Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mobile & Remote Video Surveillance

Mobile & Remote Video Surveillance Camera Systems

Customers often ask how to access a live view of their remote security cameras when they’re away from their home or business. After all, people lead busy lives, come in and out of work, go on vacations, and run errands so investing in a remote video surveillance system is crucial to the well-being and safety of your home or business. Thus, much of the time you’re not actually able to be onsite where your cameras are installed. One of the primary benefits of IP video is that you’re not limited to viewing your remote video surveillance system on site. The advancements in video surveillance technology have made it possible to view your remote security camera from any internet-enabled PC or smartphone. has outlined the key components of remote security camera system and video surveillance app, everything you need to know in order to start viewing your security cameras off-site.

What is Remote Video Surveillance?
Remote video surveillance enables users to view live video on a PC or laptop from just about anywhere in the world with internet access. To facilitate remote viewing, you simply type in the IP address of your network security camera in your internet browser like you would a website. This is done through DDNS and port-forwarding, which is discussed in greater detail further below. Once you’ve configured DDNS and port-forwarding and have obtained an IP address to view online, you can then begin to experience what it’s like to view your security camera system from a remote location. Remote security cameras are typically compatible with a wide range of web browsers. It is worth noting that specific web browser support varies by manufacturer.

What is Mobile Monitoring?
Remote mobile video surveillance takes remote monitoring to a whole new level. Several IP camera manufacturers offer complimentary mobile surveillance apps that give you the ability to view and manage your security cameras from a smartphone or tablet such as the iPhone, iPad, or Android. Many of these security camera apps allow you to view multiple cameras simultaneously, control PTZ settings, view recorded images, search through archived footage, play back events, and much more. Just like you would view your security camera(s) on a remote PC/laptop, you will need to have an internet data plan and IP address to do so. Remote video surveillance is perfect for users who are often off-site, and therefore not able to be on the local computer system where their IP cameras are connected.

What’s the Difference between Remote and Mobile Video Surveillance?
The common denominator of remote monitoring and a security camera app is online viewing. The main differences between the two are usability features. Remote monitoring tends to give you greater control over your camera system when it comes to managing settings and recording video. If you’re checking up on your business cameras from your home or hotel on a PC or Mac, you usually have a more reliable and secure internet connection.
A mobile security camera app requires a smartphone data plan, and may lose connection from time to time in no-coverage zones. It’s also a matter of personal preference – if you use the internet primarily on your smartphone, then mobile surveillance may be the right choice for you.

How can Remote Video Surveillance and Mobile Monitoring Help You?
Remote security camera monitoring and mobile surveillance do not require you to be “on location” in order to view and manage each of your security cameras. You’re not limited to monitoring just one camera remotely; most video surveillance apps provide simultaneous viewing and multi-site options so you can check up on all of your remote security cameras in your business or home. Monitoring off-site is also extremely convenient for users as it gives them the freedom to come and go as they please without having to worry about their property. For example, mobile and remote monitoring is great to have when you’re on vacation. If you’ve got two or three IP cameras installed at your home, and decide to take a trip somewhere, you can still monitor your property and receive email notifications if your cameras detect motion or tampering. Essentially, remote video surveillance makes it so you don’t have to be at the exact location of your security cameras to keep a watchful eye on your property. In addition, remote monitoring works wonderfully with pet cams, nanny cams, and pool cams. You’re not limited to what you can view. Surveillance on the go has never been easier.

View Live StreamReal-time video display is a primary selling point for remote and mobile monitoring. Having direct access to your live camera feed gives you the power to monitor your property without actually being there.
View NVR Live StreamSome NVR manufacturers offer remote web interfaces and video surveillance apps that provide remote access to your IP camera system. These Internet-based platforms give you instant access to live camera displays and recorded video footage that work on PCs, and some smartphones. You simply log on to the NVR’s web interface or app to facilitate real-time monitoring.
View Recorded Video from your camera/NVRAnother benefit of remote monitoring and mobile surveillance is with some mobile apps and NVR web interfaces, you can view recorded video. This is especially helpful when you’re on vacation; you can review recorded video and decide if it’s relevant or not, or notify law enforcement if you come across something suspicious that was captured on video.
Images are sent to your phone, on motion or scheduleYou can configure your IP camera so that images are sent directly to your email account or smartphone via message MMS if motion, tampering, or vandalism is detected. Images can also be sent on a schedule to keep you abreast of what your video monitors.
Send images to email accountWith video management software, you can configure your security cameras to send email alerts to your smartphone, iphone or email account for evidentiary purposes and as a way to archive footage deemed important.
Administer VS System remotelyYou can do a lot more with mobile and remote monitoring than just viewing live video. A number of IP camera and NVR brands offer web interfaces and cloud services that can be accessed from remote locations. These online platforms allow you to control the settings and configure your IP camera system like you would onsite.

How Do You View Your Video Surveillance Cameras Remotely?
In order to monitor your video surveillance cameras from a remote device like a PC or smartphone, you will typically need to set up DDNS and port forwarding.
DDNSWith video management software, you can configure your security cameras to send email alerts to your smartphone, iphone or email account for evidentiary purposes and as a way to archive footage deemed important.
Port-ForwardingWhen you purchase your IP camera system, you’re at first limited to viewing your cameras locally, meaning you can only access them in a local area network. To view your cameras remotely, you must configure port-forwarding. Port-forwarding sends network ports used by your IP camera(s) onto the World Wide Web so that you can monitor your cameras remotely. Network ports are typically forwarded through your network’s router, which tech support specialist at can help you with. Port-forwarding can only be set up by obtaining the IP address of your router that connects to your video surveillance cameras. It should be noted your IP cameras and NVRs are still secure when accessed via the Internet because of password protection.
Special Plug-and-Play SolutionsSome NVR manufacturers such as Smartvue offer online cloud services that allow you to access your video surveillance system from a remote location by simply logging into your cloud account. Once logged in, you can view your live video feed, manage settings, and search recorded video as needed.

Benefits Of Remote Surveillance Monitoring

24/7 Protection

One of the more popular benefits of a modern surveillance system is the ability to monitor footage remotely with a mobile app. There's a wide array of apps that allow a user to log into your system from anywhere with just a touch of your smart phone. Upon logging in, you will have the ability to view live and recorded video, control PTZ settings, search through past footage and manage alerts. To set up the app properly, you'll need to work closely with a security company and have an internet data plan as well as an IP address.
The best aspect of this feature is that you don’t have to be on location to view and manage your security cameras, thus offering you and/or your security staff the ability to monitor and respond to issues whenever they may occur, even after hours or while you are on vacation. The added peace of mind that comes with remote monitoring can be the greatest benefit of all.

Monitor Multiple Feeds Across Multiple Locations

Also, you don’t have to be limited to monitoring only one security camera remotely. If your building requires multiple cameras in seperate locations, you're in luck as you can monitor multiple camera feeds from across multiple locations. This is a popular feature for property managers who need to monitor multiple buildings.
This is incredibly useful when combined with a motion alert camera system-- you can be alerted if any of your cameras detect motion while your business is closed. In addition, you will get an email and/or text alert notifying you that one of your cameras detected motion.

Less False Alarms

The overriding advantage associated with a remote monitored system is the fact that it provides visual confirmation to an operator regarding the cause of anyone specific activation. In turn, this lessens the likelihood of false alarms and allows the operator to orchestrate the fastest possible and most appropriate action.
When an alarm is triggered, the process begins and the images are transmitted to a central control room where the operator consults site plans to determine whether to issue audio warnings or alert the relevant emergency services. Audio warnings have been proven to act as a successful deterrent for a majority of cases, in terms of contacting the emergency services, the visual confirmation provided by the operator allows them to give the activation a priority response and increases the likelihood of the culprit of any trespass or theft committed on the property in question.

Monitored Alarm System Provides Peace Of Mind

Remote access can also assist business owners in detecting threats  such as fires, high carbon dioxide levels or intrusion that could otherwise be detrimental to their employees and valuable assets.

Business owners can use remote access with their monitored alarm system to:

·        Schedule notifications in case of an emergency.
·        Arm or disarm security systems remotely.
·        Lock or unlock doors remotely

Controlling these security features with remote access creates peace of mind for business owners who can stay connected with their business, even when they are away.

What makes remote video surveillance and mobile monitoring so favorable is that they both fit within your busy schedule. Remote monitoring and mobile surveillance give you on-the-go, real-time access to your live camera view so you can check up on your property anytime, day or night. The remote solutions made available by IP camera, NVR manufacturers, and even third-party mobile app developers are manifold; it is up to you to decide which one best aligns with your day-to-day routine.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Aadhaar based Bio-metric Attendance System

Biometrics Market – India Aadhaar based Bio-metric Attendance System

Biometrics Market size is estimated to surpass USD 50 billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc. High acceptance among various verticals including mobile banking and financial services owing to rising security concerns has enhanced biometrics market size. Government initiatives for biometrics implementation coupled with high deployment for criminal identification will remain the key factors driving industry demand.
India’s Home Ministry will ask for regulations or an amendment to the recently passed UIDAI Act to mandate that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) share biometric data with the Registrar General of India (RGI).

Sharing the data will ensure that RGI need not collect 18.5 million biometric identifiers for the National Population Register (NPR) which have already been collected for the Aadhaar scheme.
While the NPR is used for the determine residency and establish the citizenship of each individual, Aadhaar is the civil ID program used by the Indian government to provide social services. To date, Aadhaar has issued over one billion Aadhaar numbers, with a goal of ultimately enrolling 1.28 billion people.
Unnamed sources in the Home Ministry note that by using Aadhaar data, the RGI would not need to replicate biometric enrolment efforts or incur additional costs.
“RGI faces the prospect of taking biometrics of 70 crore people again for preparing NPR,” a top government official told the Economic Times. “Any such exercise will be a huge financial burden.”

Biometrics is an automated system of recognizing a person based on the person's physical or behavioral characteristics. It is the same system that the human brain uses to recognize and distinguish one person from another. It is a system that recognizes a person based on "who" the person is and does not rely on "what a person is carrying" or "what a person knows." Things that a person can carry, such as keys and ID-badges, can be lost, stolen, or duplicated. Things that a person knows, such as passwords and pin-numbers, can be forgotten, stolen, or duplicated. Instead, biometrics relies on "who" a person is and is based on a unique immutable human characteristic that cannot be lost, forgotten, stolen or duplicated. For these reasons, biometrics provides a much stronger level of security, while maintaining convenience and ease for users of biometrics.

Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System is used to mark attendance using the Aadhaar Card number linked with Aadhaar server. Aadhaar based attendance machines can be used for student’s attendance.
Options of Bio-metric Attendance Machines that can be used to mark attendance.
1.      Wifi 3G tablet based Aadhaar enabled Biometric machine
2.      Wifi 3G tablet with LAN based Aadhaar enabled Biometric system
3.      Iris Based Aadhaar enabled Biometric machine
4.      Wifi 4G tablet based Aadhaar enabled Biometric machine
5.      Fingerprint Scanner for Desktop Computer

Traditional panel-based access control systems use a central control panel or controller, card reader and controller at every door, card reader at every door controller in one place, which requires a significant investment in costly equipment and wiring, and makes the systems difficult to scale.

IP-based access control solutions leverage the network, eliminating the need for costly central panels, and offering shorter wiring and cabling runs than traditional panel-based access control systems.

11% in Hospitals/ Schools/ Universities:
We have absolutely seen an increase in biometric access control interest from hospitals, schools (day-cares), and universities. The uses range from just securing filing closets, accounting servers, and office to providing easy access to certain areas for certain employees, or parents. Physicians and technicians are given access to laboratories but restricted from hospitals filing areas. With door access devices students are not able to gain access to faculty areas without a proper card, pin code, or administered fingerprint.

Advantages of Aadhaar based Bio-metric Attendance System
Here are some compelling reasons that will force you to consider installing an Aadhaar enabled Biometric Identification System if you haven’t already done so.

It’s literally fail proof
Since the system combines the twin approval from the Aadhaar database as well as the organization’s database, chances of misuse are next to zero. Even if one system fails a second one is in place to ensure verity.

It reduces administrative costs
Modern biometric systems comprise of hardware and software that are pretty simple to install and set up. This reduces the need for intense training and thus management is also quite simple and easy. The documentation is not very intense leading to saving time and as a result costs. Plus it saves you on many costs like issue of new cards, replace lost/damaged card etc.

Clear accountability
Creating a Biometric Access System creates a clear trail of movement and accountability with lower chances of misuse. Give a friend your access card to swipe you in? – Easy. Ask him to put your thumbprint or retinal scan on a Biometric Reader? – Impossible. Apart any event can be easily traced back to the persons involved.

Better Return on Investment
With the enhanced security, better accountability and lower opportunities for fraud that a Biometric System provides the ROI on investment is much higher than traditional systems.

Integrated System
Modern systems can help you seamlessly integrate and manage time attendance, access control, surveillance and visitor management through a single window with instant alerts and actionable information delivered through multiple devices. They provide centralized control in the hands of the security administrator. With a Biometric Identification System, this becomes even more effective.

In a nutshell biometric time attendance solution permits you to focus on your core business by giving quickest and easiest way to overcome your time tracking issues.

If security of your physical and intellectual assets is on top of your mind, you cannot ignore an Aadhaar based Biometric Identification Systems that are really effective, versatile and cost effective. Combine this with an advanced integrated security platform that will improve control, reduce management costs and provide a better user experience.

Central Government employees meanwhile have expressed their objection to linking the daily attendance timecard with Aadhaar. Mr. Duraipandi, the General Secretary of the Employees’ Sammelan, said, “We have no objection to implementing a biometric attendance system. But, linking the Aadhaar card information with the attendance record is unnecessary and in violation of personal rights. Adding my personal information to my office attendance violates my right to privacy.

The honorable Supreme Court, in its judgement, has clearly specified that Aadhaar details should not be used for personal reasons.”

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) going to announce in the 15th Finance Commission about its budgetary requirement of more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore for internal security and other responsibilities between 2020-25. The budgetary requirement is meant for internal security, Central Armed Police Forces, police modernisation, border security, disaster management and Union Territories.

মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর কড়া নির্দেশ, সময়ে অফিস আসতে হবে সরকারি কর্মীদের। এই বার্তা আগেই দিয়েছিলেন উত্তরপ্রদেশের (ভারত) মুখ্যমন্ত্রী যোগী আদিত্যনাথ। এবার সেই নির্দেশ কার্যকর করতে তৎপর হল তাঁর প্রশাসন। সরকারি নির্দেশমতো ব্লক লেভেল পর্যন্ত সব সরকারি দপ্তরে বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স সিস্টেম চালু করা হবে।
রুরাল ডেভেলপমেন্ট বিভাগের আধিকারিকদের সঙ্গে বৈঠক হতে চলেছে মুখ্যমন্ত্রীর। সেখানেই এই সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া হবে। সরকারি বার্তায় মুখ্যমন্ত্রী জানাবেন, ব্লক লেভেল থেকে প্রত্যেক সরকারি দপ্তরে বায়োমেট্রিক সিস্টেমের ব্যবহার শুরু হবে। এছাড়াও প্রত্যেক গ্রাম পঞ্চায়েতে একটি বোর্ড তৈরি হবে। প্রধানের ডিটেলস গ্রামে কী কী কাজ চলছে তার সব তথ্য রাখবে ওই বোর্ড। আধার-বেসড পেমেন্ট সিস্টেমের উপর জোর দিচ্ছেন উত্তরপ্রদেশের সরকার (ভারত)

কলকাতা সরকারি কর্মচারীদেরআসি, যাই বেতন পাইকর্ম সংস্কৃতি বন্ধের উদ্দেশ্যে আরও কড়া হতে চলেছে রাজ্য সরকার নিজের ইচ্ছেমত সরকারী কর্মচারীদের আসা-যাওয়া বন্ধ করতে সমস্ত সরকারি অফিসগুলিতে কর্মীদের বায়োমেট্রিক হাজিরার ব্যবস্থা করেছে রাজ্য এবার থেকে পাকাপাকিভাবে বন্ধ হতে চলেছে খাতায় সই করে হাজিরা দেওয়ার প্রথা
নবান্ন সূত্রে জানানো হয়েছে, সরকারি কর্মীদের হাজিরা নিয়ে আরও কড়া হতে চলেছে রাজ্য সরকার এবার থেকে কর্মীদের উপস্থিতির প্রমাণ হিসেবে বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্সকেই চুড়ান্ত মান্যতা দেওয়া হবে অফিসে ঢুকতে দেরি হলে কাটা যাবে ছুটি বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স অনুযায়ী তিনটি লেট হলে একটি ক্যাজুয়াল লিভ কেটে নেওয়ার নিয়ম আবারও জারি করছে পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার (ভারত)

নকশালবাড়ি ( ভারত, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, উত্তরবঙ্গ ) ব্লকের মণিরাম, নকশালবাড়ি, হাতিঘিসা, আপার বাগডোগরা, লোয়ার বাগডোগরা এবং গোঁসাইপুর গ্রাম পঞ্চায়েত দপ্তরে সিসিটিভি ক্যামেরা এবং বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স ডিভাইস বসছে। ইতিমধ্যে টেন্ডার প্রক্রিয়া শেষ হবার পর এগুলো বসানোর কাজ শুরু হয়েছে। নকশালবাড়ি পঞ্চায়েত সমিতির সভাপতি সরোজ কিরণ টোপ্পো প্রসঙ্গে জানান, নকশালবাড়ি পঞ্চায়েত সমিতির নিজস্ব তহবিল থেকে ব্লকের ৬টি গ্রাম পঞ্চায়েত দপ্তরে সিসিটিভি ক্যামেরা এবং বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স ডিভাইস বসানো হচ্ছে।

২০১৮ সালের ৩১ জানুয়ারি থেকে ভারতীয় রেল সমস্ত স্তরের কর্মীদের জন্য চালু হয়েছে আধার নির্ভর বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স। এক রেল কর্তা জানিয়েছেন, শুধু দেরিতে আসা নয়, অনুপস্থিত কর্মীদের তথ্যও এতদিন ঠিক ভাবে পাওয়া যেত না। সে সব নিশ্চিত করতেই এই কড়াকড়ি ব্যবস্থা।  বায়োমেট্রিক যন্ত্রের উপরে যাতে কোনও কারিকুরি না করা হয় সেটা নিশ্চিত করতে সিসিটিভি ক্যামেরা বসানোরও নির্দেশ দিয়েছে ভারতীয় রেল।

গোপালগঞ্জের কোটালীপাড়া উপজেলায় (বাংলাদেশ - ঢাকা) সরকারি প্রাথমিক বিদ্যালয়গুলোতে ১৮৭টি বিদ্যালয়ে বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স বিতরণ করেন। এই বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স ব্যবহারের মাধ্যমে শিক্ষক- শিক্ষার্থীদের উপস্থিতি অনলাইনে শিক্ষা প্রতিষ্ঠানের নিয়ন্ত্রণকারী সকল কর্তৃপক্ষ দূর-তদারকি করতে পারবে। আর পদ্ধতি ব্যবহারে একটি বিদ্যালয়ের বছরে ৫৫০০ হাজার ঘণ্টা সাশ্রয় হবে। যে সময়টা শিক্ষকগণ শ্রেণী কক্ষে পাঠদানের কাজে লাগাতে পারবে। উপজেলা নির্বাহী অফিসার জিলাল হোসেন বলেন, এই পদ্ধতি ব্যবহারে ডিজিটাল বাংলাদেশ নির্মাণে নতুন প্রজন্মকে নতুন প্রযুক্তির সাথে পরিচিত করার মধ্য দিয়ে শিক্ষার্থীদের আরো বিজ্ঞান মনস্ক, আধুনিক বিজ্ঞান প্রযুক্তিতে অভিজ্ঞ এবং দক্ষ করে গড়ে তোলা যাবে।

বাংলাদেশে রোগীরা বঞ্চিত হচ্ছেন চিকিৎসাসেবা থেকে। কারণ সরকারি হাসপাতালগুলোতে ডাক্তাররা উপস্থিত থাকেন না বা কম সময় দেন। এতে শুধু স্বাস্থ্যমন্ত্রী নয়, গত ডিসেম্বরে (২০১৭) কর্মস্থলে অনুপস্থিত ডাক্তারদের চাকরিচ্যুত করার হুঁশিয়ারি দিয়ে ক্ষোভ প্রকাশ করেছেন প্রধানমন্ত্রী। ২০১২ সাল থেকে শুরু হয়েছে সরকারি হাসপাতালগুলোতে বায়োমেট্রিক পদ্ধতিতে ডাক্তারসহ সকল কর্মকর্তা কর্মচারীর উপস্থিতি নিশ্চিত করণ কার্যক্রম।এ প্রেক্ষিতে দেশের মোট ৪৭৯ টি স্বাস্থ্য কমপ্লেক্সে বসানো হয় বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স মেশিন। যার মাধ্যমে প্রতিদিন পর্যবেক্ষণ করা হচ্ছে ওই হাসপাতালগুলোতে সংশ্লিষ্টদের উপস্থিতির হার। আর দায়িত্ব পালন করছে স্বাস্থ্য অধিদপ্তরের ম্যানেজমেন্ট ইনফরমেশন সিস্টেম (এমআইএস) বিভাগ। এমআইএস সূত্রে জানা গেছে, বরিশাল বিভাগের ৪০টি, চট্টগ্রাম বিভাগে ৯৫টি, ঢাকা বিভাগে ৯১টি, খুলনা বিভাগে ৬০টি, ময়মনসিংহ বিভাগে ৩৪টি, রাজশাহী বিভাগে ৬৫টি, রংপুর বিভাগে ৫৮টি এবং সিলেট বিভাগের ৩৬টি স্বাস্থ্য কমপ্লেক্সে এই বায়োমেট্রিক অ্যাটেনডেন্স মেশিন বসানো হয়েছে।