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Benchmark SECURITY TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATORS

December 2021

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December 2021 4 Hanwha launches serverless Wisenet Parking Solution Hanwha’s Wisenet TNF-9010 360° Parking Guidance device makes the information about parking spaces readily available while maximising revenue for car park operators.

6 Thermal cameras are on the rise across the globe

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From Mosques to schools and restaurants, thermal cameras are becoming more prevalent around the world, according to research by data cabling company, ACCL.

7 Construction sites to depend more on monitored tech The construction sector is now experiencing a boom period following the suppression of building work during the pandemic.

8 Reopening city centres safely after lockdown For a city to thrive post-lockdown, people need to be reassured that it is a safe and secure place to go, whether for work or for leisure.

10 Atos shares its digital vision at COP26 Atos participated at the Glasgow COP26 (Nov 1-12) highlighting the role that new and emerging digital solutions could have in helping organisations of every description reduce emissions.

11 Hikvision 4MP Radar PTZ solves perimeter challenges Hikvision’s Radar PTZ Camera combines advanced radar detection and a 4 MP high-resolution network speed dome with long-range zoom capabilities.

12 2021 Benchmark Innovation Awards

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The 2021 Benchmark Innovation Awards focused on the technologies, solutions, services and products that provide smart solutions in the security sector.

14 Milestone and BirefCam bring premium analytics With the introduction of XProtect Rapid REVIEW, Milestone’s customers will be able to accelerate investigations and find what they are looking for with speed and accuracy.

16 Oil refinery project uses barox Ethernet video switches In their flagship project, one of the largest regional oil companies in the Middle East has chosen to secure its multiple refineries with Ethernet/PoE video switches, supplied by barox.

18 Ajax’s vhfBridge provides transmission reliability Ajax has released its new vhfBridge. vhfBridge is Ajax answer to providing reliable connectivity even when the Internet connection is unstable.

20 Paxton10, morphing with the industry’s needs Remote working, more flexible business hours and the need to keep employees healthy demand that security automation and site video management is easy to use and can be trusted.

22 VR and AR become a tech student life reality Talking bout the ‘Metaverse’ seems to be very fashionable at the moment – in particular since Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of what a global ‘metaverse’ might look like.

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23 Abloy and Grantfen provide complete security solution to a medium secure unit Abloy UK has partnered with Grantfen to supply a new security system to Mersey Care Foundation Trust’s new state of the art medium secure unit, Rowan View.


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TECHNOLOGY

Wisenet Road AI captures more data from vehicles on the move T

he Wisenet Road AI edge-based solution which runs on-board selected Wisenet P series 4K cameras, uses AI video analytics to identify over 600 vehicle models manufactured across 70 brands. Wisenet Road AI combines Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and Make, Model, Colour Recognition (MMCR) technologies to provide local authorities and law enforcement agencies with data that can be used to accurately identify vehicles involved in traffic infringements. With eyewitness accounts quite often being inaccurate or incomplete, and particularly so with regard to vehicle license number plates, the ability to search for vehicles by make, model and colour is likely to be of great help to investigating teams when looking to find a

Road planners, traffic regulation enforcement authorities and police are now able to take advantage of AI technology to identify the make, model and colour of vehicles, as well as recognise car number plates. video of a vehicle involved in an incident. Similarly, with criminals frequently swapping the license number plates on vehicles in order to avoid ANPR identifying that they are stolen, police can use the make, model and colour

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December 2021 Welcome to the latest edition of Benchmark magazine your digital round-up of the month’s leading news, technology launches, solution applications and articles offering advice and overviews of the latest ways to improve the performance and efficiency of security systems.

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hese are unprecedented times for the electronic security sector, with a workforce returning to offices and buildings that have sat empty for most of the previous 18 months, coming at a time when installers and consultants have clients who are more tech-savvy than ever. Most of your customers have spent the last year familiarising themselves with networked consumer goods featuring HD touchscreens, analytics and wire-free hardware. Hence, their expectations of what their security systems should do for them is exceptionally high. During the early months of the pandemic, many of you will have seen interest in thermal monitoring systems, quickly followed by mask detection analytics and the use of people counting to promote social distancing. However, some of these ideas proved to enjoy a short period of buying activity on the market, with some manufacturers even falling foul of attempting to describe thermal cameras as Covid cameras or fever cameras early on. Many retailers, restaurants, and pubs opted for cheaper QR codes and handheld temperature devices rather than thermal cameras and analytics to do the job. The main ‘take’ from the pandemic for the industry was that a move towards hands-free access control rather than keypads etc., will probably be the driving force behind R&D and marketing for the foreseeable future in that discipline. Combine this with a return to the office and the widespread use of NFC enabled smartphones, and you get a picture of how the next few years may pan out for the access sector.

If this is the first time you’ve seen a digital copy of Benchmark, then take some time to familiarise yourself with the interactive nature of the publication so that you get the most out of it. All links are live and will take you to the Benchmark website and beyond for additional information about all of the featured technology. Geny Caloisi Editor

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hermal cameras are not new technology but in the fight against the global pandemic the heat sensing technology has taken centre stage; as one of the tools used to detect high temperatures which could potentially detect COVID-19. The research team specifically focused on how each region viewed thermal cameras as a form to combat COVID-19, a way to ease us out of the pandemic and its potential impact in the future. The regions analysed for the research were North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, The Middle East and Latin America. More than 400 articles were collected around the world concerning thermal imaging technology since the start of the pandemic till what is recently available. TextBlob was used to analyse the

From Mosques to schools and restaurants, thermal cameras are becoming more prevalent around the world, according to research by data cabling company, ACCL. polarity rate of each article to calculate the sentiment for each region. Discourse analysis was then employed for each article based on each region in order to get a grasp of what the attitudes and behaviours are towards thermal imaging technology.

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BUSINESS

Construction sites to depend more on monitored tech for security The construction sector is now experiencing a boom period following the suppression of building work during the pandemic. But alongside the pipeline of busy works schedules, there is also a surge in site thefts, further exacerbated by the shortage of materials. The consequence is delayed projects, and spiralling costs as some components' prices soar.

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he price of copper has soared by 70% in just a year, whilst lithium carbonate, used to accelerate silica-based cement and mortars, has all but doubled, rising by 97%."The construction sector has always been a target for thefts of valuable plant and equipment," comments Paul Corten, Sales Director for leading temporary security

provider, The VPS Group. "But we are increasingly seeing opportunistic thieves replaced by organised criminal gangs, as the price of plant and materials means greater rewards for the risks they take. Surprisingly, the majority of construction sites do not rely on Monitored Tech solutions, even though these systems provide the most efficient form

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CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Reopening city centres safely after lockdown Returning to city centre environments can be exciting for some, and essential for business, but we have learned that risks are also attached to it. City centres and towns have suffered severe consequences as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. For a city to thrive post-lockdown, people need to be reassured that it is a safe and secure place to go, whether for work or for leisure. ity centres have migrated from analogue to digital in the past several years and have become increasingly interconnected. Interconnected services can use digital technologies for information,

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communication and surveillance. The technologies available today can enhance the quality and performance of urban services, reduce costs and resource consumption, and simplify effective engagement with citizens. "A city centre is an ecosystem that needs its balance; otherwise, it will negatively impact vertical markets such as transportation, retail, and public services,” points out Nick Smith, Business Development Manager at Genetec (pictured). “The safety of citizens and businesses in city centres has always been a top concern for law enforcement and local councils. Advances in IP physical security technology, including video surveillance, access control, license plate recognition, and intrusion, offer councils options that they might not have been able to consider before."

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Atos shares its digital vision at COP26 I

n demonstrating its leading global decarbonisation credentials through a commitment to offset residual emissions by 2028 alongside introducing practical solutions for its client base as well as significant R&D investment in future digital technologies aimed at reducing emissions in new and effective ways, Atos is pressing the case for accelerated progress towards net-zero via its delegation of senior digital experts attending the summit. Speaking at a panel organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Nourdine Bihmane, Global Chief Delivery Officer and Head of Net-Zero Transformation at Atos, made a case for digital to be considered an enabler of the transition to net-zero and a key accelerator of this process.

Atos participated at the Glasgow COP26 (Nov 1-12) highlighting the role that new and emerging digital solutions could have in helping organisations of every description reduce emissions. Ahead of the panel event, Nourdine Bihmane was reported as saying, “I believe a net-zero future is possible, but we must take bold action on a global scale. On this journey that we need to accelerate, digital is a lever to support both private and public sectors. Data is at the centre of this, to make accurate and timely decisions to measure, reduce and then remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. At Atos, we have developed an end-to-end portfolio.

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Hikvision 4MP Radar PTZ camera solves perimeter challenges Hikvision’s Radar PTZ Camera combines advanced radar detection and a 4 MP high-resolution network speed dome with long-range zoom capabilities.

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he Hikvision iDS-2SR8141IXS-AB Radar PTZ Camera operates effectively 24/7 in virtually any weather or lighting condition with the ability to detect intrusion and linecrossing events. It is the ideal, highperformance solution for a wide range of applications at airports, railways, museums, oil and gas fields, warehouses and manufacturing facilities, and other locations that demand perimeter protection. “There is a growing demand for increased surveillance visibility in remote and

widespread areas in all types of challenging conditions, weather and lighting,” said John Xiao, Vice President Marketing, Hikvision USA. “Hikvision has engineered an intelligent Radar PTZ Camera to accommodate such demanding perimeter surveillance applications with the perfect combination of high-performance and high value.” Hikvision’s Radar PTZ Camera features millimetre wave radar that enables precise accuracy, pinpointing the distance, velocity, and angle of a specific location in all weather

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INNOVATION AWARDS

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WINNERS INTERVIEWED The 2021 Benchmark Innovation Awards focused on the technologies, solutions, services and products that provide smart solutions in the security sector.

Winner: Hikvision: ColorVu Technology When considering video surveillance, colour information is a powerful tool. For operators and security personnel, colour information is something that can be used as an intuitive part of a search. For example, if a suspect has been seen in an area, and the surveillance system operator is asked to scrub through the footage to find a man of around six feet in height, with dark hair, the search could take some time. However, if it is known the suspect is wearing a red jacket...

Read the full article here Winner: HID: Signo Reader Range While the commercial landscape has changed dramatically in 2021, many businesses and organisations are hoping for a return to some form of normality before the year ends. However, it is unlikely to be a case of simply slipping back into the established ways of working. People will rightly be nervous, businesses will need to take steps to ensure staff, visitors and contractors are protected, and for many the lessons of the past 12 months will trigger a reappraisal of how their systems could be improved...

Read the full article here Winner: Texecom: Capture The advances in detector technology, the reliability of wireless functionality and the development of smartphone apps have helped improve the performance and efficiency of intruder systems while also making installation of the technology even easier. Although the components of an electronic intruder alarm have remained the same over the years, essentially a panel with triggers, such as PIRs or magnetic/vibration sensors, the improvements that manufacturers have made to the detection...

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INNOVATION AWARDS

Winner: IPS: IPS Dome Tracker The growth in the use of modern intelligent video analytics has enabled a number of businesses and organisations to enjoy higher levels of protection while making their solutions more efficient and accurate. For operators, who often need to apply very high levels of concentration during the stressful time of an incident, any assistance they can receive from the technology being used is welcome. In today’s systems, it is common for a central control room to manage...

Read the full article here Winner: COSMO: COSMO Counter Pro Accurate and credible people counting can offer a wide range of benefits to many modern businesses. Understanding how many people are on-site or in any given area can provide the type of business intelligence which is of great value to retailers, transportation operators, leisure facilities, the hospitality sector and public spaces. With the global COVID-19 pandemic still a focus for many organisations, accurate people counting can also contribute...

Read the full article here Winner: Webeye: webeyeCMS The growth of cloud-based services has accelerated significantly in recent years, and for good reason. Businesses and organisations have embraced the technology across a number of their core activities, and it makes sense for them to also consider the use of cloud-based services when protecting their people, premises and assets. Cloud-based services, such as VSaaS (video surveillance as a service) are cost-effective and efficient...

Read the full article here Winner: CSL: CSL Router The growth in network-based security solutions has seen an increased emphasis on the deployment of advanced and reliable communications infrastructure. These systems protect people, property and assets, and as such reliable communications is critical. Increasingly, these systems also offer operational efficiencies such as site management and business intelligence. However, in an increasingly data-driven world, the benefits may not be realised...

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Milestone and BriefCam bring premium forensic analytics With the introduction of XProtect Rapid REVIEW, Milestone’s customers will be able to accelerate investigations and find what they are looking for with speed and accuracy. Powered by BriefCam’s video analytics technology, hours of video recordings can now be reviewed in minutes, bringing enhanced decision-making and momentum to any investigation.

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ilestone’s XProtect Rapid REVIEW is an intelligent video analytics solution that allows security operators and investigators to efficiently search through hours and hours of video recordings and

pinpoint exactly what they are looking for in mere minutes. Powered by BriefCam video analytics technology, XProtect Rapid REVIEW is an add-on product that is seamlessly integrated into Milestone’s XProtect Smart Client. The product is available from October 27 and it is supported on all paid XProtect VMS products. “XProtect Rapid REVIEW is an ideal solution for Milestone XProtect customers, looking to enhance their VMS investment with premium forensic video analytics. BriefCam is thrilled to tap into a segment of the market not currently addressed, through Milestone and its vast partner ecosystem,” said Gili Rom, VP Strategy and Alliances at BriefCam.

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TECHNOLOGY

Oil refinery project uses barox Ethernet video switches In their flagship project, one of the largest regional oil companies in the Middle East has chosen to secure its multiple refineries with Ethernet/PoE video switches, supplied by the global manufacturer of professional video switches, media converters and IP extenders, barox.

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oday, the leading Middle East oil company produces high-quality Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), Gasoline, Kerosene, Turbine fuels, and many other oil derived products. Installed over the last year, the multiple refinery IP security surveillance installations were specified and installed by large-scale

projects management experts, PKE Gulf WLL. As part of the overall contract and reflecting the standards of the leading regional oil company’s own state-of-the-art production processes and highest quality products, PKE Gulf WLL installed a variety of barox professional Ethernet switches to provide reliable and robust video transmission and PoE to network devices, including several hundred high-performance IP security surveillance cameras. Operational 24/7, Oil & gas refineries operate within strict safety regulations and where safety, security and process continuity are all key criteria in the success of a plant. Good communication, CCTV surveillance covering every aspect of the refinery, and security measures on perimeters and IT

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Ajax’s vhfBridge provides transmission reliability Ajax has released its new vhfBridge. vhfBridge is Ajax answer to providing reliable connectivity even when the Internet connection is unstable.

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ith vhfBridge, Ajax security systems can be installed in cities where Internet connection is unstable, but cities usually have more resources readily available. It is far to reach areas such as mountains, nature reserves, or desert areas where selfsufficient security solutions are vital. vhfBridge is a module for connecting Ajax security systems to third-party VHF radio transmitters. Acting as a transponder provides a hub with an additional channel to communicate with a monitoring station. The

system’s alarms and events are transmitted over tens of kilometres, allowing for a quick, professional response.

New reliability level of a communication with a hub VHF radio communication can be used as a primary or a backup channel for a monitoring station to communicate with the system. When operating as a primary channel, vhfBridge sends up to 15 types of the system’s alarms and events to a central monitoring station. You can adjust a list of transmitting events in the Ajax app with a few clicks. When operating as a backup communication channel, vhfBridge adds one more independent way of communication

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Paxton10, morphing with the industry’s needs We might have been let free after the lengthy lockdown that Covid19 forced us into, but the consequence is that we have now changed the way we work, access buildings, and interact with each other for good.

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emote working, more flexible business hours and the need to keep employees healthy demand that security automation and site video management is easy to use and can be trusted. For this reason, Paxton has taken mindful steps to enhance its Paxton10 platform to cater to businesses’ growing demands. Research has shown that simplification on how a system is installed, networked and managed plays a crucial role in implementing

the correct type of security for a site. Whilst developing Paxton10, the company’s survey results showed that out of 1400 sites fitted with Paxton’s Net2 access control, 936 had video surveillance, yet only 62 of these sites integrated the two. This, according to Paxton, is due to perceived complexity. The same research also indicated a need for integration between access control and video management systems. On average, 1 in 10 sites integrates the two systems.

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VR and AR become a tech student life reality Talking bout the ‘Metaverse’ seems to be very fashionable at the moment – in particular since Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his vision of what a global ‘metaverse’ might look like. Zuckerberg is even planning to change his company name to ‘Meta.’

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wo tech companies from Manchester, Credersi and 3D tech innovators PixelMax, are already working on a way to innovate the global education metaverse with their own science and tech campus, the ‘Credersi World,’ using a mixed reality platform that includes virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Credersi World is an immersive platform in

which students – and employers who want their workforces re-skilled for careers of the future – shape their learning in a virtual campus world, complete with shops, cinemas, art galleries, wellbeing rooms and food and coffee shops by using immersive mixed reality technologies. The concept for Credersi World was to create a virtual science and tech campus

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CASE STUDY

Abloy and Grantfen provide complete security solution to a medium secure unit Abloy UK has partnered with Grantfen to supply a new security system to Mersey Care Foundation Trust's new state of the art medium secure unit, Rowan View.

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pened in 2020, the purpose-built NHS facility consists of 123 beds over eight wards. The £53 million development represents the Trust's ambition for a new centre delivering innovative treatments to improve recovery times for people with mental health and learning disabilities.The challenge was to provide convenience and safety to all guests, visitors and staff; Mersey Care Trust's new development required a full security solution encompassing CCTV, video intercom and access control.In addition to managing

complex access requirements spanning many different levels of authorisation, the Trust also wanted to ensure the doors' integrity was maintained in restricted areas of the building.This would not be effectively provided with a purely mechanical key system, lacking traceability and creating issues if keys were lost or misplaced. Such a scenario could also lead to key duplicates, making it harder to limit access and potentially lead to escalating costs if the entire suite of keys needed to be replaced.

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