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Perimeter protection FFT perimeter solution protects Iraqi pipeline

Video storage The data dilemma – cloud or camera?

Retail security The real advantages of analytics on the shop floor




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20 Installation

Megapixel vandal-resistant dome cameras from Hikvision are providing managers at Nuremberg railway station in Germany with context-sensitive information Biostream Axxonsoft, a pioneer in security management solutions for integrated systems, launches Axxon Smart Pro

Foreword from the editor

07 News

The latest contracts and installations, mergers and acquisitions happening in the security industry

17 Market

A round-up of the latest products launched in the regional market

41 Exhibition report: IFSEC 2011 The 38th edition of the award-winning event held in May at the NEC in Birmingham UK, offered security professionals a glimpse into the future of security

24 Data storage

Where do leading CCTV system vendors see video storage moving in the future – should it be centralised or distributed? In camera or on the Cloud? SME reports

29 Risk management

Gabriel Oser looks at the security implications for businesses operating in parts of the region affected by the recent civil unrest

33 Retail security

Video Content Analysis (VCA) has been hailed as the answer to many a retailer’s security problems, but it seems that shops and mall owners are finding it more useful for sussing out their customers’ shopping habits rather than tackling theft and shrinkage. SME reports

37 Access control

Has the access control market reached a tipping point? Asks Dr Tam Hulusi, senior vice president HID Global

46 Events

Diary dates of forthcoming securityrelated conferences and tradeshows

45 Transport and IP

Baraa Al Akkad regional manager for Axis Communications looks at the new possibilities for transport security offered by network video

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UP FRONT Ten years is a long time in technology terms and if we look back over the last decade, the way we record and store our data has changed beyond all recognition. The days of piles of old CCTV footage sitting around on VHS tapes have pretty much been eliminated. Yet for all the advantages that digital recording, IP connectivity and remote monitoring and retrieval have brought us, it still presents many a security manager with quite a headache. While the majority of us are still getting to grips with DVRs, things have again moved on. We now are presented with the option of in-camera recording and back-up on the Cloud. It’s not surprising that there is a fair amount of confusion in the market. On page 24 we tackle this ‘data dilemma,’ talking to a range of security systems manufacturers about the whys and wherefores of data storage and most importantly retrieval. What happens if the plug

is pulled on your network? What if your bandwidth requirements are heavy? What benefits does Cloud computing hold and who is it suitable for? I hope this article provides you with some food for thought. Also in this issue we take a long hard look at analytics, or VCA in its abbreviated form – this time in the context of retail. And it is interesting to see that the real value of this application for retailers at least seems to be in keeping an eye on their customers – not to see what they are stealing but what they are buying. While of not much interest to the security operative overseeing the cameras, it certainly will provide the employer with some highly valuable insights into customer behaviour that will help improve the bottom line. We’d be interested to hear your feedback, so if you have any comments on this or any other of the articles in this issue, email me at:

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Counter Terror Expo puts spotlight on region’s homeland security concerns Clarion Events Middle East will launch the first edition of Counter Terror Expo in Abu Dhabi later this year promoting advanced strategies and technologies to protect both people and infrastructure from the threats posed by terrorism. To be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi from 30 October to 2 November, 2011, the four-day Counter Terror Expo will provide the ideal platform for experts from governments, security services, law enforcement organisations and the armed forces, along with leading exhibitors and solution providers, to combat the potential threat of terror in the region. The conference will include lessons from operations, demonstrations of sophisticated techniques and advanced technologies designed to deter and defeat both existing and emerging terrorist, criminal and other violent threats; identifying the best ways to get the public proactively involved in counter-terror strategies; crossexamining global counter-terror

strategies to identify best practices and the lessons learned; considering cyber threat to critical infrastructure and understanding the solutions available to tackle this growing challenge; and much more. A recent report published by Forecast International revealed that in 2010 the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries invested US$68.3 billion in defense and security, with an estimated rise to US$72.4 billion in 2011 and US$82.5 billion by 2015. The investments indicate GCC government concern for the threat of terror and the protection of their people and infrastructure. Exhibitors at the expo include companies offering various services, such as information management and security, location tracking, airport and transport security, covert surveillance and communication. Others products and solutions would include maritime and off shore security, weapons and ammunition, blast containment, special vehicles for detection of explosives and transportation, technical clothing and protection, screening, scanning

Future Fibre Technologies secures contract for 500km Iraqi pipeline project Future Fibre Technologies (FFT), working with their exclusive in-country agent AYA International, have signed a contract to protect 500 kilometres (310 miles) of buried pipeline in Iraq. FFT and AYA International will be working in conjunction with ZTE Corporation, the prime contractor for the pipeline security and communications. This is the first FFT pipeline security system installed in Iraq, meeting all of the current design and performance specifications, plus providing a cost-effective path for expansion in the future. This latest win builds on FFT’s record of success in protecting buried oil and gas pipelines against both deliberate and accidental damage. The solution benefits include a simple to understand and use operator interface, ability to operate in harsh environments, flexibility in overall design, and local technical support capability through AYA.

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and emergency response equipment, and many more. Visitors to the Counter Terror Expo will include personnel from the intelligence services, armed forces, police and law enforcement, protectors of critical national infrastructure, ventral/regional and local government representatives, private sector companies, systems integrators and personnel from the

building and facilities protection, airports and ports, emergency response, border control, customs and immigration, transport security, training and consultancy sectors. Counter Terror Expo is an extension of the successful London and Washington DC editions and will be co-located with Fire and Rescue Middle East. I

Middle East prison project goes live for AppVision AppVision’s Security Manager solution has been deployed at three new prisons in The Middle East, centralising hundreds of CCTV cameras at each site. The installations at undisclosed locations are connected to AppVision through several Milestone corporate video management servers, a GE facility commander access control system, GE FACP fire alarm panels, Honeywell Galaxy intruder panels and as Southwest perimeter systems. AppVision software also manages building intercoms, HVAC and lighting automation in connection to supported control systems. Each control room is situated

onsite with automatic failover servers. All AppVision servers and client stations intercommunicate in real-time over a private IP network. This project sees the deployment of three AppVision product modules : alarm/incident management module, open access control module, CCTV smart wall module. A special feature was developed for this project enables AppVision to manage specific CCTV cameras in Virtual Guard Tour mode. This uses a preset configuration to move and display fixed and PTZ dome cameras to monitor the security of the prison guards as they make their rounds of the prison. I




Milestone presents awards to local partners at Dubai networking event Milestone Systems Middle East held a partner conference in Dubai at the beginning of May at the Mina A Salam Hotel. The company says the event proved to be the most successful so far with nearly 200 people attending. The purpose of the conference was to provide an educational and networking opportunity for partners to discuss Milestone’s XProtect IP video management software (VMS) and the value-adding open platform opportunities of integrations with other systems. The event highlighted 12 exhibitors presenting access control, video content analytics, cameras, PSIM systems and video-optimised storage solutions. These included: All Go Vision, Axis, Data Direct Networks, Delopt, Ipsotek, Maxxess, Pivot 3, Promise Technologies, Siqura, Sony and Vivotek. The Milestone partner conference programme was framed around

interesting presentations on IP VMS technology and solutions, including key speaking engagements by Eric Fullerton, chief sales and marketing officer for Milestone Systems and Peter Biltsted, sales director MEIA &ANZ for Milestone Systems, with the topics ‘2011-2013 Outlook’ and ‘The Value of Integration’. Milestone announced and gave out awards to the following partners for outstanding annual performances:

World Security to provide turnkey solution to Dubai Customs head office World Security, the specialist turnkey security solutions provider of Dubai World, has signed an agreement to provide innovative security services and solutions to Dubai Customs Head Office building. The agreement was signed by Yusuf Sahlawi, senior executive director, Corporate Affairs, Dubai Customs, and Mahmood Amin, CEO, World Security, in the presence of senior officials from both sides. Commenting on the agreement, Mahmoud Amin, CEO, World Security, said: “Dubai Security is pleased and honoured to be associated with Dubai Customs to support and protect their security interests. In our on-going quest to provide the best possible solutions



at both individual and corporate levels, we keep pace with global developments and remain committed to providing critical bespoke security services. We look forward to working with Dubai Customs.” World Security, in addition to its work with Dubai World, provides integrated security solutions for businesses, industries and development projects in both local and regional markets. It is also the main provider of security plans to several global companies based in Dubai. World Security is an ISO 9001:2000-certified company, with a workforce of about 2,800 employees deployed over 80 locations. I





Site Technology Ltd Best Partner of the year 2010, GCC Modern Gate for New Systems Best Partner of the year 2010, Levant MVP Tech GT LLC Best Integration Partner of the year 2010, GCC Camsecure (Pty) Ltd Best Partner of the year 2010, Africa Wipro Technologies Best Partner of the year 2010, India

Milestone Certified Systems Integrators have been implementing several mid to large sized projects in key verticals such as hospitality, retail, government and infrastructure. They noted an increasing trend in more implementations with video content analytics and PSIM in the territory, as well as a growing focus on storage as the government regulations and customers demand the need for more video evidence retention time. Peter Biltsted concluded: “The true value of the Milestone open platform VMS is created through partnerships. Therefore, the cooperation with our eco-system of Milestone partners is vital for growth – both in our business and in our expertise through shared knowledge. Our good partnerships are also the key factor ensuring that the end users get the best solutions for their surveillance needs.” I

APCO global congress brings region’s safety practitioners together Major General Rashid Al Matrooshi, director general, Dubai Civil Defence will open the APCO Global Congress on 6 June 2011 in Dubai. His agency will then deliver a presentation called: 24/7: Enhancing civil protection through technology. The congress, to be held between June 6-8, will bring an array of new technology and training to Middle East public safety communications practitioners. To date, delegations from nine countries, including Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Jordan, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and United States, have registered to attend the inaugural event. The attendees represent a variety of organisations from local and national public safety agencies such as Dubai Civil Defence and Nedaa and Jordan’s National Center for Security and Crisis Management to commercial companies such as Cameroon-based Group2n and Saudi Arabia-based Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). “This international group of attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain different perspectives from all over the world at the congress,” said Gavin Hayes, chair of the APCO Global Alliance.

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Scope appointed Middle East distributor for UK IP solutions company Scope Middle East, a leading specialty distributor and technology solutions provider in the Middle East has been signed up by UK based IP communications vendor SpliceCom, as the distributor for the Middle East region. Scope will be responsible for promoting and growing the regional market-share for SpliceCom’s products, which include ‘Pure IP’ next-generation communication systems. Speaking on the partnership, Martin Bond, VP international sales at SpliceCom said: “The Middle East holds a great amount of business potential for SpliceCom, as regional enterprises are realising the enormous benefits of unified communications and IP telephony technology and are phasing out their traditional PBX/ PABX systems. We were looking for a distribution partner with a strong presence and understanding of the local market,

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wide partner network, a high level of specialised technical expertise in the communication technology field and a solid customer base.” Through this partnership, Scope will distribute the entire range of

Scientists develop rainbow polymers that could beat fraudsters Scientists from the University of Sheffield in the UK have developed pigment-free, intensely coloured polymer materials that could provide new anti-counterfeit devices on passports or banknotes due to their difficulty to copy. The polymers do not use pigments but instead exhibit intense colour due to their structure, similar to the way nature creates colour for beetle shells and butterfly wings. These colours were created by highly ordered polymer layers, which the researchers produced using block copoylmers (an alloy of two different polymers). By mixing block copolymers together, the researchers were able to create any colour in the rainbow from two non-coloured solutions. This type of polymer then automatically organises itself into a layered structure, causing optical effects similar to opals. The colour also changes depending on the viewing angle. This system has huge advantage in terms of cost, processing and colour selection compared to existing systems. The complexity of the chemistry involved in making the polymer means they are very difficult for fraudsters to copy, making them ideally suited for use on passports or banknotes.




SpliceCom’s products including maximiser Telephony Platforms, Proactive Communication Station (PCS) Business Phones, Vision Business Management Application Suite and Vision Call Center.

Fadi AbuEkab, chief executive officer of Scope said: “We are very pleased to have been signed on as distributors for SpliceCom. The company has a world-class portfolio of products and solutions, including the award winning maximiser product that can scale up to hundreds of thousands IP or analogue extensions, making it a very attractive proposition for businesses with future expansion plans. SpliceCom adds a new and exciting dimension to our existing offerings and we are confident that there will be a big uptake of this technology from existing and potential customers in the region”. Scope ME is one of the Middle East’s premier technology solutions providers. Its vendor base includes well known leading global technology vendors like Blue Coat, Legrand, Kaspersky and intranet technology specialist Adenin Technologies. I

Taya IT solves data issues for Dubai Police Dassault Systèmes subsidiary Exalead has signed an agreement with the Dubai Police through reseller Taya IT for a large data management contract. To aid in civil and criminal investigations, the Dubai Police maintain a large repository of critical data in an Oracle database system. At present, the continually growing repository includes approximately 35 million documents. To retrieve information from the system, police personnel were using the database’s built-in search utility. As the volume of data increased, the system began to experience serious performance issues. It could take the platform 30 to 45 minutes to process some queries. In addition, the search utility was rigid, returning only exact matches to precise user queries.

Dubai Police selected a solution proposed by Taya IT – Exalead CloudView integrated with Arabic Natural Language Processing (NLP) Support. Police staff can now retrieve data rapidly and easily. Results are returned in a less than a second, with CloudView’s fuzzy matching technology and auto-categorisation (clustering) of results boosting search success and staff efficiency. Moreover, by offloading routine information access requests from Oracle to CloudView, the agency is able to better manage its overall IT costs. “We can now analyse millions of heterogeneous records in near realtime, which was just absolutely impossible to do in the past,” said Major Amer Sharaf Dubai Police. I

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IFSEC Arabia endorsed by Saudi Ministry of Interior Exhibition company UBM has received the support and endorsement from the Saudi Ministry of Interior and the Royal Patronage of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud for its recently launched events, IFSEC Arabia and Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Arabia. Taking place at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC) from 20-22 November, IFSEC Arabia will bring together the international fire, safety and industrial security solution providers with the government and commercial buyers in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region. IFSEC Arabia will be held alongside and in partnership with the MOI’s 14th International Conference and

Exhibition for Industrial Security organised by the Higher Commission for Industrial Security. The co-located OSH Expo Arabia will provide professionals involved in occupational safety & health with a platform from which to source the latest products, services and innovations within the market, network with industry peers and take advantage of an extensive educational programme. “We’re delighted to have gained the official endorsement by the Ministry of Interior Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” said Simon Foster CEO of UBM Live. “The support of the Ministry of Interior secures us a strong position within the protection market of the Kingdom and ensures

that we will produce an event that sits at the heart of these communities.” Saudi Arabia represents a highly profitable market as one of the top ten fastest growing countries in the world and the largest and most influential economy in the Middle East, accounting for 27% of the region’s GDP. The venue for IFSEC Arabia and OSH Arabia, RICEC, is the Middle East’s newest and most state of the art international exhibition centre providing 20,000 square metres of exhibition space. Centrally located, the centre offers all the facilities expected of an international exhibition complex including conference facilities, management offices, catering and ample car parking. I

The first edition of INTERMAT Middle East, an international exhibition for machinery, materials and equipment for construction and infrastructure recently concluded its debut at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi on March 30 2011. The event was co-located with Arabian Construction Week 2011 and was inaugurated by H E Engineer Ahmed Mohammed Shareef, Undersecretary of the Department of Municipal Affairs Abu Dhabi.

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Open area smoke detection product scoops another award Xtralis has received the 2011 Fire Excellence Award in the Best Detection and Alarm Product category for its new Open-Area Smoke Imaging Detection (OSID) product. The Fire Excellence Awards 2011 celebrate the best products, services and individuals in the Fire Safety industry and are held every two years to coincide with the International Firex exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The award is the latest in a string of accolades afforded Xtralis worldwide and the second one for the OSID product this year. OSID was the prestigious winner of the

‘Judge’s Choice Award’ at the ISC West 2011 New Product Showcase, one of the largest global shows in the industry, last year attended by over 23 thousand people. OSID’s portfolio of awards recognises its value as a revolutionary technology that will reshape detection in open spaces. OSID greatly enhances the protection of life and valuable assets while dramatically reducing the cost of ownership. OSID impressed the judges with its use of ground-breaking technology which overcomes the weaknesses of traditional optical beam detection solutions often used

in open spaces where standard sensitivity, code-compliant detection is required. The patented combination of dual wavelength Emitters, a CMOS Imager, advanced detection algorithms and 3D coverage, delivers unsurpassed reliability, high immunity to false alarms, and intuitive, low cost installation and alignment. OSID installation and alignment can be 50%-75% less than existing products. In addition, OSID provides

more than 50% increase in sensitivity over traditional beam detectors. The product’s characteristics make it tolerant to building movement, steam, insects, dust and solid object intrusions. Among other applications, OSID is ideal for warehouses, airport terminals, commercial centres and educational campuses. With OSID Xtralis continues its commitment to excellence and innovation in the global fire safety industry. I




One for all Megaview is a new day/night H.264 megapixel range of cameras from Arecont Vision. The camwras come in three and five megapixel versions and are enclosed in IP66 and vandal-resistant cylindrical housings with versions available incorporating built-in IR illuminators and IR-corrected lenses. These all-in-one cameras are installed with an adjustable 3-axis bracket and external lens adjustment of zoom, focus and iris. The privacy mask enables video to be blocked in multiple regions in any arbitrary shape. Extended motion detection provides a higher-granularity grid of 1,024 distinct motion detection zones. The binning function of these new cameras provides for increased sensitivity and better low light performance. Features: Privacy marking Built-in IR illuminators Flexible cropping


Covert coverage MEL Secure Systems has introduced a new Virtual Pivot CCTV solution designed to meet the specific needs of law enforcement and government agencies in a wide range of covert surveillance applications. It has a conical lens that provides crystal clear images, with full PTZ, through holes as small as 2mm diameter. It mounts securely to vehicle panels or box hides and can even be placed inside existing street lights and furniture with no visible signs or tell-tale graphics. This camera has a 1/3" SONY FCB-EX20 CCD image module which offers 540 TVL picture quality in both colour and black and white as well as delivering excellent low light performance. An IR cut filter provides extra sensitivity.


Features: Full PTZ functionality IR cut filter An HD version will be launched later in 2011

Siqura takes it to the edge Siqura is developing an advanced camera platform that puts an entire video analytics systems in stand-alone devices at the edge of the network. The camera platform will be released later this year. The first available solution will be the Siqura 600 series, a collection of standard definition (SD) multistreaming fixed box-style IP cameras designed to have superior wide dynamic range and excellent image control in low-light conditions. Subsequent camera models will be released by the end of the year as the Siqura 800 series and will offer full HD (1080p) resolution. Using a dedicated DSP, Siqura 600 and 800 series cameras are embedded with field-proven analytics algorithms capable of detecting intruders as well as tracking and counting objects in both outdoor and indoor applications. Features: Intruder detection Streaming over fibre optic, coax, or Cat 5 cabling Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications SECURITY MIDDLE EAST | MAY/JUNE 2011 |



Discreet domes Axis Communications has launched what it describes as the world’s smallest range of ceiling mount pan/tilt/ zoom dome cameras. The AXIS M50 cameras are only 13cm (5.1") wide and 5.6cm (2.2") high, enabling discreet, high-quality 360° surveillance in HDTV. A builtin microphone also allows managers to use the audio detection function to monitor for unusual noises during off-hours to trigger a security alarm. The mini PTZ dome cameras are easy to install on soft and hard ceilings and on walls and can cover an area of up to 400sq metres. Ideal for retail environments. Features: Discreet design HD images Built-in microphone


All digital sensor Senstar Corporation has launched its newest generation microwave – μltraWave an all-digital volumetric sensor that provides advanced warning to security forces of unwanted intrusions. Key benefits of this new sensor include ease of use, powerful networking capabilities and long-term reliability. “As the market leader in outdoor perimeter intrusion detection products, we bring increased value to our customers with μltraWave – easier installation and set up, remote monitoring and calibration, long term support of the electronics, the reliability of digital circuitry and a clear migration path from our current microwave products into the next generation,” said Brian Rich, president, Senstar Corporation. Features: Remote monitoring Digital circuitry Greater detection powers


Cutting the cost of cabling The CWFE1POCOAX is a ComNet solution for upgrading an existing coaxial cable plant with Ethernet-based equipment without the need for expensive network cabling. Based on the IEEE 802.3af standard for PoE, the CWFE1POCOAX provides 15 watts of 48-Volt DC power to remote devices. The CWFE1POCOAX transports Ethernet data at rates of up to 100 Mbps over a distance of 230 metres. This product allows the user to install or upgrade to IP cameras that can operate using PoE in remote locations while offering significant cost savings by not having to install a separate power source. Features: Reduced upgrade costs Data rates of up to 100Mbps No separate power source





Continuous field of view A new shutterless version of the CompactSec PZT, low powered thermal imager is now available. It is based on a 384 x 288, uncooled ASi 8-14μ micro bolometer detector with a 25-micron pitch. The CompacSec is tuned to longwave infrared with less than 0.060°c sensitivity. The built-in anti-blooming system prevents image flare, while an electronic zoom of x2 and x4 enables close up images of areas of interest. A high-resolution graphics overlay enables the user to add features to the screen display. Features are controlled via an on screen display. The imager can store up to 50 snap shot images for further analysis at a later time. The camera offers standard video outputs but can be supplied with a digital interface via the LVDS interfaces. Features: Night vision Available with or without NUC shutter Can store up to 50 snap-shot images


Entry-level offering Geutebruck’s new range of Ecoline IP cameras include three entrylevel models offering progressive scan functionality and ONVIF compliance at a decent price point. Each comes with its own power supply as well as optional PoE support for flexible installation. The EcoFD-2310 is a fixed dome camera with IR LEDs and a varifocal lens for indoor day/night applications. It has a 1/4" CCD sensor and streams M-JPEG video at up to 15 fps. The EcoFD-2410 is a vandalresistant, 1.3 megapixel EcoFD-2410 fixed dome camera also with IR LEDs and an integrated varifocal lens. Its 1/2" CMOS sensor streams M-JPEG video at up to 24 fps. The EcoBC-1110 is a hybrid 1.3 megapixel IP box camera with a 1/2" CMOS image sensor and a maximum picture rate of 24 fps using M-JPEG format.

CRASH BARRIERS Features: ONVIF compliant Progressive scan technology Optional PoE support

Big on barriers Delta Scientific’s latest portable vehicle barricade system has been developed for locations that have large vehicle traffic. It was originally developed for the US army checkpoints in Afghanistan. Due to the size of vehicles in their theatre, the army wanted a unit with a clear opening larger than the standard 16-foot version. The MP5000 is one of Delta’s most popular vehicle barricades. This is because it can be towed to where vehicle security is needed and sets up in less than fifteen minutes. It is self contained and battery powered. In addition to forward operating bases in Afghanistan, it can also be seen at G20 meetings. Over 1,000 units have been sold so far. Features: M40 level crash-test approved 20-foot clear openings 15 minute set-up SECURITY MIDDLE EAST | MAY/JUNE 2011 |



Fast track to surveillance Hikvision’s 1.3 megapixel vandal-resistant dome cameras are being used at Nuremberg railway station in Germany. The new cameras are now allowing station management to protect travellers & provide them with context-sensitive information Nuremberg is the largest railway station in northern Bavaria and currently receives 130,000 passengers every weekday. As part of continuing improvements in customer care and heightened vigilance against terrorism, Deutsche Bahn AG has begun to transform its operational control centres and is upgrading camera surveillance from analogue to IP systems. These measures are part of information gathering at control hubs known as ‘3-S Centres’ where video streams, audio signals, telephone and radio messages are assessed so that appropriate action can be taken. Passengers communicate with the control centres using information/emergency columns on the station platforms at Nuremberg and the Hikvision cameras are positioned nearby so that officials can see high-quality images of the platforms and surrounding areas at resolution of up to 1280x960 pixels. Staff are able to make specific announcements to individual travellers including wheelchairusers, giving advice that is appropriate to their situation or difficulty. They can also discount frivolous activation of emergency buttons – perhaps by schoolchildren – with a simple evaluation of images. The Hikvision cameras have been installed as part of a turnkey emergency and logistical solution designed by the Munich-based systems house Indanet AG who work closely with Hikvision as a technology partner and specialise in the public transport and traffic




management sectors. These 1.3 megapixel cameras offer H.264/MPEG4 dual-stream real-time video compression with various frame rate options according to usage demands. Hikvision cameras support video management systems (VMS) from many major vendors. On this project the cameras are operating from the control centre management system developed by Indanet AG. It is based on their neXus control centre software which unifies disparate categories of data into a single, future-proof solution that makes costeffective and ‘green’ use of legacy equipment where appropriate. Disciplines can include CCTV, help points, passenger information, access control, fire prevention and track-to-train communication. The cameras use a 2.7~9mm (F1.2) lens and feature a 1⁄3" Sony progressive scan CCD. Minimum illumination is 0.1 lux at F1.2 or 0.01 lux at F1.2 in black and white mode. These dome units can be triggered by motion detection and if needed users can store data ‘at the edge’ on a 32-gigabyte SD/SDHC local card. There are local alarm inputs and outputs with audio compression achieved by the Ogg Vorbis format, a feature that was consistent with the open-protocol approach demanded by the end-user on this project. The cameras have an ingress protection rating of IP66 and the enclosures are providing protection against airborne contaminants including brake pad particles, which are a familiar problem at railway stations. Jurgen Fuchs, director of Strategic Projects at Indanet AG, said: “The Hikvision cameras are proving robust in a demanding environment and the price-to-performance ratio is impressive. At a major railway station with extensive subsystems there are many demands on bandwidth and RAID storage. These cameras make efficient use of the H.264 codec to compress video streams without compromising image quality.” ■

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New generation video surveillance system Ease of operation and powerful analytics and automation tools – Biostream AxxonSoft is launching the first product of this new generation – Axxon Smart Pro. This professional video monitoring system for small to medium facilities incorporates a number of innovative developments of AxxonSoft for the first time. Combining the ease of operation with powerful tools for analytics and automation, Axxon Smart Pro sets a new functionality standard for this product category. Axxon Smart Pro adds superior convenience and functionality to all areas related to the operation of surveillance systems. System configuration is facilitated by the automatic search and recognition of connected IP cameras. The user can immediately configure additional functionality of the cameras – microphones, speakers, plug-in sensors, etc. Axxon Smart Pro also supports the built-in video detectors in the cameras and can receive two video streams from each camera, which promotes the efficient use of computing resources of the video servers and client workstations. In addition to the built-in camera detectors, the user can always access the powerful video analytics of Axxon Smart 2.0. The video detectors are configured in an interactive mode, which allows the user to select the optimal settings for different situations.

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Where do leading CCTV system vendors see video storage moving in the future – should it be centralised or distributed? In camera or the Cloud? SME reports

The data dilemma process that IndigoVision has already gone through. “We still have our “If you centralise totally, should your server go down, then own recorders but now also allow customers to use whatever third potentially you can lose almost everything. Certainly when it comes to party storage they want. This gives them the best of both worlds and resilience, in the context of video storage, distributed is good.” The we are still providing an end-to-end solution that works. Looking view of CEO and founder of Indigo Vision, Oliver Vellacott on where to further ahead people will want even more choice and flexibility, they store your data is very clear. However depending on the application, as may already have many disparate systems installed so we can’t simply with IP and analogue, a mixture of both a centralised and distributed say if you want to use our video system you are going to have to rip out storage can work best for customers. your access control solution. It is going to be more and more about It is perhaps no surprise then that IndigoVision can if necessary, integration as time moves on with the industry looking towards support centralised and distributed models, so customers still have the ultimately, integrated security management where one interface can choice, and they have been applying a mixture of approaches across make sense of all the data.” applications in the Middle East. Peter Bilsted, sales director, MEIA and ANZ at Milestone Systems is “In some locations video storage can be centralised, for example on a witnessing an upturn in demand when it comes to storage for their single site where bandwidth is not an issue. Whereas for a customer such video management solutions. as an oil company, with various refineries, “Governments in the Middle East are drilling and piping operations, trying to drag Recording video in the camera has changing the laws for video surveillance all that video back would be prohibitively limited value if you already have retention from 30 days as the minimum expensive. So the way to go would probably proper redundancy built-in required storage to 90 days in some areas, be distributed supported by a management and others have gone as high as 180 days system which our architecture allows,” says of minimum required storage.” Vellacott. When it comes to the trend to put storage in camera he This is also driving increased demand for storage hardware believes that this is really a bit of a gimmick: “We will probably support manufacturing companies. “Several of the mid-size to big players have in-camera recording in due course and understand the argument that if already opened or are opening offices in the region to accommodate the network goes down then you keep the video, however we really for this increased demand for their services. Most likely only players don’t see this as a good solution. It is much better we would suggest to with local support will be the winners when it comes to competition in have dual redundant network connections and dual redundant power the market,” adds Bilsted. supplies. This means in practical terms that if you strip any cable, pull Fabrizio Colciago, chief technical officer with March Networks any power supply or disk, the system keeps on running. So with this in believes that there is a key role in future for a solution that can bring mind recording video in the camera has limited value if you already together the best of the embedded and PC-based approach to NVR. have proper redundancy built-in.” “With new installations the benefit of high definition video and server side software, coupled with ease of installation, make the IP route the Open approach best and most affordable option. However when an analogue or digital Vellacott also highlighted a growing move towards a more open system is already in place an NVR solution may be more appropriate in approach to surveillance away from a closed propriety system, terms of an upgrade path.” including for video storage and being linked in with ONVIF. This is a 








Given this, March Networks has identified a growing need in the market for a hybrid NVR that can offer fully embedded hardware at a competitive price, an embedded OS that is resistant to viruses or power blackouts and crucially, has the power and flexibility of a PC-based solution.

There are also benefits should the police want digital video evidence as, with a linear device, the user can give them a specific drive to take away whereas with RAID at moment they need to export and provide an application to verify the authenticity of the footage.”


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The roll-out of video-friendly LAID based storage is also beginning to supersede older RAID technology. Santosh Muniswamappa, commercial head – IP Solutions for CBC (Europe)’s CCTV Division says that traditionally the industry has been dealing with RAID storage using random access recording techniques, however this architecture was never really designed with surveillance in mind. “What happens typically with RAID systems is that it writes across multiple hard drives at random. Half the data might be written on hard drive one, and half on hard drive two. All this jumping around generates heat and also means that disk space is not being used as efficiently as possible. There is also the need for hardware to keep track of what is on each hard disk.” An answer to these issues is likely, according to Muniswamappa, to come with the development of so-called LAID, a linear access approach to storage: “This should prevent issues with heat, vibration and noise. To achieve redundancy LAID writes the same data to a couple of disks rather than being spread across discs and any DVD hard drives can be used because the you are not wearing out the disks to the same extent.

Has the much-touted ‘Cloud’ anything to offer security systems managers? Atul Rajput a business development manager with Axis Communications thinks it depends. “If you are talking about a company with 100 cameras, recording locally is the way to go as with a high frame rate and retention of storage, your bandwidth pipe would need to be immense. But if you are talking about retail – say a coffee shop chain with five cameras and multiple outlets – then certainly Cloud computing with video as a service could work.” He adds that at Axis they have had a solution for a number of years that they now brand as the Axis Video Hosting Solution. This effectively reduces the time to install cameras by literally having a broadband router and an Axis camera with this AVHS client on-board. When you plug it into the router it automatically talks to a hosting provider website. “So ultimately, we have the technology that can embrace Cloud services. The actual Cloud service itself will be a solutions provider who will take our engine and effectively build their front end. What we are delivering is the cameras seamlessly connected to this website.” ■



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Gabriel Oser looks at the security implications for businesses operating in parts of the region affected by the recent civil unrest



The first months of 2011 saw significant geo-political change across the Middle East and North Africa. Initially peaceful demonstrations gathered momentum resulting in huge numbers of protestors demanding political, economic and social reform. The historical events brought the world’s media to the region and highlighted the latent desire for democratic reform to a global audience. While the uprisings resulted in regime change in Egypt and Tunisia, with Libya poised to follow, this came at a cost, and caused significant civil and economic disruption. Such unrest provides a timely reminder that conducting business in emerging or fragile markets requires thorough risk and crisis management plans to safeguard people, assets and reputation. Recent unrest also demonstrates just how quickly a seemingly isolated event can escalate, not just within one country but across a region. An act of protest by a street vendor in Tunisia triggered riots and ultimately a revolution, which in turn inspired protestors across the region within a matter of days. As we have witnessed, the transition from relative stability to

complete instability can occur with surprisingly speed. Companies must be acutely aware that once a situation reaches its tipping point, their ability to implement security and risk management solutions becomes limited. Companies with tried and tested risk management policies and procedures will be much better equipped to prevail in an emergency or crisis situation.

Evacuation procedures In the event of an emergency or crisis, a company’s priority will be to look after its people. If the situation escalates and an evacuation is required, the crisis plan should prioritise which staff need to be evacuated first and document the closest or safest point of evacuation as well as having a contingency evacuation point should the first choice be unavailable. It is also important to determine how you will manage staff that remain in the country, which could include core operational staff, local nationals or joint venture staff. Managing the evacuation of staff is a complex process and during a crisis it is critical that a company is clear on how the evacuation will be  SECURITY MIDDLE EAST | MAY/JUNE 2011 |



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support of third parties. Your plan may need to identify safe heavens and alternative routes out of the city or country should you be unable to get all staff to one evacuation point. The crisis plan needs to ensure there is a mechanism in place to quickly and effectively communicate with staff and their families to mobilise them quickly and keep them updated as the evacuation proceeds. In an emergency evacuation environment, staff will want to contact family and loved ones. It is critical that you have clear protocols around such communication, which may present logistical challenges or even compromise the evacuation. A crisis may result in isolation from banking and financial markets and general supply chains. It is important to be clear on who in your company can issue and process lump sum funds and quickly transport them to company executives should normal channels be closed. It is also vital that your organisation can deal with price surges for fuel and food as well as having alternate suppliers available should suppliers be unavailable. Planning also needs to extend to partners and clients, with key considerations including the likelihood of late payments and how this will affect your cash flow and the implications this might have on your supply chains. More generally, any crisis plan should consider how an inability to deliver and receive goods could affect the business and its finances. A crisis is not the time to be checking the extent of your company’s insurance cover and to find out that, for example, terrorism or political unrest are two different events, and can be classified separately by insurance companies. All corporations should be aware of what their policies cover and under what circumstances. A crisis will usually create significant interruptions to operations and challenges for those staff that remain in country. A sound crisis plan will include contingencies that allow the business to operate if staff are unable to get to the office or other operational facilities. This is often achieved through hot-desking or via a satellite office elsewhere in the region. For businesses that rely on face-to-face meetings, it is critical to ensure there are alternatives available. Depending on the nature of the event, a business may be unable to operate in any form for a period of time or be restricted to core activities undertaken by a skeleton local staff. In this situation, management needs to understand how long the company can operate under these conditions before calling Force Majeure. Understanding the consequences of closing operations is also critical. If, for example, a business effectively shuts down but competitors do not, a plan to retain contracts and clients will be an important component of any risk management strategy. Communications are vital for any modern business and during a crisis it is important that staff in particular are aware of who to contact in case of an emergency and how they will communicate if telephone networks and internet access is cut off or restricted. It is also important to build in the necessary communication redundancies into the crisis plan.




A crisis will also test communications with external stakeholders such as clients and even the media, making it important that an up to date crisis management plan is maintained and details who and when the company will communicate with external parties. Quick and decisive action can help the company gain control during a crisis situation but the corollary is that a crisis often impairs access to information and therefore management’s ability to make informed decisions. Identifying what information sources will be relied on in a crisis situation and being able to verify their accuracy is vital. Seeking out reputable sources on the ground to check the validity of media reports for example, is one way a company can make better informed decisions. Security should always be the top priority for any business operating in emerging or volatile markets. Careful planning needs to consider if offices or staff accommodation are in locations likely to be impacted by civil or political unrest, or criminal activity. Undertaking a risk assessment of offices and staff accommodation helps companies better plan for a crisis and helps staff comprehend the risks associated with where they live and work, so they can take appropriate measures to protect their safety both before and during a crisis. One critical component of securing the safety of staff is having a proactive security team that monitor local and regional events and provide regular guidance on evolving risks. While it is critical to have a plan in place, it is even more critical to ensure they are tried and tested, usually through regular audits and desktop exercises. The time to test the plan is not during an emergency or crisis. Given the complexity of operating in emerging and fragile markets, an increasing number of companies are engaging specialists, like Unity Resources Group, to help them develop and test their crisis plans. While it is impossible to plan for every eventuality, the most effective plans will: ■ Provide an effective and easy to use format that facilitates timely and well informed decision-making ■ Detail essential procedures in a clear and concise manner ■ Detail procedures for worst-case or complex scenarios; e.g. evacuations ■ Include a business continuity plan to get your business back to operations as soon as possible ■ Identify the areas of the plan where vulnerabilities exist and develop contingencies that are practical and can be implemented in a crisis. With careful planning and training it is possible to protect a company’s people, finances and operations during a crisis. Furthermore, effectively managing these issues sends a strong signal to clients and competitors that the business understands the local markets and is well placed to manage a range of challenging issues. ■ Gabriel Oser is practice team leader, Crisis Response and Facilitation

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WATCH AND LEARN Video Content Analysis (VCA) has been hailed as the answer to many a retailer’s security problems, but it seems that shop and mall owners are finding it more useful for sussing out their customers’ shopping habits than tackling theft and shrinkage. SME reports Given the number of producers entering the field of analytics in recent years, it is not surprising that the range of products and installation implications can, at first glance, be confusing to potential buyers. The rise in take-up of VCA was underlined in a survey conducted last year by the BSIA of its CCTV section members – many of whom are active in the Middle East region – with installers noting a 7% rise in take-up and manufacturers reporting a 4% increase. Perhaps of most interest was the fact that, in terms of sectors where VCA was used most frequently, it was retail which came out on top alongside transport. Peter Bilsted, sales director for MEIA and ANZ at Milestone Systems, which specialises in software for managing IP network-based video surveillance, is positive about VCA reporting a growing demand in the Middle East in tender specifications for airports, ports, government projects like city surveillance, retail and some hospitality projects. Alongside this expansion in take-up there has been a huge shift in expectations in terms of what can actually be achieved from video

analytics for retailers. According to Santosh Muniswamappa, commercial head, IP Solutions for CBC (Europe)’s CCTV Division VCA is no longer just utilised for dealing with stock shrinkage. Much more attention is now being placed on added-value marketing and commercial applications. “If you look from a camera’s perspective in a store the size of a typical object on a shelf is minuscule, and with the lighting conditions and glare coming from packaging on these products, there is difficulty in distinguishing separate items. So, rather than using analytics for stolen object detection – unless the object size is very large – now there is a concentration with VCA on footfall and queue management to provide marketing insights into how many people walk in and out of a store at different points in time, what aisles are occupied more than others, what is being sold and where, and whether preemptive action is needed if queues are above a certain level.” Chris Williams, director of Wavestore agrees that the scope of analytics in the retail environment extends way beyond the shop floor.  SECURITY MIDDLE EAST | MAY/JUNE 2011 |



 “In terms of the Middle East projects we are bidding on with a VCA

element these involve everything from car parking through to the experience of people being in the store. We are now seeing VCA being rolled out that can identify people’s gender and age range. It is also important that retailers can handle the volume of customers in store – making sure there so there are enough people for instance on the checkouts or changing the way they use their doors to handle the volume of people. It is this dynamic response using VCA that, although it goes on unseen, is critical for retail management.” Williams adds that the software has become much more relevant to the retail environment. “I think that the software has got much smarter, it has evolved. It is one thing to talk about it from a theoretical perspective but to make VCA into something that can run commercially and deliver it so the shop owner can set it up is a big step forward. That consciousness that it needs to be usable not just a theoretical solution is critical.” Atul Rajput, a business development manager on the retail side at Axis Communications on retail believes that there is tremendous scope to deploy VCA: “With shopping centres for video analytics you now have capabilities like people counting, dwell time, heat mapping which can be used for merchandising operations and customer service. Rajput sounds an encouraging note about the future of VCA: “There is a new perspective on VCA and retail surveillance as a tool far beyond loss prevention. A key consideration is return on investment by using the same cameras. People counting is the most widely deployed analytics in our cameras and more advanced options, like heat mapping and dwell time, are also starting to take-off. Salim Idris, general manager for Dedicated Micros in the Middle East, however cautions that although VCA has improved significantly in recent years there are a number of issues when it comes to its implementation by retailers. “VCA is still a challenge as most features require constant changes to settings based on the actual environment in which they are implemented.” He stresses the need, for example, to




take care when it comes to where a camera is mounted to achieve accurate ‘people counting’ and setting up intrusion detection zones to avoid nuisance alarms. Instek Digital recently installed VCA as part of a 900-camera installation at the Dubai Festival City Shopping Mall. Benjamin Chen, regional sales manager says: “This key application for us has 900 cameras and hybrid surveillance systems with ‘object counting’, ‘object left’, ‘object removed’ and ‘intrusion’ implemented. This means that the customer knows how many people go into the mall, the peak hours and the areas which are most crowded and where there are any issues. ‘Object removed’ is being used in particular to protect luxury goods.” Of course one of the key issues with video surveillance of any type is being able to make sense of a high volume of data, not just as it happens but also to pull out meaningful information post event. Techniques now being rolled out which may be of interest to a wide spectrum of users including retailers include a sophisticated solution from CCTV storage systems manufacturer Visimetrics. FiND (Forensic investigation Network Database) which was launched recently at IFSEC 2011 in the UK, has been developed, following research by Loughborough University to search large volumes of CCTV recordings for ‘known’ objects of interest eg a ‘person wearing a red shirt’. It has, Visimetrics claim, the capability of linking to any CCTV recording system, using algorithms and meta-data, to create and index key objects of interest at the time of video capture and storage. Craig Howie, commercial director of Visimetrics says: “FiND has the potential to reduce the search period of days, weeks – or months – worth of digitally recorded video from down to a matter of seconds.” So it would appear to be a mixed picture for retail and VCA at least from a security perspective. Some vendors are reporting increased demand but it seems that the real potential of VCA, moving forward, is going to be its exploitation for commercial and marketing purposes – as an added value benefit of the CCTV infrastructure – rather than to deal with criminal behaviour. ■

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Vivotek’s SUPREME series lineup and the eye-catching Fisheye Network Camera FE8171V VIVOTEK’s SUPREME series fully fleshes out the most extensive network camera line in the industry. With high end features and enhanced resolution as well as increased reliability and ease of installation, users will be sure to find a camera suitable for their applications, whether the requirements are low lux, extreme weather, or other challenging conditions. SUPREME series cameras are characterized by their extreme video clarity, which ensures accurate color reproduction and fulfills requirements for the most critical application environments. High definition 2-, 3-, and 5-Megapxiel resolution ensure exceptional details and razor-sharp images. Exceptional 60 fps @ 720p HD as well as 30fps @ 1080p Full HD ensure smooth, crystal-clear video when monitoring fastmoving scenes or action at high speed. The following are key advanced features offered on SUPREME series models: Utilizing the latest in sensor and color reproduction technology, Supreme Night Visibility makes for clear, vivid nighttime video with outstanding image quality. Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology ensures identifiable images in challenging lighting conditions and generates image quality comparable to the capabilities of the human eye. In addition, the adoption of the newest P-iris lens technology offers optimal video in all lighting conditions with better contrast, clarity, and depth of field. The new Smart Focus System consists of a Focus Assist button and Remote Focus. To make installation and adjustment easier, VIVOTEK cameras with the Smart Focus feature adopts lenses with a built-in stepper motor that the installer can use to remotely control the focal length and focus, ensuring hassle-free installation and maintenance. As for outdoor series cameras, the implementation of Extreme Weatherproofing, including Wide Temperature Range and IP66/67 Outdoor Rating, makes the SUPREME series models with this feature extremely durable and reliable in harsh conditions. ■




VIVOTEK’s soon-to-be-launched Fisheye Network Camera – FE8171V VIVOTEK FE8171V is the first fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring detailed 3-Megapixel resolution with superb image quality. Equipped with a fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/ floor/table mount) without blind spots, this camera is able to provide an 8X wider field of view than a standard VGA camera, significantly reducing the need for multiple camera installations. It is extremely suitable for monitoring open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices, and much more. The FE8171V offers more than seven display layouts, including original surround view, panoramic views, and regional views for various mounting applications. With the latest cutting-edge image processing, hemispherical images captured from the fisheye camera can be converted into conventional rectilinear projection for viewing and analysis. In addition, in the panoramic and regional viewing modes, users can utilize the ultra-smooth ePTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). As with all VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the FE8171V features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear

images 24 hours a day. Its IP67-rated housing is designed to help the camera body withstand rain and dust and ensures operation under a multitude of harsh weather conditions. Additionally, the vandal-proof IK10-rated housing effectively provides robust protection from vandalism. Together with 802.3af compliant PoE, microSD/SDHC card slot for on-board storage, EN50155 mobile surveillance, and iPad applications, the FE8171V is indisputably the top choice for constructing a robust surveillance system with the greatest coverage possible. FEATURES ■ 3-Megapixel CMOS Sensor ■ 1.27 mm Fisheye Lens for 180° Panoramic View & 360° Surround View ■ Removable IR-cut Filter for Day and Night Function ■ EN50155 Compliance for Professional Mobile Surveillance ■ Real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG Compression (Triple Codec) ■ Vandal-proof IK10-rated and Weatherproof IP67-rated Housing ■ Built-in 802.3af Compliant PoE ■ Built-in MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot for On-board Storage


The right credentials Has the access control market reached a tipping point? Asks Dr Tam Hulusi, senior vice president HID Global We often confuse the concept of identity with the card that carries it, but in reality, ‘identity’ can take many shapes, whether as a mobile phone, a USB stick, or some other medium. The move toward virtualised credentials is fuelling a shift in the industry, where the concept of ‘identity’ is being expanded beyond traditional ID cards to include many different form factors for credential. This new way of thinking marks a tipping point in the access-control industry, and is driving fundamental changes in how we deliver and manage secure identity. For instance, today’s mobile phones can do so much more than just making and receiving calls. They can now also be used to open doors, make cashless payments and access secure data. This is possible using near field communications (NFC) short-range wireless technology to receive and present virtualised credentials that we previously stored on contactless smart cards. NFC phones are one example of a new form factor for carrying a credential that can enable many types of contactless access-control applications and secure-payment or data-access transactions. Today’s new form factors for credentials, which includes a USB stick, fob and other devices in addition to mobile phones, improve user convenience and flexibility, while at the same time raising the question of how to ensure that all identities can be trusted. Three forms of authentication are typically used today: who you are (which is determined through visual, biometrics and/or role-based authentication); what you have (whether a badge, card or key, etc.); and what you know (ie, a PIN number for opening a door, or username or password for computer access). There also is an emerging, fourth dimension: ‘where you are.’ which can be validated through GPS technology in an NFC-enabled mobile phone used to house a credential. The concept of virtualised credentials raises many other questions. For instance, if a user’s identity resides on a mobile phone, how can one be sure that the device is trusted and secure? Or if a user loses a USB stick that houses his/her identity, how does one end-of-life that device while not affecting the user’s identity/credential residing on another device? Consider the complexity of one likely use case. First, a server sends an individual’s virtualised credentials over a wireless carrier’s connection to his or her mobile phone. This person’s virtualised credentials are then ‘presented’ at a facility entry point by holding the phone close to an IP-based access controller that is connected to another server. How can we know that the credential is valid? Both endpoints, plus all of the systems in between, must be able to trust each other. There needs to be a transparently managed chain of trust going all the way down the line. ■

HID Global’s Trusted Identity Platform (TIP) TIP is a framework for creating, delivering and managing secure identities in a virtualised credential environment. At the heart of the TIP framework is the ‘secure vault’, which serves known nodes within a published security policy. Data security, privacy and reliability are ensured in the TIP environment using symmetric-key cryptography, so that all nodes can execute trustworthy transactions. Once a ‘handshake’ is accomplished between the ‘secure vault’ and a node device, then the device is deemed to be ‘trusted’ in the network. Trusted devices must no longer communicate with the ‘vault’, and may operate independently. In this way, the transaction between nodes, such as a credential and a reader, is trusted and the resulting transaction, such as opening a door or logging onto a computer, can also be deemed trusted. Virtualised credentials are poised to enable a new era of more convenient and secure access and transactions. Moving into this new world will require a simple but protected, fully scalable and standardsbased identity system that can provision virtualised credentials anywhere in the world, to identity nodes ranging from traditional readers and cards to NFC-equipped mobile phones. ■




Some caveats regarding megapixel cameras by Milind Borkar, Vice President-Sales, India, Middle East and Africa Everybody seems to be looking at the benefits of megapixel cameras – and, there are many. However, there are some caveats you need to know about as well. Lighting: There are unique lighting issues related to megapixel cameras. For example, when it comes to obtaining full resolution for higher-rated megapixel cameras, without greater levels of lighting than what is naturally in a scene, the camera will not deliver optimum resolution. Beware of lux lighting levels; they usually refer to the light at the sensor, not the ambient lighting in any given scene. Frames Rates: Frame rate is an issue with megapixel cameras. Many of these cameras can only deliver 12-15 frames per second, insufficient for situations involving small, rapid movements such as dealers dealing cards at a casino table or money counting in the backroom at a bank. Monitors: There are diminishing returns when megapixel camera images are viewed on most monitors. Maximum resolution of the monitor is what you see from the cameras. So, with megapixel cameras, the higher resolutions look the same. The true benefit of higher megapixel resolution is in getting better forensic evidence through the use of digital zoom. Using digital zoom, the administrator can increase the resolution on the monitor. As long as dark pixels are being uncovered, adding more




information to the digital zoom will be beneficial. However, once there are no longer any more dark pixels and the administrator starts magnifying pixels, images become blurry. Bandwidth: Megapixel IP video is digital data. It takes up bandwidth so bandwidth management is essential in designing an IP video system. Most IP cameras have built in bandwidth management, though. There are typically three methods:

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Image cropping: When viewing and recording a wide field-of-view, one often views and records much unwanted video, like the sky. Bandwidth management crops out the unwanted portions of the image which results in less bandwidth and more storage. Bandwidth throttle: The camera lets the user limit how much bandwidth will be used, eliminating too high of bandwidth use. Storage throttle: Similar to bandwidth throttle, the user determines how much storage the camera will use. In low activity areas, the camera can be directed to use less storage; in high activity areas, the camera is directed to use more storage.


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IFSEC 2011 highlights IFSEC, the world’s largest annual security event, returned to the NEC Birmingham UK between 16-19 May

The 38th edition of this award-winning event offered security professionals the opportunity to discover innovative security solutions in the industry as well as providing a glimpse into the future of security through the extensive exhibition, comprehensive educational programme and innovative feature areas. Divided into six product areas, the IFSEC 2011 exhibition housed more than 700 of the world’s leading companies. Hosting more than 22,000 visitors every year, including an international audience of more than 6,500 professionals, this is the central meeting place for the international security industry. Here are some of the technology highlights:

Access with the X-factor GSD Wi-Smart door control bridges the void between traditional 125 KHz access control and the next generation of secure smart card technology. The GSDn-WSPP is the perfect choice for installers to migrate their existing systems to secure Mifare DESfire EV1 13.56 MHz smart cards. The GSD product will read all traditional cards and fobs, GSD, HID, Paxton, ACT and EM plus all 13.56 MHz Mifare smart cards and fobs.

GSD’s X factor is that the GSDnWSPX delivers all of this on a wire free Zigbee network with 128 bit AES encryption making retrofitting access control equipment cost effective and without disruption to end-user. The GSDn-WSPP communicates with the GSD central controller without the need for network cables resulting in a saving of 40% on the cost of installing the access control system says GSD. I

New window of opportunity for AGT A raft of orders from the Middle East and Asia has propelled London-based security glazing business, Advanced Glass Technology (AGT) into the global arena for the first time. In response to increased demand from organisations and businesses wanting to mitigate risk to buildings and occupants in the event of a natural disaster, civil unrest or a terrorist attack, AGT has formed partnerships in Jordan and India regarding the installation of its ISO-approved antishatter blast containment film. Embassies, non-governmental organisations and a number of private enterprises are among a growing list of buildings that will

undergo protection fitment under the expertise of AGT over the next few months. First established within the retail automotive sector, offering a solution to the increased level of ‘smash and grab’ vehicle crime through the retrofitting of its antishatter security film, AGT has begun to expand its expertise into architectural applications. With security films starting at a thickness of 50 microns up to 450 microns, the multi-laminate polyester membrane can be applied to any glass surface. It is bonded with an aggressive pressure sensitive adhesive system resulting in any broken glass adhering to the film.

AGT also offers installation with a range of specialist anchoring and edge retention systems for enhanced levels of protection, according to the client’s requirements. Commented Martin Westney, managing director, Advanced Glass Technology: “With architects increasingly pushing the envelope in terms of building design, it’s vital that building owners seek to protect not only their investment but also the lives of occupants against any eventuality. We are pleased to be able to take our expertise into new markets and provide a bespoke and cost effective solution to provide significant levels of protection and security.” I




IFSEC 2011 highlights Biometric breakthroughs thanks to Lumidigm imaging techniques Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging sensor technology was being put to good use at IFSEC where it was demonstrated in two new biometric solutions. The Anviz OA1000 Series fingerprint terminals leverage Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging sensors to assure even fingerprints that are hard to read due to age, dirt, water, dryness and other problems can finally be read with confidence. “We are excited about our partnership with Lumidigm and believe their multispectral fingerprint sensors are an enabling technology that will allow us to further help our customers to confidently deploy biometrics,” says Michael Qiu, CEO of Anviz Biometric. Multispectral fingerprint sensors use a subsurface fingerprint to increase biometric performance and make applications more secure and reliable. That is because Lumidigm multispectral fingerprint sensors capture fingerprint data beneath the surface of the skin so that dryness or even damaged or worn fingers create no problems for reliable reads.

Using multiple wavelengths of light and advanced polarisation techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin, Lumidigm’s sensors provide results that are said to be more consistent, more inclusive and more tamper resistant than conventional biometric readers in all types of environments. As a result, Anviz biometric readers using Lumidigm sensors can scan through dirt, dust, high ambient light, water and even some latex gloves.

The OA1000 Series is a genuine breakthrough by Anviz in biometric identification terminals, which fully integrate fingerprint identification, RFID, camera, wireless, multimedia and embedded system technologies. They utilize a 3.5 inch industrial TFT true colour LCD, Samsung 400MHz Arm9 high speed processor and Windows CE operation system as well as Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging sensors. i-Evo meanwhile were showing attendees at the show why fingerprint biometrics are now being

used on construction sites, in medical labs, on heavy equipment and many other places previoulsy considered not appropriate for the technology. “Not that long ago, security designers had to be very careful about deploying fingerprint biometrics,” explains Shaun Oakes, managing director of i-Evo. “If the environment wasn’t exactly right, it was difficult to enroll people and later,get their reads satisfactorily. Thus, they have not been able to get rid of their cards, which are costly to replace and not very secure, until now. i-Evo biometric readers can scan through dirt, dust, high ambient light, water and even some latex gloves. According to Oakes, they are ideal for contractors on site who sometimes must obtain worker fingerprints through damage or dirt. The i-Evo team has kept the design of its biometric fingerprint readers simple, resulting in units that are small, require minimal training, are easy to install and cost less. They are aesthetically pleasing, easy to use, vandal-resistant and available in a range of colours. I

EoC transmission solution bridges gap to IP Network Video Technologies (NVT), has released a new Ethernet-overCoax (EoC) transmission solution that enables coax-based CCTV installations to migrate to IP. The NV-EC1701 Ethernet-overCoax (EoC) Transceiver is a compact media converter that allows 10/100 BaseT Ethernet and PoE power to be transmitted up to 5,000 ft (1,500 m), using new or existing coax cable. Transceivers may be linked together using BNC ‘T’ adaptors, forming a bus-architected network that supports up to four EoC transceivers and IP/megapixel cameras.



48VDC class 2 power is delivered to one transceiver, which distributes ‘always on’ PoE to up to 4 remote transceivers and their IP/PoE cameras (or other devices). Camera loads of up to 45 watts are supported. Saving time and money, the NV-EC1701 is quick to install, simple to use, and network transparent, with no transceiver IP or MAC address configuration required. Three status LEDs indicate power, link, and activity for its RJ45 and coax ports.


“With the introduction of the EoC product, we are providing our customers with a costeffective opportunity to deploy IP cameras over installed coax cable, at distances and power supply levels far beyond conventional PoE,” says Steve Proctor, NVT’s Sales Director. “NVT’s advanced transmission and power technology provides ultra-robust full-duplex connectivity for all IP cameras, including megapixel, affording an easy transition to IP.” I


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January/February • Intersec 2011 report • Biometrics • Recording solutions • Smoke detection

July/August • Vehicular access control systems • Day/night cameras • Banking and finance security ISSUE 62


March/April • Dome cameras • Access control • Alarms

September/October • Transport security • Perimeter protection • Monitors and control rooms ISSUE 63


May/June • Video storage devices • Retail security • Biometrics

November/December • IP & networked security • Analytics • 360-degree cameras • Intersec 2012 preview (extra distribution at Intersec 2012)

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THE ROAD AHEAD The video surveillance market

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International security trade shows, exhibitions and conferences taking place over the coming months




January 2012

6-8 June

30 October 2 November

20-22 November

15-17 January

5th Middle East Energy Security Summit

Counter Terror Expo Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE

IFSEC Arabia


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RICEC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

DIEC, Dubai, UAE

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4th Annual National Security Summit Middle East

31 October 2 November



10-13 December

19-21 February

Fire and Rescue Middle East 2011

Le Royal Meridien, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, UAE

MEFSEC International Exhibition Center, Cairo, Egypt




ASIS International 3rd European Security Conference & Exhibition Dubai, UAE

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