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Hanwha Techwin “stands out from the crowd” in “competitive surveillance market”

Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe, has provided an indication as to what’s in the company’s 2019 product pipeline. Here, he explains how working ever more closely with distribution partners and leading system integrators, and valuing the feedback they provide in terms of changing market demands, has delivered huge dividends for Hanwha Techwin when it comes to devising a successful product strategy.

We’ve enjoyed significant sales success over the past three years. There’s no doubt that this is largely due to our ability to truly understand how the market is evolving, which we have been able to do with the help of our field-based sales colleagues and our talented teams who have taken on board our customers’ feedback.

In addition to introducing new cameras and recording devices, this has also driven us to work in partnership with third party technology providers to develop solutions which are relevant to today’s market and provide our distribution partners and system integrators alike with a competitive edge.

During 2019, our customers can be assured that we will continue to be a market leader by taking advantage of emerging technologies which will enable them to achieve maximum value from their Wisenet video surveillance solutions.

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Bob Hwang

New products and solutions

Hanwha Techwin will be formally launching new additions to its Wisenet range throughout 2019 and we’ve given a strong indication as to what’s in the product pipeline.

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning – which present exciting new opportunities for a wide range of sophisticated applications – now becoming more accessible to solution developers, we intend to introduce more solutions which support the latest AI technology.

The Wisenet 5 chipset, which is at the heart of the Wisenet X Series of cameras, will be used in other camera lines. There are also plans to introduce an even more advanced Wisenet 7 chipset.

There will be an updated version of the Wisenet WAVE Video Management Software (VMS) offering improved scaleability and interoperability for medium-sized installations, as well as a new version of Smart Security Manager which is designed for entry level, legacy and special projects. We shall continue to cooperate with third party VMS vendors for our high-end customers.

A key attribute of the new products which will be introduced over the coming months is that they’ve all been designed to improve the installers’ experience and reduce operational costs for end users. 

Smart solutions for vertical markets

We intend to sustain our efforts to seek out opportunities for introducing new and innovative solutions to complement existing Wisenet solutions developed jointly with our technology partners for strategic vertical sectors, such as retail and transportation.

Our Korean heritage and core values of ‘Challenge’, ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Integrity’, which are at the heart of ourWe Move With Trust’ central marketing theme, have equipped the business to stand out from the crowd. In order to have a brand name which is trusted, it’s not sufficient just to have products which are better than those of our competitors or for them to be more affordable. We also need to demonstrate a long-term commitment to provide customers with the highest levels of pre- and post-sales support.

In this respect, our message encompasses respect for our distribution and solution partners, our passion for quality and service and an extended five-year warranty support which we offer to our STEP Partners as part of a package of benefits designed to reward their loyalty and give them a competitive edge. 

Determined not to be complacent, Hanwha Techwin has declared its intention to continually monitor and test cyber security risks using third party security agencies and a dedicated cyber security team. When necessary, we will release in quick time new firmware to counter the latest threats.

This is an exciting time for our security business. The year has already begun well with the recent announcement that our new manufacturing facility in Vietnam is fully operational. This is just one of many reasons why I’m confident we will continue to succeed and be competitive in a market that continues to grow at pace.

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Police set to use Artificial Intelligence to help predict spikes in hate crime

Following the news that the police service is setting up a new ‘Hate Lab’ using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help predict spikes in hate crime on the streets following Brexit, Andy Davies (consultant on police and intelligence services at SAS UK) has highlighted the importance of using data to mitigate preventable or predictable trends.

Davies has stressed the need for law enforcement to find new and innovative ways to make analytics and resulting insights accessible to officers. Ultimately, AI and data analytics has the power to help police do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

“Law enforcement operates in an increasingly complex environment, with investigators facing unprecedented amounts of data,” said Davies. “Social media has further complicated this environment in the last ten years with data being published online at an unmanageable rate. Clearly, the police are overwhelmed and overworked. The new ‘Hate Lab’ is no silver bullet for eliminating hate crime, but it’s a clear step in the right direction to mitigate preventable or predictable trends.”

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Davies continued: “Making sense of this data and understanding the underlying connections is critical in any investigation or intelligence-development activity. Data analytics is already reviewing huge volumes of intelligence data rapidly so that police officers can cut through the noise and focus on real and emerging threats. AI and data analytics can help the police to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, so we need to find new and innovative ways to make analytics and resulting insights accessible to today’s officers.”

Davies referenced Gloucestershire Constabulary, which has employed analytics software to improve policing strategies, gain real-time insight into incidents and identify crime ‘hotspots’.

“Gloucestershire officers will now be able to draw together data from numerous systems and sources, including its electronic incident log, phone system, GPS-capable radios and demographic data from other sources. Using analytics, it will also be able to use the data available to identify crime ‘hotspots’, monitor trends, forecast future crime/incident levels offenders across the county and see a live breakdown of crime statistics.”

In conclusion, Davies told Risk Xtra: “It’s vital that the police service looks for every opportunity to operate more efficiently and use the latest data-driven tools in the fight against crime. By using data analytics, our police forces will be in an even better position to derive intelligence from multiple sources of potentially life-saving information.”

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Major life-threatening cyber attack on UK “in little doubt”

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published its second Annual Review, in turn revealing that the organisation has prevented Britain from falling victim to nearly 1,200 attacks in the past two years. The NCSC has also warned of the likelihood of a major life-threatening cyber attack on the UK in the near future.

The NCSC states that the UK is hit by ten serious cyber attacks every week. 70% of these attacks are “undertaken by groups of computer hackers directed, sponsored or tolerated by the Governments of [hostile] countries”.

Commenting on these figures, Mishcon de Reya’s cyber security lead Joe Hancock informed Risk Xtra: “1200 attacks may seem like a large number, but the reality is that this is the tip of the iceberg. The majority of these attacks on business, Government and third sector organisations go unreported and often undetected. Behind these high profile attacks there are the millions of online crimes that affect individuals every day.”

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Focusing on that last point, Hancock continued: “We routinely deal with the often unreported issues. More needs to be done to back law enforcement in supporting both victims and responders to better detect and recover from cyber episodes. A focus on critical infrastructure is welcomed by everyone, but it doesn’t help the millions of victims of cyber fraud. The recent Facebook breach shows the potential downsides of large-scale data collection and reliance on single points, provided by social media to access a wide variety of services across the Internet which can act as a gateway for attackers to further data and services.”

Further, Hancock observed: “Cyber security practices are not consistent globally and an attack against a weaker link in the supply or data chain can have unanticipated consequences for companies and individuals. More is needed to help protect everyday victims of these crimes, and especially so in the international arena. It’s difficult to see how mass cyber crime can be tackled without an international consensus and consequences for nations that turn a blind eye.”

Also, Hancock outlined: “Many of the cyber incidents we deal with have a financial component, often involving the traditional banking system and not only cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Driving cyber criminals out of the financial system will have an impact on cyber crime levels.”

Actions and behaviours

There are specific actions and behaviours that should be adopted now to aid readiness for inevitable cyber attacks. Steve Mulhearn, director of enhanced technologies for the UK and Ireland and DACH at Fortinet, has listed them as prevention, the harnessing of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and adaptive technology and better visibility across the network.

Prevention

Prevention is easier when all employees in the business, not just the IT Department, take responsibility for the security of the business. For example, breaches like the Bupa or Waymo hacks have raised the appreciation of the number of breaches that occur because employees are targeted. The Fortinet Global Enterprise Security Survey 2017 found that 67% of businesses say they’re planning IT security and awareness training for employees in 2018.

Harness AI and adaptive technology

Harnessing the power of AI to learn from breaches, as well analyse data and automate reactions to shut down breaches when they occur, are vital actions. Threats evolve and adapt over time as applications, technologies, configurations, controls and behaviours change, making security an arms race wherein a static solution simply will not do.

Better visibility across the network

A vital tool in this struggle is visibility. You cannot secure what you cannot see. This means control across the distributed network, including endpoints, the Internet of Things and the cloud. According to the Fortinet 2017 Survey, only a small cohort of respondents feel confident that they have full visibility and control of employee access.

*The National Cyber Security Centre’s Annual Review can be accessed online at https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/annual-review-2018

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Hanwha Techwin showcases global design competitiveness with double triumph at iF Design Awards

Hanwha Techwin’s BabyView eco monitoring system and its Wisenet Circle Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based security manager application have both won their respective categories in the prestigious 2018 iF Design Awards. 

This is the second year Hanwha Techwin products have been recognised by the judges of the prestigious iF Design Awards which, since 1953, have recognised designs that are able to achieve the best results when commercially applied. Regarded as one of the world’s top three design competitions, along with Germany’s Red Dot Design Awards and the US’ International Design Excellence Awards, this year’s competition generated 6,400 entries from 54 countries.

BabyView eco, the winner of the product category, has a unique design and friendly appearance which reflects the features of a baby camera. Available in Europe during the second quarter of 2018, BabyView eco has a long-tail design which can be installed in virtually any location.

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Wisenet Circle, which provides object and voice recognition as well as a long list of other functions based on AI, won the Professional Concept category. As a conceptual design suggesting the future direction of Hanwha Techwin’s image security solutions, the application has received favourable reviews for its quick and intuitive implementation of complex security functions.

“It’s a great honour to win at the iF Design Awards again this year,” said Bob Hwang, managing director at Hanwha Techwin Europe. “It follows on from last year’s award for our home security camera. We will continue to research and develop innovative solutions from a user’s perspective and lead the global security market based on our company’s differentiated design and outstanding technical prowess. By winning at the iF Design Awards 2018, the Red Dot Design Awards 2017 and the iF Design Awards 2017 over the last two years, we’ve demonstrated as a business our technical excellence and design competitiveness.”

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