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Qognify expands global R&D Centre in Israel

Qognify, the specialist in Big Data solutions for physical security and operations, has expanded its global development centre with the opening of new offices in Israel’s premier industrial area of Ra’anana. 

Qognify develops smart security systems that enable organisations to optimise response, mitigate risks, reduce business exposure and improve performance. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in New York and it operates sales and service offices in Europe, Singapore and India. The Israeli operation is Qognify’s development centre in which most of the employees are engineers and developers, with plans to expand investment in R&D throughout 2017 and 2018.

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Moti Shabtai, CEO and president of Qognify, explained: “Today, the need for safety and security systems is an axiom. Organisations, companies and countries with an advanced realisation of this need take it to the next level by leveraging the information collected by these systems for streamlining operations and improving services.”

Qognify’s’ customers include major airports, seaports, public transportation and infrastructure companies, financial institutions, smart cities and commercial entities.

“Naturally, the ability to serve such customers and provide them with complex and advanced solutions is made possible by tremendous investment in technology,” continued Shabtai. “Our new offices are designed to support the needs of the development environment with advanced infrastructure and optimal connectivity to the company’s offices around the world.”

Shabtai added: “No less important is the state-of-the-art work environment in which our engineers and developers, project managers, product and service personnel and other units operating from Israel will receive the inspiration they need to continue to produce technological excellence.”

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Jacksons Fencing issues Guide to Managing Noise Pollution for physical perimeter designers

Jacksons Fencing has issued its latest guide, entitled ‘Managing Noise Pollution’, for landscape architects, urban planners, exterior designers and others involved in the specification of external physical perimeters.

A recent study found that those who live in noisy cities are more likely to suffer from hearing loss. The main reason for this is excessive noise from traffic, construction, industry and people going about their daily lives.

Noise pollution has a huge effect on populations causing people stress, fatigue and poor sleep quality. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, it costs us $750 billion globally when medical bills, lost earnings and other hearing loss-related problems are taken into account.

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Cris Francis, head of commercial sales at Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Noise pollution is now a big concern in our cities as we build more major roads, rail and other transport networks closer to where we live and work. Such a concentration of construction activity, vehicles and people brings with it noise that, in many cases, is unwanted and avoidable. Our new guide highlights the impact of sound and aims to provide advice on how timber acoustic barriers can reduce unwanted noise and improve our surroundings with natural façades that are both sustainable and cost-effective.”

The UK had over 65 million inhabitants at the start of 2016, with a density of 263 people per square kilometre. As our cities expand exponentially, the population is projected to reach 77 million in 2050, so even more demands are being put on housing and critical infrastructure like roads and rail.

The continued growth means that we’re now seeing developments including commercial, leisure and other properties being built very close to each other. When intersected with the aforementioned new transport links, that equates to more exposure to excessive noise for a large number of the populace.

Jacksons Fencing has developed a range of acoustic fencing barriers with the modern urban landscape in mind. Working with independent sound engineers, the firm’s team of technical and engineering experts can assist those involved in the design and construction of external spaces by providing tailored advice, guidance and expertise every step of the way, from design support through to manufacturing and installation.

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ONVIF joins IoT Panel discussion at TechSec Solutions 2017

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced that it will be presenting at TechSec Solutions 2017 (which runs on 27-28 February at the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach County, Florida) as part of a Panel discussion on standards, Best Practice, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Jonathan Lewit, chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, will be speaking on behalf of ONVIF and is be one of four panellists discussing ‘The Future of IoT: Taming Security’s Wild West’. Other speakers include Neil Lakomiak of Underwriters’ Laboratories, Mitchell Klein of the Z-Wave Alliance and Jim Coleman of Operational Security Systems. The discussion is to be moderated by Paul Ragusa, Editor of Security Systems News.

“Standards are an essential part of the conversation when considering any scenario in which disparate elements must work together to provide actionable intelligence or automation, which the Internet of Things often seeks to do,” said Per Björkdahl, chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “Jonathan will bring an ONVIF perspective to the debate, shedding light on how standardisation and ONVIF specifications can build vital bridges between clients and devices and, indeed, between IP-based systems.”

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Lewit, who also serves as director of technology leadership for Pelco by Schneider-Electric, will touch on the array of connected devices and open platforms in the market that use common communication protocols to work together, including smart homes, buildings and cities.

The speakers will examine how standards, the establishment of Best Practice, interoperability, cyber security and other trends are helping to shape the future of the physical security industry.

Lewit will be speaking on Monday 27 February at 9.30 am. For more information visit: www.tecsechsolutions.com

 

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Qognify opens new corporate headquarters in New York

Qognify, the specialist in Big Data solutions for physical security and operations, has announced the opening of its new corporate headquarters in Pearl River, New York.

Located in the Blue Hill Plaza complex, the new expanded headquarters is home to corporate management functions and the regional sales team, enabling better support to customers and partners alike.

Just 20 miles outside of Manhattan, Pearl River in Rockland County is strategically located with convenient access to both New York and New Jersey. Customers and partners will be able to visualise Qognify’s state-of-the-art situation management platform Situator 8.0 with its Operational Intelligence CenterVisionHub, the new intelligent IP video surveillance and security management system, and Qognify’s next generation real-time video analytics solution Suspect Search.

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The Blue Hill Plaza was designed with powerful redundancy to support critical organisations such as the once bustling NYNEX Stock Exchange. This was proven during Super Storm Sandy, as it was one of the few buildings in the area that didn’t lose its power supply. This makes it an ideal location to host customers and partners for demo and training purposes.

“With a close proximity to metropolitan New York and its airport network, our new location offers ideal access to customers and partners from the US and around the world,” explained Moti Shabtai, president of Qognify. “In this new location, we will have access to top talent to further grow our business in the Americas and also oversee the company’s global operation.”

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Genetec and MOBOTIX unveil details of new technology integration partnership

Genetec, a leading provider of open architecture, unified IP security solutions, and MOBOTIX (the German manufacturer of video surveillance devices) have announced a technology relationship in which both companies will work together on R&D, testing, business development and sales support for new and existing enterprise clients.

Both companies enjoy a global reputation for quality, reliability, first class customer support and expertise in delivering flexible security solutions.

Genetec’s Security Center unifies video management, access control, ANPR and communications management within a single intuitive platform. The new technology partnership will offer single and multi-site management for MOBOTIX edge devices, leading to greater efficiency for a higher level of security.

MOBOTIX enhances video for physical security applications, business operations, process monitoring and sustainability through reliable camera hardware, decentralised architecture and energy efficiency. The company’s solutions include both optical and thermal imaging sensors.

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Genetec and MOBOTIX have a footprint in more than 70 countries. Through this partnership, they’ll be able to offer customers from SMEs through to those managing enterprise multi-site deployments a flexible end-to-end IP video security solution.

“We’re happy to enter this technology partnership with Genetec as we recognise a natural synergy with the highly-scalable unified security platform that Security Center represents, as well as the catalogue of IP cameras and compression technology that MOBOTIX offers,” said Dr Tristan Haage, chief sales officer at MOBOTIX.

“With two recent 500-plus camera customer deployments in Europe and the Middle East, both companies are already realising the advantages of a highly-integrated hardware and software solution for enterprise deploymentsy,” added Hagge.

“As Genetec grows its presence in Germany, we realised the many symbiotic advantages we share with MOBOTIX,” observed Francis Lachance, director of product management at Genetec. “With MOBOTIX joining the Genetec ecosystem of technology partners, we’ll be able to offer the many differentiating features and capabilities MOBOTIX brings to the table, fully integrated with Security Center. It’s a win-win relationship.”

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Safetell announces preferred supplier agreement with Gunnebo

Safetell, the physical security and asset protection specialist, has announced a preferred supplier agreement with Gunnebo encompassing its range of ballistic, blast resistant, interlocking doors and partitions.

The products will complement Safetell’s existing range of ballistic, blast and attack-resistant products, ensuring they offer a broader range of solutions to meet the demands of specifiers who require a more diverse offering to keep up with the evolving threat posed by terrorists and criminals.

Safetell’s managing director Anton Pieterse commented: “Gunnebo has an excellent track record of producing robust deterrents that exceed customer expectations. Safetell looks to complement this with our existing range and project management prowess to deliver a one-stop shop for anyone looking to mitigate risk and operating cost.”

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Pieterse added: “We’re also excited by the addition of a new partitioning range which allows Safetell to meet the growing demands of blue chip multinationals looking to partition large open plan receptions and atriums; protecting their members of staff from the threat of criminal and terrorist attack.”

Safetell works with both end users and facilities management specialists as a single point of contact, supplying both security products and nationwide security equipment support services. These support services are provided through a nationwide network of directly employed service technicians and Help Desk staff, giving cost savings and complete control over service quality throughout the supply chain.

*For further information visit: www.safetell.co.uk

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ONVIF chairman to deliver presentation as part of IoT and standards-focused Memoori webinar

ONVIF, the leading global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, is pleased to announce that Per Björkdahl, chairman of its Steering Committee, will be the featured presenter in the webinar Physical Security, IoT and Open Standards, which runs on 17 August at 4.00 pm BST. The webinar is hosted by Memoori, an independent market research company that studies the physical security, smart buildings and energy management markets.

The webinar will examine how the Internet of Things and cloud computing have already shaped the physical security industry, and will also cover the development of ONVIF’s profiles.

Cyber security from a physical security standards viewpoint will be considered, focusing on how open standards can help secure sensitive communications between devices. ONVIF’s cyber security strategies and future profile developments will also be discussed, and there’ll be a brief interactive Q&A session to close the hour-long presentation.

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“This webinar is for end users, integrators and anyone else who’s interested in how ONVIF can be a valuable tool in IoT and other deployments that require secure communications between multiple devices and clients,” explained Björkdahl.

*To register for the ONVIF webinar visit Memoori’s website. This free, live webinar is sponsored by Tridium

**Further information is also available on ONVIF’s website: www.onvif.org

ONVIF releases Profile Q for advanced security

ONVIF has just released Profile Q, the specification that features quick and easy discovery, set-up and configuration of conformant devices as well as advanced security features.

Profile Q offers out-of-the-box functionality for systems integrators and end users with an easy set-up mechanism and basic device level configuration, streamlining the set-up and connection of systems and devices.

Profile Q also supports Transport Layer Security (TLS), a secure communication protocol that allows ONVIF devices themselves to communicate with clients across a network in a way that protects against tampering and eavesdropping.

Until now, Profile Q has been in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release.

“With the final release of Profile Q, integrators and end users can expect out-of-the-box interoperability between ONVIF conformant cameras and video management systems,” said Steven Dillingham, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile Q Working Group.

“Our development of this Profile is an indication of ONVIF’s response to the market’s request for a more streamlined set-up and deployment process.”

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