TrendAussie company targets CCTV market for its encryption technology

Published 6 April 2009

Melbourne-based network encryption company Senetas Corporation, a leading developer of encryption products, said the growing CCTV market, still in its infancy as far as security is concerned, offers its encryption solutions an attractive opportunity

Melbourne, Australia-based high speed network encryption company Senetas Corporation said today that it was seeking partners to tackle a new vertical market for its high performance encryption: Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) technology. Senetas CEO, John DuBois, said the company had identified CCTV as the latest application that requires encryption to maintain necessary levels of data security.

Increasingly used for surveillance in areas that need monitoring such as airports, banks, and military installations, multiple CCTV cameras are being used to transmit images over high speed networks to remote monitoring centers as part of comprehensive remote video surveillance systems. With the advent of Gigabit Ethernet technology promising to change the way the industry uses networked cameras, however, DuBois said CCTV technology now requires high speed network encryption, rather than the much slower IPSec Internet links. “Now that ‘GigE vision’ — developed by a group of about 50 companies — is the interface standard for networking high performance industrial cameras across Ethernet, the industry needs to ensure it can secure data from intrusion or alteration as it is transmitted,” DuBois said.

He said the rapid development of high definition networked CCTV cameras (which produce signals at resolutions of 1920x1080 pixels) provided a challenge to ensure that there was sufficient bandwidth available to maintain the quality of the transmitted images. Encrypting the transmitted video signal provides the necessary privacy protection, but the challenge lies in choosing an encryption solution that will not impact on the network performance and still allows sufficient bandwidth to retain image quality. “Practical experience has shown that encryption technologies such as IPSec are not ideally suited to encrypting video images due to the detrimental impact on performance inherent in the standard,” DuBois said. “A preferred approach is to adopt encryption technologies such as Senetas Layer 2 Ethernet encryption, which provides full line-rate encryption up to 10Gbps with low fixed latencies and no impact on the transmitted video quality, even for the latest generation HD cameras.

With more than a decade of experience in managing the network encryption needs of some of the world’s most secure government and commercial networks,” DuBois said, “Senetas is ideally positioned to apply its globally-accredited CypherNet technology to CCTV and we’re actively looking for partnering opportunities in the sector,” he said.

DuBois said CCTV was already a multi-million dollar market in Australia, “a market which is growing to meet increasing threat and terrorism scenarios”, adding that it presented Senetas with “an untapped opportunity to provide absolutely essential high speed network encryption to ensure the integrity of live video security footage.”

Senetas Corporation is a developer and supplier of high speed CypherNet and CypherStream network encryption hardware products. The company says its products are accredited to the highest international government security standards (FIPS and Common Criteria). Its customers include government, military, and law enforcement agencies in Australia, the United States, Middle East, Asia, and the EU, as well as leading financial institutions.