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ONVIF reflects on 2018 activities at 10th Annual General Meeting

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, held its Annual General Meeting earlier this month, with an overview of important activities in 2018 and perspectives on the year ahead the order of the day. Attendees heard presentations on the final release of Profile T, an advancement which represents how ONVIF is keeping pace with technological advancements that affect product development and interoperability between IP-based physical security products.

In an acknowledgement of the organisation’s 10th Anniversary, ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl highlighted the forum’s achievements over the past decade, including an overview of the six ONVIF Profiles, with a clear emphasis on the newly-released Profile T for advanced video streaming.

Collectively, the ONVIF Profiles provide support for more than 10,000 conformant products that are increasingly included in various bid and specification processes in projects around the world. Björkdahl also cited the continued involvement of ONVIF as part of the work of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s TC79 for international standardisation.

ONVIF also recognised the contributions of four individuals from various ONVIF Technical Committees for their work on different profiles and committees. Fredrik Svensson of Axis Communications and Dora Han of Hikvision were recipients of the ONVIF Award acknowledging individuals and companies who have made significant contributions to the organisation. As chairman of the Profile T Working Group, Svensson was a leading force in the development and successful final release of the Profile T specification. Han received anaward for her extensions to the specification, and also for supporting the development of other members’ extensions to the specification.

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Distinguished Service Awards

One of two 2018 ONVIF Distinguished Service Awards was bestowed upon Baldvin Gislason Bern of Axis Communications for his role in developing and proofing the evolution concept as chair of the Technical Services Device Test Tool Evolution. Joining him in receiving this award was Dr Hasan Timucin Ozdemir of Panasonic, who served as chairman of the ONVIF Video Enhancement Working Group from 2009-2018. This Working Group is directly responsible for formulating and prototyping new features for the ONVIF specification.

“All of our award recipients have shown their significant and long-term commitment to the organisation as a whole, and in turn have directly and positively impacted the work of ONVIF,” enthused Björkdahl. “The success of our organisation would not be possible without the innovative contributions and hard work of our members. For that, we say Thank You.”

ONVIF Technical Committee chair Hans Busch of Bosch spoke to members about the specification development roadmap and its alignment to the standardisation activities within the IEC TC 79 Working Groups for video surveillance and physical access control standards. Technical Services Committee chair Andreas Schneider of Sony 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 Developers’ Plugfests.

ONVIF Communications Committee chair Tim Shen of Dahua provided a recap of ONVIF communication efforts in 2018. There has been a continued focus on market education about the specific Profiles through presence at industry events coupled with much media activity. Shen also reported on the success of the first-ever ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge that took place earlier this year.

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ONVIF chairman Per Björkdahl

Election results

The results of the annual elections for ONVIF’s committees were announced by Kevin Schader, ONVIF’s executive director.

Re-elected to the ONVIF Steering Committee were Mayur Salgar of Honeywell and Stuart Rawling of Pelco by Schneider Electric. For the Technical Committee, Hanwha Techwin’s Sujith Raman, Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Steve Wolf and Tyco Security Products’ Stephen Serplus were re-elected, while Hikvision’s Dora Han joined the Technical Committee as a new member.

Bob Dolan of Anixter and Giri Guntipalli from Honeywell were re-elected to the Technical Services Committee, along with new member Marwan Obeidat of Pelco by Schneider Electric.

Tim Shen of Dahua, Jens Berthelsen of Hikvision and Xinming Kang of Honeywell were re-elected to the ONVIF Communications Committee, while Cathy Zhou of Huawei joined as a new member. Founding members Axis Communications, Bosch and Sony automatically retain seats on the Steering, Technical and Technical Services Committees.

*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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Genetec unveils product line-up for Security Essen 2018

Genetec, the manufacturer of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions, has announced its show line-up for Security Essen 2018. In its 21st year of delivering global innovation for physical IP security, Genetec will demonstrate Security Center (its scalable, open architecture security platform that unifies video surveillance, access control, ANPR, communications and analytics. The company will also feature its family of security infrastructure appliances and host no less than 11 industry technology partners on its stand, all of them demonstrating their technology integrations and support for Security Center.

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Visitors will be able to see the latest features in Security Center (v5.7), including its IP video management system (VMS) designed to scale and adapt to the evolving needs of the security market. This latest version also features enhanced privacy protection, designed to help end users comply with the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) data privacy and confidentiality mandates, along with a new reporting feature that automatically alerts system administrators to outdated camera firmware.

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Genetec will demonstrate its Streamvault turnkey security infrastructure appliances, pre-installed with Security Center to offer a simplified software delivery system. In addition to video surveillance, access control and ANPR support, Streamvault also now provides certified performance with KiwiVision Privacy Protector (a core module in Security Center) that dynamically anonymises video to support GDPR compliance for public and private video surveillance environments.

Genetec will also demonstrate how customers can easily migrate their legacy access control systems to a unified Security Center platform.

Privacy and cyber security

Committed to maintaining the highest levels of privacy protection, Genetec continues to inform IT and security professionals on both cyber security and privacy practices. The company has recently launched the Genetec Trust Center, a central repository of educational materials focused on cyber security, privacy and Security-of-Security topics to help system integrators and end users mitigate risks via trusted Best Practice.

“With our growing presence in Germany, Genetec is happy to bring its many innovations to Security Essen this year,” said Nick D’Hoedt, regional manager for the Benelux and DACH at Genetec. “We will show our customers and partners alike how they can unify their security platforms into a scaleable model that offers one solution through a single interface for improved operational efficiency, adhering to the highest standards of GDPR-compliant data privacy. We’re also proud to welcome 11 of our top technology partners from our growing ecosystem of camera, access control, sensing and software vendors.”

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Also on display will be Genetec Mission Control, a collaborative decision and event management software that provides organisations with new levels of situational intelligence, visualisation and complete incident management capabilities.

Genetec Partner Pavilion

As stated, Genetec will host 11 of its technology partners in individual demo pods on the stand at Security Essen. Each partner will demonstrate their hardware and software integrations with Security Center.

Featured sponsors include Bosch, Edesix, MOBOTIX, OPTEX, Panasonic, Quanergy, Siklu, Southwest Microwave, SimonsVoss, The Safe Group and Schréder. 

All show attendees are invited to visit the Genetec Stand (G30) in Hall 5 at Security Essen 2018.

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Pointer named Premium Partner within newly re-launched Panasonic Security Partner Programme

Pointer has become the first UK integrator to achieve Premium Partner status as part of the newly re-launched Panasonic Security Partner Programme.

The Japanese manufacturer refreshed its channel partner programme earlier this year and installers and integrators involved in video surveillance installations were invited to participate, with their status determined by their level of product training, sales volume and end user feedback.

Premium Partner status gives Pointer – a specialist in the design, installation, service, maintenance and monitoring of electronic security systems – access to additional support from the surveillance systems manufacturer as well as access to pre-qualified sales leads via the dedicated Partner Portal.

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Additional benefits include five-year warranties, advanced product replacement, training, technical advice and preferential placement within the Panasonic ‘Where To Buy’ listing on the website.

“Pointer has proven to be an excellent partner for Panasonic,” said Gerard Figols, European category manager at Panasonic. “The company’s expertise in high-end, mission-critical installations suits our product portfolio. We receive a large number of end user leads requesting solutions or products every day, and Premium Partner status means Pointer will have first refusal on these opportunities.”

Pointer has been in business for nearly 50 years. Providing services throughout the UK, it has the knowledge and experience to deliver large-scale projects for blue chip clients that recognise the importance of managing risk for their staff, property and key data.

Pointer’s director Sandy Rowan explained: “We’re delighted to have achieved Premium Partner status with Panasonic. It’s a direct indication of the dedication that our sales and engineering team has when it comes to training and improving their market knowledge. We think that our customers can benefit greatly from Pointer being a Premium Partner of Panasonic, not least in terms of the greater access to support and replacement technology that this affords.”

*For more information on Panasonic Security Solutions visit: https://business.panasonic.co.uk/security-solutions/

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SeeTec integrates Panasonic camera line-up through Panasonic Smart Driver

Panasonic’s latest camera line-up has been successfully integrated into SeeTec’s Cayuga Video Management System with the development of the Panasonic Smart Driver.

SeeTec provides particular solutions for the retail, finance, transportation and logistics industries as well as for critical infrastructure and cities.

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The integration, which has been carried out for the current software version SeeTec Cayuga R11, includes the following selection of Panasonic Full-HD i-PRO Extreme range models: WV-S1531LN, WV-S1531LNS, WV-S1531LTN, WV-S2131 and WV-S2131L, WV-S2231L, WV-X6531N and WV-X6531NS

*Click here for the complete list of all devices supported by SeeTec Cayuga

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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service deploys Panasonic rugged tablets to assist front line firefighters

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is “transforming” working life for its firefighters on the front line by equipping them with Panasonic’s rugged Toughpad tablets to access vital information during emergency episodes.

The Fire and Rescue Service is deploying 13-inch Panasonic Toughbook CF-D1 tablets in the front cabs of its fire appliances. These Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) are permanently mounted in the front of the vehicle and connected to the existing Tetra Network. They will be used for providing vital information on the way to a call-out, such as sending status updates to Command and Control, outlining risk assessment requirements, vehicle safety data, safety data on any chemicals stored on site and details on the occupancy of the premises and nearby hydrant locations.

Smaller and lighter 10-inch Panasonic FZ-G1 Toughpad tablets are being installed in the back of the appliances for use by firefighters inside and outside of the vehicle when at the scene of an emergency. These devices will be used day-to-day for the asset management of equipment and inventory and, in the future, for providing valuable emergency information on site, such as vehicle crash rescue data, as well as for regular community duties such as home fire safety surveys and hydrant inspections.

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John Barlow is responsible for modernising Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s front line communications devices. “We’re investing to change all the existing MDTs to a more agile device so as to allow the crews to work more efficiently and smartly,” explained Barlow. “The Panasonic devices are ideal for all the conditions in which we work. We can read the device in bright sunlight and it’s built to be used outside and in wet conditions without any problems. Feedback from field trials with the devices has been positive.”

In the future, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service sees other big advantages for firefighters in being able to use devices at the scene of an emergency. For example, at a road accident, firefighters can use the devices to identify important information about the safety features of a vehicle, such as airbags, such that they can quickly be turned off before trapped passengers are released from a vehicle).

“This type of use will be an absolute bonus for operations, making the task so much simpler and enabling the firefighters to work more effectively than ever,” enthused Barlow.

Commenting on the value the devices bring to Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Callum Faint (Cambridgeshire’s area commander) informed Risk UK: “It’s a massive step forward. In the past, a member of the fire crew would have to remain in the cab of the fire engine. Now, being able to demount the information source and take it with us means that the information can be right there, on the scene. This really helps to improve our operational effectiveness.”

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The Panasonic Computer Docking Solutions Team has designed the mounting solution for the Panasonic CF-D1 tablets in the front of the vehicles. The team used as much of the existing infrastructure as possible, such as the power management units, to keep costs down. It has also future-proofed the vehicles by fitting antennas that will work with the imminent introduction of the new Emergency Services Network.

For the FZ-G1 tablets, the Panasonic Computer Docking Solutions Team designed a bespoke bracket for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service that can be fitted on all of its vehicles generically. The design also incorporates into the bracket a handheld barcode reader, such that it could be installed in a convenient location next to the tablet.

The Panasonic Project Management Team is working closely with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service and its nominated installation contractors to support the build and imaging of the devices alongside installing the units in the appliances. The deployment will be completed before the end of the Autumn.

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Norbain welcomes Panasonic to customer solutions portfolio

Norbain has added Panasonic’s CCTV cameras, recorders, access control and video intercom products to its portfolio, in turn further enhancing the security solutions offering available to its customers.

Norbain aims to work with both new and existing suppliers and manufacturers to ensure it brings the most promising innovations to its customer base. The ability of Panasonic to combine multiple security products makes the company a great choice for clients looking towards a Total Security Solution.

In addition, Panasonic proprietary technology such as Rain Wash Coating, Smart Coding, VIQS (Variable Image Quality on Specified Area) and People Masking renders Panasonic CCTV systems “among the most advanced and cost-effective” on the market.

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Mark Field, supplier relations director at Norbain, commented: “We undergo constant product research and evaluation in order to guarantee that our product range remains the most comprehensive and advanced in the industry. Panasonic significantly enhances our market offer.”

Yojiro Matsubara, managing director of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe, explained: “I’m delighted that our products have been added to Norbain’s extensive portfolio. We strongly believe that Panasonic’s CCTV systems provide the best long-term value for money in the industry. We look forward to helping Norbain take this message to the market.”

Norbain will now be supplying a wide range of Panasonic security products, including the recently-launched bullet camera range, the True 4K dome and box camera range as well as the award-winning VL-SWD501EX/UEX wireless video intercom system, which recently won an Innovation Award at the 19th DECT World Awards.

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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.

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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.

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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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