Building advanced CCTV security systems: The control room

September 30, 2009

The Cware surveillance platform is an advanced video management and recording solution. Based on open standards and supporting leading Intelligent Video Analysis developers and camera and encoder manufacturers, Cware is the ideal high-performance solution for surveillance and alarm management.

Cware offers a variety of surveillance and management solutions to suit various applications including access via a traditional web browser or access via the Cware Control Centre interface. Due to client-server architecture, multiple clients with appropriate permissions can log onto the system from any location and view live or recorded video footage, control cameras and manage alarms. All user permissions, privileges and capabilities are also held centrally on the server meaning that changes can be implemented quickly and efficiently while increasing overall security.

With surveillance based on Cware the solution is fully resilient with failover control servers, failover storage servers, RAID 5/6 storage and high quality hard drives. The storage can be on or off site, in the control room or in a secure location; it can be distributed for security as long as the network is large enough to support high bandwidths. Additional control rooms can be added to provide mirror systems and/or DR sites if required.

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Building the next generation CCTV security system

September 29, 2009

Video surveillance has evolved significantly in the last few years and Controlware has been at the forefront of the development of this technology.

Digital video surveillance is cost-effective and offers greater flexibility due to the wide range of cameras available.  If implemented as a separate system to meet the needs of a security plan or upgrade, a standard system may be adequate for immediate requirements, but if the system is integrated with access control and intrusion detection system or part of the broader building automation system, surveillance improves and reduces the need for additional security personnel.

Integration of access control with video verification, for example, allows a security operator to see live video at the point a person gains entry.  This also enables the prevention of individuals who are “tailgating”, when one person follows another through the door.  The integrated system allows organizations to visually identify, verify and capture security breaches at access points.

Utilising video analytics within new generation cameras brings additional advantages to the system.  This technology enables the cameras to look for certain characteristics in the video and provide alerts when these occur.  This facilitates each camera to effectively act as another pair of eyes looking for breaches in the security policy.  Using this technology enables operators to focus only on what is truly important, managing surveillance by exceptional events rather than trying to observe all events.

The goal of Controlware’s Cware platform is to provide a single, unified, integrated architecture for organizations.  This will prevent intruder access to secure areas, limit access to public areas, and remotely monitor critical areas to reduce the risk of crime and security incidents.

Using an integrated system, security staff at a central monitoring station can view live or recorded footage from surveillance cameras, move pan-tilt-zoom cameras, or perform advanced searches for video clips stored on the security management system.  When an alarm is triggered by an intrusion, access control or video analytics policy, the system can automatically respond in a wide variety of ways such as move a cameras position and display live video at the location, map the alarm location, and send an alert to the security personnel’s mobile devices.

CCTV cameras are an important security component at vulnerable areas of a site, such as entrances, car parks and IT labs. When an alarm is activated at one of these locations, cameras can be activated to survey the scene and monitor the incident, allowing security personnel to quickly evaluate both the alarm and their response.

Asset protection is also becoming increasingly high priority. There is often a need to track everything from office equipment, PCs to PDAs and phones—not just for the value of these items but also for the data that could be located on them. Controlware integrate RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and tagging technologies to assist with asset tracking. This system works in conjunction with video and access control to document the movement of assets or persons around monitored locations.  This same RFID technology can be utilised to provide a locational awareness function across sites to identify the whereabouts of security staff, equipment or objects at any given time.  Using this technology provides the facility to automatically alert the nearest operators when an alarm is detected on the system. Operators or guards with mobile devices can be sent both live and recorded footage so they can determine the severity of the alarm and take action as necessary.

As well as video images coming from the fixed position cameras, it is also possible to look towards the implementation green camera locations where both wind and solar can be used to power the cameras where digs are not possible.  This enables the use of temporary cameras to be deployed around the site where and when they are required.  Also, due to the network architecture, it is also possible to stream images into the systems from remote sources to increase the site security.

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Building a CCTV security system: cameras with intelligence

September 28, 2009

Across the site both internal and external cameras can be wired back to various collection points and utilise POE (Power Over Ethernet) thereby reducing the amount of cabling required and saving costs. These collection points will house encoders (if not IP cameras) that will convert the analogue video from the cameras for distribution onto the network via a fibre or wireless transmission device.

To further enhance the performance of the cameras, each encoder or IP camera can be equipped with Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) to enable intelligent motion alarm detection.  The IVA provides reliable video motion detection for indoor or outdoor use. IVA is state-of-the-art intelligent video analysis that reliably detects, tracks, and analyzes moving objects while suppressing unwanted alarms from spurious sources in the video.  The key advantage of using this technology within the encoders or IP cameras is to enable detection of  perimeter breaches while improving the reliability of alarms and reducing operator work load.

The algorithms within IVA intelligently adapt to background environmental conditions such as rain, snow, clouds, and leaves blowing in the wind while built-in tamper detection generates alarms on camera hooding/masking, blinding, defocusing, and repositioning. Image stabilization ensures detection even with shaky video sources such as cameras mounted on poles or simple vibrations.

Within IVA, the following tasks can be selected:

• Detect objects entering, leaving or just being within an area (detector field)
• Detect loitering in an area related to radius and time
• Detect idle object within a configurable time span
• Detect removed objects within a configurable time span
• Detect trajectories/routes of objects, passing in the scene, displayed with tracking lines
• Detect multiple line crossing from single line up to three lines combined in a logical row
• Detect condition change properties such as size, speed, direction, and aspect ratio change within a specified time span (for example something falling down)
• Alarm task script manager in the expert mode to combine tasks logically

Up to eight independent tasks can be selected and combined in the scene to build sophisticated detection rules, each one individualized with its own parameters. This allows the detection of multiple object states in parallel, generating separate triggers that can be handled independently or in combination.

To enable the detection of alarms, rules are setup on each encoder or camera individually based on the scene that the camera is looking at.  When one of these rules is breached, an alarm will be sent back to the central server and be distributed to alert the operators.

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Building an integrated security system: Access Control

September 25, 2009

Implementing a simple access control solution on its own provides little benefit if a member of staff or the public hold a door open for a non-authorised person to enter a secure building.   By integrating Access Control with CCTV it is possible to detect events automatically using Video Analytics and issue alarms to security staff in real-time.

Access Control could also be used to manage site access as a whole enabling secure out of hours availability of restricted areas.  An example could be the issuing of  security passes that restrict certian groups to specific areas for example a pass that provides access to the car parking facilities and so on.

With the CCTV system recording video across the site as a whole, it is important that the Access Control is tightly integrated within this.  By combining the functions of Access Control and CCTV, the system can become much more effective in ensuring that areas of sensitivity are not breached.  This can be realised by automatic alarms that alert operators to suspicious events enabling them to see what is happening and react accordingly.

Controlware integrate Access Control systems from leading vendors into the Cware management platform.  In addition, development is currently taking place to utilise advanced biometric systems to control access, such as palm scanning and facial recognition.  This provides the ability for individuals to gain access to restricted areas or facilities without the need to carry an access card which can be forgotten, lost or stolen.

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Planning a security system

September 24, 2009

It is important to focus at the ongoing technology developments to assess what will be possible for a solution of the future.  Controlware are constantly integrating and developing new technology within our Cware platform making it one of the most advanced systems available on the market today.

One of the key components of a system is to ensure the platform has a scalable architecture so that it can grow with user requirements.  The Cware platform is an IP based network solution that utilises IT network infrastructures to ensure a common platform of operation.  Based on a clustered server architecture Cware enables unprecedented levels of resilience.  The clustered approach enables us to treat all of the CCTV servers and storage as one virtual pool of devices.  In the event of a failure of one device, the other members of the cluster can take over to ensure near constant uptime of the system.

The main aim of the system should be to provide the most useful event information to the right people at the right time to enable effective response and identification of perpetrators, reducing the likelihood that a similar incident would occur again.  Components such as Access Control and Video Analytics can be used to help gather this information by alerting users when policies have been breached.

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How to evolve CCTV Security and integrate legacy systems

September 23, 2009

The Cware video management solution can integrate seamlessly with deployed legacy technology.  Cware enables the utilisation of new and advanced technology in parallel with existing systems.

By deploying Cware video management centralisation of disparate, legacy systems (CCTV, access control, fire alarm etc) with a centrally managed control centre protects original investments whilst ensuring focus on the future, not compounding the problem by adding more legacy infrastructure.

The Cware system evolves as requirements and services develop, improving staff productivity and overall safety. This offers greater efficiency and increased control.  The centralised model of security enables vastly improved staffing resource as separate control rooms are no longer needed.

Due to intelligent network architecture service resilience is much higher than with a traditional analogue solution.  In addition, improving flexibility and innovation is also possible by providing services for specific groups often making the monitoring of remote sites easier and more effective.

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Developing an integrated security environment with CCTV, Access control and Intruder Systems

September 22, 2009

The key to success in tackling ongoing security risks is to ensure that the technology can meet the demands placed upon it. Providing a reliable, effective, integrated solution into the hands of competent and well trained security staff can result in real world reductions in crime and safety.

Controlware are constantly examining, testing and developing new state-of-the-art technologies to ensure that these challenges are met. These developments provide new and innovative ways in which security can be applied and integrated within our CCTV Security management platform, Cware. This allows for a more flexible, efficient system with increased control and capabilities.

Cware is an advanced IP based video management and Networked Video Recording (NVR) platform that makes control of surveillance networks simpler and more effective than ever before.

Based on open standards architecture Cware provides the freedom to create integrated surveillance networks. Support for a range of manufacturers cameras and encoders ensure investment protection for existing network equipment and integration with new products and technologies in the future.

An advanced user-friendly interface that can be customized to meet individual requirements enables simultaneous access to live and recorded video making it easy for all levels of security personnel to operate and control the system. Comprehensive video management, on screen display, alarm, recording and playback features deliver support for limitless cameras, recording servers and operator workstations. Advanced features such as Image Content Navigation (ICN) and 2.5D Live Maps provide unrivalled video interaction, innovating the way locations are monitored.

Highly flexible and cost-effective architecture enables Cware to easily manage single or multiple locations and all sizes of installation, supporting thousands of cameras. A modular approach utilising common PC, networking and storage hardware, provides a platform for endless scalability, without requiring full and costly system upgrades. The number of cameras, clients and storage capacity can be increased with ease and by supporting a high level of system redundancy disruption to security operations is minimized.

Having supplied thousands of solutions through a worldwide network of channel partner’s, real world experience is at the heart of Cware development. Based on flexible architecture, boasting advanced features and designed specifically for the user Cware delivers all the advantages of a next generation management platform today.

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