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Hikvision awarded Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation by National Cyber Security Centre

Hikvision has been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus status – the highest accreditation in the programme. Operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Cyber Essentials scheme is an independently assessed accreditation supported by the Government. The scheme is designed to carry out rigorous testing of Internet-enabled products connected to a given company’s infrastructure – in this case that of Hikvision – in order to ensure that, when connected to a network, those products are safe, secure and don’t provide a risk to devices on the rest of the network.

In partnership with five independent test houses, the Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation process covers a number of different areas to ensure users of Internet-enabled devices are assured of the highest level of protection against potential cyber threats and attacks. These independent test houses assess products through internal testing and vulnerability scanning. Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation is only awarded when testers are fully satisfied that the tested products don’t pose a risk to the wider network.

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“Cyber security is really hot topic in the security industry so naturally we’re delighted to have been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus status,” explained Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “As the only manufacturer in our industry to have received this level of accreditation, it’s confirmation of the confidence we at Hikvision have in our own operations.”

Hikvision will continue to work with the NCSC and other authorised bodies to maintain, develop and enhance the security of its products, operating environments and processes.

*An earlier version of the Press Release suggested that the Cyber Essentials Plus status relates to products and has caused some confusion. To clarify, Hikvision has been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation, which relates directly to the security and robustness of its own infrastructure within the company’s UK operation. It was never Hikvision’s intention to mislead the reader with any inference that the accreditation related in any way to the company’s own products. Hikvision sincerely apologises for the unclear statement about the award

*To find out more about Hikvision’s plans for enhanced cyber security, visit Stand D300 at IFSEC International between 19-21 June. IFSEC International runs at London’s ExCeL

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LILIN introduces next generation analogue HD auto focus surveillance cameras for end users

LILIN has announced a major expansion of its surveillance camera family with three new AHD models featuring 1080p/1280H resolution, a remote auto-focus 2.8-8 mm lens and long transmission distances, along with the convenience of three form factors (ie dome, bullet and turret) to fit a variety of applications.

The new remote auto focus AHD products provide a value added offer with the high quality video found in LILIN’s popular IP series with integration into leading automation platforms.

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“We have worked hard in identifying ways to improve the overall installation experience with our HD analogue products,” explained general manager Joe Cook. “Simply mount and aim the camera type that best fits the application then adjust the FOV and fine-tune the focus using AHD UTC communication from the DHD516 Series and other compatible recorders. Our newest AHD cameras allow security installers to maintain the familiarity of analogue video technology while allowing their end users to enjoy the benefits of HD surveillance combined with simplified installation.”

UTC technology allows end users to remotely set up LILIN AHD cameras using compatible UTC recorders, in turn reducing the time taken to do so and eliminating the need for varifocal adjustments at the camera. In addition, the infrared LED automatically activates for image capture in total darkness.

The new AHD652AX2.8 is a small, unobtrusive turret-style dome camera designed for indoor/outdoor use, and especially in low-light areas. The AHD662AX2.8 is a rugged outdoor dome camera featuring IK vandal-resistance protection, a defogging capability and an IP66 weather resistance rating such that it can operate in a wide temperature range from -40°F to 122°F.

The AHD842AX2.8 is a fully-featured bullet camera for both indoor and outdoor use.

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Double award triumph for IDIS security camera technology

The H.265 IR PTZ surveillance camera developed by IDIS has achieved the rare distinction of winning two of Germany’s top international design accolades. The innovative camera has scooped both a 2018 International iF Design Award and the Red Dot ‘Seal of Quality’ Award.

The annual iF Design Awards are globally-recognised prizes, this year attracting no less 6,402 entries from 54 countries. The awards have been running since 1954. This time around, the panel of independent expert Judges selected just 65 winners.

Also dating back to the 1950s, the Red Dot Award is now one of the most sought-after quality marks when it comes to recognition of good design. The scheme recognises qualities such as ‘ease of use, high level of functionality, attractive appearance and compatibility with the environment’.

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The double-winning entry from IDIS, namely the H.265 IR DC-S3883HRX model, provides clearer images using an 8 MP auto focus lens. It’s equipped with high-powered IR LEDs for motion detection and image analysis of objects at up to 200 metres during night-time conditions. The cameras’ horizontally-placed lenses and IR capabilities are designed to reduce camera height and prevent diffuse reflection during tilt moving. This design feature improves usability with notably smooth movement of the lens head.

IDIS’ winning network PTZ also features a 31x auto focus optical zoom lens delivering 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution, as well as two-way audio, a built-in heater and PoE. In addition, it incorporates IDIS Intelligent Codec and Motion Adaptive Transmission technology, which delivers savings of up to 90% on storage and bandwidth depending upon the scene and resolution.

James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe, has welcomed the iF and Red Dot Awards, duly attributing IDIS’ success to continual investment in product design aimed at superior performance and ease of use.

Min commented: “The IDIS development team is delighted with these international awards because they recognise the importance that we afford to product excellence in surveillance. Our aim is to continually improve on the design, quality and performance of our products and to lead innovation whenever and wherever we can.”

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EU’s GDPR and cyber security to be ‘hot topics’ at Hikvision Insight

Following on from the success of Hikvision Insight in October last year, Hikvision UK and Ireland is now pleased to announce a second series of events taking place in five cities across the UK and Ireland in March wherein presentations on both the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and cyber security will take centre stage.

Alongside the seminar programme, Hikvision will be showcasing its own security solutions including the latest in thermal solutions, Deep Learning technology, 180° and 360° technologies and Hikvision’s new video control software named HikCentral.

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“We take great pride in developing innovative solutions suitable for multiple applications,” said Gary Harmer, sales director for Hikvision UK and Ireland. “We’re looking forward to taking these solutions around the country such that professional security installers and system integrators can be get hands-on with our latest technologies. Hikvision Insight also allows us to update the market on our plans prior to the introduction of the GDPR later this year and outline the continuous developments we’re making in terms of the cyber security of our products.”

At these events, Hikvision will be joined by its authorised distribution partners and technology partners GJD, Pyronix and Seagate. GJD, the manufacturer and designer of smart electronic perimeter detection and high performance LED illumination equipment, is set to showcase its complete range of IP security solutions at the Hikvision Insight 2018 events, in turn demonstrating their use in real world scenarios.

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Mark Tibbenham, GJD’s managing director, commented: “We’re really proud to join Hikvision’s group of partners. The GJD and Hikvision integration delivers world-class IP solutions suitable for a wide range of sectors. We’re looking forward to exhibiting at the Hikvision Insight events and highlighting to visitors the advantages of connecting our technology with Hikvision.”

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Andy Keeley, head of marketing at Hikvision, added: “We’re looking forward to GJD joining us at our Hikvision Insight events. We’re excited to see the seamless integration between Hikvision and GJD’s technologies bringing a total security solution.”

*To find your nearest Hikvision Insight event and to register for your place visit www.hikvision.co.uk/insight

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Revader Security to demonstrate enhanced mobile CCTV system capabilities at Security and Policing 2018

Mobile CCTV manufacturer Revader Security will be demonstrating its new and improved redeployable cameras and mobile surveillance tower at Security and Policing 2018, which takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre on 6-8 March.

The company’s specialist security products are engineered to perform in harsh environments. They’re straightforward to install in virtually any location and can be rapidly repositioned to respond to changing security demands. Power options include mains, battery, Power over Ethernet (PoE), diesel and renewable sources.

The company will be presenting two new products at the show – a new mobile CCTV tower and a compact redeployable CCTV solution.

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The Galaxy Mobile CCTV Tower is a complete outdoor surveillance solution on wheels which acts as an all-seeing ‘eye in the sky’. The product incorporates four high-end HD cameras set at 360° for 30-metre viewing, a single HD PTZ camera with 150-metre viewing, night vision capability, sensors, alarm inputs, audio, wireless/4G connectivity with dual SIM architecture, extensive local storage, remote monitoring/download and several power options ranging from battery through to diesel.

The CCTV tower is primarily intended for overt deployment by law enforcement and security operators in remote or hazardous locations or at public events and demonstrations. It has also attracted interest for use as a cost-effective solution for construction site CCTV and security guarding replacement in high security areas.

In parallel, Revader Security’s new compact redeployable CCTV solution, designated the Tuu, is constructed from high-grade aluminium or stainless steel and suitable for use in harsh IP67/IP68-rated environments. The Tuu network combines HD PTZ or 360° cameras with 5 TB on-board storage and PoE single cabling.

The units are ideally suited for use by the police, the military and Government customers for evidential recording in custody suites, bio-hazard units and interview rooms and at  operating bases. They’re also a cost-effective option for general purpose indoor and outdoor CCTV, offering end users the ability to rapidly reposition the cameras according to changing surveillance demands and operational requirements.

Stuart Caldecourt, managing director at Revader Security, told Risk UK: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating our enhanced redeployable CCTV solutions to police and Government customers at this important event. We’ve already had a great deal of interest in our new mobile CCTV towers from security operators wishing to replace traditional security guarding with a more cost-effective and reliable alternative. We’re also continuing to impress customers with our ruggedised and redeployable CCTV cameras which are being used in an ever-growing range of scenarios, from construction sites and quarries through to town centres and even in high security laboratories.”

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IDIS and Oprema sign new UK distribution agreement

Surveillance systems manufacturer IDIS has signed a new distribution agreement with Oprema, the multidisciplinary security solutions provider. A Fast Growth 50 company, Oprema has added the full IDIS Total Solution to its line-up.

The range of products involved includes the IDIS flagship offerings, among them the plug-and-play DirectIP as well as the advanced HD analogue over coax solution DirectCX. Both strengthen Oprema’s extensive portfolio of surveillance, access control, fire and other security brands.

Founded in 1997 by experts in computer science and Artificial Intelligence, IDIS operates manufacturing facilities based in South Korea and dedicated offices that offer training and technical support in the UK, Dubai and the USA. The company has grown to become a global security company that designs, develops and manufactures surveillance solutions for a wide range of commercial and public sector markets.

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Gareth Williams, sales director at Oprema, commented: “I’m delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with IDIS. The IDIS product range perfectly complements our multi-brand security portfolio and opens up a whole new range of surveillance solutions and opportunities for our customers. The IDIS product range delivers innovation that’s user-friendly, flexible, scaleable and able to meet every surveillance need, especially in the mid to high-end space.”

James Min, managing director of IDIS Europe, added: “The IDIS team is thrilled that we’ve signed a strategic distribution alliance with Oprema. Oprema shares our values of providing a complete end-to-end solution approach that’s consultative. The business has a passion for sales and technical support, training and reliable logistics, as well as professional services, such as pre-sales design, pre-configuration and on-site commissioning. We look forward to working closely with the Oprema team over the next year and beyond.”

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‘Technology at the Edge’: Axis Communications unveils Top Five Trends to shape 2018

Surveillance specialist Axis Communications’ CTO Johan Paulsson has outlined the Top Five Trends that the company feels will shape the New Year. 

Paulsson stated: “As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: ‘The only one constant in life is change’. There’s perhaps no better example of this than the technology industry, where innovation is so rapid that even the most fantastic of imagined futures seem like they could become a reality in the not too distant future.”

Axis Communications has put together five top technology trends that the Lund-based business feels will have a great impact on the security and surveillance industry now and in the years to come, helping to facilitate a smarter and, of course, safer world.

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(1) A move towards the edge

“Two of the greatest trends that have propelled our industry forward in recent years,” observed Paulsson, “are cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), both of which are delivering undeniable benefits to businesses and consumers alike. That said, they also come with implications, namely the rise in the amount of data being transferred, processed and stored. Going forward, we anticipate that ‘edge’ computing will become ever popular, alleviating this issue by performing data processing at the ‘edge’ of the network, closer to the source of the data. Doing so significantly reduces the bandwidth needed between sensors, devices and the Data Centre.”

(2) Cloud-to-Cloud

Paulsson observed: “Despite the move towards edge computing, the cloud will continue to play a significant role in IT infrastructures. As an increasing number of companies offer cloud-based services, the cloud ecosystem is increasingly becoming the preferred point of integration, rather than the traditional on-premise system. One benefit of integration between clouds is the significant potential reduction of in-house IT services required, in turn creating great cost benefits.”

(3) Deep and machine learning

According to Paulsson: “We’ve now reached a stage where the full benefits of deep learning architectures and machine learning can begin to be realised. The explosion of data available to analyse is helping businesses become increasingly intelligent. As applications develop, there are significant opportunities for predictive analytics which could facilitate incident prevention: from terrorist incidents to slip and fall accidents; from traffic issues to shoplifting and even the tragedy of rail suicides.”

(4) Cyber security

“Once again,” outlined Paulsson, “cyber security must appear on the list of trends for the next 12 months and beyond. The constant enhancement of cyber security will be a never-ending task. This is because well-resourced cyber criminals will never stop looking to exploit vulnerabilities in any new technology. As the number of connected devices grows, so too do the potential flaws that, if left unaddressed, could provide the opportunity for networks to be breached.”

Embellishing this theme, Paulsson said: “Legislation is being created to address these concerns. In the European Union, the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation – the deadline for compliance for this being 25 May – will unify the protection of data for individuals within the EU, wherever that data is held or used.”

(5) Platforms to realise the full benefits of the IoT

In conclusion, Paulsson informed Risk UK: “The IoT has reached a point where it’s crucial to use scalable architecture to successfully collect and analyse data and manage the network of connected devices. Such an IoT platform allows equipment from different node vendors to co-exist and easily exchange information to form smart systems using existing network infrastructure. There are numerous companies, both well-established providers of technology and new market entrants, that are enabling platforms to support IoT devices. The next 12 months will see further maturation of this process.”

*Read more: https://www.axis.com/blog/secure-insights/technology-trends/

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