First of all, if you are dealing in security/surveillance related equipments in India, you should have participated in the IFSEC International 2018 conference on security that took place in London, between 19 and 21 June. More than 27,000 security professionals from all over the world are believed to be taking part in the event, which is known as Europe’s largest and longest standing security event.
Therefore, IFSEC International could have been your podium where you could share ideas; discover new opportunities, while getting more familiar with the latest physical and integrated security products.
What’s more, at IFSEC International 2018 you could have had the opportunity to interact with world leading producers of video surveillance, who were present at the conference. That would include names like Hikvision, Panasonic and Samsung amongst hundreds of other providers. There was ample scope to review some of the latest innovations in the industry.
A wide range of products where displayed at the event, from simple CCTV surveillance systems to entirely cloud-hosted multi-site security solutions that can be fully integrated with your access control and intruder detection systems. You would have found it all under one roof there.
Nevertheless, here is something that will make you wonder why people had so long missed about an important issue that USA based CONTROP Precision Technologies have achieved through research and exploration.
Airborne Video Surveillance Systems, That Could Track An City From 10,000 feet Above
Featured at IFSEC International 2018 was the state of the art “Aerial Surveillance Systems” developed by CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd, that are equipped with Precision Motion Control technology, and Electro-Optical Sensors. Along these lines, was CONTROP’s Gyro-stabilized Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) Payloads, their fairly developed range of Aerial Reconnaissance surveillance systems.
Over 25 varied types of airborne surveillance systems are developed by CONTROP. The products included diverse projections of dimensions, sensors features and fields of application/mission, as well as different installation modes to suit up to different airborne platforms, whether it’s Helicopters, SUAVs, UAVs, Aerostats / Balloons, or Fixed-Wing and VTOL aircrafts.
Airborne Payloads designed CONTROP, cover diverse operational air surveillance missions and applications that include:
- IRST (Infra Red Search & Track)
- Search and Rescue (SAR)
- Intelligence Gathering, such as ‘over the hill’ and long-range
- Law Enforcement
- Overall Security
- Damage Assessment
CONTROP have used some unique proprietary developments, for their Stabilized Payloads, including the powerful Thermal Imaging Cameras with Continuous Optical Zoom Lens with up to X36, Built-in Video Tracking devices, Image Processors that are prolifically equipped with high level of stabilization, velocity and accuracy.
CCTV And You (Sensitive Yet Controversial Issue)
Presently, United Kingdom is one of the largest users of CCTV surveillance systems, that nearly all major streets would have them, especially around ATMs and vital public places. This is widely accepted as a convenient and reliable mode of public security, whereas, it also attracts negative attention, mostly concerning intrusion into the privacy of general people. Surprisingly enough, while the average Brit is deeply concerned about honoring the privacy issue in his/her country, how such rampant surveillance is endured without a whimper. But it true all over GB?
Questions are now being raised not only in Britain but elsewhere too. The primary arguments revolve around the authority that decides between public benefit and harassment. For example, if a burglary has been attempted in front of an ATM, and the burglar is successfully located with the help of a surveillance system, it will be a benefit for the robbed individual and harassment for the burglar.
Another instance would be the misuse of such technology onto someone’s private property, without their knowledge, presumably for malicious intentions and intrusion. Formal regulations on the usage of surveillance cameras are demanded at large, streamlining to the essentials of “WHO IS WATCHING” and “WHO IS BEING WATCHED”.
Sometime ago, Delhi Metro CCTV footages were on YouTube and also at some questionable sites, stressing on who owns responsibility for not misusing the data of public CCTV surveillance? In short – who decides and regulates?
And finally, are we going back Orwell’s Animal Farm?