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Hikvision launches Turbo HD analog solution

Hikvision launches Turbo HD analog solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Analog CCTV users can now enjoy HD resolution while safeguarding their investment in existing cabling infrastructure with Hikvision's launch of its Turbo HD Analog solution. This revolutionary technology supports latency-free 1080P HD over up-to 500 metres of coaxial cable and offers seamless compatibility with traditional SD cameras, Hikvision IP cameras and HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs. At launch, the Turbo HD product family consists of a comprehensive, 32-strong range of Hikvision DVRs and 720P/1080P cameras, including Bullet, Dome, PTZ Dome, Turret, Vari-focal, Vandalproof and Low-Light units.

HD Performance at 1080P/720P
The Hikvision Turbo HD product family is based on HDTVI (High Definition Transport Video Interface) technology and is ideally suited to upgrading existing standard definition systems at low cost. It retains the ease-of-use of an analog system while offering up to 1080P HD video output.

Open HDTVI Technology for 3rd Party Device Compatibility
All Hikvision Turbo HD products adhere to the HDTVI open standard, which guarantees trouble-free connection to other HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs. The Hikvision Turbo HD DVRs can also connect with traditional SD analog cameras and all Hikvision Turbo HD cameras can access third party DVRs equipped with HDTVI technology from other manufacturers.

Tribrid System – Futureproof by Combining Turbo HD, Analog and IP
The Hikvision Turbo HD DVR offers simultaneous connections to network, analog and Turbo HD cameras, auto-detecting the incoming signal and recording accordingly. This means that existing systems can be upgraded simply by replacing the current cameras and DVR while new areas may be covered with the addition of IP network cameras.

Up-to 500m HD Transmission via Coaxial Cable
Hikvision HDTVI technology guarantees up-to 500 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720P / 1080P via coaxial cable. A conventional analog solution will struggle to achieve this resolution while HD-SDI solutions are limited in terms of long distance capability. This makes Hikvision Turbo HD a perfect solution to fit all requirements. In addition, the Turbo HD Analog solution supports UTC for remote set-up and configuration, and enables control of the OSD menu and PTZ control via coaxial cable. This means that users no longer have to go to the camera to make changes and enables much faster and easier camera installation and management.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision, “Turbo HD is a hi-tech tour-de-force in zero-latency, long distance HD-over-coax that demonstrates our commitment to pushing the boundaries of CCTV technology. Until recently, the only option for HD CCTV resolution was the wholesale adoption of IP cameras and their associated technology. Now, with the launch of the Hikvision Turbo HD Analog solution, users can enjoy 720P/1080P without even upgrading to IP or even replacing their existing cabling structure.”

Dahua roadshow in Italy strengths local presence with Videotrend

Dahua roadshow in Italy strengths local presence with Videotrend

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 7/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology  held a road show in Milan, Italy, partnering with local distributor Videotrend S.r.l. in early July.

The event attracted more than a hundred installers attended, coming from or at the adjacency of Milan. At the event, Dahua and Videotrend jointly introduced to the audience the latest products, including complete HDCVI solution, eco-savvy network cameras and video door phone system. During the event attendees also had hand-on experiences.

Dahua's complete HDCVI portfolio, which includes cameras, Tri-brid DVRs, transmission devices, converters as well as matrix, had attracted high attention. Besides, Tri-brid DVR is compatible with three signals — analog, IP as well as HDCVI, allowing HDCVI to be integrated with more possibilities and solving interoperability issue to facilitate the technology adoption in the industry.

“We are very satisfied about results that we reach with our partner Dahua,” said Mr Pasquale Totaro, President of Videotrend. “It's a natural result for company that work with passion and right cooperation and this 100 people think the same with us.”

“Exactly,” said Elmer Zhang, Sales Director of Europe at Dahua Technology. “We appreciate this good partnership and will continue to go on the tour this summer in Italy, next stop is Naples, after that, we will try to reach more cities, to let more people know Dahua by talking to them by face to face meet-ups.”

A slice of small system surveillance with Axis

A slice of small system surveillance with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Following an attempted break-in, Andover, MA restaurant King's Subs and Pizza needed a cost-effective security solution. As a small business in an industry with razor-thin margins, King's Pizza went looking for the highest quality surveillance system that fit within their budget. They also needed cameras that could provide the most flexibility of installation to cover all the important areas with minimal hassle. Additionally, as self-admitted technology novices, King's Pizza required a system that was user-friendly and easy to learn.

Solution
After contemplating installing a consumer-grade analog DVR system, King's Pizza elected to go with the similarlypriced, yet much higher quality Axis IP solution with in-camera edge storage. They installed five 720p HDTVquality AXIS M10 Series Network Cameras in key locations throughout their store. All video footage is recorded onto the SD cards within the cameras, and the system, once configured, runs selfcontained without the need for a computer or laptop thanks to the AXIS Camera Companion software. King's Pizza can even access real-time or recorded video on a smartphone whenever they need.

Result
Not only does the IP surveillance system provide reliable, round-the-clock security for the restaurant, but the owner can also use the footage to track business operations, monitor cash register transactions and investigate incidents. The ability to view archived video has had an immediate positive effect on the restaurant's bottom line. The owner can track whether an ingredient such as premium steak is being used too much, or see if there is a reason for discrepancies in each night's receipts. Every dollar counts for small businesses, and Axis network cameras help ensure they are all counted correctly.

An order of surveillance, but hold the DVR
Owner Dave Young purchased King's Subs and Pizza in 1996 after working there as a cook since 1991. Today, King's has 15 employees, including delivery men, with anywhere from three to seven working at one time. Following an attempted break-in, Young began shopping to replace his long-broken analog camera. After comparing similarly-priced analog and IP solutions, he found the high quality video and cost-effective edge storage options offered by Axis cameras to be the best fit. Five 720p HDTV-quality AXIS M10 Series Network Cameras were installed throughout the restaurant to cover the front and back doors, cash register, customer counter, and kitchen, as well as the office where the money is counted at closing time. The edge storage capability meant that all surveillance video would be recorded to the cameras' internal SD-cards, while AXIS Camera Companion software turned the system into a self-contained recording solution. The cameras connect to a standard networking switch – not even a computer is needed for the system to record. Because King's opted for edge storage and eliminated the need for a costly and maintenance-heavy DVR, the pizza shop was able to utilize a much higher quality IP camera solution at a comparable price.

Easy as pie: Searching for cost-saving evidence
While the fear of being robbed was the initial impetus for looking for a new surveillance system, the IP solution has proven to be more of an operational asset than Young could have ever imagined. “It's is helping to improve the bottom line,” Young said. When the shop is busy, it's all hands on deck. Yet, sometimes those hands make mistakes. “Waste is a huge deal in this business,” explains Young. “My hamburger is cash to me. If I start to see irregularities in our food costs, I can review the video to answer, ‘Why am I losing here?'” Young will log in to the viewing client and focus on the kitchen to see, for instance, if too much steak is being cooked for a particular meal, or whether food was dropped and had to be thrown out. Other times, it's simply a matter of a hot selling order that week. In one instance, Young noticed a major discrepancy when balancing the register. A review of the video revealed the shift manager had reversed a refund at the customer's request. Not only was money not stolen, but the video showed the manager making a correct decision and reinforced Young's confidence in the recently-promoted employee. The ease-of-use of the new IP system helps Young recoup time he lost in the past playing detective without any clues.

“I am not what you'd consider a tech guy. The fact that I can get in there and figure it out without anyone really showing me how, that says something.” He regularly uses the Investigation Mode to move the video frameby- frame to pinpoint what he's looking for. He also discovered that the snapshots enable him to zoom in on the 720p image. “It's phenomenal. I rarely ever need to zoom in because of the clarity of the cameras, but I have that option. There's nothing to it: just a few clicks and you're good to go.”

Security to go
Despite his exceptional staff, Young doesn't take many days off as the owner. But the ease of use, clarity, and remote monitoring capabilities of the IP system just might allow him to fully relax while spending a day doing what he loves most: fishing. “I downloaded the TinyCam app on my Droid,” says Dave, “and if I'm away running errands or actually take some time off to do some fishing, it's great that I can check in on the restaurant wherever I have a connection. I've got a tremendous staff who I trust implicitly. But the ability to check in – even just to see how busy we are – gives me that extra little bit of comfort.”

MOBOTIX video phone system secures 84 luxury apartments in London

MOBOTIX video phone system secures 84 luxury apartments in London

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 7/7/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

City harbour is a property development in the Cross-harbour area of the London Docklands close to South Quay and Canary Wharf. The multi-million pound site includes 7 blocks of luxury apartments situated just two minutes' walk from the Docklands Light Railway with easy access to Canary Wharf, the City and Lewisham.

The development was completed in 1997 and included, what was then, a high tech video entry phone system connecting each of the 12 apartments to the remotely opened front door in each block. The system allowed tenants to view and speak to a visitor before entry and provides both security and peace of mind.

However, over the intervening years, the analog video entry system has suffered several breakdowns while advances in technology has made the image quality less than acceptable to what is considered as high quality by modern standards.

Obsolete analog
Following another breakdown of the old analogue video system in July of 2012, Parc Properties, the management agency for the block began to investigate an alternative video entry phone system. A key requirement for the new system was to offer better quality digital video with more reliability. In addition, the new system needed to be accessible by the porter to provide an additional level of security for the development.

Parc Proprieties examined a number of video entry systems from several suppliers. “Future proofing was also a key requirement,” explains James Ingles, Property Manager for Parc Properties, “The entry system needs to be in place for ten to fifteen years and it was important that we found a system that could offer us reliability with the potential to offer additional value to the leaseholders.”

Integrated Solution
Unlike many of the competing bids for the project, NIMATA, a specialist in access technologies, proposed a solution based on MOBOTIX technology that also combined additional value through a partnership with a high speed broadband provider. The proposal offered MOBOTIX T24 video entry phone units at each door connected via an internal IP network to deliver bi-directional audio and colour high resolution video to a Grandstream IP based video phone within each apartment. From the video phone, tenants can see and communicate with any visitors and open the front door remotely.

In addition, by wiring each apartment with Ethernet connectivity, the project would also provide optional high speed internet connectivity to each tenant. “As this area does not have a high speed internet service, the proposed project by NIMATA, offered additional benefits to the leaseholders alongside improved security,” says Ingles.

As each leaseholder pays a contribution to a building sink fund through its service charges collected by Parc Properties, it was essential that the entry phone system offered good value. Through a consultation process and detailed examination of the competitive tenders, City Harbour Properties decided that the NIMATA proposal offered both the best value and overall suitability for the task.

Advanced Technology
The seven MOBOTIX T24 units used in the project include a high resolution digital camera, keypad and systems to interface with the door lock release mechanism. With 3.1 megapixels and internal memory, the hemispheric door camera records the entire entrance area from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling with no blind spots.

Each T24 also has a built-in SIP server to allow the camera to communicate with the video phone in each apartment. However, this basic SIP server only has a limited number of connections, so NIMATA developed its own SIP server appliance to interface with the T24 to manage up to a 1000 connections from a single video entry unit. This also has the advantage of allowing every apartment to contact any neighbor as well as the porter directly from the video phone without incurring any calling charges.

Decentralized Technology
MOBOTIX is the pioneer of a decentralized approach to CCTV which simplifies installation and operational considerations while improving overall security and reliability. In this decentralization architecture, all image processing, recording logic and decisions are made in the camera itself. This is in complete contrast to most other CCTV systems, where the camera typically has no real intelligence and relies on decision making and image processing taking place at 'the core‘ of the network via centralized software or DVR. As the camera can store video within the device and only needs to send video to a central repository at the discretion of the operator, building owners no longer require an expensive and complex monitoring station or dedicated wiring across the site.

With the project agreed, in August of 2012, NIMATA worked with external contractors to install the required CAT-5E structured cabling throughout the blocks and into each apartment. Working with fiber optic broadband provider Hyperoptic, the project also connected all 84 apartments with optional 1Gbs high speed internet access.

Tenants can now communicate with and view visitors in high resolution colour before releasing the main door. Via the video phone, tenants can also pan, tilt, and zoom the camera to get a better view of the surrounding area. The porter for the development can also view entry phone images from his cabin and communicate with visitors as well as scanning the area for any issues. Although the system offers a great deal of flexibility in viewing options, each camera and viewpoint is only accessible to authorized personnel from registered Video Phones, PC terminals and optional mobile devices.

Future proofed
“We take the security of the building occupants very seriously and the NIMATA video entry phone system has met our expectations around image quality and reliability,” says Ingles, “The system has been well received by our residents and also the accessibility of high speed internet is a major benefit for the whole development.”

The video entry phone system also has a number of potential upgrades including allowing visitors to leave video messages for tenants who are not available, for example if a tenant is out and a package needs to be delivered. In the future, the system can be upgraded to notify tenants and allow two way communications with a visitor via mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.

“The system has performed well since installation and we now have the option to upgrade many of its elements as our requirements evolve – overall, it has been a very successful project,” Ingles adds. Based on the success at City Harbour, Parc Properties are now considering working with NIMATA to upgrade several other properties it has under management across London and the South East of England.

EverFocus's great leap forward: eZ Hopper

EverFocus's great leap forward: eZ Hopper

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 7/7/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

EverFocus recently introduced an innovative function, eZ Hopper, for new series of DVRs/NVRs, allowing users to control up to 16 connected DVRs / NVRs in the same LAN network with just one single mouse.

This breakthrough feature will bring great benefits to the traditional small and medium-sized surveillance system. For traditional DVR/NVR users who want to expand the surveillance system, a costly Central Monitoring Software (CMS) and the time-consuming training can be a great burden. However, adopting the CMS solution is no longer the only way to scale up, EverFocus' newly developed function, eZ Hopper, is going to help you solve this problem.

The eZ Hopper is designed and developed upon the current DVR/NVR codebase, users do not need to learn any other complex configurations in order to manage the whole surveillance system, neither spend great setup cost and time. You just need to set up one DVR or NVR to be the Main Server, and the rest to be the Sub Servers. Simply connect a mouse to the Main Server, and then you will be able to move its cursor across all the connected monitors of the Main and Sub Servers and control their OSD menus respectively.

For the customers who currently are EverFocus' DVR/NVR users, they can simply upgrade to the new firmware and enjoy this powerful and flexible function. For the customers who would like to have a traditional small and medium-sized surveillance system but withdraw from using the CMS because of a considerable expanse and complicated operations, EverFocus' DVR/NVR coupled with the eZ Hopper function will definitely be more applicable and appealing.

How much does cost reduction really cost you?

How much does cost reduction really cost you?

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s Consultant | Updated: 7/2/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Production cost and the sophistication of security equipment are directly related; therefore, the more the manufacturers try to lower the cost of raw materials used in circuit designs, the more performance problems arise. There are two areas where these measures are commonly observed: circuit materials and designs, and peripheral equipment. This article delves into problems with material cost reduction for circuit materials and designs.

Some dishonest manufacturers simply claim that they choose different materials to optimize the interoperability of different components. However, the ugly truth is that it is done to “lower” the total production cost. Material substitutions can occur in all components, from resistors and chips to single or layered circuit boards, wiring connectors, relay designs, voltage stabilizers, and many more. Likewise, the external casing material, paint selection, fans and jacks used are also possible places to make alterations. But as mentioned above, these alterations are done to lower costs in order to boost competitiveness, despite the serious impact it has on product performance.

THE PROBLEMS COMING FROM MATERIAL SELECTION
Some problems surface quickly, while others only emerge due to the influences of certain environmental or operational factors. Nevertheless, any problem is a headache for users and integrators. Below are some common problems resulting from production cost reductions.

Lenses
For lenses, cost reductions usually happen with the replacement of the metal molding components with plastic materials. As a result, two problems arise:

A. The lens may or may not be tightly sealed with the rest of the camera due to its elasticity. Plastic molds may lose elasticity, shrink, curve in, or curl up with time, or even worse, change shape as temperatures change. This is almost impossible to avoid with plastic, which affects the accuracy of focal alignment.

B. In addition, without a piece of metal that serves as adequate grounding, external electromagnetic signals can easily interfere with the auto-iris lens and damage the signal output, leaving interference lines on images.

Cameras
The makeup of a camera involves complex circuit and structural designs, including optics, electric wirings, mechanical structures, network modules, and many more. Hence, cost reduction measures to substitute these components may create the following problems:

A. Traditionally, security cameras use a sophisticated locking screw ring to adjust the back focus through rotation. To cut down costs, some manufacturers use a metal strip or loosen/tighten the screws to stabilize the back focus. These substitutions do save on production costs, but over time cause cameras to easily become “out of focus” due to vibrations, requiring further manual adjustment by the installer.

B. To save on costs related to circuit boards, some manufacturers combine the imaging sensor and the DSP/ISP into a single double-layered and double-sided board. Because two individual boards have been shrunk down into one, three problems may occur:

1. Crowded soldering on a circuit board could result in solder skipping or false soldering and could even lead to a short circuit.

2. The simplified board design allows IP cameras to become smaller as a whole; however, as the size gets smaller, the heat dissipation mechanism can be compromised.

3. The overcrowding of the pieces of components on the circuit board makes it difficult to maintain or repair. Therefore, instead of repairing a broken circuit board, the manufacturer would just replace it with a new one. It is a faster solution, but it can take a great toll on installers' maintenance service.

C. Unless the camera uses power over Ethernet (PoE), to lower the production cost, some manufacturers may simply change its AC/DC power supply to switching mode power supply (SMPS) and simplify the interior power module and voltage stabilizer at the same time. Three problems could surface as a result:

1. Voltage and current flow could be very unstable and fluctuate wildly, thus overheating and damaging the camera.

2. When the external power supply becomes too heavy, the surge protection device (SPD) can be easily penetrated; cameras designed with the substitution or elimination of SPDs or lightning arresters are at greater risk of such damage.

3. In case of lightning strikes, the SMPS could become so sensitive that it would pick up the lightning-induced current and cause damage to the circuit board, which may be too vulnerable to handle strong currents.

D. When downgrading electronic components, electrical connections and transmissions in the interior of a camera can be problematic, leading to impedance mismatching to 75Ω. As a consequence, the images shown can be overlapping, too bright, and full of jittery OSD or noise lines.

E. Some manufacturers may eliminate the output of video (CVBS) signals or switch the BNC connector to the cheaper RCA jack, even in some network cameras without automatic focus. It may cause a short circuit or loose connection of the BNC connector. Because there is no CVBS output in the camera, installers may spend extra time adjusting the camera focus.

F. To substitute the coding component in IP cameras, there are two kinds of common selections: application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and field programmable gate array (FPGA). ASIC is advantageous in terms of achieving low power consumption, but it still has some shortcomings. Therefore, the cheaper FPGA chip is also favorable as it can contribute to a shorter product development period. But FPGA can take up high power consumption, as much as a 30mA current — that's almost 1 or 2 scales higher than the common power consumption level.

G. For PTZ cameras, it is common to see the gear wheel replaced with cheaper chains. As a result, both the horizontal and vertical tilting becomes less smooth and the chains may easily break or fall out of place. Furthermore, when the cradle head stops moving, the chains can exert a kickback force that could shift the camera's pre-determined angles.

H. Another component on a PTZ camera that is easily substituted is the capacitor. A lower-grade capacitor can cause inaccurate cradle head movements and can burn up due to inadequate rotations.

MOTHERBOARDS OF DVRS/NVRS
A. DVR/NVR manufacturers usually utilize development boards and kits already on the market to save development and design costs of DVR motherboards. However, this could easily jeopardize a DVR/ NVR's stability and product longevity because of defective firmware and the materials used in the development boards, giving rise to potential risks and faulty performances.

B. To reduce cost, some circuit boards would eliminate the CPU cooling fan, which causes the CPU to perform at a compromised level when the server is overheating. Images yielded would not be clear due to mosaic blurriness.

C. Transmission wires can be minimized by simplifying the material of jumper wires. However, this can cause impedance mismatching and the interference of thousands of vertical lines on the monitors.

D. DVR/NVR transmission connectors, which have adopted substitute materials, could cause interference, too. The communications between the box, decoders, or control boards could be compromised.

E. If the backend server of a DVR/NVR is not equipped with signal blocking materials, interference signals may show up on the display, including diagonal lines, jitters, power supply fluctuations, etc. The interference may not pose a big problem, but badly distorted images resulting from the interference would not be useful to anyone.

F. If the DSP components were minimized, then the signals may not be magnified to the desired degree, rendering low-resolution images that may compromise details such as color, saturation, etc. These typically happen when signals greater than 3MHZ are lost.

G. The casing of the DVR/NVR may be downgraded with the elimination of a fan. Once again, the overheating issue would cause the machine to breakdown.

CONCLUSION
The above scenarios may be the result of common cost reduction measures by manufacturers for their own benefits or because they have no other choice but to. It is not an easy task for integrators and users to distinguish the interior design of equipment. Therefore, what can be and should be done when selecting a product is to evaluate the reactive measures that can solve the abovementioned problems.

ADT unveils new cloud storage solutions

ADT unveils new cloud storage solutions

Editor / Provider: ADT | Updated: 6/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ADT announced the expansion of its video surveillance portfolio with new cloud-based and local DVR (digital video recorder) storage offerings designed to meet the needs of America's small business owners. ADT's extended video offerings give small business owners the flexibility to keep tabs on their most critical assets, store their video footage on-premise or in the cloud, scale their investment level up or down over time, and have a better understanding of their overall business operations.

According to a recent study, the market for cloud services continues to grow rapidly. The number of small businesses using a paid cloud solution in some capacity is predicted to triple in the next three years. With ADT's secure cloud video solutions, owners have the flexibility to track everyday business activities, manage multiple locations simultaneously, and take advantage of event-triggered notifications with cloud-based video access from any internet-connected device, including smartphones and tablets. ADT's cloud-based video surveillance service also has multi-screen viewing capabilities to track employees, while also providing enhanced visibility over inventory and sensitive business and customer data.

“ADT's introduction of video surveillance as a service with powerful, secure cloud technology provides small business owners with greater business control through unlimited, continuous video recording and storage,” said Luis Orbegoso, President of ADT Small Business. “In addition to cloud-based solutions, our diverse video portfolio is designed to meet the unique needs of each and every one of our customers – from the restaurateur to the salon owner.”

ADT Cloud Storage Solutions
ADT's cloud-based solutions are ideal for small business owners whom, for example, are in an office suite environment where security needs may be addressed by building management. These customers could benefit from added visibility with minimal IT support required and a significantly lower up-front cost with Broadband-enabled cameras. The new cloud solutions can also help increase audit capabilities with motion-triggered video storage and alerts, as well as archived video playback for incident investigations.

Additionally, the new solution provides greater insight into daily business activities through cloud-based video surveillance from any web-enabled device. The seamless user interface has an advanced search functionality to provide live video views or recorded video in one centrally managed account. With multiple options to choose from, small business owners have control over their investment level with 15 or 30 days video storage options.

ADT Onsite Storage Solutions
ADT's Onsite Storage Solutions meet the demand for on-premise video storage to monitor employee and customer interactions, help prevent crime and deter theft, especially in retail and food and beverage environments. With a local DVR, small business owners can digitally record video clips via cameras in multiple areas of the business, from the stockroom to the front door, and access the clips for playback at a later time.

Additionally, event-triggered activity alerts can be programmed, and owners can access a video history of video-captured activities through smart search functions on their DVR devices at any time. The intelligent search features of ADT's Onsite Storage Solutions allow owners to access date and time-stamped videos for a complete history of activities and to ensure employees are adhering to safety practices while also increasing loss prevention.

ADT Pulse Interactive Business Solutions
ADT Pulse provides small business owners with real-time video capabilities to monitor and manage their business from almost anywhere. The interactive business solutions also offers peace of mind with features to arm/disarm systems, regulate temperature, and control lighting.

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Vietnamese Beverage giant installs over 1200 cameras with Omnicast Video Surveillance and AutoVu License Plate Recognition for the most progressive security surveillance in local beverage industry.

Located just outside Ho Chi Minh City, in Binh Duong, Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group (THP) is a leading beverage corporation that develops, manufactures and retails an assortment of bottled drinks to Vietnam and other Asian countries. Superseding the regional sales of global giants such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, THP houses 6,000 square meters of office space, 7,500 square meters of factory space, and 46,000 square meters of warehouse space in their state-of-the-art headquarters.

With over 4,000 employees and billions of Vietnamese Dong of inventory leaving their facility daily, THP focuses on delivering quality products in a safe environment. While they had an analog video surveillance system in place, properly handling investigations was difficult and time consuming. The grainy images from DVR tapes and interrupted reliability of the system made securing their facilities even more challenging.

Instead, THP wanted to find a proven enterprise-class and feature-rich IP-based security system that would speed up investigations, offer easy access to managers overseeing operations, and cut costs by using existing hardware. From an IT standpoint, flexibility in network configuration and tools that would leverage their existing network infrastructure were also important.

After considering many solutions, THP relied on the expertise of Mr. Nguyen Quang Dinh, Chairman at Orion New Tech and Certified Genetec Integrator, to choose Genetec Security Center. According to Nguyen, “While the unified security platform cost-effectively offered all the functionality and flexibility they needed, it also allowed for centralized monitoring of both video surveillance and license plate recognition systems under a single, easy-to-use and robust platform.”

Largest Video System in Vietnam Unified with LPR
Representing the greatest number of surveillance cameras for a single security project in Vietnam's history, Omnicast, the video surveillance system of Security Center is managing just over 1200 cameras.

Thanks to flexible network configuration, Security Center allows THP to maximize their 11 server infrastructure, with the ability to host more than 100 cameras per server. THP is now able to minimize hardware investments, and curb the associated costs of powering, cooling and maintaining the equipment at such a massive site. Similarly, by using the bandwidth of each network segment only once, the Multicast capability in Security Center allows many users in various locations to view a video feed simultaneously without overcrowding the network or overloading the servers to redirect the stream, which is often a limitation of other video systems in the market.

In terms of storage, there is room for 500TB of archiving, which allows THP to retain video recordings for 30 days. For added reliability, THP has Omnicast Failover Archiving and Directory setup to ensure uninterrupted live monitoring and access to critical information, even in case of hardware failure or network interruptions.

Outside their headquarters, they reinforce their perimeter security with eight AutoVu license plate recognition (LPR) cameras. The AutoVu LPR cameras track the comings and goings of delivery trucks, capturing license plate reads as they pass by the cameras' field of view at the weighing stations. Alongside the license plate reads are date and time stamps, and a colour image of the vehicle. This data is sent back to the Security Center platform and unified with Omnicast video surveillance. In the event that a theft is reported, THP's security team can easily pull up video tied to the LPR reads so they can see exactly who was driving the truck as it entered and exited the facility.

A Feature-Rich Platform Engineered to Boost Efficiency
With two 12-hour shifts of security operators manning the system daily, the ease of system usability has really helped them reduce response time to incidents and quickly find information during investigations. THP offers Mobile capabilities to floor managers who use their phones to check up on operations from anywhere in their headquarters. Orion has also helped THP set permission levels in Security Center, so certain tasks and video are restricted only to those who have authorized access.

Visual tracking is another feature that THP operators have enjoyed. Instead of having to remember camera names or IDs in a list of 1200, they are now easily able to track a moving target in the factory, jumping from camera to cameras with the single click of a button directly from the video tile. And with the support for the bidirectional audio functionality of the cameras, operators in the control room can efficiently communicate with floors managers, without having to walk through the facility.

Setting the Benchmark Well Into the Future
Concerning their future plans, THP is looking at possibly expanding their surveillance system to three other remote factories throughout Vietnam, and tie them all back to the central headquarters in Binh Duong. This will all be possible thanks to the Genetec Federation feature which allows THP to manage all their Security Center systems as one single virtual system, while still maintaining independence for local security teams.

Furthermore, knowing Security Center is open and highly-customizable, THP is also interested in integrating other third-party systems into the unified platform like access control, video analytics and possibly more. This will help to further simplify their operations by automating tasks, handling alarms, and managing system components across all security and business systems from a simplified user interface.

Until then, THP's forward-thinking approach to security, technology and operations has set its massive Binh Duong facility as the benchmark to other local offices and manufacturing plants in the region.

 

Korean luxurious casino deploys Webgate HD-CCTV solution

Korean luxurious casino deploys Webgate HD-CCTV solution

Editor / Provider: Webgate | Updated: 6/23/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

WEBGATE, the Korea-based surveillance equipment provider, as well as a division of of Daemyung Enterprise, has completed the HD-CCTV surveillance system installation for a world-class casino in Pusan, together with their partner company SARADA.

The casino, located in Haeundae, is one of the top tourist destinations in Korea. It offers not just a wide selection of slot machines and tables where guests enjoy baccarat, blackjack and roulette. The whole casino is divided into various sections according to features and styles, providing premium service and amenities from a world-class casino, to meet expectations from travelers around the world.

While the casino sees huge money being handled during games every day, the video surveillance system becomes one of the core facilities in preventing illegal game or theft. This casino had been operating its video surveillance system with analog camera and DVR for a long time. However, there has been a continuous request of upgrading to full-HD video surveillance system. Representativesof the casino security  department had chosen WEBGATE's HD-CCTV system,  after making thorough comparison between "IP camera system based on network" and "HD-CCTV system based on HD-SDI transmission technology".

HD-CCTV system can make use of  the existing coaxial cables of  the analog system,  and can transmit full-HD digital video without frame loss. Unlike IP systems, it doesn't cause delay during video compression or network transmission, and provides real-time video monitoring for security personnel. Thanks to the advanced video CODEC solution, DVR can record high quality video which is undistinguishable from the live video, so its recording can serve as evidence when accidents occur. Besides, the camera's anti-motion blur function, and high reliability  both played an essential part in making WEBGATE a solution provider.

One Cable Solution:
HD-CCTV's “One Cable Solution” was applied to casino's video surveillance system. One Cable Solution configuration means that by using the coaxial cable, DVR supplies power to camera and controls cameras' OSD menu and zoom/focus. Also, in this configuration, all channels have 30fps to provide full-frame recording. Casino security personnel are very satisfied with the new HD-CCTV system because they can have the most optimized system by operating the system in the same way with conventional ones. They said that they will continue to upgrade their rest analog system as well.

Dahua brings HDCVI at IFSEC 2014

Dahua brings HDCVI at IFSEC 2014

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 6/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

During IFSEC Inte'l 2014, Dahua has rolled out the latest security solutions featuring new technical applications, to name some, Dahua cloud, Light Hunt, fisheye lens, and of course don't miss the show spotlight – HDCVI. Come for a quick overlook of what Dahua has at show.

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New network camera — 8-series with triple-stream encoding, real WDR, intelligent IVS, region of interest & Defog supported, integrated with Dahua smart NVR, this solution would perfectly meet high-end applications and satisfy your professional demands.

HDCVI
HDCVI is an optimal solution for megapixel high definition application, featuring non-latent long-distance transmission at lower cost. 1080P and 720P solutions will be showed. The latest tri-brid HDCVI DVR is the eye-catching among all.

Beneficio Series
Beneficio Series is designed for entry-level and cost-effective market, with product portfolios of NVR 4-series and network cameras including mini size IPC-HFW4200E, IPC-HDBW4200E, and middle size IPC-HFW5202C, IPC-HDBW5202. Beneficio Series brings great values to meet your small- to medium-scale applications.

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