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Pro-Activ Publications launches SIX: a new event for Security Installers and System Integrators

Security installers and system integrators are currently experiencing changes in the market, with the shift from hardware to software-based solutions as well as the impact of Internet of Things technologies. While Pro-Activ Publications’ Professional Security Installer (PSI) and Benchmark magazines address the need for installer and integrator-focused information, there has been no UK trade show addressing this sector. until now, that is…

SIX (Security Installer Xtra) will be an event aimed squarely at practising security installers and system integrators. Running for the first time on 16-17 October 2019, SIX will offer a conference programme delivered by experts, not manufacturers or Government bodies, alongside an exhibition at EventCity in Manchester. In addition, the annual PSI Premier Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of 16 October.

“After talking to installers and distributors, we realised that the industry needed an event focused on the requirements of the trade rather than a catch-all show that includes an element of security as one of its points of focus,” said Andy Clutton, Editor of PSI. “While our magazines make installers aware of the innovations and developments in the sector, there’s no event that specifically targets their needs. Furthermore, the industry requires a trade show in the North of England so that installers, most of whom are self-employed, can cut down on travel time and make their visit cost-effective.”


With free parking on site, world-class leisure and shopping facilities and over 1,000 on-site hotel rooms at TraffordCity, EventCity in Manchester offers a complete package for the SIX experience. For the show itself, it boasts the largest conference venue in Manchester as well as a choice of halls.

“For installers and integrators, the evolving technological landscape presents significant opportunities for growth through the delivery of bespoke solutions,” explained Pete Conway, Editor of Benchmark. “However, as well as offering added value, there are also many challenges which must be addressed. Events such as SIX offer a valuable vehicle to help installers and integrators learn more about the potential of new technologies and to ensure they are updated with relevant and current Best Practice to ensure systems remain reliable and effective.”

SIX already has the support of the UK’s largest security event, namely IFSEC International. Simon Parker, UK and EMEA managing director of IFSEC’s organiser UBM, stated: “IFSEC is delighted to support and partner Pro-Activ Publications in the exciting launch of the SIX event in Manchester. We’ve been listening to our customers in the North and Midlands for a number of years and fully understand the need for a highly targeted regional event, which provides support and guidance for security professionals. IFSEC and Pro-Activ have enjoyed a rewarding, long-standing partnership and this strategic alliance will play to the strengths of both brands.”

Parker added: “Pro-Activ Publications enjoys a formidable reach and a proven reputation within the installer market, while IFSEC is a prominent 44 year-old brand which has provided the global security sector with an unparalleled opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together. Pro-Activ’s media assets, among them PSI and Benchmark, will provide powerful platforms to communicate and support this new event. Coupled with IFSEC’s exclusive relationships with leading associations such as the BSIA, the overall proposition for this event is hugely exciting.”

*A comprehensive range of exhibition stand packages are available from Pro-Activ Publications. For more details contact David Lewis 0208 295 8309 david.lewis@proactivpubs.co.uk, Nick Tiday 0208 295 8302 nick.tiday@benchmarkmagazine.com or Mark Quittenton q@proactivpubs.co.uk


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Wisenet X sets the Benchmark with victory in 2017 Innovation Awards

Hanwha Techwin’s Wisenet X cameras have been selected as the winner of the Video Surveillance Hardware category in the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2017.

Designed to recognise and reward innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions, the awards scheme is run by Benchmark Magazine, the monthly publication which is widely regarded as the ‘Which?’ magazine for the electronic security industry and is the sister title of Risk UK and Professional Security Installer (PSI) at Pro-Activ Publications.

A Benchmark test team and an independent panel from the security industry judged across nine technology areas, with Wisenet X standing out against stiff competition as the winner of the Video Surveillance Hardware category.


Defining a new standard

“When we launched the Wisenet X camera series earlier this year, we believed we had also delivered on our commitment to set a new standard for IP network video surveillance cameras,” said Bob Hwang, managing director at Hanwha Techwin Europe. “We’re absolutely delighted the innovative technology developed by our highly talented engineers and product management team has led to our Wisenet X cameras receiving this high profile and prestigious award.”

Equipped with 150 dB Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)  technology and a varifocal F0.94 low-light lens, Wisenet X cameras are ‘supercharged’ by the most powerful DSP chipset ever incorporated into a full camera range. Together, these features ensure that “superb quality” colour images are captured, regardless of the environment or the time of day, and without the need for IR LEDs or supplementary lighting.

The advanced 150 dB WDR technology built into many of the Wisenet X cameras and domes ensures clear, sharp images can be captured even when there may be strong contrasting lighting conditions. A standard WDR image is normally captured by composing two frames with different exposures. Wisenet X 150 dB WDR uses four frames to create a more natural image and negates the problem of image blurring which is a weakness of standard WDR.

Faster processing of video

With an all-new architecture, the Wisenet X chipset runs up to three times faster than older generations of chipsets. This delivers much faster processing of video as well as specialist analytics pre-loaded on board the cameras as standard. This includes people counting, which offers the opportunity to measure store efficiency between footfall and actual sales and also identifies the busiest days, times and seasons, as well as queue management to identify peaks and troughs of customer flow at checkouts.

Heat mapping provides accurate, real-time information about customer in-store behaviour. It does so by displaying ‘hotspots’ within a store to indicate customer buying patterns, including dwell times and areas of a store where there might be low activity in order to assist with product placement decisions.

Processing power

The processing power of the Wisenet X chipset also provides an opportunity to run multiple on-board third party analytics applications in the same way that we all use Apps on our smart phones. These include face recognition to assist security personnel to quickly identify known offenders and ANPR to control vehicle access to sensitive areas such as loading bays, as well as to manage car parking areas.

The latter serves to generate event notifications when an authorised vehicle number plate is recognised and can be configured to trigger access control operations such as opening/closing a barrier, as well as sending activity reports and snapshots via e-mail, FTP or SMS.

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