Motorola Solutions Acquires Pelco

Motorola Solutions Acquires Global Video Security Solutions Provider Pelco for $110M in Cash, Continuing Investment in Video Security & Analytics

CHICAGO – Aug. 3, 2020 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Pelco, Inc., a global provider of video security solutions based in Fresno, California. For the official Press Release, please click here.

Migrating Corrections Facilities Safely and Seamlessly to a Modern VMS

Most corrections facilities today have an aging infrastructure of coax cables coupled with failing or unreliable components, which can potentially lead to security breaches and be a safety consideration to officers and inmates. This market relies on video surveillance infrastructure that is both redundant and reliable, which means that all components must be in working order to protect both officers and inmates from harm.

The fact remains that officers can’t be everywhere at all times, which means that a trusted video surveillance system acts as a force multiplier covering all mandatory areas with 24/7/365 recording. Heightened situations such as inmate-on-inmate violence, contraband issues, and – at a more extreme level – escape attempts must be detected early and dealt with accordingly. Sufficient camera locations and even potential blind spots within a facility call for the correct camera applications to provide the highest quality images and reliable recording of these instances.

As Pelco has proven itself as a trusted partner across the corrections market, a migration program can help any facility to transition to a safe and secure video surveillance solution providing these needs. But there are a number of reasons why these facililities should make the switch:

Better investigations. Integral to initiating investigations and collecting clear video data, industry-leading cameras give you the ability to see all angles and details of a scene with a limited number of cameras and in any conditions. Video surveillance increases the inmate’s accountability, as they know they are constantly monitored and the system is recording. VideoXpert VMS also offers a number of features aimed at boosting investigations, including:
o A fast way to search for incidents across multiple cameras in one interface using quick timeline access with indicators for video with motion, alarm or bookmarks. This allows the operator to see multiple camera views from a given time period on the same screen using Synchronized Video option.
o Quick search, playback, export to collect evidence.
o Tagging and Mapping features to quickly locate event on a map with camera naming convention to improve operations efficiency.
o Possibility to integrate to appearance search third party vendor, scuh as Briefcam, to accelerate investigations by searching and filtering people and object of interest by appearance similarity, apparel, color, size.

Reliable and stable video management. VideoXpert VMS is redundant with failover and load balancing. As a stable system, we eliminate any single point of failure on the VMS, so corrections facility security leaders can be confident the system is always available.

Tough products for tough environments. Pelco cameras meet the stringent corrections requirements in providing vandal proof and anti-ligature surveillance technology. This is crucial within a corrections environment, as the ability to record at all times is necessary to the goal of protecting both inmates and officers from threats.

Future-proof technology growth. As the needs of an organization changes, it’s critical for a VMS and associated video surveillance technology to adapt to that change, which means corrections facilities are better able to meet the demands of the changing threat landscape. VMS solutions must easily integrate with advanced camera technology, such as 360-degree, dewarping, multi sensors, 4K, DNN technologies, etc.
Advanced analytics for immediate action. Analytics help detect incidents and send alerts when they occur to initiate an immediate response. Corrections operators are interested in directional motion analytics (with Pro3 series) and detection moving objects entering a defined area with adaptive motion.

Social distancing feature. The VideoXpert Collaboration tab gives the ability to be geographically separated; user can work from different workstation on a shared tab. Operators can send tabs and video to logged-in users within VideoXpert. If a riot or fight breaks out in a prison, the person watching the video system sees it and can instantly send the camera feed or the tab of cameras to another user on the system so action can be taken right away.

Delivering a Seamless and Safe Migration Path
Corrections facilities require the safe migration of old systems while maintaining integrity of data with no cybersecurity risks. Pelco takes a facility’s existing infrastructure and migrates it to the latest technology, on a modern and user-centric VMS platform in the following ways:
• Leveraging a migration program that ensures a seamless transition with multiple upgrade paths.
• Offering professional services to audit and provide field support in upgrading an existing system.
• Providing options for repurposing existing hardware with no downtime.
• Providing a low-cost upgrade to VideoXpert VMS and optimizing investments with the ability to reuse existing infrastructure by integrating with other cameras and extending the life of your existing hardware.
• Offering a complete set of tools to support migration, including the migration process and highlight possible risks
• Providing full migration support for existing install base (audit of existing system and deployment of new system) and offer extended support after deployment and 3- to 5-year warranty.

Is your facility ready to migrate its outdated system? Contact our sales representative to get more information about migrating | askme@pelco.com | Phone –+1.800.289.910.

IoT and Video: A Match Made in Heaven

Peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper. Yin and yang.

You’re likely well aware of the countless combinations like these that always work well together, no matter the circumstances. Now we’re adding one more to the list: the Internet of Things (IoT) and video. Sure, the IoT and video technologies are beneficial by themselves, but for security operators to garner their true power, it’s essential to look at the way that they work together.

Video technology has existed for many years, of course, but its potential was not quite as apparent until the IP surveillance camera revolution. Today, cameras are relevant for far more than simply recording footage; the latest and greatest devices can provide operators with a world of information and intelligence about a particular scene, potential threat, or overall business operations.

This is where the IoT comes into play. The IoT acts as a foundation for communication between both surveillance cameras and other security devices, allowing them to talk to one another and share the pertinent information that’s being gathered. A few numbers from Gartner can help put this concept into perspective: It was estimated that by the end of last year, 1 billion new IoT devices were shipped and installed. The surveillance cameras that made up these devices were responsible for generating 84% of all of the IoT data in the world!

Leveraging video within the IoT — and taking advantage of this data — enables businesses to take their systems to the next level. With all sensors and devices consistently connected to one another and feeding into a central system, operators don’t need to worry about missing a risk or responding late to a vulnerability. Add to this the power of analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), and the IoT/video combination ultimately helps create a proactive security posture.

But the benefits don’t stop there. With video at the core of an IoT strategy, organizations can become part of a bigger goal. For example, an enterprise can help contribute to a Smart City initiative by using surveillance cameras for building automation and adjusting controls based on occupancy. The IoT exists as the backbone of Smart City projects, but without video technology, the information gathered would be far less insightful.

The good news is that the marriage between IoT and video isn’t headed for a divorce anytime soon. In fact, we’re seeing quite the opposite: the IoT is only continuing to expand and new technology advancements are created every day, opening up more possibilities than ever thought possible. And this is crucial as the world continues to change; whether it’s in response to a global pandemic or the ever-evolving threat landscape, the IoT and video will remain as a constant source of intelligence when it’s needed most.

Interested in seeing how you can take advantage of this valuable combination to enhance security and protect people and property? Find out more here or contact us.

Propelling Stronger Security

It can be argued that airports and seaports are the most dynamic environments in the transportation market. From facing evolving terrorism threats and crime to complying with rules and regulations and addressing the needs of a wide variety of passengers, these complex environments operate at breakneck speeds and leave little room for error. An airport, in fact, operates like its own metropolitan area. Multiple ingress and egress points, perimeters and facilities need to be monitored and thousands of travelers and employees need to be protected on a daily basis.

Video surveillance technology is part of any multi-disciplined security strategy. It augments security personnel and enables operators to effectively engage in real-time monitoring and situation management while supporting investigative and forensic needs. In particular, an open-platform approach, combined with the ability to integrate with other third-party systems, allows organizations to benefit from other best-in-class technologies to promote a stronger security posture and permit a coordinated emergency response when necessary.

But it is important to keep in mind that video surveillance is only one part of a comprehensive security strategy. Strategic security policies and processes, effective security personnel training and staffing are key segments that must be developed first, and then combined with video surveillance and security management technologies.

The combination of valuable tools to enhance airport and seaport security efforts, such as IP video surveillance, advanced video analytics, 360-degree panoramic video technology and advanced video recording and monitoring systems, enables users to build stronger security programs through intelligent data collection. Video viewing and policy-based distribution improves emergency management, while open video management platforms unify security solutions and procedures into an intuitive platform that drives new levels of situation awareness and enables rapid response.

Today’s solutions must also drive collaboration between multiple stakeholders and responding agencies. Video data must be easily shared with other airport departments and local agencies such as police, customs, fire and medical response and even airport operations. The process of sharing critical security data with these parties enables more informed response, rapid investigation processes and greater awareness across the organization.

One of the most difficult challenges faced by airports and seaports today revolve around increasing operational efficiencies while ensuring a high level of safety. Security leaders often look to leverage existing technologies, such as surveillance cameras, to help streamline operations through the optimization of staff and technology resources. This approach delivers greater security capability through early detection of threats, allowing for compliance with security regulations and procedures.

Overall, these mission-critical facilities must embrace a proactive approach to security and emergency response to best address specific security concerns. Innovative surveillance and security management technologies provide a high level of safety, security and disaster preparedness for the vast and diverse environments typical of today’s commercial airports and seaports. By combining video surveillance with intelligent tools such as video analytics and other third-party tools, security officials can easily identify suspects and potential vulnerabilities, as well as ensure compliance with government regulations.

5 Video Surveillance Best Practices: Oil & Gas

Environmental factors play a big role in the deployment of cameras in this critical infrastructure market

The job of securing facilities involved in the production of oil and gas, which encompass vast geographic areas and feature a steady stream of people and vehicles 24 hours per day, 365 days per year is truly a herculean task. The volatility of the product these companies produce and the potential economic impact if something goes wrong demonstrates the high stakes involved with securing such facilities.

To help organizations mitigate myriad threats, security managers depend on advanced video surveillance to provide real-time situational awareness. Not only does having a robust surveillance network help refineries and other energy producers address various risks but it also ensures compliance.

Organizations in the United States involved in the manufacturing of hazardous materials are subject to the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards or CFATS for short. While CFATS doesn’t specify what kind of surveillance technology a chemical producer must adopt or where cameras must be placed, the guidelines require the development of comprehensive site security plans that are reviewed by government regulators. And in today’s evolving risk environment, a comprehensive security plan includes a video monitoring system to augment the abilities of internal security teams.

The threats to these facilities are no less real today than it was when CFATS was first mandated. While on-site security guards and perimeter protection are trusted measures in this market, video surveillance delivers new levels of intelligence about a threat. However, there are several best practices these facilities should consider following if they want to leverage video to its full advantage. Here are five of the most important:

Install High-Resolution Cameras at Entry and Exit Points
Like many industries, the oil and gas sector is a heavy user of analog technology; but that doesn’t mean they can’t take advantage of newer solutions, such as high-definition IP cameras, where applicable. While 1- to 2-megapixel cameras are commonly used throughout such facilities, installing a high-resolution camera at entry and exit points inside a plant allows for the capture of as much detail about people and vehicles coming onto a site as possible. The image quality produced by today’s megapixel cameras enable users to take captured information and plug it into a facial or license plate recognition program to determine if a person or vehicle has authorized access to a facility.

Leverage Explosion-proof Cameras and Weather-resistant Housings
It’s critical that facilities use explosion-proof camera models in areas with highly flammable substances. While traditional outdoor housings may be appropriate in most areas of an oil or gas plant, in locations where there is explosive fuel nearby, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Explosion-proof doesn’t mean that a camera will withstand a blast but rather that it won’t emit a spark that causes one.

Many standard camera models are offered in stainless steel and pressurized housings. As many refineries are located along the coastline, housings that are resistant to saltwater and extreme weather conditions ensure cameras stay operational despite external elements.

Choose Video Solutions that Allow for Easy Integration with Process Systems
Process systems already in place at many oil and gas facilities monitor a variety of activities — product flowing through pipes and machine temperature, for example — and an ever increasing number of organizations look to integrate existing surveillance networks with such systems. Through integrated systems, a temperature warning, for example, can be associated with video footage of the event. When an alarm appears, cameras in the area send video footage of the event to allow operators to quickly determine whether or not the alarm warrants additional investigation. This level of deep the integration is only possible through open platforms that help drive new levels of collaboration between networked technologies.

Take Advantage of Video Analytics
Given the size of oil and gas facilities, the benefits of video analytics in these environments are enormous. If a plant has around 200 cameras, there is no way control room operators can effectively monitor all of those feeds. Analytics can alert command center personnel to events that reach certain user-defined parameters, such as when a virtual line is crossed, and then that event can be prioritized. Analytics could also be used to determine if people are loitering in areas where they shouldn’t be or if someone decides to scale a perimeter fence. This can subsequently help a facility’s security team deploy manpower and resources in the most efficient manner possible.

Deploy Thermal Cameras to Cover Blind Spots
Contrary to popular belief, thermal imaging cameras are not only effective at seeing people and objects moving in the dark but the devices can also detect events in broad daylight that may have otherwise gone unnoticed by visible imaging cameras. Thermal imaging is especially effective in monitoring the perimeters of properties because it can detect whether an object is walking across an area without any reflective light. These types of cameras are also good at helping facilities reduce false intrusion alarms as stakeholders can see whether or not a perimeter was breached by an animal or a human.

Oil and gas facilities, like many other critical infrastructure sites, want to have more visibility into a greater amount of a facility and surrounding property than ever before. By leveraging advanced video and security intelligence technology, and incorporating industry best practices, security leaders can realize more effective security practices, leading to a more proactive approach to safety and risk mitigation.

Building a Safer, Smarter and Solid Technology Foundation for Cities

According to the United Nations, the world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050 — growth that may spawn widespread challenges to the safety and security of cities across the globe. To help address these issues, governments and law enforcement agencies are rapidly rolling out Safe Cities programs, which are designed to enable cities to be safer, smarter and more proactive with security and safety efforts. These programs incorporate robust security processes and operating procedures as well as comprehensive technologies, including video surveillance, access control, video analytics, public safety communications, traffic management, social media tracking, gunshot detection, license plate recognition, and more. The data from these multiple platforms is useful in helping build a more intelligent approach to security and streamline communications between city officials, first responders and even, local citizens.

One of the most critical components of any Safe City program is video surveillance. Today’s video systems and sensors can span large geographic areas, reducing the need for manual patrols of a high-risk area. Command center operators can send pictures of a suspect from surveillance video feeds directly to a patrol officer’s mobile device, who can then easily access the footage on their smart devices. This process helps officers be more informed before responding to an incident and helps agencies gather the most up-to-date information 24/7. Video analytics are also valuable in analyzing trends related to risk (i.e. increased activity in a particular area of town) as well as manage traffic flow patterns and monitoring for crowds.

Even with the most robust technology deployment in place, Safe City programs cannot be successful without close cooperation and collaboration between city leaders, law enforcement and even, private businesses. The ability for public and private entities to gather and share information helps cities orchestrate an effective response.

Stakeholders can take data from a number of sources, allowing officials to coordinate security efforts and patrols appropriately and cost-effectively. When first responders and law enforcement agencies, public safety officials and private entities take an integrated approach, urban areas can address incidents and emergencies immediately without missing key elements of an investigation.

Through the integration of new technology solutions and information sharing, cities can achieve advanced levels of situational awareness and can realize the overall benefits of security intelligence, resulting in lowered crime rates, reduced operational challenges, and systemized and timely responses to potentially harmful and threatening situations. Learn more about Safe City solutions from Pelco.

4 Video Surveillance Best Practices for Gaming and Casinos

Video surveillance is a mission-critical system within the gaming sector. Not only do casinos have to be on the lookout for professional fraudsters who prey on distracted dealers and players, but they also have to stay vigilant against a wide variety of risks, such as drunken or rowdy behavior, crowding, loss and other issues that impact the safety of employees and customers. Casinos want the best in technology to not only ensure security and fraud reduction but be able to track advantage players, identify lost/left behind items and reduce employee theft. At times, budget constraints and regulatory concerns can slow down the adoption of newer technologies.

Casinos also have to comply with a variety of industry regulations, passed down by various gaming boards. Although they may vary from region-to-region, nearly every casino must adhere to some type of minimum standard as it relates to the operation of its surveillance system — be it minimum resolution/frame rate requirements or video retention. Regulatory agencies across the globe specify the number of cameras a facility must have per table or slot machine — the standard implemented depends on different factors.

With these considerations in mind, as facilities increasingly look to adopt the latest advanced technologies, here are four best practices that every casino, regardless of their shape or size, should take under advisement as they endeavor to optimize their video surveillance investment:

Ensure Quality of Video
There is no compromising when it comes to video image quality. While cheaper alternatives may be appealing from a cost perspective, less advanced devices are not equipped to handle the modern stresses of a casino — an environment with flashing lights, bright and dark areas, and significant 24×7 movement. Installing cameras that have been purpose-built to perform in casino settings are ideal. If a manufacturer doesn’t offer particular customizations suited to this market, then the odds are that their cameras haven’t been tested to withstand the rigors of a gaming floor.

Have Quality Backup Systems in Place
Just as paramount as video quality is within a casino, so is redundancy. Per regulatory agencies, if any part of a camera system fails, the casino may be forced to cease operations until the system is brought back to health. Casinos must ensure there is no single point of failure within its surveillance system. A good way to test this is by going through and turning off various pieces of equipment to see how fast redundant systems take effect and whether or not there are any performance issues once back online.

Make Ease of Use a Priority
Events happen fast— surveillance teams need instant access to video footage to track threats in real-time and upon a review request. Tracking personnel around a casino floor can prove to be a challenge considering the rows upon rows of slot machines and table games. Some facilities even have multiple gaming floors. The last thing you want is for surveillance personnel having to resort to an inefficient system to gain access to the footage they require. As such, the video management system should be optimized for gaming operations and allow users to tag suspects quickly or mark groups of cameras to simplify system management.

Leverage the Power of Video with Third-Party Software Integration
Casinos are looking to get the most out of the video data generated on a daily basis. One of the ways businesses accomplish this is by integrating the surveillance network with other software platforms, such as point-of-sale systems or building controls. A casino’s VMS should also be able to interface with other security sensors on the gaming floor. Ideally, if a slot machine were to be opened, the door alarm on that machine should be sent to the control room, and a camera feed from the area should immediately pop onto an operator’s screen to verify the footage. However, that is currently not the case for a majority of systems within the industry.

The pace of technology advancement means that casinos must be prepared for the next-generation of video hardware and software solutions to make sure they are ready to evolve operations when the time is right. Now is the time to get educated on where you can take your investments. Learn more about Pelco solutions for the casinos and gaming sector here.

Flying High: Solutions for Operational Efficiencies in Today’s Modern Airports

Airports are plagued by complexity with regards to stringent regulations, oversight and providing high levels of safety and security for travelers and staff. These sites have several layers of accessibility ranging from airport workers and vendors, to an endless stream of passengers.

In addition to the internal protection of terminals, airports typically have a large, expansive perimeters, which can often lead to vulnerabilities caused by blind spots and other extreme conditions. Within the airport terminal and beyond, the exposure to threats has the potential to become catastrophic if let unchecked by implementing policies, procedures and technology to protect the entire facility.
Adding in the ongoing global health crisis to already stringent security and safety procedures makes for a time-consuming effort for staff and passengers. Airport staff are now asked to set up and ensure hygiene procedures are followed, perform thermal scans, and ensure passengers continue social distancing guidelines. They are taking on more responsibilities to better meet new health and safety regulations. The question remains: how do airport employees rise to the challenge of addressing these factors while maintaining the integrity of the organization they serve?

The answer is in reinforcing the need for airports to invest in technologies that increase operational efficiency, as well as minimize disruption and revenue loss due to delay, lost baggage or criminality.
Pelco intelligent video surveillance solutions aim to provide complete situational awareness, deliver operational effectiveness and improve emergency responsiveness. Our easy-to-use technology allows airport personnel to visually monitor the entire airport, from perimeter to terminal, even in harsh weather conditions or any time of day.

Pre and Post TSA Operations Control
Complete range of cameras for any situation. Advanced camera solutions and purpose-built cameras manage views across the entire airport to drive more situational awareness. Quick access to multi monitor display and cameras allows operators to see what they need to see, when they need to see it.

Monitor runway and taxi ways. Using video from the perimeter and runways, and matching data with flight radar plug-in web interface, allow real-time checks for flight status. Optera combined with Pelco camera link technology offers constant and seamless panorama (panomersive view) and ability to track moving objects on a geographical map. It reduces the number of cameras due to its very large coverage and allows operators to see the entire scene and zoom in for details.

Terminal, entrances, exits, check-in and security areas. Provide coverage with panoramic camera ranges to eliminate potential blind spots. Leverage Sarix enhanced to reduce image blur of fast-moving objects (people running or moving vehicles).

Perimeter protection. Often unmanned, with no physical borders and poorly lit, airport perimeters require advanced video technology. Our thermal and long-range detection cameras, Sarix and Esprit, cover greater distance well above the horizon and can identify intruders or personnel in pitch dark with exact color reproduction.

Technology Expands Capabilities and Increases Efficiencies

Delays and long queue. Receive auto alerts when queue length increases beyond certain length with intrusion detection camera edge analytics. Operator can anticipate and proactively respond to choke points, crowd patterns and foot-traffic flows through terminals, making quick decision such as increase staffing and open or close a lane.

Improved customer experience. Through proactive measures to address passenger queues, Pelco technology can provide a delay-free experience to passengers. By reducing wait times, more time can be spent in retail shops and restaurants and generate revenue for the airport facility.

Baggage management. When abandoned baggage is on the belt, carrousel or in the airport, Pelco analytics detects it and alerts staff. Baggage investigations can be costly and time-consuming, but analytics can help resolve these incidents quickly and efficiently.

Detect falls, slips, theft, lost children. Mapping tools help facilitate system management and increase safety to help keep passenger traffic fluid. Incidents can be quickly resolved by locating the incident and calling up the respective camera with video to aid investigations.

Prevent re-entry into security area. Directional motion analytics help detect wrong direction and send immediate notification to generate a faster response from operators.

Real-time Evidence Share and Single Interface Management

Leveraging Pelco video management systems allow you to monitor your operations from a single user interface while Pelco’s monitor wall correlates when intrusion and events are happening in one view. The VideoXpert VMS user interface allows immediate search through devices using device tree, tags, filter lists, IP address and Source names, while the investigation tab and SYNC Playback allows for the synchronisation of multiple cameras in one work space/view. Continued collaboration between the multiple entities and terminals is a known and recurrent challenge, but the VX Connect Plugin allows the sharing of information in real-time of Pre- and Post-TSA incidents with ease.

Pelco is committed to providing you and your team tailored solutions and support. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about your video surveillance technology or how we can help you make your operations more efficient.

Health and Oversight: How Video is Being Used in the Ongoing Healthcare Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, healthcare systems had to quickly react to increase patient capacity, while simultaneously trying to keep patients and staff safe. Healthcare customers must strategize how to use technology solutions in a way that meets this goal – and are looking for partners able to guide this process.

While so many businesses are returning to work amid the ongoing pandemic, healthcare facilities are still challenged by navigating the protection of people – their ultimate mission. With this, we are taking a moment to reflect on the lessons we’ve learned thus far about how video surveillance technology is helping during this crisis:

Relationships are key. In a crisis, partnerships become a critical part of response, allowing healthcare leaders to quickly set in motion a plan of action. As part of Pelco’s overall partnership approach, it’s important for us to listen and collaborate with our customers to focus on delivering the right solution to meet their unique needs. This open communication allows us to remain responsive and mobilize to protect and monitor newly converted areas of medical and storage facilities where there weren’t cameras, to serve patients and oversee valuable PPE, supplies, and medicine.

Limit staff/patient interaction with live monitoring. Setting up cameras to remotely monitor patients so staff can reduce exposure risks is one way that video can help serve a broader goal. Live monitoring allows nurses and other staff to use visual and audio indicators for breathing difficulties and other systems of the virus, as well as helps address staffing issues. Since there’s no recording of the video, facilities can meet HIPAA guidelines.

VMS is a force multiplier. VMS solutions provide valuable insights when guarding services may be limited. As guards are reassigned from less occupied facilities to critical care units, VMS can help fill the gap and provide the necessary oversight for security directors. An integrated VMS solution, like VideoXpert, provides a central platform so only one or a few security operators can monitor multiple facilities from one location. As traffic patterns change in areas that are being repurposed to hold patients or critical supplies, an integrated VMS can alert security staff if people are entering those newly restricted areas, and can also be used to alert whether crowds are gathering in hallways and violating social distancing policies.

As this crisis continues to unfold, Pelco remains committed to providing you and your team with any support you need. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about your video surveillance technology or how we can help you during this time.

Mounting Security Pressure Placed on Cities by Covid-19

As cities around the world are slowly reopening their daily operations, city officials are analyzing their security strategies and systems to ensure that they can meet the new demands that COVID-19 has placed on these locales. Social distancing measures, such as restrictions on the number of people that can gather in one place and the closure of certain facilities like parks, are taxing city resources and placing high demand on law enforcement officials. With so much uncertainty, the need for reliable security solutions that can help keep a city’s operations functioning at the highest levels is evident.
Not only has COVID-19 placed tremendous pressure on law enforcement’s ability to enforce and monitor restricted activity, but it has also strained the already shrinking city budgets. With Pelco’s comprehensive solutions, cities have the ability to realize cost savings, operational efficiency and compliance oversight – all of which are of the utmost importance.

Cost Savings
• Pelco’s Smart Compression reduces storage costs to preserve video quality, lowering bandwidth and storage requirements by up to 70% so users can continuously monitor activity without taking up valuable space on the network.
• VideoXpert’s open and scalable system is easy to install and deploy and offers a robust feature set that allows municipalities to leverage existing video infrastructure and save money on additional capital expenses. Additionally, as an integrated solution that provides monitoring of multiple areas from one location, operators can view multiple areas in a city.
• Industry-leading surveillance technology gives you the ability to see all angles and details of a scene with a limited number of cameras and in all lighting conditions, ensuring the video captured is usable.

Operational Efficiency
• VideoXpert’s event management software enables an operator to automate tasks and alerts which can improve an operator’s incident response time. The system’s event viewer displays all relevant information with multiple search parameters, reducing event investigation time, which means security leaders have all of the information they need in the event of an emergency.
• Pelco Camera Link enables operators to link specific cameras to track a person of interest and provide additional information to law enforcement.
• Pelco’s Edge Analytics provides real-time continuous monitoring with motion detection, directional motion, camera sabotage/maintenance, and loitering detection.

Compliance Oversight
• VideoXperts’s Advanced Analytics Suite aids in compliance of social distancing rules via algorithms powered by deep learning technology that can detect and classify objects based on built-in training. It can also track more than 200 objects, and real-time speed at 10 fps.
• SureVision low-light technology enables users to capture the best possible image in little or no light conditions, making it possible to identify people who are in restricted areas.

Cities need comprehensive solutions to meet the added challenges that COVID-19 has presented to law enforcement officials and city leaders. We can help build your tool kit and address these challenges together.

Making Schools Smarter: Vaping Detection and Surveillance Help Deter Smoking

It has been 13 years since e-cigarettes first entered the market. While the first generation resembled a cigarette, these devices now come in a sleek and high-tech design that is often able to be hidden in broad daylight. The rise of e-cigarettes, which is now known as vaping, has increased in recent years among youth and young adults. According to The Truth Initiative, in 2018, the U.S Surgeon General issued an advisory about the youth e-cigarette “epidemic,” and since that time, rates have continued to increase in teens and young adults.

However, the discreet nature of vaping makes it hard to detect when it’s being used on school grounds. But the rise in intelligent sensor technology, such as the HALO Smart Sensor, coupled with the ability for this technology to seamlessly integrate with Pelco video management technology, makes it possible for school administrators to detect vaping and respond through the Event Monitor Service within the VideoXpert VMS. Not only does the technology offer alarms data through its Event Monitor Service, but also cameras and technology that can help you deter the likelihood of the continued behavior.

For example, a HALO Smart Sensor installed in a hallway bathroom can offer security leaders an indication when vaping is detected. Couple this with video surveillance placed in the hallway and used to identify the students responsible for setting off the sensor can help administrators thwart usage and address incidents in real-time.

VideoXpert’s open and scalable system is easy to install and deploy and offers a robust feature set, including:

  • All events generated from the Halo Smart Sensor (vape detection, for example) can be received by VideoXpert and actions can be taken (such as a PTZ preset) to respond within the VMS. The VideoXpert Event Monitor Service is capable of being configured to poll for alarms from various devices, taking the alarm data it gathers and performing various actions when an alarm state change occurs.
  • VideoXpert is an integrated solution that provides monitoring of multiple facilities from one location, operators can view multiple areas on school grounds.
  • Analytics that help you automate tasks and alerts to detect behavior and improve an operator’s response time.
  • Industry-leading cameras give officials the ability to see all angles and details of a scene with a limited number of cameras and in all lighting conditions.

  • Panoramic cameras fill the gaps in coverage. The Optera Multi-Sensor provides a seamless panoramic view at a high resolution, while an Evo Fisheye has 3D dewarping technology that allows live and playback scene analysis.
  • Fixed IP cameras can be positioned to cover blind spots where students can hide and vape. The Sarix Enhanced for unmatched image quality and High Security Corner Camera for wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling coverage of small/medium spaces like cafeterias can help ensure no area of school grounds is missed.
  • PTZ IP cameras zoom in for details. The Spectra Enhanced is known for its speed, accuracy and reliability, while the Spectra Professional provides up to 20x optical zoom for detail.
  • Monitoring during school and after school hours doesn’t have to be costly; Pelco’s technology is readily available in the cameras and are designed to meet a school’s surveillance needs.
  • Pelco’s Smart Compression reduces storage costs to preserve video quality. It can lower bandwidth and storage requirements by up to 70% so you can continuously monitor activity.
  • SureVision low-light technology enables you to get the best possible image in little or no light conditions making it possible to identify vaping even at night.
  • Pelco Camera Link enables operators to link specific cameras to track a person of interest once identified by school officials.
  • Integration is an integral part of a holistic approach to school security and the relationship Pelco has with HALO Smart Sensors provides school officials with the ability to deter, identify and respond to vaping on school grounds. Click here to learn more.

    Going Beyond Patient Care: Where Healthcare and Surveillance Intersect

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, healthcare systems were forced to quickly react to increased patient capacity while simultaneously trying to keep patients and staff safe. Many resources were redirected as part of these efforts, prompting organizations to consider additional changes to their day-to-day operations, such as limiting visitors, screening shipments of supplies and finding ways to elevate patient care in the midst of shortages. But there are so many other areas that remain unaffected by pandemic response that must be considered on an ongoing basis — especially with the need to remain redundant in the face of challenges beyond a facility manager’s control.

    Security leaders and facility managers are tasked with the delicate balance of stringent compliance and security with the open, healing atmosphere of a healthcare provider. And making sure a healthcare facility is up and running and functional at all times is a major part of this goal.

    Arguably, this is accomplished through the use of innovative video surveillance technology as part of a layered approach that leverages analytics and deep learning capabilities in an effort to streamline response. Going further than that, the use of this kind of technology helps healthcare facilities remain proactive in their approach to the protection of people and assets by identifying anomalies in the day-to-day activities of staff and visitors.

    As part of this effort, there are a number of integral areas that can benefit from a video data-rich approach as part of an overall security plan using video and analytics software, including:

    Mechanical rooms. These spaces support the operation of the hospital in case of power failures, often including a high-powered generator (or multiple generators). These areas are typically sensitive areas and highly susceptible to sabotage; however, the high-priority nature of their functionality is critical to the overall operation of a medical center.

    Water tanks. Within the healthcare world, water is an essential function in cleanliness — especially in light of infectious disease outbreaks. In the event of a water main break or natural disaster that cuts off the ability for facilities to access citywide water sources, some facilities have contingency water tanks that help bridge the gap when a main water source is eliminated. Like the previous point, it is critical for the proper operation of a hospital to have an interrupted flow of drinkable water and these vestibules should be protected from potential threats.

    Medical gases. The storage of medical gases, such as nitrous oxide or oxygen, is a critical function and considered a very high-risk area in the operation of a hospital. Being able to properly identify anomalies in the storage of these gases or whether they’ve been tampered with in some way, as well as indicating the presence of unauthorized individuals in the area, should be deemed essential as part of a proactive security plan.

    Medicine storage. All medicines within a healthcare facility must be properly secured and access limited to authorized individuals; however, medicine storage areas are places where thefts frequently occur by staff, patients and visitors, especially areas that control psychotropic medicines. Not only is layered and restricted access control essential, but adding video oversight and coverage to the mix ensures incidents can be properly identified and investigated.

    Parking areas. So many times, the four walls of the hospital are considered of the utmost priority for security leaders, but there’s a number of reasons that incorporating the same level of protection within parking lots and in garages — along with the management and control of these areas — should be considered essential. In places where this service is available, it is crucial that visitors can be sure that their vehicles are safe while on the premises and that individuals traveling to and from their vehicles from the facility feel safe and secure with additional oversight.

    Within the healthcare market, continuity of service is essential for the protection of not only assets, like those mentioned above, but ultimately, the people giving and receiving care. There are a number of ways that video, coupled with intelligent analytics, can help achieve this goal; and any manager of a healthcare center or hospital needs to be assured that their operation will continue even when subjected to stressful situations such as power or water outages.

    These leaders also want to be sure that the risk of sabotage is under control, which means the critical — but lesser-known — areas are protected. Patient focus is clearly the first priority for these facilities, but this goes hand-in-hand with the continuous operation of the center and is a constant concern of administrators.