Africa

HID Global Helps Put ID Cards and Documents into the Hands of Millions Throughout Africa

The latest additions to HID Global’s portfolio address the challenges African nations face in issuing credentials to remote locations while also serving high-volume needs of large metropolitan areas. The company’s HID FARGO Connect solution enables ID cards to be issued from anywhere and any device via a web interface in a trusted environment, changing the paradigm for governments whose citizens live in distant, hard-to-reach locations with limited infrastructure.

Arecont Vision Promotes Sanjit Bardhan To Vice President, Middle East, Africa, and India (MEAI)

Arecont Vision®, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera technology, has announced the promotion of Sanjit Bardhan to Vice President, Middle East, Africa, and India (MEAI). Mr. Bardhan leads an experienced team for the complex, multi-national region which supports Arecont Vision end user customers, integrators, and distributors with expert level sales, training, and technical assistance.

Adoption of Video Analytics Will Stimulate Video Surveillance Market in Africa by 2018

Video surveillance system consists of many appliances. Any appliance that enables embedded image capture capabilities that allows video images or extracted information to be compressed, stored, or transmitted over communication networks or digital data link is the part of video surveillance system. Video surveillance systems are increasingly being used in security systems and with good reason. Even the presence of video cameras acts as a deterrent to potential criminals. Possible dangers are also detected at an early stage. Given the ever-growing sources of danger and increasing losses, video surveillance is an extremely valuable and economical means of improving the security of people, buildings, and valuables.

IPSecurityCenter Chosen For Hospital PSIM Project In South Africa

CNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, and e-Thele SQD Networks a market leader in the design, implementation and support of Situational Management and PSIM solutions have been chosen to provide a comprehensive security management system for a hospital facility in South Africa. Healthcare security is facing increased violence, crime […]

Aimetis Strengthens Middle East And Surrounding Region

Aimetis announced the appointment of Imad Hamadieh, Andrew Lamb, and Maher Sbenati as the company’s representation for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and North African countries. With extensive experience in the surveillance industry and sales and support success, these individuals will lead Aimetis in continued development in the region. Mr. Imad Hamadieh will […]

Electoral Commission Of Ghana Hosts Conference On Using Biometrics For Election Management

The Association of African Election Authorities (AAEA) is currently hosting a three-day conference dedicated to applying and sustaining biometric technology in election management in Africa, according to a report by VibeGhana.com. Held July 21 to 23, the Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) is hosting the conference which is being attended by representatives of electoral management […]

Africa: Axis Appoints Interdist Alliances As Authorised Distribution Partner

Axis Communications, has announced the appointment of Interdist Alliances as its authorised distribution partner for all African regions outside of South Africa. Through this agreement, Interdist will distribute the full range of Axis Communications security cameras across these regions. This is according to Jason McGregor, sales manager for Axis Communications’ South Africa hub, who says […]

Central Bank of Nigeria Kicks Off $50M Biometric ATM Project

While one bank in China tests the waters of biometric authentication at the ATM , an entire nation in Africa is taking the plunge. On Feb. 14, the Central Bank of Nigeria rolled out the first phase of its $50 million plan to migrate to fingerprint ID across all of the country’s ATMs and POS devices.  At a launch ceremony in Lagos, CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said fingerprint ID will enable customers of all Nigerian banks to initiate cardless transactions at the POS or ATM. "Thanks to the latest biometric technology, this will give Nigeria one of the most convenient and secure financial systems in the world," Sanusi said. Dermalog Identification Systems of Hamburg, Germany, has been chosen as vendor for the project.  The company won an international tender for the project in autumn of 2013.  "Fraud is one of the biggest challenges in the Nigerian banking sector," said Günther Mull, CEO of Dermalog. "Thanks to secure and convenient fingerprint identification, in future it will no longer be possible to fake and misuse identities. This will solve one of the most pressing problems for the Central Bank of Nigeria." The system also will make life easier for bank customers, who will no longer have to remember PINs or passwords but will simply place their finger on the reader to authenticate their identity, the bank said.

Video Analytics Provides Solution For Telkom South Africa

12-02-2014 Telkom, South Africa’s largest integrated telecommunications company with over 400 stores, recently deployed the services of systems integrator Itec Digital to install Vi-System, Agent Vi’s real-time video analytics software, integrated with IP cameras from Axis Communications. Telkom sought a people counting solution with a comprehensive reporting structure to analyse footfall trends across the stores. They required accurate data regarding the number of people entering the stores across different time periods vs. revenue generated, to shed light on customer behaviour at the stores. At each Telkom site, 1-2 cameras (depending on whether there is 1 or 2 store entrances) from Axis Communications were installed and enabled with Vi-System to undertake people counting. As people counting draws the most accurate results when undertaken by cameras with a tilt angle (between lens position and ground) of 90 degrees, Axis M3203 (fixed dome network) IP cameras were installed directly above the entrances / exits. The Vi-Agent software component was embedded in the cameras. Itec Digital deployed Vi-System’s “People counting” rule as well as configuring automatic reports from Vi-System’s “Advanced Counting Reports” tool, to attain the requested data. Agent Vi’s people counting solution provides valuable data to Telkom South Africa regarding the number of customers in each store. Using Agent Vi’s advanced reporting tool, a daily footfall report is generated in each store, with presentation of hourly statistics. All the reports are sent to the Marketing Department at Telkom’s headquarters, and such data is imported into Telkom’s ERP system. These automatic reports supply […]

African CCTV Market Worth Over $200 million

In 2012, the African market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment is estimated to have been worth over US$200 million, How does this breakout by country and what is the size of the market for network equipment compared with analog? These questions and more are answered in a new report from the Security & Fire […]