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Axis to host Partner Showcase event demonstrating “cutting edge surveillance technology for a connected world”

Axis Communications has announced the return of its flagship initiative designed to drive innovation through partnership – the Axis Partner Showcase event. The open day, to be held on 11 October in Knutsford, Cheshire will showcase industry-leading security systems from 35 vendors that complement Axis’ intelligent security solutions for enabling a smarter and safer world.

The innovative solutions to be showcased at the event promise to be diverse and go beyond security, ranging from the latest updates in retail analytics, behavioural analysis and sustainability through to hosted services and cyber security.

The Axis Partner Showcase event will be attended by organisations with expertise in areas such as access control and video management systems, among them Morphean, Milestone Systems, Genetec and ASSA Abloy. It provides the ideal forum for security integrators, installers and end users to experience these innovations in person.

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The drive for efficiency, security and staff safety is an essential focus for the security industry. Ensuring technology is not only fit for its intended purpose, but also fit for use in the future, are key drivers of this commitment. With innovation now a daily feature from a variety of market influencers, knowledge of how to best assess the potential of cutting-edge security technology is often ‘lost in the noise’.

Daren Lang, regional manager of business development in Northern Europe at Axis Communications, stated: “As connectivity and the integration of products continues, the security needs of businesses change. This opens up new possibilities. Our strategies and solutions must change to meet the new opportunities created. We’are thrilled to announce the return of the Axis Partner Showcase. This event is designed to demonstrate how our partners, in conjunction with ourselves, can deliver solutions that stand the test of time, whether looking at the shift from forensic to real time analysis, how to deal with issues around cyber security or keeping pace with new regulations such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.”

Lang added: “As security requirements shift, we see an increasing demand for alternative solutions. Instead of focusing on surveillance alone, businesses are increasingly seeking ways in which smart systems can be integrated, ensuring that technology is flexible and future facing. This is how we help to ensure that technology is not only fit for purpose, but also fit for the future.”

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, stated: “The pace of innovation is core to Axis’ philosophy. It’s of critical importance to keep each of our customers and partners up-to-date with the technology available today as well as its potential for tomorrow. The Axis Partner Showcase event brings this under one roof, providing the best forum available to experience these innovations in person.”

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ONVIF publishes Release Candidate for Profile T on Advanced Video Streaming

ONVIF – the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products – has announced the Release Candidate for Profile T, a draft specification with advanced streaming capabilities that includes support for H.265 video compression and an expanded feature set that extends the capabilities of ONVIF video Profiles for system integrators and end users alike. 

ONVIF Profile T for advanced streaming employs a new media service that enables the support of High Efficiency Video Coding based on the international H.265 video compression standard that specifies how to decode data into displayable video.

Profile T-conformant clients support both H.264 and H.265 video compression, while Profile T-conformant devices support at least one of these formats.

The new Profile also encompasses Transport Layer Security (TLS)-enabled communications and new functionalities such as bi-directional audio streaming, standardisation of events, imaging configuration and on screen display configuration.

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“Profile T broadens the scope of the ONVIF video profile to include both the H.264 video compression standard that’s widely used in video surveillance solutions today and H.265 video compression, which is set to become the de facto video compression standard in the very near future,” said Fredrik Svensson, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile T Working Group. “In addition to support for multiple video compression types, Profile T establishes conformance regarding motion detection, metadata streaming, analytics and other important features that ultimately offer an expanded and standardised feature set to system integrators and end users, in addition to interoperability between manufacturers’ solutions.”

Profile T for advanced streaming supports transport over Websockets, which allows end users to stream video to a browser instead of a VMS client. Profile T also features bi-directional audio that’s often used in city surveillance, transportation and parking security as well as for other security applications that require two-way audio communication. Support for the TLS protocol adds another level of security to communications between Profile T-conformant clients and devices.

Standardisation of events such as motion detection and tampering is included in Profile T. Digital input and relay output events are covered, as is their configuration through the device I/O service which can expedite installation.

Profile T allows motion region detector configuration through the analytics service, which means that a specific area of an image can be selected for analysis. Streaming of metadata – such as events and analytics data – is also covered by Profile T.

ONVIF circulates a new Profile first as a Release Candidate for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final Profile is published and technology providers will be able to test their products for conformance to the final version of Profile T. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of Profile T is released in 2018.

*Further information about the Release Candidate of ONVIF Profile T and ONVIF conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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ONVIF releases Profile A for broader access control configuration

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced the final release of Profile A for broader access control configuration that establishes a standardised interface for access control clients and expands the configuration options of ONVIF-conformant access control systems.

The release marks the first open specification that allows for the mixing and matching of access control devices and clients within a system, in turn facilitating interoperability for multi-vendor projects.

ONVIF Profile A encompasses daily access control functions for granting and revoking employee credentials, creating and updating schedules and making changes to access control privileges within the system. Profile A deepens interoperability within the access control market by increasing functionality and system management functions at the client level, enabling the configuration of credentialing, scheduling and access privileges through the Profile A-conformant client interface.

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“Profile A is a significant development for the market because it provides a pathway for integrating access control panels and hardware with management software from different manufacturers,” said Per Björkdahl, ONVIF’s Steering Committee chairman. “This pathway for integration also provides future-proofing of an access control system as it allows another manufacturer’s access control management software to be installed in the future, eliminating the need for a hardware ‘rip and replace’ scenario.”

The interoperability established by Profile A allows end users and system integrators alike to make hardware and software choices based on functionality and performance, and will also bridge the gap between legacy hardware and new software if both are Profile A-conformant. The new Profile further enables integration between access control and IP video management systems when combined with ONVIF Profile C for basic access control and Profile S for video streaming.

Profile A has been available in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release. ONVIF circulates a new profile first as a ‘Release Candidate’ for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final profile is published and members can then test their products for conformance to the final version of an ONVIF Profile. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of a Profile is released.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a well-recognised industry forum driving interoperability for IP-based physical security products. The organisation has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control companies and nearly 8,000 Profile-conformant products.

Backed by Profile S for streaming video, Profile G for recording and storage, Profile C for physical access control, Profile Q for improved out-of-the-box functionality and the new Profile T Release Candidate for advanced streaming, ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products, including details of vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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IDIS cuts the ribbon on new UK office

To support continued robust growth and an expanding customer base, IDIS has opened new offices and training facilities in London.  Remaining in the recently refurbished The Mille in Brentford, the new facility features significant additional desk and recreational space and meeting rooms and doubles the capacity of the company’s training and demonstration facility.

Over the last two years, IDIS has significantly grown its sales force in the UK as well as strengthening its technical support team. This growth has corresponded with a larger partner network and customer base that has seen the demand for IDIS product demonstrations and training soar.

Brian Song, managing director of IDIS Europe, said: “Our new UK office is testament to the growth surge IDIS has experienced over the last four years. Since the launch of our own brand business in 2013, we’ve expanded our workforce and infrastructure both here in the UK and at our global headquarters and manufacturing facility just outside Seoul, as well as opening regional headquarters in the Middle East and the US. The new facilities in Brentford mean that we can continue to deliver world-class sales and technical support at a local level both now and in the years to come.”

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Last year also saw Sean Um join the IDIS Europe team following an eight-year tenure at the IDIS global headquarters in various product and sales roles. In his new position as product manager, Um works closely with system integrators, installers and end users to drive the IDIS product road map. His remit is to work at a local level to understand the needs of European customers and ensure a continuous cycle of innovation that builds upon the IDIS signature of easy-to-use and high performance surveillance.

Song, added: “Since joining us last year, Sean has been instrumental in liaising with our product planning and development team in South Korea. His appointment has ensured that we continue to bring new products and technologies to market that deliver improvements upon common industry offerings that strengthen security and improve the user experience.”

IDIS will showcase its core technologies, including the flagship DirectIP offering (a true plug-and-play solution that eliminates the complexity of installing and operating networked surveillance), at this year’s IFSEC International. The show runs at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 June. IDIS can be found on Stand G700. The business will be celebrating 20 years of innovation.

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360 Vision Technology joins Milestone Systems’ Camera Partner Programme

Enabling the entire 360 Vision Technology camera range to be simply and easily integrated with all Milestone Systems products, 360 Vision Technology has now partnered with Milestone to become a member of the latter’s Camera Partner Programme.

The Milestone Camera Partner Programme is designed to ensure that the leading device manufacturers in the industry can certify that their products are supported by all Milestone VMS software, including XProtect.

Harnessing the advantages of the Milestone Camera Partner Programme, integrators and end users can mix hardware from different manufacturers in order to ensure the optimum functionality for any surveillance installation.

Now, with the announcement of 360 Vision Technology joining the Milestone programme, integrators and end users are be free to specify any HD, thermal, radar or stainless steel camera from the 360 Vision range for safe inclusion within any Milestone-controlled surveillance camera installation.

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Designed to deliver advanced situational awareness, identification and alert to activity within any surveillance application, 360 Vision’s range of high-performance cameras are available in a number of integrated technology options – and with integrated infrared and white light LED illuminators – to deliver the perfect 24/7 imaging solution.

Milestone’s VMS software is proven in more than 100,000 installations worldwide. Based on a true open platform, the Milestone Camera Partner Protection Programme ensures the widest choice of cameras can be specified to create ‘Best in Class’ solutions.

“We’re delighted with our inclusion in the Milestone Camera Partner Programme,” enthused Mark Rees, business development director at 360 Vision Technology. “Working with leading companies who are spearheading new developments in the security industry is a natural fit for us. We’re very pleased that new and existing Milestone customers can now benefit from the performance advantages 360 Vision Technology cameras offer, along with Milestone’s scalable video control, recording and management solutions.”

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84% of small businesses call for intelligent video surveillance as existing systems “fail to protect premises”

A survey1 of small businesses in the UK has discovered that 84% of retail, office and hospitality owners are looking for video surveillance with high resolution images and intelligent features such as remote monitoring to provide superior security for their premises.

85% of respondents also stated that high quality and reliability would be important purchasing considerations when looking to invest in video surveillance.

The survey demonstrates a wide consensus among small business owners that current surveillance solutions in place are not viable to provide the necessary proof of crime at a time when the cost of shop theft is at an all-time high2. It also reveals that new technology is sought to provide the required security level within a given business.

Axis Communications carried out the survey in order to establish small business owners’ key challenges regarding video surveillance and how they believe it could be improved. In addition to stating that high quality images and the ability to access footage remotely on a smart phone or other device is desirable, 70% also suggested that ease-of-use is also high on the agenda.

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In light of accessible intelligent technology, 82% of small business owners are considering new video surveillance technology for their premises in order to provide a more up-to-date solution.

The survey results also demonstrate the challenges currently faced by small business owners in regards to their existing video surveillance solutions. A number of factors were revealed as unsatisfactory within their present set-up, including poor quality of images and difficulty of use.

These small business owners reported facing issues with their current video surveillance including “bad quality of system”, “lack of ability to monitor outside of premises” and providing “limited proof of crime”. This feedback further confirms the desire for more intelligent surveillance solutions to help protect businesses and make staff feel safe.

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, observed: “Pioneering technology and the benefits that come with it shouldn’t be limited to corporate entities. With the help of dedicated IT and security installers, the network camera is becoming more accessible and affordable for the small business than ever before. Many small business owners have an awareness that high quality, intelligent solutions are available and are looking for guidance as to how they can make the most of this to protect their premises and, ultimately, their bottom line. A rise in theft and the continued improvements in technology such as remote monitoring and high-quality images are only set to exacerbate this situation.”

Rajput continued: “As legacy video surveillance solutions become obsolete, we’re witnessing a shift in the ways small businesses adopt new solutions. Once regarded as a standalone investment, many now consider IP cameras as a vital upgrade that forms a part of their larger IT infrastructure. Along with this, end users are also looking to remotely access live and pre-recorded video footage anytime and anywhere. The ultimate benefit of this is a solution that delivers information rapidly and cost-effectively and that can benefit from the latest applications as and when they become available.”

References 

1Research was conducted by OnePoll independent market researchers on behalf of Axis Communications between 22 July and 10 August 2016 via an online survey. 500 UK business owners of companies with 1-20 employees that would be involved in the decision to purchase video surveillance equipment for their company premises were surveyed

2http://brc.org.uk/news/2016/cost-of-theft-for-retailers-at-highest-level-since-records-began

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ECA/SELECT Survey finds buildings at heightened risk from cyber attack

The use of cyber attacks is becoming more prevalent as an effective tool to disrupt both business and politics. As a result of this, within industry it’s vital that steps are taken to protect buildings and infrastructure against potential threats.

To find out the current state of play, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and Scottish Trade Association SELECT surveyed a range of clients in November and December last year on their approach to cyber security.

The feedback received from the ‘Connected Technology Survey for Clients’ emanated from a range of respondents, including consultants, engineers, end clients, local authorities and facilities managers.

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The results show that almost four-in-ten clients (39%) don’t take any steps to protect smart installations in buildings from cyber threats. A further 49% cited the risk of hacking as a barrier to installing connected technology.

Steve Martin, head of specialist groups at the ECA, commented: “Given that ‘connected technology’ covers any technology, such as lighting or HVAC installations, this enables devices to communicate with each other over the Internet and undertake tasks. The risks from hacking are substantial.”

Currently, only 20% of the UK’s commercial buildings are considered to be ‘smart’. However, over the next four years, the global ‘Internet of Things’ market is expected to be worth over £1 trillion annually. “If we’re to keep pace with developments,” concluded Martin, “the issue of cyber security needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

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