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VERKADA WEBINAR: Moving Beyond CCTV for Video Security

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In this webinar, we’ll share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation.

Thursday, Oct 15 2020 14:00 BST

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Do you specialise in CCTV? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in October we’ll be focussing on CCTV solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of CCTV solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Ian Jefferies on i.jefferies@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Oct – CCTV
Nov – Loss Prevention Solutions
Dec – Drones

WEBINAR: Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Security

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models. In this webinar, we’ll share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation. 

Sign up with your work email address & attend the live webinar to qualify for a free YETI rambler.

Thursday, Sep 17 2020 2:00PM BST

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WEBINAR REWIND: Introduction to Hybrid-Cloud Video Security

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Don’t worry if you missed Verkada’s Intro to Hybrid-Cloud Video Security webinar last week – You can now re-watch the entire session online!

Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In this webinar, the experts at Verkada share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation.

Click Here To Re-WATCH THE WEBINAR

If you’d like to request a risk-free trial with Verkada, sign up here

Are you keeping an eye on your security system?

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By Martin Hodgson, Head of UK & Ireland, Paessler AG

The basic tenants of security systems have remained relatively unchanged for the better part of the last few decades. Intrusion detectors, alarm triggers and surveillance systems work in synergy to protect homes and businesses. Nonetheless, in the past few years we have seen security systems become increasingly digitised. Whilst this is not without its benefits such as, remote access for security personnel and alerts sent off site, digitisation has meant that modern security is more reliant on IT networks for success than ever before. 

Blurring the lines between physical and virtual 

Today, many security solutions are connected to the internet as a part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Solutions such as modern CCTV systems will record and monitor footage using IP cameras, which allows security personnel to wirelessly view footage via a connected device without the need for cables or now defunct analogue video signals. This means security footage can be stored on hard drives or even in a private cloud where user access privileges for cameras and stored footage are secured by an IP access controller. However, it is not just CCTV that is digitised, everything from panic buttons to intrusion detectors are now network enabled.

Digitisation of security systems has come as an immense benefit for security staff. Personnel are now able to monitor and secure facilities without the need for a physical presence on site. Likewise, IoT allows for an incredibly high degree of customisability, making it easier and cheaper to build bespoke security systems for each installation.

New points of failure 

Nonetheless, that’s not to say digitisation and IoT network enablement of security systems haven’t created new challenges. Digitisation creates new potential points of failure, sometimes even on top of more traditional security system issues. For example, the increased customisability afforded by the IoT means that bespoke security systems are often a smorgasbord of technologies, protocols, and a variety of devices from multiple vendors. The first challenge security system integrators face is that they need to get all these devices on a secure network, and then ensure each component is configured and optimised to perform as it should and interact with all other devices in the system. This job can take days or even weeks to accomplish. However, system set up is just the tip of the iceberg.  

Like all IoT systems, a digitised security is only as strong as the network it is hosted on. Bottlenecks, bandwidth issues, or routing problems that prevent data being sent or received properly can all lead to physical security breaches going undetected. 

Nonetheless, it’s not just physical criminals those in charge of security systems have to be wary of. All connected security systems are potentially hackable. A cybercriminal with access to the network can have the power to shut down the security system entirely or use connected devices for nefarious purposes.  

Ensuring peak performance

Although the risks cannot be entirely avoided; device malfunction and network failure can and do happen to even the most meticulously set up systems. The good news is there are clear and simple preventative steps security staff can take to ensure their digitised security system operates at peak performance with minimal downtime. Just like a security system monitors a physical location to keep it secure and operational. Digitised security systems must be monitored so at any time staff can see whether there are any issues on the network that need to be addressed. This way problems can be solved proactively, often before any downtime can occur.

Visibility is everything

The same general steps that apply to monitoring traditional IT environments also apply to monitoring a security system network. First the admin in charge of the security system needs to establish the metrics that define a healthy system. For example; they must work out how much bandwidth specific devices use when operating normally, define normal traffic flow across key areas of the network at different times of day, as well as set limits for standard CPU usage for servers and storage systems.

Once all key metrics for each component are defined, this can be input into a specialist monitoring system in order to set up thresholds. This way the monitoring solution knows to alert admins to abnormal readings that may indicate a problem. Only with a monitoring system in place is it possible for admins to get a clear view of the entire network at any one time. Not only does this help to minimise downtime, it also gives admins a component by component view of the system that can help to make adjustments to continually track and improve security system performance. 

Digitised security systems are here to stay. With the correct management systems in place they can help us stay secure whilst offering a wealth of benefits for businesses and staff. To keep us safe, we must monitor to master.

WEBINAR: Introduction to Hybrid Cloud Security – Moving Beyond CCTV for Video Security

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Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video surveillance systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In this webinar, the experts at Verkada share how to deploy smart, cloud-based video surveillance that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation.

Thursday, Aug 20 2020

2:00PM BST

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If you’d like to request a risk-free trial with Verkada, sign up here

Easy to deploy thermal imaging camera systems for the fight against covid-19

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By FLIR

Keeping workers and customers safe from the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an important goal for commercial businesses,  industry, and government agencies during this pandemic. Most have already instituted some type of protective measure, whether it’s disinfecting equipment, encouraging hand washing, requiring six feet of distance between people, or any of the other recommendations for reducing risk. These methods help customers avoid potential contact with the virus and help businesses avoid unexpected shutdowns or loss of workforce due to illness.

Unfortunately, none of these measures can prevent a sick person from entering a shop or building. What’s needed is a fast method of screening workers and/ or customers for signs of a fever – one of the known symptoms of infection. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can be an important element of the solution by offering an easy, non-contact, frontline method of screening for elevated skin temperature.

Options for high-traffic areas

Beyond social distancing, hand washing, and asking people whether they’re experiencing symptoms, what are the most efficient options for helping to reduce risk of transmission? While the most comprehensive solution is to use medical device like a thermometer, there are several disadvantages: individual temperature checks require time, proximity, personnel to use the device, and protective gear to keep workers and other customers safe. A thermal imaging camera that can measure skin temperature from a safe distance would be more efficient and  have less impact on throughput. Thermal screening can also reduce the number of people who need direct checks with a thermometer. Only those people who appear to have an elevated skin temperature would need secondary screening with a medical device.

Building thermal into your workplace

How would you incorporate this kind of imaging in your frontline screening plan? You could set up a FLIR thermal camera on a tripod at an entryway to screen people as they come in. Each person will need to stop briefly at a marked point in front of the camera for a quick screening.

Anyone monitoring the thermal image won’t really be able discern the person’s features or tell who it is. But they will   be able to measure apparent skin temperature and see it displayed on screen. If the person’s skin temperature appears normal, they can proceed past the check station while the next person is screened.

Many FLIR thermal camera models include FLIR Screen-EST™ Mode, a built- in temperature screening that makes this process even easier. First, this mode can help you find the average skin

temperature for people moving through your location. This is important because ambient factors such as air conditioning, outside temperatures, and even time of day can affect body temperature. Based on this average, you can then see who appears to have a higher skin temperature. You can even set an audio or color alarm on the camera that will go off when the camera detects an above average temperature. From there, you will know who to check for a fever using a thermometer or other medical device.

In addition to on-camera screening mode, FLIR offers a desktop software that works in conjunction with the thermal camera further enhancing the screening process. FLIR Screen-EST™ Desktop Software has features like auto face detection and auto average sampling. Cameras are connected to the software by standard cabling or Wi-Fi.

Thermal camera’s can’t detect fever or illness 

It’s important to understand that no thermal camera can diagnose illness or see a virus. They also should not be relied upon to determine if someone has a fever. What thermal cameras can do is tell you whether the person being screened is displaying an above-normal skin temperature. That means you can screen a lot of individuals quickly and only pull aside those who appear to have a high skin temperature for secondary checks with a medical device.

More to explore

FLIR has many resources to help you better understand thermal imaging for elevated skin temperature screening, including camera recommendations, tips for using screening mode, and an FAQ page.

To learn more, go to FLIR.com/EHS

Verkada drives UK expansion with Distology

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Verkada and Distology have entered a strategic partnership to drive adoption of the former’s hybrid cloud video security and access control systems within the UK and Ireland via channel partners.

Since launching in the UK, Verkada says it has seen traction with customers across industries, including Bath Spa University, GAIL’s Bakery and Border Biscuits.

The company, which recently ran a series of cloud security webinars, has extended its global infrastructure to the UK, including a dedicated HQ and logistics hub in London, as well as a regional AWS data centre in Ireland. With Distology, Verkada adds a distribution network to reach new growth opportunities with leading resellers.

Built on industry-leading computer vision and edge-based technology, Verkada cameras analyze events in real-time to provide users with actionable insights to simplify and speed up investigations. 

Verkada joins a list of existing Distology vendor partners, including security leaders such as Okta and Yubico.

“As we sell exclusively through channel partners, they are the foundation of our success,” said Edoardo Cannarsa, Head of EMEA Channel Sales at Verkada. “As we expand globally, partnerships with leading distributors like Distology will allow us to more effectively support our existing UK and Ireland reseller network. At the same time, we’re accelerating new VAR enthusiasm and enrollment while ensuring our customers receive the quality and best-in-class experience we strive to deliver.”

Stephen Rowlands, Sales Director for Distology, said: “Whilst there is a constant emphasis on the importance of IT security, physical security has too become a critical need for organisations, and we’re proud to be offering Verkada as our solution.

“Companies have a responsibility to keep their employees, customers and property safe, and if you’re one of the many businesses with multiple locations to manage, a solution that can be managed remotely is key for centralizing the responsibility of physical security management within an organization.

“Verkada offers a true security-focused product unlike any other, and I have no doubt we’ll see extremely high adoption rates of this product across the UK&I over the coming months.”

For additional information, please visit the Distology website at www.distology.com or call 0161 914 7798.

WEBINAR REWIND: Moving Beyond CCTV for Video Security

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Last week Verkada hosted the latest in a series of webinars packed with key insights for modernising your video security solution – if you missed this essential session you can re-watch it again now.

Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video security systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In the webinar, you’ll receive expert guidance from Brendan Cherry, Regional Sales Manager – UKI at Verkada and Lenny Eskin, Head of Demand Generation at Verkada, on how to deploy smart, cloud-based video security that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation, including:

  • An intro to the Verkada platform
  • CCTV vs The Cloud
  • A live demo of the technology
  • A full Q&A

To watch the webinar again, click here.

If you’d like to request a risk-free trial with Verkada, sign up here.

WEBINAR REWIND: ELIMINATE THE NVR, MOVE TO THE CLOUD

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Last week Verkada hosted a webinar packed with key insights for modernising your video security solution – if you missed this essential session you can re-watch it again now.

Organisations are quickly moving to the cloud to enable remote access, support greater video monitoring scale, and improve usability of video security systems away from the traditional CCTV models.

In the webinar, Verkada shares how to deploy smart, cloud-based video security that is simple and scalable for anyone in your organisation. Here are just a few reasons why Verkada stands out from the rest:

  • No NVRs, DVRs, or severs
  • Low bandwidth usage (5-20 kbit/s at rest)
  • Up to 365 days of video retention
  • Share a live camera feed via SMS to first responders within seconds

To watch the webinar again, click here.

If you’d like to request a risk-free trial with Verkada, sign up here.