Advances In Infrastructure That Reduce Complexity: As BCDVideo closes out another expo attending ISC West 2019, one theme resonated throughout the show. System Integrators are looking for ways to deliver better solutions, leverage emerging technologies, and advance the capabilities of physical security infrastructures. One of the focal points for BCDVideo this year is hyperconvergence systems, or Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). Read more on why this truly is a game changer for the video surveillance market.
I recently bought a new house which happens to be right across the street from my bank. This means that, in addition to working with our banking customers all over the world, I’m now able to observe my local branch from the front porch. From these various perspectives, I have seen the increased focus banks of every size are placing on developing strategies to attract and retain customers, as they continue to keep savings and investments safe. More than ever before, banks are looking at new ways to enhance what they’re currently doing and improve the services they’ll be able to offer in the future.
Physical security that was often a second thought weighing against information security, is entirely changing its pose today. With threats starting from people inside an organization to external entities, organizations across the globe struggle for managing their security posture day by day. To help CTOs, CIOs, and CEOs find the right Physical Security Technology solution provider, a distinguished selection panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts, and CIOReview’s editorial board has selected a list of Physical Security Technology solution providers that exhibit innovative technologies and strategies.
The possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) are seemingly endless, and its applications extend beyond being used by homeowners and commercial businesses. This article will take a look at the way IoT protocols can be implemented alongside physical security, and explore whether or not this makes physical security smarter.
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Avigilon (TSX: AVO) in an all-cash transaction that will enhance Motorola Solutions’ portfolio of mission-critical communications technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Motorola Solutions will acquire all of Avigilon’s outstanding shares for CAD$27.00 per share. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately US$1.0 billion including Avigilon’s net debt.
Lanner released LEC-2137, an I/O rich IoT-ready industrial box PC powered by Intel® Celeron® N3350 or Atom™ x7-E3950 (code named Apollo Lake). The Software-based thin client computing has now become ubiquitous in machine vision and physical security, so too have the hardware appliances deployed at manufacturing facilities and various commerce/enterprise locations. LEC-2137 is a thin client gateway that can be configured with either a total of six Ethernet ports or two Ethernet ports and four PoE ports.
CNL Software, a world leader in Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, announced the selection of its IPSecurityCenter™ PSIM by Gasunie, the leading Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transportation company. IPSecurityCenter™ was chosen following a lengthy and detailed tender selection process throughout 2017, and will be delivered by CNL Software’s Dutch partner, Mactwin Security, as part of a 10-year contract.
“Security is always too much until the day that it is not enough.” This quote, coined by former FBI director William H. Webster, perfectly summarizes the physical security industry. The irony of this fact is that a well-functioning security solution is transparent to the end-user. It is only if the security system fails that it comes to the attention of management. For this reason, both developers and condominium boards have shown some reluctance to invest in high-end security methods. There are many good reasons for this hesitation. Previously any security system over and above a camera system (referred to as a video surveillance system or VSS) has been seen as an upgrade due to the cost of the equipment and of running cables. Recent advances in the equipment have made VSS, and other technologies, much more useful and affordable to condominiums.
NETGEAR⪚, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, is introducing voice commands for its market-leading Arlo&egg; Family of Smart Security Cameras through the Amazon® Alexa™ voice service. The Amazon Alexa voice service has become a popular command center for today’s smart home. And now, using the Arlo Skill for Alexa, you can ask Alexa to view the live feed or recorded video from an Arlo camera on the screen of the new Amazon Echo Show™.
Vendors and channel partners must educate municipalities about the need for a robust, well-managed network to carry out smart city and IoT initiatives, according to an Extreme Networks leader. Surveys have indicated that the network needs to be upgraded virtually every time a channel partner sells born-worn cameras, smart locks, access control or video surveillance equipment so that these devices can be adequately supported. New York City, for instance, is looking to manage and collect data from two to three million devices, which O’Connor said will require a massive investment in establishing and managing network connections.
Netwatch celebrated the opening of its new Chicago operations center. Netwatch is a complete security systems provider with the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect properties and assets. The new office will be based on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, and will employ five people with plans to grow to 15 employees over the next 18 months. Netwatch Systems proactively protect properties using live audio warnings to ward off intruders. Intervention Specialists direct operations remotely from the Netwatch Communication Hub, visually verifying the intruders, intervening by verbally alerting the intruders they are being watched, and notifying the authorities.
Boon Edam Inc., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced that Eastman based in Kingsport, TN, installed a multi-layer security entrance strategy, utilizing a combination of Boon Edam Tourlock security revolving doors and Speedlane 900 optical turnstles, at its Corporate Business Center. Eastman manufactures advanced materials and specialty additives at approximately 50 locations worldwide, which are used by its customers as key ingredients to make products people use every day.
Security pros today feel overwhelmed by the current cyberthreat environment and the deluge of security solutions on the market. Given the rapid adoption of cloud, BYOD, IoT, and DevOps, many lack confidence in their ability to accurately assess exposure and risk. What the world needs is a modern approach to understanding threats and exposures across the entire enterprise, based on visibility and driving understanding. I call that the “elastic attack surface.”
Information and analysis company IHS Markit has made its predictions for electronic access control for the year 2017. According to its report, the access control market will increase this year by 6.8%, exceeding $4.2 billion. The company says deeper integrations with video surveillance, business processes and IOT will ensure that access control continues to play a larger role in enterprise. IT, integration and mobility (remote connectivity) specialists are expected to see more growth as logical/physical security integrations together with remote services such as access-control-as-a-service are expected to be some of the top trends. Mobile credentials and biometrics will be two of the top hardware trends to watch.
Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage, and display has announced the full acquisition of icomply (I-Comply Ltd), the UK’s leading software provider of integrated command and control security solutions. The agreement includes all operational staff, software, intellectual property, ongoing business and also icomply’s sales and support subsidiary in India. Veracity will maintain icomply as a separate business and will immediately expand its operations including an imminent move to larger premises.
DTT announces a new partnership with zpizza International, a pizza-focused restaurant concept concentrated on high-quality ingredients inspired by a healthy lifestyle. Headquartered in Irvine, California, zpizza currently comprises 60 total franchise locations in addition to 5 self-pour Taproom sites, operated by Corporate. zpizza and zpizza Tap-room restaurants are located throughout California and in 12 other states. DTT is now the exclusive vendor for zpizza Taproom and the only preferred vendor thus far for traditional zpizza stores. In October 2016, DTT contacted zpizza to gauge interest on implementing a new, full-service loss prevention system.
The Security.World community voted during the summer of 2016 and selected the Physical Security and Video Surveillance industry’s Top 12 Influencers. This Profile is one in the series of 12 of those individuals that are making a difference in our industry. Congratulations to Jumbi Edulbehram, Regional President Americas, Oncam. We reached out to Jumbi to get his views and insight on what is happening in the physical security and video surveillance market. Here are his thoughts…
Currently, there are approximately 100,000 public K-12 schools in America. On average, the main instructional buildings for these schools are more than 40 years old. The age of those buildings can create an issue in building quality, possibly negatively affecting both students and teachers. Studies show student achievement is linked to building quality, and facility quality can have a “substantively significant” effect on teacher retention. If students are in school to learn and teachers are in school to teach, we want them to do that to the greatest of their abilities. They must have safe learning and teaching environments.
Viakoo is demonstrated its unique Automated Surveillance and Access Control Data Stream Verification Solution at this year’s ISC East. Visitors to Viakoo’s exhibit experienced the company’s field-proven proactive solution that provides a digital model of networked surveillance and access control systems’ devices to analyze and verify performance, and maintain the overall integrity of their physical security systems. An automated IoT enablement solution, Viakoo’s solution runs advanced analytics to provide early problem detection, scientific diagnosis, and recommended courses of action to ensure that surveillance and access control system operation is fully documented and in continuous compliance.
The Security.World community voted during the summer of 2016 and selected the Physical Security and Video Surveillance industry’s Top 12 Influencers. This Profile of Scott Schafer is one in the series of 12 of those individuals that are making a difference in our industry. Congratulations to Scott Schafer, VP, Arecont Vision. We reached out to Scott to get his views and insight on what is happening in the physical security and video surveillance market. Here are his thoughts…