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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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Barracuda Networks helps Leeds United FC to tighten up its cyber defence

Cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions specialist Barracuda Networks has been selected by Leeds United Football Club’s management team to help protect it from today’s advanced cyber threats.

Working with Leeds-based IT reseller and club sponsor Altinet, Barracuda Networks is providing Leeds United FC with its Message Archiver in order to make the storage and access of e-mails simpler, quicker and more secure. As well as being easy to set up and manage, the new e-mail archiving solution allows Leeds United FC to combine on-site hardware with cloud-based replication. This ensures that e-mail data is easy to recover in the event of an attack or data loss.

“As a multi-million pound business, we’re dealing with high volumes of important and confidential e-mails on a daily basis so we have to assume that we’re a high-value target for cyber attackers,” said Mark Broadley, head of IT and facilities at Leeds United FC. “Our legacy e-mail solution wasn’t providing a high enough level of protection, and had meant that staff within the HR and legal teams were spending a lot longer finding information than was needed. On the recommendation of Altinet, we were delighted to make Barracuda Networks the first signing of this very important project.”

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Barracuda Networks’ solution helps Leeds United FC to easily meet regulatory requirements and take complex discovery requests in its stride. This is particularly important given the club’s historical high turnover of personnel, and the need to find and read archived e-mails in minutes rather than hours or days.

Chris Ross, senior vice-president for international business at Barracuda Networks, said: “Being selected by Leeds United FC to improve and modernise the club’s data protection is an important accolade for us. With cyber attackers becoming ever-more sophisticated and data protection rising higher up the corporate agenda, it’s important that organisations replace legacy solutions and keep up-to-date with the latest threats.”

Ross added: “As it increasingly becomes about when you’re going to be attacked rather than if, data protection and recovery should form a key element of every organisation’s cyber security strategy. On top of keeping an eye on Leeds United FC’s cyber defences, we’ll be watching with interest and wishing the club the best of luck as it seeks promotion from the Championship back to the Premier League.”

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95% of UK businesses “still struggling” with mobile working as security of data continues to cause concern

Apricorn – the manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives – has unveiled new research results highlighting that 95% of organisations surveyed in the UK recognise problems with mobile and remote working. Worryingly, nearly one-in-five (18%) suggest that their mobile workers don’t care about security.

All (ie 100%) of those IT decision-makers surveyed noted that they had employees who work remotely at least some of the time, with an average of over one third (37%) of staff members who do so. With an increase in the numbers of people working remotely, this means more data moving beyond the confines of the corporate network. Organisations need to ensure that any data – be it at rest or on the move – remains secure.

While many are taking steps to ensure their data is protected, for instance by implementing security policies for mobile working and Bring Your Own Device, just under half of respondents (44%) still agree that their organisation expects their mobile workers to expose them to the risk of a breach. Roughly one third (32%) say that their organisation has already experienced a data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile working, while 30% of respondents from organisations where the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies are concerned that mobile working is an area that will most likely cause them to be non-compliant.

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53% cited that one of their Top Three biggest problems with remote working is due to the complexity and management of the technology that employees need and use. Over half (54%) say that, while their organisation’s mobile workers are willing to comply with requests relating to security measures, employees lack the necessary skills or technologies required to keep data safe. Nearly one third (29%) take the radical approach of physically blocking all removable media, while a further 22% ask employees not to use removable media (although they have no technology means by which to enforce this).

“The number of organisations blocking removable media has increased compared with responses to the same question in 2017, when 18% said they were physically blocking all removable devices,” said Jon Fielding, managing director for the EMEA at Apricorn. “A unilateral ban isn’t the solution and ignores the problem altogether, while also presenting a barrier to effective working. Instead, businesses should identify corporately approved, hardware-encrypted devices that are only provided to staff with a justified business case for having such. The approved devices should then be white-listed on the IT infrastructure, blocking access to all non-approved media.”

Risk of data breaches

Despite strict security policies, mobile working can still leave organisations wide open to the risk of a data breach. Half (50%) of respondents admitted one of the three biggest problems with mobile working is that they cannot be certain their data is adequately secured. Only around half enforce and are completely confident in their encrypted data in transit (52%), in the cloud (52%) and at rest (51%).

“While the new GDPR legislation requires the ‘Pseudonymisation’ and encryption of personal data, encryption isn’t a new concept, and keeping data secure has always been imperative to any organisation handling sensitive information,” added Fielding.

In conclusion, Fielding stated: “Organisations are simply not following security Best Practice. They need to implement and enforce policies and provide employee training to ensure compliance with the GDPR. Failing to put processes in place is putting confidential data at risk. Organisations now face the prospect of being fined even before a breach has occurred.”

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Videofied to offer webeyeCMS as global cloud-based alarm service

Webeye has announced that Honeywell brand Videofied will offer the webeyeCMS cloud alarm service as part of its global portfolio. The award-winning webeyeCMS platform, which is integrated with the Videofied alarm system, provides both commercial and residential properties with protection and includes a CMS browser and mobile app for either iPhone or Android platforms.

In the initial stages, Videofied will offer a commercial solution incorporating both Videofied hardware and the cloud service to niche sectors like the guarding market.

Videofied will promote the entire solution globally, concentrating particularly on regions outside of those already serviced by Webeye, and has agreed to assist Webeye to penetrate markets where the business already has a presence. Later plans include a residential offering and multi-language support.

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Patrice Colas, sales director at Honeywell Homes, said: “The Webeye alarm service has eight years of proven reliability and this, combined with our own Videofied alarm systems, offers a powerful and unique proposition to many markets.”

Clive Mason, managing director of Webeye, responded: “We’re honoured to have Honeywell Homes as one of our key partners and look forward to a close working relationship that offers our clients a world-beating solution.”

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‘Technology at the Edge’: Axis Communications unveils Top Five Trends to shape 2018

Surveillance specialist Axis Communications’ CTO Johan Paulsson has outlined the Top Five Trends that the company feels will shape the New Year. 

Paulsson stated: “As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: ‘The only one constant in life is change’. There’s perhaps no better example of this than the technology industry, where innovation is so rapid that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could become a reality in the not too distant future.”

Axis Communications has put together five top technology trends that the Lund-based business feels will have a great impact on the security and surveillance industry now and in the years to come, helping to facilitate a smarter and, of course, safer world.

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(1) A move towards the edge

“Two of the greatest trends that have propelled our industry forward in recent years,” observed Paulsson, “are cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), both of which are delivering undeniable benefits to businesses and consumers alike. That said, they also come with implications, namely the rise in the amount of data being transferred, processed and stored. Going forward, we anticipate that ‘edge’ computing will become ever popular, alleviating this issue by performing data processing at the ‘edge’ of the network, closer to the source of the data. Doing so significantly reduces the bandwidth needed between sensors, devices and the Data Centre.”

(2) Cloud-to-Cloud

Paulsson observed: “Despite the move towards edge computing, the cloud will continue to play a significant role in IT infrastructures. As an increasing number of companies offer cloud-based services, the cloud ecosystem is increasingly becoming the preferred point of integration, rather than the traditional on-premise system. One benefit of integration between clouds is the significant potential reduction of in-house IT services required, in turn creating great cost benefits.”

(3) Deep and machine learning

According to Paulsson: “We’ve now reached a stage where the full benefits of deep learning architectures and machine learning can begin to be realised. The explosion of data available to analyse is helping businesses become increasingly intelligent. As applications develop, there are significant opportunities for predictive analytics which could facilitate incident prevention: from terrorist incidents to slip and fall accidents; from traffic issues to shoplifting and even the tragedy of rail suicides.”

(4) Cyber security

“Once again,” outlined Paulsson, “cyber security must appear on the list of trends for the next 12 months and beyond. The constant enhancement of cyber security will be a never-ending task. This is because well-resourced cyber criminals will never stop looking to exploit vulnerabilities in any new technology. As the number of connected devices grows, so too do the potential flaws that, if left unaddressed, could provide the opportunity for networks to be breached.”

Embellishing this theme, Paulsson said: “Legislation is being created to address these concerns. In the European Union, the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation – the deadline for compliance for this being 25 May – will unify the protection of data for individuals within the EU, wherever that data is held or used.”

(5) Platforms to realise the full benefits of the IoT

In conclusion, Paulsson informed Risk UK: “The IoT has reached a point where it’s crucial to use scalable architecture to successfully collect and analyse data and manage the network of connected devices. Such an IoT platform allows equipment from different node vendors to co-exist and easily exchange information to form smart systems using existing network infrastructure. There are numerous companies, both well-established providers of technology and new market entrants, that are enabling platforms to support IoT devices. The next 12 months will see further maturation of this process.”

*Read more: https://www.axis.com/blog/secure-insights/technology-trends/

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Hanwha Techwin launches new Wisenet WAVE VMS brand

The new Wisenet WAVE video management software (VMS) from Hanwha Techwin “makes it almost effortless” to display up to 64 HD video streams. 

The company already offers an entry level free VMS called SSM, while for sophisticated Enterprise level VMS projects, the business integrates with technology partners such as Genetec and Milestone.

For its part, Wisenet WAVE has been launched to answer the needs of projects in the middle ground with an emphasis on simplified user experience.

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Uncomplicated and easy to use

An intuitive ‘drag and drop’ tool makes it extremely easy for operators to set up a display of live and recorded images on a single screen or video wall, with customisable layouts and sizes.

Other key features include a virtual PTZ which, with just simple clicks of a mouse, enables operators to zoom in to see close up detail of any suspicious activity, while motion detection and video analytics support can be configured to generate alerts when user-defined incidents occur.

A wide range of smart, keyword, calendar and time-slice search options facilitate rapid retrieval of recorded video.

Ultimate in flexibility

Wisenet WAVE offers a wide range of options to allow end users to choose how and where they wish to manage their video surveillance systems with minimal hardware requirements.

Desktop Wisenet WAVE is offered as software which can be installed on a user’s desktop running Windows, Linux or Apple/Mac. 24 to 64 live HD video streams can be managed on 32 and 64-bit operating systems.

Cloud A cloud-based service (which can be remotely accessed by an unlimited number of authorised users from anywhere in the world) offers a hardware free, cost saving method of taking advantage of all Wisenet WAVE functionality.

Server solutions Wisenet WAVE is available as a pre-loaded, out-of-the-box server or as software downloadable from the Hanwha Techwin website which enables operators to view up to 64 HD streams of live video. A supporting web-based application enables each Wisenet WAVE platform to be managed as a stand-alone system or as part of a larger, scalable video management solution. The application also provides an audit trail, real-time health monitoring and camera failover support, as well as reports on server health and storage status.

Mobile A mobile App affords the opportunity to remotely access the key functions of Wisenet WAVE from a smart device, in turn enabling ‘on-the-road’ users to view and respond to any incidents captured by Wisenet cameras.

While Wisenet WAVE is packed with features to make it simple and easy for users to achieve maximum advantage from their video surveillance systems, it’s likely to also be popular with system integrators looking to minimise their on-site time. With the benefit of an auto-discover feature, connected cameras and a wide range of third party IP network devices can be addressed and set up within a matter of minutes.

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Vanderbilt launches new programming application with SPC Connect Pro

Vanderbilt, the state-of-the-art security systems developer, has announced the release of SPC Connect Pro. SPC Connect Pro is the new programming tool for SPC systems. It’s a desktop application that allows security system installers to program all the functionality of SPC systems.

“Pro is designed to use the same interface as the SPC web page so, however you decide to program your SPC, the interface and programming options use the same intuitive interface,” explained John O’Donnell, product manager at Vanderbilt.

As SPC Connect Pro evolves from SPC Pro, several operations are enhanced for security installers. The tool now maintains a back-up of configurations files, allowing access to old files via a PC if the security installer should make changes.

Installers also benefit with the freedom to define their configurations, which can then be quickly reused at other installations.

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“With SPC Connect Pro, the evolution of SPC continues,” stated O’Donnell. “We at Vanderbilt aim to provide not only great products, but also support our customers as best we can. To that end, within the tool we have built in a new support system that will provide users with the latest support information from Vanderbilt and access to manuals and other support material.”

With additional support in the required SPC 3.8.5 firmware, SPC panels will now be discoverable when the panel is in full engineer mode, thus making connecting to systems faster and easier. For security professionals who are already using SPC Connect cloud services, the tool allows installers to access their systems from the tool, creating a secure connection to support their customers.

O’Donnell concluded: “An SPC Connect installer account is needed to access the tool. Installers can sign up for an installer account free of charge and use the tool immediately. Information and pricing are available from www.spcconnect.com.

*To download SPC Connect Pro visit: http://bit.ly/SPCConnectPro

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