IFSEC International 2019 – 18-20 June, London - Show highlights
Cybersecurity topped the agenda on day one at #IFSEC2019 with cybersecurity expert Steve Kenny involved in several speaker events including delivering a keynote on the topic, being involved in a panel debate on biometrics, while leading discussions on the subject at the Axis-hosted consultants’ lunch. We caught up with Steve to learn more about what Axis is doing to improve its cyber credentials, the importance of a trusted supply chain and how security accreditations, such as Cyber Essentials Plus, demonstrate Axis’ ongoing commitment to being the best it can be.
New product announcements were as much a part of the fabric of IFSEC this year as years past, with several new product launches on the Axis stand. First up was Axis’s new 7th generation ARTPEC chip optimised for network video and delivering new capabilities to Axis devices including better imaging, enhanced security, powerful compression and the ability to run analytics at the edge. Axis also launched the Axis Camera Station System-as-a-Service an exciting new opportunity to access the proven video management software based on a recurring monthly payment model (UK only). Also on the stand was Axis’ range of integrated IP audio solutions that add features including public address, background music and scheduled announcements to an existing surveillance system.
This year, two of Axis’ partners had a presence on the stand, with Morphean announcing its technology partnership with Simons-Voss, to enable its Access Control-as-a-Service, a solution that utilises door controllers from Axis Communications, namely the AXIS A1001 and the AXIS A1601, that serve as the interface between the cloud and the SimonsVoss’ SmartIntego door locking system. Milestone Systems, an industry leader in open platform IP video management software, presented demonstrations of Axis Optimizer for Milestone XProtect®, a suite of plugins and features that optimize the usability of Axis cameras in XProtect.
Axis’ sustainability agenda, along with ethics and values was again one of the main prevailing themes on the Axis stand this year. The ethics and values behind Axis’ technology are as important to Axis as the technology itself, and it has a continuing commitment to put purpose beyond profit, as Atul Rajput, Regional Director – Northern Europe, explained. The strength of the Axis Communications brand relies on the strong relationship between customers, partners and employees. In an era of heightened conscious capitalism, Axis’ focus on safeguarding the welfare of people and planet is key to being viewed as a highly trustworthy and ethical organisation. This was recently confirmed by Great Place to Work® who recognised Axis as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ in 2019. Axis Communications ranked 10th in the Small Business category as 94% of UK employees say it’s a great place to work and 100% are favourable on its societal responsibility.
Axis is immensely proud of its people and the confidence and camaraderie between Axis and its partners is evident. Axis’ employees continue to surprise by their commitment, not only to each other, but to benefit others as part of a responsibility to society. A team took part in the Three Peaks Challenge very recently, climbing three mountain peaks in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) and covering 26 miles in 24 hours. The money raised was divided to support three great charities and they were thrilled to be able to accomplish something that enabled them to give back to society.
On the final day of the event, the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner (SCC) also announced the world’s first voluntary cyber security standard and compliance certification mark for the manufacturers of surveillance cameras. Axis played a part in the development of the new security standard for surveillance cameras and wholly welcomed its introduction. This news aired as Axis itself had only recently reaffirmed its commitment to cyber security with the announcement that its Cyber Essentials accreditation had been approved for another year and upgraded to Cyber Essentials Plus.
Whether developing and implementing new technologies and services or doing its bit to help the planet and support others, Axis remains committed to its central focus: Innovating for a smarter, safer world.