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Security & Safety Things “sparks new era” in video surveillance with commercial availability of supported cameras

Security & Safety Things is “set to reshape innovation in video analytics and computer vision” with the commercial availability of a number of new IP security cameras from a variety of vendors that leverage the Security & Safety Things open and secure Internet of Things platform. This new generation of security cameras will employ the free Security & Safety Things camera operating system, which enables the cameras to run multiple Artificial Intelligence-enabled applications in parallel.

The apps automate the analysis of video data to produce valuable operational intelligence for business optimisation as well as provide easy-to-deploy tools that can aid in re-opening measures from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Organisations of all sizes around the world need flexible and easy-to-deploy solutions that enable compliance with constantly changing pandemic-centric Health and Safety mandates and provide future value to ramp up and optimise their ongoing business operations,” stated Hartmut Schaper, CEO of Security & Safety Things.

He continued: “Companies can now deploy cameras running the Security & Safety Things operating system and use a selection of apps from our Application Store to detect the absence of facial coverings in a retail environment. The next day, that same camera can help the same retailer optimise merchandise placement based on store footfall, in one store or throughout the enterprise, along with further optimisations.”

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First camera manufacturer

This month, Qisda/Topview will be the first camera manufacturer to launch a camera running the Security & Safety Things operating system, followed in quick succession by AndroVideo, who will also start shipping its own Security & Safety Things-enabled cameras in Q2.

Bosch is making its INTEOX camera line available as of July followed by Vivotek and BSTsecurity, who plan to ship a bit later in Q3. The first devices from Hanwha Techwin that run the Security & Safety Things operating system are expected to be commercially available in Q4. Security & Safety Things, Hanwha Techwin, Vivotek, Bosch, Qisda/Topview and AndroVideo are all members of the Open Security and Safety Alliance.

The free Security & Safety Things operating system is built on the Android Open Source Project. It leverages the expanding processing and analytic power of modern IP cameras to exponentially increase the amount of operational intelligence that can be mined from traditional IP-based surveillance footage.

The applications that can be installed on these cameras, both in an on-premise as well as a remote setting, are created by highly specialised third party developers and available through the platform’s open Application Store. This already features more than 50 applications from more than 35 developer partners, with more than 30 additional apps expected to be available the store very soon.

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Typical use cases

In addition to pandemic applications, use cases include the detection of weapons, behavioural analysis, payment systems for garages, drone threat detection and even identifying objects presented for purchase in a cash register transaction for cashier-free retail environments.

Together with some of its camera and system integration partners, Security & Safety Things is already running projects in a live setting. These projects use, for example, heat mapping and queue analysis in retail stores and automated payment processing and license plate recognition for barrier-free traffic.

These types of applications are running in pilots with the parking management solutions provider Peter Park as well as with the leading mobility provider SIXT.

*More information about the Security & Safety Things platform and how businesses can benefit from the platform can be found at www.securityandsafetythings.com

**For an overview of the Artificial Intelligence video apps currently available for the Security & Safety Things-supported cameras, the Application Store may be viewed at https://store.securityandsafetythings.com

 

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Genetec announces support of Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS cameras for Stratocast cloud-based VMS

Genetec (the technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations and business intelligence solutions) has announced that Stratocast, its cloud-based Video Surveillance-as-a-Service (VSaaS) offer powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform, now supports new camera models from Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS.

Stratocast is designed to meet the needs of organisations requiring a reliable and cost-effective video surveillance solution without the expense and complexities typically associated with installing and managing on-premises surveillance systems. It offers a true cloud solution for enterprise customers that want to easily deploy video surveillance in smaller footprint and remote locations.

Stratocast also supports hybrid cloud deployments for those end users wishing to keep certain on-premise storage and infrastructure hardware while gradually transitioning everything to the cloud.

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Thanks to Stratocast’s open architecture, the portfolio of supported devices is also continually expanding and, as stated, will now support cameras from Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS in addition to existing support for hundreds of models from Axis Communications and Vivotek.   

“A driving force behind Stratocast is to deliver a cloud-based video management system based on an open architecture with no need for a local bridge or recorders,” said Oktay Yildiz, product line manager for Stratocast at Genetec. “At Genetec, we want to offer users a non-proprietary solution in the cloud such that they have the flexibility to integrate a variety of cameras to address their specific needs.”

Yildiz added: “With Stratocast, end users can transition to a cloud-based infrastructure while potentially leveraging their existing investment in camera hardware or choosing to install new cameras from a variety of supported brands.”

Georges Tannous, director of global alliances at Genetec, commented: “The growing interest for video surveillance in the cloud is a key driver in partner integration to the Stratocast platform. We’re excited about partner participation and these new integrations by Bosch, MOBOTIX and EUKLIS. We’re looking forward to adding more brands and models as they become available.”

*For a Stratocast trial visit: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/stratocast/overview#LookingForMoreInformationOrALiveDemo?

**For a full list of Stratocast-supported devices access: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products/stratocast/supported-devices

***Stratocast provides the same SLA as all other Genetec cloud services, which is a credit-backed uptime guarantee of 99.9%

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Wavestore ensures smooth VMS-based security solution for Harley-Davidson dealerships

Wavestore’s Video Management Software (VMS) is helping to maintain a high level of security at two Harley-Davidson dealerships on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States of America. 

Harley-Davidson of NYC Tribeca is a unique two-level space in the heart of New York City which has become a recent welcome addition for bike enthusiasts from the area and for visitors from around the world.

The Manhattan-located dealership is run by Asaf Jacobi, president of Harley-Davidson NYC, who also has responsibility for the Harley-Davidson of NYC’s main dealership in Queens.

With a requirement to deter would-be thieves, as well as create a safe and secure environment for staff and visitors at both dealerships, Jacobi turned to New York-based systems integrator AISG to solve the security needs.

Wavestore has introduced a VMS solution for Harley-Davidson in New York

Wavestore has introduced a VMS solution for Harley-Davidson in New York

Jacobi wanted a full turnkey solution which would not only cover security requirements in terms of alarm and video systems, but also provide the media needs of the stores by way of a state-of-the-art monitor wall and sound system.

Wavestore was selected for the video surveillance part of the project. An old analogue video surveillance system in the Queens outlet was upgraded to a hybrid system while the Manhattan dealership was equipped with a total IP network solution.

AISG worked closely with the Harley-Davidson NYC IT Department to set up remote alarm and video monitoring, as well as local networks, while a Wavestore management and storage server was set up to support domes and 360 degree cameras manufactured by Vivotek. Configuring the cameras was “seamless” thanks to Wavestore’s open platform technology.

Full service destination

Located in Long Island City for over 25 years, the main Queens store is a full service destination. While both locations offer the authentic Harley-Davidson experience, when designing the Manhattan store, Jacobi took into account why customers flock to the Queens location and turned it up a notch.

What visitors see is the world’s first and only Harley-Davidson Powerwall, with two multi-touch kiosks that let them design, instantly view and save their custom bikes on a movie screen-sized display.

There’s also a Leather Lounge Café and coffee bar, a Glass Bike Lift suspended from the ceiling and a premium selection of accessories and apparel.

“With a lot going on at both locations, the ability to view the stores remotely gives me mobility and more freedom to move around,” explained Jacobi. “The system is reliable and offers flexibility. Plus it’s easy to use and, as I learn more, the product becomes consistently better over time. You can really tell the difference. The new system is more effective. I’m able to zoom in and focus on one area and realise a really clear image.”

The Wavestore solution deployed at the two dealerships is scalable and provides a platform that makes integration between disparate technologies simple. Jacobi will be able to deploy additional cameras if and when required and, with Wavestore’s ability to support third party technologies such as video analytics, there are plans afoot to take full advantage of the open platform VMS to capture valuable business intelligence and operational data with a view to maximising customer satisfaction.

Jacobi is also considering integrating the stores’ access control systems in order to obtain visual verification of who has entered restricted areas like staff and stock rooms.

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Milestone Systems expands device support with launch of Pack 7.9 for partners and customers

Milestone Systems – the open platform company specialising in IP video management software (VMS) – has released Device Pack 7.9 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect security solutions. Device Pack 7.9 has support for 1,012 tested ONVIF devices, all using the same optimised driver.  

The XProtect Device Packs include tested and certified drivers optimised to enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by the XProtect software. Testing the drivers ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is obviously important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. The company has always promoted driver standards like ONVIF and remains dedicated to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market.

In the case of ONVIF-supported devices, it’s often assumed that a device which has passed the ONVIF test tool will just work in a given infrastructure. This isn’t always the case as there are marked idiosyncrasies that need to be taken into account to insure proper interoperability and leverage the full feature use of a device with a VMS.

Before ONVIF supported devices are listed on the supported hardware list on milestonesys.com, they’ve been tested to ensure 100% functionality with the XProtect open platform technology.

In the Milestone CaPP, this ONVIF functionality test can be done by Milestone or vendors can conduct the testing procedures in their own facility after they’ve completed a four-day Milestone training course. The ability to do the complete Milestone certification test can save time and costs for camera manufacturers in their go-to-market strategy.

Advanced compression support

Device Pack 7.9 also includes support for the Axis Zipstream technology, an advanced mode enabling variable compression as well as variable bit rate. According to Axis Communications, this can reduce the bandwidth requirement by up to 50% without major loss in picture quality.

This technology increases compression when less movement is detected in the video. Beyond reducing the bandwidth, the use of advanced compression technologies like Zipstream can also save disk space on the recording servers in a system.

The Milestone VMS has been supporting advanced compression technologies since 2012.

Extended support for Vivotek cameras has been added, so too 64 new devices from Dahua all based on ONVIF where the compliance test was conducted by Dahua.

Other vendors with new device support in this release include Pelco by Schneider, Vicon’s IQEye and Canon.

*Milestone Device Pack 7.2 is available now for download from the following link: www.milestonesys.com/solution-partners/supported-hardware/

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