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Hikvision introduces All-in-One NVR

Hikvision introduces All-in-One NVR

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/6/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision announces the availability of its latest NVR unit – the DS-7600NI-E1/A All-in-One NVR. With the appearance of a simple monitor, this NVR looks like no other but retains abundant features and functionalities of Hikvision NVR. The DS-7600NI-E1/A integrates video recording, storage, and display in one compact unit, providing an ideal solution for the home surveillance and SMB sectors, such as retail stores, hotels and hospitals, etc., wherever the environment demands a neat and unobtrusive unit.

All-in-One features
The unit features a 22” surveillance-level LCD monitor, which offers maximum reliability with double the operational life span of traditional LCD units. The NVR supports up to 8 network camera connections at resolution levels up to 6MP for synchronized video preview and playback. It also supports optional display of HDMI /VGA /internal NVR video sources with resolution at up to 1920x1080P; VGA output is also available when connected to another monitor.

In addition, the All-in-One NVR includes a USB port so that users can import any advertising video & audio file for playback.

The NVR even offers the added convenience of an internal hard drive slot at the rear, which frees users to install one manually.

Ease-of-use
Installation is made simple through the NVR's plug & play feature. It automatically discovers Hikvision IP Cameras and other ONVIF-compliant models on the network with no programming or configuration necessary.

The small size of the combined unit also means users can easily set the unit on the tabletop or and mount it on the wall for a more permanent solution by simply removing the base.

Hikvision DS-7600NI-E1/A All-in-One NVR will be showcased at the coming security trade shows: ISC Brasil in Sao Paulo (Hikvision booth: E20), SECON 2015 in Korea, and ISC West in Las Vegas.

VIVOTEK IP cameras integrated with Milestone Systems XProtect VMS

VIVOTEK IP cameras integrated with Milestone Systems XProtect VMS

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/5/2015 | Article type: Security 50

In a step which will allow the optimal integration of VIVOTEK's network cameras and the Milestone XProtect open platform IP video management software, VIVOTEK announces that Milestone, based on VIVOTEK's web API (Application Programming Interface), has launched a driver in Milestone XProtect Device Pack 7.8 dedicated to VIVOTEK's IP network cameras. The launch of this optimized driver enables even more efficient and effective communication and collaboration between VIVOTEK's hardware and the Milestone XProtect software.

For years, VIVOTEK has been committed to delivering reliable IP surveillance solutions to satisfy market demands. Installation flexibility and expandability are two important factors that lie behind customers' considerations when implementing an IP surveillance system. With this in mind, the integration of hardware and software platforms is critical to keep products and services at the forefront of innovation, with the latest in cutting-edge applications to meet a variety of customers' needs. The launch of a dedicated driver will facilitate the implementation of Milestone's software and VIVOTEK's hardware in dynamic vertical applications to be more efficient and cost-effective.

Milestone Systems is a global industry leader in open platform IP video management software, founded in 1998. Milestone technology is easy to manage, reliable and proven in thousands of customer installations, providing flexible choices in network hardware and integrations with other systems. Sold through partners in more than 100 countries, Milestone solutions help organizations to manage risks, protect people and assets, optimize processes and reduce costs.

Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances, says: “We are delighted about the new possibilities for Milestone Channel Partners and customers that this announcement brings to them. The Milestone eco system of partners now gain the full advantage of the new integration between VIVOTEK's cameras and Milestones award winning open platform Video Management Software. This will surely be a business accelerator and an important proof of the momentum of open platform technology.”

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK, stated: “VIVOTEK has been dedicated to integrating our cameras with leading software and hardware platforms. Looking at the increasing importance and significant synergy brought by the seamless integration of hardware and software, it is our great pleasure to have this dedicated driver. The cooperation with Milestone, in addition to demonstrating VIVOTEK's strong commitment in delivering world-class security solutions, further opens up more business possibilities for both companies in the future.” Milestone's Dedicated Driver in Device Pack 7.8 supports VIVOTEK's new devices: FE8171, FD8335H, FD8135H, FE8174, FE8181, SD8363E, SD8364E, IP8155HP, IP8165HP, FD8355EHV, FD8365EHV, IP8335H, FD8363, FD8362, FE8180, IB8367-(R), FD8167 & FD8367-V.

The XProtect Device Pack 7.8 and the Device Pack Release Notes are all available for download from the Downloads section of Milestone's website.

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/4/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Burnley Football Club needed a new CCTV system to replace the ageing analogue-based system that was no longer fit for purpose as it planned its promotion back into the Barclays Premiership - the UK's top football league. Following a tender process the contract for upgrade and management of the new video surveillance system was handed to Axis partner Thorne Access & Security in early July 2014. Thorne is an expert in stadium security having installed surveillance systems in the stadia of Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Preston North End FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Manchester City amongst others.

Solution
Thorne designed and installed a new in-ground safety system which focused on tightening security in two core areas – at the entry turnstiles and inside the bowl of the stadium itself. A combination of AXIS Q6045-E PTZ Dome Cameras and AXIS Q1765-LE fixed cameras were deployed inside the stadium bowl while 14 legacy analogue cameras were retained to cover concourses in the new hybrid CCTV and IP video system. The Axis cameras were chosen for their ability to deliver razor-sharp images using 18x optical zoom capability even if located at the opposite end of the pitch over 120 metres away. At these distances this camera can provide images capable of positive identification and help the club's ground safety team spot issues before they escalate.

Result
The setting-off of pyrotechnics inside grounds has been a dangerous new trend in UK grounds over the last 12-months. The Axis cameras enable operators to spot unusual behaviors such as looking down to light a firework or smoke bomb. It also enables the grounds safety team to identify the actual person lighting the fuse. So even if, as is often the case, the pyrotechnic is kicked along the stand before it begins to flare up shrouding the area in colored smoke, it is still possible to clearly identify who committed the offence of setting it off. The same is true of people throwing objects onto the pitch, towards players or linesmen. The new system has also helped reduce ticket fraud at the turnstiles significantly.

Axis camera system ensures positive identification
Burnley Football Club, established in 1882, is one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club is set in the heart of the old mill town of Burnley in Lancashire. The stadium has a capacity of 21,500 and enjoys average gates of over 19,000, with up to 4,000 of these being allocated to away supporters on match days. Burnley FC was promoted into the Barclays Premiership (England's top league) at the end of last season. The move to the Premiership league triggered a multi-million pound facilities & IT upgrade which included funds for the upgrade of the ageing analogue-based CCTV system to a hybrid IP and CCTV system using Axis network cameras and Mirasys hybrid NVR system.

A total of 64 new cameras were installed covering the stadium, turnstiles, and concourses outside the bowl and behind the East Stand. The new system also provided total coverage of all 40 turnstiles through which fans pass on match days. Cameras trained on each turnstile capture images of the individuals showing their tickets at the turnstile. A new electronic ticketing system enables security staff to view images of the owner of the ticket on-screen as fans pass through the gates. Those thought to be using the wrong ticket can then be tracked and positively identified via the new cameras. This additional layer of surveillance has reduced ticket fraud significantly as adults trying to enter the ground with concession or child tickets are easily identified and then stopped.

Inside the ground during the first four months of the 2014/15 season Burnley FC's ground safety team, working with Lancashire Constabulary (who locate themselves in the stadium's control room on match days) have been able to positively identify a number of people committing public order offences or putting other fans or players at risk. Two convictions have been handed down following pyrotechnics-related offences which were caught on the Axis cameras within the first four months of deployment. The Mirasys system, operating on three 10TB capacity servers, records, manages and enables rapid distribution of video recordings in case of incidents.

Mirasys Spotter and Media Exporter software is used to rapidly recover and export relevant recorded images to DVD if the police need to take further action to prosecute an individual. A total of 3TB of video data is collected by the system each match day.

Doug Metcalfe, Stadium and Operations Manager of Burnley Football Club, said, “Thorne recommended the right solution for us to provide total coverage at the turnstiles and in the bowl of the stadium. The Axis cameras proved to have the power to deliver positive identifications rapidly so we can act quickly to catch perpetrators and remove people if they jeopardise the safety of other fans.”

Cliff Edens, Ground Safety Officer of Burnley Football Club, said, “The Axis cameras have proved of sufficient quality and reliability to identify individuals in the crowd, pinpoint their location and helping us to act with confidence to warn or remove offenders depending on the severity of the incident. Evidence of disorder can be quickly exported and given to the police to support further action against identified individuals. There is no doubt that Turf Moor is a safer place now that we are able to access these HD quality images.”

Hadrian Thorne, Managing Director of Thorne Access & Security, explained, “We have selected the excellent AXIS 6045-E PTZ Dome and AXIS Q1765-LE cameras for their 18x optical zoom capability, 0.6 lux, robust housing, Electronic Image Stabilisation and the 1080p HDTV images that they deliver over long distances. The lenses on these cameras are brilliant. The fact that we can gain a detailed view of a person sitting in the away supporters' west stand from a camera situated some 125 metre away, fixed on a pole just below the roof of the east stand, says it all. The camera also offers highlight compensation which eliminates glare from floodlights. Axis' service support is also excellent. Put simply, Axis gives us the peace of mind that we will be able to meet all our stadia customers' requirements.”

Bosch security solution for Lotte Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Bosch security solution for Lotte Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch video surveillance products are now installed at the Lotte Center in Hanoi. A 65-floor skyscraper with modern architectural style, it is one of the tallest buildings in Vietnam. A mixed use complex, it comprises offices, residential housing, a hotel and departmental store.

LOTTE CORALIS VIETNAM CO., Ltd entrusted Bosch Security Systems to be their solution provider for a complete video surveillance system. IP PTZ dome cameras (indoor and outdoor) and IP dome cameras have been installed all over the building to monitor activities in the public, office and residential areas. Helping to deter and prevent crime and having a reliable source of video footage for forensic investigation when required. With system integrator, Visco Joint Stock Company, the entire solution proposed was designed to combine the highest security level with great efficiency in both operations and cost.

Bosch cameras produce images that are perfect for a detailed and effective retrospective analysis.

The cameras' ability to give a wideangle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen helps the end-user focus on details without losing the bigger picture. The Bosch digital video recorder installed is easy to operate and requires minimal maintenance. This easy-to-use solution has proven to be a worthy investment providing thorough surveillance of the main areas in Lotte Center.

To provide better after-sales service, authorized repair centers have been setup in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for faster turnaround time. In addition, Bosch provides continuous product training to its partners to keep them updated of the latest technology and innovations from Bosch so end-users are always provided with solutions that meet their needs.

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.8 for the XProtect portfolio of products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for a new type of hybrid cameras combining a PTZ and a 360-degree camera.

An example of the new type of hybrid cameras is the AXIS Q6000-E network camera. This camera offers a 360° overview provided by four 2-megapixel camera heads, and when integrated with AXIS Q60-E camera, it simultaneously offers high-detail optical zoom on areas of interest.

Using XProtect clients, with just a single click operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields.

The release of Device Pack 7.8 also marks that Milestone remains committed to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market – currently over 100 brands and more than 4,000 models. This means that more than 1,000 devices have been added in a year. This is the highest annual growth ever.

“The release of this device pack clearly shows the power of open platform technology. We are not only adding a brand new type of camera, we have also added support for more than a thousand devices in a just a year,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This clearly shows our dedication to ensure that our customers and channel partners have the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the industry, now and going forward.”

Milestone XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Suprema biometric time and attendance deploys in Caribou Coffee, UAE

Suprema biometric time and attendance deploys in Caribou Coffee, UAE

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of technology in biometrics and security, has announced the deployment of a biometric time and attendance solution across Caribou Coffee chains in the United Arab Emirates. The project involves management of more than 300 employees across 50 locations throughout the region by automating the process of manual data capturing.

Al-Sayer Holding, a major trading company in charge of Caribou Coffee's aggressive global growth strategy in the Middle East and Turkey, was looking for an automated method for data collection. The preexisting method of manual time & attendance data capturing posed a number of problems such as unreliability, backtracking issues, and difficulties in further processing. A solution in which data can be collected automatically with the ability to integrate with the internal resource management software was required.

BioLite Net is a compact IP fingerprint terminal with access control and time & attendance features. The device is highlighted by IP65 rated protection against dust and water which makes it suitable for both indoor & outdoor use. The device features simple user interface for quick easy access to the device and is ideal for applications that require basic user interaction and a variety of installation environments.

The solution will collect reliable data that will be centralized in the corporate office and uses the benefits of an automatic biometric system to efficiently manage a dynamically altering workforce.

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Mission
Cincinnati, Ohio is an historic American city of 300,000 with a highly developed downtown, diverse neighborhoods and over 20 miles of shoreline along the Ohio River. Working with Federal Signal Corporation, a security and safety systems integrator and Axis partner, the Cincinnati Police Department decided to enhance their operations by installing several analog cameras downtown in 2008. However, in just two years, the CPD decided the analog camera technology was not delivering the image clarity it needed. It decided to retire its analog cameras in favor of more advanced, high-definition network camera technology.

Solution
The CPD asked Federal Signal to design and install a new IP-based, citywide surveillance system comprised of nearly 100 Axis high-definition pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) managed by Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform which includes the Omnicast video management system. Most of the critical locations did not have a communications backbone, so Federal Signal, a wireless broadband expert, designed and deployed a wireless streaming solution featuring a secured Firetide mesh network and Point-To-Point licensed backhaul utilizing Cambium PTP 810 microwave transmitters for longer distances.

Result
While the Axis cameras are used to help the CPD deter and apprehend criminals, they also play a vital role in public safety. Cameras monitor the downtown business districts, neighborhoods throughout the city and the riverfront to protect the welfare of residents and visitors to the area. They have been used to rescue boaters on the Ohio River, monitor weather conditions on city thoroughfares and help contain hazardous spills.

To provide its officers with additional support, the CPD consulted with other departments and citizens' groups to discuss the benefits of installing cameras in the city. Together, they developed a plan and deployed the first analog video cameras in the downtown business district in 2008. Two years later, the department was ready to expand the coverage into neighborhoods and along the riverfront. At that point, they decided a more advanced IP video solution would deliver far better image quality than the original analog technology.

Immediate incident response
Axis partner Federal Signal recommended high-definition AXIS Q6034-E and AXIS Q6044-E PTZ Network Cameras for the job.

According to Nirmal Chudgar, Director of Business Development/Professional Services for Federal Signal, reliability was a key factor in recommending Axis. “From past experience we knew that Axis technology always worked and technical support would always be there when we needed it,” Chudgar said. All cameras are managed through Genetec Security Center video management system at a sophisticated operations center at police headquarters. The video travels over the City's fiber optic network, as well as by wireless technology. Firetide mesh nodes allowed the City to add Axis cameras in critical areas without wired connections. For longer distances, Cambium Networks' PTP 810 microwave transmitters provided a reliable high bandwidth backhaul for the video traffic. Highly efficient H.264 compression technology retains HD resolution without overwhelming the mesh network's throughput or consuming excessive data storage. The video is stored for 14 days on a 64 TB Dell Compellent SAN as well as on SD cards inside the cameras for backup.

“When an incident occurs, officers on duty in our Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) can grab control over the Axis PTZ cameras and zoom in for a closer look,” said Barry Whitton of the Cincinnati Police Department Technology and Systems Section. The cameras can also be accessed on video walls in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Center during major events. The readily accessible video allows the CPD to quickly assess situations and determine the most appropriate response. Whitton recalled one instance where the department received a report alleging a fight involving 20 people armed with guns and knives.

“There was a camera right there,” Whitton said. “We were able to see, almost as the incident was being dispatched, that the report was not correct. The crowd was small, and there were no guns and no knives.” In 2013, the CPD added the mobile application from Genetec Security Center to push video out to officers in the field. “This has been an especially valuable tool in covert operations and emergency response situations on the streets and along the Ohio RIver,” Whitton said.

In addition, the CPD operates a mobile command van that tows a trailer housing lights and Axis cameras mounted on a boom for events in open fields, parking lots or other temporary locations. Whitton stressed that the department is very conscious of the balance between public safety and individual privacy, and they have strict guidelines on who can operate the cameras and for what purpose.

“Everything we do is audited,” Whitton said. “We keep close tabs on who has camera access, and we tightly control who has permission to use them and request archived video.”

Providing digital back-up on the road and in the water
“Video cameras don't replace police officers in the field, but they do give them another set of eyes,” Whitton said. Those extra eyes have been particularly valuable in recovering stolen vehicles. When the Real Time Crime Center gets an alert that a stolen car has passed a license plate recognition camera, an RTCC officer takes control of the nearby Axis PTZ cameras, if available, to follow the car as it drives through the city streets.

“We had one case where we wanted to make a safe, controlled stop to apprehend the car thieves. We didn't want them jumping out of the car and fleeing the scene. We watched the vehicle on the Axis camera and radioed the officers near the scene to execute the stop when the car reached the bottom of the hill.”

The CPD also uses Axis PTZ cameras to support maritime security efforts along 25 miles of the Ohio River shoreline. They often share the video with the US Coast Guard and other regional maritime first responders from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

In one incidence, an intoxicated man crashed his car on the Kentucky side of the river and tried to flee by swimming to Ohio.

“I was able to track him as he swam along the shore and direct the police boat where to fetch him out of the water,” Whitton said.

Sharing the benefits of public safety cameras citywide
As the system grew, its role evolved from policing crime to enhancing public safety and increasing the City's overall quality-of-life. The CPD shares the real-time video with other city departments, including Fire, EMS and Traffic Engineering. The video has been used to support such diverse efforts as directing first responders during medical emergencies and diesel spills, tracking snowfall on major roadways and charting the progress of highway construction projects.

In addition, the CPD partnered with a major local university, parks, metropolitan housing authorities and a casino to add cameras along the perimeter of their properties to ensure the safety of those heading to and from those locations.

According to Chudgar, “What makes this such a successful public safety tool has been the strong collaboration among everyone involved in this mission critical initiative – our Axis and Genetec technology partners, our wireless broadband vendors, ourselves and the Cincinnati Police Department.”

GEUTEBRUCK launches Easy Server G-Scope/6000

GEUTEBRUCK launches Easy Server G-Scope/6000

Editor / Provider: GEUTEBRUCK | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Security 50

G-Scope/6000, the Easy Server in the G-Scope video management family, is a fully functional server, "out of the box". It is as easy to install and to use as a PC. When the reliability of server technology is required, but the level of complexity and flexibility need to remain easily manageable, GEUTEBRUCK's G-Scope/6000 is the perfect fit. Just take it easy.

Its performance meets the high standards of the G-Scope family. The 64-bit G-Core video engine combined with the integrated GPU acceleration guarantees 3 times faster image processing, while the dual database architecture ensures rapid access to memory images and a high level of protection against tampering. Integrated video analysis rounds out the package: Activity Detection for motion-triggered recording or also for motion detection in indoor areas along with scene validation for monitoring the cameras are standard features. Options such as powerful video analysis for outdoor security applications and automatic number plate identification for access control expand the features to meet any wishes.

Reliability and redundancy are an integral part of the Easy Server: Redundant power supply, SSD for the operating system and integrated RAID system provide a level of availability equivalent to that of an IT server. With its high level of expandability, the G-Scope/6000 can fulfill demanding tasks with just a single device: 8 hard disk slots provide storage capacity for up to 42TByte in RAID5; up to 64 IP and 16 analog camera inputs make it possible to secure larger objects. The G-Scope/6000 can of course be integrated into any network, to secure even larger areas or distributed sites, for instance.

Milestone Christian Ringler as Regional Director in EMEA

Milestone Christian Ringler as Regional Director in EMEA

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces Christian Ringler as the new Regional Sales Director for the DACH and SET territories in Europe. He is based in Munich, and reports to Milestone VP EMEA, Thomas Lausten.

“I am thrilled to be in a global company, and I am eager to experience the power surge of the Milestone partner ecosystem,” says Christian Ringler. “It is clear to me that success depends on partnerships and that open platform technology is the enabler here.”

Christian Ringler has held positions in G4S, Siemens, Panasonic and SeeTec, bringing a wealth of experience from within the physical security industry. He spent the last six years at SeeTec AG as Head of Sales and Country Manager for Germany.

“Christian’s strong experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Milestone family. His appointment is a sign of our commitment to further accelerate and expand our business in EMEA. The ever-increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and partnerships, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Christian’s caliber to fulfill this role,” says Thomas Lausten, VP EMEA, Milestone Systems.

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces the launch of the IP816A-HP, a professional 2-Megapixel box network camera with advanced image process technologies such as WDR Pro and SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) and several unique features, making it the perfect camera for monitoring traffic, and tunnels.

Featuring WDR Pro, the IP816A-HP is able to provide superior visibility in environments with high contrast lighting conditions. WDR Pro allows the IP816A-HP to capture both the dark and bright parts of an image and combine up to 2 separate frames to generate a highly realistic representation of the original scene. In addition, utilizing 3D Noise Reduction technology, the IP816A-HP is able to suppress sensor noise, thus reducing bandwidth consumption and enhancing image detail in extremely bright as well as dark environments. In order to ensure optimal image quality at all times, the IP816A-HP is equipped with a P-iris lens, which maintains the iris opening at an optimal level at all times, resulting in both superior sharpness and superior depth of field.

Most uniquely, VIVOTEK has introduced its newly developed Snapshot Focus function to the IP816A-HP, allowing the installer to record a short clip of the scene on site, and then playback this clip at any speed to check, or fine-tune, the focus. Moreover, the IP816A-HP is also designed with VIVOTEK’s RBF (Remote Back Focus) System, enabling the installer to adjust focus even more precisely.

Tim Su, Director, Marketing Communication Department, VIVOTEK indicated “In traffic monitoring or license plate recognition applications, because of fast moving vehicle, it can be difficult for installers to ensure that the focus is set at an optimal level for clear surveillances. VIVOTEK, based on its profound and professional experiences in network camera solutions development, is proud to launch the IP816A-HP with quite a few innovative features, revolutionarily solving the problem.“

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