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Silversea from Vietnam provides CMS solutions

Silversea from Vietnam provides CMS solutions

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/28/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Mr. Tran Trong Vinh, President for Silversea, the major distributor in Vietnam for Lillin, NUUO and other global brands of Avigilon, Vicon, Panasonic and Honeywell joined secutech 2015 and shared how the company started to provide CMS solutions for its customers in chain stores 4 years ago. Mr. Tran Trong Vinh said that his company is able to design its own CMS. By integrating cameras and DVRs from different brands, its CMS solutions can fulfill its needs for chain store customers. The company has 4 sales offices in Vietnam and pays much attention to the technical support and training for systems integrators and dealers.

LaSalle Plaza installs Avigilon HD solution to monitor building traffic and ensure tenant safety

LaSalle Plaza installs Avigilon HD solution to monitor building traffic and ensure tenant safety

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 3/18/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Built in 1991, LaSalle Plaza is a 30-story office tower in the heart of Minneapolis' bustling theater district. A 600,000 square foot building that spans an entire city block, LaSalle Plaza is home to many businesses as well as retail locations and restaurants that cater to the city's theater crowd.

Connected by a seven-mile long skyway to an apartment building, the YMCA, a theater and the Target head office, LaSalle Plaza accommodates more than 16,000 people every day; making patron safety and security a challenge.

Because the building's aging analog surveillance system was unable to capture clear image detail, was difficult to use and costly to maintain, LaSalle Plaza upgraded its entire system to the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image clarity and advanced management features that improve investigations and response times to ultimately boost overall security.

Open until 3:00 a.m. for restaurant and theater-goers, and again at 6:00 a.m. to welcome the building's workforce, LaSalle Plaza is not a typical office tower. “LaSalle Plaza presents unique challenges from a security perspective because of its hours, retail locations and Skyway; which attract a range of patrons and a lot of traffic,” explained Kelly Lentz, general manager at LaSalle Plaza, part of the Zeller Realty Group.

“With Avigilon's excellent image quality, we can easily identify intruders, watch them as they move through the building and involve the police if a problem arises,” explained Lentz. “The picture quality is so good that we know we will always be able to clearly identify an individual.”

According to Lentz, the real business benefit that Avigilon delivers is the ability to better move unwelcome people through the building to keep tenants safe. “With the best tools at their disposal, security officers can monitor our entire building much more effectively than before for a higher sense of security,” concluded Lentz.

LaSalle Plaza ensures tenant safety and building traffic with Avigilon

LaSalle Plaza ensures tenant safety and building traffic with Avigilon

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/13/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Challenge
Replace aging surveillance system to capture better image quality, speed up response times and ensure greater overall protection for building occupants.

Solution
LaSalle Plaza installed 48 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras throughout the building, with the majority monitoring the retail space and Skyway on the first two floors. Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras monitor the 343-space underground parking garage and four Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras were installed in the loading dock area. Two operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center 5 Enterprise Edition (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) live 24x7 and store 45 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR). Security managers can also view the system from their laptops.

Benefits to LaSalle Plaza
* Improved overall protection for building occupants
*Improved ability to attract and retain tenants
*Fewer liability claims

Built in 1991, LaSalle Plaza is a 30-story office tower in the heart of Minneapolis' bustling theater district. A 600,000 square foot building that spans an entire city block, LaSalle Plaza is home to many businesses as well as retail locations and restaurants that cater to the city's theater crowd. Connected by a seven-mile long skyway to an apartment building, the YMCA, a theater and the Target head office, LaSalle Plaza accommodates more than 16,000 people every day; making patron safety and security a challenge. Because the building's aging analog surveillance system was unable to capture clear image detail, was difficult to use and costly to maintain, LaSalle Plaza upgraded its entire system to the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image clarity and advanced management features that improve investigations and response times to ultimately boost overall security.

Surveillance Challenge
Open until 3:00 a.m. for restaurant and theater-goers, and again at 6:00 a.m. to welcome the building's workforce, LaSalle Plaza is not a typical office tower. “LaSalle Plaza presents unique challenges from a security perspective because of its hours, retail locations and Skyway; which attract a range of patrons and a lot of traffic,” explained Kelly Lentz, general manager at LaSalle Plaza, part of the Zeller Realty Group. Monitoring the site with its 20-year-old surveillance system was also challenging because the image detail had deteriorated. The building upgraded to a DVR-based system ten years ago, but sourcing replacement parts was becoming difficult. After receiving bids from three vendors, LaSalle Plaza chose to work with ECSI, a local provider of security system design, installation and support, who recommended the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system. The team delivered a solid presentation that was easy to follow and clearly demonstrated the Avigilon advantage. “ECSI even beat out our previous integrator – a major testament to their expertise and Avigilon's performance,” added Lentz.

Monitoring High-Traffic Areas
LaSalle Plaza installed 48 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras throughout the building, with the majority monitoring the retail space and Skyway on the first two floors. Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras monitor the 343-space underground parking garage and four Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras were installed in the loading dock area. Two operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center 5 Enterprise Edition (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) live 24x7 and store 45 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR). Lentz and one other manager can also view the system from their laptops. ECSI installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on the building's existing network without causing any disruptions to normal business operations and delivering reliable system support when needed. “We were also looking for strong vendor support after installation,” noted Lentz. “We've been very pleased with both ECSI and Avigilon.”

Identifying the Transient Crowd
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used to monitor individuals moving through the building to ensure their safety, so it must deliver irrefutable image clarity. “Video quality is the most important feature for us,” stated Lentz. Located in the downtown core, LaSalle Plaza attracts a transient crowd, particularly over the cold, winter months when individuals may be looking for a warm place to stay. To ensure patron safety, security officers constantly monitor for trespassers and issue warnings or contact local law enforcement if necessary. “With Avigilon's excellent image quality, we can easily identify intruders, watch them as they move through the building and involve the police if a problem arises,” explained Lentz. “The picture quality is so good that we know we will always be able to clearly identify an individual.”

Faster Identification
Avigilon's image clarity, combined with the system's ease-of-use has had a huge impact on the building's overall security. “Before, it was extremely time-consuming to search, find and identify usable footage,” noted Lentz. “All of our operators say finding footage is now a significantly faster process.” In addition, operators can view all cameras on fewer screens for a better overview and faster response. Previously, operators had to scroll through several screens to see all the cameras, slowing down the search and playback process. “Because our previous system was so deteriorated, our operators were amazed at the improvement in quality and manageability Avigilon delivers.”

Tenant Safety
With clearly identifiable images of known trespassers, security officers are better positioned to make faster and more accurate decisions that improve the safety of its tenants, patrons and passers-by. “We can share images between shifts and easily track individuals throughout the building to keep them moving and prevent any potential incidents,” claimed Lentz. “Our tenants appreciate that we are constantly upgrading our building – from IT to security, making sure it's the most comfortable, effective and safe workplace possible.”

Cost Savings
LaSalle Plaza has also realized some cost savings since deploying the new Avigilon system. “We were starting to incur costs to repair and replace our old DVR-based system, which we no longer have to worry about,” remarked Lentz. “The new Avigilon system is reliable and easy to manage and support, reducing maintenance requirements and costs.” The building also uses the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to investigate “slip and fall” claims which could lead to further cost savings. “With Avigilon cameras, we can clearly investigate a situation and more confidently defend against a false liability claim,” confirmed Lentz. “The more detailed information we can provide to the insurance company, the better off we are.”

Avigilon in Arizona: securing the Super Bowl

Avigilon in Arizona: securing the Super Bowl

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/5/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

by Randy Lehman, Regional Sales Manager, Arizona

Being in the Phoenix, Arizona area right now is an indescribable feeling. With Glendale, AZ being the host city of this year's NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX, the atmosphere has been electric this past week with all the free concerts and fan events throughout the city, as well as the thousands of visitors, NFL Hall of Famers and celebrities walking around town. I've even seen Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and coach Pete Carroll out on the town enjoying the festivities! But despite all of the exciting events, the most rewarding and proudest aspect of the week has been the fact that Avigilon has played such a prominent role in securing Sunday's big game.

If you have never been to the University of Phoenix Stadium, it is quite a site in person. One of the premier stadiums in the NFL, the world-class venue and home of the Arizona Cardinals can host 63,000 fans for football games and even more for other events. It's got a beautiful silver exterior, with a retractable roof, and possesses the first full retractable natural grass playing field, which makes transforming the venue for other types of events like concerts or conventions easy. As Avigilon's Regional Sales Manager for Arizona, I am part of the team - along with our trusted partner Climatec - that designed and built an elite, end-to-end security solution for the stadium last year.

We – Avigilon - deployed our industry-leading HD cameras – including our 16 MP HD Pro cameras and 2 MP PTZ cameras - to ensure full coverage of the entire seating bowl, field and plaza. The security team at the University of Phoenix Stadium also implemented our Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software to manage their security system efficiently and effectively. These are just the first stages. The University of Phoenix Stadium, Climatec and Avigilon are in the middle of a four-phased project that will eventually include over 200 Avigilon HD cameras to safeguard the entire facility including the stands, the plaza, the concourses and the parking lot. The stadium will also add Avigilon Access Control (ACM) into their short-term plans, completing an end-to-end security solution that will improve fan safety and business efficiencies for years to come.

With good technology, you can make your guard force appear a lot larger than it really is by providing the tools to be more effective and responsive when events happen.

Being in this industry for many years, I have seen a lot of trends within the arena/stadium sector. Not too long ago, you would be surprised to see how many stadiums cut corners when it came down to investing in a high-tech surveillance system, relying on outdated technology and/or just a limited guard force. By not putting good technology in place, you are limiting the effectiveness of your guard force. With good technology, you can make your guard force appear a lot larger than it really is by providing the tools to be more effective and responsive when events happen.

The combination of a prepared stadium management team and the best security technology on the market, I have no doubt in my mind that the University of Phoenix stands and surrounding area will be secure for Super Bowl XLIX. Since the stadium started using Avigilon last year, I have been able to see our products work on several game days leading up to this Sunday's event. Often, I will be in the stadium's command center when incidents occur, whether it is a fan incident or a medical situation, and I will see how the high-resolution footage has provided clarity and immediate response to live situations. For example, each 16 MP Pro cameras can not only cover a large amount of seats, but also capture facial details or logos on a shirt, which makes it easy to identify a particular person.

I have also seen how Avigilon software has been instrumental in investigating situations live or recorded in literally seconds. With that kind of response time, the Avigilon solution can be just as much as a proactive tool as a retrospective tool - which was what video surveillance systems were previously limited to. Our technology can prevent situations in the stands or corridors from escalating, and when there are over 100 million people worldwide watching the Super Bowl, it is important to avoid a negative incident at all cost.

It's actually a phenomenal feeling to know we're part of this wonderful event, both from a security and event management standpoint. The best compliment to our solution would be that the University of Phoenix Stadium can use our system to make everybody's experience at the Super Bowl much safer and enjoyable.

IHS research note: Avigilon acquires more video analytics patents

IHS research note: Avigilon acquires more video analytics patents

Editor / Provider: IHS | Updated: 2/4/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

This comes around a month after it acquired all of Objectvideo's patents and licensing agreements. Avigilon is a major supplier of video surveillance equipment. Objectvideo supplied patents and licensing agreements for video content analysis software.

Our Take
Avigilon has grown quickly in recent years to become the eighth largest supplier of network video surveillance equipment. It is one of the few Western companies to have gained share in 2013 in the face of fierce price competition from Chinese competitors.

These purchases are a shrewd move by Avigilon. A major challenge for video surveillance equipment suppliers is ensuring that their solutions continue to have unique features versus the competition. Competing on price simply leads to lower margins. Offering solutions that include advanced video content analysis software is one way to differentiate these solutions from the competition.

It is forecast that shipments of embedded VCA recording channels (free and charged) will increase by an average of more than 70% a year over the next few years.

An increasing proportion of video surveillance devices are forecast to feature embedded video content analysis (VCA) software. In some cases, it will be offered as a free feature. In other cases, there will remain a charge. However, it is forecast that shipments of embedded VCA recording channels (free and charged) will increase by an average of more than 70% a year over the next few years. Many different video surveillance equipment vendors will supply them. Avigilon now owns the patents for many of the algorithms supplied. It therefore has great power to dictate the terms of supply to the very companies with which it competes.

OPTEX laser sensors deployed at Manchester Greencourt Business Park

OPTEX laser sensors deployed at Manchester Greencourt Business Park

Editor / Provider: OPTEX | Updated: 2/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

A recently refurbished business park in Manchester that wanted a more modern and flexible security solution than its existing manned guarding operation turned to a complete new electronic system that relies on OPTEX REDSCAN laser sensors.

Greencourt Business Park, now known as Manchester Green, is conveniently located only five minutes from Manchester Airport and has five large buildings in a landscaped environment. The current landlords, Barwood Investments, purchased the site at the end of 2013 and undertook a significant refurbishment program to improve the buildings, the landscaping and the security of the whole site.

Property Letting Agents, Savills turned to Clarion, an electronic security system integrator, to design a system delivering high security and capable of replacing the costly manned guarding solution that had been used historically. The site is constantly in use so the system needed to be flexible in its configuration and always ‘on'.

For Clarion the best way to protect the entire site was to secure the perimeter by deploying an integrated solution comprising an access control system working in conjunction with intrusion detection and an IP CCTV system. At the heart of this solution was the deployment of nine OPTEX REDSCAN laser sensors, scanning the activity on the perimeter line but also inside the perimeter.

The laser sensors detect vehicles and people within a 30m radius and aren't affected by light or weather conditions. They were integrated by Clarion with the vehicle barrier and the IP based intercom system so that they don't trigger when an authorised vehicle or person enters the site. The REDSCANS integrate directly with the Video Management System, Avigilon's Contol Center platform, triggering dome cameras to go to pre-set positions to track any detected intruder and send an alarm to Farsight, the monitoring station looking after the site.

“Our philosophy at Clarion is to provide a solution that offers flexibility to the customer and minimizes unwanted alarms so the monitoring station can operate at its best,” says Chris Billinge, Managing Director at Clarion.

“We chose OPTEX REDSCAN for this project for its flexibility and stability; it was easy to set up customized detection areas and to integrate the perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) with the rest of our security system. The system has proven very stable since the installation. Although Clarion has been working with OPTEX for many years, this is the first project we have deployed the REDSCANs and we are very satisfied by this intelligent sensor.”

CEM integrated access control and biometric for new Polish museum

CEM integrated access control and biometric for new Polish museum

Editor / Provider: CEM | Updated: 2/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

CEM Systems, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, announced that they have secured the new Silesian Museum in Katowice, Southern Poland. The AC2000 access control and security management system was delivered by CEM Approved Reseller Samaxon, and installed by IB Systems & Budimex.

The stunning new Silesian Museum houses 109,000 items from different fields of art, as well as archaeological, ethnographic and historical artefacts. The new museum building, opening mid 2015, has all of the Museum's exhibition space buried underground with only glass tower skylight extensions visible above.

“As an organization with a large number of important works of art and other artefacts of historical importance, security is obviously of paramount importance for The Silesian Museum. CEM AC2000 access control system was chosen because of its proven security and reliability in addition to its flexibility to integrate to third party security systems” said Philip Verner, EMEA Sales Director, CEM Systems. “Integration is an important part of the Museums' overall security strategy, requiring their existing intruder and CCTV security systems to work seamlessly with the access control system.”

CEM Systems worked together with Samaxon to develop a software interface between CEM AC2000 and Avigilon video management system and used the AC2000 Galaxy Dimension Interface to integrate with the Honeywell Galaxy intrusion detection system.

The AC2000 Galaxy interface enables inputs from intruder panels to be placed as icons on the AC2000 AED (Alarm Event Display) application allowing for central alarm monitoring of both access control and intruder alarms. AC2000 AED provides the Museum with a powerful security management tool and provides a central command and control user interface for the access control, video and intruder systems. AC2000 AED also provides the Silesian Museum with dynamic, real-time information on all alarms and events that occur on the AC2000 system.

AC2000 comes with a range of comprehensive software applications that can enable the Silesian Museum to enhance business operations. The Museum will utilize AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging Pass Production) and AC2000 Visitors. AC2000 VIPPS gives museum security personnel the ability to design and customize ID badges and AC2000 Visitors enables staff to monitor and control visitor access to the prestigious building. Visitors can be given access levels and/ or traced, allowing visitor movements to be monitored and controlled. Visitor cards can then be reused when returned, saving on visitor card costs.

The Silesian Museum has also installed CEM S610f integrated fingerprint card readers at high security doors throughout the building. This additional layer of biometric security allows for triple authentication — card, PIN and fingerprint — for highly restricted areas that require extra security.

Stepping into new trends: Video surveillance in 2015

Stepping into new trends: Video surveillance in 2015

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s International | Updated: 1/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

A new year brings new trends. Many of the trends from 2014 have since turned into industry standards, such as HD resolution and IP surveillance; however, new ones have emerged to keep the security industry on its toes in 2015.

The Market at a Glance
In 2014, video surveillance accounted for approximately 53% of the total market share (US$13.5 billion) in terms of global physical security product sales, according to Memoori Business Intelligence. Double-digit growth has been the norm in the video surveillance market over the last decade, and analysts at IHS forecast similar growth in the new year, predicting more than 10% growth in 2015. Furthermore, Marketsandmarkets has predicted that the global video surveillance market will reach roughly $42.1 billion at a CAGR of 17% for the period 2014 to 2020, with the IP system market expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.5% during the same period. Rising crime rates, an increase in terror attacks, and growing security concerns all are contributing to this growth.

Who Reigns Supreme? IP vs. Analog
The move to IP is no longer so much a trend as it is simple fact: New installations are going IP and many analog users are upgrading to network-based solutions. With that said, does that mean that IP has finally taken over analog in video surveillance? The answer is yes and no. In terms of revenue, IP sales have surpassed analog sales; however, in terms of quantity, analog shipments still outnumber those of IP. This is poised to change, with analysts believing that IP shipments will take over analog by the end of the decade. Evidence of this shift can be seen in markets like Latin America where the overall market — one that is heavily focused on analog — is now leaning toward IP equipment for the first time (by supplier revenue), according to a report by IHS.

Asia Leads the Way
In the world of security, Asia has had a tendency to be a step behind when it comes to the most up-to-date technologies. In the coming years, though, APAC is forecast to be the fasting growing region for IP video surveillance globally at a CAGR of 44.3% during the period 2013 to 2020, according to a report by Allied Market Research. The report also pointed out that North America is expected to experience the highest share in the IP video surveillance market by 2020, predicting that the continent would be the highest revenuegenerating segment with a value of about $19 billion in 2020. However, China is estimated to have been the largest regional market for video surveillance equipment, accounting for a third of global revenues in 2013.

Trends for the Growing Market
Along with growth come trends, trends that help drive growth and keep the market up-to-date with new and exciting technologies. In 2014, we saw IP surveillance become a norm and HD resolution become a standard. In the following, a&s explores a few of what we expect to be the most popular video surveillance trends for 2015.

High Efficiency Video Coding (H.265) One of the most important developments for 2015 will be that of high efficiency video coding (HVEC), also known as H.265, which directly relates to another trend: 4K resolution. HVEC will play a significant role in the feasibility of 4K in security applications. According to security experts, about 90% of surveillance products currently use HVEC's predecessor H.264 for compression. However, that is set to change. “Our outlook is that most future advancements in the market will focus on compression, as the megapixel market has evolved extremely quickly and the compression will need to advance nearly as quickly to meet the growing demand for higher resolution images. H.265 may be the answer to this as there is a tremendous amount of computational power required for the compression and decompression of these images that the industry is currently grappling with,” said Stephen Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management at Tyco Security Products.

Pervasive use of H.265 has many implications for the security industry. With the ability to double the data compression ratio compared to H.264 at the same level of video quality, H.265 will greatly improve the usability of 4K in security applications. In fact, both Hisilicon and Ambarella introduced IP camera SoCs based on H.265 at the end of 2014 and widespread use of H.265 is expected within the security industry by the second quarter of 2015. This will in no doubt directly impact the adoption of 4K.

Finding Applications for 4K
The entrance of 4K resolution into the security industry was met with both curiosity and excitement. Similar to how HD was expected to be the new standard for image resolution when it was first introduced into the industry (which it since has become), many believe that 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) will eventually replace HD as the standard, and the availability of H.265 in security will be a catalyst to this; however, this change will not happen overnight. “4K will certainly be a trend to watch, though broad adoption will be problematic for the security industry at this point due to limitations on current camera form factor/lens combination, bandwidth, and storage constraints and the cost of the equipment versus the benefits or necessity of the additional resolution gained with the technology,” Carney said.

Despite the current limitations, many of the obstacles should soon be resolved. Aside from H.265 helping with data compression, the rapid rollout of 4G across the globe should assist in dealing with bandwidth problems, as well as better, improved accompanying hardware (e.g., lenses, monitors, etc.).

Bigger, Better Image Sensors
With the trend of 4K in 2015, along with the fact that HD has become the standard, bigger, better sensors are now needed to support such high-quality images. The trend toward increased value of total image quality will utilize large image sensors, the latest iris system, and high picture quality at near IR, said Koji Maunari, GM of the Industrial Optics Business Unit at Tamron. In fact, the image sensor market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8%  from 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report by Marketsandmarkets. Not only are manufacturers coming out with bigger sensors, they are also adding special technologies to further enhance image quality, specifically designed for video surveillance use. Well-known sensor makers such as Aptina, Omivision, and Pixelplus are now pushing out larger image sensors, while companies such as Sony have come out with new sensor technology specifically addressing the needs of the video surveillance market. The new Starvis technology, a back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS sensors specifically designed for video surveillance, was released by Sony in mid-2014. The technology extends from the visible light range to include the near-infrared range to support filming at night, which is often a problem area for 24/7 outdoor surveillance in most CMOS cameras. The improved performance at night will help more extensive adoption of CMOS cameras in the near future. Additionally 4K sensors are also being developed. These new sensors can support up to 12 megapixels (4:3) and 4K (17:9), and even support 4K at up to 60 frames per second. Furthermore, with sensors now reaching 1/1.9 inches, even higher resolution and clearer images are possible.

HD-over-Coax Gets More Advanced
HD-over-coaxial solutions are not new to the security industry. In fact, IMS Research, an IHS company, named HD-over-coaxial solutions a trend for 2012; however, at that time the solution in question was more or less limited to HD-SDI, which turned out to be not nearly as cost-effective as the security industry had initially hoped. Yet, like with any technologies a little time has yielded new-and-improved solutions, and 2014 saw just that with the introduction of new HD-over-coaxial solutions. One of the major proponents of HD-over-coax is Dahua Technology, who came out with their HDCVI technology in late 2012. However, it is not until more recently, in the last year, that the industry has really seen HD-over-coaxial solutions take off, with many other companies coming up with their own technologies and solutions as well, such as AHD, ccHDtv, and HDTVI. HD-SDI has also evolved: The new generation has upgraded in long-distance transmission, and more importantly, has become more cost effective.

Despite the fact that the overall market is going digital, many definitely still see plenty of room for HD-over-coaxial solutions, noting acceptance of the technologies particularly in developing regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Renewed Life in Intelligent Video Solutions Intelligent functions have been touted for a while in security, but it isn't until more recently that they have been widely incorporated and desired in video surveillance. In fact, as of recent, a certain degree of analytics on the edge has become a standard feature for most IP cameras. From entry-level to high-end, cameras can now be differentiated by how “smart” they are. As part of this, video surveillance has proved capable of not just recording and reviewing, but preventing and analyzing. “The IP revolution has changed the surveillance cameras from a forensic tool aimed at solving problems after an incident has occurred to becoming a vital part of proactive intelligence chain. Network video cameras collect valuable data that can be analyzed and turned into actionable insights,” said Johan Paulsson, CTO of Axis Communications.

The idea of actionable intelligence is one reason intelligent video solutions are seeing an up surge in demand. “We [Verint] believe that actionable intelligence presents an opportunity for customer to implement solutions that enhance security and safety, while reducing operating costs and increasing productivity and efficiency,” said Brian Matthews, VP of Global Marketing and Product Development for Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems.

Another reason demand is growing is due to more developed technology. “Advancements in analytics should also not be ignored, as this segment of the market has progressed to where analytics are accepted as reliable, accurate, and part of the day-to-day operations of a large percentage of users. Some analytics, such as facial recognition, will definitely benefit from the higher resolution images and increasing levels of clarity as camera technology continues to progress,” Carney said.

The many benefits that intelligence brings to video surveillance, especially now that the technology is more reliable, are being realized across verticals. Certain verticals like retail have found particular use for intelligent video, where the data is being used for business intelligence. “Especially video content analysis solutions like Bosch's that do not only automatically trigger alarms on the basis of pre-defined alarm rules, but also enable the tracking of objects,” said Erika Gorge, Corporate Communications Manager at Bosch Security Systems. “This kind of intelligence can also be used to obtain information that goes beyond a pure security purpose such as marketing intelligence information on the scenes being under surveillance — for example number of people (people counting), movement of people, registering characteristics like color or crowd density information.”

Furthermore, we will also see a higher adoption of big data for multiple applications, such as smart cities, in 2015, where a smart surveillance camera with advanced VCA could definitely play an important role. We will see how VCA changes a surveillance camera into a content provider for big data.

There is a catch, though: Avigilon's recent acquisition of ObjectVideo's entire patent portfolio and licensing program. In the future, Avigilon will replace ObjectVideo as the patent holder to lead the future development of VCA technology, once again reshuffling the intelligence market. The impact this move will have on the security industry as a whole will be massive, and not necessarily in a good way — Avigilon now holds 124 US and international patents and 202 US and international patent applications as a result.

Integrated Systems Become a Must
In the past, integration of disparate systems has been a struggle for many users. With newer solutions, the ability to integrate is in high demand, and as such integration has become a focus for many security players.

“Integration has been talked about a long time — but as a user experience it has been less than ideal. You will soon see systems that deliver on that promise of a seamless user experience,” said David Gottlieb, Director of Global Marketing Communications at Honeywell Security. William Ku, VP of the Brand Business Division at VIVOTEK echoed confidence in the integration trend: “The full integration of disparate systems, including video surveillance, intrusion systems, perimeter detection, access control, and real-time intelligent analysis on data will be the trend in managing security in every vertical application since the security could be secured seamlessly and enable staff to respond to intrusion or threats in a short time and solve the events on-site in an effective way.”

The trend for more integrated systems is also what will help push IP growth forward, as the IP market has matured and entered into the late growth stage of its product life cycle. Yet, the low-end market still has significant potential for IP growth, as noted by Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.

In the middle and high-end markets, however, the trend for more integrated systems will continue to drive IP growth. “In the market for advanced solutions with high camera counts there is a significant opportunity to offer more advanced integrations with access control and other security applications,” he added. “Verint believes in and has realized increased demand for innovative, integrated solutions that combine situation management, communications, and cyber intelligence, and facilitate collaboration across security and law enforcement agencies. We believe that today's government organizations, institutions, and multinational corporations, in connection with safe city, border control, transportation security, critical infrastructure, and other large-scale security initiatives, are interested in and preparing to deploy unified security solutions that fuse data from a wide range of security systems and intelligence sources to enable efficient information correlation and analysis,” Matthews said.

Hope for 2015
A lot of major changes took place in 2014 that has in a way left a question mark hanging over the fate of the security industry — the Canon Europe acquisition of Milestone Systems, Anixter acquisition of Tri-Ed, and most recently the selling of Samsung Techwin to Hanwha Group. Yet, one thing is for certain: there will always be a need for security and video surveillance. This sentiment is what industry players are emphasizing when it comes to future growth of the security/ surveillance market. Development for the overall market may not be as rapid as it once was, but with the above trends helping to drive surveillance growth, as well as the continued growth of things like video surveillance as a service and cloud computing, there is definitely still upward hope for the future of video surveillance.

Avigilon provide HD security solutions to University of Phoenix Stadium

Avigilon provide HD security solutions to University of Phoenix Stadium

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 1/29/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon Corporation, a global provider of end-to-end security solutions, announced that the University of Phoenix stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, AZ, has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution to monitor its campus and increase public safety. Home to the NFL Pro Bowl on January 25, 2015, Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015, and many other large scale sporting and entertainment events, the stadium covers 1.7 million square feet spread across five different levels.

“Safety is a top priority at stadiums worldwide. Increased concerns about security threats are causing venues that host large, high-profile events to justifiably scrutinize their security practices,” said Bryan Schmode, chief operating officer, Avigilon. “The University of Phoenix Stadium is leading the way with its commitment to keeping its guests and facility secure. We are extremely proud to provide our solution to one of the most celebrated and visible sports stadiums in North America.”

The University of Phoenix Stadium, with its retractable roof and field, is unlike any other stadium in North America, and a marvel of design, engineering, and technology. This multi-purpose facility, which opened on August 1, 2006, has previously hosted several high-profile professional and college football events or “bowls” as well as numerous international soccer matches, headlining concerts, and trade/consumer shows. Other high-profile stadiums that use Avigilon’s security solutions include Target Field (home to the Minnesota Twins), Rogers Centre (home to the Toronto Blue Jays), and many others.

The University of Phoenix Stadium deployed the Avigilon solution to cover the entire seating bowl and field. In total, the project will add more than 200 Avigilon HD cameras to the facility. The seating bowl and field Avigilon are monitored by 16 Megapixel (MP) HD Pro cameras to provide clear visual detail and the ability to zoom in to select locations as necessary while Avigilon 2 MP HD PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras provide additional coverage. The system is managed by the award-winning Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software, which enables stadium employees to operate all cameras and search through footage quickly and easily. The project is scheduled to be rolled out in four phases. In the next phase, the stadium will deploy Avigilon’s Access Control Manager (ACM) at additional entry points throughout the facility to ensure entrances and exits are controlled and secured. In addition, new 5 MP HD Bullet cameras will be added to the exterior of the building to monitor the stadium’s plaza. Together, ACC and ACM will provide a complete and efficient monitoring system for the entire stadium.

“We selected Avigilon for its quality products, the image clarity of its cameras, the solution’s ease of use, and because Avigilon delivers a complete end-to-end offering to meet our security needs,” said Peter Sullivan, general manager and regional vice president for Global Spectrum at the University of Phoenix Stadium. “As the host venue for the NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX, we look forward to the confidence and security Avigilon will provide our facility and the guests who will be attending these great events.”

Avigilon acquires video analytics patents

Avigilon acquires video analytics patents

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 1/22/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon has completed the acquisition of 96 US and international patents and 25 US and international patent applications from four unrelated vendors for aggregate cash consideration of US$13,375,000;
with each of the following entities: Behavioral Recognition Systems, FaceDouble Incorporated, and VideoMining Corporation.

Avigilon Corporation (“Avigilon”), a leading global provider of end-to-end security solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of 96 US and international patents and 25 US and international patent applications (the “Patents”) from four unrelated vendors for aggregate cash consideration of US$13,375,000.

Avigilon acquired the patents in separate transactions with each of the following entities: Behavioral Recognition Systems, FaceDouble Incorporated, and VideoMining Corporation. The Patents relate to various video analytics capabilities, including emotional and attentional response measurement, in-store object tracking and behavioural analysis, object tracking and anomaly detection, video segmentation and metadata generation, user interfaces, and image classification and retrieval over wireless networks. Other notable fields covered by the Patents include network camera system-on-a-chip and remote security camera programming.

With the acquisition of the Patents, and following Avigilon's recent acquisition of ObjectVideo's entire patent portfolio and patent licensing program, Avigilon holds 213 US and international patents and 215 US and international patent applications.

“The future of the video surveillance industry is in video analytics and the Patents cover sophisticated technologies in this area,” said Alexander Fernandes, Avigilon's founder, president, CEO and chairman of the board. “These strategic purchases open up great opportunities for our business, give us freedom to operate, and expand the scope of our new patent licensing program. It is yet another proof point that Avigilon is leading the way into the future of the video surveillance industry.”

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