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November 2016 / Security Dealer & Integrator 33 platforms to view camera footage, protect citizens and property, ana- lyze incidents, evaluate security and to help them determine appropriate responses to events such as natural disasters, disruptions to transporta- tion and other municipal services, and other public safety threats. ey may also use intrusion, access control, building automation and fire detec- tion systems in their management of a city's security, in conjunction with video surveillance. Cities implementing this connected security approach have been dubbed "safe cities" – and most of them share a common infrastructure and operate using sensors and/or cameras over a shared municipal network. Using these sensors and the data from many different devices synthe- sized through one interface, govern- ment officials and law enforcement are afforded a total, holistic view of a city's security. Integrating the Many Parts of a Safe City e integration of all of these systems is obviously a key aspect, and one that greatly affects the systems integrators, who are oen tasked with giving a municipality the ability to manage its security comprehensively and from a single point of view from a central command center. Integrators are oen faced with operational challenges that accom- pany the many systems that are included in a safe city deployment; and interoperability continues to pres- ent one of the greatest challenges – particularly with VMS, video record- ing and cameras. Municipalities commonly have sev- eral different management systems for operations that were created by differ- ent manufacturers, each with propri- etary interfaces for integration. In order to connect the different systems, cities oen end up employ- ing a build once and maintain forever approach, in which the continuing cost for integration of the city's sys- tems becomes prohibitively expen- sive. is scenario is not practical or attractive, as it severely limits the end-user's ability to deploy new technology. Some end-users and integrators approach this problem by deploying products from a single manufacturer in order to facilitate system-wide inte- gration; however, this approach can stifle the ability to add new products from other vendors and locks the project into a long-term commitment with a manufacturer. Standards Create Interoperability e scenario above is where the need for robust and well-defined standards comes into play – particularly for video surveillance, which is gener- ally at the heart of safe city deploy- ments. Standards, such as those from ONVIF, can provide the common link between disparate components of these systems. Designed specifically to over- come the challenges in multi-vendor environments, ONVIF's common interface facilitates communication between technologies from different manufacturers and fosters an interop- erable system environment where system components can be used interchangeably, as long as the devices conform to the ONVIF specification. ONVIF has published a number of specifications for effective integra- tion of devices for physical security. For video, they include Profile S for video streaming, Profile G for storage and playback, and Profile Q for easier installation and deployment. In a safe city scenario, much of the recorded video from video security systems is used to conduct post-event forensic investigations, which oen requires coordination with local,

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