Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
October 16, 2017

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The most innovative security products of 2017 [Video]

Avigilon and Vanderbilt are among the winners of Benchmark Magazine’s Innovation Awards 2017, which reward excellence across nine categories of physical security technology.

Rigorously testing hardware and software under a range of conditions, Benchmark Magazine is akin to the Which Magazine of the physical security industry.

Find out below which products won the accolades across nine categories.

Video Surveillance (Hardware): Hanwha Techwin Wisenet X

Hanwha Techwin’s new Wisenet X series harnesses the Wisenet V processing engine and delivers mainstream functionality with advanced features.

The South Korean surveillance brand has added H.265 compression and the second generation of the WiseStream dynamic encoding engine, which reduces bandwidth consumption (and includes dynamic GOP). Wisenet X also boasts 150dB WDR (taking on four instead of two frames to balance out uneven lighting), gyro sensor-based image stabilisation, enhanced low light performance, dual slots for SD-based edge recording, advanced analytics functionality and WiFi set-up support.

The Wisenet X camera range comprises two-and five-megapixel models as well as bullet, static dome, box and PTZ variants.

“The Wisenet X camera range is more than the sum total of its parts, which is what makes it an interesting proposition!” Benchmark Magazine

Find out more about the winning solution from Benchmark Magazine.

 

Video Surveillance (Software): SeeTec Cayuga Infinity X

The flagship VMS from SeeTec can add sector-specific extensions including logistics-ready integrations, ANPR and warehouse management.

Cayuga S50X supports up to 50 cameras on a single server. S Cayuga S100 can accommodate up to 100 channels on two servers with basic video analytics, motion detection and advanced event management.

Cayuga Infinity supports unlimited devices and servers along with numerous video analytics options, while Cayuga Infinity X also adds failover recording and video wall management.

An open platform solution, Cayuga Infinity X can integrate directly with more than 1,000 devices via direct integrations. ONVIF compliance makes possible additional integrations, which are simplified by smart drivers.

“Combines power with simplicity, and ticks all the boxes for those who want advanced security and site management.” Benchmark Magazine

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Access Control (Hardware): Inner Range Inception

This browser-based access control system with integrated intruder alarm permits easy connectivity with a regular PC, smartphone or tablet. Inception, whose software is hosted on the controller unit, can operate as a standalone system and the browser-based interface means there is no software to install nor licensing costs.

Inception supports up to 32 doors with readers for entry/exit and can monitor up to 512 detection points via its alarm monitoring functionality.

There are universal inputs and outputs to accommodate not just CCTV monitoring, but lighting control, HVAC management, lift control and more besides too.

“Delivers a high level of performance, whilst also retaining a good degree of simplicity. It is flexible enough for most access control needs, and the inclusion of alarm monitoring adds value for a wide range of sites. It also does all of this at a competitive price point.” Benchmark Magazine

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Access Control (Software): Vanderbilt ACT365

Vanderbilt inherited ACT365 when it acquired Access Control Technology Ltd in 2016 – a shrewd move if this accolade is anything to go by.

ACT365 combines access control with video management functionality with what Benchmark describes as “a seamless integration”. ACT365, which is cloud-based, can be used remotely via tablet or smartphone.

In practice, therefore, the operator could communicate with a visitor, verify their identity and open the door remotely from a smartphone without being physically on site themselves.

“ACT365 creates a unified integrated system, delivering flexibility and control for business owners whilst also reducing the amount of required infrastructure and resources to protect a site.” Benchmark Magazine

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Site Protection (Hardware): OPTEX RLS-2020S

Hitherto the sole preserve of high-security applications in critical national infrastructure – because they were costly and bulky – laser detectors are now more accessible for a wider range of verticals thank to innovations like the RLS-2020S from Optex.

The RLS-2020S can be used both outdoors and indoors and achieves a 20 x 20 metre detection range. Multiple set-up configurations mean that this laser detector can cope with a range of scenarios that traditional sensors struggle with.

Laser-based sensors can accurately detect objects and map them using X and Y coordinates. When people or objects are detected, PTZ-enabled cameras can then pinpoint and track the intruders.

“The RLS-2020S laser detector makes the technology more accessible for mainstream applications, delivers a small and discreet cost-effective option and also provides an enhanced level of performance in terms of catch performance and reliability.” Benchmark Magazine

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Site Protection (Software): Texecom Connect

Based on Texecom’s graded Premier Elite security system, Texecom Connect is an automation platform that is based on the current control panel range. Installers and integrators can offer Texecom Connect upgrades to customers with existing Premier Elite systems.

The Premier Elite range supports the Ricochet, mesh-based wireless platform, which itself won a Benchmark Innovation Award. Ricochet technology permits flexible communication between wireless field devices and the control panel.

“The heart of any Texecom Connect system will be a professionally installed graded alarm system without any compromises or ‘dumbing down’ to allow the smart functions to be realised. This is important as it adds value without reducing security or the role of the installer or integrator.” Benchmark Magazine

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Intelligent Systems: Avigilon Appearance Search

Aviglon’s Appearance Search technology applies ‘deep learning’ techniques to identify and retrieve video footage relevant to an investigation or management of an ongoing event.

For all the potential of big data, operators can readily get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of data generated by video analytics platforms.

Avigilon’s Appearance Search technology, which can be acessed via Avigilon’s Control Center VMS software, scans many hours worth of recorded footage and swiftly identify relevant video data to track a person or vehicle. It can quickly identify routes taken, previous visits and last-known locations.

“Avigilon’s Appearance Search technology enhances the level of security at a site by enabling end users to quickly locate targets of interest, such as specific persons or vehicles, across an entire site. This capability can not only improve incident response times, but additionally makes post-event investigations simpler and more thorough.”  Benchmark Magazine

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Business Intelligence: Genetec Retail Sense

The Business Intelligence category represents the diversification of security tech into non-security disciplines. Through analytics functions like heat-mapping and queue management, analytics platforms like Genetec Retail Sense generate and interpret data to create insights that can generate operational efficiencies for businesses – mostly in the retail sector.

Providing analysis of footfall, bottlenecks and shopper behaviour, Genetec Retail Analytics and other solutions of its ilk can no longer be written off as a ‘grudge purchase’ in the way that security systems often were.

“Through real-time insights generated in reports by Retail Sense, retailers can utilise the intelligence gathered, allowing them to better understand consumers, make informed decisions and increase both consumer engagement and in-store profitability.” Benchmark Magazine

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Infrastructure: Secure Logiq HA Servers

With beefed-up processing capabilities, Secure Logiq’s HA range of ‘analytics-optimised’ servers have been designed for enterprise customers.

i7 Extreme edition processors increase substantially the clock speed achieved, helping it to meet the processing-heavy demands of modern analytics platforms.

“With advances in GPU technology bringing deep learning and video analytics to the fore, appropriate server hardware is increasingly key to optimal performance. Getting it wrong can cause the system to crash, slow down or become unstable. With experience in the video surveillance industry, Secure Logiq realises the importance of the right balance between performance and reliability for security systems.” Benchmark Magazine

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Hi. Thanks so much for mentioning Hanwha Techwin in your Benchmark awards article. I noticed that you said the company is Taiwanese but it’s Korean. Would you be able to fix that? “The Taiwanese surveillance brand has added H.265 compression and the second generation of the WiseStream dynamic encoding engine, which reduces bandwidth consumption (and includes dynamic GOP).” https://www.ifsecglobal.com/benchmark-innovation-awards-2017-winners-revealed/