ONVIF-related updates, relax and also recharge their mobile devices.

In addition, ONVIF will also be taking part in a panel discussion from SIA Education@ISC, the Security Industry Association’s educational programming at ISC West. Bob Dolan (director of technology at Anixter), Per Björkdahl (chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee) and Bryan Montany (principal analyst within IHS Markit’s Access Control Intelligence Service) will present a panel discussion under the heading ‘Driving the Future: How Interoperability Standards in Access Control Can Enable Smart Building Success’. The goal of the session is to highlight the importance of an open platform approach as a building block for future Internet of Things functionality by discussing the role of access control systems within a smart building environment.

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“As standards evolve along with the industry, there’s more and more demand for a system-to-system approach towards standards, in addition to the already prevalent interoperability standards within a single system,” asserted Björkdahl. “By examining how access control systems might fit into a bigger system, we can begin to see how different systems can complement each other through a common interface, in turn allowing for cost savings and ease of use for the end user.”

Founded in 2008, ONVIF exists to drive interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control manufacturers realising nearly 12,000 Profile-conformant products.

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Per Björkdahl: chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee

ONVIF offers Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality, Profile A for broader access control configuration and Profile T for advanced streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members in order to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, member companies and their conformant models is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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360 Vision Technology’s established Invictus PTZ cameras enlisted to protect Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl LIII was safeguarded by 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised Hybrid Invictus PTZ cameras. These were deployed as part of Security Centres International’s high-performance Mobile Advanced Safety Tower (MAST) rapid deployment camera solution.

In all, ten MAST units were deployed in various areas surrounding the brand new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

With over one million fans expected to focus on the Super Bowl and the ten-day Fan Festival, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) was keen to complement the existing CCTV networks around the ground as well as mass transit point footfall areas, such as bus and rail stations.

Stuart Bostock, executive group president at Security Centres International, explained: “Featuring world-class HD surveillance imaging, leading-edge design, robustness, zero infrastructure requirements and seamless VMS integration, MAST is the only product of its kind that would readily integrate into the existing CCTV infrastructure. Additionally, MAST benefits from a significantly smaller footprint than similar trailer-based, stand-alone surveillance systems.”

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Bostock went on to comment: “MAST has been developed to answer the need for a more sophisticated and flexible surveillance system for infrastructure and public space safety, including large crowd gatherings. MAST combines a rapidly deployable unit with some of the most advanced safety and surveillance technology available. This is why we selected 360 Vision Technology’s Invictus camera for its core imaging technology.”

Mark Rees, managing director of 360 Vision Technology, added: “360 Vision Technology’s Invictus is a high-performance, ruggedised all-in-one PTZ camera with Full 1080P HD and ultra low-light camera technology, making it the perfect choice for off-grid temporary/rapid deployment mobile surveillance rigs such as MAST. Additionally, Invictus’ low power consumption greatly assists the longevity of critical battery power when deployed in the field, extending MAST’s operational performance for deployment in more remote applications.”

Rees concluded: “The Invictus camera’s unparalleled mix of competitive cost and advanced Predator low-light camera imaging technology makes it the perfect imaging component for the innovative MAST system.”

The use of the MAST units integrated to the existing fixed camera points during Super Bowl LIII week proved a huge success with HD images transmitted to the MARTA Emergency Operations Centre via a mobile network. Thanks to the high quality of the images received, system operators were able to identify and tackle a number of incidents, including a vehicle theft.

Additionally, the images were also used to predict areas of dense footfall, tackle crowd control safety issues and manage general Health and Safety concerns.

The deployment of the Invictus-based camera system at Super Bowl LIII proved such a success that plans are already in place for deployment at other large-scale US sporting events (including the NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship in 2020) and also for city centre deployment across Atlanta.

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IDIS Europe’s partnership strategy pays off with reported 78% sales growth

IDIS Europe has reported record sales growth for 2018, with a 78% rise attributed to successful projects with long-term partners and continued investment in technology and support services.

Contributing to this success the company, which is Korea’s largest in-country video surveillance manufacturer, was the supplier for major contract wins in the retail, healthcare and education sectors.

Since opening its European headquarters in Brentford in 2013, IDIS has established a strong technical support team and wide sales networks and the company has worked hard to develop profitable partnerships with security installers, system integrators and distributors.

“Our core strategy as a company is to pursue sustainable growth alongside our partners as a one-stop supplier for video solutions,” urged James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “This means working together to ensure customer satisfaction, delivering better value and better technology.”

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For security installers and system integrators, IDIS is now focusing on reducing Total Cost to Serve, giving them complete, easy-to-source video solutions that offer more profitable implementations and predictable revenue streams. Going forward this is a priority,  stated Min, and it will be achieved by continuing to invest in video technology that eliminates complexity and earns the loyalty of end users.

“The most encouraging thing is that, whenever customers switch to IDIS technology, they find that it gives them higher performance and a lower total cost of ownership. They also know that we’re working on new forward and backwards compatible technology to meet their future requirements.”

Once on board, customers tend to upgrade, but not switch away from IDIS, which is good news for installers. “We saw that with our new 12 MP Super Fisheye camera, launched last year as a step up from of our original 5 MP model. This has proven attractive for lots of our established customers as well as new users. It’s already our best-selling unit.”

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For the integrator, IDIS’ model of simple-to-install technology from a ‘one solution, one company’ supplier means more realistic and attractive maintenance and service agreements. True plug-and-play performance was developed to reduce complexity for engineers installing and maintaining systems and, in turn, reduce cost and disruption for end users. The IDIS Ultimate Warranty also offers greater long-term protection for both parties.

“Anything that helps us to earn customer loyalty results in more sustainable long-term business,” added Min. “We also recognise that our installation partners make a commitment to IDIS when they invest their time on engineer training and product knowledge, so it’s important that we repay that commitment by supporting them to open up new opportunities.”

Looking ahead, IDIS predicts that strong sales performance will continue in 2019, with more major projects in the pipeline and new technology launches making it an attractive proposition to expand existing systems as well as install new ones.

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Acuity partners with Growing Talent social mobility employment programme

Acuity, Axis Group’s specialist Front of House division, has partnered with Growing Talent – an initiative run by the Jane James Consultancy (JJC) and focused on furthering social mobility through employment – as part of a programme to offer full-time job opportunities to those people who are struggling to find work.

Acuity is offering regular three-month initiatives, with JJC presenting suitable Front of House candidates. A ‘speed dating’-style meeting is then arranged that Acuity uses to create a shortlist, followed by one-to-one meetings with decision-makers at the participating Acuity site. The applicant is then mentored throughout the training process and, if they successfully complete the programme, the permanent role becomes theirs.

The process includes two off-site weeks where soft skills such as personal finance, fitness, nutrition, art, mental health and well-being are addressed in detail.

Chiara Di Renzo, director of Acuity, said: “The Growing Talent initiative provides a unique opportunity for job seekers and employers. There’s a guaranteed permanent job offer at the end of the process that’s based on an assessment of the candidate’s personality and suitability for the role, rather than their CV and experience. In combination with the training process, this lends itself to both parties feeling confident in the employment offer.”

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Mohammed Ismail

The first employee to have gone through the process is Mohammed Ismail, who had been working in multiple jobs to make up the hours and wages he needed, but didn’t feel he had a future in any of these roles.

Originally employed in Acuity’s SELECT team providing high-quality holiday and sickness cover to Acuity’s suite of high-profile clients, Ismail now has a permanent role as the Acuity corporate receptionist at one of the business’ for whom he provided cover.

Di Renzo commented: “Even without specific Front of House experience, Mohammed had a very well-established understanding of customer service and what a five-star welcome is.” For his part, Ismail stated: “It was the best decision I have ever made for my career progression.”

Jane James, managing director of JJC, concluded: “Without insightful employers like Acuity being willing to recruit in a different way, the untapped talent in our unemployed communities would always remain hidden.”

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NATO selects BlackBerry’s encrypted voice technology for secure calls

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded a contract for BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE for Government to encrypt the conversations of its technology and cyber leaders wherever they communicate – in the workplace, at home or when travelling abroad.

The NCI Agency helps NATO’s 29 Member Nations communicate securely and work together in smarter ways. It acquires, deploys and defends communication systems for NATO’s political decision-makers and Command Centres, working on the front lines against cyber attacks. Due to the classified nature of the information the NCI Agency handles, it’s critical that all communications remain secure, combating any opportunity for a cyber criminal to electronically eavesdrop on conversations.

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“As cyber criminals and state-sponsored actors become increasingly more sophisticated, we needed a highly secure way for our cyber leaders to have phone conversations with people inside and outside of our organisation regardless of where they are in the world,” said Kevin Scheid, general manager of the NCI Agency. “BlackBerry’s voice encryption technology helps solve this challenge and strengthens our elite cyber defence strategy.”

Dr Christoph Erdmann, senior vice-president of BlackBerry SecuSMART at BlackBerry, responded: “Eavesdropping on calls is one of the easiest ways to gain access to private information. We’re extremely proud that the NCI Agency, a world leader in the development and use of technology that keeps NATO nations secure, has put its trust in BlackBerry’s software to secure voice communication. No matter the operating system or ‘thing’ used to communicate, BlackBerry’s arsenal of cyber security technology ensures that our customers’ data remains private.”

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BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE for Government supports Android and iOS smart phones and tablets, and can be can be installed on-premise, in a Data Centre or in the cloud.

Use cases for the solution include: 

*Secure conferencing: Encrypts conversations between a secure conference bridge and a SecuSUITE for Government-enabled devices

*Secure landing: Encrypts mobile devices to a landline within a network

*Break-in: Protects any communication between a mobile or landline on the user’s home network to a SecuSUITE for Government-enabled mobile device

*Break-out: Secures mobile devices to the employee’s home network and from there to external mobile or landlines through PSTN extension

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SecuSUITE for Government has been evaluated and certified to be compliant with the Common Criteria protection profile for VoIP applications and SIP servers. It has also earned a NIAP certification and has been placed on the NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified Program component list of products certified for use on classified systems.

*For more information on BlackBerry’s SecuSUITE for Government visit blackberry.com/government

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Hanwha Techwin introduces Wisenet T network thermal positioning cameras

Hanwha Techwin has added two thermal positioning cameras to its Wisenet T range. The Wisenet TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T models, which are able to capture images at up to 640 x 480 resolution, are designed to detect objects and people in difficult environmental conditions such as through smoke, snow, heavy rain and fog, which traditional video surveillance cameras may not be able to do. They also offer an effective solution for projects where there are concerns about light pollution.

With a pan speed of 120° per second and a ground-to-sky view of -90° to 40°, the TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T provide a versatile solution for monitoring wide open areas. Both models, which have a robust aluminium die-cast exterior, incorporate a true day/night (ICR) camera and can be programmed to endlessly pan 360°. They also offer operators the flexibility to select from up to 255 pre-set positions which can be scheduled.

The TNU-4041T is equipped with a 19-mm lens and has a maximum range of 1,714 metres for vehicle detection, while the TNU-4051T has a 35-mm lens and a maximum range of 3,157 metres.

Both cameras are able to monitor areas such as construction sites and oil, gas and chemical facilities which may have a temperature range of between -50˚C and +130˚C.

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A wide range of features ensures that the TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T are able to deliver optimised images in every situation.

*Built-in Gyro sensors which offer accurate stabilisation that come into effect when a camera is disturbed by wind or vibrations, resulting in more stable images

*A ‘Hallway View’ feature provides a highly effective way in which to monitor narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles, with the added bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements

*Analytics: The Wisenet TNU-4041T and TNU-4051T are equipped with audio analysis functionality which recognise critical sounds such as gunshots, explosions, screams and broken glass. Additional features include temperature change, shock, object/people direction, loitering and camera tampering detection

*WiseStream II is a complementary compression technology which dynamically controls encoding, balancing quality and compression according to movement in the image. Bandwidth efficiency is improved by up to 99% compared to current H.264 technology when WiseStream II is combined with H.265 compression

*Support for H.264 and MJPEG compression and with an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot to ensure video is automatically recorded in the event of network disruption

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NTT Security Corporation signs definitive agreement to acquire WhiteHat Security

NTT Security Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the privately-owned concern WhiteHat Security, the application security provider committed to securing applications that run enterprises’ businesses. Post-acquisition, WhiteHat Security will operate as an independent and wholly-owned subsidiary of the NTT Security Corporation.

As a result of this acquisition, NTT Security will “provide the world’s most comprehensive end-to-end cyber security solutions”. Together, andworking hand-in-hand, the two organisations will address enterprise security needs that range from IT infrastructure through to critical business applications covering the full lifecycle of digital transformation.

This acquisition expands NTT Security’s portfolio, allowing its customers and partners to benefit from WhiteHat Security’s cloud-based Application Security Platform. For their part, WhiteHat Security’s customers and partners will have access to NTT Security’s consulting and advisory services, along with its next generation platform-based Managed Security Services.

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“NTT Security’s overarching goal is to provide comprehensive, game-changing cyber security solutions that address the broader needs of digital transformation,” explained Katsumi Nakata, CEO at NTT Security. “WhiteHat Security is recognised globally as a leader and pioneer in the field of application security cloud services and DevSecOps spaces. By bringing WhiteHat Security into our portfolio, we are now well positioned to deliver on our vision of securing a smart and connected society by providing comprehensive security solutions for enterprises undergoing digital transformation.”

Craig Hinkley, CEO of WhiteHat Security, responded: “WhiteHat Security has been at the centre of application security, providing wide-reaching solutions to its customers and partners, and we will continue to invest in our people and technologies to maintain that leadership. The synergy between our two security-focused companies will enable our partners, customers and prospects alike to benefit from our combined cyber security solutions.”

NTT Security and WhiteHat Security will continue to invest in emerging technologies to secure their customers’ businesses. The acquisition enhances NTT Security’s ability to deliver high-performing and effective application security at a global scale.

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