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August 24, 2021

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The Video Surveillance Report 2021

Product news

Security products round-up – August 2021

IFSEC Global takes readers through the latest product launches and updates to hit the security market in August. This month we cover the latest integrations, as well as new edge-based VMS software, body worn cameras, contactless access readers and more! 

CSL

MiniAir 2 alarm signalling solution

CSL-MiniAir2-21Secure connectivity provider CSL has announced the launch of MiniAir 2, a single-path signalling solution that uses a 4G/LTE-M path to signal an alarm from a protected premises to an alarm receiving centre (ARC).

MiniAir 2 comes with a standby SIM as a backup if the active SIM fails, with both SIMs operating on different independent networks for increased resilience. It is designed for both residential and commercial premises as an affordable upgrade from a digital communicator to secure signalling.

With the UK telecoms migration to IP well underway, hundreds of thousands of alarm systems are still using legacy digital communicators that rely on PSTN, says CSL. The company believes MiniAir 2 provides a cost-effective, future-proofed radio signalling solution to ensure alarm systems can still send signals to ARCs, and that they maintain their existing police URNs.

“MiniAir 2 is a gamechanger for professional installers when it comes to upgrading digital communicators,” says Rob Evans, CSL’s Sales Director. “We’re very aware of the challenges presented to installers by the UK’s all IP project. That’s why we have developed this ideal mobile upgrade, to future-proof your systems and ensure signals still reach the ARC. It is part of our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with the latest innovations to support their businesses.”

 

AnyVision and Nedap

Face recognition added to access control solution

Access control specialist Nedap has added facial recognition from AnyVision to its AEOS web-based access control solution.

The facial recognition technology adds a biometric-based option to the AEOS platform. AnyVision says its technology provides several benefits including enhanced security compared to passwords, fobs or cards, ensuring detected faces belong to a real person using 3D facial mapping, enforceable digital barriers, full audit trail and a contactless user experience.

The integration of the technology allows customers to connect directly to their access control systems, importing and synchronising relevant personnel information and determining access by users simply looking at a camera or screen. AnyVision says the partnership empowers organisations to harness biometrics and ethical facial recognition to enhance physical security and the overall access control experience.

“Relying on cards, passwords, keys or similar devices can be problematic, as they can be copied easily, hacked or stolen, and it may take a long time before someone notices that something is wrong,” said Ido Amidi, Vice President of Business Development at AnyVision. “Giving customers a face-based biometric option can dramatically improve a facility’s security, while simultaneously streamlining the visitor management experience.”

 

ASSA ABLOY and Siemens

Electronic locks extended to access control

ASSA ABLOY’s wireless electronic locking system Aperio has been integrated with Siveillance Access from Siemens, to enable the locks to be part of a wider access control system in a smart building. The integration connects the locks to a building management solution, providing users with comprehensive control over doors and building use.

Integration with Siemens supports a growing number of devices from the Aperio range, including the escutcheon (E100), cylinder (C100) and server rack (KS100). Each integrates with the SiPass access control system, giving security teams control over interior or exterior doors — including wooden and glass doors, as well as fire doors — from a single interface.

Aperio locks are compatible with all major RFID technologies, as well as mobile device access via NFC and Bluetooth. All communications between lock, credential and system are encrypted.

An integrated system is installed at Hamburg’s HafenCity University (HCU), where Aperio wireless locks extend intelligent access control. Around 500 battery-powered Aperio cylinders are connected to and controlled by the Siemens system. The locks have built-in RFID readers, so it was cost-effective to add access control to many more doors than would be feasible with conventional security solutions, according to ASSA ABLOY.

 

Hanwha Techwin

Analogue to IP video migration

Wisenet Pentabrid video recorders from Hanwha Techwin are designed to extend the life of existing analogue CCTV systems, while providing a smooth and cost-effective migration to an IP video surveillance solution.

Combinations of analogue or IP cameras up to 4K ultra high definition can be connected to the new Wisenet Pentabrid 4, 8 and 16 channel video recorders, with an onboard software switch enabling users to convert any channel from analogue to IP when required.

The new recorders have features such as dual track recording, multiple monitor output and the ability to create user groups. They also support a wide range of intelligent video analytics including audio, face, defocus, enter/exit and camera tampering detection. These trigger a variety of actions when an event occurs, such as moving a PTZ camera to a pre-set position or automatically sending email alerts to specified people, as well as directly to the Wisenet mobile app.

Installation time is minimised using P2P and unique QR product codes to remotely connect to the recorders via a smartphone or tablet – without having to set up a complex network. The recorders can also be configured to match end-user requirements with the help of an intuitive interface and installation wizard.

Operators benefit from UX 2.0, a new user interface which offers zoom in/out, drag and drop support and a timeline preview feature, as well as enabling all event settings to be edited in a single window.

 

Reliance Protect

Body worn camera with GPS

An all-in-one body worn camera featuring video, audio and GPS user location has been launched by Reliance Protect.

The VB400 body worn camera is designed to enhance lone worker safety with features that accelerate response decision-making and prevent incidents from escalating. While, says the company, lone worker devices are usually audio only so that lone workers are sometimes issued with separate body worn cameras, the VB400 combines those functions in one unit. The user can select the video function only, so that video is captured without raising an incident to be monitored.

The VB400 offers 1080p high definition video streaming and recording. Its battery delivers up to 12 hours of continuous recording with pre/post record options to capture interactions leading up to and after an incident. Meanwhile, GPS positioning technology provides location information for mobile users and Bluetooth connectivity with other VB400 cameras to provide peer assisted recording.

The VB400 can also stream live footage, which can be monitored by staff at Reliance Protect’s ARC, enabling faster decisions on the most appropriate and effective course of action. Video files are automatically uploaded, stored and managed securely in the cloud via the Reliance Protect VideoManager portal.

 

Videonetics

Intelligent VMS now ONVIF compliant

Videonetics’s AI-powered Intelligent VMS (IVMS) 3.0 is now ONVIF Profile ‘Q’ compliant, and allows easy set-up and basic configuration of IP cameras over the network, directly from the IVMS.

It also supports Transport Layer Security (TLS) secure communication protocol, that allows ONVIF devices to communicate with clients across a network, in a way that protects against tampering and eavesdropping. Videonetics says its IVMS delivers next generation user interface, military-grade security, and ruggedness for any size of deployment across various industry verticals, such as smart cities, critical infrastructure, industrial, mass transit, education, healthcare and retail.

“By having [the] new ONVIF standard in our Intelligent VMS 3.0, users can avail [themselves of] the benefit of secured communication between our VMS and ONVIF Q-compliant devices,” said Tuhin Bose, VP and CTO at Videonetics.

 

Pivot3

VMS at the edge

Video management system specialist Pivot3 has announced its Surveillance Series Edge, designed for video recording, analytics and other applications for automated management at the edge.

Surveillance Series Edge is described as an optimised product offering edge and distributed physical environments. It incorporates the same Acuity software-based intelligence and automation used by all Pivot3 Surveillance Series solutions, to deliver higher levels of resilience, management simplicity and efficiencies, compared to infrastructure based on basic video recording servers or separate servers and storage systems, according to the vendor.

Surveillance Series Edge provides what is said to be simple, efficient and highly available storage and servers in the form of hyperconverged infrastructure, that scales from supporting 60 to over 400 video surveillance cameras at the edge. Other applications at the edge – such as access control, visitor management and intrusion detection – can be consolidated to further reduce costs, share resources and provide integrated security.

 

Axis Communications

Contactless RFID reader

A new contactless RFID reader for secure and seamless touch-free entry has been unveiled by Axis Communications.

The A4020-E reader is designed to integrate with the company’s network door controllers and credentials to complement any Axis access control system.

Featuring a mullion-mount design, the reader fits in narrow spaces and door frame installations. It is IP65, NEMA 4X and IK07 rated, and said to be suitable for use in harsh environments both indoors and outdoors. Additionally, it offers tamper detection and built-in cybersecurity features to help prevent unauthorised access and safeguard the system.

The reader supports most types of smart RFID card standards with 13.56MHz credential technologies. It also supports Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) and Secure Channel Protocol (SCP), enabling secure communications and connections.

 


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