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Clarifying the myths of HD-Over-Coaxial solutions

Clarifying the myths of HD-Over-Coaxial solutions

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s International | Updated: 12/15/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

 

HD-over-coaxial solutions, which transmit high-definition video over coaxial cables, provide an alternative to HD surveillance besides IP. However, there are still doubts and concerns from the market about how they are set up and whether they can truly deliver. This article lists some of the myths concerning HD-over-coaxial and demystifies them one by one.

 

Q: For HDCVI, it's compatible only with its own DVRs. What about HDTVI and AHD? Are they able to connect with any type of DVRs?

A: The answer to this is of course negative. Each HD-over-coaxial solution has its own format and must go with its own DVRs. The only solution that's compatible with all formats is 960H. After initial testing, it was confirmed that different-brand HDTVI and AHD cameras can work with their respective DVRs, as long as the same format is used.

Q: Will HDCVI and HDTVI completely replace 960H, since their picture quality is the same as 960H?

A:
In terms of what the 720p HD-over-coaxial solution can offer, it is indeed very similar to 960H picture quality. However, 960H products still stand out since they are offered and supported by most of the current camera vendors. We can assume in the future, if there are more 1080p HD-over-coaxial solutions being introduced to the market, it will definitely affect the market of 960H or even IP for the SMB sector.

Q: Could the current HD-over-coaxial DVRs support 720p and 1080p at the same time?

A:
The answer is no. Test results show that HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD each can support 720P and 1080P cameras and corresponding 720P and 1080P DVRs. The issue right now is whether the same DVR can record 720P and 1080P videos at the same time, no matter which technology is employed. This still needs to be confirmed.

Q: When different numbers of HD cameras are used, or when coaxial cables of different lengths or grades are used, would there be any signal loss issues? Experience dictates that when signals are transmitted through different-length coaxial cables, the disparity in voltage may cause poor reflection of images, which may appear to be stacking up on one another. Or, the difference in electrical grounding may create noise. Will this also affect HD-over-coaxial?

A: The answer is yes, due to the lack of equalizers in HD-over-coaxial DVRs at the current stage.

Q: From a project implementation perspective, does transmission distance for HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD matter? Is it a key factor to consider?

A:
Another good question. Each HD-over-coaxial solution claims to be able to transmit over a distance of 300 to 500 meters, or even 600 to 1,000 meters. First, we must applaud HD-over-coaxial for breaking the distance barrier. Yet from a project perspective, this doesn't really mean anything. First, in the past, transmission over a 5C-2V cable without a booster can go for 200 to 225 meters. With booster, transmission can be extended to over 400 meters. Yet quality loss is a byproduct of signal boosting, as noise is augmented. So for any coaxial implementation, shorter distances are preferred due to reliability. To transmit beyond 500 meters without sacrificing picture quality or reducing the number of cameras, what's usually done is the usage of multimode fiber for distances of three to five kilometers or single-mode fiber for longer distances. With a dense wavelength division multiplexing device, one multimode fiber or single-mode fiber can transmit four to 32 streams. In other words, from a project perspective, transmission distance is not an issue and is not a determining factor for choosing between HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD.

Q: With HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD breaking traditional distance barriers, can they really help with larger projects, or are they more suitable for SMEs?

A: No matter what grade of coax cable you use, it's just a medium. Transmission distance really depends on the system and voltage. The size of project depends on several things – for example, whether there will be compatible matrix systems like those used for HD-SDI, or HD DVRs that support more channels. Only by then will the discussion of which solution suits which type of project be more meaningful. For now, HD-over-coaxial is implemented in the same way as traditional analog, namely for small- to medium-size projects through a DVR+CMS architecture.

The above were answers to questions commonly asked of HD-over-coaxial solutions. Once they are more widespread in the market, there will surely be more questions concerning their technology and applications. That's when HD-over-coaxial will truly become a game changer.

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AXIS Camera Companion supplies security solution to smaller retailers in UK

AXIS Camera Companion supplies security solution to smaller retailers in UK

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 12/9/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Axis led a proof of concept trial for a Nisa Local store in Birmingham (Nisa), in which Axis partner, Defence Security, was brought in to complete the fit-out and optimization phase of the installation. The project formed the final stage of an innovations showcase for the Association of Convenience Stores, where Axis had successfully demonstrated the ways in which the AXIS Camera Companion package was ideally suited for smaller retailers.

Birmingham Nisa store owner, Rav Garcha, challenged Axis to expand the functionality of his store's current analogue surveillance set-up – including remote central monitoring, mobile accessibility, and the option to integrate cross-functional retail analytics.

Solution
Axis partner, Defence Security, installed a state-of-theart surveillance system which incorporated AXIS Camera Companion for independent retailers. Featuring 13 ultra-compact HDTV quality cameras that requiring no digital video recording (DVR) equipment and offering an easy to access intuitive management platform, the solution perfectly fit the store's security requirements, whilst providing ample scope for upgrades and expansion.

Result
Despite reducing the store's overall camera count, the new AXIS Camera Companion package has significantly increased surveillance coverage in-store, as measured against the retailer's historic analogue system. The phenomenal success of the installation at the Hockley store has resulted in the installation of a network video encoder at Nisa Broadway. Customer, Rav Garcha, plans to replicate the Axis system with the acquisition of more stores.

The most innovative solution available
Axis began working with Nisa store owner, Rav Garcha, after it was invited to attend an innovations showcase for the Association of Convenience Stores. One of four companies selected to pitch ideas for the workshop, the AXIS Camera Companion security solution was voted ‘most innovative' by the audience and a three-person judging panel. Axis partner, Defence Security was chosen to incorporate the solution into the Birmingham Nisa store, following an initial proof of concept trial.

Perfectly designed for small business users
While the store already had an analogue surveillance system in place, the retailer was keen to embrace the potential of networked video. Dave Brown, business development manager at Defence Security, said: “The store's legacy system really wasn't fit for purpose. It often experienced faults and system failures and needed a wholesale upgrade. In comparison, the flexibility and image quality offered by Axis is streaks ahead. Even its smallest camera achieves two-and-a-half times the picture quality of most analogue systems.”

As part of the store's upgrade, Defence Security replaced 16 conventional CCTV cameras with a range of Axis compact dome and fixed lens network cameras. Variously featuring video motion detection, active tampering alarm, two-way audio and integrated passive infrared sensors, the cameras capture the entire store in full HDTV image quality. An inbuilt microphone and speaker system also allows staff to communicate directly with customers at the critical point of sale area in the store. The camera's superior image quality and reliability also means that footage is of evidential quality and certified for use in court.

Rav commented: “The great picture quality and advanced audio detection features are incredibly important. In the past, we've experienced armed robberies and several incidences of abusive behaviour and threats being made towards staff. Axis' cameras can be relied upon to not only see these incidents in perfect detail, but they can also hear and record what is being said.”

Adapted to the retail environment
Using Axis' Corridor Format, the cameras records footage in a vertical aspect ratio, which is better suited for monitoring narrow aisles than traditional landscape formats. The systems is also fully open to future high-spec integrations that use surveillance data to analyse staff levels, peak trading hours, customer footfall and purchasing behaviour. Data can also be collated to inform staffing policy, store layouts and the relative success of special promotions or offers.

As space is always at a premium for retailers, a major advantage of the new Axis system is that it does not require DVR equipment and, unlike analogue equipment, can easily be scaled up or down according to the store's needs. Security managers can easily access and view live camera footage or download video files, either in-store, or remotely. As well as instant-access live view of the Hockley store, analogue camera feeds from Nisa Broadway (Worcester) have also been incorporated into the platform via the use of and Axis video encoder. Rav said: “We've been incredibly impressed with the entire AXIS Camera Companion package – from ease of installation, right through to the end product. We now have a bespoke surveillance setup and analytics capability that will make a real difference to business profitability.”

Honeywell adds high definition IP video kits to performance series line

Honeywell adds high definition IP video kits to performance series line

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 12/4/2014 | 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 organisations stick to what they know, which is the standard analogue DVR system,” said Uli Hopfstock, product manager EMEA, “Our Performance Series' IP kits address those concerns by providing a cost-effective, easy-to-install system that makes IP video a greater reality for organisations 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.

China brings the world security market to a reshuffle

China brings the world security market to a reshuffle

Editor / Provider: JOHN SHI, a&s Asia | Updated: 12/1/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Over the past two years, China-made products have become more popular in global markets, a phenomenon that not only impacted Asia's manufacturing landscape but also the whole distribution channel. All players across the supply chain are faced with eroding profits and are looking for ways to find new revenue streams. Many traditional players who were unable to respond to this change have been pushed out of the market. International brand suppliers facing China's price competition are also looking for ways to increase their products' cost-performance ratios. Despite all this, China should still be given credit for driving this price reduction that has led to more affordable products, a fast growth of the SMB market, and increased security awareness among the general public.

Changing Asia's Manufacturing Landscape
In 2007, we interviewed several Secutech Expo visitors, most of whom were importers coming to Asia to purchase security equipment. Taiwan products were their favorite, for no other reason than Taiwan's ability to manufacture, customize, and offer excellent service and technical support. At that time, the general impression was that China-made products were of inferior quality. Some importers who went to China to work with local companies eventually returned to their Taiwan and Korean partners. Yet, few importers voiced the opinion that China still had good manufacturers — you just have to dig them out.

In but a few years, things have changed. Thanks to the emergence of CMOS sensors and SoCs used for IP cameras, which significantly lowered the threshold for entering the camera business, Chinese manufacturers seized this opportunity and entered the camera market. With the already huge share in the DVR sector, the Chinese were able to complete their product lines covering both frontend and backend devices. Also, with quality control enhancement, China has significantly improved quality and reliability issues that once drew criticism.

Besides the aforementioned factors, China manufacturers hold another key advantage: its vast domestic market, which provides all the necessary elements for ensuring their further growth. China's domestic market that is the world's largest not only provides a stable source of revenue but also offers a training ground for manufacturers to test their products and create more applications. Within years of development in its local market, Chinese manufacturers now are able to compete with or even take huge market share from the multinationals in China.

Another thing that is unique about Chinese manufacturers is that they're not satisfied just with their domestic market; they also embrace the world. Among them, Hikvision and ZKTech not only see high revenues but also vaunt a host of overseas branches that have infiltrated into local markets.

China's growing influence in the world has led to a decline for both Korea and Taiwan manufacturing over the past years. Manufacturers from both regions couldn't directly compete with the Chinese heavyweights and therefore had to reposition themselves to find their own market niches. An example was IDIS, the Korean DVR manufacturer. Years ago, I interviewed its CEO and asked him about the choice between OEM and “own brand name.” Without hesitation, he said he would never think about the latter option, as it may lead to direct competition with clients. Yet, with China's growing expansion, IDIS last year completely repositioned itself and began to launch its own brand in Europe. How the future Asian manufacturing landscape will evolve is something worth observing.

Growing Market Acceptance for Chinese Products
Besides improving the quality of their products, Chinese manufacturers have also raised their English proficiency and learned ways of doing business internationally in the midst of globalization. Products' outstanding cost-performance ratios have helped vendors win more customers and business. Among these companies, some have accelerated their internationalization efforts and set up branches or offices overseas to face clients directly. With more competitive products, aggressive sales teams, and large-scale marketing campaigns, Chinese manufacturers have forced people to look at them differently. In the past, Chinese products were mostly used in the private or commercial sector. Over the past year, the trend has been that Chinese products are increasingly found in the government sector for some markets, too. With this, China manufacturers' market influence in different regions is set to grow exponentially. As two examples, China's Hikvision and Dahua had 2013 revenues of US$1.8 billion and $882.6 million, respectively. It's expected both will see their sales figures double by 2016. It can be imagined many firms will see their revenue eaten away by this kind of growth.

China's fast growth will sure expedite a reshuffling of the global security industry. We are wondering how many firms will survive in three years' time.

China Pushes Channels to Transform
Three years ago at an expo, I ran into one of the top three Russian importers. The company had focused primarily on European, U.S., Taiwan, and Korean products yet was now forced to bring in Chinese products. With the influx of Chinese imports in Russia, he had to sell Chinese products or face the prospect of losing all his customers. Yet, according to him, Chinese products had short lifecycles. Once new shipments came in, old ones were put in inventories. Profits were already low, and keeping things in inventories caused importers to lose money. All this for what, he asked.

For systems integrators, things aren't easier, either. With unit price fast falling, projects of the same scope may see price drop by half. That means, to keep revenue on par with last year's, you must get twice as many projects. Yet labor and operation costs haven't gone down an inch. For integrators, their challenge now is how to survive.

Amidst this revolutionary change, to understand what customers want and how technologies will evolve is key to security channel players' survival. Channel players must also change their original “box-moving” mentality that was prevalent during the traditional CCTV era. Maybe they can learn from the example of their IT counterparts: instead of just selling products, they should reposition themselves as “value-added distributors/ resellers” via offering integrated systems and extra services — from getting the right products to pre-sale testing to post-sale service.

Expecting a new order
Besides the influence from China, another troubling trend has emerged. Years ago, people had already raised this question: with surveillance moving into IP, hardware, firmware, and operating systems need to be upgraded constantly. Then, what would become of after-sale service? How would you service systems five years from now? In case an unprofitable integrator goes under in the midst of the price competition, who will maintain systems built by this SI? In Asia, it has come to the point where even maintenance fees are subject to a price war. Whoever gets the order would just do a sloppy job — as long as something doesn't go wrong. In my view, with clearer market differentiation, there are still plenty of market opportunities for many players. The security market will become more specialized in the future. Companies or industries attaching greater importance to security will realize the difference between price and reliability, and they will naturally choose reliability over price. For those who are not so demanding about where video streams are transmitted to during critical moments, they will rely more on the cost-performance ratio. When will the new order arrive? In three years? Five years? I would say it all depends on the expansion of Chinese manufacturing, the speed with which other security manufacturers reposition themselves, and how the Internet of Things is going to greatly influence the security industry.

Hikvision's Turbo HD: Bringing HD quality to an analog system

Hikvision's Turbo HD: Bringing HD quality to an analog system

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Hikvision | Updated: 9/22/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Regardless of whether or not video surveillance is headed toward IP, analog will always have a place in the market. The ease of connection, immediate transmission rate, simple maintenance, and safe and stable application will all keep analog a mainstay in video surveillance. To fit some systems integrators and end users' needs for analog systems, Hikvision launched its first HD analog systems, Turbo HD, ranging from cameras to DVRs.

How does Turbo HD Analog Solution work?
The Turbo HD analog system integrates digital, codecs, modem, and analog transmission technologies, which breaks the limit of 625TVL (not 960H) simulation technology and allows for HD in analog transmission, making it easy for old systems to upgrade to HD.

At the core of Hikvision's Turbo HD analog system is a modem chip that processes HD signals. After the HD signals are captured by the megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor, the optical image is processed by the image chip and forms uncompressed digital signals, which saves the original information. This imaging principle is basically the same as that of a HD digital camera, but the difference is Turbo HD analog solution adopts analog transmission over coaxial cable, namely, digital signals that are modulated into analog signals by a modulation chip. After HD video signals are transmitted to a back-end DVR, the modulation chip demodulates and uses a codec to compresses them into HD net video signals, which are then stored. The DVR modulation chip can modulate four Turbo HD signals in order to improve efficiency of demodulation.

Advantages:
• HD visual effects: Currently, Turbo HD analog solution is available in two resolutions: 2 megapixels at 1,080P and 1.3 megapixels at 720P. This allows for 900TVL to 1,100TVL of HD quality, which should be able to satisfy most HD surveillance needs.
• Long-distance transmission: It transmits 1,080P over 300 meters via a 75-5 ohm coaxial cable and 720P up to 500 meters.
• Open platform: Hikvision's Turbo HD analog system is compatible with HDTVI products of same type from third party companies. It can also receive different signals from 1,080P network cameras, 960H cameras, and SD analog cameras.
• Reverse control over coaxial cable: There is no need for customize configured keyboards for the OSD function menu of front-end cameras and dome camera cradle controls—everything can be done through the DVR via coaxial cable, providing the same flexibility as network equipment.
• Multi-functions: Software allows IP cameras to have many functions; however, many of these functions are difficult to realize on an analog camera. With the Turbo HD analog system, there are more functions such as transmission through fog, WDR, backlight compensation, and the intelligent analysis of VQD[1].

Product Design
Like other product lines, the Turbo HD analog system is selfcontained. To meet the needs of different customers, it provides a variety of camera series including dome cameras, half-dome cameras, fixed cameras, bullet cameras, integrated cameras, non-spherical camera, etc., all designed with infrared supplementary lighting and are IP66-rated for indoor and outdoor use.

Hikvision also provides several types of Turbo HD DVRs: mainly 4-, 8-, and 16-channel products. From the outside, the Turbo HD DVR looks the same as a traditional DVR. However, once the back cover is opened and you look at the PCB, you will find there are four HDTVI demodulation chips in addition to the video processing chip. In addition, the BNC video input interfaces for the Turbo HD DVR are not separated for SD and HD — the DVR recognizes the signals and resolution after analog video is input though these interfaces. As to DVR, the Turbo HD analog and IP inputs are two individual signals that do not restrict each other. Take DS-8116HQHI-SH as an example. This DVR supports 16 channels of analog video and two channels of network video input and can realize maximum codec storage of 18 channels of 1,080P HD signals.

Product Test
Eight channels with 1,080P and 720P Turbo HD cameras, as well as one channel with a 2-megapixel HD IP cameras, one channel with a D1 HD analog video, and one channel with a 960H camera; 10 channel signals in total were used for the test. They are tested and stored in a DS-8116HQHI-SH VCR (available with eight Western Digital 4TB hard drives). Turbo HD cameras need one-to-one corresponding modem chips to receive video signals. For this test, the camera was connected directly to the DVR. The video was then uploaded to Skyworth's display's DVR HDMI interface and co-browsed through C/S client from an Internet-connected computer.

Image quality test: 1,080P HD Picture Quality
With the DS-2CE16D5T-AVFIT3 as the video source, the camera was aligned at the sharpness testing card and focus at minimum zoom. The observed local output video showed horizontal 1,050TVL and vertical 1,100TVL. The camera's wide-angle lens caused poor edge sharpness, but still provides up to 800TVL. The results were almost the same with 1,080P IP HD, and even better than some 1,000TVL IP HD.

Sharpness Test
With the 24-color reduction test card, the reduction was accurate with no partial color. Compared with IP HD images, the color was more transparent, closer to the color performance of HD-SDI digital signals with codec. At the same time, in the gray scale test, the gray-scale performance at the seventeenth and eighteenth levels were not inferior to IP camera either.

In the scenery image quality test, the pictures were penetrating, smooth, and layered—so much so that you would not believe they came from an analog system. The superior color reduction is closer to that of SDI digital pictures without compression loss.

In addition to the transmission test at short range, we also tested 1,080P at 300 meters over a 75-5 ohm coaxial cable. In the sharpness test, after a 300-meter long transmission, the image quality of 1,080P was not reduced: horizontal 1,050TVL; vertical 1,100TVL; and edge 800TVL were all easily distinguishable with accurate color reduction. Meanwhile, in long-distance transmissions, when placing a telephone next to the coaxial cable and camera to cause signal interference, no abnormalities appeared in the picture.

Network Design With Flexible Controls
Although the Turbo HD analog system uses analog signals to transmit signals, it incorporates Hikvision's network advantages into its new generation of Turbo HD products, such as WDR support, defog, backlight compensation, etc. During the test, a fog simulation test was conducted: when the defog function was off the picture was hazy; however, after turning on the function, the outline of the picture was clear, and the effect on the video in terms of penetration, color, and sharpness was close to that in a no-fog situation. Similarly, in the backlight compensation test, when the backlight compensation was turned on under hard light the ambient light was suppressed as well, making the doll easily identifiable.

In the test, the codec parameter was set for 1,080p video to 1,080P/4 Mbps (under real-time 25fps). HD video was previewed at C/S client-side after codec by DVR (the code rate was steadily controlled between 4.4 to 4.5 Mbps). When delayed, focusing the camera on the electronic stopwatch the delayed time of 1,080P Turbo HD from imaging to display according to DVR local display and photo capture was calculated to be about 170 to 220 milliseconds, proving the fast transmission rate of the picture.

Replay: Fast Operation and Smooth Replay
The DVR also has intelligent analytic functions, such as a tripwire test. It can monitor video channel quality in real time, including diagnostic functions for blurry images, abnormal brightness, and crash screens, as well as immediately preserve the monitor screen.

DVR DS-8116HQHI-SH supports a maximum of 18 channels of video recording and a maximum of 16 channels of 1,080P synchronous replay. After four to five hours of constant recording, video can quickly be retrieved via time and/or channel through the replay menu. For this test we replayed 10 channels: observed was no frame loss in the picture and smooth replay. Note that the image quality, color, and sharpness could fully meet the requirements of HD forensics. In the test, the codec parameter was set for 1,080p video to 1,080P/4 Mbps (under real-time 25fps). HD video was previewed at C/S client-side after codec by DVR (the code rate was steadily controlled between 4.4 to 4.5 Mbps). When delayed, focusing the camera on the electronic stopwatch the delayed time of 1,080P Turbo HD from imaging to display according to DVR local display and photo capture was calculated to be about 170 to 220 milliseconds, proving the fast transmission rate of the picture.

Single channel replay, real-time image quality
During single-channel video replay, we called up the data rate testing software. After a long period of observation, we found that the camera used real-time replay buffer technology of 1,080P real-time replay at about .4 to 4.5 Mbps for singlechannel replay, conforming to codec limits and consistent with those in real-time preview. To reduce storage space and bandwidth pressure in remote preview or replay, 1,080P can be encoded and decoded at a rate of 2 to 3 Mbps or 720P at 1 to 2 Mbps, all while ensuring image quality with DVR low-coding technology. There is no obvious decay of image quality between low-code stream and standard-code stream transmission.

Hikvision Turbo your analog 1080P

Hikvision Turbo your analog 1080P

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Hikvision | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As a top-notch technology, Hikvision Turbo HD Analog solution enables up to 500m HD video transmission over existing coaxial cable and offers seamless compatibility with traditional SD cameras, HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs, as well as IP cameras.

As of now, high definition (HD) is the real thing for users to identify objects or individuals in a critical scene. However, the current analog systems, though still occupying a significant market segment, can hardly achieve HD picture quality. Though HD-SDI provides 1080p resolution, the video transmission distance is still limited at up to 100 meters. IP, on the other hand, providing another choice for HD; however, is still more pricy than analog. Meanwhile, for those who get used to using the existing analog security equipment, it is also difficult for them to immediately adapt to the IP technology.

All of these have led the companies to come up with new ideas and solutions to enable HD images while maintaining the same user habits over existing coaxial cable deployment. The Hikvision Turbo HD Analog solution is just the answer!

HD Performance at 1080P/720P
The Hikvision Turbo HD product family is based on the HDTVI (High Definition Transport Video Interface) technology and is ideally suited for 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.

In comparison with a traditional analog system (normally with analog cameras consisting of lenses, image sensors and image processors, and back-end devices receiving image signals for encoding.), the Turbo HD analog solution includes two additional chips -- a transmitting chip (TX) and a receiving chip (RX) -- for front-end Turbo HD cameras and back-end DVRs separately. With these two chips, the Turbo HD analog solution allows much higher video image resolution and longer distance for HD video transmission.

Open HDTVI Technology for 3rd-Party Device Compatibility
All Hikvision Turbo HD products adhere to the HDTVI open standard, which guarantees trouble-free connections 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 IP, analog, and Turbo HD cameras, and can automatically detect incoming signals and record accordingly. This means that existing systems can be upgraded simply by replacing the current cameras and DVRs, while new areas may be covered with the addition of IP network cameras. Alternatively, users can also keep the existing SD cameras and only replace the necessary surveillance points to HD.


Up to 500m HD Transmission via Coaxial Cable
Hikvision HDTVI technology guarantees up to 500 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at HD resolution via coaxial cable. Conventional analog solutions can hardly achieve this resolution. Neither does the HD-SDI solution, which has long distance limitations. This makes Hikvision Turbo HD a perfect solution to fit all requirements. Furthermore, the Turbo HD Analog solution even supports UTC for remote setup and configuration and enables OSD menu and PTZ control via coaxial cable. Users no longer have to go to the camera to make changes. This allows for much faster and easier camera installation and management.

Multiple Product Styles and Rich Features
In the Turbo HD portfolio, Hikvision now offers a comprehensive, 32-strong range of Hikvision DVRs and 720P/1080P cameras, including Bullet, Dome, PTZ Dome, and Turret units for indoor and outdoor use, offering a bevy of excellent features such as digital noise reduction, ultra-low light illumination, smart IR, vari-focal lens, IP66 weatherproof, and vandal proof housing. Features such as VQD (Video Quality Detection), low bit rate on video storage, line crossing detection, and intrusion detection will also be available in the coming product versions.

A Total Security Solution
Last but not least, Hikvision also offers its video management software including iVMS-5200 Professional/Enterprise, iVMS-4200 client software, and iVMS- 4500 mobile phone software to further provide an easy-to-use, highly reliable, and feature-rich customer platform, making a total solution for any security needs. Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional/Enterprise Software offers open integration, multiple storage and database solutions, video analytics, and other powerful functionalities for professional applications.

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 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.”

EverFocus to showcase comprehensive solutions with latest line-up at Intersec 2015

EverFocus to showcase comprehensive solutions with latest line-up at Intersec 2015

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 12/1/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

EverFocus is going to exhibit its recent and upcoming products at Intersec, the leading international platform of security and surveillance industry in the Middle East and North Africa region during 18th to 20th January, 2015. EverFocus will highlight its position at the event as a solution provider to offer customers with the most customizable surveillance solutions utilizing its complete product line-up including eZ.IP, eZ.HD, mobile and access control series that we will demonstrate this time.

EverFocus will display our latest products with a focus on four main areas: The eZ.IP series comprises a diverse array of function-abundant IP cameras with true plug & play 8-channel NVRs. It features an IP video surveillance solution that stresses ease-of-use and intuitive user experience. On top of that, the eZ Tracker function, the synergy of fisheye and PTZ camera will also be showcased at our booth. The eZ.HD series is another series which EverFocus would be more than eager to introduce to our analog CCTV customers. The eZ.HD DVRs and cameras adopts the latest Analog HD technology, permitting excellent high-quality images of resolution up to 720P which is way superior to traditional analog CCTV. Moreover, it's easy to install and integrate with the existing CCTV systems, so this new eZ.HD video surveillance system will definitely prove itself a truly cost-effective solution. As for the mobile surveillance solution — one of EverFocus' long-recognized strengths — in this year, we will introduce a brand-new hybrid mobile DVR (EMV401/801/1601) which supports a combination of both IP and analog mobile cameras in order to have a wider range of application. Lastly, the access control products which have already gain a large market share in China will also be exhibited at Intersec 2015.

As a matter of fact, this year, we have another main emphasis – Genie XMS, EverFocus' open systems integration platform. It is well-designed with a scalable and modular architecture; therefore it can easily integrate with various applications according to different security objectives. Thus, scalability, flexibility and reliability are the defining factors of this platform which EverFocus will strongly promote at this event. To deliver this clear image to customers, all the product series mentioned above will be displayed in a way that everything is connected and can be all threaded through Genie XMS.

The Genie XMS will be run on our enterprise-level 8-bay rack mount Commander 2 ENVR8008 or the 4-bay tower Elite 2 NVR8004X which will connect all the IP-based devices including IP cameras, NVRs (ENVR8304E), hybrid mobile DVRs (EMV1601) and access control products, respectively demonstrating different functions and applications such as eZ Tracker, Access Control, the License Plate Recognition (LPR) and fleet management (xFleet).

Other innovations showcased this time include our hot-seller IP Sidekick (ESK1000), a small gadget to simplify your IP camera's viewing angle and focus adjustments on installation site, and the useful Palun, a PoE-powered Video Balun. It can transmit both power and digital IP video signal over coaxial cable from PoE device to IP camera so that you can simply use it to upgrade the surveillance system from analog to IP, leveraging the existing coaxial infrastructure without re-cabling.

We are very glad to introduce our flexible and scalable security solutions at the event. If you are interested in our products and solutions, please visit us at booth S1H-33C Intersec, in Dubai, UAE, during 18th to 20th January, 2015!

EverFocus releases hybrid mobile DVR EMV401/801/1601

EverFocus releases hybrid mobile DVR EMV401/801/1601

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 11/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The latest EverFocus hybrid digital video recorder generation is based on H.264 compression technology, resulting in enhanced recording capacity and improved network image transmission speed with high image quality.

The hybrid mobile DVR EMV401 / 801 / 1601 can support 4 / 8 / 16 channels in combination of analog and IP cameras, (EMV1601 supports maximum 8 channels of IP cameras). EMV401 / 801 / 1601 can deliver and record at real-time WD1 resolution of each analog camera and real-time 1080p resolution of each IP camera.

Its comprehensive features along with the embedded 3-axis g-sensor function enable the almost universal application of this mobile DVR series. With EMV401 / 801 / 1601, you can install either one 3.5” hard disk or one 2.5” hard disk as an option. It supports various interfaces such as three USB ports / RS-485 / RS-232 / Panic Button / CAN bus / GPS, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi Antenna. The design of RCA video/audio outputs at front panel makes your installation easy. The User Interface has been specially designed to fit mobile small-sized monitor.

EMV401 / 801 / 1601 are anti-shock and vibration due to the Molex connectors equipped. The power supply supports voltage regulator, and delay on/off. In addition, EMV401 / 801 / 1601 can be equipped with an explosion-proof black box to keep the last minute recording clip for testimony.

South Africa's medical blood center provided Hikvision value-added performance

South Africa's medical blood center provided Hikvision value-added performance

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/6/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Located in city of Pinelands, South Africa's Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) is a non-profit, independent organization operating throughout the Western Cape. However, in reality, this is largest blood bank in the nation, and shoulders a medical responsibility commiserate with this status.

Annually in charge of over 165,000 units of blood, the WPBTS operates in accordance with both the World Health Organization's international standards and local South African national law to assist patients with their medical needs.

In late 2011, the WPBTS contacted South African security installer Verivision to develop a hybrid solution that would:
* ensure that sensitive medical areas are continually monitored
* logistically monitor the packaging and dispatching of blood stock
* monitor the movement of individuals throughout the facility

Interestingly, from its very inception, this solution was meant to transcend the traditional goals of a normative security. This is to say, instead of only stopping bad guys, this WPBTS solution is intended to be a value-add and bring logistical benefits to the medical facility. This is not to say that security was de-prioritized; instead it is meant to highlight the multi-functional IP role that Verivision aspires towards.

iVMS Smart Search
A big part of this value-add was the logistical tracking of blood packets.

In this case, it was a Hikvision software feature that helped facilitate this aspect of the solution. Specifically, it was Hikvision iVMS-4200 Software's "Smart Search" feature for both the facility's existing analog and IP cameras.

Essentially, this feature provides motion detection, in a specified area, for security functions. In the case of the WPBTS, cameras are trained onto a certain area containing valuable blood stock; if activity occurs, Hikvision's DS-8132HFSI-SH Standalone DVR is programmed to start recording a particular camera's video feed.

Furthermore, if a bookkeeping incongruence is later detected, Smart Search allows the Material Manager (the individual largely responsible for the day-to-day and managerial duties associated with this IP CCTV system) to quickly search for the associated video based upon related date & time parameters.

Keith Lewis, owner of Verivision, noted, "In many respects, this Smart Search feature is the key to the entire solution. Of course, it is only one of many aspects; however much of the hardware and technical work that went into designing the overall system was based upon the idea of efficiency. Smart Search very much epitomizes this efficiency, and has improved overall security while concurrently reducing shrinkage [loss] by a large margin. We are even able to better ensure laboratory standards are more efficiently met with WPBTS blood resources."

Keeping with the DS-8132HFSI-SH, Mr. Lewis explained that in the WPBTS, the CCTV system has a unique internal design. Essentially, the CCTV system is maintained by the Central IT Department. In turn, the aforementioned Material Manager has an office in close proximity to this Central IT Department, and is connected by fiber-optical cable. Through these means, the Material Manager has the facility's lone client PC used to access any live or recorded video that is deemed of importance.

The WPBTS requires video storage of anywhere between 50 - 90 days. With the medical importance of this facility, Mr. Lewis stated, "I only want the best possible resolution for both live and recorded views. This is why I chose the DS-8132HFSI-SH - it gives me 4CIF resolution real-time recording and an HDMI/VGA output at 1920×1080P resolution ... the best resolution possible for any of the analog cameras in this medical facility."

Current and Future IP Possibilities
Hikvision's DS-9632NI-ST Embedded NVR was selected to allow the facility's IP cameras to function. As can be expected, Mr. Lewis expected nothing less from this NVR model. With up-to 5MP recording resolution, and identical HDMI / VGA output as the previous DVR, he was not disappointed.

Additionally, this NVR provides the ability to add 32 IP cameras to the overall solution, providing both an element of foresight and fiscal practicality for whatever the future may bring.

IP Eyes
Placed in critical areas, such as the blood dispatch / transport area, and biometrically-secured access control stations, Hikvision's DS-2CD2012-I 1.3MP IR Mini Bullet Camera relies upon its excellent high-resolution capability to provide quality images.

Almost antithetical to this 1.3MP technology is an equally important aspect: the DS-2CD2012-I's small, low-profile design. Mr. Lewis elaborated, "Since this model is primarily in main passageways, we wanted a camera that did not ... stick out. Instead, the goal was for a durable, unobtrusive camera that does a great job ... and with its IR ability, it had no problem doing this job in the middle of night, when the facility is locked-down and lights are off."

Adding the proverbial cherry-on-top, is the Hikvision DS-2CD7153-E 2MP Mini Dome Camera. Placed in the Transport Control Room, a logistical nerve-center of the medical building, the DS-2CD7153-E is responsible for keeping a visual record of exactly who is entering the building, and exactly why they are doing so.

In this transport control room, Hikvision's 2MP resolution mini dome is able to easily view the attendant's activities. A clear view of the logbooks and of people in the area. Providing a super wide angle view, this IP mini dome camera is both a security and value-added logistical benefit.

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.

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