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Hanwha Techwin “stands out from the crowd” in “competitive surveillance market”

Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe, has provided an indication as to what’s in the company’s 2019 product pipeline. Here, he explains how working ever more closely with distribution partners and leading system integrators, and valuing the feedback they provide in terms of changing market demands, has delivered huge dividends for Hanwha Techwin when it comes to devising a successful product strategy.

We’ve enjoyed significant sales success over the past three years. There’s no doubt that this is largely due to our ability to truly understand how the market is evolving, which we have been able to do with the help of our field-based sales colleagues and our talented teams who have taken on board our customers’ feedback.

In addition to introducing new cameras and recording devices, this has also driven us to work in partnership with third party technology providers to develop solutions which are relevant to today’s market and provide our distribution partners and system integrators alike with a competitive edge.

During 2019, our customers can be assured that we will continue to be a market leader by taking advantage of emerging technologies which will enable them to achieve maximum value from their Wisenet video surveillance solutions.

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Bob Hwang

New products and solutions

Hanwha Techwin will be formally launching new additions to its Wisenet range throughout 2019 and we’ve given a strong indication as to what’s in the product pipeline.

With Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning – which present exciting new opportunities for a wide range of sophisticated applications – now becoming more accessible to solution developers, we intend to introduce more solutions which support the latest AI technology.

The Wisenet 5 chipset, which is at the heart of the Wisenet X Series of cameras, will be used in other camera lines. There are also plans to introduce an even more advanced Wisenet 7 chipset.

There will be an updated version of the Wisenet WAVE Video Management Software (VMS) offering improved scaleability and interoperability for medium-sized installations, as well as a new version of Smart Security Manager which is designed for entry level, legacy and special projects. We shall continue to cooperate with third party VMS vendors for our high-end customers.

A key attribute of the new products which will be introduced over the coming months is that they’ve all been designed to improve the installers’ experience and reduce operational costs for end users. 

Smart solutions for vertical markets

We intend to sustain our efforts to seek out opportunities for introducing new and innovative solutions to complement existing Wisenet solutions developed jointly with our technology partners for strategic vertical sectors, such as retail and transportation.

Our Korean heritage and core values of ‘Challenge’, ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Integrity’, which are at the heart of ourWe Move With Trust’ central marketing theme, have equipped the business to stand out from the crowd. In order to have a brand name which is trusted, it’s not sufficient just to have products which are better than those of our competitors or for them to be more affordable. We also need to demonstrate a long-term commitment to provide customers with the highest levels of pre- and post-sales support.

In this respect, our message encompasses respect for our distribution and solution partners, our passion for quality and service and an extended five-year warranty support which we offer to our STEP Partners as part of a package of benefits designed to reward their loyalty and give them a competitive edge. 

Determined not to be complacent, Hanwha Techwin has declared its intention to continually monitor and test cyber security risks using third party security agencies and a dedicated cyber security team. When necessary, we will release in quick time new firmware to counter the latest threats.

This is an exciting time for our security business. The year has already begun well with the recent announcement that our new manufacturing facility in Vietnam is fully operational. This is just one of many reasons why I’m confident we will continue to succeed and be competitive in a market that continues to grow at pace.

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NIT signs distribution agreement with IDIS for Middle East and Africa region

Ingram Micro company NIT, the regional value-added distributor of IP surveillance and physical security solutions in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, has just signed a distribution agreement with IDIS, one of the largest manufacturers of security and surveillance technology in South Korea and a globally recognised leader in advanced surveillance innovation.

Thanks to this agreement, IDIS’ full range of surveillance solutions will now be available across the Middle East and Africa through NIT. That range includes IDIS’ line-up of powerful IP cameras and NVRs, as well as a choice of VMS encompassing IDIS Center and the award-winning IDIS Solution Suite that’s both modular and scaleable in design, making it suitable for multi-site deployments and large enterprise-level applications.

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“Our new alliance with IDIS provides significant opportunities for our company to build end-to-end and cost-effective surveillance solutions which can suit different vertical markets,” said Bassel Al Fakir, managing director of NIT. “IDIS’ advanced plug-and-play video technologies will open up great new profit opportunities for our resellers.”

IDIS DirectIP is an optimised HD surveillance solution based on a highly secure IP framework consisting of cameras, NVRs, network equipment and a choice of client software, all of which forms a complete package. IDIS’ high-quality cameras and NVRs complemented by VMS are easy to use and don’t require specialised training or expert knowledge to install.

“We’re very pleased to have NIT on board,” confirmed Harry Kwon, general manager of IDIS MEA. “NIT is using its expert knowledge and extensive partner network, which greatly extends IDIS’ reach across the region and opens an essential sales channel.”

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360 Vision Technology moves to embrace deep systems compatibility

With a strong emphasis on the development of technical innovation and design, CCTV specialist 360 Vision Technology has forged close working partnerships with an array of technology leaders to enable deep systems integration across a wide range of solutions suitable for a host of surveillance applications.

A long list of leading UK and international technology companies enjoy a close working relationship with 360 Vision Technology, some of them for over 20 years now. Always, the driving factor in these relationships is 360 Vision’s commitment to deliver innovative high-performance CCTV camera solutions that provide no boundaries to deployment with third party manufacturers’ equipment.

Over many years, 360 Vision has developed a reputation for delivering innovation and usable functionality in its thermal imaging cameras, award-winning radar controlled video surveillance solutions and for its Sirius integrated LED white light and infrared lighting.

Commenting on 360 Vision’s commitment to reliability, Mark Rees (the newly-appointed managing director of the business) said: “Right from the design stage of any new product, our R&D team aims to ensure 360 Vision cameras are the simplest to commission and best performing in their sector. Close working partnerships with like-minded systems manufacturers helps us to achieve that goal.”

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Rees added: “360 Vision’s partnerships with industry-leading technology companies helps to feed technical and sharp-end feedback into our constant product development, in turn pairing our leading-edge surveillance camera technology with the very best in CCTV control, alarm handling, access control, rapid deployment, radar and wireless system solutions expertise.”

Working partnerships with 360 Vision enable preferred technical partners from across the security industry to have a close hand in the development of the functionality of 360 Vision’s cameras. With deep third party integration to 360 Vision’s range of cameras, end users can be guaranteed the best possible surveillance imagery, the simplest set-up and seamless, intuitive control as well as numerous desirable performance benefits.

“Many of our technical partners proactively demonstrate 360 Vision cameras at our Resource Centre,” stated Rees. “Here, customers are able to experience and evaluate proposed end-to-end system configurations in action. This supports them in making an informed decision on their choice of specification for installation projects.”

Thanks to the ongoing technical partnership between 360 Vision and selected technology manufacturers, simple product set-up, deep systems integration and performance benefits are built-in to various applications and sizes of CCTV installations across the globe. Through these long term technical partnerships, 360 Vision Technology is not only ensuring installers and end users can enjoy a fully-integrated and hassle-free systems control experience, but also promotes to the wider world the benefits to be gained by specifying ‘Best of British’ integrated surveillance solutions.

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IDIS Smart Factory wins National Productivity Award in home market

IDIS, South Korea’s largest in-country manufacturer of surveillance technology, has been honoured with a National Productivity Award presidential citation in the country’s 42nd National Productivity Competition, which is sponsored by the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

The National Productivity Award competition, run by the Korea Productivity Centre at COEX in Seoul, affords Government recognition for corporations, organisations and individuals who have shown leadership in applying productivity to achieve successful and documented business outcomes.

The award and citation recognises IDIS for its custom-designed IDIS Smart Factory, which is purpose-built to match business requirements on a seamless basis. The IDIS Smart Factory, which assembles the varied components of the IDIS Total Solution sold and installed throughout the world, operates with a flexible production system, using Big Data to modularise and refine production processes in order to meet the company’s requirements.

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Each process in the IDIS Smart Factory is computerised, from material warehousing to management, production, function tests and even packaging. This results in increased productivity. In addition, real-time production planning, cause-of-defect analysis and tracking can be achieved by breaking down process histories.

With the computerisation of the automatic processes in the IDIS Smart Factory, if a certain product is missing materials or doesn’t pass a functionality test, it doesn’t proceed to the next stage. This blocks any possible defects, in turn enhancing customer satisfaction by improving quality and creating products that can be massively customised.

As a result, IDIS has seen increased productivity coupled with decreased inefficiency, allowing the business to remain focused on innovation and the continual enhancement of customer experience.

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YD Kim

The National Productivity Award further recognises IDIS’ innovative technology worldwide, noting the overall value of the company in the global security and surveillance marketplace.

“It’s rewarding to see the IDIS Smart Factory, which has taken years of effort to build, receive this prize,” noted IDIS’ CEO YD Kim. “Recognised as a leader in Korea’s 4th Industrial Revolution, IDIS will continue to strive to be the best global video surveillance manufacturer, deepening our impact in the industry through our advancements in the application of Artificial Intelligence to our technology solutions.”

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Pelco introduces rugged Spectra Professional IR PTZ camera

Pelco by Schneider Electric, one of the global leaders when it comes to intelligent video surveillance solutions, has released the Spectra Professional IR – a rugged camera ideal for transportation-focused projects, city surveillance, deployment at airports and seaports and for use in commercial markets.

The Spectra Professional IR features an ‘above the horizon’ viewing capability providing greater coverage of bridges, overpasses and building exteriors without mounting additional cameras. The camera also provides built-in IR illumination on areas of interest such as roadways, ports, parking spaces and building perimeters up to 150 metres away, thereby offering a solution for end user customers who are perhaps frustrated with the inability of typical PTZ cameras to capture key image details in poorly lit environments.

“Thanks to extensive R&D, Pelco has honed the technology to capture critical details in low light situations,” explained Todd Dunning, senior product manager at Pelco. “Spectra Professional IR also incorporates a ‘bubble-less’ design, which is a new feature for the company’s line of surveillance technology.”

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Spectra Professional IR: benefits for end users

Assuring coverage of large areas, the Spectra Professional IR camera is designed for use in round-the-clock surveillance projects.

Key features include:
● ‘Look-Up’: The Spectra Professional IR can view 15 degrees above the horizon that enables customers to see areas that are difficult to view when using typical mounting locations including bridge supports and cables, higher floors of commercial buildings as well as ships at a distance from seaports
● Outstanding image quality in poorly lit areas: Primarily used for outdoor applications with poor lighting conditions, the IR technology allows operators to see details up to 150 metres away, where external visible lighting isn’t wanted or is unavailable. The technology also provides control of the illumination intensity and exposure in the camera, thereby enabling people and vehicles to be tracked with clarity wherever they move in the field of coverage, near or far
● Smart compression technology: Featuring H.265 and Pelco’s Smart Compression technology, the Spectra Professional IR lowers bandwidth and storage requirements between 30% and 70%, depending on the amount of motion in the scene. This is especially important for 24×7 surveillance
● ‘Digital Image Stabilisation’: Reducing blurring associated with camera motion, this feature allows the cameras to maintain a smooth image ideal for surveilling areas affected by high vehicle traffic or strong winds like bridges and light poles
● Simple installation: Using only one wire to connect, the Spectra Professional IR comes with three power options and an embedded hinge design, making it easy to connect to and providing greater flexibility during installation
● Full integration with VideoXpert and ONVIF-compliant VMS: Seamlessly presented in video management systems, allowing operators to easily track objects moving in the scene and zoom in for greater detail

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Ocucon scoops six Fraud Awards nominations

Ocucon, the world’s first Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) system, has been shortlisted across a range of categories for this year’s prestigious Fraud Awards, the leading accolade for those in the UK’s retail risk and loss prevention sector.

Organised by loss prevention conference Retail Risk, the Fraud Awards celebrate the very best individual and team performances, innovative new products and winning strategies within the retail and loss prevention sector over the last year.

Judged by a panel of internationally-renowned loss prevention professionals, the winners and runners-up will be announced on 4 October at the Fraud Awards Gala Dinner, to be held at Leicester City Football Club.

Breaking new ground in surveillance technology, the Newcastle-based Ocucon has been shortlisted a total of six times across five categories for its unlimited cloud-based storage platform, Ocucon, as well as its intelligent video redaction service Ocucon Pixelate.

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The Ocucon team (from left to right): Simon Gardner, Maral O’Brien, Stuart Ferguson, Gary Trotter and Stephen Purvis

Categories include:

  • Best Newcomer – recognising the most exciting new solution or company to enter the retail risk and loss prevention arena – Ocucon
  • Best Newcomer – Ocucon Pixelate
  • Most Innovative In-Store Solution – celebrating innovative approaches to an existing, tried and tested solution or genre – Ocucon
  • Best Collaborative Solution – recognising products, solutions or services resulting from genuine collaboration that deliver a clear Return on Investment – Ocucon
  • Most Innovative In-Store Surveillance Solution – celebrating innovative new uses of camera or surveillance technology benefiting the wider business – Ocucon
  • Most Innovative Cross-Functional Solution – recognising innovative products, solutions or services that have a risk or loss prevention benefit, but sit outside of the Profit Protection Department – Ocucon Pixelate

Ocucon’s co-founder Gary Trotter commented: “To be shortlisted in this year’s Fraud Awards and across so many categories is testament to the great team we have based here in Newcastle, as well as our innovative and collaborative approach. Since our launch in October, we’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Dell and Google, to deliver the first-of-its-kind cloud-based storage service for CCTV and surveillance technology and launch our new intelligent video redaction service Ocucon Pixelate. As a result, we’ve seen significant interest in Ocucon both from large UK corporations and retailers, but also major retailers in North America. Our story is just one example of how tech start-ups can thrive here in the North East to compete on both the UK and the global stage.”

Launched in October last year, Ocucon is set to revolutionise the ability of businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls – currently estimated to cost the UK’s economy alone more than £800 million each year – by removing physical limitations on the amount of surveillance footage an organisation can save.

Ocucon delivers a powerful, cloud-based storage and retrieval platform combining intelligent data analytics with the facility to store, analyse and retrieve unlimited amounts of HD video surveillance footage from within the Ocucon portal.

Ocucon is expected to be of interest to any organisation capturing significant amounts of CCTV data. Since its launch, Ocucon has seen significant interest from both UK and US supermarkets and retail chains.

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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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