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Qognify strengthens EMEA presence with opening of new central London head office

Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has announced the opening of its EMEA head office in central London. The new office is the home of Qognify’s regional sales and management team that also provides training and support services to its partners and customers.

Located at Blackfriars on the banks of The River Thames, the new office boasts a cutting-edge solution demonstration suite, showcasing the company’s full portfolio including the latest version of its situation management platform, Situator 8.0 (incorporating the Operational Intelligence Center), its new intelligent IP video surveillance suite and management systems (VisionHub), and the next generation real-time video analytics solution, designated Suspect Search.

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Qognify has a well-established business partner​ programme​ and an impressive customer base throughout EMEA, which includes Aeroexpress, ProRail, Oslo Airport, Millennium BCP, Naftoport and many others.

Eran Noam, EMEA vice-president at Qognify, commented: “Our prestigious new EMEA head office in London is the ideal location from which we can provide the best possible service to our growing customer base in the region and to our partners, all the while delivering our market-leading solutions.”

As a business, Qognify helps organisations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity and optimise their operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics and PSIM solutions deployed in financial institutions, for transportation agencies, at airports and seaports, for utility companies and city centres and to secure many of the world’s highest-profile public events.

*For further information visit: www.Qognify.com

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Vicom helps London Underground protect key depot with security solution from MOBOTIX

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high resolution, network-based video security systems has been involved with a project for London Underground (LU) using thermal imaging technology to protect a service depot.

At one of its service depots, LU began a security upgrade project that needed to take into account the limitations imposed by the depot’s location while addressing the need to maintain 24-hour a day access complete with a full audit of who has accessed the site and what equipment had been removed.

LU was also keen to avoid using cumbersome PTZ cameras and external housings while still ensuring the site was always covered and using the least number of devices to increase reliability of the system.

Vicom, a highly-regarded systems specialist with a number of successful rail sector projects under its belt, duly proposed an innovative solution using a combination of MOBOTIX thermal and hemispheric cameras featuring advanced analytics with local access control and remote monitoring.

By using MOBOTIX’s decentralised concept and dual lens cameras, the proposal would provide intelligent analytics able to detect site intruders during the day and night without the need for external perimeter lighting.

Site survey and capability testing

Vicom carried out a detailed site survey and capability test at the depot location to ensure the site could be monitored both day and night.

Due to the dual lens capabilities and hemispheric models, the entire site was designed to be secured using just six cameras.

The system is also integrated alongside IP access control, intruder alarm and Public Address systems which are remotely monitored 365 days per annum by an NSI Gold-accredited Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

Through the use of built-in Power-over-Ethernet capability and the MOBOTIX MxPEG video encoder technology, all video from the site is relayed back to the ARC over a single BT provisioned broadband circuit.

The simplicity of the installation meant that the whole project, including exhaustive testing and sign-off phases, took just 12 weeks to complete.

The flexibility of the system means that different areas can be armed independently while the thermal imaging combined with the MOBOTIX MxAnalytics system built into each camera can detect movement and emit an audible alarm, warning any intruders to leave the area.

MxAnalytics also makes it possible to track the movement of people and objects in a given image. The end user is able to collect statistical behaviour data to maintain a complete audit of site activity.

Since implementation, the system has been extremely effective with only some minor remedial work required to secure the site against the encroachment of urban wildlife such as foxes that occasionally trigged alarms.

Adoption at other sites

John Hinds CEng MIET, senior telecommunications engineer at London Underground, said: “This has proven to be a successful project. Based on the results, it’s definitely an approach we could consider adopting at other sites across the capital.”

Paul Bonnet, managing director for Vicom, added: “This is a great example of how innovative IP video surveillance systems can help save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year in security guarding costs while at the same time delivering the flexibility and accessibility that customers require without compromising on security.”

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Swisscom selects TBS’ 3D-Touchless biometric systems for state-of-the-art data centre in Switzerland

Major telecommunications provider Swisscom has integrated TBS’ 3D-Touchless technology within its latest state-of-the art data centre. Employing no less than 14 TBS 3D terminals, the client has subsequently ensured the very highest levels of security for both people and process in the Swiss-based operation.

Swisscom’s newest data centre is the crown jewel among the company’s 24 such operations across Switzerland and provides the highest standards in terms of performance, availability and security for customers.

Completed at the end of 2014, it represents Swisscom’s largest data centre and is one of only a few in Europe certified for maximum availability while also being afforded high ratings for energy efficiency.

With a brief to procure the highest security systems available, Swisscom chose TBS’ 3D-Touchless terminals. These integrate with a full access control system supplied by Securiton. All systems – including the IP video surveillance set-up – are monitored from the building’s dedicated Security Control Room.

Entry to the building is granted by way of RFID badge scanners followed by full metal detection units much like those employed at customs control. TBS’ 3D terminals are the final step when it comes to accessing the most secure areas within the Swisscom location.

TBS’ 3D-Touchless Fingerscan provides Swisscom with a unique Swiss-made technology already proven in countless installations worldwide. Indeed, the 3D-Touchless reader is the only touchless biometric technology to deploy three cameras for the finger scanning process. This ensures ‘No Failure To Enrol’ and also avoids sensor damage.

TBS’ BioAdmin management software has been integrated with Securiton’s access control system designated SecuriGate, in turn enabling integration as a biometric subsystem via web services. By dint of this innovative approach, responsibilities between biometrics and the overall security system remain clearly separated.

According to Swisscom’s project leader Rudolph Anken, the company is highly satisfied with the new solution. “TBS has given us a quick access, easy-to-use and highly secure system backed by the certainty of no failure issues.”

TBS’ three-dimensional and contact-free sensor technology captures the highest possible quantity of fingerprint details, subsequently guaranteeing high security for the purchasing end user.

Contact-free solutions are best suited to higher risk projects or those with large user groups.

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Axis Communications introduces encoder for “easy upgrading” of analogue CCTV to IP video surveillance

Axis Communications’ M7011 is a small yet effective video encoder offering smooth integration, easy installation and “excellent” video streaming performance.

The “powerful and highly compact” M7011 single-channel video encoder offers easy and cost-effective integration of analogue CCTV cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system.

Axis Communications' M7011 video encoder supports the transition from analogue to IP surveillance

Axis Communications’ M7011 video encoder supports the transition from analogue to IP surveillance

The M7011 provides “excellent H.264 video compression performance” in a small package, without any limitation of the number of individually configured video streams.

These video encoders are suitable for all analogue camera types, both fixed and PTZ. Featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE), the same Ethernet cable is used for both data and power, in turn making installation flexible and easy.

The video encoders also feature a card slot for edge storage with microSDTM cards or NAS (Network-Attached Storage). Axis Camera Companion and Axis Video Hosting System are supported.

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Survey highlights retailers’ continued appetite for competitive advantage through digital surveillance

According to the latest Centre for Retail Research (CRR) survey into the use of CCTV in retail, over a quarter (27%) of UK retailers have cited ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adoption of network IP for the third year running.

Similarly, across northern Europe, the survey – which was commissioned by Axis Communications – shows that an average of 31% of retailers said that integration with business intelligence applications is their main driver for adopting network IP, peaking at 35% in Denmark.

Of the 278 UK retailers who responded, encompassing no less than 20,350 stores, the data shows that 92.8% currently use CCTV with over 60% of interviewees planning to convert to network IP technology.

‘Quality of Image’ sees the biggest increase in priority with a 40% rise in UK respondents naming it as the most important factor when migrating to network IP.

Other major drivers for the adoption of IP technology include ‘better remote access’ (18%), ‘scalability’ (16%) and ‘reduced total cost of ownership’ (12%), all of them showing an average increase compared to the results of last year’s survey.

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research survey into the use of CCTV in retail, over a quarter of UK retailers cite ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adopting network IP

According to the latest annual Centre for Retail Research survey into the use of CCTV in retail, over a quarter of UK retailers cite ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adopting network IP

Migration from analogue CCTV to network IP

Commenting on the survey results, Andy Martin (retail business development manager at Axis Communications) said: “The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail sector and will be the biggest single factor impacting on retail security as digital surveillance and network video become the standard.”

He continued: “The UK High Street is still the origin of the bulk of retail transactions, but unfortunately physical stores also carry the highest overheads so the need to ‘sweat the assets’ is vital. Surveillance systems are no exception to that rule. This is where network IP really has an advantage as it can be used to improve both service and sales, not just security, and deliver a real return on investment.”

Martin added: “With retailers operating on increasingly smaller margins, reducing costs is a key priority for them. While IP-based video surveillance does make a noticeable improvement to the top line, the long-term aim of superior image quality should be the lowering of total cost of ownership as it enhances detection and improves forensic investigation.”

Martin sees retailers’ use of business analytics and intelligence applications continuing to mushroom in line with developments in cloud computing and big data.

“With network cameras’ capability to provide higher resolution video and be connected from everywhere 24 hours a day,” he stated, “retailers are now receiving more and more data from a greater number of sources. Business intelligence applications are needed to help retailers manage this huge amount of information and to assist them in interpreting the data so that it’s useful.”

Given that network video is an open platform solution, it can seamlessly allow integration with emerging technologies and, therefore, transforms the surveillance camera from being a forensic tool aimed at solving problems to a proactive tool that’s designed to optimise business processes and reduce cost.

“This is clearly evident from the survey,” asserted Martin, “as nearly half of the UK retailers polled stated that queue management (49.9%) and people counting (49.2%) are the two most important non-security network IP applications of most interest to them.”

Increased adoption of business-focused analytics

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the CRR, commented: “The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector. This is a growing trend that’s driven by the need for HD-quality images and the increased adoption and use of business-focused analytics – two areas where IP systems demonstrate a clear advantage over older technologies.”

Bamfield added: “The survey results further suggest that retailers continue to appreciate the added benefits an IP-based system can deliver, which is readily evident in the high convergence rate each year.”

Andy Martin concluded: “Customer theft is still the biggest security challenge facing retailers at the moment, as nearly a quarter (24.2%) of respondents said that their main reason for using CCTV is to prevent or investigate theft. 80% of respondents cited the prevention of internal or external theft and better safety as the main driver for the use of CCTV, seeing an average fall in loss of 15%. As a whole, the UK has embraced the benefits that CCTV can bring. This is particularly true of the retail sector. Certainly for the UK, I believe that the migration to network IP has become the norm. It’s no longer a question of ‘If’ but ‘When’ the technology will be adopted.”

*The ‘CCTV in Retail’ survey involved 2,200 retailers operating across a wide variety of sectors and attracted 673 responses from specialists resident in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden

**Research was carried out by the CRR between July-August 2014 and follows similar Axis Communications-commissioned surveys conducted in 2013, 2012 and 2010

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