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Banks cash in on integrated, scalable systems

Banks cash in on integrated, scalable systems

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 1/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

In recent years the most talked-about security threats to banks have been cybercrimes and fraud. Though it seems that traditional security systems are no longer in the spotlight; banks still make substantial investment in their physical security systems. Changes in the design and layout of banks as well as banks' desire to make the most out of their installed systems have great impact on the design and implementation of current security systems.

Banks hold the great responsibility of keeping our money safe. Even though most of this money is now in the form of electronic bits and bytes, banks are still one of the first associations when we think of security and surveillance systems.

Banks usually balance the mix of their security systems between discrete and unobtrusive systems such as emergency buttons and small hidden cameras (e.g., at the counter area or an ATM pinhole camera) and more visible measures such as guards and larger cameras. The visible security systems serve a double purpose, both deterring potential violators as well as giving customers a feeling the bank is indeed a safe place to keep their money. Surveillance systems installed in banks will usually combine several cameras with different functionality. Outside the bank infrared cameras will provide day and night monitoring. Inside the branch, dome and bullet cameras are used for lobby and counter monitoring for clear picture capturing and forensic evidence. The main purpose of these cameras is to prevent illegal intrusion by unauthorized people as well as monitoring the office environment to prevent property loss.

CHALLENGES OF THE BANKING VERTICAL
A major obstacle facing security companies and systems integrators is aligning the security needs of individual branch locations with the requirements outlined by the corporate headquarters. “Securing the bank branches themselves is different from securing a corporate headquarters or data center location, as branches are more often the targets for criminals since it's assumed that's where the money is located,” explained Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing for Financial Services at Tyco Integrated Security. Therefore, the standard level of security and defense are more in-depth at a branch than for a corporate office. Many times legacy systems, or different versions of the same platform, may be found in different regional branches of the same institution within a country, which makes centralized management difficult. In addition, there may be internal resistance to changes or upgrades that the corporate standards demand due to funding constraints, or the local staff being inexperienced and lacking training regarding proper security measures and systems. Another challenge may simply be a matter of timing and scheduling; implementing major technology upgrades across very large financial institutions with many branches and offices.

NEW BANK LAYOUTS
In recent years banks have been changing their traditional set-up to be more appealing to customers. There are more “light” branches located inside shopping malls and supermarkets. Traditional branch layout and design have also changed and now include more open floor plans and fewer staff which are tasked with broader responsibilities. “More in-branch automation and systems found in these new types of banks very likely means that they may not have the same levels of cash that traditional branches have,” added Frowert. “During a robbery attempt, the suspect may be confused when he discovers there is limited teller cash and no safe like there would be in a traditional bank set-up. These new frameworks for bank branches will affect the security of the customers themselves and the bank's security model for protection,” he explained.

As a result, emphasis is placed on new systems that offer increased ATM protection through anti-skimming technology, access control, and proper lighting measures for ATM vestibules to help ensure customers are properly protected.

BENEFITS OF INTEGRATED SYSTEMS FOR BANKS
Like any other enterprise, banks require their systems provide security, safety, efficiency, and cost saving. “Normally, powerful VMS software can integrate four systems, such as video monitors, access control, alarm systems, and the intercom system, which are used to communicate with bank clients at other locations, for example using an ATM at a different site,” said Nathan Chen, Solution and Product Manager at Dahua Technology. In turn, each system includes several components: alarm systems for example will include fire alarms, seismic sensors to detect if someone is digging into the bank, and emergency buttons. Access control systems will combine card readers, biometrics, magnetic door sensors, etc. This provides banks with an integrated solution instead of four stand-alone systems. In addition, sensors such as smoke detectors or temperature sensors are now built in the cameras and can send alarms directly to the DVR system. This way the bank can benefit from having several sensors on one platform and cut costs.

Systems integration is also critical for protection against insider threats by employees which can be very costly. “An increasingly popular step in mitigating insider threats through an integrated security system includes linking access control to identity management,” explained Frowert. By integrating these systems, financial institutions can restrict employee access to sensitive areas, track entry/exit times by employee or department, and use a log correlation engine or security information and event management (SIEM) system to log, monitor, and audit employee actions. By monitoring these types of systems, managers may notice individual employees trying to access part of the building they are not authorized for, which is activity they can then flag and subsequently continue to monitor the employee's behavior for other activity that might lead to an insider incident.

HYBRID DVRs AND NVRs
Hybrid DVRs and NVRs allow the integration of both existing analog cameras and newer IP cameras. The use of hybrid DVRs and NVRs can therefore help banks make the most out of their existing legacy systems and give them the flexibility they need in adding more cameras or testing new cameras and technologies.

“Our customers are interested in how they can protect their investments in legacy infrastructure while also taking advantage of the benefits of newer technology. There is an increasing move towards new NVRs because they can prolong the use of video surveillance systems as well as provide enhanced features to end users,” iterated Stefano Torri, European Sales Director of March Networks (an Infinova Company). These provide both analog and IP camera support and allow organizations to test and deploy IP cameras selectively, alongside existing analog cameras. “Banks are thinking about the broader benefits of the technology they use, so for example, NVR technology provides advances in video compression and storage management compared to earlier DVRs, and the use of H.264 compression, optimized to limit video signal noise, makes images clearer while reducing the use of bandwidth and storage. These things are important if a bank wants to tag video based on user-defined criteria, such as motion detection, transaction events, or alarms. Software that delivers intelligence and analytics is also a growing trend amongst banks and financial institutions,” he added.

ANALYTICS
An example of an analytics function used in banks is loitering detection, detecting for instance when a person lingers around an ATM machine. If such an event is detected, security personnel can then access the video recording in real-time and make a decision if further action is needed. Analytics can also provide information on customer behaviors (e.g., people counting, queue monitoring) which can be shared across the organization to improve not only security surveillance but also customer service and marketing. For example banks can analyze dwell and wait time at branches and change branch staffing appropriately to make sure there are enough tellers to service the waiting clients.

Apart from connecting the different systems in the branches, banks can also share information between locations. This feature has been gaining traction and makes security more comprehensive. Intelligent video applications allow an internal investigator to track fraudulent transactions and alert branches. “For example, entering a stolen card number into the system will deliver brief video clips of every associated transaction from anywhere across the entire retail banking network,” explained Torri. Not only can security managers easily export this information to branch managers, but they can also present it as integrated case evidence to the police.

KEYLESS ENTRY
Apart from using video analytics, banks are using intrusion detection and keyless entry to improve security measures and increase cost effectiveness. Replacing or re-keying traditional locks can cost a bank up to US$3 million in just one year. To mitigate the risks and costs associated with using traditional keys, banks are implementing new, wireless locks which work with inexpensive access cards to open entry doors. These new technologies also provide audit friendly reporting for the activities of any individual or of a specific entry point in the branch.

OPPORTUNITIES IN BANKING
Banks are relatively conservative players in the security market usually waiting to implement tried and tested solutions. Due to their large scale and many sites, frequent changes of security systems are not likely. Therefore solutions that help banks take advantage of their existing systems, integrate several functionalities together, and introduce newer technologies will be the choice for the banking vertical.

5 Tips for a Successful Security Installation in Banking
Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing for Financial Services at Tyco Integrated Security, provided the following five tips for banks when deploying a security surveillance system.

  1. Find an experienced integrator who specializes in bank physical security. 
  2.  Look for a partner who can support everything from single bank branches all the way up to money center banking models (banks who deal with governments, large corporations, and other banks).
  3. Network with security affinity groups of industry organizations, like the American Bankers Association, to receive recommendations on vendors from other banks in your area.
  4. Standardize on leading access, video, and intrusion systems supported by vendors that have a track record of investing in technology. 
  5. Invest in communication with and training of banking staff to enable them to effectively use the systems (e.g., arming the alarms at the branch level, managing the distribution of codes at the branch level, etc.).

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept, a&s International | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the following, a&s interviewed several value-added distributors to see how they actually transformed to become value-added resellers, distributors and wholesalers. Locally, some provide better return merchandise authorization (RMA) and extra benefits for customers, such as free project consultation, warranty expansion, and free technical support. Some of them are also ready to launch solutions for customers, under their own brand names.

 

Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director, Aditya Infotech, India

Aditya Infotech (AIL), the technology arm of Aditya Group, is India's No.1 security products enterprise, delivering technology-driven security and video surveillance solutions with special expertise in electronic video surveillance products and solutions. AIL caters to 6,500-plus channel partners in more than 300 cities from 45 offices. Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director for Aditya Infotech, said, “In 2015, we will continue to consolidate our relationship with our business partners via best of services, be it pre-sales, designing, logistics, sales, service, commissioning, and tech support.”

Khemka also confirmed that the switch from devices to solution has been significant and was triggered by the complex surveillance needs of wider range of business verticals. He said, “Our channel community actively provided solutions and catered to the varied surveillance needs. We witnessed the introduction of wider range of cameras, which fit into every need — high resolution, hostile environment, fire, temperature, adverse weather, and so on. In 2015 as well, we will continue to focus on diversifying the range of products and solutions to cater to any custom needs.” CP PLUS launched a cloud-based free DDNS solution in 2014. With this service, DVRs can be configured and settings can be saved on the cloud. The latest trend in the security industry is integrated surveillance solutions. The company also provides a comprehensive, all-in-one, cost friendly, and comprehensive framework for specific needs. CP PLUS' latest home solution is a one-stop intelligent, integrated, and interactive solution.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director, TVC, Mexico

TVC is a professional and awarded security device wholesaler in Mexico for systems integrators, installers, and some local distributors. Being in the market for over 13 years, TVC has16 offices and branches in Mexico. Recently, the company just opened another new distribution center with a point of sales in Iztacalco, Mexico City, with almost 3,000 square meters.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director of TVC, said IP adoption in the Mexican market still remains very low, and IP is used mostly in large-scale, infrastructure, and government projects. The ratio for the number of IP versus analog systems is probably around 25 percent against 75 percent. There are several factors that cause the low IP adoption in this country: Mexico is a quite price-sensitive country, and also its IP infrastructure still couldn't be compared with other developed countries. Zuniga added, “It also explains why the latest HD-over-coaxial solutions, such as HDTVI and HDCVI, look very promising in Mexico.” Although the IP penetration is comparatively low in Mexico, TVC still has worked with several leading brands, such as VIVOTEK, for more than 10 years, and the company just recently started the partnership with Bosch.

In this price-sensitive country, TVC has started to become more focused in solutions since two years ago in order to get more involved in project markets. Zuniga said there are two ways for them to offer solutions. “One is through the original system/solution suppliers. For instance, VIVOTEK, Dahua, and Bosch provide solutions themselves. So, we just join them in the trainings for our channels. Otherwise, we cooperate with some suppliers to make some changes on the firmware in our device to make our products more compatible with other device. Recently, we tried developing a time-attendance system, particularly designed by ourselves through cooperation with ZKTECO. We worked with our own engineers to develop a time-attendance system using fingerprint recognition, and the connection can be through a cloud server. When the device sends the information to the server, the management in the headquarters can see all the information from the devices. With fingerprint recognition, the employees can freely go to any offices of the company.”

Maulik Shah, CEO, Facility Security Division, Autocop India

Autocop Facility Security Division, having a complete distribution and service network across India, is a one-stop-shop for all security and safety needs that caters to individuals and organizations across verticals. Maulik Shah, CEO for Facility Security Division at Autocop India said, “We have grown by 35 percent year-on-year and expect 40% growth in 2015. We have shed non-performing brands and been focusing on key brands and models to drive growth next year. We are also investing on refining technical and sales team and planning to expand in tier two cities. In addition, we would add brand-specific team members and business development teams for certain verticals.”

Maulik also said the company has moved from box selling concept to solution offering concept and is a valued-added distributor, offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. He continued, “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and closely working on key projects that help partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak. We also reach out to end customers jointly and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support. Recently, besides video surveillance, we also have added access and entrance control over last year which has given us new customer base.”

Leonard Tye Lee Yew, Business Development Director, Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore

Bricomp International, a major distributor in Malaysia and Singapore, has embarked on a transformation journey to become a total security solutions provider since 2011. Leonard Tye Lee Yew said the company has grown its team to include solution specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent requirements. “We've also spent many hours in educating our partners (systems integrators) in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” Tye said.

Introducing a partners' program is key to a successful relation with Bricomp's partners as this is a form of recognition to them. “Our partners' program includes the three main elements of support to our channel partners: sales and presales, marketing, and after-sales and technical. As projects become more complex, we have also started introducing professional services to our partners. In the event a partner needs a certified engineer to help with testing and commissioning, we can offer this option to them,” he said.

“We are also working with our partners to provide budgeting for customers planning to migrate to a hybrid/IP solution with the integration to electronic access control systems. The process is longer as educating the end-user about their options and the available technologies takes time. However, we find this segment very potential for real growth as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported/repaired,” he said.

Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO, Luis+ Security Systems, Russia

Luis+ Security Systems is the official distributor of many well-known Russian and foreign brands. The key points of its strategy are to work both in the field of simple distribution and in complex project realizations by selling affordable security products and supplying expensive security products. “We are the distribution partner for many Russian leading security manufacturers, such as Bolid, Argus-Spectr, PERCo, ITV-AXXON, and foreign leading security manufacturers such as Bosch, Honeywell, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Axis, Panasonic, Samsung, and Hikvision. We do not need to change anything in our strategy,” said Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO of Luis+ Security Systems. “We get a very high customers' satisfaction by suggesting complete security solutions to our customers via our strong marketing strategy, technical engineers, fair price, and technical training center that provides legal certification on different brands. We also develop our own OEM product lines: LTV (video surveillance) and LPA (PA),” Zhidomirov continued.

Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman, PFN Technology, Iran

PFN Technology is a major distributor of IP video surveillance and network devices in Iran. Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman of PFN Technology stated in 2015, there will be more challenges and competitions in the security market (Iran), which mostly comes from low cost brands like Chinese brands. “Our plan is to compete with them by reducing our cost, expanding warranty to three years, increasing free technical and marketing supports in training and exhibition, and free project consultant,” commented Farzaneh.

“We have free project consultants because we want to take care of our customers more. We want to have a more frequent communication with them to help find out what kinds of products and solutions are suitable for them since mostly the customers don't have enough product knowledge,” he continued. In addition, return merchandise authorization service and free technical support are also very important for us to get a project.

Moreover, to gain more market shares, “We need to provide our partners with solutions, not products only. We bundled cameras and NVRs as total video surveillance solutions for educational centers, hospitals, and healthcare offices. We also have developed and expanded our product range, for NVR, PoE switches, and software for better support for our partners.”

Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey

As a value-added distributor of many global brands, Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey shared the following: Tesan is unfortunately challenged by companies which import cheap, low-quality, and nonstandard equipment with false information in Turkey. With our sales, technical, and marketing teams we are able to stand strong against this price-oriented trend. As a result of our effort we have managed to grow 20 percent in security industry in 2014, compared to 2013. We are expecting to manage even better in 2015 due to our investments for especially Ttec surveillance systems, which is our own brand.

Tesan is already a value-added distributor which has more than 2,000 partners including resellers, systems integrators, and chain markets. We have been offering our brands to consumer, SMB, and enterprise markets. Next to our own brand Ttec, we have distributorships of so many global brands such as LILIN, Qnap, Engenius, Dell Sonicwall, Jabra, Zte, Billion, Panasonic (DECT phones), Sony (video conference), Energizer, Samsung (digital camera), Nikon (digital camera), and Verbatim (LED). With our extensive portfolio of network and telecom products we have been offering our partners the comfort of supplying all their communication and networking product needs from one point, as well as providing technical support even on the field most of the time. In addition to what we always have been doing, we have taken some aggressive actions with our Ttec brand and enhanced our surveillance system solutions in 2014.

Dahua upgrades IP cameras for Brazil's presidential palace

Dahua upgrades IP cameras for Brazil's presidential palace

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dahua Technology, one of the world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China successfully secured Brazil's Presidential Palace.

The Palácio do Planalto is the official workplace of the President of Brazil.It is located in the national capital of Brasília which built in 1960. It is a solemn and sacred place with a long history. In order to adequately secure such an important place, Dahua upgraded the IP Cameras and DVRs according its particularity. The project is intended to replace the aging analog cameras with HD IP Camera while keeping part of the original analog surveillance system. Meanwhile a surveillance center was installed in order to connect all the cameras for better management.

The whole Palace covers an area of 36, 000 square meters. The main building has four floors above ground and one floor underground. Dahua HD IP Cameras were installed in each floor. The first floor consists of the main reception area, access control and security, entrance hall and press office.The large entrance hall is used frequently for temporary exhibitions on themes related to the federal government's programs. To ensure every corner was fully protected, the Palace upgraded a part of analog cameras with Dahua HD IP Cameras and added more units to level it up to another higher stage.

There is a supreme meeting room and press secretariat in the second floor. The supreme meeting room is normally used for ministerial, government and presidential meetings. For those large ceremonies or important meets the high resolutions become the first requirement. Dahua HDW2100 IP camera features1.3-Megapixel and infrared function, allowing better image resolution and higher performance at the low-lux scenarios.

The third floor is the President and senior staff's offices. It composed of waiting rooms, the noble room, the Presidential office and the offices of the senior advisors. Moreover a large lounge area and the offices of senior government officials are in the fourth floor. Dahua HDW2100IP camera features neat and stylish design which goes perfectly with the surroundings while also providing 24/7 real-time surveillance and snapshot function for the office visitors.

To meet the security demands of the Presidential Palace, DVR1604HF-AL from Dahua supports full channel 960H real-time recording and GRID interface & smart search. It features multiple networks monitoring such as web viewer, CMS and DMSS. Dahua customized the DVRs for the project in terms of the display mode, encoding settings, holiday functions and asset management functions.

Dahua enhances video surveillance for Bank of Brazil

Dahua enhances video surveillance for Bank of Brazil

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China collaborated with Banco do Brasil S.A. (Bank of Brazil) for upgrading DVRs and analog cameras in its bank security system. The project is not only involves many cities in Brazil but also used more than 20,000 units of analog cameras and 1,500 units of DVRs.

Banco do BrasilS.A. (Bank of Brazil) is the largest Brazilian and Latin American bank by assets, and the third by market value which headquartered in Brasília, founded in 1808. It is the oldest active bank in Brazil, and one of the oldest financial institutions in the world.

As time goes by, bank security has been as important factor in safeguarding investment, people and assets. The products that Bank of Brazil been used before were klunky, unstable and less compatible. Lately they decided to replace DVRs and analog cameras to upgrade their whole bank security system. The first thing Dahua impress them was the compatibility of the products. The DVRs and analog cameras could accordance with its original system perfectly. Meanwhile the monitor center was set in the control centre room which Dahua offered.

Digital Video Recorder: DVR2116H from Dahua is an entry-level DVR which features H.264 dual-stream video compression and supports 1 SATA HDD up to 4TB, 2 USB interfaces are available and supports mobile P2P function. In order to meet the requirements from the bank, Dahua tested each version of the products to get the optimal one.

Analog cameras: the bank was familiar with Dahua's analog cameras based on its good reputation. After all the tests, Dahua ensured all the analog cameras are capable of optimized infrared effect, color adjustment and faster responding to color conversion.

Command & control center: command & control center is an integrated system which consists of computer and management software. It is able to receive all the signals from the sensors, video cameras, access control systems, detection and anti-burglary alarm, fire detection and signaling systems. The control center system which is provided by Dahua features information unification management and equipment setting up.

The potential loss of funds may happen anytime in the bank, therefore put the right products inside and out would help the bank to catch thieves, protect customers and other serious problems that threaten it. Dahua's bank solution is about to keep the bank away from the trends, which guarantees a prolonged useful life of all the products such as lower maintenance.

“This is a surely successful cooperation for both of Dahua and Bank of Brazil. We are looking forward further cooperation with Bank of Brazil after we upgraded its DVRs.” said William Zhou, Sales Director of Latin-America and Africa at Dahua Technology. “Dahua provided fully technical support to the bank in order to ensure the project successfully. We are hoping the bank could become one of the oldest banks in the world but within the advanced surveillance products and solutions. ”

Clarifying the myths of HD-Over-Coaxial solutions

Clarifying the myths of HD-Over-Coaxial solutions

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s Asia | Updated: 10/20/2014 | 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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Samsung video surveillance solutions certificated Network Rail PADS

Samsung video surveillance solutions certificated Network Rail PADS

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 12/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin cameras, domes, recorders and Ethernet switches within its IP network video surveillance range, have been approved for use within Network Rail infrastructure.

The issuing of the PADS Certificate of Acceptance follows a process during which the Samsung Techwin video surveillance products were evaluated and comprehensively tested to ensure that they are reliable, fit for purpose and comply with Network Rail's demanding standards in respect of safety.

“This is a significant landmark for Samsung Techwin as PADS approval means that consultants, system designers and specifiers can include our products in their proposals and be confident that they will be acceptable to Network Rail's project managers,” said Simon Shawley, Director, Northern Europe for the Security Solutions division of Samsung Techwin Europe. “The rail sector offers considerable new business opportunities for installers and systems integrators and we are therefore understandably very pleased that we can now offer high performance video surveillance solutions which, as well as being robust and reliable, will meet the safety requirements of security projects within the Network Rail infrastructure.”

Among the products approved are Samsung Techwin's ‘open platform' WiseNetIII high definition megapixel cameras. These offer users the freedom to choose the perfect combination of edge based video analytics and video management software (VMS) which best matches the requirements of individual projects.

The PADS Certificate of Acceptance issued by Network Rail also provides approval for a number of Samsung Techwin analogue cameras and DVRs.

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.

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