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Number of ONVIF-conformant products reaches 10,000 milestone

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, has surpassed 10,000 conformant products that meet its global interoperability standards, further broadening the organisation’s offer and relevance in the IP-based physical security marketplace.

This level of conformant products marks yet another milestone for ONVIF as it celebrates its tenth year as a standards organisation, providing interoperability specifications for IP-based physical security products. The Profiles offered by ONVIF address video surveillance and access control functions and are increasingly applicable in security and connectivity environments such as Safe City initiatives, Internet of Things applications and intelligent building automation.

“With more than 10,000 conformant products in its tenth year, the acceptance for ONVIF in the market has grown in a way that no-one could have anticipated,” explained Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “This number represents not only the success of ONVIF, but how our member companies, many of whom are competitors, have collaborated to provide solutions that are relevant and needed in the market. This is a strong testament of the importance of standards in our rapidly evolving marketplace.”

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In the past two years, ONVIF has continued to see a strong commitment from its member base representing a majority of the manufacturers in the industry, along with a dramatic increase in new conformant products. The numbers reflect the increasing demand for open source standards in the market. ONVIF will continue to provide the framework for further conformant products that enable interoperability.

ONVIF-conformant products are produced only by ONVIF member companies and must support at least one ONVIF Profile. Products must be registered under the ONVIF list of conformant products to be considered conformant.

The Conformant Products page on the ONVIF website, onvif.org, is the only authoritative list of ONVIF-conformant products.

ONVIF has a global member base of established camera, video management system and access control solution companies. With 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, Profile A for broader access control configuration and the 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 member companies and their conformant models, is available on the ONVIF website: www.onvif.org

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Motorola Solutions expands security services to help end users manage cyber risks

Motorola Solutions now offers Government and public safety customers expanded cyber security services to help protect against cyber attacks, particularly so as they share information across agencies and work together to solve crimes.

The company’s new Cyber Security Professional Service is a collaborative effort with customers to help them identify and manage cyber risk within their operations by evaluating technology, processes and staff capabilities and recommending solutions to help agencies respond quickly and effectively to any potential breaches.

According to a recent survey of businesses and Government agencies, the number of cyber security incidents detected by respondents climbed to 42.8 million in 2014, representing an increase of more than 48% in just one year. That’s the equivalent of 117,339 incoming attacks each day across a 12-month period.

The Cyber Security Professional Service helps maintain the integrity of police investigations by protecting against cyber threats to mission-critical radio networks and real-time information sources such as videos of incidents and photographs and fingerprints of suspects that are shared between agencies.

The new service adds to Motorola Solutions’ capabilities that already help prevent breaches such as network security monitoring and software security updates which enable customers to maintain the most current and effective versions of programs like records management systems.

“Many organisations believe their most sensitive mission-critical information is safe, but it’s becoming clear that even public safety and Government agencies are prime targets for cyber criminals,” said Kelly Mark, corporate vice-president at Motorola Solutions.

“The Cyber Security Professional Service builds on Motorola Solutions’ decades-long experience in mission-critical security services and helps customers respond quickly to ever-changing security threats by providing periodic assessments designed to identify risks and prioritise next steps towards maintaining secure communications.”

*Motorola Solutions creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities. Visit http://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com for ongoing company news or subscribe to the dedicated news feed

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IFSEC International set to participate in London First’s 2015 Global Resilience Summit

IFSEC International, Europe’s biggest annual security event, has announced its participation at this year’s Global Resilience Summit, taking place in London on 15 October. The Global Resilience Summit aims to inspire creative thinking around all aspects of security and resilience within major global cities while at the same time encouraging innovation through Best Practice and networking.

With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas and that figure predicted to grow to two-thirds by 2050, there are a number of security and resilience challenges specific to this environment. The 2015 Global Resilience Summit aims to address these issues and explore the many options to ensure our major cities and their citizens are kept safe.

As part of its contribution to the Global Resilience Summit, which is organised by London First, IFSEC International will provide detailed information on its new Smart Buildings and Home Automation Zone, due to launch at the 2016 event in London. Within this new area at IFSEC International, a host of products and solutions that support buildings, cities and automated homes will be demonstrated. Each area will explore how security solutions can be interconnected and rendered interoperable such that they can play a vital role in providing stronger resilience, greater security and a safer future within both our domestic and urban areas.

IFSEC International is participating in London First's Global Resilience Summit 2015

IFSEC International is participating in London First’s Global Resilience Summit 2015

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC International, explained: “We’re really looking forward to being part of the Global Resilience Summit. Increasingly, we’re seeing the integration of smart technologies across all of our exhibitors at IFSEC International, with security professionals continually examining how all of these systems can work together to enhance security offerings and, subsequently, create safer cities.”

*Attendees at the Global Resilience Summit can find out more about IFSEC International and the new Smart Buildings Zone by visiting Stand 14

**The Global Resilience Summit runs at Kings Place in central London. Further information is available on the event’s dedicated website at: http://londonfirst.co.uk/events/global-resilience-summit/

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Regional-specific technology set to increase the adoption of Safe Cities

The latest Research Note from Paul Bremner – market analyst for IHS Inc – examines new technology for Safe Cities.

FirstNet, a high-speed broadband data network dedicated to public safety using a nationwide spectrum licence, is expected to increase collaboration between emergency responders.

Revenues in the American market for electronic security equipment in city surveillance applications totalled around $200 million, with wireless infrastructure forming almost $80 million of that total and more than doubling to 2017.

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In the past, wireless infrastructure has been plagued with both quality and capacity problems, both of which FirstNet is expected to resolve.

For their part, wireless networks have varied dramatically from city to city. The differences in quality and capacity of these networks can be very noticeable and affect how the city can use that network. A very low cost wireless network cannot stream video from, for example, an officer to a command centre or vice versa.

FirstNet will level the playing field for every city and, for a significant portion of them, will raise the bar, in turn offering possibilities that didn’t previously exist.

Regional-specific technology such as FirstNet is set to increase the adoption of Safe Cities

Regional-specific technology such as FirstNet is set to increase the adoption of Safe Cities

FirstNet will be built to public-safety grade standards using LTE wireless technology, and is a network that is defined, administered and only relevant to the US. However, if FirstNet proves a success in providing emergency service providers with the first nationwide, high-speed network dedicated to public safety, this will pave the way for other countries to follow a similar path.

A key feature of FirstNet is the integration of land mobile radio (LMR) networks alongside the LTE voice capabilities because police, firefighters and emergency service personnel all rely on LMR networks for their mission critical voice applications. For FirstNet to be a success this integration was crucial.

Safe Cities: Understanding the Market Opportunity

The IHS report entitled ‘Safe Cities: Understanding the Market Opportunity – World – 2013 Edition’ is a first edition report providing qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify where the market opportunities are for Safe City projects.

The report explores the technologies and business models enabling Safe City projects, regional market drivers and what the competitive landscape looks like.

Quantitatively, the report includes the IHS Safe City Index, incorporating IHS Global Insight and IHS Jane’s data to measure the potential of different countries across the globe.

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