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Dahua HD IP solution secures Morocco phosphate manufacturer

Dahua HD IP solution secures Morocco phosphate manufacturer

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 4/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

OCP group has recently upgraded its video surveillance system with Dahua HD IP solution.OCP group with derivatives market headquarter in Morocco, has been a key player in international phosphate market since its founding in 1920. It is world's largest exporter of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid as well as one of the world's major producers of fertilizer. Its production site had been equipped with analog system for several years, however, the system failed to give useful information after an incident. Thus, OCP group decided to level up their security by adding Dahua HD IP solution as a complementary as well as replacing its old DVRs.

Depending on customers' needs, clear monitoring image was the top priority; with OCP's wide production site, it is of great importance to deploy both indoor and outdoor cameras, Moreover, since the manufacturing base was secured by different branding devices, product compatibility becomes a key issue. Under professional suggestion of COUNTRY TECH, Dahua's local distributor, OCP group decided to take Dahua speed domes (SD6980-HN & SD6582A-HN), NVRs (NVR3216) and DVRs (DVR0804HF-L) to secure their assets.

Dahua 1.3/2-megapixel network speed domes provide real-time recording at high definitions with maximum 100-meterIR distance, ensuring a wide visual range at night as well as other poor-lighting conditions; domes' ingress protection rating is up to IP67 and IK10 to against harsh weathers. NVR3216 supports maximum 120fps@1080P recording and accommodates two HDDs for data storage.

“We put quality first when selecting products,” said Afaf RAIS, Sales Manager of COUNTRY TECH. “Partnering with Dahua for several years made us confident about the products and services they provide; meanwhile, all that are based on a reasonable price. During the project, Dahua showed professionalism and offered very good support and services.”

“Phosphate is the economic pillar in Morocco, we are proud that our solution and products could be applied to secure it,” said William Zhou, Sales Director of Latin America and Africa at Dahua Technology. “Global demand for high definition solution continues to grow, take Africa as an example, in recently years, we have seen more and more projects asking for IP solutions, and thus we will work more on this and bring more region-oriented products and solutions to the market.”

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Standalone NVR is on the rise

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang. a&s Asia | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Many brands are offering standalone NVRs, preparing to send first timers to IP solutions. These bundled packages not only offer clear images, but also are affordable and hassle-free solutions.

Dahua Technology
Ice Wu, Storage Product Director
Despite analog systems still take a large portion in Southeast Asia's security market, the IP migration pace is fast and furious with 2- 300% growth per year. Currently the analog-IP ratio is 7:3. Singapore and Korea have comparably better economies, IT infrastructure, plus their prevailing of 3G/4G networks; for them, the ratio is nearly 50/50.

Dahua's standalone NVRs are going great in various market segment ranging from top to entry-level. For instance, due to increased security awareness and city surveillance projects, highly reliable series like NVR6000DR, NVR724-256DR are wining projects after another for their supporting channels, large storage space, scalability, and intelligent video analytics.

Our project-based NVRs such as NVR7064-RH, are designed for banking, airport, train stations, and power stations for their HD video storage. Fisheye cameras are also a booster for NVR selling as DVRs do not support these 360-degree cameras. In this case, retails & malls are showing great potentials. Home surveillance market are also promising as bundled NVR package are easy to install even for an everyday family lacking IT knowledge. Compared with analog systems, network cameras offer clearer videos and remote monitoring capability.

It is clear that the whole security industry is migrating to HD. The path to HD varies though: one is via analog signals; another via digital ones. For analog upgrades, Dahua's HD-CVI solutions have advantages in costs, easy to install, plus no need to rewiring. A simple replacement with HD-CVI cameras can achieve HD.

IP solutions are more suitable for new projects, and customers have continuous demands for scalability. These segments tend to have IP-friendly environment, which saves a lot in wiring. PoE and WiFi NVRs, on the other hand, are more favorable to families for its plug & play setups.

Dahua's advantages include:
Total solution provider: Our complete product lines ranging from cameras, NVRs, VMS, and apps for smartphone viewing.
* One-stop solution offering high-, mid-, and entry-level solutions
* Future-proof and third-party supportive
* World-famous branding with reliable quality and fast service
* Exclusive codes offer clear Images

EverFocus Electronics
Benjamin Lee, Regional Sales Manager
Singapore has been well-positioned to achieve significant IP growth in Southeast Asia for its economics and IT infrastructure, followed by Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. Singapore's mid- to high-end segments have steady requirements. Its IP-friendly infrastructure and strong demands for network cameras attribute to continuous requirements for NVRs. Transportation projects, commercial buildings, and hotels are major verticals adopt NVRs.

Our NVRs are largely deployed in commercial buildings in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Vietnamese government projects prefer NVR solutions as well. Our mobile NVRs in Thailand are largely adopted as well. Compared with other Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia has been slow to pick up IP migration and NVR pace. Major verticals in Indonesia deploying NVRs are retails. Myanmar is showing great potentials in manufacturing and retail segments. Our targeted verticals in Southeast Asia are retails, commercial buildings, and SMBs, which usually are small projects and require fewer cameras.

Despite small systems, they usually request IP networking for remote monitoring and management. Standalone NVRs not only make IP solutions easier for smaller installers and operators, but also economical in costs. Standalone NVRs are often designed for 32 channels and under and require no additional IT training, making them affordable and easy to use.

Our long-term analog system users are showing great interest in IP and EverFocus has always looked highly on these established customers. We have been putting a lot of efforts for customer relationship maintenance by offering solutions catering to their needs. As for new customers who already have IT knowledge, it is always much for easier to promoting them IP-based solutions than those without IT know-how. Seeing this issue, EverFocus just launched plug & play standalone NVRs (ENVR8304D, ENVR8304E) targeting analog users who crave for one-stop IP migration. We believe that features like plug & play, easy to set up, and intuitive GUI are best weapons to win market share.

We will continue satisfying customer needs by fast offering the most suitable solutions with high interoperability. We will work more closely with local SIs this year by offering more solution-based packages with easy setups and scalability.Software is another area that we will add extra R&D efforts. Prompt urbanization in Southeast Asian cities brings out more mass transit system projects. There are going to be huge demands for mobile NVRs. Our reliable and innovative solutions definitely provide added values to customers.

Hikvision digital technology
Eric Shen, Product Marketing Manager
The network infrastructure in these Southeast Asian countries is very different, so does the IT knowledge of local system integrators. As such, the developments of embedded NVR in these areas have big difference. For example, Singapore is with good network infrastructure, and the local SIs are also proficient about network projects, this in result accelerates the development of embedded NVR in this country. Whilst in other Southeast Asian countries, due to the unmatured network environment, the NVR adoption will be a little bit delayed.

Actually, there is no specific vertical for NVR application. With IP adoption becoming widely accepted by users, embedded NVRs will also get applied in various verticals, such as financial institutions, city surveillance, transportation and retails, etc.

Embedded NVR is mainly adopted in newly established projects. Since for already existing analog applications, usually users are reluctant to transit from traditional CCTV system to IP system since IP surveillance needs more IT knowledge and higher cost associated with installation and maintenance, as well as higher requirement for network system. However, with IP security continues to boom, the requirement for HD surveillance improving, the IP products price is also getting much favorable than before as more and more manufacturers join in the competition in this area. Accordingly, NVR connection to IP cameras becomes much simpler, this allows convenient plug & play installation. Eventually, embedded NVR will be the main stream especially in new projects.

We promote the simplicity the combined NVR+IPC solution brings. As well, to note that embedded NVR will take the place of PC-based NVR in terms of ease of use, system stability and decoding capability; of note, plug and play NVR would play a more practical role to make easy installation and configuration.

Hikvision is always dedicated to the innovation of embedded NVR. As of now, we have developed NVR product supporting up-to 256-ch IP camera inputs and 24 HDD, with total throughput of 960Mbps (640Mbps for input / 320Mbps for output), specially designed for large-scale and high-end applications. This is the first in the security industry to compete against conventional NVRs.As mentioned before, we also address on the ease-of-use of products — the freedom, and comfort without hassles of cablings, configurations and complicated settings.

Coupling NVR with IP cameras is another method for promotion. Recently, we've put Hikvision Smart IPC in connection with our Netra-platform NVR to deliver a total Smart Solution, with front end camera delivering images of Smart Detection (instruction detection, face detection, line-crossing and much more), and backend NVR doing Smart search according to different period of time or locations, providing you with total control over the system.

NVR products will have increasing market share in SMB application, since the price of embedded NVRs is getting lower compared with PC-based NVR(with VMS software); in high-end applications, embedded NVR will also play a key role since it can well meet the requirement of system stability, compatibility and expansibility.

PC-based NVR still has its own stage, especially in large-scale projects; thus, it places great potential for embedded NVR to participate in this area. Embedded NVRs have overcome their perceived shortcomings in terms of storage capacity and types of storage medium through use of devices including IP-SAN and eSATA, etc. Furthermore, embedded NVRs can support interfaces for other surveillance devices which can be conveniently integrated with alarm systems and access control systems as well as PTZ remote control systems. This is very practical in large-scale applications. The benefits an embedded NVR offers over PC-based NVR — reliability, stability, complex decoding, low power consumption, ease of use and more — will eventually allow custmers to maximize the value of what they already own.

Standalone NVRs continue to devour the DVR market

Standalone NVRs continue to devour the DVR market

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang, a&s Asia | Updated: 4/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Affordable IP products from major manufacturers have helped to accelerate the migration from DVR to NVR, as it quickly becomes a lower cost option to install network cameras where a network infrastructure is already in place. The main driver behind the migration from DVR to NVR is standardization.

NVRs are starting to be used in more scenarios, especially with the launch of 4 and 16 channel units that look and feel much like analog DVRs. With a monitor output and a DVD writer, standalone NVRs make IP solutions easier for smaller installers and operators. It is now not uncommon to see 4 channel HD solutions in small high value retail installations.

Another factor is PoE enabled NVRs that allow for plug-and-play. The plug-and-play function makes everything much easier, which proved to be very popular in the SMB and DIY market.

IP-friendly infrastructure
Although many developing countries in APAC are still using analog solutions, new projects are gradually moving to IP. Why? The vast majority of new buildings utilize a structured cabling system designed to support all subsystems within, from telephones to building management. It is only logical that security systems also use the same infrastructure. In this case, the TCP/IP Networking Protocol along with IP-friendly building makes wiring, integrating, and managing much easier than old buildings cabling.

According to Sony Electronics APAC, worldwide NVR sales will certainly expand. Amongst all the regions, Asia's migration to IP systems is remarkable, and such a trend will reinforce the growing number of NVR sales. In addition, a recent take up of NVRs in SMB, as well as in home security verticals, has been observed. The key drivers are low prices and easy installation and operation.

Still using DVRs? Think again
Here are some of the main reasons why many adopt NVRs over DVRs:
* Higher resolution for each channel
* Storage capacity; NVR storage capacity is larger than any DVR
* Ease of management, NVRs can be easily managed via software
* High scalability; a single NVR can handle more cameras
* Cost effective:
    - analog compatibilities
    - lower cabling installation cost
* Future-proof: NVRs can be quickly repaired and replaced, and easily upgraded compared to DVRs
* PoE and wireless compatibilities enable installation in hard-to-wire environments

Many of the standalone NVRs have functions that bear resemblance to their DVR predecessors. In addition, many NVRs' GUIs are exactly the same as DVRs, so switching from DVRs to NVRs does not put any unnecessary burden on users as they do not need to change their usual routine — no additional training is required. For smaller installations, 16 channels and under, only basic or non-IT knowledge is required.

Standalone & PC-based NVRs
While both PC-based and standalone NVRs record and store video, manage cameras, enable viewing of recorded contents, and archive histories, the differences between the two lie in how they operate, and the features they provide.

Standalone NVRs are smaller and more compact in size compared to PC-based NVRs. In terms of performance, standalone NVRs operate on SoC, and usually have one or more DSPs for video compression and decompression, and a CPU for other functions. On the other hand, PC-based NVRs utilize the CPU for video compression/ decompression, viewing and recording content, and managing cameras.

Standalone NVRs are better suited for systems where the number of cameras is within the limits of an NVR's capacity. PC-based NVRs are decidedly more powerful in processing data, and offer much more flexibility in storage scalability, compared to standalone NVRs. PC-based systems also offer more camera scalability, whereas standalone NVRs tend to have an upper limit of camera capacity.

Standalone NVRs triumph over PC-based NVRs in the following areas: price, reliability, and stability. With fewer components and packaged in a compact case, they are appealing in price and more reliable in performance. They are also more stable, secure, and less prone to viruses and hacks, as they run on Linux, as opposed to a Windowsbased system. Finally, as they run on a standalone operating system, they have a shorter boot time, compared to the longer loading time required by PC-based NVRs.

With their many benefits, standalone NVRs are gaining traction in the market. In response, several manufacturers are hearing this call and offering attractive standalone NVRs. Smaller projects benefit most from the features and capabilities of standalone NVRs and SMB enterprises are able to save substantially on costs.

More importantly, standalone NVRs are not only powerful, but also boast ease-of-use features, such as auto search and built-in network power to remove the need of a PoE switch. The perk of this function is that it further reduces costs for customers as they do not have to purchase PoE switches, which could be costly.

Lowest price may come at a cost that is too high
The rising popularity of standalone NVRs has resulted in numerous manufacturers sprouting up in Shenzhen, China. Although standalone NVRs from these manufacturers come with an extremely lower price tag, their reliability may remain questionable.

Education remains key to the widespread adoption of standalone NVRs in Asia. Standalone NVR providers should work hard to show end users and installers the benefits of standalone NVRs. At the same time, the first users to adopt standalone NVRs would most likely to be SMBs as they stand to benefit most from low-cost systems.

[GDSF Secutech 2014] VMS works wonders for verticals

[GDSF Secutech 2014] VMS works wonders for verticals

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 4/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

VMS is demanded by any vertical market that needs video surveillance to keep facilities and premises safe and secure. Operators from different verticals, however, look for different things in their VMS based on the specific demands and needs of their respective industries. The topics of VMS and its applications in different vertical markets took the center stage during this year's Secutech Taipei and were a main theme discussed by panelists in the Global Digital Security Forum (GDSF) held alongside the exhibition. During the event, industry experts shared their insights into VMS requirements for different verticals and what they considered to be good video management software.

Airports/Public transportation
Scalability is one of the first things operators of airports and public transportation facilities look for in choosing the right VMS solution. As the number of cameras increases with the construction of new airport terminals or new subway stations, the ability of VMS to grow with the system becomes critical.

“When we first did the Taipei subway system, we had 1,000-plus cameras and 17 stations, but the numbers have increased to more than 10,000 cameras and more than 100 stations,” said Isabella Lin, Sales Manager of Overseas Sales Division, Instek Digital, which was chosen as a partner of the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. to deploy video surveillance solutions. “Scalability has become an essential thing.”

Reliability, or the ability of a system to maintain stable, steady operation even in the event of system failure, is also crucial. Every piece of video is vital in accident prevention or post-event investigation and is too precious to be lost during any time. Management software that enables continuous system access and uninterrupted video streaming is therefore another important factor that airport and public transportation operators look for.

Finally, video management software nowadays must include a certain level of intelligence, which analyzes abnormalities in videos and responds to those abnormalities accordingly. When someone intrudes into an off-limits area or loiters on the subway platform, a solution with good analytics will detect those scenarios and send an alert to the security personnel. This way, tragedies may be prevented, and lives saved.


“Analytics is becoming a lot more mature, and we're seeing new applications,” said Justin Schorn, Co-Founder of Aimetis, which has deployed VMS solutions in major international airports in the world, including those of Brasilia, Munich, and Perth. “With no analytics, a solution is a very much passive, not a very reactive one. But with analytics, it's more of a proactive product.”

Safe city
Surveillance plays a critical function in keeping cities safe, livable and responsive to crime, terrorist threats and attacks, accidents and disasters. According to a previously released whitepaper, Milestone, a leading VMS provider, said after a city in Brazil installed a video surveillance system, it noticed a 6 percent reduction in crime. A Nevada police department installed cameras in a high crime area, and within a year research showed that 52.7 percent of the residents felt there was less drug dealing in the area and 77 percent felt that the surveillance system had enhanced their quality of life.

“A safe city project aims to protect citizens and assets. It involves technologies providing situational awareness to various stakeholders, and enables overall operational picture to all relevant agencies,” said Sunny Kong, Director of Sales of Asia, Milestone.

Yet meeting those objectives entails more than installing a bunch of cameras on street lamps or traffic signals. It also has to do with monitoring a gargantuan amount of video footage and identifying people, objects or behaviors that are suspicious. Again, this is where analytics comes in, said Wilson Chin, Marketing Vice President, Verint Asia Pacific.

“It's not so much about (the solution) identifying a license plate. It's more about recognizing that the license plate is supposed to be assigned to a white Honda minivan, and now it's on a black four-door sedan Toyota. That's an alert that someone has switched the license plate,” he said. “As the analytics gets more sophisticated, that's when its value in a big city solution becomes apparent.”

Chin also mentioned the importance of open web monitoring in a safe city solution, which relies on the collective wisdom of the people to identify suspicious individuals or fight crime.

“For those of you who followed the Boston Marathon incident a couple of years ago, you know that one of the ways they tracked down the individuals was analyzing thousands of thousands of photos taken by people through their smartphones,” he said. “It wasn't just the monitoring points of the cameras that was deployed by the city. It was people with smartphones. They would put things on Facebook or Twitter, which greatly expanded the number of images available for analysis. This is the power of crowdsourcing.”

To enable that kind of connectivity between citizens and government agencies through smart devices, an enabler is needed, and according to Milestone's Kong, that enabler is the open platform.

"An open platform enables the use of best-in-breeds in technologies,” he said. “It allows freedom of choice, future-proofs investments, and ensures third-party integrations easily."

Banking
No vertical needs security more than the banking industry, which processes a tremendous amount of money on a daily basis. Yet a surveillance installation can get complex and sophisticated when it comes to banks, which operate different sites including corporate buildings, branch offices, ATMs and cash depots. Monitoring these sites to ensure that they are always safe has thus become a priority for security operators.

“The main purpose for a bank in having a video surveillance system is two-fold,” said Jukka Riivari, CEO of Mirasys, which has done business with five out of the top 50 banks across the world, four out of the top six Nordic Banks in Europe, and three central banks. “One fold is to make sure that the premises are intact; there is no intrusion to the premises after the office hours or during the office hours. The other is how can you reduce the false alarm rate so you only have real alarms.”

To manage videos from different locations the VMS must have strong centralization features that can, for example, alert local authorities on irregular banking activities at a specific branch office. Intelligence must also be included in the video management software to reduce false alarms. A complex alarm list, for instance, may be built into the system to make sure that people suspected of intrusion or loitering match the criteria on the alarm list.

At the same time, banking VMS should be able to interface with other technologies, for example access control, intrusion alarms and transactional systems, to prevent and reduce fraud and other financial-reduced crimes. According to a survey conducted by the European ATM Security Team, ATM card skimming resulted in losses of nearly 111 million Euros across Europe during the first half of 2011. Meanwhile, a study released in 2011 by the Aite Group estimates that card fraud costs the U.S. card payments industry US$8.6 billion annually. Against this backdrop, VMS integrated with transactional systems allows instant revelation of transaction irregularities that may result from card skimming.

“It's the specific solutions, not just the DVRs and cameras, that keep the hundreds of branch offices safe,” Riivari said. “You need to be able to detect someone trying to put a skimming device into the system. That is the purpose of one of those solutions needed, not just tools.

Safe and sound
While VMS works differently across verticals, experts at GDSF all reached the consensus that VMS should allow scalability, reliability, integration and intelligence no matter which vertical it is deployed in. These requirements help ensure normal and safe business operations, which are ultimately needed for the end user's sustainable growth.

EverFocus HD-SDI system secures NEXCO West highway toll booths

EverFocus HD-SDI system secures NEXCO West highway toll booths

Editor / Provider: sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 4/8/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Mission
EverFocus has recently built-up the HD-SDI system, including 20 DVRs (EPHD04+) and 50 outdoor IR dome cameras (EHH5101) on the NEXCO-West (West Nippon Expressway Company Ltd) highway toll booths located in Hiroshima, Yamaguchi.

According to NEXCO-West, the toll booths require a system that is reliable and can produce clear images no matter on the staff or the POS machine. Moreover, cameras with anti-raining/snowing and small-in-size features are considered as the key points. Therefore, they chose EverFocus' HD-SDI DVR and outdoor IR dome camera.

Solution
Compact size along with elegant design has always been the major feature in the Japanese market. The EPHD04+ is a four-channel HD-SDI DVR that comes with a fine outlook and a small chassis design, plus its 1080p full HD resolution for live video recording, playback and archive videos, all these features have satisfied the customer's requirements. The easy installation, which is just the same as what we do for the traditional CCTV system, has also save the time and money.

On the other hand, for highway customers, they often choose box or bullet type cameras; however, cameras being hit by trucks or buses happened frequently. Hence, NEXCO-West has made a decision to adopt dome type outdoor IR dome for this project. The EHH5101 is weather resistant (IP66) and is able to provide 1080p HD video over coax.

Result
With EverFocus' HD-SDI system, the evidence can be safely and clearly collected, especially the POS machine and bill can be seen clearly through the monitor. According to the customers, accidents like vehicles passing by without paying the highway fee, or missed receiving toll bills have been decreasing. The full HD video images and the stable system bring the successful surveillance to the highway toll booths.

NICE provides Denver RTD with mobile video recording, investigation solution

NICE provides Denver RTD with mobile video recording, investigation solution

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 4/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems announced that it is providing the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) with an innovative mobile video recording and investigation solution for its new bus fleet. The mobile solution, which leverages the NiceVision IP video management software and NICE Inform, will significantly enhance RTD's investigative efficiency by automatically offloading these video recordings and integrating them with various other video and audio sources to create a unified event timeline.

RTD already uses multiple solutions from NICE to capture its transit police and bus radio communications and to record fixed video at various bus and light rail stations. With its deployment of the new NICE solution, RTD will now extend its use of NICE IP video management into a mobile environment.

“We've used NiceVision for well over a decade to help secure our Park-n-Ride facilities as well as our light rail and bus transfer stations,” said Bob Grado, RTD Transit Police Commander and Manager of Integrated Security Operations for the Denver Regional Transportation District. “NICE has developed a solution that will now enable us to leverage the proven NiceVision IP video software on our buses while adding new capabilities to help us streamline thousands of annual investigations. I'm confident this solution is going to significantly improve our investigative capabilities and efficiency.”

The solution enables automatic and immediate secure download of video recorded on any RTD bus upon arrival at a bus depot. This is a significant improvement over RTD's previous process which involved manually retrieving video from hard disks or DVRs. Requested video is also automatically uploaded into a case management file in NICE Inform where it can be combined with voice recordings and video from fixed surveillance video cameras to create a seamless incident timeline. Reports can be appended as well. Among the solution's benefits are: significantly improved efficiency, collaboration, video quality, and data security; and the ability to combine multiple sources of video/audio for more thorough investigations.

“We are pleased to help RTD meet its security needs with an innovative video recording and investigation solution. This reinforces the success of our past implementations and strengthens our ongoing relationship with RTD,” said Yaron Tchwella, President of the NICE Security Group. “This new initiative also illustrates the types of benefits that mass transportation agencies can achieve by deploying the NICE integrated security solutions portfolio across their transit systems.”

In the initial phase of deployment, RTD is equipping 52 buses with the NICE software solution. The NICE software will run on Panasonic Corporation of North America's Transit Solutions hardware consisting of specialty cameras and a mobile recording platform specially designed to withstand the vibration and weather extremes of the transit environment. Rail Services Corp (RSC) is the integrator on the project.

NICE's security solutions help organizations capture, analyze and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations, and make the world a safer place. The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns, and recognizing trends. NICE Security solutions are used by thousands of customers worldwide, including transportation systems, critical infrastructure, city centers, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

[Secutech2014] ITX high-end DVR highlights 960H features

[Secutech2014] ITX high-end DVR highlights 960H features

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 3/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In Secutech2014, ITX, the Korean manufacturer of standalone DVRs, network cameras and NVR presents its latest DVR—HAVH-1648. The new model featuring 960H real time images targets at high-end market. The UAVH-1648is a high-end DVR, supporting live or record / archive /network without any loss of performance. It features user-friendly full-HD GUI, dynamic search mode. The clear and easy-to-use search model is categorized by thumbnail/calendar/timeline/event . with the search mode, users can search and look into video footage by minutes. Meanwhile another highlight from ITX os its brand new full HD real-time Poe NVR—IPXP-1648.

According to the Sales Manager of Asia market, DVR with 960H is still the most demanding feature now in Asian market. Compared to the higher presence of IP equipments in European countries, the market trend in Asia is shifting from analog to IP solutions. It is getting common that governments request for IP solutions in terms of large public projects.

[Secutech 2014] Hikvision presents total solution going Smart

[Secutech 2014] Hikvision presents total solution going Smart

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Comprehensive solution provider
Hikvision as a total surveillance solution provider offers a comprehensive product line from cameras and DVRs to video management software. The company products share great competitiveness in terms of cutting-edge technology, reliability, price concern and customer service etc. on the solid bases of R&D capability and state-of-art manufacturing facilities, Hikvision provides both entry-level and professional products and solutions to meet the market demand. The introduction of Hikvision HiWatch product line and the recent Smart Solution for entry-level and professional market respectively is the manifestation of this dedication.

Bedsides, Hikvision is capable of versatile solutions. Taking an example of intelligent application, Hikvision recent team-up with ObjectVideo to accelerates the promotion of intelligent video analytics solutions in the global market.

Market overview
It is expected that SMB demands for HD surveillance have matched with security manufacturers' production. This entry-level market segment will continue the rapid growth this year.

On the other hand, the combination of video surveillance and physical management in large-scale vertical projects also drives the trends for high definition, intelligence and solution-oriented.

Showcase of latest solutions
At Secutech2014, Hikvision presents the latest total solutions for SMB, professional markets, and other various vertical markets. The latest line-up of end-to-end solutions for all SMB surveillance needs - HiWatch Easy IP solution, 960H solution and HD-SDI solution - will be displayed as much easier and simpler ways for home and business safety.

Additionally, the latest Fisheye camera and super low-illumination camera, HD command center solution, “Smart” HD IP solution and video surveillance management solution will also be on hand as current examples of Hikvision's cutting-edge professional surveillance applications. Furthermore, visitors also can explore the company's vertical solutions for the IP alarm, retail, vehicle, and ATM markets.

EverFocus releases new user-interface MobileFocus apps

EverFocus releases new user-interface MobileFocus apps

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

EverFocus announces the new, attractive design of user-interface and added features to the line of MobileFocus apps. EverFocus offers 4 versions of mobile apps: MobileFocus (free) andMobileFocus Plus (paid) for iOS and Android devices, MobileFocus HD (free) and MobileFocus HD Plus (paid) for iPads.

The MobileFocus and MobileFocus HD now offers a 4-channel live view quad display with 1-channel video playback. The new 1-channel playback from your DVR or NVR on the free app allows users to search by Time or Event, providing you the flexibility to review your recorded video anywhere, anytime.

The MobileFocus Plus offers up to 4-channel video playback with Time or Event search options in a quad display view. In addition, a new “Local Recording” feature will now provide users the ability to save live video in MP4 video format for iOS and AVI video format for Android. With the new “Local Recording” function, once the recorded video has been saved on your handheld devices, you can playback the backup video without utilizing your data plan.

The MobileFocus HD Plus offers up to 16-channel video playback with Time or Event search options. iPad users can now playback videos from their DVR or NVR with a single screen, quad, 9-channel or 16-channel display view options. For live video viewing of EverFocus IP cameras, the MobileFocus HD Plus provides users the options of a single, quad, and 9-channel screen display. It also features “Local Recording” function so you can save your video in MP4 format right onto your iPad.

EverFocus' line of MobileFocus apps supports all EverFocus H.264 DVRs, NVRs and IP cameras with video formats of H.264, MJPEG, and MPEG4. Whether you are using a free or paid version of the app, users can benefit from common features such as single or multi-channel view, two-way audio, snapshot, digital zoom, on-screen camera time/title display, and PTZ control (focus, iris, auto pan, zoom in/out, and preset point setting).

Hikvision solution secures Mac's convenience stores in Canada

Hikvision solution secures Mac's convenience stores in Canada

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 2/27/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

For the past 50 years, Mac's Convenience Stores have served the needs of Canadian customers throughout a multitude of locations in Ontario and Western Canada. Mac's Convenience Stores offer a variety of products associated with the general convenience store industry, while certain branches also provide gasoline with gas stations attached to their stores.

Beginning in 2007, Mac's transitioned from their old analog surveillance system into a digital platform. As a result, Hikvision was chosen to help them do so. However, this newer Hikvision-based solution was not simply meant to provide better hardware; instead Hikvision was chosen to provide both technology and a solution that would:
* Provide iVMS software to connect individual stores to corporate headquarters
* Provide security for the entire chain of stores - regardless of location
* Individualize store-based solutions for each specific branch
* Future-proof

Provide Equal, but Individualized, Security
As can be expected with such a large geographical footprint, the dynamics of individual Mac's stores greatly vary. Some are located in metropolitan cities of considerable sizes, others in rural areas. Some are more heavily trafficked, and others less so. Some are much larger with busy gas stations attached to them, where others are simply of the convenient store variety. The issue was, there were a great deal of variance between individual stores throughout Central and Western Canada. However, regardless of this variance, Mac's required each of its stores to be secured.

To address this issue, Mac's hired the Canadian security firm Reliance Protectron to act as integrator for this solution.

John Watts, National Account Manager at Reliance Protectron, decided something other than a one-size-fits-all approach for DVRs was needed: "We had to initially take into account the specific dynamics of each store. In some cases, smaller convenience stores were in rural areas and had enjoyed years of service without any security incidents whatsoever; but in other instances, certain Mac's were in heavily trafficked urban environments where customers primarily visited the stores to purchase gasoline. Both usage and history of previous theft, etc., needed to be understood."

For Mr. Watts, key to this effort would be Hikvision's iVMS-5000 software. This software allows Hikvision hybrid DVRs (such as the 9000 series used in this solution) to connect to Mac's central security operations in Toronto via the Internet. Currently, each individual Mac's store largely handles its own security footage and issues; however with the introduction of this iVMS-5000 software, Toronto now has the ability to access stores' security footage, automatically update DVR features, and better future-proof individual stores for the time when more interconnectivity may be required.

However, before any specific DVR units could be selected for individual stores, testing was required. Mr. Watts continued, "It was decided the DVR's would be secured in an area accessible only by the store manager after a predetermined time-lapse period to provide additional protection for the DVRs ... so they cannot simply be picked up and stolen by the bad guys in a theft."

Based on these results, a variety of Hikvision's 7000 / 8000 Series of DVRs were chosen.

As earlier noted, the particulars of each store greatly varied. Since most of these stores used preexisting black and white analog cameras, the specific Hikvision DVR model was selected based on the number of cameras at a store. Since both of these Hikvision DVR series offer a range of channels, a rural store with only a few cameras would receive a different DVR model than a branch in Toronto that had 16 cameras for its store and adjacent gas station. Regardless of channel number, each model includes 2 terabytes of hard-drive space to ensure enough memory is available.

In this fashion, the DVR solution was specifically tailored to the needs of the individual store - providing maximum coverage, but without wasting resources.

Hybrid Future-Proofing
Initially, the above solution provided the means for individual Mac's stores' security. However, looking ahead, Reliance Protectron's goal was to gradually upgrade these stores' security and ensure any future changes would be possible. In short, future-proofing.

Mr. Watts explained, "A number of surveillance upgrades are being planned. We see the point-of-sale area as critical, as well as additional coverage for problematic gas lanes and stores that experience a higher crime rate."

To accomplish this goal, Hikvision's 8 and 16 channel 9000HFI-ST/SH Series of Hybrid DVRs was selected. Since these areas - POS, gas lanes, etc. - will likely employ high-definition IP cameras, Hikvision's hybrid DVRs with up-to 5 Megapixels resolution recording, and HDMI and VGA output at up-to 1920×1080P resolution, allow newer IP cameras to function alongside older analog models.

Additionally, the previously-mentioned iVMS-5000 software provides a method to connect Mac's stores that utilize Hikvision hybrid DVRs with corporate headquarters in Toronto.

Furthermore, if an individual store grows, or needs additional cameras, the hybrid DVR's hard-drive requirement may also change. Hikvision's 9000 Hybrid Series allows additional terabytes of memory to be inserted while still in the field. This unique feature saves time, effort, and the cost of providing a temporary DVR while the existing DVR is being serviced in a repair center - a feature most manufacturer's models do not provide.

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