The Emerging Indian Retail Industry

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The Indian retail industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic and fast-paced industries as a result of competition from several new players. It accounts for over 10% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and around 8% of employment. India is also the world’s fifth largest destination in the retail space.

While India’s retail market is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10% to US$ 1.6 trillion by 2026, India’s Business to Business (B2B)  e-commerce market is expected to reach US$ 700 billion by 2020. Continue reading

December 8, 2017

Culture Building: why it matters?

 

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“Culture is how organizations do things.” – Robbie Katanga

What it is
Today organizations are vying to be rated as “a good place to work” and the most crucial elements are the brand value of the organisation and the remuneration paid to its employees. But they seem to ignore yet another important factor which plays a deciding role, which is the work culture of the organization.

Every organization has its way of functioning and carrying out day-to-day activities i.e. their work culture. It aids in retaining and creating a sense of belonging to the organisation. Right from the type of clothes employees wear to how approachable the top management is; everything forms a part of this culture. Continue reading Culture Building: why it matters?

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December 1, 2017

Securing the ATM: Part II – Solution: What can be done?

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ATMs were originally brought in to reduce the pressure on bank branches struggling to serve their many customers. Since its inception however, the role and services provided by ATMs have significantly evolved. It is no longer a simple cash-dispensing instrument but can be used for marketing, information dissemination, withdrawals and deposits, international remittances and the list is endless. Continue reading Securing the ATM: Part II – Solution: What can be done?

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November 24, 2017

Securing the ATM: Part I – Types of Attacks

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A recent global cyber-attack led to a lockdown of around 100 systems. The worrying part of the attack was the information system that proved to be a weak link is still being used by many ATMs in India.

As banks in India continue to add more ATMs to their expanding network, it will throw up many challenges, security being one of the major concerns. ATMs not only hold millions of rupees in cash, they can also be used to extract customer data and PIN.

To protect their ATMs, it is becoming increasingly important for banks to upgrade their security systems in order to stay on top of tech-savvy criminals who will stop at nothing to rob them.

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October 18, 2017

The Gold Rush: Beware

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For centuries, gold has been associated with money – as an exchange system for trade and commerce. It was only after the Second World War that our current exchange system was created. Even so, gold hasn’t lost its charm or hold on people.

The gold market is rich and diverse: gold is mined on almost every continent, shipped around the world and sold to a variety of consumers – banks and financial institutes, retail investors and jewellers. Gold is constantly on the move, being designed and redesigned as per the needs of the end user.

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October 13, 2017

Hello…We are watching you!

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Live Monitoring is the continuous observation of premises to detect change.  It is impractical to have personnel stare at computer screens 24/7 in order to detect incidents. The margin of human error would be too great for it to be viable.

A more useful approach would be to setup an alert-based monitoring system that could sound an alarm when a sensor picked up unusual activity, alerting the personnel to look in the appropriate direction. This would not only improve the effectiveness of a surveillance system but also improve response time. Continue reading Hello…We are watching you!

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October 5, 2017

Get Smart!

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From analogue to digital, HD resolution to wireless systems the surveillance technology has grown in leaps and bounds and continues to grow every day. As a result of the evolving needs, flexible and smart systems are being designed to cater to a site’s unique needs. With the help of this smart technology, one is able to communicate the needs, thus improving how businesses operate.  Continue reading Get Smart!

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September 29, 2017
September 22, 2017

Demystifying Fog Computing and its role in E-surveillance (PART 1)

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Cloud computing has seen unprecedented adoption by global businesses as they move towards the new internet paradigm to become better connected. As a result, much innovation has been observed in the Internet of Things (IoT) space like smartphones, self-driving cars, e-surveillance, unmanned drones, etc. As time will progress, more “things” will get connected, largely by wireless technology, which leads us to one of the biggest challenges facing IoT i.e. bandwidth. Continue reading Demystifying Fog Computing and its role in E-surveillance (PART 1)

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September 15, 2017

SaaS it up!

saas-01Software as a service or SaaS is a way of delivering applications over the internet. Think of all the web-based software you use – Hotmail, Office 365, Gmail, etc. – and you will have a decent idea of what SaaS looks like.

The biggest pay-off of using a SaaS-based application is that you don’t need to buy, install or maintain clunky software. All the middleware, infrastructure, app software and data are located in the service provider’s centralized database. You just need an internet connection, web browser and subscription to the application. Continue reading SaaS it up!

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September 8, 2017

How to better your teamwork and collaboration skills

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With many companies following a more horizontal hierarchical structure, no employee can work in isolation. At any given moment you will need to know how to communicate effectively, whether with your own team or with members of another team. Besides, collaboration and teamwork lead to bigger organizational goals of quality improvement, product development and customer service. Continue reading How to better your teamwork and collaboration skills

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September 1, 2017

Decoding: Video Analytics for Perimeter Monitoring, Save 60% Cost of Guarding

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Guards are by definition not only inefficient and unreliable but also extremely expensive. Organisations have large number of guards securing the perimeter that puts undue and unnecessary financial stress on the profit of the Business Unit.

The Need

Securing a perimeter using video analytics is: Efficient, Reliable and Economical Continue reading Decoding: Video Analytics for Perimeter Monitoring, Save 60% Cost of Guarding

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August 24, 2017

Motivation – the what and the how

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Motivation drives people to success. You may have the best people on board but if they do not have the drive, they are unlikely to reach or utilize their true potential. As a leader it is not only your duty but also your responsibility to motivate your people.

The Need

Work will flow smoothly when your workforce is motivated since motivated people are positive, rearing to go and enjoy their jobs. Productivity and efficiency improves and you are able to achieve your organisational goals as well as employee goals. Continue reading Motivation – the what and the how

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August 18, 2017

People Counting – a key metric for retailers

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Many retailers may be missing out on opportunities by underutilizing one of the most critical numbers: conversion rate of visitors to buyers. As a retailer, you may already know what is working and what isn’t for your store but by using people counting metrics, you can amplify that into actionable results.

People counting or counting the foot traffic in any store can be used for smarter business decisions that can lead to profitability and operational efficiency. People counting technology includes retail analytics, queue management and security. Continue reading People Counting – a key metric for retailers

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August 11, 2017

Building Customer Trust in the E-Surveillance Industry

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The worlds of IT and surveillance are ever converging as technology continues to evolve. Modern organizations are seeking solutions to ensure their persons and premises are ‘safe and secure’ with infrastructure that is:

  1. Cost effective
  2. Easy to manage
  3. Scales up as the need grows

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August 4, 2017

Hawkeye:Business Intelligence & Analytics

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Business intelligence is a technology-driven process for analysing data and presenting results to decision-makers to help them make informed business decisions.

BI encompasses a variety of tools, applications and methodologies that enable organizations to:

  1. collect data from internal systems and external sources,
  2. prepare it for analysis,
  3. develop and run queries against the data, and
  4. create reports, dashboards and data visualizations

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July 28, 2017

CAMS: A Panoramic View of E-Surveillance

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‘Surveillance’ comes from a French phrase for ‘watching over.’ Its purpose is to monitor activities, actions, or behaviour for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing or protecting your premises, human life and brand value.

Surveillance encompasses

  1. Observation from a distance by the means of electronic equipment such as CCTV cameras, MIC, Siren & Speaker or
  2. Interception of electronically transmitted information

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July 21, 2017

Why the health check-up of e-Surveillance is important?

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While we know the importance of e-Surveillance systems, it is also necessary and prudent to know if your CCTV cameras are working or not.

If you are setting up a retail outlet, commercial establishment or a restaurant, you require a clear understanding of an integrated surveillance solutions. Finalising the placement of cameras and mapping the key areas in a store/outlet is very important as it play a vital role in day-today running of businesses. Continue reading Why the health check-up of e-Surveillance is important?

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July 14, 2017

Securing the Retail Outlet with IoT

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Retail industry in India is booming. In today’s world, start-ups are competing with major players in the retail market with their fresh and innovative business formats.

Retail outlets of both start-ups and retail groups have a state-of-the-art billing and management software. But when it comes to the security of these outlets, the focus and importance is too low. This has created many challenges like pilferages, poor brand quality at outlets, burglary and others that can be easily avoided. Continue reading Securing the Retail Outlet with IoT

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July 7, 2017

ARYA Achieves Intrusion Detection Target by 100%

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Our previous blog talked about the menace of inventory theft faced by warehouses. Establishments spend a tidy sum on state-of-the-art cameras with high-end features which become nothing more than showpieces in the face of detecting pilferage. Tampering is not detected until a huge loss occurs and CCTV cameras can do little when the employee is determined.

Today’s blog features one of our clients Arya Collateral Warehousing Services (P) Ltd who shares how Securens’ Alert Based Monitoring services helped them meet their target.Read on to know their success story…

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June 23, 2017

A LITTLE WISDOM

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Shoplifters are Robbing You Blind!

Being a brick-and-mortar retailer with stiff competition from e-marketplace, the last thing you would want is to lose your sales to shoplifters.

In a recent article on indiaretailing.com, it was reported that in 2010, more than Rs 9,295.9 crore were lost to shoplifting and theft by Indian retail sector. And according to National Retail Federation of US 2016 report, United States went into $45.2 billion loss with shoplifting as the biggest contributor.

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June 16, 2017

Partnering With The Beer Café In Their Spectacular Success Story

 

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In our last week’s blog we spoke about how QSRs often make huge investments on their back-end systems, but they neglect to invest in their e-surveillance systems that protects their hard earned profits. Today’s blog features our customer The Beer Café who shares how Securens’ e-surveillance solution helped him to meet his objective. Read on to find out more… Continue reading Partnering With The Beer Café In Their Spectacular Success Story

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June 9, 2017

Preventing Crime Before It Happens!

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Partnering with Restaurant Owners to protect their hard earned money

Employee theft accounts for nearly 75% of restaurant industry losses, or approximately 4% of their annual sales. This has a significant impact on their bottom line, especially in QSRs where the profit margins are wafer thin.

The QSR industry has three basic problems – Missing deposits, missing food and violence against employees by customers. Continue reading Preventing Crime Before It Happens!

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June 2, 2017

E-Surveillance Essentials – CCTVs (Part II)

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If you want to protect your assets and information then there are few methods that you need to follow. If CCTV placed in the correct positions it can monitor, capture and record videos and images of everything that happens on your premises, so trespassers and others can always be made accountable should an incident occur.

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May 26, 2017

E-Surveillance Essentials: CCTVs (Part I)

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Does the sight of a surveillance camera pointing prevent a criminal from breaking into a building? The answer is probably not for a seasoned burglar. The Burglary is planned with cameras in mind. As long as the criminal has his or her face covered to prevent being identified, most of them will go ahead with their misdeed. Continue reading E-Surveillance Essentials: CCTVs (Part I)

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