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21
Nov
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Case Study: Security Control Room Upgrade

The upgraded  control room
The upgraded control room

Security control rooms are always squeezed in whatever space can be found close to core infrastructure to avoid the expense of additional cabling or a reduction in revenue-generating commercial space. And the older the building the more a control room is likely to need refurbishment. 

I’M sitting in the lobby of one of Australia’s iconic commercial high rise CBD buildings. From the comfort of the leather lounge chair the building’s slick modern appearance and feel of the sandstone, marble and steel that surrounds me exude luxury and opulence. The grand lobby gives no indication that this well-known and high-profile office tower is more than 25 years old.

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Fri
17
Nov
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New Dahua 1080p Starlight 30x PTZ From LSC

Dahua 30x PTZ
Dahua 30x PTZ

LSC has stock of the new Dahua 1080P Starlight PTZ, featuring 30x zoom, 150m IR, IP66, H.265  compression, auto-tracking and IVA and IP66 rating. 

The camera has a progressive scan, ½.8-inch Sony Starvis CMOS sensor which delivers .005 lux minimum scene illumination in colour at F1.6 and 0 lux in monochrome with IR activated. 

The lens has a focal length of 4.5mm~135mm giving an angle of view of 67.8 ~ 2.4 degrees at an aperture of F1.6 ~ F4.4.

The PTZ offers 0-360 degrees endless panning, -15 to 90 degrees of tilt, as well as auto-flip. Panning speed is 240 degrees per second and tilting speed is 200 degrees per second.  

There are 300 presets and 5-pattern, 8-tour, auto pan, auto scan and IVS options include Tripwire, intrusion, abandoned, missing and face detection. There’s de-fog, 3 streams, bit rate control, 16x digital zoom, 24 privacy zones and loads more. 

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Fri
17
Nov
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ICT Releases Half DIN Rail 8-Output Expander

ICT Protege DIN Rail Network Extender
ICT Protege DIN Rail Network Extender

PROTEGE PRT-HPX8-DIN Half DIN Rail 8-Output expander from ICT provides the control of 8 high current Form C relay outputs to the Protege system, an advanced technology security product providing seamless and powerful integration of access, security and building automation.

The Output Expander provides extensive hardware advancements that allow flexible and structured control of lighting and HVAC systems and is designed for use with industry standard DIN Rail mounting.

Key Features:

* 8 Form C relays capable of switching resistive loads up to 5 Amps
* Compact two-tier half DIN rail module design
* High Performance 32 Bit processor
* Secure encrypted RS-485 module communications
* Online and remote upgradable firmware
* LED indicators to show the state of all onboard relays
* Ideal for connection in an electrical switch room to control signage, lighting and building 

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Thu
16
Nov
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Scenes from ASIS Dinner at Security & Government 2017

ASIS Dinner was held at the Press Club, Canberra
ASIS Dinner was held at the Press Club, Canberra

ASIS ACT's dinner, which ran in the evening after the concurrent ASIS Seminars and Security and Government Expo in Canberra, drew an excellent crowd from the tight-knot local community, including guest of honour, Captain Ainsley Morthorpe, RAN. 

The dinner had a number of highlights, brief speeches from sponsors Manteena and SRA Solutions, an hilarious comedy duo from the Stevenson twins, who had got their heads well and truly around the security industry and mixed it up with some humorous insights into the lives of identical twins, and finally, a very funny membership pitch from the ASIS ACT crew.

But the heart of the evening was great conversation and plenty of relationship building. The National Press Club proved a great venue and the event was well organised, most enjoyable and an excellent way to wrap up a successful day. ♦

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Thu
16
Nov
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Johnson Controls Unveils DSC iotega Wireless Security and Automation Platform

DSC iotega from Johnson Controls
DSC iotega from Johnson Controls

JOHNSON Controls has announced the immediate availability of the DSC iotega, a next generation wireless security and automation solution designed to provide safer and smarter living for homes and small businesses.

DSC iotega features built-in PowerG wireless technology that provides a fully encrypted security system that secures homes and businesses while including remote interactive smart services, allowing new revenue streams for security dealers, according to the company.

Discrete in design, iotega includes a vanishing touch keypad, as well as an optional 7-inch Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen, wireless keypad arming station and flexible software app compatibility.

Configuration of devices, system diagnostics, and upgrades can be handled remotely, while a user-replaceable battery ensures that end-user support and maintenance needs are minimized.

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Thu
16
Nov
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SA Govt Tenders CCTV Security Solution for Sthn Expressway

CCTV solution for Southern Expressway, Adelaide, South Australia
CCTV solution for Southern Expressway, Adelaide, South Australia

SOUTH Australian Government’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has gone to tender for the design and construction of a security closed circuit television solution for the southern expressway. 

In February, SA Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said the Government was looking into whether new security cameras and greater rewards should be brought in to tackle rock throwing crimes after an incident on the expressway.

"We've found CCTV can be really effective from deterring people from engaging in this sort of behaviour, it provides not only a good deterrent but if someone does engage in this sort of behaviour it provides sound evidence which can help us prosecute people," Mullighan said.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Generalising CCTV Camera Performance: Aperture, Shutter and ISO

Sharp low light performance, meet motion blur
Sharp low light performance, meet motion blur

Is it fair for us to generalise camera performance based on maximum useful ISO for a given aperture and shutter speed? Can we expect most cameras to perform similarly at similar ISO amplifications?

If only that was so. I think it’s a mistake to imagine modern IP cameras don’t possess a fat dollop of woo – much more so than the dependable old vidicons ever did. Modern IP cameras are not predictable and that applies to modern DSLR cameras, too. 

Camera types might have the same sensor but if the mapping is different, the lens introduces flare, the processor is more powerful, or the firmware engineering is superior, then at the same focal length, aperture, shutter speed and ISO you are going to get quite different performance levels. 

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Thu
16
Nov
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Physical Security's Future: Will We be IT or Not IT?

Future of physical security and IT woven together
Future of physical security and IT woven together

It doesn’t take a genius to recognise that the physical security industry is undergoing what is arguably its most significant, and most rapid period of disruption and transformation; and if the industry fails to recognise, react, and respond, it will be subsumed IT and cyber security providers.

PHYSICAL security’s survival offers the opportunity for some robust debate over whether this is a good or a bad thing, however, I’m going to suggest that an equal partnership between physical and cyber security will provide the best outcome. Every physical security conference and most presentations I’ve attended in recent years has had some focus on cyber security, however the level of cyber security expertise in the physical security industry remains poor at best.

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Thu
16
Nov
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Department of Justice Seeks John Morony Electronic Security Upgrade

John Morony Correctional Facility
John Morony Correctional Facility

NSW Department of Justice has issued a tender for an upgrade of the electronic security solutions at John Morony Correctional Facility. 

John Morony Correctional Complex is a maximum and minimum-security prison complex for males and females near Windsor in New South Wales, Australia. The complex is operated by Corrective Services NSW, an agency of the Department of Attorney General and Justice, of the Government of New South Wales. The centre was built in 2004. 

The complex comprises 3 separate correctional facilities including the John Morony Correctional Centre (a 200-bed medium security correctional centre for men); the Outer Metropolitan Multi-Purpose Correctional Centre (a minimum security correctional centre for men); and Dillwynia Correctional Centre (a 200-bed medium security correctional centre for women).

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Thu
16
Nov
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Hikvision Releases Distributed AI Cloud & Edge Computing

Hikvision AI thinks cloud
Hikvision AI thinks cloud

HIKVSION’S new AI Cloud establishes a distributed structure incorporating cloud computing and edge computing. 

AI Cloud places AI at the network edge of on-premises video recorders and servers, and further to edge devices, such as security cameras. The 3-layer architecture all supports the goal to build a new class of AI-powered application, being even smarter and faster.

Cloud computing is an information technology (IT) paradigm. It allows users with various computing capabilities to store and process data either in a privately-owned cloud or on a third-party server located in a data centre. However, with the computing business becoming more and more versatile and complicated, the demand for data processing performance is even higher. In the process of data transition to the cloud, cloud computing consumes tremendous network resources and time, which all result in network congestion and low reliability.

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