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04
Aug
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The Interview: Daniel Huang, Hikvision

Daniel Huang, Hikvision
Daniel Huang, Hikvision

Over the past 18 months there have been persistent rumours about backdoors in Hikvision products, despite the fact almost all the major camera makers having had serious security weaknesses exposed over the same period. John Adams speaks with Hikvision’s Daniel Huang.  

JA: There’s been a lot of talk lately about Hikvision – the first issue relates to ownership of the company. It’s alleged Hikvision is owned - and presumably controlled – by the Chinese Government. Could you explain Hikvision’s ownership structure for SEN readers?  

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Fri
14
Jul
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Electronic Security Technology and the Flexible Future

Confluence underpins the security technology of the future
Confluence underpins the security technology of the future

SOMETHING is going on behind the scenes in the electronic security industry that’s already having a profound impact on our solutions. It’s not one single thing but a confluence of wider technological developments, price, market trends and user demands.

For end users and installers, the secret to taking advantage of the changing situation is going to be about being open to the left field when meeting operational needs, about being prepared to insist on open platforms offering the most lateral integrations. For installers and integrators, it’s about being entirely immersed in the spaces between technology.

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Fri
07
Jul
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Things We Learned at SecTech Camera Shootout

SecTech Camera Shootout - setup in Brisbane
SecTech Camera Shootout - setup in Brisbane

Every time you bolt a bunch of CCTV cameras to a text jig and start playing with the lights, there’s something new to see and we learned plenty at this year’s event. Most importantly we discovered the best cameras are even better than they were last year.

SECTECH Camera Shootout was enthralling and challenging in multiple ways. Despite a day of pre-commissioning in Sydney there was still plenty of work required in every city to stay on top of things – in fact wrangling the big group of engineers and technicians was the biggest operational challenge of the event and organisers didn’t get on top of that until Brisbane – this meant a few management related hiccups along the way. Next year’s pre-commissioning is slated to go for days – we’ll start the tour with an operational system that is locked in place with only minor tweaks allowed. 

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Wed
21
Jun
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Leveraging the Internet for Operational Security Benefits

The internet - it's for more than just fun...
The internet - it's for more than just fun...

Internet connectivity is an important means of delivering business and security value, not just a recreational vehicle and a consummate aggregator of attention.

THERE’S a common belief in the security industry that remote access, internet connection, and external connections are bad; and in the wake of the Mirai bot net and near daily IoT security warnings, it’s not all that surprising that we want to keep security systems air-gapped.

While unarguably well intentioned, this line of thinking will have physical and electronic security providers relegated to the realm of tin foil hat wearers as businesses and users continue to demand more and more efficiency from their systems. Does that mean that we should plug everything in, open everything up, and embrace a fully connected ecosystem – certainly not. It’s all about benefit and risk.

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Thu
15
Jun
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New Products & Technologies at SecTech Roadshow

Body worn cameras attracted plenty of attention at SecTech Roadshow
Body worn cameras attracted plenty of attention at SecTech Roadshow

WITH SecTech Roadshow under our belts it’s well worth considering pre-Security 2017 trends as we start to think about which products and technologies are most likely to rattle the cage at this year’s big exhibition at Darling Harbour in Sydney late July. 

Given what we saw at SecTech, access control is becoming the electronic security industry’s golden child, with lovely new product coming from all directions and the established players releasing excellent new solutions and upgrades in their own right. From the point of view of installers and integrators, the key with access control is to balance maximum performance with ease of installation and competitive price. The best systems offer access control, intrusion detection, automation and CCTV integration, with local and remote mobile management. 

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Thu
06
Apr
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Video Analytics Empowering CCTV Solutions

Video analytics empowering CCTV solutions
Video analytics empowering CCTV solutions

VIDEO surveillance coverage is vast and growing – not just in terms of scale but in terms of quality. Despite the improvement, many CCTV systems are static beasts – they record at fixed frame rates with fixed fields of view and the footage they generate is stored for investigation. 

But there’s a growing trend in which sees end users and integrators squeezing more out of CCTV systems using IVA – some of these lateral applications are not security or safety related but increasingly, many are.  It’s not surprising at one level. The underlying technology that generates stock reports for marketing teams is just as capable of delivering reports to security managers informing them in real time of large crowds or heavy vehicles driving where they should not be. 

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Thu
16
Mar
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The Interview: Sir William Gallagher

Sir William Gallagher
Sir William Gallagher

Sir William Gallagher heads up New Zealand electronic security manufacturer Gallagher, a company that is unquestionably a world leader in access control and automation solutions. Sir William is a witty and erudite lateral thinker, rich in anecdotes, who rarely takes his eye off underlying business principles. 

JA: How old were you when you first started on the factory floor at Gallagher, Sir William?

SWG: SCUBA diving was my thing when I was young – I was still at school and was running a little business making SCUBA regulators. I was about 22 when I joined Gallagher – it was a 10-man band back then and now we have 950 staff on the direct payroll and about 1100 staff in total. We’ve certainly grown a bit. 

JA: What do you put the growth of the Gallagher business down to?

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Thu
09
Mar
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Our Networked Future: More Networked, More Wireless

Networking will be more pervasive, more wireless, more everything
Networking will be more pervasive, more wireless, more everything

COMBINING the thoughts of manufacturers and distributors in the first few months of 2017 with comments from integrators like Schneider Electric, as well as considering growing trends in the U.S. and Europe towards cloud services, it’s hard not to feel that we’re in for a wild ride in 2017 and beyond.

Last month we talked about the growing prevalence of biometrics but the changeful feel in the marketplace is bigger than biometrics. It’s deeper and it’s likely to change things in every way. Something that’s notable in big systems is the U.S. Army’s decision to turn to cloud services, with a $US62 billion contract awarded to IBM.

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Fri
17
Feb
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Technological Trends Give us a Glimpse of the Future

A glimpse of the future
A glimpse of the future

OVER the past couple of years, it has been repeatedly brought home that electronic security solutions are being conceptually liberated by the digital transition, allowing them to incorporate a wide range of lateral technologies that will expand the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Alongside this liberation of technology runs a hunger for cost reduction among end users, as well as an increased threat profile that applies to population centres as much as to commercial and government organisations. Ordinary citizens globally feel connected to concepts of security surrounding empirically proven threats. 

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Thu
15
Dec
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Best Electronic Security Products and Technologies of 2016

Appearance Search from Avigilon - among the best security solutions of 2016
Appearance Search from Avigilon - among the best security solutions of 2016

What were the best and most innovative products of 2016? And where do they suggest the electronic security industry is heading over the next 12 months? Are we pushing ahead when it comes to technology or are market forces giving users and installers easier access to the functionalities of lower quality hardware?

MAKING calls about the best products over a 12-month period is tough. You’re pretty much guaranteed to get plenty wrong. There are products you overlook and products you never saw. But there’s no doubt it <I>is<I> possible to get a strong sense of the market as well as a feel for the direction the best solutions are likely to take into the future. 

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