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EU’s GDPR and cyber security to be ‘hot topics’ at Hikvision Insight

Following on from the success of Hikvision Insight in October last year, Hikvision UK and Ireland is now pleased to announce a second series of events taking place in five cities across the UK and Ireland in March wherein presentations on both the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security will take centre stage.

Alongside the seminar programme, Hikvision will be showcasing its own security solutions including the latest in thermal solutions, Deep Learning technology, 180° and 360° technologies and Hikvision’s new video control software named HikCentral.

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“We take great pride in developing innovative solutions suitable for multiple applications,” said Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “We’re looking forward to taking these solutions around the country such that professional security installers and system integrators can be get hands-on with our latest technologies. Hikvision Insight also allows us to update the market on our plans prior to the introduction of the GDPR later this year and outline the continuous developments we’re making in terms of the cyber security of our products.”

At these events, Hikvision will be joined by its authorised distribution partners and technology partners GJD, Pyronix and Seagate. GJD, the manufacturer and designer of smart electronic perimeter detection and high performance LED illumination equipment, is set to showcase its complete range of IP security solutions at the Hikvision Insight 2018 events, in turn demonstrating their use in real world scenarios.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We’re really proud to join Hikvision’s group of partners. The GJD and Hikvision integration delivers world-class IP solutions suitable for a wide range of sectors. We’re looking forward to exhibiting at the Hikvision Insight events and highlighting to visitors the advantages of connecting our technology with Hikvision.”

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Andy Keeley, head of marketing at Hikvision, added: “We’re looking forward to GJD joining us at our Hikvision Insight events. We’re excited to see the seamless integration between Hikvision and GJD’s technologies bringing a total security solution.”

*To find your nearest Hikvision Insight event and to register for your place visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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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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ATG Access research shows Brits welcome more armed police at public events

Over one third of the British public want to see more armed police at public events to make them feel safer in light of recent terror events. According to new research, 36% of Brits are calling for more armed officers to patrol public events, such as music concerts, and 57% would like to see more security officers on duty around event locations.

The survey of 1,000 people, conducted by ATG Access, found that almost half of the public will not let recent terror attacks stop them from enjoying organised events, 39% would feel more at ease if the Emergency Services were on site and easily visible.

It’s not just visible front line service personnel that will help alleviate fears this year. 44% of people would now like to see visible security measures – such as bollards and barriers to separate crowds from nearby traffic – put in place to prevent possible vehicle-borne attacks.

Almost half (48%) of the public surveyed would welcome bag searches and 33% think metal detectors should be used at event entrances to spot suspicious behaviour. Further, 41% of respondents would like to see more CCTV and flood-lighting to help monitor festive events and public areas.

The study was conducted as part of ATG Access’ ‘Protecting the Future of Multi-Functional Cities’ Report, which looks in detail at how cities in Britain are being transformed into bustling multi-functional spaces, and the obstacles that are preventing public events from taking place.

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Gavin Hepburn, director at ATG Access, informed Risk UK: “With the increasing number of terrorist attacks that have taken place across Europe, tensions have understandably been heightened. The general consensus among the public seems to be that they’re not going to let the threat of terror ruin their spirit, but there are still some concerns around security and safety at public events.”

Hepburn added: “Brits are now calling on the authorities to implement more visible security measures, such as more armed police on our streets and physical solutions like bollards and barriers to protect public events. The most important thing to bear in mind is that these measures must not create a ‘fortress mentality’. While the public may feel safer knowing that security is being improved, solutions shouldn’t incite more fear and should enable people to enjoy the event. There are robust physical solutions now available that can blend in with their surroundings so that they’re almost invisible.”

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Zaun develops SR3 fencing for Critical National Infrastructure applications

A high-security fence for rail and other Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) applications that resists sustained attack with specialist power tools for more than five minutes has been developed by steel mesh fencing manufacturer Zaun.

Zaun has received a revised Certificate of Product Approval from the Loss Prevention Certification Board to include its brand new CorruSec SR3 approved to Security Rating 3. The fencing system incorporates corrugated HiSec 3-5-10 mesh sandwiched between further panels of HiSec 3-5-10, a special welded steel wire fence panel similar to the type of mesh usually used for prison fencing, whose name is derived from its mesh size: 3″ × 0.5″ × 10 gauge.

The original concept was the idea of Zaun co-founder and director Alastair Henman and has been developed by R&D manager Adam Christie. Christie explained: “Alastair conceived the design by looking at the construction of cardboard, in particular the corrugated kind and how the corrugated element created a much stronger three-dimensional material. We started experimenting with a corrugated mesh centre section to give fencing greater rigidity and increase its thickness without adding much to the material content and weight in order to counter the kind of tools attackers might use.”

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CorruSec SR3 has been subjected to sustained attack by testers from the Building Research Establishment wielding a range of hand and power tools, yet they couldn’t breach the CorruSec SR3 in less than five minutes.

The fencing system is manufactured to BS 1722 Part 14 and is approved at heights from 2.4 metres to 6 metres above the ground, in ground or base-plated options.

Each individual panel features a 76.2 mm x 12.7 mm mesh configuration with 3 mm horizontal and vertical wires. The corrugated section is pressed to approximately 100 mm in depth. All three layers are bolted together using bolts fixed into place in a grid pattern throughout the combined fence panel.

CorruSec SR3 provides good through visibility for use with CCTV cameras, while security toppings can be added to suit.

Alastair Henman explained: “The current specification for CrossRail stations is a ‘5-minute fence’, so we set about seeing if we could create a viable product. Across our customer base, operators of CNI are upgrading their most sensitive sites given  the heightened fear of terrorist threats and advances in technology.”

As well as rail applications, SR3 fencing is ideal for protecting assets at water utilities, oil and gas compounds, Data Centres and other CNI sites.

 

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IDIS strengthens integrity of video surveillance with critical failover

IDIS has debuted a powerful suite of features designed to bring critical failover capabilities and peace of mind to users of the company’s innovative technology offerings. Bringing together existing, improved and new failover features, IDIS addresses multiple threats to crucial video surveillance operations with IDIS Critical Failover, a collection of five capabilities that strengthen the fault tolerance of end users’ CCTV infrastructure.

“If any part of video surveillance infrastructure fails, it’s critical to first recognise the failure and then initiate appropriate alternative or redundant technologies to minimise loss of data,” noted James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe. “Full redundancy of every component in your infrastructure is prohibitively expensive and adds unnecessary complication in most cases, while manual recognition and resolution costs precious time and risks gaps in footage. IDIS Critical Failover reduces both issues through a multi-layered collection of capabilities spread across the devices in your infrastructure.”

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IDIS Critical Failover consists of five parts: Temporary Smart Failover, Smart Failover, Storage Redundancy, NVR Failover and Dual Power Supply.

If you experience a problem with network instability, Temporary Smart Failover starts recording to an internal recording session buffer (of at least 60 MB), ensuring there’s no break in the data being sent to the NVR. For longer network issues, such as a complete failure of the link between the camera and the NVR, Smart Failover takes over. When the IP camera and NVR become disconnected, the camera instantly begins recording to an internal SD card. It records at the original quality until half of the SD card is filled up and then adjusts the quality to ensure a full 24 hours of footage is captured on just a 32 GB card. H.265 cameras add support for SDXC cards, with a theoretical limit of 2 TB. Once the network link is restored, all of the data is automatically transferred to the NVR, leaving no incident unrecorded.

Storage Redundancy exists inside the NVR (DR-8364D) in the form of native RAID 1 or RAID 5 support. With RAID 1 support, the NVR stores two identical copies of the data: if one disk fails, the data is then retrieved from the second one. RAID 5 stores the data and additional parity data in separate locations, providing the same redundancy, but more efficiently than RAID 1.

NVR Failover protects against the failure of the entire NVR. Both the primary and standby NVR continuously monitor one another to quickly switch to the functioning NVR during a failure, reducing the risk of data loss and decreasing failover response times.

Finally, native Dual Power Supplies (DR-8364D) provide a redundant power supply in case the first one fails, increasing uptime and reducing the risk of data loss.

*View Critical Failover in action: https://youtu.be/FvAgyOSuhTM

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Software development manager Tina Baker celebrates 13 years with TDSi

Tina Baker, software development manager at integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi, is celebrating 13 years of service with the company. Having reached this impressive milestone, Baker has also been reflecting on the developments and evolution of the security software industry and what this could lead to in the future. 

“Since I joined TDSi there have been enormous changes in the security industry, especially in the software systems and applications connected to them,” urged Baker. “TDSi has been leading the move towards fully-integrated security software for a number of years now, and it’s gratifying to see the rest of the industry has followed suit as well.”

Baker began her career in security when she answered a job advert for a summer placement on display at Bournemouth University while nearing the end of a degree course in Software Engineering. “I knew that software would dominate many industries and wanted a career that would allow constant growth. I wanted to gain more experience developing software using different programming languages and TDSi offered me the opportunity that I was looking for.”

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TDSI’s Tina Baker: reflecting on 13 years with the Poole-based security solutions developer

Baker’s personal development has fittingly mirrored that of TDSi and the security industry it supplies. “TDSi has really nurtured my personal development, right from software programmer to development manager. At the same time, the industry has become far more integrated with building management systems which now commonly incorporate intruder alarms systems and CCTV as well as access control.”

A view of the future

While reflecting on the past and present, Baker also has an eye firmly fixed on the future and is clear on how she believes the security software sector will develop: “All the signs are that there will be continued and increased integration with building management systems, especially to comply with environmental legislation.”

Baker continued: “We will also see further biometric integration to heighten security and remove the need for ID cards. The market is also demanding more bi-directional integration, with security systems working even more closely with one another. More and more, we’re being asked for our SDKs so that other security companies can integrate our systems into theirs.”

Baker also has advice for young people looking for a career in security software development. “You need to enjoy continually learning new skills if you’re to keep up with the changes in technology. It’s also important to have a keen understanding of the close connection between physical access security and software security. Further systems integration means that the prevention of cyber attacks is essential.”

Focused and interested

When asked what has kept her focused on and interested in working for TDSi, Baker concluded: “The company champions professional development of its employees and, on a personal level, I really enjoy the interesting challenges that TDSi faces with ever-increasing integration needs. It’s a great company to work for, and I very much look forward to seeing what the future will bring in terms of technology and progress.”

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ISM introduces Enterprise version of proven integrated security management system

Intergrated Security Manufacturing (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of ISMS technology, has just launched an Enterprise version of the company’s proven Genesys integrated security management system (ISMS).

Already deployed within the Critical National Infrastructure sector, the new ISMS offers end users “unparalleled scale, redundancy and ease of use”.

As an enhancement of the existing Genesys2, the Enterprise version has been developed with the largest organisations in mind. Genesys is fully-scalable to manage and control multiple sites from a single Control Room (or even a single workstation) across a country, or even across continents. It features the most advanced levels of encryption to ensure network security, and is accredited to the highest standards of Government national infrastructure security.

Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, believes that the extension of the Genesys range gives customers greater choice. “There have been a number of articles in the security press talking about PSIM companies starting to develop systems that go beyond the current solutions and moving to a federated architecture. With Genesys, we’re already there. Genesys Enterprise resolves those issues associated with the increasing geographical scope of clients, corporations, Governments and institutions, while also adhering to a multi-tiered hierarchy or ‘federated’ system here total control is centralised, but allows individual sites to maintain local control.”

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Smith added: “This new addition is ideally suited to those large organisations with multiple sites across multiple regions who might also want to ‘flex’ to accommodate further sites and geographies as their needs evolve. As this comes from the Genesys stable, existing users only have to upgrade from their existing version to Enterprise without the expense of a complete technology refresh.”

Multiple systems, multiple manufacturers

Crucially, the new development allows the integration of multiple systems from multiple manufacturers – all from one holistic integrated security system. Every electronic security or fire safety device from CCTV and intruder alarms through to electronic locking and Public Address can be monitored and controlled from a single platform, regardless of who made them.

Most importantly, this solution includes the existing Migrating 3+ technology, a patented automatic fail-over technology that adds higher levels of automatic configurable redundancy and power. Control is effectively distributed across multiple workstations.

“We take power to your PC and multiple it by the number of PCs on your network,” added Smith. “What this means is that, if one PC fails, control is migrated to another PC on a seamless basis with no interruption or downtime. Our system isn’t restricted in its performance by the size or capability of a server, and nor does it require the expense of moving to server farms or using clustering software. It means we deliver the most extreme redundancy characteristics for the threats you’ve thought of, not to mention those that you haven’t.”

Continuing this theme, Smith observed: “The Enterprise development within the existing Genesys isn’t a development waiting for a trial site, but rather it has already been installed within a high-security Critical National Infrastructure project. It is tested and proven at the highest level and under the most demanding of conditions and has been very successful.”

‘True’ ISMS

Genesys is a ‘true’ ISMS built around intuitive software that combines a range of industry-leading features and benefits including an enhanced graphical user experience, 3D modelling and a comprehensive event management database. Events and alarms are presented to the operator clearly as and when they happen.

“Operators can be quickly trained to gain maximum advantage,” highlighted Smith. “The system also enables end users to make better use of their staff and resources since they don’t have to have all of their Control Rooms working on a 24-hour basis. Genesys is a truly unique solution offering advanced system architecture, unparalleled ease of use for the operators and the very low lifecycle costs.”

The ISMS software operates as a standalone platform over LAN or WAN networks for remote and local sites with workstations that can be transferred to any operating Security Control Room on the network. This offers the end user flexibility when closing down sites or buildings for off-peak or out of normal working hours or in the unlikely event of any system failures.

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