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Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/4/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Burnley Football Club needed a new CCTV system to replace the ageing analogue-based system that was no longer fit for purpose as it planned its promotion back into the Barclays Premiership - the UK's top football league. Following a tender process the contract for upgrade and management of the new video surveillance system was handed to Axis partner Thorne Access & Security in early July 2014. Thorne is an expert in stadium security having installed surveillance systems in the stadia of Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Preston North End FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Manchester City amongst others.

Solution
Thorne designed and installed a new in-ground safety system which focused on tightening security in two core areas – at the entry turnstiles and inside the bowl of the stadium itself. A combination of AXIS Q6045-E PTZ Dome Cameras and AXIS Q1765-LE fixed cameras were deployed inside the stadium bowl while 14 legacy analogue cameras were retained to cover concourses in the new hybrid CCTV and IP video system. The Axis cameras were chosen for their ability to deliver razor-sharp images using 18x optical zoom capability even if located at the opposite end of the pitch over 120 metres away. At these distances this camera can provide images capable of positive identification and help the club's ground safety team spot issues before they escalate.

Result
The setting-off of pyrotechnics inside grounds has been a dangerous new trend in UK grounds over the last 12-months. The Axis cameras enable operators to spot unusual behaviors such as looking down to light a firework or smoke bomb. It also enables the grounds safety team to identify the actual person lighting the fuse. So even if, as is often the case, the pyrotechnic is kicked along the stand before it begins to flare up shrouding the area in colored smoke, it is still possible to clearly identify who committed the offence of setting it off. The same is true of people throwing objects onto the pitch, towards players or linesmen. The new system has also helped reduce ticket fraud at the turnstiles significantly.

Axis camera system ensures positive identification
Burnley Football Club, established in 1882, is one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club is set in the heart of the old mill town of Burnley in Lancashire. The stadium has a capacity of 21,500 and enjoys average gates of over 19,000, with up to 4,000 of these being allocated to away supporters on match days. Burnley FC was promoted into the Barclays Premiership (England's top league) at the end of last season. The move to the Premiership league triggered a multi-million pound facilities & IT upgrade which included funds for the upgrade of the ageing analogue-based CCTV system to a hybrid IP and CCTV system using Axis network cameras and Mirasys hybrid NVR system.

A total of 64 new cameras were installed covering the stadium, turnstiles, and concourses outside the bowl and behind the East Stand. The new system also provided total coverage of all 40 turnstiles through which fans pass on match days. Cameras trained on each turnstile capture images of the individuals showing their tickets at the turnstile. A new electronic ticketing system enables security staff to view images of the owner of the ticket on-screen as fans pass through the gates. Those thought to be using the wrong ticket can then be tracked and positively identified via the new cameras. This additional layer of surveillance has reduced ticket fraud significantly as adults trying to enter the ground with concession or child tickets are easily identified and then stopped.

Inside the ground during the first four months of the 2014/15 season Burnley FC's ground safety team, working with Lancashire Constabulary (who locate themselves in the stadium's control room on match days) have been able to positively identify a number of people committing public order offences or putting other fans or players at risk. Two convictions have been handed down following pyrotechnics-related offences which were caught on the Axis cameras within the first four months of deployment. The Mirasys system, operating on three 10TB capacity servers, records, manages and enables rapid distribution of video recordings in case of incidents.

Mirasys Spotter and Media Exporter software is used to rapidly recover and export relevant recorded images to DVD if the police need to take further action to prosecute an individual. A total of 3TB of video data is collected by the system each match day.

Doug Metcalfe, Stadium and Operations Manager of Burnley Football Club, said, “Thorne recommended the right solution for us to provide total coverage at the turnstiles and in the bowl of the stadium. The Axis cameras proved to have the power to deliver positive identifications rapidly so we can act quickly to catch perpetrators and remove people if they jeopardise the safety of other fans.”

Cliff Edens, Ground Safety Officer of Burnley Football Club, said, “The Axis cameras have proved of sufficient quality and reliability to identify individuals in the crowd, pinpoint their location and helping us to act with confidence to warn or remove offenders depending on the severity of the incident. Evidence of disorder can be quickly exported and given to the police to support further action against identified individuals. There is no doubt that Turf Moor is a safer place now that we are able to access these HD quality images.”

Hadrian Thorne, Managing Director of Thorne Access & Security, explained, “We have selected the excellent AXIS 6045-E PTZ Dome and AXIS Q1765-LE cameras for their 18x optical zoom capability, 0.6 lux, robust housing, Electronic Image Stabilisation and the 1080p HDTV images that they deliver over long distances. The lenses on these cameras are brilliant. The fact that we can gain a detailed view of a person sitting in the away supporters' west stand from a camera situated some 125 metre away, fixed on a pole just below the roof of the east stand, says it all. The camera also offers highlight compensation which eliminates glare from floodlights. Axis' service support is also excellent. Put simply, Axis gives us the peace of mind that we will be able to meet all our stadia customers' requirements.”

FLIR thermal cameras help to protect the perimeter of Oubaai Golf Estate

FLIR thermal cameras help to protect the perimeter of Oubaai Golf Estate

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

South Africa's Garden Route is world famous. It is a popular and scenic stretch of the southern coast of South Africa. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley.

The area is renowned for its magnificent mountains, indigenous forests, lakes, lagoons and rivers. It is along the Garden Route, in Heroldsbay that the spectacular Oubaai Golf Resort is situated. Recently, The Oubaai Homeowners Association, as part of a five year integrated security plan, has installed 6 FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras to form part of its active protection plan for its residents, members and guests.

Oubaai Golf Course: designed by Ernie Els
The Oubaai Golf Estate is an exclusive residential development set in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route in South Africa. The development comprises of 450 residential units consisting of 128 Village apartments and 322 single residential properties. Inside Oubaai, the Hyatt Regency Group is constructing a luxurious 100 bedroom hotel which is to open in 2010.

Oubaai Golf Club is a Championship Golf Course designed by the South African golf superstar Ernie Els. Els is one of the most successful golfers in the history of the game, having won more than 60 tournaments since turning professional in 1989, including two US Opens and an Open Championship, and a record seven World Match-play titles. Ernie has occupied a place in the world's top-10 for over 730 consecutive weeks, more than any other currently active golfer. Els himself has placed Oubaai as his favorite course in the world. Oubaai is a beautiful piece of real estate. There are spectacular views of the Outeniqua mountains, the Gwaing river and its' sweeping valleys and the Indian ocean. The estate borders on the Indian Ocean and the Gwaing river just 18km from the picturesque town of George. Herolds Bay, the nearby beach is famous for body boarding, swimming, surfing and sunning.

Security is of extreme importance
“Although the Garden Route is a relatively safe area to live, definitely compared to other parts of South Africa, at Oubaai we do not want to take any risk.”, explains Mr. Louis Olivier, Estate Manager at Oubaai. “We want all residents, their guests, and all people that come here to enjoy a round of golf at our magnificent course, to feel safe and secure. Therefore we have taken all the necessary security measurements and installed state-of-the-art security equipment.”

A complete security network
“Security at Oubaai starts with ones arrival at the main entrance.”, says Andre Steenkamp Regional Manager of Holbert Boikanyo Technologies, initiator and co-designer of the Oubaai Security System. “Not only are CCTV cameras installed at the entrance but biometric readers are in place to ensure accuracy of the access control function. No one enters Oubaai before their fingerprint is taken. If they are not a resident and/or a bona fide registered guest on the system, they may not enter. We will notify the people they are coming to visit and they need to confirm that they are expecting a visitor.”, Andre explains.

Different technologies for perimeter security
“But securing an estate of this magnitude means more than just installing equipment at the entrance gate. Without installing ugly fencing, we want to be sure that the entire perimeter is monitored and that we are aware of everyone that is approaching the estate's boundaries. In order to secure the perimeter, I did a thorough study and compared different technologies. Although cost is important when evaluating different systems, my main goal has always been to provide Oubaai with a good solution. In my opinion, saving money on security is not always the best option.”, Andre continues.

Fences
“Although we are using fences at some parts of the perimeter this is not always the ideal solution. Fences are costly to install since much civil works are required. Furthermore, they are not always the most aesthetic solution at a luxury estate like Oubaai. We also need to keep certain areas of the fence open since animals need to be able to move freely from one area to another. They do not care about whose property the land is and need to be able to roam around freely.”

“Furthermore, if you want to see what is happening around the fence, it needs to be complemented by CCTV cameras. In order to see during the night, CCTV cameras need light. Installing light poles everywhere around the fence is definitely not the correct way to go for an estate like Oubaai. Lighting is considered to be too intrusive by the residents.”

Infrared illumination
“Another technology application we have looked at to secure the perimeter, definitely during the night, is infrared illumination.” Infrared illuminators beam infrared radiation into the area in front of a camera. The infrared beamers are often placed around the lens of the camera. The infrared radiation is reflected by objects and human beings and converted to an image which can be displayed on a screen.

“The initial cost is reasonable but you need to take into account that you need to replace the beamers regularly. Furthermore, if you want some good range performance, you need to install powerful beamers which consume a lot of power.”, Andre continues.

“And infrared illumination has another major disadvantage. Oubaai is situated close to the sea and we are very often faced with very foggy conditions. When you switch on the infrared illuminators they worsen the effect of the fog. You can not see anything anymore.”

Radio Frequency Intruder detection (RAFID)
“Another technology I looked at is RAFID.”, says Andre.

RAFID uses two specially designed cables – one transmitting a radio wave, while the other receives that wave. Changes in the amount of signal passing between the transmitter cable and receiver cable are analyzed by a signal processor. If the amount of signal changes, this means that someone or something is between the two cables and an alarm will go off. Due to the difference in the signal strength, the system can detect whether these changes are due to the presence of a human, a small animal, … “RAFID is a more aesthetical solution than fences but it is a fairly expensive system. Not only are full civil works needed to install the cables, once in operation the system requires a lot of maintenance. And although the system can make a difference between a man and a small animal entering the security perimeter, a lot of false alarms can happen. This means that the RAFID needs to be complemented with a CCTV system so that an operator can determine if an alarm is false or not.”, Andre explains.

Thermal imaging cameras
“I first came into contact with Mr. Tinus Diedericks of Timeless Technologies when I was gaining information about a scanning system that can penetrate fog. Also this technology was not exactly what I was looking for and furthermore it is extremely expensive.”

“Tinus explained me that he is a distributor of FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras in South Africa and demonstrated the cameras at Oubaai. I was extremely impressed and learned more about the technology. That the cameras are performing well during a clear night was immediately clear to me but I was especially interested in their performance in foggy weather conditions.”

“Together with Andre we made an initial study of how many cameras would be needed to secure the perimeter.”, explains Mr. Diedericks of Timeless Technologies. “Andre's initial plan was to install a large number of fixed mounted, short range cameras along the area. We looked at it together and quickly found out that it would be better to install a limited number of longer range performance thermal imaging camera of which the majority needed the be installed on a pan/tilt. Although we needed to use more expensive thermal imaging cameras to do this, the total investment would be a lot cheaper. Furthermore, since we needed less cameras we did not have to install so many poles to install the cameras on. This again saved money. ”

FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras secure the perimeter
“Today we have completed the first phase of the installation.”, Andre Steenkamp continues. “Along a big part of the perimeter we have installed multiple FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras.”

“Three FLIR Systems PTZ-50 MS thermal imaging cameras are installed. The PTZ-50 MS contains a thermal imaging camera and a daylight camera. Both are mounted on a robust pan/tilt so that we can look at every direction we want. They provide excellent range performance since they can detect a man-sized target at a distance of practically 800 meters.”

“At a longer stretch of the perimeter, we decided to install a FLIR Systems PTZ-35x140 MS thermal imaging camera. The PTZ-35x140 MS is equipped with two thermal imaging cameras. It detects man-sized targets at a distance of over 2 kilometers and has the ability to zoom in on suspect activities. It also contains a daylight/lowlight camera which we can use during the daytime. We have installed the PTZ- 35x140 MS in the center of the perimeter. Since it is installed on a pan/tilt, we have the ability to see whatever direction we want. We can see the fence, accross the fairway towards the river, as well as a high risk area along the sea. ”

“For two very short stretches along the perimeter we opted for a fixed mounted PatrolIR thermal imaging camera. It is always overlooking the same area. Although its range performance is a lot less than the one of the other installed cameras, it is exactly what I need to guard two very short lines along the perimeter.”

“Most of the thermal imaging cameras are installed on a pole. Thanks to excellent range performance of the FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras we did not need to install too many of them. Aesthetics are important here at Oubaai. In order to avoid installing poles as much as possible, two of the thermal imaging cameras have been installed on a house. We communicated with the owner, and he preferred that we installed the cameras on his house instead of on a pole. Not only does he not have a mast blocking his view, it is probably the best protected house in the estate as well.”

Thermal imaging, more than security only
“The main reason for purchasing the FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras was securing the Oubaai estate. Once they were installed it became clear however that they can have another, sometimes live saving, capabilities.”

“Just underneath Oubaai is the sea. People tend to stand on the rocks while fishing. They sometimes forget that the sea is dangerous. Tides can come up very quickly and big waves can be formed. These waves can easily hit people of the rocks, into the sea."

"When an accident happens and we are aware of it, we can easily turn the PTZ-35x140 MS in the direction of the sea. We will communicate with the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) which sails out with special rescue boats to save the person. We can spot the person floating in the water with the thermal imaging camera, almost 2km away and direct the crew of the boat in the right direction.”

Thermal imaging cameras work in all weather conditions
When asked about the performance of the thermal imaging cameras in foggy weather conditions, Andre is very clear. “The performance of thermal imaging in foggy conditions is extremely good.

Although the thermal image is slightly obstructed by the fog and we are not getting the same high quality image that we see during clear weather conditions, we still get good range performance. A person walking around in the fog will be hotter than the cold surroundings. Since the thermal imaging cameras are producing an image based on the small temperature differences they are detecting, we can clearly see people walking around. We might not see all the detail, but we will certainly see that a person is there. And that is the most important thing.”

“For detecting intruders in total darkness, in practically all weather conditions, there is no better technology than thermal imaging. Different estates have come to Oubaai already to look at the performance of the FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras and they were amazed when they saw the clear images they produce. Some other estates along the Garden Route are thinking about installing thermal imaging as well.”

Feeling save at Oubaai
“Sometimes when I walk through Oubaai I see houses with the doors wide open. Sometimes expensive material is just standing unprotected in gardens. When we notify the owners that they forget to close their home they are often very surprised. They do not normally do this. To me, it is however the best proof that all the security we have at the gate and alongside the perimeter works. The FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras definitely contribute a lot to the safety and security we have here at Oubaai.”, Andre concludes.

Holbert was the first technology installer to utilise FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras on estates of this magnitude, within the Republic of South Africa. The system is user friendly and maximizes the technical aspects without compromising on the staffing quotient, ie. enough guards, but not too many, which is the design approach that Holbert follows in its estate solutions. The relationship between Timeless Technologies and Holbert Boikanyo Technologies is very unique where the distributor and integrator join forces in the research, design, project management and implementation of a tailor made solution for the customer. As the systems and technologies are installed and implemented, Holbert aligns itself with an organization that can monitor the system and utilise the imaging to its maximum outputs, ie. specific control centre operations. This ensures a total turnkey solution and peace of mind to the customer.

Bosch surveillance cameras installed in Malaysian restaurant

Bosch surveillance cameras installed in Malaysian restaurant

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 2/24/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch Video Surveillance cameras are now installed in Yun Lai Huat Dim Sum Restaurant located at Petaling Jaya, Selangor. A popular restaurant that is growing its business, its owners wanted a video surveillance solution that can be used to keep the restaurant safe and improve overall operations, especially during peak hours.

With the opening of their newest outlet, the owners wanted a CCTV solution that can be used to monitor the whole premise, including the cashier counter, kitchen and dining area. The video footage enables the owners to monitor their business in real time. This helps keep the restaurant safe and ensures that employees are working efficiently.

In addition to general security surveillance, the owners wanted to be able to understand their crowd flow better. This would help them improve operations across all their outlets. To meet these requirements, 8 Bosch VTI-216V04-1 bullet cameras, were installed. These Integrated IR bullet cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors which allows the owners to have a camera installed outdoors to monitor the entrance of the restaurant too.

With a solution that is easy to install and use, Bosch provided a cost-effective total security solution that was customized to the needs of the owners.

The customer was extremely satisfied with the video surveillance solution as they are now able to use the surveillance cameras as a tool to help with their business operations while keeping their patrons safe. The Bosch cameras also come with a 3-year warranty and quick after sales service, giving them peace of mind on their investment.

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 2/20/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Philippines have defeated all odds and will make a remarkable recovery in 2015 despite the impact of natural disasters over the past few years. Economic growth is back on track, with public-private programs that will help boost the growth of the private sector, and big events happening this year will fuel the growth for security.

This year will be a positive year for the Philippines, with a forecast GDP growth of 6.8 percent, fueled by inflow of foreign direct investment and remittances. Impacted by a string of natural disasters in the past two years, including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, the Philippines still managed to achieve a 5.3 GDP growth last year. According to BDO UniBank, the biggest likely change for 2015 will be accelerated implementation of infrastructure projects under the government's public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Moreover, as the world's largest center for business process outsourcing (BPO), opportunities will present itself with more demand for security and protection for data and employees who work at unruly hours.

Uncertainty for 2016 Elections
Presidential elections will be held in 2016, which may lead to postponement of some projects. Some investors may delay key decisions till a new government is formed and wait to gauge what the future policy environment will be before launching major projects. At the same time, nearing the upcoming election, talk of more projects and activities from the government to gain more votes will hopefully turn into real projects, as growth initiatives must continue. According to Rosalie Real, Project Manager of CBR2 Marketing, “Some agencies will hurry up and purchase before elections, while others who are either indecisive or have no final requirement yet will have to wait after the election is over to continue their projects.”

According to Matthias Boehm, Country Manager of Bosch Security Systems, the elections are considered to be “hot months” in security and safety; most projects are still being rolled out, while some are put on hold.

Security Growth Benefits From Economy
The Philippines has recently been named one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, and the security industry has benefitted from this trend. “The security industry matures almost every day. As we integrate electronics to this field, the security industry then takes a bigger leap, which opens up many possibilities for surveillance, access control, finger prints, face detection, voice recognition, and building management systems (BMS), etc. If we look at it on a general basis, growth for the industry doubles every year,” said Zel A. Ortiz, Sales and MD of Alcon Philippines Technologies and Solutions.

2015 is a busy year for the country, with events that will be sure to fuel the growth of security. The Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Summit will be held in Manila this year, which the country will appoint a large amount of the budget to security, as it is a main concern. “We are preparing for important visits in 2015, particularly for the APEC summit, for which reason our airports are already in the process of renovation. Entertainment facilities such as casinos and resorts are also in progress in several parts of the country, but predominantly in Manila,” said Boehm.

Also this month, Pope Francis will visit the Philippines to give blessing to the country that suffered from Typhoon Haiyan, which will urge the country to be more aware of security, and take extra precautions by upgrading their current systems at crowd drawing events during the Pope's visit. The Pope's decision to ride in an open vehicle instead of a bulletproof, enclosed "popemobile" poses as a security challenge, and the country has issued additional security forces to ensure protection, including additional soldiers and maritime security surveillance.

“No CCTV, No Permit” Fuels Growth
The policy “no CCTV, no business permit” implemented in 2014, is an essential driver for the security industry, especially surveillance growth and security awareness. With law enforced to mandate surveillance systems as part of business owners' security measures, the public will soon realize the importance of monitoring their premises that can not only deter criminal activity, but also catch culprits.

The policy is implemented in most of the major cities in the Philippines, requiring new and existing businesses to install surveillance systems on their premises in order to obtain business permits. Establishments such as banks, shopping malls, service stations, super markets, money changers, 24-hour convenience stores, schools, fast food restaurants, car dealerships, and other crime-vulnerable establishments such as jewelry and pawnshops, hotels, game and amusement establishments, and health clubs are under the ordinance to install surveillance cameras in order to continue their businesses. “The new legislations implemented by local government units all over the Philippines have definitely placed importance on security, particularly in the use of surveillance systems as a preventive measure against crime. It is now a matter of strictly implementing this policy that will define the standard for surveillance with help of video surveillance manufacturers. This way, more options will be made available to SMBs and will then spur growth in the sector,” Boehm explained.

“No CCTV, no business permit” has set the standard for surveillance systems as the policy has specified a range of requirements for surveillance placement of cameras inside and outside of the establishment, hardware requirements that are needed to record incidents and clearly identify culprits, as well as suitable storage memory that can store the footage for forensic evidence. “The policy will push surveillance growth because it can greatly reduce petty crimes in SMB sectors like supermarkets, convenient stores, etc., and at the same time it helps to contribute security in the public,” said Ortiz. Moreover, in order to push the growth of surveillance in the Philippines, education is essential to allow consumers to know what is appropriate for their requirements. “We manufacturers have to keep educating SMB customers what will be their benefit when they deploy security surveillance systems, or they will simply install no-use cameras just to meet regulation, which is not beneficial at all,” Masami Eguchi, GM of APAC at Panasonic System Communications stressed.

As growth for surveillance is fueled by the policy, business owners have started to realize the importance of video surveillance for their establishment. “Since the government issued a video surveillance requirement, most business owners at first resolve to buy cheap surveillance products just for compliance. Later on as they experience the importance and what good quality products could bring, they are adapting to change. IP cameras and HD-over-coaxial products are fast becoming popular. Consumers learn by asking about resolutions, clarity, and infrared for night viewing. The Philippine government offices, schools, private businesses will surely evolve to upgrading their system these coming years,” said Real.

Private Sector Takes the Lead
Recently, growth in the private sector has been booming with the help of PPP projects. As a result of the government's agenda in the development and implementation in infrastructure, project demand is high. “Mid-high projects have been stronger driven from the commercial sector, e.g., hospitality and gaming that needs security in their operations, which are verticals driving the security industry in the Philippines. It will continue in 2015 with commercial projects from the private sector driving forward,” said Sunny Kong, Director of Sales in APAC at Milestone Systems.

According to Eguchi, though the current market size in the Philippines is still small, it has extremely high growth. “Panasonic would like to contribute to the commercial sector, such as retail stores, and banking,” he added.

Projects to Improve Tourism 2015 is “Visit the Philippines” year, a campaign designated to bring in more tourism to the country, with a target to reach 10 million tourist arrivals. To promote this, there is a need to improve facilities for airports, hotels, residential, commercial, and entertainment establishments that will help bring in more tourists within the year, which will also further boost the security market. According to Tamir Ginat, Senior VP for APAC at IndigoVision, some of the big projects going on that will boost tourism in the Philippines are casinos, smart city projects, the Philippines international airport, and the Philippines light rail transit (LRT).

According to Ivan Tjahjadi, Country Manager of ASEAN at Axis Communications, “To date, the highest growth for us is manufacturing, transport and commercial projects. These industries now require more security and intelligence in their system. Integration also is a big factor since most of them have old systems running.”

Residential Boom
In recent years, various verticals have been growing, especially the residential sector which continues on its cycle of boom as a result of rising demand, capital growth, and rental yield. Developers are committed to addressing the problem on housing shortage. Lately, the trend now is to build mix-use township projects in order to house various types of establishments.

“In all these constructions, security will definitely have a big part to play in ensuring the safety of the general public,” said Boehm.

All Eyes on Philippines
All eyes are on the Philippines as it continues to grow at an optimistic pace, with the help of the BPO industry and government spending for PPP. Additionally, the “no CCTV, no business permit” policy will be a crucial factor that can help the security industry in the Philippines to grow awareness and promote growth. The Philippines will see a prosperous year as it goes on the fast track to success.

Dahua upgrades Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank security in Yemen

Dahua upgrades Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank security in Yemen

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/19/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank is the biggest and the most prevalent bank in the Republic of Yemen. The bank plays a very active role in reinforcing country’s economic status in the field of savings, financing money transfer and currency exchanging in compliance with the Islamic rules.

The previous video surveillance adopted in Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank was analog, which can no longer meet today’s requirement in monitoring — limited image resolution and easy to get interfered are the key weakness. Therefore, the Islamic Bank seeks for a system upgrading, which can not only provide crystal and clear images, but also flexible and scalable for future integration.

The Islamic Bank set the bar quite high for the image quality, as was pointed out by the officer, they do not allow any detail missing, in other words, currencies, people’s faces, and staff operation should be easily recognized by system. The bidding competition was furious as well, there were in total 14 brands under selection, and Dahua was the only Chinese candidate. Each product has to be tested under a stimulated environment for several months to see whether it can fully satisfy the tough standards.

The testing result was a surprise to the bank officials as they found that among the tested products, Dahua system was the most stable one, and the image was very clear with an excellent color reproduction; meanwhile, there was almost no delay in video capturing, which made the bank to adopt Dahua complete solution as the final decision. The solution includes cameras, storage devices and control management software offered by Balfakih Electronics & Security Solution, Dahua’s local distributor in Yemen.

More than 97 branches that scattered around the country are applied with thousands of Dahua cameras and hundreds of NVRs. The main surveillance areas include entrances, lobbies, counters and vaults where have a high traffic or frequent transaction.

Cameras installed are in multiple shapes and resolutions as the environment varies. For example, 1.3-megapixel WDR network dome cameras (IPC-HDBW3101) and 2-megapixel dome cameras (IPC-HDBW3200) are suitable for entrance surveillance as the WDR ones can not only render high quality images under strong lighting contrast, but also are enable to provide clear pictures in darkness thanks to its superb low light performance. Meanwhile, its IK10 rated vandal-proof ability can fully withstand viciousness attacks.

For counter surveillance, bullet and box cameras are installed with a specified monitoring angle to regulate the operation and clearly capture customers’ behavior. Others products such as speed domes at different models, for example, eco-savvy series and 3-inch mini PTZ domes are adopted to have a wider surveillance area in an efficient way.

As for outdoor surveillance, there are five large bank branches in Yemen are installed with Dahua 2-megapixel full HD IP positioning system (PTZ1182A-N), which has a powerful optical zoom up to 20x and support 200 meters IR distance, acting like a second defense to protect the perimeter.

When it comes to storage, hundreds of 16-channel network video recorders (NVR5416-16P) and five network storage devices (ESS1504A) are provided to guarantee large volume storage under 7/24 surveillance. The whole system runs on Dahua Smart DSS (CMS software) to have a central control and management.

"This is Dahua’s first high-end case in Yemen, and the Bank board didn’t hold an open attitude to Chinese brand,” said Hafidh Balfakih, Deputy Manager of the Balfakih for security Solutions. “They used to like some other UK & Korean brands, what changed their mind is after a series and rigid testing of Dahua’s NVR. The great performance shows its stability and quality.”

“This project is one of the biggest projects of banks in Yemen, and the Alkuraimi is the largest banking network in Yemen.” Said Steve Wang, Sales Manager of Middle East at Dahua Technology. “This project will be the example for the whole CCTV market in Yemen, and we believe the cooperation between Dahua and Balfakih will be mutual beneficial and long term friendly partnership.”

Hikvision secures Jewellery store in Saudi Arabia

Hikvision secures Jewellery store in Saudi Arabia

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 2/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

When the Kingdom's most prestigious luxury goods and jewellery store placed as much need on protecting its existing prestige decor as protecting millions of dollars-worth of stock, Hikvision overcame the challenge with the installation of 75 ultra-discreet IP dome cameras embedded into the ceilings.

Located on the Red Sea and with a population of 5.1 million, Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's second largest city and the country's primary port. Situated just 65 kilometres west of Mecca, the city is also the primary gateway for people travelling to the centre of the Islamic faith. With more than 2.5 million pilgrims per year and a host of tourists wishing to enjoy the diving and other attractions of the Red Sea, Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's primary resort destination.

The city's geographic location also places it at the very heart of the region encompassing the Middle East and North Africa with all the capital cities situated within two hours flying time. These relatively short commuting distances, combined with the high levels of tourist and religious visitors, mean that the city ranks second only to Dubai in commercial importance.

Jewels in Jeddah
The Al Fitaihi Holding Group was founded in 1878 by Ahmad Hossain Abdullah Fitaihi. Then, it was a simple silver jewellery business but the company expanded, first into Gold and later into other luxury items. Today, the Al Fitaihi Holding Group is the largest distributor of luxury goods in Saudi Arabia and the only publicly listed Saudi Arabian company within the jewellery and luxury industries with more than 100 branches.

Al Fitaihi's premier store is situated on Madina Road at the heart of Jeddah's city centre and accommodates a variety of cosmetic and beauty products, ornaments, household decorations, clothing and textiles. It is also home to the company's most exquisite and high value jewellery boutique and this alone places high demands on the CCTV security system.

Hiding the security for high value property
In light of the increasing amounts of very high value inventory being carried by the store, Hikvision's local distributor - Okaz International - was asked to design a totally new CCTV surveillance system. The installation, which comprises 75 cameras and 6 high-capacity NVRs, has just come into service.

“Although our client completely understood the importance of investing in technologically advanced, high quality CCTV equipment to protect their high-value goods, one of the major considerations with this project was the client's absolute insistence that we ensure that the CCTV cameras were as unobtrusive as possible, complemented the existing, prestige decor, and could be installed with as little disruption as possible,” says Mr Mohan, the executive manager of Okaz International.

“Other major project objectives were an assurance of very stable performance for both the camera and the NVRs (Network Video Recorders), high resolution video streaming and recording of the cameras monitoring the cashier, and the capacity to further expand and augment the system over time.”

“Taking all these challenges into account, we designed a 75-camera IP system around the 3 megapixel DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) indoor dome camera and mounted each of the cameras on Hikvision's DS-1227ZJ embedded in-ceiling mount to minimise their impact on the high standard decoration. Each camera was linked to a central control room containing six DS-9632NI-RT NVRs.”

Small but formidable HD cameras
Okaz International chose the Hikvision DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) network dome camera throughout the store, installing all 75 of them into the ceiling using the DS-1227ZJ mounting, which allows the lens within its glass dome to show below the ceiling but hides the body of the camera completely. Already a small and neat camera, in this configuration the DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) projects just 50 mm.

Mr Mohan believes the choice of camera is a crucial element of the successful project. “Discreet the cameras may be but this is not at the expense of performance. The 3 megapixel 1/2.5” progressive scan CMOS sensor has a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 and supports dual full HD 1080p real time video streams. The powerful sensor is matched with a bright F1.6 motorized vari-focal lens and IR LEDs for true night-time operation.

“The system monitors all areas of the store, with particular emphasis on key display areas and the cashiers. The DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z)'s 3 megapixel resolution allows continuous, high-resolution monitoring of the cashiers desks, essential to allow the security team to prevent mishandling of cash and other monetary transactions. It also allows the management to evaluate mistakes and inconsistencies regarding revenue sheets and cash-up figures. The high quality images produced by the DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) are also very important assets in helping the security staff monitor the high value displays, especially the jewellery, many of which are tiny but incredibly valuable. Prevention of misappropriation of items such as these was a key target of the new system and the results so far are perfect.”

“Installation was made easier and quicker due to the cameras PoE capability and, although we did not use the integrated SD card slot for on-board storage, this will be extremely valuable in many applications as will the vandal-proof housing,” added Mr Mohan.

Powerful storage
All the network cameras in the store were connected to six NVR units. Okaz International selected the DS-9632NI-RT for the task, believing it to be ideally suited to in-store management of the CCTV system with its sophisticated HDD quota and group management.

“Naturally, Al Fitaihi's brief specified a copious amount of storage but, just as the camera had to fit in with the décor, ease-of-use for the security staff was a major consideration for the NVRs,” says Mr Mohan. “Therefore, we installed six Hikvision DS-9632NI–RT NVRs, each of which offers video recording of up to 32 channels of 5 megapixel video and partners perfectly with the 3 megapixel DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) cameras deployed throughout the store. Playback ease-of-use is equally impressive, with HDMI or VGA output of up to 16 synchronous channels at full HD 1080p resolution. Network connectivity is not an issue either, with each NVR offering dual gigabit network interfaces and storage capacity and security will not present a problem with support in each unit for up to 8 SATA drives of up to 4 terabytes each and RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 disk array support.”

Future Jewels
According to Mr Mohan, “This first collaboration between the Al Fitaihi Group, Okaz International and Hikvision has been a great success. A large factor in this is the very high quality of the Hikvision products and it is fitting that some of the Kingdom's most valuable jewellery is being watched over and protected by some of the world's most advanced technology.”

“Having secured Al Fitaihi's most prominent store in Saudi Arabia, we are already evaluating other opportunities to place more and more Hikvision products in their branch stores as well.”

Tamron releases new model LWIR 3X Zoom Lens

Tamron releases new model LWIR 3X Zoom Lens

Editor / Provider: Tamron | Updated: 2/12/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Tamron , a specialized manufacturers of optics and one of the leading companies in the security/surveillance equipment industry, announces release of LWIR (Long-Wavelength Infrared) 3X Zoom Lens with a standard screw-in mount and featuring F/1.0 fast aperture throughout the entire focal length range.

Since 2010, Tamron has been pursuing development of LWIR (long-wavelength infrared) camera lenses for security/surveillance applications. These lenses incorporate technologies accumulated in the photo and CCTV/IP camera lens designs, and have been developed into an optimized security lens for the LWIR camera system. The model SD006 zoom lens, which covers the range from 35 mm to the maximum 105 mm, demonstrates unparalleled performance with a fast aperture of F/1.0. The lens provides uniform and flat-field image quality from the center to the edge at all focus distances and focal length positions, which is a major advantage for surveillance installations.

Now, Tamron announces the release of a derivative to SD006, the Model LQZ3X3510V (35 – 100 mm F/1.0) with a standard screw-in mount, and image quality optimized for VGA/QVGA resolution. The new product is recommended for an extensive array of security systems, and will highlight the advantages of the LWIR lens for a variety of new applications.

Main features:
1. Substantial improvement in the LWIR light transmittance, and reduced gain noise under adverse surveillance conditions
The new LWIR lens with a constant F/1.0 aperture consists of 4-group/4-lens elements. With a proprietary optical design, Tamron has successfully realized 3X zoom while reducing the number of elements. Germanium has been deployed to raise the infrared light transmittance. This enables crisp and clear image reproduction even under a harsh surveillance condition in which a thermal profile of the scene has minimal contrast, and effectively prevents image degradation due to the gain noise.

2. Introduction of a general-use lens mount and a communication-protocol conversion board.
The new lens comes with a M34 P0.5 screw-in mount, which is widely adopted in LWIR cameras. For the lens control, the asynchronous serial communication protocol is supported by a communication-protocol conversion board. The new lens can be used for versatile applications by virtue of these two features.

3. Notable improvement in the accuracy of the camera's motion detection feature by compensating for undesirable vibrations, by VC mechanism.
Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, widely renowned in photographic interchangeable lenses, has been optimized for specific vibration frequency range and designed for high durability. In surveillance applications the cameras are often installed on a pole-like structure. The VC mechanism has been designed and optimized based on the in-depth analysis of the principal vibration frequencies for a fixed -pole installation. To meet the high durability requirements of 24-hour surveillance, a new construction was employed with a superior 3-ball, 3-coil drive components. These technologies minimize false alarms caused by the camera vibration which is perceived as objects in motion, thus substantially improve the accuracy for intrusion monitoring.

4. Lens integration made simpler with automatic FB (Flange Back Focal Distance) adjustment
This is a new innovative feature that incorporates software to adjust the FB position, such that it minimizes any zoom focus drift after lens integration. The FB adjustment can be easily performed in 3 simple steps using the FB adjustment GUI software.

5. Active athermal mechanism that adjusts the back focal distance in response to changes in ambient temperature
High-transmittance Germanium is used for the new high-sensitivity LWIR lens. Germanium is sensitive to changes in ambient temperature and this may cause a drift in the focus distance. For this reason, athermal mechanism is adopted in many of the LWIR lenses to compensate for such drift. Tamron's new LWIR zoom lens is equipped with a new active athermal mechanism that compensates for the focus drift at all focusing distances by built-in thermo couplers and the control software. This new innovative feature ensures high-quality image capture under harsh surveillance environments undergoing large fluctuations in temperature.

6. Quick focus operation achieved by electric drive zoom and focus
LWIR lenses are frequently used for their detection capabilities, a key feature in many intrusion protection systems. Such a system requires the zoom and focus adjustments to be smooth and fast. The Internal Focus system with stepping motor drive mechanism provides the best solution. Combining these technologies ensures smooth, high-speed, and high-accuracy zoom and focus performance.

Samsung Techwin : A new era for video surveillance

Samsung Techwin : A new era for video surveillance

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

The BBC News magazine recently published an article online under the heading, 'The end of the CCTV era?'. The piece reported that some local authorities are questioning if further investment in video surveillance can be justified.

So, is this the end of a long period of sustained growth for the video surveillance industry? Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product and Marketing for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin, confidently predicts that nothing could be further from the truth.

“ Whilst over recent years Town Centre monitoring schemes have represented a major source of revenue for all involved in the video surveillance supply chain, as a spokesperson for the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) states in the BBC News magazine article, public sector cameras are outnumbered by private sector cameras on a scale of 70 to 1.

The private sector is continuing to invest in and rely on video surveillance to help deter and detect criminal activity, with the latest generation of high definition IP network cameras proving to be very popular among users who require evidence grade images.

Open Platform ushers in a new era for video surveillance
The massive processing power of the DSP chipsets incorporated into latest generation of high definition cameras means that there are now some great opportunities to provide users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

It's a win-win situation for all parties, including manufacturers of cameras and recording devices who understand the value of working in partnership with specialist software development companies and it is certainly an opportunity for systems integrators and installers of video surveillance, whether they operate in the IT arena or are part of the traditional electronic industry.

Endless Possibilities- Open Platform is a phrase that we will hear increasingly used. It relates to the opportunity to take advantage of the spare processing power of a camera's DSP chipset to download and run edge based Applications in a similar way to adding Apps to a Smartphone, with the added bonus of reducing the need for dedicated video analytics servers by up to 90%.

Most Open Platform cameras which are currently available can only run one Application, but the processing power of Samsung Techwin's WiseNetIII DSP chipset provides customers with the option to run multiple Applications at the same time.

Bespoke video surveillance solutions - Having the ability to utilise on board Applications creates opportunities for cameras to be used for multi-tasking, with various departments within a business or organisation able to simultaneously collect and analyse valuable management information via different specialist video analytics Applications. It offers operation managers the potential to improve efficiency in areas such as process control, health & safety, marketing and human resource management, as well as enhancing the ability of security personnel to react quickly and effectively to any security threat.

Retailers, for example, can use cameras with an Open Platform capability to integrate with other in-store systems, software and technologies, such as EAS, EPOS, Access Control, ANPR, facial recognition, people counting, heat maps and human resource data, to analyse customer traffic patterns, manage queues or understand the implications of customer behaviour in relation to signage, store layout and promotions.

Milan Cathedral upgraded surveillance system with exacqVision

Milan Cathedral upgraded surveillance system with exacqVision

Editor / Provider: exacq | Updated: 2/11/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Challenge:
The Milan Cathedral had an aging CCTV analog security system in place. They wanted to upgrade their surveillance system with new IP technology while also utilizing their existing infrastructure. To protect the cathedral's historical value, Milan Cathedral employees wanted to install a more reliable, updated security system.

Solution:
They installed three exacqVision LC-Series hybrid network video recorders (NVRs). The hybrid NVRs allowed the cathedral to connect their existing analog cameras and utilize the current infrastructure while also adding new IP cameras. The exacqVision NVRs provided them with a low-cost, powerful system.

The exacqVision system offered them the opportunity to select from thousands of IP camera models that are compatible with the exacqVision system. SIQR, an Italian local distributor, installed new SIQR Sentry two megapixel IP cameras. These new IP cameras provided high definition video and larger aspect ratios. The IP cameras cover more space, so they can see a greater area and detail with one camera. Within exacqVision, Cathedral security can zoom in and move around the image to see greater detail. After seeing the results of the new IP cameras, Milan Cathedral personnel decided to add more cameras. These cameras were strategically placed around the perimeter and inside the cathedral to monitor the most traffiked areas and valuable art pieces.

Each exacqVision server came pre-installed with exacqVision professional video management system (VMS) software. Fabbrica del Duomo Manager views the exacqVision client on his laptop using the free web client application. From the client, he can easily monitor video from all cameras. Within a few clicks, he can search and find the video evidence necessary. Specifically, the Cathedral Manager can use a timeline search to quickly identify the visual change and exact time in the video that he needs for the evidence. They are now able to respond to situations faster than ever before and provide local police with the appropriate video evidence.

The exacqVision solution proved to be future proof. They can easily add additional IP cameras and another server over the next few years to expand their security system.

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.”

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