Security News » News http://www.securitynewsdesk.com Security News, Publishing, Products and more... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:46:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dahua Provides Open Access to HDCVI Technology for HDcctv AT 2.0 Implementers http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/dahua-provides-open-access-hdcvi-technology-hdcctv-2-0-implementers/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/dahua-provides-open-access-hdcvi-technology-hdcctv-2-0-implementers/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:43:27 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45327 The HDcctv Alliance is proud to announce that video surveillance technology leader ZheJiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., has opened its patented HDCVI technology to the global video surveillance industry, through the HDcctv Alliance Member Intellectual ...

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hdcctv allianceThe HDcctv Alliance is proud to announce that video surveillance technology leader ZheJiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd., has opened its patented HDCVI technology – the basis for the HDcctv AT 2.0 standard – to the global video surveillance industry, through the HDcctv Alliance Member Intellectual Property Agreement.

First introduced in late 2012, HDCVI technology transmits HDTV signals over any legacy CCTV cabling infrastructure. The HDcctv Alliance ratified HDcctv AT 2.0 in February 2014. HDcctv AT 2.0 compliance ensures 100% plug ‘n’ play remote control of any camera from any compliant DVR, no matter which manufacturers.

Zhu Jiangming“Dahua developed HDCVI technology to help our growing customer base to enjoy more of the benefits of HD IP surveillance,” said Mr. Zhu Jiangming, Dahua executive vice president and the principal inventor of the seminal HDCVI patents. “We recognize that customers want all equipment to be 100% multi-vendor plug ‘n’ play, rather than using single-source, proprietary solutions that may not work together. Dahua’s strategy is, therefore, aimed to maximize the return on our investment in HDCVI and in doing so make the technology readily available to other manufacturers – even our direct competitors.

“For these reasons, Dahua has decided to issue licenses under RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms to other, reciprocating Steering and Manufacturing Members of the HDcctv Alliance. Dahua’s policy is as follows: semiconductor manufacturers implementing the HDcctv AT 2.0 standard independently are asked to pay a license fee on a RAND basis, while HDCVI licenses for implementing the HDcctv AT 2.0 standard are open free of charge to authorized equipment makers, per the HDcctv Alliance Members I.P. Agreement to which Dahua are a signatory. We look forward to collaborating with our partners in the HDcctv Alliance to further accelerate the global migration to HD IP surveillance.”

Todd Rockoff, executive director of the HDcctv Alliance, said: “HDCVI has a multi-year head start over all other analogue HD video surveillance solutions. It is the only solution available as a global standard, with a complete compliance certification regime. While other semiconductor manufacturers are racing to catch up to the analogue HD surveillance transmission market opened by HDCVI, each of these other solutions is proprietary to just one manufacturer. Never before has a sole-source, proprietary transmission solution gained prevalence in the surveillance industry. Out-of-the-box plug ‘n’ play remote control over legacy CCTV infrastructure is a compelling convenience for installers and operators of HD surveillance systems. Therefore, HDcctv AT 2.0 and its successors, all based on HDCVI, appear to be most likely to succeed among the various analogue transmission solutions in development.”

“There is no doubt that the security market is moving quickly to HD surveillance,” said Dr. Jon Hwang, CEO of Eyenix Corporation. “As an Image Signal Processor (ISP) vendor, Eyenix will implement whatever local-site transport technologies our customers need. To manage our design cost for any given technology, it is important for there to be a global standard that eliminates uncertainty.”

“Nextchip supports the global standard for HD surveillance local-site transport,” said Young-Jun Yoo, Nextchip Strategic Marketing Director. “In the long term, Nextchip recognizes the importance of all vendors supporting a single global standard.”

At Security China 2014 the HDcctv Alliance will be exhibiting in the international hall on stand E1Y31, where visitors are encouraged to meet Alliance members, see the latest HDcctv technology in operation, and discover more about the benefits of HDcctv 2.0. The Alliance expects to be able to showcase the first certified HDcctv 2.0-compliant products at the show. To book a meeting at Security China, or simply to find out more about HDcctv 2.0, email: membership@highdefcctv.org.

Security China 2014 takes place at China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing, October 28-31. Visit securitychina.com.cn for more information and to register as a visitor.

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On the Road to Safer Motorways with Panasonic http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/road-safer-motorways-panasonic/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/31/road-safer-motorways-panasonic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:24:18 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45324 Portugal’s largest motorway management company, Brisa, has installed a 40m2 Panasonic video wall into its Operational Control Centre which monitors 1100km of motorway.

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BRSIAPortugal’s largest motorway management company, Brisa, has installed a 40m2 Panasonic video wall into its Operational Control Centre which monitors 1100km of motorway.

A total of 44 Panasonic 55 inch displays (TH-55LV5W) make up the video wall, which helps Brisa manage mobility across 11 motorways and provide an immediate response to unforeseen events and accidents.

“We had a lot of problems with our previous video wall,” explains Pedro Sobral, Project Manager at Brisa. “However, the new Panasonic displays look more modern and are more efficient, which maximises the availability of the tools within Brisa’s Operational Control Centre.”

The displays, which were integrated by Prosonic, are able to work seamlessly 24 hours a day. They are specifically designed for the control room market, boasting an anti-glare surface and an ultra-thin 5.3mm bezel.

“The new monitoring system means Brisa benefits from exceptional image quality and reduced maintenance costs for its video wall,” says João Farinha, Prosonic’s Integrated Solutions Division. “The customer feedback has been excellent and Brisa is extremely happy. The Panasonic monitors are even exceeding Brisa’s requirements in terms of image quality,” he added.

The ultra-thin bezel allows Brisa the option to display a single image across various screens, with virtually no discontinuity in the image.

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Glasswall and NTT Com Security Join Forces to Eliminate Risk of File-based Cyber Attacks http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/glasswall-and-ntt-com-security-join-forces-to-eliminate-risk-of-file-based-cyber-attacks/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/glasswall-and-ntt-com-security-join-forces-to-eliminate-risk-of-file-based-cyber-attacks/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:31:44 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45317 Global Information Security software company Glasswall to provide its file security solution via partnership with NTT Com Security.

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glasswall and ntt comGlobal Information Security software company Glasswall to provide its file security solution via partnership with NTT Com Security.

Glasswall Solutions and NTT Com Security today announced they have formed a partnership to offer patented technology to eliminate the risk of targeted file-based cyber attacks.

Glasswall Solutions, a pioneer in content security, and NTT Com Security, a global information security and risk management company, will join forces to offer an alternative to traditional signature-based controls in the battle against malicious attacks. Emails remain the primary channel through which Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are initiated, with 94 per cent* of these attacks using file attachments. With the frequency of attacks on businesses of every size increasing and the cost of incident response escalating, organisations are seeking alternatives to ensure file safety without impacting business workflow.

NTT Com Security has over 20 years of experience in the security market, and its 1,000 staff support more than 8,000 customers in Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific. Under the terms of this agreement, NTT Com Security can offer Glasswall’s unique technology as part of its WideAngle portfolio that provides customers with information security and risk management solutions. Glasswall’s technology ensures that electronic files entering an organisation are known to be 100 per cent good. It does this by deep analysis, at byte level, of every file entering or leaving the organisation. Then automatically applying manufacturers’ compliance standards in real-time to completely secure the files from zero-day malware.

“NTT Com Security’s information security and risk management solutions, proven security expertise and global presence are testament to our clear understanding of customers’ security needs. We are constantly seeking the best, innovative approaches and technology, such as Glasswall, to make a difference to the resilience, business continuity and confidence of our growing customer community,” commented Simon Church, CEO, NTT Com Security.

“We oppose the argument, made by some in our industry, that breach is inevitable and that organisations should focus on the speed and cost of remediation rather than well-planned, proactive defences,” said Greg Sim, CEO, Glasswall Solutions. “We are delighted that NTT Com Security, part of the biggest community of information security advisors with a wealth of business and technical expertise worldwide, has recognised the value of our solutions in supporting organisations to eliminate content risk.”

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New IndigoVision Ultra 2K Camera – See Everything, Anywhere http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/new-indigovision-ultra-2k-camera/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/new-indigovision-ultra-2k-camera/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:20:12 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45314 With best in class performance, the IndigoVision Ultra 2K delivers rich, Full HD video and image clarity, in all lighting conditions. Even in pitch black, easily identify people or objects with powerful digital zoom and ...

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IndigoVision ultra 2kWith best in class performance, the IndigoVision Ultra 2K delivers rich, Full HD video and image clarity, in all lighting conditions. Even in pitch black, easily identify people or objects with powerful digital zoom and incredible image detail.

See Everything. With best in class performance, the IndigoVision Ultra 2K delivers rich, high definition video and image clarity, in all lighting conditions.

See everything, anywhere. The Ultra 2K comes with IndigoVision’s unique SMART.core™ technology, making video management and distribution easier.

Incredible Image Detail, Exceptional Value. Competitively priced with other cameras, the IndigoVision Ultra 2K also reduces total system costs with lower storage requirements.

Install an IndigoVision Ultra 2K camera and finally see everything.

Even in pitch black, easily identify people or objects with powerful digital zoom and incredible image detail.

With a cutting edge sensor optimised for security applications, the IndigoVision Ultra 2K is the first Full HD security camera to deliver over 750TVL resolution at 0.5 Lux.

Unlike other cameras, the Ultra 2K’s high-speed image processing reduces object blurring, even during fast motion scenes at night.

Learn more about the Ultra 2K here.

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ASSA ABLOY White Paper: How Access Control Can Reduces Costs http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/assa-abloy-white-paper-how-access-control-can-reduces-costs/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/assa-abloy-white-paper-how-access-control-can-reduces-costs/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:58:07 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45310 ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions has launched a downloadable white paper to discuss how access control systems can be a convenient and cost-effective security solution for building owners and facilities managers, at a time when capex ...

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assa abloy white paperASSA ABLOY Security Solutions has launched a downloadable white paper to discuss how access control systems can be a convenient and cost-effective security solution for building owners and facilities managers, at a time when capex budget is often restricted.

The white paper, entitled, ‘How can access control systems improve security and reduce costs?’ is now available to download and discusses the challenging and complex issues that arise from this question.

Nojmol Islam, Product Manager, ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, author of the white paper said: “The plethora of access control systems available, be they standalone, wireless, or fully integrated, can seem like both a help and a hindrance to time-constrained facilities managers.

“For many buildings, it is necessary to strike a balance between creating a welcoming environment, and a secure environment – all the while factoring in budgeting restrictions.

“At ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, we have extensive experience of helping business owners find an adequate balance between security, risk and cost when employing access control systems and have shared our knowledge in our latest white paper.”

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions wishes to stimulate debate and encourage views and contributions from many voices with this white paper.

The white paper is available to download here.
For further information please visit or www.assaabloy.co.uk/securitysolutions
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Andy Alexander Joins Redvision as Regional Sales Manager http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/andy-alexander-joins-redvision-as-regional-sales-manager/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/andy-alexander-joins-redvision-as-regional-sales-manager/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:17:56 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45307 Redvision, manufacturer of the HD & analogue rugged X-SeriesTM PTZ & Dome cameras, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Alexander as regional Sales Manager for the North of the UK.

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Andy AlexanderRedvision, manufacturer of the HD & analogue rugged X-SeriesTM PTZ & Dome cameras, is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Alexander as regional Sales Manager for the North of the UK.

Andy brings 15 years of CCTV industry experience in both manufacturing and installation companies to his new role, alongside a dynamic, personable approach.

At Video Controls, acquired by Honeywell, Andy had sales administration and product specification responsibility. He then gained hands on installation experience at BDI CCTV, followed by sales management expertise with manufacturer 360 Vision Technology.

Andy explains why he was attracted to his new post:

“Redvision is the rugged ball PTZ and dome camera market-leader in the UK with a high quality product range and excellent reputation. The fact Redvision designs, manufactures and supports its products in the UK is important to me , as it results in an exceptional service to customers. I am pleased to be a part of such a successful, rapidly growing company and look forward to playing my part in its future expansion”

Andy, who has been a semi-professional footballer, football manager and professional tennis coach, brings energy, team playing experience and a high level of motivation to his new role.

Glenn Waterfall , Sales Director at Redvision, added:

“Andy’s appointment is great news for Redvision. He has a comprehensive understanding of analogue and IP CCTV products. This is supported by his manufacturing & installation experience and detailed knowledge of the rugged PTZ market. He understands the needs of security installers & integrators, so is ideal for supporting our customers as we launch our new 1080 HD IP X-Series range over the summer,

Andy has the tenacity and drive to deliver excellent growth for Redvision. We welcome Andy into the Redvision team and wish him well in his new role”

Click to learn more about Redvision X-SeriesTM IP HD rugged cameras.

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AirLive PoE Device Guard Series Provide Intelligent Connection http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/airlive-poe-device-guard-series-provide-intelligent-connection/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/airlive-poe-device-guard-series-provide-intelligent-connection/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:54:46 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45301 AirLive, one of the most advanced worldwide brands for networking and communication equipments, introduced Airlive PoE switch series can automatically detect the presence of an 802.3at/af compliant powered device (PD) and provide power through the ...

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airlive PoEAirLive PoE Device Guard Series provide intelligent connection and ensure surveillance performance.

AirLive, one of the most advanced worldwide brands for networking and communication equipments, introduced Airlive PoE switch series can automatically detect the presence of an 802.3at/af compliant powered device (PD) and provide power through the port. Airlive switch provides up to 30W per PoE port and can be used to power AP, IP phone, IP Cam and other PD devices. Airlive PoE switch equipped with high Power AC/DC power module , it does not require external Power adapter and can power up to 24 PoE devices for PoE-GSH2004L-370 with maximum 370W of power totally, and 8 Port PoE devices for PoE-GSH2004L-370 with maximum 130W of power.

Device Guard Switch is the switches which will automatic re-power the PoE IP cameras or Access Point, when the switch detects that IP cameras or Access Point is not working.

airlive PoETo provide intelligent connection guard to benefit the enterprise customers with the reduce labor costs option. At most cases, IP-cameras and access points are located in places that are not easy to reach after initial installation. Device Guard Switch monitors the IP cameras or access points by their IP or packet status and will automatically re-power a device when a non-responsive status is detected. Both wireless and surveillance networks run smoothly without extra technician manually support. Labor Costs can be reduced by cutting the number of employees hired within the security room.

Separate the Surveillance Network from Networks
When a network surveillance system is designed, it is better to keep the network separate from other networks for security as well as performance reasons. At first glance, the obvious choice would be to build a separate network.
However, sometime it is more difficult to deploy another network when users already have network infrastructure for non-surveillance system because the cost for installation and maintenance of extra network infrastructure is expensive.
In this situation, we would suggest users to Airlive Switch’s VLAN technology to separate the surveillance network and non-surveillance network

airlive PoEVLAN is a technology for virtually segmenting networks. It can be achieved by dividing network users into logical groups. Only users in a specific group are capable of exchanging data or accessing certain resources on the network. If a network video system is segmented into a VLAN, only the servers located on that VLAN can access the network cameras. VLANs normally provide a better and more cost-efficient solution than a separate network.

Airlive websmart switch support have two types of VLANs , Port Based VLAN and Tag Based VLAN (802.11Q), it allows users to separate network easier.

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Car Thieves and Thugs: Caught on Camera, Tonight at 9pm http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/car-thieves-thugs-caught-camera-tonight-9pm/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/30/car-thieves-thugs-caught-camera-tonight-9pm/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:24:16 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45296 Episode 3 of Channel 5’s popular Caught on Camera series airs at 9pm on Wednesday the 30th of July, looking at CCTV and security on Britain’s roads.

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Channel 5, Caught on Camera

Episode 3 of Channel 5’s popular Caught on Camera series airs at 9pm on Wednesday the 30th of July. Following two highly successful episodes that have explored how CCTV operatives across the UK tackle gangs, shoplifters, and ram-raiders, tonight’s episode looks at CCTV and security on Britain’s roads.

Introduced by journalist Nick Wallis, Car Thieves and Thugs gives us an unprecedented behind the scenes glimpse at the criminals and idiots on our roads.  In a country with 94 cars for every mile of road, it’s hardly surprising that over 1 million crimes and 300 deaths happened on them last year alone. Over the course of the evening Channel 5 will show us some of the most reckless examples of criminal behaviour in a vehicle, as well as some of the most hair raising acts of insanity by people with disdain for human life and safety.

We go up in India Nine Nine, the Met Police Helicopter, as it chases a motorcyclist hitting speeds of 80mph along London’s streets who attempts to give the police the slip by leaving his motorbike straddling the tracks of a busy rail line. When a car tries to evade the police on the ground a frantic chase ensues, India Nine Nine directs officers on the ground until they can set a trap and deploy ‘The Stinger’, and another car does everything it can to escape the police and the eyes of the Met’s helicopter. This guy has broken nearly every law in the book, but its what he’s left in his vehicle as he leaves it rolling into traffic as he makes his escape that really shocks officers. We’ll also see the Air Support Unit’s pride and joy involved in another chase, this time of a blue Ford Transit that doesn’t think twice about ploughing through officers to escape.

With 90,000 crimes committed on London’s roads last year the Met Police believe if they can’t catch the criminals in the act, they can catch them on the way to ‘work’.  We get to go out with them on their biggest road operation, Lockdown.  A day is spent taking criminals off our streets by using state of the art Automated Number Plate Recognition Cameras, or ANPR for short – and viewers will have a front row seat as they nab a plethora of drug dealers and thieves.

Then the episode takes us to Essex, as motorcycle cops use ANPR and 1200cc bikes to crack down on uninsured drivers.  Statistics show that if you’re uninsured you’re five times more likely to be involved in a collision and 80% more likely to have a criminal record – no wonder the police target these guys. We’ll encounter a guy who’s evasive about his insurance and his driving license; a mother and daughter team of thieves; and a man who claims he bought a £25,000 BMW for £6,000 – could this car be stolen?

Alcohol and cars don’t mix. In one of the Met polices Force Control Centres Sergeant Callum Roy presides over a night that see’s drunken road rage, a smashed driver try to drive his smashed car, and an inebriated man try to evade India Nine Nine with some clever last minute thinking – will he succeed?  You’ll have to tune in to see.

It’s another amazing episode that gives viewers a unique perspective of the crimes and catastrophes that unfold on our streets and roads.  Once again the message is clear - criminals beware because, one way or another, you’ll be Caught on Camera!

Read all about episode one and two in our synopsis here, or visit the Channel 5 website to catch up on the series here

And don’t forget to tune into Channel 5 at 9pm tonight, Wednesday 30th July, to see episode three – Car Thieves and Thugs: Caught on Camera.

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Shanghai Metro Uses TDSi EXpert Solution http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/shanghai-metro-uses-tdsi-expert-solution/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/shanghai-metro-uses-tdsi-expert-solution/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:58:27 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45294 With successful installations already in full operation on Shanghai Metro’s Line 6 and Line 9, security specialist Beijing STY turned again to access control specialist TDSi’s products, in partnership with its distribution partner in China, ...

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TDSiWith successful installations already in full operation on Shanghai Metro’s Line 6 and Line 9, security specialist Beijing STY turned again to access control specialist TDSi’s products, in partnership with its distribution partner in China, ZDX, to provide a fully integrated security solution for installation on Line 7.

Shanghai Metro is one of the newest and fastest growing rapid transit systems in the world, with 329 stations and over 538km of track running both above and underground making it one of the longest in the world. On average, well over six million passengers use the system everyday – with potential future expansion set to see that number increase.

Line 7 connects the Baoshan District with the city centre and Pudong District. Significantly, it also provided a vital link to the site of the World Expo, which was hosted by Shanghai in 2010.

Beijing STY, in conjunction with TDSi and ZDX, had already developed and supplied fully integrated access control solutions for Lines 6 and 9. Each Line is served by over 40 stations as well as its own Operational Control Centre (OCC), with around 2,000 doors secured and controlled by TDSi’s systems on each line.

Commenting on the programme, TDSi’s Managing Director, John Davies said: “The Shanghai Metro is a very significant and high profile infrastructure programme, representing one of the largest access control projects across the whole of China. With two lines having already been in operation using TDSi solutions for over a year, we were delighted that Beijing STY chose to use TDSi products and services again for the project on Line 7. The project win and implementation are a prominent demonstration of Beijing STY’s security expertise and knowledge, along with the performance and quality of our systems, in very demanding conditions.”

The access control solution for the project features TDSi’s EXpert controllers, EXgarde Enterprise software platform and MIFARE® smart card readers.

Specified for its proven performance in high capacity applications, EXpert delivers a fully featured and networkable system. Each controller has a capacity of up to 48,000 cards and provides fast and effective access control to projects such as the Shanghai Metro, which has consistently high volumes of users passing through multiple access points.

The OCC and each station’s controllers are programmed via EXgarde Enterprise, TDSi’s advanced access management software application. Each station is capable of operating independently of the server in cases where communications are lost – a key requirement in the specification for this particular project.

Featuring database replication for powerful disaster recovery capabilities and total peace of mind, EXgarde Enterprise allows all real-time events and system parameters to be stored both at the main server in the local OCC and at each individual station.

However should communications be lost between the centre and any of the individual stations, changes and events are stored at the local stations until communications to the main server are re-established, at which point, the databases are re-synchronised.

EXgarde Enterprise allows the system to be managed centrally, even where the Wide Area Network (WAN) may be of variable quality, effectively removing the risk of single point failure.

TDSi MIFARE® smart card readers are employed throughout each Line. Providing true contactless technology, the readers provide an extremely cost efficient, highly reliable solution that also allows for straightforward expansion in the future—for example, allowing the same access control card to be used for cashless vending and car park management, offering users a true, one-card solution.

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Leeds City College Selects MOBOTIX to Help Protect Data Centres http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/leeds-city-college-selects-mobotix-to-help-protect-data-centres/ http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/2014/07/29/leeds-city-college-selects-mobotix-to-help-protect-data-centres/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:45:17 +0000 http://www.securitynewsdesk.com/?p=45291 MOBOTIX AG has released details of a project at Leeds City College to secure access to critical data centres and communication rooms across multiple sites.

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mobotix-logoMOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Leeds City College to secure access to critical data centres and communication rooms across multiple sites.

On 1st April 2009, Leeds City College was formed following the merger of three of the city’s renowned colleges; Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley. Then in 2011, Joseph Priestley College also merged into the expanded new college, serving a community of over 40,000 students and employing in the region of 1,500 staff, making it one of the area’s largest employers. In 2012, the College was given an OFSTED rating at “Grade 2, Good, with Outstanding features”, for the overall effectiveness of its provision.

Behind the scenes of the merger, four ICT infrastructures combined for the delivery of services while benefiting from the natural economies of scale created by the new larger entity. Following a tendering process, Leeds City College selected Express Data Ltd to lead a project to help design and build an integrated data network. Express Data is a trusted and long serving technical adviser and installation specialist that had previously worked with Leeds Thomas Danby College.

The new network would be built around a highly resilient fibre core to ensure that the loss of any one critical data centre or network link would allow for an active failover and continuation of ICT services. Another consideration was around the physical security of critical data and networking elements spread across Leeds at 15 college sites. “We run approximately 300 application servers and 770 network switches in support of over 40,000 students, 1,500 staff and have committed to a 98 % uptime,” says Dave Newsham, ‎Service Delivery Manager for Leeds City College, “We are very proud to have consistently achieved this benchmark and making sure that critical network elements are properly maintained and secured with fully audited access is an essential requirement.”

Although the legacy colleges had previous installations of CCTV, these were predominantly focused on monitoring building access, common areas and car parking. Unfortunately, the notion of CCTV monitoring for ICT assets was supported in only an ad-hoc fashion by a few of them. Following due diligence and after seeking advice from Express Data, a solution based on MOBOTIX CCTV benefiting from distributed technology and built-in local storage was created to fulfil the technical implementation criteria while reducing the need for an expensive CCTV central control room or network upgrade.

“The majority of the locations are darkrooms or places with almost no footfall,” explains Newsham,” this means that most of the cameras show black screens or static images, and as such, there is no requirement to transmit high resolution video over the network all the time. However, if somebody enters these areas we need to be able to see exactly who it is and what they are doing. To meet this requirement, we have set up alerts to only send video back to our MxControlCenter software when there is a scene change such as a door opening or person entering a data centre or comms room.”

Newsham and his team also benefited from the built in temperature sensors in each MOBOTIX camera, “Although we have environmental monitoring at the larger sites, MOBOTIX now provides us with a solution for smaller comms rooms and as a backup to the other sensors,” he adds.

To date, Express Data has installed 20 MOBOTIX cameras across college sites including a number of Q24 and Q25 hemispheric models that cover entire rooms in high definition quality. “The use of hemispheric cameras providing a 360 degree viewpoint means that can monitor larger areas that would normally require several cameras with just a single MOBOTIX unit. This approach makes the deployment easier while reducing cost and complexity,” says Newsham.

“Our plan is to use MOBOTIX across the entire critical ICT infrastructure and the reliability and performance of the implementation has been faultless since the first unit went in during the summer of 2009,” adds Newsham, “We are now looking at some of the ‘bells and whistles’ such as out of hours alerting and integrating monitoring into our new NOC (Network Operations Centre) and the MOBOTIX technology is certainly up to the task.”

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