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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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Ryanair adopts Ideagen Coruson as new safety and security management system

Ryanair has implemented a new safety and security management system developed by software firm Ideagen. Ideagen Coruson, a cloud-based software product, has been rolled out across Ryanair’s operations to further enhance the company’s safety reporting and risk identification processes and assist the airline in managing regulatory compliance.

Coruson simplifies identification, collection, collation and analysis of all information on safety and security-related events, thus enhancing risk management processes across Ryanair’s Safety, Security, Flight Operations, Ground Operations, Engineering, In-Flight and Health & Safety Departments.

Through this project, Ryanair has become the first airline in Ireland to submit electronic ECCAIR reports in E5X format to the Irish Aviation Authority by dint of using Coruson’s smart form functionality.

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David Hornsby, Ideagen’s CEO, said Coruson would be used by more than 10,000 Ryanair employees. “We’re delighted to have won this significant contract with Ryanair. Coruson will be used by more than 10,000 Ryanair employees as part of this project, which will further enhance safety and security processes and ease compliance around the requirements of national and international aviation authorities.”

Hornsby added: “This is a significant project for Ideagen. It strengthens our position in the aviation safety sector. We continue to see strong new business demand for our software and, with 10% of the Tier 1 market currently using our products, we’re confident of further extensive growth in this particular area.”

Ryanair carries 130 million customers every year on more than 1,800 daily flights from 86 bases. The airline connects over 200 destinations in 34 countries on a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 aircraft, with a further 300 Boeing 737s on order, which will enable Ryanair to lower fares and grow traffic to 200 million passengers by FY24.

Michael Hickey, Ryanair’s COO, said: “Ryanair was one of the first airlines in Europe to recognise the value of data analysis to help improve the safety performance of airlines and is committed to the adoption and integration of enhanced data analysis tools. The introduction of Ideagen Coruson will provide us with a further opportunity to capture and analyse safety and security data in real time both quickly and efficiently and help to ensure that effective risk mitigation is put in place.”

Hickey concluded: “We’re delighted to be working with Ideagen and implementing Coruson which will make our reporting systems more effective and assist us in maintaining and continuously improving our safety and security performance.”

Ideagen is a specialist in the provision of safety management software and services to the aviation industry. The business currently has a global customer base of over 3,000 organisations (including more than 300 airlines) and counts Boeing, Emirates, Thomas Cook, British Airways and KLM among that cohort.

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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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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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CEM Systems announces winners of EMEA Business Partner of the Year Awards

CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has just announced the winners of the 2016 CEM Business Partners of the Year Awards for the EMEA region.

FES Group received the CEM Business Partner of the Year Award for the UK and Ireland, Tyco Integrated Fire & Security for Europe, Tyco Fire and Security UAE for the Middle East and Acti-Tech for Africa.

The winners were announced at the prestigious annual CEM EMEA Conference in Belfast.

CEM resellers supply, install and service CEM security management systems throughout the world. As CEM Business Partners of the Year for EMEA, resellers are recognised for their work in delivering complex integrated projects and helping to grow the CEM business in their respective geographic markets.

“It’s an honour to award our top resellers with the 2016 CEM Business Partner of the Year Awards,” said Philip Verner, regional sales director (EMEA) at CEM Systems. “Our partners are critical to our success and, with our 2016 Business Partner Awards winners, we have significantly grown CEM sales in their respective markets. These awards not only recognise our business partners for sales delivered, but also for their commitment towards accredited CEM training and joint marketing initiatives. We look forward to a continued strong relationship with all of our business partners and customers”.

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FES Group received this year’s award for the UK and Ireland in recognition of its excellent technical expertise and ability to deliver large, integrated solutions particularly within educational and healthcare environments.

FES Group also exhibited commitment to training and gaining understanding of the value proposition of the CEM advanced offerings and is proactively promoting the solutions widely.

Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Netherlands won the award for Europe. Among other things, its success is attributed to its industry-leading experience in deploying integrated projects throughout the Netherlands.

“CEM’s AC2000 access control and security management system provides a highly secure solution that integrates with a range of third party security providers, including video, fire and intrusion,” said Hugo van Vliet, account manager for high end security at Tyco Integrated Fire & Security. “This makes it the ideal choice to deploy in complex projects. AC2000 can also be deployed by customers using one central server for multiple buildings. This architecture saves customers money, and is more flexible when they need access control in multiple sites.”

Security experts Tyco Fire and Security UAE were given the award for the Middle East in recognition of the organisation’s continued success in representing and promoting CEM in the region. “This award is great recognition for the work we have done with CEM Systems to secure a range of prestigious customers throughout the year,” enthused Craig Menzies, security division manager for Tyco Fire and Security UAE.

In the Africa category, distributor Acti-Tech was awarded for its project work and continued investment in supporting CEM through its demonstration facilities and major African exhibitions.

“We’re delighted to accept this award,” said Augustus Chalokwu, CTO at Acti-Tech. “CEM’s AC2000 access control solution continues to provide the highest levels of resilient and scalable security which we’ve successfully deployed in the Government, public, private and corporate sectors as well as many others. We look forward to continuing to build our knowledge of CEM solutions and developing our relationship with the firm.”

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Forum Events organises networking evening for facilities and security professionals

In partnership with ATEC Security, FLIR Systems and Gallagher, Forum Events has organised a special networking event in London for professionals operating within the facilities and security sectors.

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 13 April at the Grace Bar and Restaurant (42-44 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7NB), the event is specifically aimed at buyers/end users within the general facilities management and security fields.

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Attendees at the gathering will be able to learn all about reducing their operational costs, increasing business performance and risk reduction across the organisation.

*For further information send an e-mail to: fmgroupevents@forumevents.co.uk or telephone: 01992 374100

Media Partnerships with Risk UK

Risk UK is an Official Media Partner of Forum Events across several events in 2016, among them the Total Security Summit, the Security IT Summit and eTailing.

 

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Mitie retains integrated facilities management contract with RWE npower

Mitie, the FTSE 250-listed facilities management company, has extended its relationship with leading energy concern RWE npower.

The renewed multi-million pound contract – which has been signed for a three-year term with a further potential two-year extension period – will see Mitie continue to provide integrated facilities management (FM) services across RWE npower’s UK estate comprising office buildings and power stations.

Mitie provides a number of services for RWE npower including security, cleaning, waste management, reprographics, space planning, mechanical and electrical maintenance, pest control, Post Room management and drink and snack vending.

The FM provider has been working with RWE npower since 1998 and currently employs 300 people on the contract.

Phil Holland, managing director of Mitie’s Integrated FM business, commented: “We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with RWE npower and are passionate about delivering a first-class FM service for the client. Our role is to be RWE npower’s long-term strategic workplace partner, adding value beyond day-to-day operations and introducing technology that makes our service more efficient and effective.”

Julian Pugh, head of real estate and workplace at RWE npower, added: “We’re excited about the continued partnership with Mitie. The new agreement offers us a number of innovative tools to help manage the contract and, importantly, identifies many new opportunities allowing us to deliver a more effective and efficient FM service for our business across what is a complex estate.”

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