AI and robotics take centre-stage with new technologies changing security, safety and fire protection landscape
The latest trends in artificial intelligence and robotics in policing societies, along with major projects fuelling growth in the Middle East commercial security landscape, were among many talking points, as Intersec concluded its 20th edition in Dubai on 23 January.
The world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection featured 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries, while 29,532 visitors from 129 countries stopped by the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Sharing centre-stage were dozens of product launches, while live demonstrations of fire protection equipment and drones used across a wide range of applications kept thousands of buyers and industry professionals entertained and informed.
The Dubai Police is one of Intersec’s long-standing Government Partners, along with the Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Police Academy, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and for the first time in 2018, the Dubai Municipality.
This year from its exhibition stand, the Dubai Police had a strong focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and smarter technologies to keep residents, visitors, and communities safe. It also showcased Robocop prototypes and newsmart services that are already in place in its fully automated smart police station, which recently opened in September 2017.
Brig. Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Dubai Police’s Director General of Artificial Intelligence, gave an overview of the Government body’s vision toward using AI and robots in policing and protection.
“We plan to use AI to help us not only reduce crimes, but increase our ability to predict potential crimes before they happen, along with reducing traffic accidents. We’ve introduced a crime prediction system as well as accident prediction system that can study the behaviours of drivers,” he said, “There have been rumours that due to AI and robotics at Dubai Police, there will be less police officers but this is not true. We’re going to create more advanced positions, where they can provide a better service to keep our residents and visitors happy and safe.”
Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec spans seven show sections of commercial security, fire & rescue, safety & health, homeland security & policing, information & cyber security, smart home & building automation, and physical & perimeter security.
With 483 exhibitors in 2018, Commercial Security represents the largest show section, and features two-thirds of the world’s top 50 providers of video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection, analytics, and video management software.
Intersec has proved over the years to be a fruitful business platform for global leaders and industry start-ups alike.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East said, “Intersec 2018 has further cemented its position as the world’s premier trade platform of its kind for the security, safety, and fire protection industries.
“We intend to continue to build on our success and look forward to far greater developments and achievements in the future while working together with the authorities and the active support of the government.”
Enterprise Grade Security Solutions
The Matrix access control and time-attendance domain showcased its newly launched face recognition technology for authentication through mobile. This technology enables contactless authentication with precise and accurate authentication. Matrix also displayed its high-end cloud based time-attendance and access control solution. With smart-phones set to be next generation technology, Matrix showcased its mobile based access control solution, whereby a user can either scan the QR Code or just twist his/ her phone for authentication. Other products showcased were some extraordinary biometric door controllers useful for applications in time-attendance, access control, visitor management, cafeteria management and more.
Matrix video surveillance wing exhibited its video management solution SATATYA SAMAS which approaches threats in a logical, sequential manner through its unique features like CREAM (Cognitive Responsive Engine with Automated Monitoring). CREAM terminates false alerts by going through multi-stage verification, in which one analytic triggers another and the event is analyzed by a string of analytics. Being aware of the need of automation in medium, large and multi-location enterprises, they demonstrated how SATATYA SAMAS can seamlessly automate the parallel working of various systems integrated in an organization. Alongside, they presented the recently launched new range of network video recorders that are equipped with characteristics like Cascading, Camera-wise Recording Retention, Database Level Integration and plenty of other distinct features. The new range of IP cameras that are equipped with SONY STARVIS series sensors with EXMOR technology. This gives the cameras an edge over others in terms of exceptional low light performance, consistent image in varying light conditions (True WDR), better bandwidth optimization, etc.
Cutting-edge Technologies and Products
Uniview released the following latest products and technologies at Intersec 2018.
5MP StarView series
5MP StarView series is a new generation of the series which redefined Starlight technology with outstanding image at super low illumination during the night for both static and moving scene. Uniview used 1/2.7” backside illumination technology sensor, applied F1.2 lens to raise the light physically. It is easy to set and more cost effective for users.
Hybrid NVR is not only a single product, but also a five in one solution which supports IP/ CVBS/ AHD/ TVI/ CVI. It supports analog camera with up to 5MP resolution and IP camera up to 4MP resolution. Hybrid NVR indicates that Uniview is expanding to more completed solutions, and is able to help customers acquire larger market.
VMS – Unicorn
UNV VMS Unicorn is one of the most powerful VMS servers which can support up to 1000 channels per server and 14 HDMI outputs with decode cards for video wall. With hot standby server, central backup and RAID, Unicorn guaranteed the video surveillance system’s reliability. With such abundant and powerful functions, it would be very reliable for medium to large scale solutions such as building, campus, industry park and so on.
Pioneered cloud upgrade & 0 configuration
All UNV NVRs are featured with UNV’s pioneered cloud upgrade. With just one click on NVR or app, users can keep system updated with latest firmware. It’s extremely easy to maintain. With newly designed UI, the latest EZView version showed at Intersec can support searching devices in LAN automatically and setting DST on app’s interface. With very few app settings, users can easily make system perfectly running with zero configuration on NVR GUI.
“Uniview has complete IP video surveillance product lines and is developing more and more product lines to enhance our solutions. We create value, promote value and share value with excellent quality and constant innovation. Our aim is to become a global leader in video surveillance industry which endeavours to build a safer world by providing professional, reliable and cutting-edge products and services,” remarked LiuLiu, Product Director of Uniview.
Slim Mobile Access Control Reader
Nedap Identification Systems launches MACE Smart – a slim multi-technology reader for mobile access control. This elegant reader is the newest addition to the MACE platform, which enables the use of smartphones in any access control system. The MACE Smart reader is able to read virtual credentials on smartphones, but also reads conventional smartcards. The MACE Smart reader was revealed at the recently held Intersec exhibition in Dubai.
“We are committed to unlocking the potential of smartphones as identification technology in access control systems,” says Maarten Mijwaart, General Manager of Nedap Identification Systems, “The release of our newest reader is proof of this commitment. In addition, we are also releasing a renewed version of the MACE Admin Portal that is used to distribute and revoke virtual access control cards. This renewed version now also has an API for seamless integration with any access control system. It is our firm belief that these innovations will help our partners to realize future proof access control solutions for their clients, whether it is for buildings, parking facilities or events.”
Mobile access control: With the introduction of the MACE platform last year, Nedap responded to the global shift of smartphone credentials replacing physical cards. MACE readers support Bluetooth, NFC and QR-codes to identify people using virtual credentials, which are stored in a MACE app. MACE can be used in combination with any access control system or any other system that requires the swift identification of people, such as parking management systems or registration systems.
Slim design: The MACE Smart mobile access control reader supports Bluetooth, NFC and smartcards and is small enough to be mullion mounted. It has a slim design, which makes this mobile access control reader the perfect solution for doors that require a combination of security and convenience.
New Solutions and Partnerships
Products provide end users with focused solutions and innovations
Pelco by Schneider Electric, a leading surveillance and security provider, exhibited their latest innovative solutions at recently held Intersec 2018, which are specifically engineered for the Middle East and Africa regions and that provide truly innovative and comprehensive solutions to customer challenges.
Pelco also showcased recent partnerships with three industry leaders to deliver customized and tailored solutions that enable users with quicker access to actionable information to improve operational efficiency across the enterprise. Ipsotek, a leader in scenario-based video analytics, has partnered with Pelco to integrate their VISuite 10.1 advanced video analytics platform with Pelco’s VideoXpert™ Video Management System (VMS). The integration enables real-time alerts to threats for quick response in sensitive or restricted areas, while taking the complexity out of managing a video network, due to VideoXpert’s superior user interface and robust features set.
Pelco has also partnered with Gallagher Command Centre, integrating the software with Pelco’s VMS platforms to allow users to monitor and control their site using one platform with integrated perimeter security, access control and intruder alarm management. In addition, Pelco has partnered with Ruckus Wireless to combine Ruckus’ ZoneFlex access points (APs) and ICX switches with Pelco’s complete line of IP cameras and VMS to offer rapid deployment of IP video, flexible installation options and upgraded overall solutions for IP video systems.
“Pelco is excited to be exhibiting at Intersec 2018, celebrating our 20th year of participation with the show,” said Pradeep Nair, Regional Sales Director Middle East & India, Pelco by Schneider Electric, “With a strong focus on quality and service, several inventive solutions for key segments, and demonstrations of strategic partnerships, Pelco is in a unique position to provide strategic surveillance solutions for the Middle East and Africa regions.”
Exploring Cyber Security
ONVIF®, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, presented as part of Intersec’s AI and Information Security Conference at Intersec 2018.
Jonathan Lewit, Chair of the ONVIF Communication Committee, presented on a session designed to help attendees understand the interplay between the elements of standardization, people and process, and how ONVIF leverages established best practices for cyber security in its specifications. The session was called “It takes a Village: Addressing Cyber Security Threats Through Standardization, People and Process.” Lewit, who also serves as Director of Technology Leadership for Pelco by Schneider Electric, addressed the importance of these best practices in cyber security, as the number of IOT devices is expected to surge in the next three years.
“ONVIF is designed to standardize physical security in a way that reflects industry specifications and needs,” said Per Björkdahl, Chairman of the ONVIF Steering Committee, “Jonathan would speak to Intersec attendees about how ONVIF interoperability standards enable manufacturers, systems integrators and end users alike to take the necessary steps to improve cyber security.”
MegaDome® UltraHD Cameras
Newest member of feature-loaded indoor/ outdoor day/ night camera series
Arecont Vision® has unveiled the newest member of the MegaDome® feature-rich camera series.
“The MegaDome family continues to lead the dome camera segment with the many features and capabilities built into this installer-friendly camera series that our customers have come to expect,” said Brad Donaldson, Vice President of Product Development, Arecont Vision, “The new MegaDome UltraHD adds Tri-Mode capability, offering the user the choice of 12MP at 20fps, 4K at 30fps, or 1080p at 60fps, enabling delivery of outstanding video for a wide range of requirements.”
The true day/ night indoor/ outdoor MegaDome UltraHD dome camera is loaded with features, including a motorized remote focus/ zoom P-Iris lens mounted in a 3-axis gimbal.
The installer-friendly, IP66 environmental-rated and IK-10 impact-resistant housing encloses integrated IR LEDs with adjustable beam angle and LED intensity, SDHC onboard storage card slot, and mechanical IR cut filter. Wide dynamic range (WDR), NightView™ low light technology, binning mode for strong low light performance, SNAPstream™ (Smart Noise Adaptation and Processing) technology for reduced bandwidth without impacting image quality, and dual encoder H.264/MJPEG capabilities are built in as with other members of the MegaDome series. Features include privacy mask, motion detection, flexible cropping, bit rate control, multi-streaming, multicasting, forensic viewing, and non-integer scaling. The camera offers network protocols for security and management including SNMP, HTTPS, 802.1x, IPv4, and DHCP. Power requirements are met entirely via PoE (Power over Ethernet) or optionally via 12-24V DC.
At the heart of all Arecont Vision-brand cameras is the in-house developed Massively Parallel Image Processing (MPIP) architecture, leveraging a built-in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) integrated circuit. The architecture enables Arecont Vision cameras to be field upgraded with new advanced features and capabilities as they become available, while providing unmatched cybersecurity capabilities.
For Asset Management and Key Control
Morse Watchmans has showcased their key control solutions at Intersec 2018 with KeyWatcher Touch and KeyRings, while also introducing the next evolution in asset management with AssetWatcher.
“Morse Watchmans is evolving asset management systems with AssetWatcher,” said Fernando Pires, CEO at Morse Watchmans, “AssetWatcher adapts many of the features that our clients have come to rely on with KeyWatcher and implements RFID tracking technology to provide the highest levels of security and organization for assets.”
AssetWatcher is an RFID-enabled locker system that allows businesses to secure and track valuable assets. Supporting over 10,000 users on a single system, AssetWatcher’s RFID technology easily tracks who is removing or replacing an asset along with when and where in the system the asset has been taken from or placed into. In addition, AssetWatcher has many features already proven on KeyWatcher, including email notifications, multi-site operation, multi-user capability, and is equipped with three user modes to suit any application.
Along with the new AssetWatcher system, Morse Watchmans is showcasing their KeyWatcher Touch and KeyRings. KeyRings offer flexibility with Replaceable Hub Technology, making it simple to add or remove keys without destroying the ring, as well as including a tamper-proof locking mechanism, and unique identification system.
KeyWatcher Touch is Morse Watchmans’ proven key control platform, utilizing touch screen technology to control Morse Watchmans’ patented SmartKey system with KeyAnywhere technology that makes it simple to return a key to any key cabinet in a system. Updates to KeyWatcher Touch being showcased at Intersec 2018 include a new database design, a desktop fingerprint reader that allows users to enroll fingerprints through TrueTouch software, and the ability to utilize multiple KeyWatcher Touch server instances with a single SQL database.
“Our KeyWatcher Touch and KeyRings provide the highest levels of security for key control and key management,” said Mr. Pires, “We’re proud to offer this proven technology to help users secure and manage their keys.”