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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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Qognify strengthens EMEA presence with opening of new central London head office

Qognify, formerly NICE Security, has announced the opening of its EMEA head office in central London. The new office is the home of Qognify’s regional sales and management team that also provides training and support services to its partners and customers.

Located at Blackfriars on the banks of The River Thames, the new office boasts a cutting-edge solution demonstration suite, showcasing the company’s full portfolio including the latest version of its situation management platform, Situator 8.0 (incorporating the Operational Intelligence Center), its new intelligent IP video surveillance suite and management systems (VisionHub), and the next generation real-time video analytics solution, designated Suspect Search.

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Qognify has a well-established business partner​ programme​ and an impressive customer base throughout EMEA, which includes Aeroexpress, ProRail, Oslo Airport, Millennium BCP, Naftoport and many others.

Eran Noam, EMEA vice-president at Qognify, commented: “Our prestigious new EMEA head office in London is the ideal location from which we can provide the best possible service to our growing customer base in the region and to our partners, all the while delivering our market-leading solutions.”

As a business, Qognify helps organisations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity and optimise their operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics and PSIM solutions deployed in financial institutions, for transportation agencies, at airports and seaports, for utility companies and city centres and to secure many of the world’s highest-profile public events.

*For further information visit: www.Qognify.com

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‘Ebola – Driving a greater need for video tracking at airports’ (Guest Blog by Jamie Wilson, NICE Systems)

In the last few weeks, management teams at airports around the world have been forced to take fairly drastic action to help safeguard against the spread of Ebola, writes Jamie Wilson. Screening programmes are being introduced to quell public concern and reduce the risk of those individuals exhibiting symptoms from entering a given country without further testing.

An individual may incubate Ebola for many days before exhibiting symptoms but, once a positive diagnosis is confirmed, time is of the essence in retracing that person’s contact with others. Accurate and timely information can help to assess the broader risk and, more importantly, prevent the disease from proliferating still further.

Of course, in an airport environment one source of vital information is the flight manifest, but what about the people who may have come into direct contact with the subject after that?

What about the official who greeted the person at border control? Or the on-site coffee shop worker who sold the individual an Americano and a sandwich?

Then there’s the Bureau de Change operator who exchanged currency for the passenger, and the driver of the airport shuttle bus who transferred 75 people – including the affected individual – from the terminal to the airport car parks.

It would be virtually impossible to retrace the person’s footsteps without trawling through hours and hours of CCTV footage, particularly so when you’re considering a large, sprawling environment such as an airport – which are small towns in their own right – where CCTV cameras are ubiquitous.

How would an investigator know where to look, or even what they were looking for? Quite literally, it would be a task akin to searching for a needle in a haystack.

Jamie Wilson of NICE Systems

Jamie Wilson of NICE Systems

This is where real-time video forensics can greatly assist the authorities. Using the latest technologies, it’s possible to locate a person of interest and retrace his or her movements across a surveillance network in mere minutes. Those results can then be viewed on a map. Links to related video footage then show all other individuals with whom the person came into contact.

The Ebola threat is still evolving, but it’s very clear that airport management teams and front line staff will have a critical role to play in preventing this deadly disease from spreading across borders.

As news reports have already shown, not all solutions are likely to be completely foolproof, but airport management teams can – and should – use every tool at their disposal in order to help control and contain the present threat.

Jamie Wilson is Security Marketing Manager (EMEA) at NICE Systems

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Suspect Search video analytics solution introduced by NICE Systems

NICE Systems’ Suspect Search is a patent-pending analytics solution that, for the first time, enables end user organisations to quickly search for a specific person within large volumes of video.

When time is of the essence, security and public safety organisations will no longer be overwhelmed by the process of reviewing hours of video to identify and track people.

NICE Systems has now formally introduced to the market NICE Suspect Search, a new video analytics solution aimed at efficiently searching through multiple video sources to detect targets in a matter of minutes.

Currently, searching for a specific person over many cameras and locations and across a broad period of time is a demanding, lengthy and cost-consuming task that may end up proving fruitless. With NICE Suspect Search, a search for an individual is initiated with a reference based upon a recorded image, an uploaded full body photo or by creating a composite. The system can simultaneously search for multiple targets in several cameras.

By automatically filtering out 95% of irrelevant images and presenting the results by relevancy, an hour of video can be reviewed in less than a minute.

NICE Systems' Suspect Search

NICE Systems’ Suspect Search

NICE Systems’ Suspect Search can be useful in many instances:
• Conducting a forensic investigation by analysing multiple video sources following a crime to identify the perpetrator’s route and actions
• Tracking an intruder within a closed area or checkpoint breach
• Finding a lost child within a critical time window
• Locating the owner of unattended luggage

As a result, organisations can optimise their ongoing security and safety operations by:
• Enhancing forensic analyses of events
• Improving response times
• Preventing criminal activity
• Reducing operational shutdown times

Suspect Search is built on NICE Systems’ NiceVision IP video management solution, and can also be integrated with NICE Systems’ dedicated situation management solution, Situator. Suspect Search is currently deployed in several ‘Proof of Concept’ projects around the world, including airports, mass transit, safe cities and major sporting events.

Chris Wooten, executive vice-president at the NICE Security Group, said: “While the proliferation of cameras is an important trend in the security market, the burden of processing all of the data has limited the value of the video footage. Based upon our extensive work in the market, we’ve developed NICE Suspect Search which is a ground-breaking application designed to tackle what is a major pain point for end users. Whether they’re trying to find a suspect or understand who left a bag in a given location, end users may now have that answer in minutes.”

For more information on NICE Systems’ Suspect Search visit: http://www.nice.com/find-right-now/

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