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Hikvision launches new website and outlines Roadshow Series for 2017

Hikvision UK and Ireland has launched a new website at www.hikvision.co.uk. With tailored content for the UK and Ireland market, the new website forms part of Hikvision’s wider marketing strategy in the region.

In addition to information on localised product content, news and details of its authorised distributor network, Hikvision UK and Ireland is now able to promote all industry events that the business will be attending.

Andy Keeley, marketing manager for Hikvision UK and Ireland, stated: “Our new website builds the foundations for our customer communications moving forward. We now have the flexibility to promote product content, news and events which are applicable to our UK and Ireland customer base along with relevant news and information from our international headquarters. We’re also very pleased to announce the dates and locations of our Spring 2017 Roadshow Series on our new website.”

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Taking place in March in five cities across the UK and Ireland, the Hikvision Spring 2017 Roadshow Series is designed to demonstrate the latest technological advancements from Hikvision including 4K and H.265+ surveillance cameras, the Hikvision 24 MP PanoVu, thermal imaging solutions and the latest in Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.

Hikvision will also be joined by Pyronix, Seagate and Wavestore who will all be demonstrating their latest products and solutions. Further details and event registration can be found at: www.hikvision.co.uk/roadshow

The new Hikvision UK and Ireland website will continue to evolve to ensure that industry professionals are kept up-to-date with the latest news and product details.

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Samsung all set to offer “out-of-the-box” software solutions on dedicated WiseNetIII Open Platform cameras

Last year, Samsung Techwin introduced its WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range. These bullet, dome and body camera variations run the very latest high performance DSP chipset, giving enough processing power to simultaneously use multiple edge-based applications. Now, Samsung Techwin Europe has given advance notice that the business intends to supply WiseNetIII models with pre-loaded applications.

Here, technology partner manager Dan England explains to Risk UK why Samsung Techwin Europe is going down the route of offering cameras with pre-loaded software, duly highlighting who will benefit from this significant move which is specifically designed to provide out-of-the-box solutions and, in turn, elevate video surveillance from simply being a security system to a smart solution that can deliver so much more for end customers. 

Risk UK: Dan, first of all can you tell Risk UK’s readers about your career to date?

Dan England: Yes, of course. I’m now in my seventeenth year in the security sector and, in that time, I’ve gained experience as an integrator and project manager. I’ve also worked for manufacturers of both access control and CCTV solutions. These days, I have developed a specific interest in edge-based video applications.

Risk UK: Can you also explain what your present role as technology partner manager entails?

Dan England: My overall objective is to ensure that we’re best placed to provide end users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

Since Samsung Techwin Europe launched the WiseNetIII Open Platform camera range, we’ve been approached by countless software development companies who want to capitalise on the new business opportunities that can be created by running their solutions on the WiseNetIII cameras.

Dan England

Dan England

My role is to manage, encourage and support all of these application developers, as well as video management software (VMS) providers, and work with them in partnership to ensure that our mutual customers have the freedom to choose from a wide range and combination of Samsung-approved solutions.

Risk UK: If you’re intending to pre-load applications on to WiseNetIII cameras, will this not restrict a customer’s choice as to which application they can work with?

Dan England: No, not at all. After listening to market feedback, it makes perfect sense to offer a number of ‘pre-packed’ options for those customers that are perhaps new to video analytics or would benefit from a simple ‘no-fuss’ purchase.

It’s also important to emphasise that customers will still be able to buy Samsung WiseNetIII cameras without any pre-loaded software and still have the option to upload applications of their choice as required. Following the connection of a WiseNetIII camera to the network, installers or operators simply need to upload their preferred app via the camera’s browser.

Risk UK: What are the advantages of ordering Samsung WiseNetIII cameras with pre-loaded applications?

Dan England: Our decision to do this is based on enhancing Samsung’s reputation as a brand that can always be trusted to look for ways to not only make it easier for customers to deploy our video surveillance solutions, but also for them to achieve maximum return on investment. In this respect, Open Platform is an exciting game-changer which we’re determined to help customers take advantage of on a continual basis.

Samsung'S WiseNetIII cameras

Samsung’S WiseNetIII cameras

By pre-loading software which we’ve fully tested and evaluated, we will be saving installers, systems integrators and end users considerable time and effort in having to research the fast-growing list of available applications.

Plus, since we’ve worked very closely with the respective developers of the applications, customers can be assured of a seamless integrated solution that’s easy to configure.

Risk UK: What kind of applications are you recommending to customers?

Dan England: Well, the good news is that some applications, such as Arteco Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Facit video analytics, are already available pre-loaded on Samsung WiseNetIII cameras.

In addition to video analytics, we’ll be offering WiseNetIII cameras and domes pre-loaded with storage, people counting, intruder and perimeter protection applications as well as specialist retail analysis solutions.

Over the coming months, I’ve no doubt that many more different types of applications will emerge.

As predicted when the WiseNetIII series was first launched, one thing we can be certain of is that we will be able to look back in a year or so and be amazed at the diversity of applications that have been introduced. The very latest out-of-the-box application is in fact a specialist time-lapse solution from Pernixia which has been developed to meet the requirements of the broadcast and construction industries.

Risk UK: It sounds like it might be quite complicated for customers to order WiseNetIII cameras with the right application pre-loaded, and particularly so if they want to take advantage of the cameras’ ability to run more than one application. Is that the case?

Dan England: In reality this will not be a problem. Using smart part numbers, we will make it a ‘no fuss’ process for customers to identify and order the ideal camera/applications combination. 

Risk UK: Who are your preferred suppliers of these applications and which regions do they cover?

Dan England: We will publish a complete list on our website in the very near future with a mixture of European and global solutions. In the meantime, I’m available on e-mail (d.england@samsung.coM) to offer advice and guidance on the best option for specific projects.

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IDIS and 4Sight Imaging unveil “groundbreaking” ANPR solution for end users

Global surveillance solutions provider IDIS and 4Sight Imaging – a leading imaging technology company – have announced the successful integration of DirectIP with Veracity, a powerful and intuitive Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) software engine.

Proving “ten times more accurate” in independent comparative testing, the IDIS and 4Sight solution combines leading image analysis technologies with next generation DirectIP HD cameras, in turn leveraging the latest system architectures and advances in solid state lighting to allow a wide, multi-lane field of view that’s accurate across a wide range of weather, lighting and number plate conditions.

The “groundbreaking” solution eliminates the challenges traditionally associated with ANPR systems by removing complicated set-up, configuration and constant maintenance and system adjustments made possible through both companies’ patented plug-and-play technology. The end result translates to low system configuration and simple, fast deployment that delivers benefits in terms of affordability and a continued low cost of ownership for the end user.

Detail of an IDIS DirectIP camera

Detail of an IDIS DirectIP camera

Customers are now offered a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and affordable ANPR solution featuring:

  • “industry-leading accuracy” across a wide range of weather and operating conditions
  • high performance, reliability and image quality combined with ease of installation and operation
  • international plate recognition
  • future-proof technology that inherently leverages new developments in camera hardware, system architectures and processing power

Commenting on the new ANPR solution, Brian Song – managing director at IDIS Europe – noted: “There’s natural synergy between IDIS and 4Sight Imaging with both organisations committed to delivering high performance technology combined with plug-and-play simplicity that offers ease of installation and operation and a low cost of ownership. We can now offer exactly that in terms of an ANPR solution following the successful integration of DirectIP and Veracity.”

Brook Jackson, managing director at 4Sight Imaging, added: “The complexities previously associated with plate recognition have until now restricted system integrators from maximising the opportunities around ANPR for their end users. The Veracity solution allows our partners to grow, protects their margins and at the same time ensures end user satisfaction.  One major car parking organisation in the UK has already seen significant return on investment through improved accuracy since rolling out the solution across their national estate.”

Used by a wide range of global customers across surveillance, car parking operations and access control, the Veracity and DirectIP solution delivers a variety of tangible benefits including:

  • enhanced safety and security
  • low cost of ownership
  • increased profitability from car parking operations
  • improved surveillance operations with high quality evidential images
  • operational efficiencies through the automation of previously manual tasks

*For more information on 4Sight Imaging and Veracity go to: www.4sightimaging.com or e-mail: info@4sightimaging.com

**Further detail on IDIS and DirectIP can be found at: www.idisglobal.com

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ICO warns CCTV operators that use of surveillance cameras must be “necessary and proportionate”

The Information Commissioner’s Office has warned CCTV operators that surveillance cameras must only be used as a necessary and proportionate response to a real and pressing problem.

The warning comes on the same day that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published its updated CCTV Code of Practice. The update includes a look at the data protection requirements placed on the operators of new and emerging surveillance technologies, including drones and body-worn video cameras.

“The UK is one of the leading users of CCTV and other surveillance technologies in the world,” said Jonathan Bamford, the ICO’s head of strategic liaison. “The technology on the market today is able to pick out even more people to be recorded in ever greater detail. In some cases, that detail can then be compared with other databases, for instance when Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is used. This realises new opportunities for tackling problems such as crime, but also poses potential threats to privacy if cameras are just being used to record innocent members of the public without good reason.”

The ICO has moved to warn CCTV operators that the use of surveillance cameras must be "necessary and proportionate"

The ICO has moved to warn CCTV operators that the use of surveillance cameras must be “necessary and proportionate”

Bamford added: “Surveillance cameras should not be deployed as a quick fix, but rather as a proportionate response to a real and pressing problem. Installing surveillance cameras or technology like ANPR and body-worn video is often seen as the first option, but before deploying such systems we need to understand the problem and whether that’s an effective and proportionate solution. Failure to conduct proper privacy impact assessments in advance has been a common theme in our enforcement cases.”

Updated Code of Practice: the detail

The updated Code of Practice explains how CCTV and other forms of camera surveillance can be used to process people’s information. The guidance details the issues that operators should consider before installing such surveillance technology, the measures that companies should have in place to make sure an excessive amount of personal information isn’t being collected and the steps organisations should take in order to make sure captured information is kept secure and destroyed once it’s no longer required.

The ICO’s CCTV Code of Practice complements the provisions in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice issued last year by the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner, which applies to police forces, local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales (as described in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012). The ICO’s guidance covers a wider area, as the requirements of the Data Protection Act apply to all sectors processing personal information across the whole of the UK (including the private sector). The Data Protection Act 1998 does not apply to individuals operating CCTV for their own domestic use.

Recent enforcement action taken by the ICO to stop the excessive use of CCTV includes an enforcement notice served on Southampton City Council after the latter required the video and audio recording of the city’s taxi passengers 24 hours a day.

The ICO also served an enforcement notice on Hertfordshire Constabulary after the force began using ANPR cameras to record every car entering and leaving the small rural town of Royston in Hertfordshire.

In both cases, the “excessive use” of surveillance cameras was reduced following the ICO’s action.

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