Hills Reliance XR Pro.

WE’LL be off to Security 2019 Expo and Conference this month and it’s impossible not to wonder about the new products and technologies we’re going to see there.

WE got a sneak preview of some of the latest solutions at SecTech Roadshow in May and it’s fair to say the trends we saw then are going to be fleshed out further at the ICC in Sydney late July. A lot of gear will be pointed squarely at operational outcomes – what those outcomes need to be depends on your point of view. Situational awareness is going to be a central element – expect to see management and support systems with an intense focus on delivering real time intelligence.

Feeding into this will be analytics, a technology that continues its drift to the edge. When it comes to deep learning/VCA/analytics, etc, seek solutions with rule sets that meet your/your customer’s requirements. There’s no point getting swept up in possibilities. You want efficiency of operation and enhanced security through bolstered situational awareness. This probably means the rules that will appeal in the real world, such as changes in traffic flow, line crossing and congregation are going to be simpler than some of the cutting-edge widgets you’ll see.

Hanwha Techwin’s PNM-9000VQ.

Simplicity will be another focus – management systems are going to feature more automation than we’ve seen before – that’s going to feed back into analytics, too. Automation is also going to working to assist installers and integrators, who continue to seek ways to minimise time on-site, as well as to automate maintenance and favour notification of unfolding developments in support systems. On the networking side, hybrid solutions and cyber security continue to be highlights. Australia’s internet is a complete mess, with woeful performance, even in metropolitan areas, encouraging serious end users to take their solutions to private links. Should serious SMEs be following their lead? In some cases, yes, they should. Obviously, managing these sorts of networks is challenging, so keep an eye open for technology partners.

Something else we’ve been hearing a lot about in recent months is the camera as a sensor and used for pretty much anything and everything. So long as there’s sufficient light to generate an image, this development has strong potential but it’s worth bearing in mind in such applications that camera quality is directly related to data quality. For developers, cameras are an obvious corner to cut – the camera engine and lens are likely to be first on the rack. As far as possible you are going to need sensors that deliver stable performance through a 24-hour light cycle, or performance is going to be unreliable at the times of day most incidents take place.

Face recognition is another area of interest. It’s popping up everywhere – in cameras, NVRs and bolt-ons for VMS. There are some really solid performers out there – I’m thinking AnyVision and Avigilon – so make sure you check the specialists out, as well as taking a look at some of the market’s more recent arrivals. When you look at face recognition you need to have an operational goal in mind, especially if you’re government. For smaller integrators, some of the face recognition-powered access control solutions are worth a closer look. Enrolment is superfast and security levels are solid, to say the least.

Face recognition is not just about recognising faces in real time – there’s no doubt its greatest strength is turbo-charging searches for lost kids, wandering elders, perpetrators of observed incidents, alerting security teams to the presence of individuals who are banned from entering a location such as a shopping centre or sports stadium, and plenty more. A key development with face recognition, as SEN saw on a recent visit to 5 manufacturers in China, is that functional solutions are becoming as affordable as systems with no face recognition at all.

When it comes to access control, make sure you look at the latest management solutions from key players – a number have been released in recent months by the likes of Gallagher and Inner Range – Genetec’s Synergis IX also merits attention. An interesting development with management systems is that high level integrations are putting a lot of flexibility into the hands of quality installers. It’s not plug and play, but you can do more than ever before. The latest biometric solutions are also going to be worth a look, as are the proliferation of solutions that turn mobile devices into secure credentials.

Sony EMX Series dome.

Video surveillance is throwing up plenty of dedicated solutions – I expect to see plenty of multi-head cameras, as well as high end PTZs, and lots of thermal. Cameras are beginning to be shown as components of solutions, so expect to see that angle as well. Cameras are getting smarter and their functionalities are driving laterally. NVRs are also becoming more powerful, with clever deep learning modules supporting all the usual functionalities. I think intercoms are another area we will see plenty of development, as well as falls in price. There are now more players in the market and the gear is highly polished.

New from Salto.

Some new things to keep a look out for include Salto Keys as a service (KS), which provides cloud-based access control management that requires no software installation or wiring. You’ll also see Danalock residential smart locks, which replace the traditional key with an electronic system. Also from Salto is SVN Flex, a new technology which provides access management with increased security, more convenience and at lower costs.

CSM will be showing TVT’s face recognition by camera and by NVR. TVT’s focus is making CCTV affordable and its face recognition solutions are very competitive. Performance features include side face recognition, detecting 10 faces simultaneously, 3-4 faces per second and database hosting up to 10,000 faces. Accuracy rates are significantly increased with ultra-starlight and white light illumination technology. There’s an app that allows you to add faces, search by image or name. The NVR GUI is simple, user-friendly and highly effective. Real time alarms, face database management, face information and statistics make this technology a great choice for all applications.

Along with these solutions, you’ll see a complete range of 2MegaPixel StarLight network cameras, vandal domes, turrets, bullets with fixed or motorised long-range lens, white LED and complete suite of NVRs, available models, 8CH, 16CH, 32CH – all with PoE ports and fitted with 4TB Seagate SkyHawk HDDs.

Hikvision’s thermal and optical turret.

Hikvision is going to be showing its new deep learning-powered thermal turret camera, as well as a whole range of thermal cameras, featuring resolutions of 160 x 120 17µm, built in GPU, up to 42m long distance VCA (human), and temperature measurement range of -20 to 150C with ±8 degrees of accuracy as well as a NETD of <40mk at 25C.

Another neat new solution to check out is the SCEC-approved EVVA 4KS, which has 133 billion possible key combinations, is patented to 2035 and has a springless design. In challenging environments, the active sliders and springless design in 4KS provide an edge unmatched by other systems. As a key is inserted, most master key systems rely on small springs to push the locking pins into place. Even small amounts of dust, dirt or grit can affect the operation of the cylinder. Thanks to the 4KS springless design, when the key is inserted into the cylinder, the sliders (locking pins) are moved into place by the tracks of the 4KS key.

FLIR will show its smart cities solutions at Security 2019 – these include United VMS, the FLIR TruWITNESS platform, as well as PTZ and panoramic security cameras, and intelligent transportation systems. Another product to take a look at is the new FLIR Saros DH-390, which combines multiple traditional perimeter protection technologies into a single, cost-effective unit for accurate alerts and verified alarm data 24/7.

Mobotix M16 thermal optical camera.

Something else to check out is MOBOTIX weatherproof thermal cameras, which offer a number of features that facilitate effective monitoring of high-risk operational environments. A dual-core processor means they can deliver up to 3 video streams simultaneously and support the H.264/ONVIF standard, making it easy to integrate them with third-party hardware and software. Meanwhile, MOBOTIX thermal sensors can measure temperatures ranging from -40°C to +550°C within ±0.2°C (50m K) of accuracy and can be calibrated against environmental interference.

With a MOBOTIX Thermal Radiometry sensor, up to 20 different temperature triggers can be defined to detect potential sources of fire and heat. Optionally, combining a thermal and an optical camera sensor enables a thermal overlay, localising so-called hot spots in the image to highlight potential hazards, automatically triggering alarm events and actions. IP66-certified, with no moving parts, and an average MBTF of at least 9 years, these cameras can withstand the harshest conditions.

Sony Video Security is releasing the EMX mini-dome cameras at Security 2019. The new EMX series, including indoor and outdoor cameras with IR in both 1080P and 5MP, features Sony’s edge-based Essential Video Analytics (EVA) to make decisions faster and smoother, smart encoding including a new H.265 codec (optimising bandwidth and storage), and the latest data security technology via the Trusted Platform Module. The SNC-EMX50 (Indoor), SNC-EMX50R (Indoor IR) and SNC-EMX52R (Outdoor IR) employ a true 16:9, 3072 x 1728 (5 Mega Pixel) Exmor R CMOS sensor, as well as strong WDR performance. A MicroSD Card slot allows local recording in the camera or fail-over recording.

UNV IPC8542ER5-DUG-2 from C.R. Kennedy.

C.R. Kennedy and Uniview will be launching the new IPC8542ER5-DUG Panoramic camera. This is a 4K high resolution, 180-degree wide angle of view camera with 120dB WDR and starlight features. The UNV IPC8542ER5-DUG is specially designed for monitoring large public spaces, parkland, car parks etc. An electronic tracking function can automatically track up to 5 targets which are triggered using rules configured by the user. It can also simultaneously monitor panoramic and detailed views of the same scene.

Network Access Controller from Hills.

Hills will be showing the new Network Access Controller from Interlogix – an access control solution that manages door requirements. With flexible connection options, you connect the Network Access Controller directly to software without the need for other panel hardware, or you can connect to the ChallengerPlus panel for an easy upgrade on your existing site. On-board storage allows the Network Access Controller to locally store up to 250,000 users and there are more than 10,000 flexible access groups and user-configurable override times on each door.

Paradox PDX-HD camera sensor from CSD.

CSD will be showing the Paradox HD series, an all-in-one motion detector & ethernet/Wi-Fi camera, which integrates seamlessly with existing and new Paradox systems by eliminating the need for separate CCTV, access or automation installations and services. Connectivity is enabled through the Paradox Swan Servers and monitoring is made easy through the Insite GOLD Android/ iOS application. Also on the CSD stand you’ll see the integration of Inception and Milestone, which allows video, access control and security one a single workstation. This seamless integration allows the user to open any door, anywhere, at any time with installation as simple as powering up the controller and using the web browser by connecting to the network via cable or Wi-Fi.

CSD will also show new Aetek EPoT long range PoE extenders that expand transmission distance up to 1200m with a data rate of 100Mbps and a 9.7W PoE budget at the transmitter end. Indoor and outdoor options are available, and the outdoor version is protected by an IP67 weatherproof and IK10 vandal-resistant casing as well as a built in PoE surge protection of 6KV. Meanwhile, Inovonics MD10 is a Man Down and personal attack wireless transmitter for use in a variety of security, guarding and lone worker applications. It utilises the acclaimed Inovonics EchoStream wireless technology to provide a reliable, fully supervised and scalable wireless connection.

Certain to attract attention is Hills’ Reliance XRpro. This new solution has onboard IP communication and an optional 4G/WiFi router module, the XRpro is NBN ready and offers a monitored path via UltraSync. It is also Z-Wave compatible, allowing home automation via Z-Wave compatible devices including lights, locks and thermostats. XRpro also supports camera integration and is backwards compatible with existing Reliance equipment. Using the UltraSync+ app, users can remotely arm and disarm their security system, view live-streaming surveillance videos via IP and lock and unlock Z-Wave powered door locks.

Gallagher Security Health Check.

Other solutions you should try to get a look at include Gallagher Security Health Check, Johnson Controls: Tyco Visual Intelligence, FLIR Saros DH-390 dome camera, HID iCLASS SE RG25F fingerprint reader/controller, Hanwha Techwin’s PNM-9000VQ multi-head camera, the new Bosch Security and Safety Systems’ FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i, as well as Milestone Systems’ XProtect Corporate 2019 R1 and Genetec Security Centre 5.8. Other interesting products include Kocom KCV-S701IP & KC-S81M – 7-inch colour hands-free IP video intercoms.