Protecting people’s money, and their data

The temptations inherent to the banking sector, and financial institutions more generally, pit them in an eternal and increasingly high-tech battle to secure themselves against threats from within and without. They also have a responsibility to protect their customers and their data from unauthorised access, and since bank branches are essentially businesses they are seeking ways to improve the customer experience in similar ways to the retail sector.

Addressing all these concerns requires a highly integrated approach that uses the cutting-edge of security technologies across the board. We asked IDEMIA, Cathexis Africa and CA Southern Africa how their companies’ particular areas of expertise are being leveraged in the financial sector.

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Delivering greater control room value

While surveillance has become a key component in security and operations management, a truly integrated security system requires that all aspects of the security system work seamlessly together, while being managed by the heart of the system, which is the control room. Working in a 24/7 security control room environment demands a lot of physical and mental commitment from operators. Thankfully several security product providers are designing and manufacturing products that reduce the risk of human error while enhancing the control room operators’ working environment. Real-time information followed by prompt decision-making and immediate action can make all the difference, which is why sophisticated video management software is central to the control room environment and its operators. The true power of a surveillance system, and what it can offer in terms of security, operations and infrastructure management becomes even more apparent when combined with sophisticated video management software,” says Gus Brecher, managing director of Cathexis Africa and business development director of Cathexis Technologies.

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Cathexis wraps up successful national roadshow

Cathexis Technologies successfully concluded its national CathexisVision Roadshow. With events held in Durban, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Cape Town, the objective was to take the Cathexis story to all current and prospective partners, customers, key decision-makers, installers, integrators, consultants and end-users across the country. This would provide delegates with the opportunity to test-drive the latest technology, while gaining insight into the future of security trends.

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Integrated Campus Security

While school and university campuses should provide a safe and collaborative environment for learning and excellence, they have regrettably also become targets for violent crime. On a global scale these institutions face the threat of abductions, shootings, vandalism and even bomb threats. Closer to home, the impact of mass protest action in recent years has threatened the safety and security of thousands of students and educators across the country.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Integration enhances mining security and operations

Still considered a critical contributor to the local economy, the South African mining sector boasts a total annual income of R550 billion and is one of the country’s biggest employers. With South Africa’s economy built on gold and diamond mining, the sector is an important foreign exchange earner, with gold accounting for more than one-third of exports. Gold mining in South Africa also accounts for over 10% of the world’s gold production.

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Video management software boosting retail operations

The global retail sector is estimated to have achieved revenues of US$ 22.6 trillion in 2015 and should continue to rise to US$ 28 trillion by 2019, according to Research and Markets. Representing 31% of the world’s GDP, the retail sector employs billions of people throughout the globe. The effective management and safeguarding of this industry is therefore essential.

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Big video on your doorstep

There is no shortage of video analytics solutions on the market today, from very expensive, cutting-edge technology that almost perform miracles, to the cheap and nasty that are bought so that people can say they have analytics installed. We are also witnessing a divide between analytical applications that are run on a central server (or servers) versus newer apps that run on the camera (on the edge).

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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.

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The Future of Commercial Security

The nature of commercial security is changing, with a growing number of companies looking for integrated security solutions to meet their unique needs. “The age of individual security solutions operating in silos may be over,” says Gus Brecher, managing director of Cathexis Africa and group marketing director of Cathexis Technologies. “Now clients are looking towards systems and solutions that will assist them in the seamless integration of multiple solutions from multiple suppliers.”

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CathexisVision well suited for any residential estate security requirements

The CathexisVision video management solution has successfully been installed in various property applications around the globe, including residential estates and office parks. Exceptional integration capability, real-time monitoring, and the ability to operate reliably in any climate makes Cathexis a leading global provider of IP video management surveillance solutions.

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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.

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Cathexis launches CathexisVision 2015

Cathexis Technologies has announced the launch of CathexisVision 2015, the latest software release, from the company that has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading video management software developers.

With an extended range of brand new features and impressive capabilities, CathexisVision 2015 adds more functionality to Cathexis software and provides sophisticated solutions to satisfy all security and infrastructure management requirements.

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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.

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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…

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