Physical and cyber attackers have more sophisticated tools and understanding of network-based systems than ever before, shining a spotlight in particular on the vulnerabilities of security implementations.


This ISC West session will provide an overview of the four levels of physical security threats beyond perimeter, perimeter, boundary and volumetric security, and present best practices to ensure cyber security readiness.

ISC West Session
The Convergence of Physical and Cyber Security:
Recognizing the Readiness of IP-based Systems

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM PDT
ISC West
Sands Expo Center
Room 302
Session Overview


WallaceDavid Wallace
Founder & CEO, Surveillance One

BrownWilliam L. Brown, Jr.
Sr. Engineering Manager, Tyco Security Products

We hope to see you at this important ISC West Session. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Application Engineers

American Dynamics understands the needs of the field and has a team of application engineers to provide support in developing solutions.

Project Configurations

Our application engineers provide extensive experience in project consulting and pre-sales support. If you need assistance designing the most effective security solution, our trained team can help you:

  • Walk you through using the IP Bandwidth & Storage Calculator to properly estimate storage needs
  • Provide configuration suggestions for camera placement, storage calculations,
  • Understand bandwidth requirements
  • Select appropriate options for servers
  • Offer CAD drawings of configurations
  • Recommend video security installation best practices


Pricing & Inventory Questions

The Tyco Security Products application engineers can answer questions within a few hours about products in stock or the timeline for delivery of a desired order. Additionally, they can assist with return material authorizations (RMA) if necessary.

Sales Support

The application engineers can also assist with customer meetings and presentations. Tyco provides this resource for dealers to collaborate with in-house sales engineers to create winning sales presentations and demos for customers. Additionally, they can answer technical questions and troubleshoot customer issues.

Contact Our Application Engineers

To contact the team, email or call +1.800.507.6268 option 2.

Facial Biometrics Best Practices

The new VideoEdge facial biometrics feature immediately detects and verifies individuals. VideoEdge facial biometrics engine has been tuned to be fast and accurate. Whether you are using it for identifying known unwanted persons in real-time or providing secondary verification with access control, time is paramount. As with any analytics feature in video surveillance software, there are best practices that should be used to achieve reliable results and improve performance.

Camera LocationRecommended Camera Location

To recognize a face, the person should be easily visible. Consistent, accurate facial recognition results require the cameras to be mounted within a close range.

  • The entire face should be visible inside the image and region of interest.
  • Both eyes should be open and visible.
  • Limit the number of faces in the scene. Try to avoid crowds and large groups of people.
  • Reduce subject and camera motion as much as possible.

Limit Faces

Provide Ideal Lighting

American Dynamics facial biometrics technology matches multiple points on a face. Therefore, the clearer the face image is, the more likely you are to receive an accurate match. You can resolve many of the lighting conditions necessary to achieve optimal facial biometrics by following these considerations:

  • Create even lighting on the face with little to no shadows.
  • Avoid backlighting that may result in glares on glasses. Position light sources outside the area where reflections hit the camera.
  • Keep away from direct sunlight when possible. Direct sunlight may cause strong, asymmetric lighting and shadows across the face.
  • Utilize automatic gain control in environments with varying brightness.

Upload Quality Enrollment Images

American Dynamics recommends you upload at least five enrollment images of each individual to the database. These images include varying angles such as straight on, face slightly turned left, face slightly turned right, face slightly tilted up and face slightly tilted down. Having each angle should improve the recognition performance. Also, you should use recent enrollment images and remember to re-enroll individuals periodically. Often times, age differences or changes in hair of facial style has a direct effect on the recognition performance.

Other suggestions:

  • Use a high resolution image with at least 400 pixels on the face
  • Take enrollment images with neutral facial expressions including mouth closed and little to no smile.
  • Take the image close up, recommend 3 to 5 feet away

View our best practices cheatsheet.

Learn more about American Dynamics VideoEdge Facial Biometrics.