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Making Manila’s ‘Crown Jewel’ a Safe City

Background

In 2003, plans were made to upgrade Bonifacio Global City (BGC), part of a former Philippine Army base near Manila, into a world-class business and residential center. The Bonifacio Global City Estate Association (BGCEA), which provides integrated property management services, began working to transform BGC into Manila’s ‘crown jewel’ and a model for other cities. Today, BGC is a thriving financial and residential district.

“With the rapid growth of BGC as a successful world-class commercial and residential development, we continuously look for ways to improve services for Bonifacio citizens,” said Rodney M. Medrano, Executive Director, BGCEA.

A major goal was to make BGC a safer city.

Challenges

Medrano said one of BGCEA’s first tasks was to ensure that the city had the right infrastructure to manage and maintain security.

Previously, city surveillance consisted primarily of low-definition analog cameras that did not meet safety requirements. Low-resolution surveillance footage lacked the kind of detail needed by law enforcement to carry out successful investigations. For example, car license plates were unreadable. In addition, manual conversion of all videos from analog to digital, coupled with serious storage constraints, meant that the videos could not be kept for very long after conversion.

What’s more, decentralized camera surveillance made it difficult to analyze footage. Poor legacy network infrastructure included limited, but expensive, fiber networks for transferring images.

All these issues severely hampered law enforcement and crime prevention efforts. Giving the city a larger view of public security meant that changes were needed: A new, high-definition surveillance solution had to be centrally connected and managed. Also monitoring points for installed networked cameras needed to be evenly distributed to ensure comprehensive coverage of the city. Finally, these images must be transmitted across varying distances, unblocked by high-rise buildings.

“We wanted to ensure that public safety remained a top priority, and that meant overcoming any issues with the underlying security and network infrastructure,” Medrano said.

Solution

BCG first contacted Huawei in 2014. While competing vendors were considered, none were able to offer Huawei’s comprehensive solution that addressed all the city’s public security concerns.

“We were thoroughly impressed, even at the proof-of-concept stage, “said Bernard Beltran, IT manager, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation. “Huawei looked into every possible aspect of the issues we presented, and arrived at a set of solutions that left no stone unturned. “

Huawei’s Safe City solution consists of High-Definition (HD) Intelligent IP Cameras strategically located to ensure comprehensive coverage. Huawei’s network design ensured that images could be transmitted across varying distances to the command center without being blocked by high-rise buildings.

Cameras are connected to a central command center by means of a Wi-Fi backhaul network across the city’s major grids. This makes an expensive fiber network unnecessary. Personnel at the command center use video analytics to coordinate camera visuals. Although BCG now uses a microwave backhaul network, it plans to soon change to a more cost-efficient mesh network.

Benefits

  •  24/7 intelligent security surveillance with data analytics detect crime and help manage traffic.
  • Local law enforcement now has an effective platform to help them deter crime in BGC.
  • BGC is considered the safest business and residential township in the Philippines and has set the benchmark for other cities to emulate

BGC was the first Huawei Safe City project in the Philippines. The success of the project led the city to expand the scope (Phase 2) and increase coverage from 70 percent to 100 percent. Phase 3 is now underway, and includes closed parking areas, office space, major shopping areas, and traffic management with video analytics.

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Security Solutions — An Effective Treatment for Healthcare Challenges

Hospital security poses unique challenges; patient safety is critical, especially considering the vulnerability of the population, yet many hospitals areas are accessible to the public. That’s why patient safety initiatives are incredibly important — having security cameras in hospitals to detect and verify potentially critical events and maintaining secure access to high-risk areas is paramount.

Video Security Gets AI-Treatment

The role of artificial intelligence (AI) in security has been transformative. AI-powered security solutions, such as our Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology, augment the effectiveness of thorough video coverage in hospitals by helping take care of the detection function of security, allowing operators to focus their time and attention on verifying alarms and proactively responding to events instead of simply monitoring screens.

Given the open accessibility of many healthcare facilities, an improved ability to detect, verify and act on potentially critical events is extremely valuable for both patient safety and hospital security, making AI technology an important component of advanced security systems in healthcare today.

Our Security Department’s mission at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is the safety of our patients, visitors, and employees. Avigilon was chosen because of its high-quality imaging and advanced technology that have brought efficiencies to my job.
– Chad Rioux, Director of Security, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Avigilon ACM™ System Alleviates Access Aches and Pains

Secure access is another crucial component of hospital security. Restricting access to sensitive areas — such as medication storage cabinets or units with a high risk of patient elopement — can have a huge impact on patient safety and loss prevention.

Our Access Control Manager (ACM) system works together with Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software to produce action-based alarms and notifications when potential breaches occur, helping to ensure that only authorized individuals gain entry to restricted areas and expediting event correlation during investigations. By effectively limiting access, hospitals can help decrease patient elopement, protect valuable assets and minimize medication theft.

Radios Remedy Critical Communications Challenges

For an end-to-end security solution, Motorola Solutions land mobile radios complement Avigilon solutions by allowing security operators to quickly convey critical information that helps enable faster response. When unusual activity is detected by video security or a restricted access control event occurs, the operator in the video control room can radio roaming security officers for further investigation. By deploying a complete security solution that delivers actionable results from the time a potentially critical event is detected until after an incident is resolved, hospitals can take a proactive approach to security.

Maintaining hospital security is no easy task — but it’s absolutely crucial. Technologies such as AI-powered video analytics, advanced access control systems and critical communications solutions can augment the abilities of officers to detect and verify potentially critical events while also enabling them to proactively respond when needed, mitigating risks to patient safety. By deploying these solutions within their facility, hospitals are better positioned to protect what matters most — their patients, staff and resources.  

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Mission Critical: Security for Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure protection often faces unique challenges when it comes to security; the fact that many of these sites are expansive, accessible to the public and located remotely from security officers poses inherent risks. To address these challenges, our AI-powered security solutions offer remote monitoring capabilities and integrations with critical communications technologies to help seamlessly improve infrastructure security operations.

Remote Monitoring Capabilities

Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management software supports centralized monitoring of sites with remote viewing capabilities from any device. Using ACC™ Mobile, you can monitor live and recorded video over wireless IP networks from the convenience of your Apple or Android mobile device, whether you are at the office or on the go.

“In the past, when we received alarms, we had to go back and forth between sites that were more than 80 kilometers apart,” said Carlos Capucho, engineer at Águas do Mondego SA. “With the Avigilon system, we can use the high-resolution footage to track our system’s various stages of treatment online, without having to actually be on location.”

AI-Powered Security with Exceptional Image Quality

AI-Powered Security with Exceptional Image Quality

We use AI to provide customers with actionable information to help ensure critical events don’t go unnoticed. Our HD Pro camera line starts at 4K and goes up to the industry’s first single-sensor 7K (30 MP) camera — and it’s built with the intelligence to help make sense of what you’re seeing.

The upcoming version of Avigilon’s video management software, ACC 7, introduces Focus of Attention, a cutting-edge user interface for live video monitoring. Rather than watching static video feeds, Focus of Attention uses AI-powered Avigilon self-learning video analytics and Unusual Motion Detection technologies to determine what information is important and should be presented to critical infrastructure security officers. By providing actionable information immediately to users, the system is designed to help ensure that critical events do not go unnoticed.

Smarter. Safer. Together

Our video security platforms provide actionable information while Motorola Solutions’ radios enable quick communication between the central monitoring station and onsite security officers, helping to simplify and support proactive event response. The integration of ACC software with Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Aware and Ally softwares offers a security solution that provides an end-to-end solution from the time an emergency call is placed until after the incident is resolved.

A complete Avigilon security system can help security officers working in the critical infrastructure industry to detect, verify and act on potentially critical events — even if the monitoring station is located remotely. Paired with video security solutions that deliver exceptional image quality and land-mobile radios to maintain communication between officers, ACC video management software provides a smarter way to manage the security of your sites.