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Bosch makes video analytics at the edge a new built-in standard for all IP cameras

Escalating demand for highly-detailed, 24/7 video images produces colossal amounts of data which requires extensive transmission and storage capacity as well as time-consuming monitoring and assessment. With this in mind, Bosch Security Systems has announced the roll-out of video analytics inside its cameras (ie ‘at the edge’) as a standard feature. By enhancing both its existing and future IP cameras with this technology, Bosch will enable end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and duly pinpoint the information that matters most to them.

In the next 12 months, Bosch Security Systems’ complete range of IP cameras will come fully-equipped with video analytics at the edge. Bosch’s Starlight family will be the first to feature a full suite of 15 of its new Essential Video Analytics, starting with the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras.

All top-of-the-line IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras will come equipped with the company’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics offering up to 17 different analytic possibilities for risk and security managers.

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Video analytics inside the camera create an intelligent video security system using metadata, which means adding sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (ie ‘at the edge’) and enabling each camera to operate independently.

Decentralising intelligence in this way eliminates a single point of failure (central analytics server), meaning that if one camera or encoder fails, the system maintains full performance. With built-in (or ‘edge’) analytics, each camera in the network can then interpret captured video data and alert end users of potential security threats in real-time based on configurable triggers.

Take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently

Video analytics at the edge will allow end users to instantly and easily retrieve specific footage from hours of stored video. Also, by focusing on the point where data is captured and only streaming the data that’s needed, network strain and storage requirements are significantly reduced.

Data streamed can include all image data or the metadata alone, depending on the specific application requirements. The end results are relevant, immediate alerts and key statistics, enhancing the accuracy of the video security system and reducing the margin of error that comes with 24/7 live monitoring by security personnel.

All Bosch video analytics algorithms are developed in-house together with the automotive division to deliver the most reliable and robust solution for network video security solutions.

Small and medium-sized businesses, large retail stores, commercial buildings and warehouses will benefit from Essential Video Analytics. This suite of video analytics delivers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for smart movement detection as well as business analytics. It allows a single camera solution to be used for enforcing Health and Safety regulations, intelligent intrusion and idle-object detection as well as to perform crowd density assessment.

It also provides useful business metrics for various applications such as people counting and crowd density information.

Cameras equipped with Bosch’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics have the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Intelligent Video Analytics stands has the ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret.

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Axis Communications ‘Showcase’ event shines light on partner innovation

Network video specialist Axis Communications was recently joined by several partner organisations for two highly successful events in the UK and Sweden designed to showcase some of the leading innovation in the network video sector to over 400 attendees.

The events were held over two days in two countries within Northern Europe – Day One took place at Sopwell House in St Albans, Hertfordshire with Day Two held at Axis Communications’ headquarters in Lund, Sweden. More than 30 partners highlighted solutions covering a number of different areas including business management applications, hardware and technology, physical access control, security applications, transmission and storage and video management software.

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A total of 230 people attended the UK event and 210 in Sweden.

Doug Adams, business development manager for the Application Development Programme and Technology Partner Programme at Axis, has described the success of the events.

“The Axis Northern European team members were delighted to put on such a great event,” explained Adams. “The showcase open days hosted in the UK and Sweden were extremely valuable to our visitors. We had over 30 software and hardware partners showcasing their solutions to our system integrator partners, distribution partners, consultants and end users. With the visitors able to see a large number of leading expert companies that support Axis products to deliver proven network video and access control solutions, this demonstrated the strength and depth of what our Application Development and Technology Partner programmes can bring to the market.”

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He continued: “This ultimately leads to end users having more choice in their security solutions as we work to bring a Best of Breed-style approach to the market.”

High quality of visitors

Adams’ views were echoed by Sebastian Jensen, global sales expert at SeeTec, who said: “The event itself was fantastic. All the visitors were really excited and interested in what we had to show. I would say that this event was the best I’ve participated in, and I really hope that it’s running again next year.”

Agnetha Kleiner, partner manager for Securiton, added: “The Showcases in both the UK and Sweden have not only been excellent due to being very well organised and run at high profile venues, but also due to the vast number and high quality of visitors with whom we were able to have one-on-one discussions and present our products. It proved to be a perfect forum for creating an in-depth network of hardware and software manufacturers, system integrators, end user customers and other interested parties.”

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This year’s event was the largest of its kind in the UK and Sweden and was attended by installers, system integrators, consultants, end users and those who benefited from the opportunity to see how Axis Communications and its partners can provide solutions to meet their surveillance and business requirements.

Visitors learned about the latest developments and opportunities in all areas of network video including video analytics, business intelligence and associated technologies through demonstrations of real-life applications and solutions delivered by some of Axis’ key development partners.

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All of the exhibiting companies are members of the Axis Application and Technology Partner Programmes which have been running for 15 years and are designed to offer members access to leading innovation and technologies. The following companies attended the event:

Agent Vi, Aimetis, Avaya,  BCD Video, Buffalo Technology, Cathexis EU, Cognimatics, Digital Barriers, Entelec, Everseen, Genetec, Icomera, Icomply, Infobric, Innoware, IPS, Milestone Systems, Mirasys, Nedap, Optex, Qognify, P3R Labs, Prism, Raytec, Razberi Technologies, SeeTec, Secure Logiq, Sound Intelligence, Thinking Space, Veracity, Visualise, Wavestore, Western Digital, Xtralis and Zenitel.

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Axis Communications bolsters UK team thanks to multiple appointments

Network video specialist Axis Communications has made three new appointments to its UK sales and distribution teams.

Peter Dempsey joins the business as a key account manager for the Irish market. Dempsey has over 23 years’ experience of the Irish security industry and a vast knowledge of network video.

Prior to joining Axis, Dempsey was a key account manager for Panasonic for ten years, managing the distribution and system integrator channels as well as key product launches.

Peter Dempsey

Peter Dempsey

Katherine Bramwell joins Axis Communications as a distribution account manager based in Watford. Bramwell boasts over 20 years’ experience in the security and IT sectors and was previously the northern region area sales manager for ADI Global Distribution.

At Axis, Bramwell will be responsible for managing key Axis distributors and establishing long-term partnerships, helping them with the growth of their businesses.

Katherine Bramwell

Katherine Bramwell

Mark Egget is a new sales engineer for the South East of England region. At Axis, he will be working closely with the sales team and helping the channel and partners realise the benefits of Axis Communications products.

As a former solutions engineer for Axis partner company Milestone Systems, Egget is highly experienced at helping customers specify the right product for the right solution.

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Mark Egget

Atul Rajput, regional director for northern Europe at Axis Communications, stated: “We’re delighted to welcome these new members to our UK team. All of our new recruits have the necessary specialist experience to support our partner network. These are key strategic appointments for us and demonstrate our continued commitment to offering ‘Best in Class’ support for our partner network.”

Rajput concluded: “Following on from many years of successful growth in the UK and Irish markets, these new appointments will further strengthen our team and ensure we have the resources in place to support our partner network as we continue to see our business grow and develop.”

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Axis’ Camera Companion upgrades security regime at convenience retailer Nisa

Axis Communications’ Camera Companion system has been voted the ‘most innovative’ solution available by an independent panel at an innovations showcase run by the Association of Convenience Stores, and was also chosen for installation at a branch of Nisa, the national convenience retailer.

Axis Communications and partner Defence Security were selected for the installation following an initial proof of concept trial. Axis led the trial at the Nisa Local in Hockley where store owner Rav Garcha challenged the specialist security surveillance company to expand the functionality of his current analogue set-up – including remote central monitoring, mobile accessibility and the option to integrate cross-functional retail analytics.

Commenting on the project, Daren Lang – regional business development manager for northern Europe at Axis Communications – said: “What they needed was a small, cost-effective solution that was not only easy-to-use and set up but also innovative. The installation needs to grow and adapt with the business plans of the store.”

Axis’ Camera Companion is an easy-to-use video surveillance solution optimised for small systems up to 16 cameras. It consists of software running on standard Axis cameras, storage on SD cards or Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, software clients for PC and smart phones and standard network equipment. It offers future-proof IP advantages such as digital HDTV image quality and optimised bandwidth usage with Axis Mobile Streaming.

Axis' Camera Companion software and cameras are making a positive difference to security at Nisa

Axis’ Camera Companion software and cameras are making a positive difference to security at Nisa

Dave Brown, business development manager at Defence Security, added: “The store’s existing system often experienced faults and failures and needed a wholesale upgrade. In comparison, the flexibility and image quality offered by the Axis cameras is streets ahead. Even its smallest camera achieves two-and-a-half times the picture quality of most analogue systems.”

Compact dome and fixed lens cameras

As part of the store’s upgrade, Defence Security replaced 16 conventional cameras with a range of Axis compact dome and fixed lens cameras. Variously featuring video motion detection, active tampering alarm, two-way audio and integrated passive infrared sensors, the cameras capture the entire store in full HDTV image quality.

An in-built microphone and speaker system also allows members of staff to communicate directly with customers at the critical point of sale area in the store. The Axis cameras’ superior image quality and reliability also mean that footage is of evidential quality and certified for use in court.

Using Axis’ Corridor Format, the cameras record footage in vertical aspect ratio which is better suited than traditional landscape format for monitoring the narrow aisles in the Nisa Local store. The system is also fully open to future high-spec integrations that use surveillance data to analyse staff levels, peak trading hours, customer footfall and buyer behaviour.

Data can also be collated to inform staffing policy, store layouts and the relative success of special promotions or offers.

Rav Garcha told Risk UK: “The great picture quality and advanced audio detection features are incredibly important. In the past, we’ve experienced armed robberies and several incidences of abusive behaviour and threats being made towards staff. Axis’ cameras can be relied upon not only to see these incidents in perfect detail but also hear and record what’s being said.”

Increased surveillance coverage

Despite reducing the store’s overall camera count, the new Axis Camera Companion system has significantly increased surveillance coverage in the store, as measured against the retailer’s historic analogue system.

Indeed, the success of the Hockley store project has resulted in the installation of a network video encoder at Nisa’s Broadway outlet.

Garcha concluded: “We’ve been incredibly impressed with the entire Axis Camera Companion package, from ease of installation right through to the end product. We now have a bespoke surveillance system set-up and an analytics capability that will make a real difference to the business’ profitability.”

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Centre for Retail Research survey reveals continued strong trend towards network IP-based security solutions

According to the latest Centre for Retail Research annual survey into the use of CCTV in the retail sector, over 60% of UK retailers are planning to adopt network IP in the next three years while nearly one third have already made the move.

278 UK retailers representing 20,350 stores responded to the survey which was commissioned by Axis Communications. The data collated shows that 92.8% of those retailers currently use CCTV. Of these end users, 32.1% have already upgraded to network IP technology. This represents a 2.5% rise in take-up from the previous year’s figures.

That trend is even more pronounced across the wider northern European region, with 58.5% (weighted average) of analogue CCTV end users reporting that they now plan to switch to network IP. This represents a significant increase of 17% on the 2012 survey figures.

Now in its fourth year, the CCTV in Retail survey polled 2,200 retailers and realised 673 respondents from across northern Europe. The results were presented at the recent Retail Fraud Show by Atul Rajput (regional director for northern Europe at Axis Communications) and Professor Joshua Bamfield, director at the Centre for Retail Research.

Reacting to the results, Rajput commented: “The migration from analogue CCTV to network IP continues to be of huge importance to the retail sector, with the majority of UK retailers (60.3%) now planning to convert in the next three years. Over three quarters (77.1%) of those retailers own a retail estate of between 26 and 500 stores. This is likely to be the biggest single factor impacting on retail security as digital surveillance and network video become the standard. Certainly, for the UK we 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.”

Atul Rajput: regional director for northern Europe at Axis Communications

Atul Rajput: regional director for northern Europe at Axis Communications

Rajput went on to state: “The survey suggests that customer theft is still the biggest security challenge facing retailers at the present time. Nearly a quarter (24.2%) of respondents comment that their main reason for using CCTV is to prevent or investigate theft. 80% of respondents cite the prevention of internal or external theft and better safety as the main drivers for their use of CCTV.”

Continuing this theme, Rajput explained: “The UK as a whole has embraced the benefits that CCTV can bring. 22% of those end users surveyed in this research state that the main benefit of CCTV is a reduction in theft, with an estimated average fall in losses of 15% – the highest prediction in northern Europe and up on the previous year. Couple this with the fact that 14% of respondents cite ‘quality of image’ as an important driver for the use of network video – a 40% increase on the previous year – and it’s clear to see that the HD images network video can offer are critically important for retailers when it comes to driving down theft and improving safety.”

Integration with business intelligence applications

The survey also asked respondents about their attitudes towards potential future application systems and networks for digital surveillance, including non-security issues.

Over a quarter (27%) of the replies cite ‘integration with business intelligence applications’ as the main reason for adopting network IP – the highest in the UK and across northern Europe.

“High street stores are still the origin of most retail transactions but carry the highest overheads,” added Rajput. “That being the case, the need to reduce both the cost and complexity of in-store surveillance systems and, at the same time, ‘sweat the assets’ further becomes absolutely vital. This is where network IP really holds the advantage as it can be used to improve both service and sales, not just security, and subsequently deliver a real return on investment.”

Rajput continued: “The use of cloud-based video systems has shown an increase in interest from UK retailers. So too has the subject of non-security applications. Nearly half (49.9%) of respondents are interested in queue management and people counting (49.2%) as new tools for improving both operational sales and marketing performance.”

In conclusion, Rajput commented: “In addition to the rise of non-security applications, big data, cloud and mobile technologies are all trends impacting the retail sector. As network video is an open platform solution and seamlessly allows integration with these technologies, it can help to maximise the return on in-store video investment by extending its use beyond pure surveillance into becoming a business optimisation tool.”

Speaking about this year’s survey results, Professor Joshua Bamfield added: “The survey clearly highlights the continued move towards IP-based camera systems across the retail sector. It’s a growing trend driven by the need for HD-quality images and the increased adoption and use of business-focused analytics. These are two areas where IP systems demonstrate a clear advantage over older technologies.”

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

*The CCTV in Retail survey engaged retailers from both large and small companies across a wide variety of sectors and attracted 673 responses from the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The research was carried out by the Centre for Retail Research between July 2014 and August 2014

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Axis Communications set to demonstrate ‘smarter and safer world’ of video surveillance at IFSEC International 2014

At IFSEC International 2014, network video specialist Axis Communications will be demonstrating how the company is continuing to open new opportunities and deliver a smarter and safer world of video surveillance.

As well as showcasing the latest innovations in network video at the international security trade show, Axis Communications will be inviting attendees to learn first-hand how partnering with them can help businesses discover new markets and tap into new commercial opportunities.

Axis will be joined by five of its key partners, in turn offering visitors the chance to learn more about cloud hosting, edge-embedded analytics, efficient transmission and the use of network video to continually drive business improvement and performance as well as enhance safety and security.

Sharing the Axis stand (Stand E1000) will be leading video analytics companies Digital Barriers, IPS Intelligent Video Analytics and Wavestore, as well as communications and video specialist Fält Communications and video hosting system provider Observit.

Focus on cutting-edge technologies

The Axis stand will feature some of the company’s most cutting-edge technologies, including the latest innovations in ultra-HD 4K resolution and Axis Camera Station software for video monitoring and recording.

Other advances on show in the ‘image usability’ area will allow visitors to see first-hand Axis’ market-leading Lightfinder technology as well as its Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), thermal imaging and other technical innovations (among them nitrogen-pressurised stainless steel HDTV PTZ dome cameras).

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

In addition, this year Axis will also be dedicating an entire section of the stand to its hugely successful partner programmes, including the Channel Partner Programme and the Architecture and Engineering Programme, designed to support network architects engineers and consultants involved in the design and specification of IP-based security systems.

As part of its commitment to training and development, Axis Communications’ Academy will also have its own presence on the stand. After having trained over 40,000 people globally and with training in the Northern European region at record levels, the Axis Academy is proving to be an expert in its field and clearly demonstrates the desire for recognised certified training to enable surveillance professionals to differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace.

Presence at the IFSEC Academy

Throughout the three-day show, members of Axis’ Northern European team will be delivering several seminars, these include:

Safe City Development: 17 June, 12.00 noon-12.30 pm
Speaker: Daren Lang, regional business development manager (northern Europe)
Location: Convergence Solutions Theatre

The Road to Smarter Traffic: 18 June, 12.00 noon–12.30 pm
Speaker: David Thomasson, transportation business development manager (northern Europe)
Location: Convergence Solutions Theatre

New technologies, new possibilities: smarter security for retail stores: 18 June, 4.00 pm-4.30 pm
Speaker: Scott Brothers, retail business development manager (northern Europe)
Location: Smart Buildings Theatre

Top Ten Trends: 19 June, 10.30 am-11.00 am
Speaker: Atul Rajput, regional director (northern Europe)
Location: Convergence Solutions Theatre

Benefits of network video

Atul Rajput, regional director for northern Europe at Axis Communications, said: “I passionately believe that, as an industry, we are guilty of underselling the benefits of network video. All-too-often, network video is viewed as a cost when in reality it can be a revenue generating opportunity.”

He continued: “We know that one of the benefits of network video is the endless opportunities for integration into complementary applications, but the question remains… Is that of real benefit to our customers and what opportunities does it present?”

Rajput went on to state: “We need to be bold and engage with all areas and departments as our technology touches every part of a business from logistics and operations right through to marketing and, of course, security. Network video shouldn’t be just a cost centre. It should be a key component in driving operational efficiencies throughout a business.”

He added: “For years, the conversation has only been about the transition from analogue to digital. That discussion has ended. Today’s successful companies are those that are proactively looking at ways in which network video can create new business opportunities. Companies that embrace this and strive to discover new and innovative solutions can look forward to a smarter and successful future.”

In conclusion, Rajput explained: “At IFSEC International 2014, we are determined to show people how we can help them and their organisations not only enhance their security, but also add real value to their business. We believe that our experience and that of our partner network means we are perfectly positioned to drive this change.”

*To discover more about Axis Communications’ presence at IFSEC International 2014 visit: http://www.axis.com/ifsec/index.htm

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Axis Communications strengthens regional management team

Network video specialist Axis Communications is gearing up for continued growth in 2014 with a key new appointment and a promotion within its senior management team in Northern Europe.

Dominic Jones joins Axis Communications in the role of regional marketing manager and will be based in Watford.

Prior to joining Axis, Jones spent two years with Samsung Techwin Europe as the company’s European marketing manager. In his new role, he’ll be responsible for overseeing all marketing activity conducted by the company throughout the UK and Nordic markets.

Indeed, Jones will play a significant part in helping Axis Communications maintain its market-leading position.

Dominic Jones: joining Axis Communications from Samsung Techwin Europe

Dominic Jones: joining Axis Communications from Samsung Techwin Europe

Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “Axis Communications enjoys a reputation as a fast-growing, entrepreneurial company with an open-minded culture. The business has a history of delivering innovative solutions that create new opportunities for all of its partners, and this is something I hope to build upon in 2014.”

New role for Daren Lang

Also moving into a new role is Daren Lang, who has been a key member of the Axis Communications UK sales and business development team for the last six years.

Lang will now assume the role of regional business development manager for Northern Europe, with responsibility for driving convergence in industry segments as well as strengthening the ADP, TPP and A&E programs for technology partners and consultants.

Daren Lang: regional business development manager for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

Daren Lang: regional business development manager for Northern Europe at Axis Communications

Speaking about this new role, Lang commented: “Both the people and the culture at Axis Communications are very special, and I’m proud to be part of such a fantastic team. I look forward to the challenge of my new role, growing the business development team and increasing Axis’ presence across a wider section of market segments. It’s our ambition for Axis Communications to be recognised worldwide as the brand of choice for video surveillance.”

Dominic and Daren’s appointments will form part of a strategic move to strengthen Axis’ regional sales and marketing provision and help meet the rapid growth in demand for the company’s products.

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe

Atul Rajput: regional director for Northern Europe

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Dominic and Daren into their new roles. Axis Communications has always strived to offer ‘Best in Class’ support for its wide network of loyal partners and leverage those relationships to deliver ‘Best of Breed’ solutions. The expansion of the Northern Europe division will help us to continue to support our channel in focusing on cost-effective solutions that deliver real business value for our customers that not only raise the bar for safety and security, but also positively impact operations and business processes.”

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