Unicode SAPS database linked to Visec.Cloud
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Media Release

Unicode SAPS database linked to Visec.Cloud

The original founders of Visec.Cloud made a conscious decision not to rely on any 3rd party database, but rather to build systems to ensure a “self-cleansing” mechanism of the ‘criminal action’ Vehicles of Interest (VoI) database.

In order to put the necessary checks in place Visec.Cloud appointed the SAPS LPR Data Custodians (SLDC) being a group of SAPS or SAPS reservists who had the duties of authorising any additions to this VoI database, and they did so by manually cross-referencing every uploaded Vehicle with the SAPS Unicode database.

Although this approach has been very successful Visec Sub Sahara has found a need to integrate a LIVE SAPS UNICODE feed into Visec.Cloud

Thanks to the hard work and assistance by the various role players this has now been formally approved.

What this means is that Visec.Cloud customers and users, as well as the dedicated Law Enforcement and SAPS members will have the reassurance that our Data Custodian will have an automated cross-referencing of vehicles listed in Unicode and allow for a more rapid access to this information.

We are pleased for the assistance that Visec Sub Sahara, the owners of Visec.Cloud, have received in getting the necessary approvals and to integrate the Unicode Database into Visec.Cloud.

“Our clients need not be concerned that this integration may cause the introduction of potentially outdated or erroneous data into Visec.Cloud . We have paid special attention to receive LIVE cross-reference data from Unicode and to use this in the manual 247 verification process by the Visec Verification Centre VVC once we receive a ‘Vehicle Hit’ on our systems. Only once this cross-reference has been successfully verified with the VVC controllers escalate these Hits based on the Instructions loaded by the associated Investigator” says Jason Berry, “The Unicode database integration does not affect any of our non-criminal services as for commercial, private or special VoI’s”

Jason further says “We are excited about what this means for providing accurate and speedy information to Law Enforcement, SAPS, private security, metropols, communities and other authorised and interested parties. The Ladies and Gentlemen on the ground working to keep us safe. And also to be able to provide the information to them so they know what to expect when they engage the criminals on our streets”

Visec.Cloud looks forward to being able to further utilise Unicode and other databases to better provide information to help reduce crime in our country.

To any persons being from SAPS or not wanting to participate for FREE please go to our website www.visec.cloud and click on “LOGIN” – you will see the links from there to register.

 

Regards,

Jason Berry

Chief Strategist

Cell: +27 83 6000795    [email protected]

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Public Statement 20190515
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17th May 2019

Visec vs Philex-Verifier – Public Statement 20190515

To all the users of Visec Cloud, previously known as LPR Cloud SA.

 

There are emails circulated by Independent Monitoring Services (Pty) Ltd (known as “Verifier”), Philex Incorporated, Panoptica (Pty) Ltd and other parties who benefit from these false statements.   For once and for all we wish to present our users with all the facts supported by evidence so that any doubt may be removed.

Should Mr Bordbar or Mr Voortman issue any other statement please note that they are acting illegally and we suggest you require proof of what they allege.

Philex sold all rights to the system to VisecSS in 2017, as is suggested by our name.  Philex itself was a shareholder in VisecSS at that stage.  As part and parcel of the sale of its shares to the current shareholders of VisecSS, it awarded all rights to the Visec Cloud and to the Visec brand in sub-Saharahan Africa to VisecSS, in perpetuity.  This agreement is well documented and the documents are available for inspection by any interested parties at request.

As far as Verifier is concerned:  Verifier had been a user and reseller of the Visec Cloud until 10 April 2019, when the agreement between VisecSS and Verifier was cancelled for Verifier’s failure to pay for its access to the Visec Cloud.

On the 6th March 2019 Philex Incorporated, through the actions of Alex Bordbar, unlawfully dispossessed VisecSS of the Visec Cloud by removing the Cloud off VisecSS’s servers hosted at Hetzner SA and moving it to RSAWeb.

As a result of his actions, VisecSS instituted an application against Philex Inc., the American entity that still purports to operate under the name of Visec, for the restoration of the possession of the Visec Cloud to its rightful possessor, VisecSS.

The application was not opposed and the order was made final on 25 April 2019.  Costs were awarded in our favour against the American company, supported by developers eastern Europe.

A copy of the application can be viewed at https://visec.cloud/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Court-Order.pdf .

This is a FACT and you can draw your own conclusions from this!

Users of admin.visecintl.com (also known as “FakeCloud” operated from the Ukraine):  It is important to note that the use of the FakeCloud (Visec.com, admin.visecintl.com or Philex.net) is illegal and represents a violation of VisecSS’s proprietary rights to the Visec Cloud.

More importantly:  It is not only illegal; the fact is that it creates a security risk for the users thereof, as the information on this FakeCloud is not updated and is not a “realtime” representation of the current data.  Using this FakeCloud creates a security risk for all users thereof.

You are welcome to verify our claims through inspection of the documentation that we shall make available to you upon request in order to allay any concerns you may have.

Do not rely on fake news in this regard – confirm the facts for yourselves to put an end to the propagation of these lies and to ensure the safety and security of all users of the “Real Cloud”, the Visec Cloud.

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Best Regards

Christiaan Muller

Managing Director

LPR • AI • SMART ANALYTICS

 

Independent Monitoring Services (PTY) Ltd (trading as Verifier) – Mike Voortman
Email to Chris Muller
Whatsapp message on our users
Email sent by Mike Voortman as Chairman of CVIC – lies
Correspondence from Voortman that Verifier has the licence rights to Visec and Visec Cloud in South Africa
To interested parties I suggest you ask Mr Voortman to prove his claim

Panoptica (PTY) Ltd (ALSO trading as Verifier) – Shelley Smith

Referring to the undated unsigned letter distributed by Shelley Smith in April 2019 we bring your attention to the follow falsehoods:
Line 2 “glitch experienced in the Visec Cloud” – this is a lie initially propagated by Alexander Bordbar. Visec Cloud was SHUT DOWN in compliance with a court order. The Shutting down of the Cloud was engineered by Philex, the creators of the FakeCloud.
Paragraph 2: Verifier used to be a reseller of Visec Cloud services (previously LPR Cloud SA), an arrangement we terminated for Verifier’s failure to pay for access to the system, which access they sold on to their clients. Furthermore, Verifier cannot claim to be independent considering its reseller status.
We further have documented proof that Mr Voortman of Verifier was promised Shareholding in “Visec International”. Knowing this and reading the rest of paragraph 2, we are concerned with the ethical standards maintained by Verifier.
Paragraph 3: We invite Miss Smith to disclose who this “new Visec team” is and on what basis she concludes that you are in “safe hands”. Miss Smith refers to “Visec’s structures”, but such a reference can only be a reference to VisecSS and we certainly do not have any affiliation with Miss Smith or her associates.
Any person reselling access to the FakeCloud, clearly has little regard for the safety and security of South African citizens.

Annexures

Extracts from various documents including uncontested court papers and Agreements concluded in May 2018 and on which all payment obligations were fulfilled.

Uncontested Notice of motion for Court Order
Complete doc available here – https://visec.cloud/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Notice-of-Motion.pdf

Proof of Exclusivity in Perpetuity and ongoing costs

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Public Statement 20190513
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13th May 2019

Visec Cloud Re-Launch and Public Statement

We are pleased to announce that as of 08h00 this morning 13th May 2019 Visec Cloud is once again live and active.
Visec Cloud is accessible via our website www.visec.cloud , and ONLY from our website!
We have received a final court order, with costs, from the High Court of Cape Town on 30th April 2019. Philex chose not to defend the case. Please consider this in light of Alex Bordbar’s false statements in this regard. Please find a copy of the order on our website www.visec.cloud
We have completed our security audit and provisioning, and taken full possession and control of Visec Cloud. We have bolstered the security and various functionality on the Visec Cloud. It is essential that ALL USERS of Visec Cloud and ALL CAMERA OWNERS contact us should they not have already been transferred over to Visec Cloud.
Any continued access to “FakeCloud” (such as found at ://admin.visecintl.com/currently based in The UKRAINE or services by Visec.com or any other website other than ours [see below] ) in South Africa or Sub Saharan Africa is illegal and unsecure.
Any system utilising the Visec IP within the territory of South Africa or Sub-Sahara Africa is infringing our rights. Such a user or camera owner choose to continue to use such a system we reserve our legal rights to seek damages from such a party/ies. And considering recent events we will actively be monitoring for such activities and addressing these companies and individuals through our attorneys.
Please note that any user infringing our rights do so not only in their capacity of their company but also in their personal capacity. If in doubt please contact us via our website. Access to the system must ONLY be acquired via the login button on our website www.visec.cloud
All users registered before the 3rd April 2019 need to click the “User Re-activation” link on the LOGIN page. All newer users will need to re-register (SAPS and non-SAPS) via the links on the bottom of the LOGIN page.
Please pay special attention to the updated “Terms& Conditions” found on the LOGIN page. The Visec Mobile APP (IOS and Android)
Visec Cloud has NOT released a mobile APP. DO NOT use the mobile APP pretending to give access to Visec Cloud, firstly it does not work and is riddled with security issues. Notice of release of the Visec Cloud mobile APP will be via our website and/or the Visec Cloud Login page ONLY. We have however made the Visec Cloud web portal mobile friendly for those users using mobile devices.
Contrary to Mr Bordbar’s instructions NEVER bypass the security protocol on ANY mobile APP you install (IOS or Android). This is a MAJOR security risk to your data!

Visec Cloud, provided by Visec Sub Sahara Pty) LTD is the ONLY legal entity entitled to offer Visec LPR services in South Africa and the rest of Sub Saharan Africa. We have paid special attention to our compliance with the MISS Act (Minimum Information Security Standard). This includes ensuring that no person with access to the sensitive information of code is outside of South Africa, and that the systems of housed, managed, maintained and supported within the border of South Africa. Based on the sensitivity of the data in Visec Cloud infringement of such obligations could be a SERIOUS offense. Compliance with MISS is an onerous obligation on us and we do not take it lightly. Watch our website for public release of VCMISS, or Visec Cloud MISS Statement.

For reasons of ongoing legal suites against Philex Incorporated (or their referenced names visec.com , Cesiv [Puerto Rico], or Global Technology Asset Partners Inc, or other as they choose to change it) we cannot state any additional detail regarding these civil and criminal charges against Mr Bordbar or his companies, or his accomplices some of which have been mentioned before.

We look forward to a close and collaborative relationship with our clients, partners, colleague and users and trust we’ll collectively make a huge difference going forward.
Thank you to all our users, supports and caring public for your support and understanding during this difficult time. Support notices on Facebook, or email, are greatly appreciated. Your patience and understanding in this matter means the world to us.

From Chris, Jason, Andre, Paul and the rest of the warriors at Visec

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Documentation

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Public Statement 20190409
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9th April 2019

Visec Public Statement re Visec Cloud

 

We refer to recent problems with the Visec Cloud system and to statements issued by Alex and Prof. Jason Bordbar of Philex Inc.

 

The purpose of this statement is to explain the reasons for the down-time in the system over the 3rd and the 4th of April 2019 and to rectify certain falsehoods in the statements issued by Mr Alexander  Bordbar, presumably on behalf of Philex Enterprises Inc.

 

The Visec Cloud was shut down in accordance with a court order handed down on Tuesday, 2 April 2019 in the Western Cape High Court, Cape Town, under case number 5320/19.  The order was obtained by us against Philex Incorporated and RSA Web Services (Pty) Ltd. A copy of the order is annexed hereto for your consideration.

 

The order was granted in an application brought by us against Philex Inc. to restore our possession and control of the Visec Cloud database and software system, which was previously hosted on servers owned by Hetzner (Pty) Ltd and which was unlawfully and illegally moved by Philex Enterprises Inc to RSA Web Services’ servers in Cape Town, without our knowledge or consent in an unlawful attempt to exclude Visec from managing and controlling the Visec Cloud.  Philex’s illegal and unlawful actions included contraventions of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, Act 25 of 2002 and our Minimum Information Security Standards.

 

In the High Court Order to regain control and possession of the Visec Cloud and ensure its availability, integrity and stability, we were obliged to shut down the Cloud for a brief period of time.  Unfortunately, for security reasons, we were unable to give our customers prior notice of these steps.

Our failure to communicate with you was in accordance with the High Court Order and was to prevent the system from being sabotaged in anticipation of giving effect to the High Court Order.

 

Philex has, in the statements issued by Alex Bordbar, misrepresented the position to the users of the Cloud in the advancement of the unlawful commercial interests of the American based entity.  He has, inter alia, attributed the failure to complete the transfer of the system purported to relate to hard coding in the source code.

 

Visec Sub Sahara (Pty) Ltd (referred to as “Visec” herein) acquired all rights to the Visec Cloud System in South Africa from Philex in 2018, including the right to the exclusive use of the Intellectual Property in SA and the use of the Visec brand. Philex was engaged for the development of the Cloud (and in this regard its services have been terminated due to failure to execute its mandate).

The latest information that has come to our attention indicates that the Bordbar twins, who effectively constitute Philex, have been plotting to hi-jack the Visec Cloud in South Africa from as early as November 2018.

 

On 6th March 2019 Philex had effectively hi-jacked the Visec Cloud from us and denied us our legitimate access rights to our system. After refusing to adhere to demands issued by Visec’s attorneys, we were obliged to launch the application mentioned hereinbefore.  A copy of the affidavit filed in support of the application, which contains a comprehensive discussion of the events that resulted in the relief sought, can be found at the following link: www.visec.cloud/philex-legal

 

Visec denies any wrongdoing on its part.  We have, at all times, followed strict compliance with South African common law and statutory prescripts. The High Court Order was issued on 3rd April 2019 and we are in the process of regaining control of the Visec Cloud and securing the stability of and availability of the Cloud for the benefit of our users, pursuant to the order.

 

In acting as they did, the Bordbar’ and Philex have – in pursuit of their unlawful commercial aims – endangered the lives of South African citizens and users of the Visec Cloud.  We apologise not only for this, but also for the inconvenience that this has caused to our customers. We shall utilise all legal means at our disposal to ensure that the system remains intact, active and available to our South African users.  We shall also use this opportunity to further enhance and ultimately ensure the inviolability of the system, for the benefit of all its users and contributors.

 

As a South African company, we share the interests of our customers and law enforcement agencies.  The interference in our safety and security by foreign nationals should not be tolerated and we assure you that we are committed to ensure the integrity of the Cloud.

 

In contravention of the High Court Order and in continuation of its acts of remote technological piracy and sabotage, Philex has resorted to using copies of our back-ups to reconstruct our system outside of the jurisdiction of South Africa (now in India), in an attempt to elude the law-enforcement authorities in South Africa.

 

We will, therefore, be pursuing further legal actions requesting further relief, and pursuing civil claims and laying criminal charges against Philex and its directors as our investigations continue.

 

We advise all Visec Cloud users to continue using the existing replicated system – now controlled and administered by Philex.  Please watch www.visec.cloud for updates and further instructions.

 

We warn you not to pay for any services rendered by Philex via foreign jurisdictions as there is no guarantee that you will receive them.  Visec accepts no liability for any of its customers who utilise the replicated and illegal system.

 

Lastly, we wish to eradicate any confusion that may exist regarding a perceived association between the business trading under the name “Verifier” (and any entities related to it or any of its other trading names or its directors, including but not limited to Independent Monitoring Services (Pty) Ltd, Panoptica (Pty) Ltd, Michael Hugh Voortman, and Shelley Smith) and Visec:  Be advised that none of these entities are authorised to act on behalf of Visec Sub Sahara (Pty) Ltd, whether as its agents, representatives or as re-sellers of the Visec Cloud.

 

Yours Faithfully

 

Christiaan Muller

Managing Director

LPR • AI • SMART ANALYTICS

 

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South African Police use License Plate Recognition (LPR) to Catch Criminals

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Visec.cloud License Plate Recognition (LPR) continues to improve, becoming better armed than ever in helping South African Police (SAPS) protect property and save lives. South African Police use LPR to enforce traffic regulation, reduce gasoline theft and even track known murder suspects.

LPR is increasingly relevant in the solving of 70% of serious crime which involve motor cars in South.

Newer developments in LPR are allowing for associated technologies to proactively help law enforcement. Cameras can now detect approaching cars, and then track and follow these vehicles. Distributed networks can now follow a vehicle around the entire city.

Prior to LPR, police needed a sensor set up in roadways and wireless detectors or tracking devices. These devices not only carried high costs, but are also difficult and slow to deploy.

License Plate Readers in police patrol cars provide a powerful investigative tool for SAPS to track hundreds or even thousands of plate numbers per day. Recent statistics shows that 4 patrol cars may scan over one million plates per year.

Applications of LPR

The deployment of license plate recognition assists with the analyses of parking lot capacity, traffic patterns, traffic volume and detecting abnormal car behavior. Not to mention detecting criminal activity and maintaining the SAPS criminal database.

The latest in LPR technology delivers critical date to onsite security officers and law enforcement, letting them know in real time when an alert is triggered. With today’s internet and cellphone network, there is no lag time from when an alert is received, to action taken by law enforcement or security personnel.

LPR cameras are utilized more often along with other security technologies like video surveillance. In these cases, license plate recognition cameras also trigger camera-recordings, or the opening of gates and booms.

Adding LPR systems to a road interdiction unit will not just facilitate law enforcement in fighting local crime, it also plays an important role in helping other regional organizations stem the trafficking of illegal drugs throughout the region.

In short, LPR has lots of valuable uses. It is an incredibly important tool for government and private companies. LPR helps track, identify as well as catch offenders and criminals. 

How License Plate Recognition Works

How License Plate Recognition Works

License Plate Recognition or LPR is a technology that is capable of processing images to identify vehicles through license Plates. With increasing security concern surrounding crimes and violence, LPR technology  plays a vital role, and is typically used in numerous traffic applications for security.

LPR is known to have originated in UK by the British Police Department in the year 1976. The first released LPR only functioned under laboratory conditions that were limited and produce low-accuracy readings. Through time, innovations were made and a working model while improved was still not operating enough to properly produce accurate readings.

After several decades, LPR has greatly evolved. Previous limitations caused by vehicle speed, angular skew, light fluctuations, character recognition and segmentation have been solved through the help of advanced algorithm technology. Furthermore, previous prohibitive cost have now been reduced thanks to the relatively inexpensive price of computer microchips.

How LPR Works?

LPR involves capturing images or photographic videos of license plates. Sequences of algorithms will process the images to provide conversions of alpha numeric text of each frame a car appears. Algorithms are responsible for providing accurate recognition and are the core dependence of the technology.  LPR utilizes 6 primary algorithms in order to be successful.

LPR Six Algorithms

1. Localization. This is an algorithmic function which determines if a certain aspect or image of the vehicle is indeed the license plate. This alteration can separate other images such as the headlight, grill, mirror, sticker and many more from the license itself. But since there are other vehicle’s parts that looks like or have a shape of a license plate, additional algorithms are required to confirm that the object identified is indeed a license plate.

2. Orientation and Sizing. These are algorithm components that adjust for the license plate photo or images angular skew to accurately correct, sample and proportionally recalculate in order to achieve an optimal size.

3. Normalization. This specifically functions for regulating the brightness and contrast of the captured image or frames.

4. Character Segmentation. This is responsible for locating a license plate alpha numeric image. This also further looks for characters of the same equidistant color as well as font structures. The individual character will be separated and will subsequently be processed by the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) algorithms.

5. OCR. This translates the captured image to an alpha numeric entry of text.

6. Geometrical/Syntactical Analysis. This algorithms works in a step-by-step process. The next algorithm will not work unless otherwise the prior have completed their job.

Vehicles come in a variety of designs, colors and shape. The task of the algorithms are complicated and have lots of functions. Furthermore, different regions have different licensed plate styles requiring algorithms to be adaptive to comply with specific requirements and meet the extensive individual criteria.