Security Digest

They’re doing WHAT? Senstar perimeter security and VMS products are being used in many unique situations 

August 14, 2018

As a global leader in perimeter intrusion detection systems and video management software and analytics, Senstar products protect thousands of sites worldwide.  

While typical installations include correctional facilities, industrial operations, critical infrastructure sites, and retail and commercial locations, Senstar products are also being used in some unconventional situations. 

Vehicle/deer collisions avoided with the OmniTrax buried intrusion detection system.

  • Wildlife Observation – It is often too risky for tourists to stand on the decks of tour boats in the North Sea to view wildlife. Using the Thin Client, tourists can watch wildlife on monitors from inside the boat.
  • Wildlife Notification – Vehicle and deer collisions are a major issue on a northwestern US highway. The OmniTrax buried intrusion detection system detects deer crossing the road, setting off warning signs to alert approaching drivers. 
  • Bird Protection –  Symphony VMS and analytics are used to alert Baltic Sea rangers when there are dangers to breeding birds, such as predatory animals and tourists. 
  • Poaching Prevention – In an effort to eliminate poaching in national parks in South Africa, the FiberPatrol fiber optic intrusion detection system was installed along perimeter fences to alert park rangers of poachers trying to enter the park. 
  • Steam Escape Monitoring: Senstar video analytics have been used to monitor steam valves and alert staff if any steam is escaping.  
  • Dam Fortification – To address security concerns, FiberPatrol was installed on steel netting placed in the Nile river in an effort to prevent terrorists from blowing up dams. 

    Rendered image of Storsjodjuret – the Great Lake Sea Monster. Symphony VMS used to try to capture video of this elusive creature.

  • Sea Monster Detection – In Sweden, the Symphony VMS was used on underwater and surface cameras around Lake Storsjön in an attempt to document video proof of the existence of Storsjöodjuret, The Great Lake Sea Monster. Images from the cameras were streamed live to a website so that the public could monitor any monster activity. 
  • Sport Viewing Optimization – In Canadian curling rinks, the Thin Client is being used with cameras hanging over the far end of the rink to display live action shots to those watching in the lobby. 

Need help solving a unique problem? Contact us to see how our diverse suite of products can help! 


Senstar Face Recognition – Every face tells a story  

August 7, 2018

Senstar Face Recognition video analytic is ideal for securing facilities that require an additional layer of protection for access control as well as real-time detection of persons of interest.  

It is designed to look past common differences in viewpoint, expression, and lighting conditions to recognize the underlying shape of a face. The 3D focus strengthens the analytic against identification challenges, such as changes in facial hair and glasses.

Watch our video to learn more:

 


Senstar’s perimeter intrusion detection products are helping to secure marijuana production facilities across Canada  

July 31, 2018 

The sale and possession of marijuana for recreational consumption will officially become legal in Canada in October 2018, joining marijuana for medical purposes, which became legal in 2014. 

To meet the anticipated demand for marijuana products, production facilities have been sprouting up across the country for the past several years. These facilities are governed by extensive Health Canada regulations which include strict requirements for perimeter intrusion detection. 

Regulations state: The perimeter of the licensed producer’s site must be secured by means of an intrusion detection system that operates at all times and that allows for the detection of any attempted or actual unauthorized access to or movement in the site or tampering with the system. The same security measures apply to areas within a site where cannabis is present and all must be in place in order for a facility to receive a license to grow and manufacture marijuana. 

Senstar is leading the way in helping marijuana production facilities meet these perimeter security requirements. Over the past two years, the FlexZone fence-mounted intrusion detection system has been sold to protect over 40 sites, and Senstar’s newest product, the Senstar LM100 hybrid perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent management system, is getting a lot of attention as an ideal solution for securing these facilities.  

Based on the features and detection capabilities FlexZone provides, consultancy group Cannabis Compliance Inc. (CCI), a company created specifically to help clients receive Health Canada approval for marijuana production, specifies the system as the perimeter intrusion detection solution of choice for all of its projects. 

“At CCI we pride ourselves on using the best in perimeter intrusion detection systems, and FlexZone is at the top of our list,” said CCI Director of Strategic Sales Michael Elkin. “It is an affordable, easy-to-install system that has successfully proven to help our clients meet Health Canada perimeter security requirements.” 

Why is perimeter intrusion detection important? 

By itself, an expensive security fence is only a minor deterrent to determined intruders – they can cut-through or climb it in seconds. By the time a building’s alarm system detects them, they could already be stealing your property.  

FlexZone

Detect intruders before they get inside with FlexZone! 

Senstar LM100

Let intruders know they're detected before they get in!

FlexZone and the Senstar LM100 enhance an existing security system, reduce both operational costs and nuisance alarms, and above all, provide peace of mind for those doing business in the tightly regulated marijuana industry. 


30 years and still going strong – Senstar’s buried intrusion detection system has been protecting Phoenix House since 1989

July 24, 2018

Remember what was happening in 1989? 

George H.W. Bush was president of the United States, New Kids on the Block and Madonna topped the music charts, a BMW cost a mere $21,000, and Senstar’s buried intrusion detection technology was installed at Phoenix House for Youth Inc. in Ottawa, Ont. Canada. 

A lot has changed in 30 years, but one thing from that list has remained constant – the Senstar system is still monitoring the comings and goings at Phoenix House. 

Click here to read the case study. 


Equipping IP cameras with superpowers – Senstar developer wins ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge 

July 17, 2018

Headshot of Liqiao Ying

Liqiao Ying

Senstar Senior Software Developer, Liqiao Ying, has won the first ever ONVIF Open Source Spotlight Challenge. ONVIF is an open industry forum that provides and promotes standardized interfaces for the effective interoperability of IP-based physical security products. Organized in conjunction with BeMyApp, the challenge tasked developers to create ONVIF-compatible open source mobile or desktop applications for advanced video streaming. Submissions were required to be compatible with the latest release candidate, Profile T, which supports both H.264 and H.265 video compression standards. 

Liqiao’s submission, camX, is a proof of concept iOS project written in Swift that demonstrates how Deep Learning, IPFS and Ethereum Blockchain technologies can be applied together in practice to equip normal IP cameras with superpowers. It offers an artificial intelligence-based object detection system that utilizes blockchain solutions for storing information obtained from ONVIF cameras. With just a cell phone, users are offered a server-less solution that can detect 20 objects in real time and 80 object types for better accuracy. A more detailed description of the project can be found here. 

Liqiao learned about the ONVIF challenge through a co-worker and quickly came up with a design that combined deep learning and Blockchain – two of the hottest new technologies. Liqiao has an acute interest in these technologies, recently completing five deep learning courses from renowned expert Andrew Ng. With ONVIF being the standard in the global security market, Liqiao felt it was a good opportunity to practice what he had learned. 

Liqiao has a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree and Master of Management Science Degree from the University of Waterloo. He has been working at Senstar (formerly Aimetis) since he graduated 10 years ago. As a full stack developer, he has worked on almost all aspects of Senstar’s video management products. He currently leads the Access Control / Hardware DIO and Mobile teams.  

Screen shot of example of camX functionality with different vehicle types distinguished and set to alarm when a truck is detected.

Example of camX functionality highlighting different vehicle types within a designated area and set to alarm when a truck is detected.


How well does the Senstar LM100 illuminate a fence line?

July 10, 2018

How well does the Senstar LM100 perimeter intrusion detection and intelligent lighting system illuminate a fence line?

Watch our latest video and see for yourself.

 


Senstar Symphony VMS – safeguarding children, youth, and educators 

July 3, 2018

The Senstar Symphony video management system (VMS) is helping educational institutions across the globe safeguard students and staff. University students in hallway

Below are three examples of how Symphony is being used to help prevent theft, vandalism and other security threats. 

The University of Trieste installed Senstar Symphony in an attempt to prevent vandalism and theft of computer equipment. They were also looking for a system that would help them to effectively respond to emergency events and review footage for post-event investigations.
Read case study here. 

The University of Akron Police Department implemented Senstar Symphony in 2010 and since that time has deterred theft as well as reduced vandalism and property damage. The police department is able to monitor the entire campus from its central monitoring station.
Read case study here 

Princeton Regional Schools implemented Senstar Symphony to improve the safety of students and staff with centralized security management and real-time alerts of critical events.
Read case study here 

Senstar’s suite of perimeter intrusion detection products can also assist with the unique set of security requirements facing educational institutions.  Check out the Senstar portfolio here. 


FiberPatrol® fence-mounted intrusion detection system keeps getting better!

June 25, 2018

FiberPatrolContinuous product improvement is a guiding principle at Senstar. For over 35 years, Senstar has incorporated new technology into its products to maximize performance while reducing costs. In keeping with this principle, Senstar is excited to introduce its new FiberPatrol FP1150 fence-mounted fiber optic intrusion detection sensor. 

Optimized for sites with perimeters up to 10 km (6.2 mi) and featuring the same detection accuracy (±4 m/13 ft) and cut immunity support as other FiberPatrol sensors, the new FP1150 uses a smaller, more rugged sensor unit. The new sensor unit has the following hardware specifications: 

These improvements to the sensor unit provide many practical benefits to both site owners and installers: 

Click here to view the new FiberPatrol FP1150 datasheet. 


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