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Tactical Releases Aussie-Made TPS13-3.5DC Switchmode Power Supply

Tactical Power Products have released the Australian-made TPS13-3.5DC 13.5Vdc 3.5A Switchmode power supply which is specifically suited for the access control and alarm installations.

Featuring heavy-duty aluminium construction, which offers excellent heatsinking, the power supply is equipped with features that include 13.5vdc 3.5A Continuous output, a battery charger delivering 13-5vdc at 300mA, AC present signal via green LED, AC fail via an SPDT relay, and low battery signal via SPDT relay and red LED indication. There’s red LED for reverse battery, fuse failure signaled by red LED, current limit and short circuit protection, and operating temperature between 0-40C.

This power supply has been tested by Austest Laboratories a leading Australian NATA accredited laboratory and fully complies with AS/NZS60950.1:2015 electrical safety and AS/NZSCISPR32:2015 EMC, with a certificate of compliance issued by SAA Approvals: SAA 203368-EA

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How Amazon’s Ring, the privacy-busting doorbell surveillance tool, is extending its influence with police across the US

The number of police forces joining Ring’s partnership program across America more than doubled in 2020, despite there being little evidence that it’s an effective crimefighting device. The rise is sparking major privacy concerns.

Newly released figures indicate that nearly 2,000 police departments across the US are partnered with Amazon’s Ring, in the process expanding the reach of the highly controversial civilian surveillance network yet further.

Ring, bought by the e-commerce giant in February 2018 for a fee that could be as much as US$1.8 billion, is best-known for producing a range of ‘smart’ doorbells, which house high-definition cameras, motion sensors, microphones, and speakers.

Not long after its purchase, the partnership program was launched – under its auspices, Ring offers authorities access to video footage recorded by the millions of internet-connected devices its customers have mounted to their homes.

In turn, citizens alerted to suspicious or outright criminal activity outside their residences by Ring’s motion sensors can submit reports directly to law enforcement via an accompanying app, ‘Neighbors’.

The figures show a staggering 1,189 departments nationwide joined the program in 2020 – the total now stands at 2,014, including 305 fire departments.

Only two US states – Montana and Wyoming – aren’t home to forces enrolled in the program, which saw partnered departments collectively request videos related to over 22,335 incidents during 2020 alone.

Ring hails the initiative as a ‘Neighborhood Watch’ revolution, which makes areas safer by helping deter andsolve crimes. Its website features numerous clips of apparent criminals caught in the act on doorsteps, and a May 2019 case in which Ring footage played a pivotal role in the identification and capture of an individual who abducted an eight-year-old was well-publicised.

Conversely, several slick promotional videos in which various police departments touted Ring’s crime-fighting capabilities have since been removed from the web.

In one such segment, which focused on the company’s partnership with police in Winter Park, Florida, the local department’s chief spoke effusively about the “value” of Ring cameras “in helping us solve crimes” – as police officers “cannot be everywhere,” the force was said to “rely” on citizens using the ‘Neighbors’ app to report incidents.

The reason for the video’s deletion is unclear, although it may be related to a February 2020 NBC News investigationwhich found Winter Park authorities had in fact not made a single arrest facilitated by footage obtained from Ring cameras since it partnered with the company in April 2018.

The story was much the same elsewhere. NBC interviewed 40 law enforcement agencies in eight states that had partnered with Ring for at least three months – three said the ease with which citizens can share Ring videos meant officers wasted time reviewing clips of issues such as raccoons running around and petty disagreements between neighbors, while others noted the deluge of footage rarely led to positive identifications of suspects, let alone arrests.

A total of 13 agencies had made zero arrests as a result of Ring footage, and several others, including those in large US cities, simply didn’t know how many arrests had been made as a result of their Ring partnership, even though they’d been partnered with the company for over a year.

Concerns over the program’s law-keeping efficacy are nonetheless somewhat secondary to its grave privacy implications.

Digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has long been a fervent critic of the system, dubbing it “a perfect storm of privacy threats” and contending that Ring and comparable ‘home security’ providers serve to greatly inflate paranoia about crime, transforming every innocent delivery person, charity fundraiser, or election canvasser into a potential – if not likely – criminal with every motion sensor update beamed.

“By sending photos and alerts every time the camera detects motion or someone rings the doorbell, the app can create an illusion of a household under siege,” EFF argues. “It turns what seems like a perfectly safe neighborhood into a source of anxiety and fear. This raises the question: do you really need Ring, or have Amazon and the police misled you into thinking that you do?”

Police departments are greatly incentivized by Ring to further this feedback loop. In areas where police are partnered with the company, departments are granted credits with which they can buy more cameras to distribute to residents, for every resident who downloads the Neighbors app. As such, officers are encouraged to act as unadvertised sales reps for Ring.

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The Future is NOW!

AI Surveillance & Deterrence.

Intelligent detection & built-in deterrence

New VIP Vision™ Pro AI turret with siren & strobe light

Easily add alarm functions to your CCTV systems.

The new deterrence alarm turret dome combines AI perimeter protection & people counting with built-in siren / strobe alarm to deliver a comprehensive security solution.

Stay alerted & deter intruders in real-time. The deterrence alarm responds to recorder alarm events, activating the light and siren to deter & warn the potential intruder, while also notifying the user via mobile app. 

  • Automated Deterrence – Deter intruders during set hours of the day
  • Siren & Strobe – Customisable siren tone or recording plays on trigger
  • Alarm Events – Responds to tripwire, intrusion, motion detect. & more 

NEW – Pro AI Series 5.0MP turret dome camera with deterrence alarm
Active Deterrence – Built in strobe & siren that react to recorder events
AI Surveillance – People and vehicle identification via IVS & SMD+

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Avigilon has become aware of a software defect in Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software versions and later which can result in a restart of the ACC™ Server component and an interruption in viewing and recording video.

The issue can occur when a configured Analytic Event causes a rule to generate an image snapshot or video clip.

Affected customers are those that are using the Send email or Send notification to Central Monitoring Station rule actions with any Avigilon analytics cameras or with other cameras and an Avigilon analytics or AI Appliance.

Disabling email rule actions with attached images or video is a known workaround.

This issue has been resolved in a software version ACC for Windows systems and firmware version for ACC ES, ACC ES Rugged and AI Appliances, now available for download.

Affected customers should upgrade as soon as possible to avoid unscheduled server restarts, and all other customers are encouraged to upgrade as soon as convenient.

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Singapore will be the first country in the world to use facial verification in its national identity scheme.

The biometric check will give Singaporeans secure access to both private and government services.
The government’s technology agency says it will be “fundamental” to the country’s digital economy.
It has been trialled with a bank and is now being rolled out nationwide. It not only identifies a person but ensures they are genuinely present.
“You have to make sure that the person is genuinely present when they authenticate, that you’re not looking at a photograph or a video or a replayed recording or a deepfake,” said Andrew Bud, founder and chief executive of iProov, the UK company that is providing the technology.

The technology will be integrated with the country’s digital identity scheme SingPass and allows access to government services.
“This is the first time that cloud-based face verification has been used to secure the identity of people who are using a national digital identity scheme,” said Mr Bud.
Verification or recognition?
Both facial recognition and facial verification depend on scanning a subject’s face, and matching it with an image in an existing database to establish their identity.
The key difference is that verification requires the explicit consent of the user, and the user gets something in return, such as access to their phone or their bank’s smartphone app.

Facial recognition technology, by contrast, might scan the face of everyone in a train station, and alert the authorities if a wanted criminal walks past a camera.
“Face recognition has all sorts of social implications. Face verification is extremely benign,” said Mr Bud.
Privacy advocates, however, contend that consent is a low threshold when dealing with sensitive biometric data.
“Consent does not work when there is an imbalance of power between controllers and data subjects, such as the one observed in citizen-state relationships,” said Ioannis Kouvakas, legal officer with London-based Privacy International.
Business or government?
In the US and China, tech companies have jumped on the facial verification bandwagon.
For example, a range of banking apps support Apple Face ID or Google’s Face Unlock for verification, and China’s Alibaba has a Smile to Pay app.
Many governments are already using facial verification too, but few have considered attaching the technology to a national ID.
In some cases that’s because they don’t have a national ID at all. In the US, for example, most people use state-issued drivers’ licences as their main form of identification.
China hasn’t attempted to link facial verification to its national ID, but last year enacted rules forcing customers to have their faces scanned when they buy a new mobile phone, so that they could be checked against the ID provided.
Nevertheless, facial verification is already widespread in airports, and many government departments are using it, including the UK Home Office and National Health Service and the US Department of Homeland Security.
How will it be used?
Singapore’s technology is already in use at kiosks in branches of Singapore’s tax office, and one major Singapore bank, DBS, allows customers to use it to open an online bank account.
It is also likely to be used for verification at secure areas in ports and to ensure that students take their own tests.
It will be available to any business that wants it, and meets the government’s requirements.
“We don’t really restrict how this digital face verification can be used, as long as it complies with our requirements,” said Kwok Quek Sin, senior director of national digital identity at GovTech Singapore.
“And the basic requirement is that it is done with consent and with the awareness of the individual.”
GovTech Singapore thinks the technology will be good for businesses, because they can use it without having to build the infrastructure themselves.
Additionally, Mr Kwok said, it is better for privacy because companies won’t need to collect any biometric data.
In fact, they would only see a score indicating how close the scan is to the image the government has on file.

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Adapt to the NEW normal with intelligent technology

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As the pandemic starts dying down, countries and cities are re-opening in phases.
Within each phase, there are invariably social-distancing guidelines or even laws imposed by local health authorities. One of the challenges retailers currently face is managing their stores’ occupancy level and adhere to guidelines and regulations from health experts and authorities.

Occupancy compliance today
By combining network cameras with video analytics, retailers can monitor the number of customers in their stores at a single time and even display the occupancy information at the store entrance. Once a store’s occupancy reaches a certain threshold, a warning message can be displayed on a linked digital display or an audio warning can be triggered to remind customers to stay safe.
This intelligent network solution can help maintain a safe environment by regulating the number of customers entering a store, allowing staff to focus on customer service while remaining compliant.

Improved performance tomorrow
When the pandemic eases, the same technology can be used to analyse customer flows and identify peak visiting times. This can help to inform future decisions – such as store planning and effective staff allocation – and measuring the success of marketing campaigns.

Intelligent technology for a smarter, safer world
The current crisis has overturned old business practices. While retailers are quickly adapting to the new normal, it is important, now more than ever, to focus on innovative, dependable business solutions while at the same time ensuring customer safety as they shop.

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Installing BNC Coaxial Cable Connectors

What’s the best way to terminate BNC connectors for analogue CCTV cameras?

A: The secret to successful connecting and termination of cables is working in a gentle and exacting manner. The best way to terminate coax cable is as follows:

* Make a 90-degree cut straight across the cable. If you get this wrong, try again a centimetre or so further up till the cut is straight.

* Pick up your 2-step coaxial cable wire stripper and set it to the RG-59 setting using your hex allen key. What you want to do here is expose about 1cm of the cable’s conductor and 1cm of its insulation. When your settings are right, insert the cable into the stripper and close it around the cable.

* Rotate the stripper so the blades strip the coax in the usual 2-stage manner. You need to rotate the stripper 3-5 times always in the same direction. We’ve seen some installers go back the other way using a 180-degree swing in each direction with most unappealing results. Vital here is not to go all the way through the jacket and into the shield – this is the most common error with coax installs. Go nearly all the way through and then pull the jacket to and fro till it separates along the line of the cut. Ripping with the stripper is fine for stripping AWG or zone cable but it’s guaranteed to make a mess of coax more often than not.

* Give the cable a careful inspection. Don’t be afraid to carry a magnifying glass for this purpose. Even if magnifying the cable tip isn’t essential it makes the inspection process easier and much faster because damage will be obvious. Once you’ve established the insulation is not nicked or scratched and there are no whiskers of braid sneaking out of the conductor then you’re ready to crimp the centre pin.

* Seat the centre pin of the BNC onto the stripped conductor. When you’re happy that you’ve got all the conductor into the centre pin for a good contact and that there are no whiskers peeking around the BNC pin’s hole, crimp the centre pin to the conductor with the pin crimp on your ratchet crimper – you’ll use the small pin die. Use firm but not too much pressure and turn the pin to get even crimping.

* Fit the sleeve ferrule over the pin and the still exposed insulation. What you want to do is slide the ferrule down over the pin and then put the BNC connector body onto the end of the cable. Doing this will force the braid to spread and you want to press the connector all the way down the braided shield without applying excessive force. All the time this process is going on make sure no stray whiskers are being bent back outside the connector body by its downward passage. Also vital is to ensure that the pin flange sits on the exposed insulation and that the pin top is flush with the top of the BNC body.

* Slip the crimp ferrule sleeve up till it covers the exposed shield braid all the way to shoulder of the connector body. You then need to get your ratchet crimper and set it to the right diameter using that Allen key. Put the crimper over the ferrule sleeve and put firm and even pressure on the crimper handles till the ferrule is perfectly crimped to the connector body.

* Next you should give the completed connector a careful inspection to make sure it’s a solid and sturdy unit. Flex the cable and give a firm but not destructive tug on the cable holding the connector body to ensure its properly held and won’t come apart at the slightest disturbance.

Now you’re done. BNC connectors built this way by studious technicians make excellent connections that, if environmental conditions aren’t extreme, should easily outlast the systems they are serving.