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JUN 2019

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26 Security Business / / June 2019 Industry Roundtable Sponsored by Hanwha Techwin America Cooke: Large enterprise customers – such as hospitals, corporate facilities, large retail stores, and other use cases where there are hundreds or more cameras with multiple sites – are good examples. Couple this with the integration of other building controls and access control, multi-site access, and large user databases all point to a centralized, unified platform that enables the user to work more effectively, without having to learn multiple systems at each site, or different systems across different sites. Furthermore, users can work across the organization accessing the video and other data across the enterprise, breaking down the silo of location or group or function. Troiani: The key is providing the customer with the most efficient decision making that fits their needs, including how quickly a response is needed from the authorities. They need one single interface that is easy to understand and use. Most importantly, it will be easier for teams to work together. This means more productivity and less time wasted trying to communicate across gaps in understanding multiple systems and interfaces and trying to piece the information together. How has standardization, such as via ONVIF, affected the way vendors sell video surveillance, and how has it made it easier from the systems integration/installation side? Cooke: Standards have significantly reduced “integration risk” in our industry. It used to be that integrators were often locked into a specific manufacturer’s software and hardware, or limited to a select few partners that integrated a camera’s API. Now that ONVIF has matured, we can rely on cameras, VMS, NVRs and other applications to work together. The latest ONVIF standards allow advanced features such as H.265, motion detection, audio and metadata to interop, removing the final barriers to video integration. This allows an integrator to choose the best VMS for their user, providing easy-to-use interfaces and advanced features, with the cameras of their choice. As systems grow and new cameras are introduced, they no longer need to perform a rip-and-replace. Kaczenski: Standardization efforts such as ONVIF have certainly helped to improve the likelihood that IP cameras and VMS can function together; however, as an integrator, we only use ONVIF when a direct driver is not available. This could happen when we are doing a system takeover for example. When we design solutions, we ensure that the manufacturers of all the products we install confirm direct driver support. H.265 and 4K were the hottest trends at ISC West a couple of years ago…what futuristic trends or technologies are dominating video surveillance conversations now? Troiani: For me, the advancement of fault tolerance should be in the discussion. While not a trend, fault tolerance is a technology that seems to be overlooked in the video surveillance space; in fact, you rarely if ever see failover capability with a video surveillance solution. As video surveillance technology continues to become more valuable every day with greater enhancements in analytics and AI, the consequences of missing or lost video become greater – and with that, the cost of a system being down or offline will rise and the motive to secure greater failover capability should become more compelling. Kaczenski: Both analytics and the cloud have been talked about for a while now, but it seems that both are coming of age. Vendors have not only made analytics and the cloud more functional, but they are also easier to deploy and less expensive than ever. Cooke: H.265 and 4K were new and hot a few years ago; however, they have taken time to be adopted into the industry. Hanwha incorporated H.265 earlier than almost all manufacturers in our lineup, and we see other manufacturers using this valuable technology. 4K is building momentum as well. The latest trends now include Artificial Intelligence to enhance video analytics. This allows analytics to be used on more cameras in more situations by delivering more reliable detections and alerts. AI advances will also enable ease of searching video for specific characteristics, such as vehicle or clothing color, aggressive behaviors, or even a slip and fall. We are also seeing a push to turn a camera into an even more intelligent IoT sensor by loading third-party apps directly into the camera at the edge. Additional analytics and services can be offered beyond those the camera manufacturer designed. This allows for more flexibility and customization by the integrator. ■ » To learn more about Hanwha Techwin America’s products and solutions, see the ad to the right or visit to request more information. – Michael Troiani, SAS Technologies As video surveillance technology continues to become more valuable every day with greater enhancements in analytics and AI, the consequences of missing or lost video become greater.

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