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By John Adams

IMAGINING THE FUTURE

T’S hard to believe 2017 has come and gone so quickly, almost as though the cadence of temporal things has caught hold of technology’s tail fin and is being blasted towards a flickering horizon. It’s not just the speed of change that’s breathtaking but the acceleration of the speed of change. Tech heads of a certain age will remember the dawn of digital, the slow trickle of lateral technologies that brought society and our electronic security industry to a place where a digital revolution was conceivable. But now the infrastructure is in place – comms, data centres, powerful workstations, software, support, ubiquitous personal smart devices – change seems generated by some internal reaction, a frothing tide, flecked with scraps of older technology, a hardwired sensor, a Wiegand reader. The substrate of tomorrow, which once stretched like a familiar road that dipped and turned from view, only to be spied again on a distant crest, is diffracted by the fierce heat of the engine of the future, shimmering and distorted. When we think of what will be we can only imagine what might be. The flood tide of the digital ocean has broken the moorings of old conceptions and swept us onto an unexplored sea, pressed by unseen winds and swells, bent by hidden rocks and sandbanks, a sea most discernible when it reflects the sky. We have no certainty but an uncertainty waiting to be shaped by the brilliance of solutions sculpted to meet tomorrow’s nebulous needs. At least the topology of the future is becoming clearer. The modular nature of WANs mirrors the nature of LANs – comms, processing, storage and software –

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The future is going to present electronic security people with opportunities, as well as serious challenges around issues like cyber security.

and as 5G wireless is implemented in support of improving cabled network services, things will really begin to hop. When you’ve got 20Gbps wireless comms with 1 millisecond of latency almost everywhere, there’s little you can’t do – from automating buildings and vehicles to augmenting reality. Applying sensors and cameras to anything then using advanced software to analyse and manage dataflow becomes possible - and 5G is not an if but a when. As well as presenting solutions in new ways, future networks are going to allow security people to do something they have never been able to do – deliver the entire performance of devices like high resolution cameras – wherever required, whenever required – in order to enhance situational awareness. This is vital if security solutions are going to break out of the current local system model, in which an integrated solution orbits a network room in support of a handful of local workstations. Integration is going to be lateral in many ways – not just between sub systems but between business partners, and even business models – security departments, risk managers, insurers. And there will also be new business models as system owners leverage the capabilities of security devices to undertake multi-tasking on behalf of third parties – for instance, through the application of multistranded analytics to the data streams of existing surveillance cameras. Something else the future is certain to bring us is an increased level of automation. The future is going to present

electronic security people with opportunities, as well as serious challenges around issues like cyber security. Something to keep front of mind is the open-ness of global networks. In the U.S. the FCC is planning to roll back net neutrality, a move that would disadvantage smaller firms by allowing paid prioritisation and throttling of services – not appealing if you’re streaming video as a service. Is the future really so uncertain? Simon Torok and Paul Holper’s book, Imagining the Future, predicts invisibility, immortality, robot servants and flying cars. It also makes some cogent points. In 1900, human knowledge doubled each 100 years, now it nearly doubles every year and by 2020 it may double every day. On the strength of these projections, Torok and Holper argue that when today’s primary school children hit the workforce they will be using technologies that have not yet been invented. So, what might our future be? What’s certain is that the future of electronic security will be magnified and constrained by the underlying technologies that support it and those technologies are undergoing almost unimaginable expansion. Simply, the solutions of the future will be near zero latency, blindingly fast and managed from anywhere using any secure connected interface. They won’t be constrained by location – the concept of an enterprise solution will become redundant as users of all sizes seek to federate the core technologies that enhance their lives. n

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54: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security (MNS) ensures the safety and security of the citizenry of the island nation. To help combat crime and give citizens and visitors to the island peace of mind, the MNS deployed a comprehensive video surveillance system across the country. This includes the monitoring of government buildings, seaports, and city surveillance of public parks and streets.

32: STUART HARMER, ARA GROUP Stuart Harmer founded ISCS back in 1998 in partnership with the owners of Asco, and the company enjoyed strong growth until acquired by ARA Group in 2009. Harmer’s experience with ISCS and position as managing director of ARA Group Products Division gives his insights considerable value.

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44: MONITORING Alarm monitoring is one of the most dynamic market segments in the electronic security industry, with layers of change swirling around it. From hardware and software, to infrastructure and communications, to traditional and a new wave of providers – there’s no aspect of alarm monitoring that’s not subject to change. With 5G comms blowing into town, that change is sure to accelerate. 68: EDITOR’S CHOICE What’s new from our manufacturers. 72: HELPDESK Our team of electronic security experts answers your tough technical questions.

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COCA-COLA AMATIL CHOOSES S2 INTEGRATED ACCESS/VIDEO FOR 60 SITES

AFTER considerable due diligence of its technology options, including its incumbent system, Coca-Cola Amatil chose S2 Security for its IP integrated access/video

solution across Australia. The initial roll out includes 60+ sites 1000+ doors, 100’s of camera connections and more than 10,000 users, all centrally controlled from its NOC in Sydney.

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to ensure the optimal design to meet Coca-Cola Amatil’s needs,” said Graham Clark, state manager BGW Technologies, NSW. “The collaborative engagement with key stake holders within Coca-Cola Amatil included IT, operations, security and finance, and Vlado wasDamjanovski very important to BGWT and S2 in coming up with the right technical and commercial solution.” According to Clark, the key advantages of S2 for CocaCola Amatil were local stocking, training and support plus the native IP architecture and ease of integration.

DAHUA has cemented its leading position in the Fiji security market with a highly successful event at the Grand Pacific Hotel, according to Dahua’s Damien White. “We had 72 attendees at the Dahua event, including people from government, police and large end users,” White said. “Some of these had existing Dahua projects and many more have now committed to using Dahua after we showed our offering of leading products and our great technical and project support for the Fiji market. “Many thanks to all attendees for making the time see the latest Dahua technology and thanks also to the Dahua team for a job well done.”

C R KENNEDY WINS UNIVIEW INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR 2017 n C R KENNEDY has won Uniview’s International Distributor of the Year for 2017. The award

was announced at the International Uniview Partner summit which was held during the

CPSE security show in Shenzhen earlier this month. The summit was attended by more than 200 people from UNV distributors around the world. The award was presented by Uniview’s CEO Mr Hermit Zhang. Phil Viggiano, general manager CCTV division, accepted the award on behalf of CR Kennedy Australia and New Zealand. “Uniview is now available in 120 Countries around the world. With such

tough competition from the larger markets, we are especially delighted with this award,” Viggiano said. “CRK has been working with Uniview since 2015, and sales have been growing exponentially ever since. UNV products are world class and the factory provides industry leading technical support. This has made it so much easier for us to build the brand’s reputation in the ANZ markets.” Uniview is a pioneer

and leader of IP video surveillance, and is now the third largest player in video surveillance in China. In 2016, Uniview achieved the 7th largest global market share. Uniview has a complete IP video surveillance product line-up including IP cameras, NVR, encoder, decoder, storage and client software. The range covers a diverse range of vertical markets including retail, building, industry, education, commercial, city surveillance, etc.

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AUSSIE APP QCAMPRO HITS 20,000 DOWNLOADS IN 86 COUNTRIES n DEVELOPED in South Australia by John Convill of Vision Security Services in Adelaide, the QCamPro virtual security control room app has now reached 20,000 downloads and recently appointed its 50th international distributor. QCamPro is nonproprietary, supporting Axis, Mobotix, Panasonic and Bosch among others, and combines simplicity with considerable functionality that includes pushing notifications to mobile devices and allowing live video and 2-way voice comms. According to Convill, of the 20,000 downloads of the app, 5000 have occurred in the last month, 87 per cent are outside Australia and China has just overtaken the U.S. as the largest downloader. QCamPro now has more than 50 appointed partners in 86 countries including Belgium, China, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and USA, and business development managers have been appointed for UK and in European markets and the US to look after North American markets. QCamPro generates revenue by invoicing its partners based on setting up app subscription services for each of their customers. Partners can then on-sell the QCamPro subscriptionbased service. Convill said QCamPro had grown strongly since it launched its subscription service. “Our partner program lets businesses earn a regular income stream from QCamPro,” he said. “We now have more than 50 businesses registered to

provide app services with QCamPro, which includes security companies, data companies, building automation companies and maritime customers. “Essentially, QCamPro creates a virtual security control room, with after-hours alerts and monitoring sent to the property owner, nominated employees or the smart devices of response teams and, during the day, alerts to staff away from their posts such as nurses at a hospital, onsite guards or a crew member.” According to Convill, growth is particularly strong in big international markets. “We have some great success stories coming from our US-based QCamPro partners, one with a multi dwelling in Fort Lauderdale where the owners have the ability to remotely control access to their apartment, including the control of the IPaddressable lift, as well as

the security entry doors, garage, etc, while at the same time earning recurring revenue through QCamPro. “We are also growing in aged care facilities, with QCamPro achieving international success in hospitals and aged care facilities with nursing staff are alerted to activity they need to be notified of.” Key features of QCamPro include live monitoring of video (using Mobotix MXPEG protocol) and audio across both 3G and wireless, a speak-tocamera function with frame rates as high as 25 frames per second depending on the camera and network configuration, PTZ controls, native iOS controls (multi-touch zoom, swipe), single, and multi-view of cameras, including a 16-camera view assigned to groups with no limit on the number of cameras

or views that can be monitored, 6-action configuration to open doors, switch lights on and off or drive other outputs, and playback of recorded video and audio. Remote Event Monitoring notifies building owners or managers whenever an alarm event occurs, such as video or PIR activation, as well as changes in sound, lighting, temperature and/or external inputs. And when someone pushes the intercom on an external door or gate, users can have a 2-way conversation from anywhere in the world through the speaker function on QCamPro via the intercom or an IP camera’s microphone. They also have control over auxiliary inputs such as opening a door or turning on a light directly through the app. or PC via a standard web browser.”

EXPEDITION SECURITY SIGNS DIAMOND LEVEL PARTNER AGREEMENT WITH DAHUA Shane Bohan’s Expedition Security has signed a Diamond Level Dealer Partner Program Agreement with surveillance manufacturer, Dahua Technology. Expedition Security, which is based in Sydney, has a global client list and according to founder Shane Bohan, is committed to staying up to date with current and future electronic security technology and the legislation that impacts industries using electronic security to operate. “We’re not interested in putting customers into a system that will need upgrading 6 months later – instead we work with our clients’ to achieve a manageable approach to high value or smaller value capital budgets and we understand that investing in security is important,” Bohan said. “Our focus on performance and value make Dahua the ideal CCTV partner for us.” Dahua’s Damien White said the company was delighted with the agreement. “The team at Expedition Security the perfect partner,” he said. “They are customer-focused, driven by operational imperatives, committed to quality and have a hunger to deliver the latest video surveillance technologies to their clients.”

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ALARM.COM SALES UP 32 PER CENT, YEAR ON YEAR n ALARM.COM has reported total net revenues of $US90 million in the third quarter, an increase of 4.6 per cent above the previous quarter and 32.6 per cent year on year. According to Alarm.com, the growth is coming from software as a service (SaaS) and license revenue, and hardware. SaaS and license revenues increased 39 per cent to $61.9 million, accounting for 69 per cent of the third quarter revenues. Hardware revenues were up 20.8 per cent year on year to $28 million and contributed

the remaining 31 per cent of total revenues. The company said the increase in hardware was driven by strong sales of video cameras, which the company introduced in the second quarter. Total revenue for the full-year 2017 is expected to be in the range of $332.8 million to $334 million, which includes anticipated hardware and other revenue in the range of $98 million to $99 million. “Most of our service providers are doing very well, particularly smaller, local dealers,” said Alarm.com President and CEO Steve Trundle.

“Our smaller dealers tend to perform well in an environment where the customers want a larger system, with a more highly customized installation, so we are seeing strength there.” According to Trundle, the company added 2-way audio functionality to its indoor residential cameras. Updates were released to both the mobile and Apple TV applications. And the company further differentiated its video doorbell solution, by taking advantage of integration opportunities that Trundle said can only exist when a single holistic platform underlies the smart home. Alarm.com doorbell users can now see who is at the door, speak to that person and then temporarily disarm the security system and unlock the door, all from a single interface and there’s the addition of a CCTV setup guide and humidity monitoring.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SEEKS JOHN MORONY ELECTRONIC SECURITY UPGRADE n NSW Department of Justice has issued a tender for an upgrade of the electronic security solutions at John Morony Correctional Facility. John Morony Correctional Complex is a maximum and minimum-security prison complex for males and females near Windsor in New South Wales, Australia. The complex is operated by Corrective Services NSW, an agency of the Department of Attorney General and Justice, of the Government of New South Wales. The centre was built in 2004 and comprises 3 separate correctional facilities,

including the John Morony Correctional Centre (a 200-bed medium security correctional centre for men); the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre (a minimum security correctional centre for men); and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (a 200-bed medium security correctional centre for women). The electronic security hardening at John Morony 1 Correctional Centre includes upgrading the CCTV cameras, mobile duress system, door locks, along with the control room and equipment room. The tender closes on December 12, 2017.

JOHNSON CONTROLS UNVEILS DSC IOTEGA WIRELESS SECURITY AND AUTOMATION PLATFORM n JOHNSON Controls has announced the immediate availability of the DSC iotega, a next generation wireless security and automation solution designed to provide safer and smarter living for homes and small

businesses. DSC iotega features built-in PowerG wireless technology that provides a fully encrypted security system that secures homes and businesses while including remote interactive smart

services, allowing new revenue streams for security dealers, according to the company. Discrete in design, iotega includes a vanishing touch keypad, as well as an optional 7-inch Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen,

wireless keypad arming station and flexible software app compatibility. Configuration of devices, system diagnostics, and upgrades can be handled remotely, while a user-replaceable battery ensures that end-user support and maintenance needs are minimized. DSC iotega allows endusers to view cameras, lock doors, adjust temperature, switch on/ off lights and enables a wide range of other home automation features. These actions can be implemented on demand or by set scenes and schedules, powered by SecureNet’s app. SecureNet platform offers a system management portal and an iOS and

Android compatible mobile app that can be customized for dealer brand enhancement and additional revenue opportunities. Johnson Controls says the SecureNet platform is fully integrated with security monitoring stations. DSC iotega supports multiple wired and wireless technologies, including PowerG 2-way encrypted wireless sensors, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave Plus and cellular (3G and LTE) upgrade, providing end-users with flexible options for their home automation network. No release date has been announced for the Australian market.

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SUTHERLAND SHIRE COUNCIL INVESTS IN SOLAR-POWERED CCTV TRAILER n SUTHERLAND Shire Council has invested in a new mobile CCTV trailer that will be used year-round in Sutherland Shire to provide greater safety and security at community events, as well as to target crime hot spots. The solar powered CCTV trailer sets up in 10 minutes and can be operated locally or remotely and was funded with a grant of $A138,516 from the Federal Government’s Safer Communities Fund. It incorporates fixed and PTZ cameras and delivers high resolution real time video streams to the control centre at Cronulla Police Station. Sutherland police local area commander Julian Griffiths said hired CCTV trailers had proved

invaluable in the past. “When I first arrived at Sutherland, you couldn’t see what was happening at the events,” he said. “You had to rely on information coming back. Having real-time imagery to see how crowds are gathering and potential escalation of issues, so you can put [police] in the right spots its invaluable. CCTV, compared with relying on verbal information, is oranges and apples.” Cook MP Scott Morrison said during a recent demonstration of the CCTV trailer at Cronulla that the unit was “an important tool for managing situations and proactive policing”. “When you have great technology like this, you don’t need fixed installations everywhere,” Morrison said. “Today, this

Treasurer and Cook MP Scott Morrison (centre), mayor Carmelo Pesce (left) and Julian Griffiths, NSW Police, test drive the CCTV trailer at Dunningham Park, North Cronulla

sort of stuff is not nice to have, it’s need to have. It should be standard issue, really, and that’s why the programme we have had in place for some years is designed to fill that gap.” Meanwhile Sutherland Shire Mayor Cr Carmelo Pesce said the council had hired CCTV trailers for

Australia Day celebrations at Cronulla and Illawong for the last 4 years. However, following events overseas, he said there was greater demand for hired units, so it was important the council had its own. “We will use it as often as we can,” Cr Pesce said.

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HILLS REMAINS ON TRACK FOR RETURN TO TRADING PROFIT n HILLS Limited is on track to achieve a trading profit in the second half of the current financial year, with the company’s dividend policy to be reviewed after its financial year 2018 (FY18) results are finalised. “Importantly, we are making progress and Hills is heading in the right direction,” Hills Chairman, Jennifer HillLing, told shareholders at today’s annual meeting in Adelaide. “Although we are not anticipating a return to profit in the current December half, we are expecting a trading profit in the second half of FY18 as our strategic initiatives and the benefits of cost reductions are realised,” Hill-Ling said. “We will then be in a position to review our ability to pay a franked

dividend after the FY18 results have been finalised,” she said. Hills chief executive officer, David Lenz, told the meeting that the past financial year had continued to deliver challenges to the Hills business but that the company had made strategic changes to strengthen its position. “We’ve made the hard decisions that were necessary to ensure the future success of the company,” Lenz said. “We have focused our attention on continuing to deliver improvements in our overall business and implement strategies we believe will deliver the best outcomes for our customers, shareholders, vendors and staff,” he said. Lenz said the Hills Group would focus on key business growth

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categories including health, security, surveillance and communications, as well as audio visual. “While these markets will continue to provide sales opportunities for Hills, we are also looking to capitalise on our ability to integrate across product categories, leveraging our capability to supply a total building technology solution, especially within the health sector,” he said. “Central to the ongoing success and continued growth of the Hills Health business is our patient engagement and nurse call solution which continues to go from strength to strength. “We currently have more than 18,000 beds under management in our patient engagement business and over 900 facilities utilising our nurse call solution, and with a strong forward order book, the momentum in this business is expected to grow over the next 12 months.” Lenz said the company’s digital transformation project was key to ensuring Hills’ competitiveness in the years to come, with the company on schedule to launch its new e-commerce platform in February 2018.

“Early indicators are that similar system deployments in the ANZ market have seen an uplift in sales of around 10 per cent and we are expecting a positive result from the implementation of this platform,” he said. “To ensure its success, we’ve made the decision to take control of the pick, pack and ship process, across all our lines of business. We’ll exit our third-party logistics operations at the end of the year and centralise distribution at a new site in Seven Hills, relocating our warehouse facilities from Lidcombe and Silverwater to the same site. It will open early in January 2018 and will deliver a simplified and streamlined distribution capability to service all our business. “I know customers and vendors alike are looking forward to benefits that our digital transformation project will bring – it will be a step change for Hills and will help drive our business across Australia and New Zealand. With the strategies and planning we now have in place we anticipate being in a position to deliver a trading profit in the second Half of FY18,” Lenz said.

MICHAEL BRAGG JOINS TYCO SECURITY PRODUCTS n Michael Bragg has joined Tyco Security Products as enterprise business development manager. “Michael will be responsible for driving the Enterprise solutions American Dynamics, Software House (CCURE) and CEM into the ANZ market space,” said Tyco Security Products’ regional sales manager, Darren Banks. “Michael has considerable experience in electronic security distribution

and strong technical and sales skills and we’re looking forward to his contribution to the growing team here at Tyco.” Johnson Controls/Tyco recently announced the appointments of BGW Technologies, Seadan Security & Electronics and Video Security Products as new distributor partners for Australia and New Zealand for the company’s security solutions.

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CANADIAN TELCO BCE TO ACQUIRE ALARMFORCE FOR $CAD184 MILLION

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AlarmForce Industries, one of the largest security and monitoring providers in Canada, with 100,000 lines, will be bought by Canadian tele BCE for $CAD184 million. BCE, formerly Bell Canada Enterprises, is a provider of broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS, Canada’s leading multimedia company with assets in television, radio, out-of-home and digital media. BCE currently provides residential and business customers in Atlantic Canada and Manitoba with security and monitoring services from Bell Aliant NextGen Home Security and AAA Security, a Bell MTS company. The telecom says combining the assets and experience of AlarmForce with its own strength in networks, customer service and distribution will enable it to quickly expand into the connected home sector in Ontario and Québec. Alarmforce provides a range of services, including intrusion and fire/life-safety alarms; home automation services including lighting, climate and lock control systems; and in-home and mobile medical alert systems. “Bell is excited to welcome the AlarmForce team as we pursue the significant growth and innovation opportunities represented by the connected home. It’s a natural next step for Bell as one of Canada’s most trusted brands in residential services,” said George Cope, president and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada.

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BGWT SIGNS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH ALARM.COM n BGW Technologies has signed an agreement giving it distribution of the full range of Alarm. com interactive products. The range means Alarm. com communicators, surveillance cameras and the Skybell video door bell, are available from BGW Technologies’ national network of branches in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. “Alarm.com is a perfect addition to our intrusion line up and has wonderful synergies with our recent launch of the full line up of DSC intrusion

products,” said Robert Meachem, general manager for BGW Technologies. “The interactive segment is in growth because the end users expect a higher level of interaction and functionality with their devices in the home and business and Alarm.com leads the way globally. What’s also very important to this segment is the reoccurring revenue that security dealers and security monitoring providers can enjoy as an Alarm.com partner.”

HIKVISION USA INTRODUCES DEDICATED CYBERSECURITY HOTLINE

n HIKVISION USA customers can now contact the video surveillance provider for direct support related to cybersecurity concerns. And Chuck Davis, a former IBM executive security architect, has been appointed to serve as cybersecurity director for the company’s North American operations. Davis has worked for more than 20 years building cybersecurity programmes for large enterprise organizations. He began working for IBM in 1997 and rose to the position of global security operations manager before leaving the company in 2011. He later returned in 2015 as executive security architect, serving in that role for more than 2 years.

The company encourages its partners to update all equipment to the latest available firmware. “Updating firmware is an effective way to safeguard equipment from cyberattacks and eliminate known vulnerabilities. Firmware updates are available on the Hikvision website,” said Davis. “Cybersecurity is Hikvision’s top priority,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision’s operations in the United States and Canada. “Innovation and R&D are integral parts of our technology development, and continuous improvements to our cybersecurity support with this hotline solidify our commitment to secure our products even further.”

Alarm.com’s Nate Wysk said the company was pleased with the agreement. “We’re very excited about our partnership with BGW Technologies.” said Nate Wysk, Alarm. com’s director of global business development. “With growing consumer demand for smart home and business security, we will be able to expand in the Australian market and allow more security dealers to deliver advanced connected property solutions to their customers. The

BGW Technologies team understands the opportunity that interactive services presents and is a great fit for Alarm.com’s innovative technology. “We are right in the middle of the ramp up of our intrusion business and Alarm.com is a welcome addition to our product offer. We are working really closely with the Australian Alarm.com team members such as Matt Hardwick and Ian Law to ensure dealers and installers are serviced to the highest levels by

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BGWT.” said Meachem. Inventory is available now from BGW Technologies national branch network in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

SECURITY TECH MUSCLES UP FOR GOLD COAST COMMONWEALTH GAMES n VIDEO surveillance cameras will be empowered with facial recognition technology and drones will support 10,000 police officers, 4500 private security officers and an undisclosed number of ADF personnel at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April next year. Along with the electronic security technology, it’s certain there will be a serious level of explosives detection and pedestrian and vehicular access control at all entrances, as well as widespread use of barriers and bollards to

protect the public from vehicle attacks. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chairman Peter Beattie says there can be no complacency at such a large-scale event. “We will use the latest (security) technologies and we make no excuse for this,” the former Queensland premier told a Melbourne Press Club function recently. Training of security personnel and law enforcement officers has been extensive. “The police have been

given extra powers which means that if you get on a train in Brisbane, you’re heading to the Gold Coast and you’ve got a backpack, you’ll be searched. “There’ll be undercover police on all the trains and they are specifically trained to identify people by way of movements who are likely to be threats. When you go to the venues, it’ll be like going to the airport you’ll go through all of the security systems. “This (security) will be world-class and it needs to be.”

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MAJOR SECURITY UPGRADES FOR VILLAWOOD DETENTION CENTRE n AUSTRALIA’S Department of Finance has sought a suitably qualified contractor to undertake Stage 3 of works of the VIDFR project for the supply of higher risk secure accommodation. The works will be delivered under a Head Contract (construct only) methodology. The design is undergoing development to 100 per cent completion and will be provided to the successful applicants at the second stage RFT process. An early works package, inclusive of remediation and civil works, has been delivered under a separate contract to reduce risk and gain efficiencies in the planning and delivery of the new higher risk accommodation. Construction of a new higher security/higher risk precinct for a total of 62 detainees including accommodation, 6 special care, common facilities and outdoor areas. The precinct will be divided into 4 secure areas:

l 2 Identical and separate secure precinct areas, each providing accommodation and facilities for 31 detainees and each over 2 levels, which are based on the Mitchell Precinct with refinements based on the Higher Risk Accommodation (HRA) and General Flexible Accommodation (GFA) model security amendments. There will be capacity for lockdown operations in each area and no shared

facilities. Each area will include common facilities for recreation and dining, as well as high care facilities for detainees that have special needs: l 1 separate secure area around the Banksia and Tweed building with security curtilage; l 1 separate secure area for a Football Field. Access will be managed from each of the surrounding accommodation areas; and l Construction of fences and roadworks in and

around Stage 3 to support the new high security precinct. The VIDF is part of a network of detention facilities and Stage 3 accommodation must become available for occupation in early 2019 to meet DIBP’s forward planning requirements. The Stage 3 program includes a 12-month construction period, followed by a 12-month defects liability period (DLP). The tender closed on November 30.

DELL LAUNCHES IOT DIVISION, PLANS $US1 BILLION INVESTMENT n DELL Technologies has launched a new Internet of Things division and has announced $US1 billion in research and development over 3 years. Dell’s IoT play will focus on edge computing. Dell Technologies, which includes units such as Dell EMC, Pivotal, VMwarem and RSA, touches on many aspects

of IoT. In addition, IoT end points and gateways are expected to become more powerful to reduce latency and bring more intelligence to the edge. According to Dell, the need to boost intelligence at the edge and cut latency is creating a need for more innovative approaches. The other argument for an edge-

friendly architecture is that shipping data to the cloud on a streaming basis can be expensive. CEO Michael Dell said artificial intelligence and IoT will create one “interdependent ecosystem from the edge to the core to the cloud”. Matt Baker, senior vice president of strategy and planning at Dell EMC, said Dell Technologies’ approach as a collective of strategically aligned businesses will make the IoT unit a success. The company has also put in place crossbusiness deliverables and processes to form cohesive IoT stacks. “Everyone has a business to run here, but there’s

ACCORDING TO DELL, THE NEED TO BOOST INTELLIGENCE AT THE EDGE AND CUT LATENCY IS CREATING A NEED FOR MORE INNOVATIVE APPROACHES.

a place to make big bets as a team,” said Baker. “Michael Dell is passionate about this topic.” Baker noted that edge computing is a strong suit for Dell Technologies, which is also betting on an ecosystem approach.

VALE, GORDAN DONALD, FOUNDER OF AARDVARK AND COMBINED AREA RESPONSE SERVICES GORDON Donald, founder and owner of security businesses Aardvark and Combined Area Response Services, has passed away peacefully in Bangalow. Donald ran a security business that integrated alarm monitoring and security patrol services in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in the Combined Area Response Service, which employed BMW motorcycles for rapid response on congested city streets. “At the time Aardvark and CARS was one of the largest privately-owned manpower security and patrol companies in Australia,” said son, Heath. “Pocket money growing up in a security manpower business was earned washing what seemed like an endless stream of security patrol cars and motorcycles.” Donald was a staunch supporter and board member of ASIAL, and particularly active in administering the annual golf day fund raiser, at the time the best attended security industry event outside of the then ASIAL Exhibition and Conference. The ASIAL golf days included auctions which raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Starlight Foundation annually. “ASIAL is saddened to hear of the recent passing of Gordon Donald,” said ASIAL general manager, John Fleming. “Gordon served on the ASIAL Board during the 1990s and was a strong supporter of the Association’s annual golf day. Our thoughts are with Gordon’s family,” Donald is sorely missed by his sons Brock and Heath, and grandson, Rocky.

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SECURITY SUPPLIERS AND INTEGRATORS NEED AN OPERATIONAL MINDSET n CAPTAIN Ainsley Morthorpe, director of policing and security and the service security adviser - Royal Australian Navy, told attendees at Security & Government Expo in Canberra that the best security suppliers had an operational mindset. Captain Morthorpe, who has had commanded 2 ships and an operational base during his career, spoke as part of the ASIS ACT seminars at SAGE. He said it was vital security suppliers learned and spoke the language of operations and understood the mindset of their customers so that security became an enabler to business and operations, not just a thing that had to be done. According to Captain Morthorpe; whose remit covers multiple shore bases across Australia, as

well as more than 12,000 RAN personnel plus APS and contractors working in the Navy group; technology should not be installed for its own sake but needed to account for the human element. “There’s a lot of great security technology out there but from a security leadership perspective, I need to be convinced such technology will assist us in meeting clear operational goals – whether those be the protection of assets or the protection of personnel. This includes the operation and sustainment of that technology,” he said. “It is vital that a leader understand the effect that will be delivered by such technology, its strengths but more importantly its weaknesses.” Captain Morthorpe also touched on the challenges of securing RAN bases in

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major cities, which he said required a flexible and robust sense of collective security when compared to that of an operational warship, which in addition to high tech detection and response mechanisms, has a synergy of

command and purpose that makes it far more responsive to developing threats. “The challenge for a leader in a shore base is that all manner of units exist, with a plethora of goals, personnel and perception

of threat and risk; this requires a leader who can explain and influence by making clear the effectiveness of certain security controls rather than simply reading the ‘glossy brochure’,” Captain Morthorpe said.

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Products 2017 Software was a big and growing thing in 2017 – from management solutions and unification solutions to analytics, software is changing the way electronic security solutions support security operations. These systems help users save money, help them push past the boundaries of traditional technology and help them leverage every scrap of data their electronic security solution, as well as surrounding data feeds, might be able to provide. SEN went on a rant about cloud in the wake of Security 2017 and nothing has happened in the back end of the year to change those opinions. Cloud is here and with it IoT.

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What were the best products of 2017? There were many to choose from and while they might have been stronger, faster and better than the generation of solutions that came before them, they were also certain to be products that offered users the most functionality at the least expense. FTER Security 2017 Exhibition in Sydney, SEN observed that what stood out at the show was the acceleration of fundamental change – security technology and the underlying networking technology supporting it, including cloud and mobile wireless – have reached a point they have the capacity to powerfully enhance operations in almost any direction a user cares to go. We saw a case in point at Sunshine Coast University Hospital where an award-winning integration of Inner Range’s Integriti platform by Siemens facilitated integration of alarms, access control, intrusion, lift control, intercom, help points, mother-baby monitoring, automated vehicles and much more. This refrain of solutions provision was heard at SecTech Roadshow, Security 2017 and again last month at Security & Government Expo in Canberra.

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There was plenty to appreciate in 2017 and it’s important to preface this report by acknowledging there were many things we did not see and might have included here if we had. There are so many things, I’m just going to rattle them off. I’ve mentioned software and let’s start with that – there are lots of good things out there - Retail Sense, Citigraf and Clearance from Genetec, as well as Security Center, which has just been upgraded. We hammered Genetec SC at SecTech Roadshow, especially in Sydney, where we really stretched the processor with 36 cameras on the jig. Could any other VMS have handled the heat? Appearance Face Search from Avigilon is another strong solution that allows operators and investigators to search a database for multiple instances of faces and to correlate them for enhanced story telling. For operators, this technology increases the speed and accuracy of investigations by detecting and understanding that it is searching for the same person, even if items such as their clothing change over time. Tecom C4 - a single interface that allows management of all security systems, access control, intrusion and CCTV, whether local or remote, from a single workstation. Operators can commission, drive and manage all their systems from a single interface, no matter the manufacturer, and there are multiple reporting options, too. Behind the scenes is an MS SQL database with Open DataBase connectivity and a huge list of integration drivers that have already been written. New drivers can be written using integrated tools by any developer for any user – accelerated evolution is written into C4’s DNA. Hikvision Darkfighter X – features include dual optical and IR sensors, 25x varifocal zoom lens, 2MP, 1080p resolution, IP66-rated bullet and PTZ, optical de-fog, smart detection functions and H.264 and H.265 compression. According to Hikvision, Darkfighter-X delivers the best possible colour images in low light by employing techniques used by human eyes, which use different groups of cells to collect signals generated by the reflections of colour and brightness from surfaces in the scene being

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viewed. These are then merged within the brain to create an enhanced composite image. In the case of Darkfighter X, the camera takes information from an IR sensor (for brightness) and a visible light sensor (colour) and combines them to provide a bright image in full colour without blur or extremes of noise. According to Hikvision, Darkfighter X technology can provide colourful, sharp images down at 0.001 lux – that’s half starlight. We’ve not tested the camera at those levels, but performance was strong during a demo. It seems a small thing, but we liked ICT’S new silicone Mifare wristbands which provide a convenient hands-free access control credential for restrictive or humidity-prone environments. The slim, unobtrusive design ensures the wristband can be worn comfortably, including under protective clothing if required and the wristbands are available in 3 sizes (small, medium, and large) and in 2 colour options (black or white). Completely sealed and with an IP68 rating, they are ideal for high humidity environments such as water theme parks, wash down areas, and medical facilities. No more fumbling for wallets or credential clips. We liked the Aussie-designed Osprey radar system, which is designed to detect all attempts to get contraband into the prisons by throwing or slinging it over walls or fences. The management solution is a highlight of this clever solution, as is the underlying technology. Unfortunately, we can’t go into the technical side for obvious reasons but it’s a great solution to a real and growing problem. Dahua NVR-5224 with 24 PoE inputs, H.264 and H.265 compression options, and an 800m cable run is a strong solution but our favourite Dahua product was the Dahua DH-SD10A248V-HNI PTZ with its 48x 5.7~275mm zoom lens and 450m smart IR. In addition to its long-range capabilities the big PTZ uses Starlight technology to produce useable color images in low light, has H.265 compression to lower bandwidth and storage requirements, smart features such as auto tracking, and 120dB WDR. This PTZ can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to +70 °C, is IP67 rated, has 8KV lighting protection and can tolerate an input voltage range of with a variation of 25 per cent. Discounting all that, and regardless of its large size, I thought this Dahua performed best at SecTech’s PTZ shootout in Sydney against strong competition. Uniview’s UNV Unicorn – a 2000-channel VMS server. With 16 HDD bays expandable to 48, and support for 100 online users at a time, the UNV Unicorn is a serious but of kit that might be perfect for many quite large applications. Nice. Mobotix M16, as well as M16 Thermal Radiometry camera with dual core processor, H.264 compression and ONVIF compliance coming soon. Mobotix M16 is tough as nails and teamed up with MxActivitySensor, it’s a killer on perimeters. Sony Exmor R CMOS sensor-powered SNCVB642D. This camera is a robust and compact

POUND FOR POUND, WE THINK BOSCH’S IP 5000 DAY/ NIGHT BULLET CAMERA IS PROBABLY THE BEST AROUND.

external bullet camera with integrated IR that looks like it would be at home in multiple applications. It has remotely switchable white light at the top of the array and IR at the bottom – fantastic. Sony’s new G6.5 range includes 4K in an affordable form factor and the on-screen performance looks great. FLIR Cameleon Tactical system, which is designed to provide security and surveillance applications in a highly customizable and user-friendly environment. Cameleon is designed to control any number and combination of analogue and IP devices from different manufacturers with point and click simplicity, ensuring retention of those costly investments in security and surveillance equipment. I really liked Cameleon when I saw it at Security 2017. FLIR United VMS 8.0, which is an enterprise-level video management solution for managing video security operations, also deserves a mention. The solution manages large and multi-location video operations, and includes FLIR Latitude software, as

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well as FLIR Horizon and FLIR Meridian network video recorders. United VMS 8.0 delivers a more secure system through stronger online security credential requirements. I liked Inner Range’s SIFER keypad, which is a combined IP67-rated keypad and smart card reader that allows dual credential card and pin high security access control, (pin only or card only is also supported). SIFER keypad is a multi-drop RS-485 device that employs 128-bit AES encryption from the card/keypad through to the door module, providing a superior level of security to that of traditional Wiegand based keypads and card readers. SIFER keypads utilise the Mifare DESfire EV1 card format. As SIFER keypads utilise a superset of the OSDP protocol, the keypads may also be deployed on any system capable of using OSDP. SIFER keypads are connected to the RS-485 reader port for full readerin and reader-out operation of various Inner Range products. I’ve included Honeywell HCL2G Ultra Low Light WDR IP box camera in this list as I thought it did really well at SecTech Camera Shootout. It features 1080p 2MP at full frame rate, progressive-scan technology, and edge enhancement for outstanding picture clarity. ONVIF (Profile S/G) compliance ensures hassle-free, flexible system integration. There’s True WDR, up to 140 dB, True Day/Night capability, Ultra Low Light technology and 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec, working temperature is -30C to 60C, there’s ONVIF Profile S and G compliance, security features include individual signed certificates and data encryption, and there’s support for up to 128 GB microSDHC (Class 10) card for local video storage when network is interrupted. Honeywell’s HBL2GR1 WDR IR Rugged IP bullet camera also stood out. It has Full HD 1080p at 25/30 fps image with a 1/2.8-inch 2MP sensor, WDR, up to 140 dB, Day/Night capability, Ultra Low Light

technology and 3D noise reduction, saving storage and bandwidth together with H.264 High Profile codec, working temperature is -40C to 60C. There’s ONVIF Profile S and G compliance, security features include individual signed certificates and data encryption, and there’s support for up to 128 GB microSDHC (Class 10) card for local video storage when the network is interrupted. There’s 2.7-12 mm or 5-50 mm, F1.4, motorized focus/zoom lens options, 60m IR, IP67 and IK10 vandal-resistant camera housing. Send us one to test, Honeywell! We liked this last year but pound for pound, we think Bosch’s IP 5000 day/night bullet camera is probably the best around. It’s an IP66-rated 5MP bullet camera with a motorised, varifocal, IR-corrected, board-mounted 2.7-12mm F1.4 lens offering 32-100 degrees of viewing angle and 18-53 degrees of vertical angle. The motorized zoom lens has automatic focus adjustment with 1:1-pixel mapping to ensure the camera is always accurately focused. It works extremely well in the field. The camera has a 30m IR array, the sensor is a 1/2.9-inch CMOS, claimed to offer minimum scene illuminations of 0.07 lux in colour, 0.05 lux in monochrome and 0 lux with IR activated. Most fun camera to drive in 2017 – easy - Panasonic Aero PTZ with daylight second. This camera delivers 1080p resolution at 60fps with a 30x optical zoom lens. Aero’s image sensor is a progressive scan 1/3inch MOS type with an area of 5.346mm x 3.336mm.

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This sensor offers minimum scene illumination in colour of 0.06 lux at F1.6 with gain on high and shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and 0 lux in monochrome thanks to the 150m IR LEDs. WDR is 105dB. The lens has a focal length of 4.3-129mm, giving a horizontal viewing between 64 and 2.3 degrees, while aperture is F1.6 wide open and closes down to F4.7 at the long end. The camera is IP67 rated, which means both water and dust proof and vandal proof to IK10 standards. The temperature range is -50 to +55C, which is strong for a PTZ, which has many more moving parts than a simple bullet or dome. The sphere pan-tilt mechanism allows endless 360-degree panning and there’s a +/90-degree tilt range. Solid spec, isn’t it? We liked STid Mobile ID, an authentication system based on smart devices distributed by Security Distributors Australia. It includes a free mobile app, latest generation multi-technology Architect Blue readers, and online and offline configuration tools. Especially cool was the way you drive the reader without getting out your phone by running your hand down the face of the reader. Something else we rated was HillsTrak, a cloudbased asset tracking solution with whole-ofbusiness, as well as security, applications. Staff can simply log onto an app on their smartphone or tablet to scan, record and manage company assets. As a manager, you might worry a comprehensive asset tracking and asset management solution of enterprise scale would be fussy but with HillsTrak, that’s not so. This cloud-based system is thoughtfully conceived, powerful, yet has a fundamental simplicity that reduces the steps required to get a complex and demanding job done. Worth a look,

HillsTrak. LSC’s AMC controllers and multiple devices – wireless and hardwired – also caught my eye this year. These AMC controllers look well-made and they’re both large enough and affordable enough to apply to many applications. The new e-ink touchscreen is clever and there’s a big range of control panels, and a galaxy of orbiting sensors. Suprema BioEntry W2 from NetDigital and distributed by ISCS – it’s is a multi RFID reading, IP67-rated vandal-proof fingerprint access control reader with 1.2GHz quad core CPU which achieves matching speeds of up to 150,000 match/second. With its large 2GB memory, BioEntry W2 can store and manage up to 500,000 users and provides instant matching results with minimal lag time. The device combines enhanced fingerprint algorithm, new fingerprint sensor, and live finger detection technology. Bosch MIC IP Starlight 7000 HD PTZ – there’s a reason these things are springing up on road systems all over the place – the power to weight ratio is second to none and the cameras were originally designed for wild and woolley maritime and mining applications, so they are tough. The MIC Starlight 7000 HD is flexible, easy to drive, has a quality camera and lens and does well against backlight and in low light. There are particular applications for which it’s likely no other camera will do. The MIC is fully sealed and rated to immersion. With the illuminator accessory, the dimensions of the camera are 217.75mm x 439.91mm x 178.33 mm. It’s not a small camera but it’s not huge, either at 6.7kg. On large sites, the MIC will be quite discreet but it certainly has a purposeful appearance. There’s a 1/3-inch Exmor CMOS sensor offering 1305 x 1049 pixels and has a 4.3-129mm motorised zoom lens with a variable aperture – F1.6 at the wide end closing down to F5.6 at the long end – this lens offers a field of view from 2.1-59 degrees. Bosch MIC complies with IP68 against weather and dust, NEMA 6P and IK10 against vandalism and IEC60068 against vibration and shock. It can handle a temperature range from -40 to 60C, MIC’s cast aluminium body is rated to ASTM B117 against corrosion, has intelligent defog, an integrated wiper system, a window de-froster, and the mounting options are flexible to suit any application in industry, marine, mining, tunnels, public and city

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surveillance – the list goes on. There’s also image stabilisation. Power demand if you go with the lighting module is 95W (60W without illumination). The lighting module is good, too, same as everything else about the MIC. We loved Dahua’s IPC HDBW823EP-Z-SL dome when we tested it. Great build quality and tough with an excellent finish. There’s even potting of terminations in the camera chassis, along with rubber weather seals, brush polishing of metal surfaces and the bubble seems to be largely untinted. Resolution is 2MP, there’s Starlight, anti-corrosion dome featuring a 1/1.9-inch 2MP progressive-scan CMOS sensor, 120dB of WDR capability, delivering 60ips at 1080p, a 4.1-16.4mm motorised lens, 50m of IR, IP67 and IK10 rating and H.264 and H.265 compression options. Performance matches the feature set. Doubters should ask Dahua to send them a demo. EyeLok from CSD is a range of iris-based identity authentication, hardware and software solutions designed to offer convenience and security with unmatched biometric accuracy. EyeLok’s proprietary iris authentication technology looks at more than 240 unique iris characteristics and provides a fast, user-friendly experience, according to the company’s marketing material. But when you get a demo, this read just works and it looks great, too. Inner Range Inception upgrade. People may not appreciate how big a deal that latest upgrade was with Inception – this new generation of the Inception access control and intruder detection product has a web browser based interface and support for modern technologies such as USB, WiFi, and IP monitoring, has now been expanded to support up to 128 doors, 256 readers and 10,000 users. These new capacities require no hardware changes or licenses and will be available for all existing controllers with a firmware update. Honeywell’s new Xtralis VESDA aspirating smoke detectors with improved detection performance – 1.5x greater sensitivity than VESDA VLP, up to 6x

better dust rejection to minimize nuisance alarms, saving building owners significant potential costs from fire department calls. VESDA-E VEP also enhances the user experience with out-of–thebox operation utilizing auto configuration to aid commissioning, an intuitive 3.5-inch LCD touch screen display for simplified status investigation and wireless remote review with the iVESDA app for proactive maintenance. New standard features including built-in Ethernet and WiFi provide ease of connectivity with commonly used handheld devices and the PC-based Xtralis VSM monitoring package. I liked the new RightCrowd solutions, which provide streamlined and modern visitor management processes, reducing time and costs. The solution provides significantly improved security, safety and compliance for an organisation’s visitors and workforce and it’s available in 3 editions, Visitor Essentials, Workforce Essentials and Elements. RightCrowd has partnered with CSD and Inner Range to bring customers a continuous workforce assurance and visitor management solution fully integrated with Inner Range’s Integriti Platform. The solution is also compatible with Gallagher, Lenel and Tyco. S2 Magic Monitor 4 with selectable design layouts, can source video from S2’s NetVR series, Milestone (3 variants), or ExacqVision, has new internet widgets, which include Twitter, advanced weather, traffic, Pandora, NetBox activity by partition, activity log with video replay, and NetBox photo ID. There’s also cloud-based remote software and license update, sound associated with video and video clips, and magic video push that shows live content of receiving Magic Monitors. There was so much great stuff released in 2017 – we can hardly wait for 2018 to see what’s coming next. n

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JOHN ADAMS WITH STUART HARMER

Stuart Harmer, ARA Group Stuart Harmer founded ISCS back in 1998 in partnership with the owners of Asco and the company enjoyed strong growth until acquired by ARA Group in 2009. Harmer’s experience with ISCS and position as managing director of ARA Group Products Division gives his insights considerable value.

Q: Stuart, you’re managing director of ARA Group Products Division, which acquired your ISCS electronic security distribution business in 2009. Do you think the industry has a sense of just how large ARA Group is?

– electrical, fire, security, mechanical, manufacture and building, is it fair to say the security industry is the most close-knit, the most dependent on quality of relationships? Or are all technical industries similar?

A: When we sold ISCS to the ARA Group in 2009 we were very excited to be part of a large group. Back then the group had an annual turnover of $A200 million spread amongst the many divisions. In 2017 we turned over around $370 million and employed around 1800 staff. So yes, a lot of the people you talk to aren’t aware of the size and coverage of ARA Group.

A: Those ARA divisions along with the Products Division within the Group all face different and sometimes similar challenges. From my experience so far, they all depend upon working together in a tight-knit environment. Relationships are so very important. We have many senior and highly experienced staff with longstanding relationships in the varying industries that’s one of our advantages.

Q: What parts of ARA are security industry facing – which distribution verticals do you cover and who are your clients? Where are your branches/offices? A: The ARA Products Division, which I’m responsible for as managing director, distributes electronic access control, security and CCTV via the ISCS business. We have 2 branches in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Our clients are integrators, installers and service companies maintaining Australia’s systems. Our systems can be anywhere from a couple of access card readers on a small medical suite to a few thousand readers on multiple mining sites all over Australia. Q: Given you face multiple industries

Q: Given that ARA has multiple divisions with considerable synergy in an increasingly integrated and interoperable world (grain of salt included), do you think this gives ARA an advantage over single vertical distribution businesses? A: Yes. We have had many opportunities where an end-user saw the value in having one company able to provide a turnkey solution. The Products Division often gets the opportunity to supply electronic security via ISCS, architectural hardware via Woodpend, identity products via ID Supplies and even fire doors via our door manufacturing businesses. While these total projects come along from time to time to the group, each of

our businesses within the Products Division stand alone as profitable and important parts of the Division. Q: Tell us about ARA Products’ plans for the electronic security industry moving forward. Which aspects of technology are you focusing on? And where do you think installers and integrators should be steering their businesses? A: The Internet of Things (IOT) isn’t just the latest buzz word, it’s a real and important part of the security world. We are focusing on products that make good use of our connected world, offer our customers convenience and the highest levels of security. Our ISCS customers - the installers and integrators - need to be technically able to bring their customers into the world of the IOT. It is vital to do so, otherwise they will become redundant. One of the areas that we are focusing on is Real Time Location Services (RTLS), offering products and systems that can locate staff and assets in real time within the endusers’ environment. This not only has security applications but also provides safety and building efficiency applications. It is an exciting avenue for the industry and ISCS has what we believe to be the world’s most costeffective yet sophisticated offering in our new BluVision technology. BluVision uses small affordable, low-powered Bluetooth beacons in asset tags (and even access control cards), to provide real-time locations. Imagine knowing when to secure a building’s floor automatically based upon staff occupancy, or being able to activate heating and cooling only when required – that’s what BluVision offers. Q: From your point of view as a distributor, what makes a good manufacturer? What sort of companies do you most love working with – big multi-nationals or highly focused tech houses? A: Honestly, we work with the big

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guys and the smaller tech houses. They can all be great manufacturers which we like working with. The key for us is having a manufacturer which is nimble and can move quickly to meet our rapidly changing market and needs. A great example of that is ICT, the New Zealand manufacturer of the Protege range of access control and security systems. ISCS is ICT’s exclusive distributor in Australia for the

ProtegeGX enterprise-level range and we have had the opportunity to grow along with ICT in the region. ICT is a trusted manufacturer and they put faith in ISCS to grow Protege’s sales in Australia from literally nothing to what they are today - a product that stands alongside the industry’s most-trusted security products, with thousands of systems installed all over the country.

Q: Which part of the ARA Products Division is growing fastest taking into consideration access control, intrusion, CCTV, automation? A: CCTV is still a growing part of the industry and that is reflected in the ISCS business. Over the past 5 years, our team has worked very hard to develop an amazingly broad range of CCTV products for our customers. All the way from our NX Witness video

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management system, to our Sony and AliusVision ranges of cameras, ISCS is a serious player in the CCTV market and customers are benefiting. Q: How many of your customers are undertaking integration of multiple sub systems? A: Almost all of them require some level of integration of sub-systems today. Again, products like ProtegeGX and ProtegeWX offer integration to an everexpanding range of sub-systems. We often see sites requiring those systems integrated to elevators, CCTV and even standalone-door access systems like Salto, all controlled and managed from Protégé. Q: Tell us how you started in the security industry. What was the entry point, how old were you and what had you been doing up to that point? You have an engineering background, don’t you? A: Great question. I started out in electrical engineering in the late 80s and from the very early age of 20 I was put in charge of designing and managing some significant projects. I studied and worked in that industry for a number of years before being introduced to an access control product. As an electrical consultant we had just started to specify access control on high-rise buildings and airports but knew nothing about this tech. It was a little mysterious. As time went on I learnt more and got to know the owner of a small startup access business called Asco. A colleague and I took the plunge and left the engineering consulting world to start up the Brisbane branch of Asco. Asco went on to become one of biggest players in the Australian access control market and I learnt so much from that experience. We were market leaders. Q: When did you decide you wanted to start your own distribution business? Could you outline a couple of the early challenges? When did you realise ISCS was going to be a success? A: I started ISCS back in 1998 with the owners of the Asco business (which had recently been sold). While Asco was a manufacturer and integrator, we wanted to focus on distributing some great products. It was very challenging in the early years, however, we were very grateful to be the first distributor of

ALL THE WAY FROM OUR NX WITNESS VIDEO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, TO OUR SONY AND ALIUSVISION RANGES OF CAMERAS, ISCS IS A SERIOUS PLAYER IN THE CCTV MARKET AND CUSTOMERS ARE BENEFITING FROM OUR GREAT RANGE OF PRODUCTS.

HID in Australia and we built ISCS in the early days on HID products. We were and still are the most trusted source of HID access control products in the region. We invested substantially in card production technology allowing us to program, personalise and distribute HID access cards to the market overnight or even same day, a service unheard of before. Getting the product mix right was and still can be a challenge…making sure your products not only do the job but offer value. This is vitally important. Q: What key lessons did running ISCS teach you that translate directly to managing ARA Products Division? A: It’s imperative to be flexible and have a strong customer focus. I still work alongside the team at ISCS making sure our customers get the best experience possible, ensuring they are trained in our products and supported well when problems occur. Q: How much harder is it to run a much larger business? What are the challenges – people, logistics, selecting the right product balance? A: The same challenges occur right across all the businesses within the ARA Products Division. I just have a lot more people to work with. I’m very fortunate to have exceptionally talented general managers in each business running day-to-day operations. These guys are industry champions and are great to work with - they do their jobs and do them well. Q: Do you ever miss having your own business? There’s a feeling of parenthood, isn’t there? Or do you think ARA Group empowers the ISCS business to greater things? A: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the excitement of rapid growth and creating something from nothing, but honestly, I still run ISCS and the other businesses in the division just like I did with my

business partners back when we owned ISCS. As I have always said, the only thing that really changed is where the money goes. Certainly, the ARA Group has allowed us to expand more rapidly than we may have been able to, and we have the benefit of some great financial guidance and support. Q: You sit on the ARA Endowment board – what is that, what does it seek to achieve? A: ARA recognises that it has an important role to play in the communities in which we operate. We take seriously our corporate social responsibility. As a means to reach the greatest number of people with limited resources, ARA established the ARA Group Endowment Fund in 2009. The ARA Group Endowment fund allows our employees and customers to donate to the fund and, in turn, we require all earnings of the Fund be donated to registered Australian charities each financial year. Since its inception, the Fund has contributed to more than 40 different Australian charities. ARA employees who donate to the Fund recommend charities in their community that they would like to see the Fund support. The Advisory Board to the Fund makes the final decision, taking into account the recommendation of the employees who donate to the Fund. More than 150 ARA employees make regular contributions to the Fund, which is a wonderful result. Q: Does ARA Products Divison have a message it would like to get out to electronic security installers and integrators? A: Absolutely. It’s important that ISCS not be overlooked because we are perceived as predominantly the go-to place for cards and readers – we are multi-faceted and have a broad range of the industry’s most-trusted products. n

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● Product review

Mobotix

MOBOTIX M16

MOBOTIX M16 is a modular dual sensor surveillance camera system that offers installers and end users much more than meets the eye. It’s a PoE, 6MP day/night camera with an integrated housing, rated IP66 and IK10, supported by MxManagementCenter and MxAnalytics software and for the first time offering H.264 compression (ONVIF compliance is coming). OLDING the Mobotix M16 in the hand H is instructive – it doesn’t feel like a modern surveillance camera. The M16 is compact but at just under 1.2kg it’s a hunk, with the camera system buttoned up inside a Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) housing reinforced with glass fibre to increase strength, stiffness, impact resistance and the ability to withstand heat, acids, oils and sunlight. Strength is a design characteristic – this camera has an MTBF of 80,000 hours – that’s around 9 years of constant operation. As I work to crack open the M16’s shell to fit a longer network cable it’s clear this is a quality manufacture

from front to back – everything is well made and fits together neatly, with no short cuts behind the fascia. Build quality is a testament to Mobotix’ long history of survival in tough climes. We’ve seen Julien Lenser-Hobbs punting M series cameras around at Mobotix conferences and the reason he can do that is apparent as soon as you get the M16 in your hands – this is a rugged little beast. Before we get into camera performance – let’s run through overall specifications. They are comprehensive and come at you in layers and that’s because Mobotix was never a box mover but always sold a complete solution – camera, software and

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BY J O H N A D A M S

Strong colours

3 plates in a row with backlight

hardware add-ons. The Mobotix back-end has been polished by the lapidary of operational demands over 17 years so that, taken as a whole, the M16 feels smooth as a gem stone. The camera we are looking at has a pair of optical image sensors (they are interchangeable) one being colour for day work, the other monochrome for night. Each of the sensors is a 1/1.8-inch progressive scan 1/1.8-inch CMOS with a total pixel count of 3072 x 2048 at up to 42ips, and this new M16 camera engine has a dual core microprocessor. Mobotix offers a range of image sensor lens options which you select before ordering – distant tele, super tele, standard, wide lens, super wide, ultra wide and hemispheric. In this case, both day and night sensors are fitted with F1.8 Ultrawide L20 lenses with a focal length of 3.6mm and an angle of view of 103 degrees x 77 degrees high. Light sensitivity numbers are interesting because Mobotix quotes them at the realistic shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, as well as the less likely shutter speed of 1/1 second. At 1/60th low light performance in colour is 0.1 lux and .005 lux at one second. In monochrome, the numbers are .02 at 1/60th of a second and .001 at 1 second. Frankly, anything shot at 1 second that’s not a static object is going to be rendered artistically to say the least. But as an operator, it’s nice to have the ability to snare a static scene at slow shutter speed in order to get the plate of a parked car before hopping back to 1/60th to minimise motion blur. The M16 has a strong operating temperature range from -30 to 60 degrees C, features an internal microSD DVR, a microphone and speaker (16bit/16kHz HD wideband audio giving live and

Even tones in the afternoon

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audio messages), a PIR sensor, a temperature sensor and a shock detector. Power consumption is modest at 7W, dimensions are compact at 210 x 158 x 207 mm and weight modest at 1.160kg. The camera ships with screws, dowels, screw caps, a pair of Allen keys, a module key, a VarioFlex wall and ceiling mount with rubber sealing, a 0.5m ethernet patch cable and a blind module. When it comes to the networking side, Mobotix has all the bells and whistles including protocols IPv4, IPv6, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, RTP, UDP, SNMP, SMTP, DHCP (client and server), NTP (client and server), SIP (client and server). Cyber security capabilities are comprehensive; including camera and data security, user and group management, SSL connections, IP-based access control, IEEE802.1x, intrusion detection and digital image signature. Mobotix used to be a completely closed shop when it came to third party integration but there’s now H.264, Genetec Protocol integration, and ONVIF compatibility is coming. Video codecs are MxPEG, MJPEG and H.264, and there’s G.711 (PCMA and

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Mobotix We’ve already mentioned some of the M16’s large suite of general functions but there are a few more it’s worth touching on – continuous or event recording with audio, time-controlled flexible event logic, weekly schedules for recordings and events, event video and image via FTP or email, playback and quad view via web browser, animated logos on the image, bi-directional audio in the browser, customised voice messages and plenty more.

TEST DRIVING THE M16

PCMU) and G.722 audio compression. When it comes to display and streaming there are multiple image options. You can configure image format, select image crops based on frame rate and resolution and select from multiple bitrate options. The DVR/storage management solution is at the edge via microSD card and externally via USB device and NAS, with different streams for live image and recording, MxFFS with archive function, pre-alarm an post-alarm images, monitoring recording with failure reporting. You can send and receive MxMessages, undertake video analysis, programme and activate the video motion detector, there’s onboard MxActivitySensor, integrated MxManagementCenter and there’s a Mobile Mobotix App for live viewing or actioning of events remotely. This test is undertaken on MxManagementCenter I’ve downloaded to my workstation.

We’re testing the M16 through a Netgear 1080S PoE switch but instead of using the usual Dell Optiplex server, I’m viewing the camera on my workstation, an HP EliteDesk 800 G1 with an i7 4785T processor with integrated video processing, 2.2GHz processing speed and 8GB of RAM. In terms of camera settings, I’m using MxPEG as codec and viewing the camera in MxManagementCenter with image quality set to high (1280 x 960), sharpness at 4, noise filtering set to low, colour saturation at 0, brightness at 0, average brightness at 40 per cent, BLC at 4 and a 100 per cent exposure rating. I’ve got AWB at auto, set night mode for 10 lux and my frame rate is 15 ips. I start my test out the front in good light – conditions are variable – strong light and deep shade from surrounding towers – a typical city street scene. Optically the M16 is always solid and at times – particularly in very low light – it’s surprising. The sensor and processor are highly responsive to changing light, there’s almost no noise or processing pulse in the image stream. Contrast is good, sharpness is strong, too. With a 3.6mm lens you move into softness in the first half of digital zoom but that’s expected with a 107-degree angle of view, even at 6MP resolution. This is a big all-round view. Exposure is generally consistent across the frame with a tendency to overexpose. Colour rendition is good with strong reds and blues. Importantly something MxMC allows is the ability to create zones of exposure – that’s a nice feature for scenes like this one. The 3.6mm ultra-wide lens with it’s angle of view of 107 degrees has a hyperfocal distance of less than half a metre, so within half that distance and all the way out to infinity, the scene is more or less in focus. In practice, I’m getting plates to about 12m – past this point things get softer as pixel spread comes into play – you need to select your fixed focal length camera sensors thoughtfully – in this application the standard focal length would have been my best option, giving me enhanced depths of field. Longitudinal chromatic aberration is restricted

THE SENSOR AND PROCESSOR ARE HIGHLY RESPONSIVE TO CHANGING LIGHT, THERE’S ALMOST NO NOISE OR PROCESSING PULSE IN THE IMAGE STREAM.

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to the outlines of white cars. Barrel distortion is quite mild for a lens of this focal length. I try to get the plate of a fast-moving cab at about 15m and can’t, but it seems to be softness thanks to pixel spread, not blur. I try again with a yellow and black plate slightly closer (the first plate was blue and white) and snare it but there’s a cut-off point for plates and this applies to faces, too – around 12m. Past this point situational awareness remains strong, with excellent image balance and vibrant colour but digital zoom at a 103-degree angle of view comes at a price. It has an advantage in that it allows you to capture much more of a scene than you might with a lens sitting at a focal length of 5-6mm but you will mouse wheel into softness. After the first afternoon of testing I head back to the office at about 9pm to see how things are looking in full dark. The camera has gone into night mode – not with a cut filter, but by switching over to the monochrome camera sensor. In around 4 lux, the image is noisy, but it retains plenty of detail and is also light on blur. This confirms something we saw at SecTech Camera Shootout – in real world applications the M16 can give you moving detail many other cameras cannot, and it does this with lots of controlled amplification and not very much digital rebuilding of the image stream. The image exhibits some blooming and flare, with over exposure at the bright end of the street, but that’s

IN REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS THE M16 CAN GIVE YOU MOVING DETAIL MANY OTHER CAMERAS CANNOT, AND IT DOES THIS WITH LOTS OF CONTROLLED AMPLIFICATION AND NOT VERY MUCH DIGITAL REBUILDING OF THE IMAGE STREAM. past the camera’s useful depth of field at this ultrawide focal length anyway. I am still getting the plate of neighbour Fred’s car about 6m from the lens and it’s easy enough to see the make of cars driving up the street. Next day I can see straight away the camera manages street backlight very well. When exposing for shaded scenes there’s some typical overexposure in bright patches but it’s well balanced and I have recourse to the brightness and contrast slider on the left of the viewer. Most the time I find that keeping the contrast button just above the brightness button works best no matter which levels I choose. Motion blur is low and I don’t see tone mapping around fast moving objects. I don’t quite manage the plate of a motor scooter at 15m and 35kmph but there are no worries with a group of people at around 10m and the faces of pedestrians and joggers are easily discernible,

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Night lane

Lovely monochrome at 30 lux

too. Court admissible faces in good light are pushed back to 16m at this focal length. There are not sharp at that distance but I’m getting high levels of detail across the wide scene. I try for a plate on digital zoom at about 20m but can’t get it. Next, I move the camera out back and position it looking down Bellevue Lane – that’s the darkest view I have in this application in low light and I’m going to leave the camera here throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Foveaux Lane forms a T-junction at about 70m and this angle of view is giving me situational awareness – including clothing and hair colour at the junction - but not court admissible faces. It’s bright out back initially but shadows lengthen and late in the afternoon it starts to rain. Throughout all this, the M16 returns a consistent image stream with good colour and contrast. I get a number of chances to confirm that the camera is sharpest within 12m before pixel spread has an impact. As evening wears on, noise starts creeping into the colour image. The noise is very consistent across the frame and colour rendition and detail levels remain high. The camera is set to switch to night mode at 10 lux but according to my Sekonic, it goes over into mono early at around 55 lux (4.6 EV), but does so with none of the usual fuss. In black and white, noise reduces and sharpness and contrast remain high. As light levels slide, noise increases – it’s much more apparent upon digital zoom – when it comes to noise, the deeper you go, the deeper you go, so to speak. At full screen, however, the night scene in the lane is good. The passage of a car up the lane suggests the Mobotix M16 is particularly good against motion blur.

Good colour, low noise

Sub 2 lux no IR

Here’s the digital zoom

The noise levels remain very consistent across the frame. There’s still considerable detail in this scene as light slips to 28 lux (3.4 EV), 15 lux (2.7EV), 7 lux (1.6EV) - same as most cameras, that last EV or so is the point at which the image becomes most stressed. At a little after 8 on a rainy night, I measure 0 EV at the lens, that’s sub 2 lux. The image remains useful – more than sharp enough to see rats running about in the lane at 8m.

CONCLUSION SEN is occasionally accused of targeted enthusiasm in its camera tests but this assertion is off the mark. We see many cameras and sometimes we see something that really knocks our socks off optically – typically that something is high resolution, has a motorised zoom and a remote focus, and does very well in low light. Comparatively, the M16 in this configuration has high resolution and a fixed 3.6mm lens, making it an all-rounder the reviewer comes to respect more and more after living with it. All top-flight

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Wide view, good depth of field

Digital zoom on truck at 70m

retail, lobby, lane and courtyard applications, zero discernible blur in good light and very little blur in low light. Bloom is well controlled and the ability to handle variably lit scenes and very low light scenes with no IR are also very good. You get surprisingly useful performance from the M16 in a completely dark room with just its little green indicator LED shining. I try to measure the light emitting from this LED – it’s 0 EV. Setup once MxManagementCenter is loaded is very simple – as soon as you run the software the camera is found and displayed - it couldn’t be easier. This software is probably the key for me – the simplicity of driving the camera with all the controls you want – brightness and contrast slider on the left of the main screen, image quality and bit-rate control top right with one-click selection, zoom slider on the bottom (along with mousewheel zoom and click and pull panning), volume control on the right – all there in the viewer with no need to minimise the image. Usually I need to burrow into a browser interface to play with brightness and contrast and that means I tend to leave the settings as they are during live viewing when I ought to change them. MxManagementCenter is more highly evolved and keeps reminding you that the M16 is a system, not a camera. What does that mean? It means that from the viewer you can open a door, answer a phone call, turn on a light, check temperature, check recent alarm events, drive a hyperlink, as well as doing all the normal stuff - taking snap shots, tweaking resolution and recording. In an era of me-too surveillance cameras there’s certainly more to the Mobotix M16 than meets the eye. n

Now in perfect focus at 10m

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consumers to view rich content in more places, supporting the streaming of live events and high-resolution media.As 5G networks mature, they will support the widespread and dense deployment of sensors and other network-connected devices by significantly reducing their power requirements and providing flexible coverage across different spectrum bands. This proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) across industries is expected to produce significant productivity benefits and support integration between sectors as part of massive machine type communications (mMTC). When it comes to critical communications, low latency and ultra-reliable communications networks will support the delivery of critical communications, to support public safety use and play a role in the technology ecosystem supporting autonomous vehicles. In addition to automation, critical communications will also help to support technological advancement in areas including robotics and artificial intelligence – that’s likely to include electronic security applications. What does this tell us about the medium term? Nothing specific but plenty all the same. Manufacturers and providers who can mesh their product offerings with the roll-out of 5G are going to get themselves well ahead of the curve. A lot of it will have to do with video – let’s face it, most current mobile streams aren’t exactly high resolution – so that’s an area with strong potential. But there’s also IoT to take into account. 5G is going to impact there in a huge way – increasing opportunities and galvanising competition. n

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Hikvision

HIKVISION REJECTS WSJ REPORT HIKVISION has categorically rejected speculations raised in an article by the Wall Street Journal mid-November, including historical questions over the company’s ownership and its cyber security credentials, which have been chewed over in the trade press for several years. ll the major camera manufacturers have suffered from exploitable coding flaws in firmware as they have been increasingly examined by cyber security experts, including a recent gSOAP nasty discovered by Senrio that may impact on the entire ranges of dozens of IP camera manufacturers. Yet despite the industry-wide cyber security challenges, no other company faces the level of scrutiny directed at the world’s largest surveillance manufacturer, Hikvision. In response to the WSJ report, Hikvision Australia’s managing director, Daniel Huang said a security researcher found a firmware vulnerability and reported it to Hikvision the next day. “Only 6 days later, we released patched firmware and notified our integrator partners via special bulletin and the public via notices on our website,” Huang said. “All this happened before the vulnerability was disclosed to the public. The company followed the responsible disclosure process and 2 months later, DHS released a report confirming that a vulnerability was found and that the updated firmware we released earlier resolved the issue. We notified our integrator partners and posted a notice on our website about the DHS report.” Huang also reiterated the transparency of the company’s ownership, which he acknowledged includes a state-owned component. “Hikvision is completely transparent about its ownership structure and as of June 30, 2017, had less than 42 per cent of its shares held by a state-owned enterprise (SOE), with the rest of the stockholders being venture capitalists, A-shareholders, and overseas institutional investors, such as Hong Kong Service Clearing Company Ltd. and UBS AG, which are currently among Hikvision’s top 10 shareholders,” he said. In response to other items raised in the report,

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Huang said Hikvision had no knowledge of the listing of its SKUs on a GSA website in the U.S. and had never authorised such an action. “The Wall Street Journal story mentions a December 2016 incident where 2 unauthorized distributors erroneously listed our product SKUs on a GSA website,” Huang said. “The implication could be that Hikvision was involved in unethical conduct. Hikvision was not involved in any way we never authorized unaffiliated resellers to put our products on the GSA Schedule Advantage website, nor would we claim Hikvision products are made in the USA. Hikvision is proud to be a Chinese company and our products are clearly marked “Made in China”. Huang said the company had no knowledge of the use of its products at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, which was correlated, along with the company’s state-owned component, as a potential national security risk to the United States by a number of online sources. “Before a blog post brought this issue to our attention in August of 2016, Hikvision had no knowledge of any particulars regarding this project on the end-user level,” Huang said. “To date, we have not been contacted by the end-user in regard to this project. As always, we would be happy to discuss any product details with the end-user if requested by them. “Hikvision is the world’s largest provider of video surveillance equipment and more determined than ever to continue our important work to fight criminal and terrorist activities,” Huang said. “We are fully committed to our business partners and we are vigilant with regards to enhancing the security of our devices, and will continue to make them more robust in open networks.” According to Senrio, all networkable security devices such as IP cameras, should be installed on their own private networks or behind a firewall. “If you can place a firewall or other defensive mechanism in front of an IoT device, or utilize Network Address Translation, you can reduce their exposure and improve the likelihood of detecting threats against them,” Senrio said. n

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Panasonic

PANASONIC WV-S2531L DOME Panasonic WV-S2531L dome from BGWT is an IP66-rated day/night dome with a cast alloy housing and base, 1080p at 30ips and 720p at 60ips, H.264 compression, strong 133dB WDR performance, minimum scene illumination of 0.04 lux in colour and 0.01 in monochrome at F1.3 and 0 lux with IR activated.

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ANASONIC’S WV-S2531L is a solid camera, it’s well built and has an excellent overall specification. Compared to many modern lightweights, the S2531L feels like the real deal with an IP66, NEMA 4X and IK10-rated cast alloy housing. You put the camera and base together during setup and that provides ample time to appreciate the thought that has gone into this unit, with its ample cable port, and Clearsight and Rainwash Coating. The quality of the build goes under the hood – this camera is well and truly buttoned up – it’s very much old-school Panasonic. The optical specification is strong, too. The MOS sensor delivers 1080p resolution and the processor dishes up 60ips. The motorised F1.3 aperture lens has an optical range of 2.8-10mm – giving 3.6x optical zoom with digital zoom offering up to 10.8x - and very flexible horizontal angle of view from 28.8-102.6 degrees with a maximum of 56 degrees vertical. The camera combines Super Dynamic and Adaptive Black Stretch to offer 133dB of WDR and there’s multi-process NR and 3D-DNR to handle noise. Low light performance is strong – it’s 0.04 in colour, 0.01 in monochrome and there’s integrated IR to give imagery in no lux at all. Importantly, the IR is intelligent and adjusts its output depending on how close a subject is to the lens to avoid IR flare. The camera has a pan range of 180 degrees, a tilt range of 85 degrees, auto back focus, an aperture control lens to ensure optimum focus in challenging conditions, while Face Super Dynamic Range technology ensures clear face images. There’s builtin alarm function and VMD, to which can be added new intelligent extension software, along with fog compensation, Super Chroma compensation function to enhance colour in low light. There’s smart coding and the camera supports SSL and DDNS. When it comes to physical specifications, the WV-S2531L features a new 4-direction camera attachment bracket, double SDXC/SDHC/SD Memory card slots for manual recording (H.264/ JPEG), alarm recording (H.264/JPEG) and backup upon network failure (H.264/JPEG). The dome cover is designed to give views above the horizontal to expand the camera’s range of tilt. There’s a vandalresistant mechanism, IR LED, 2-way audio (but no built-in microphone), 3 inputs and 2 outputs, operating temperature range of -45 to 50C and PoE or 12V DC power source options.

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THE QUALITY OF THE BUILD GOES UNDER THE HOOD – THIS CAMERA IS WELL AND TRULY BUTTONED UP – IT’S VERY MUCH OLDSCHOOL PANASONIC.

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Norman and plate

Norman at 3.6x zoom

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Panasonic OPTICAL ZOOM ON A FIXED DOME LIKE THIS ONE NEEDS TO BE HANDLED THOUGHTFULLY, GIVEN YOU CAN QUICKLY FIND YOURSELF ZOOMING OUTSIDE OF CONTEXTUAL AWARENESS. TEST DRIVING THE WV-S2531L DOME

Good depth, good faces at 5mm

No plate at 7.19pm

Losing faces at 7.51

We’re testing this Panasonic dome on a Dell Optiplex 9020 server, with i7 processor via a Netgear S1080P PoE switch. As usual there are no other cameras on the network for this test. Setup is very easy. I’ve downloaded the EziIPSetup and the camera is found, I set my obligatory username and password and that’s all there is to accessing all the functionality of the camera browser. I have the camera’s cast alloy base fitted and the entirety is held by a super clamp to a Manfrotto Magic Arm. As usual with domes, I have the camera tilted backwards to give me elevation of the horizon for deeper street views. From the get-go, this camera impresses with a stable image stream that is low on noise and blur. There’s some latency – enough so I can look at the camera when positioned beside me then swing around to the monitor and see myself looking at the camera – that’s about 400ths of a second. Given resolution is 1080p, this suggests the camera is doing some additional processing of the image stream. The wide standard angle of view has mild barrel distortion, there are subtle chromatic aberrations wide open but almost none are to be seen when zoom stops the lens down. The camera’s widest angle of view is ideal for our front street scene. I notice the Panasonic handles variable light very well and shows no sign of over-exposing up the street, which regular readers will know is an uncommon capability. Something else it’s inevitable I’m pleased with, is the motorised zoom and focus, which allows me to dig 3.6x into the scene. Optical zoom on a fixed dome like this one needs to be handled thoughtfully, given you can quickly find yourself zooming outside of contextual awareness. This said, you can also zoom yourself into iron-clad court admissible evidence – it’s something to be considered on the basis of application. Getting plates is possible at the widest angle of view within about 15 metres of the lens. Beyond 15 metres, pixel spread makes this hit-miss and it’s only when you wind in a little – 1.5x optical zoom is enough – that you begin to guarantee moving plates in good light at 15-20m and further, horizon permitting. Snaring face recognition of pedestrians is easy to do and as backlight fills in on the street below, I trundle Norman out to see how the

Vehicle detail at 3.5lux

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No plate in mono

Some pedestrian blur

Great monochrome in lane

Here’s digital zoom

Panasonic camera manages depth of field in challenging light. Conditions are tough, with deep shade under the towers but the WV-S2531L handles it well. Performance is strong at wide angle and it improves on zoom, when it comes to face recognition and plates. Norman’s face pops at 8 metres with great colour rendition and sharpness. I spend a bit of time at the long end reeling in that rather large digital zoom. There are times it might help but only because it’s easier to access – you can simply mouse-wheel zoom and click-pan around the scene once you’ve zoomed digitally. Same as all digital zoom, there’s a quality trade-off at 1080p that you don’t get with the 3.6x optical zoom, which is flawless. Digital zoom serves to eliminate distraction, not provide further information by way of more magnification of the same number of pixels. The camera is strong all afternoon – it keeps handling the light variations without drama, proffering the user excellent depth of field - and that ability to deliver consistent performance across the frame is still there at 630pm. I’m getting even tone, strong acuity, low noise. However, just after 6pm I get my last moving plate at full wide. As the evening wears on, there are typical signs of a slowing shutter speed – it can’t be tone mapping, given we did not see signs of this earlier – there may be additional processing taking place that’s having an impact, too. While there are no plates, there’s no tearing of fast moving objects in the image at this point – they retain sharply defined edges and faces of pedestrians are excellent quality, too. The image remains oddly bright as light falls and amplification spools up. There’s a little more noise but things are tight. At 735pm the image on the monitor is well and truly divorced from reality. It’s still bright and consistent from front to back and the depth of field is huge – I can see cars heading up Albion St 100m away. By now it’s 6.2EV (190 lux) out front and cars have their headlights on. Frankly, that 190 lux reading doesn’t sound right to me – it seems positively gloomy outside. I know from experience that the next half hour will be crucial in terms of assessing the WV-S2531L dome’s performance. Just after 8pm we should go sub 4 lux out front. At 7.52 it’s 4.3 EV – 50 lux – and moving faces are starting to blur a little. The overall image stays tight – the scene is rendered consistently. At around 8pm in fast falling light, the image starts to exhibit some additional noise – there’s a little dragging of tail lights now but the image remains bright and even – no sign of monochrome yet. At 8.04pm it’s 10 lux and the image is still colour with a tendency towards warmer tones. Noise remains very well controlled, but the slow shutter speed is blurring the traffic now. I hop into setup to see if my settings can be tweaked but my original choices seem good to me – I leave them alone – but I take the opportunity

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Static face recognition at 8m

across the end of the lane and there’s motion blur – shutter speed again. To get a greater sense of performance out here, I trundle Norman around the block and sit him in the middle of the lane about 6m from the lens. Face recognition is excellent with a static target. What about a moving target? I wait half an hour for some dog walker to traverse the lane but it’s a very quiet Sunday night – time for Ronnie Rotakin, I decide. Once Ronnie is set up in the middle of the lane I head in to check the image – there’s about 45 degrees of blur – not too much but enough to soften faces – I can still recognise Ronnie but his monochromatic features are decidedly unsubtle.

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Ronnie shows 45 degrees of blur

to centre the distortion slider, which dials all the barrel distortion out of what is a very wide scene. Nice. By 815pm we are at 0.1 EV out front – that’s around 3-3.5 lux – and it won’t get much darker out here. I’m going to have to push the Panasonic into night mode. Once into monochrome, I’m pleasantly surprised to find the camera is undertaking a refocus all by itself. This doesn’t always happen after the cut filter goes over and it can be a serious issue. Nicely done, Pana. If I want to see IR performance, the camera is going to have to go out into the lane and/or back into the office. I start with the lane and as soon as I hoist the Panasonic over the back fence, I’m impressed. There’s a little noise but generally speaking, this is a great image in a much darker scene than typical city streets. I start with the IR array off and turn it on later – IR coverage is good – the specifications don’t talk about IR range, but the spread is broad. Light in the back lane is sub 2 lux at the lens, so this is pleasing work from the camera. Some people walk

THE CAMERA IS STRONG ALL AFTERNOON – IT KEEPS HANDLING THE LIGHT VARIATIONS WITHOUT DRAMA, PROFFERING THE USER EXCELLENT DEPTH OF FIELD - AND THAT ABILITY TO DELIVER CONSISTENT PERFORMANCE ACROSS THE FRAME IS STILL THERE AT 630PM.

Panasonic’s WV-S2531L external dome is an excellent camera that’s built to handle challenging environments. It’s easy to set up and offers strong performance in a range of situations. Strengths include overall image quality, control of noise, the consistency of image streams in variable light, as well as the ability to manage backlight. The 3.6x optical zoom has few vices and allows the camera to reach deep into a scene when required. While the angle of view narrows as you zoom, if the camera is thoughtfully installed to make the most of zoom points in a scene, there’s a lot to be gained from this capability. Making zoom easier is auto focus, which is fast and concise – the only time the Pana missed focus was at full zoom with Norman’s target area filling half the screen and the footpath filling the other half. The camera compromised mid-way, which from an operational perspective might be exactly what you would want. IR performance is modest – a broad spread that covers the area under and in front of the lens – it seemed effective to about 10m in the lane. n

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MNS

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security (MNS) ensures the safety and security of the citizenry of the island nation. To help combat crime and give citizens and visitors to the island peace of mind, the MNS deployed a comprehensive video surveillance system across the country. This includes the monitoring of government buildings, seaports, and city surveillance of public parks and streets.

the Army, Coast Guard, Police and Fire Services, Immigration, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, Prison Services, and more. As an organization dedicated to protecting the people of Trinidad and Tobago, the MNS wanted to be able to combat crime across the country effectively and efficiently in real time. In order to meet the challenge of combating crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the MNS looked to implement a video management system that was easy-to-use for its operators and offered easy viewing, playback, and exporting of footage. Combating crime and keeping the public safe with a city surveillance deployment is a mission-critical component of the MNS, making performance and stability a top priority. Given the huge scope of the 1673-camera system, video surveillance staff at the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security needed an agile video management solution that worked as fast as they do in real-time. MNS

RINIDAD and Tobago is a dual-island nation in the south Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela. It is home to 1.3 million people and a notable exporter of natural gas and petroleum with a growing tourism sector that brings over 400,000 visitors to the country every year. The Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security (MNS) ensures the safety of the country, its citizens, and visitors. It is made up of all of the major defensive agencies, including

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MNS WE’VE NOTICED IS THAT HISTORICAL HOTSPOT AREAS IN THE COUNTRY HAVE HAD CRIME GO DOWN TREMENDOUSLY – YOU COULD SAY THE CAMERAS DID HELP WITH THE CRIME PROBLEM.

turned to the nation’s largest security solutions integrator, bmobile Security Solutions, to build the new system and together selected Aimetis Symphony Professional-level licenses to meet the requirements. Professional-level licenses offer the MNS multi-server support and redundancy to maximize system uptime and allows operators to have quick and reliable access to live streams and historical video. “Aimetis is a tool we use to help us protect the citizens and because we operate in a real-time environment it’s very important that we have quick and easy access to video streams that allow us to build a story of an incident,” says MNS CCTV manager, Westley Lewis. “The greatest benefit of Symphony for me is the ease with which users of the system can go back and review footage,” says Lewis. “It’s very important for our staff to have quick and easy access to the video streams and historical footage to go back to and try to help us build a picture and a story of an incident. The operators are very happy with it. The interface is easier for them to understand and is second nature to them now.” One of the most important features of Aimetis Symphony for the MNS was how quick and easy it is to add cameras to the video management system. The ability to easily expand the video network without impacting ongoing video surveillance operations was of the utmost importance. “Aimetis allows us to have as many cameras on the system as we need, to expand the system as necessary - 10 cameras, 50 cameras - while still managing our initial capital expenditure,” Lewis says. After initial success with its video surveillance system, the MNS made a capital investment to further expand its video network by 800 cameras, doubling the surveillance network to 1673 active

cameras. As result of this continued network expansion, the MNS has seen further lowering of crime rates in areas that were once known to be crime hotspots. “What we’ve noticed is that the historical hotspot areas in the country have had crime go down tremendously,” said Lewis. “In some cases, crime has shifted to the areas we don’t have as many cameras - you could say the cameras did help with the crime problem.” With Aimetis Symphony, the MNS has a system that’s easy-to-use and continues to reduce crime across the countryand can grow as its needs evolve. n

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Alarms

WIRELESS ALARMS PART 2 Intrusion detection systems with an automation component are almost exclusively wireless when it comes to intra-system communications. Wireless has great strengths, including flexibility and ease of installation, but there are challenges, too.

CCORDING to Dave Lorimer product manager for AMC at LSC, the best wireless alarm systems must exhibit a range of qualities. “Today’s modern wireless alarm systems should be extremely easy to use, have excellent wireless range for all devices, provide long battery life and be user friendly with intuitive management apps,” Lorimer says. “Multiple communication options such as TCP/IP and 3G on-board will also ensure system can get its important communications out to the people who need it without the need for a wired phone line. Being flexible and scalable to meet the needs of the users and installers is also a must. “To ensure the highest levels of security, the communication between the control panel and the wireless devices should always be bi-directional.

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An added benefit to bi-directional comms is the devices can utilise hibernation mode rather than the more conventional sleep mode, doubling their battery life.” According to Lorimer, there are intrinsic advantages of wireless alarm systems – particularly when it comes to faster installation due to reduced cabling requirements. Their ability to have detectors and other devices easily positioned in optimal locations can also give them the edge is some of the more difficult installs. “In order to ensure best performance, installers must always be mindful of the sites layout and construction when considering a wireless alarm system,” Lorimer says. “Certain materials like brick, concrete, metal and even décor and pot plants can significantly reduce the wireless range of some devices. For best performance it is strongly

recommended that you test the wireless signals with the device temporarily installed in the desired locations using the panel RSSI to ensure best performance before permanent installation. “Another consideration is the type of communication your alarm system will be using, whether it be through the internet, mobile networks or both. Having some type of redundancy measure in place if your primary communication path goes down is always recommended.” When it comes to battery life, Lorimer says there will be ongoing improvements in what is already much enhanced battery life. “Battery performance in wireless devices has always been at front of mind for installers and the end user,” he explains. “An assurance that system battery performance is at an optimal level that will not compromise the security of the system is key. Manufacturers of wireless devices are always looking at new and improved ways to get the edge when it comes to battery performance, so we will constantly see overall improvements. “In our current range of wireless alarm products, we are already seeing battery life measured in several years due to the way the devices are

MANUFACTURERS OF WIRELESS DEVICES ARE ALWAYS LOOKING AT NEW AND IMPROVED WAYS TO GET THE EDGE WHEN IT COMES TO BATTERY PERFORMANCE, SO WE WILL CONSTANTLY SEE OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS.

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managed according to the operating state of the alarm system. While the market is now far more receptive and willing to use wireless devices because of the ease of installation, there are still contributing factors like wireless signal range that will not allow for a complete wireless system solution.” When it comes to current trends in wireless alarm systems – things like Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, video, cloud services, remote management and automation options – Lorimer argues user experience is the one to focus on. “The ability for the end user to have control of their system in the palm of their hand is a must for today’s wireless alarm systems,” he says. “Smart devices like phones and tablets have become an important part of our everyday life and we expect more and more out of them. Both end users and installers are expecting manufacturers to provide a user friendly, intuitive, and simple management app that allows them to interact with their system. They also expect the system to be flexible in providing additional functionality for now and into the future.” Does Lorimer think traditional hardwired alarm panels managed on site and reporting only to a monitoring station have a future, or must they

evolve to meet new demands? The answer is yes and no. “Evolving to meet consumer and the everincreasing technology demands will always challenge our traditional way of thinking when it comes to security,” he explains. “It’s how we meet these challenges and stay relevant that is important. While many consumers are opting for self-monitored alarm systems, they still require traditional monitoring to complete the link between the activation and response to any incident by patrols and emergency services.” Over at alarm manufacturer, Ness Corp, Peter Mohan says the team has learned from many years’ experience in designing and manufacturing wireless security products that customers want a level of security comparable to wired systems and very importantly - long battery life. “Wireless systems have the obvious advantage of faster installation which translates directly into dollars saved,” Mohan says. “The second crucial advantage, and one that Ness Securityguard fully exploits, is portability without reliance on mains power. We often discuss wireless systems forgetting that most ‘wireless’ control panels require mains power to run. “Securityguard cuts the power cord by using

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SMART DEVICES LIKE PHONES AND TABLETS HAVE BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIFE AND AS SUCH WE EXPECT MORE AND MORE OUT OF THEM. advanced power saving technologies to provide up to 3 months operation without recharge. This advantage of full portability sees Securityguard in use in sensitive and remote industrial installations from shipping containers to building sites and mining operations, providing wireless security with 3G monitoring as well as SMS operation and programming. Mohan says the key things installers should take into consideration during installation to ensure best performance can be summed up in 3 words. “Test, test, test,” Mohan says. “Wireless detection devices are easy enough to test so before it goes on the wall, do a transmit test and use the onboard signal strength indicator to identify rogue devices which may interfere with signals. It’s worth pointing out some systems are smarter than others. For instance, Ness M1 2-way radio takes another approach to ensuring that signals get through. Every M1 TWR transmitter is also a receiver, providing real time feedback from the controller with a digital call-and-response. The built-in smarts include frequency-hopping spread spectrum with true 2-way signal acknowledgement and algorithms to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming.” For Mohan, battery life must be faced head-on and he says Ness aggressively pursues long life in its battery-powered devices. “Ness wireless devices are supplied with lithium batteries and typically measure battery life in years,” he says. “We typically get 6 years and up to 8-years of life from a Ness Lux radio PIR, and up to ten years for our sealed radio keys,” he explains. “With clever power-saving electronics, battery life is not an issue.” When it comes to trends that are shaking the industry, Mohan says the biggest trend is not so much a single technology, but the way users want to interact with their systems using an app. “Using Z-Wave or Zigbee devices to retrofit a controller means it’s not just a security system but a smart panel,” Mohan explains. “As a result, cloud connectivity has almost become the most important aspect of your communications. With the growing importance of cloud and IP we believe that 3G/4G celluar services will eventually become a backup service to your IP-enabled system.” Any security system that is Internet-facing needs to be protected and Ness has made cyber security of its solutions a priority. “Recent experience in developing its own cloud service and apps means the Ness team is placing

great emphasis on cyber security by engineering encrypted security intrinsically built into the system rather than added on - we thought long and hard about how we designed and configured our cloud service,” says Elian Circosta, director of innovation at Ness Corp. Bosch’s James Layton argues an excellent wireless alarm system is framed by many characteristics. “Like any alarm system, there will always be the question of capacity – how many users, how many zones,” Layton explains. “But 3 other major questions need to be asked when it comes to wireless systems – range, battery life, and peripherals. Range has always been a limiting factor for wireless systems, especially once structural factors such as metal frames or tiled areas start to decrease signal penetration. “Plenty of wireless systems advertise ranges of 100+ metres outdoors, line-of-sight, in the desert; but then they struggle to work in an average home with straight-line distances less than 30 metres. Battery life is important as it really helps to determine how much has been saved on the system over its full lifespan. Saving $200 on cabling might be great unless you are putting $80 of batteries in to the devices every year. “Finally, most wireless systems up until today have actually been hybrid systems – they take wireless sensors just fine, but they rely on cabling to devices that require consistent 2-way communication

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such as keypads, sirens, and strobes,” he says. “An excellent wireless alarm system should be able to incorporate all of the features and possibilities of a wired alarm system, without using any wires whatsoever.” According to Layton, there are 2 core advantages to wireless alarm systems. “First, they allow installation into traditionally difficult structures,” he argues. “Australia has a proliferation of double-storey brick homes compared to other countries and these building types can be prohibitively expensive when it comes to running in cabling after construction. Wireless systems greatly reduce the time and complexity of installing systems in these types of structures and that has the flow-on effect of reducing the cost for the installer, and presumably the end user. There are some installers today providing installation quotes over the phone without even seeing the house, on the basis that they plan to use wireless. “The second core benefit is that the system itself becomes more portable. Bereft of wires, every

WHEN IT COMES TO MONITORING, PLENTY OF ALARM BUYERS THESE DAYS WANT SOME FORM OF SELFMONITORING, AND IN MANY CASES, IT’S THE ONLY FORM OF MONITORING THEY WANT.

device can be removed and remounted, or even taken to a different location entirely. Renters now have a solution that can move with them when they leave a property, existing systems can be easily redeployed as room layouts change or renovations are done.” Things for installers to take into account during installation to ensure best performance are varied. “Placement of devices is even more important in wireless systems than it is in wired ones, as every device will need to be accessed multiple times in the future for battery replacement (either by the installer or the end user),” Layton says. Another key consideration is the range of the devices and the potential for environmental interference, which may change over time after the panel and its peripherals are installed. “It may be tempting for an installer to commission a device right at the limit of its functional range, only for the device to then begin failing to connect as its radio hardware begins to wear out, or new environmental factors begin to interfere. Most wireless systems have the ability to measure and report on the quality of wireless signal to each device and this should always be checked and considered by the installer to make sure that devices aren’t pushed to their limits. “One factor making this sort of thing easier is the fact that more and more connected peripherals (especially those using technologies like Z-Wave or Zigbee), use meshing technology to allow devices to report through other devices in order to ensure continuity of communication even when a device is unable to report to the headend directly.” For Layton, battery life has improved but this is an area that needs to be well managed by installers. “Most good wireless products these days will give battery lives of 5 years or more,” he says. “In many chases there are products that set their advertised lifespan not on expectation of when the battery will go flat, but when its shelf-life will expire. This has traditionally made battery life a non-issue for sensor products, but the matter is more complicated for some of the newer wireless peripherals entering the market. “Under standards in Australia, keypads are required to display certain data such as whether a system is armed or disarmed, the presence or absence of faults, and what zones are currently in an abnormal state. Any sort of notification device will use a mechanism such as LEDs which will draw power consistently, which is a substantial

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drain on battery life. This is why manufacturers are now turning to technologies like E-Ink displays to produce the required notification without consuming constant power.” Consumer hunger for technology plays a part in the challenges. “Plenty of consumers these days want attractive touchscreen interfaces,” Layton explains. “Most touchscreen devices (tablets, phones, etc) struggle to remain without external power for more than a day, let alone for years. Using these sorts of devices on wireless systems will normally require them being connected to local power, which starts to erode the portability value of the system. We also need to consider devices with a high peak voltage such as sirens, strobes and screamers. These will happily last years if the system is not being triggered, but it won’t take to many false (or real) alarms to drain the battery power. “The final thing to consider is that most consumers expect to be able to change batteries themselves. The type of battery used in a device will heavily impact how easy this is. Most home owners (especially if they have kids) will have a stash of AA batteries, but they’d be hard pressed to pull out a CR123 when required.” When it comes to the current technological trends in wireless alarm systems, Layton says there’s plenty going on. “Wireless, wired and hybrid alarm systems are all seeing a push towards technologies like Zigbee, Z-Wave, WiFi solutions are all available,” he says. “When it comes to wireless systems specifically,

the trend is even greater as the consumer sees any wired device as more of a ‘connected’ device in the same way they would view an internet TV or Android tablet. “Faster installation is one of the first goals of these types of systems and having to plug in a blue cable and mess around with IP addresses and port forwarding is quickly going to counteract the other benefits. For this reason, these types of products really need to have cloud connectivity and either WiFi or built-in cellular services. Z-Wave seems to have risen to the top of the home automation pile in Australia for the moment, but Zigbee is also now catching on and end users are also looking for integration with new consumer products like Google Home, and eventually, Amazon Echo.” Layton thinks traditional hardwired alarm panels managed on site and reporting only to a monitoring station still have a future. “There is still a lot of bottom-dollar business in the alarm marketplace where only the cheapest product can succeed,” he explains. “A prime example is project home builders who put alarm panels in as they build. At the end of the day, they are only looking to tick the box that says; “Has an alarm panel” on their completion sheet as cheaply as possible. Wireless systems still cost more than wired or hybrid solutions. “When it comes to monitoring, that’s a more interesting question – plenty of alarm buyers these days want some form of self-monitoring, and in many cases, it’s the only form of monitoring they want. The millennial age category is one of self-service and this is seeing a trend away from traditional professional monitoring centres. “Likely, however, this is a part of a cyclical change. In some cases, a self-monitored system may end up in a situation where the owner received a notification of an actual situation taking place, but due to their location, connectivity, or time of seeing the message, they are powerless to stop the event from occurring. After these sorts of incidents get shared, they may be a renewed interest in the benefits of professional monitoring.” n

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SCENES FROM SECURITY ECURITY and Government Expo took place at the Realm Hotel in Canberra last Thursday, with 354 attendees checking out the latest security technology - numbers represented a 30 per cent increase over last year. SAGE 2017 included ASIS Seminars and a presentation from Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, director of policing and security and service security adviser - Royal Australian Navy, who gave an excellent operational perspective on issues facing his team securing Australia’s many naval bases - some remote, others in the centre of large cities. There was plenty of great technology to be seen from exhibitors, all of it with an operational bent, and it was generally agreed that SAGE Expo, which acts as a hub around which partner security seminars revolve, was proving highly successful for all concerned. We’d like to thank our major sponser SAAB, lanyard and speaker sponsors, Hills and Genetec, leading industry partner ASIS ACT, whose dinner at the National Press Club was jointly sponsored by Manteena, SRA Solutions and ASIS ACT. Every industry event depends to an enormous extent on the hard work and time of exhibitors - many thanks to AXXON, Dahua Technology, FSH, EKA/EVVA, iCetana, Johnson Controls, Gunnebo, Panasonic, Paessler, Secure Edge Technologies, Perimeter Systems Australia, EZI Security Systems, Milestone, Smiths Detection, Honeywell, Axis Communications, SAAB, Telstra, Hikvision, SX, ASSA ABLOY, Geutebruck, Smart Identity, Harcor, Chubb, ISCS, Inner Range, Gallagher, LSC , C.R. Kennedy, Criticalarc, Western Digital and Magnetic Automation. Finally, we’d like to thank all our attendees from corporate and government organisations, as well as installers, integrators and consultants. It was a pleasure to see you at SAGE 2017 and we’re looking forward to catching up again next year!

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What’s new in the industry.

AMC X864 CONTROL PANEL KIT FROM LSC l LSC is distributing the new AMC X864 control panel kit - X Series control panels comply with EN 50131, Grade 2 and are Class 2 approved. The kit includes an AMC X864 control board, an AMC polycarbonate control panel box, an AMC tamper switch, a KX series installer manual, a KX series user manual. The control panel has 8/64 zones, expandable to 16/64 with audio support on board. It is possible to obtain more zones by zone doubling. Comms include PSTN dialler, GSM/GPRS/3G module (voice call, SMS, contact ID, SIA fsk, DC09 IP protocol for contact ID and SIA), and an IP module (DC09 IP protocol for contact ID and SIA). The panel can be controlled by AMC Manager app (iOS / Android), with IP module and/or GPRS/3G module and programming can be made handled via the keypad and/or PC software. The AMC X864 offers up to 64 hardwired zones, 64 wireless zones, 5 outputs, expandable to 17, 32 user codes, 8 areas and 4 groups, 8 keypads, 8 tag readers, a 1000-event log, and 8 time zones per day. The full range of AMC products including sensors, sirens, detectors, keypads, control panels and accessories are available from LSC Security Supplies, exclusive distributor for Australia and New Zealand. Distributor: LSC Security Supplies Contact: 1300 646 269

GALLAGHER COMMAND CENTRE V7.80 l GALLAGHER Command Centre v7.80 includes a range of features designed to enhance business efficiency, improve security and provide greater flexibility. V7.80 delivers improvements to the ways C6000 controllers communicate - using better cryptographic measures, stronger verification between network devices, and selfgenerated authentication keys. Additional DHCP support has also been added, making it easier to manage devices across the network. There is also a locker management solution, which provides the tools to deploy an integrated locker management system. Designed to provide efficient use of locker space, it ensures that all areas are monitored, controlled, and managed as part of the greater system. The new RESTful web service means software developers can now integrate select interfaces quickly with Command Centre, making both historic and live events available to other applications through this new interface. Where the phone hardware supports it, Android phones can now communicate with all T-Series readers via Near Field Communications (NFC) technology in place of Bluetooth low energy technology. This provides choice of technology and can speed up access read times. Push notifications to mobile devices are now possible and messages are delivered without the app running, ensuring operators don’t miss important information. Integrations include Salto Space 4, Commend intercoms and Morpho Sigma Readers.

HIKVISION PRO SERIES PTZ – POWERED BY DARKFIGHTERX l THE next generation of Pro PTZ cameras from Hikvison has some of the range based on the ground-breaking technology that is incorporated into the DarkfighterX range of products, which replicate the sensitivity of the human eye allowing the cameras to see when it is completely dark and without IR. This Pro PTZ range will feature cutting edge technologies such as; H.265+ compression, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Auto Tracking 2.0, Rapid Focus and Deep Learning AI. Hikvision’s acclaimed Darkfighter PTZ camera will also be available in astonishing 4K (8MP) resolution, providing an unprecedented level of detail in ultra-lowlight conditions. There is no comparison to the DarkfighterX technology which needs to be seen to be believed. Distributor: CSD Ph: 1300 319 499

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BOSCH BVMS 8.0 l BOSCH’S new Video Management System 8.0 (BVMS 8.0) offers stitching, GPU (Graphics Processor Unit) decoding and 64-bit function – all of which allows surveillance-operators to respond faster to incidents by monitoring a greater number of video cameras concurrently. The BVMS 8.0 offers an additional cost-efficiency and it supports the latest fusion dual-sensor technology. The Bosch Video Stitcher, part of BVMS 8.0, combines video from up to 16 cameras into a single panoramic view, allowing operators to monitor, for example, the stand in a stadium or airfield in an airport, as a single camera. The user can still zoom in and out as needed, but does not need to switch between cameras. Superior client performance is possible by using the decoding capacities of the GPU. In this way, multiple ultra-high resolution (UHD) videos can be displayed in parallel without consuming CPU (Central Processing Unit) power. BVMS 8.0 runs as a 64-bit application, up from 32-bit in its previous versions. This raises the maximum capacity of a single BVMS from 30 management servers with 100 cameras per server to 50 management servers with 200 cameras per server. With the introduction of Bosch H.265 video compression, cameras can reduce bitrates. With BVMS 8.0, users are able to configure Bosch H.265 enabled cameras, allowing them to reduce greatly bandwidth and storage needs. Bosch’s new MIC IP Fusion 9000 camera combines – among many other features - an optical lens with a thermal lens – so surveillance can continue even in a smoke-filled room. Distributor: Bosch Security Systems Contact: 1300 1 BOSCH (26724)

TECOM C4 NOW AVAILABLE FROM HILLS l TecomC4 provides a way for end users and site operators to manage single or multiple site facility and security systems from one interface. Operators are able to monitor and control safety and security of staff, manage visitors, and ensure the security of physical assets across multiple sites and remote locations. TecomC4 makes this possible by providing a single interface to manage security across single or multiple sites, incorporating intrusion, access control and video surveillance. Seamless integration enables verification of events through video streams and the ability to link intrusion events with access control to safeguard the safety and security of staff and visitors. TecomC4 software supports Challenger10 series control panels as well as a number of third party alarm and access control systems. Combined with video integration, it can provide alarm management enabling you to quickly and efficiently resolve any alarm. In case of intrusion detection, the alarm can be pinpointed to a specific area on the floor plan, providing live video streaming. Lights and doors can be controlled by pressing one button. The presence of intruders is easily verified by switching to recorded video streams. The Tecom series of access products manages complete access control rights in multi-site environments where people need access to more than one site. TecomC4 software allows a specific user to gain access where required via the same or a distinct credential, and cardholder access levels and a variety of credentials for all sites can be managed from a single user form.

INTEGRITI VERSION 17.1 FEATURES VECTOR-BASED MAPS, FLOOR PLANS l INTEGRITI version 17.1 will feature entirely redesigned vector-based schematic maps/floor plans and icons. This is ground-breaking since typically vector maps are only found in expensive custom-engineered software. With Integriti, vector maps are included in the base package with no additional license required. Likened to Google Maps, vector maps can be scaled and zoomed without any loss of quality or pixellation. Previously, multiple maps were needed to transition between significant zoom levels, but now vector maps allows for a single highly detailed map to be used. Complex vector maps can be simplified by using dynamic visibility and scaling. This allows icons, shapes and labels to only appear at specific zoom levels resulting in a clutter-free map where priority items are visible and readable. Distributor: CSD Contact: 1300 319 499

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WISENET EXTRALUX l FOUR newly introduced models of the extraLUX series (XNB-6005, XND-6085, XNV6085, and XNO-6085R) support a 2-megapixel resolution and featured with 1/2” CMOS sensor to enhance image quality for sharp and clear image monitoring. The XND-6085, XNV-6085, and XNO-6085R models have adopted the F0.94 lens with ½-inch sensor to provide clear coloured image monitoring even in extreme low-light environments. The sens-I technology was applied to the Wisenet 5 chipset to provide noise-free images without an after-image at any time. The extraLUX series is a part of Wisenet X series which is specifically focused on extreme low light performance and it features all the strengths of the Wisenet X series as well, including 150dB WDR backlight compensation function, image stabilization function using a gyro sensor to provide shake-free, jitter-free images, and WiseStream II, bandwidth minimization technology developed by Hanwha Techwin, which can efficiently manage the storage capacity and reduce the network system cost. Distributor: EOS Australia Pty Ltd Contact: +61 2 9749 5888

ICT RELEASES HALF-DIN RAIL 16-INPUT EXPANDER l PROTEGE half-DIN rail 16-input expander (PRT-HZX16-DIN), provides an additional 16 inputs to the Protege access, security and building automation solution. The input expander provides extensive hardware advancements that allow flexible input programming and configuration, and is designed for use with industry-standard DIN rail mounting. Key features include: * Expands the Protege system by 16 inputs * Connect any combination of normally closed or normally open inputs * Compact 2-tier half DIN rail module design * Utilizes analogue to digital processing with 5x over sampling * 4-state input alarm using resistors to provide short, alarm, closed and tamper conditions * High performance 32-bit processor * Secure encrypted RS-485 module communications * Online and remote upgradable firmware * Designed for use with industry standard DIN rail mounting. Device power is supplied from a 12VDC input, has low current requirements ensure cost effective power distribution, the compact 2-tier half DIN rail module design takes up less valuable real estate to provide more control in less space. A single RS-485 communication interface port used for all network communication functions and interconnects to other modules.

NEW DAHUA 1080P STARLIGHT 30X PTZ FROM LSC l LSC has stock of the new Dahua 1080P Starlight PTZ, featuring 30x zoom, 150m IR, IP66, H.265 compression, auto-tracking and IVA and IP66 rating. The camera has a progressive scan, ½.8-inch Sony Starvis CMOS sensor which delivers .005 lux minimum scene illumination in colour at F1.6 and 0 lux in monochrome with IR activated. The lens has a focal length of 4.5mm~135mm giving an angle of view of 67.8 ~ 2.4 degrees at an aperture of F1.6 ~ F4.4. The PTZ offers 0-360 degrees endless panning, -15 to 90 degrees of tilt, as well as autoflip. Panning speed is 240 degrees per second and tilting speed is 200 degrees per second. There are 300 presets and 5-pattern, 8-tour, auto pan, auto scan and IVS options include Tripwire, intrusion, abandoned, missing and face detection. There’s de-fog, 3 streams, bit rate control, 16x digital zoom, 24 privacy zones and loads more. The new Dahua PTZ is cast alloy and quality UV stabilised poly, is compact with dimensions of 205mm wide and 336mm high and a weight of 8kg set up for stand alone installation. Distributor: LSC Contact: 1300 646 269

Distributor: Integrated Control Technology Contact: 1800 428 111

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GENETEC RELEASES SECURITY CENTER 5.7

l HIKVISION recorders are getting a complete UI overhaul with

l GENETEC has released Security Center 5.7, the latest version of its open-architecture platform that unifies video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications, and analytics. Security Center 5.7 allows users to make insight-driven decisions based on security and analytics data. This latest version also adds privacy protection for individuals, efficiently distributes HID mobile access control credentials, and ensures business continuity with native access control failover. To improve overall cybersecurity, Security Center now automatically identifies whether connected edge devices are running the most recent and secure device firmware. The KiwiVision Intrusion Detector module is also unified with Security Center 5.7 to generate real-time alarms that automatically notify security staff when individuals or vehicles enter sensitive areas, secured perimeters, or restricted zones. Through an accompanying analytics-based intrusion report, operators can now engage in deeper investigations.

upcoming version 4.0 firmware. The user interface is optimised to vastly improve the end-user experience and at the same time add a host of new features. Smart feature such a target detection thumbnail, event/alarm thumbnail, playback thumbnail, fast video review and simplified PTZ control, greatly improves productivity. NVR 4.0’s enhanced intelligent applications include Smart Data Release, giving users the ability to configure ratios between insignificant recordings and critical video so vital footage can be stored for longer. Distributor: CSD Ph: 1300 319 499

Distributor: Hills Contact: 1800 685 487

SUPREMA CORESTATION INTELLIGENT BIOMETRIC CONTROLLER. l NEW Suprema CoreStation is the first IP-based access

controller to fully incorporate facial recognition, fingerprint biometrics and traditional Wiegand/RFID card access readers into one unified platform. CoreStation’s multi-port interface allows simple integration of biometric and Wiegand/RFID access control devices, as well as locking, detection, request-to-exit and alarm devices. Introduced recently at Suprema’s annual SGPP conference held in Phuket, Thailand, the Suprema CoreStation is designed for enterprise level system expansion, controlling up to 132 access points and handling up to 500,000 users with an incredible fingerprint matching speed of up to 400,000 matches per second. Distributor: NetDigital Security Contact: +61 8 8371 4166

BOSCH INTELLIGENT CAMERAS l BOSCH introduces all-new fixed dome (FLEXIDOME) and bullet (DINION) IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras with Essential Video Analytics built in as a standard (intelligent) feature. This enables these network video cameras to understand what they’re seeing, generating metadata to add sense and structure to the video footage. Instead of simply capturing and storing video data, users can now use the metadata alongside the video footage to improve their level of security and make smarter business decisions using a wealth of statistics. Further improving security, these intelligent cameras enable advanced intrusion detection, allowing users to set one or more alarm rules in parallel, only receiving alerts when needed. The cameras’ ability to interpret what they see helps add sense and structure to video data using metadata. Video data is enriched with numerous statistics like colour details, and the type, speed and direction of moving objects in a scene. The standard forensic search feature provided with Essential Video Analytics employs metadata, making it possible to sift through hours of recorded video data in only seconds. Distributor: Bosch Security Systems Contact: 1300 1 BOSCH (26724)

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Help desk ■ Below are the approximate recommendations for rest times (complete rest, that is) between sets according to your goal, per the National Streng th and Conditioning Association (NSCA). *Note that since fat loss depends primarily on diet, there is no official rest-period prescription for it, although we feel that both short and long rests work, depending on the program.

Q: How sharp are wide angle cameras? We do often use angles of view of 90 degrees at F1.6 and we like them as they are set and forget, with no drift of moving parts as you might get with varifocal lenses. But we sometimes wonder if we are missing out on quality with a fixed lens and such a fast aperture. What does SEN think? A: Typically, any lens is sharpest a couple of stops down from wide open – for an F1.6 lens that will be around F4. Of course, with a fixed wide-angle lens, you have a fixed aperture. The correct aperture to shoot from front to back scenes are the narrowest aperture numbers – F8 at least and preferably F16 or narrower diffraction permitting. Narrow apertures mean slower shutter speeds, mean blur, even if you did have the option of a narrower aperture, it would not help. Of course, wide angle lenses have a close hyperfocal distance and are in focus to infinity in theory, but narrower apertures still make for improved sharpness. In our opinion what you need to make sure of is that you select angles of view that best suit the depth of field you require. If you need both wide angle and depth of field you need to install a few more cameras to ensure you get appropriate coverage.

Our panel of experts answers your questions.

Q: We’re having trouble with electrical interference with equipment in a comms room that houses most the gear for a section of building – that includes equipment we don’t think should be installed anywhere near our gear. We’ve followed installation recommendations to the letter, but something is impacting on the power supply and causing shut downs. What would you recommend as being the easiest way to address the issue? A: We have to assume your power supplies do not include suppression in the cables – they should. The best way to think of noise is to realise that conductive cables are antennas and any radio frequency produced by the device or a device nearby may be transmitted through the cable. A good way to eliminate EMI is with snapon suppressors, which allow you to clean up the electrical signal upstream of your controllers without having to mess with the infrastructure of the other trades you’re sharing space with. Importantly for you, ferrite beads are one of the simplest and least expensive types of interference filters to add to installed electronic cabling.

You can use rings, clamp-on cores or slipon beads. EMI suppressors are passive toroids that add large frequency impedance in series with wires and this blocks the passage of EMI into electrical equipment. Variations in impedance are dependant on the properties of toroid composition. For instance, ferrite 43 creates 20 Ohms of impedance at 20MHz, 40 Ohms at 120MHz and 90 Ohms at 30GHz. Meanwhile, ferrite 73 will block EMI signals of 10MHz. Functionally, ferrite toroids will wash away interference heading to your gear or away from it. This occurs in 2 ways - ferrite concentrates the magnetic field, increases inductance and reactance, impeding noise. Secondly, ferrite produces additional EMI signal loss in the form of resistance in the ferrite itself. Q: What’s the best wireless alarm panel for a 45-foot yacht? It’s not a large application – reeds on 2 cockpit hatches, the main hatch and 2 deck hatches, a single curtain PIR, a smoke sensor and a flood sensor. The boat has wind and solar generation and is fitted with an inverter so there is

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channel to avoid signal collisions or band saturation and ensure high stability and precision. The sensor has a 128-bit AES encryption code that guarantees high security, there’s anti-opening tamper protection and supervision (automatic life test). The other sensor you mention really is a bit different – it’s a hardwired AMC Mouse PIR and glass break pet immune dual detector that incorporates a PIR for intrusion detection and a microphone for detection of glass breakage or shock. As you’d expect, the Mouse has independent settings and separate outputs for its PIR and microphone sections. In terms of performance, the PIR has the standard 15m range, while glass break has a range of 10m. You can adjust the microphone section for glass breakage or for shock and glass breakage by adjusting sensitivity. The Mouse is also pet immune to 15kg. mains power for the controller. What would you suggest? A: Given you have mains aboard, it’s really up to you – you’ll need to make sure you select a brand with a flood sensor in the range – not everyone has one. Consider selecting a controller with space for a larger battery to give additional support in the event ship power is lost. Typically, an inverter will switch off if batteries get low so as to avoid damaging them with a too-deep discharge. The ability to continue monitoring the boat for a couple of days unsupported would be worthwhile. We’d also recommend you install a movement activated camera in the saloon to handle video verification – you don’t want the owner to have to rush to the boat at 2am for no reason - and if there’s power to spare, a CCTV camera will give the owner the ability to check the boat is secure. Camera placement will be important – install the camera on the stern facing forward, giving a view of main hatch, cockpit and cockpit lockers, boom and main sail, with a view of the foredeck and furling genoa. This will allow the owner to check on the boat during or after stormy weather and just keep an eye on things generally. When selecting a camera, look for a longer focal length – 5-6mm. You don’t need an angle of view greater than 45 degrees for this application and the user will appreciate the pixel density the narrower angle of view delivers.

Q: Could you tell us the brand of wireless sensor SEN ran as its cover image in the October issue? And could you tell us the difference between this sensor and the one that ran in the feature story that seems to have a metal shield over the board, yet I think there’s a PIR sensor inside it as well. A: Well spotted! October’s cover was an AMC IF900 wireless bi-direct PIR detector with creep zone with a 15m range and optional pet immunity to 15kg. The IF900 has a 90-degree field of view and the lens generates 31 separate detection zones. It communicates with the control panel using a bi-directional digital radio transmission

Q: We have a capacitance perimeter system – it’s legacy but from a quality manufacturer – that is false alarming in normal operating conditions. We’re struggling to work out what might be causing this and have considered there’s oxidation of the conductors causing attenuation of signals to the controller. However, the problem is intermittent, and the security manager has suggested it is long-term. What do you think might be the issue? A: Oxidation might cause issues but they are going to be more consistent and less historical. If you have intermittent issues with ambient environments, we’d be looking at bandpass filtration. Your circuit needs 3; a low frequency filter to remove vibrations of low-mass, slow moving items like paper, leaves or plastic blown by the wind; a high frequency filter to accommodate the vibrations of wind in field wires, and a lightning protection surge arrester. Make sure these 3 filters are in place. It’s possible you’re missing one of the first 2 – most likely a low frequency filter. n

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