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Wisenet X sets the Benchmark with victory in 2017 Innovation Awards

Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet X cameras have been selected as the winner of the Video Surveillance Hardware category in the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017.

Designed to recognise and reward innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions, the awards scheme is run by Benchmark Magazine, the monthly publication which is widely regarded as the ‘Which?’ magazine for the electronic security industry and is the sister title of Risk UK and Professional Security Installer (PSI) at Pro-Activ Publications.

A Benchmark test team and an independent panel from the security industry judged across nine technology areas, with Wisenet X standing out against stiff competition as the winner of the Video Surveillance Hardware category.

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Defining a new standard

“When we launched the Wisenet X camera series earlier this year, we believed we had also delivered on our commitment to set a new standard for IP network video surveillance cameras,” said Bob Hwang, managing director at Hanwha Techwin Europe. “We’re absolutely delighted the innovative technology developed by our highly talented engineers and product management team has led to our Wisenet X cameras receiving this high profile and prestigious award.”

Equipped with 150 dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)  technology and a varifocal F0.94 low-light lens, Wisenet X cameras are ‘supercharged’ by the most powerful DSP chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range. Together, these features ensure that “superb quality” colour images are captured, regardless of the environment or the time of day, and without the need for IR LEDs or supplementary lighting.

The advanced 150 dB WDR technology built into many of the Wisenet X cameras and domes ensures clear, sharp images can be captured even when there may be strong contrasting lighting conditions. A standard WDR image is normally captured by composing two frames with different exposures. Wisenet X 150 dB WDR uses four frames to create a more natural image and negates the problem of image blurring which is a weakness of standard WDR.

Faster processing of video

With an all-new architecture, the Wisenet X chipset runs up to three times faster than older generations of chipsets. This delivers much faster processing of video as well as specialist analytics pre-loaded on board the cameras as standard. This includes people counting, which offers the opportunity to measure store efficiency between footfall and actual sales and also identifies the busiest days, times and seasons, as well as queue management to identify peaks and troughs of customer flow at checkouts.

Heat mapping provides accurate, real-time information about customer in-store behaviour. It does so by displaying ‘hotspots’ within a store to indicate customer buying patterns, including dwell times and areas of a store where there might be low activity in order to assist with product placement decisions.

Processing power

The processing power of the Wisenet X chipset also provides an opportunity to run multiple on-board third party analytics applications in the same way that we all use Apps on our smart phones. These include face recognition to assist security personnel to quickly identify known offenders and ANPR to control vehicle access to sensitive areas such as loading bays, as well as to manage car parking areas.

The latter serves to generate event notifications when an authorised vehicle number plate is recognised and can be configured to trigger access control operations such as opening/closing a barrier, as well as sending activity reports and snapshots via e-mail, FTP or SMS.

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TDSi’s EXgarde solution shortlisted in Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016

Integrated security solutions developer TDSi has announced that its EXgarde Enterprise solution has been shortlisted in the Access Control Software category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016. Organised by Risk UK’s sister title Benchmark Magazine, these awards recognise products, systems or services that enhance and advance the delivery of secure, flexible and beneficial security solutions for end users.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “We’re very excited that EXgarde Enterprise is a finalist in these industry-recognised and respected awards. EXgarde is a flagship software solution within our integrated security portfolio, offering complete control of any security and access control situation all from one central portal. We look forward to hearing the result when it’s announced in July.”

EXgarde is a fully-featured access management PC software application that combines an intuitive GUI and powerful integration capabilities in a single package. Supporting multiple doors as standard, with the option to extend this with an unlimited door licence, EXgarde meets the needs of even the largest of access control networks.

TDSi Benchmark Finalist

With EXgarde, integration and expansion are key features and there are numerous possibilities to integrate with the latest CCTV and biometric technologies. The software is compatible with many otherwise disparate security systems, both from TDSi and other manufacturers, including third party ODBC databases (using SDK or predefined protocol), building management, fire and intruder systems, DVR equipment and biometric readers.

Leading compatible systems include Milestone Systems’ XProtect Access and the recently-launched ASSA Abloy’s KS100 server wireless cabinet electronic lock as well as SimonsVoss’ SmartIntego online locking solutions, Texecom’s Premier and Premier Elite range of intruder alarms and  ASSA Abloy’s Aperio wireless locking technology, along with TDSi’s own VUgarde2 IP CCTV VMS software and advanced DIGIgarde readers.

Recent additions to EXgarde include a Tenant Event Split option, an Elevator Dispatch facility and a security tours function.

*For further details on TDSi’ EXgarde range as well as the company’s full suite of security solutions visit: www.tdsi.co.uk

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Qognify’s Situator 8.0 chosen as finalist for Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016

Qognify Situator 8.0 has been selected as a finalist in the Site Protection Software category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016. These annual awards recognise and reward innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions.

Launched by Qognify in February this year, Situator 8.0 adds actionable intelligence capabilities to the Situation Management platform with its new Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module.

OIC helps organisations better leverage the Big Data flowing into their security and operational Control Centres. It constantly monitors data captured by Situator 8.0 and other systems and sources.

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The OIC features an advanced rule engine and business intelligence visualisation tools which build on Situator’s advanced situation management capabilities, correlation engine and Standard Operating Procedures, in turn yielding an enterprise-wide view of business performance against the host organisation’s own KPIs through the prisms of current business status, its trending performance as well as predictive view.

Moti Shabtai, president of Qognify, commented: “We’re proud that the innovation we have brought to market within Situator 8.0 and particularly the OIC has been recognised by the Benchmark Innovation Awards and Benchmark Magazine. Through Situator 8.0 and the OIC, we’re taking situational awareness to the next level.”

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Shabtai added: “Actionable Intelligence is about delivering insight on what’s happening or unfolding, together with critical ‘what to do next’ guidance. Relying on smart trend analysis, organisations will be able not only to handle incidents in the most effective manner, but also to be more proactive, anticipate events and align performance with business objectives.”

*The winners of the Benchmark Innovation Awards will be announced by Risk UK’s sister title Benchmark Magazine in July

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Vanderbilt’s bright blue access control solution wins prestigious Benchmark Innovation Award

Security systems developer Vanderbilt is celebrating after its bright blue access control system was recognised at the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2015. The bright blue solution received this prestigious accolade for its ability to provide an innovative, flexible and highly effective solution for delivering enhanced protection, security and business benefits.

Hosted by Risk UK’s sister publication Benchmark – a leading UK monthly journal dedicated to driving technology advancements in the security sector – the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2015 were judged by the magazine’s in-house testing team alongside a number of industry experts.

Entries were assessed on their ability to solve problems faced when designing and implementing a security solution and boost operational efficiency. Due to the level of technology development across the industry, competition was fierce and only those solutions that could offer the highest levels of innovation were successful.

bright blue is a powerful, cost-effective and easy-to-use intelligent access control system which has been specifically designed for most SME applications. Perfect for a diverse range of vertical sectors, any computer running a standard Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari can be used to access, monitor and manage the system.

Vanderbilt's bright blue security solution has won a Benchmark Innovation Award

Vanderbilt’s bright blue security solution has won a Benchmark Innovation Award

In use, bright blue enables the management of up to 32 doors and 5,000 card holders without the need for a significant investment in special software. The controller is built on a Linux operating system, in turn ensuring that the system is stable and secure from external threats.

With “unrivalled” levels of user-friendliness, bright blue’s intuitive software means that no special training is required and the system can be up-and-running in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to add card holders, set up new doors and even assign personnel access to different doors based on their time schedules, security levels and job requirements.

Video may also be integrated and activated at every card swipe, allowing investigations to be performed with accuracy.

The system can be accessed at any time and anywhere and standardised reports generated. Back-up functionality ensures that data losses do not occur.

In the event of an emergency, an end user can initiate a full site lockdown via a credential or external push-button. bright blue also offers advanced features such as door monitoring and anti-passback. If an event does occur, an e-mail notification can be sent to an authorised user.

bright blue is already proving to be a popular solution within Vanderbilt’s portfolio. It has also been complemented by last year’s introduction of lite blue, an entry-level, 2-8 door access control system that uses the same Internet browser-based configuration as bright blue, offering SMEsa defined access control migration path.

“We’re delighted to have received this Benchmark Innovation Award and incredibly proud that our dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology has been recognised in this way,” commented Joe Grillo, managing director of Vanderbilt. “Since acquiring Security Products from Siemens in April this year, Vanderbilt has reinforced its position as a global leader in state-of-the-art security systems. We reinvest at least 10% of our annual revenue into new R&D programmes each year in order to further our growth and provide Best in Class solutions that offer tangible benefits to our customers and end users.”

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The Risk UK Interview: Jong Wan Lim (Samsung Techwin)

Shortly after being appointed managing director of Samsung Techwin Europe, Jong Wan Lim presented his vision for the future at a conference attended by the company’s various business partners. Lim stated that 2014 would be: “A Year of Change: A New Beginning,” with Samsung Techwin striving even harder to create new business opportunities for its customers.

Risk UK: What would you say are the most significant changes that have taken place since you joined Samsung Techwin?

Jong Wan Lim: Our world is changing. Our customers’ requirements are changing and, as a result, we’re changing the way in which we do business to face the challenges of the future.

To meet these changes we have reviewed – and we’re continuing to review – the way we manage our business model. Our new ‘regional powerhouses’ have enabled us to be more efficient in our use of resources and provide a more sales oriented structure. Now, we can better employ the expertise of our sales and support services across the countries within these regions to provide a fast, efficient and consistent service to all.

To ensure the success of our ‘regional powerhouses’, we’re continuing to review the way in which we manage our operations within the countries concerned. This will create a platform for the continuous drive for sales and service in our key sales target areas.

Our aim is to be Number One in these key sales target areas and success will be achieved through concentrating our focus on these areas.

We all know that successful business partnerships are built around trust. At Samsung Techwin we are no different as we look to create the highest level of trust with all of our distribution, system integrator, end user and technology company partners. There’s no doubt that the new sales orientated strategy is improving the quality of our processes and policies to strengthen this trust.

Jong Wan Lim: managing director of Samsung Techwin Europe

Jong Wan Lim: managing director of Samsung Techwin Europe

Shared values are further strengthened by engaging end users through our vertical market business development specialists who are concentrating on key verticals in their regions. These include transport, retail, banking and city surveillance. Business is being driven through our distribution partners. This has resulted, for example, in Samsung Techwin being awarded PADs approval (from Network Rail) for a large number of network products, including our award-winning open platform WiseNetIII camera range. Pleasingly, this puts us in the position of being the only manufacturer to have IP cameras approved for use on the UK rail network.

Risk UK: Can you expand on what you mean by reorganising and restructuring your sales areas?

Jong Wan Lim: As we continue to develop our IP portfolio and realise smarter technologies, we are also aware that in today’s competitive marketplace it’s working collaboratively that will help improve and advance the quality of our service offer. Our European regional centres are continually benefiting from our successes as we continue to knowledge share.

By embracing a transparent methodology, our new regional centres have been able to seamlessly disseminate and replicate successes through a fully integrated sales and business development team. This synergy has allowed us to work smarter, more efficiently and effectively, all of which will help to improve the quality of our services to all of our customers and, particularly, our value added partners.

As we learn quickly from the successes of our more empowered local teams, the new regional centres will swiftly disseminate and replicate their successes through the natural synergy that has been created from integrating the sales and business development teams.

A fundamental part of this reorganisation has been the introduction of the Samsung Techwin Eco Partnership (STEP) Programme whereby we provide support, resources and tools to help our partners extend their business opportunities and increase their profits.

The benefits of this include project registration discounts, lead sharing, co-marketing/marketing and technical tool support.

Within the first couple of months of starting the STEP Programme we’re delighted to be in the position that over 150 partners have already signed up.

Risk UK: The STEP Programme would appear to be an integral element of your new strategy. Is it only open to system integrators?

Jong Wan Lim: Our STEP Programme is designed for different types of partners: channel, technology, application, A&E and clients. One main difference is that our customers can access our open platform partners’ information and services, in turn allowing us to add further value to our offer.

We also work very closely with our distribution partners. We not only pull the channel partners’ business through to them, but we also exhibit together at trade shows in order to highlight the strength of our co-operation. For example, at Essen in Germany this year we are partnering with Videor Technical and at ExpoProtection in France with Aasset Security.

Risk UK: At the beginning of the year you discussed the importance of service and support. Can you elaborate on this?

Jong Wan Lim: Most certainly. Our market is a very crowded place wherein there’s no shortage of manufacturers with which we must compete. On that basis, we believe that quality over quantity is the key – delivering quality products, quality services and quality support levels. Quite rightly, this is what customers require and expect.

At Samsung Techwin, we have introduced a staff-specific training programme ensuring the service delivered by our sales and technical teams adds value to our customers’ businesses. We have also introduced an Advanced Replacement Scheme on all products purchased after 1 July 2013. This is designed to highlight the confidence we have in the quality of our products and also to afford our customers peace of mind by putting them first.

In addition, we have combined our warehouse and service centre in the Netherlands. It’s a convenient hub for continental Europe and the UK. We use the services of DHL, the global market leader in the logistics industry, to deliver our products.

Risk UK: You mention quality products. What’s new this year from Samsung Techwin?

Jong Wan Lim: This year, we’ve expanded our WiseNetIII range so that it now includes 1.3, 2 and 3 Megapixel resolutions. We were delighted when we won the Benchmark Product Innovation Award at IFSEC International 2014. The powerful processor offers the user simplicity and choice through our open platform technology.

Together with our technology partners who are specialists in video and audio analytics, and our expertise in camera manufacturing, this allows us to create truly exciting solutions.

At IFSEC International we changed our booth such that it was vertical market solutions-centric rather than device-centric as has historically been the case.

Risk UK: This all sounds extremely innovative. How much of a difference will moves like this one make to your business?

Jong Wan Lim: We believe this will help ‘Change the face of IP’ as the WiseNetIII cameras will accept multiple applications that can be downloaded into the camera in a similar way to adding Apps to a SmartPhone. It gives the end customer total flexibility, allowing them to use a surveillance camera for many more applications outside the scope of pure security. Marketing, Health and Safety and man management are but a few examples of this.

Such an approach allows us to offer solutions to different vertical market sectors like retail where, for example, an App from Agent-Vi using its savViTM software can provide retailers with a powerful tool to analyse customer traffic patterns or better understand the implications of customer behaviour in relation to signage, store layout and promotions.

Samsung Techwin's SNV-6013 camera

Samsung Techwin’s SNV-6013 camera

Risk UK: Samsung Techwin has just introduced a new analogue solution in the form of the Beyond 1280H Series. With the market moving towards IP, can you explain why you’ve chosen to take this approach?

Jong Wan Lim: Without doubt the future lies with IP solutions. That sais, we must support all of our customers and there’s a countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems whose end users, for various reasons, are not ready to migrate to a network-based set-up.

The new Beyond Series harnesses the power of 1280H camera technology, in turn enabling analogue cameras and DVRs to deliver 1000 TV lines.

The key to supporting all existing solutions is that the Beyond Series is interoperable with existing analogue products as it conforms to the PAL standard.

Risk UK: From which other areas of your business do you see growth emanating?

Jong Wan Lim: In 2014, our Business to Consumer (B2C) range has grown rapidly among retail stores, online retailers and telecommunication companies with products such as the Smart Home camera SNH-6410 that uses the WiseNetIII technology designed for the professional market in a form that would grace the smartest of homes.

This B2C range has expanded rapidly to meet a growing demand from end user customers who are rapidly embracing smart technology and HD quality images in the home.

Risk UK: What does the future hold for Samsung Techwin?

Jong Wan Lim: In 1962, Marshall McLuhan famously said that we live in “a global village”. Remember that was a time when electronics were in their infancy. Today, our world is changing rapidly. It’s becoming more compact and showing us that ‘big is not always best’.

Our changing approach has already delivered tangible benefits for our targeted vertical markets thanks to developing partnerships with end user customers, integrators, distributors and technology partners and the subsequent delivery of quality products, services and support.

One clear example is the Gabling Prison project where our business development team has worked with the end user and system integrator HSS Sicherheit Berlin, passing the project through to the distributor Dekom.

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IDIS NVR leads the pack in Benchmark Magazine review

Risk UK’s sister publication Benchmark Magazine – the UK-based journal dedicated to “driving innovation in the security industry” – has completed an independent test of the IDIS DR6116P Network Video Recorder (NVR). The magazine awarded the IDIS NVR a rating of 85, featuring the results of the product test in its July 2014 issue where IDIS received the highest rating of all NVRs featured in the magazine’s round-up.

In its review, Benchmark Magazine lists the DR6116P NVR as a “recommended” product, noting the robust features and functionality of the IDIS NVR. The magazine describes products given a “recommended status” as those that have “no obvious flaws or performance issues, do not lack credibility and have been designed for simple installation and operation.”

With regard to the IDIS DR6116P, the magazine specifically mentions the integrated provision of the IDIS Center software package – “to deliver remote connectivity and system control” – and speaks to the NVR’s place as part of IDIS’ one-stop-shop DirectIP total solution.

It notes that ONVIF devices may be used with the DVR and that IDIS offers a “true plug-and-play” and simple to configure networked surveillance solution.

Commitment to innovative R&D

Brian Song, managing director of IDIS Europe, commented: “It’s always an honour to have IDIS quality recognised by credible industry experts such as those at Benchmark Magazine. It’s especially gratifying to learn the IDIS DR6116P NVR received the highest rating of all those solutions reviewed.”

Song continued: “The DR6116P and all of our NVR offerings reflect IDIS’s commitment to innovative research and development and industry-leading product quality. Our NVRs deliver on that commitment as an essential part of our DirectIP total solution—one that offers customers everything required to build a cost-effective, powerful and simple to install networked surveillance solution.”

Benchmark Magazine is a monthly, UK-based print and online publication with a global readership dedicated to the delivery of “essential information for those involved in the specification and purchase of advanced security solutions.” Through unbiased evaluations of security solutions, Benchmark seeks to provide vital information to the marketplace by way of independent testing, system and technology assessments, field-based analysis, educational articles and informed debate.

The magazine is offered in free electronic versions, and is also available for print subscription. Visit: http://www.benchmarkmagazine.com for further details.

Benchmark Innovation Awards

Benchmark Magazine previously recommended the IDIS DirectIP™ platform, and honoured DirectIP™ as a finalist in the 2014 Benchmark Innovation Awards.

IDIS offers DirectIP as an end-to-end solution comprising a range of cameras, monitors, NVRs and comprehensive video management software.

DirectIP delivers “unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity combined with high quality performance and industry-leading affordability”.

For more information on IDIS NVRs and DirectIP visit: http://www.idisglobal.com

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