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What are the video surveillance needs for multi-site monitoring and management?

Bjorn Eilertsen

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A&S International magazine recently interviewed Milestone Chief Technology Officer Bjorn Eilertsen, about the requirements to consider for multi-site video monitoring and management. Let’s see what he says…

Q: What makes a good video surveillance system for multi-site environments (e.g., remote monitoring)? 

A: It is important to realize that every installation is different. This means that the video management software (VMS) should be able to adapt to different network topologies, speed and security levels. The same goes for camera connection types, management needs and storage topologies. Flexibility is the key here, as the needs for monitoring awareness might rapidly change according to the situation.

Networked systems are typically contnually expanding – sometimes adding new network nodes, other times increasing capacity or redundancy.  The VMS used in a multi-site context should be network transparent, easily adaptable and capable of handling these needs in a sensible way. We believe that only a true open platform VMS is capable of meeting these demands. – Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone

Q: In regard to Network Attached Storage (NAS), what are the key features necessary for multi-site environments? What are some advanced features?

A: Networked Attached Storage, Storage Area Networks or Cloud storage are all networked storage technologies. They each have their use, but require careful evaluation with regards to security, access, user permissions, redundancy, network topology and bandwidth. Since the recording server is handling all access to the video data base, the storage technology is transparent to the VMS.

Q: What are the major challenges and concerns in multi-site management and monitoring? How does your company help overcome these issues?

A: This type of solution places high demands on the management functions and clients. Often multi-site systems have a large number of cameras. The operational awareness must not be affected by the added complexity of a multi-site solution. We have designed our clients – from mobile clients to large Smart Walls – to provide perfect situational awareness no matter if they are to be used in single-site or multi-site installations.

Milestone also has our ONVIF bridge that enables XProtect installations to be a part of non-Milestone multi-site installations. This is unique to Milestone. Furthermore, multi-site solutions are by concept vulnerable to cyber attacks. This is one of the reasons we have a system Hardening Guide, which underscores our dedication to driving awareness in our community on this important aspect, and adding cyber security features to our software. – Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO Milestone Systems

Q: Does your company provide any technical support for systems integrators, especially for cross-country networking?

A: Yes – we have standard free support, and our partners can purchase Milestone Care extended support for their customers, to fit the type and level of support perfectly to their needs whether it’s local, regional or global support. The Milestone open platform community also enables partners to participate in global knowledge sharing.

Q: What is the best system topology for multi-site management and monitoring?

Bjorn Eilertsen, CTO, Milestone Systems

A: It depends on the specific needs. There is no single best solution. It is important that the chosen VMS is flexible, adaptable and extendable according to changing needs. The needs in multi-site environments might change over time – and often quite rapidly.

Q: What newer technologies and trends are multi-site video monitoring/management systems embracing (e.g., cloud, IoT, big data, etc.)?

A: To us there is no difference between single-site and multi-site systems regarding Cloud, Internet of Safety Things (IoST) or large data. Cloud is a platform game, Internet of Safety Things is a matter of device support, and large data is a matter of handling the huge amount of data from video sources. None of this relates directly to network topology beyond bandwidth issues. With the open platform design of Milestone software, we can adapt to new technologies and handle them, thanks to the solution power of the Milestone partner community.

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5 best practices for container orchestration in IT production

If your enterprise IT operations organization has moved to container technology such as Docker, you’re likely dealing with container orchestration systems within IT production. These systems include Apache Mesos, Google Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and a few smaller players.

If you haven’t been paying attention to container orchestration technology, you should. It's just as important as the containers themselves. The products allow you to schedule containers to start and stop, as well as scale container usage through managed container clusters.

Here's what's important about container orchestration engines: Without them, containers would be a really nice, distributed, and portable architecture, but they wouldn't be able to scale to enterprise needs. Container orchestration engines solve the scaling problem, or at least part of the problem.

At issue is IT production, which is tasked with actually making this stuff work, and making it work well. At least four nines (i.e., 99.99%) uptime is expected these days, and considering that most of this technology is new in the market, that’s asking a lot from those charged with container production. 

So what best practices should IT operations managers and staff charged with IT production be considering as they move container-based applications into production? While there are existing operations patterns around virtualization, those in IT operations find out quickly that containers are not virtual machines. Indeed, there are not many existing IT operations analogs to consider.

Considering this void, the time is right to define core best practices for container orchestration for IT production. Here are five of the most important steps. 

Go to TB LearnHow to manage the container-based environment

1.  Set up demarcation lines for moving into production

While this is a common traditional practice, those who deal with containers often don’t understand the path from development to production. When dealing with container orchestration, there needs to be a staging platform, which is typically at the end of a DevOps process and tool chain. Those containers need to be tested, integrated, validated, and made ready for staging.

When in staging, they should be running with or within an orchestration system such as Kubernetes, which is an exact copy of the production configuration. Once proven to be stable, the containers can then be promoted from staging to production. Finally, they need to be capable of rollback at any time if issues occur with the new deployment. In many cases, rollback is an automatic process. 

2.  Automate reporting of issues found in container orchestration production

Things can go wrong, especially when you consider how containers operate within orchestration systems.

Given that production and development are now linked (via DevOps practices), it’s important that there be automatic reporting of issues found within containers that move into production.

Developers need to understand what’s going wrong using continuous reporting of issues and need to react to issues with fixes that are continuously tested, integrated, and deployed so that the issues can be resolved in a short amount of time.

3.  Monitor, monitor, monitor

The nice thing about running container orchestration systems, whether in the cloud or on premises, is the number of monitoring and management tools that are available to watch over the containers. These monitoring systems have several core capabilities and advantages including:

  • The ability to gather detailed data over time and use that data to spot trends that could indicate you’re moving toward a failure. These tools pull data from the container orchestration systems, such as use of memory, processor, network, I/O, etc., and they determine relationships that indicate system health, including aspects of the system that may need attention.

  • The ability for the monitoring system to take automatic action based on its findings. For instance, if a network error is beginning to show up on console, then shutting down the hub that seems to be originating those errors could avoid a total outage. Policies are set up within the monitoring software that allow you to do this via established rules.

4. Back up data automatically, including disaster recovery and business continuity

There are those who manage container orchestration production without a good understanding of where the data is or how it needs to be backed up, preserved, and available for restoration. These are requirements that must be dealt with, whether you’re on the public cloud or not.

Containers, including containers that work within orchestration systems, store data either within the container where the application is running, or, more likely, via an external database that may be container-based but typically is not. No matter where the data exists, it must be replicated to secondary and independent storage systems and protected in some way.

While many believe that public clouds have disaster recovery already built in, in most cases, you’re going to be recovering data that’s been accidentally removed or corrupted. While public cloud does have some failover capabilities, you need to ensure that these more fine-grained data recovery operations are defined and workable. They are not automatic; you need to set them up and test them well.

In addition, many of these backup and recovery mechanisms should be user-driven processes available to a range of users. If you limit control to only a few operations managers, you will soon find that developers and other end users will need to recover data more times than it is actually available to them. Security and governance controls allows these non-ops staffers to recover what they need to recover, in line with enterprise policies and laws. 

5. Plan for production capacity

Most important of all of the best practices listed here is capacity planning for production. Again, both on-premises and public cloud–based systems need this consideration.

The idea is simple in theory but difficult to carry out. You need to understand the current capacity requirements, in terms of infrastructure needed by the container orchestration systems. This includes servers, storage, network, databases, etc. Moreover, you need to predict what will be needed in the near future, mid-range future, and longer term.

The trick is to understand the interrelationship between the containers, container orchestration, and any supporting systems (e.g., databases) and their impact upon capacity. For example, say you have five instances of container orchestration systems which include 2 staging and 3 production systems and which require 20 servers configured in specific ways.

These servers can be configured virtually within a public cloud provider, or physically using traditional methods. Of course, these servers have needs as well, including storage, networking, security, monitoring, power, etc. You need to model that capacity as well.

The point is to understand current containers in production, as well as what the growth will look like over the next five years. Using the forecast growth of the containers in production, you should be able to figure out the impact to other infrastructure and understand those capacity issues. That needs to be modeled so there are no surprises around growth.

Public cloud users are happy to know that they can provision capacity as it’s needed, on demand. However, this does not solve all their problems, in terms of budgeting and understanding which cloud servers will be needed. What’s more, you need to consider that container orchestration systems are themselves delivered as cloud services, so their management may be less in your hands than in the hands of the cloud provider.

Time for trial-and-error

The success of IT production in the age of containers is based upon the ability to keep an open mind and experiment with new processes and technology. While a trial-and-error approach may scare many folks in IT production, the reality is that you have little choice.

Of course, this should not be too tall an order for IT production, which typically changes its processes and tools every five to ten years. Change in the world of IT is a constant. The rise of containers and container orchestration requires that you change again. 

Those charged with production of container orchestration need to understand that they are breaking new ground, but they can rely on older processes to provide a good starting point for how to operate these systems. Given the rise of DevOps and the logical coupling of development and operations, this is a good time to renew your processes and set your culture in the right direction.

Go to TB LearnHow to manage the container-based environment

3M Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.

The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.

“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”

Highlights:

  • 3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.

  • 3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.

  • 3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.

  • 3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”

  • For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

  • Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.

  • Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.

  • Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.

  • Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.

  • Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.

3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport

About 3M 
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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Qognify set to demonstrate Qblock video storage solution at European expo

PEARL RIVER, NY May 18, 2017 Qognify, the leader in big data solutions for physical security and operations, today announced that it will showcase its comprehensive portfolio, including new solutions shown for the first time in Europe, when the company returns to IFSEC International 2017 in June.

The Qognify solutions that will be showcased on stand F950:

  • Qblock - launched in March 2017, Qblock is an enterprise class, converged VMS and NAS (Network Attached Storage) turnkey solution specifically designed for the security market. Qblock combines the market's leading Dell EMC Isilon storage with Qognify's VisionHub VMS, creating a state-of-the-art IT grade solution with zero data loss, low risk deployment, centralized management, as well as seamless expansion and scalability without the need for re-architecture.
  • VisionHub - the award-winning, next generation Video Management Solution includes new, robust VMS capabilities and extends to offer situational awareness and effective security incident management. Winner of the CCTV System of the Year title by the UK's Security & Fire Excellence Awards, VisionHub delivers increased situational awareness and incident management capabilities by integrating and unifying additional layers of information from core safety and security.
  • Situator 8.5 - Qognify's market leading Situation Management / PSIM solution now includes actionable intelligence via its Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) module: providing organizations with capabilities that allow them to proactively anticipate and respond to both impending risks, upcoming events and operational issues.
  • Suspect Search- a patented video analytics solution and winner of multiple awards, Suspect Search reduces the time it takes law enforcement and security organizations to locate a person on video from hours or days to minutes during real-time situations as well as for forensics.

Qognify's suite of mobile situational awareness and management apps, leveraging multimedia information from field personnel to provide the control room with location based, real time, rich data about security and operational incidents.  

"Qognify will proudly demonstrating its most extensive security solution portfolio to date," commented Moti Shabtai, CEO and President of Qognify. "Since launching Qblock earlier this year, it has been very well received for its innovation, scalability and high availability. The mobile app suite which will be shown at IFSEC is a further extension of capabilities to field personnel, which will enable organizations to gain unprecedented situational awareness to help ensure the highest levels of security, safety, and operational efficiency. We look forward to introducing these to visitors to IFSEC International 2017."

About Qognify  

Qognify helps organizations mitigate risk, maintain business continuity, and optimize operations. The Qognify portfolio includes video management, video and data analytics, and PSIM/ Situation Management solutions that are deployed in financial institutions, transportation agencies, airports, seaports, utility companies, city centers, and to secure many of the world's highest-profile public events. http://www.Qognify.com

Matrox Graphics newest standalone multiviewer card offers versatility

MONTREAL May 16, 2017 Today, Matrox® Graphics announced the immediate availability of the award-winning Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display card.

Shipping today, the new PCI Express® card offers H.264 decoding of two 4Kp60, four 4Kp30, eight 1080p60, sixteen 1080p30 or many more SD streams. Four DisplayPort™ outputs—at resolutions up to 4K per display—make it a cost-effective, easy-to-integrate multiviewer for control rooms and AV presentation systems in security, corporate, defense, aerospace, utilities, government, medical, and education environments.

Buzz surrounding the Mura IPX decode and display card began last year; at its debut appearance, the card brought home a Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2016. Specifically, MURA-IPX-O4DF is a PCIe® x8 Gen2 card delivering high-density H.264 decoding and 4K video display in 32-bit color on each of the four DisplayPort outputs.

"The Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display card allows for some of the industry's highest density IP-enabled multiviewer applications," said Fadhl Al-Bayaty, product manager, Matrox Graphics. "By providing multiple outputs on the same card, tied with powerful control software, video wall integrators and system builders have everything they need to deliver a modern multiviewer."

The standalone card is a uniquely "system-free" card, making for an energy efficient and versatile solution available in all environments a multiviewer is required.

Al-Bayaty elaborated on this point, “Only requiring the PCIe for power means the Mura IPX decode & display is much more than system independent, it doesn’t require the system at all.”

AV integrators are provided all of the controls to deploy video walls with Matrox MuraControl™ video wall management software for Windows® and iPad®, and the Matrox Network API enables ISVs to expose new capabilities within their own software. Added functionality specifically for multiviewer applications has been integrated into the cards, with text overlay to indicate window titles, stream sources, locations, or zones, and onscreen clock providing a temporal reference for accurate stream monitoring.

Availability

Matrox Mura IPX 4K IP decode and display cards are available now . The Mura IPX decode and display card will be featured as part of Matrox’s product lineup at InfoComm 2017 (Orlando, June 14-16, Booth 1973).

About Matrox Graphics Inc.

Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Genetec to add latest version of Free-Flow with its Security Center platform

MONTREAL MAY 10, 2017 Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions will showcase the latest version of AutoVu™ Free-Flow off-street parking management solution at this year’s IPI Conference and Expo in New Orleans, at booth #1115. Designed to help increase parking enforcement efficiency by providing a real-time inventory of vehicles parked illegally in monitored parking lots, Free-Flow will now be offered within Genetec Security Center, the company’s unified security platform that combines video surveillance, access control and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR).

Catching parked vehicles in violation is a challenge for many parking organizations. Business managers estimate that they apprehend less than a quarter of parking violators. With AutoVu Free-Flow, parking enforcement officers can easily identify lots with unenforced violations and dynamically adjust their patrol routes to maximize violation capture rates. A growing number of parking property owners are investigating gateless parking to reduce vehicle congestion and provide a more convenient and efficient parking experience. AutoVu Free-Flow provides the technology to forego using gates, while maintaining compliance with parking rules.

With Free-Flow now an integral part of Security Center, parking managers will be able to monitor occupancy and violations across all their parking lots, directly from one location. Genetec™ Plan Manager provides an added interactive and graphical mapping application allows operators to better visualize and manage environments. With Plan Manager and Free-Flow in Security Center, parking lot owners will now be able to dynamically navigate and oversee a large number of properties via their installed ALPR and associated video surveillance cameras for real-time, correlative coverage.

When parking occupancy reaches a certain threshold, parking managers can rely on Free-Flow to trigger actions advising customers that parking space count is low, or the lot is full or closed using third party signage within the parking property. This allows parking officers to direct customers accordingly and better-manage lots, especially in complex urban environments.

“Free-Flow provides parking officers a real-time view of how many vehicles are in parking lots across all their facilities, and how many are parked illegally. With these precise details of where and when violations are taking place, parking managers know where to dispatch officers to ensure higher compliance,” said Charles Pitman, Product Marketing Manager at Genetec. “Taking advantage of map-based information and communicating parking availability improves the customer experience. Meanwhile, business owners gain access to a trove of data that helps them make better informed parking infrastructure and policy decisions,” added Pitman

All attendees at the IPI Tradeshow (New Orleans, May 24th 2017) are encouraged to attend ‘A Pragmatic Look at Big Data: Perspectives from License Plate Recognition’. This speaking session will be presented by Charles Pitman, Product Marketing Manager for AutoVu. The talk will be held from 9:15-10:15 AM in rooms 238 and 239 of the Ernest N Morial Convention Center.

The first series of updates for Genetec Free-Flow are expected to be available at the end of May 2017. Additional updates are planned in early July 2017, and are available through any AutoVu premier or certified fixed partner. For more information and updates on AutoVu Free-Flow, visit: https://www.genetec.com/solutions/resources/autovu-free-flow-feature-focus

About Genetec

Genetec develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec, visit: http://www.genetec.com

3M releases latest version of license plate reader software

ST. PAUL‚ MN May 11, 2017 Law enforcement agencies bring stability to a world that is full of uncertainty, which is a task that requires the most advanced and up-to-date technology. In order to make agencies operate more efficiently, 3M is proud to announce the second upgrade to 3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software, making the first ALPR software powered by data fusion analytics even better. Plate Alert is an advanced and comprehensive back-office software that features new capabilities for officers and uses proactive alerts and data fusion analytics to provide instant and useful information for law enforcement.

3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software version 1.2 contains a significant number of new features and improvements, including upgraded data sharing, investigative power, and data security. Additionally, the new version also improves the ease-of-use to both new users, as well as experienced users who may be migrating from other systems.

With the updated Plate Alert software, data sharing is now easier, quicker, and more secure. Information can be shared to and from 3M’s previous back-office software systems, also known as BOSS, through the data sharing interface in both systems, thus enabling the users of Plate Alert to run license plate inquiries against BOSS databases and quickly return results, and vice versa. This functionality allows users to maintain the connection with the agencies using BOSS, while seamlessly transitioning to Plate Alert.

When it comes to license plate analysis, one of the most important factors is the investigative power of the software. Version 1.2 of 3M’s Plate Alert software provides improved and upgraded investigative tools. Plate Alert can now be configured to include data from vehicle identification databases or systems, such as Intrinsic’s Mantis vehicle identification software. Once configured, additional metadata like make, model, color and body can be included in the license plate reads, which allows users to search vehicle details through data inquiries.

After a license plate search is completed, using the convey-on-demand feature, users can identify vehicles driving together with the vehicle found in the result with one click. Investigators can use this function to detect stalking suspects, and associate vehicles or gang members in drug interdiction. Plate Alert can now generate common plate analysis based on date, time, location, and other information. This feature assists police agencies to discover hidden correlations and find investigative leads.

The new version of Plate Alert also provides improved data security through enhanced data encryption; more powerful auditing and reporting, along with configurable system settings, allow agencies to meet their own data security policies.

“3M is proud of the partnership we have with law enforcement agencies, and we continuously work to build and improve software that makes their jobs easier,” said Olivia He, Global Marketing Manager of ALPR. “The 3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software version 1.2 features upgrades that allow agencies to find connections between an increased number of sources in a shorter amount of time, improving the user experience and the results provided.”

In addition to the increased data sharing, investigative power, and data security, the enhanced version of 3M’s Plate Alert Software features a variety of additional upgrades. These updates include: enriched content in email alerts, active directory, open street map, simple alert list parsing and filtering, and multi-server installation. The new version of 3M's Plate Alert software is available free of charge to all current customers that are under warranty or support.

For more information on 3M™ Plate Alert Analytical ALPR Software version 1.2, please visit www.3m.com/PlateAlert.

Nexar solution allows cities to use smartphone, in-car video to manage traffic, infrastructure

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NEW YORK May 10, 2017 Today Nexar , the provider of the world's first vehicle-to-vehicle network for preventing road collisions and enabling autonomous mobility, launched CityStream, a solution that creates digital road maps and captures high-frequency, localized data from the road in real-time.

Using the Nexar connected-dashcam network, CityStream is digitizing the public space and is opening up Nexar's car-sourced data to cities looking for actionable insights into traffic patterns, real-time vehicle routing, city dynamics and infrastructure management.

As part of the launch, Nexar has created an animated video (nxr.cm/citystream) illustrating the connected dashcam network, as well as the CityStream data platform, and the way in which the technology can benefit cities and other municipalities in real-time.

To date, most efforts to gain visibility of a city's roadways require expensive, stationary hardware that has a limited reach. Nexar's CityStream provides an innovative solution by leveraging smartphones that millions of city drivers already own, and as a result, turning every vehicle into a sensor that visually scans the road providing invaluable insights. Nexar's mobile app uses on-device artificial intelligence (AI) to create a digital map to capture the driving scene and produces a low-latency information 'firehose' of GIS tagged objects of road obstacles, traffic conditions, and the state of infrastructure.  

Nexar's approach dramatically changes the economics of smart city projects, significantly reducing the initial cost of deployment, and allowing for rapid integration of new traffic, navigation and operation applications. Municipalities and city agencies can benefit from this data in real-time by unlocking a variety of applications, such as congestion management, first response management, parking and mass transportation optimization, city sanitation operations, and public safety.

"Currently, even the most heavily trafficked cities have only a barebones understanding of what's actually happening on their roads, and so they can't effectively improve operational efficiency," said Eran Shir, CEO of Nexar. "With CityStream, we've pioneered a solution that leverages our Open Vehicle Network and provides a detailed 'x-ray' of any given city every minute-instant, life-saving and time-saving value."

A clearer understanding of the city provides valuable insights for navigation, fleets and ride-sharing services as well. Their drivers are dependent on precise routes and optimized estimated-time-of-arrival (ETA) as they are determined to maximize the efficiency of their driving routes every day.

"We partnered with Nexar and gained access to CityStream with the intent of gaining a live understanding of obstacles and other road events that could influence our planning and ETA," said Oren Shoval, Co-Founder and VP Engineering at ride-sharing service Via. "CityStream's APIs help us strive towards our ultimate goal of providing the most efficient and predictable ride-sharing service possible."

About Nexar 

Nexar connects cars in the world's largest open vehicle-to-vehicle network. Leveraging connected smartphones and car cameras and sensors, Nexar provides real-time alerts to prevent vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian collisions. To join our network and help us rid the world of car crashes, you may download the Nexar app in Google Play or Apple App stores. For more information, please visit: http://www.getnexar.com .

Leveraging millions of car-sourced road miles jointed with sensor-fusion, deep-learning, map-layering and artificial intelligence driving-cognition technologies Nexar provides a series of data products and services for the Automotive, Insurance and Mapping industries. To learn more on our data products and APIs contact [email protected]

Lockheed Martin drone system used by law enforcement to aid in special needs search and rescue operations

VINEYARD, UT May 10, 2017 Sheriff's agencies are poised to use the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Indago quadrotor small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to perform search and rescue operations as part of the Project Lifesaver International (PLI) program that supports clients with autism, Down syndrome and dementia.

Indago is paired with Project Lifesaver's electronic location equipment used by first responders to find special needs individuals who may wander. Upon receiving a distress call, operators can rapidly deploy Indago to locate missing individuals.

Sheriff's offices in New Jersey and Virginia have added the PLI Indago to their inventories, with additional first response agencies soon to join the ranks.

"The Indago UAS will allow us to increase our capabilities in locating a client who has wandered. This new asset will give us the ability to search even more efficiently over a broader area and will increase the probability of a successful recovery," Somerset County New Jersey Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano, who oversees the first sheriff's office in the country to adopt the Indago system. Somerset County has 40 clients enrolled in Project Lifesaver: 23 children who have autism or Down syndrome and 17 adults who have dementia.

"The Indago will give Project Lifesaver agency members the ability to have an airborne asset available quickly to enhance their search capability in bringing loved ones home," said Gene Saunders, Founder and CEO of Project Lifesaver.

First responders have relied on manned aircraft to conduct aerial search and rescue operations. Indago reduces the response time and increases the efficiency of search efforts when time is critical. The 5-lb., collapsible Indago system can be stored in the trunk of any squad car and deployed within a matter of minutes.

"Coupling the Project Lifesaver antenna and control elements with the Indago system expands signal detectability, serves as an airborne relay, and greatly improves the probability of location success across broad search areas," said Rich Bonnett, Indago program manager, Lockheed Martin unmanned systems. "This innovative technology is available for Project Lifesaver agents to further their important public safety mission, and more importantly, to reunite individuals with their families and caretakers."

Indago is used in tasks spanning firefighting, disaster relief, precision agriculture and coastal erosion monitoring. The proven and reliable system has an industry-leading flight time surpassing 45 minutes, and provides high quality data with an electro-optic infrared gimbaled imager to enhance situational awareness and enable real-time decision-making.

Lockheed Martin has five decades of experience in unmanned and autonomous systems for air, land and sea. From the depths of the ocean to the rarified air of the stratosphere, Lockheed Martin's unmanned systems help our military, civil and commercial customers accomplish their most difficult challenges.

For more information about Indago, including the new Indago 3 system, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/procerus/indago-uas.html.  For additional information about Lockheed Martin autonomous and unmanned systems, visit: www.lockheedmartin.com/unmanned.

About Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver International (PLI) is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, other first responders and caregivers with equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer's disease, Autism, and Down syndrome. To date Project Lifesaver agencies have conducted over 3,254 successful rescues. Most who wander are found within a few miles from home, and search times have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. Recovery times for PLI clients average 30 minutes — 95% less time than standard operations. Visit www.projectlifesaver.org.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Zistos unveils new tanker inspection system for trains and trucks

The new Tanker Inspection System is a powerful tool for security teams to facilitate drug and contraband searches of rail and truck tankers. The System can expedite searches at border crossings and other known locations for smuggling while increasing the safety of the teams by eliminating the need for a confined space entry.

This uniquely-configured video pole camera system is inserted into the tanker hatch. Two horizontal stabilizer rods span the hatch and allow the pole camera to stay situated without the need for the operator to support its weight in position. The Tanker Inspection System utilizes a self-illuminating, 40X optical zoom camera positioned at a right angle on the end of a pole. The camera can rotate 360° in a horizontal plane, and the angle can be adjusted by rocking the pole on its horizontal mounting rods. Images are viewed on a 5.6” LCD display that can record live video or still images to an SD card, or transmitted via Wi-Fi to a network or Smartphone for later review.

www.zistos.com/index.php/products/industrial

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