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Zicam Integrated Security selects Wisenet as preferred video surveillance brand

Zicam Integrated Security Ltd – one of the UK’s fastest-growing installers of electronic security systems – has selected Hanwha Techwin as its preferred single source provider of IP network video surveillance solutions. 

“As a systems integrator always looking to innovate and provide end user clients with added value from their video surveillance systems, we’ve decided to work ever-more closely with Hanwha Techwin,” stated David Salisbury, managing director of West Midlands-based Zicam Integrated Security, which has specialised in state-of-the-art surveillance and detection security systems for over 25 years now.

Salisbury went on to state: “While we always offer objective advice to end user clients in respect of the best cameras, recording devices and VMS available to meet their specific requirements, we’ve found for most projects we’ve been involved in over recent years that, via authorised distributors, we’ve been able to source everything needed from the Hanwha Techwin Wisenet product range.”

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Although Zicam Integrated Security is able to take advantage of the full Wisenet range when recommending the most suitable products for specific applications, the business has recently been specifying Wisenet P Series AI cameras for almost all projects where the video surveillance systems are being remotely monitored.

“In addition to the superb quality of the 4K images captured by these cameras,” continued Salisbury, “they’re also equipped with deep learning AI video analytics which deliver a high level of detection accuracy while minimising false alarms. This is proving to be extremely valuable to our clients, such as DHL, in terms of them efficiently and cost-effectively protecting their assets, people and property.”

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As a Gold level Hanwha Techwin STEP Partner, Zicam Integrated Security is able to benefit from the support offered by the partnership programme, including an enhanced five-year warranty, access to a wide range of technical support resources, lead sharing and co-marketing activities.

Ben Speakman, UK country manager for Hanwha Techwin Europe, observed: “We’re naturally delighted that a knowledgeable and highly professional systems integrator such as Zicam Integrated Security has committed to recommending Wisenet-branded products to its clients wherever possible. We’re very much looking forward to helping the Zicam team capitalise on the new business opportunities being created by our next generation products, many of which are equipped with deep learning AI video analytics.”

*For more information visit www.zicam-security.co.uk

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Tyco Illustra Flex range strengthened with introduction of NDAA-compliant cameras

Johnson Controls has announced the introduction of eight additions to its popular Tyco Illustra Flex camera series. With enhanced image processing, improved low-light capability and secure boot protection against cyber attacks, the new NDAA-compliant Illustra Flex Gen3 cameras are designed to provide high performance and cost-effective solutions for virtually any video surveillance application.

The Illustra Flex Gen3 is capable of connecting into the Johnson Controls OpenBlue platform, a complete suite of connected solutions for sustainability, new healthy occupant experiences and safety and security solutions.

With a small footprint, the Illustra Flex Gen3 cameras provide a choice of bullet, indoor mini-dome, outdoor mini-dome and compact camera formats. The new 3 MP models will supersede existing Gen2 3 MP Illustra Flex cameras. The 8MP (4K) models, which feature a built-in suite of intelligent video analytics for enhanced situational awareness and faster response (as well as facilitating exception reporting) complement the 4K Flex Gen2 cameras.

The external cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive IR illuminators which enable them to capture crisp, clear images day or night, regardless of lighting conditions, at distances of up to 40 meters, while the compact cameras’ IR illuminators are effective up to 15 meters.

*Further information is available online at www.illustracameras.com

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Security & Safety Things launches second App Challenge for development of creative customer solutions

Security & Safety Things has announced the launch of its second App Challenge to spur additional creative development in video analytic applications. Participating developers now have the opportunity to submit proposals for apps designed to address specific security, safety and business optimisation use cases in the retail, transportation, sports stadiums, entertainment and healthcare verticals.

The apps will be designed to run on smart cameras using the Security & Safety Things open camera operating system and the open Internet of Things platform, which enables cameras to run a variety of applications simultaneously to perform different functions. The camera OS is based on the developer-friendly Android Open Source Project.

“While many vertical markets share a core set of operational needs, individual organisations also have unique requirements based on the nuances of their location, customer base or other circumstances,” explained Adam Wynne, head of the Security & Safety Things Innovation Accelerator based in Pittsburgh. “We are calling on the collective creativity and unique perspectives of the developer community to help solve distinct customer challenges, whether that’s a standalone solution or one based on a combination of different applications.”

Different use cases

For this year’s challenge, a variety of systems integrators responded to a Security & Safety Things survey asking for customer needs and challenges in four vertical market categories. Based on this feedback, developers will be tasked with creating innovative video analytics applications to address a host of different use cases, including:

*Unmanned aerial detection for drones and other flying objects in stadiums or during large events

*Suspicious behaviour analytics for the detection of fighting or stealing

*Customer conversion and ‘out of stock’ analytics in retail spaces

*Cargo protection for the detection of vandalism and theft in car parks and other facilities

*Hygiene and PPE checks in healthcare facilities, as well as anomaly detection for unusual behaviour in Care Homes

Three winners will be chosen by an invited panel of 20 prominent integrators and awarded individual prizes. Winners will also be invited to showcase their solution at the Security & Safety Things stand at escon 2021 (depending on the COVID-19 situation). All participating developers will be able to benefit from various co-marketing opportunities with Security & Safety Things throughout the duration of the challenge.

The winning apps from the 2020 App Challenge provided solutions for retail and commercial buildings, transportation and Smart Cities, manufacturing and also logistics categories. Overall, the challenge resulted in 20-plus new applications being added to the Security & Safety Things Application Store.

Timeline for entries

Developers can submit multiple proposals for more than one vertical by 26 April. Proposals will be reviewed and the most promising will be chosen by the panel to proceed with development. Developers will have from 29 April until 31 July to create their solution(s).

Once developed, the apps will need to be uploaded to the Application Store by 31 July. Security & Safety Things and the panel will test and review the apps.

Winners will be selected by the end of August.

*Developers can apply by submitting their proposals online at: https://info.securityandsafetythings.com/app-challenge

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360 Vision Technology appoints Christianne McMillen in sales and marketing executive’s role

360 Vision Technology, the UK manufacturer of rugged PTZ and thermal imaging cameras, has further expanded its sales team with the appointment of Christianne McMillen in the role of sales and marketing executive.

McMillen, who began her security sales career at Norbain, is extremely well-known in the industry and joins the business with an enviable background in senior sales team management, most recently at Mayflex, where she led the internal sales teams to deliver multi-million pound growth year-on-year.  

McMillen joins fellow new recruit Effie-Mae Sims as part of the internal sales team at 360 Vision Technology.

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“I’m excited to be joining the 360 Vision Technology team,” explained McMillen.  “After nearly 15 years in the security industry, primarily in distribution, I believe that joining this UK manufacturer is a fantastic opportunity. The company’s values and approach were an extremely important part of my decision to join 360 Vision Technology. I hope my experience in sales and account management across the security disciplines will help me to provide the business with both a good perspective and committed approach to ensuring Best-in-Class customer engagement.”

Commenting on the news, Sara Fisher (360 Vision Technology’s sales director) said: “It’s a privilege to be welcoming someone with Christianne’s calibre and sales experience into the team. On a personal level, I have huge admiration for Christianne’s achievements in the industry to date and I cannot wait to see the contribution and impact she will make in the coming weeks and months. This significant recruitment is part of a brand new sales initiative for us and the starting point for the next phase of our ambitious growth plans.”

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Hanwha Techwin appoints Soon-Hong Ahn to president’s role

Soon-Hong Ahn has been appointed president of Hanwha Techwin. Previously head of sales and marketing and former president of Hanwha Techwin America, Ahn’s extensive knowledge of the video surveillance industry and expertise in global marketing have been significant factors in the company’s high growth achievements in a competitive marketplace. In turn, this has laid the groundwork for expanding the business globally.

Commenting on his appointment, Ahn explained: “Looking back over the past year, we have laid a solid foundation for qualitative growth by demonstrating an impressive performance in three areas, namely sales growth, efficiency and investment in our future. This has been achieved with the ongoing support and encouragement of the Hanwha Group. An excellent example of this has been the opening of our new facility in Vietnam which has enabled us to strengthen our global competitiveness by improving manufacturing efficiency.”

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Soon-Hong Ahn

Ahn continued: “2020 marks the beginning of a new decade during which we will be devoted to becoming a ‘Global Top Security Solution Provider’ by presenting new benefits to our customers through a variety of products and services based on leading-edge technology in video and intelligent security.”

Elaborating on that last point, Ahn noted: “Our plan for the immediate future is to maintain stable growth hinged on qualitative growth strategies, while at the same time incorporating core technologies based on mega trends, such as the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and 5G, into our video surveillance solutions and creating new business opportunities for system integrators and business partners.”

Yeon Chul Kim, Hanwha Techwin’s previous president, has now been appointed president of Hanwha Systems.

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Pelco to showcase broad end-to-end solution offers at Intersec 2019

Pelco by Schneider Electric, the video surveillance solutions developer, will be exhibiting solutions, services and products in various segment applications at Intersec 2019, which is to be held in Dubai from 20-22 January.

The company will share detail on a few soon-to-be released products and focus on how new technologies such as increased camera resolutions, cloud services and analytics are shaping the future.

Pelco will also feature significant updates to its VideoXpert VMS platform and the GFC Professional 4K camera, along with other new products including the award-winning Esprit Enhanced camera, with options for white and IR combination illumination.

Recognising that Pelco VMS and cameras are broadly deployed across a wide range of vertical market applications and trusted by some of the most demanding customers in the world, the company will be showcasing multiple vertical market applications for hospitality/commercial, education/correction, oil and gas, cities, traffic and airports.

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As technology continues to evolve, organisations face a multitude of challenges that require new solutions. Pelco will share detail on how its products, services and solutions are incorporating cyber security, higher resolution, compression, cloud and analytics capabilities within its portfolio of VideoXpert VMS, cameras and Professional Services to deliver “compelling and operationally successful” deployments.

Pelco will also detail how its newly-launched Professional Services provide a high level of support for both integrators and end users. By leveraging these services, customers and channel partners alike can gain access to a team of trained and certified professionals to assist them with network and system design. They can also help customers with configuration, auditing and onsite troubleshooting.

In addition to the newly-released GFC Professional Pro 4k camera, nearly 20 other Pelco products, solutions and services will be showcased. Among them are Pelco Camera Link, ExSite Enhanced cameras (explosion-proof), Optera cameras (seamless panoramic view), Esprit Enhanced cameras (high resolution PTZ) and IBD cameras (corner mount).

Visitors are encouraged to experience a hands-on demo of the GFC Pro 4K at Pelco’s Hospitality/Commercial and Traffic Monitoring-focused solution booths.

On 21 January, Pelco’s director of segment marketing, namely Stuart Rawling, will offera presentation on how to organise data chaos and assess the various ways in which connected devices impact the world today.

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IDIS uses latest Surveillance Summit in Seoul as platform to sharpen strategic vision for “ambitious video surveillance tech future”

The recent Surveillance Summit of international security and video surveillance specialists, hosted by IDIS in Seoul, South Korea, focused on some of the key drivers that will shape the global video market over the next three years.

The growing importance of upcoming innovations in Artificial Intelligence, recording and camera technology, network security, extended warranties and the need for increasingly powerful VMS capabilities were among those topics discussed at the event.

Delegates from around the world had their first opportunity to see the second iteration of IDIS’ Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA). Version 2.0 IDLA sets new market benchmarks with accuracy of 96% and a speed of up to 200 fps permitting analysis of 32 channels on a simultaneous basis.

Further, IDLA doesn’t need additional processing power, meaning that end users will not have to upgrade existing hardware. When IDLA becomes commercially available early next year, IDIS will remain committed to its promise of a low total cost of ownership by affording users access to both standard and advanced analytical functionality, such as appearance searching, through just one simple and affordable license.

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Secure design and manufacturing

The Summit also focused on the importance of secure design and manufacturing to dispel common market concerns around ‘back doors’ and assert how the use of IDIS proprietary protocols hardens network security.

The agenda also covered sector-specific application developments in key markets where IDIS solutions are increasingly being adopted, including large-scale projects in the Asian region, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Held over two days, the annual Surveillance Summit has grown in scope over the last three years and is now an important diary date for those attending. It’s seen as a chance to network with leading market specialists from around the world to share lessons from projects which are frequently at the cutting edge of surveillance development.

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The Summit is also used as an opportunity to focus on business development, whereby IDIS works closely with its partners to refine its marketing and media strategy for the coming year, share the latest information about market trends and insights and drive product development and continual improvements in technical support.

Long-term collaboration

This long-term, collaborative approach between IDIS and its business partners is a key element of the company’s growth strategy. It’s this customer-focused drive that has seen IDIS grow continuously since 1997 to become Korea’s largest video surveillance manufacturer, with regional operations now expanding across 50-plus countries.

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Concluding the Summit, IDIS CEO Y.D. Kim (pictured above, far right in each image) presented 2018 Business Partner Awards to three companies – namely Avix (Russia), Trinet (Singapore) and Red Office (Bangladesh) – in recognition of their commitment to a close partnership and their outstanding performance over the last year.

Collecting the awards were (pictured above, left to right): Aleksander Khrakov (CEO of Avix), Tex Tan (CEO) and Jason Tan (managing director) of Trinet and Naeem Uddin Mahmood of Red Office.

“Our three award winners, and indeed all of our partners attending this Summit, demonstrate that the surest route to success is always through collaboration,” said Joon Jun, president of the IDIS Global Business Division. “Gathered at this Summit we have a level of expertise that’s unrivalled in our sector, and we share a commitment to giving our customers the very best in video surveillance solutions. Knowing this, we can all look forward with great confidence to the year ahead.”

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Milestone Systems ranked Number One global VMS provider by IHS Markit for tenth year in succession

For the tenth year in a row, Milestone Systems has been ranked as the Number One global VMS vendor by company revenue. That’s according to market research conducted by business intelligence provider IHS Markit. In 2017, Milestone Systems enjoyed a global VMS market share of 10.2%, with 9.1% being the corresponding figure in 2016.

“The world market for VMS is estimated to have grown by 8% in 2017,” said Jon Cropley, senior principal analyst for video surveillance at IHS Markit. “Supply to this market is gradually becoming more concentrated. The top largest vendors are estimated to have accounted for 48% of global revenues in 2015. In comparison, this figure was 57% in 2017.”

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Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO at Milestone Systems, stated: “Milestone Systems experienced a solid VMS revenue growth of 21% over 2016, which was almost triple that of the market. There is no doubt that our open platform community and partnership business model is the reason for this positive development, and we’re proud to be a trusted and reliable partner in the community.”

Thinggaard concluded: “We will keep investing in our partner community, focusing on new technologies within cameras, access control and video analytics. We believe in a future where video will play an even more significant role in understanding data sources from the increasing numbers of devices that connect people and assets.”

Milestone Systems not only retained the Number One position globally, but also holds the top spot in Europe, the Middle East and Africa thanks to a market share that increased to 17.1% from 14.8% in 2016.

The company maintains its top position in the APAC region, with a market share of 12.4% compared to 11.7% the year before.

Finally, Milestone Systems jumped one spot in the Americas and is now ranked as second overall in the region (with an 11.3% market share compared to 9.6% in 2016).

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Vista covers every angle with latest IP and analogue camera launches

Vista has just announced the newest additions to its VK2 and HDA ranges. The camera launches are supported by the introduction of the new ‘universal’ brackets which greatly simplify installation and were developed in line with ‘Voice of Customer’ feedback.

The collective aim of the cameras and brackets is to reduce installation time on site, (and therefore minimise cost). The use of the latest technology within the cameras and the intelligent product design means that “excellent quality images” can be produced and adjustments easily be made to meet future end user requirements.

The VK2 range has been developed with the customer very much in mind. The cameras are designed to reduce bandwidth and storage requirements along with minimising the time required on site for installing and adjusting the cameras.

Their ability to stream highly efficient H.265 video format, combined with Vista’s advanced Hi-Stream bandwidth reducing function, means that storage and bandwidth requirements can be up to 75% lower than that of an equivalent H.264 stream.

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The VK2 cameras are available in both 2 MP and 4 MP formats and produce “crisper images” compared to those achieved by general IP cameras. This is as a result of a user-definable minimum/maximum shutter speed, true Wide Dynamic Range and IR illumination.

The VK2L range has been designed for those end users who require high quality video images delivered at a cost-effective price. These cameras reduce bandwidth and storage requirements like their VK2 siblings and, due to a wide angle lens, minimise the number of cameras required on site.

The key benefits shared by the VK2 and VK2L camera ranges are as follows:

Compatible with all modern NVRs and VMS H.265/H.264 compression formats make for a flexible system

Reduced required levels of bandwidth and storage Significantly reduced when used in H.265 mode and as a result of Hi-Stream Region of Interest which adds greater compression to areas with no motion

Ensure a much crisper frozen image User-definable minimum/maximum shutter speed provides much clearer images than general IP cameras

The launch also includes an analogue offer. The newly-released HDA cameras are capable of providing Full-HD 1080p resolution in TVI HDA format over coax cabling and provide a very flexible solution. A wide range of features make them suitable for many internal and external applications as well as providing excellent quality images without the requirement of an IP knowledge base.

The HDA range makes for the perfect transition from analogue to IP and can be used in conjunction with existing analogue infrastructure.

All of the IP and analogue cameras included in the launch are perfect for use with the Vista Viper range of NVRs and DVRs. ONVIF compliance ensures that they can also be used on multiple manufacturers’ recording platforms if existing systems are in place.

Alongside the cameras, the introduction of a new selection of ‘universal’ brackets simplifies installation and the process of selecting the correct bracket.

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Hanwha Techwin Europe unveils pan-European marketing and training alliance with ADI Global Distribution

Hanwha Techwin Europe has teamed up with ADI Global Distribution to create a pan-European marketing campaign designed to raise awareness of – and highlight the advantages that – Wisenet cameras, recording devices and video management software offer to installers and system integrators alike.

The two companies will conduct a wide range of marketing activities including live demonstrations of the comprehensive range of Wisenet video surveillance solutions at roadshows and seminars, while also placing advertisements in leading European electronic security publications and producing bespoke direct mail communications and eNewsletters.

“This is our first pan-European marketing initiative with Hanwha Techwin,” said Simon Middleton, marketing director of ADI’s EMEA businesses. “Our decision to do so reflects the value we place on the relationship formed between our two companies. It also demonstrates the confidence and trust we have in the ability of Wisenet products to provide installers and system integrators who source video surveillance solutions from ADI Global Distribution with a competitive edge.”

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Scope of the project

The campaign, which is to be implemented across all countries in Europe where ADI Global Distribution is working in partnership with Hanwha Techwin, will primarily be focused on educating the market on the benefits of Wisenet X cameras.

These 2 MP and 5 MP models are ‘supercharged’ by “the most powerful chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range” and equipped with “the world’s best motorised F0.94 varifocal low light lens” and “the world’s best 150 dB Wide Dynamic Range”.

In addition, the marketing campaign is designed to raise awareness of other Wisenet solutions including Wisenet HD+ analogue cameras which capture Full-HD images in 1080p without the need to upgrade cabling infrastructure, Wisenet Q entry level network cameras delivering feature-rich 2 MP or 4 MP images and premium, top of the range Wisenet P cameras delivering “superb quality” 4K (12 MP) images.

Wisenet solutions certificated training for ADI Global Distribution 

In support of the pan-European marketing alliance, Hanwha Techwin Europe has successfully completed the first phase of its certificated Wisenet product and solutions training programme for sales and technical staff across ADI Global Distribution in Northern Europe.

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“This represents a major investment in time for both UK-based ADI Global Distribution and Hanwha Techwin personnel,” said Hemant Trivedi, regional director for ADI. “It has proven to be time well spent as many of our sales and technical staff are now Hanwha Techwin accredited trainers and able to provide expert advice on the best combination of Wisenet cameras and recording devices for specific projects.”

*For more information on ADI Global Distribution visit www.adiglobal.com

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