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Video surveillance meets VoD

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Video-on-demand meets video surveillance in a new product released by Keystone Electronic Solutions, a South African electronics research and development company.

Project V, a aimed at providing centrally managed video surveillance, works through either event or alarm triggered video streaming, or via a video-on-demand interface.

The stream-on-trigger video platform is not only able to provide Digital Video Recording (DVR) archiving on a central server, but also at remote sites. Integration with customer systems, such as network management systems, access management systems, trouble ticket management and reporting tools, can be provided through an Application Program Interface (API).

Project V consists of remote site equipment and a central surveillance platform. All user access to the platform is provided through a website.

“As far as we are aware, there are no other products available today that can match this technology,” says John Eigelaar, Director and co-founder of Keystone Electronic Solutions. “We have had a dedicated team work on this project over the past few months and have had a few field trials with select customers. Project V can overcome a number of challenges for our customers – it makes security and surveillance much easier and more effective, and thus creates a huge cost saving.”

Keystone provided the following overview of main features:

  • Record keeping: 

Certain video triggers can be set up to either start or stop the video recording and streaming.

  • Security: 

Real-time streaming makes it possible for security teams to determine how to respond to a security incident. For example, in the event of intruder detection alarm, security teams will be alerted and will be able to see live video streaming. They can then more effectively judge how to respond to the particular event.

  • Bandwidth: 

The bandwidth can be selected on each on-site unit. Depending on the selected bandwidth, the AV video will either be streamed to the Project V server or recorded locally on the board. In both cases the alarm events will be transmitted across the CnE over the network. Operators can also request AV streams/recording from the web graphical user interface (GUI).

  • Audio visual: 

The RSM unit is permanently connected to the available IP cameras and will pull available AV streams from the cameras depending on the alarm/event triggered. Streams can be stored locally or be pushed up to the Project V server, for remote recording or viewing of the stream.

  • NMS Backhaul: 

The video surveillance platform allows for the backhaul of the CnE pipe and the AV streams, either across an Ethernet WAN interface or the onboard 3G GSM modem.

  • Camera integration: 

The platform integrates with any IP camera. Additionally, any I/O interface that a camera might provide (such as zone or movement triggers) can be integrated with the platform as part of the site security profile.

  • Scalability: 

The platform has been designed to be highly scalable from an interface point of view. The number of I/Os available to the system is easily scaled from a standalone device to a large installation by adding further RSM IO modules.

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Legion gets a pro makeover

Lenovo’s latest Legion gaming laptop, the Y530, pulls out all the stops to deliver a sleek looking computer at a lower price point, writes BRYAN TURNER

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Gaming laptops have become synonymous with thick bodies, loud fans, and rainbow lights. Lenovo’s latest gaming laptop is here to change that.

The unit we reviewed housed an Intel Core i7-8750H, with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It featured dual storage, one bay fitted with a Samsung 256GB NVMe SSD and the other with a 1TB HDD.

The latest addition to the Legion lineup has become far more professional-looking, compared to the previous generation Y520. This trend is becoming more prevalent in the gaming laptop market and appeals to those who want to use a single device for work and play. Instead of sporting flashy colours, Lenovo has opted for an all-black computer body and a monochromatic, white light scheme. 

The laptop features an all-metal body with sharp edges and comes in at just under 24mm thick. Lenovo opted to make the Y530’s screen lid a little shorter than the bottom half of the laptop, which allowed for more goodies to be packed in the unit while still keeping it thin. The lid of the laptop features Legion branding that’s subtly engraved in the metal and aligned to the side. It also features a white light in the O of Legion that glows when the computer is in use.

The extra bit of the laptop body facilitates better cooling. Lenovo has upgraded its Legion fan system from the previous generation. For passive cooling, a type of cooling that relies on the body’s build instead of the fans, it handles regular office use without starting up the fans. A gaming laptop with good passive cooling is rare to find and Lenovo has shown that it can be achieved with a good build.

The internal fans start when gaming, as one would expect. They are about as loud as other gaming laptops, but this won’t be a problem for gamers who use headsets.

Click here to read about the screen quality, and how it performs in-game.

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Serious about security? Time to talk ISO 20000

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By EDWARD CARBUTT, executive director at Marval Africa

The looming Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union (EU) have brought information security to the fore for many organisations. This in addition to the ISO 27001 standard that needs to be adhered to in order to assist the protection of information has caused organisations to scramble and ensure their information security measures are in line with regulatory requirements.

However, few businesses know or realise that if they are already ISO 20000 certified and follow Information Technology Infrastructure Library’s (ITIL) best practices they are effectively positioning themselves with other regulatory standards such as ISO 27001. In doing so, organisations are able to decrease the effort and time taken to adhere to the policies of this security standard.

ISO 20000, ITSM and ITIL – Where does ISO 27001 fit in?

ISO 20000 is the international standard for IT service management (ITSM) and reflects a business’s ability to adhere to best practice guidelines contained within the ITIL frameworks. 

ISO 20000 is process-based, it tackles many of the same topics as ISO 27001, such as incident management, problem management, change control and risk management. It’s therefore clear that if security forms part of ITSM’s outcomes, it should already be taken care of… So, why aren’t more businesses looking towards ISO 20000 to assist them in becoming ISO 27001 compliant?

The link to information security compliance

Information security management is a process that runs across the ITIL service life cycle interacting with all other processes in the framework. It is one of the key aspects of the ‘warranty of the service’, managed within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The focus is ensuring that the quality of services produces the desired business value.

So, how are these standards different?

Even though ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 have many similarities and elements in common, there are still many differences. Organisations should take cognisance that ISO 20000 considers risk as one of the building elements of ITSM, but the standard is still service-based. Conversely, ISO 27001 is completely risk management-based and has risk management at its foundation whereas ISO 20000 encompasses much more

Why ISO 20000?

Organisations should ask themselves how they will derive value from ISO 20000. In Short, the ISO 20000 certification gives ITIL ‘teeth’. ITIL is not prescriptive, it is difficult to maintain momentum without adequate governance controls, however – ISO 20000 is.  ITIL does not insist on continual service improvement – ISO 20000 does. In addition, ITIL does not insist on evidence to prove quality and progress – ISO 20000 does.  ITIL is not being demanded by business – governance controls, auditability & agility are. This certification verifies an organisation’s ability to deliver ITSM within ITIL standards.

Ensuring ISO 20000 compliance provides peace of mind and shortens the journey to achieving other certifications, such as ISO 27001 compliance.

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