‘Enhanced patrols’ at Orchard Road on Christmas Eve as large crowds expected
SINGAPORE, 21 December 2022 – There will be enhanced patrols around Orchard Road on the night of Christmas Eve as large crowds are expected, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Wednesday (Dec 21)
From the evening of Dec 24, police officers, auxiliary police officers, and security officers will be deployed to manage crowds in the vicinity of Orchard Road to ensure the safety and security of the public, SPF said.
Crowd control barricades and direction signs will be put up to facilitate a safe and orderly crowd flow.
“The public is advised to be patient and follow officers’ instructions, and not attempt to force their way in crowded or closed-off areas,” the police said in an advisory.
As Orchard MRT station is expected to be crowded, commuters are advised to head towards alternative stations such as Dhoby Ghaut and Somerset MRT stations, where possible.
The police added that the enhanced patrols will be carried out by the Protective Security Command, Transport Security Command, Emergency Response Teams and the Special Operations Command.
Source: Channel NewsAsia
A step up in security through customised tech-based tools and process redesign
SINGAPORE, 5 December 2022 – Outcome-based contracting can improve security outcomes while reducing headcount requirements and eliminating inefficiencies.
In security outcome-based contracting, technology as well as job and process redesign transform traditionally manpower-intensive jobs into more efficient and productive processes. Instead of contracting for a certain number of security officers, buyers indicate their desired outcomes and operational parameters and leave it to security agencies to come up with customised solutions.
These can include new concepts like cluster guarding – a process used at StorHub Self Storage, which contracted Oneberry Technologies for its security needs. Instead of having fixed security officers on-site round the clock, patrol officers are tasked to manage sites within zones. Technology-based tools are used to conduct virtual patrolling from Oneberry’s Command Centre.
“If an incident is detected, the operators at the Oneberry Command Centre are alerted. If required, the patrol officer assigned to the zone will respond on site,” explained StorHub CEO Luigi La Tona. “Previously, with fixed manpower on site, there was a lot of physical patrolling, time-consuming tasks and inefficiencies – especially during silent hours.”
For commercial enterprises like StorHub Self Storage, outcome-based contracting not only reduces operational costs and reliance on manpower, it also improves the customer experience.
UNMANNED, BUT MONITORED 24/7
Instead of relying on a fixed number of security officers stationed on-site, StorHub Self Storage tasks patrol officers to manage sites within their respective zones. Photo: StorHub Self Storage
Customers of StorHub Self Storage entrust their belongings to the company. Keeping them safe is a major aspect of StorHub’s services – but also a major challenge, thanks to rising costs and manpower issues.
Outcome-based contracting has helped resolve these issues. StorHub’s outcome-based security provider Oneberry Technologies requires its officers to report in by clocking points at all the facilities, ensuring that performance standards do not slip. The headcount requirement of security officers went down from 18 to six across 11 locations, and StorHub has saved close to S$480,000 yearly.
“We’ve moved towards leveraging technology and cluster patrolling to improve security and efficiency,” said Mr La Tona. “Our sites continue to be monitored 24/7 via the Oneberry Command Centre, enabled by video analytics, and with patrol officers ready to make their way to sites when required.”
Tech-based monitoring has also given StorHub an unexpected benefit: It deters illegal dumping incidents, which improves operational security.
Said Mr La Tona: “Looking at the current industry landscape where there is a shortage of manpower and a rise in security costs, we believe that outcome-based contracting is the way forward.”
Oneberry an honouree of the Singapore Security Industry Awards 2022
SINGAPORE, 13 November 2022 – Oneberry Technologies Pte Ltd was an honouree at the Singapore Security Industry Awards 2022.
Oneberry celebrated at the Singapore Security Industry Awards 2022 as we won awards in the categories Best Systems Integrator Firm, Best Robotics Firm and Best Video Analytic Solutions Provider. We also celebrated our partnership with our valued client Ocean Financial Centre, as they won Security Buyer of the Year!
Organised by the Security Association Singapore, Accounting Professional, and Asgardian Labs. SSIA recognises the top security agencies and security projects in the industry, and Oneberry were specially recognised amongst the best security firms.
Oneberry had the honour of receiving our awards from the Guest of Honour, Minister of State for Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and several Members of Parliament. The award winners were selected based primarily on client’s endorsements by a distinguished panel of judges comprising representatives from SPF, IMDA, WSG, ESG and SII.
We would like to thank the judges and the following supporting organisations for their time and support to the SSIA 2022:
Panel of Judges:
Supporting Organisations: Association of Certified Security Agencies, Enterprise Singapore, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Security Systems Association Singapore, Singapore Police Force, Temasek Polytechnic, Workforce Singapore
We thank everyone for your continued support as we strive to improve every year!
Source: Oneberry Technologies Pte Ltd
Oneberry Technologies & NVIDIA Partnership
SINGAPORE, 7 September 2022 – Oneberry Technologies Pte Ltd has been elevated to NVIDIA Inception Premier status.
NVIDIA has pioneered accelerated computing to tackle challenges that otherwise can’t be solved. Their work in AI and computer graphics is transforming industries valued at more than $100 trillion, from gaming to healthcare to transportation, and profoundly impacting society.
The NVIDIA Inception Premier membership is reserved for the top 1-2% of all of their start-ups, and Oneberry is excited to be recognised in this programme for its development of ARVAS – our Anomaly Detection AI.
This envisages a stronger partnership between NVIDIA and Oneberry, with opportunities for more collaboration.
High-tech robot guards take part in security exercise at Ang Mo Kio MRT station
SINGAPORE, 10 December 2019 – Commuters at the Ang Mo Kio MRT station were greeted on Monday (Dec 9) morning by the sight of Singapore’s latest security officers on wheels: two high-tech robot guards.
The robots – the OB1FORC3 and the K3NOBI models, developed by local security company Oneberry Technologies – are equipped with intelligent surveillance cameras, sensors and video analytics capabilities, were part of Exercise Station Guard.
Exercise Station Guard is an emergency preparedness exercise carried out by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the SMRT to ensure operational readiness and strengthen security in public places.
The robots moved around the premises of the Ang Mo Kio station looking out for suspicious people and unattended items, observed by Senior Minister of State for Transport Janil Puthucheary.
As part of the exercise, commuters also participated in security screenings, which involved walking through a metal detector and having their belongings scanned by X-ray machines.
This is not the first time such robots have been out and about, as 10 K3NOBI security robots were used in July for surveillance and concierge duty for the Interpol World conference at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands.
To update the security measures, contingency plans and operational readiness at public transport nodes in Singapore, similar exercises using robot guards have been conducted since February last year.
The robots are equipped with intelligent surveillance cameras, sensors and video analytics capabilities.
Similar robot guards have been trialled previously at Hougang MRT station.
The LTA also deployed a 1.6m-tall ST Engineering robot that was equipped with seven cameras during a trial at Hougang MRT in December last year.
This robot also had an in-built global positioning system (GPS) as well as sensors which bounced lasers off objects, allowing it to patrol designated areas.
The robots trialled on Monday, however, used intelligent cameras and video analytics to allow security officers to patrol the building remotely.
The use of these “virtual” guard systems also reduces reliance on manpower, allowing security personnel to monitor areas remotely, through the robots’ “eyes”.
As of July this year, Oneberry Technologies had more than over 1,500 virtual guards in Singapore.
This number is set to grow, as the firm raised $30 million in funding in September that would allow it to expand its range of high-tech security and surveillance products, and to grow its presence in the region.
Oneberry Technologies: Taking security automation to the next level
SINGAPORE, 27 February 2019 – Oneberry Technologies is making moves within the security industry — one robot at a time.
You could say Mr Ken Pereira is a visionary.
His career in the security industry began when he joined a traditional security firm in 2003. He quickly realised there were numerous industry challenges to face head-on.
He explains: “The role of a security officer is to observe, record and report on activity over 12-hour shifts and six-day work weeks. It is no surprise that the security officers were tired from the long working hours.
“Their manual duties included logging observations, incident reporting, and recording visitor information into notebooks. They were also expected to perform physical patrols or be stationed at static posts, sometimes in remote areas with no facilities.
Such inefficiencies also led to miscommunication between the officers, security agencies who hired them, and the security buyers.”
For a better overview of the industry and its challenges, Mr Pereira worked as a security officer to investigate the problems first-hand. His takeaway? He had to improve the way things were done.
That is how award-winning innovative security and surveillance solutions provider Oneberry Technologies was born – and as Mr Pereira explains, “berry” is the cure for the industry, with our concept of man and machine.
Oneberry Technologies’ next move – robot revolution.
Making all the right moves
To date, the 200-plus-strong company with Mr Pereira as its chief executive officer has designed several solutions for the industry.
It designed and deployed Oneberry MobiCams – a rapid mobile surveillance solution enabled with intelligent cameras and powered by fuel cell technology that could run off-grid reliably and autonomously.
During the Trump-Kim Summit last June, these were set up at various sites together with several command centres for the police to provide behind-thescenes support.
Says Mr Pereira: “While technology is pivotal, judgement and decisionmaking remain human-centric. Technology should complement the functions of man, and improve and enhance the level of security and operations. While reducing manpower costs, our solutions ensure that security is not compromised, while elevating the role of a security officer.”
To facilitate this, Oneberry has introduced the Virtual Guard System, an integrated platform of intelligent cameras with video analytics to reduce manpower reliance on physical surveillance or patrolling tasks.
It monitors premises remotely with less reliance on on-site security guards. By using analytics from intelligent cameras, sites are monitored virtually from a command centre, and security breaches trigger alerts to operators.
A patrol team is then dispatched to investigate the matter.Taking things one step further, the tandem implementation of other automated processes such as access control, incident reporting and clocking allow for significantly reduced manpower on site.
Such productivity improvements not only put Oneberry on the map as a reliable specialist technology and service provider, but enable its clients in the public, commercial and residential sectors to enjoy at least 30 per cent productivity and manpower savings.
Collaborating with valued partners
A group of trusted partners are instrumental to Oneberry’s success. These include SFC Energy, for its reliable, off-grid energy solutions that comprise innovative direct methanol fuel cell technology to provide reliable and autonomous power for long durations with no downtime – the perfect power supply for multiple applications and industrial use cases.
Oneberry also works with one of the world’s leading video camera technology manufacturers, Mobotix, to solve real-world challenges in security via its multifunctional IP video systems used in security surveillance deployments.
Meanwhile, professional engineering consultancy CKMbT International has supported Oneberry’s civil, structural, mechanical and electrical designs to the highest safety standards.
Eye on the future
With the new guidelines proposed by the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC), a rise in security costs and heightened threats, Mr Pereira foresees challenges ahead.
He shares: “All licensed security agencies are required to pay their officers according to the progressive wage model ladder. This has been a long time coming for the security workforce, but will translate to an increase in costs to security buyers.
“And from 2021, with the removal of overtime exemption, security agencies will be driven to review their operations and make more efficient use of the manpower, with an already existing shortage of manpower. These new guidelines for security agencies will push security buyers to look into wallet-friendly solutions.”
To mitigate these problems, Mr Pereira aims to continue offering productivity security solutions to help businesses reduce costs while enhancing the level of security.
This will involve constantly innovating as well as looking into launching new technology to raise industry productivity. The company is also aiming to launch its own security robots to further enhance and complement the man and machine concept. This is slated to happen at the Interpol World 2019 event to be held in Singapore this July.
The fuel cell-powered Oneberry RoboGuard is the first customisable security surveillance and inspection robot designed to support ad-hoc security, especially for events.
Says Mr Pereira: “They not only perform surveillance functions, but act as a deterrent on-site. They can also bring multi-functional value to our clients by providing concierge or marketing services. Oneberry is constantly innovating so we can remain on the
forefront of providing cutting-edge technology solutions to our clients, with the value proposition to help our clients save costs.”
The company has received interest from and is looking to venture overseas, which will help continue its journey as one of Singapore’s fastest-growing companies.
Security buyers looking to explore manpower saving technology are invited to the Oneberry Innovation Centre to experience the company’s offering first-hand.
Four Indonesians who swam to Singapore from a boat off Tuas charged with unlawful entry
SINGAPORE, 13 October 2020 – Four Indonesian men were charged in court on Saturday (Oct 10) with illegally entering Singapore, after they jumped off a boat into the sea off Tuas and swam towards the shore.
The men, aged between 19 and 38, were first detected on Tuas reclaimed land by the Police Coast Guard’s surveillance systems on Friday at about 8.30pm, said the Singapore Police Force in a news release on Tuesday.
The four men were observed to have jumped off an unnumbered boat into the waters off Tuas reclaimed land before swimming towards the shoreline.
The four men jumped off an unnumbered boat into the waters off Tuas reclaimed land. Photo: Police Coast Guard
Coast Guard officers, together with personnel from the Jurong Police Division, Gurkha Contingent, Special Operations Command and Home Team Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Unit were deployed to intercept the men, the police said.
The men were arrested within five hours of being detected, and were handed over to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority for further investigations, the statement said.
If convicted, they could be jailed for up to six months and receive a minimum of three strokes of the cane.
The Coast Guard’s Commander Cheang Keng Keong commended the officers’ “vigilance and excellent team work which resulted in the swift arrest”.
He added that the Coast Guard would “continue to take firm action against such offenders to safeguard our waters and sea borders against crime and security threats, including unauthorised entry into and departure from Singapore.”
Think business first, digital nextHow digitalising propelled Oneberry to new heights
SINGAPORE, 26 September 2021 – Growing a business is never easy, but digitalisation can give you the right boost.Just ask Oneberry Technologies, homegrown company that have been able to leverage digital technology to not only overcome challenges, but also reinvent themselves to keep growing.
Oneberry Technologies: Changing the game in security
Oneberry Technologies founder Ken Pereira with the Oneberry MobiCAM, a rapid deployment mobile surveillance solution supported by intelligent cameras.
With its roving security robots, cutting-edge video analytics and artificial intelligence, Oneberry is today known as a security and surveillance technology solutions innovator. But it wasn’t always so.
In fact, the company originally started out in 2003 by providing security manpower services. And like others in the industry, its security officers would work long hours while juggling various duties, from physical patrols to manually recording observations and reporting incidents.This inadvertently led to delayed communication or miscommunication with clients at times, an issue in an industry where speed and accuracy are of the essence. Meanwhile, the industry was also facing the prospect of a shrinking and ageing workforce.Determined to resolve these challenges, Oneberry founder Ken Pereira looked towards digitalisation. The company started by digitalising manual processes to improve efficiency, and later invested in developing security software to complement the security officers’ roles.In 2006, for instance, the firm rolled out a security management software system to monitor and track movements within a security perimeter in real-time. It meant that security guards no longer needed to record visitor details; fewer guards were also needed.The digital solutions were welcomed by employees, but not so by clients, who were accustomed to security being performed manually. Mr Pereira was undeterred. As he put it: “They did not want to take the risk. We took the risk.”So, Oneberry pressed on with its research and development of new solutions, and eventually convinced clients with the promise of at least 30% in manpower cost savings.
Since then, Oneberry has continued to disrupt the notion of needing boots on the ground with game-changing solutions, making the leap from traditional security firm to security and surveillance technology solutions provider.Take Oneberry’s rapid mobile surveillance solution that’s supported by intelligent cameras with video analytics to reduce the reliance on physical surveillance. This provided the Singapore Police Force with behind-the-scenes support during the historic Trump-Kim Summit in 2018, which the police later described as its most intensive large-scale security operation.Oneberry continues to grow, leveraging digital technology to expand its range of high-tech solutions and venture into cybersecurity, a new segment for the business.
During COVID-19, the firm also created a software that reads SafeEntry or TraceTogether passes to help clients automate access control at building entrances, keeping up its innovative streak.
Enterprise Singapore 3rd Run of Scale-Up SG supporting business at the forefront of innovation amidst Covid-19
SINGAPORE, 16 October 2020 – There’s no such thing as the perfect time.
With our third run of Scale-up SG, we’re continuing to support businesses who are at the forefront of innovation, even amidst covid19, with our partner EY.
Keep growing with us: www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/keepgrowing
Guest-of-Honour, Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information at the launch of Oneberry Technologies
SINGAPORE, 6 May 2022 – Oneberry Technologies has been championing automation of security services since 2003.
As we continue to innovate and grow, we have relocated to a 20,000sqf space where our new Regional HQ, R&D & Innovation Lab are housed. Here at Oneberry Building, we have successfully launched our 2nd command centre powered by our patented anomaly detection AI, ARVAS and fortified with Invisiron cyber defence. As we continue our journey in providing more sustainable solutions for the industry, we were delighted to have witnessed the launch of the SFC hydrogen fuel cell in Singapore during our Open House.We were honoured to have Senior Minister of State, Dr. Janil Puthucheary, present with us at our significant milestone event. Thank you to our valued clients and partners for your unwavering support at our first Open House and we hope that you have enjoyed our showcase of the latest innovative technologies.We would also like to extend a big thank you to our valued partners who are journeying with us towards greater technological innovation. Our HQ Launch and Open House was a grand success, and we look forward to further partnership opportunities in our future endeavours!
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Oneberry Official Launch – Post Event Highlights
We would like to commend you on maintaining a very professional attitude by being gracious, giving extra attention and efforts to the Management of GSM Building.
Your technical support team also deserve our commendation for demonstrating their capabilities in trouble-shooting & problem-solving, which swiftly resolved GSM Building’s Virtual Guard Solutions with Remote Monitoring CCTV issues.
We will not hesitate to recommend Oneberry Technologies Pte Ltd to all.
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