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How Can Cities Save Money and Improve Surveillance?

Video Surveillance for Cities

By Milestone Systems, Platinum Sponsor of the ASG Security Summit & Expo

Cities around the world face a common dilemma: How do you improve public safety while keeping budgets under control?  Fortunately, new developments in video surveillance technology are enabling cities to accomplish both goals. By adopting open platform IP video surveillance solutions, cities can:  

Better Than the Human Eye?


Lightfinder technology brings color video to night surveillance


By James Marcella, Director of Technical Services, Axis Communications

As IP video imaging technology continues to improve each day, network cameras will ultimately be able to see better than the human eye, especially in low- to no-light conditions. Historically, your typical day/night camera will automatically remove the IR-cut filter from the sensor at night to deliver a usable black and white image. With the help of IR illumination, this black and white image becomes even clearer. But what if you needed clear color detail? 

A Smarter Way to Mind the Store

Milestone Systems

A blog by Milestone Systems, Platinum Sponsor of the ASG Security Summit & Expo

In both retail operations and the sales floor, the competition is fierce and the profit margins are slim. To stay on top, retailers have to seize every advantage they can. This often means adopting the latest technological advances as they become available. That’s why today nearly every aspect of retail operations, from inventory to hiring, is computerized and networked. Now is the time to add video surveillance to the list. 

There's No Such Thing as Too Much Information


By Debjit Das, Vice President of Global Marketing, Verint Video Intelligence Solutions

In a modern security environment, information is a critical asset, and organizations rely on a wide array of information systems and technology solutions to protect people, property, and assets. Unfortunately, these organizations are now swimming, if not drowning, in wave after wave of business and security system data. In order to quickly identify potential security problems and avoid undesirable outcomes, organizations must be able to more efficiently view, correlate, and analyze the information their enterprise systems provide.

Transforming Overload into Opportunity
With the information explosion, we have progressed from asking how we can collect information to how we can transform it into the opportunity to make faster and smarter decisions for enhancing security and operating more efficiently.  

The answer comes in two parts.  First, organizations need to implement tools for understanding more of the information at hand – not just structured information (such as the names of employees who swiped their ID cards to enter a restricted facility), but also unstructured information (such as video showing how many people actually entered the facility and what they did while there). Second, organizations should consider solutions for correlating and viewing all of the pertinent data in a meaningful way for more rapid and complete situational awareness, better emergency preparedness, and fast and effective response.  

Powerful Insight with a Robust and Integrated Video Portfolio
A comprehensive IP video portfolio that addresses virtually every aspect of video surveillance – from video capture to video viewing to video analysis – enables information to be more readily shared and used.  Add video analytics to the mix, and security staff need no longer be tied to scrutinizing banks of security screens for detecting suspicious activity. For example, when an intruder enters a restricted area, video analytics can quickly detect that a virtual tripwire has been crossed, and the video system can automatically send alerts and related video to the appropriate security staff, while repositioning PTZ cameras to capture the intruder’s activity.  

The optimal video system is built on an open architecture for easier integration with other enterprise systems: fire alarm, intrusion detection, access control, perimeter protection, Point of Sale, business systems, and databases, among others. This integration allows the video system to leverage the important information these security and business systems provide and produce more timely and valuable intelligence. For instance, a large retailer might generate several million transactions daily, making it all but impossible to detect theft and fraud. But video integration with the Point of Sale system, combined with sophisticated analytics software, makes it possible to detect suspicious activity that might not otherwise be found: a sales associate who processes repeated returns with no customer present or multiple price overrides for a single customer, common in “sweet-hearting.”

The optimal video system can be easily administered and maintained from a central location, regardless of how many sensors are added. So, when an organization grows to span cities or even continents, the IP video system scales to accommodate new locations and changing objectives without forklift upgrades or armies of new staff.     

But, the most effective video systems are those that also incorporate a Physical Security Information Management solution – PSIM – that fuses information from security, safety, and building management systems. PSIM enables users to more quickly view and analyze events that occur over large areas and initiate and manage response, often in concert with multiple agencies.

In Conclusion: Actionable Intelligence for a Safer World
Clearly, organizations around the globe are flooded with more information than they can rapidly assess and understand. Without the proper tools, many organizations will continue to use just a fraction of available information to make decisions that impact lives and assets. However, robust, integrated video portfolios – especially those that include Physical Security Information Management ― can transform information overload into Actionable Intelligence for a safer world and more secure and effective operations.

The Great Convergence Conversation: IP for All Systems 2012

AXIS Fredrik Nilsson

"The State of the Industry"

By Fredrik Nilsson, General Manager, Axis Communications

How much do you really know about IP video? Those of us in the surveillance field have seen the technology steadily gaining steam for the last 15 years and know that IP will be the dominant technology of the future. Yet, even with all the obvious benefits of network cameras – including image quality, scalability, total cost of ownership (TCO) and functionality – analog cameras and DVR-based systems still amounted to 70% of camera installations in 2011, according to IMS Research.

UNUM Eliminates Tailgating, Guards at Employee-Only Entrances

Boon Edam

By Boon Edam

One of the most common misconceptions about security entrances is that to defeat tailgating, you have to constantly train people to swipe their badge, not hold open a door for someone, and keep an entrance supervised at all times.  While this may be true for general traffic entrances and lobbies, a practical and cost-effective solution exists for employee-only entrances. One company that implemented this solution was UNUM Corp.

Future Proofing Video Surveillance


Future Proofing Video Surveillance at Orange County Convention's 2.5 Million Square Foot Facility

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), located in Orlando, Florida, is the nation's second largest convention facility and a world-class destination. The complex is comprised of two separate buildings connected by a 1,500 foot, open-air bridge with moving sidewalks across International Drive.

OCCC sought to increase the effectiveness of their surveillance operations by replacing its analog cameras and video encoders with superior performance IP cameras. During an extensive camera evaluation process, Manny Rustia, MIS Analyst for the OCCC, and his colleagues narrowed the choice down to cameras with resolution above 3 megapixels with H.264 compression and day/night capabilities as a way of “future-proofing” the system. “Arecont Vision was the hands-down standout based on megapixel quality and price,” said Rustia.

The Right People, The Right Information, Right Now!


The IACP as a Proof Point for an Optimized and Integrated Security Platform

Since its formation in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has met annually to share insights, learn about promising practices, and discuss up-and-coming technology. Each year thousands of law enforcement executives come together to continue this tradition by attending training sessions, networking with peers, and exploring a state-of-the-art Exhibit Hall.

The Tool Problem Has an Answer

Keyboard Solution

By Scott Schmidt, VP of Engineering & Professional Services

I took the challenge from our Professional Services Group to answer the probing questions around an approach that might help security professionals choose the right solution, or, a set of tools used for a measurable process by people with definitive roles and responsibilities.

The following are the questions and my answers:

The Tool Problem


By ASG's Professional Services Group

If your company is anything like ASG then you have people continually knocking down your door wanting to sell you the latest gadget or application. I am going to guess that they all aptly explain why you need their shiny application and what problem it can solve in a two minute elevator speech that blurs your vision.

But the real question is: do you need it? What critical business function will it solve? Is that business function critical to the success of your organization’s product, service or procedures?

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