Monday, November 24, 2014


For good reason, banks are often seen as the most secure institutions on the planet. We entrust them with our money, and it's their job to keep it safe. In order to fulfill this commitment, top-notch bank IP surveillance systems are a necessity. With recent innovations in digital technology and IP surveillance, many banks are looking to increase the effectiveness of their security systems by investing in this new technology.

The banking industry has used legacy equipment for IP surveillance for a very long time. Banks are the one industry that certainly needs higher resolution quality video for obvious reasons. However old ideas die hard and established companies have served this industry adequately for decades using DVR systems. Most of the banks use an alarm company to handle their total security solutions. As alarms are the industry mandatory item due to insurance requirements often their UL services for bank security is carried over to the video deployment as well.  

Photo picked from: Malaysia Insider
The robber, who took less than two minutes to rob the bank, took off with RM11,000 in the incident.
Technology has advanced far past placing a minimum of 10-20 cameras within the main lobby and teller areas of any financial institution. The reasons for this is generally that they need higher detail. It is not uncommon to see almost any bank have this amount right out front. In our opinion and we think as evidentiary rule the standard for bank video needs to be made higher by means of turning to IP based platforms for the video side of their operations. 

The ability to get ‘facial id’ for theft is greatly enhanced and with much less footprint of cameras by using the ‘new standard’.  In certain countries the quality of video used for documentation of ‘events’ has to be at a 4 CIF image quality at a minimum. That level is not being met by the vast majority of banks currently.  

This industry is certain to change albeit slowly, however when you can replace old with new and to do so with similar costs the value equation is heavily in favor of IP based standards. We welcome this as public safety should be first priority.  IP has so much more to offer financial facilities and we are eager to show them..

Below is a bank lobby recorded using a panoramic IP camera. It can easily replace 4-6 analog DVR based cameras for an overview of any open facility, such as in a bank lobby.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Access control systems are commonly used to restrict the access to a specific place, premise, or resources. Access control system can also be served as time attendance device to track employees working hours. There are two types of access control system, which is standalone access control system and network access control system. Standalone access control systems works alone, as it limits the authorised user to enter.

Introducing ANVIZ Access Control Sytems

ANVIZ access control systems are using BioNano algorithm technology that it will be able to identify a fingerprint within 0.5 second. ANVIZ products are 2-in-1 access control and time attendance system with biometric technology. Product range of ANVIZ are including Iris recognition, Fingerprint recognition and facial recognition devices. 


Anviz have been devoted to the research and promotion of industrialization of fingerprint algorithm. Anviz fingerprint technology has been utilized in all industries. With the increase of use of fingerprint products, users have higher requirement for accuracy, efficiency and identification speed. Anviz has made great improvements in fingerprint characteristics extraction, fingerprint image classification, index, compression, pre-treatment, match algorithm etc.

Look at the whorls on your index finger. Every fingerprint is almost entirely unique – that’s why they’ve been dusted for crime detection for more than a century. Technology is moving on. Biometric scanning is the process of checking a fingerprint, iris, or face pattern with a technological device. But what does the mass introduction of Biometrics mean for your privacy?

What is Biometric Scanning?
Biometric scanning is the process of ‘reading’ a physical feature such as fingerprint, iris, face, vein, or voice. When you present your fingerprint or iris, the biometric reader creates a digitized template which will be used to recognize you in the future. The template is stored, either in a central system, or on your card.

Where is Biometric Scanning Used?
Biometric scanning is already used in many workplaces, high-tech laptops, and on passports in some Asia countries. It is also being proposed for the new Identity Cards which could soon be compulsory in the Malaysia.

Biometric scanners are currently used to register asylum seekers and monitor travellers passing through major airports. The UK and USA are in discussions about sharing their biometric information in the anti-terror campaign. In Europe, the sharing of information between police and immigration officials is being orchestrated. The Home Secretary recently remarked that the UK could not hope to improve its security systems by remaining inside a “bubble”, insisting that this sharing of personal biometric data is crucial to a safe future.

Is Biometric Scanning Foolproof?
Ever since a secondary school tested out a top-notch Biometrics system for dishing out school dinners, then declared it too slow, and worth another try in 12 months, biometric testing has been something of a laughing matter. Will it really be good enough for our national security?

The National Physical Laboratory carried out tests on behalf of the Home Office, which is looking for two methods (a primary and a back-up) to use on the new Identity Cards. The report indicated that minor factors such as a cut finger, poor light, bad positioning, watery eyes or contact lenses influence the success of scanning. 98% of fingerprint scans resulted in the successful acquisition of an image and 100% of facial scans produced a usable image. The report also showed that, once an image was produced, the number of false matches was quite high.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


As the use of CCTV cameras increases across the globe, so does the debate over their numbers and motives. The Arguments for Video Surveillance, we looked at four arguments for video surveillance. These arguments included peace of mind, loss prevention, crime deterrent, and crime solving.

But what about the other side of the fence? The ACLU has an entire Web site, You Are Being Watched, devoted to the “high costs of camera surveillance systems, both in terms of money and civil liberties,” and there are a large number of individuals and other groups out there that oppose “big brother” watching our every move.

So, what are some of the arguments against the use of CCTV surveillance systems?


Invasion of Privacy – This is the most common argument against surveillance systems. While video surveillance is more commonly accepted in public areas, this sentiment comes into play with the use of covert and hidden cameras in almost every case.

Mistrust – The use of security cameras in your home or business can make its occupants feel mistrusted. If your family members or employees are under constant surveillance, there is likely to be hostility and animosity in the air.

Not Proven Effective – Studies done in California and London have found that security cameras had little to no effect on reducing the crime rate. With an increase in the sheer number of cameras in many large cities, many replacing human security guards, this is a strong argument that will be the main target of many opposing groups.

Misuse and Abuse – The footage captured by CCTV cameras becomes susceptible to abuse and misuse by those who have access to it. For instance, the footage can be used to discriminate against people and for voyeurism. In the age of the internet, this is another huge deal, as can be seen by all of the “hilarious” YouTube videos out there. I doubt the subjects would find most of them as funny.

All of these reasons are valid arguments against CCTV surveillance. There are many cities and countries that have massive surveillance systems, and we will likely see a large increase in public monitoring in future, so the more the public knows about the industry and their rights, etc, the more everyone can prepare for when it happens in your little corner of the globe.

Do you have any additional arguments against the use of security camera systems? What are your thoughts? Will you fight them, or open your “public” life up willingly to being observed? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you.

If you do have any inquiry, please visit your nearest Security Systems Distributor.