Share your commercial video surveillance system feed with your local police department.

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers.

Video cameras are everywhere in the world today. These cameras can help a city gain more situational awareness and help police fight crimes better than ever before.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the police could access any camera… at any time?

Unfortunately, video management systems can be complicated. Most video management systems are not compatible with each other. However, there is hope.

Share your commercial video surveillance feed with your local police departmentIt starts with a standard.
In order for video management systems to communicate, they must first speak the same language. In the security camera space, there is already a common standard called ONVIF (www.onvif.org ). The standard is pretty widespread. If the standard is followed, it allows for video to be streamed between a client (usually a camera) and a server (usually a video management system). The ONVIF standard does not guarantee that all of the camera’s features can be accessed, but it’s a good starting point for basic video streaming. And it works with a bridge.

What if instead of a camera being ONVIF compliant, we made a commercial video management system act like an ONVIF compliant camera or multiple cameras? The video management system is already receiving video streams… Could it send the camera stream it’s receiving somewhere else as well?

That’s exactly what Milestone is doing.

Milestone Systems

Milestone commercial video surveillance LogoMilestone systems (www.milestonesys.com) has released a server component called “ONVIF Bridge”. This allows your Milestone server system to rebroadcast the video that is being sent to another server. As long as the receiving server is ONVIF compliant (most are) it will be able to see, and optionally record, the video.

So how does this solve our problem?

If a company wants to loan some, or all of their cameras out to a police department, they can under the following conditions:

1) The company is using a Milestone system that’s compatible with ONVIF Bridge
2) The Police department can connect to ONVIF Cameras

With those two things in place, the police department could use your cameras to help with situational awareness and help solve crimes.

In our lab at Kenton Brothers, we were able to successfully connect the Milestone ONVIF Bridge to Aviglion and Genetech systems.

If you would like to know more about how to connect your cameras to your local police department, give us a call!

Dirty Domes Done Dirt Cheap.

Security System Maintenance that Rocks

Dirty Domes MaintenanceNot working is not an option when protecting your people, property, and possessions. We know – deep in our souls – that a security system must be maintained properly if we expect it to work correctly. We know it intuitively. But if that’s the case, why is it that too often commercial security pros neglect their systems? It’s human nature.

We expect the planning and installation phases of a security system to take time and resources. Too often, we mistakenly think the work ends with a completed project. The critical post-installation support is what protects the original investment and keeps the system running well for years to come.

What kind of things do we see on a regular basis when we’re inspecting and protecting the commercial security systems we install and support? Dirty domes may be done dirt cheap, but some of these examples trash the hotel room like rock stars.

Here’s an all access backstage tour:

 

Dirty Domes - System Maintenance

A wasp nest isn’t just a hassle for the tech cleaning this dome. It’s also a visual impairment that can keep a camera’s focus off of trouble spots.

Dirty Domes- Maintain your Cameras

Rain or shine, maintenance is required to keep your commercial security cameras working properly.

Jeremy's Magical Hardware Bag

Sometimes, we have to defend against wasp nests… with creative solutions. Just ask Jeremy.

So why do we need to stay vigilant with preventative maintenance?

The answers are simple, but they deserve an encore.

Even the best technology can fail.

As these components become more technologically advanced, it’s critical that systems are maintained properly. The primary goal of our service agreement is to keep your system functioning while reducing or eliminating downtime. That means software and firmware updates are completed to protect against found vulnerabilities before they’re exploited, not after. Plus, when firmware is updated, new features are often added that add value to your entire corporate security system.

Preventative maintenance is critical to safety.

Many organizational stakeholders view the preventative maintenance budget line as an expense that can be reduced. Maybe even eliminated. But when maintenance, upgrades, and testing are neglected, the cost to repair and replace key components can be significantly more than the original line item – and may cost lives.

A maintenance service agreement that fits your unique circumstances can be the difference between a well-planned system that functions properly and one that lets you down when you need it most. At Kenton Brothers Systems for Security, we want to offer our clients the kind of white glove service that leaves their systems in peak condition, ready to serve at a moment’s notice and in all conditions. To make sure your maintenance agreement is right for your needs and your system is concert ready, let’s talk.

Motion Detection + Video Surveillance = Frederick the Racoon Being Caught

By Kristen Harper, Controller and HR Manager at Kenton Brothers.

Having an intrusion system is critical to protecting your property. At Kenton Brothers, we’ve recently found the importance of making sure there’s a video feed that is compatible with your intrusion system. By having motion detection utilizing your video system, you can catch intruders much more quickly.

Fun with FrederickLate one night in August, our CEO, Gina Stuelke, got an alert that there was movement in one of our warehouses. We took a look at our cameras that are tied to our motion detection intrusion system, and sure enough we had an intruder… of the four legged variety! A cute, snuggly little raccoon, (which we later adopted and named Frederick) had started to make a home in our warehouse.

We called in the boys in blue from Blue Beetle Pest Control to set up a couple of humane traps, and sure enough we caught him overnight. As we came to work that morning, nearly the whole office staff looked in on our little furry friend. Later that day, we released him in a nearby wooded area so he could resume a happy and healthy lifestyle outside of the KB Pickle Ball Court.

It was only through our intrusion system that we were able to catch Frederick so quickly and get him to a more appropriate home and minimizing damage to our facility. But we’re going to miss his cute face!

Providing Security Camera Access to your Local Police Department? Check.

By Neal Bellamy, IT Director at Kenton Brothers.

Sharing your security cameras with the police.In today’s world, video cameras are everywhere. These cameras can help a city gain more situational awareness and help police fight crimes better than ever before. Wouldn’t it be nice if the police could access any camera at any time? Unfortunately, video management systems can be complicated and most video management systems are not compatible with each other.

However, there is hope.

Unified camera management starts with a standard. In order for video management systems to communicate, they must first speak the same language.

In the security camera space, there is already a common standard called ONVIF. The standard is pretty well adopted. If the standard is followed, it allows for video to be streamed between a client (usually a camera) and a server (usually a video management system). The standard doesn’t guarantee that all of a camera’s features can be accessed, but it’s a good starting point for basic video streaming.

The ONVIF Bridge

ONVIF BridgeMarch Networks ONVIF BridgeWhat if instead of a camera being ONVIF compliant, we made a video management system act like a camera or multiple cameras? The video management system is already receiving video streams. Could it send the camera stream out to somewhere else as well?

That’s exactly what Milestone is doing. Milestone Systems has released a server component called “ONVIF Bridge”. This allows your Milestone system to re-broadcast the video that’s being sent to an additional server. As long as the additional server is ONVIF compliant (most are) it will be able to see and optionally record the video.

So how does this solve our problem?

If a company wants to loan some or all of their cameras to a police department, it’s possible with a Milestone system that’s compatible with ONVIF Bridge. The police department can connect to your ONVIF cameras. Then they could use your cameras to help with situational awareness and help solve crime. In our lab at Kenton Brothers, we were able to successfully connect the Milestone ONVIF Bridge to Aviglion and Genetech equipment.

If you would like to know more about providing camera connections to your local police department, please give us a call.

March Networks ONVIF Bridge

Medical Marijuana in Missouri: What to consider when purchasing IP Video Surveillance

By David Strickland, Vice President of Kenton Brothers.

Medical Marijuana in MissouriOver the last few months, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about Medical Marijuana in Missouri and state regulation in relation to Security – specifically IP Video Surveillance. Why is it such a hot topic? There’s a lot of information out there and it causes information overload.

Kenton Brothers is here to help. Let’s tackle the task at hand.

Many owners are awaiting there licensing decisions, but are exploring the options for security and tracking compliance around the MDSS regulations. We cover the specific security requirements here.

IP Video Solutions for Medical Marijuana

For this blog, let’s concentrate on the IP Video Solution that checks all the requirements and even exceeds in some cases.

Based on the feedback we’ve received, it’s important to understand that you’re not just trying to meet state regulations.

The system must be functional, easy to use, reliable, affordable, cover multiple locations and also proactively deter theft. Many times when we talk about regulations we sometimes overlook the practical nature of these systems. How am I going to interact with it? Is it easy to train a new associate? How will it make my reporting to the state easier? How will it help me run a profitable business?

Here are some of those answers.

Medical Marijuana in MissouriKenton Brothers would like to introduce you to March Networks.

March Networks is an IP Video Surveillance management platform that combines State of Missouri compliant IP Video surveillance with the added benefits of  RFID tracking, theft prevention – both internal and external, POS data merging, people counting, dwell time, queue length and of course, reliable forensic video.

Enhance security, ensure compliance with government legislation, and get a comprehensive view of your cannabis operation with March Networks integrated video and RFID solution. The advanced video and data analytics platform, March Networks Searchlight for Retail, helps licensed cannabis growers, producers and retailers monitor the location and movement of plants, providing clear video footage of cannabis operations and the ability to rapidly search for missing inventory.

Using the March Networks Searchlight for Retail data analytics platform, licensed growers, producers, and retailers can run searches on a wide range of data contained in the RFID tags, including a plant’s ID code and its last detected location. In the case of an anomaly, such as missing inventory, users can quickly access the associated video footage to see exactly where the item went and who was involved. The clear video eliminates assumptions about what’s occurred and provides strong evidence to support further investigation.

In addition, the Searchlight solution provides producers and dispensaries with real-time and historical views into their operations via mobile device or workstation, enabling them to conduct remote audits and identify areas for improvement. It also offers video analytics and point-of-sale (POS) transaction integration presented in customizable reports to help dispensary owners quickly detect and review suspect transactions, analyze performance trends, improve customer service and gain other business insights.

Kenton Brothers and March Networks

Kenton Brothers is proud to partner with Missouri Medical Marijuana licensees to help them be compliant and secure, but to also help them run a profitable business.

As a 122 year old partner in Missouri, Kenton Brothers has become a leading integrator of these kinds of systems. March Networks has more than 15 years of experience helping some of the world’s largest commercial and government organizations with advanced surveillance technologies used for security, loss prevention, risk mitigation and operational efficiency.

Let’s talk about your specific application and how we can help!