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ONVIF publishes Release Candidate for Profile T on Advanced Video Streaming

ONVIF – the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products – has announced the Release Candidate for Profile T, a draft specification with advanced streaming capabilities that includes support for H.265 video compression and an expanded feature set that extends the capabilities of ONVIF video Profiles for system integrators and end users alike. 

ONVIF Profile T for advanced streaming employs a new media service that enables the support of High Efficiency Video Coding based on the international H.265 video compression standard that specifies how to decode data into displayable video.

Profile T-conformant clients support both H.264 and H.265 video compression, while Profile T-conformant devices support at least one of these formats.

The new Profile also encompasses Transport Layer Security (TLS)-enabled communications and new functionalities such as bi-directional audio streaming, standardisation of events, imaging configuration and on screen display configuration.

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“Profile T broadens the scope of the ONVIF video profile to include both the H.264 video compression standard that’s widely used in video surveillance solutions today and H.265 video compression, which is set to become the de facto video compression standard in the very near future,” said Fredrik Svensson, chairman of ONVIF’s Profile T Working Group. “In addition to support for multiple video compression types, Profile T establishes conformance regarding motion detection, metadata streaming, analytics and other important features that ultimately offer an expanded and standardised feature set to system integrators and end users, in addition to interoperability between manufacturers’ solutions.”

Profile T for advanced streaming supports transport over Websockets, which allows end users to stream video to a browser instead of a VMS client. Profile T also features bi-directional audio that’s often used in city surveillance, transportation and parking security as well as for other security applications that require two-way audio communication. Support for the TLS protocol adds another level of security to communications between Profile T-conformant clients and devices.

Standardisation of events such as motion detection and tampering is included in Profile T. Digital input and relay output events are covered, as is their configuration through the device I/O service which can expedite installation.

Profile T allows motion region detector configuration through the analytics service, which means that a specific area of an image can be selected for analysis. Streaming of metadata – such as events and analytics data – is also covered by Profile T.

ONVIF circulates a new Profile first as a Release Candidate for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final Profile is published and technology providers will be able to test their products for conformance to the final version of Profile T. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of Profile T is released in 2018.

*Further information about the Release Candidate of ONVIF Profile T and ONVIF conformant products, including the vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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ONVIF releases Profile A for broader access control configuration

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has announced the final release of Profile A for broader access control configuration that establishes a standardised interface for access control clients and expands the configuration options of ONVIF-conformant access control systems.

The release marks the first open specification that allows for the mixing and matching of access control devices and clients within a system, in turn facilitating interoperability for multi-vendor projects.

ONVIF Profile A encompasses daily access control functions for granting and revoking employee credentials, creating and updating schedules and making changes to access control privileges within the system. Profile A deepens interoperability within the access control market by increasing functionality and system management functions at the client level, enabling the configuration of credentialing, scheduling and access privileges through the Profile A-conformant client interface.

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“Profile A is a significant development for the market because it provides a pathway for integrating access control panels and hardware with management software from different manufacturers,” said Per Björkdahl, ONVIF’s Steering Committee chairman. “This pathway for integration also provides future-proofing of an access control system as it allows another manufacturer’s access control management software to be installed in the future, eliminating the need for a hardware ‘rip and replace’ scenario.”

The interoperability established by Profile A allows end users and system integrators alike to make hardware and software choices based on functionality and performance, and will also bridge the gap between legacy hardware and new software if both are Profile A-conformant. The new Profile further enables integration between access control and IP video management systems when combined with ONVIF Profile C for basic access control and Profile S for video streaming.

Profile A has been available in release candidate status in order to provide industry review and feedback prior to the final release. ONVIF circulates a new profile first as a ‘Release Candidate’ for at least six months, allowing members and stakeholders a final implementation review. When that process is complete, the final profile is published and members can then test their products for conformance to the final version of an ONVIF Profile. This process is intended to allow members to more quickly introduce conformant products when the final version of a Profile is released.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF is a 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 nearly 8,000 Profile-conformant products.

Backed by 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 and the new Profile T Release Candidate for advanced streaming, ONVIF 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 details of vendors and the conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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Qognify and Bosch expand co-operation to deliver “new level” of interoperable security solutions

Qognify, the specialist in Big Data solutions for physical security and operations, has expanded the integration of Bosch network video security cameras and Qognify’s Situator and VisionHub, in turn providing customers with advanced technology and business benefits.

This ‘Best of Breed’ solution creates centralised management for the entire platform with direct integration of Bosch cameras to Situator (Situation Management/PSIM) and VisionHub (Video Management System).

The integration enhances security management and operational benefits by leveraging situation management, video and visualisation capabilities:

*Centralised control and management through Situator Direct integration between Bosch’s network video security cameras and Situator. The integration enables PTZ and PTZ-like control for moving and fixed cameras, automatic triggering of processes when pre-defined incidents occur based on pre-defined alarm rules using cameras’ built-in video analytics, playback via local camera storage and camera tampering detection.

*Advanced video management capabilities via Qognify VisionHub including de-warping The advanced integration of Bosch’s FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 camera and Qognify’s VMS eliminates fish eye lens distortion, enabling 360° of view without blind spots and with an non-distorted overview image. Additionally, the PTZ-like control of the video allows end users to digitally pan, tilt and zoom in order to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. This advance support of de-warping means empowering the benefit from wide coverage using a single device, while having a “normal” view of an otherwise distorted or reversed image.

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Qognify records the original camera stream and de-warps the video for viewing purposes, allowing each operator a unique view.

*Reduced storage and network bandwidth with VisionHubBosch Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction: A feature that optimises storage capacity and reduces network strain by using bandwidth only when needed. By intelligently distinguishing between noise and relevant information, Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction reduces the camera’s bitrate by up to 50%, substantially contributing to a lower total cost of ownership.

*Network optimisation: Overcoming network overload during working hours by automated, scheduled transfer from the camera’s on-board storage to central control.

*Zero loss of data: Automatic filling of missing recording data on the SVR by restoring missing video from the camera’s on-board storage.

*Video Analytics at the Edge: Qognify’s VisionHub integrates with Bosch’s Essential Video Analytics or Intelligent Video Analytics which runs on the camera. This enables the delivery of video analytics alarms based on pre-definable alarm rules from the camera to VisionHub and Situator. In addition, the integration supports the Qognify video analytics suite running centrally on the recorder, combining Bosch built-in (edge) video analytics with Qognify’s server-based video analytics. This offers customers maximum flexibility when designing a video analytics solution.

“When mission-critical solutions are involved, it’s essential that stringent quality checks are observed,” said Rudolf Spielberger, head of the Integration Partner Programme at Bosch Security Systems. “Qognify’s solutions were tested to excel in multiple integrations. Our strategic co-operation with Qognify is substantially enhancing levels of security and delivering clear and quantifiable business advantages for our customers.”

Certified integration is already in use at customers’ sites. “We’re committed to advancing integration with leading technology partners and, to this end, we’re proud of our integration with Bosch to yield a complete, tested and field-proven solution,” said Eran Noam, vice-president of global strategic partnerships at Qognify. “It’s important that organisations have confidence in integrations such that they can leverage the broad range of excellent integrated products available in today’s security marketplace.”

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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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Blue Hill Plaza

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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