The Techwin brand has a long and successful track record in the global surveillance market. Bought by the Hanwha group in 2015 from Samsung, the brand is now under new management and expanding its role in the local surveillance market. Hanwha Techwin and Genetec recently held a roadshow in Johannesburg in which the companies highlighted their long-running partnership, showed their wares, and spoke about what was happening in South Africa.
Hanwha, now the parent company of the Techwin brand is no newcomer. Founded in South Korea in 1952, its 2017 revenues totalled around $60 billion. The company now has five permanent employees in South Africa to assist partners in selling and supporting the Techwin brand.
The camera range that was highlighted on the day was the Wisenet 5 series. Hanwha says one of the benefits of choosing the Wisenet (or Techwin) brand is that everything is manufactured by the company itself, both hardware and software, ensuring there is no reliance on any third party, and allowing the company to tailor every part of the camera for performance.
Some key features of the Wisenet range highlighted include 150 dB WDR, image stabilisation, low-light functionality, audio with sound clarification, infrared on all cameras and a true 4K experience on high-end cameras (with 20X zoom). Video analytics is included in certain cameras, including tamper protection, motion detection, entry/exit zones and more, depending on the camera selected.
The range is divided into the P series, which is the premium range, down to the Q series which are more cost-effective solutions, and a T series is also offered consisting of vertical-specific cameras. It is also worth noting that Techwin includes cybersecurity in its design, such as with encrypted firmware updates, which gels with Genetec’s support for encryption.
The keynote presentation of the day was made by Heinrich van Eck, who gave an insightful presentation on smart city and enterprise security convergence. Van Eck spoke about what ‘smart’ actually means and how one should select the right products for your project – after you have done your homework in terms of what is required and what it needs to do, and after you have created a solid foundation.
A smart solution, he says, is not based on a device or solution, but a smart device is something relevant to your ‘smart strategy’, suitable, capable, networkable and upgradable. Similar definitions of smart apply to the people you choose to run the security operation as well as the systems chosen for management.
Van Eck then went on to discuss how smart security is implemented and maintained, noting that artificial intelligence is only beginning to make an impact on the security field. Failing to cater for advances in this area would be a mistake. He then talked about the Waterfall City safe/smart city project and provided examples of what the security system can do. This project, he explained, was based on four principles to ensure it delivered on the customer’s immediate and future requirements: openness, scalability, adaptability and building with the future in mind.
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