At Benchmark, we passionately believe the future of the electronic security sector lies in the creation of innovative and smart solutions that deliver added value for the end user.
In order to allow installers and integrators to create such solutions, it is vital that manufacturers and service providers deliver innovations that both enhance the technological capabilities of their products and allow those developments to be implemented in a realistic and cost-effective manner.
To highlight such technological advances, Benchmark runs its annual Innovation Awards scheme, which recognises and rewards innovative thinking and smart design.
Here we highlight the finalists in the 2018 Benchmark Innovation Awards.
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE (HARDWARE)
The HE-1101 allows surveillance system users to view and control multiple applications from a single monitor by connecting hardware that has a VGA or HDMI output. The encoder supports surveillance video streams (including third party cameras and NVRs), access control, building management, intruder alarm, fire detection and PoS systems from a single user interface. The HDMI/VGA output is displayed and recorded within the IDIS VMS options.
Hikvision: DeepinView Cameras
Hikvision’s DeepinView cameras make use of deep learning algorithms to provide accurate and consistent video content analytics. Making use of high-speed GPU processing, the cameras can offer critical analytics including false alarm filters, facial recognition, people counting and ANPR. Using an overview camera and a PTZ device for capturing finer detail, the cameras can detect human activity while filtering out insignificant objects and movements within a scene.
Raytec’s Pulsestar illuminators are available in infrared and white light models and provide pulsed lighting for ANPR and machine vision applications. The illuminators are designed to simply link a lighting pulse with the camera shutter to ensure clear and usable images. The devices feature interchangeable lenses to allow for in-the-field adjustment of coverage angle and range and also include the company’s hot spot reduction technology.
Surveon: GSe Pro 3008 Cloud NVR
The Surveon GSe Pro 3008 series cloud NVR solution supports up to 64 channels of 5 megapixel recording and 8-bay hot-swappable HDDs with RAID configuration for enhanced security and reliability. The Cloud NVR series includes enterprise design, data protection and three cloud-based features: Cloud Cache, Cloud Backup and Cloud Tiering, which can distinguish ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ data and back-up ‘cold’ data to the cloud. Retention periods are up to seven days.
Geutebruck: Integral VCA
Geutebruck now offers its range of video cameras with support for integral video content analysis. Along with a range of security features the cameras also deliver business intelligence functionality. The main features are abandoned and removed object, counting, intrusion detection and dwell. Further filters include speed, entry/exit, stopping and tailgating. Tamper detection and image stabilisation are also included. Colour and behavioural filters allow containers, pallets or packages to be accurately identified.
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE (SOFTWARE)
Pelco: Video Xpert Professional
VideoXpert Professional is Pelco’s video management system aimed at the ‘medium-sized’ business market. The VMS supports up to 100 cameras. It includes VideoXpert Toolbox, which the manufacturer claims will help installers and integrators to have the system up and running quickly. The VMS supports NAS devices to extend retention of footage. Functionality can be extended through plug-ins including mapping, overlays and ANPR. It also is compatible with Pelco and ONVIF Profile S conformant devices.
Genetec’s RSA (Restricted Security Area) surveillance module enhances the Genetec Security Center unified platform by enabling a simple and powerful integration with a number of technologies such as radar- and laser-based detection solutions. This allows detection of potential threats across wide areas. Tracked on maps, moving targets are clearly displayed so security personnel can swiftly assess and respond to threats.
Milestone Systems offers XProtect Essential+, XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+. The most significant thing about the ‘+’ versions is that they include Milestone’s Rules Engine. The XProtect ‘+’ VMS packages not only include the Rules engine, but also boast support for H.265 video formats, hardware-accelerated video decoding, centralised management and Microsoft Active Directory support.
Avigilon: Avigilon Blue
Avigilon Blue is a cloud-based option that delivers managed services such as site analytics and system health monitoring, as well as identification of system performance trends. Installers and integrators can adjust camera settings and perform system upgrades from the cloud, and can be automatically notified of updates. The system integrates an Avigilon Blue Connect device that supports local storage and cameras.
CathexisVision includes video analytics and third party integrations. It offers a control room-type environment for the operator and via automated workflows enables the management of notifications from multiple systems. The 2018 version includes improvements to the ANPR solution and an improved database search and reporting function. The VMS supports third party cameras and integrations with various systems.
ACCESS CONTROL (HARDWARE)
Duox is a fully digital video and audio door entry system based on two wires, Duox represents an innovative option for audio and video door entry technology. The non-polarised system reduces interference and works on any cable, including old alarm cables. The Duox system includes voice guided programming to make system set up a simple task.
PAC GDX: PAC8
PAC8 is aimed at SMEs looking for an access control solution that utilises smart devices and the cloud. The system requires any Apple iOS or Android device with the PAC8 app. Communication is enabled through BLE. PAC8 supports up to 8 doors and 250 keyholders. Four time profiles can be created. System management can be carried out from the app. PAC8 uses HF tokens which are enabled via the app using a QR code.
ISM: IP Connect
IP Connect is a range of call stations and monitors for video- and audio-based door entry control. The products for a part of the manufacturer’s Compact range but can also be integrated with the Genesys PSIM solution if required. The devices all make use of IP-based connectivity. Variants are available with integral readers to facilitate integrated solutions.
Paxton: Net2 Entry Premium Monitor
The Net2 Entry Premium monitor includes a concierge function for door entry control. Users can divert the monitor to reception and if a visitor is missed, call administration provides a video snapshot and event log. A digital camera enables two-way communication between users or the concierge when used in conjunction with the exterior Net2 Entry Touch panel, and a line-out for use with a T-Loop antenna is standard.
ASSA Abloy: Aperio H100
The Aperio H100 door handle offers integration with a number of leading third-party systems. Available in both online and offline versions, it can be easily retrofitted without drilling. It is suitable for almost any door with a thickness of 30–80mm. The H100 is battery-operated and supports iCLASS, iCLASS SEOS, iCLASS SE, ISO14443B UID, Mifare, Mifare Plus, Desfire SE and Desfire EV1 smart card technologies.
ACCESS CONTROL (SOFTWARE)
Inner Range: Integriti V18
The Integriti platform delivers integrated access control, security and building management. Its modular design makes it scalable and simple to use. Integriti enables monitoring and control of personnel and vehicles, protection of assets, assignment of access permissions, reporting of alarms and responses to incidents from a single interface. The latest version incorporates Application Layer High Availability which protects against network outages.
Lenel: OnGuard 7.4
OnGuard is an integrated security platform that includes an access control application comprising a monitoring module and door controllers. The Access Manager enables administration of permissions and control of specific locations. Features include flexible programming, system control, anti-passback, alarm mapping and support for multiple card formats.
Kantech: KT-1 Standalone
The KT-1 Standalone is a single door controller with embedded software for a one-door system. It uses a standard web browser and can be controlled and managed via the device’s integral software. This makes the KT-1 viable for small businesses and individuals with basic access control needs. The wizard-based platform guides installers and integrators through installation.
Aeos is a web-based platform that delivers access control to meet flexible security policies. It enables customisable profiles that support tasks required for specific personnel. Aeos automates tasks to ensure compliance with regard to actions and responses. Customised configurations adapt the system to a range of needs. User permissions can be based on profiles, offering a unified approach.
Ayonix Public Security (APS) is an interactive real-time face detection and recognition application which integrates with the Milestone VMS range. It detects faces in live video views and matches these with its database to check whether a person is authorised for access. Enrolment in via any ONVIF-compliant camera or still images. Batch enrolment is also possible, allowing simple additions when used as an access control element.
SITE PROTECTION (HARDWARE)
The AXIS D2050-VE network radar detector provides accurate incident notifications in all weather conditions. With 120 degree horizontal detection coverage and up to 50 metre range, the device delivers exact position, angle of movement and velocity information about any moving object. Benefits include accurate incident notifications, the ability to filter based on distance and support for PoE+.
OPTEX: BX Shield
BX Shield is a series of curtain-based outdoor motion sensors with up to 12 metre detection range on each side of the device. This makes them suitable for the detection of intruders at the boundary of a building. The external sensors make use of four PIR elements, two on each side of the unit. The left and right detection areas can be configured completely independently of each other, adding flexibility.
CSL Group: CSL Router
The CSL Router provides 4G connectivity for any application when broadband is unavailable. It is designed to provide a simple solution which ensures security is not compromised. Suitable for both permanent or temporary installations, it offers the ability to upgrade any existing broadband service to an instant private network.
Texecom: Ricochet Wireless Kits
Texecom’s Premier Elite wireless kits integrate with Texecom Connect, allowing users to take direct control over their property and its security. Texecom Connect is a portal for controlling and automating a site. The wireless kits are underpinned by Ricochet mesh technology, so the size, scalability and range of the entire system are extended.
OCULi is a wireless PIR camera which provides video verification using 3G technology. Events can be viewed via an app or online monitoring platform. Powered by lithium D cells, the unit can be deployed to temporary sites. Integral IR LEDs allow night time protection and detection range is 15 metres with a coverage pattern of 90 degrees.
SITE PROTECTION (SOFTWARE)
Live Earth is a software-based mapping platform that presents real-time data streams from a variety of sources, such as camera streams from VMS systems, alarm and event information, tracking data, weather data, site status information, occupancy levels, etc.. The sources are identified on an interactive map, and these can be used to either interrogate the data for more information or to control the relevant devices or systems.
FLIR: Cameleon Tactical
Cameleon Tactical is a software-based perimeter protection system that helps to create a holistic and scalable solution. It combines video, thermal imaging and radar. The Windows-based software is open platform and supports FLIR’s thermal imaging and video devices, along with around 300 other third party devices. The system’s GUI makes use of map-based displays to indicate targets in the protected area.
Vanderbilt: SPC Connect
SPC Connect makes use of cloud connectivity to enable smarter working practices for installers and integrators. It enables customisable interactions with alarm system data, allowing remote management and control of access rights to users’ control panels. Panels are added as they are installed, enabling configuration management, troubleshooting and maintenance.
The WV-ASF950 is face recognition server software using deep learning technology. The software can identify faces that may be difficult to recognise with conventional technologies, including faces at an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down, as well as those partially hidden by sunglasses. The iA (intelligent auto) mode adjusts settings for the camera to capture optimal images best suited for face recognition.
The MIC IP fusion 9000i camera provides early detection in critical applications. It incorporates a high performance thermal imaging core and an HD1080p low-light day/night video camera integrated in the same housing, delivering simultaneous thermal and video streams. The camera ‘fuses’ IVA alerts by showing them on both output streams regardless of which generated the alarm. Clicking inside the alarm box switches to the other image if necessary.
Herta: BioSurveillance NEXT
BioSurveillance NEXT is a facial recognition video surveillance solution capable of detecting multiple faces in busy scenes, operating in real-time. The software incorporates ‘on-the-fly’ video enrolment, making it suitable for a wide range of security and business intelligence tasks. It can also quickly identify previously registered or known individuals, and facilitates run-time management of alarms and people-based events.
SmokeCatcher is a patented reliable early warning system for smoke detection in indoor environments. Using video analytics, it offers fast detection in locations where traditional smoke detection can be slow or unreliable. As the system is based on video it can detect smoke over long distances and does not require smoke to actually reach a device before triggering. It can also operate in environments where dust or vapours are present.
IPS: IPS AnalyticsManager V8
AnalyticsManager is a web-based system that creates a centrally managed solution to enhance the performance of IVA options. The system supports a wide range of video analytics which assist operators in interpreting situations quickly, recognising potential threats in real time and identifying risks. The platform makes implementation straightforward and allows the software to provide a video stream with overlaid metadata which can be displayed in any third party VMS.
Kiwi Security: Privacy Protector
Privacy Protector is a software tool that automatically obscures all persons in surveillance video, in real-time. While motion and actions can be viewed and recognised, the identity of individuals is concealed ensuring that personal privacy is ensured. The original video can be encrypted and recorded in the background and decrypted by two authorised persons using credentials in combination with PIN codes. Through learning algorithms, it can be applied in outdoor areas.
SeeTec: SeeTec BVI
Complex business processes can be tracked with data from various sources. SeeTec’s Business Video Intelligence (BVI) solutions use captured video and event information from surveillance and video analytics, which is combined with processing and management data to deliver information that adds value for the relevant user. In the logistics and retail sectors, SeeTec offers business solutions that can be customised as required. For other applications, tailor-made, modular solutions can be created using the SeeTec Multi Solution Platform.
A.I. Tech: AI-Retail
AI-Retail is an integrated video analytic solution which assists users in enhancing the selling performance of their business activities. Using digital cameras and video analytic algorithms, AI-Retail allows retailers to easily access statistical data related to the flow and behaviours of customers inside the store. It incorporates six different intelligent modules to manage a wide range of metrics.
The ITC304-PVRB4A is an overhead camera which can be used for parking sensing in controlled vehicle-based applications. The three megapixel device supports dual-streaming to ensure high quality still image output and video output. It features integral ANPR for vehicle detection and also incorporates an indicator light output with several colour choices, allowing empty bays to be quickly identified by users.
intuVision: VA Retail
VA Retail offers a range of measurements for in-store use to deliver valuable metrics. The software can monitor queues, delivering notifications when thresholds are exceeded and providing data for report analysis. Heatmaps of traffic flow patterns can be used to enhance site management and merchandising, and advanced search filters make assessments of events a simpler task.
Wisenet Traffic AID is an easy-to-deploy incident detection solution designed to assist users with resolving vehicle-based issues. Available as a suite of software modules, Traffic AID can detect if traffic is slowing down and whether there is a lengthening queue. It will also detect broken down or illegally stopped vehicles, motion in the wrong direction, pedestrians in dangerous locations or smoke in a tunnels. Traffic AID utilises intelligent image processing to alert operators about specific traffic related events whilst also collecting statistical data.
EtherHaul 710 TX is an interference-free wireless radio link with a throughput capacity of up to 1Gbps, making it ideal for video surveillance and other critical security applications. The Ethernet link is deployed on a point-to-point basis and allows duplex connectivity. The unit includes an integral antenna, a gigiabit ethernet switch, a PoE+ input and dual PoE+ outputs. The E-Band radios use thin beams to reduce interference and increase reliability. The units are quick and easy to install and configure.
BCDVideo: Apollo Server Series
The Apollo Series adds a degree of data protection to video surveillance applications. It offers purpose-built high performance for advanced systems, but also includes a ‘Keep Your Hard Drive’ warranty, ensuring control over archived data. By keeping a failed hard drive, the security of classified, proprietary or sensitive data is ensured. The servers include 12G SASS drives, dual SSDs for the operating system, RAID 5/6 disk protection, dual power supply and the latest Intel processors.
The JetNet 7310G is an industrial Ethernet switch that is suitable for a wide range of applications in professional surveillance systems. A Layer 3 managed switch with Layer 2 network performance, the switch provides eight 35W power-over-Ethernet (PoE) ports, enabling the simple connection of devices that require high power levels such as PTZ cameras or devices with on-board heaters.
NVT Phybridge: FLEX Extender Kit
The FLEX Extender Kit is a long reach single-port UTP solution that delivers PoE and IP connectivity over extended distances. It enables deployment of devices over distances of up to 610 metres. The built-in long reach capabilities eliminate the need for multiple IDF closets. The kit includes one FLEX-Base, one FLEX-Link and power supplies. Features include 10/100Base-TX Ethernet with PoE++ (up to 50W), 10/100Mbps full duplex data, 610 metres at 100Mbps over 4-pair or 10Mbps over 1- or 2-pair and support for Multicast and Unicast traffic.
Seagate: SkyHawk AI
SkyHawk AI HDDs are available in 10TB and 8TB variants and have been designed for use in AI-capable surveillance systems. Traditional SkyHawk drives are optimised for predominantly write-based performance but the AI models are configured for higher workloads, such as the in-depth searching and logging that AI-enabled systems perform. The drives also include data protection as they are supplied with a two year Rescue Data Recovery Services plan bundled with every AI drive.
Razberi CameraDefense is a cybersecurity feature of the ServerSwitch IQ series. It automates camera hardening including an embedded firewall, device binding, white listing, password protection and real-time alerts. All are provided within a dashboard to identify and address potential issues across the network. There are three elements to the Razberi cybersecurity solution: automated camera hardening, secure appliance architecture and cyber threat monitoring.
ComNet: Port Guardian
Port Guardian delivers the capability to physically disconnect a port from a system if unauthorised access is detected. If access is attempted by disconnecting a device on the edge of the system to connect to the network, Port Guardian senses this and sends an SNMP notification resulting in the affected port being physically ‘locked out’. The network administrator can reopen the port when the threat is eliminated.
Secure Logiq: Logiqal Healthcheck Pro incorporating Logiqal Cybercheck
Logiqal Healthcheck Pro offers a suite of management tools to ensure enterprise systems are secure, optimised and fully operational. It includes Logiqal Cybercheck, a tool kit designed to ensure the system is resistant to cyberattacks. Intelligent algorithms identify system vulnerabilities and advise how to lock down against cyberattacks, automating the process. Vulnerabilities are identified by decoding network protocols and presenting the results in a human-readable form.
HID: Risk Management Solution
Risk Management Solution is a real-time risk profiling technology that protects against cybercrime. The cyber threat and fraud detection solution is based on data analytics, that protects against traditional and modern threats targeting banking, transaction systems and sensitive applications.
Mobotix: Cactus Concept
Cactus Concept is a multimedia cybersecurity campaign to raise awareness among installers, integrators and users of the importance of data security in network-based video security systems. It covers end-to-end encryption, from the image source via the data cables and thea storage, through to the VMS. Like a cactus, all modules have digital ‘thorns’ to protect from unauthorised access.