BriefCam’s Video Synopsis Forensics software tool, distributed locally by OPS, was one of the stand-out products at Security 2013.
BriefCam VS FOrensics is a solution that takes large video streams covering hours of events and compresses them into seconds. For security teams on large sites with hundreds of cameras, the process of mining through multiple video streams searching for reported events can be a full-time job. Once an event is found on one camera, other cameras must be searched. It’s a process that never ends.
Explaining the way VS Forensics presents its event stream is a little difficult with words but very easy with images. Essentially, BriefCam’s VS Forensics solution synthesises events from real time video streams, presenting them as compact, overlaid progressions of events, which each event tagged with a time.
The Physical Security Interoperability Alliance (PSIA) launched the Physical-Logical Access Interoperability Working Group at ASIS 2013 last month. Group members include Honeywell, Ingersoll Rand, Inovonics, Kastle Systems, Mercury Systems, Microsoft Global Security, Stanley Security and UTC.
The new group will develop a specification to unify logical and physical identities, allowing manufacturers, integrators and end users to develop cost-effective, easily administered solutions that span the physical and logical security domains.
Kastle Systems initially brought the concept of an access interoperability specification to the PSIA board of directors when company executives noticed that many of their customers wanted to synchronize the identities used by their logical and physical access control systems.
CCTV manufacturer, Iqinvision announced at ASIS it’s working on the first security apps for Google Glass.
Wendi Burke, the company’s director of marketing, told SIW the apps under development will focus on 2 areas; easing the video installation process for integrators and giving security personnel yet another tool to remotely tap into and view surveillance footage.
Rather than having to coordinate an installation through a cumbersome process of aligning and realigning a camera’s focus with someone watching the feed at another location, Burke said that integrators who have Google Glass will be able focus cameras more easily on their own without the need for additional aid.
In an increasingly competitive market electronic security distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers are having to go the extra mile for their integrator customers. But in which direction should they go?
FROM the point of view of suppliers the current market poses a difficult conundrum. Not only is there downward pressure on prices, the technical challenges of installing many products, particularly integrated solutions, are increasing. What this means is that suppliers are required to assist integrators sometimes to the point of virtual partnership on jobs.
There are a number of ways such support can play out. A distributor might have a technical engineering team that offers this support. Or a distributor might assist to a certain point then rely on support from a manufacturer. In other cases, the distributor might send out solutions fully commissioned so integrators are only required to hang product on the wall.
Tellabs, a leading vendor of optical networking solutions, and Intervid, a provider of specialist security and communications solutions to the government, commercial and mining sectors in Australia, have signed an agreement for the resale of Tellabs Optical LAN solution in the Australia market.
Intervid is a specialist services company with 21 years of experience executing projects of various sizes for government, commercial and mining corporate clients. Intervid has a long history in delivering CCTV, security and access control solutions in Western Australia, and is now expanding into the systems integration space.
FOR most of history networked security solutions have been proprietary. And for all the current talk of open platform networked security solutions, not a lot has changed. This is in part because proprietary formats are written into the DNA of management solutions.
Sure there are increasing numbers of edge devices, cameras mostly, that are open platform, but they’re not entirely open. Too often there are elements of programming that are available only to administrators using proprietary software platforms – systems designed to work with ‘own’ devices. For all their faults, things are improving in this area as manufacturers sort themselves out into alliances and the work of ONVIF and PSIA filters through the product stack.
The FM3100 has a tri-band radio operating in the 5GHz ISM band and modulates up to 300Mbps with up to 100Mbps real throughput capability. The MITO system uses Fluidmesh’s proprietary intelligent transmission protocol optimised and prioritised for IP video packet and PTZ data transmission.
The imbedded FluidMAX technology is used to create Point-to-Point, Mesh & Point-to-Point wireless networks. The highly developed & easy to use FM Quadro system web interface allows user to configure, monitor and troubleshoot the entire wireless network in real time. The unit comes with built-in system tools such as a spectrum analyser, real-time bandwidth monitoring tool, antenna alignment, ping, Softdog and bandwidth tester.
WITH benefits such as superior image quality, enhanced video analytics and the integration of surveillance video with business intelligence software, the tipping point at which IP video overtakes analogue is rapidly approaching, and the comparison of their total cost of ownership TCO is becoming irrelevant.
Regardless of which system type ultimately costs more to implement, IP video has some clear cost advantages in its own right. Examples include the ability to run video over a converged cabling infrastructure, using Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches to provide centralized power to cameras, and flexible implementation options (such as wireless video).
That being said, the switch to transmitting video over the data network can be significantly more complex than with analogue systems.
These GE-DS-82 units boast a high-performance wire-speed and switch architecture capable of providing non-blocking switch fabric and throughput as high as 5.6Gbps. Its two built-in Gbe uplink ports also offer incredible extensibility, flexibility and connectivity to the core switch or servers.Plus, with the PoE in-line power following the standard IEEE 802.3af, the GE-DS-82-PoE is able to power on eight PoE devices at distances up to 100 meters through the 4-pair Cat 5/5e UTP wire. These cost-effective managed switches not only deliver easy Web-based management, but also provide a centralized SNMP application to monitor the status of Switch and traffic per port. Affording your current network the opportunity to grow and expand, the GE-DS-82 series provides an advanced WEB and SNMP management interface to meet this demand. With its built-in Web-based management, the GE-DS-82 offers an easy-to-use, platform-independent management and configuration facility.
THERE are a wide range of environments where any breakdown of the surveillance system can lead to substantial financial losses or significant personal risks: prisons, central banks, and casinos, to name but a few. Here, the ideal situation is obviously to have high availability systems where there is no chance that functionality or picture data will be lost, and where the CCTV system continues to operate completely unaffected even if there are several simultaneous component failures. But is this ideal a realistic proposition, or just pie in the sky?Achieving this level of resilience and reliability presupposes a system designed without any ‘single points of failure’ which could be responsible for influencing the function of the whole system. This requires not only the duplication of critical elements and the intelligent mutual monitoring of all the installation’s components and functions, but also a system of automatic hand-over from failed components to those held in reserve.