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IndigoVision expands video solution into 150 Colombian cities

IndigoVision expands video solution into 150 Colombian cities

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 4/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The number of Colombian cities using IndigoVision's solution for surveillance has increased by 24, bringing the total to 150.

IndigoVision's unique Distributed Network Architecture (DNA) has been key for the Colombian National Police Force, allowing easy system expansion. The unrivalled hardware compression allows remote monitoring of any camera across all 150 cities.

More about IndigoVision's city surveillance:
Urban challenges
City centers cover large geographical areas consisting of diverse buildings and environments. Public buildings and facilities are prime terrorist targets and inner cities often have high crime areas. Traffic management is essential for safety and operation of urban areas. Hosting demonstrations, carnivals and sporting events all require temporary and flexible surveillance solutions.

Mobile applications' traffic monitoring & crime reduction
IndigoVision has been deployed in a number of mobile applications, including monitoring vans and command vehicles. Fault-tolerant NVRs with removable hard discs coupled with excellent compression and easy wireless network implementation means that IndigoVision is the ideal solution for mobile and rapid deployment surveillance.

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang. a&s Asia | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Many brands are offering standalone NVRs, preparing to send first timers to IP solutions. These bundled packages not only offer clear images, but also are affordable and hassle-free solutions.

Dahua Technology
Ice Wu, Storage Product Director
Despite analog systems still take a large portion in Southeast Asia's security market, the IP migration pace is fast and furious with 2- 300% growth per year. Currently the analog-IP ratio is 7:3. Singapore and Korea have comparably better economies, IT infrastructure, plus their prevailing of 3G/4G networks; for them, the ratio is nearly 50/50.

Dahua's standalone NVRs are going great in various market segment ranging from top to entry-level. For instance, due to increased security awareness and city surveillance projects, highly reliable series like NVR6000DR, NVR724-256DR are wining projects after another for their supporting channels, large storage space, scalability, and intelligent video analytics.

Our project-based NVRs such as NVR7064-RH, are designed for banking, airport, train stations, and power stations for their HD video storage. Fisheye cameras are also a booster for NVR selling as DVRs do not support these 360-degree cameras. In this case, retails & malls are showing great potentials. Home surveillance market are also promising as bundled NVR package are easy to install even for an everyday family lacking IT knowledge. Compared with analog systems, network cameras offer clearer videos and remote monitoring capability.

It is clear that the whole security industry is migrating to HD. The path to HD varies though: one is via analog signals; another via digital ones. For analog upgrades, Dahua's HD-CVI solutions have advantages in costs, easy to install, plus no need to rewiring. A simple replacement with HD-CVI cameras can achieve HD.

IP solutions are more suitable for new projects, and customers have continuous demands for scalability. These segments tend to have IP-friendly environment, which saves a lot in wiring. PoE and WiFi NVRs, on the other hand, are more favorable to families for its plug & play setups.

Dahua's advantages include:
Total solution provider: Our complete product lines ranging from cameras, NVRs, VMS, and apps for smartphone viewing.
* One-stop solution offering high-, mid-, and entry-level solutions
* Future-proof and third-party supportive
* World-famous branding with reliable quality and fast service
* Exclusive codes offer clear Images

EverFocus Electronics
Benjamin Lee, Regional Sales Manager
Singapore has been well-positioned to achieve significant IP growth in Southeast Asia for its economics and IT infrastructure, followed by Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Singapore's mid- to high-end segments have steady requirements. Its IP-friendly infrastructure and strong demands for network cameras attribute to continuous requirements for NVRs. Transportation projects, commercial buildings, and hotels are major verticals adopt NVRs.

Our NVRs are largely deployed in commercial buildings in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Vietnamese government projects prefer NVR solutions as well. Our mobile NVRs in Thailand are largely adopted as well. Compared with other Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia has been slow to pick up IP migration and NVR pace. Major verticals in Indonesia deploying NVRs are retails. Myanmar is showing great potentials in manufacturing and retail segments. Our targeted verticals in Southeast Asia are retails, commercial buildings, and SMBs, which usually are small projects and require fewer cameras.

Despite small systems, they usually request IP networking for remote monitoring and management. Standalone NVRs not only make IP solutions easier for smaller installers and operators, but also economical in costs. Standalone NVRs are often designed for 32 channels and under and require no additional IT training, making them affordable and easy to use.

Our long-term analog system users are showing great interest in IP and EverFocus has always looked highly on these established customers. We have been putting a lot of efforts for customer relationship maintenance by offering solutions catering to their needs. As for new customers who already have IT knowledge, it is always much for easier to promoting them IP-based solutions than those without IT know-how. Seeing this issue, EverFocus just launched plug & play standalone NVRs (ENVR8304D, ENVR8304E) targeting analog users who crave for one-stop IP migration. We believe that features like plug & play, easy to set up, and intuitive GUI are best weapons to win market share.

We will continue satisfying customer needs by fast offering the most suitable solutions with high interoperability. We will work more closely with local SIs this year by offering more solution-based packages with easy setups and scalability.Software is another area that we will add extra R&D efforts. Prompt urbanization in Southeast Asian cities brings out more mass transit system projects. There are going to be huge demands for mobile NVRs. Our reliable and innovative solutions definitely provide added values to customers.

Hikvision digital technology
Eric Shen, Product Marketing Manager
The network infrastructure in these Southeast Asian countries is very different, so does the IT knowledge of local system integrators. As such, the developments of embedded NVR in these areas have big difference. For example, Singapore is with good network infrastructure, and the local SIs are also proficient about network projects, this in result accelerates the development of embedded NVR in this country. Whilst in other Southeast Asian countries, due to the unmatured network environment, the NVR adoption will be a little bit delayed.

Actually, there is no specific vertical for NVR application. With IP adoption becoming widely accepted by users, embedded NVRs will also get applied in various verticals, such as financial institutions, city surveillance, transportation and retails, etc.

Embedded NVR is mainly adopted in newly established projects. Since for already existing analog applications, usually users are reluctant to transit from traditional CCTV system to IP system since IP surveillance needs more IT knowledge and higher cost associated with installation and maintenance, as well as higher requirement for network system. However, with IP security continues to boom, the requirement for HD surveillance improving, the IP products price is also getting much favorable than before as more and more manufacturers join in the competition in this area. Accordingly, NVR connection to IP cameras becomes much simpler, this allows convenient plug & play installation. Eventually, embedded NVR will be the main stream especially in new projects.

We promote the simplicity the combined NVR+IPC solution brings. As well, to note that embedded NVR will take the place of PC-based NVR in terms of ease of use, system stability and decoding capability; of note, plug and play NVR would play a more practical role to make easy installation and configuration.

Hikvision is always dedicated to the innovation of embedded NVR. As of now, we have developed NVR product supporting up-to 256-ch IP camera inputs and 24 HDD, with total throughput of 960Mbps (640Mbps for input / 320Mbps for output), specially designed for large-scale and high-end applications. This is the first in the security industry to compete against conventional NVRs.As mentioned before, we also address on the ease-of-use of products — the freedom, and comfort without hassles of cablings, configurations and complicated settings.

Coupling NVR with IP cameras is another method for promotion. Recently, we've put Hikvision Smart IPC in connection with our Netra-platform NVR to deliver a total Smart Solution, with front end camera delivering images of Smart Detection (instruction detection, face detection, line-crossing and much more), and backend NVR doing Smart search according to different period of time or locations, providing you with total control over the system.

NVR products will have increasing market share in SMB application, since the price of embedded NVRs is getting lower compared with PC-based NVR(with VMS software); in high-end applications, embedded NVR will also play a key role since it can well meet the requirement of system stability, compatibility and expansibility.

PC-based NVR still has its own stage, especially in large-scale projects; thus, it places great potential for embedded NVR to participate in this area. Embedded NVRs have overcome their perceived shortcomings in terms of storage capacity and types of storage medium through use of devices including IP-SAN and eSATA, etc. Furthermore, embedded NVRs can support interfaces for other surveillance devices which can be conveniently integrated with alarm systems and access control systems as well as PTZ remote control systems. This is very practical in large-scale applications. The benefits an embedded NVR offers over PC-based NVR — reliability, stability, complex decoding, low power consumption, ease of use and more — will eventually allow custmers to maximize the value of what they already own.

March Networks NVR integrated Software House access control solution

March Networks NVR integrated Software House access control solution

Editor / Provider: March Network | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, announced the integration of its 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorder (NVR) system with the Software House C-CURE 9000 Security and Event Management System. The integration provides customers worldwide with a centralized video surveillance and access control solution that enables faster incident response, improved risk management and more efficient security operations.

"In collaboration with Software House, we are proud to offer our customers this seamless integration, which supports the convenient, remote monitoring of dozens or thousands of locations and the fast visual verification of incidents when needed," said Dan Cremins, Director of Product Management, March Networks.

The certified integration delivers everything organizations need to manage their video surveillance via the C-CURE 9000 system. Analog and IP video feeds are all incorporated into the access control software, allowing customers to instantly monitor, review and access live and archived video from any 8000 Series Hybrid NVR or previous generation 4000 C or 3000 Series recorder. In addition, the integration enables users to control surveillance camera actions associated with C-CURE 9000 triggered alarms, including multi-view video popups, PTZ movement, and video tagging. They can also monitor alarms appearing in the C-CURE 9000 interface, including those represented within maps, and react swiftly to disconnected recorders or camera video synchronization loss.

"We're pleased to be working with March Networks to bring customers an important tool to keep their people and property safe," said Jason Ouellette, Director of Product Management, Tyco Security Products access control solutions. "Integrating the C-CURE 9000 with the March Networks hybrid NVR system gives customers visibility to critical security events, allowing them to react quickly."

March Networks' comprehensive video management solution provides the unparalleled reliability, centralized management and performance organizations need to maintain the highest security standards and operate more efficiently. Able to support both analog and IP surveillance cameras, or run as a pure IP platform with as many as 32 IP cameras, the 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs enable businesses to make a smooth transition to advanced IP video networking. Combined with enterprise-class management and powerful investigation capabilities, the solution saves customers time and resources and is proven in installations worldwide, including more than 450 financial institutions and some of the world's largest retail organizations.

Software House's C-CURE 9000 security and event management system utilizes IT- standard tools and innovative distributed architecture. It offers advanced integration capabilities, advanced alarm routing and remote access for system administration and monitoring via a light client. Leveraging Microsoft's sophisticated .NET 4 technology, C-CURE 9000 provides native encryption and XML data transfer, making it one of the fastest, most secure systems in the industry.

[Secutech2014] a&s Live interview with major distributor from Ireland

[Secutech2014] a&s Live interview with major distributor from Ireland

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai | Updated: 3/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

a&s spent time with Paul Hennessy, MD at Northwood Technology, one of Ireland's major distributors of CCTV Systems, IP systems, access control, and intruder & fire alarms, at secutech 2014 to talk about its business strategy of sourcing products and selecting partners.

Q: Could you briefly introduce your company?
A: Northwood Technology, the company, is from Ireland and here sourcing different security products for a whole system. We deal with around 60 percent of CCTV business. Our company has design team and also consultant team. We work with large end users and large system integrators very closely to meet their demands and also discuss the product performance that they need. We usually design the system together with our customers. So, it is important that we get good partners.

I have been in the physical security industry for more than 20 years. Northwood Technology has been 10 years now, focuses on physical security. The big growth for us is providing the equipments for protecting the perimeter of the building. It is a big market in Ireland to do the remote monitoring, from central stations. And, there is also a significant shift from conventional, analog CCTV to IP-based video surveillance. IP-based video surveillance goes really fast to change all the industry. That's also why I am here at secutech. Our company wants to do it faster to migrate from analog to IP.

Q: What is your past experience in doing business in Asia?
A: When you go to all the trade shows in Asia, it is very hard to qualify who are the manufacturers and who is the agent. That is because many companies here present themselves as manufacturers. It is upsetting sometimes. We are misled in the past. We thought we dealt with manufacturers, but actually not. Especially, whenever there are some changes on the product design, we can't get much about the new product features, if we don't deal with manufacturers. It caused many problems in our business.

So, it is very important that we have to meet some real manufacturers here at secutech for HD IP cameras and recorders. I believe Asian vendor is very strong in video surveillance.

Q: Why targeting Asian products?
A: We are looking for some Asian OEM partners who are able to provide some uniqueness in their company and also products. I think North American brands are very strong in the enterprise level. We work very closely with some of them for some significant projects in the enterprise level. We have worked with our partners, mostly from North America, for many big banks and football stadium in Ireland. But, in the low to mid-range markets, I think Asian manufacturers can create more values here with more cost-effective solutions.

IFSEC, this year, is in June. We are here since we want to progress everything earlier. We are interested to meet quality Asian companies to see their factories and also quality control.

Q: What are your criteria for selecting OEM partners?
A: We do carefully evaluate our OEM partners in terms of the product reliability, their attitude in doing OEM business, and communication with their R&D team. In terms of the product side, we are looking for some companies that are able to develop the products on their own. For example, do they do their own casing or software which you won't see the same kind in some other areas?

The people we are dealing with should be countable. We had bad experience since some companies do not control their quality. We have no interest of just bringing boxes from a country and selling them in our country. We want to build up a good relationship with the manufacturers.

Q: What about the security market in Ireland?
A: Ireland is just coming out of recession. Ireland has been in recession for the past 4 years. This year, it starts to grow. In the past, many banks collapsed, even worse than the U.K. But, this year, we call it “growth” in our economy. Real estate sector starts to increase slowly. It crashed around 50 percent in Ireland in the past. It grew 4 percent in the last 7 to 8 months. The capital also has nearly 8 percent growth. That is a good sign. So, companies start to reinvest and expand again. That is why our business has grown. So, that is why I am here.

Comparatively, Europe is still really unstable because of lots of influences from Russia and Ukraine crisis and whether the U.K. will join the Euro Zone, which also affects the entire strength of Euro Zone. And, there are a lot of banks in the Europe that are still insolvent. Europe still has many problems to deal with in the following 5 to 10 years. However, Ireland, as a standalone country, is doing okay. Even though we still have challenges but the future outlook is pretty good.

In Ireland, here, we will have the report commission in 2014. Some consultant companies will also get involved. The nation will analyze all the market sectors, in terms of physical guarding, central station monitoring, access control, and so on. Another thing is the recession brings more criminality in Ireland, which meant it brought high security consciousness. Security business is growing. Our business grew by doubt digitals last year.

OPTEX protects Canada’s construction sites in harsh weather conditions

OPTEX protects Canada’s construction sites in harsh weather conditions

Editor / Provider: OPTEX | Updated: 3/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The site
Cove Properties, one of Canada's luxury condo (condominium) builders had a large construction site located in Northern Canada to secure. The site is exposed to very harsh weather conditions and a very short amount of daylight during the winter months.

The challenge
Many developers and construction companies build throughout the year and are forced to battle different weather conditions including rain, sleet, snow and extreme cold. They also face the problem of theft and vandalism; theft of tools, machinery, new materials and scrap material costs contractors millions of dollars per year and leads to higher insurance premiums and potentially months of delays.

To avoid the major ramifications of construction site theft, Cove Properties turned to 2020 Digital Security Solutions of Alberta, Canada for help. Cove's requirements included a mobile solution capable of wireless communication that could be moved from site to site with surveillance, motion detection, lighting and remote monitoring capabilities. In addition, it had to survive the harsh outdoor elements of Northern Canada. .

The solution
2020 Digital Security Solutions found the perfect solution in PowerSentry by Mobile Pro Systems. The PowerSentry is a self-sufficient temporary or permanent surveillance solution, built as a ‘power platform' to power any security, communications and/or network equipment. In this instance the platform is powering 6 REDSCAN laser scanners from Optex which protect the perimeter and the inside of the site, two 8,000 lumen LED flood lights motion triggered by the REDSCANs, 2 fixed cameras used in conjunction with Milestone VMS platform for visual verification and event response; and finally a horn/speaker control.

“Despite abnormal cold temperatures, the systems are working great and we haven't had a system go down at all,” said Gene Telfer, president of 2020 DSS.

Cube cameras stand out in form and features

Cube cameras stand out in form and features

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 2/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cube cameras are becoming all the rage due to the heightened attention on smart homes over the past year. A common misconception that arose from this emerging wave of cube cameras is that they are suitable only for the home environment. However, these tiny cube cameras are in fact packed with features so rich, they can cover much more than just a regular home. This feature aims to address the differences and performances between cube cameras and their DIY counterparts seen on the market.

The residential and small-and-medium business (SMB) sectors are now much more conscious about the importance and benefits of installing security devices and equipment in their surroundings than just a few years before. Not to mention, the increasing popularity of home automation and home monitoring is increasing the demand for cube cameras. IMS Research (IHS), also indicated that the consumer and DIY network camera market unit shipment will grow from 846,200 in 2014 to approximately 1.3 million in 2016. Based on another report from IMS, approximately 20 % of American households already have professionally monitored services. This number is sure to grow as technology advances and becomes more affordable and accessible for the users. Currently, North America is leading the market in terms of home security, followed by Europe due to its growing interest in smart homes and energy conservation. Meanwhile, Asia is catching up as demands rise throughout the region.

“It is worthy to mention that in Asian countries, the surveillance service provided by private schools, such as kindergartens and infant daycare centers, or the elderly care centers are becoming the trend. The parents are able to watch from online their children's activities and interaction with teachers and peers in class anytime, anywhere, via the surveillance application, while other people are able to deliver care to the old parents at home or care centers, ensuring their safety,” stated Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK.

Cube cameras establish market presence
With the amount of SMBs around the world, it is easy to see why manufacturers believe cube cameras have tremendous market potential, which can be attributed to its ease-of-use, real-time, remote monitoring, and decreasing price. “Different resources indicate that more than 95 % of business units are small and medium sized. Secondly, there is an increasing security consciousness in the residential sector. Video surveillance equipment and services are no more a business-involved area, more and more home users tend to adopt video surveillance devices for safeguarding their home, premises, or their family members. Once this kind of requirement becomes main stream, it will push the video surveillance market to another sales peak,” said Adler Wu, IPC Product Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology.

Though cube cameras have yet to reach its peak, manufacturers are certainly holding high hopes for these compact wonder cubes. “In my opinion, the trend to IP is very clear in 2013, with its advantages in mobile connectivity and multiple functions, this trend can certainly push the cube/DIY cameras to mass public. In the startup stage, double or triple growth than traditional CCTV equipment sales is a very comprehensible result,” Wu from Hikvision continued.

Also, cube cameras are easy to install and affordable. “This lowers the hurdle for many small businesses to invest in video surveillance solutions. As they see the value cube cameras can provide to their business, small business owners are likely to continue to invest in video surveillance solutions. Cube cameras are therefore a great door opener for the security industry,” added Andres Vigren, Product Manager at Axis Communications.

Furthermore, there are several factors that will help cube cameras reach its peak: the maturity of the network infrastructure, the end users' increasing demands for home security or small-scale security system, and the prevalence of 4G LTE. “4G LTE is equipped with several traits such as providing faster transmission speed, supporting for interoperation and coexistence with legacy standards, low data transfer latencies, and supporting better mobility. With 4G LTE, the transmission speed for home users will be able to reach 100Mbit/s,” said Ma.

CCTV CENTER signs distribution partnership with IDIS

CCTV CENTER signs distribution partnership with IDIS

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 2/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

CCTV CENTER, a distributor of video and access control solutions in Spain, announced a strategic alliance and distribution agreement with IDIS. The partnership sees CCTV CENTER as the exclusive distributor of next generation DirectIP full-HD surveillance solutions to the Spanish and Portuguese markets.

James Min, Deputy General Manager at IDIS, said, “This agreement signals the growth in demand for IDIS DirectIP in Europe since its launch last year. We are thrilled to cement our relationship with CCTV CENTER and in turn provide Spanish and Portuguese integrators with local support and specialist knowledge delivered by the largest and most respected distributor in the region.”

Mr. Alberto Bernabe, Chief Executive Officer at CCTV CENTER, added, “DirectIP instantly impressed us with its simplicity and performance. Many installers face common challenges when implementing IP and HD surveillance, with the complexity of IT and networks requiring expensive training or the hiring of IT savvy engineers, both of which lead to margin erosion or projects often running over time and budget. DirectIP has eliminated the need for IP addressing, even for multi-site rollouts and remote monitoring. The IDIS solution installs and operates just like traditional analogue systems, yet delivers all the benefits of high resolution monitoring, recording and playback with the flexibility of a networked solution.”

The partnership will see CCTV CENTER showcasing DirectIP solutions during SICUR, the International Security Safety & Fire Exhibition held at the Madrid Exhibition Centre from 25th to 28th February 2014.

Packaged as a one-stop-shop affordable solution, comprising a range of IP cameras, network video recorders (NVR) and network accessories, DirectIP delivers unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance, compatibility, and industry leading pricing.

Axis launches Q60-S PTZ dome network camera line

Axis launches Q60-S PTZ dome network camera line

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 1/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The new top-of-the-line AXIS Q60-S PTZ Dome Network Cameras in nitrogen-pressurized stainless steel casings are suitable for surveillance and remote monitoring applications in marine, mining, oil and gas environments, as well as food, medical and clean room manufacturing facilities.

The rust-free cameras can resist the corrosive effect of sea water and cleaning chemicals, and withstand high-pressure steam cleaning. Pressurized nitrogen prevents internal condensation.

Axis Communications, a global supplier of network video, launched 3 outdoor-ready, marine-grade stainless steel cameras that enable 360 degrees coverage of wide areas in resolutions up to HDTV 1080p and great zoomed-in detail with up to 36x optical zoom.

“AXIS Q60-S cameras provide exceptional video surveillance and high durability for reliable performance in demanding indoor and outdoor environments,” says Erik Frannlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. “The stainless steel models are the latest additions to our newly upgraded AXIS Q60 PTZ Dome Series.”

AXIS Q60-S cameras, with SAE 316L stainless steel and a nylon clear dome cover, can operate in -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F). They have IP66, IP6K9K, NEMA 4X and MIL-STD-810G 509.5 approvals, ensuring protection against dust, rain, high pressure/steam jet cleaning, snow, ice and salt fog. The cameras come with a multi-connector cable and a media converter switch that allows for network connection using standard network or fiber optic cables. The switch also enables the cameras to connect to external alarm devices via 2 configurable input/output ports and to 12 V power. Stainless steel mounting accessories are sold separately.

AXIS Q6042-S provides Extended D1 resolution and 36x optical zoom. AXIS Q6044-S offers HDTV 720p and 30x optical zoom, while AXIS Q6045-S supports HDTV 1080p and 20x optical zoom.

All AXIS Q60-S cameras support shock detection, which mechanically detects and triggers an alarm if the camera has been hit. AXIS Q6042-S and AXIS Q6044-S provide electronic image stabilization, which reduces the effects of camera vibrations (from wind or traffic) to provide clearer, more useful video.

AXIS Q6044-S also supports automatic defog, which automatically detects fog in the scene and digitally filters it out of view for clearer video. AXIS Q6044-S has nearly three times better light sensitivity than the industry norm for HDTV cameras, enabling excellent video quality in low-light conditions.

AXIS Q6045-S offers the highest video resolution, enabling exceptional detail in wide and zoomed-in views. In addition to auto tracking and Active Gatekeeper—which are available in all AXIS Q60 models—AXIS Q6045-S has built-in video analytics such as highlight compensation (which masks bright lights for ease of viewing), object removed, fence detector, object counter and enter/exit detection.

Tips for selecting NVRs

Tips for selecting NVRs

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 1/28/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

A network video recorder (NVR) is an IP-based video surveillance management system. It integrates transmission wiring, network transmission and front-end management into a single system, offering system status and parameter monitoring and querying. Compared to DVRs, NVRs greatly simplify troubleshooting by optimizing the distribution and transmission of video signals.

Similar to DVRs, current NVRs are categorized by the number of channels they support. Mainstream standalone NVRs support 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128 channels. NVRs that are built on server architectures support even more channels—256 or even thousands of channels. When considering an NVR, Secutech recommends the following six tips:

1. Support for multiple high-capacity HDDs
The number of channels that an NVR can support if highly dependent on the amount of storage it can handle. Therefore, it is critical that the NVR being considered supports a suitable number of HDDs. The types of HDDs supported is also important; buyers should look for NVRs that use reliable, high-speed interfaces like SATA, SATA-II or e-SATA.

2. Appropriate HDD brands and models
The top HDD manufacturers now have HDDs that are designed specifically for surveillance, enterprise and consumer applications. The differences between classes are: optimizations in reliability, performance and energy consumption. HDDs used for video surveillance need to be reliable, support high transfer rates, and are capable of operating 24x7x365. The duration of the manufacturer's warranty is also something to consider.

3. Stable operating systems
There are two main types of NVRs: embedded and PC-based. Embedded NVRs use SoC platforms with an embedded version of Linux. PC-based NVRs are servers or industrial PCs that generally run Linux or Microsoft Windows. While the former offers high reliability and stability, the number of supported channels is limited by physical connections and processing power. PC-based NVRs have more processing power, are relatively easier to develop, support a multitude of video compression formats, and generally support a greater number of video channels. Users that need fewer channels can consider embedded NVRs, while users that need a large number of channels will have to go with PC-based ones.

4. Interoperability
Regardless of application, buys should primarily consider NVRs that support cameras made by other manufacturers. This benefits distributors, installers and end-users by alleviating compatibility headaches. In addition, NVR manufacturers that are oblivious to industry standards like ONVIF probably are not worth considering anyway.

5. Effective Back-End Management Clients
The back-end management client is a user's primary interface with which to interact with the NVR. It is therefore critical that users choose an NVR that includes a management client that provides all the needed features and an acceptable user interface. NVRs support remote management through a web interface (accessed with a browser) or via software installed on a PC. Basic features include video monitoring, recording and playback. If the NVR supports alarms, the management interface will also need to integrate management and operation of multiple NVRs and alarms. In addition, the management client should also support off-site backups of multiple NVRs.

6. Other Software Features
Features that are not necessarily essential, but are nice to have, includes: plug-and-play, intelligent tagging and searching, remote monitoring, alarm integration, and automatic off-site backup. In addition, the user interface should be simple, intuitive, reliable and stable.

For detailed information on NVR, please register for Secutech 2014

Dahua HD IP cams integrate with DIGIEVER NVR

Dahua HD IP cams integrate with DIGIEVER NVR

Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 1/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, an international manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China launches official announcement that Dahua full range of HD network cameras (ranging from 1.3MP to 5MP) successfully integrate with DIGIEVER NVR.

Dahua network camera lineup offers megapixel cameras in various looks and sizes at distinctive demands, delivering superb image quality and strong functionality. The latest introduced Eco-Savvy series consists of three “low”s—low light, low bitrate and low consumption, which together makes the series a hit. DIGIEVER DIGISTOR NVR is a professional Linux-embedded standalone system with high performance of network surveillance and intuitive user interface. Powered by high performance CPU, DIGISTOR NVR performs excellent network surveillance of diverse IP cameras.

The successful integration of Dahua Technology and DIGIEVER is a benefit for both clients of Dahua IP cameras and DIGIEVER as the compatibility is a fulfillment to local play at full HD (1920x1080) and real time remote monitoring with outstanding throughput.

“DIGIEVER is an expert in video storage and we're glad that this partnership creates more value-added services for costumers of our both sides,” commented Stanley Hu, Product Director of Camera Line at Dahua Technology. “Customers are looking forward to the integration between Dahua and DIGIEVER to establish solid video recording surveillance solutions for customers of both parties. As a leading Linux-based NVR solution provider, DIGIEVER still dedicates on supporting extraordinary IP camera solution partners, such as Dahua,” said Mr. Allen Tseng, Product Manager of DIGIEVER. “The cooperation between DIGIEVER and Dahua will create more flexibility to satisfy various requests of users and vertical markets.”

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