Making the right security decisions

Residential estates are wonderful places to live, offering luxury, space, relaxation (often including sports facilities) and security. And it’s in the security aspect that problems often arise. It’s a cliché, but when estates are designing their houses and facilities for residents, only the best will do; when it comes to security, the best is often…

Video management software suite

The CathexisVision IP Video Management Software suite provides an extensive range of sophisticated solutions to satisfy all security and infrastructure management requirements across a wide variety of market sectors. These sectors include retail, banking, mining, education campuses, residential and commercial estates, manufacturing, healthcare, transport, logistics and city surveillance among many others. The open architecture enables the seamless integration of IP cameras, recording servers, viewing infrastructure, and a wide range of third-party systems suited to various applications. This provides clients with optimum security solutions and maximum return on investment.

Cathexis Technologies demonstrates the power of VMS at Izinga Estate

Cathexis Technologies has successfully completed the installation of a fully integrated video management software (VMS) system to support the surveillance and third-party security systems for Izinga Estate, one of the most sought-after residential estates in KwaZulu-Natal. Izinga is a high-end residential estate comprised of four separate gated communities, located just north of uMhlanga Ridge in KwaZulu-Natal. Designed for discerning buyers that are looking for luxurious coastal living combined with the tranquillity of coastal life, Izinga has become one of the most sought-after residential investments in the region. The estate is characterised by wide open spaces, walkways and indigenous landscaping, and is conveniently located close to a bustling hub. As one would expect, the estate is managed by an active management association and a fully integrated security management system.

Making cents out of the security mix

While the increasing adoption of security technology has seen a marked reduction in the volume of manpower required for banking and financial institution security, it would seem that the optimum choice would be a combination of the best of both domains. Hi-Tech Security Solutions chats to industry specialists about the security mix, cybercrime and the…

ASIS Dubai breakfast meeting

This month’s Dubai chapter meeting is sponsored and hosted by Cathexis. Cathexis will host our chapter meeting at the Rove Hotel in Downtown Dubai. The topic for the meeting will be: Building Value into Modern Video Surveillance. About the Speaker.

Brecher, an Electronics Engineer has over two decades of experience in the electronics industry, of which he has spent about 15 years in the IP surveillance technology space. Gus is a regular speaker at events where he is invited to share his knowledge on the latest technologies and innovations being deployed within the video surveillance sector.

The question of value

Anyone can throw a few cameras on a few poles or screw them into a wall and say they have installed a surveillance system, but will that system actually deliver value? Will the needs of the end user be met in terms of secur-ity or will they simply be able to say they have a surveillance system and perhaps get a little discount from their insurance company?

What lies ahead in 2018?

The start of a new year always brings predictions of what we can expect to see happening in the coming year, and this year is no different. To find out what the physical security industry is expecting in 2018, Hi-Tech Security Solutions asked a few of the leading players what they expect and how they see the year panning out in South and southern Africa.

VMS for effective campus security

IP video surveillance systems are one of the most popular and effective security systems on the market today, gaining traction in various markets across the globe and particularly in educational institutions such as schools, campuses and universities. VMS solutions need to be proactive and results-oriented, providing a safe and secure environment, but also an infrastructure management tool. IP surveillance can assist in managing protest action, managing discipline challenges and even vehicle traffic flow when it comes to parking areas and the flow of students between classes.

Access at speed

Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) or Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) can support the access control function by allowing preregistered vehicles automatic entrance to a facility. Not only does it allow for simpler and faster access, but the location of a vehicle can be tracked wherever there are suitable cameras onsite, and one can do additional identity checks of the person in the vehicle to ensure that the individual is supposed to be in that vehicle.

Integrated mining surveillance

When it comes to safeguarding the mining industry, there’s no easy way out. There are a host of unique problems that drive security and surveillance requirements on mining sites. One issue with mining is that these sites are often very remote and far removed from major metropolitan areas, meaning significantly less infrastructure to work with, which can make our task more challenging.

Measurable policies and multi-layered approach hit the mother lode

Extremely large sites, multiple facilities, high volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and very valuable assets are common characteristics of mining operations. Securing these behemoths is often a logistical nightmare as threats from common thieves to illegal miners are added to the inherent safety and security risks synonymous with mine complexes. Hi-Tech Security Solutions discusses solutions with industry specialists.

Enhancing Estate Control Rooms

World-class security systems that offer peace-of-mind may be one of the biggest contributing factors for an increasing number of local and international buyers in some of South Africa’s luxury lifestyle estates. For those that can afford it, the allure of comfortable and convenient living, combined with the assurance that comes with a well-established, carefully managed and holistic security system is rapidly driving investment.

Advances in Video Analytics

As the resolutions of digital surveillance cameras have increased and new technologies such as thermal imaging have been introduced, the ability to detect details and recognize objects has improved dramatically. To assist in automating recognition tasks and reduce the chances of human error, analytics technologies are continually advancing to keep pace by not only alerting to potential threats but also reducing the occurrence of false alarms

Cathexis at Securexpo East Africa

Cathexis Technologies, a globally-recognised Video Management Software Developer, will be exhibiting at Securexpo East Africa, from 8-10 November 2016 at the Visa Oshwal Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

Cathexis will showcase the latest features from its CathexisVision IP Video Management Software. Given the recent launch of CathexisVision 2017, visitors will experience an extended range of new features, culminating in the most sophisticated, yet intuitive security and infrastructure management tool available on the market today

All about efficiency

Cathexis used its sponsorship of iLegal 2016 to highlight the enhancements it made to its locally developed CathexisVision video management software. The company’s stand had numerous videos on display demonstrating the capabilities of the VMS, whether it was collecting number plates and the speed of cars on a highway or tracking people entering restricted areas.

Security integration not simple, but beneficial

Commercial environments are no longer looking for individual security solutions. Today they want a package that offers all the aspects of security they need. Part of the reason for this move is cost based – it’s supposedly cheaper and more convenient to get it all from one supplier. Another reason is the need for integrated solutions that talk to each other for easier management and improved security.

Grows in leaps and bounds

In the past financial year, KZN-based Cathexis Africa experienced a growth of 52% in South Africa. Since the beginning of the 2015 financial year in July, the company is on track to post a similar growth pattern. Given the current economic recession, how is this possible? Hi-Tech Security Solutions spoke to Cathexis Africa managing director Gus Brecher about the company’s blueprint for success and sustainability.

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Residential estate security

Gus Brecher of Cathexis, who was also a speaker at the seminar, says that events like this are an excellent forum for suppliers, installers and end users in the residential estate security sector. Not only was the seminar and exhibition extremely well supported by the KwaZulu-Natal market, but it indicated the synergy and symbiosis that exists between each member in the supply chain.

Reaping more rewards with banking surveillance technology

While a security system is often sidelined as a grudge purchase in most sectors, there can be no debate about its critical importance in the banking sector.

Intelligent security systems are now more important than ever before as banks try to guard against both internal and external fraud in an ever worsening economic climate. That’s to say nothing of the ever present threat of a potential armed robbery. Taking all this into account, banking is one industry where effective security is a non-negotiable must.

POPI to profit

iLegal 2014 took place in August this year and was pronounced a success by all the attendees as well as the presenters. This year the conference once again looked at the legal responsibilities in meeting technical challenges, specifically but not exclusively focusing on realising the potential of CCTV.

Meet your ESDA member: Return on investment beyond security

Cathexis is a South African-based electronic and software systems development and manufacturing company, specialising in digital surveillance solutions for the international market. The company has been developing solutions for the industry for more than 18 years, and has a significant blue-chip customer base across the globe. Cathexis products can be found in many diverse vertical…

Standardising the standards

Standards are the one thing missing in the South African security industry. From the regulator, PSIRA, down to individual installers and integrators, there are no standards that determine who qualifies to install or integrate security technologies, who companies should hire and how employees should be treated and so forth. The above paragraph is obviously incorrect.…

Surveillance on par

Prince’s Grant Golf Estate is on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. This golf estate has recently upgraded its security system including its CCTV infrastructure. Prince’s Grant required a system integrator to implement a turnkey integrated security solution that would cater for access control, CCTV, electric fence, biometrics and physical security. Bidvest Magnum came up with…