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WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security, Sensors, and Access Control

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Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on our vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities, and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations. 

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WEBINAR: Smart Buildings – Integrating Video Security, Sensors, and Access Control

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Natively integrated Video, Environmental Sensors, and Access Control is the next step to delivering on Verkada’s vision of becoming the operating system that powers modern buildings.

Join us in this webinar for a live demonstration of how seamlessly access control integrates with Verkada’s video security solution, providing users with real-time visibility into access-based events across their locations.

We’ll also introduce you to the SV11 Environmental Sensor: an all-in-one sensor for monitoring environmental changes across your facilities and share how customers are already putting these powerful insights to use to improve site monitoring and operations.

As a token of appreciation, qualified attendees will receive a 10oz YETI Mug for joining.

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Hosted physical security adoption given ‘major boost’ by uptake in cloud

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New research into the impact of COVID-19 on physical security purchasing decisions has revealed a sharp increase in the necessity/urgency for businesses to adopt hosted video surveillance (VSaaS) and access control (ACaaS) solutions.

While 70% of 1000 senior decision makers in IT, security, FM and HR roles agree this to be the case, 78% also anticipate their organisations’ use of cloud technologies to increase in the future as a result of COVID-19.

The independent survey, commissioned by hosted security provider Morphean, revealed that over three-quarters (76%) of senior managers in UK, Germany and Sweden have increased their use of video conferencing (e.g. Microsoft Teams); 65% have increased their use of office applications (e.g. Microsoft 365); and 70% of those in the security sector are now strongly inclined towards cloud adoption.

51% say their company is currently using a cloud-based service for video surveillance (VSaaS) and/or access control (ACaaS). This is an increase of 3% over 2019 (48%) and broadly reflects projected growth in the physical security market from USD $93.5b in 2020 to USD $120.3b by 2025 at a CAGR of 5.2%. The accelerating adoption of hosted solutions is buoyed by its low cost set up, flexible scalability and demand for real-time and remote access to security data.

Analytics will drive adoption say 95%

For the security professional already working with cloud services, the growth in connected digital devices through the IoT is resulting in a growing appetite for physical security, such as network cameras, to enhance existing IT systems and assist business intelligence gathering. 95% agree that if an existing security system could deliver insights beyond security to assist decision making (i.e. occupancy or test and trace analytics), it would influence adoption.

82% say flexible and remote working will grow 

More flexibility in working locations is the benefit respondents are most likely to identify from moving business functions to the cloud (50%), followed by easier collaboration (44%); more cost-effective (44%); safer / better security (38%). 82% anticipate the levels/frequency of remote workers and flexible working in their organisations to be higher post-pandemic and in the longer term than they were pre-pandemic.

Security will need to be enhanced to facilitate greater flexibility in worker patterns. An access control solution which is linked to HR records, for example, can check the swipe of an access card against staff records. A staff member who is flagged as being on leave, absent or no longer employed will trigger an automated alert to the relevant personnel. Surveillance cameras also provide secondary authentication through visual clarification of an individual’s identity.

The ‘Landscape Report 2020/21: Hosted Security adoption in Europe is the third study of its kind by Morphean, and facilitates a better understanding of market trends with comparative data from 2018 and 2019. Other key findings revealed by the study include:

  • 78% anticipate organisational use of cloud technologies to increase in the future as a result of COVID-19. The security sector reflected a strong inclination towards cloud adoption (70%).
  • IT Services (52%) and Commercial Offices (49%) are the two sectors that anticipated the greatest degree of change in their organisation’s use of cloud technology.
  • 73% of managers believe their organisations are more inclined to adopt cloud as a result of their governments’ responses to COVID-19 – UK (74%), Germany (71%) and Sweden (73%).
  • 27% said physical security was optimised in their companies, a rise of 4% on 2019 (23%). The retail sector was least likely to say that physical security was optimised (19%).
  • VSaaS/ACaaS uptake shown to be more prevalent in Sweden with 59% already utilising such services, with 34% in UK and 31% in Germany considering it.

Rodrigue Zbinden, CEO of Morphean SA, said: “The results highlight a hosted physical security market that will see strong growth in 2021 as cloud applications are proven to deliver business continuity in challenging times. At the height of the lockdown, many business premises were unoccupied and potentially vulnerable, but remote monitoring and maintenance made possible by hosted security were a welcome advantage. We also saw a spike in demand for frictionless access control enabling a totally hands-free experience and negating the need for physical contact. Business leaders will now be considering the learnings from the past year and looking to apply them to boost productivity, streamline costs and make organisations more agile.

“For the physical security reseller, the study will demonstrate that hosted security solutions must play a major part in expanding their offering to a wiser customer base. Cloud-enabled physical security solutions represent an investment into improving securityand operations, a chance to forge new business relationships, and an opportunity to embrace future proof technologies in preparation for whatever challenges the future might hold.”

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 COVID-19 is an important goal for 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 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. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can be an important frontline solution by offering an easy, non-contact method of screening for elevated skin temperature.

Options for high-traffic areas

Entry screening with medical devices, such as thermometers, accurately measure body temperature but pose several challenges for high-traffic areas: individual temperature checks require time, proximity, personnel to use the device, and protective gear to keep workers and other customers safe. Thermal imaging cameras that measure skin temperature from a safe distance have less impact on throughput and serve as a preliminary screening, reducing 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

FLIR Screen-EST™ cameras feature built-in temperature screening to measure the average skin

 temperature for people moving through your location. 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.

Thermal cameras can’t diagnose fever or illness

It’s important to understand that no thermal camera can diagnose illness. They determine whether the person being screened has an above-normal skin temperature. This allows you to screen individuals quickly and determine who requires a secondary check with a medical device prior to entry.

FLIR has many resources to help you better understand thermal imaging for elevated skin temperature screening.

To learn more, go to www.flir.com/EHS.

Number of CCTV Cameras in the UK reaches 5.2 million

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The number of CCTV Cameras in the UK may be as many as 5.2 million, with 1 camera for every 13 people as the popularity of public surveillance, home CCTV and doorbell camera use increases.

That’s according to research, which says 96% of the total number of cameras in the UK are now operated by private businesses and homeowners.

“It won’t come as a shock to most people that the number of CCTV Cameras in the UK has hit a new high, driven mainly by residents installing home CCTV in the last year. The popularity of doorbell cameras is relentless”, said James Ritchey from CCTV installation company CCTV.co.uk

Previously the number of cameras in the UK was estimated at 4.8 million, however it is now believed that this number has jumped to 5.2 million as the cost of technology comes down and the popularity of sub-£200 surveillance camera systems and doorbell cameras increases.

Anxiety over lockdown and the increase in mail order purchases has driven the use of DIY CCTV systems at home for monitoring and security purposes.

“The technology is getting much cheaper, and when we look at the number of doorbell cameras, DIY CCTV and Home CCTV systems being installed by homeowners currently, we think the numbers have risen much more than we previously thought”, said Ritchey.

There is no exact number available as to how many CCTV cameras there are, as a camera does not need to be officially registered – anyone can install CCTV to protect their property.

However, CCTV.co.uk says it can predict with some accuracy that the number of CCTV cameras in London totals 691,000.

A survey in 2002 by writers Michael McCahill and Clive Norris predicted 1 camera for every 14 people, and in high density areas this rises to 1 in 11. However, 18 years later we know these figures are somewhat inaccurate. CCTV.co.uk believes a figure of 1 for every 13 people is now a more acceptable average across UK cities.

Freedom of Information requests uncover that cameras operated by Local Authorities, Police and London Transport total 23,708 – which is just 3.4% of the total number in London. The remainder of CCTV cameras are operated by private businesses and homeowners totally over 96% – a number which is ever increasing.

Cities with the most CCTV Cameras in the UK:

  • 689,000 – London
  • 83,000 – Birmingham
  • 58,000 – Leeds
  • 46,000 – Glasgow
  • 43,000 – Sheffield
  • 39,000 – Manchester
  • 38,000 – Edinburgh
  • 36,000 – Liverpool
  • 33,000 – Bristol
  • 27,000 – Cardiff
  • 26,000 – Leicester
  • 25,000 – Coventry
  • 24,000 – Nottingham
  • 23,000 – Bradford
  • 22,000 – Belfast
  • 22,000 – Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 20,000 – Milton Keynes
  • 20,000 – Plymouth
  • 20,000 – Hull      
  • 20,000 – Wolverhampton

“These numbers may send shivers down the spine of those worried about state monitoring, however it appears that the Government controls less than 4% of the total CCTV cameras in the UK – most are just homeowners protecting their property”, added Ritchey.

Revealed: Which Area in the UK Has the Most CCTV?

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Flogas, have come up with the Escapists’ Paradise* —  a list of the most private cities in the UK. After reviewing 60 UK cities, the LPG suppliers rated each on the number of CCTV cameras which are publicly owned in each area, the population of each area, where the terms ‘secluded’ and ‘hidden’ are most frequently used on TripAdvisor, and how connected and accessible each area is.

Our focus is on CCTV and which cities in the UK are home to the most security cameras. Using a system where each of the 60 areas are given an overall score out of 100, with 0 meaning a city has a higher number of security cameras, the following UK destinations are revealed as the top five on the list. 

Escapists’ Paradise – CCTV cities

1.    London: 0/100)

Topping the list, with a score of 0 for CCTV, is of course, London. As the capital city of England, London and its 32 boroughs are home to the most security cameras. With the responsibility of being the largest city in the country, also comes the responsibility to be the safest, at least from the point of view of protection in the form of video footage that is recorded 24/7.

It’s estimated that there’s one CCTV camera for every 14 people in The Big Smoke, which is approximately 628,000 security cameras. 

2.    Birmingham (87/100)

Closely following London in terms of security cameras is Birmingham – the second largest city in the UK. Although it’s no surprise to see them take second place, the fact they scored 87 compared to London’s 0, may well be a talking point. 

In 2018, Birmingham was deemed the most unsafe city in the UK according to research that surveyed 2,000 people. But with Covid-19 still the main concern for residents, it could be the lack of a face mask that sees more CCTV installed within the city. 

In the same year it was estimated that there would be 100,000 CCTV cameras in Birmingham by 2020. In the city centre, there’s approximately 380 different security cameras, with 27 public space cameras operating within the city centre. 

3.    Liverpool (89/100)

In third place, we have Liverpool. Famed for its music scene and football clubs, the city situated on Merseyside is just behind Birmingham when it comes to CCTV use. It’s interesting to see Liverpool this high up, considering it’s the sixth most populated urban city in the UK – based on 2019 figures. 

Above other urban areas, like Leeds and Manchester for CCTV, the city is a hotspot for tourists, which may be behind it’s greater focus on security cameras – although nothing in comparison to London. 

Figures in 2016 suggested that 352 cameras were operated in Liverpool, with this number likely to increase as the years go by. 

4.    Nottingham (90/100)

Nottingham, with a population of just under 800,000 residents, is fourth on the list. To be more precise, there are 198 cameras covering Nottingham City. 164 of these are monitored with operatives in direct communication with Nottinghamshire Police.  The remaining 34 require the operator to dial into the camera to view and airtime is used for live viewings.

These are important for local authorities and their partnerships to address crime, anti-social behaviour and improve security.

5.    Sheffield (91/100)

The last destination on our round-up is Sheffield. The Steel City as its known. Also Famous for Sean Bean, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the city situated in South Yorkshire is part of “God’s own country”.

The only Yorkshire location in the top five, Sheffield scores 91 out of 100, meaning it takes advantage of CCTV usage, but with a population of 730,000 it isn’t as reliant as London. 

An article from 2018 states that 102 active cameras were in operation within the city of Sheffield.  

And that is the top five cities in the UK with the most CCTV. If you were wondering where is in last place, it’s St. David’s in Wales — with a population of 1,600 and a score of 100 on the Escapists’ Paradise list for security cameras. 

*All the data can be downloaded at The Escapists Paradise

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. 

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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.

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