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Hikvision puts security on the smart city map

NZ Security Magazine, June-July 2018

Managing Director of Hikvision Oceania, Daniel Huang.Managing Director of Hikvision Oceania, Daniel Huang.


At the end of May, Hikvision Oceania Solution Expert Dean Edwards presented on ‘securing the smart city’ at Developing NZ in Wellington. We spoke with Managing Director of Hikvision Oceania, Daniel Huang, about what the smart city means for security.


NZSM: We understand that Hikvision’s presentation at Developing NZ will be on "securing a smart city". Can you briefly describe the topic?

DH: Cities are becoming smarter as we enter the artificial intelligence age. While the government and public sector invest heavily in infrastructure upgrading, security management is seen part of infrastructure, and as a key tool to help ensure smooth operation and prevent loss and crimes. 

But it has not been fully realised that security management, more than its traditionally defined role, can actually act as an essential cut-in point to enable higher efficiency and connectivity for better e-governance, urban mobility and citizen participation.

In order to achieve better security management in cities, intelligent devices are used to help collect clear images; dispersion points are covered by surveillance to deter criminal acts; security staff are trained to manage difficult scenarios; and police, community and other government or social organisations are to work together with high efficiency in dealing with emergencies. 

When cities get smarter, more connected and responsive, security management will face more challenges. For example, 24/7 full-time monitoring is needed to manage people activities and vehicle flow in public venues. Monitoring should cover not only land but also air, static and mobile security and alarm control – for crime prevention and anti-terrorism purposes. 

In other words, prevention and control need to occur on a multi-dimensional level. To achieve this, great amounts of data need to be collected, stored, analysed, structured, modularised and applied, and an integrated system needs to be constructed for data sharing and streamlined instruction giving.

‘Securing a smart city’ means a series of advanced technologies being applied to various systems to enable fast and effective response of central operation and integrated security platforms to real-time situations. It also means all devices, facilities, software and services involved having to work together to help enhance municipal administration, improve people’s lifestyle and – in the long-run – support economic growth.


NZSM: How can smart city technology assist in making a city more resilient to the threat of extreme events, such as earthquakes?

DH: From the security management point of view, in a smart city, digital information is core. When data is integrated, stored, analysed and applied, environments can be monitored and early warning of natural disasters can be enabled. 

With facilities in place, government services may be better able to evacuate residents ahead of time; alarms will go off when disasters are detected; and search and rescue will become easier with artificial intelligence technology. Robots, for example, were delegated for post-tsunami search taskings as early as 2011. And, of course, during evacuation, real-time monitoring and data analysis can help provide guidance for people and vehicle flow. 

When the government studies the impact of the disaster, air control systems will send back bird’s eye view pictures and zoom-in images to the control centre to help visually evaluate the aftermath and harm done. When victims are relocated to temporary accommodation, intelligent security management can help maintain social order and support emergency aid tasks.


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NZSM: Apart from the financial investment, achieving a smart city appears to require significant investment of effort in achieving unprecedented cooperation between disparate agencies in different levels of government and private sector organisations. How have cities achieved this?

DH: In a smart city, data collected and owned by police, by communities and by businesses are ideally integrated to allow high-level coordination in demanding circumstances. Based on that, the operation centre adopts a CSB (cloud service bus) framework to allow integrated login and user rights allocation, authentication and management.

In time, administrative governance and operation will become more streamlined and efficient. New rules and regulations might provide clearer guidance in terms of organising efforts, protecting privacy and defining priorities.  

According to Zheng Yilin, Director of Hikvision’s Overseas System Department, a good example is Hikvision’s intelligent traffic solutions for Shenzhen. “There are 12 million permanent residents and more than 3 million vehicles in the city,” he said. “With a density of 510 vehicles per square kilometre, the highest in China, traffic congestion is a big issue.

“Hikvision has worked with the Shenzhen traffic police to create a joint laboratory to deal with this. Up till now, a series of outcomes have been achieved, through high-tech means such as traffic sequencing, mobile inspection and a 4KS real-time operational command system.” 


NZSM: With all the IoT infrastructure and devices that make a 'smart city' smart, does it also mean that smart cities are more vulnerable to cyber threats?

DH: A smart city involves the ‘ABCD’ elements (artificial intelligence, big data, cloud, and IoT devices), which enable an integrated grid where all data flow in and out. Risks always exist. As a way of living in the cyber world, security infrastructure manufacturers, installers and end users all have their “things-to-do” in defence against cyber threats. 

Manufactures need to test software and hardware regularly; respond and communicate to new vulnerabilities quickly; and create cybersecurity best practice documentation to share. Installers need to understand cybersecurity best practices; and to create network architectures and support models that promote those practices. End users need to understand that they own – and are responsible for – the devices that they put on the internet; and that they keep firmware and patches up to date. 

Hikvision has designed a set of security solutions to handle the security threats faced by devices, networks, servers, data and applications. With the ‘prevent, control and trace’ theory, Hikvision has applied advanced technologies to empower security operational systems so multi-dimensional security monitoring can be achieved for prevention and control. 

In terms of implementation, measures are taken to ensure that key information infrastructure systems and networks are reliable; that data assets are confidential, authentic, integral and available; and that applications or services are verifiable. Based on this, a variety of functions can be conducted as in-depth application design, with strong security support. 


(i) Edge Devices extract effective info from videos and collect IoT data; (ii) a group of edge devices can form an Edge Network to store and process data; (iii) the Cloud Center supports multi-dimensional data fusion, big data analysis and application.(i) Edge Devices extract effective info from videos and collect IoT data; (ii) a group of edge devices can form an Edge Network to store and process data; (iii) the Cloud Center supports multi-dimensional data fusion, big data analysis and application.


NZSM: 'Smart city' seems to be a buzz word among security solutions providers. What's Hikvision's point of difference?

DH: Hikvision intelligence synthesises powerful video surveillance applications – from data perception, transmission, and storage to analysis and applications. This means that Hikvision can not only work as the ‘eyes’, but also as the ‘brain’ and further empower the ‘hands’ for smart city management.  

Hikvision introduced the concept of “AI Cloud” in October 2017, which is a three-layered architecture that incorporates cloud and edge computing to provide multi-dimensional perception and front-end processing at Edge Nodes (1st layer), and then processes data in real-time and converges them to Edge Domains for intelligent applications (2st layer), then further fuses data and converges them to the Cloud Center for big data analysis (3rd layer). 

The three layers can be connected to each other at multi-class and multi-category levels. Lateral data interaction is also achievable across internet (for the public), video special network (for the police) and industrial intranet (for businesses). 

AI Cloud relieves concurrency stress on the cloud by pushing data processing to AI-enabled edge devices and edge networks with deep-learning technology. This harnesses the advantages of edge perception and its ability to generate multi-layered cognition to empower AI applications. And this is where better algorithms and deep learning are needed – areas where Hikvision has real strength. 


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