Hanwha Techwin set to “lead the way” with upcoming Deep Learning video solutions

In conversation with Risk Xtra, Bob Hwang (managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe) explains how the company’s product strategy is being honed to reflect changing market requirements.

Risk Xtra: Have there been any recent significant changes to the company’s product strategy?

Bob Hwang: We’ve been focused on helping to refine and drive a product strategy which was devised some time ago. It could be described as a twin-track approach to success in that we’re continuing to add to our extensive range of cameras and recording devices, but we’re also moving towards becoming a market-leading provider of integrated video surveillance solutions.

Risk Xtra: ‘Solutions’ is perhaps an overused word. Can you explain what it means within the context of what Hanwha Techwin is currently offering or will be introducing in the near future?

Bob Hwang: The massive processing power now available with our open platform camera chipsets means that, in addition to helping security personnel to monitor any suspicious activity and keep people safe, our latest generation HD cameras can also assist our customers in achieving much more from their video surveillance systems. In simple terms, this involves using analytics Apps that run on-board our cameras to help users identify opportunities to improve productivity and make the best use of available Human Resources.

These Apps have been developed by our chosen technology partners, all of whom are experts in their respective technology fields and include the following:

*Wisenet Intruder Detection, which is a single device intruder detection solution developed in partnership with AI Tech that provides maximum detection, while significantly reducing the impact of time-consuming and costly false alarms

*Wisenet Intelligent Traffic Management: a comprehensive suite of FF Group ANPR-based intelligent traffic management solutions

*Automatic Incident Detection (AID): an easy-to-deploy and highly accurate city-wide incident detection solution which we offer in partnership with Sprinx Technologies to budget-conscious local authorities

*Wisenet Biometrics and Retail solutions jointly developed with AI Tech to enable small retail chains – as well as outlets such as convenience stores, newsagents and petrol stations – gain a greater understanding of the type and numbers of people who visit their stores

Risk Xtra: When can we expect Hanwha Techwin to launch some Deep Learning-based solutions?

Bob Hwang: We’re working towards introducing new Wisenet cameras during the latter part of 2019 which will incorporate a computer vision chipset allowing Deep Learning applications to be run on-board the cameras. These new 4K and 5 MP cameras, which add to our existing Wisenet P premium camera series, will initially offer more accurate forms of existing types of video analytics.

Importantly, they will also provide a platform for our technology partners to use our APIs to introduce ground-breaking Deep Learning applications that integrate seamlessly with the new cameras.

Risk Xtra: Will there be any other new products launched by Hanwha Techwin over the coming months?

Bob Hwang: We will shortly be introducing an upgraded version of the Wisenet WAVE Video Management Software (VMS). Wisenet WAVE 4.0 will make life even easier for installation engineers and users as it will feature an improved auto-discover feature which will enable cameras and third party IP network devices to be assigned and set up in minutes.

Video recording, storage and transmission will be more secure as Wisenet WAVE 4.0 will offer an option to encrypt video streams between servers and client. In addition, transmission will only be allowed over secure connections, such as HTTPS and SSL, while there will be password protection for exported video.

WAVE 4.0 also incorporates a host of other new features to provide a more flexible and robust and secure recording solution. These include:

*A cleaner, more user-friendly resource panel, which enables operators to search more easily for cameras, servers, layouts, web pages, users and local files

*Increased system redundancy and failover capabilities to minimise any downtime in the event of a hardware fault

*Universal dewarping of images captured by fisheye cameras

*Webcam support and the ability to create a virtual camera and import offline video from, for example, wearable cameras

*More integrations with third party systems 

Risk Xtra: Has the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) influenced your product strategy?

Bob Hwang

Bob Hwang

Bob Hwang: We’ve previously taken a number of steps to ensure the features and functions of our Wisenet cameras, recording devices and VMS are able to assist operators in complying with the GDPR. We’re also offering video masking software. Our decision to do so is supported by the feedback we’ve received from our country managers across Europe in respect of the impact of the GDPR on how video surveillance systems are managed.

Despite cultural differences in attitudes across Europe towards the GDPR, the issue of de-identification stood out head and shoulders above others in terms of importance. This is because the GDPR stipulates that any person whose image is captured by a video surveillance system has the right to be supplied with a copy of their personal data which has been recorded. However, the identity of other individuals who feature in the recorded video needs to be protected. S-COP, our new offer for video masking software, enables the owners of video surveillance systems to do so by providing a highly effective method of redacting faces.

In simple terms, S-COP video masking software, which has been developed by our technology partner VORA Systems, blurs the faces of everyone who appears in a video clip except the person who has requested access to it.

S-COP is equipped with a number of practical features which ensure that exported redacted video cannot be misused or otherwise tampered with. These include password protection, the ability to limit the number of views and access times and, if required, automatic destruction.

S-COP can also be configured to apply a user-defined watermark to the exported video file. Any audio tracks can be easily removed or edited to further protect a person’s privacy.

S-COP software provides an option to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology to encode a redacted video so that it can only be viewed by those entitled to do so. Unlike .AVI files which can be viewed by anyone on a PC which has Windows Media Player installed, DRM-encoded video can only be viewed via thepassword-protected S-COP dedicated video player software. 

Risk Xtra: Will there be any other new products launched by Hanwha Techwin over the coming months?

Bob Hwang: We will be using IFSEC 2019 as a platform for introducing some exciting new products and solutions so I would encourage anyone planning to visit the show to take time to visit Hanwha Techwin on Stand IF1310.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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