Security Digest

Video analytics: seeing is believing

Many vendors claim their video analytics work in real world environments. 

But in security and business applications, just “working” isn’t good enough – video analytics need to work well, each and every time.

When evaluating if a vendor’s video analytics are right for your organization, don’t take their word for it. See for yourself.

Senstar offers a free 30-day trial of its Symphony video, security and information management platform, which includes built-in analytics such as Outdoor People and Vehicle Tracking, Crowd Detection, Indoor People Tracking, PTZ Auto-Tracking, and Left/Removed Object Detection.

Face Recognition and Automatic License Plate Recognition are also available upon request.

While the 30-day trial is downloading, see some of Senstar's video analytics in action:

      Outdoor People and Vehicle Tracking

      Ideal for monitoring the movement of vehicles or 
      people moving through a scene, such as a parking
      lot. OPVT offers extremely high tracking and
      classification accuracy.

      Crowd Detection

      Immediately detect crowd formations and trigger
      alarms when a specified number of people
      (capacity) or a specified percentage of people
      (occupancy) is reached in the selected area.


      Indoor People Tracking (People Counting)

      Identify traffic trends and make decisions to      
      improve safety, security, and loss prevention.


      Indoor People Tracking (Alarm Zones)

      Track and monitor people at indoor locations to 
      detect suspicious behavior and movement

      PTZ Auto-Tracking

      Allows control of pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras 
      and is ideal for outdoor perimeter protection and 
      monitoring with high quality video for future 

      forensic purposes.

      Left and Removed Item Detection

      Identify items such as packages, suitcases, and 
      backpacks that have been left erroneously or 
      purposefully in public spaces. Can also be used to 
      monitor important items that should not be 
      removed from a particular place.

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Securing correctional facilities: Inside and out

Senstar products have been protecting correctional facilities around the world for over 35 years. 

Preventing escapes 

Prisons and other correctional facilities are often regarded as an anomaly within the security sector, as the primary focus is to detect inmates trying to escape as opposed to detecting people trying to get in.  Senstar perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) are deployed at all federal medium and maximum-security prisons in Canada and at a large number of prisons throughout the U.S. and around the world. To date, there have been no undetected escapes from prisons that use Senstar technologies. 

Detecting contraband 

While the threat of people trying to get onto prison grounds without having to be there is slim, there is still the risk of drugs and other contraband entering the facility from the outside perimeter. To help facilities address this issue, Senstar offers an outdoor people and vehicle tracking video analytic that can detect individuals approaching a fence or wall to throw or deposit items. 

Keeping staff safe 

Senstar’s personal duress solutions worn by guards and other personnel instantly send a call for help at the touch of a button. These solutions can also be adapted for other institutional and industrial environments. 

Expertise on display
Senstar Product Manager Stewart Dewar recently participated in a panel discussion alongside other industry experts at the Global Security Exchange (GSX)held in Chicago, IL on September 21–23, 2019.  

View Stewart’s presentation slides here.

How to configure a video wall in less than 3 minutes

Video walls enable organizations to quickly and easily control video streams displayed on a centralized or distributed set of monitors.

A common video wall application is the wall-mounted monitor arrays seen in security management centers, but video walls can also include individual monitors whose content is centrally managed.

Once expensive and highly complicated, video walls are now affordable and easy to deploy thanks to Senstar’s Symphony™ video management software (VMS). Just how easy? Watch our 3-minute video and see for yourself.

Required Reading – Perimeter security for electrical utilities 101

With the new school year upon us, Senstar thought it was a good time to share our perimeter security reading requirements for protecting electrical utility sites.

Site operators face many challenges including preventing theft and vandalism, avoiding liability associated with trespassing, and complying with increasing government regulations.

Senstar has developed several resources – brochures, guides, presentations, case studies and articles – to help operators understand how perimeter security products can be used to deter and detect intruders, meet NERC CIP requirementsprotect remote sites, and implement proven, cost-effective security solutions. 

Effective deterrence and detection

Perimeter Intrusion Detection Systems (PIDS) can be a key part of an overall physical security plan, offering highly effective, cost-effective protection. For the system to be a success, especially when deployed at remote and unmanned sites, it must meet the following requirements:   

Check out the following resources for perimeter security at electrical utility sites: 

Meeting NERC CIP requirements 

Senstar’s solutions for physical security – perimeter intrusion detection and video management – can help site operators protect their sites from potential threats and vulnerabilities, and comply with NERC CIP-014 regulations.  

Check out or NERC CIP-014 Application Guide to find out how. 

Protecting remote, unmanned sites 

Unmanned, remote sites are particularly easy targets for intruders. Regardless of the intruder’s motivation – theft, terrorism, vandalism, or general mischief – operators need effective security solutions that meet operational and budgetary requirements.  

For one US state-wide electrical utility company, the deterrence factor of the Senstar LM100 helped address specific difficulties posed by remote and geographically distributed sites.  

Read the 2019 case study here.
Learn more about protecting remote, unmanned sites here.  

Proven, cost-effective solutions 

The FlexZone® ranging fence-mounted intrusion detection system and the Senstar LM100™ hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system are ideal for securing electrical utility sites. They are simple to install, easy-to-use and maintain, and most importantly, are highly effective at detecting intruders at the fence line. 

Check out our product how-to guides: 

For another US electrical utility company providing electricity to 95% of a state’s residents, these two products are helping to improve security while addressing budgetary concerns. A relationship that began in 2013 with FlexZone has now evolved to the Senstar LM100. 

Read the 2019 Senstar LM100 electrical utility company case study, click here.
Read the 2016 FlexZone case study featuring the electrical utility company here. 

To speak with a Senstar security expert about protecting electrical utility sites, or any other site, email [email protected].

The many uses of Senstar’s Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) video analytic

The Senstar Symphony VMS includes an Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) video analytic that works right of out the box. A server-based analytic, it automatically tracks, records, and reports vehicle license plates from virtually all jurisdictions and works with both IP and analog surveillance cameras.  

Optimized for detecting license plates on stationary and slow-moving vehicles, the Senstar ALPR video analytic helps organizations improve both security and business operations for a wide range of applications. 

Parking Lot Enforcement

Parking lot enforcement is a natural application for ALPR, helping operators to: 

  • Eliminate the need for paper ticketing systems 
  • Reduce patrol and enforcement overhead 
  • Improve customer experience by reducing entry/exit wait times 

Limited Access Roadways

Senstar ALPR is widely used at airports and other high-traffic areas where shuttle buses, taxis, and staff vehicles have access to dedicated roadways and parking areas. To keep traffic moving, gates and lift barriers automatically open when authorized vehicles approach, eliminating the need for swipe cards or code entry systems. Not only does this reduce delays, the system also provides 24/7 video surveillance as well as searchable entry/exit times for each vehicle, which can be used for monitoring and optimizing customer service levels. 

Toll Roads and
Border Safety

By automatically detecting and indexing license plates and then comparing against white (allowed) and black (blocked) lists, Senstar ALPR provides immediate frontline protection. Ideal for toll roads, border crossings and security check points, ALPR provides a video record of each event linked with searchable metadata. 

Logistics and
Delivery Truck Routing 

Senstar ALPR is used by major automotive manufacturers to assist with just-in-time delivery processes. In these setups, the license plate of each delivery truck is automatically recorded and entered into the logistics system while an electronic display provides the driver with specific delivery instructions, such as unloading bay number. For large organizations, the operational benefits achieved by reducing delivery efficiencies are significant, offsetting the cost of ALPR system almost immediately.  

Customer Service and Risk Management 

The Senstar Symphony VMS with ALPR enables organizations to enhance customer service while avoiding risk and liability by identifying customer vehicles when they enter/exit the property. Staff can be alerted with the necessary information to provide excellent service, including customer name, history, and/or reason for appointment. In addition, should an incident occur that requires investigation, the time of the visit along with available video footage is easily retrieved.  

Deploying Senstar ALPR allows organizations to leverage their surveillance system and improve security, customer experience, and business processes. Contact your Senstar representative to learn how ALPR video analytics can help your organization. 

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Detect. Track. Apprehend. See Senstar’s people tracking analytic in action.

The following video shows a construction site where intruders were detected, tracked, and apprehended with the help of Senstar’s Symphony™ video management software and its built-in people tracking video analytic.

Thank you OHZ Security for this amazing footage.

Senstar’s suite of video analytics helps turn video surveillance into business intelligence. Learn more

The Senstar LM100™ proves being dim isn’t always a bad thing

Outdoor lighting is an easy and effective first step to deterring theft and vandalism at electrical utility sites. But when sites are in or near residential areas, lighting can draw the ire of those living nearby. In many of these cases, utility companies simply can’t use lighting, which appeases neighbors, but increases the risk of intrusions.

If only outdoor lighting came with a dimmer switch…

The Senstar LM100 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system is the only security lighting system on the market with dimming capabilities. It can be set at any lighting level required – from 1%, providing enough of a slight glow at the luminaire’s head to let intruders know a system is in place, to 100%. The specially-engineered lighting can also be programmed to shine at different intensities, for example, it can run at 30% for normal operation and switch to 100% (and strobe, if desired) when an intrusion is detected. This allows a balance to be struck between the utility’s need for advanced security and the neighborhood’s need for reduced light pollution.

Minimizing light pollution

The Senstar LM100 minimizes light pollution by targeting the light in a downwards trajectory that illuminates only the fence line in a uniform fashion. As well, its power-efficient LED technology uses 95% less power than traditional security lighting systems.

In 2018, the Senstar LM100 received the Fixture Seal of Approval (FSA) from the International Dark Skies Association (IDA). IDA is the recognized authority on light pollution. Its mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and the heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. To help accomplish this, IDA developed the FSA program to provide objective, third-party certification for lighting that minimizes glare, reduces light trespass and doesn’t pollute the night sky.

Additional layers of security

The Senstar LM100 actively senses vibrations of the fence caused by intrusion attempts.

While the lighting acts as an initial deterrent, if an intruder persists and an attempt to cut, climb or otherwise break through the fence is detected, the closest luminaire brightens to its alarm level lighting and/or strobes while an alert is sent to the security management system. The intruder knows immediately they have been detected and that their exact location is known by security and others in the vicinity.

As well, LM100’s high color rendering (CRI) index maximizes camera performance, providing clearer images of the intrusion attempt. This allows security personnel at the monitoring station to better assess the situation and initiate an appropriate response, or images can be easily reviewed at another time.

NERC CIP Compliance

The purpose of the NERC CIP-014 reliability standard is to protect electrical facilities from physical attacks that could threaten the stability and operation of the electric grid distribution system. Requirement R5 mandates that operators implement physical security measures designed to collectively Deter, Detect, Delay, Assess, Communicate, and Respond to potential threats and vulnerabilities.

Senstar products, including the Senstar LM100, provide effective, field-proven solution that can assist electrical utilities in satisfying NERC CIP-014 recommendations. Read Senstar’s NERC CIP application guide.

Recent success

The Senstar LM100 has been gaining a great deal of interest from electrical utility companies.

In Canada, dimming capabilities have led a provincial company to install the LM100 at five sites, with another 26 planned.

In the US, a company supplying electricity to 95 percent of a state’s population has implemented the LM100 at their sites in place of the separate lighting and intrusion detection systems they used in the past.  Read the case study.

Senstar Thin Client – Versatile video display for security and business operations

The Senstar Thin Client is a no-hassle network video display appliance. Compact and easy to install, the Thin Client can be used as a standalone unit in a wide range of video surveillance and CCTV applications.


Closely monitor manufacturing processes from a safe distance. The Thin Client’s compact, fanless design is ideal for displaying video in space-constrained factory environments.


Provide live video feeds of specific cameras to third-party security contractors without granting direct server access.

Guard stations

Enable security guards to monitor on-premise cameras without needing to install or maintain additional PCs.

Transit systems

Select and monitor cameras installed on buses, trains, and boats via a touchscreen display.

Retail display

Show customers (and potential thieves) they are actively being monitored. The Thin Client can be attached directly to the back of a ceiling-mounted monitor.

Nursing rooms

Nurses can remotely check up on a patient. Display of the video feeds can be controlled via trigger events that respect patient privacy rules and hospital procedures.

Supervisor display

Monitor frontline operations from a back office without having to install and manage additional PCs or train staff.

Keeping an eye on things in your business is important. If you need a low-cost, simple way to display network video, Senstar Thin Client is the right fit. For more information, see here.

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