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Evidence Management – It’s Time to Get on the Audit Trail

December 08, 2017

Evidence Management – It’s Time to Get on the Audit Trail

Synectics’ Product and Technology Director, David Aindow, explores why the way evidence is handled can be more important than the quality.

In this wide-ranging interview we cover the importance of data integrity, and clear and demonstrable audit trails, the role of encryption, secure storage requirements, and much more.

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The Value of Intelligently Integrated Surveillance in Transportation Networks

November 14, 2017

The Value of Intelligently Integrated Surveillance in Transportation Networks

Historically the transportation sector has been highly segmented, not only with security planning concerning rail, road, air, and ports all dealt with in isolation of each other, but also in terms of their place within broader town or city operations.

The right systems used in the right way can greatly reduce the potential for ‘data drop’ between key transport infrastructure points, and facilitate true coordination and collaboration between operators, agencies, and government organizations to deliver the right response at the right time.

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The Future of Dataveillance: Breaking Rules by Making Rules

October 02, 2017

The Future of Dataveillance: Breaking Rules by Making Rules

In this special three-part series on Dataveillance, we look at Dataveillance in detail and speak to a number of Synectics experts about the origins of this particular management tool, its evolution and how we can expect to see it deployed in the future.

The final part of the dataveillance trilogy explores the technology's future and what might help or hinder that process.

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Dataveillance: From Concept to Control Room

September 18, 2017

Dataveillance: From Concept to Control Room

In this special three-part series on Dataveillance, we look at Dataveillance in detail and speak to a number of Synectics experts about the origins of this particular management tool, its evolution and how we can expect to see it deployed in the future.

The second part of the dataveillance trilogy explores how Dataveillance has influenced key developments within Synectics’ flagship command and control solution –
Synergy 3.

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The Role of Surveillance in Intelligent Airports

August 29, 2017

The Role of Surveillance in Intelligent Airports

With airport operators under increasing pressure to protect passengers, prioritizing customer service alongside safety, security, and operational efficiency has become an unavoidable balancing act.

We explore why one of the fastest routes to an Intelligent Airport is through surveillance.

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Dataveillance: Detecting the Danger ‘Lost’ in Data

July 10, 2017

Dataveillance: Detecting the Danger ‘Lost’ in Data

In this special three-part series on Dataveillance, we look at Dataveillance in detail and speak to a number of Synectics experts about the origins of this particular management tool, its evolution and how we can expect to see it deployed in the future.

The first part of the dataveillance trilogy explores what exactly Dataveillance is and how it came to be.

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Why Surveillance is the Perfect Enabler for Unified Communications

May 22, 2017

Why Surveillance is the Perfect Enabler for Unified Communications

The ability to integrate real-time communications with data from other critical systems has never been a more attractive proposition. Particularly in busy, high-demand environments such as airports or train stations.

The challenge of maintaining the safety and security of both people and assets without compromising operational efficiency or customer satisfaction is an ever-evolving one – making the concept of ‘unified communications’ more relevant than ever before. In this Interview Room, we talk to Jürgen Fuchs, Director Strategic Projects to find out what the benefits exactly are and how unified communications are best achieved.

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Understanding Thermal Cameras for Surveillance Applications

April 25, 2017

Understanding Thermal Cameras for Surveillance Applications

Today, thermal cameras are widely used in oil and gas, marine, utilities, high security and critical infrastructure settings to support everything from process safety to offshore threat detection.

But what exactly are thermal cameras? Why are they popular? And, what are the factors organizations need to consider when deciding whether or not to deploy them?  We talk to Product Manager Wayne Barraclough, and Systems Consultant John Tinson to find out.

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Drone Technology Reaches Beyond a Standalone Surveillance Solution

February 22, 2017

Drone Technology Reaches Beyond a Standalone Surveillance Solution

Once a technology firmly associated with military use, drones - or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as they are also known - have experienced a perception shift in recent years. This is largely attributable to their adoption within key commercial sectors. 

In this Interview Room we talk to Synectics’ Divisional Director for Oil & Gas Darren Alder, and Systems Consultant John Tinson, about the role of drones and about the key factors organizations should consider when exploring potential applications.  

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How Utility Surveillance Can Deliver Business Critical Objectives

February 01, 2017

How Utility Surveillance Can Deliver Business Critical Objectives

Companies within the utilities sector play a critical national role. However, they are also under real pressure. In addition to reliably and safely supplying the utilities we depend on - with a constant awareness of both employee and public safety – companies are facing tighter budgets, increased threat of disruptive attack, and stringent regulatory requirements.

In this Interview Room, we talk to Martin Bonfield, UK Sales Manager, about how many providers are looking to their surveillance solutions for valuable support in the face of these evolving challenges.

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Transportation Infrastructure: Overcoming the Obstacles to Convergence

November 02, 2016

Transportation Infrastructure: Overcoming the Obstacles to Convergence

As global passenger numbers continue to increase, those responsible for the management and protection of transportation infrastructure are under greater pressure and scrutiny than ever before – particularly in a ‘high alert’ global climate.

In this Interview Room we talk to a few of Synectics’ key Transport & Infrastructure specialists about the role that surveillance can play in addressing these challenges through intelligent systems integration.

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The Benefits of Workflows: Critical Decision Making Through Integrated Surveillance

September 21, 2016

The Benefits of Workflows: Critical Decision Making Through Integrated Surveillance

Surveillance for high demand environments like airports, data centres, casinos, and ports, requires streamlined incident management and effective decision making to ensure operational efficiency and the safety and security of assets and people. 

Being able to unify and interrogate data from critical systems makes this possible and is easily achieved by using integrated command and control software to collate disparate data streams, analyse them for single or combination events that warrant investigation, and alert operators accordingly.

How does being alerted to potential risks or threats translate to critical decision making? The answer is increasingly through the use of automated and interactive workflows. We talk to David Aindow, Product and Technology Director, to find out more. 

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LNG Infrastructure - Connecting Ship to Shore

July 13, 2016

LNG Infrastructure - Connecting Ship to Shore

It’s been an interesting time for LNG, particularly in the US where lifting the ban on exports recently enabled the first ever shipment of liquefied natural gas to depart American shores. It’s a development that has seen the US take a significant step forward in terms of the global oil and gas trade. 

But this new found status requires work, most notably in the form of infrastructure investment – there are currently four new export terminals under construction in the Gulf Coast area alone. The global picture is similar. In fact, estimates suggest that planned infrastructure development will see worldwide liquefaction capacity increase 37% by 2020. 

In this Interview Room we talk to Synectics’ Engineering Director Darren Alder, about what the key requirements are and what terminal operators should look for when specifying surveillance solutions. 

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Choosing the Right Surveillance Camera

May 23, 2016

Choosing the Right Surveillance Camera

Every day over 566 petabytes of data is generated by surveillance cameras. Predicted growth in the global security market is such that this figure is expected to quadruple in just three years. It’s clear that global demand for cameras is high.

Often less clear, however, are the intricacies involved in selecting the right camera for the right application. Small details, either relating to the technology itself or the environment in which the camera operates, can make a big difference to performance.

In this Interview Room - the first in a series of camera specification specials - we talk to Wayne Barraclough, Synectics’ Product Manager about the importance of sensors, particularly for organisations considering an HD upgrade.

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Safeguarding Gaming Surveillance

March 22, 2016

Safeguarding Gaming Surveillance

Across the globe, casinos continue to move away from analog systems in favor of IP-based surveillance solutions. Integrations that enable video, alarm and transactional data overlay to achieve unprecedented levels of situational awareness are becoming the norm, not the exception.

Data has never been more useful to the gaming industry; it has also never been more important to protect. In this edition of the Interview Room, we talk to Adam Heisler - Synectics’ Sales Director for International Gaming - about system resiliency and failover solutions, and learn how with the right system and camera technology nothing has to be left to chance when it comes to safeguarding surveillance.   

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