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CEM integrated access control and biometric for new Polish museum

CEM integrated access control and biometric for new Polish museum

Editor / Provider: CEM | Updated: 1/30/2015 | 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.”

The City of Venice chooses Avigilon to protect city's residents, visitors, and historic architecture

The City of Venice chooses Avigilon to protect city's residents, visitors, and historic architecture

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 1/19/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Challenge
One of Italy's most scenic cities needed to deploy an advanced HD video surveillance solution that could provide safety for its residents and tourists, protect historic buildings and landmarks from vandalism, and meet the city's multiple regulations.

Solution
Security personnel for the City of Venice manage their HD video surveillance system from the city's police telecommunications and video surveillance operations center that spans two rooms and has a total of 12 full HD 55-inch monitors installed on the wall. Additional client control centers are located in an inter-police force center in the Piazza San Marco, in the provincial operations center of the Carabinieri of Venice, and in the state police of Venice operations center. The City of Venice uses the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) Enterprise software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™. This is the core of the central recording system, located at the city of Venice data center, managed by Venis, an information technology company based in the city. Avigilon 16 MP and 8 MP HD Pro cameras were installed to protect three important sites in Venice: Piazza Ferretto (the main square in Mestre), Piazza San Marco, and the Rialto Bridge. In addition, all video feeds from existing analogue cameras are converted to HD using Avigilon encoders. The city also uses Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) to store a minimum of seven days of continuous surveillance footage. The entire video surveillance network is based on an MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) fiber optic infrastructure, built by Venis and owned by the City of Venice.

Benefits to the City of Venice
- Protect residents, tourists and historic architecture
- Save on staffing costs - Strengthen relationships with state police forces

Benefits of the Avigilon Solution
- Faster search times
- Provide indisputable evidence for incidents
- High-quality image detail

The City of Venice Chooses Avigilon HD Video Surveillance System to Protect City's Residents, Visitors and Historic Architecture
With its stunning architecture, canals and bridges, the City of Venice is universally considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, attracting over 50,000 tourists per day. Located in Northeastern Italy, there are 118 small islands that are separated by canals and connected bridges. The City of Venice includes island and onshore territories and extends across the two distinct centers of Venice (on the Venice lagoon) and Mestre (onshore). Because of its unique landscape and artistic heritage, there are logistical problems associated with controlling the area. In a city like Venice, it is not only important to ensure the safety of its residents and tourists, but is also critical that the city secures its historic and world famous buildings. In the past, the Rialto Bridge had been vandalized by graffiti artists.

After years of relying on an outdated, analogue surveillance system, the city was ready to switch to a sophisticated, IP-based video solution that has an open platform. “The existing video surveillance system comprised of a city-owned system of approximately 60 analogue, low-resolution cameras which were very hard to analyze,” said Luciano Marini, Police Commander for the City of Venice, who also spoke of problems with the previous system's software and NVRs. “The video recording apparatus experienced frequent malfunctions that caused the partial loss of video feeds making it difficult to provide evidence in situations.” With the assistance of their security systems partner Venis, the City of Venice chose Avigilon because of the image quality and detail provided by the Avigilon cameras, and the efficient storage capabilities of the intuitive ACC software. Avigilon was also chosen because it is the only manufacturer capable of providing high-resolution cameras with a wide choice of lenses. “Other producers did not have comparable solutions in terms of resolution, nor did they offer the most suitable choice of lens for the type of frame,” said Commander Marini.

Superior Image Quality
In the Piazza San Marco, the two Avigilon 16 MP cameras were installed in St. Mark's Campanile, hidden inside the arcade. One camera provides coverage of the Piazza in the direction of the jetty on the San Marco dock and the other in the direction of the Ala Napoleonica (Napoleonic Wing) of the Correr Museum. “The use of high resolution cameras, like the 16 MP ones, gives us highly detailed images that can also be displayed while analyzing the recordings,” said Commander Marini, who states the image quality has been helpful to the police in solving crimes. “To obtain the same result, we would have had to install more cameras on neighboring monuments, with all the complications involved.” In the past, the city was forced to monitor key, high-traffic areas or areas subject to vandalism using multiple analogue cameras. “Using multiple cameras, it was easy to miss significant frames because of their position or being out of focus,” Commander Marini concludes. “The high-resolution fixed cameras, on the other hand, don't pose this problem: they are always in the correct position and they offer a high level of detail.”

Versatile and Scalable Solution
As a result of the Avigilon HD system's open platform, the City of Venice has been able to efficiently scale up their system in the last few years. With the assistance of Avigilon encoders, officials have been able to integrate existing analogue cameras and can now seamlessly manage all cameras under a single platform. The advanced search capabilities of the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software have enabled officials to locate events in a fraction of the time of their previous system. “We find the ACC software to be very simple to use and it has helped us be a lot more efficient with our searches,” said Commander Marini, who is also impressed with the software's zooming capabilities. “The ability to display different parts of the same image with various zoom levels, and get those images in HD while continuously recording the entire frame is incredible.”

Effective Crime Fighting Tool
Identifying perpetrators of vandalism or crime by image analysis has been a key advantage of installing the Avigilon HD system. “The Avigilon system has on many occasions been a valuable aide to research operations, including for investigative purposes,” Commander Marini said. The high-resolution images have been beneficial in providing indisputable evidence for the city's police force. On top of the technical capabilities of the Avigilon HD solution, security personnel at the City of Venice also found the system to have an excellent price to performance ratio. “The benefits are seen on a daily basis,” concluded Commander Marini. “For example, in the field of fighting unlicensed trading in public areas, we now save on manpower. Previously we had to verify all reports of the presence of illegal traders but now we can constantly monitor the affected areas and intervene with certainty.”

Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union creates safe and open environment with Avigilon's systems

Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union creates safe and open environment with Avigilon's systems

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/29/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Secure $15 million in assets, protect staff and members, and meet key insurance requirements while maintaining an open environment where members can freely enter and exit to receive services.

Solution
Brooklyn Cooperative's staff manage the system from their desktops using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) with High-Definition Stream Management™ (HDSM). The company installed Avigilon HD 5 MP cameras with exceptional low-light performance on the exterior of the building to monitor all entrances. Avigilon HD 1 MP and 2 MP cameras were installed in other high-traffic areas including: the ATM vestibule, main lobby, teller station, office area, workshop, and storage and server rooms. Brooklyn Cooperative stores 120 days of continuous surveillance footage on an Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR) – a vast improvement over the 30 days previously attained and a top insurance requirement. The credit union can also monitor the system remotely from home during off-hours.

Benefits
Brooklyn Cooperative can meet and exceed the requirements set by their insurance provider to ultimately lower premiums. With detailed coverage of the ATM vestibule, the credit union can also resolve claims of debit card fraud to lower liability costs. Brooklyn Cooperative monitors the storage area and offices to protect confidential member information from loss or theft. Users can search and locate footage in a fraction of the time of the previous system. The company has also eliminated the risk of false alarms by being able to monitor the system remotely during off-hours before contacting police. Brooklyn Cooperative has had no network bandwidth issues since deployment and plans to integrate its new branch when it opens later this year for central management.
* Meet insurance requirements
* Resolve debit card fraud claims
* No network bandwidth issues

Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union Creates Safe, Open Environment to Help Members Build Assets with Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System
As New York City's fastest growing credit union, Brooklyn Cooperative is dedicated to supporting the economic development of two of the city's most under-banked and low-income neighborhoods, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant. By offering a range of services to its 6,800 members (including homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling, free tax preparation, and core financial services), Brooklyn Cooperative helps families and businesses build assets and secure their economic success. With workshops and financial counseling sessions running after hours, Brooklyn Cooperative operates outside traditional bank hours in an open environment. Security solutions suitable for closed banks, such as time stamps, physical gates, and motion detectors, are not practical in this environment. To secure its $15 million in assets, protect staff and members, and meet insurance requirements while ensuring member accessibility, Brooklyn Cooperative deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality and detail, efficient storage, and ease-of-use.

Security in Open Bank
Located on one of the city's busiest streets, Brooklyn Cooperative's main branch spans a city block, with both front and back entrances. The credit union has an ATM vestibule, teller station, and main lobby at the front, offices in the center, and an open workshop area in the back. Files are stored in the basement, which also houses several additional offices and the server room. “Our physical location and unconventional hours make security a challenge,” explained Samira Rajan, CEO at Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union. “We selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on the recommendation of a board member who is responsible for physical security at a large bank in Manhattan.” Rajan chose to partner with Digital Provisions, Inc., a local technology integration company, for their expertise, support services, and cost.

Range of Coverage
Staff manages the surveillance system from their desktops using Avigilon Control Center with HDSM. The company installed Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 MP to 5 MP for complete branch coverage. “The fact that Avigilon offers such a wide range of cameras was a top selling feature for us,” commented Rajan. The credit union installed Avigilon HD 5 MP cameras with superior low-light performance on the exterior of the building to monitor all entrances and installed Avigilon HD 1 MP and 2 MP cameras in all other hightraffic areas. “By installing higher resolution cameras in only key areas and leveraging Avigilon's advanced motion detection technology, we lowered our investment costs and can store 120 days of surveillance footage – a vast improvement over the 30 days we previously attained to help meet a key insurance requirement.”

Lowering Insurance Costs
While asset protection and staff safety are top goals for the new high-definition surveillance system, so too is the ability to meet critical insurance standards. “The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system allows us to meet insurance requirements such as achieving 120 days of storage and delivering indisputable evidence for police investigations,” explained Rajan. With coverage of the ATM vestibule, which is a target for fraud and debit card misuse, the credit union can more accurately address false liability claims to save money and lower insurance premiums. Brooklyn Cooperative can also monitor the storage area and offices to protect confidential member information from theft. “I expect to lower our premiums because we will be in a better position to meet more insurance requirements,” added Rajan.

Smooth Operations
After a brief training session, Rajan and her team were up and running on the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time. “Avigilon is a thousand times easier to use than our previous system,” stated Rajan. In fact, Rajan was able to quickly investigate a report of stolen funds using the Avigilon Control Center software. “We identified the perpetrator in less than 10 minutes and successfully recovered the lost funds.” Rajan has also been impressed with how easily the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system has integrated into its existing network. “We've had no glitches or bandwidth issues at all – it is running very smoothly,” observed Rajan.

Eliminating False Alarms
With the ability to monitor the surveillance system from home, Rajan can rest easy that the credit union is safe both day and night. “Previously, any motion would trigger the alarm and our monitoring firm would automatically call the police, resulting in more than 60 false alarms,” said Rajan. “Now, the Digital Provisions service center can check footage before calling the police, giving us greater peace of mind.” Employees now enjoy a greater sense of security and are no longer distracted by old security procedures such as panic buttons, motion detectors, and time stamps, which required time and effort to properly manage.

An Integrated Future
Another advantage of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its scalability, which will make it easy for Brooklyn Cooperative to integrate its new branch when it opens later this year. “I am looking forward to having a coherent surveillance system that can be centrally managed,” concluded Rajan. “We are very impressed with how well the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system addresses all our requirements, performs as promised, and will meet our future needs.”

Avigilon HD solution helps keep the capital of Armenia safe

Avigilon HD solution helps keep the capital of Armenia safe

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/27/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Challenge
Manage municipal paid parking system and roll out a Safe City initiative to better protect people, property, infrastructure, and assets.

Solution
Parking City Service has deployed 1,600 Avigilon™ HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in parking areas within the city center, and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of 24x7 continuous surveillance footage on 40 Avigilon Network Video Recorders located in the new air-conditioned data center.

Benefits
* Effective management of paid parking system
* Secure parked vehicles and prevent crime
* Generate revenue for city
* Assist in traffic flow management
* Faster footage search and export times
* High-quality image detail for identification
* Scalable to meet future Safe City goals

The Capital of Armenia Deploys Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System As Critical First Step in Safe City Initiative
One of the oldest cities in the world dating back to 782 BC, Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, is the country’s political and economic hub. With more than a million residents and attracting tourists from around the world, Yerevan is compact and crowded, with an intense cultural life that draws a lot of traffic. Like all municipalities, Yerevan is vulnerable to threats driven by overcrowding, criminal activity, and natural disasters. To improve the safety of its citizens and visitors, the city has launched a “Safe City” initiative to reduce and prevent crime, and enhance the quality of life in the city. At the heart of its Safe City initiative is the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, currently deployed in the city’s roads and parking lots with plans to cover the entire city to better protect its people, property, and assets.

The First Step
As a first step in Yeravan’s Safe City Project, the municipality engaged Parking City Service, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and support, to manage the surveillance system deployment at the city’s parking lots and to monitor traffic in the crowded downtown core. “We believe that customers of the new paid parking system should receive good value for their money – ensuring the safety of vehicles is absolutely critical,” said Vazgen Harutyunyan, director at Parking City Service. “We looked at solutions from all the major players and selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality that captures the smallest details, advanced search and playback functionality, and ease-of-use.”

Avigilon in the City
Parking City Service has installed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in designated parking areas to date and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of continuous surveillance footage on 20 Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs), located in the company’s new air-conditioned data center.

Parking City Service installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time, with excellent support from the Avigilon team. “We had no issues with installation and set-up, and Avigilon answers any questions we had promptly and accurately,” confirmed Harutyunyan.

Parking System Management
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used primarily to manage the city’s new paid parking system and regulate what has been a disorderly situation for years. “We leverage the image quality of the Avigilon HD cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles parked in our lots and if payment is not made, a ticket is issued,” explained Harutyunyan. Operators review archived footage to identify vehicles that have not paid, creating a five-minute video clip that is attached to the ticket. “We create between 500 to 600 video clips each day, which we are able to do efficiently using the advanced search and playback features of the Avigilon Control Center software,” noted Harutyunyan. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system ensures patron safety and parking availability, and also helps generate revenue for the city that can be used to further improve traffic flow in the downtown core.

Intuitive Searching Saves Time
Searching through large amounts of footage can be time consuming work, but operators can dramatically reduce the time required using the advanced functionality of the ACC software. Operators can digitally zoom in on image details from single or multiple cameras to capture necessary data and have full control over forward and reverse playback with drag and zoom capabilities for faster search times. “Avigilon Control Center is extremely user-friendly and intuitive, so we can quickly search through multiple cameras for fast results – in fact, we can complete all our reports in just a half an hour, even when multiple cameras are involved,” stated Harutyunyan.

Exporting Video Boosts Safety
The city also leverages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for public safety purposes, reviewing footage of theft, vandalism, crime, and accidents in surrounding areas for investigative purposes. Feedback from local law enforcement and municipal agencies has been positive. “We can quickly and easily export video to help police in their forensic work,” explained Harutyunyan. “In one case, in which a man entered a building with a rifle, we were able to immediately provide footage which led to his arrest within hours.” Surveillance video is also shared with the city to assess traffic flow or analyze other urban planning concerns. “By collaborating with the city, we can help improve traffic flow, reduce crime and congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life in Yerevan.”

Clear Image Detail
Another key selling feature of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its exceptional image quality – both day and night. The Avigilon HD Bullet cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination to increase in-the-dark visibility without using a visible light source, important for operators to effectively capture minute details, such as license plate numbers, at any time of the day or night. “I also really like the fact that the Avigilon HD cameras come with an integrated lens for remote focus and zoom control,” said Harutyunyan. “I can easily change a camera’s focus from 3 mm to 9 mm or 22 mm for even greater clarity.”

Future Scalability
Scalability was another important requirement, especially given the city’s plans to expand the surveillance system right across the municipality. “With the Avigilon surveillance system, we will have no blind zones in the city center, with cameras installed on posts every 30 to 40 meters,” described Harutyunyan. “The Avigilon system will easily grow with us as we work towards 100 percent coverage of the entire city within the next few years.”

A Safer City Environment
The parking lot surveillance solution is just the first step in Yerevan’s Safe City Initiative to enhance public safety and protect critical infrastructure, property, and assets. With broader access to surveillance footage, city officials can respond to events faster and more accurately than before to reduce crime and manage crisis situations in real-time – on every street corner. “Our final goal is to create a safer city for residents and visitors alike,” concluded Harutyunyan. “With easier and more timely access to high-quality surveillance footage through the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, we can easily achieve greater situational awareness for better overall protection.”

Avigilon HD solution helps keep a growing community school safe

Avigilon HD solution helps keep a growing community school safe

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/23/2014 | Article type: Education

 

 

 

Challenge
Deploy an advanced surveillance system to maintain the safest school environment possible at all times of the day and night.

 

 

Solution
The school installed 93 Avigilon HD cameras including six Avigilon HD 1 MP PTZ dome cameras and 13 Avigilon HD 2 MP cameras to monitor key entrance and exit points, thoroughfares, and outdoor areas and 64 Avigilon HD 2 MP and 10 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras to monitor key circulation areas, staircases, corridors, and communal areas within the buildings. Users monitor the system 24x7 using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) network video management software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™ technology and store up to 14 days of continuous surveillance footage on five Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVR).

Benefits to Parrs Wood
* Improved safety on campus
* Health and safety compliance

Benefits of the Avigilon Solution
* Quick installation
* Full and affordable coverage
* High-quality image detail and zooming
* Superior low-light performance
* Cost effectiveness, ease of use
* Reduction in TCO / Faster time to value

Parrs Wood High School in Manchester, England Makes School and Community Safety a Priority with Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System


Founded in 1967, Parrs Wood High School in East Didsbury, Manchester, England, is a popular and growing community school that was rebuilt in 2000 to better accommodate its 1,500 high school pupils and 400 Sixth Form students aged 11 to 18. Dedicated to helping students achieve academic success and secure their future in the workplace, Parrs Wood maintains strong ties to the local community, opening its doors for public use after hours. Driven by its belief that “Every Child Matters,” Parrs Wood implements policies, practices, and procedures to safeguard the emotional and physical well-being of staff, students, and the community at large. To help create the safest environment possible, the school recently upgraded to the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for broader and more detailed coverage of the entire campus at any time of the day or night.

Health and Safety Compliance
Committed to health and safety compliance, Parrs Wood embraces a culture of continuous improvement to maintain a safe school environment. “Health and safety considerations are part of every decision made at Parrs Wood and are therefore integral to our organisational function,” said Andy Shakos, head teacher at Parrs Wood High School. As part of its ongoing focus on student safety, the school decided to replace its aging analogue-based surveillance system, which did not provide adequate coverage, was beginning to fail, and offered poor image quality, particularly on replay.

For help, school administrators turned to VtecZoom, a provider of surveillance and access control systems design, installation, and support throughout the United Kingdom. “VtecZoom is an approved installer with the Manchester City Council so we trusted that they could help us find a more advanced system that would deliver better results within our budget,” explained Eugene Forbes, Head of Corporate Services, Parrs Wood High School. “Recommending the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality, advanced manageability, and broad coverage; VtecZoom demonstrated a clear understanding of our issues and worked closely with us for two years to design a surveillance system that addresses our specific requirements.”

Complete and Affordable Coverage
“As one of the integrators in the UK to achieve Avigilon Gold Status, we knew that the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system would deliver the power, quality, and manageability needed to help Parrs Wood achieve its high safety and security standards,” asserted Deryck Petty at VtecZoom.

The school installed 93 Avigilon HD cameras in key areas across campus, including six Avigilon HD 1 MP PTZ dome cameras and 13 Avigilon HD 2 MP cameras to monitor key entrance and exit points, thoroughfares, and outdoor areas and installed 64 Avigilon HD 2 MP and 10 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras to monitor key circulation areas, staircases, corridors, and communal areas within the buildings. The school's four-person security team manages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution using the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™ technology and monitors the system 24x7. The school also installed five Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVR) to store 14 days of continuous surveillance footage.

A Quick Install
Installation time was a key consideration for the school. “We did not want engineers onsite when students and staff returned to school after the summer holiday, so it was imperative that installation be complete within the six-week time period,” noted Mr. Forbes. Consultants from Avigilon, VtecZoom, and Capital, a customer and business process management services provider, worked together to complete installation during the strict timeframe. “The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system was up and running seamlessly for the new academic year, providing maximum coverage within our tight timeline and budget – we could not be happier.”

Ease-of-Use
Ease-of-use was another top system requirement. “Offering smooth movements on replay, Avigilon Control Center software makes search and playback effortless, helping us achieve superior results in no time,” stated Mr. Forbes. Delivering an excellent user experience, ACC offers simplified functions, such as the thumbnail search to pinpoint small changes in large areas, provides more camera views, and facilitates navigation from camera to camera to help users quickly find an incident, review it, and accurately identify individuals and events. “Using the software's advanced features, we can follow individuals from camera to camera with no jerkiness or lost detail on replay, helping us make faster and more accurate decisions.”

Improved Theft / Crime Detail
The school, along with local law enforcement, has been very impressed with the Avigilon system's usability, which has played a key role in several investigations to date. In one case, school administrators were able to review footage of an out of school time bicycle theft. “In a matter of minutes, we were able to follow the perpetrator from camera to camera, accurately identify the individual, track him, and report the incident to the police, who have since followed-up and caught the thief,” confirmed Mr. Forbes.

Clear Visibility Day and Night
Another noteworthy attribute of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its image quality, which is far superior to the school's previous analogue system. “The main weakness of our old system was the picture quality, particularly on replay and during the night when images were virtually unusable,” explained Mr. Forbes. “Avigilon delivers first class images both live and recorded to significantly boost our success in investigations.” In particular, Mr. Forbes has been very impressed with Avigilon's incredible low-light performance. “Avigilon offers a marked improvement in night time surveillance, which was a key selling feature for us, since community groups use our facilities in the evenings,” he added.

Unparalleled Clarity from Long Distances
School administrators have also been impressed with Avigilon's zooming capabilities. Using the Avigilon HD 1 MP PTZ dome camera with a built-in 20x optical zoom lens, the school can gain unparalleled image detail across the large school site. With such powerful zooming capabilities at their disposal, system users can capture evidence-quality facial recognition to better secure the campus at any time of the day or night. “Avigilon delivers first-class images in both live and replay mode to help us identify and address potential issues before they become a serious safety concern.”

Promoting School Culture
With a long tradition of academic success and service to the community, Parrs Wood High School believes that its strong ties with local organisations will ultimately benefit its students as they move forward in life. “Playing a key role in our community, we remain steadfast in our commitment to a safe learning environment where all students, staff, and visitors feel valued, encouraged, and challenged to succeed,” concluded Mr. Forbes. “We intend to review the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on an annual basis to highlight our achievements and identify new areas for coverage as we continually strive to improve our school's health and safety culture.”

Avigilon acquires ObjectVideo's entire patent portfolio and licensing program

Avigilon acquires ObjectVideo's entire patent portfolio and licensing program

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon Corporation (“Avigilon”), a leading global provider of end-to-end security solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the entire patent portfolio and the patent licensing program of ObjectVideo, (“ObjectVideo”) for cash consideration of US$80.3 million (the “Acquisition”).

Founded in 1998, ObjectVideo is an innovator in the intelligent video solutions market. ObjectVideo's video analytics patents, now acquired by Avigilon, are licensed and deployed by leading IP video manufacturers around the world. Under the Acquisition, Avigilon has acquired all of ObjectVideo's 76 US and international patents and over 50 US and international patent applications. In addition to the foregoing, until January 31, 2015 ObjectVideo will continue to generate additional US patent applications, and has agreed to transfer any and all such applications to Avigilon for no additional consideration.

With the completion of the Acquisition, Avigilon now holds 124 US and international patents, and 202 US and international patent applications.

“The future of the video surveillance industry is in video analytics,” said Alexander Fernandes, founder, president, CEO and chairman of the board, Avigilon. “The Acquisition not only bolsters Avigilon's portfolio of intellectual property, but it also brings with it a recurring royalty revenue stream.”

The patent licensing program provides companies with the opportunity to leverage the innovative features of industry-leading video analytics patents. Nineteen royalty-paying licensees have joined the program, including global corporations such as Sony Corporation, Panasonic System Networks, Bosch Security Systems, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, Pelco, FLIR Systems, and Sensormatic Electronics, (Tyco), and more.

“The Acquisition opens new doors for Avigilon, provides us with additional freedom to operate, and greatly strengthens our intellectual property portfolio,” said Fernandes. “It positions Avigilon to continue leading the way into the future of the video surveillance industry.”

GMP Securities L.P. acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Avigilon on the Acquisition.

Avigilon expects to file a Business Acquisition Report, as such term is defined in National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations, respecting the Acquisition in due course.

Prophecy from Security 50: Time for Integrated Systems!

Prophecy from Security 50: Time for Integrated Systems!

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 12/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Time for Integrated Systems
In the video surveillance product sector of Security 50 rankings, company performance is strongly correlated with its overall product strategy. If we divide the video surveillance companies by their tendency to develop systems versus single devices, the average revenue growth and profit growth of these groups were found to be different. Overall video surveillance companies grew 9.2 percent on average. Companies developing systems grew 14.4 percent, 5.2 percent more than those that only develop devices. In addition, the average profit growth for overall video surveillance is 38.9 percent. System developers grew 14 percent versus negative 2.2 percent in the device part. Gross margin of some companies, from the device part, barely kept single-digital growth.

To stay profitable and competitive in the market, offering devices only is not enough. Successful suppliers provide systems suitable for different types of projects. IP video surveillance systems, for instance, are well designed for solutions in different applications and vertical sectors. Most importantly, they are well tested and configured and ready to be integrated into a management platform, which saves a lot of headache and troubles for systems integrators and installers. On the other hand, for some small to medium-sized companies, the capability to tailor-make certain unique features in systems for different projects are also required.

Developing integrated systems, which are ready to use for different projects, is not only a buzzword but also exactly what is happening right now for the most profitable companies in security. Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision Digital Technology pointed out, “Almost all the big suppliers give total solutions. Hikvision, we also are a total solution provider. Our R&D resources make Hikvision very powerful in different vertical markets. We have seven vertical markets — we call them Seven Stars. For different vertical markets we have different solutions that combine almost all security functions, including access control, alarm systems, surveillance systems. So this is Hikvision's strategy.”

Tim Shen, Marketing Director for Overseas Business Center at Dahua Technology continued, adding, “We are also in the transition stage from device to solutions development. Dahua is one of the few companies which are able to develop solutions in China. To develop solutions, it requires not only a complete wide range of product portfolios but also takes higher level of profound know-how to bring them together for a better integration purpose. Dahua has proven to do several large projects in bank, city surveillance, transportation and commercial sector not only in China but also overseas. We are able to transfer our know-how in China to provide suitable products for solutions in overseas market.”

Taiwanese and Korean Companies Prepare for Their Next Leap
From Security 50 reports over the past few years, major Taiwanese and Korean companies continue to be in recession, which has lingered a little bit longer than expected. It is never easy to transform from a device supplier to a systems or solution provider and even harder to change the corporate focus from OEM business to branding. However, the rising of Chinese companies has forced these companies to differentiate themselves. IDIS, a leading video surveillance company in Korea, is one of the most significant ones that have started to promote its own brand business in Europe since two years ago. Even though the outcome for its brand business has not been confirmed yet, the company seems to be headed in the right direction, developing positively in the future.

Some of the traditional, analog-based Taiwanese companies might take a little while to take off; however, the IP/IT-based companies, such as VIVOTEK and GeoVision, have maintained steady growth over the years and are active in the market. We predict that in the near future, there will be more corporate consolidation among Asian companies.

The security market is still full of opportunities. Some small to medium-sized Taiwanese and Korean companies are striving to find their own “blue ocean,” to differentiate themselves from Chinese companies. EverFocus also provided a good example here. The company is ready to demonstrate its capacity to develop an integrated security system to its clients, too. Even though it has gone through obstacles, the company has started to receive some positive outcomes. Jemmy Huang, Chairman & President of EverFocus Electronics also shared, “Now, customer's demand for security products has become much more diverse. They expect the system to integrate with more devices and realize multiple purposes. For example, the customers might have some special requirements for the synergy between video surveillance systems and elevators whenever an emergency happens in the building. ” Therefore, “we've transformed to be a solution provider, our open-platform central management system is well designed to integrate with a wide range of systems and extremely scalable for future expansion. With this system, we can make sure systems integrators have no further problems in product integration to meet customization requirements perfectly and ensure their projects can well be completed.”

Looking to 2014 & 2015
Looking into the financial reports for the first half for 2014, the companies which are more likely to continue growing significantly both in 2013 and 2014 are Avigilon, Dahua, Hikvision, ITX, and Tamron. These five companies were ranked in the top 10 companies with the highest revenue growth. However, out of the 29 companies, who shared their financial figures in the first half of 2014, the average growth rate fell to 2.8 percent. Twelve companies are in recession. Korean and Taiwanese companies have experienced even bigger challenges in the first half of 2014, which can be obviously found in their reports.

Cross referencing profit growth and gross margin of these 29 companies in the first half of 2014, it is also confirmed that the companies that have developed fully integrated systems outperformed the ones which develop only devices, again. When we look into 2014 and 2015, we predict that the trend to develop solutions for verticals/applications will be much more obvious.

 

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