ISC West 2019 Wrapup: an ecosystem of applications, chips and systems to come
The excitement of ISC West 2019 continued to the end, almost. Encouraged by the first two busy days of the show, attendees and exhibitors seemed to welcome a slower third day. There were no complaints about the traffic on the stand, and there are still many thoughtful conversations, all decided to maximize the value of personal time with customers until the last second.
Building an IoT ecosystem in SAST
In a fair devoid of announcements of new high-profile technologies, the most important news is perhaps the possible long-term impact of a first-time exhibitor, Security and Safety Things (SAST), a new Bosch company. SAST is creating a new Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem for the security and protection industry, which includes an application store, an open and secure camera operating system, a software development environment and a portal for integrators
The SOC (system-in-chips within the cameras) are becoming much more capable "
Its 1,800-square-foot booth was great for an exhibitor for the first time, and the theme of American football was well received, as was the essence of the company's effort to drive innovation in a highly fragmented industry. Seeing real cameras and applications on display at the ISC West stand is "more real than PowerPoint," says Hartmut Schaper, CEO of Security and Safety Things (SAST).
"For us, seeing is believing," says Schaper. "It was important for us to show cameras and applications for the first time. People are surprised at how far we are on the road. "
"This dynamic will change in the industry," says Schaper. "The SOC (system-in-chips within the cameras) are becoming much more capable. Soon there will be more processing power on the edge. People will find a way to use the additional processing power. "
"Seeing is believing" at the SAST booth at ISC West 2019, where CEO Hartmut Schaper showed the cameras of several manufacturers whose functionality can be expanded using Android applications
Developing more applications
Several large manufacturers are already involved in the initiative, but there are some holdouts. "We have ongoing conversations with everyone to convince them to join," says Schaper. "Some of the biggest will come around, we are not a camera manufacturer, not a threat, we are owned by Bosch but we are managed separately, there will be more and more applications developed, and the momentum will increase."
"Within a year we will have successful customers that we can talk to and more manufacturers of cameras on board," he says. "This year we are rolling on the track, but next year we will have cleared the track and we will be climbing." If the approach is successful, its first appearance at ISC West will be remembered as historical.
Future of surveillance cameras
Outside the exhibition hall, in a nearby meeting room, the chip maker Ambarella demonstrated technologies that will boost the future of video surveillance cameras, including greater intelligence at the limit.
"People have been using more traditional video analytics approaches, although most have been disappointing," says Chris Day, vice president of marketing and business development for Ambarella. "What is innovative now is the use of neural networks and real artificial intelligence, which has increased capacities by 100x.
"You will see camera products that will come out next year that are much better than before, not only will they be gradually improved, the cameras will come out later this year with analyzes that are absolutely incredible based on [the new chips.]"
Larry Anderson, editor-in-chief of SecurityInformed.com, talks about Ambarella HDR and Low Light Solutions with Jerome Gigot, Senior Director of Marketing for Ambarella. (Source: Ambarella)
New systems in chips
Ambarella has introduced four new systems in chips (SoC) in the last year, with an emphasis on computer vision (video analysis). The newest is the S6LM Camera SoC with 4K imaging technology, presented at ISC West.
The S6LM includes Ambarella's latest high dynamic range (HDR) and low-light processing technology, highly efficient 4K H.264 and H.265 encoding, multiple transmission, 360-degree elimination on the chip, the cybersecurity functions and a quad-core CPU.
People should not forget what a good camera is, and there does not have to be compensation "
"With so much focus on artificial intelligence and computer vision, I'm concerned that the industry has moved away from low-light images, wide dynamic range and image quality," says Day. "You have to see the details in an image. People should not forget what a good camera is, and there has to be compensation, everything is included in a chip. "
From products to systems
With a new general manager on board (Daniel Gundlach, formerly of Bosch), the Systems Security Division of FLIR continues its transition from a product company to a solution provider, eliminating internal silos to clear the way. FLIR offers a robust end-to-end portfolio for smart city applications, including the TruWITNESS line of cameras for body use and the newly acquired Aeryon drones.
The historical strength of FLIR as the main provider of thermal imaging continues, but today they are much more than a thermal imaging company, as they offer day / night visible cameras, infrared panning cameras, video management systems and other technologies to provide a wider platform.
The FLOS Saros security cameras combine multiple security technologies, including thermal sensors, high-resolution visible images, visible IR and LED illuminators, on-board analysis, and two-way audio and digital inputs / outputs.
Products in critical infrastructure applications
In addition to Safe Cities, FLIR installs a range of products in critical infrastructure applications, such as oil, gas and electricity services. Ports also tend to combine traditional security with an emphasis on perimeter protection, a FLIR fortress. Existing perimeter protection applications can open opportunities for the broader platform.
For example, the installation of a complete system at an airport that already uses FLIR thermal technology represents a "minor fruit" for the company, says Fredrik Wallberg, Director of Marketing for FLIR – Security and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
Ambarella demonstrates its latest imaging technology for video security during ISC West 2019 (Source: Ambarella)
Integrated solutions Bosch approach
At the Bosch stand, emphasis was placed on integrated solutions and customer experience. The configuration of a simulated retail store demonstrated systems such as higher cameras for counting people and communicating alarms to provide an alert if a refrigerator door is left open.
A wireless panic button generates a silent alarm, communicates with a 2-way radio and activates a camera to focus the area. An IP AVIOTEK camera emits alarms if there is a fire, based on observing real flames instead of smoking.
A new series of Bosch dome cameras offers wireless remote commissioning capabilities that reduce installation and configuration time by up to 75 percent. The configuration requires only three steps: install the mounting bracket, connect the cables and connect the camera module. The commissioning can be done wirelessly or remotely without the need for stairs or elevators.
Dahua celebrates five years in the states
An IR illuminator is connected to each lens module to ensure that there is always lighting in the field of view.
Time flies in the security industry, and it has been five years since the Dahua brand entered the US market. Today, the company offers products through ADI and about 20 distributors, and has more than 30 technical consultants and technical support employees and 50 or 60 vendors in the field (including independent representative firms).
"We are growing," says Tim Shen, Marketing Director of Dahua Technology USA. "It's exciting for the company." At ISC West, Dahua introduced a line of Multi-Flex panoramic cameras with lens modules that can be repositioned along an internal track for 180, 270 or 360 degree views, providing flexibility for integrators.
An IR illuminator is connected to each lens module to ensure that there is always lighting in the field of view. The cost savings come from the ease of installation (one camera instead of four) and only one VMS license (instead of four).
AI and night color cameras
Dahua is also emphasizing its night color cameras that remain in full color mode no matter how dark it gets. No IR illumination or IR cut filter: the camera remains in color mode and displays any visible color image with only 1 lux of illumination. The 2 megapixel version is on display at ISC West, and a 4 megapixel version will arrive in the fall.
A year ago at ISC West, Dahua emphasized its initiatives in artificial intelligence (AI) to position the company as a leader in technology. This year, the message was more general: "Energy through technology". The Dahua range of technologies includes AI, Night color, Starlight dimmed images, Fifth generation HDCVI and e-POE (Enhanced Power over Ethernet).
The Marketing Director of Dahua USA says that "the market itself likes AI" and expects more AI applications to follow (Source: Dahua USA LinkedIn)
"When we present AI to customers, they are happy, but when it comes to the budget, they do not have it," says Shen. "The market itself likes AI, and it's a buzz word, but we still need a proof of concept that it can do something good for end users, we need time to develop broader applications." The "smart retail market" and education are good places to start, "he says.
"AI is for the project business," adds Jennifer Hackenburg, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Dahua. "The projects that are looking at AI have not yet come to fruition, they are still in the pipeline, not for their daily business, they are implementing it, but not so fast."
Access control beyond the doors
Access control must extend beyond the doors. That's the message I heard on the ASSA ABLOY booth, which showed a variety of physical locks and intelligent access systems. An example is the traffic cabinets, those metal boxes in public locations that could be accessed to invade an internal network.
ASSA ABLOY emphasizes the need to ensure the variety of cabinets, cabinets, drawers and small spaces.
ASSA ABLOY emphasizes the need to ensure the variety of cabinets, cabinets, drawers and small spaces throughout the company. The company's "continuity of security" message draws attention to the need to have the right level of security for the correct opening, using existing infrastructure and new electronic technologies.
"Customers are faced with a combination of non-traditional access control and questions about how they can secure things that are not doors," says David Corbin, Director of Access Control Accessories at ASSA ABLOY.
The security message is resonating beyond the traditional security department to involve other stakeholders in a company, including IT managers. There is new knowledge of vulnerabilities that have always existed, such as traffic cabinets that can be opened with a key purchased on eBay.
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