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APR 2017

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Visit us at ISC West In Las Vegas | April 5-7, 2017 Booth #23089 Visit us at ISC West In Las Vegas | April 5-7, 2016 Booth #23089 Up Your Installation Game A smart-breakthrough-technology app for technicians uses Automated Panel Programming to cut install times and save you money. With complete panel programming, instant access to documentation, troubleshooting information, zone statuses, Wi-Fi signal strength, cellular-device activation and more, techies will have a dynamic resource on hand for painless installs. Go to for a chance to win a new iPad®. We make your company more valuable. 877.725.1114 • Keep updated on our new products and features: @dmpalarms Visit us at ISC West In Las Vegas | April 5-7, 2017 Booth #23089 In January 2016, Detroit Police partnered with eight local busi- nesses—typically gas stations or 24-hour convenience stores—in a pilot program called Project Greenlight. The businesses agreed to invest in high quality, HD video cameras, a high-speed Internet connection and signage that they are Project Greenlight participants. The feed from the video would go to a central command center set up by the DPD and an officer would make a visit to the business once a week to check in. The goal was to create a direct link between a potential target and law enforce- ment. The success was almost immediate, businesses reported a fifty percent reduction in crime. Within a year, 100 businesses had signed up for the program. What made the project pos- sible was a unique partnership with Genetec, a provider of video surveillance on a cloud-based net- work. Genetec sought to simplify the service of sending disparate video feeds to a central command center. Pervez Siddiqi, director of strategic markets for Genetec, says their company moved from creat- ing individual products to provid- ing a service, or a "bundle." About three and a half years ago, Genetec offered "Stratocast" as a cloud-hosted video surveillance service. This allowed small and medium sized businesses to first invest in high-quality video sur- veillance, but then be able to view that video on multiple Internet- connected devices. Before, these businesses would usually go to their local store and buy a few cameras and set it up on a closed- circuit monitor. The problem with this is that storage of video would run out very quickly. Hook- i n g u p t h e video to the cloud rectifies this. Siddiqi says that with the c l o u d , t h e t r a n s f e r o f information over a large server and the ability for different parties to access it from remote locations is appealing when advertising coop- eration between different enter- prises, such as local businesses and law enforcement. "You're going to see many more cloud enabled applications in the security space in the coming months and years for the same reason," he says. Yet increasing video surveillance comes to naught without the prop- er infrastructure to analyze the data and a new type of emergency response from police, fire and EMS. "Once you launch the pro- gram the bigger issue is engaging the community and being able to manage those communications," Siddiqi adds. "You've got to put a resource on it, a program around it—an infrastructure. Infrastruc- ture not from a technol- ogy point of view, but once people start calling, who do they talk to, how do you handle that, for example." It's this partnership between private enter- prise and public institu- tions that is so critical. Steve Surfaro, an industry liai- son with Axis Communications, In a pilot program with one store, which had reported four armed robberies in the four previ- ous months, a smart camera was installed with facial recognition technology. The police were able to upload suspect faces and locked the doors with an automatic elec- tromagnet if the faces were rec- ognized. Customers approaching the store would naturally look into the camera. If someone is wearing a mask or intentionality turning away, Surfaro says, the doors lock. "It actually eliminated armed rob- beries within the study period." Surfaro also highlights Axis Communications' work on Hous- ton's Super Bowl LIVE event—a 10-day festival leading up to the Super Bowl with rides, concerts and different events that was pre- pared to see nearly one million visitors—and their partnership with the police and mayor as their a leader in the field of video sur- veillance technology, describes a commend- able Private and Pub- lic partnership (P2P) initiative in St. Louis, Mo., between the pri- vate company Blue Line Technology and local police to increase safety and decrease violent crimes against convenience store operators. A. Richardson Pervez Siddiqi Cities see page 33 Continued from previous page SECU ri TY SYSTEMS NEWS April 2017 Special Repo R t 31

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