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April 2019

Automatic License Plate Recognition

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VideoXpert Plates

VideoXpert Plates is an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system for capturing and detecting vehicle plates.

VideoXpert Plates is an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system for video streams, used to detect and capture vehicle license plates. It enables access control for parking lots, compares plate reads to user lists to identify VIPs or suspicious vehicles, and generally provides visibility to the vehicle traffic in an area.

Speed and Accuracy:

Delivers highly accurate, globally deployable plate identification using advanced Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine technology.

Automatically Protect Restricted Areas:

VideoXpert Plates automatically controls entry or exit applications, such as gates, fences and parking garage doors.

Single System with Extensive Camera Compatibility:

Customers can deploy this solution globally without the need for additional engines or database purchases. They can also simultaneously read and track vehicle plates from multiple states, provinces, and countries, including vehicles that cross borders.

VideoXpert Plates will be available for purchase on April 30th.

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Credit Union Chooses ‘Tried and True’ Video Solution

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Interra Credit Union standardizes on March Networks

When Interra Credit Union decided it was time for a major upgrade of its video surveillance system last year, Joel Richard, Vice President of Retail Operations and Brook Germann, Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Loss Prevention, turned to their security systems integrator Convergint Technologies for options.

The credit union, based in Goshen, 140 miles north of Indianapolis, Indiana, had a legacy March Networks video surveillance system that was installed in 2006, as well as several third-party systems acquired through mergers with other area financial institutions. Very little was done to upgrade the system during the ensuing 11 years, but in 2017 the credit union’s board and executive management team backed Richard and his team and reinvestment in the system.

“We went through a budgeting process and spent a lot of time deciding what we needed,” said Richard. “We knew we wanted to improve our surveillance coverage and camera quality. We also wanted to be on one unified system.”

Reliability was key

Interra Credit Union looked at competitive solutions, but ended up deciding to continue with March Networks.

“We asked Convergint Technologies to show us some options, but the positive experience we had with March Networks weighed heavily in its favor,” said Germann, a retired law enforcement officer who joined the credit union in December 2017.

“I know how important a reliable video surveillance system is when it comes to solving crimes. With this upgrade, we’re much better equipped to keep our employees and members safe while also protecting our assets from losses due to fraud.”

“Reliability was key for us. We used March Networks’ 4000 Series recorders for more than a decade and had very few problems with them.”

“We also liked the new technology we saw from March Networks,” added Richard, “and we already had a good relationship with them and with Convergint Technologies.”

Moving to March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs

Interra Credit Union operates 15 retail banking branches, a training center, a mortgage operations office, and remote ATMs in the local hospital and college training center — all of which are now equipped with state-of-the-art 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs and March Networks IP camerasCommand Enterprise video management software speeds configuration, firmware updates and device settings. The powerful software also transmits real-time health alerts to administrators and features a client interface designed to help users quickly zero in on video evidence.

 

The 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs incorporate an embedded Linux operating system customized to remove unnecessary background services and eliminate frequent system updates. The recorders support simultaneous low bit-rate recording for live video viewing and full resolution recording for investigation purposes. They also feature internal backup batteries that enable a systematic shutdown in the event of an unexpected loss of power.

In addition, the 8000 Series are available with March Networks’ innovative “dock and lock” design, which keeps all camera cables securely connected to the back of the unit for quick and easy installation and maintenance. To further speed service calls and optimize availability, technicians can scan a QR code on each recorder chassis with their March Networks GURU Smartphone App. The app enables them to initiate a Return Material Authorization (RMA), view product warranty information, review and change an IP address, diagnose a problem, run a configuration security audit, view video tutorials and more — all using any smartphone or tablet.

IP cameras for higher resolution video

As part of its upgrade process, Interra Credit Union seized the opportunity to transition to high- definition IP video, selecting March Networks ME4 Series IP Cameras and integrated Oncam 360° cameras. The 360° cameras are installed at employee entrances, where they also provide coverage of the credit union’s drive-thrus, and in office locations where multiple cameras would otherwise be required.

“We didn’t completely retire our analog cameras,” noted Germann. “We repurposed them for use in some less sensitive locations, and installed IP cameras to cover our teller stations, lobbies and other areas where we needed higher resolution video.”

The March Networks video surveillance system is used by the credit union’s retail team, its fraud department and audit team, as well as by its senior executives.

“The retail team,” said Richard, “uses the system to review video of cash handling practices, trip and fall incidents, and accidents in the credit union’s parking lots. We also pay attention to lobby traffic to make sure we have enough staff to serve our members.”

Quickly identifying issues

The intelligent video solution has already enabled Richard and his team to quickly identify and address improper cash handling issues and provide local law enforcement with the clear video evidence required to investigate cases of bank card fraud.

“Just recently,” said Germann, “there was a case of someone using a stolen debit card at one of our ATMs. The same individual had also used the card at several other institutions locally. We pulled the video, supplied it to the police department. The person was arrested and is now facing fraud charges.”

Health monitoring has been ‘huge’

Aside from the far superior video quality made possible by the acquisition of IP cameras, the March Networks system upgrade provides Interra Credit Union with a health monitoring capability that extends to locations not previously equipped with March Networks technology.

“The March Networks health monitoring functionality has been huge for us,” said Germann. “Before, managers were doing audits of the system once a month, but we could be down up to 30 days if we had a hard drive or a camera go down. Now, we’re instantly notified via email and we can go into the system to get details on exactly what the issue is so we can address it immediately.”

The credit union’s decision to remain with March Networks was also based on the opportunity to grow its capabilities in the future by taking advantage of the company’s Searchlight for Bankingsoftware. Searchlight integrates surveillance video with ATM/teller transaction data and optional analytics to provide a wide range of security, operational and business analysis reporting.

“Going forward, our goal is to be more selective about the video we look at and Searchlight does a great job of linking surveillance video with transaction data and flagging high risk transactions,” said Richard. “Searchlight would also alert us to potential instances of ATM fraud such as skimming and cash-out schemes, so it’s definitely something we’re looking at.”

“After serving 22 years in law enforcement,” said Germann, “I know how important a reliable video surveillance system is when it comes to solving crimes. With this upgrade, we’re much better equipped to keep our employees and members safe while also protecting our assets from losses due to fraud.”

Source: March Networks

SECTECH Roadshow

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Innovation that never stops.

The Interlogix team, in partnership with Hills, is hitting the road with SecTech, showcasing the latest smart products for residential and commercial premises.

Talk to the team about the next generation security solution delivering intrusion and access control capabilities like never before.

Push notifications via your mobile phone, reduced installation and programming times, increased functionality with a reduction in hardware and lift control directly off the panel. These features and more are what you can expect from the new range of solutions from Interlogix.

Starting in Melbourne on the 2 May, the team will then head to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth throughout May.

Tecom: We challenge it to do more. Will you?

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U.S. Manufacturer uses Video to Boost Safety and Productivity

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Two of the most important priorities in a manufacturing environment are safety and productivity. Failure to follow safe work practices around machinery on a factory floor can result in serious injury, while poor productivity can erode profits and ultimately threaten the viability of the business.

At WCCO Belting, a Wahpeton, North Dakota-based manufacturer of custom rubber products for agriculture and light-industrial conveyor equipment, a March Networks video surveillance solution plays a key role in enhancing both safety and productivity.

“Recently, for example, we had a minor safety incident on one of our machines that was captured by the March Networks system,” said Michael Marsh, Senior Technology Administrator. “The video not only allowed us to determine the cause of the incident, it also helped us create a proprietary piece of equipment to ensure that the accident would never happen again.”

Video helps increase efficiency

Safety was the main reason WCCO Belting acquired a March Networks system in 2015, but the company soon discovered it could use the technology for other equally important priorities.

“We found that we could use the video solution for time studies, to be more effective and efficient,” said Marsh. WCCO engineers use the video to monitor work processes and then tweak them to speed production, while ensuring optimum quality.”

“We had a minor safety incident on one of our machines that was captured by the March Networks system. The video not only allowed us to determine the cause of the incident, it also helped us create a proprietary piece of equipment to ensure that the accident would never happen again.”

The company selected Marco Technologies as its security system integrator in 2015, and acquired March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs shortly thereafter. Two years later, when WCCO Belting decided to also equip a second production facility in Arlington, Texas, it upgraded to a March Networks Command Recording Software (CRS) solution in North Dakota and moved the 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs to its Texas facility.

At the same time, the company deployed March Networks Command Enterprise video management software to tie all the video from its geographically-dispersed facilities together, said Marsh. The Command Enterprise Software enables WCCO Belting “to oversee everything and manage the entire system from a single point of entry.”

In addition, approximately 50 March Networks IP cameras — including indoor domes with wide dynamic range and outdoor IR bullet cameras — provide crystal-clear video of activity on the company’s factory floors, loading docks and parking lots.

Marsh cites ease of use and outstanding support as the main reasons for selecting the video solution.

Easy to use technology

“The March Networks technology is easy to implement, easy to use and easy to navigate. Support has also been great. When we ran into some early issues, they responded quickly to help resolve the problem.”

“More recently, when we decided to expand the system to include our second location, it was Marco that recommended the March Networks CRS solution and the redeployment of our NVRs to Texas. It was really plug and play. That was the winning piece for us. We didn’t have to uproot a lot of the architecture already in place.”

A system that was easy to rollout was important because WCCO Belting’s IT department does the physical camera install themselves, while partnering with Marco Technologies for remote configuration.

“It’s one of the reasons we like March Networks, because we’re a hands-on IT department,” explained Marsh. “We like to make sure we’re always on top of things and that we understand the equipment we’re working with. If we can’t install it ourselves and need someone to come in and do it for us, it just creates future costs.”

Aside from the IT department, which has administrative access to the system, authorized supervisors and managers at WCCO Belting are able to audit video for safety and security purposes. Temporary access is also provided to engineering staff for time studies.

Marsh and several supervisors also have access to video through March Networks’ Command Mobile app on their smartphones. Available as a free download from the Apple Store and Google Play, Command Mobile runs on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

Remote, after-hours access to video proved valuable during the previously mentioned safety incident, for example, “by allowing managers to pull up video from home and use it to make decisions quickly,” said Marsh.

The video solution has also proven useful to local law enforcement, as some of the ME4 Bullet cameras covering the employee parking lot at the North Dakota facility also have a clear view of North 9th St., a busy artery in the town of 8,000.

Helping law enforcement

 “One day, I was called to the front desk and met by two police officers and three sheriffs,” recalled Marsh. “They wanted to come to my office but didn’t say why. I was never so nervous in my life. Once in my office, they explained that they wanted to see if we had any recorded video to help them solve a hit and run a block and a half down the road. We did, and the video resolution was so good that we were able to quickly track the offending vehicle.”

“We’ve had two law enforcement visits since then, so now when they show up, I know I’m not in trouble,” joked Marsh.

A family-owned business, WCCO Belting was founded in 1954 by Ed Shorma, a Korean War veteran who mortgaged the family car and borrowed $1,500 to buy a shoe repair shop. Propelled by Shorma’s strong work ethic and talent for ingenuity, the business grew and evolved as a manufacturer of rubber belting solutions, leading to Shorma’s recognition as Small Business Person of the Year by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

WCCO Belting is currently led by president and CEO, Tom Shorma, Ed’s son, and has 270 employees — 200 in North Dakota and 70 in Texas. The company’s rubber product solutions are sought after worldwide, and exported to customers in more than 20 countries. The company won North Dakota’s Exporter of the Year award in 2003, and in 2010 and 2016 it was the recipient of the Presidential “E” Award and “E-Star” award for its export promotion efforts.

Source: March Networks