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Grundig's versatile EX-SDI hybrid DVR works with EX-SDI, HD-SDI, 960H and 760H camera technologies

Grundig's versatile EX-SDI hybrid DVR works with EX-SDI, HD-SDI, 960H and 760H camera technologies

Editor / Provider: Grundig Security | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Grundig has launched its new 16 channel EX-SDI (Extended Serial Digital Interface) hybrid DVR, the GRX-K4416A. The DVR records EX-SDI on all channels, but has the flexibility to record HD-SDI, 960H analogue and 760H analogue video streams simultaneously. CCTV systems using the DVR can include a combination of all coaxial-based video technologies, so existing and previously installed cameras can be re-used. The DVR will automatically configure each channel to suit individual camera video stream technologies.

EX-SDI technology, like HD-SDI, enables the transmission of HD digital video, in real time, over coaxial cable. Whereas HD-SDI has a 100m transmission limitation using RG59 coaxial cable, EX-SDI will transmit 330m.

This extends to 670m if the higher quality RG11 cable is used. Image quality is better than IP in live and similar to that of IP record mode. The DVR uses the simple, point-to-point installation method of analogue.

The new Grundig DVR provides comprehensive functionality for CCTV applications of all sizes and complexities. Its can be controlled using Grundig Control Center software, allowing cost-effective, EX-SDI, HD-SDI or analogue camera systems.

Grundig's Control Center software allows remote access to the DVRs for set up and configuration. It uses an Internet Explorer web browser for live viewing, playback, search, backup and remote configuration. Grundig's GD Viewer app also allows convenient viewing by iPhone or Android smartphones.

EX-SDI enables installers to offer customers a cost-effective, digital upgrade to analogue systems, saving money by re-using the same coaxial cable infrastructure.

FLIR presents affordable TCX Security Camera

FLIR presents affordable TCX Security Camera

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 5/22/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

FLIR Systems will presents its new TCX Thermal Mini Bullet camera at this year's IFSEC exhibition in London. The FLIR TCX security camera combines 24/7 high-contrast thermal video and high-performance built-in video motion detection with a level of affordability that the industry has never seen. FLIR TCX is powered by the company's revolutionary Lepton camera core.

New TCX Thermal Mini Bullet
FLIR TCX outperforms visible-light security cameras by providing the advantage of seeing clearly in complete darkness without any illumination, in bright sunlight, through smoke, dust or even light fog – enhancing accuracy and dramatically reducing false alarms. Flexible for integration in any environment, indoors and out – even in temperatures as cold as -40°C – FLIR TCX is ideal for ensuring safety of public buildings, industrial facilities, large and small businesses, or residential areas. Featuring both intrusion detection and accurate video alarm verification in one device, FLIR TCX supports lighting control, people counting, retail traffic flow, and queue management, and enables a whole range of other applications including:
* Intrusion/presence detection: vehicles, people, animals
* Video alarm verification
* Night vision – 24/7 CCTV
* Residential security
* Short-range perimeter security
* Safety and fire assessment

“Whether you're a small business looking for intrusion detection and video alarm verification, a retail company looking for a solution to monitor customer traffic flow, or a small business trying to prevent break-ins, the TCX Mini Bullet is an extremely accurate solution,” said John Distelzweig, Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Security. “As a leader in thermal security, FLIR is advancing the technology in such a way that makes thermal cameras accessible for anyone.”

Full line of security products
At IFSEC 2015, FLIR will also present a number of innovations, which the company has recently added to its full line of security cameras, recorders, and software. One of these innovations is the FLIR FX, a compact, versatile Wi-Fi-enabled HD camera that integrates unique cloud-based analytics and flexible application-specific mounts. FLIR FX optional accessory mounts facilitate use in an array of applications including in-home monitoring, outdoor security, sports activity and vehicle dash-camera recording. Users can stream live video to a smartphone or tablet, record video to a Micro-SD card, review events that are recorded utilizing motion detection algorithms, communicate with two-way audio, and quickly review hours of video with FLIR's Cloud-based RapidRecap™ capability.

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 5/21/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

A major trend in access control is its migration to IP. In fact, IP-based access control is now seen in most new buildings and projects around the world. According to IHS, IP-based access control accounted for nearly 60 percent of the market in 2014 due to a ramp-up of new constructions, in the process contributing to a 7.6 percent growth of the industry. As for this year, IHS's initial estimates put growth at 8.8 percent. In terms of regions, growth in North America may drop a bit, while APAC and Latin America are expected to pick up steam, according to a previous interview with Tyco Security Products.

Central to IP-based access control is the access control management system, which, when integrated with other subsystems, can do much more than merely granting or denying access to users as they walk to a building.

What Defines Well-Integrated
So what makes an access control management system well-integrated? There are several criteria, for example the types of subsystems that can be integrated, the ability to have them interoperate smoothly, and the flexibility the system provides when it comes to supporting the types of hardware and credential. Finally, open standards are key to ensure interoperability, future scalability, and cost reduction.

Systems that Can Be Integrated
One factor to determine whether an access control management system is well-integrated is its ability to integrate with different types of subsystems. “There are several subsystems that can be integrated into the access control management software, which goes beyond granting or denying access to users. Elevator, parking, meal vending, CCTV, and student ID cards are all examples of the subsystems that can be integrated,” said Tom Su, Sales Manager at Hundure Technology.

Besides the aforementioned, today's access control management systems can also integrate with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as well as telecommunications systems to save energy and provide more convenience for users.

“If the CEO presents his credential to the outside of the building, they will understand what areas of the building that CEO will get through to get to his office. There is no need to illuminate the entire building,” said Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Electronic Locks at Allegion. “The same thing extends over to telecommunications. When someone comes in, the system will transfer their out-of-office e-mail to in-office. It can not only adjust their e-mail status but also switch the forwarding to their desktop versus their mobile phone.”

 

Smooth Interoperability

A well-integrated access control management system can also allow the different subsystems to operate seamlessly at the same time, even to the point where “the customer cannot distinguish
the boundary between the systems,”
- said Daniel McVeagh, Senior PM at Gallagher.


“The best integrations which achieve this tend to exhibit the following traits: a comprehensive set of application programming interfaces (APIs), good integration documentation that allows the integrator to achieve a seamless and bug-free integration, a comprehensive testing process ensuring bugs and weaknesses in the integration are found before they reach the customer, and a track record of successful previous integrations.”

 

Compatibility With Different Hardware
A good access control management system should also be able to support different types of hardware and credentials.

“I think it is important for integrative systems that they can handle and integrate different types of hardware within the same system to be called well-integrated. For example, it should be able to handle different types of door controllers, as well as different readers and credential technologies to be truly integrative and offer the benefits of such an open system to the end-user/system owner,” said Ola Jönsson, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications.

“Depending on what region of the world or what vertical market, there are certain credentials that are prominent,” said Aikin. “I think it's very critical that the access control system be flexible to accommodate the credentials that the user has today, and also flexible enough to provide a migration path to what credentials will be in the future, whether that is near-field communication, or Bluetooth low energy.”

Mobile authentication by way of NFC or Bluetooth low energy can be supported by today's access control management systems as well. “The most basic approach is to replicate existing card-based access control principles: the phone communicates identity information to a reader, which passes it to the existing access control system,” said Eric Chiu, Segment Director of Physical Access for APAC at HID Global.

 

Openness Is Key
To enable this kind of integration, open standards are critical, ensuring that interoperability between disparate systems is achievable.

“Open protocols and agreed standards such as ONVIF have made it possible to integrate previously disparate systems and open up the possibilities of what a truly integrated security system can offer,” said Sarah Phillips, Product and Marketing Manager at TDSi. “Modern integrated access control systems offer a broad ability to work directly with other buildings control systems on this level rather than purely via hardware panels. For example the integration of intruder and fire detection systems directly into a centralized software platform gives greater situational control and automated responses to any issues.”

Openness, meanwhile, also ensures scalability, allowing users to add or integrate more systems into the access control management software, regardless of the brand. “Users also can simplify future infrastructure enhancements and modifications since they can invest in hardware platforms that are not tied to proprietary protocols and software,” said Chiu. “Basing solutions on an open architecture with standards-based APIs will enable customers to meet evolving requirements and future expansion needs while protecting the value of their overall investments.”

 

Access Control and Video Integration
Access control management systems integrated with videos is perhaps the most popular integration among users. Due to the increased situational awareness that they provide, such integrated solutions are seeing rising demands and applications, especially in areas that are more critical and sensitive in nature.

Rising Demand
Integration between access control and video is set to see rising demands. “I do think where there is video today, there is a desire to integrate it more closely with access,” said Aikin. “Today from what we have found, globally, the typical number of access points in a commercial building that have video and access management is 10 percent of less. With the devices becoming easier to deploy and lower in cost to acquire and manage, the market is able to deploy a credential reader or access control mechanism to the other 90 percent of openings.”

When access control and videos are integrated, no matter which one serves as the anchor platform, the two complement and add intelligence to each other. “When video is used as part of an integrated security management platform, it enriches the information provided by access control and intrusion detection, and vice versa,” said Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales at Nedap Security Management. “You get maximum control and protection of your premises and benefit from the unlimited scalability and extreme controllability.”

“While video management and access control have been integrated for some time, access control is now able to be deployed to more access points in the building, allowing a richer set of data to be used in video management,” said Aikin. “If you have access control tied to video, you are able to see what credential was utilized at what time of day and at what location, and that adds a lot of value in your video management. In the past, you were able to put an IP camera or Wi-Fi camera in, but you weren't able to afford to put a reader or access control device at that opening, so you had to scroll through footage and try to distinguish what was occurring simply based on the visual video. Now, because you are able to deploy access control at that portal as well, you're able to really connect it and sort it based on an audited event in a credential.”

Due to the increased situational awareness such integration brings, it is commonly used in higher security applications. “These include parts of a healthcare environment like pharmaceuticals or the maternity wards, where they are worried about infant abduction, and areas where there are sensitive assets or sensitive chemicals,” Aikin said.

 

Single User Interface
When videos and access control are integrated, they should be integrated on one single user interface to allow easy monitoring and control by the administrator.

“It is pointless to integrate video and access control if they need to be treated separately by the user,” said David Weinbach, PM at AMAG Technology. “While it may be logical to try to source all components from one supplier, that limits choice and may not allow an optimal solution. A better solution is one that allows different brands and multiple systems to be integrated in a way that makes the details of each transparent, and provides a consistent, common interface.”

Mobile Applications
Increasingly, video-access control integration will move towards mobile applications. “Mobile applications will become more widespread. That's the trend of the future,” said Su. “With video surveillance, monitoring of doors through one's mobile phone is now very common. If you integrate access control into it, you can control access from your mobile phone as well.”

Secutech 2015, another golden year!

Secutech 2015, another golden year!

Editor / Provider: Rachel Leung, Messe Frankfurt | Updated: 4/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Hosting 485 exhibitors and +20,000 visitors from the globe, secutech 2015 is to present the latest technologies in surveillance, including Ultra HD HD-over-coaxial. In addition, trendy applications incorporated with smart edges, and light auto adjustment, are another show highlight.

One of security leaders in the security industry, Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd., has been exhibiting at Secutech every year since 2006. According to Mr Derek Yang, Asia General Manger, “We’ve been very supportive to the show because we received good results every year. It’s an ideal platform for promoting our new products. This year, we launched the new safety building solutions and two latest series of smart camera at the show including the lighter fighter and dark fighter. The buyers are very much interested in these new features and we have had an effective product demonstration. Secutech is highly recognised by the industry and have a considerable level of international influence. Except from Taiwan, visitors from Japan, India and some countries from the Middle East and Europe also are hosted in these show days. These buyers are professional, serious, knowledgeable and have purchasing authority. We have successfully demonstrated our new products to our clients. We will definitely exhibit at the show again.”

Korea is another country filled with manufacturing power in security. Inodic Inc., a first-time exhibitor of secutech brings their new AHD 2.0, TVI, EX-SDI and POC CCTV camera to this platform. “I think Secutech is an exceptional platform for meeting new clients and launching new products. This is also a good venue for checking out the market from the buyer’s side,” commented by Mr Andrew Park, General Manager, Sales Department of Indoic.

To the returned participants, such as Young Kook Electronics Co Ltd, secutech is the premium meeting point with Southeast Asia visitors annually. “Secutech is absolutely important for the security players like us and it’s a premier platform to gather OEMs from Korea, China and Taiwan. Our new launches at the show this year include the upgraded IP camera and ultra low light camera. Also, we’ve brought our new IVA (Intelligent Video Analytic) system to the show which features missing objects detection with H.265 and instruction detection functions. I am very positive about the outlook of the industry because people are more aware of the needs of security and safety,” said Ms Ara Lee, Manager, Sales Head office, Young Kook Electronics Co Ltd.

Merit Lilin, one long-term exhibitor of Secutech is also satisfied with the outcome of secutech 2015. Mr. Chris Hsu, Global Marketing Manager from Merit Lilin adds that "Secutech is the only show in Taipei that covers the entire professional security industry. That is why we must come to participate. Besides, we are pleased that Secutech is now highlighting the smart home industry and we agree that it is now emerging with great potentials. Secutech offers a valuable chance where we can interact with demonstration, and educate them how our products can help achieve higher performance. With the newly launched SMAhome Expo, users from this aspect are also attracted to attend the show. It absolutely adds value to our experience here! As a local supplier in Taiwan, we will continue our support to the show and participate again in the future!"

Upgrade convenience stores security with GKB's solution

Upgrade convenience stores security with GKB's solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 5/11/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Background
Being an excellent retailer of convenience for global emerging market, 7-11 tries to make each customer's daily life easier by providing modern convenience. Being one of the top large-scale convenience stores among Philippine, 7-11 continues to live its vision of providing consumers' easy and quick shopping experiences by expanding its branches in the near future.

Challenge
Such convenience chain stores' surveillances are required to be extreme stable, high resolution, and easy to backup. Due to its special necessities of 24/7 service, high definition recording and quickly obtain footage; shop keepers are able to obtain events evidence in a short period of time. After comparing with numerous brands, GKB Security stands out among other competitors. Since GKB's strengths to this case are exceptional instant responsive team, high definition cameras, excellent stability and simple backup plans.

Solution
After inspecting details of 7-11 convenience stores' needs, GKB representative offers a package solution to fulfill chain stores' requests. Each store installed with three GKB 8CH AHD DOME 5480 cameras and one 60080 AHD Bullet camera. GKB 8CH AHD DOME 5480 camera provides high definition recording to ensure sudden unexpected events in store and storage room. As for 60080 AHD Bullet camera, it secures entrance safety with water and dust protection and hidden cabling to avoid intentional destruction. Moreover, GKB's exceptional team provides DVR training and additional uninterruptible power supply as value-added service.

Benefit
GKB instant responsive assist team and one year product warranty.
Excellent installing strategy with one year warranty of on-call assistance to ensure customers receive the best quality in every aspect.
A well packed solution with economical and practical plan.
GKB put ourselves in customers' shoe to provide the most suitable and economical solution.

 

 

 

Sponsored by: 

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.

 

University in Riyadh utilizes OT Systems' media converters

University in Riyadh utilizes OT Systems' media converters

Editor / Provider: OT Systems | Updated: 5/7/2015 | Article type: Education

Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University in Riyadh recently enhanced its billion dollar surveillance system by adding 150 pairs of OT Systems' ET1111 media converters to its state-of-the-art access control system spanning the entire campus. This is the University's second phase of OTS product installations. It first installed OTS solutions nearly four years ago as part of their video surveillance and perimeter-intrusion detection systems.

Princess Noura Bint AbdulRahman University, the kingdom's flagship security project featuring OT Systems' industrial Ethernet media converter, is the first women's university in Saudi Arabia as well as the largest women-only university in the world. In the campus, patrol patterns require more areas to be monitored by CCTV and access control systems when security guards are not present. The system utilizes a number of IP cameras installed along the fence and inside university buildings for perimeter protection and surveillance. Leveraging 986 pairs of OT Systems ET1111 (Industrial grade 10/100Base-TX + 100Base-FX media converter), each converter is dedicated to one IP camera or device. OT Systems guarantees the safety and stability of data transfer throughout the site using the point-to-point media converting solution. Only one camera will be affected if a converter is in trouble. Thanks to its extremely compact size design, the media converter is small enough to fit inside the IP camera housing. Its 24VAC power compatibility also shares a power source with the camera. Designed for outdoor installation, the ET1111 withstands operating temperature from -10oC to 60oC.

OT Systems' media converters offer customers a reliable and stable device for connecting IP devices with fiber links, providing an excellent transmission solution for the university access control system. It offers the flexibility of connecting the biometric readers at each access control location and the central server with a variety of fiber links (single-mode/ multi-mode, 1/2 core), extending the transmission distance up to 20km.

As security projects continue to increase in scale and complexity, system integrators face the issue of enhancing efficiency over longer distances. OT Systems' Ethernet media converter plays a key role in promoting a safe learning and working environment for its users.

Solutions Item:
ET1111 series: Single-port 100Mbps Ethernet to Fiber Media Converter; to provide a point-to-point connection in fiber network system and extend the transmission distance

>>>Features & Benefits: 1. Sleek microtype design 2. Plug and play 3. 12VDC/ 24VAC power inputs 4. -10℃ to 60℃ (14℉ to 140℉) operating temperature. 5. High system availability 6. Good for outdoor environment with enclosure

                 

Crowd control: securing outdoor events

Crowd control: securing outdoor events

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 5/6/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

On December 31, 2014, a terrible tragedy occurred in Shanghai, where around 300,000 people had gathered for the new-year celebrations on the Bund, a water front promenade which is part of Shanghai's historic downtown. Overcrowding on a staircase leading to an observation platform left thirty-six people dead and forty nine more injured.

This is only one sad example of the deadly force stored in crowded events. Human stampedes occur almost annually in music festivals, sports events religious festivals and night clubs. Famous examples are the July 2010, Love Parade music festival in Duisburg, Germany, where 21 people died from suffocation and at least 510 more were injured. In January 2006, over three hundred pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia as the result of overcrowding at the Jamarat Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that is part of the path believers walk through while performing the ritual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

But what exactly is crowd control?
“We need to differentiate between crowd control that is done with access control tools, for example controlling a large number of spectators in a closed football stadium, and crowd control in an uncontrolled open environment like a street. The first one is achieved with conventional tools like security check points, turnstiles, gates and CCTV with video analytics based counters. The second one is usually closer to ‘safe city' projects and is more challenging and complicated since it is difficult to cover a wide area filled with people, be it for counting purposes or behavior analysis” explained Hagai Katz, Senior VP Business Development and Marketing at Magal Systems.

Accurate estimation of the number of attendees is indeed crucial for successful crowd control. Underestimating the number of people attending the Shanghai New Year's Eve was one of the factors leading to the tragic consequences. The police underestimated the number of attendees and assigned only about 700 officers (compared to 6000 officers in previous years) to handle a crowd that turned out to be 300,000 people.

In Germany, about 1 million revelers attended the Love parade venue that could only hold 250,000.

Role of video surveillance
In general, video surveillance cameras are still the main sensor for real-time crowd control and monitoring; “HD and IP network cameras have become the trend. 4K surveillance cameras have started to enter the market, but it is unlikely they will disrupt the surveillance segment. The cost of video transmission, storage, and processing (video analytics) would be prohibitive for 4K camera. Reliability would also be an issue” said Karianto Leman, Head, Situational Awareness Analytics Program, A*Star's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in Singapore.

“For effective crowd control and monitoring, high-resolution video is critical to achieve situational awareness, as well as the ability to see greater detail within certain areas of interest. Today that means megapixel 180-degree cameras” stated Steve Gorski, Chief Sales Officer at Scallop Imaging. Scallop Imaging's cameras simultaneously combine output from multiple image sensors creating a continuous panoramic image that can cover a large outdoor scene. “We've seen a trend moving away from pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras because inevitably, when an incident occurs, it's likely that the PTZ camera is positioned somewhere else, and not able to see the action. Another reason for this trend is that the motor inside PTZ cameras tends to wear out over time” he added.

Portable solutions for Temporary Events
Unlike fixed venues, short term events like music festivals, sports competitions or city marathons pose a unique challenge for outdoor crowd control. The needed infrastructure is not always readily deployed and end-users face a dilemma of whether to make a big investment in infrastructure that will be used only for a few days.

A recent trending solution for such a scenario is the deployment of a temporary surveillance system using a wireless mesh network, which is easy to establish and then take down during an incident or public event. Because it doesn't require a fixed infrastructure, a mesh network is commonly deployed by public safety departments, municipalities and police forces. “The network is usually made up of mesh network software, digital cameras, workstations, a server and mesh nodes (hardware) that share information with one another wirelessly. Radios, smart devices or mobile devices of some kind often provide communication pathways between operators. Video analytics and other technologies can then be deployed in these temporary systems” detailed Ian Westmacott, Computer Engineering Manager, Tyco Security Products .

San-Diego based MicroPower Technologies offers a solar powered wireless system that allows deployment on a per-need basis.

“Flexibility is key. Utilizing an integrated solar/wireless surveillance system as an extension of the broader surveillance system allows users to deploy and redeploy the cameras as their needs evolve” explained Dave Tynan, Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales, MicroPower Technologies. “We're seeing growing interest in technology that can be quickly and easily installed directly at the points where it is needed most. Rather than, for example, installing fixed cameras on a building and then attempting to gain usable footage of a crowded event several blocks away, customers want to be able to place cameras closer to the hot spots of risk. This is particularly true for night activity, when placing cameras closer to the action helps take advantage of available light. The result is clearer, more usable video evidence” he added.

The benefit of this solution is the ability to deploy cameras according to immediate needs, e.g. at a parking lot during a major event, and then re-deploy them to other hot spots in the next big event without running costly and time consuming cables.

However, an important factor that needs to be taken into account is the limited transmission range that wireless cameras have and the image quality which is not Megapixel. This type of portable solution is suitable for securing a defined ‘hotspot' but might not be as relevant when securing the long route of a marathon.

Portable solutions are not just for video surveillance. temporary fences and even vehicle barriers are available. “Parking for temporary events like football games, political meetings, freshman matriculation day and open houses requires only a temporary solution. Our solution is in the form of portable, towable barriers. These barriers can be deployed quickly and effectively, even in places where it's impossible to excavate for a permanent foundation,” said Greg Hamm, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Delta Scientific. “These mobile crash barriers can be towed into position by a medium-sized pick-up truck or equivalent. They deploy in 15 minutes and can be operated locally or remotely for guard protection. Deployment, retrieval and operation are all hydraulic. The barriers stop and disable a 15,000-pound vehicle (6803 kg) moving at 30 mph (48 kph). Once positioned, the mobile barricade is separated from its transporter and lowered into position by means of a battery-operated hydraulic power system, which is then used to raise or lower the barrier for normal or emergency tasks”, described Hamm.

Information transmission
Another challenge outdoor events pose is how to transmit high quality video streams from the cameras to a remote security center reliably and in a cost efficient way for processing, storage and viewing. There are several option including transmitting the information over cable, over a dedicated wireless networks, or using 3G/LTE networks. “In the latter configuration, cameras will compete in bandwidth with civilian cell phones that use the same network” explained Leman, “The solution is to reduce the requirement to transmit video all the time. This can be done with an edge computing device that runs video analytics. The device stores video locally and will only stream back video when a video analytics alarm is triggered” he added.

Wireless networking for surveillance solves the need for cables, which might not always be optional or easy to install (either due to specific area considerations or due to cost if it is a temporary event). However, this type of networking is more difficult than wired networking: having to overcome difficulties such as, limited range, obstructions (houses, trees etc.) and complicated configurations when many cameras are involved. NVT's IP transmission product technology allows for the deployment and PoE powering of cameras, event monitors and other IP sensor devices deployed at great distances using very cost effective coax cable.

“In the case of the recent NY City Marathon, NVT supplied coax connected transmission devices that needed to be fully operational at distances of up to 3,000ft in order to provide effective situational awareness for the securing of this large event” described Guy Apple Vice President, Marketing and Sales Network Video Technologies.

Physicists are trying to understand the dynamics of crowds. Their analysis of video footage from events like the Saudi Arabian pilgrims stampede and the German Love Parade helped identify the phenomenon termed “crowd turbulence” – as the scene becomes more and more crowded, more and more people push forward trying to move. The overall pressure of the masses moves through the crowd causing people to fall and eventually to be crushed to death. Hopefully, advances in video surveillance and video analytics will give better ways to count people and identify the ‘tipping-point' beyond which a crowded event has the potential to become deadly.

 

>>> Crowd control: video analytics and alternative surveillacne cameras

An opportunity to swap experiences during the first Hikvision EU Distribution Conference 2015

An opportunity to swap experiences during the first Hikvision EU Distribution Conference 2015

Editor / Provider: a&s Italy | Updated: 5/4/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

'It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.' (C. Darwin). This quote was shared by Jiangfeng Zhi, President at Hikvision Europe BV to the audience during the two-days event dedicated to the first European distributors' meeting held in Lisbon on April 23-24, 2015.

Hikvision has always been improving its products, marketing and positioning, seeking to anticipate future trends. This attitude led to a strategy adaptation, thus leading the Chinese company, sales leader in its own country, to expand overseas with excellent results. Let's just mention a few figures: a sales revenue of 2.82 billion USD in 2014, 13.000 employees, 4800 R&D engineers.

In the name of transparency and close relationships with partners, six special guests have been given a chance to speak, following the introduction of their respective Hikvision Sales Directors from Italy, North-West Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, UK, Israel and Russia. Each of these distributors shared their story and sense of belonging to the Hikvision family.

Keen Yao, International Marketing Director, has frequently highlighted the importance of this event. It's now clear that, given the strong position of product lines, the company should aim at strengthening a firm, trustworthy and highly cooperative relationship with its clients, that is to say the distributors throughout Europe.

But there's more: Hikvision does not only rely on the intuition of its managers and skills of distributors, but also on the experience and knowledge provided by the research company IHS. The Security & Fire Market Analyst Aaron Dale has brought figures and market trends for the forthcoming years. Given the drop in sales of analogue cameras, it is now confirmed the growth of second generation HD CCTV devices, such as TVI technology, and the increase in IP cameras' shipments. In 2013 Hikvision Global market share has reached 11%. Dale subsequently touched upon the topic of key vertical markets for Europe. A special attention has to be paid to residential and consumer markets that will eventually involve both traditional video surveillance systems and Home Monitoring/Smart Home Video Surveillance.

A charming Gala Dinner organized at Xabregas Palace in Lisbon has been the turning point of these two days: an occasion for networking and assisting at the awarding ceremony of distributors who have been invited on stage to receive a recognition for their growth performance, technical support to clients or even the long-term relationship with Hikvision.

The second day has then been focusing on in-depth presentations on technologies and products. Smart and Turbo HD lines have been thoroughly explained. That's also because, together with a huge brand awareness activity, the company is aiming at achieving a so called “product-range awareness”. This strategy will be even more visible on the upcoming security exhibitions, road shows and events.

a&s Italy was invited as media partner of the event, being also a representative of a&s International and the digital platform asmag.com (Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd.). a&s is a group which pays great attention to security market developments such as the one that Massimiliano Troilo (EU Marketing Director) defined as a trend towards “convergence” rather than mere “integration”. It's no secret that now vendors are trying to provide a full range of solutions, from CCTV to access control and intrusion.

Smart home to grow in Indonesia

Smart home to grow in Indonesia

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

The smart home market in Indonesia is expected to see big growth in the coming three years, according to Joni Iswanto, Director of Lintastama Jelajah Informatika, an Indonesia-based systems integrator and distributor.

The need to secure the home and the family from growing crime will drive the smart home in the country. With smart homes being a major subject of focus at this year’s secutech, Iswanto is looking to get into the smart home market in preparation for growing demand in Indonesia.

The residential market is one of the major growth markets in Indonesia. Realizing the increased need for security, CCTV in the segment has grown significantly in the last two years, said Iswanto.

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

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

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