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Dahua announces HD over Coax 2.0 with HDCVI Gen II cameras

Dahua announces HD over Coax 2.0 with HDCVI Gen II cameras

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 10/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua introduces HDCVI Gen II cameras, taking a step up into HD over Coax 2.0 era. “HD over Coax 2.0 is a concept but also a fact that Dahua plays a leading role in HD analogue innovation,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “The inspiring market acceptance and feedback drive us to keep innovative to bring out more benefits to the market.”

HDCVI Gen II camera features high performance sensor and Dahua in-house chipset DH5000, which combines Image Signal Processor (ISP) and TX chipset, rendering an impressive performance improvement. The new cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images at 1080p and 720p, but also an outstanding night visual effect.

Moreover, their wider dynamic range can better cope with places of strong lighting contrast. Meanwhile, Gen II inherits convenient functions of previous HDCVI models, such as HD/SD switch and OSD menu.

As for camera types, in addition to the fixed lens cameras, the CVI family adds 2.7mm to 12mm motorized (-Z) and vari-focal (-VF) series this time to further meet the market demand. As for motorized ones, which have been expected for a long time by the market, Dahua adopts optimized algorithm to realize faster and more accurate focus for instant and convenient adjustment.

On top of that, there are seven models in total in various designs, including eye-balls, IR-bullet and domes with IP66 waterproof and IK10 vandal-resistance helps cameras to withstand strict environment condition and sabotages.

HDcctv Allinace HDCVI 2.0 standard is based on HDCVI technology, which is to say, Dahua dedicates to a 100% sure plug ‘n' play remote control of any camera from any compliant DVR among manufacturers. “Dahua advocates interoperability, and the cooperation with HDcctv Alliance accelerates the development to HD, which, undoubtedly, helps our growing customer to enjoy more of the benefits of HD surveillance,” Shen added. The latest HDCVI family will be displayed at Security China 2014 from 28th October to 1st November.

ALCON wireless solution makes Indonesia harbor monitoring easier

ALCON wireless solution makes Indonesia harbor monitoring easier

Editor / Provider: ALCON | Updated: 10/2/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Requirements and challenges:
In 2006, as the W-iFi technology was blooming, the Indonesia harbor administration department was looking for wireless transmission solution for analog speed dome cameras, so they could monitor the traffic of containerships conveniently. They also want the wireless systems to be easily installed and maintained. And the durability was also important for them. However, it was a time that most of the Wi-Fi solutions do not come with a utility for users to do centralized management.

Solution:
The local system integrator came to ALCON with such requirement and asking for assistance. We asked the system integrator to conduct a site survey to find out the distances between the control room and each location, if line-of-sight available, the bandwidth taken by each camera, and the power supply system.

ALCON selected ASU-24005g, the most top-selling product. This compact size model has a flat panel antenna built in, and powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet).

PoE is a technology which passes electrical power along with data on Ethernet cabling. This allows a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to devices such as wireless devices or IP cameras.

It also comes with a centralized management utility, the AP Locator, which shows basic information of all connected ASU-24005g.

Considering the speed dome cameras are analog type, ALCON recommended an encoder and decoder system that converts the data type. The encoder converts the analog data into digital type for ASU-24005g transmission while the decoder converts it back to analog type so the video streaming could be stored on DVR or seen on the TV wall.

Performance feedback:
ALCON's wireless solution is fully capable of transmitting video streaming, as well as the PTZ function. The installation could be done in seconds as you just need to fix ASU-24005g on a pole with a metal ring, and both data and power go through the CAT5 cable which is 25m length.

This kind of installation saves a lot of time and cost on man power. Not to mention its user friendly utility AP Locator provides a convenient maintenance afterward.

*Our latest model AMU24 is designed to replace ASU-24005g. It uses 11n 300Mbps technology which provides better performance than ever.

New Luxriot VMS widens your video surveillance capabilities

New Luxriot VMS widens your video surveillance capabilities

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Luxriot | Updated: 9/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Luxriot, as the industry-known open architecture Video Management System (VMS), accepts streams from Network (IP) cameras, encoders and video capture boards. Luxriot has been integrated with over 3000 devices from more than 100 manufactures.

This along with Luxriot client-server architecture allows to build hybrid scalable solutions from a single NVR/DVR to a multiple server system handling thousands of cameras.

Luxriot VMS shares worldwide reputation as a simple yet powerful solution. By having intuitive graphical user interface, Luxriot VMS simplifies the design, installation and commissioning of complete IP CCTV surveillance systems. This together with years-proven stability offers well trusted product well suitable from small to enterprise-level installations.

Trusted as hybrid scalable solution, it also offers clients to maximize the previous investment in surveillance system, allowing upgrade to higher level.

What's new in version 2.5.0:

Certified ONVIF Profile S compliancy
Allows full support of all ONVIF Profile S compliant devices, even before they are officially listed in the list of supported devices.

Software side Video Content Analysis allowing:
- Tamper detect
- Presence filter
- Enter/Exit filters
- Appear/Disappear filters
- Speed filter
- Object class filter
- Direction filter
- Dwell filter
- Tailgating filter
- Abandoned/Removed object filter
- Counting line
- Meta data
- Live surveillance
- Configuration by 3D Grid

Brands of cameras embedded with Video Content Analysis include:
- Canon
- Riva
- Samsung
- LG
- UDP

Mobile Application for Android and iOS
Luxriot® Mobile is a free application for Android and iOS devices. It allows users to access Luxriot VMS Servers' live and recorded video streams via smartphone or a tablet from almost anywhere. This easy- touse application allows simultaneous multiple camera monitoring.

Luxriot LPR to VMS Client communication:
Recognition data streaming from Luxriot LPR 1.8.1 or later to VMS Client application, includean ability to join recognition results from multiple Luxriot LPR servers on one VMSclient instance for live and archive navigation.

 

 

LILIN VMS Navigator tied in with POS and RFID for baggage claim

LILIN VMS Navigator tied in with POS and RFID for baggage claim

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 9/22/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Navigator 1.0
LILIN VMS platform, Navigator 1.0, is easy to use video management software able to manage up to 108 cameras of H.264/MJPEG HD IP cameras or DVR/NVR's cameras. It can also support up to 108 channels of IP cameras on multiple monitors for TV Wall application. Radio-frequency identification (RFID), Electronic Point of Sale (ePOS), barcode scanner, access control, and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) can be integrated with Navigator 1.0 for applications in airports to streamline baggage-claim process and in production lines to track and record in-process assembly information an item progresses along the line.

Barcode scanner and/or RDIF is tied in with Navigator to be used in airports for baggage claim management
Navigator 1.0 is the ideal choice of video solution because its open platform video management software allowed integration with the RFID system, it can connect to ONVIF-conformant IP cameras, and its interface is absolutely intuitive and easy-to-use. LILIN VMS solution, Navigator, integrated with barcode scanner / RFID tags automatically track baggage from the ticket counter to the aircraft while a wireless local area network (WLAN) transmits baggage information used to match each piece of luggage on the plane.

LILIN Navigator provides reliable information where a bag is located at all times, from check-in to loading. LILIN solutions can bring peace of mind to your passengers by enhancing security and ensuring that their bags will be waiting for them when their plane lands.

Manufacturing line
LILIN Navigator VMS software can integrate with RFID tag, and manufacturers can track and record in process assembly information into the RFID tag as an item progresses along the line. Assembly line personnel could use an RFID reader to verify which processes have been completed. Intelligent SmartEvent playback system in Navigator with multiple video analytic searches, and you can playback these events by searching a keyword. Maintains current item information on the tag - ideal for managing production of complex or customized products and assemblies, eliminates the need for separate paperwork on assembly status and content.

Key functionalities
* Navigator SmartEvent feature allows you review the video in full screen based on keyword search.
* Keyword search to retrieve video footage across all cameras.
* Replay video based on the keyword search.

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

Hikvision helps secure operations at a leading Food Distribution facility

Hikvision helps secure operations at a leading Food Distribution facility

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision partnered with Imperial Surveillance, a full-service security company, to protect operations at Midwest Foods, one of the North America's largest food distributors. The project allowed the end-user to upgrade the existing technology to create a hybrid system and a gradual upgrade to digital without significant capital investment. The new technology offered by Hikvision also allowed for increased operational efficiencies, enhanced security, and additional cost savings.

Hikvision's technology was brought in when Midwest Foods called upon Imperial Surveillance to integrate their existing analog cameras into a state-of-the-art digital network. When they decided to add IP cameras in key areas, Hikvision's 3MP EXIR Turret Network Camera, with long-range infrared and three-axis lens adjustment, was the only sensible choice. Hikvision's 960H Hybrid DVR and the eight-channel 7608 Embedded NVR with built-in PoE switch rounded out the installation, making a seamless connection between analog and digital on the production line.

“Hikvision's products have more features and functionality than the competitors',” explained Domenic DiPietra, security consultant at Imperial Surveillance. “The communications capabilities between the cameras and the NVR are impressive, especially when working with a hybrid system. What's more, Hikvision offers ‘plug and play' functionality like nobody else, which makes for a smooth and straightforward installation process.”

Midwest Foods began to notice the benefits of their new system immediately. “The new security system prevents basic theft in a way that the old system couldn't have done.” Dan Tingle, IT Manager for Midwest Foods, affirmed. The new system has also given Midwest Foods a more effective way of monitoring food safety concerns. Midwest's strict guidelines guarantee that their products are void of biological and physical hazards. Video surveillance prevents everything from allergen contamination to potential terrorist activity.

“I also appreciate how I can check in on things using an app on my phone,” Mr. Tingle added. Hikvision's iVMS-4500 app, available on iTunes and the Google store for smartphones and tablets, includes powerful, user-friendly capabilities such as playback and live view at the tap of a button. Features like this are another example of how Hikvision empowers security directors to utilize advanced technology in a simple and skillful way.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, remarked, “Hikvision provides proven and tested video surveillance solutions for a diverse array of markets. We are thrilled to be able to show measurable improvements in security operations for our customers. Success of our project with Imperial Surveillance serves as a great example of the kind of benefits our technology provides to the end-users like Midwest Foods.” Mr. He continued: “As we continue to rapidly expand in North America, we look forward to bring even more success stories to the marketplace.”

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A luxury hotel and resort group has completed the first installation of IDIS DirectIP full-HD surveillance at its new flagship resort in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a wider DirectIP rollout programme. Commissioned ahead of the resort's inauguration in December, the project is the first of twelve DirectIP solutions to be installed across the group's new properties in Asia and North America.

Ahead of opening the Phuket resort, the group's security team needed to implement a modern and high performance HD video surveillance solution that would be unobtrusive and match the resorts luxury brand and image. The solution needed to ensure the safety and security of the resort's guests and staff, while the implementation needed to meet extremely tight deadlines ahead of the inauguration in late 2013.

In November 2013, the hotel group turned to their trusted systems integrator, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS). RIS worked in partnership with CCTV specialist's iCenter HD to review a number of server-based surveillance solutions. After thorough evaluation, the team selected DirectIP, based on its innovative high performance combined with its capability for fast and simple implementation, affordable pricing and bundled IDIS Center™ video management, requiring no ongoing licence fees.

The complete end-to-end DirectIP solution, comprising 45 internal and external dome cameras and two 32-channel network video recorders (NVRs), is managed through the simple and intuitive IDIS Center video management software (VMS). The IP-enabled and vandal proof range of one and two megapixel cameras, also feature pan-tilt-zoom, low light and audio functionality. Eighteen terabytes of storage provided by the DirectIP NVRs support the resort's requirement to store 31 days of footage all in full-HD.

The user-friendly solution operates just like a traditional analogue DVR-based system with all the necessary accessories supplied by IDIS to build a complete full-HD surveillance solution.

Andy Rutlege, Managing Director at RIS, said, “The luxury resort group are an existing prestigious and important customer for RIS, and we were determined to complete the project ahead of the inauguration. As an established systems integrator, having completed a large number of IP CCTV projects, DirectIP offered us a previously unseen level of seamless integration. To ensure we delivered the project on time and on budget, iCenter HD distributed the kit in record time to Thailand and remained incredibly responsive throughout the project.

“We are currently rolling out two similar DirectIP solutions in the Maldives and Miami with another nine scheduled over the next few months. We intend to use IDIS DirectIP™ combined with the services offered by iCenter HD for these and many projects in the future.”

EverFocus surveillance deployed in Grand Hyatt Cairo cruise restaurant

EverFocus surveillance deployed in Grand Hyatt Cairo cruise restaurant

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
The Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel provides visitor a unique sightseeing and dining cruise in Egypt. It has been as popular as ever to oversea visitor and local residents. Maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction means ensuring that Grand Hyatt Cairo runs like clockwork and kept everything under control, as well as going the extra mile when incidents or problems occur in anytime. For this reason, the Cruise Directors at the Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel Collection began searching for a system that would allow them to ensure precise control over the maintenance and repair activities that take place in the service areas during boat tour.

Solution
The Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel installed EverFocus EHD525EX and EHD350HQ series Rugged dome Cameras in the River Nile Tour Boat. The video streams from the cameras of each supply station are transmitted via the network to the monitoring control center located in the boat, where the operators can monitor and manage all network cameras and terminals. The administrators can access the UI via DVR with live video view by using a web browser and they can monitor the PTZ cameras via EverFocus Control keyboard (EKB500). A monitor wall has been installed in the control center. Digital signals are converted back into analog signals and sent to the monitor wall with live video from the cameras. The operators of the center can monitor remote video on the monitor wall in real-time.

Result
The excellent quality of the images obtained even in extreme light conditions enables uninterrupted monitoring of areas in cruise, thus guaranteeing the safety and peace of mind of the guests. The client is fully satisfied with the solution.

Hard disk drives work hard to ensure data integrity

Hard disk drives work hard to ensure data integrity

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Hard disk drives (HDDs) are the core of a storage system, which is critical in a surveillance installation. With growing demand for storage devices capable of storing bigger and more complex video data for longer periods of time, the need for higher-capacity and more reliable hard drives also rises. Today's surveillance HDDs consume less power, have better error detection capabilities, and are designed specifically for intensive writing that is typical of surveillance operations. All this is intended to meet users' growing storage needs.

The history of HDDs goes way back; they were Introduced in the 1950s. Yet for a long time, HDDs focused primarily on the storage of personal and corporate data and lacked surveillance applications. However, this has changed with the growing importance of the security industry. As camera resolutions get higher and video retention periods become longer, demand for HDDs that are bigger in volume and designed specifically for writing-intensive surveillance operations has increased.

In fact, it can be said that surveillance is a growth driver for the hard drive industry. A recent study by IHS predicted that revenue for both internal and external HDDs in video surveillance applications would rise from US$638.7 million in 2013 to $1 billion by 2017, a remarkable 57% increase. The market research firm attributed the increase in storage demand to various factors, including better performance and the use of high-resolution cameras. “The HDD industry as a whole will reap the benefits of a fast-growing video surveillance industry,” the report said. Indeed, today's HDDs come with advanced features, such as error detection and vibration tolerance, to make sure no data is lost. Capacity, which totals 4 terabytes (TB) in most of today's enterprise-level HDDs, will only increase over time. All this is meant to ensure data reliability and integrity over a long period of time and boost the overall performance of the surveillance deployment.

Consumer vs. Surveillance HDDs
The major difference between HDDs for consumer and surveillance applications is that the former is reading intensive and the latter is designed for data writing most of the time. “Consumer electronics (CE) HDDs' primary focus is entertainment systems, like a consumer DVR, where you typically record content and play it back over and over again. In this environment, smooth playback is very important,” said CN Chu, Technical Manager for Taiwan at Seagate.

Surveillance, on the other hand, requires constant writing of data as video feeds from different cameras are continuously transmitted to the storage device. HDDs for surveillance applications must therefore be designed from a writing-intensive perspective. “For surveillance applications, the customer needs an HDD that writes data 90%of the time, while reading accounts for just 10%or even 5%,” said Patrick Lo, Director of APAC Marketing, Digital Video and Data Center Storage Division at WD. “If there is no event, the video data is either retained or overwritten.”

Moreover, surveillance HDDs must be able to withstand lots of heat, being often enclosed in systems such as NAS or servers. Surveillance HDDs must also have more stringent fault tolerance requirements, able to perform even in the event of a components failure. Finally, consumer HDDs work at an average of eight hours a day, five days a week. Surveillance HDDs, on the other hand, must work round-the-clock. And given surveillance systems are always on, HDDs with improved energy conservation features can help users save on power.

Comparison between consumer and surveillance HDDs

 

Consumer HDDs

Surveillance HDDs

Power-on hours

8x5

24x7

Designed for multi-HDD recording

No

Yes (1 to unlimited)

Mean time before failure (hours)

700K

1-1.4 million

Workloads

Balanced between read and write

High sequential write/recording high-resolution videos at all time

Power management

High spin-up current >2amp

Low spin-up current <2amp

Warranty

2 years

3-5 years


Features to ensure data Integrity
Imagine the horror of not being able to find or retrieve a vital piece of data in the event of an accident. Since surveillance HDDs are tasked with storing piles upon piles of video data that is too valuable to be lost, they come with cutting-edge features to make sure all the data is kept securely and intact.

Error Detection
Error detection is a feature that activates when the system detects an impending HDD failure to allow the engineer to act accordingly, such as backing up data or making replacements. To make sure that error detection works, the HDD must be able to “shake hands” with the error detection software developed by the system manufacturer. “We do not just sell HDDs. In this industry, we sell a service and work with system manufacturers from the very beginning during the R&D stage,” Lo said.

Power Management
The more power a hard drive consumes, the more heat it will emit. Overtime, this will shorten a hard drive's life expectancy. Power management is therefore, in the words of Lo, “a topic that, for surveillance players, will never go out of style.”

Power management also plays a major role in the economics of running surveillance. “Because surveillance HDDs run 24x7, power consumption is a big deal. The less power required by the drive the lower overall cost of ownership for the end user — especially as you scale into larger surveillance data centers,” Chu said. To lower overall power consumption, HDD manufacturers have developed various technologies to achieve this purpose, for example minimizing disk operations during periods of downtime and reducing the “spin-up power” — power needed to get the disk from a state of rest to full rotation. A sudden surge in power consumption during this time may be costly and may even affect system operations later.

Read/Write
The hard disk's read and write speeds are dependent upon the user's surveillance system. A hard drive that supports a maximum sustained data rate of 180MB/second, for example, can accommodate up to 32 simultaneous recordings from HD cameras. “If you're streaming from a higher camera count and in higher resolution formats, you will need a drive that can support a higher throughput,” Chu said.

Besides read/write speed, effective and accurate writing into the hard drive is also critical. “Sometimes the HDD will keep recording, yet frame drops may occur, and that can be a huge problem,” Lo said, adding WD has a solution, called AllFrame, for this situation.

Selecting the right HDD
Picking the right HDD to install really depends on various factors. Installers and integrators should consider a range of things, for example the size of the project, the level of reliability demanded, and the number of drives that will be packed in a unit, before choosing the right product.

Type of Project
One way to figure out which HDD to get is by determining the size of installation. For a home environment with a camera count of four to eight, the installer may choose a standardlevel drive with workload of up to 60 TB a year and warranty of three years — that's total workload of 180 TB for three years. For companies or businesses with 40 to 50 cameras, an HDD with total workload of 900 TB over a five-year period (180 TB times five) may be considered. For the more missioncritical operations such as casinos, airports, and government agencies, total workload of 2,750 TB over a five-year period (550TB times five) is preferred.

Number of Drives
When HDDs are deployed in multi-drive units such as NAS or large servers, rotational vibration (RV) may become an issue that may cause data loss and corruption. “In systems with more than five drives, vibrations from the chassis or other rotating drives may cause enough vibration to impact the system performance as well as data integrity,” Chu said.

To address this issue, RV sensors are built into surveillance-purpose HDDs to minimize the impact of vibration. WD's technology, for example, has a sensor that detects vibration and triggers a response that keeps the drive heads within the safe operating region during read and write operations.

Level of Reliability
If the user requires a higher level of data reliability, then it's preferable to choose HDDs with a higher mean time before failure (MTBF) — the predicted time before the drive goes out. HDDs in the market now have MTBF ranging from 1 million hours to 1.4 million hours.

HDDs vs. SSDs Solid state drives (SSDs) are storage devices that are based on integrated circuits rather than on electromagnetism like HDD. SSDs do have a place in surveillance. They are more resistant to extreme conditions and vibrations, making them suitable for outside or vehicular applications. They also boast faster read and write speeds.

However, HDDs still have advantages. First, HDDs can stand a lot of roughening up. Enterprise-level HDDs can read or write 600,000 times, while SSDs can do so only 30,000 to 50,000 times. Secondly, HDDs are a lot more inexpensive. The price of a 512 GB SSD, the maximum spec in the market right now, can get the user more than one 4TB HDD.

“SSDs are suitable for many applications, for example car digital recorders which do not require big capacities. But will they completely replace HDDs in the near future? I don't think so,” Lo said. “And I don't think it's an issue of who replaces who, as finding the right storage technology really depends on your operating environment and budget.”

Bigger and faster is the future
As for the future of hard drives, the trends are that they will feature bigger and bigger capacity. Currently, maximum HDD capacity is 4TB, a figure “that is set to double every two years,” Lo said. “You can never satisfy customers' storage needs.” PCI Express (PCIe), a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard, is meanwhile expected to replace SATA as the mainstream interface for connecting storage to PC systems. PCIe boasts transfer rates of 1 to 2GB/s, faster than 3 to 6Gb/s for SATA.

Good prospects down the road
With bigger capacity, better performance, and less power consumption, today's surveillance HDDs help surveillance players big time by keeping data safe and secure. It has been said that a hard disk will be able to hold 20TB of data by 2020. With storage technology continuously improving, that scenario is no longer a far-fetched dream.

Honeywell offers HD IP video kits to Performance Series line

Honeywell offers HD IP video kits to Performance Series line

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 9/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell is now offering bundled IP Video kits that give small to mid size businesses a hassle-free option for upgrading to high definition IP video. The kits consist of Honeywell's new four-channel embedded NVR with four ball or four bullet style high definition IP cameras. These kits are affordable, easy to install and provide a complete end-to-end video surveillance solution.

“The common problem for NVR systems is that they're too expensive and too difficult to install, so many organizations stick to what they know, which is the standard analog DVR system,” said Rick Koscinski, Honeywell Sales Manager. “Our Performance Series' IP kits address those problems by providing a cost-effective, easy-to-install system that makes IP video a greater reality for organizations with cash-strapped budgets. It's as easy to set up as a DVR.”

The simple, low-profile camera designs are ideal for tight spaces, and built-in Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) simplifies camera installation through plug-and-play functionality, saving time and costs. An intuitive setup wizard makes the system easy to configure, maintain, and manage. End users can also program the system to record only when motion is detected to maximize the system's efficiency. The network connected system allows business owners to view video from smartphones, tablets and computers. E-mail alerts can be programmed to warn users of network failures or motion detection.

Public school district in Nebraska deploys IP solutions with Genetec and Axis

Public school district in Nebraska deploys IP solutions with Genetec and Axis

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 9/2/2014 | Article type: Education

North Bend Central School District (NBCPS) in America has installed Genetec Security Center to better protect its elementary and junior high school students.

North Bend Central School District serves a community of 1,200 residents in the southwest corner of Dodge County, Nebraska. Its facilities include a PK-6 elementary school and a central junior-senior high school campus, accommodating approximately 560 students. While North Bend is a close-knit community and usually devoid of serious risk, NBCPS always stays vigilant in ensuring its students and faculty are safe.

The school district had been using a very small analog digital video recorder (DVR) camera system to track minor incidents of vandalism in its high school building, and doors to both buildings were secured by keys. The manual process of locking and unlocking doors and tracking keys was tedious and cumbersome. Upon receiving a sizeable financial federal bond, the school district planned a major infrastructure improvement which included a complete security upgrade. NBCPS turned to Prime Communications, a certified security solutions provider, who proposed Genetec Security Center, for a unified approach to security with video surveillance and access control.
Today, NBCPS is using Security Center to manage a total of 36 network cameras from Axis Communicationsand 15 HID Global door readers and controllers across both buildings.

Synergis, the access control system of Security Center, has been pre-configured to automatically lock and unlock the main entrances and exits of both school buildings according to school schedules. Since the community also uses certain facilities after-hours, the NBCPS facility managers can easily make schedule adjustments within Synergis to accommodate different events or special exceptions. Administrators can also quickly activate or de-activate cards as required. “Because everything is automated, we don't need to have someone come in and manually lock or unlock doors anymore. We schedule everything in the system or we assign community members visitor badges with specific privileges and access rights. Synergis has been really easy to use,” explains Jim Cody, Technology Coordinator at NBCPS.

From an IT perspective, Security Center has also been extremely adaptable by running within a virtualized environment and thus allowing NBCPS to minimize hardware. Omnicast, the video surveillance system of Security Center is also set to record on motion.
“We're a small district and we don't have the money to spend on terabytes and terabytes of data storage or servers for our security system. Having motion detection supported within Omnicast has saved us a lot of time searching for video and minimized storage costs,” added Cody.

NBCPS is using Security Center mainly for after-the-fact investigations, yet rotating video feeds are consistently displayed on monitors in administration offices. Being able to quickly locate, time-stamp and export video as evidence has proven to be useful to identify a suspect who had damaged school property during a school event and also provided video evidence to parties with different recounts of a traffic accident that was caught on camera.

While Security Center features such as remote monitoring have saved staff considerable time in handling video investigations from home, more powerful features like Security Center Mobile, Health Monitoring and Active Directory Integration are top of the to-add list in the future.

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