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Synectics to highlight value of ethical surveillance tools at Global MSC Security Conference 2019

This year’s Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition, which runs at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol on 11-12 November, will see Synectics explain how advanced technologies and evolving features can support those practitioners tasked with ensuring that public surveillance is undertaken legally and ethically.  

Over 150 delegates from the fields of security, law enforcement, Government and academia are due to attend the two-day event, which will focus on the ethical challenges presented by the growing use of CCTV, ANPR, drones, facial recognition and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the public realm. Risk Xtra is the Official Media Partner.

Speakers include Tony Porter, the UK’s Surveillance Camera Commissioner, who’ll be joined by senior representatives from police forces, Fire and Rescue Services and other organisations focused on public safety, crime prevention and national security.

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‘Building Ethical Capacity into Surveillance Technology’

Synectics’ Martin Bonfield joins the event line-up. His detailed seminar will highlight how public concerns regarding surveillance ‒ especially those around the use of emerging technologies such as facial recognition and AI ‒ are shown to be greatly reduced if robust and demonstrable safeguards are in operation.

Those attending the session will gain a clear understanding of the tools available to help ensure that any public surveillance data can be captured, managed and shared in accordance with existing and evolving demands. 

The session will look specifically at solutions designed to support users in four key areas: the use of facial recognition, regulatory compliance (with, for example, the General Data Protection Regulation), data protection (cyber security) and evidence management.

Under the spotlight

To showcase emerging capabilities, Synectics will be demonstrating how its Synergy 3 Command and Control platform supports a wide range of safeguarding and compliance mechanisms, including comprehensive digital audit trails, automated workflows aligned to standard operating procedures and time-limited data storage.

The role played by highly secure, cloud-based evidence lockers ‒ which support secure, real-time authorised access to data ‒ will also be discussed, specifically in the context of inter-agency data-sharing.

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Martin Bonfield

Bonfield informed Risk Xtra: “Synectics has been at the forefront of global surveillance solutions for over 30 years. We work closely with customers to tackle the complex issue of ethics surrounding CCTV use, data capture and monitoring, as well as the robust management of digital evidence. I’m looking forward to showing delegates examples of the smart technology available to ensure surveillance operations are effective, secure and compliant with legal and ethical frameworks – today, and years from now.”

As a premium sponsor, Synectics (exhibiting on Stand 15) will be showcasing its leading-edge technologies. Live demonstrations will run throughout the event to demonstrate how the tools explored in the seminar can be applied within a range of practical evidence management and incident response scenarios.

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Milestone Systems opens new UK Innovation Hub

Milestone Systems, the instigator of the open platform community in networked video management software (VMS), opened its new UK headquarters on Thursday 25 April at the Landmark Business Park in Reading, Berkshire.

The new Innovation Hub has been designed to support Milestone’s wider community of technology partners and features a new state-of-the-art Experience Centre complete with wall-to-wall screens for a fully immersive virtual presentation experience.

Attendees at the launch were able to witness the Experience Centre in use during a presentation by Dave Gregory, business development manager for Northern Europe at Milestone Systems.

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Dave Gregory of Milestone Systems making a presentation at the launch of the company’s all-new Innovation Hub

The Experience Centre is the focal point of the new Innovation Hub and features six 65-inch screens as well as a video wall. The Experience Centre’s look and feel can be easily adapted to mirror that of the company brand using the Centre, and offers users a dynamic virtual presentation experience that captures the innovative nature of the Milestone community of technology partners.

The Innovation Hub has a working demo set-up of Milestone’s software and hardware solutions, together with some of its ecosystem partner integrations including – but not limited to – partners such as Axis Communications, BriefCam, Venzo, Nedap, Lenel and Bosch. This means that end users and channel partners alike can experience Milestone’s next generation open platform capabilities such as Artificial Intelligence-based video analytics (eg facial recognition) or user-friendly integrations for perimeter protection solutions like radars and intrusion detection systems.

A new training facility was also showcased at the launch event and will welcome up to 25 attendees at a time to take part in a variety of one-hour Continuing Professional Development courses in addition to Milestone’s certification courses that are already up-and-running. The training facility is also available to the Milestone partner community to use as training hub for a range of sessions.

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Neil Killick briefs attendees at the official opening

Neil Killick, regional leader for Northern Europe at Milestone Systems, commented: “The launch of this new Innovation Hub in the UK is testament to the performance and dedication of the UK team. I’m proud to open this new facility that’s as much for our wider community as it is for the team here. Milestone’s open platform is the driver of innovation and collaborative solutions in the security space and beyond. The same spirit of openness is behind the launch of this new Innovation Hub.”

The overriding aim of the new facility is to nurture Milestone community partnerships, better showcase the open platform capabilities and introduce Milestone and its technology partners to vertical sectors beyond the security space.

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Shining a light on Raytec and Wavestore’s systems integration move

The recent announcement that Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) has been successfully integrated with Raytec’s lighting solutions means that operators are now able to match the security requirements for individual locations throughout a site with a wide range of lighting options managed directly from Wavestore’s front-end ‘one screen, total control’ display. 

Raytec and Wavestore’s technical teams have worked closely together to develop an intelligent lighting solution which can be controlled via Wavestore’s VMS by simply clicking on fully-customisable buttons. The solution also enables the ideal lighting for each situation to be automatically selected when a moving object is detected or by metadata-triggered events from other systems and software, such as access control, ANPR, alarm sensors, cameras, face recognition and other forms of video analytics.

“There are so many different reasons why our end user clients may need supplementary lighting and this smart solution provides them with the flexibility to choose from a long list of options which exactly meet their requirements,” explained Enrico Bizzaro, head of integrations for Wavestore.

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Minimising energy costs

“Our clients tell us that minimising energy costs and light pollution is important to them, so this integrated solution has been designed to ensure lights are only turned on when needed. This could be, for example, at an access control reader location in order to visually verify the identity of a card holder or to enhance the ability to read the number plate of a vehicle entering a site. Lighting is also quite often used to add to the deterrent factor of a video surveillance system and, in this respect, operators can choose different options such as SOS, Hi-Lo and Wave light effects.”

The benefits offered by the deep level of integration between the two technologies are available  as standard across Wavestore Premium, Wavestore Enterprise and Wavestore Ultimate channel license levels. 

First to support Hybrid LED illuminators

Wavestore was the first VMS to support Raytec’s Hybrid LED illuminators which bring the benefits of White Light and infrared technology into a single unit. With less cabling required, the 2-in-1 solution reduces installation costs as well as negating the capital cost of deploying two separate lighting units.

Wavestore enables the Hybrid LED illuminators to be controlled individually or as a group with all commands, such as scheduled on/off timings and brightness, securely authenticated by Wavestore in order to prevent unauthorised access to the illuminators over the network.

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IDnow launches AI-powered ID Verification-as-a-Service platform capable of identifying seven billion-plus potential customers

IDnow, a company nominated in the 2018 FinTech50 listing of the hottest European start-up businesses, has launched the next generation of its Identity Verification-as-a-Service platform that will enable companies to verify the identities of more than seven billion potential customers online easily and securely, and in compliance with regulatory Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements across Europe and beyond.

The IDnow platform – which is already trusted by several hundred companies across Europe, including UBS, Commerzbank and Telefonica – has been significantly enhanced with biometric, computer vision and security fraud detection technologies that gives it “the most extensive ID verification capabilities in the market” able to meet more identity verification use cases than any other platform.

The IDnow platform meets the high security and fraud detection requirements of strictly regulated environments for financial services and telecommunications sectors in countries like Germany, Switzerland and other European countries and is fully compliant with all relevant regulations and directives such as the AML regulation, eIDAS, the General Data Protection Regulation and PSD2.

In addition, the platform meets the business requirements for speedy and simple workflows that reduce customer on-boarding friction for non-regulated or lightly regulated sectors such as mobility, travel, recruitment and the sharing economy.

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Features of the solution include:

*Fully-automated ID verification process including facial recognition, Optical Character Recognition and hologram and other anti-fraud detection features

*Video-based, agent-assisted ID verification workflow to meet specific regulatory environment requirements as well as to help ‘last mile’ conversion for customers unable to complete the automated process

*Integrated Issuance of Qualified Electronic Signature certificates for E-Sign solution

The IDnow platform can be easily integrated into a company’s service application and customers can complete an identification check quickly and easily from a smart phone. For industries or countries with more stringent security regulations, the platform will continue to offer video chat-based identity verification.

IDnow2“As we do more online, digital identities are becoming the new currency, so knowing your customers has become more important than ever,” explained Rupert Spiegelberg, CEO at IDnow. “Companies need an easy, trusted and compliant way of finding out who their customers really are. We believe our platform can offer just that. In addition, with full automation and compliance, organisations can rely on one platform for international requests, helping to bridge the gap in the market. As an end user, this means no more posting of copies of passport/proof of address, no more having to be present yourself at a physical branch and, for corporate customers, lower costs and higher success in customer acquisition.”

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MOBOTIX Global Partner Conference 2017 goes ‘Beyond Human Vision’

MOBOTIX has successfully completed its largest Global Partner Conference which hosted 234 participants from 46 countries to coincide with the launch of the company’s new website and a strategy that focuses on ‘Beyond Human Vision’.

The three-day event in Langmeil, Kaiserslautern included over 20 presentations covering market trends, sales strategy and technical sessions in areas such as cyber security and the Internet of Things (IoT). The breakout sessions on day three included regional updates and Expert Panels that connected partners with senior MOBOTIX product management executives, developers and solution specialists.

The Global Partner Conference also included project examples from invited customers, among them McDonald’s (Germany), Jashanmal Group (Dubai) and Belfius Bank (Belgium) as well as details of exciting initiatives in Singapore, the United States, Australia and Greece.

For the first time, MOBOTIX welcomed an expanded partner showcase including Gold Sponsorship from Konica Minolta, Genetec, Strops and Milestone Systems plus an additional 11 Silver sponsors across diverse areas such as storage, facial recognition, portable surveillance, wireless connectivity and the IoT.

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“Our Global Partner Conference marks the start of a new journey for MOBOTIX that begins with acknowledging our traditions before embracing the transition to a new path that welcomes the opportunities of tomorrow,” enthused Thomas Lausten, CEO at  MOBOTIX, “MOBOTIX is changing and part of that evolution is embracing a future with a new found passion and openness that includes industry standards and third party partners with the goal of delivering higher value solutions.”

Lausten continued: “Our new mission statement to go ‘Beyond Human Vision’ is at the heart of a philosophy that recognises video surveillance is part of a wider potential with MOBOTIX as a foundational platform for innovative solutions to real world challenges in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, transportation and, indeed, many other areas.”

The event coincided with the launch of a new MOBOTIX website, new company branding and the first version of a global partner locator, plus a new White Paper on the vital role MOBOTIX is playing in protecting its technologies from cyber attack.

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Veracity showcasing end-to-end Command and Control solution at IFSEC International 2017

Veracity, a leading provider of solutions that solve real-world challenges in IP video systems, is showcasing a new suite of products at IFSEC International 2017 which neatly brings together the three cornerstones of its business: IP transmission, storage and display.

Following on from its acquisition of security Command and Control software manufacturer icomply, Veracity’s largest-ever IFSEC stand is built around a walk-through Control Room, promoting the company’s integrated security management platform powered by VTAS Pro.

Bringing together new and legacy third party video recording systems, VTAS Pro combines them with other security systems such as access control, LPR, guard tours and building management. This provides a “unified and coherent system” for the management and control of single or multiple sites, allowing system operators to be far more efficient in responding to incidents.

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VTAS Pro is fully-integrated with Veracity’s TRINITY direct-to-storage architecture and, fundamental to that, the advanced COLDSTORE surveillance storage system. It also features a full video and media wall display option which can be reconfigured ‘on-the-fly’ and in response to specific incidents or emergency situations.

Live views may be mixed with playback and media streams such as broadcast news, online data streams, maps or other graphical displays.

This end-to-end Command and Control solution is highly scaleable and supports a large number of operator workstations, with shared incident management and alarm receiving co-ordination. It’s capable of handling thousands of remote sites.

The system can provide integration with access control, building management, intruder detection, VoIP intercom systems and video analytics including ANPR and facial recognition. Several native security functions can be added to the system in a modular, customisable way such as guard tour, lone worker monitoring, dispatch, alarm monitoring and key management.

Veracity will also be presenting its new HIGHWIRE Powerstar Base 4 Encoder Replacement Kit containing a HIGHWIRE Powerstar Base 4 unit, four HIGHWIRE Powerstar Camera units and a 57V DC power supply (region-specific). This product bundle is a simple and cost-effective replacement for legacy analogue video encoders, allowing the end user customer to upgrade to IP cameras by re-using the coax cable and powering the new IP cameras with PoE over coax.

*Veracity will be exhibiting on Stand F1050 at IFSEC International, which runs at London’s ExCeL Exhibition Centre in Docklands from 20-22 June

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Smart video surveiliance enhances passenger safety on trains

An intelligent video surveillance system has been developed to improve passenger safety on public transport.

SharpView Rugged from technology developer EyeLynx has been approved to stringent EU environmental standards EN50121, 50155 and 61373 for use on rail carriages and emergency vehicles. Military grade units complying with MIL-STD-810 are available on request.

SharpView Rugged consists of SharpView Manager Professional security management software and the SVR-5716NR NVR, which is a rugged unit with 16 inputs enabled, eight of which are direct Power over Ethernet (PoE) for HD cameras and up to 4 Tb hard disk storage drives. Storage is also possible by way of external USB drives.

SharpView systems can record and manage multi-megapixel and HD video evidence from an unlimited number of CCTV cameras. Alarms are also recorded from other security devices, such as facial recognition, intruder alarm and fire sensors.

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Built on the latest Enterprise class Linux operating system, the SharpView recording engine “delivers the fastest storage and retrieval performance” in the industry.  All units record network IP video of any resolution, frame rate and compression formats including M-JPEG, MPEG-4 and H.264.

It supports a variety of digital I/O and devices connected over USB, Ethernet and RS 232/422/485. GPS tracking and wireless connectivity is also supported.

EyeLynx CEO Jay Patel said: “SharpView Rugged will allow train operators to gather vital evidence in ‘beyond HD’ quality which is indisputable, leading to convictions and certain prosecutions. Passengers will therefore gain a sense of safety on public transport knowing that criminals cannot operate in the transport network without being caught.”

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Optimum multifaceted CCTV solution for ultra-high security introduced by EyeLynx

A modular integrated CCTV solution with wireless 4G router, multi-camera and recorder has hit the market with the aim of installations for ultra-high security sectors.

Pharos Optimus from software security expert EyeLynx allows up to four configurable devices to be mounted on a mast, meaning that site security operators can deploy the perfect combination of day, night and infrared cameras, lighting, detection and audio technologies on a single PTZ unit.

Highly robust to repel extremes of temperature, moisture and corrosive chemicals, Pharos Optimus models can cope with marine applications and other harsh environments such as industrial chemical plants and the desert.

EyeLynx, which is part of the perimeter protection group Zaun, expects the top end of its Pharos range to sell well to energy infrastructure operators, such as oil, gas, electricity and nuclear networks across Europe and the Middle East.

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Optimus is deployed with configurable modules including Full HD 1080p and VGA thermal cameras, ANPR, visible or infrared LEDs and amplified horn speakers. Adaptive LED lighting controls brightness in response to ambient light levels.

Also available is a combined IR/white light LED module capable of illuminating subjects over 100 metres away.

Evidence gathering for prosecutions

CEO Jay Patel explained: “Optimus offers the greatest protection against crime and vandalism at a fraction of the price of security guarding, and also gathers vital HD video evidence for prosecution in the event of a security breach. Site security operators can detect threats early with advanced sensors such as RADAR, on-fence acoustic cable and video analytics integrated with SharpView.”

EyeLynx’s Pharos system is said to be the only true rapid deployment HD surveillance system on the market with Edge Recording Cluster (ERC) capability to incorporate an intelligent recorder, management software and wireless communications all in the same unit.

Cameras record HD 24/7. Whenever the perimeter is compromised or a potential intruder approaches too close to the site perimeter, Pharos will send a snapshot alert to the Control Room for visual verification using Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G or ADSL (or even to assigned personal mobile devices, such as the police or the nearest member of security staff to the breach).

SharpView integrates with access control, fire and intruder alarms and facial recognition systems to further enhance safety and security at multi-site facilities.

Precise movements at full zoom

Optimus incorporates a micro-stepping motor with no wearing parts ensuring smooth silent movement and zero backlash, while a speed range of 10,000:1 delivers precise movements even at full zoom.

EyeLynx has also unveiled an innovative mounting bracket for its Pharos pole-mounted devices complete with anti-tamper and anti-theft enhancements.

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Facewatch founder Simon Gordon wins prestigious accolade at 2015 Worshipful Company of Information Technologists Enterprise Awards

The WCIT Entrepreneurs Forum has announced the winners of the fifth annual WCIT Enterprise Awards. The awards, which were presented at a celebratory dinner held at The Plaisterers’ Hall in London, recognise the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated vision, growth, innovation, funding, use or resources, strategy, execution, ambition and determination to succeed.

Simon Gordon – who founded Facewatch back in March 2010 when he decided that he needed to do something about the problem of pickpockets stealing from customers in his family-owned London business Gordon’s Wine Bar – was bestowed with the prestigious Judges Award.

John O’Connell, chairman of the WCIT Enterprise Awards, commented: “Winning an award is always noteworthy. Winning a WCIT Enterprise Award marks the winner out as someone special. Simon Gordon is an entrepreneur who exemplifies the qualities our Judges were looking for including vision and passion for his subject. I wish Simon and Facewatch every success in their quest to create a ‘Global Champion’ which the WCIT Awards are designed to recognise.”

Simon Gordon (left) receives his award

Simon Gordon (left) receives his award

From its inception as a simple crime reporting tool, Facewatch has now evolved into a multi-functional crime reporting platform that enables businesses, the police service and members of the public to work together when it comes to reducing high volume, low-level acquisitive crime (such as handbag, wallet or mobile phone theft).

Functionality of the Facewatch solution includes data sharing and analysis tools, CCTV and image capture (including facial recognition software from partners), crime analysis tools and secure communication within groups.

Developing at a rapid pace

Simon Gordon, who’s also chairman at Facewatch, told Risk UK: “This award is a great personal honour, but more importantly it recognises all of the hard work, effort and support that I’ve received from everybody associated with Facewatch. In particular, I would like to thank Guy Rigby from Smith and Williamson for his help and support to Facewatch over a long period of time and for nominating me for this award. The company is now developing at a rapid pace and we’re extremely excited about achieving our vision and making a really positive social impact.”

This year’s WCIT Enterprise Awards were held in association with tech UK and sponsored by The Sage Group plc, TechMarketView, Cobalt Corporate Finance, GFT and Smith & Williamson.

The event also featured a keynote speech from Stephen Kelly, CEO of The Sage Group plc. Kelly’s a passionate champion of entrepreneurs and small businesses and promoting their role in driving economic growth.

Also attending the awards ceremony were several other key industry professionals including Steve Garnett (chairman for the EMEA region at salesforce.com), Mike Tobin, the co-founder of Telecity and Richard Holway (chairman of TechMarketView).

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Samsung Techwin introduces 32x Full-HD auto-tracking PTZ speed dome cameras

Samsung Techwin’s confidence that the latest addition to its WiseNetIII video surveillance solution range will become the preferred PTZ dome camera solution for challenging environments has been boosted by news that the SNP-6320RH has been selected as a finalist for the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2015.

The SNP-6320RH Full-HD (1920×1080) auto-tracking speed dome has built-in IR LEDs which illuminate objects at a distance of up to 150 metres by focusing the beam as the camera zooms.

These models are also equipped with an IR corrected lens to ensure sharp night-time images even under mixed lighting conditions, such as those occasions when IR LEDs are operating in low ambient light. These features ensure people, objects and even car number plates can be clearly seen in total darkness. The cameras’ ability to perform such a function is enhanced still further by a 32x optical zoom capability.

Samsung Techwin’s design engineers have packed the SNP-6320RH with a long list of additional innovative features, among them auto tracking which enables trained CCTV operators to monitor the movement of people or vehicles while remaining hands-free to control other cameras.

Detail of Samsung Techwin's SNP-6320RH camera

Detail of Samsung Techwin’s SNP-6320RH camera

“The SNP-6320RH is an excellent example of how Samsung Techwin is working closely with installers, systems integrators, end users and business partners throughout Europe in order to understand and respond to changing users’ requirements,” said Tim Biddulph, product manager for Samsung Techwin Europe.

“As a result of this co-operation,” continued Biddulph, “we have provided the SNP-6320RH with a feature set which we believe meets the needs of customers who operate in challenging environments where high performance PTZ functionality is required.”

Image capture at ultra-fast frame rates

Samsung Techwin proprietary encoding technology enables the SNP-6320RH to capture images at an ultra-fast frame rate of 60 frames per second. This ensures that operators are able to view latency-free, sharp and clear images of moving objects.

Much thought has gone into the design of the SNP-6320RH to ensure these cameras deliver “superb quality images” even in the most difficult of environmental conditions. The models are weatherproofed to IP66 as well as being IK10 vandal resistant, and can withstand high temperature variations of -50°C to +55°C.

These cameras are equipped with a Defog feature which improves the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog. Also, Digital Image Stabilisation negates the effects of vibration if the SNP-6320RH should be installed in exposed locations.

The Open Platform WiseNetIII DSP chipset at the heart of the ONVIF-compliant SNP-6320 enables these cameras to play a key role in providing end users with a bespoke video surveillance solution.

The processing power of a WiseNetIII DSP chipset enables the cameras to run edge-based applications – such as ANPR, video analytics, facial recognition, people counting and perimeter protection solutions – which can be downloaded in a similar way to adding apps on a smart phone.

Most Open Platform cameras currently available can only run a single application, but the processing power of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset provides customers with the option to run multiple apps at the same time.

As is the case with all Samsung Techwin video surveillance solutions, the SNP-6320RH is offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe, including a free system design service with full technical assistance and a three-year warranty.

*View the SNP-6320RH in action at: http://goo.gl/A1U1CG

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