RESEARCHERS have developed a new technology that could triple the resolution density of displays and slash power consumption. For CCTV applications, the technology would deliver monitors capable of meaningfully supporting 4K CCTV cameras at wide angles of view.
The new technology could allow field-sequential colour displays where a single subpixel can be quickly switched among red, green or blue. By eliminating the colour filters traditionally used to spatially divide one pixel into red, green or blue subpixels, field-sequential colour displays allow the three subpixels to become three independent pixels and thus triples the resolution density.
According to HID’s Steve Katanas, the top 5 trends in access control include the continuing shift to mobile based credentials, a focus on user experience, wearables, the convergence of physical and online authentication and the growing pressures of exposure to IoT.
MOBILE integration is the first trend I see. As we do more with our phones and increasingly demand anywhere/anytime on-line access, there is the opportunity to better protect these activities while creating a more satisfying, mobile-centric security experience at home, in the office, on the road and online. Over the past several years we’ve started to turn phones into ID cards, keys and computer login tokens while plugging security holes that mobility initially introduced. Moving forward, continuing advancements will enable a new, more secure identity lifestyle built around the convenience and ubiquity of our ever-present mobile devices.
SHOTSPOTTER gunshot detection technology has completed successful trials in Pittsburgh and the city wants to expand the system.
The system comprises several microphones placed on top of buildings and lamp posts in high risk areas.
"The information is captured in the web, sent to California to be perfected by specially trained technicians, then sent back to Pittsburgh, all within a matter of 20-45 seconds," said City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who represents the communities impacted.
"That will give the officers the longitude and latitude where the shots were fired and the calibre of the shots," Burgess said.
Burgess said ShotSpotter also tells the direction that the shots were fired and he said the next phase of the program will go even further.
"There is a second allocation of resources to put cameras around the perimeter of this area to identify both license plates and catch real-time actors," he said.
What were the most influential products and technologies of 2015? It’s always difficult to find a balance between the solutions that catch the market’s momentary attention and those solutions that will go on to have a serious impact on the way we conduct our business.
KEY products and technologies in 2015 included mobile app management of security and automation solutions, improvements in CCTV camera technology – particularly increased resolution, reduced bitrates and larger sensor sizes - and the ongoing process of developing management solutions that allow single-workstation management of multiple subsystems, locally and globally. Other trends include falling costs, the elevation of risk for law enforcement agencies and other government departments, as well as in public spaces.
Faced with a future as diffuse as it will be challenging, Inner Range is deploying its considerable engineering capability to offer installers, integrators and end users a greater range of ever more flexible solutions.
HUMANS are analogous beasts. When you’ve been commentating on an industry long enough, the scope for temporal contrasts becomes gravitational. There’s a danger every story you write necessarily begins with the words: “When I first visited…”.
Here, it’s a position governed by the need to provide context to a vibrant international business whose manufacturing facility was once a line of trestles in the warehouse of a Melbourne industrial estate, a row of heads bent over green glass-epoxy circuit boards as though meditating on the doctrines of access control.
Our world faces greater security threats than ever before and governments and commercial organisations are investing heavily in the security and safety of assets and personnel.
OFFERING a range of practical safety solutions that have proved indispensable to first responders and investigators, the video surveillance industry is in the midst of a period of enormous expansion. New products and new surveillance solutions with improved performances and reliabilities are continuously appearing on the market. But having so many options leads installers and integrators to another problem.
Because of rapid and ongoing technological development, there is a great deal of uncertainty among security engineers over which technology or product is best in the long term. Ultimately, the final selection should be based on the fact that the chosen security solution is supposed to offer the best performance and value for money to our customers.
COFFS Harbour engineer Ian Kinny has enhanced personal safety for Australians by developing the eButton, a world-first in utilising low energy Bluetooth technology to initiate a smart phone help app.
EBUTTON is a small and easy to operate device linked to an app on the user’s smart phone. One click on the eButton sends a request for help via SMS to the user’s selected help contacts. The SMS gives the location of the user with updates sent if the user moves.
While Ian Kinny of AppAce, a Coffs Harbour smart phone app design company, created eButton as a peace of mind button which would serve families, the device has serious capabilities for security people as well as businesses in general. It allows low cost and ubiquitous support for companies that need to look after their employees, including late night workers or those working in remote regions or dangerous locations.
Hills Ltd has offered budding Australian innovators and entrepreneurs funding, development and a path to market as the business focuses on next-gen technology solutions.
Hills plans to become the pipeline for tech start-ups in Australia and to kick its project off, has called for ideas, projects and start-ups to be pitched to the company for funding, development and commercialisation at Hills’ Adelaide-based Innovation Centre.
It’s a move that might appear left-field to a local audience but sheets home directly to comments Hills’ MD Ted Pretty made earlier in the year that have materialised as strong alliances with universities and the State Government in South Australia. At the time Pretty’s comments could have been interpreted as enthusiasm but clearly Hills is serious about this initiative and has been working on it for some time.