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Demand for Intelligent Digital Security Surveillance Systems On the Rise

Create: 02/22/2017 - 14:25
Sighthound Digital surveillance

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Intelligent digital security and surveillance (DSS) solutions can augment human resources and deliver more sophisticated levels of security. For businesses, they offer everything from enhanced physical security and loss prevention to the analysis of retail store traffic for optimal product placement.

The demand for DSS is starting to boom, with major growth in the areas of digital network equipment. IT convergence in the video surveillance industry is also happening, along with a strong rise in the market for edge-based analytics. Overall, the video surveillance market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25.2% globally in the next several years, according to forecasts from Axis Research Mind.

Smart DSS Bundle

Solution providers can now put together an intelligent DSS bundle for home and SMB customers. The products include the Intel® NUC, along with computer vision software and IP cameras that offer DSS intelligence in an easy-to-deploy solution set.

This DSS system is more sophisticated than its predecessors and capable of more complex tasks. Smart DSS used to require a server stack to power cameras, storage and manually calibrated analytics. This new bundle, composed of the Intel® NUC, Intel® Solid State Drives (Intel SSDs) and computer vision software from Sighthound, provides intelligent computer vision in a system that can to mimic the human eye and brain and makes intelligent surveillance affordable to consumers and SMBs.  

Sighthound digital surveillance

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Specifically, the Intel NUC for Smart DSS Package includes:

• Intel® NUC NUC6i5SYH mini PC

• Sighthound Video 3.0.2 software

• Vivotek FD8169A cameras (2)

• Vivotek AW-FED-0500-065 switch.

Sighthound Video

The artificial intelligence in the system is delivered by Sighthound Video, which runs on Intel® NUC. Unlike motion-sensor cameras that alert users to any motion event, including trees moving in the breeze and other common triggers, Sighthound can differentiate between people and objects it sees, sending alerts only when true security threats arise.

Sighthound Video includes software that automatically locates connected  cameras, which helps with installation. It allows solution providers to set rules that trigger mobile alerts, emails or custom scripts. Using AI, computer vision can determine what is happening and significantly reduce the number of false alerts. It supports many different brands of IP cameras and webcams and allows you to draw boxes around specific areas to capture people entering rooms, driveways and other locations while masking areas to ignore.

Attend a Live Chat on DSS

Solutions providers interested in providing an intelligent surveillance solution that protects your customers—and grows your revenues—can learn how in our live chat on Thursday, February 28.

Leading the chat will be Intel DSS experts who will discuss next-level digital security and surveillance intelligence. They will outline revenue and margin opportunities, including solution deployment, upgrades, security and cloud services subscriptions, and support and maintenance.

Hosted by Intel IoT Solution Provider, the chat is free and open to all solution providers. You can participate in the discussion and ask questions directly to the Intel team. Register for the chat.

Law Enforcement Offers Incentives to Install IoT Neighborhood Watch

Create: 02/15/2017 - 15:34
Digital surveillance systems, Allentown, PA

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Solution providers with digital surveillance system expertise need to look no further than the city of Allentown, PA, for business. Government officials, including Mayor Ed Pawlowski and the police department are offering security camera system funding incentives to help investigators solve crime and deter criminals.

The city is offering matching grants totaling $30,000 to businesses that upgrade or replace digital surveillance systems (DSS) that are compatible with the city’s current video surveillance network, according to a recent city announcement reported in The Morning Call. Under the Security Camera Assistance Network (SCAN) program, the city will award applicants up to 50 percent of the total cost of the surveillance equipment and installation, with a maximum cap of $3,000 for an individual business. The funding will cover 15 to 20 surveillance cameras.

To apply for funding, the city requires a business to get two estimates from licensed solution providers detailing the specs of the SCAN system. The recommended setup includes two exterior cameras, two interior cameras and a digital video recorder.  

Chips on Duty

The city of Allentown currently has a network of 175 surveillance cameras and plans to grow its digital police force. Since 2007, the cameras have provided more than 350 “camera catches” where dispatchers saw illegal activity on video, according to police. “Our crime-fighting efforts have been greatly enhanced by our street camera program,” Pawlowski said in a statement.

digital security surveillance Allentown, PA

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The SCAN program is aimed at helping SMBs that can’t afford digital surveillance improve their security by adding new cameras or upgrading their older equipment, if they already have a system in place. Allentown Police Chief Keith Morris notes that even though many city businesses have surveillance cameras, they may have outdated technology, which makes getting information to investigators not only challenging, but it arrives too late when it is transported via thumb drive or CD.

The city considered installing a network of surveillance cameras linked to the city’s current camera system, but that option proved to be too costly. So instead it opted to provide matching funding to enhance the number of connected cameras citywide.

According to the SCAN application, the specs needed for the digital camera include a minimum resolution of 1280x720 and nighttime recording capabilities through adequate light or infrared illumination. The network video recorder or digital video recorder (DVR) must be able to export video in both native and open file format and allow system operators to view and retrieve data while the system remains in operation. The DVR must also have sufficient memory to retain data from all connected cameras for a period of 15 days.

More information on the SCAN program, including the funding application, can be found at the Allentown Department of Community and Economic Development.   

Intel NUC Digital Security and Surveillance Bundle

For solution providers installing DSS systems, Intel recently announced a bundled solution that includes the Intel NUC, Vivotek cameras, with advanced computer vision software from Sighthound. Learn more about this smart DSS solution and download the data sheet.  

Intel NUC for Smart DSS: Transforming Digital Security Surveillance

Create: 02/15/2017 - 11:25

Intel NUC for digital security and surveillance (DSS) solution combines the power of Intel Solid State Drives (Intel SSD) with computer vision software from Sighthound for an affordable video analytics system that can mimic the human eye. Smart DSS is an easy-to-deploy solution bundle that provides intelligent, analytics-based digital security for your consumer and business customers.

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Product Brief: The New Generation of Video Surveillance Intelligence

Create: 02/15/2017 - 11:18

Never has there been a more urgent need for comprehensive security and surveillance solutions. No one can be everywhere and see everything going on around them. Solution providers can now bring the next level of video surveillance intelligence to customers in an easy-to-deploy solution bundle that uses the Intel NUC along with computer vision software and IP cameras.

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Digital Security Surveillance Cameras Keep a Watchful Eye on Super Bowl 51

Create: 02/02/2017 - 20:04
Superbowl 51 IoT

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Houston law enforcement agencies are stepping up their security game by adding digital surveillance cameras that can detect gun shots, explosives and unusual behavior at events before and during the big game.

The eyes of Texas are all upon Houston this week, as Super Bowl 51 crowds gather for 10 days of pre-game events and festivities and the big game on Sunday. Tech companies and service providers are teaming up to help law enforcement agencies more easily monitor the crowd of 1 million super fans, installing a full lineup of smart, connected digital security cameras, IoT sensors and network command centers.

The city’s game plan for crowd security includes the use of hundreds of network cameras at Super Bowl LIVE, which includes free concerts, fan games and other activities held throughout the week. The City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security designated Axis Communications in Chelmsford, MA, as the provider of video and audio surveillance at Discovery Green, a 12-acre park in downtown Houston that will host the Super Bowl LIVE events.

A combination of Axis dome network cameras, a thermal network camera and network horn speakers will be deployed throughout the venue to help monitor and secure entryways, stages and entertainment areas. “This is certainly the big game,” said Scott Dunn, Director of Business Development at Axis Communications, in an interview with KHOU.

Axis Camera Superbowl 51

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Dunn also notes that the surveillance network will include smart sensors that analyze voice levels to detect possible aggression. The sensors will alert police, so they can see and analyze via the cameras what’s going on and react when necessary. Louroe Electronics™ based in Van Nuys, CA, is providing the intelligent sound detection equipment, which will interface with the other security devices.

An Axis partner, Preferred Technologies, Inc., based in Houston, TX, is facilitating the system’s deployment. Local law enforcement groups and Homeland Security will manage the surveillance equipment and monitor cameras from a central command center and the Houston Emergency Operations Center.

The MVPs of Surveillance Technology

The digital equipment chosen for the event is as agile as the players. The Axis products roster includes its pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) dome network cameras equipped with laser focus, along with Axis Lightfinder and Wide Dynamic Range technologies, which can show image details in extreme conditions. The Axis PTZ network cameras can zoom in up to 30 times with a high-definition image, creating clean images in low light situations. The team of cameras work together, and their data is delivered via a wireless Verizon network to the command centers, including one in the middle of Discovery Green.

Preferred Technologies also deployed discreet Axis dome network cameras and thermal network cameras. The thermal cameras are equipped with Eagle-i Edge™, a video analytics solution from Jemez Technology, designed for real-time threat detection and tracking. Each of the cameras is equipped with Axis Zipstream technology, which helps reduce network bandwidth and storage requirements.

No Backpack Left Behind

The security technology allows for two-way communication between crowds and security personnel. To give officers the ability to remotely address people and deter unwanted activity, Preferred Technologies installed Axis network horn speakers.

The surveillance cameras can determine how long a person sits at a particular location, and the camera can issue an alert if something is left behind, such as a backpack. “The camera can take a photo (of the person and the item), snapshot it, save it and email it to law enforcement, asking them to be on the lookout for this particular individual,” explains Dan Foster, data consultant for Verizon Wireless, to KHOU. Individual officers will get immediate alerts on their cell phones and tackle any problem as soon as possible.

Learn more about Axis network cameras, or view the live video cam of Super Bowl LIVE overlooking Houston’s Discovery Green.

The New Teacher’s Aid: IoT Climate Control for the Classroom

Create: 01/31/2017 - 17:42
Paul Rigger, Bosch IoT lab

A team at Bosch IoT Lab at the University of St. Gallen developed Quantified Art, a room climate monitoring system that uses artwork to help students and teachers visualize and monitor what is happening with their classroom environment.

Nothing puts a room of school children to sleep faster than a hot, stuffy classroom. And busy teachers don’t have time to constantly monitor room temperatures and air quality. IoT technology is starting to step in and become the newest teacher’s aide. Bosch IoT has developed a prototype for a room climate monitoring system that uses sensors and classic works of art, letting teachers and students know when it’s time to get some fresh airflow.

Technology development for the climate system began two years ago when Paul Rigger, a PhD student working in the Bosch IoT Lab at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, devoted himself to a project he introduced as Quantified Art. His idea was to use artwork outfitted with IoT sensors to visualize room climate, making people aware of changes in the temperature and climate by altering the color and texture of a wall picture, displaying icons or adding speech bubbles.

Rigger assumed people at home, in an office, in a cubicle or in a conference room all needed real-time information about room temperature. He eventually determined that the ideal setting for his visual climate control system would be at school, as students spend quite a bit of time in their classrooms and need the best possible conditions to learn efficiently and stay healthy.

Learning from Einstein

Rigger and his team moved forward with the project and recently completed field tests of his climate system in a grammar school located in Austria. With the support of the school’s headmaster, Rigger installed 10 prototype art pieces to run experiments that would allow his team to see how the students reacted to the transforming art and also gather climate-related data by classroom. He wanted the students to have maximum and instant fun with the classroom art but also give them the opportunity to take actions (such as opening or closing a window) that could improve their room climate over the course of the day.

His team installed a piece of art—a painting of Albert Einstein—outfitted with small sensors, and put one in each classroom to monitor the current climate. As the sensors detect heat, stale air or other changes in the climate such as a rise in carbon dioxide level, the skin color of Einstein shifts to green. If a student or teacher opens a window near the art and triggers new airflow, Einstein shifts back to his original (normal) skin color.

The students gave the climate change technology high ratings, noting it had given them the power to control their classroom environment. The only request students had for Rigger’s team was the ability to change the art to other famous people (they suggested Tom Cruise or Tom Brady).

Visual Climate Control

The Quantified Art team also developed a Mona Lisa demo version of its technology that displays similar climate cues. Mona Lisa’s skin cracks when the air is dry, and her lips turn blue when the room is cold. She breaks into a sweat on her forehead when the room temperature heats up.

Bosch Sensortec

Photo credit: Bosch Sensortec  

The Quantified Art project uses sensors made by Bosch Sensortec, a company that develops microelectromechanical (MEMS), a key technology used in mobile and wearable devices, including smartphones. The artwork uses the Bosch Sensortec BME680 sensor, which is capable of measuring pressure, temperature and humidity in addition to volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air. The BME680 sensor can detect VOC from paints (such as formaldehyde), lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, furnishings, office equipment, glues, adhesives and alcohol.

· Learn more about Bosch Sensortec and the capabilities of the BME680 sensor.

· Watch videos of the Quantified Art installation working in the school.

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