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84% of small businesses call for intelligent video surveillance as existing systems “fail to protect premises”

A survey1 of small businesses in the UK has discovered that 84% of retail, office and hospitality owners are looking for video surveillance with high resolution images and intelligent features such as remote monitoring to provide superior security for their premises.

85% of respondents also stated that high quality and reliability would be important purchasing considerations when looking to invest in video surveillance.

The survey demonstrates a wide consensus among small business owners that current surveillance solutions in place are not viable to provide the necessary proof of crime at a time when the cost of shop theft is at an all-time high2. It also reveals that new technology is sought to provide the required security level within a given business.

Axis Communications carried out the survey in order to establish small business owners’ key challenges regarding video surveillance and how they believe it could be improved. In addition to stating that high quality images and the ability to access footage remotely on a smart phone or other device is desirable, 70% also suggested that ease-of-use is also high on the agenda.

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In light of accessible intelligent technology, 82% of small business owners are considering new video surveillance technology for their premises in order to provide a more up-to-date solution.

The survey results also demonstrate the challenges currently faced by small business owners in regards to their existing video surveillance solutions. A number of factors were revealed as unsatisfactory within their present set-up, including poor quality of images and difficulty of use.

These small business owners reported facing issues with their current video surveillance including “bad quality of system”, “lack of ability to monitor outside of premises” and providing “limited proof of crime”. This feedback further confirms the desire for more intelligent surveillance solutions to help protect businesses and make staff feel safe.

Atul Rajput, regional director for Northern Europe at Axis Communications, observed: “Pioneering technology and the benefits that come with it shouldn’t be limited to corporate entities. With the help of dedicated IT and security installers, the network camera is becoming more accessible and affordable for the small business than ever before. Many small business owners have an awareness that high quality, intelligent solutions are available and are looking for guidance as to how they can make the most of this to protect their premises and, ultimately, their bottom line. A rise in theft and the continued improvements in technology such as remote monitoring and high-quality images are only set to exacerbate this situation.”

Rajput continued: “As legacy video surveillance solutions become obsolete, we’re witnessing a shift in the ways small businesses adopt new solutions. Once regarded as a standalone investment, many now consider IP cameras as a vital upgrade that forms a part of their larger IT infrastructure. Along with this, end users are also looking to remotely access live and pre-recorded video footage anytime and anywhere. The ultimate benefit of this is a solution that delivers information rapidly and cost-effectively and that can benefit from the latest applications as and when they become available.”

References 

1Research was conducted by OnePoll independent market researchers on behalf of Axis Communications between 22 July and 10 August 2016 via an online survey. 500 UK business owners of companies with 1-20 employees that would be involved in the decision to purchase video surveillance equipment for their company premises were surveyed

2http://brc.org.uk/news/2016/cost-of-theft-for-retailers-at-highest-level-since-records-began

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Hikvision extends PoE capability for cameras in company’s IP model range

Hikvision is now offering up to 250 metres Power over Ethernet (PoE) for a number of cameras in its IP camera range.

The company has identified that many IP systems are designed where the cameras and NVRs are more than 100 metres apart, meaning that PoE can only be achieved through the use of additional switches and repeaters. This increases the overall cost of an installation.

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With the introduction of greater PoE distances, Hikvision can now provide an even more cost-effective solution for larger installations with the added benefit of simplifying the system design and installation process.

Pom Chen, technical manager for Hikvision in the UK and Ireland, said: “With over 4,000 R&D employees, Hikvision is constantly looking at innovative ways in which to improve our solutions for security installers, system integrators and end users. The introduction of 250 metre Power over Ethernet is just one of many steps we’ll be taking in 2017.”

*To find out more about Hikvision’s 250 metre Power over Ethernet and the full Hikvision range visit: http://www.hikvision.com

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VCA’s Bridge integrated with SureView’s Immix security management platform

VCA’s Bridge appliance, which instantly adds video analytics capability to any new or existing IP video surveillance camera system, has now been successfully integrated with SureView’s security management platform.

Supporting multiple camera channels, Bridge is an easy to deploy, low cost analytics appliance which is equipped with extensive back office tools to set detection zones for people and vehicles.

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Using VCA’s video analytics engine, which has been successfully deployed worldwide in over 350,000 video channels, Bridge is able to detect movement within very small areas of a video image. As such, it can provide central station operators with a powerful ‘exception’ reporting tool to help them identify suspicious activity and, when appropriate, dispatch security officers or quickly report the incident to one of the Emergency Services. 

Filtering out false alarms

Bridge is designed to meet the challenge of detecting movement in outdoor locations as it will automatically adapt to varying light conditions and can easily be fine-tuned to minimise false alarms due to, for example, rustling trees or wildlife.

It will even continue to deliver a high level of performance when cameras may be swaying due to windy conditions.

In addition to capitalising on the benefits of analytics, the deep integration achieved means that operators using the Immix platform can view live images of any incident and exercise control over PTZ cameras. Other key elements of the integration include post-alarm video recording.

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“We achieved integration between VCA’s analytics and the Immix platform some time ago and, as a result, there are many thousands of cameras worldwide that are already acting as highly effective detection devices,” said Kevin Waterhouse, executive vice-president for global sales at VCA.

“Bridge makes it even easier to introduce analytics into a security system and, most importantly, gives installers and end users alike the flexibility to use cameras that have already been installed, regardless of who the manufacturer might be.”

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Veracity partners with industry leaders and returns to ASIS International 2016

Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display, reflects significant growth through sales of its COLDSTORE solution with a return to the ASIS International event in the US.

At the show, which runs from 12-15 September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Veracity will be demonstrating TRINITY, the system architecture which enables IP cameras to record direct to the company’s COLDSTORE sequential recording system.

There will be solution demonstrations with camera partners Hanwha Techwin America at Booth 2641 and Axis Communications (Booth 3101). Their open platform cameras provide the necessary capabilities to create a server-less system using high-performance megapixel camera recording. This is ideal for non-monitored and remote access systems and easily integrated within Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) systems.

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“Innovative products such as COLDSTORE and close partnership initiatives such as TRINITY are essential for our community of installers to help differentiate themselves,” said Scott Sereboff, global sales director and CEO of Veracity USA, “enabling them to deliver high value projects to end user customers with a wide variety of use cases and technical considerations.”

Veracity delivers innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display. For over a decade, its products and designs have been trusted and recommended by security system integrators, enterprise clients and major industry partners. The solid foundations of its in-depth expertise and a highly-talented team enables the business to work with key companies in the industry and continuously create new opportunities and growth for both itself and its myriad partners.

 

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Samsung Techwin Europe launches multi-platform website

The design of Samsung Techwin Europe’s new multi-platform website directly reflects the fact that a large percentage of the company’s customers now wish to have instant access to product and technical support information via their mobile devices.

Visitors to www.samsung-security.eu will find that the website has been developed to be ultra-user friendly and highly responsive across smart phones, tablets, laptops and PCs.

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In addition to data sheets covering all of Samsung’s video surveillance products, visitors will find that the site allows them instant access to a new ‘Download Centre’ where they can find help with technical queries, information on training and a wide range of system design and product installation tools (including video tutorials). 

Our new multi-language website has been designed in light of feedback from customers and business partners throughout Europe,” said Justin Hollis, marketing manager for Samsung Techwin Europe. “We’ve responded by providing installers and system integrators with ready access to information, helping them quickly and easily learn more about the products and services we offer.”

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Hollis added: “The launch of the website is part of a process we’re undertaking to re-invigorate our pre- and post-sales support activities through incremental support and investment from our parent company Hanwha. We will of course continue to listen to our partners and customers so that the website always delivers the best possible customer experience.”

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Engineers of Tomorrow 2016: Call for Entries

The prestigious Engineers of Tomorrow annual competition is now open for the fire and security industry’s brightest young engineers to register their interest. Successful entrants will then be invited to pit their skills against each other in a live installation challenge at Europe’s largest security exhibition, IFSEC International, which takes place in June.

Each year, more than 50 apprentice engineers participate in pairs to complete a 90-minute live challenge on the busy exhibition floor at IFSEC International, where they are then assessed by a leading panel of judges from the security industry’s inspectorates, the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), and points allocated based on performance in the various disciplines.

Heat winners and their employers will be invited to the prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Awards where the winner will be announced and awarded a £1000 cash prize.

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Simon Banks, group managing director at CSL DualCom Group, commented: “The purpose of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition is to showcase the very best talent the security industry has to offer. It recognises the value of skills in our sector. For any security installer businesses who’ve invested in an apprentice, the competition is a great opportunity to promote their competency on a world stage.”

Apprenticeships for Fire and Security

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire and Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry and supports their development.

Sponsored by IFSEC International, CSL DualCom, the NSI, the SSAIB and Skills for Security, the scheme has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

At the heart of the installation apprentice and young engineer industry, the competition will provide participants with a global stage to compete against their peers and represent their company.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three pairs of engineers, with a first prize of £1000 provided by CSL DualCom, the second prize (a £500 Red Letter Day) donated by the NSI  and, finally, a third prize of £300 supported by the SSAIB.

This year, IFSEC International will run from 21-23 June in 2016 at London’s ExCeL and will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection and Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. In addition to IFSEC International, the series incorporates FIREX International, The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

To nominate yourself or a colleague and to gain more information about the Engineers of Tomorrow competition visit: www.ifsec.co.uk/EOT

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Bosch Video Management System integrates third party cameras, storage, hardware and software

Bosch Security Systems has just released Bosch Video Management System (Bosch VMS) 6.0, a new and more open version of its digital video management software.

Bosch VMS was originally designed as the optimal software for managing the full range of Bosch video hardware features. Version 6.0 offers seamless, end-to-end integration with selected third party cameras and video data storage systems, as well as other hardware and software solutions (for example, third party video walls and analytics).

A complete list of supported third party camera models is available on the Bosch Security Systems website (http://ipp.boschsecurity.com).

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Version 6.0 of the Bosch VMS offers “seamless, end-to-end integration” with selected third party cameras and video data storage systems

Bosch VMS 6.0 customers can download camera updates free of charge in order to integrate newly approved third party cameras. End users planning a security project can also take advantage of an additional service option to integrate third party cameras which have not yet been approved.

Bosch VMS 6.0 scans for third party cameras, automatically configuring motion and other key events. It also enables security installers to configure the most important settings for third party cameras from a single user interface without the hassle of having to access the websites of other camera manufacturers.

Version 6.0 can be integrated with other third party products to create a secure, end-to-end system.

To facilitate integration, examples of successful integrations and detailed application notes for third party hardware and software are provided on the Bosch Security Systems website.

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