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ITE presents ccHDtv: future-proof technology for video surveillance

ITE presents ccHDtv: future-proof technology for video surveillance

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/17/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

'Since ccHDtv is so unique in its transmission technologies, we [ITE] ensure ccHDtv can provide systems integrators unique technologies for a project and most importantly, good profit margin,' said H.Y. Lin, President of ITE Technologies

4K resolution video coupled with advanced analytics is more than just buzz words — it will eventually become a future standard for security. In the meantime, thanks to the increasing adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) in different industries, more and more high-quality video will be put on the Internet. Then, data storage and transmissions will soon become a major issue for a video surveillance system. H.Y. Lin, President of ITE Technologies, a well-known IC design company and the solution provider of ccHDtv, further emphasized, “The solution which is able to stand out in transmission technologies will define the best video surveillance system in the future.”

The company, therefore, invented the ccHDtv solution to address future transmission problems in a video surveillance system. ccHDtv is an industry-first, pure digital HD video surveillance solution, based on DTV (Digital TV) technology, and is able to transmit video and audio data over coaxial cables. ccHDtv leverages the AV transmission capability of DTV technology, featuring high noise resistance and high bandwidth, so it can easily overcome some common transmission challenges of current IP video surveillance and analog technologies.

Unique Transmission Technologies
What makes ccHDtv unique is its “transmission technology,” according to Lin. Based on DTV technology, ccHDtv uses COFDM and radio frequency (RF) transmission technologies, which bring many benefits to the whole system, such as high noise resistance and bandwidth. He further explained that current IP video surveillance system use TCP/IP transmission technologies to transmit digital signals over Ethernet cables. Therefore, an IP video surveillance system usually has image latency problems. It goes without saying that these problems might get worse when transmitting 4K video. However, ccHDtv is different from IP because of the COFDM and RF transmission technologies, which are able to provide high bandwidth at 31.6Mb/s per channel. Using one single coaxial cable, ccHDtv can connect 16 to 32 cameras in total and transmit signals between 500 meters and one kilometer without using amplifiers or repeaters. Most importantly, “ccHDtv is the one of the kind solution that can transmit 4K video simultaneously via multiple channels,” Lin highlighted.

Furthermore, because ccHDtv is a pure digital HD technology it can deliver superior image quality and high noise resistance, regardless of the quality of coaxial cables and the limitation of a 200-meter transmission distance, compared to other HD-over-coax solutions. Because most HD-over-coaxial technologies are analog based, they might encounter problems with bad image quality as the legacy coaxial cables age or image distortion when transmitting more than 200 meters, according to Lin. He also noted that re-cabling may cause hefty fees and problems in public safety, so users of HD analog products might need to take precautions of its future expansion. Instead, ccHDtv gives users ease of mind in the usage of coaxial cables.

Flexibility and Cost Effectiveness for Project Implementation
Due to ccHDtv's unique transmission technologies and the above-mentioned advantages, ccHDtv is suitable for middle- to large-scale projects. Lin further explained, “For a new-installation project, we hope to provide an alternative digital solution, besides IP. What ccHDtv focuses on is the project within eight to 16 cameras. In such a project scale, using ccHDtv system is very cost-effective in terms of the total cost of ownership, compared with using a total IP video surveillance system.” Again, using one single coaxial cable to connect multiple cameras saves high cost in cabling, and could be even more beneficial to a retrofit project, too.

On the other hand, ccHDtv could also be a complement for an existing IP video surveillance project too. According to the company, if the end users would like to expand their installation base, they can choose the ccHDtv solution. By using a ccHDtv ONVIF-compatible gateway, it can connect to their existing back-end IP systems, such as NVRs or CMS systems. “From our company's point of view, the system which utilizes both IP and ccHDtv technologies should be regarded as the most robust surveillance system. We should not put everything on the Internet, since it might cause problems in transmission and also bring future cyber security concerns. With this system, we provide a new concept of ‘IoT' and guarantee high performance and efficiency for a video surveillance system,” Lin explained.

Unique Selling Propositions for Projects
ccHDtv provides the security industry an alternative HD video surveillance solution, in addition to IP and analog technologies. However, what might intrigue systems integrators and installers the most might be its business potential. Lin explained that the security industry is now facing a major problem due to product standardization, which results in price competition and then low profit margin, even though the global market demand for security products is still increasing every year. In light of that, “since ccHDtv is so unique in its transmission technologies, we [ITE] ensure ccHDtv can provide systems integrators unique technologies for a project and most importantly, good profit margin,” said Lin.

In addition, particularly for some traditional “CCTV” installers, ccHDtv makes it very easy to install a camera without complex set-up procedures and cabling. So, even for an installer, who doesn't know much about network, they can still easily install ccHDtv products. “ccHDtv is a DTV technology, so it is very similar to a plug-and-play solution and provides a very flexible and cost-effective method to deploy a video surveillance system, which totally changes the mind-set of current project installation,” Lin emphasized.

This year, ccHDtv products are ready for market, with cameras, DVRs, gateways, and other accessories. “We will start the international marketing this year, targeting European market and then U.S., and Japan, who are the early adopters of DTV technologies in the world. We think those countries have a better understanding about DTV; therefore, ccHDtv would have a better opportunity there,” he added.

What Kinds of Projects Need ccHDtv Only?
ccHDtv can be the only solution in some special occasions. For example, “If you want to have over 16 daisy-chain surveillance cameras on one coaxial cable, ccHDtv is the only solution. If you have a coaxial cable that is over 1,000-meters ....... Read On

Grundig improves safety at the DHL managed Tesco Frozen National Distribution Centre

Grundig improves safety at the DHL managed Tesco Frozen National Distribution Centre

Editor / Provider: Grundig Security | Updated: 4/9/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A revolutionary new site management system has recently been installed at the DHL operated Tesco National Frozen Distribution centre in Daventry, saving the company hundreds of man hours and dramatically improving efficiency and safety.

DHL Supply Chain Ltd employed integrator Piggott and Whitfield (P&W) to develop an IP CCTV system for monitoring frozen pallet placement and health and safety practice at its deep freeze, automated distribution warehouse. The CCTV system comprised Aimetis Symphony™ video management software (VMS) with Grundig IP CCTV dome cameras.

The Tesco National Frozen Distribution Centre is a 25,000 sq. m site and one of four similar facilities run by DHL Supply Chain Ltd for Tesco in the UK. It has 500 members of staff working 24/7. The coldstore warehouse is made up of 12 double deep aisles for pallets. It operates at -22°C, with Dematic Automated storage and retrieval cranes replenishing continuously. Aisles are 30m tall and 100m long, with five intermediate floors between aisle groups containing conveyors, where staff members pick goods for delivery to Tesco stores.

The challenge
Suppliers have scheduled delivery times for unloading their frozen cargos. The more efficient the turn around on doors the more effectively the coldstore environment is maintained.

The Dematic cranes will not place a pallet on a shelf if they sense an obstruction, which can be anything from loose packaging to a misplaced or damaged pallet. A member of staff then has to harness up in freezing conditions and climb as high as 30m above the ground to remove the obstruction manually to then return to the ground level and manually, by remote, put the pallet away. This can take 15 – 20 minutes and happens as often as 100 times a week, delaying the unloading and stacking process. Additionally, if the person should fall, although the safety ropes will hold them, they can experience suspension trauma. In the freezing conditions, this can mean they will only survive for 15 minutes. Clearly, strict adherence to Health and Safety procedures is critical in mitigating risk of accidents.

The solution
P&W installed tough, vandal-resistant, low temperature, infra-red Grundig IP CCTV dome cameras, supplied by The Security Buying Group. The cameras, which are heated, operate at extremely low temperatures, in the dark and are powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) for minimal temperature impact. The cameras are installed on each side of the cranes looking towards the pallet locations in the aisles.

An Aimetis Symphony™ VMS system processes and records the camera video streams, allowing operators to view images from the cranes using wireless, tough notebooks (portable HMI screens). If a crane stops for any reason, they can identify the obstruction and in most cases, manually operate the crane from the ground to store the pallet.

“P&W was able to create a bespoke, wireless network solution that kept the CCTV security data within the DHL network and totally separate from Tesco's own data network,” explained Billy Currie, Campus Automation and Facility Manager at DHL Supply Chain Ltd. “Other companies had tried to offer a solution, but failed.”

Chris Riesen, Intelligent Solutions Manager at P&W stated, “P&W's specialist network and data communications expertise provided a bespoke solution to a difficult challenge. We tested our solution in one aisle, before implementing the system across the entire warehouse. There were a lot of demanding criteria to meet, including low temperatures; wireless operation because of crane movement; low light operation; and a robust, network solution that was totally separate from the wider Tesco distribution network.”

The results
“We could not have predicted the effectiveness of the system,” said Billy Currie. “In 96 – 99% of cases, my staff can safely recover the crane from the ground without having to climb to continue operation. Before the installation, we would have around 100 stoppages a week, so efficiency has been dramatically improved through reduced downtime!

“Site Health and Safety has also been improved as staff members rarely have to climb cranes to check for obstructions. We have also been able to ensure staff members adhere to our strict Health and Safety whilst working at height and in coldstore conditions, reducing risk to themselves and the business. DHL has been able to reduce risk and improve staff performance.

“Many of the genuine sensor alerts were caused by loose packaging or debris from pallets affected by the deep freeze environment. We have worked with suppliers to resolve this problem, which has improved efficiency further.”

P&W has provided a system that no other integrator could offer. They have installed a live, proactive IP CCTV system in a challenging environment, which works alongside crane sensors in an intelligent manner. Most significantly they have provided a wireless solution that operates solely on the DHL network, without interfering with the Tesco network and risking supply chain down-time.

DHL Supply Chain Ltd is now adding IP CCTV to other areas of the site, to ensure Health and Safety compliance and to dramatically improve efficiency and safety. The entire warehouse and external security cameras will be incorporated into the same Aimetis system, totalling around 80 cameras on a single server. A roll out to the other frozen distribution centres in the UK is also planned.

Hikvision provides a safe and secure Harbour for Dun Laoghaire

Hikvision provides a safe and secure Harbour for Dun Laoghaire

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/8/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Lying 12 kilometres south of Dublin City Centre, Dún Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary) is widely recognised as having one of the finest man-made harbours in the world. The harbour itself consists of two huge granite piers. The East Pier is one mile long, the West Pier even longer, and together they enclose more than 100 hectares of terminal buildings, car and lorry parks, commercial piers, and leisure craft marinas. Having been the major gateway to England for goods and people for 200 years, it is also now on track to becoming Ireland's major marine, leisure and tourism destination having received significant investment to extend its recreational and amenity value. Keeping this huge area safe for all visitors is a major undertaking and Hikvision cameras and hybrid recorders have recently been added to make sure this happens.

Overcoming the challenge of existing infrastructure and low visibility
The harbour complex is managed by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) and it has been a user of CCTV for many years. The coax-cable analogue system betrays its age by concentrating heavily on the ferry terminal and the immediate surroundings – the harbour's raison d'etre throughout the twentieth century. However, even a once busy ferry operation takes up just a relatively small part of the massive harbour. With the East and West Piers separated by more than a kilometre at their mainland ends and extending far out into the Irish Sea, there is a large area contained by the two piers that has become a bustling hub of activity. It is now home to many marine activity-based businesses ranging from a Powerboat School to Yacht clubs and a Scuba Diving centre and a very large and still growing Marina complex for private leisure craft of all sizes. And, around the older ferry terminal, the new activities have given rise to a new generation of restaurants, car parks and other leisure businesses.

DLHC became increasingly concerned that the existing analogue CCTV infrastructure was only giving them a good overview of an increasingly marginal resource – the ferry terminal – and not providing an adequate level of surveillance of the new activities. What was clear was that the existing system incapable of keeping up with the increasing pressures of the site and Cork-based Hikvision distributor Mercury SD was called in to advise on upgrading the entire system.


“Providing effective surveillance throughout Dun Laoghaire Harbour was a challenging prospect,” says Kevin O'Connell, System Designer at Mercury SD. “The landside of the harbour is an increasingly busy and crowded area, the older ferry terminal now surrounded by a large number of newer tourist hotspots and commercial areas, and then we also had to consider the explosion of water moorings and activities that the old system was never designed to accommodate. The whole focus of the CCTV surveillance system had to change into one that encompassed the whole harbour complex.

“The harbour is also highly prone to extremely variable weather conditions, including frequent occurrences of high winds, severe rain and fog. Visibility can go from clear to poor in minutes and this means any new CCTV system that has a remit to concentrate its surveillance on the exposed harbour walls and marina complex should be capable of coping with the worst of these environmental extremes while continuing to deliver clear images.

“Finally, DLHC were keen to retain the existing analogue system if possible whilst extending the reach of the CCTV system to the entire 100 hectare site.”

A modernised coastal surveillance solution
Kevin O'Connell and other members of the design and installation team at Mercury SD made three site visits to the harbour before proposing their detailed scheme for a hybrid solution.

The new plan retained all the existing coax cable that was laid within the harbour and concentrated the existing analogue cameras to cover the ferry terminal and its immediate surroundings. Some of the new Hikvision IP cameras were then added to the coax cabling using IP over Coax transceivers while the IP cameras intended to greatly extend the reach and scope of the surveillance to the more far-flung reaches of the harbour were linked in using Ubiquiti wireless links. All the cameras link back to the pair of Hikvision hybrid recorders located in the harbour office near the ferry terminal, from where a PTZ camera in the lighthouse is controlled.

Whatever the weather
“All the new cameras offer Hikvision's SMART imaging and detection, most prominently the Smart Defog and Smart IR features,” explains Kevin. “These technologies in particular were a huge selling point for the new solution, overcoming the problems that burdened the old CCTV system when the harbour was beset by the unpredictable weather, even though most of the analogue cameras were indoors.”

The Smart Defog and Smart IR features help improve the clarity of images. Smart Defog modifies the image correction algorithm to improve the whole image's visibility and clarity in poor weather conditions, such as rain or severe fog. Smart IR addresses the common problem of over-exposure of IR LEDs at the centre of images, automatically adjusting the IR strength to improve visibility.

All except one of the new Hikvision cameras were enclosed in a marine grade housing; being DS-2CD4012F 1.3 megapixel SMART IPC units along with DS-2CD4032F-A 3 megapixel pieces. The Hikvision DS-2DF7284-A Network IR Speed Dome Camera was installed at the lighthouse as part of the new upgrade. Regularly used in busy areas such as stations, airports, railways and commercial centres, it oversees some of the busiest parts of the harbour and is a core CCTV feed for the harbour team. This PTZ camera provides 360° surveillance through its endless high-speed panning capability, offers a large 20x optical zoom capability to detect the smallest details and combines this with an IR range of up to 120 metres. The camera can also be shared by the emergency sea rescue services in the event of an incident in close proximity.

“At the centre of the new surveillance solution are Hikvision DS-9016HFI-ST 16/16 Hybrid Recorders, which enabled us to retain the majority of the older analogue cameras while adding in the Hikvision IP units,” adds Kevin. “The DS-9016HFI-ST features H.264 video compression, a recording resolution of up to 5 megapixels, 16 channel synchronous playback, and also HDMI and VGA output at up to 1080p, alongside a storage capacity of up to 12TB.”

Exceeding Expectations
The installation of the new surveillance solution has proved an immediate success. Tim Ryan, Harbour Manager at Dun Laoghaire says, “The Hikvision system specified has exceeded our initial expectations. We use the system 24 hours a day to monitor the inner harbour area, consisting of car parks, walkways, buildings, busy junctions and ship berthing areas. We have been able to provide An Garda Siochana (the police force) with evidence for a number of incidents that have occurred since the installation. In each case the coverage and quality of footage was of a high standard. The DS-2DF7284-A PTZ camera installed at our East Pier Lighthouse has proven beneficial in assisting with Search and Rescue and has the capability to be utilised by the local Coast Guard unit to monitor and record an incident on land or sea. Our recording equipment allows us to archive footage for approximately sixty days, which is also hugely beneficial to us.”

Hikvision releases iVMS-5200 professional software

Hikvision releases iVMS-5200 professional software

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/1/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader in video surveillance equipment, announces the release of its iVMS-5200 Professional video management software.

“The release of iVMS-5200 Professional reflects Hikvision's commitment to providing complete security solutions for our partners and customers,” states Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision. “Up to 1024 video devices can be connected and iVMS-5200 fully supports all Hikvision products, including DVRs, NVRs, cameras and speed domes; third party products that conform to ONVIF standard can also be connected. This will allow any security needs to be addressed, regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation.”

iVMS-5200 Professional video management software introduces a complete, smart, open, easy-to-use and customizable solution for all users.

Complete
iVMS-5200 Professional software can be easily customized to suit the complete business needs of different vertical markets. For example, iVMS-5200 Professional includes a Transact module and a Business Intelligence module in, to better meet the demands of the retail sectors and Hikvision is integrating a License Plate Recognition module for transportation and parking systems and an Access Control module for building facilities management. Many more modules are planned and will be introduced in the future.

The retail sector also benefits from a fully-integrated POS system, which enables users to combine video and transaction data to assist loss prevention and provide evidence in case of customer disputes. Retailers, and supermarkets and chain stores in particular, can also take advantage of the advanced video analytics, such as face recognition, people counting and heat maps to monitor customer flow and preferences and employee performance. iVMS-5200 Professional generates a host of graphical reports to capture this valuable business intelligence and improve management efficiency.

Smart
iVMS-5200 Professional fully supports smart features from Hikvision products, including smart search, playback, smart detection, and smart application for people counting, heat map, interactive map and much more. It delivers a total Smart Solution and enhances management efficiency, allowing users to easily find a specific video clip or locate a suspicious target, etc.

Open
Besides integration with all types of leading CCTV equipment, iVMS-5200 Professional also easily interconnects with various types of security and business systems due to its open architecture design. This complete flexibility provides customers with greater operational possibilities and almost limitless adaptations. More importantly, the iVMS-5200 software allows operators to fully customize their own security system specifically tailored to meet each project's individual needs.

Besides the comprehensive benefits that Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional brings through being Open, Smart and Complete, users can also enjoy the easy-to-use functions in which it excels. iVMS-5200 Professional video management software ensures a simple and optimized experience for partners and end users, such as supporting One Step Installation. With just a few clicks, users are able to easily install the software and avoid time-consuming tasks, such as additional staff training. With efficient modular design, iVMS-5200 Professional is also capable of resolving potential system failure quickly by automatic detection and recovery. This ability enables shorter maintenance times and protects users' investment.

“I am very excited about this release and the possibilities it gives our customers. Whether it's a new site installation or expanding an existing system, the iVMS-5200 professional software delivers a complete end-to end solution, a more seamless integration of system components, and a superior user experience for our customers worldwide,” concludes Yao.

Wireless access control: the Truth is Out There… or is it?

Wireless access control: the Truth is Out There… or is it?

Editor / Provider: Chris Bone, ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 3/31/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Let's begin with something that's hardly front-page news: the market potential for wireless access control is huge. At January's Intersec exhibition forecasts of 15% annual growth in the Middle East region alone were suggested. ASSA ABLOY's own data predicts that wireless locks could make up 30% of the total market within a decade.

The potential is there.

But when ASSA ABLOY worked with IFSECglobal.com last year on a major market survey of security managers, industry insiders and decision-makers, we encountered some big surprises. The conclusion: our market knows less than you think about wireless locks.

Wireless access control systems can run fully integrated with an existing wired system,
even if it incorporates CCTV or
energy management functions.

For starters, almost two-thirds of those we surveyed thought that fitting a wireless access control system would be disruptive to an already fitted traditional system. In fact, wireless access control systems—including our own battery-powered Aperio® locks—can run fully integrated with an existing wired system, even if it incorporates CCTV or energy management functions. Integrations have been exhibited, by ASSA ABLOY and other leading access control manufacturers. Installation is quick and easy.

Around a third of our respondents using wired access control had no idea that wireless systems use much less energy. Because wireless locks are battery powered and only “wake up” when a credential is presented, they consume a tiny fraction of the power used by always-on wired mag locks. And battery life? Not a problem—that's another market myth shared by close to 100% of our research group, who expected wireless lock batteries to drain too quickly. In fact, our own Aperio® or SMARTair™ locks run for approximately 2 years on a new battery.

If you thought wireless locks don't support multiple credentials, sorry, you're wrong. Products that offer multi-authentication via PIN, smart card or mobile phone are out there. What about the fact that wireless locks are not secure? Another myth: there are CE and EN certified, or even fire-rated products available, including for security doors.

Most ironic of all, over half of those we surveyed cited “fear of the expense” as a reason not to upgrade to wireless. In fact, when you factor in major savings on energy costs and maintenance bills, even a fairly small facility could save thousands of euros by making the switch to wireless locks.

The challenge is there. Potential is huge, but the market is suffering from some serious misconceptions. As a global industry leader we have begun a game of knowledge whack-a-mole, and all of us with a stake in the future of wireless access control need to get involved.

There are so many myths about what wireless locks can and can't do. Our solution? ASSA ABLOY has launched a true facts campaign—“Busting the myths about wireless access”—aimed at professional end-users. Not specifically about our locks, but wireless locks in general.

                                        - By Chris Bone, Vice President Access Control Solutions EMEA, ASSA ABLOY

About Chris Bone: Specialist in the Electronic Security Industry for more than 20 years Several roles within industry leading companies such as Honeywell and ASSA ABLOY Extensive knowledge of all aspects of building automation

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The scenic splendour of South Africa's Western Cape Province has long attracted visitors. Millions of tourists flock to visit Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island - where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated - and enjoy the Cape Winelands and the beautiful coastline. But, as the fourth largest of South Africa's nine provinces with a population of almost 6 million, visitors with business in mind are also plentiful in the capital, Cape Town.

The town of Somerset West on the outskirts of Cape Town is ideally situated for commuters and visitors. Lying in the Helderberg basin with a view across the bay to Simon's Town and Cape Point, and overlooked by the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, approximately 55,000 people call it home and welcome tourists to the beachfront and numerous golf courses. Both can also take advantage of Western Cape's third largest shopping centre - Somerset Mall.

Bigger challenges
First opened in 1993, Somerset Mall is on the N2 Freeway that connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban. It's an ideal position to attract visitors and since its first opening the mall has seen numbers continue to climb. Two separate expansion phases have taken place and Somerset Mall now houses 204 stores extending over more than 1.3 km, all with single level access. Parking is also similarly extensive, with a total of 4,500 parking bays of which approximately 700 are undercover.

Alongside the stores, the most recent expansion of Somerset Mall has also seen it expand to encompass an Adventure Arena. This is dominated by a spectacular double climbing wall with views of the Helderberg mountains but the Adventure Arena also includes a 10-pin bowling alley, a games arcade and an 8-screen movie complex.

As a result, the successful complex now attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per week. However, the CCTV security system had not kept pace with the growing numbers of visitors and shoppers and the Mall's management realised that enhancing the level of security was vital. They turned to systems-integrator SSC Infrasek for a solution.

New IP System
According to Mario Groenewald, technical manager at SSC Infrasek, "When we looked at the entirety of the security challenges facing the Mall, we quickly realised that simply supplementing the existing analogue system was not going to work. The expansion of the shopping precinct to 1.3 km of storefronts together with the new Arena and extensive car parks had stretched the old system almost to its limits. Increasing levels of surveillance in the pedestrian areas and in the extensive car parks was a priority and we were also conscious that the mall is very innovative and successful in attracting visitors to its unique blend of attractions. Therefore, further expansion of the site is quite likely and any proposed CCTV system would have to be capable of coping with this expansion.

"Having been tasked with implementing a comprehensive CCTV system to maintain security throughout the whole complex, we decided that the only realistic solution was to replace the whole of the existing analogue system with a fully IP CCTV system, based upon 130 Hikvision network cameras supplied through their local distributor, Sensor Limited."

According to Mario, the choice of Hikvision technology was based on a number of factors. "The wide range of cameras and options available to us meant that we could select the right camera for the job without compromising the design objectives. We had also used Hikvision products in other projects and found them to be robust and reliable, delivering very high quality images whilst remaining cost-effective. Finally, Hikvision has successfully delivered many similar projects around the world and offered us great support all the way from system design through to implementation."

Maximum protection inside...
For the inside of the mall, SSC Infrasek chose the DS-2CD7153-E network mini dome camera, which offers many features that make it ideal for the surveillance of an area like Somerset Mall where image quality and a robust build quality are key priorities.

Inside the vandal proof IP66 rated housing, the camera is based around a large 1/3" progressive scan CMOS image sensor, offering 2 megapixel HD resolution (1600 x 1200 pixels), dual real-time video streams of up to 720p, and offers a choice of H.264, MPEG4 and MJPEG video compression. The DS-2CD7153-E model is fitted with a bright 4 mm F1.8 lens, although 2.8, 6 and 8 mm versions are also available, and offers a wide 68 degree viewing angle. The unit also offers three axis adjustment at installation and Hikvision's ePTZ capability for increased viewing control and versatility. The result is a camera that delivers outstanding images while withstanding the rigours of a very public placement.

Versatility is also offered in placement of the camera courtesy of the PoE feature. Meanwhile, the inclusion of day/night automatic switching and multiple alarm triggers, including motion detection, tampering alarm, network disconnect, and IP address conflict, give installers and users maximum flexibility.

A total of 100 DS-2CD7153-E models were installed throughout the interior of the mall.

...and outside
SSC Infrasek opted to install 30 Hikvision DS-2DF1-518 PTZ network high speed dome cameras to protect the outside of the mall and the 3,800 outside parking spaces. Again, image quality was paramount but protecting the camera from any environmental factors was considered closely.

At the heart of the DS-2DF1-518 is a powerful 36x F1.8 zoom lens that take just 5.4 seconds to go from wide open to fully zoomed. Augmented with 16x digital zoom, this bright 3.4 - 122.4 mm lens is backed up by with a 1/4' Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor inside a tough, weatherproof IP66 housing.

This combination of 36x zoom, 3D intelligent positioning and the powerful built-in PTZ control means that operators can maintain surveillance over very large panoramas whilst retaining the ability to focus effortlessly on any area of interest. The camera also integrates an IR cut filter, for seamless day and night operation down to a minimum 0.2 lux in colour and a very low 0.02 lux in black & white.

Building success into the future
"The successful implementation of South Africa's first IP surveillance solution in a shopping centre environment is an impressive demonstration of SSC Infrasek's design and implementation expertise that is set to bring in more IP projects in the coming months," according to Mario Groenewald.

"It is also an expression of Hikvision's commitment to producing the most technologically advanced cameras and making them available to every market in the world," he concludes.

NVT EoC protects Italian Co-op stores

NVT EoC protects Italian Co-op stores

Editor / Provider: Network Video Technologies | Updated: 3/26/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A network of Italian consumers' co-operatives, Co-op Italia Società Co-operativa, operates the largest supermarket chain in Italy, generating an annual revenue of 13.2 billion euros

From a humble beginning, with the first Co-operative shop established in 1854 in Turin, the chain now has 1,444 shops and 56,682 employees.

Looking to update their in-store CCTV, two pilot stores from the chain have had their coax cable based analogue surveillance systems upgraded to IP, using Network Video Technologies (NVT) Ethernet over Coax (EoC) technology.

The mission
For many years, Co-op Italia has employed comprehensive CCTV systems across all of its stores as part of its overall security strategy, installed throughout its buildings and car parks. However, with advancements in electronic surveillance performance, the existing analogue systems were proving to be lagging behind the image quality and systems capabilities of today's technology, so an upgrade to IP cameras was considered.

Wanting to take advantage of IP cameras, but not to simply discard the investments Co-op had made in their coax cable infrastructure over the years, the company turned to Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl and their partner Videoline by Trolese (a brand of Trolese Srl), with their experience of more than 15 years working with CCTV and NVT to provide practical solutions.

The solution
Supported by the experience of Videoline by Trolese, Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl recommended employing IP cameras in the Co-op's retail environment, to capitalise on the benefits of increased resolution and the ability to ‘zoom in' to the recorded footage should an incident occur. The higher resolution advantage could prove vital in identifying individuals or the actions of individuals whilst in the stores and car parks. Additionally, the new IP cameras would enable the use of the latest generation VMS control software and advanced analytics that could be used to identify vehicle registration plates, etc.

Typically, for a new installation, IP cameras would be installed along with UTP Cat5 cable to transmit their images back to the control and recording equipment. However, in the case of the Co-op upgrades, replacing the existing coax cable infrastructure was not a desired option, as this would have caused major disruption to the stores' daily business whilst it was being replaced.

To fulfill the requirement, Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl suggested an innovative and cost saving solution.

Marco Zuliani - Technical Manager of Sistemi e Integrazioni Srl explains: "Initially, twenty-four cameras in the Savona store and sixteen in the Genova outlet were required to be replaced with new IP models. The Genova store had cameras covering only the car park, but the Savona store had cameras both in the car park and in the store. When we specified the replacement IP cameras, we also suggested the use of NVT EoC transmission technology that would allow 10/100 BaseT Ethernet and PoE+ power to be transmitted using the existing coax cable infrastructure at both sites. This would save valuable installation time, disruption to the daily business operation, and costs"

Multiple NVT NV-EC1701-KIT4 kits were used, which allowed groups of four cameras to utilize their existing coax cable runs back to the control room where they were connected to a single NVT NV-EC1701. This ensured maximum economy from the installation and meant product spend was kept to a minimum.

Additionally, the Savona store had two existing analogue cameras transmitted via Cat5 UTP cable. These were also replaced with IP units and images transmitted back to the control room using the NVT Eo2 NV-EC1701U-KIT2. This again meant no change of wiring infrastructure, thanks to the flexibility of the NVT technology.

Using the existing cable infrastructure, images from the new cameras are transmitted to on-site monitoring rooms within each store. Additionally, the store managers can access live and recorded footage in their offices. This will assist the managers with overall site management, saving valuable time and increasing operational efficiency by providing an instant overview of each store and its adjacent car park.

The result
Marco Zuliani explains: "Since we finished the installations, Co-op managers have been extremely impressed with the quality of the camera images they are receiving at the various monitor locations. Also, the access to high-quality VMS software the new IP surveillance systems brings is allowing vehicle registration plate recognition and basic analytics to be used. The increase in image quality is such a contrast compared to the old analogue systems, that the Co-op security team is finding it hard to believe that they were still using the existing cabling at the upgraded sites. This is a great compliment and the best result we could have hoped for"

Marco Lazzaroni from Videoline By Trolese concludes: "The strategy for an upgrade from analogue to IP surveillance has been very successful, and has already simplified and improved site management, health & safety, and security procedures for Co-op staff. Using these installations as a pilot, it is likely that this same format using NVT's EoC transmission equipment at its heart, will be rolled out at other Co-op stores across Italy"

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 3/25/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

One of the world's busiest airports has selected Synectics' Synergy 3 command and control platform as the integrated airport security and safety management solution for its new terminal building.

Development of the Terminal 3 Ultimate at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in conjunction with the revitalization of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, is part of the Indonesian Government's plans to boost annual passenger numbers beyond 60 million people.

Working in partnership with systems integrator Jaya Teknik, which is leading the security management solution in the terminal development, Synectics has secured a significant contract to supply an integrated airport security and safety solution with their Synergy 3 command and control platform. Jaya Teknik is part of the Jaya Group of companies, one of the companies in the PT. Kawahape Jaya Consortium.

Airport operator PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero) - (AP II) will use Synergy 3 to monitor and manage more than 6,000 integrated safety and security edge devices from a range of sub-systems; including CCTV cameras, access control panels, fire alarm points, baggage x-ray scanners and intelligent video analytics.

A flexible, open platform that is database agnostic, Synergy 3 enables alarms and events, security and process control sub-systems, video, and data to be monitored, recorded, and managed from a single unified operator interface. The fully customizable user interface and user-driven dynamic workflows that ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) were key features for AP II.

Linda Hadi, Vice Director at Jaya Teknik TICT Division, said: “Synectics was selected for this project because they were able to demonstrate extensive experience in designing and delivering mission critical solutions. It was essential we selected a partner who could provide a reliable, resilient and scalable solution that supported integration with multiple edge device sub systems. Another critical factor was the need to have access to dedicated local support, which Synectics provides through its regional office in Singapore.”

The solution will see integration with intelligent video analytics, access control, fire detection, baggage x-ray scanners and CCTV.

Chris Bishop, International Business Development Manager at Synectics, said: “We are very excited to have been selected for such a high profile project in the ASEAN region. The innovative solution we are providing will enable AP II operators to dynamically manage all aspects of the airport security and safety infrastructure through our enterprise platform Synergy 3.”

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
AL MANTHRY SECURITY & SAFETY SERVICESLLC is GKB's Golden partner in Oman. In 2015, GKB has kicked off one of their significant projects: UAE Oman EXCHANGE. UAEXCHANGE is one of the leading exchange companies in Middle East. The company is a shopper's stop for exchange of all the major world currencies and Remittances around the globe. The Brand's presence is felt in more than 30 countries with over 700 direct offices in 5 continents through its associate, UAEXCHANGE. Oman UAEXCHANGE is bestowed with the Super Brand status consecutively in the Years for five years from 2009 to 2013 in Oman.

Challenges
Since Oman UAEXCHANGE is a major currencies circulating facility, instant, accurate and stable surveillance is highly demanded due to its special necessity. Recently, Oman UAEXCHANGE has shifted to adapt GKB SDI DVR and HEM platform to meet the need of viewing high resolution close-up images, installing in expanding branches, scheduled time backup recordings and central managing platform.

Solution
In this expanding branches project, Oman UAEXCHANGE has installed GKB HD 1331 and GKB HD3835 to enhance its security in offices. For central monitor room, they chose GKB RH1618 and HEM platform to manage recording hierarchically.

With GKB HD 3835 special camera lens, it enables close-up view during quick cash exchanging movement. Furthermore, the overall environment can be secured and monitored by GKB HD 1331. GKB team also provides GKB RH1618 and HEM platform which performs highly compatibility between different categories of cameras to optimize hierarchical management and customized backup setting. Center office is able to effortlessly obtain each branch's daily recording and automatically backup at a scheduled time. Such group management assists users in classifying and identifying cameras easily and authorizes the access to different sub-users by given admit account only.

Benefits
Automatic backup at scheduled time
Such function provides effortless collecting recordings punctually on a daily base from various branches in different locations.
Excellent stableness of products and after service
GKB's team and products stand out firmly comparing with other brands in various aspects of stability and instant efficient assistance.
Economical and practical solution
By adapting GKB's hardware and software solution, corporation's newly installed cameras in expanding branches can be easily managed without limitation of time and space.

 

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About GKB GKB Security Corporation is a global security solutions provider with a full range of CCTV, IP, Mobile, Video Fire Detection System and Home Automation products and support services designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized system integrators and security installers.

EtherWAN Systems helped with PoE connectivity in a hospital surveillance project

EtherWAN Systems helped with PoE connectivity in a hospital surveillance project

Editor / Provider: EtherWAN Systems | Updated: 3/20/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

EtherWAN Systems, a leading Ethernet connectivity solution provider, works with a system integrator to implement Ethernet switches in an IP surveillance project for a regional medical center in Taiwan. To ensure stable video surveillance with simultaneous recording, monitoring, and archiving, the hospital decides to replace the previous analog CCTV system with a digital one. EtherWAN's EX17082, EX17162 and EX17242 PoE switches provide 8, 16 and 24 PoE/PSE ports for powering up the newly-installed IP cameras over CAT.6 cables; each switch also features 2 Gigabit uplink ports for building-to-building communications thru fiber optic cables.

Over 460 brand-name PoE cameras and NVRs are connected with 50 units of EtherWAN PoE switches on site, which are fully compatible with the camera vendor's VMS software, running altogether seamlessly. These web-smart switches allow users to turn PoE function on/off remotely via a web browser, saving hassles to the partnered system integrator when it comes to camera setups. On the other hand, EtherWAN's EX25611 managed Gigabit Ethernet switch receives recording images from the NVRs; equipped with four 1G/10G SFP+ uplink ports, it connect to a Layer 3 core switch in the server room. By utilizing such a surveillance network, it enhances the total safety of the hospital's patients, staff and assets. Furthermore, the high-resolution video records come in handy for medical dispute resolutions.

EtherWAN produces high-quality Ethernet transmission products for IP security projects.“We thrive to give our customers excellent benefit-cost ratio with quick response to inquiries, network design suggestions, and solid after service, including user training and technical support;”explains Peter Yeh, Regional Sales Manager at EtherWAN.

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