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ONVIF reflects on year’s activities and achievements at 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, recently held its Annual Membership Meeting to provide members with an overview of important activities that have occurred in 2019 and outline bold plans for the year ahead. Attendees heard presentations on the growth of ONVIF as well as plans for new Profile development.

ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted the forum’s achievements over the past year, in particular focusing on the market’s continued support for the Profile concept, with the number of conformant products surpassing 13,000 earlier this year.

With six Profiles to choose from and additional ones in development, ONVIF Profiles have increasingly been included in various bid and specification processes in projects around the world, making it the de facto interface in the industry.

Björkdahl also noted the continued involvement of ONVIF in the International Electrotechnical Commission’s work on international standardisation, in addition to new proposals for cloud connectivity and interoperability between multiple systems.

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Contributions recognised

In keeping with tradition, ONVIF recognised the contributions of multiple individuals from various ONVIF Committees. Steve Wolf, who served on several ONVIF Committees on behalf of Pelco, received the ONVIF Service Award, which acknowledges individuals who have provided a long-term commitment to the organisation. While serving on the Technical Committee, Wolf led the Security Working Group and was also an active participant in the Video Enhancement Working Group, contributing towards a number of improvements in how ONVIF approaches video.

Andreas Schneider of Sony received the ONVIF Distinguished Service Award, which recognises individuals who’ve made significant contributions to ONVIF over many years in multiple functions. Schneider’s long-term service to the Technical Services Committee has positioned him as a major facilitator of the ONVIF organisation, with contributions to multiple ONVIF Profiles.

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ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl

“The overarching goal of ONVIF is to provide the market with a single interface through which every system can operate,” explained Björkdahl. “Our award winners have shown significant and long-term commitment to our organisation, in turn making this goal a reality one Profile at a time. We thank both of our recipients for their innovation, hard work and service.”

Specification development roadmap

ONVIF Technical Committee chairman Hans Busch of Bosch spoke to members about the specification development roadmap, which highlights plans for future Profile development, as well as the continued alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 Working Groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Specifically, Busch covered what specifications are being examined for future Profiles and how they complement and further enhance existing ONVIF Profiles.

As chair of the Technical Services Committee, Sony’s Schneider gave an overview of the Committee’s work on new and existing Profiles, client and device test tools, updates to the conformance process and tools and the Developers’ Plugfest.

Shi-lin Chan of Axis Communications, who serves as chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, provided a recap of ONVIF communication efforts in 2019 and discussed the organisation’s plans for the launch of a Mandarin website later this year.

Driving interoperability

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a leading and 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, as stated, more than 13,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers 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, Profile A for broader access control configuration and Profile T for advanced streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions that ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

 

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360 Vision Technology showcases low power consumption and hybrid camera ranges at Global MSC Conference 2019

UK-based CCTV manufacturer 360 Vision Technology will be showing its latest range of high-performance surveillance cameras at the Global MSC Conference and Exhibition 2019, which runs at The Bristol Hotel in Bristol from 11-12 November. Risk Xtra is the Official Media Partner for the event.

Helping CCTV system operators to reduce their carbon footprint and cost of ownership, 360 Vision Technology will be showing its latest range of low power consumption surveillance cameras that offer greater energy savings, allied to lower running costs.

“On larger projects, the latest ranges of Predator and Invictus PTZ cameras deliver tangible savings on energy and a reduction in associated pollution, offering significant advantages over camera alternatives from the Far East,” explained Adrian Kirk, strategic account director at 360 Vision Technology, in conversation with Risk Xtra. “Featuring a host of performance and user-centric operational benefits, the highly competitive all-in-one Invictus PTZ camera is already a popular choice for local authority system upgrades as customers look at total cost of ownership and viable solutions to help them meet their carbon footprint reduction goals.”

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‘Attack Detect’ feature

Meeting the demand for CCTV cameras deployed roadside to be ‘fit for purpose’, on show in Bristol will be 360 Vision Technology’s cameras featuring accurate self-calibrating direct drive pan and tilt mechanisms with a novel ‘Attack Detect’ feature. The latter protects the camera from an increase in camera load (such as the camera being struck by an object). On detection, the camera runs an automated ‘self-check’ diagnostic routine and returns the camera head to its last known position prior to impact.

“Public space CCTV and cameras securing perimeters typically operate adjacent to roads with a heightened risk of impact from vehicles, be it accidentally or maliciously,” continued Kirk. “Installing 360 Vision Technology’s ruggedised cameras featuring ‘Attack Detect’ into those locations provides end user customers with a fit for purpose ‘Rugged at the Roadside’ solution that ensures continued surveillance performance even when cameras are under attack.”

Supporting analogue systems

Supporting the needs of customers operating analogue-based CCTV systems, 360 Vision Technology will also be showing its range of ‘Hybrid’ analogue/digital cameras. “Comprising a high-performance mono/colour analogue camera with a combined HD-ready digital output, these cameras can be used to replace or supplement existing analogue PTZ cameras,” outlined Kirk. “Providing true future-proof functionality, they also support any transition to IP networks, with their HD digital output available at the flick of a switch.”

360 Vision Technology is inviting Global MSC Conference delegates to find out more about how the company’s low-power consumption analogue, HD, thermal, radar and wireless CCTV camera models can help them to save on operational costs, while at the same time delivering high-performance surveillance solutions on site.

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ONVIF focuses on common specifications for smart solutions at SiX 2019

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is going to be represented at the inaugural SiX (a new industry event for the security sector focused on growing security installation businesses and recognising smarter approaches towards security itself). Organised by Pro-Activ Publications (the publisher of PSI, Benchmark, Risk Xtra and The Paper), the event will be held on 5-6 November at EventCity in Manchester.

In a seminar entitled ‘The Importance of Common Specifications for Smart Solutions’, Per Björkdahl (chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee) will discuss how ONVIF specifications provide a common interface for video and access control products, allowing hardware from different manufacturers to work together. This results in simplified and streamlined integrations tailored to individual end user needs. This session will be part of the ‘Benchmark: Creating Smart Solutions’ learning track where each seminar is chaired by Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor of Risk Xtra and The Paper.

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“We’re looking forward to the opportunity of sharing with installers and integrators the detail of how ONVIF could be the key to them maximising the impact of the latest innovations in today’s solutions,” said Björkdahl. “At the end of the day, the security industry is working to make people safe in the most efficient way possible. ONVIF provides the groundwork to do exactly this by enabling security professionals to create Best of Breed solutions for end users, regardless of the manufacturer.”

SiX is a security event created specifically with the needs of system integrators and security installers in mind. The event provides attendees with access to forward-thinking manufacturers who can support them through the entire integration process: designing, specifying and implementing systems and solutions that deliver value for end users.
 
Founded in 2008, ONVIF is 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 more than 13,000 Profile-conformant products.

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ONVIF offers Profile S for basic streaming video, Profile G for edge storage and retrieval, Profile C for door control and event management, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming.

The organisation 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 member companies and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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AMG continues expansion drive with opening of new northern office

AMG – the ISO 9001:2015-approved UK manufacturer and global provider of fibre, analogue, IP/Ethernet, wireless and hybrid communication transmission solutions – has announced the opening of a new northern office.

Expediting company growth on the back of new leadership, AMG has started its growth plan, providing a presence and local support for its customers in the north. Capitalising on significant new external investment, the new Leeds office will offer technical, sales and training support as well as customer demonstration facilities.

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As part of the company’s expansion drive, AMG will also offer new sales and technical career opportunities.

“Demonstrating our commitment to providing a broader depth of customer support, I’m delighted to announce the opening of the new AMG northern office,” explained managing director Steve Clarke. “This latest move forms the first stage of AMG’s exciting expansion strategy whereby we’ll be looking to recruit expertise to broaden the depth of our customer sales and technical support. Our aim is to build a solid platform with which to bring the technical and performance benefits of AMG’s products to more customers.”

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Bosch launches new information security services to protect against cyber attacks

The IT Security Expo and Congress 2019 takes place in Nuremberg from 8-10 October and experts from Bosch will be on hand on Stand 506 in Hall 10.1 to outline the company’s latest information security services for defending against cyber attacks.

Cyber criminals pose a threat to building security solutions. Today’s physical security systems are increasingly IP-based and run on the same networks as generic office and production IT systems.

“The growing use of IT, along with greater networks, is also making building security solutions potentially vulnerable to all of the same risks that plague the rest of the IT world, such as hacker attacks and malware,” explained André Heuer, who heads the information security operation at Bosch Building Technologies. “Particularly so in critical infrastructure, this interaction of IT and facility management makes it essential to find new ways in which to ward off cyber attacks. We want to help our customers expand their information security strategies to include physical systems.”

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On that basis, Bosch is introducing new information security services to address security needs in conventional building security systems by erecting “cyber barriers”. The company’s portfolio now embraces three complementary components:

Information Security Consulting for designing tailored information security concepts to meet customers’ individual protection requirements

Security Operations Centre which manages vulnerabilities and information security incidents to ensure a consistently high level of security while complying with reporting requirements

IT Security Services which implement appropriate measures to protect building security solutions from cyber threats

All of the services are provided in close consultation with customers’ IT security officers. By offering these options, Bosch feels that it’s “raising the standard of information security in buildings to a new level”.

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Delta Security installs integrated security solution at Grasmere Primary School

Delta Security – a specialist in automated, high-security solutions – has installed an integrated access control and IP-based HD CCTV system at Grasmere Primary School to enhance security for students and streamline access for teachers and visitors.

Local to Delta Security, the Hackney-based school had been relying on security systems and processes that were not integrated. Large numbers of keys were required for the safe management of the school.

Nick Mallender, head teacher at Grasmere Primary School, stated: “The organisation of the keys and systems gave our site manager additional work and avoidable stress.”

Mallender approached Delta Security after having worked with the company in a previous role. “In addition to my experience, speaking with other head teachers it was clear that Delta Security has a reputation for providing ‘The Gold Standard’ of security to schools in the area.”

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Access control system

Delta Security specified a Salto access control system that enables school officials to print colour photograph ID cards that also work as access control cards. Each ID access card is programmed according to the employee or visitors’ access authorisation and ID cards can be deleted at the touch of a button should they be lost or stolen.

Working hand-in-hand with the access control ID card system is an IP-based HD CCTV system that provides visual confirmation of who has accessed the site and when.

“It has transformed security on the site,” observed Mallender. “In addition to knowing who on site is meant to be there, we can also protect our confidential documents by restricting access to their location. The CCTV is also much more comprehensive, giving us access to high-quality footage when required.”

Delta Security pre-issued ID cards to employees before works began at the end of the school holidays. Essential to Mallender was ensuring the chosen system was user-friendly. “When implementing change that affects all staff and visitors it’s vital that everyone feels comfortable with how it all works. Dave Mundy, Delta’s managing director, gave comprehensive training and I’m confident that everyone can take ownership of the new system.”

Commitment to the community

Grasmere Primary School is home to approximately 240 students. It prides itself on being highly inclusive for children with medical and special educational needs and has a commitment to local community, the arts and innovative teaching methods.

“We now feel we’ve brought our security system in line with the innovative culture of our school,” concluded Mallender. “I would not hesitate in recommending Delta Security to other schools. Both Dave his and the team of engineers’ communication was second to none, making the installation process absolutely seamless.”

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TDSi appoints new channel partner manager for Northern England and Scotland

Integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi welcomes Gwen Curran to the business as its new channel partner manager (North). Curran’s role is a pivotal one in TDSi’s ongoing relationship with its channel partners in Northern England and Scotland.

John Davies, managing director of TDSi, commented: “Channel partners are a lifeblood for TDSi and we have a close working relationship with them as we build our business together. We’re very pleased to welcome Gwen to this highly important role. She will be a key contact for our channel partners across the North.”

Reflecting upon her new position, Curran commented: “My new role means I will be working closely with leading channel partners in the North to grow awareness of our full access control offer supported by the wider TDSi integrated security portfolio. I’ll be here to support our installation partners with all of their TDSi needs, but equally to support their business with end users and grow joint revenue overall.”

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Gwen Curran: joining the team at TDSi

Curran’s career in the security industry started in 2004 when she joined Norbain, working as an internal account manager with the distributor for over a decade. Across those ten years, Curran worked with leading manufacturers on a range of security systems and products including CCTV, IP solutions, access control, gate automation and intruder alarm systems.

In 2013, Curran joined the Risco Group before taking on her new role at TDSi. 

Continued Curran: “Access control is an element of the security industry that’s growing at a rapid pace and, as part of the TDSi team, I aim to be an integral part of this vibrant sector. As a leading British security solutions manufacturer, TDSi’s systems are at the heart of many exciting projects, which often include close integration with many other leading brands and manufacturers.”

Curran concluded: “I’m looking forward to working alongside our channel partners and to being a key part of TDSi’s rich ongoing history and helping to grow the business.”

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