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Ring Launches the Spotlight Cam Plus in the UAE

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Ring has announced Spotlight Cam Plus, its next-generation Spotlight Cam featuring wide-angle 1080p HD video, built-in LED spotlights, and a security siren. Spotlight Cam Plus builds upon the features of Ring’s existing Spotlight Cam with Color Night Vision, a new design, and dual power options, allowing users to easily switch between plug-in and battery power modes.

“Since its inception, Ring has constantly been innovating cost-effective, easy-to-use home security solutions that ensure peace of mind for our customers. The UAE launch of Spotlight Cam Plus and Solar Panel USB-C represents the next milestone in our exciting regional journey. With cutting-edge technology, including our Color Night Vision feature, we aim to enhance UAE homeowners’ perception of smart home security, and keep them safe and connected to their loved ones,” said Mohammad Meraj Hoda, Vice President – Emerging Markets, Ring.

Available in two colours (black and white), the Spotlight Cam introduces a new, sleek design while maintaining the features Ring users know and love, such as real-time notifications, Two-Way Talk and Live View. Spotlight Cam Plus also offers Color Night Vision and two motion-activated LED spotlights, allowing users to keep an eye on their property, day or night. With Battery and Plug-in power options available, customers can also choose the best option for their home setup.

Designed with privacy and security in mind, Spotlight Cam Plus offers advanced features such as Customizable Motion Zones that trigger an event, Privacy Zones that exclude areas in the camera’s field of view from capturing video, and an Audio Toggle to turn off audio recording for added privacy.

Ring also announced the new Solar Panel USB-C, compatible with Spotlight Cam Plus and other USB-C Ring Security Cams. Ring’s Solar Panel USB-C connects easily and seamlessly to Spotlight Cam Plus, so just a few hours of direct sunlight every day will keep it charged around the clock. The adjustable arm allows users to get the ideal angle to maximize their solar power while keeping their setup tidy with built-in cable management.

The Spotlight Cam Plus (Battery and Plug-in) starts from AED 699, and the Solar Panel USB-C at AED 229.

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TCCA Extends Deadline for 2024 International Critical Communications Awards Entries

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The Critical Communications Association (TCCA) today announced that the deadline to submit entries for the 2024 International Critical Communications Awards (ICCAs) has been extended through February 24, in response to the overwhelming interest and numerous requests received from participants.

Presented by TCCA, the ICCAs are the most prestigious awards in the critical communications space. The event celebrates excellence and showcases innovation every year, honouring the success of products, individuals, and organizations that have broadened capabilities and delivered new value to the industry.

The ICCAs are being held in Dubai on May 14, on the sidelines of Critical Communications World (CCW), the industry’s leading global conference and exhibition, running at Dubai World Trade Centre from May 14-16.

“We are truly delighted by the enthusiastic response to the ICCAs and extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants for their interest and submissions,” said Kevin Graham, CEO, TCCA. “The extension reflects our commitment to inclusivity and fairness, ensuring that every qualified candidate and organization have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.”

Eligible candidates are encouraged to take advantage of the extended deadline and submit their entries before the revised deadline. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of esteemed judges and are open across 13 categories. From technology creation and deployment to critical communications utilization across industries, every area will be meticulously examined ahead of final shortlisting.

The ICCA categories are as follows:

  • Emerging technology, product or solutions
  • Best Use of critical communications in public safety
  • Best use of advanced technology
  • Best use of critical communications in transport
  • Best use of critical communications in utilities
  • Best use of critical communications in industrial, manufacturing, mining resources, oil & gas exploration
  • Best TETRA product or solution of the year
  • Best MCX product or solution of the year
  • Best Hybrid device
  • The Phil Kidner Award for an Individual Outstanding Contribution to critical communications
  • TCCA Young Engineer of the year
  • Government authority collaboration
  • Champion for Social Value
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Reolink Launches a 16MP Camera and Dual-Lens Security Camera Lineup at CES 2024

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Reolink has unveiled a new dual-lens camera lineup at CES 2024. The company showed off a 16 million-pixel security camera, Duo 3 PoE, and more cutting-edge security products and technologies, redefining the future of home and business surveillance. “Devoted to creating the finest security products for consumers and business owners, Reolink is harnessing the latest technology to make homes and offices more secure and comfortable,” says Fabrice Klohoun, Marketing Manager at Reolink. “We invite conference attendees to join us at CES to witness the latest advances in security solutions, including the 16MP images captured by our devices and additional capabilities of Reolink’s product offerings.”

Reolink Duo 3 PoE 16MP Camera
Reolink’s newest addition to its flagship dual-lens lineup, the Duo 3 PoE, innovatively merges two high-resolution lenses into a real-life vision with an enormous 16 million pixels. Users can capture more vivid details than ever before, including wanted or unwanted visitors, license plates,  delivered packages and much more. Boasting an advanced dual-image stitching algorithm, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE camera creates a 180° panoramic view with minimum distortion. Users will experience peace of mind when it comes to property surveillance without missing a single detail.

The most innovative feature of the Duo 3 PoE camera is the built-in Motion Track. By overlaying multiple tracks and positions of people, vehicles, or animals over a certain period into a single picture, users can monitor footage within seconds. This feature removes hurdles like video buffering delays and having to watch multiple footage playback to confirm activity.

Reolink TrackMix Series and Argus Track
Reolink’s hybrid lens TrackMix series provides wide-angle images and target-focused close-ups simultaneously. Together with the auto-tracking function, the TrackMix camera lineup delivers the smoothest surveillance experience for tracking a moving target.

Reolink brings this hybrid dual-lens security technology to a consumer-grade security camera, known as the Reolink Argus Track. This sleek camera incorporates all of the must-have features on the TrackMix cameras: 4K colour images day and night, dual-view display – one for overall and the other for close-up, and 6x hybrid zoom. In addition, it is solar-powered with a 6W solar panel.

Reolink ColorX Series
Reolink is expanding its innovative ColorX true colour night vision technology into more lineups: 4K camera series, Wi-Fi camera series, and PTZ camera series.

Integrating an F1.0 super aperture, an advanced 1/1.8” sensor and HDR function, the new ColorX cameras CX810, CX410W, E1 Outdoor CX capture ultra clear and colourful visuals in extreme darkness, improving nighttime surveillance performance as daylight ones.

Whole-Home Security
High-performing security systems should be full-range and centralized. At CES, Reolink showcased three surveillance solutions for homes and businesses, ranging from wire-free battery solutions and fast Wi-Fi 6 plug-in solutions to solid PoE systems.

All Reolink security camera system solutions embrace a spectrum of advanced features, including 24/7 monitoring, AI-assisted smart detection, instant motion alerts, and more.

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OPSWAT Invests $10 Million in Scholarship Learning Program

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OPSWAT has announced today that it is launching a $10 million scholarship program to offer essential CIP training courses. This initiative is designed to address the increasing demand for certified cybersecurity professionals, particularly within critical infrastructure industries.

ICS2 estimates in its 2023 Cybersecurity Workforce Study that 4 million cybersecurity professionals are needed globally, marking a significant 13% increase from 2022. The CIP landscape has become more complex, requiring expertise in safeguarding both Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT). Additionally, the data sharing between these domains, coupled with complex technologies, intensifies the need for specialized knowledge around how to protect it. OPSWAT recognizes these challenges and is committed to bridging the skills gap in this specialized field.

In response to the urgency outlined by the U.S. Executive Orders and the National Cybersecurity Strategy, OPSWAT’s scholarship program will provide OPSWAT Academy courses through authorized partnerships with educational institutions and government agencies. These collaborations aim to empower both students and seasoned professionals by offering them free access to courses that cover the latest technologies in cybersecurity and are tailored to equip participants with the skills necessary to protect critical infrastructure environments from a dynamic threat landscape.

“Through our commitment to education and workforce development, OPSWAT is taking a significant step towards closing the cybersecurity skills gap,” said Benny Czarny, Founder and CEO at OPSWAT. “Our goal is to ensure that individuals, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to develop their cybersecurity expertise and join OPSWAT’s mission in protecting the world’s critical infrastructure.”

Acknowledging the importance of public-private partnerships, OPSWAT emphasizes that collective efforts are vital in addressing the cybersecurity workforce gap. By supporting this scholarship program, OPSWAT not only contributes to the growth of the critical infrastructure community but also aligns with government initiatives focused on enhancing cybersecurity measures.

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