At Benchmark, we passionately believe that the future of the electronic security sector lies in the creation of innovative and smart solutions. In order to allow installers and integrators to create such solutions, it is vital that manufacturers deliver innovation that both enhances the technological capabilities of their products, and allows those developments to be implemented in a realistic fashion. In order to highlight such advances, Benchmark runs its Innovation Awards scheme, which recognises and rewards innovative thinking. Here we highlight the finalists in the 2017 Benchmark Innovation Awards.
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE HARDWARE
Milestone Systems: Husky M550A
The Husky M550A makes use of Intel’s X550 converged network adapter and also features a dual power supply for added resiliency. The adapter allows native 10GbE connections to enterprise class storage, as well as using iSCSI and FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet). The appliance has a guaranteed recording performance of 1,400Mbps.
The Q1659 combines a high-resolution image sensor with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) Canon EF/EF-S lenses. The camera has been designed with flexibility, ease-of-use and efficiency in mind. However, the real driver is achieving image quality with extremely high levels of detail for a range of higher risk surveillance needs. The image sensor delivers a 20 megapixel video stream at 8fps.
Hanwha Techwin: Wisenet X
The Wisenet X cameras’ innovative features include WiseStream II, a compression technology which dynamically controls encoding; efficiency is improved when combined with H.265 compression. The cameras’ 150dB WDR uses four frames of video to create a more natural image. Enhanced low-light capability and the use of gyro sensors for stabilisation have also been added.
Hikvision: Darkfighter PTZ
The DarkFighter PTZ range provides high image quality for both day-time and night-time applications. Developed specifically for low-light scenarios, it provides clear images without the need for any external illumination. With the added benefit of true WDR, it ensures consistent quality regardless of the varying natural light conditions.
Panasonic: Secure Communication
Secure Communication is a package of data protection elements included with Panasonic’s 3, 5 and 6 Series cameras, Data is fully encrypted end-to-end alongside the communication information between devices. Recordings are also secured using Symantec’s certificate and key system, alongside alteration detection.
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SeeTec: Cayuga Infinity X
Cayuga Infinity X supports unlimited devices and unlimited servers along with a full range of video analytics. It takes an open platform approach, supporting in excess of 1,000 devices via direct integrations. Additional modules designed for specific vertical sectors are available. These include logistics, retail, finance and transportation. Cayuga can deliver simple and traditional event/action type alarm events with a few basic settings. However, it can also allow a greater depth of flexibility to ensure that added value events can be managed.
Wavestore v6.4 is available as both a software and appliance-based solution. It supports up to 254 cameras per server, unlimited client connections and 255 server groups. The VMS is equipped to control video sources (including 360 degree cameras), video analytics, audio, access control, sensors, perimeter protection systems and alphanumeric data from other devices such as POS and ATM devices.
Valerus has been built on open standards in order to optimise interoperability. This easy-to-install and use browser-based software offers thin client architecture and central licensing. It supports conventional network systems and is ready for cloud computing. Software updates are free to ensure that the software is compatible with the latest hardware and operating systems. Upgrades are only necessary to unlock new features. The VMS supports both third-party integrations and compatibility through ONVIF.
IDIS: Smart UX Controls
Traditional network pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras are often associated with unintuitive screen controls. To combat this, IDIS has developed Smart UX Controls software to provide accuracy and ease of use, featuring Slingshot and Rubberband style controls. With simple click-and-drag actions, operators can quickly focus on and track specific objects. Slingshot allows users to aim and click any part of an image to quickly view a specific object, while Rubberband enables the drawing of a zone anywhere for easy and smooth PTZ control.
Videcon: Smart Store Compression
Smart Store Compression (SSC) offers enhanced storage times on Concept Pro VHDIP NVRs by controlling streaming rates directly from the NVR. Real time images are analysed and bandwidth and video quality are adjusted dependent on the activity in the scene. This allows users to achieve 30 days of constant recording. Benefits include helping users meet insurance requirements, identifying crime that takes time to come to light, and meeting compliance regulations.
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HID Global: Lumidigm M-Series
The Lumidigm M-Series biometric readers offer multispectral imaging technology to deliver reliable identification and verification of users in all conditions. High-performance ‘liveness’ detection prevents fraudulent use of fake biometric data. Multispectral imaging technology captures fingerprint data from the skin’s surface and subsurface for reliable matching in diverse operating conditions.
Inception is an integrated access control and security alarm system which is simple to use. It is web-based so can be administered via a web-browser on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Fully scalable, the standard edition can manage up to 4 doors, but can be expanded to 32 doors. Intelligent functionality enables it to manage security as well as heating, lighting, building automation, etc..
Abloy: CLIQ Connect
CLIQ Connect enables PROTEC2 CLIQ keys to be activated through a smartphone. It enables remote management of electronic master-keyed sites and provides comprehensive audit trails along with the ability to invalidate lost or stolen keys. The CLIQ Connect online key takes advantage of Bluetooth 4.0 technology. This can allow real time audit trails for non-wired products.
Paxton: Net2 Entry Touch Panel
The Net2 Entry Touch features a 7 inch colour touch screen and personalisation options. The screen uses chemically strengthened glass and has anti-glare properties. Dynamic search functionality makes use simple, and a customisable welcome screen allows for branding. The unit also includes echo cancellation and SIP support. It is fully compatible with Net2 access control and the Net2 Entry range.
Grosvenor Technology: Sateon Advance
Sateon Advance takes a modular approach using blade controllers. Each controller can manage two doors and use POE+ as standard. The controllers can be deployed on IP or RS485 architecture. The blade-based door and I/O controllers snap into place to add additional doors in a very short time. This ensures that adding doors or more inputs or outputs is simplified, reducing time on site as setting up a door can be achieved in 90 seconds according to the manufacturer.
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SALTO: JustIN Mobile
SALTO’s JustIN technology enables the use of smartphones in an access control solution. The JustIN Mobile app allows users to use BLE-enabled (Bluetooth Low Energy) smartphones to receive keys online and then access doors directly with the device. An alternative solution is JustIN mSVN (mobile SALTO virtual network) that permits extending or changing access rights instantly and remotely over the air.
Spica: Door Cloud
Door Cloud is a cloud-based access control service. It delivers a ‘mix and match’ approach whereby users can deploy their own devices or hire the hardware from Spica, or combine both for a high level of flexibility. Door Cloud partners will be able to rent Spica Zone access controllers developed specifically for cloud deployment. The devices support Aperio wireless locks.
The Bosch Access Professional Edition (APE) enables installers and integrators to manage access control and manages a large number of functionalities from reception registration, badge registration and entrance control to entrance monitoring, alarm management and video verification. It can be integrated with other building management and security functions and is enabled for integration into the Milestone XProtect VMS.
Vanderbilt Industries: ACT365
ACT365 is a cloud-based access control and video management solution. Benefits include an installer portal for managing multiple sites from single interface, remote diagnostics and servicing, and an API for integrations with third party software. User groups, door groups and timezones are supported, as is advanced reporting.
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OPTEX’s high-resolution indoor laser sensor, the RLS-2020S, features a 20 x 20m detection range. The S-model features an enhanced microprocessor that provides more powerful sensing capabilities. In indoor environments, it can be set up to identify fast travelling objects or very small objects. The alarm and event data can be relayed to a VMS to provide an accurate response. The sensor is PoE compliant, and can send alarms via traditional relay outputs or by using its IP-based Redwall event code that is integrated with all major VMS platforms.
TAKEX offers an IP-based interface module: the INT-QUADIP. It is designed for use with the company’s photoelectric beam sensors. Most intruder detection systems rely on mechanical relays and require a separate power source, which makes integration with VMS a challenge. With the IP interface module, the photoelectric beams are easy to install and integrate with leading video management systems. Systems can be configured to start recording when a perimeter is breached, direct a PTZ camera to the location of an intrusion, or activate lighting or sounder equipment.
Honeywell: TouchCenter Plus
Honeywell’s TouchCenter Plus is an intuitive graphical touchscreen keypad for Galaxy security systems. The keypad simplifies operations with graphics and self-explanatory menus that enable users to see a snapshot of the entire system from a single screen. Users can set the system or review status, or use the keypad as an integrated hub to manage employee access privileges and other building systems such as lighting and air-conditioning.
CSL: DualCom MiniAir
DualCom MiniAir is a small-sized communicator which is ideal for upgrades to legacy intruder alarm installations. It offers an app to arm and disarm the alarm system, push notifications of events and alarms and a log of system activity. The unit will fit into any existing panel. MiniAir is designed to upgrade bells-only systems to secure ARC monitoring.
Navtech Radar: AdvanceGuard
AdvanceGuard provides 360-degree coverage to provide an early warning of potential intruders. The system allows intruders to be tracked across a site. The detectors can be connected to a site’s existing surveillance system and automatically guide PTZs to focus on and track intruders. The longest range sensors can cover 2km, and can differentiate between objects at range.
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Axxonsoft: Axxon Intellect Enterprise
Axxon Intellect Enterprise is a distributed physical security information management (PSIM) software platform that combines video analytics, universal IP connectivity and event-driven automation capabilities. The platform features built-in intelligence to recognise events and respond appropriately. It is an integrated IP-based platform and so will be compatible with existing legacy systems.
Texecom offers the Connect platform to add value to its Premier Elite intruder detection systems. Enhanced features and an advanced user experience provide a comprehensive system architecture and peripheral range that can scale from the smallest applications through to the largest and most complex. Connect can deliver appliance automation, smart remote control and logic-based programming which complement existing security features and secure wireless connectivity via the Ricochet platform.
Tyco: Unified Integration
With the exacqVision VMS, Kantech EntraPass and DSC Neo intruder alarm panel integrated, a seamless security system with a single client interface can be created. By associating events in the access control or intrusion systems and tying video to them, assessing incidents can be more effective. Integration between the intruder detection, access control and video products is free-of-charge.
Eaton Security: SecureConnect
SecureConnect is an app from Eaton Security with benefits for both installers and end users. The app allows engineers to connect I-on control panels to the cloud without port forwarding, to manage all connected systems and to carry out remote diagnostics and software upgrades. Customers can use the app for remote monitoring and control.
Risco: Smart Home
Based on its security platform, Risco’s Smart Home delivers management of alarms, video, access and energy management. Via the app and cloud service users can manage HD video, lighting control, heating control, device automation and smart access. Devices utilise Z-Wave wireless communications. RISCO Cloud is hosted on Microsoft’s Azure global service.
Avigilon: Appearance Search
Appearance Search is an artificial intelligence search engine that sorts through archived video footage, allowing users to locate a specific target such as a person or vehicle across all video streams on a site. It can save time during critical investigations as it intelligently analyses data, helping to track a target’s route and identify previous and last-known locations.
Xtralis: IntrusionTrace for Axis
IntrusionTrace for Axis is an intelligent video analytics module for real-time intrusion detection that can be run on Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP) enabled devices. Designed for outdoor monitoring of sterile-zone perimeters, the analytics achieve low false alarm rates while maintaining high
detection probability and reliability.
MxActivitySensor 2.0 is available with Mobotix cameras in the current firmware version. It is simple to configure: it is only necessary to define the desired image area, the direction of movement that triggers an alarm and the image size of targets with a consideration for perspective. Defining the latter is simplified as the software simply requires the identification of target sizes to be established via drawn bounding boxes.
Agent Vi: innoVi
innoVi is a cloud-based video analytics Software as a Service (SaaS) product. It uses Deep Learning technology which enables accurate classification of images. The algorithm ‘sees’ and ‘understands’ what the detected entity is. The algorithms have been trained with more than 100,000 images taken from optical and thermal video surveillance cameras, and they continue to optimise and improve through ongoing learning.
Digital Barriers: SmartViz SafeZone-edge
SafeZone-edge is an analytics appliction. It offers detection accuracy, concurrent monitoring of multiple security scenarios and false alarm mitigation. Analysis is 3D, enabling it to discriminate between humans, animals or vehicles. The app can be deployed directly onto compatible cameras/encoders and features a setup tool that delivers a ‘quick start’ mode with auto-calibration and a default intrusion detection scenario.
Genetec: Retail Intelligence
Retail Intelligence is an application that leverages existing security infrastructure and gives retail marketing, operations and merchandising teams insight into in-store customer behaviour. Retailers can reduce abandonment by ensuring customers are dealt with swiftly and boost display and promotion effectiveness to drive traffic.
FoxCloud is a complement to the FoxCounter people counting solution, allowing data to be accessed from any remote location. The FoxCloud solution is available in hosted mode through subscription and delivers performance statistical data for comparative analysis and KPI reporting. FoxCloud automatically aggregates data to establish a typical day or week report to assist in the optimisation of resources.
Facial recognition is included in intuVision’s VA platform. Faces are catalogued and the images are stored for user review. The face detection functionality can be used as a standalone product or can be deployed in conjunction with people tracking and event detection or various business intelligence processes. It can also be used for gender classification.
VCA Technology: Intelligent People Tracker
Combining 3D imaging technology with footfall analysis, the IPT-1000MR provides a solution for retailers who want to minimise queuing times at checkouts. It offers an accurate method of measuring customer waiting times at the point of sale or ATMs, and can generate real-time alerts when queuing time or lengths exceed pre-defined thresholds.
Vista’s VS50 is an all-in-one number plate recognition system combining an HD camera and embedded PC. It allows the video to be processed inside the camera, removing the need for transmission over a network. The unit is available in a bollard or wall mount format. Multiple cameras can be linked together via a server running parking software to give a complete parking management system.
Secure Logiq: HA Series
The HA Series comprises servers with improved processing capabilities, designed and optimised for video analytics. Taking advantage of Intel i7 Extreme edition processors enables a higher clock speed more suitable for VCA as opposed to Xeon processors which are more suited to video processing. Features include dual redundant PSUs, OS and software on redundant SSDs and Logiqal Healthcheck software.
Razberi Technologies: Server Switch IQ
Server Switch IQ units are VMS agnostic and combine a Windows or Linux server platform with an intelligent PoE network switch. The benefit of the combined unit allows IP video to be contained on a single unit which can reduce impacts on the corporate network. The units are purpose built for IP video and include bespoke software to offer remote monitoring of all aspects of the hardware, plus a software component to protect all PoE ports from attack by ‘locking’ each port to an individual device.
SMARTdeflect has been designed to run on BCDVideo’s servers. It allows the user to dictate whether single or two-factor authentication is implemented and makes deploying advanced authentication a simple task. A number of security features include limiting login attempts, locking down a server after failed login attempts, etc.. The two-factor process includes a self-generating PIN randomly reassigned every 30 seconds.
Elmdene’s PoE PowerPod and MiniPod offer an all-in-one battery-backed power solution for PoE systems. PowerPod is a PSU providing 8 channels of PoE+ as well as a data connection and power to an NVR. MiniPods are compliant PoE PSUs powered by a single PoE+ connection from the PowerPod. The input charges a 12V 7Ah battery whilst also providing a PoE+ output of up to 14W.
Pivot3: Edge Protect
Edge Protect is a SAN storage solution that delivers enterprise-class IT capabilities. It is designed for applications of up to 200 cameras to access shared storage and built-in failover. It reduces costs associated with infrastructure based on separate servers and SAN storage. All recorded video remains accessible even when appliances go offline. This resiliency ensures data is protected and available when needed.