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Hikvision achieves risk management framework certification from US army

Hikvision achieves risk management framework certification from US army

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the world's leading suppliers of video surveillance equipment, partnered with St. Louis, MO based NexGen Integration, a full-service security company, to equip the U.S. Army with a comprehensive security system at Fort Leonard Wood, a major U.S military facility. Hikvision's products passed a rigorous battery of tests to gain Risk Management Framework (RMF) certification, proving their resilience to vulnerabilities such as malware that would put the system at risk. The system was thoroughly custom-tailored by NexGen and Hikvision in order to deliver a superior performance that surpassed the military's high standards.

The most impressive aspect of this installation is its Certificate of Networthiness, as awarded by the United States Department of Defense. “Very few products and systems, past or present, carry this elite designation and meet the requirements of the RMF (and, previously, DIACAP) certification processes,” affirmed Chris Nickelson, co-owner of NexGen. “Hikvision equipment and support stand apart from the competitors,” added Dennis Deschler, NexGen co-owner. “The equipment is now riding on the government network and if they want it, it is a component of the DoD's Global Information Grid.”

An advanced security system was imperative for Fort Leonard Wood, a key military facility in the Midwest that serves as the headquarters of the Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, as well as the training center for the Military Police. To secure the facility and its perimeter, it was crucial to record and stream at 30 FPS, but limited bandwidth, remote connection requirements, network policies, and integration with existing equipment were challenging.

“They needed 30 frames per second real time, all the time. You can miss things with motion detection,” Mr. Deschler reasoned. “Someone could drive back and forth for an hour before he drives into the motion detection grid.” Boasting an extremely minimal latency with their H.264 video compression, Hikvision's 9000 series Hybrid DVRs, 6701 / 6704 encoder modules and iVMS-4200 software proved to be the winning back-end solution for ensuring real-time streaming and recording with minimal bandwidth use. The innovative technology and feature-packed embedded OS of these devices helped overcome limited data capability. This allows for a scalable, flexible seamless migration to newer technology in the future, and eliminates the constant need for OS, Driver, and ePolicy updates required with PC-based technologies.

When the Army required a VMS that could operate under the RMF requirements, Hikvision rose to the occasion. To maximize ease of use, Hikvision's standard VMS and products have many advanced features that allow them to self-configure to a network. Because network traffic is inherently increased in this process—and with some of these features conflicting with RMF requirements—Hikvision's R&D team customized the iVMS-4200 software that is used at Fort Leonard Wood to bring it into compliance. “This functionality combined with the ‘real time all the time' capability of the installation means that its benefits are indisputable,” Mr. Nickelson asserted.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, offered insight into the success of the installation at Fort Leonard Wood. “Hikvision provides flexible solutions that allow our customers to leverage their existing technology and investment, and gives them the freedom to transition into newer technology as it accommodates their needs,” he said. “We are honored that the tailor-made VMS software, along with the other Hikvision equipment serving the facility, has attained the highest mark of security designated by the U.S. Department of Defense. Our project with NexGen is a fantastic example of the kind of benefits our technology provides to the U.S. Government and similar end-users with a complex set of needs.”

Samsung Techwin appoints Regional Director for Russia and CIS

Samsung Techwin appoints Regional Director for Russia and CIS

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

"Russia and CIS is one of our key sales target areas and the development of customised solutions for vertical markets such as Banking, Retail, Transport and City Surveillance is an important part of our strategic direction in the region” said Mr Jong Wan Lim, Managing Director of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Oleg has been specially recruited to help us successfully implement this strategy.”

Prior to joining Samsung Techwin, Oleg was Area Manager for Pelco by Schneider Electric in Russia and CIS. Working closely with Business Development and Account Management colleagues, he will be looking to capitalise on his excellent understanding of local market requirements, and with his engineering background and extensive experience of working on large video surveillance projects, Oleg will drive sales support strategies which reflect the requirements of Samsung Techwin customers and business partners in the region.

Oleg joins Samsung Techwin when the popularity of its open platform WiseNetIII IP camera range which is ‘Changing the Face of IP', is gaining momentum, and there is also considerable interest being shown in the recently introduced Beyond Series which harnesses the power of 1280H camera technology to enable analogue cameras and DVRs to deliver 1000TV lines.

“I am excited to be joining Samsung Techwin at a time when the company has created a new structure in order to establish Russia and CIS as a regional sales ‘powerhouse' by fully utilising the expertise of our sales and support services across the region," said Oleg. “This objective will be achieved with the assistance of the Samsung Techwin Eco Partnership (STEP) program through which we provide support, resources and tools to help our partners generate profitable new business opportunities with benefits such as Project Registration Discount, Lead Sharing, Co-Marketing, Academy, Marketing and Technical Tools support.”

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

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

In a brief interview Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, has explained the decision to invest in the development of a new generation of analogue cameras and recorders.

Q: Tim, at a time when IP network based video surveillance solutions are increasingly being specified for projects of all sizes, why has Samsung Techwin made what many will think is a surprising decision to introduce a new range of analogue products?
A: The widespread adoption of IP is inevitable and at Samsung Techwin we have been developing our open Platform WiseNetIII 1.3MP, 2MP and 3MP camera range, as well as our ‘zero configuration' NVRs that are changing the way we all work with IP based video surveillance.

There is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems. These maybe working well but the users may now wish to upgrade to achieve improved identification grade images, which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver; and the users are not ready for various reasons to migrate to a network based solution.
We have therefore introduced our new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras (1000TVL) and DVRs that are interoperable with the many thousands of existing analogue CCTV systems across Europe.

Q: Where do you think they are likely to be installed?
A: Anywhere there is a need for a highly competitively priced video monitoring solution but where the user does not wish to compromise on quality or functionality. Collectively the first eight new models are in fact designed to offer solutions for a wide range of application, and environments from offices, retail stores, schools, hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

Q: Do think the Beyond series is likely to be specified for new installations?
A: Although we have introduced the new cameras and domes with legacy systems in mind, we believe that the new cameras and DVRs will prove to be very popular with installers who are not as confident with network based solutions and where their customers do not at this time wish to invest in an IP infrastructure.

Q: What is so special about the Beyond analogue series?
A: Primarily it is the fact that they incorporate 1280H technology which offers users the opportunity to capture and record very high quality images at 1000TV lines. Equally important, the eight new cameras and domes are equipped as standard with innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

Q: Can you give some examples of this?
A: Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas, such as reception areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Q: Are the new cameras and DVRs compatible with all existing analogue systems?
A: Yes, the good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, and legacy analogue systems.

Q: With so many already on the market, was it really necessary for Samsung Techwin to introduce some new DVRs?
A: We did so to ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the new eight Beyond models and by this I mean that the new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs can simultaneously record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

We have also taken the opportunity to make the new DVRs are user friendly as possible. For example, they offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. They also have an individual camera loop-through feature and a simple HDD upgrade facility.

They also benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

Security Road Show heats up Asian security market

Security Road Show heats up Asian security market

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Taiwan Security Road Show 2014, held by Messe Frankfurt New Era, hits the second stop in Taipei today, gathering more than a thousand of visitors and some of the leading suppliers based in Taiwan and China.

The Road Show has been regarded as the most important display show in Asian security market, marking current mainstream solutions and displaying some of the most iconic and latest technique in the surveillance market. The manufacturers in Asia have become more influential than ever in the global market; therefore, visitors from various verticals have taken this event as a key to the market trend.

As expected, the fierce competition between CVI, AHD, and TVI is the focus in this Road Show. However, in this year, providers brought out not only the most up-to-date high-definition technologies but more value-added solutions to be better fit different requests from the end users.

Dahua and Hikvision both presented their latest tribrid DVRs, in order to provide the end users an option to keep existing analog cables, new-built IP equipment, and upgraded HDCVI/HDTVI video inputs all in one recording device. According to Hikvision's exhibitor, it is believed that tribrid DVRs actually offer an ideal solution to end users who appreciate and demand the advantages and benefits from analog, IP, and TVI/CVI but have no intention of immigrating the surveillance system to one of them at once. For more information about AHD/CVI/TVI from this display event, please have a look into: AHD, TVI, and ccHDtv see different analog security markets

Advantech, one of the most well-known industrial computer suppliers in the market, has officially stepped their feet into video content analysis, combining POS systems with surveillance video images and consumer's data. This new generation POS system will be able to provide retailers not only security surveillance footage but more valuable data about consumers' behavior pattern – it can even calculate what a return customer may be interested in according to his/her previous consuming records. It is said that this new set POS can be seen in this October in the well-known chained convenience stores both in Taiwan and China.

Brickcom presented Hydra Series, the world's first triple extendible convert IP camera, as the supplier suggested, which is able to connect three cameras with the transmission cables, configuring one unit of video box, VB-03, with up to 3 super-mini cameras, PH-100Ah. This mini-cam kit is a perfect match for surveillance in ATM and areas demanding discrete monitoring. Click here for more detail about Brickcom Hydra Series

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The UK security market carries some special features; the most notorious is its large number of legacy analog systems. In addition, bearing the consideration over extra cost of re-cabling and labor, complexity of different projects, and requirement toward high quality, UK customers naturally take extra caution in making purchases and adopting new technologies, such as IP. Over the years, the IP adoption speed has picked up dramatically for a country with high resistance to IP; however, it is still comparatively slower than the US, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian regions. According to different vendors' comments, the ratio of analog to IP installation in the U.K. is around 50-to-50 or 40-to-60. Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management at Tyco Security Products, dissected the IP growth momentum and said, “The price of IP security products has become more challenging over the past 12 months. It pushes the higher-end IP market to generate more values, such as embracing more intelligent video and mobility in security systems. It also helps stimulate the traditional, cost-driven, analog market (such as the U.K.) to adopt more IP.“

Fully Supports Different Technologies
In a country with widespread legacy systems, companies in the U.K. pay extra attention to developing different technologies, such as encoders/ switchers or hybrid systems to fulfill the requirements for fusing analog and IP systems together. Gerard Otterspeer, Regional Marketing Manager of Video Systems for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems, suggested, “The U.K. has a large base of legacy systems. So, there is always a need to make sure if your systems are able to integrate with legacy systems. We feel that the UK market is going IP quite fast; roughly, 60 percent of our projects here use IP. When providing the IP products here, we also have to ensure they connect with other analog systems too.” In addition, “It is very important to have full product portfolios to support the large legacy market. We do have a wide range of products, such as encoders, and also HD hybrid cameras supporting IP and analog,” he highlighted.

This was also echoed by Axis. Andres Vigren, Product Manager for Axis Communications said, “The U.K. has a history of analog. We are coming from IT. It is very important to have a complete portfolio also including encoders and media converters, to make sure that customers can easily upgrade from analog to IP. Media converters are easy to deploy which you can still keep your coaxial cables.”

Looking to another group of companies, they bring a different statement in appropriate solutions to this market by highlighting the major benefits of using hybrid systems. Carney said, “We have heavily invested in the migration solutions, particularly hybrid solutions that employ a mix of analog and IP technology. I think the encoder market has disappointed some people in some aspects since it costs more for hardware and software for further upgrade. Some people expect encoders could be the transition point, but I would say the transition actually begins with hybrid NVRs and DVRs.” He further explained, “Tyco's American Dynamics and Exacq hybrid NVRs have IP and analog inputs. So, just because in the future the customer fully upgrades to IP, the processing power remains the same whether the device is handling analog or IP video."

March Networks also focused on hybrid NVRs, Stefano Torri, European Sales Director at March Networks said, “Inside the hybrid NVR is a box of encoders, so you can connect it with IP cameras and of course support analog. It is one well set-up alliance, embedded with video management software and added in video analytics. We develop our own video analytics, which we called ‘business intelligence.' We provide a very strong video analytics and value-added software for transaction integration with POS and ATM systems, particularly for big commercial, retail, and banking sector.”

End-to-End Solutions to cater to SIs
Due to the aforementioned considerations of UK customers and extra cost over installation, companies usually have to cater to what systems integrators really need and also bring more added values. Therefore, the total cost of ownership (TCO), return on investment (ROI), and ease of installation are most often evaluated when selecting products and designing systems.

The number of companies who provide end-to-end solutions rise in the market to further ensure systems have seamless compatibility and interoperability. Andrew Myung, Director of Strategy & Planning Team for Global Business Division at IDIS emphasized, “To optimize the values of total video surveillance solutions, education to customers is very important. The obvious example is especially when the retail customers have chain stores around the country; it carries extra time and cost to upgrade their systems within all their branches. Therefore, what we propose is the simplicity of IP systems with the idea of ‘plug-and-play,' which is very similar to the old, analog systems. Since what we provide is a very wide, end-to-end product line, the hefty increase of installation and maintenance time, labor and difficulties can largely be alleviated.” In the U.K., brand awareness and quality are important. What is worth noticing is IDIS, well-known in the OEM business for a long while, spent a very short timeframe preparation to complete its full IP video product lines and market its own brands in the U.K. and other European regions. This year, it has already launched 4K cameras, NVRs, and also monitors.

Full Video & Access Control
Integration to Simplify Work for SIs Solution providers are also working on developing integrated systems. Avigilon, another end-to-end solutions provider, this year, further demonstrated its integrated access control platform, which is able to manage an alarm from access control and video in one single platform. “Our most recent version of access control software includes the introduction of an appliance, which is an ideal solution for up to 32 readers, to address the physical security needs of small to mediumsized sites. It simplifies security with a cost-effective, all-in-one appliance,” said Ian Povey, Director of Product Marketing and Product Management for Avigilon, in a press release.

Carney continued, “Tyco also invested very heavily in integration of our video and access control systems. Both of our video and access control now are able to be integrated into one single platform, which we see as being a requirement for the middle to high-end market. These integrated solutions can better manage the work flow and cost, and provide better service.”

Since the UK market is quite crowded, companies are looking for more added values to differentiate their security systems. Meanwhile, end users no longer want standalone products but integrated solutions from a single company. Andrew Dicken, GM of System Solutions Group of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe said, “The market trend we have seen over the past five years across the EU, not just the UK, is a move toward integrated systems. Panasonic's System Solutions Group has engineering teams working globally on projects that integrate numerous products with proprietary or third party software and total security technologies.”

On the manufacturers' side, forming partnerships over technologies or strategic alliances is a common approach to develop integrated solutions. Panasonic's entrance into the European access control market is a very obvious example. To become a total solution provider, Panasonic Europe expanded its access control product line by forming a strategic alliance with Bravida Fire & Security, a leading access control and intruder alarm company based in Scandinavia. Dicken commented, “Through this strategic alliance, Bravida is able to use Panasonic's video surveillance and fire platform, and Panasonic uses Bravida's access control and intruder platform. Two companies are forming an alliance, a synergy of two major brands in Europe. We are designing products together and also are integration partners. Besides, we are able to share the market intelligence as well as engineering and sales resources.”

Third-party Partnership Calls for Open Platform
To cater to what systems integrators and end users need, some companies work on third-party integration and partnerships. Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product & Marketing at Samsung Techwin Europe said, “What we are highlighting this year is the processing power of our latest DSP chipset that is incorporated into our latest generation of video surveillance cameras is such that we can offer customers complete freedom and flexibility to choose the edge based video analytics App, which best matches their individual requirements. The DSP chipset has the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and so, in addition to utilizing video analytics for security or business intelligence purposes, customers have the option to run a wide range of other types of Apps such as, for example, cloud storage.”

Another example is PSIM, which benefits most large enterprises, is able to integrate more non-traditional security sensors into the solution to get more operational benefits and save money to increase ROI, according to Jamie Wilson, Marketing Manager of Security of EMEA at NICE Systems. One case is PSIM collocates with VMS in building management systems to control lights, ventilation systems, and lift management. The integration enables the data from other systems to come in PSIM.

Constructing Security ecosystems
Telling from the latest development in the UK security market, it won't work if companies just follow the traditional way to do security business. Even manufacturers need to leverage the strength from other manufacturers to create new business and markets, not to mention other channel players. We can expect in the future for many security ecosystems to be built up. Again, companies working hard in the U.K. provide valuable examples for other markets, too.

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Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin's new Beyond 1280H series of 1000 TV Lines analogue cameras are equipped as standard with a long list of innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

To ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the eight new analogue models, Samsung Techwin has also introduced new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs which can simultaneously record the extremely high quality 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

“We have introduced the new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras and DVRs in support of those many thousands of CCTV users across Europe who want to cost effectively extend the life of their existing analogue systems,” said Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Whilst widespread adoption of video over IP is inevitable, there is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems which are working satisfactorily. End-users may however now need identification grade images which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver. The good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, existing and legacy analogue systems.”

Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Beyond DVRs
In addition to the Beyond 4 channel SRD-476D, 8 channel SRD-876D and 16 channel SRD-1676D, which can all record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all of their channels, Samsung Techwin has also introduced the 16 channel SRD-1656D, which has the ability to record in real time, CIF quality images captured by connected cameras. De-Interlace support on each channel ensures sharp, accurate display of still images.

All four new Beyond DVRs, which have a single channel audio output, offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. With the exception of the 4 channel SRD-476D which has a single internal HDD, the Beyond series of DVRS have four internal SATA HDDs and each provide the option for extra video storage via two external SATA ports.

The Beyond DVRs benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

The new cameras and domes in the Beyond 1280H series are:
* SCB-5003 WDR 1280H bodied camera
* SCB-5000 1280H bodied camera
* SCD-5083 WDR 1280H Dome Camera
* SCD-5080 1280H Dome Camera
* SCV-5083 1280H WDR Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCV-5080 1280H Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCD-5083R 1280H WDR IR Dome Camera
* SCV-5083R Vandal-Resistant WDR IR Dome Camera

Collectively the first eight new models are designed to offer solutions for a wide range of applications and environments from offices, retail stores, schools and hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

Dahua HDCVI: More international and more adoptable

Dahua HDCVI: More international and more adoptable

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 8/13/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Dahua Technology confirms that it has opened its patented HDCVI technology to the global video surveillance industry through the HDcctv Alliance Member Intellectual Property Agreement. Since 2013, Dahua HDCVI has been highly expected as the one of the most potential HD solutions for analogy users.

The announcement is regarded as a significant step for Dahua to turn this patented technology into international standard of the industry. According to Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology, it is the first time for Dahua to address the market with the key message that Dahua patented HDCVI technology is, not merely official HDcctv AT2.0 compliant, also an international standard — ready, and open for the industry. As Dahua 720p and 1080p HDCVI solutions are the only available solutions by now, the idea is to increase its volume in popularizing the applications.

Secondly, by opening this patent to semiconductor manufacturers and equipment makers, it is expected to increase the interoperability among different brands of cameras and DVRs with the join of chip makers. “The partnership with HDcctv Alliance is long-term and still progressing,” Tim added. Dahua and HDcctv Alliance continue developing and upgrading the AT2.0 to AT3.0 for more mature and wider application.

EverFocus to showcase brand new solution at Security Essen 2014

EverFocus to showcase brand new solution at Security Essen 2014

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 8/8/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus is prepared for exhibiting at Security Essen from 23rd – 26th September 2014. On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Security Essen broadcasts more than 1,000 exhibitors from 40 countries and trade visitors from 115 countries are expected to meet in Essen.

This year, EverFocus plans to demonstrate open platform Central Management Software (CMS), Genie XMS, which is designed with a flexible architecture to offer large scale integration scalability. This surveillance management system is able to connect any devices or systems including IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, access control, LPR and POS systems. Web pages or messages can also be displayed on the live view screen. The live view layout can be arranged in any form end users desired. Any systems can be modularized and integrated into Genie XMS as the customer wish!

The newly unveiled technology, eZ Tracker, will also be highlighted at EverFocus' booth. The eZ Tracker is designed for wide-area surveillance without compromising optimal image quality. Combining EverFocus network fisheye camera (EFN series) and EverFocus network speed dome camera (EPN series), this technology can be easily operated using a mouse. Click a desired location on the 360° surround view from the fisheye camera and the speed dome camera will be exactly triggered to track the location. Users can then utilize the smooth PTZ function on the speed dome camera view to zoom in or focus on a region of interest. Meanwhile, users can also monitor all the movements from the 360° surround view.

Moreover, EverFocus will showcase the innovative gadget, IP Sidekick (ESK1000), which is a simple, quick solution for IP-based camera installation. Equipped with PoE and Wi-Fi networking, the Sidekick allows users to view any PoE IP camera live views through browsers over iOS / Android mobile devices for camera adjustment. Users can also install EverFocus Sidekick App to instantly display the live views of all EverFocus IP cameras.

Another highlight will go to the Universal DVR. EverFocus EPHD16+U, an embedded Linux-based universal DVR, comes with 16-channel HD-SDI and analog video inputs. This product supports video signals from D1, 960H, 720P to 1080P in one single DVR and also features triple streams for live view, playback and recording. The EPHD16+U supports recording 480 (NTSP) / 400 (PAL) frames per second at 1080P, and can be played back 16 channels of HD-SDI recordings simultaneously. The model also supports RS-485 serial interface, 2 USB interfaces and 1 RJ45 (10/100/1000) Base-T Ethernet interface. Other than that, the EPHD16+U can be expanded up to 7 SATA devices (6 SATA HDDs and 1 eSATA), ensure the large capacity of the HD-SDI video recordings.

According to Aska Liu, Deputy Project Manager of EverFocus, since EverFocus has already provided a comprehensive product lineup, including IP, HD-SDI and analog hardware devices. The EPHD16+U can take all signals, no matter HD-SDI, 960H, or D1. Moreover, EverFocus also provides mobile apps, which allow users to view the HD-SDI camera streams via their mobile devices (iOS or Android platforms). The ease of high-quality and high-definition video is the most important piece. Users can take the HD-SDI video and record it in 1080P, see the HD-SDI video remotely or locally.

Except the above solutions, EverFocus will also demonstrate the Mobile and Access Control solutions on-site at EverFocus' booth, Hall 2.0 Stand 215.

Banking on enhanced security, business with intelligent video

Banking on enhanced security, business with intelligent video

Editor / Provider: Willam Pao, a&s International | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Security has long been the primary focus of management at banks. But security aside, banks are also looking for ways to reach out to more potential customers and get business from them. Intelligent video offers a solution for both objectives: modern video analytics helps banks fight crimes more easily, at the same time enabling them to identify who their potential customers are and how to get to them.

No other verticals need surveillance more than banks, which process a humongous amount of money daily and are constantly faced with the need to secure themselves against robberies and fraudsters who steal money with more complex schemes. In fact, fraud has become quite costly for banks around the world. According to the European ATM Security Team, total ATM-related fraud incidents increased from 20,244 in 2011 to 22,450 in 2012, and losses resulting from these incidents rose by 13% from US$318.2 million to $360.4 million. As for the U.S., the Secret Service reports $8.5 billion is lost annually through credit card fraud schemes, including ATM skimming.

Fraudulent activities are indeed issues that banks have to deal with on a regular basis. Skimming, or the capturing of users' bank card and PIN numbers via skimming devices and pinhole cameras strategically installed on ATMs, is quite rampant. “Catch Me If You Can” type of deals, where fraudsters cash fake checks at different bank branches, also happens from time to time.

While banks have been using video surveillance for quite a while, traditional technologies only offer a reactive solution — investigating events after they happen. But now, with more intelligence in video solutions, banks can take a more proactive approach for crime detection and prevention. For example, through VCA, or analytics, bank security personnel can detect loitering, objects left behind in a facility, unauthorized personnel entry, ATM skimming, and other security breaches and do something about it. “Banks are becoming more aware of these benefits.

Security directors and other stakeholders are exploring how they can leverage these benefits to other departments and users within their organization,” said Jim Moran, Product Management Director of Intelligent DVRs at Verint Systems.

CRACKING DOWN ON FRAUD
As fraudulent transactions at ATMs happen frequently, VCA solutions are available to help banks deal with them. For example, someone loitering at the ATM area but not making any transactions may be up to something, for instance trying to pull a skimming scheme. An alarm would then be sent to relevant authorities who can take actions. “A video analytics solution can effectively monitor people or vehicles loitering in a specific area around the ATM. The solutions now also have the intelligence to detect people running through a scene, which can be a sign of suspicious behavior following an incident,” said Daniel Wan, Channel Marketing Manager for UK & IRE at Honeywell Security Group.

By linking surveillance video with transaction data, stealing money from ATMs can be investigated with more ease and facility. Just enter the account number from which the money was stolen, and the system will return images of all ATM withdrawals associated with that account number over a certain period. This will enable fraud investigators to easily spot withdrawals by someone not associated with that account. If facial recognition is included in the solution, the system would immediately pull all images of the suspect visiting the branch over a period, say a month, instead of having the investigator examine piles upon piles of videos. “Supposed there are 36 cameras at a branch, times one month, that's about 26,000 hours of videos,” said Masa Karahashi, Senior VP of Engineering at 3VR. “If I didn't have facial recognition, there's no way I could look for videos where a specific person comes up.”

And intelligent video solutions do not just end at the ATM vestibule. What's going on inside the bank can also be monitored and analyzed by VCA to guard against fraud. Typically, fraudsters cash bogus checks in amounts too small for banks to take further actions. The fraudster then goes to other banks and does the same thing. Again, incidents like these underscore the importance of VCA with facial recognition, which can capture the face of the suspect and call up all videos in which the suspect has appeared over a particular period of time. This will facilitate the investigation and prosecution procedures by law enforcement officials.

What's more, video surveillance at banks not only clamps down on fraud, the mere presence of it serves as a visual deterrent that tells potential fraudsters “We're watching you.” “For example, some banks use public view monitors that display the camera images to show customers they are being recorded,” said Moran. “There is also signage advising customers of video surveillance.”

DRIVING BUSINESS
Besides security, video analytics also helps banks in another major way — driving business. Thanks to VCA, video solutions at banks can analyze the length of queues, the gender and age of ATM users, and other behavior exhibited by customers. These data can help banks reach out to more people and enhance the overall banking experience.

It goes without saying that banks have a pretty good idea of who their customers are. But what about ATM users who are not customers? With ATMs so seamlessly connected to each other across the world, it's quite common that customers of a particular bank withdraw money from another bank's ATM. This represents a good opportunity for banks to reach out to potential customers through ads that appear on ATM screens, yet oftentimes these non-customer ATM users are left ignored and untargeted.

“Without the age and gender information of the customers, they would be showing an advertisement randomly. When I use ATMs from another bank, I've seen ATM showing me an ad for reverse mortgage,” said Karahashi. “I'm not even done paying for my primary mortgage, so I don't need a reverse mortgage. But if they know my approximate age and gender, then they could be showing a more relevant ad like ‘would you like to refinance,‘ or that kind of advertisement.”

This is where analytics comes in. VCA-enabled solutions can determine ATM users' gender and possible age. Ads or messages that the system considers are suitable for them would then either pop up on the ATM screen or show up on their receipts to get their attention. Customer behavior can also be analyzed by VCA to help banks develop better sales or marketing strategies. “If there are promotional signs or offers on display in a particular branch, such as home equity loans advertisements, intelligent video can be used to observe whether customers are viewing and responding to these in-store promotions or walking right past them,” said Matt Frowert, Director of Marketing, Financial Services, and Government at Tyco Integrated Security. “With this type of data, banks can re-position in-store advertising and monitor if these locations receive better response rates.”

Last but not least, the overall banking experience can improve with intelligent video solutions, which, for example, can determine when a line is too long. “Nothing puts off customers like a snaking queue up the middle of the store. Again, video analytics normally applied for security purposes can provide a bank manager with a way of tracking the buildup of queues and alerting the relevant staff accordingly in order to ensure customers are served in a timely fashion,” Wan said.

INTELLIGENCE MATTERS
Intelligent video, with its advanced analytical capabilities, is the perfect fit for banks, which need these capabilities to pinpoint and track down criminals. On top of that, intelligent video solutions help banks reach out to more people and enhance the overall banking experience. The next time you see a promotional message popping up on the ATM machine that somehow fits you perfectly, chances are that's analytics at work.

Georgia State University upgrades access control system with Tyco

Georgia State University upgrades access control system with Tyco

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Education

Georgia State University (GSU) is centered in historic downtown Atlanta. Its urban surroundings provide approximately 32,000 students with a distinguished education, as well as access to the city's government, culture, and business organizations. The University is considered a commuter school with 61 percent of first-year students living on campus and 17 percent of all undergraduates living on campus.

Since 1913, the University has seen significant growth. GSU built its first student housing facility in 2007 and, since then, has continually built and expanded its student housing facilities to include five different locations and 9 buildings for more than 4,000 students.

Roderick Padilla, assistant director of IT services at GSU and a 23-year veteran employee of the University, recalls a time when access control was just keys. “Two decades ago, campus security was dramatically different,” Padilla said. “I remember when you would have keys out there and wouldn't know who had them or how many people had the masters, the sub-masters and the sub-sub-masters. But, of course, with better IT and physical security, things have come a long way.”

Today, GSU has the largest campus police department of any school in the state with more than 100 employees. The challenge for the University is securing its urban campus, where students, as well as strangers, can walk the grounds. Campus housing includes extensive surveillance equipment, turnstiles and gates to get into each facility, card readers in elevators to limit access to certain floors, and parking decks with readers and access gates. With a growing student population, an urban environment, and increased incidents of campus and school violence around the country, campus security is particularly important at Georgia State.

GSU has a diverse mix of student housing locations to secure, which encompasses a variety of newly built and purchased conversions. An 1,100-occupancy dormitory named Piedmont North, for example, was once back-to-back hotels built for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. A Greek housing area with multiple buildings was built in 2010, and its first and largest dormitory called University Commons, (which was once named the 3rd Most Luxurious dormitory in the country by The Fiscal Times) houses 2,000 students and is open year round.

Challenge
Though keys have not been the primary source of access control in GSU's housing facilities for some time, the University was looking to upgrade its existing access control system due to a number of issues, including lack of integration capabilities and product support.

“We really wanted to replace our proprietary system with an open source system--something that would work with all the cameras and other equipment we have,” said Padilla. An open platform was particularly important to Padilla, as he wanted to limit the amount of equipment that would need to be replaced. The IT Services Department oversees a security area worth about $1.7 million in assets for student housing, including turnstiles, gates, 50 DVRs, more than 720 cameras, 25 access control panels and 150 card readers.

Solution
Working with a Tyco Security Products sales representative and GSU's integrator of seven-plus years, LMI Systems, the department decided on Software House's C.CURE 9000 security and event management system. Because of its open platform design, most of the existing equipment the University had did not need to be replaced. The University could capitalize on its existing physical security and surveillance, as well as increase the capabilities of the system with better integration and features. Some controllers were easily upgraded using Software House's Legacy Controller Upgrade Kits, which allow legacy controllers to be updated to an iSTAR Edge controller, without replacing the existing wall mounts.

“One of the factors that made the decision easy for [GSU] was that their peripherals didn't have to change,” said Heath Hunt, vice president of technology operations at LMI Systems. “It's more cost-effective when you are talking about just head-end equipment and software changes.”

Aside from an access control solution that would work with the University's existing security equipment, GSU was looking for a solution with superior reporting capabilities. “The reporting is exactly what we wanted,” Padilla said. “I can go to an entry log for any access card and see the recent history for a particular card or user as well as who gave the person access to that card. I didn't have that ability before and it's exactly what we need.”

With multiple Hall Directors and other staff members that are able to create cards for student residents, reliable audit trails and reporting features are essential for the security staff. For example, if a Hall Director creates a new card for a student whose card was lost, but forgets to flag the previous card as lost, anyone walking around the campus could pick up the card and have access to areas they are not allowed. With C?CURE 9000, GSU security staff can run daily reports on any users with more than one active card and immediately deactivate the card, as well as find out who created the card without flagging the old one, and bring that to the necessary staff member's attention to correct the mistake in the future.

“Another benefit is if someone tries to use a flagged card, not only will the card not work, but the system tells us someone is trying to use the card,” Padilla said. The software's integration with GSU's surveillance equipment even gives GSU PD a visual on the person.

“We didn't have good integration between our access control and cameras before,” Padilla explained. “We really wanted this critical enhancement to be able to pull video with an access event. These are key issues because students lose their cards all the time and being in the city of Atlanta, this is an open campus. The safety and security of the students is of utmost importance,” he said. Receiving the surveillance video from an event allows for quick, informed responses from staff and police in a variety of scenarios and emergencies beyond a lost card, Padilla said.

Aside from the importance of the solution's capabilities, timing was a big factor for Georgia State University. GSU's IT Services Department began talking about a new access control solution in the spring and needed to be sure everything would be installed over the summer and fully operational before fall classes were back in session.

LMI Systems had the system ready to go within three weeks and spent the summer migrating each housing facility and working on any issues. “It was a seamless transition,” said Padilla. “We didn't have to replace the cards since they were all fully compatible with the new system. It was a matter of recreating the access rights and exporting all the data.”

GSU closed all of its student housing facilities over the summer, with the exception of its largest residence hall, University Commons. Summer access cards were pre-created with access rights and University Commons was on the new system immediately. The rest of the summer was spent focusing on the other buildings with minimal disruption, said Padilla.

Future
With the new access control system up and running at GSU, the University can now focus on the future. While the current system uses access control to enter the resident facilities, Padilla would like to expand card access to individual rooms as well, for the next dormitory the University builds.

In addition, at some point, GSU would like to move to a one-card system, according to Padilla. Currently, students have separate housing cards, library cards and vending/ID cards. “We're not quite ready to do that yet, and I don't know exactly how we will decide to do that, but the student housing solution has been successful, so maybe it will serve as that benchmark we need for the rest of the University,” Padilla added.

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