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July 18, 2022


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Security products round-up – May/June 2022

IFSEC Global takes readers through the latest product launches and software updates to hit the security market throughout May and June 2022. This month we cover several surveillance camera launches, new integrations and updated facial recognition systems.

Keep up to date with all the product releases and software updates in the security industry here:

Or head straight to the latest releases over the past few months below:

Axis Communications

‘High performance’ recording servers

New recording servers available in both rack and tower configurations have been launched by Axis Communications. The servers are said to deliver secure and high performance, offering support for a range of powerful applications and features. Part of an end-to-end solution, they come preloaded with Axis Camera Station licenses and pre-configured software. Additionally, they are scalable, provide flexible storage options including multiple RAID configurations, and offer easy expansion and redundancy based on specific requirements.

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 enables both the operating system drive and stored video to be encrypted safely. Services such as Keep Your Hard Drive and Next Business Day Onsite Support are included, as well as a 5-year warranty. Furthermore, with an installation wizard and Recorder Toolbox, they help ensure the installation is trouble-free.


BT Redcare

Mobile network signal checker

A new handheld mobile signal checker has been unveiled by alarm signalling specialist BT Redcare. The Mobile Signal Analyser (MSA) enables installers to quickly determine the best location to fit reliable mobile network alarm signalling solutions. The company says the MSA ensures installers can get deployment locations right first time, and provides them and their customers with the confidence that solutions will always perform in emergencies and signal to alarm receiving centres when alarms are triggered.

MSA checks the strength of 4G and 2G networks across the UK’s four mobile network operators. Working in conjunction with the BT Redcare app, it’s a small box solution that links to compatible smart devices via Bluetooth. It can check individual networks for signal strength, availability and number of cell towers available, while also performing holistic analysis across all networks. Additionally, it has an analytics mode so network strength can be monitored over time.

The BT Redcare app is customisable, providing installers with the flexibility to quickly build reports including MSA results, pictures and notes, which can be immediately shared in PDF, streamlining tasks during the sales and survey process, explains the vendor.


Corsight AI

Facial recognition software aims to protect privacy

Facial recognition technology provider Corsight AI has launched the latest version of its Fortify product, designed to help ensure data operators address existing and emerging privacy standards. Corsight says the privacy upgrade codifies the requirements for software to ensure ‘data protection by design and by default’ as set out under Article 25 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which holds operators legally accountable if they process data and fail to utilise systems that protect privacy.

Corsight says it has implemented some of the most advanced privacy settings in the industry. The more granular privacy options enable increased visibility to better manage biometric data, allowing full understanding of which data is stored, for how long and why. The solution also allows full pseudonymisation of data, enabling market analysis of information without compromising personal data security.



BioStar 2 integration

Access control and biometrics supplier Suprema has integrated its BioStar 2 security platform with Mantech’s Continuous Cluster Server (MCCS). Through integration with MCCS, the BioStar 2 access control management platform is said to be able to enhance system stability and expand service continuity. According to Suprema, this also ensures greater cost-efficiency, productivity and availability for its customers by minimising resources needed to manage failure, such as manpower, applications and extra storage.

MCCS uses automated failover and real-time replication to help prevent server downtime, data loss and system failure. It can detect the failure of servers, storage, networks, application services and operating systems. When failure occurs, it automatically switches to a backup system and replicates data in real-time, so mission-critical data can be protected 24/7 with no downtime.


Axis Communications

Compact box cameras

A range of what are described as affordable and compact box cameras has been launched by Axis Communications. Designed to be suitable for a variety of surveillance solutions, the cameras include a CS-mount with support for motorised i-CS lenses, enabling intelligent remote zoom. Featuring the company’s Lightfinder and Forensic WDR, Axis says they ensure true colour and great detail in challenging light conditions, even in near darkness.  Supporting PoE and redundant DC power, the cameras offer flexible installation, safeguarding of data in the event of a power outage, and built-in cybersecurity features which help prevent unauthorised access.

The indoor models offer 2 MP and 5 MP resolution respectively, and feature a built-in microphone and audio recording, so it’s possible to hear and register sound in a fixed area. The two outdoor models come enclosed in an IP66, IK10 and NEMA 4X-rated casing to protect against water, corrosion, dust and impacts. These models also offer audio input, making it possible to record video with sound.



Network camera with height strip option

A new compact, low-profile 2MP network camera with Trend Micro IoT security has been unveiled by VIVOTEK. The CC9160-H’s mounting design facilitates easy installation onto any wall. A built-in microphone further increases the level of surveillance while recording sound within a 5m radius, while digital input and digital output connections add to the unit’s security capabilities.

Additional features and specifications include Smart Stream III to optimise bandwidth efficiency, a 2MP CMOS sensor, 30 fps at 1920×1080, one-way audio capability, event trigger and notification, and NDAA compliance.

The CC9160-H(HS) has a discreet height strip design, which makes it suitable for 180o panoramic eye-level indoor surveillance. With 120dB WDR Pro for high contrast lighting environments, the 180o horizontal panoramic views in 1080P provide situational surveillance coverage. An ideal installation height of 170cm also allows the height strip to capture clear facial images at eye view, even when the subject is wearing a hat or covered with a hood. It comes in a black housing and with an option for an all-black panel.



AI-powered Inteox additions

Two new fixed cameras have been added to Bosch’s Inteox open camera range: the Flexidome and Dinion 7100i IR cameras. The AI-powered cameras are fully integrated with Milestone’s XProtect suite of video management solutions.

The new cameras feature video analytics, 4K resolution, built-in infrared illumination and durable housing to perform in rugged environments. With a machine learning software embedded in all Inteox cameras, system integrators can tailor video analytics to detect specific objects and situations. For example, operators can teach the camera to recognise if a barrier on a parking lot or at a railway crossing is open or closed.

System integrators can add third-party software apps to the cameras via the Azena application store. The cameras also offer advanced configuration and continuous health monitoring via the Bosch Remote Portal.

Integration with Milestone’s video management solution means user-defined functionality can be added including: automated alerts for line-crossing, object-in-field or any of the other 16 alarm tasks captured by XProtect, amongst several others.


Dahua Technology

Dual lens technology for low light colour images

A new Night Color 2.0 4MP Fusion camera has been launched by Dahua in North America. Night colour fusion technology is suitable for low-light applications where both covert security and full colour images are needed. For interiors, this includes environments that need dim lighting for technical reasons or ambience, such as theatres and bars. Outside, this includes areas without high ambient light at night and those where white light illuminators are undesirable.

Other features are ultra-wide dynamic range, triple-stream encoding, an IP67 rating and ePoE. The camera has analytics functions at the edge, performing real-time actions such as smart motion detection and perimeter protection. The camera (N45DUD2) has two 4MP sensors. The final image is said to be 36% brighter than that of a standard 4MP camera, according to Dahua.



Facial recognition boosts access control capabilities

Maxxess has added advanced facial recognition authentication to its eVisitor visitor management solution for access control, with integration to RealNetworks’ SAFR facial recognition technology. The company says that this will allow organisations to ensure smoother and frictionless access with the assurance of increased security across their estates. Using the same biometric authentication is also strengthening network security for home and hybrid workers.

Built for privacy with AES-256 encryption and offline deployment options, organisations can choose for biometric data to be completely anonymised, or to allow visitors, staff and contractors to set specific limits on how long data is stored when they opt-in. SAFR can also be used to ensure that only authorised employees access specific applications or view and work with sensitive data, including those working remotely or at home. If the authorised user moves away from their screen – or if another trigger event occurs such as somebody shoulder surfing or an office door is left open in the background – access can be set to immediately time out. Additional features include the solution detecting attempts to deceive the system using an image, and allowing system managers to specify which verification options are offered at each access point.



IP Style intercom QR reader update

To respond to new trends the intercom, which recently won a Red Dot design award, has added a QR code reader, making it easier to share access data with couriers and other visitors. In residential buildings, it allows a courier to be given one-off access to the main entrance and the package room with – at the same time – a message being sent to the tenant letting them know that there is a parcel waiting.

In an office context, the QR code reader allows a cleaner who comes once a week to enter the building at an agreed time on that day, and only access those areas of the building that they have been asked to clean, for instance. In all of these cases, access can be set up remotely, via 2N’s Access Commander, with the details sent straight to people’s mobile phones.

Further new enhancements available soon include: a bidirectional video function and camera adjustment function.



Public address solutions

New public address and voice alarm solutions have been launched by Zenitel. The IP solutions feature 16bit/48kHz sampling and high-quality audio processing that are said to result in clear, high intelligibility message reproduction.

The design of the systems is intended to give users the flexibility to choose between centralised and de-centralised architectures, and a rack-mount or wall-mount installation. The solution also comes with dynamic configuration options for zones and amplifier power, on top of functionality such as paging announcements; the ability to issue event-driven or pre-recorded messages; the capability to stream background music or audio files; interactive perimeter and asset protection; and integration with a video management system. First responders and emergency services can use emergency microphones to issue instructions over a PA system.



New security and fire management app

A new app – designed to support users looking to remotely manage and control door entry and fire safety systems from a single cloud platform – has been launched by Comelit. MyComelit features a dashboard to present daily monitoring and management of devices. All operating in real time with no software installation required, the app ensures users can check their status across Comelit’s product portfolio on a remote basis, making sure they are connected and fully operational.

The app allows users to manage systems, including the company’s Simplebus and VIP, by installation site or project, with easy consultation and geographical visualisation available in an interactive map. An address and coordinates can be defined for each site, with real time information on the status of installed devices.

The app also offers the possibility to share management of the sites with other users, with different roles and profile possibilities, and different functions available.


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