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 Major Iranian iron manufacturer finds IP solution with VIVOTEK

Major Iranian iron manufacturer finds IP solution with VIVOTEK

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Increase the security and efficiency of the factory
Foladin Company is located in Amoul city, close to the Caspian Sea in the northern reaches of Iran and not far from the capital city Tehran. Foladin manufactures iron products, and it is one of the biggest companies of its kind in the country. Their facilities include offices and factories that are filled with machinery, as well as a large parking lot and various outdoor settings. As a leading manufacturer, the company was looking to build upon the solid foundations it had already established in the industry by increasing the security and efficiency on its manufacturing site. To accomplish this, Foladin had its sights set on an IP surveillance solution to monitor the production process inside the plant as well as all of the activity that takes place on the premises. Ultimately, they found what they were looking for, thanks to the combined efforts and cooperation of distributor Pooya Fara Negar (PFN) and VIVOTEK, who together provided a cost effective IP solution of superior quality. Before the agreement being made, Foladin Company also made evaluation on products from other leading surveillance brands. However, VIVOTEK was chosen for its high quality and value. By April of 2014, the project was successfully deployed, and fully satisfied the customer's expectations.

Equip the manufacturing site with enhanced security
Faced with the task of tackling surveillance, access control, intrusion detection, and video analysis, a fleet of over 200 VIVOTEK cameras was installed on the manufacturing site. Included in the installation were two of VIVOTEK's sleekest models, FD8136 and FD8166. These ultra-mini fixed dome cameras are not only designed to be compact in size, they pack a mean punch as well. With selectable focal lengths, high viewing resolution, and 1- and 2-megapixel CMOS sensors respectively, Foladin's production halls are well equipped. These cameras stealthily capture superior image quality without drawing people's attention. Three additional models were installed for the outdoor and parking areas: IP8332-C, FD8137HV, and SD8362E. The latter camera is an extremely durable, dynamic, and detail-capturing workhorse. It comes with a tamper detection function, meaning that an alarm will be triggered if anyone attempts to block, redirect, defocus, or spray-paint the camera. The former two cameras excel in resolution, and between them, they have weather- and vandal-proof housing, WDR technology and removable IR-cut filters for all lighting conditions. Further, built-in IR illuminators on the FD8137HV ensure optimal visibility, and the camera is capable of handling diverse lighting conditions both day and night, making it a perfect solution for outdoor environments.

Immensely secure Foladin with VIVOTEK solutions
William Ku, VIVOTEK's spokesperson and vice president of the International Business Division, remarked on the benefits that the installation brought to the manufacturing site: “With over 200 cameras in place, the manufacturing site at Foladin is immensely secure, and the models with which we outfitted the premises provide surveillance that is second to none. Whether inside the buildings or outside on the grounds, ease of video control and analysis mean that our solution has brought a level of security to the company that both operators and employees can feel confident in.”

LILIN helps hydroelectric power plant migrate from analog to IP based video surveillance system

LILIN helps hydroelectric power plant migrate from analog to IP based video surveillance system

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Mission
Hydroelectric power plant sites are usually spread across a wide area. A dependable surveillance solution is needed to ensure the safety and efficient operation of the plant. LILIN's IP video technology provides remote monitoring for Jatiluhur hydroelectric power plant in Jakarta, Indonesia. This innovative IP video solution was designed by LILIN's reseller partner in Indonesia – 21CCTV.

 

 

Migration from analogue to IP
Due to the limited scalability of the original analogue CCTV system, the Jatiluhur hydroelectric power plant had implemented as migration to IP based video surveillance utilizing the LILIN IPR712M and IPS8286 network cameras with corrosion resistant protection feature in providing greater resistance to hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) and able to withstand the high humid and extreme climate of hydro power plant as the core of the digital solution.

Minimum bandwidth requirements
The ability to transmit high quality video images over large distances with minimum bandwidth requirements is the key to the success of this hydroelectric power plant monitoring project. The LILIN NVR controls all the plant's IP video surveillance cameras, it is reliable and easy-to-use in the plant's operational safety and overall security.

Solutions
In order to achieve centralized monitoring management for its hydroelectric pipelines, more than 15 LILIN IPR712M IP cameras equipped with vandal-proof enclosures have been installed at the Jatiluhur hydro power plant. The cameras are all IP-based and are connected to the command center via a fiber optic LAN and wireless Point-to-Point (PtP) bridging connectors.

System Structure (site A):
* Outdoor IP66 weather rated IP cameras – IPR712M *11
* Network Video Recorder (NVR) – NVR116 *1
* 1080P HD video decoder – VD022 *1
* Wireless Point-to-Point bridging connector *8

System Structure (site B):
* Network Video Recorder (NVR) – NVR109 *1
* 26X Day & Night WDR 650TVL Speed Dome IP Camera (Outdoor) – IPS8268 *1
* Outdoor IP66 weather rated IP cameras – IPR712M *4

High risk areas HD cameras were required to provide video evidence when required. LILIN cameras are located in all areas of the plant – the upper river area of the reservoir, the main dam, hydraulic turbine floor, and flood gate area. The LILIN IPS8268 day & night PTZ dome camera is used for general/patrol surveillance of open areas, and the LILIN Pro series day/night IP based fixed camera, IPR712M, is used for specific objects that need constant video surveillance at the plant. LILIN IP cameras support Power over Ethernet (PoE), which greatly reduces construction costs.

LILIN video solutions provide:
* A high-dependability solution
* Autonomous management of the control system
* Monitor the hydro power plant from a single point
* IP based cameras & networking
* Power over Ethernet (PoE)

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

From 18th to 20th January INTERSEC 2015 in Dubai will showcase the latest technologies in Commercial & Information Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health. Bosch Security Systems will display its full range of security, safety and communications products as well as solutions for stadiums, airports, energy & utilities and hotels in Saeed Hall 1, booth S1-H18.

 

 

Our product highlights
Video Surveillance Systems:
Punishing winds, relentless rain, temperatures that drop far below zero - no matter how severe the conditions get, a surveillance operation must go on without interruptions. The MIC IP 7000 HD family is developed by Bosch for these extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, meaning they can be used at temperatures from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius and humidity of up to 100 percent. They are also resistant to rain, snow, dust, wind and powerful vibrations. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. Even in extreme low light conditions (down to 0.01 lux) the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD provides HD images and clear color images where other cameras would have already switched to monochrome. The MIC IP 7000 HD family provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, highways and critical infrastructures.

With DINION IP ultra 8000 MP, Bosch is setting new standards in the field of wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. The DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons.

The DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit from Bosch makes professional video surveillance easy for everyone. Many small and medium business owners would feel safer with a professional video surveillance system to secure their personnel and property. However in reality, the vast majority of solutions that are available are beyond most people's technical capabilities. Now Bosch has revolutionized the market with the DIVAR IP 2000 – a cutting edge video recording system offering the ability to create a video surveillance solution with professional security features that is both easy to install and easy to use. All it takes is installing the IP cameras, connecting them to the DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit and going to its web address to start the configuration. Its intuitive set-up wizard guides through a few quick steps to get the system up and running. There is no need to be an IP specialist; the system is ready to go in about 15 minutes to record everything that happens on a premises.

With the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), operators can always playback or view live video and rely on continuous recording, even if network components and the servers fail. This is enabled by an Operator Client that streams video directly from the cameras and storage whilst running independently from the Management server. With edge recording and ANR (automatic network replenishment), recording is guaranteed even when the system is down. This unique build-in resilience is protecting the system against critical failures. This is “Maximize system availability”.

Fire detection System:
The AVENAR detector 4000 with the new eSMOG feature provides constant monitoring of environmental electromagnetic conditions. This combines unsurpassed reliability with an outstanding detection performance.

The AVENAR detector 4000 features Bosch's proven ISP technology (Intelligent Signal Processing) through which all sensor signals are processed continuously by smart algorithms using neuronal networks. This results in best in class differentiation between real fires and disturbance values. The detector series also includes models with the innovative Dual Ray technology.

Intrusion detection System:
The Modular Alarm Platform “MAP 5000” is a flexible intrusion alarm system – covering up to 1,500 addresses, 500 areas and 1,000 users per system. It is tailored for medium sized applications up to high end projects such as airports or other transportation premises. The system allows for expansion at any time in the project and is backed up with a secure, fast and robust addressable bus technology “Local Security Network”.

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

For some, user experience is a new catchphrase. Slowly but surely smart home makers in Taiwan are grasping the concept of user experience. Thanks to years of export experience and regular interaction with their customers, they have come to understand that user experience is all the aspects of how people use an interactive product: the way it feels in their hands, how well they understand how it works, how they feel about it while they're using it, and how well it fits into the entire context in which they are using it.

GKB is launching a smart home solution on a camera (SoC) called Aetherlink to its global market. Aetherlink is the result of the integration of reliable software, customized sensors, and app that allows you to have a sense of complete control,” said Anna Hsiung of GKB Security.

According to Philio Technology CEO James Huang, simplicity is very important in smart home. To date, most of smart home products are still complicated to general users in the mass market. “We are in the very early days of smart home. Perhaps only gadget lovers enjoy and understand smart home products. As an original maker, we have to simplify the user experience of smart home product as much as possible.”

Philio designs and manufactures Z-Wave based smart home solutions, ranging from PIR sensors, controller, gateway to software & app design. By far, Philio's products are utilized in DIY kits and professional system integration projects.

Meanwhile, given the breakneck price competition within the DIY markets, some Taiwan makers believe that Taiwan can play a big part in the SI market to create a niche under the notable MIT moniker.

“Due to the stagnant US economy whereby new construction of apartments and condos are springing up everywhere, it is about the right time to enter the market,” said Unitech CEO Pete Chen.

“For integrated smart home, most traditional main players in the US market are still in SIs, for single devices or sub-systems such as security, smart plugs, IP cameras, and so forth.”

Chen said 2015 is another milestone year for Unitech to go global, both product portfolio and market penetration. It is unveiling series of new products targeted at SIs and VADs (value-added distributors.) The products include “Elfin Home & Community”, “Elfin T&A,” “MoboBell” for remote doorbell featuring apps for consumer smartphones and tablets, and “Rainbow”, a system management console.

Also aimed at top tier markets is Lilin, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software with over 30 years of experience. The company is currently working with Control4 in the US market.

“Taiwan has its strengths in the project (installer) market, and although our prices are higher, customers in the US and Europe will still consider Taiwan because of our quality,” said Lilin global marketing manager Chris Hsu.

Hsu said thanks to Taiwan maker's international presence over the years, they are able to understand better the demands of overseas markets, and can provide a faster feedback.

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Tyco Security Products adds Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet

Tyco Security Products adds Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet

Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, introduces the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet Camera, an ideal video solution for small to mid-size businesses in need of reliable, affordable outdoor surveillance.

The Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera provides exceptional video quality within a small framework, making it appropriate for indoor or outdoor active surveillance situations where the camera needs to blend into the environment. With 1080p resolution for crisp, clear high-definition video, the camera provides various viewing angles, including a horizontal view and a corridor mode to capture video in narrow hallways or other areas where the traditional landscape format won’t do.

Using a built-in IR LED, the camera delivers useable video surveillance in a variety of lighting conditions. Its wide dynamic range further minimizes the impact on surveillance video caused by glare and high-contrast scenes.

“The combination of illuminator and true day/night functionality enables the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera to stay focused in changing light situations, delivering quality video surveillance even in total darkness," said Julian Inman, Product Marketing Manager, Video, EMEA, for Tyco Security Products. “It’s a great addition to our rapidly growing Illustra HD IP Camera range that provides industry-leading versatility and ease of use in an economical package.”

Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG compression ensure excellent image clarity with controlled bandwidth usage. A built-in micro SD/SDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored on a memory card. Also, when triggered, the embedded motion detection sensor in the camera can send an alert to the operator or an email to any address or handheld device.

The ONVIF-compliant camera configures quickly using the free Illustra Connect software that ships with all Illustra cameras. The software is designed to simplify network discovery and configuration, thus saving hours of installation time. The camera is also factory focused, eliminating the need for additional time at installation.

Verint forms global strategic partnership with Unify

Verint forms global strategic partnership with Unify

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems announced that it has formed a global strategic partnership with Unify, a well-known enterprise communications software and services firm. The relationship extends the reach and availability of Verint Workforce Optimization™ (WFO) solutions into enterprise contact centers, or customer engagement centers, on a global basis.

In January 2014, Unify announced its selection of Verint as a global strategic alliance partner. Since formalizing their partnership in August 2014, the organizations have focused on joint go-to-market strategies that leverage Unify's presence in the enterprise and Verint's leadership in the WFO market. Through the partnership, Unify resells Verint's Workforce Optimization solutions, making the technology even more widely available worldwide. Additionally, Verint will work closely with Unify to co-develop strategic features designed to help Unify contact center customers reach their full potential.

“As a recognized leader in customer engagement optimization and workforce optimization, we welcome the addition of Verint solutions to our portfolio, and look forward to the strategic initiatives that will drive business success for our clients,” says Stephen Feldman, director of product management for contact centers at Unify.

Delivering high-value packaged services, both directly and through partners, Unify offers customers such capabilities as IP voice, web collaboration, video conferencing, mobility and contact center solutions to maximize existing infrastructures, business processes and productivity. Unify leverages solutions that work across virtually any communications channel and device—desk phone, smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop.

“Verint is very pleased to have entered into this relationship. It broadens our footprint in the industry, furthers the availability of technology through a world-class partner ecosystem, and can bring customers even greater access to and benefit from both Unify and Verint solutions and services,” adds Oren Stern, senior vice president, product strategy for Enterprise Intelligence Solutions™ at Verint.

IDIS DirectIP deployed in Sawbridgeworth Town Council in the UK

IDIS DirectIP deployed in Sawbridgeworth Town Council in the UK

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Sawbridgeworth Town Council in Hertfordshire has completed its upgrade to next generation IDIS DirectIP™ full-HD wireless network surveillance. Designed and installed by systems integrator, Sunstone IP Systems, the council selected the DirectIP™ solution based on performance, affordability and Sunstone's innovative system design. The system, which is ‘free to air' also provides Sawbridgeworth with significant ongoing savings against using leased lines.

With incidents of theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour Sawbridgeworth Town Council wanted to upgrade its surveillance capability to cover shopping areas, main thoroughfares and its new town council offices. Following a thorough technology evaluation, Sawbridgeworth selected Sunstone IP Systems for its forward thinking approach encompassing IDIS DirectIP™ full-HD cameras, IDIS video management software and a digital wireless network to keep infrastructure and installation costs to a minimum. The Sunstone team demonstrated how next generation technologies from IDIS, including the intuitive software platform, would support the detection of criminal activity and ensure public safety.

Sunstone installed a digital point to multi-point wireless network throughout the town with link speeds in excess of 100mbps per location. The network currently supports external DirectIP™ dome cameras, installed on existing Hertfordshire County Council owned lamp posts, back to DirectIP™ network video recorders (NVRs) located in Sawbridgeworth's town council offices. The vandal proof, day and night cameras feature infrared, audio input and output as well as motorised vari-focal lenses for ease of configuration. The cameras provide coverage of the town centre, including a major road junction and thoroughfare in and out of London, plus the new town council premises.

The Sunstone designed system provides council staff with a centralised monitoring capability, while giving Hertfordshire Police remote access to full-HD footage in order to detect and solve crime including while on the move via tablets. To date the DirectIP™ solution has provided vital evidence for three crimes since its implementation in the late summer of 2014, and has become a blueprint for town centre surveillance in the Hertfordshire and Essex area.

Richard Bowran, Town Clerk of Sawbridgeworth Town Council, said, “Frustrated with much of the dated technology and inflexible, expensive service levels on offer we talked with Sunstone about their innovative approach to providing a solution for Sawbridgeworth. Their solution fits in with our conservation area, covers with remarkable clarity the key areas of the town and is expandable for the future. Commended by Hertfordshire Police, it has already proved its worth in safeguarding the people of the town.”

Paul Schellhaas, Managing Director, Sunstone IP Systems, added, “The IDIS DirectIP™ solution has enabled us to present a very competitive offering that combined high performance with plug-and-play installation and simple configuration. We are thrilled that the implementation has now become a showcase for other town councils looking to affordably upgrade to full-HD and network surveillance.”

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year"

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

As the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination PTZ network camera. Hikvision DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) delivers full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras

Hikvision's ultra-low-light surveillance DarkFighter PTZ camera has been nominated as a finalist for "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year" in ISFEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images down to 0.0005Lux and the delivery of full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. As well as opening up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance, it is the ideal replacement for conventional IP network cameras.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, "We are very pleased to see the DarkFighter camera's ultra-low-light sensitivity and unique Smart detection technologies rewarded with this nomination. Competition for these industry-leading awards was very fierce this year with a record number of entries received and our being shortlisted as a finalist is a testament both to the outstanding qualities of the DarkFighter camera and to the innovative approach Hikvision takes to the global CCTV surveillance market."

Award - Winning Specifications
The DarkFighter camera features a two-megapixel, 1.9 inch high definition progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120 dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the camera is capable of streaming video in full 1080p HD, with 23X optical zoom.

The camera features a wide range of Smart detection features, including Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, Line Crossing Detection and Audio Exception. These features, combined with an IR distance of up to 200 metres, defog ability; Smart Tracking and Electronic Image Stabilisation place the DarkFighter head and shoulders above other PTZ and IP cameras.

MPEG4, MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported and the camera features multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. With support for ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, the new camera also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems. The DarkFighter is also protected by an IP66 rating against rain and dust, making it the perfect candidate for deployment in challenging outdoor environments both day and night.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards final will take place on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London.

Sao Bernardo do Campo leverages Verint intelligence solutions to expand

Sao Bernardo do Campo leverages Verint intelligence solutions to expand

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Verint Systems announced that São Bernardo do Campo has deployed a comprehensive security intelligence platform that includes Verint Video Management Software, Verint Situation Management Center and Verint IP Cameras as part of its “Safe City Program.” The goal of the initiative was to implement comprehensive supporting technology to facilitate collaboration between the city's municipal agencies to enhance public safety.

The City of São Bernardo do Campo, located in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, is home to more than 750,000 people. Like many large urban centers, São Bernardo do Campo has a myriad of civil agencies that are responsible for helping ensure public safety and the delivery of public services, such as transportation, education and healthcare. As such, coordination and communication between these agencies is paramount. Leading the charge to bring them together was the Secretaria de Segurança Urbana (Department of Urban Security), the municipal body responsible for forming and implementing public municipal city security policies.

In June 2014, the municipality deployed Verint's comprehensive security platform to bridge together a network of more than 400 surveillance cameras, 400 panic buttons, 100 vehicles and 20 meteorological sensors, along with numerous other sensors. This integrated platform has helped streamline operations and expedite investigations across São Bernardo do Campo, including traffic violations, civil defense and police activities. The platform was chosen after a bidding process was awarded to Informatica El Corte Ingles, which coordinated a consortium of three additional entities for the municipality.

“We are proud of the protection we provide to the city. The deployment of this video network represents a key investment we have made in our ongoing effort to make São Bernardo do Campo a better place to live,” says Benedito Domingos Mariano, Secretaria de Segurança Urbana. “Verint's security intelligence solutions have enabled an end-to-end system that is central to how we maintain a safe city environment for our residents.”

The Verint Situation Management Center solution generates Actionable Intelligence® from vast amounts of data, while facilitating system management and optimizing costs. The system delivers immediate situational awareness and rapid response leveraging an intuitive, multi-layer user interface and efficient organizational control and management through systemic procedures and standards. Verint Video Management Software streamlines video security operations to help users make sense of the vast volumes of video and data that are captured at an enterprise or citywide level. The software features powerful, fully integrated video management tools, including automated system health monitoring and event responses, investigation management, a software-based virtual matrix, interactive facility maps, a powerful and intuitive video viewing interface, and an ultra-thin client for remote/mobile users.

“São Bernardo do Campo is leading the way for other urban areas by leveraging Verint's advanced technology that provides new levels of public safety,” says Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions, Verint. “The city has taken a proactive approach to improving security operations, which has led to a successful initiative that can serve as a model for other cities.”

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s International | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Everyone knows what surveillance cameras in casinos are for, but no one really worries about them unless they have something to hide, and for people who do, they hide it well. No longer do casinos bet solely on security cameras to spot crime ongoing in their premises, with video content analysis (VCA) to detect any unusual incidents, the house will always win.

Casino get thousands of visitors on a daily basis, and with people bustling in and out of the premises, it gets hard to keep track of what is going on. Cameras are employed to cover every inch of the property to ensure there is no unlawful activity or accidents. However, with all the video coverage, it is impossible to expect humans to not miss a single frame that could lead to suspicious activity when monitoring the casino.

Most common threats in casinos
Although casinos have gaming regulations that are implemented for safety measures, law enforcement employed to fight crime, and surveillance cameras on every gaming table, there are still people out there who believe rules are there to be broken. According to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, approximately 500 people are arrested each year for attempting to cheat at casinos in the state of Nevada, U.S., and out of the total number of arrested, nearly a third of those arrests are casino employees. This staggering fact has urged casinos to be more aware of their security, as even insiders cannot resist the lure of “easy money.”

VCA is not just the eye in the sky
Perhaps it is because of the large amounts of cash situated on the premises, but casinos have always been a natural target for criminal activity. Some of the most common threats in casinos are cheating, theft, and fraud. In a gaming facility constantly humming with activity, it is impractical to only rely on the security team to be able to identify all potentially suspicious activity. In the past, most casinos encountered various crimes even under conditions where video surveillance cameras were installed. Insufficient resolution to identify offenders, the need for humans to constantly watch or monitor screens, or even the fact that cameras might be easily damaged could all result in a poor video surveillance system.

Ever since intelligent video solutions have been introduced to the gaming industry, more game frauds have been detected, said Maike Hermanns, Marketing Assistant of ViDiCore. Specifically with industries moving from analog to IP systems, detection and management of incidents have become faster and more efficient, observed Maor Mishkin, Director, Product Champion of Video Analytics of DVTel.

Theft
There are many features of VCA that can be used to detect theft. Features such as motion of stationary objects, which alerts the operator if an item is moved without authorization. By programming VCA to detect suspicious directional movement, stealing can also be detected, such as reaching over a counter top, or a gaming table to steal chips. However, “there are plenty of other technologies used to track individual items, i.e., RFID tags, or those that provide perimeter security at the exit of stores using tagging systems. However, video analytics can provide a backup to these systems in real-time and forensically,” notes Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. According to Mishkin, VCA can detect theft as long as there is enough video coverage with great resolution for prosecution needs.

Loitering
Loitering is quite frequently a precursor to crime, so suspicious persons hanging around a site, particularly a known trouble spot will be identified, and the operator's attention drawn to the situation. Features such as after-hours human presence detection and dwell filters can support security staff to protect the casino at night. “When monitoring the entrance hall, every time an object appears in the predefined zone, an alarm is triggered,” explained Hermanns, “dwell filters can detect people who loiter over a suspicious time within a zone. For example, someone behind a gambling table without joining in, or in the casino shop without purchasing something.”

With features such as tailgating detection, it can detect if an individual or vehicle follows the person or vehicle in front too closely to gain access to controlled entrances or barriers. Similarly, virtual tripwire or sterile zone monitoring is used in applications for detecting intruders in high security or safety sensitive areas. This attribute is especially helpful to detect critical areas like the strong room, said Hermanns. “If someone enters the room, and within a predefined time zone a second person enters the room, an alarm is triggered.” As casinos should be cautious of insider and outsider jobs, “cash rooms and back office video coverage can identify internal and external issues,” said Mishkin.

Cheating
In the casino, gamers and dishonest employees continue to search for new methods to cheat the house. VCA can effectively detect cheats and other kinds of tampered activities, such as insertion of electronic devices into slot machines to rig the game.

It is important to note that some situations provide no substitute for the trained eye of an expert security operator, such as the swift movement of hand mucking. That being said, more routine behaviors, such as breaking in to a sensitive perimeter or loitering in a car park can be easily detected. It is in these scenarios where VCA can prove to be most effective, providing surveillance 24 hours a day.

Accidents
In a venue constantly full of people that serves free or low-cost alcohol, accidents are bound to happen in casinos. VCA can provide real-time alerts to security when they detect someone has fallen, and can document the incident to refer to later for slip-andfall liability mitigation. “Most companies use intelligent video solutions for security applications, such as theft or vandalism. However, we are seeing a growing number of companies using intelligent video solutions for safety purposes. A good example is workers' compensation issues that arise when employees get injured on the job. This also applies to casinos when a customer or employee may get injured,” says Mishkin. Similarly, Flind also believes health and safety monitoring and enforcement are important to prevent accidents for both staff and customers.

“Video analytics can provide a good platform for identifying a multitude of issues, for example, blocked fire exits, smoke detection, or concentration of a crowd using heat mapping technology. Evidence from these kinds of alerts can help to prevent accidents and provide video footage to establish the cause of the violation.”

Marketing
Traditionally, VCA was designed and used for security purposes only. However, the role of VCA has evolved to also help businesses improve customer service. According to Daniel Wan, UK Channel Marketing Manager of Honeywell Security, “VCA can provide an alternative view and identify potential opportunities rather than threats. In a store, loitering could be a sign of a potential crime, however it could also be a sign of something else: indecision. This kind of insight could prove invaluable to the floor manager who can then deploy a sales assistant to assist the customer. Casinos can use this intelligence in much the same way ensuring customers are looked after.”

“These modern systems can also help managers improve customer service levels. Nothing is more off putting to a potential customer than a long queue. Again, video solutions normally applied for security purposes can provide a store manager with a way of tracking the buildup of queues and alerting the relevant staff accordingly in order to ensure customers are seen to in a timely fashion. In larger venues with limited on-floor staff, this can be particularly important as it is easy for some customers to be overlooked,” said Wan.

Business data generated can improve customer service as well as measure the return on dollars spent on various promotion, merchandising and marketing activities. Frank Sheu, President of hiQview explained that VCA can support casinos to decide their marketing strategies based on customers' gender and age. People counting can monitor queue length and wait time in gaming and retail services, if a certain threshold is crossed, additional staff will be allocated to quicken the process. According to Mishkin, VCA can also analyze traffic paths and high density areas to pinpoint premium positioning within the facility and the most appropriate locations for promotional campaigns. Hermanns also observed that “counting people at entrances or exits, or in specific areas makes it possible to optimize staff planning by matching numbers of staff with numbers of gamblers, analyze which tables or machines are preferred or less used, and evaluate marketing campaigns.”

Integration brings extra benefits in management
VCA can also be used to analyze and detect unusual events by integrating with other technologies. According to Mishkin, “intelligent video solutions incorporate many internal and external technologies, which can be comprised of physical sensors, such as access control and video analytics, to assist with the detection and forensic process of a casino. For example, a door forced alarm is received and a camera can be positioned to the door to record the activity or the video can be bookmarked and viewed at a later time.” According to Flind, “there is a huge potential to utilize information gathered through a variety of systems. Platforms such as PSIM or incident management systems breakdown the traditional view of information held in silos. Using intelligent video solutions to augment existing systems enriches data leading to greater situational understanding, statistical evidence, and trigger actions in corresponding technologies.” Integrated with other systems, VCA's capabilities enables users to transform solutions into intelligent tools that respond to the practical challenges faced in the casino. By integrating incident management software with the functions of VCA, the security department of casinos can receive the latest information of incidents and arrange the security staff to handle the incidents immediately.

Let there be (stable) light
In a casion setting, unstable lighting conditions can be a major problem that can lead to false alarms. Features like IR illuminators with an illumination distance up to 20 meters or digital wide range dynamics for optimal backlight compensation can help with this issue, explained Hermanns. “Furthermore, the integrated video helps to deal with difficult light conditions. A self-learning algorithm automatically adapts to environmental changes ignoring light changes due to artificial light or repetitive movements, e.g., from gambling machines. Moreover, video analytics adjusts to image degradation e.g., caused by blinding effects,” she added.

Don`t tamper with VCA
One of the most important aspects of VCA is capable of protecting itself from being altered without authorization. ”The intelligent video solution includes tamper protection, so that moving, bagging, and defocusing of the camera are detected, and an alarm is triggered in the event of it,” explained Hermanns. Without this feature, all aspects of the solution would be deemed worthless if surveillance could be simply removed.

Is it all just a hype?
Talk of intelligent video solutions have been going around for years, and rumors about how futuristic it is have left end users disappointed. The hype has led people to believe VCA can detect crime before it has actually taken place, and unfortunately, that is one of the things video analytics cannot do.

Video analytics are essentially based on algorithms that have simple mathematical rules and simple measurements of color, size, and shape for decision making. Users configure VCA to supervise an area, program what to monitor and what to ignore. Analytics cannot tell the difference between a car and a person as the human brain does, we understand what we are seeing due to our common sense. VCA on the other hand, view the pixels it captures and recognizes a human based on their moving limbs, whereas a car would have a constant silhouette. In that sense, intelligent video is not smarter than a human. However, VCA when set up correctly, can be more accurate and efficient than humans when identifying specific behaviors, such as stealing over a counter, as VCA does not take breaks or get sore eyes.

That being said, video analytics is not for every industry. It is essential to realize what issues or threats an industry is facing before deciding on a security solution. For instance, VCA would not be appropriate for people counting in places that are too crowded, as the technology would have difficulty categorizing pixels into individual humans due to constant overlapping — for example, train stations at rush hour.

What it all comes down to
Surveillance has come a long way since the days of video motion detection. VCA may still be taking baby steps easing into the gaming industry, but in situations that rely immensely on video analytics, such as loitering and theft, they create great benefits by saving human resources. For gaming industries, VCA is a helpful tool for various applications; however, at this moment the inability to be detailed enough to capture a professional cheater's sleight of hand may be a limitation for companies who plan to solely use VCA as their only security solution. We hope in the future VCA can be sophisticated enough to analyze detailed human behavior with minimum false positives.

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