Security Digest

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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Attention shoppers: Senstar VMS products help retailers secure spaces and gather business intelligence

The Senstar Symphony™ video management system (VMS) and analytics are ideal for retailers looking to deter theft, protect staff and customers and improve the overall customer experience.

With these solutions, retailers can:

Read Senstar’s retail case studies:

Ferretería Ochoa – A hardware and home improvement retail chain that has been operating in the Dominican Republic for over 45 years.

Cosmo Music – North America’s largest music instrument store located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Beware of alligators! Adding perimeter intrusion detection to culverts

Perimeter intrusion detection isn’t always just about protecting a site from human intruders. Sometimes it’s about protecting humans from a site in order to avoid steep liability charges. At some sites the risks can be pretty obvious. But at others, the risks may be more ambiguous. In the case of a site in Florida, the risk is alligators.

The tricky part to securing this site is that the perimeter includes culverts. Similar to a regular fence, a protection fence across the culvert is a first step, but it isn’t always enough to keep determined intruders away.

A cable-based fence-mounted perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) attached to both the main and culvert fences adds another layer of security. The system detects and locates any attempt to enter the site, enabling site operators to take quick and appropriate action to apprehend intruders before an alligator does.

In this case, the site operator was already using a fiber optic PIDS product on the fences at a number of its other sites. But the system couldn’t be properly configured to transition from the main fence to the culvert fence without the addition of numerous extra controllers and a considerable increase in the fiber count back to the control room.

This opened the door for Senstar’s FiberPatrol®. The system’s extended coverage distance and ranging capabilities can easily and effectively protect the culverts – no additional controllers required. The same cable protecting the fence can be routed over the culverts, with software-configurable zones being used to demark fence and culvert areas.

FiberPatrol now successfully secures the site’s entire perimeter – fence and culverts, safeguarding the site from intruders and intruders from alligators.

To download a pdf of this case study, click here.

Intruder Alert! Senstar’s physical security products capture shoeless bandit

The following real world video shows the sequence of events that happened when an intruder was detected with Senstar’s physical security products when he was attempting to breach the perimeter of an airport.

Benefits of ranging sensors

Illustration of FlexZone being used to protect a
swinging gate. As the gate has its own zone, it can be masked in software during normal business hours while the fence on each side remains protected.

Perimeter intrusion detection sensors are highly effective solutions for securing a site. When buried, they provide a covert sensor that is virtually impossible for an intruder to bypass without being detected. When fence-mounted, they turn the existing fence into a smart fence, detecting any attempt to cut, climb, or break through its fabric. Detection at the perimeter enables the security system to respond while the intruder is still outside the protected area by calling up cameras and engaging deterrence devices like security lights and sirens.

Based on the granularity of alarm information presented to the security system, fence-mounted sensors can be divided into two categories: block and ranging.

This article looks at the differences between block and ranging perimeter intrusion detection sensors, and examines the key benefits of ranging sensors, including reduced nuisance alarms, software-based zones, and simplified troubleshooting.

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