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Hanwha Techwin focuses on Top 5 Video Surveillance Trends for 2020

Hanwha Techwin, the supplier of IP and analogue video surveillance solutions, has put forward its Top 5 key trend predictions for the security industry in 2020. These include Artificial Intelligence end-to-end security solutions, cyber security, cloud-based data insights, privacy protection and vertical specialised solutions.

Artificial Intelligence End-to-End Security Solutions

As Artificial Intelligence becomes more broadly adopted across industries, it’s likely to be more widely incorporated in video surveillance in the upcoming year. Edge-based Artificial Intelligence (which filters and processes data locally on a camera) will be more ubiquitous, enabling end-to-end Artificial Intelligence technology.

Today, most security cameras send the data they collect to servers to be analysed. However, with edge-based Artificial Intelligence, the data is first analysed by the camera and subsequently sent to the server. This reduces the burden of transferring and storing large amounts of data to a server, thereby increasing efficiency, saving time and reducing server costs typically required to analyse data.

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In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce edge-based Artificial Intelligence cameras, as well as Artificial Intelligence-powered NVRs and VMS so as to bring to market end-to-end (camera to storage server and VMS) Artificial Intelligence security solutions.

Cyber Security

With Internet of Things (IoT) devices becoming ubiquitous, the importance of cyber security has never been more prominent that it is today. Today’s cyber attacks are more intelligent and advanced than ever before, so building cyber-resilient security systems is no longer an option, but an imperative.

Smart Cities, factories, financial institutions and retailers require scaleable video surveillance solutions which are closely interconnected with other devices and networks, making the importance of cyber security paramount.

Strong cyber security has always been Hanwha Techwin’s priority and the company has been refining its technology to suit ince the beginning. The soon-to-be released Wisenet 7, the newest version of Hanwha Techwin’s own System on Chip, has been designed with the strongest cyber security features including a secure booting function and signed firmware for both software and hardware. Validated by the UL Cyber Security Assurance Program certification, Wisenet 7 ensures that end users have access to the industry’s most advanced cyber security features.

Cloud–Based Data Insight

According to IDC, the provider of IT-focused market intelligence, there will be about 175 zettabytes of data in the world by the year 2025, with much of it stored in the cloud and Data Centres around the world. At the same time, video surveillance solutions will go far beyond functioning as a simple monitoring tool to become an indispensable aid to organisations by providing useful insights that improve business operations.

The importance of accessible cloud-based servers that can easily store and analyse the accumulated data will also increase. Going beyond being an efficient storage repository, sophisticated analytics will use cloud processing to analyse the stored data and provide practical and timely insights. 

In 2020, Hanwha Techwin will introduce cloud-based solutions beginning with the Device Health Monitoring Cloud, which will monitor and manage video surveillance devices in real-time. The company will also introduce Retail Insight Cloud which is designed to facilitate store management.

Privacy Protection

Together with cyber security, Hanwha Techwin believes that the protection of personal data should be integral to the business ethics of a video surveillance company. By its very nature, the video data that’s collected for security purposes almost always contains private information. Therefore, protecting surveillance data is imperative.

Around the world, privacy protection laws are being introduced, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and the Federal Information Security Management Act in the US. The California Consumer Privacy Act is also set to come into effect in January 2020.

These laws will force the video surveillance industry to follow ‘privacy by design’ Best Practice and renew all efforts designed to protect personal data from misuse and abuse. Organisations are increasingly aware of the dangers of private data breaches and they’re becoming more discerning when choosing security products and solutions.

Hanwha Techwin provides a solution with Video Privacy Management technology and has released its Smart Cover of Privacy line-up to comply with the GDPR globally.

Vertical Specialised Solutions

Vertical markets in the security industry are increasingly requiring more specialised devices and solutions that meet unique requirements. With the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution, the presence of smart verticals will be more prominent and video surveillance companies must be ready to provide solutions for Smart Cities, factories, transportation and retail organisations.

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Soon Hong Ahn

Hanwha Techwin already provides products for these verticals and plans to expand its line-up of specialised solutions in the very near future to include asset management solutions with IoT technology.

“Advancement in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the IoT and the cloud will support new use cases in conjunction with existing devices and solutions to meet customers’ needs in various verticals, expanding the horizon of our industry,” said Hanwha Techwin’s president and CEO Soon Hong Ahn. “However, we must also be mindful of the social and ethical responsibility related to areas such as cyber security and private data protection. Sustained interest and investment in these areas must be regarded as an obligation to make sure our industry continues to thrive in the midst of rapid technological advancements.”

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Honeywell’s R600 Digital Video Manager helps improve operator efficiencies and mitigate business risk

Honeywell has announced enhancements to Honeywell Digital Video Manager (DVM). The latest release, DVM R600, will enable organisations to more efficiently manage their security system with enhanced mobile capabilities and voice command as well as mitigate business risk via support for current IT platforms.

Major updates to DVM include enhanced system access and usability which are designed to improve operator efficiency and reaction time. Security personnel can now access HD, full-frame-rate video on a mobile device, for example, enabling continuous monitoring from almost any location.

Operators can also control DVM using voice commands to more easily manage multiple video feeds and request near-real-time system updates.

“Every second is important to an organisation when an incident occurs and security staff must take immediate action if there is a threat,” said John Rajchert, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “The latest update to DVM helps operators quickly identify and react to an issue to help mitigate the impact to safety and business continuity, no matter if they are in front of a central workstation or on the opposite side of a campus.”

Honeywell's DVM R600 for end users in operation

Honeywell’s DVM R600 for end users in operation

Along with an improved user experience, DVM R600 promotes IT integration and compliance with support for current Microsoft operating systems and databases including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 and SQL Server 2014.

Windows Server 2003 is not recommended because security systems running on the platform could be vulnerable to breaches since it’s no longer supported by Microsoft, as reported, and will not receive further updates.

In addition, DVM R600 allows customers to deploy and intelligently group multiple back-up servers to boost system robustness. This helps protect surveillance systems from failures.

Further detail on DVM upgrades

Other DVM upgrades focus on:

Speeding data collection

Security operators can export footage from multiple camera feeds in unison to streamline incident response and workflow, and quickly collect and archive forensic data in the event of an incident.

Reducing storage requirements

Dynamic recording enables the system to capture critical video under higher frame rates while collecting less important footage at lower frame rates, in turn trimming storage requirements and costs by up to 40%.

“Our surveillance system has always been robust, using hundreds of cameras throughout both our facilities to promote visitor safety and security,” said Tom Owen, operations manager for Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions which manages the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

“However, the IT infrastructure required large storage capacity and as many as 15 standalone PC servers. We have cut our costs significantly with DVM R600 by using the system’s single-server virtual machine environment and intelligent redundancy of storage, processing and memory. The new architecture has also helped to lower life-cycle and maintenance costs.”

DVM is a component of Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), an award-winning building management system that ties all aspects of a security solution together, including video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection.

EBI also integrates comfort, life safety, energy and other core facility controls, providing users with a single point of access to the essential information and resources needed to monitor, manage and protect a facility, campus or multi-site operation.

As a result, security operators enjoy optimised visibility and intelligence and have the ability to deploy their staff and resources more efficiently and effectively.

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360 Vision Technology and Meyertech partnership delivers effective ONVIF-compliant systems integration

Promoting the company’s ethos of establishing close technical working partnerships, CCTV design and manufacturing organisation 360 Vision Technology – working in conjunction with systems control company Meyertech – has developed fast and easy set-up and “deep control” for 360 Vision’s range of ONVIF-compliant security cameras.

Right from the outset, the manufacturers’ technical relationship has spearheaded an objective to develop product offerings from both companies that will easily and seamlessly integrate when installed within any application using the ONVIF protocol.

Thanks to the ongoing technical partnership between the two UK-based technology manufacturers, simple product set-up, deep systems integration and performance benefits are built into many applications and sizes of CCTV installations across the globe.

However, the manufacturers’ long-term technical partnership extends much further than just a shared protocol, as Mark Rees (business development director at 360 Vision Technology) explained to Risk UK.

“From the design stage of any new product, our respective R&D teams interact to ensure the camera equipment we introduce to market is as best performing and simple to set-up and use as it can possibly be.”

For installations using the enterprise-class FUSION-Eclipse Video Management Software (VMS) through to the simple (four-camera) Nano VMS, the deployment of 360 Vision Technology’s ONVIF-compliant cameras offers simple two-click integration with any Meyertech control solution.

David Wood, business development executive for Meyertech, stated: “Users of our FUSION-Eclipse VMS software simply select the ‘Discovery’ tool and then add the desired 360 Vision camera from the list of devices available in a drop down menu. The camera is then ready for use in the system. Further to that, the usual IP camera options such as frame rate and video resolution are easily configured in an intuitive sub menu. Features such as IR and white lights, wipers and pre-set tours on 360 Vision’s Predator cameras can be selected directly.”

In this way, any 360 Vision camera can be integrated into a Meyertech-controlled CCTV system in minutes. The partnership continues to ensure that 360 Vision cameras are as simple as possible to integrate into existing systems or add to new installations, in turn minimising installation times and maximising system performance.

Rees concluded: “360 Vision Technology is always looking to partner with like-minded CCTV systems integration manufacturers. With our long term technical relationship with Meyertech, we’re not only ensuring installers and end users can enjoy a fully-integrated, hassle-free systems control experience, but also promoting the benefits to be gained by specifying ‘Best of British’ integrated surveillance solutions.”

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Wavestore introduces updated version of its award-winning VMS

The latest update to Wavestore’s open platform Video Management Software (VMS) incorporates a long list of new and improved features designed to extend the lifespan of video surveillance systems and unlock the full potential of integrated security solutions for practising end users.

As well as offering improved management of network interfaces and camera display layouts, Version 5.50 delivers Wavestore’s client-side de-warping and interrogation functionality of 360° cameras across all software levels as standard.

Version 5.50 also features Wavestore’s powerful review suite which allows end users to easily search and instantaneously retrieve recorded images of incidents – even over very large amounts of footage – and display them alongside live images.

For evidence purposes, a fully-stitched together sequence of events from any number of cameras can easily be exported in a wide range of video formats with just three simple clicks of a mouse.

“We fully understand that, in such a competitive marketplace, we need to constantly innovate and make our VMS even easier to use in order to stand out from the crowd,” said James Smith, marketing director for Wavestore. “In this respect, Version 5.50 underscores our determination to offer so much more than just industry-leading video and recording management.”

Smith continued: “Many of the new and differentiating features have in fact been introduced as a direct result of listening and responding to customer requirements. They deliver against our ‘One Screen, Total Control and ‘Any Video, Any Format’ ethos, allowing what can be very complex operations to be undertaken with ease in the most user-friendly way even when, for example, integrating Best of Breed video analytics or access control.”

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James Smith of Wavestore

The introduction of Version 5.50 of Wavestore’s VMS coincides with the launch of the company’s ‘Better Together’ Partner Programme which offers support for the fast-growing worldwide network of installers and systems integrators who are choosing to recommend Wavestore to end user clients.

The Wavestore Partner Programme is designed to offer ‘real world advantages’ for companies involved in the design, installation and commissioning of video surveillance solutions.

Among the benefits on offer are project registration, system design and tender submission support as well as access to training, demonstration licences and PR services.

*Full listings of the features and capabilities of Version 5.50 Base, Premium and Enterprise levels can be downloaded at: www.wavestore.com/v550

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Samsung Techwin launches WiseNet Lite security camera series for end users

In a crowded professional security camera marketplace where there’s no shortage of manufacturers competing for the attention of end users and installers, Samsung Techwin has demonstrated its determination to retain its market leading position with the launch of the High Definition (HD) WiseNet Lite series of cameras.

The three bullet cameras and seven domes in the new WiseNet Lite series have been introduced to provide Samsung Techwin’s customers with keenly priced alternatives to the highly acclaimed, feature rich, Open Platform WiseNetIII models.

“We fully understand that in a competitive world, the best way we can continue to support installers, systems integrators, end users and our business partners throughout Europe is to provide a wide range of options which can collectively meet the budget limitations and functionality requirements for any video surveillance project,” said Tim Biddulph, product manager for Samsung Techwin Europe.

“WiseNet Lite allows us to offer a high performance video surveillance solution for shops and offices which just require HD cameras to capture evidence grade images, while it also provides an affordable solution for much larger projects where hundreds of cameras may be required.”

Samsung Techwin's SND-L5083R 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens

Samsung Techwin’s SND-L5083R 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens

The 1.3 Megapixel and 2 Megapixel Full-HD WiseNet Lite models share many of the features built into the WiseNetIII range, including Intelligent Video Analytics, motion detection, privacy masking zones, audio support, PoE and a SD/SDHC memory slot.

They also feature LDC (Lens Distortion Correction) which compensates for the image distortion that can occur with wide angle lenses.

Samsung Techwin has equipped the WiseNet Lite cameras and domes with a Hallway view function for the monitoring of narrow vertical areas such as corridors, tunnels and aisles. It enables the camera to capture images with a 9:16 x 3:4 aspect ratio that works effectively in tall and narrow spaces with the added bonus of minimising bandwidth and video storage requirements.

Samsung Techwin’s SNO-L6083R 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera complete with varifocal lens

Samsung Techwin’s SNO-L6083R 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera complete with varifocal lens

The new models in the WiseNet Lite range are as follows:

• SND- L6013: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network dome camera
• SND-L6013R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network IR dome camera
• SND- L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNV-L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD vandal resistant network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNO-L6013R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera
• SNO-L6083R: 2 Megapixel Full-HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera with varifocal lens
• SND-L5013: 1.3 Megapixel HD network dome camera
• SND-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNV-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD vandal resistant network IR dome camera with varifocal lens
• SNO-L5083R: 1.3 Megapixel HD weatherproof network IR bullet camera with varifocal lens

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