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HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s International | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

The overarching view in the security industry right now is that IP, which employs a network infrastructure and offers HD video, will one day replace analog solutions, which have defined video surveillance for half a century. For analog players, who are seeing declines in sales and revenue, they must find ways to regain their former dominance in the industry. HD-overcoaxial solutions, which deliver HD video over users' existing coaxial cabling, represent their ultimate battle for survival amidst the IP invasion.

Ever since 960H and HD-SDI emerged in 2011, video surveillance players have been trying to find solutions that enhance the quality of CCTV, which remains the mainstream surveillance technology. Analog cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, and they still dominate the market with 70 to 80 percent of market share. However, IP cameras are threatening the very existence of analog players, who are seeing a steady revenue decline. Against this backdrop, analog players seeking to survive have put intensive efforts into the R&D of high-resolution HD-over-coaxial solutions. HDCVI, HDTVI, ccHDtv, and AHD are the products of those efforts.

Any HD-over-coaxial solution, be it 960H, HD-SDI, HDCVI, HDTVI, AHD, and ccHDtv, must be easy to use over the end user's legacy coaxial cable. HD transmission should be achieved using 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) coaxial cable without quality loss, and the traditional distance barrier of 100 to 200 meters must be overcome. The solution must incur no extra cost for installation or upgrade, resist quality loss over a long distance, and enable easy upgrade to megapixel-level HD surveillance. Further, it must be high in quality and competitive in price to gain a stronger foothold in vertical markets. In summary, for a solution to be called HD-over-coaxial, six basic requirements must be met:

1. It must have high video clarity and color separation, as well as high signal filtering, noise reduction, and image restoration capabilities;

2 .As HD-over-coax is claimed as a breakthrough technology, it must be able to transmit signals for a longer distance over existing coaxial cable;

3 .The solution must not be subject to latency, compression-related quality loss, or any compromise to video quality;

4 The backend equipment must be compatible with the 960H format, and future compatibility with analog splitters and matrix systems must be considered;

5. HD-over-coax must be easy to use and operate and allow settings on both frontend and backend equipment;

6. Any solution must have low cost and high quality.

There are HD-over-coaxial DVRs that can support both 960H and 720/1080p. These are called hybrid HD DVRs. There are even HD DVRs that are bolstered by Intersil's decoder chip and the TCP/IP interface to support 960H, 720p/1080p, and IP signals. These are called Tri-brid HD DVRs.

Compare and contrast between solutions
HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD share one thing in common: as opposed to 960H that uses the CCD sensor, HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD use the megapixel-level CMOS or Exmor CMOS sensor. The purpose is to capture HD images at the source level. Among manufacturers of CMOS sensors are Sony, Omnivision, Pixelplus, and BYD. The formation of images differs slightly according to brand.

Another similarity as far as components are concerned is the use of an image signal processor (ISP) in conjunction with the sensor. This device ultimately determines the final image displayed by HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD solutions. The chipset could be integrated into the sensor module or into the transceiver at the backend of the HDCVI, HDTVI, or AHD camera. Image signal processors, whose manufacturers include Sony, Fullhan, Nextchip, and Eyenix, process and enhance images formed by the sensor. As ISPs of different companies are designed differently, they have different ways of handling backlight compensation, WDR noise reduction, and the 3As, namely auto white balance, auto exposure, and auto focus.

One final thing that the solutions have in common is the presence of a signal transceiver, which produces different signal formats based on the technology in question, namely HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD. Regardless of the technology, these transceivers are similar in that they combine signal augmentation, voltage augmentation, and MCU all in one device and emit signals over different transmission distances. There is also a circuit switch that allows cameras to switch between HD-over-coaxial and CVBS output.

All HD-over-coaxial signals travel through coaxial cables, which can be 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) for transmission of between 300 and 500 meters. Among the things that set them apart are the codec engine, which is made by TI, Hisilicon, or Grain Media, and the performance of ISP processing.

Application in verticals
Based on how things look right now, to popularize HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD and widen their reach in different verticals, it seems manufacturers still have lots of publicity and marketing to do. In fact, I still have doubts over their market acceptance beyond the banking, financial, and retail verticals, as 960H and HD-SDI themselves are still mostly deployed in retail, banking, and education. It is my hope that fiber optic providers can develop and commercialize HD-over-coaxial interfaces, so that HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD can go beyond small and medium implementations and find their way into city and highway surveillance, which requires HD and real-time video transmission.

Currently, there aren't any credible or authoritative figures on the market acceptance toward HDCVI, HDTVI and AHD. Yet, marketing strategies differ according to manufacturers and their OEM partners. Based on our observation, a lack of understanding of the different solutions is the biggest obstacle that manufacturers need to deal with right now.

Opportunities and future development
HD and intelligence are future development trends that analog players seeking to upgrade their HD products future, advances in CMOS, ISP, and transceivers will cause HD-over-coaxial surveillance to become a norm. Applications in different verticals will also become more noticeable. In security, there is a notion that IP will replace analog. But this will not happen anytime soon, and HD-over-coaxial marks the effort by analog players to at least slow the IP invasion and analog's decline. In the end, maybe there is a purpose for the existence of these solutions.


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March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, has announced that Bankomat AB, one of Sweden's largest ATM services providers, has selected the company's high-performance 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs for advanced security and asset protection of a 2,200 ATM network, with an initial large-scale rollout slated for completion by the end of 2014.

Bankomat is co-owned by the five largest banks in the country: Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank, and has been gradually consolidating each financial institution's ATM network. Many of the ATMs previously had no video surveillance or relied on a variety of different vendor platforms.

Stanley Security, a March Networks certified partner, recommended the March Networks 8704 Hybrid NVR as the ideal platform for Bankomat, and is currently managing the rollout. The 8704 model is designed for space-constrained locations like an ATM and has optimised H.264 compression – unique to March Networks – that delivers detailed HD video and noticeably sharper images from legacy analogue cameras without impacting video storage requirements. The highly-reliable recording platform also features an internal backup battery guaranteeing a systematic shutdown in the event of a power failure, a variety of security features and up to 2 TB of onboard storage.

“The unique model offered by Stanley Security and March Networks delivers greater efficiencies for ATM oversight,” explained Bankomat Security Chief Peter Svahn. “The ATMs are equipped with between two and four cameras. Many of the sites have older analogue cameras, but a transition to IP technology is in the works. IP cameras give us much better quality, so there's no reason I can see to work with analogue equipment.”

Stanley Security, which is also responsible for managing and servicing the video solution and retrieving video at Bankomat's request, is using March Networks' Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) software for centralised control of all recorder programming.

“The decision to standardise on March Networks made sense,” said Anders Gustafsson, Stanley Security's Stockholm-based Vertical Segment Manager for banking. “They are a preferred vendor in the banking market because of the functionality of their systems, their ease of use and reliability. It's not often that we have to replace a March Networks recorder.”

Complementing the video security at each ATM is Stanley's Pacom access control system, which allows security operations personnel to remotely unlock ATM service doors for authorised armoured car staff. Integration with the March Networks system allows Stanley Security guards to access video at the location to keep an eye on the scene and alert law enforcement in the event of a holdup or unauthorised access.

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products recently conducted a series of technology events in Spain. The multi-day sessions hosted in late September and October provided educational opportunities to dealers, integrators, monitoring stations and their customers on both current products and new technologies implemented by Tyco Security Products.

These free events allowed more than 150 participants to meet with the sales and technical teams from the various Tyco Security Products brands, partake in discussions, and provide feedback on the company's offerings, integration plans and product roadmap. Live demonstrations of security solutions from Tyco Security Products alarm and intrusion brands (DSC, Sur-Gard, Visonic, and Bentel Security,) as well as access control brands for video surveillance (CEM Systems,Kantech, American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies) complemented the presentations.

“With stops in Madrid and Barcelona we brought the latest product information directly to our customers and provided them the ability to experience first hand the many synergies within our portfolio,” said Ángel Vázquez, Regional Sales Director – Europe, Tyco Security Products. “Offering an up-close look at these technologies that span access control, video and intrusion, attendees were able to determine how best to configure a state-of-the-art security system, whether for their clients or for their own business.”

The meetings highlighted several product introductions, including PowerSeries Neo from DSC, the industry's most comprehensive hybrid intrusion detection system, Visonic's innovative PowerMaster 33 wireless intrusion system, and the ABSOLUTA 3.5 G3 intrusion panel from Bentel. In access control, the innovative Intevo Compact platform from Kantech offers integrated access control, video and intrusion to the small and medium business market. American Dynamics presented its growing portfolio of IP HD cameras, including the cost-effective Illustra Flex series, the Illustra Compact series for discrete surveillance and the 180 to 360-degree Illustra 825 fisheye camera for active surveillance environments as well as the powerful victor and VideoEdge 4.5 network video management solution. Sur-Gard displayed the SG System 5, a new IP and analog compatible monitoring receiver. From Exacq Technologies, attendees experienced the exacqVision Edge solution, a full-featured server software that runs directly on an IP camera or encoder without the need for a separate server.

[VIDEO] Product Review: Afidus DN-232Z1 IR dome smartly balances bright and dark

[VIDEO] Product Review: Afidus DN-232Z1 IR dome smartly balances bright and dark

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 10/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics



Quick look
Afidus DN-232Z1 IR IP dome is an advanced surveillance camera from Afidus, a Taiwan-based IP surveillance provider. This smart focus 2MP IR IP cam is crafted especially for use in outdoor surroundings, suitable for surveillance on streets, on public transportation, and special locations such as casinos and lobbies.

3 Must-knows of Afidus DN-232Z1
1. Modern design in pearl white color
2. True-WDR & smart focus
3. IVA applications

Let's say
This glittering-look IR dome certainly has more than modern and elegant look. Underneath the 2MP smart focus IR lens, it is empowered with intelligent detection functions. While it can catch clear and crisp images in poor light conditions, and even in scenes of bright and dark backgrounds. It has been therefore used for traffic monitoring, to capture car plate images with which LPR software can read and process data.

Hikvision and Western Digital host video surveillance seminar in the Middle East

Hikvision and Western Digital host video surveillance seminar in the Middle East

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the global leading suppliers of video surveillance products and solutions, hosted a joint seminar with Western Digital, the global supplier of hard drives, at the Ramada Hotel in Dubai on September 18. The seminar was held to promote the latest technologies from both companies: Hikvision's Turbo HD Analog Solution and WD's Purple hard drives, attracting over 100 security professionals from more than 50 companies.

The seminar consisted of two segments. The first segment featured presentations of Hikvision corporate development and its successful vertical applications, as well as a live demonstration of Hikvision's Turbo HD Analog Solution.

As a top-notch technology, Hikvision's Turbo HD Analog solution proves Hikvision's dedication to R&D and technological innovation. It enables up to 500m HD video transmission over existing coaxial cable and offers seamless compatibility with traditional SD cameras, HDTVI-compliant cameras and DVRs, as well as IP cameras. During the demonstration, the attendees were impressed by the product's image performance, system compatibility and rich features.

During the second segment, experts from WD introduced their latest Purple hard drives. Designed specifically for video surveillance units, these hard drives excel in new and existing home and small business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Further advantages of the product include up to 4TB of hard drive space, making the WD Purple the largest surveillance drive on the market.

“This seminar was a great success. It helps our customers better understand Hikvision technical capabilities and solutions available in the Middle East market,” commented Max Wei, General Manager of the Hikvision Middle East branch. “We are excited to be co-marketing with WD to showcase our latest technologies and products, and we look forward to working together with them in the future.”

“The storage and integrity of video surveillance data is a crucial aspect of modern security systems. This joint seminar allowed us to demonstrate the unsurpassed reliability, quality and peace of mind that the WD Purple hard drive offers Hikvision and security professionals when storing their valuable video data,” said Khwaja Saifuddin, Senior Sales Director for WD Middle East, Africa & South Asia. “The drive is designed with exclusive AllFrame technology to reduce video data errors and video interruptions. It is also durable for today's 24/7 always-on video surveillance applications amidst harsh environmental conditions.”

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the terms of security for healthcare vertical, there are different phases needed to be taken care of. Unauthorized access to the patient's medical record or expensive medications and equipment will not only cost the hospital a great fortune but also jeopardize their reputation. However, it is important to make sure that the visitors, patients, and injured are easy to go around in the hospital.

The multifaceted security challenge that the healthcare organizations are now facing now is to maintain flexible access and safe environment for patients and visitors while increasing protection on confidential data, staffs, equipment, and medications, suggested by Brian Song, Managing Director at IDIS Europe.

However, facing a more competitive market, many hospitals are demanded to upgrade infrastructure and heavily invest in IT systems in keeping accordance with regulations, and even expand into new areas beyond the hospital, according to Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise and Critical Infrastructure at Verint. “All new projects are selecting IP to match extensive investments that hospitals are making in IT infrastructure,” Phillips emphasized. “Those with analog are considering migration strategies.”

Regarding to the complex security demands from healthcare sector, asmag.com is going to present some highlights from the industry aspects.

Integration of Key and Facilities Management
The high staff turnover rate in a hospital can lead to unauthorized copies of keys distributed to people. Meanwhile, different security levels are in demand throughout the hospitals – from perimeter security for the surrounded area to personal storage. It is crucial to be able to distinguish individual access authority; in the mean time, making sure that patients and visitors are at their most convenience during their staying in the hospital. Therefore, instead of manual managing procedure, a comprehensive access control system that can effectively assist the manager to cope with urgent incidents is preferable.

“Having a master key system that can be managed centrally allows staff with the necessary authority to access rooms, without having to waste time trying to locate the correct key or find out the correct pass code,” said Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK. Furthermore, the systems need to be easy and intuitive for less experienced users to manage.

Nothing can be more troublesome when it comes to physical key management. Imagine how much trouble you will have to go through if a person who possesses the key to the medication cabinet has left the building. “Integrating key management with access control allows businesses to meet their key and asset protection needs by implementing advanced key management and locker systems to provide a total solution for security and facilities management,” mentioned Ross Bale, Business Development Manager in the UK at Nedap.

Meanwhile, better management on the lockers can also reduce the physical lockers and space needed. “By seamlessly integrating electronic locker management into the access control platform, it ensures that the maximum numbers of lockers are available for staff to use,” Bale continued.

IP System and Video Analytics is Dominating
Hospital is one of the sectors that require high efficiency the most. When it comes to bringing out the utmost efficiency, IP systems are definitely the most convenient option. “In today's market, a majority of healthcare facilities seek out IP-based surveillance solutions. These technologies offer far more functionalities and return-on-investment than their analog counterparts,” stated Jack Meltzer, Senior Director of Global A&E Program at DVTEL.

Not only is CMOS sensor able to deliver high-resolution images with more details, but the real-time recording can be used for video analysis and integrated with alarms, access control, and other systems, helping end users to take appropriate actions on emergency immediately. For instance, IP surveillance systems can integrate with infant tagging systems at the nursery section in a hospital, providing live monitoring and deterring potential criminal activities, according to Meltzer.

“Video management software is suggested to install considering that the recording, live media data, and instant playback can be operated on a single computer or separate computers according to the client's preferences,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President at VIVOTEK.

Speaking of surveillance camera deployed by healthcare sector, other than superior low-light performance, a discrete design of the camera is often highlighted due to the demand not only on ensuring patient's privacy and also for blending into surrounded design. “Small form-factors cameras and cameras with WDR function and good low-light performance are suggested since they can be easily blended into the interior design and able to capture clear image quality under challenging lighting conditions,” recommended Ma.

PSIM Has You Fully Covered
Besides adopting surveillance and access control systems that come with added values, integrating all security systems under the same platform is trending in this vertical.

Lacking of prompt response to emergency may cost tens to hundreds of life in a hospital, leading to devastating consequence. In order to shorten response time to incidents, it is essential to have comprehensive preparation for any possible emergent scenarios.

“A PSIM based security management system offers healthcare environments with a wide range of benefits such as increased situational awareness, which enables a Common Operating Picture for all security operatives, as well as correlating intelligence for real time verification of alarms. It also provides improved efficiencies, which can be achieved from a reduction in false alarms, the prioritization of the most appropriate security resources, and better guidance of response teams using both audio and visual intelligence and helps to reduce training requirements,” said James Candy, VP Technical Services, CNL Software. “Sophisticated post incident reporting and dashboards also provide valuable insights helping to improve the overall performance of security personnel, processes and infrastructure.”

What's Coming Up

Home Care Market is Full of Potential
A promising growth on IP surveillance can be expected in the healthcare sector. As the budget remains a main concern for most of the hospital security manager, IP solution, coming with lower cost of ownership, is much more attractive.

Moreover, while the global population continues to grow and it will be even more difficult to provide sufficient rooms for all of the patients, a new healthcare market is rising. “It will become more common for the elderly and sick people to stay at home and receive treatment and support from the comfort of their home environment,” Johan Åkesson, Business Development Director for Retail at Axis Communications. “Within the home care market the use of network video surveillance plays an important role, making it possible for hospital staff to monitor patients in their home, follow up on treatment and take action in case something happens.”

RFID Propels Innovative Applications
“The recent launch of Apple's long-awaited tap-to-pay technology on its new iPhone 6, using NFC (near field communication) based technology, makes the residency of contactless access control on smartphone seem quite tangible and not too far away. The innovative world of gesture technology is also set to make an impact on how individuals will be able to control a variety of RFID devices,” suggested Hughan.

 

Editor's Highlights - Case Studies

SALTO Systems safeguard Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Hospital in India kitted out with VIVOTEK cameras

AXIS helps you keep an eye from home on baby in the hospital




 Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to EXIR network bullet cameras

Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to EXIR network bullet cameras

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Homes, offices and small-to-medium enterprises are set to benefit from the addition of Hikvision's advanced EXIR Bullet network cameras to its easy IP solution line-up. The DS-2CD2T series of 2- and 3-Megapixel cameras feature high-performance LED light sources and a revolutionary rectangular lens for seamless HD formatting but now boast Infrared Gain Glass for ultimate light transmittance and unparalleled levels of night-time surveillance.

The DS-2CD2T series also features 3D DNR and DWDR image enhancement technology, dual video streams, Power over Ethernet capability and an IP66 environmental protection.

Improved infrared light transmittance
Both the 2 and 3-Megapixel DS-2CD2T series cameras use specially coated Infrared Gain Glass for improved infrared light transmittance. This delivers even clearer images and is especially well suited to applications that require high resolution images to be captured in low-light environments. With an IR range of up to 80 metres from its four EXIR LEDs, the DS-2CD2T-I8 is ideal for perimeter intrusion detection, especially at night time.

EXIR Technology
The DS-2CD2T series also incorporates Hikvision's EXIR infrared array technology to provide industry-leading illumination in any low- or zero-light environment. Benefiting from an advanced, highly efficient light source that provides up to 30% more illumination efficiency compared to other LEDs and a revolutionary rectangular lens for uniform scene illumination and seamless HD formatting, Hikvision's EXIR cameras deliver the most advanced levels of night-time surveillance available on the market today.

Part of Easy IP Solution
The DS-2CD2T series Network Bullet EXIR cameras are part of the Hikvision's Easy IP solution, boasting Easy Installation and Easy Viewing with the combination of Hikvision Plug & Play NVR and video surveillance software.

Installation is a simple 2-step process that's even easier than Analog - plug the camera(s) into the NVRs PoE port(s), then connect the monitor and you're ready to enjoy HD video recording instantly without IP address forwarding. Easy Viewing allows you to watch and play live video anytime and anywhere. Users just need to simply download the Hikvision EZVIZ smartphone app for free, by scanning the QR code on the back of camera through EZVIZ app, live video viewing and playback will be available over the internet remotely. It's completely configuration free and it's that easy!
Enabling users to excellently monitor environment day & night, this new EXIR camera series gives users the confidence that their property is securely protected.

Available models
DS-2CD2T22-I3 / DS-2CD2T22-I5 / DS-2CD2T22-I8 - 2.0 MP EXIR Network Bullet Cameras.
DS-2CD2T32-I3 / DS-2CD2T32-I5 / DS-2CD2T32-I8 - 3.0 MP EXIR Network Bullet Cameras.

Thailand picking up the pieces

Thailand picking up the pieces

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

At first glance, with its beautiful attractions and large populations of tourists, the Kingdom of Thailand might not seem all that bad or unstable. However, in the last year, political instability and corruption have ransacked the country and slowed economic growth to a halt. With a recent military coup and a new prime minister installed, Thailand looks to stabilize and rebuild its industries. “For the past few years, there have been lots of conflict and fighting. There has been little progress in the country. Right now though, with the military coup happening, the country has cooled down and is more stable. There are now strong indications that the Thai economy will recover,” said Suwich Chitkasemsuk, MD for Digitalcom.

A Glance Back
2013-14 have been two years of economic and political turmoil for Thailand. Stemming from the influence of Thaksin Shinawatra on Thai politics, the majority of the Thai population viewed Thaksin as highly corrupt and damaging to Thailand's democracy and economy. Coupled with the fact that political parties allied to Thaksin have won majorities in every election since 2001, the political hotbox became an issue of fierce debate and turbulence. With the aim of removing Thaksin's influence on politics and the creation of an elected “people's council” to oversee reforms, anti-government protests began in November 2013 calling for the resignation of Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of Thaksin. The protests eventually resulted in the Royal Thai Army declaring martial law throughout the nation, followed by the removal of power from Yingluck, a military coup d'état, and the establishment of a military junta. In recent events, Prayuth Chan-ocha, army chief of Thailand, has now been established as the new interim prime minister.

A BETTER OUTLOOK
Overall, the general consensus regarding the coup seems to be a positive one. Somchai Prajaksoot, MD of Digital Focus explained, “After the coup, the political situation is stable and the economic outlook is better. The security industries have still increased.” There is a definite sense of renewed, if wary, optimism that the new government will reinvigorate economic scenarios as well as the security industry, launching new projects, and creating a better, safer Thailand.

Projects Lead the Way
Key for the Thai security industry lies in government projects. Understandably, they have been few and far between. Feelings across the security market seem to be that one of the most harmful things during the periods of unrest was lack of government projects as well as broken promises. As Johnny Trivitayakhun, MD for Security Communication Center put it, “What was felt, and seriously impacted security companies were government-related projects, where payments were delayed extensively during the periods of unrest.” Pointing once again to the political factors, it's easy to Market Dynamics understand why government projects have been scarce or delayed, as the government's focus has been on quelling unrest and ensuring stability. Further complicating problems, Nuttawaj Chieobangyang, CEO for Coretech, also pointed out that many company projects in the past year have been lost, because the new government evaluates everything to a very fine degree. Every project will be under review, and if the price is too high, an auction will be held, which will shake the whole market. He further added that many companies are not very happy about this.

However, the general belief is that the new government will pursue what the previous governments have left undone. “Since the majority of the spending has to come from the government sector, in order to help drive the economy, I see no reason why there will be any negative impact. On the contrary, I believe that the current government is truly aware of how to best drive the economy, bringing peace and stability to Thailand,” said Trivitakaykhun. The transportation sector, city surveillance, and administration buildings are some government projects to keep an eye out in the future, he added. On the commercial side of things, feelings seem to be somewhat split. Another area of big impact for the security industry is that there seems to be overall more stability. According to Prajaksoot, commercial projects including banks, hotels, retail, and hospitals are still a big factor, as he cited Digital Focus' established dealer and SI network. Tanakrit Rojanasiraprapa, MD for Bacom Internetwork, also added, “Many big projects have been announced. After the coup, the commercial sector invested nearly US$1.5 billion in commercial projects including big groups of condos, department stores, and large buildings.” Trivitakaykhun echoed a similar feeling, “Commercial projects which were put on hold as a result of the coup, will eventually resume towards early next year.”

Arnon Kulawongvanich, MD for Bangkok OA, commented on a different side, explaining that he expects good movement from the private sectors. “The military government is busy trying to reshape everything, not only in the way they run the country, but the fact that they want to clean up everything. And cleaning up takes time,” he said. Because of this, it is of importance that the private, commercial sectors remain strong, being able to offer up larger scale projects. Kulawongvanich also mentioned that Bangkok OA, with 12 years of partnership with Samsung Techwin, continues to promote their solutions in car parking structures, access control, and visitor management. The company is also the exclusive partner of NUUO, working with local Thai software companies to further promote PSIM solutions.

Rollouts of 4G Postponed
The elephant in the room right now in Thailand is a question of how big of an impact the political situation has affected the Thai infrastructure. Because of delays in government projects, adoption of new technology and phase-outs of older ones have not occurred in some aspects yet. A very important factor critical to the Thai economy seems to be the adoption of LTE (4G). Originally promised a while ago, 4G technology and adoption in Thailand are still in its trial periods and are also still delayed. Trivitakakyhun also added, “4G in Thailand has yet to be officially seen, let alone reliable 3G services. Wireless communication obviously plays a drastic and important role when it comes to modern security solutions. Bureaucracy and political instability have cost Thailand dearly.” To add to this, Reuters also reported that in July, Thailand's military government postponed an auction of 4G mobile phone bandwidth for one year, potentially causing billions of dollars of lost investment and sales in a sector that accounts for a tenth of the economy. According to the same article, “Mobile network providers were banking on extra bandwidth to enable faster data communications services, creating an opportunity to increase revenue.”

Regardless of the project delay, 4G development still remains an important indicator to the country's development of network devices. “We do know that the respective bodies in the communication industry have done reviews to analyze the mobile management spectrum in 4G. Recently, there have been trials of LTE that is aimed at bringing the latest telecommunications knowledge and technological experience to the public and private sectors. We believe that this technology will be implemented in Thailand in due time,” said Nafis Jasmani, Regional Business Development Manager for South Asia Pacifc at Axis Communications.

MIGRATION OUT OF ANALOG
Tied into the issue of bandwidth, the adoption of IP-based solutions has also been impacted by the political situation. Nevertheless, with the political climate finally settling down, and the military government coming to terms with the economic scenarios, things are looking up. As William Ku, VP for the International Business Division at VIVOTEK mentioned, “At the current stage, most of the Thai users still use analog systems. The adoption of IP-based security solutions has not been totally prevalent yet. However, with increasing demand for clear and detailed footage in order to enhance security and intelligent video solutions for strengthening organization operation, the move from analog systems to IP-based security solutions is happening in the Thai security industry.” Another trend noted by Rio Mao, Sales Director of APAC at Dahua Technology is the fact that easy-to-use and affordable cost solutions will be ideal, and new functions to facilitate sales lie in value-added products in video surveillance systems. One thing worth keeping an eye out for, however, is the fact that city surveillance projects being touted by various city governments in Thailand are now aiming for IP-based solutions that are easy to integrate with existing solutions. According to Prajaksoot, “For city surveillance government projects, they now require certain specs of IP cameras. They are just now switching from analog to IP. Cameras are now very cheap,” which drives higher adoption of IP cameras.

HD-over-Coaxial a Factor
Another important factor to point out is the transition to HD-overcoaxial solutions and to IP from older analog systems. Recently, a number of Asian manufacturers, especially from Taiwan, China, and Korea, have been strongly promoting their latest HD-over-coaxial products, with very high price-effectiveness and long transmission distances. Some of the existing IP video surveillance providers have started to feel the decrease in their growth rates, because of the latest HD-over-coaxial products on the market. In the future, not just Thailand, but the entire Asian continent might start facing competition between IP and HD-over-coaxial, especially in the SMB sectors. This may result in the SMB sectors slowing down the migration to IP-based solutions.

China Grows its Market Shares
Tied directly into the surveillance markets, and hot on the heels of the video surveillance industry in Thailand, and indeed the rest of the world, is the giant that is China. In the analog video surveillance world, China is arguably number one in the world. With many large, established companies in China, they leave large footprints in the Thai industry. As Prajaksoot explained, Chinese companies are very competitive, very strong. They have also impacted the industry in more ways than one, forcing many distributors and providers across Thailand to slash prices and play catch up.

Because of the price factor as well as the notion of China's ever-improving quality, China will continue to play a very important and big role. “Cost consciousness is obviously the prime focus, from the client's point-of-view. China has a lot to serve and provide. Today, we are experiencing a level comfort when it comes to quality improvement and technological know-how, which makes Chinese manufactured products more attractive, especially when compared to other neighboring countries,” said Trivitakkayhun. Kittichai Samittwuttikul, Director for SMC Group, also brought up another factor in China, where he mentioned that price competitions with companies from Shenzhen are very high. A point elaborating on is the fact that some Shenzhen companies can even offer 720TVL cameras at the price of a 360TVL without sacrificing quality. By taking an aggressive approach to gaining the market, these companies are now putting FOB prices online and offering longer-term payment plans. In order to stay competitive, SMC Group has started to promote its own brand, establishing franchised outlet shops, as well as project design and installation shops for different projects.

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE
All-in-all, things are looking up in Thailand. Forecasters are predicting mild growth this year with stronger aspects the year after. “I believe that the Thai economy has shown signs of improvements, and growth momentum should pick up late this year. The changes that are happening will ensure both tourists and locals alike will start spending and investing,” said Trivitakakyhun. Ku also brought up the point that Thailand has been one of the founding countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and also one of the key ASEAN members. “ASEAN is a transnational organization for accelerating economic growth and regional prosperity.” One final factor lies also on the political side. Hopefully, as Prayuth Chan-ocha's government continues to settle in, stability and economic reforms will continue. The launching of better IP infrastructure and 4G will also play a big role. “Foreign investment in Thailand as a result of country reforms will also be a factor,” said Prajaksoot. Hopefully, this rings true and Thailand will again be prosperous and stable.

Hikvision adds mini IR PT camera to easy IP range

Hikvision adds mini IR PT camera to easy IP range

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision's range of Easy IP solutions is boosted with the launch of a sophisticated Infrared Pan & Tilt IP camera. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW 1MP Mini IR PT network camera is in compact size yet features HD720p real-time video with motorized pan and tilt. The discrete housing also incorporates a built-in microphone and speaker, an SD card slot supporting on-board storage of up to 64 GB, a 100 MB/sec Ethernet interface plus Wi-Fi connectivity.

Despite its compact size, the Mini IR PT camera offers the full flexibility and manageability of an IP surveillance solution. It provides a 0° - 355° pan range and a -20° - 90° tilt range of view. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is also ideally suited to quick and easy installation, the Wi-Fi WPS capability enabling automatic configuration even for users with limited or no network knowledge. With an IR range of up to 10 metres, the new camera features 3D DNR and DWDR image enhancement technology and zone configurable backlight compensation for outstanding day/night performance in any lighting conditions.

A core component of Hikvision's Easy IP range
The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is the latest addition to Hikvision's Easy IP range, which brings together a complete solution of cameras, Plug & Play NVRs (network video recorders) and VMS (video management software) focused on easy installation, easy viewing and easy Wi-Fi connection. Easy IP allows users to monitor their home or business in Full HD on their PC, tablet or smartphone through a uniquely simple interface.

Installation is a simple 2-step process that's even easier than Analog - plug the camera(s) into the NVRs PoE port(s), then connect the monitor and you're ready to enjoy HD video recording instantly without IP address forwarding. Easy Viewing allows you to watch and play live video anytime and anywhere. Users just need to simply download the Hikvision EZVIZ smartphone app for free, by scanning the QR code on the back of camera through EZVIZ app, live video viewing and playback will be available over the internet remotely. It's completely configuration free and it's that easy!

Users can now choose from a full range of Easy IP cameras, including indoor and outdoor bullet and dome cameras, mini-dome cameras, cube cameras and the new DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW Mini IR Pan & Tilt camera. All share the combination of a rich feature set, including Hikvision's latest encoding algorithm for highly efficient compression that reduces the transmission and storage burden by up to 50%, and unmatched price-efficiency.

 

Nedap modern access control for the Protestant hospital

Nedap modern access control for the Protestant hospital

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/15/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

When ‘Christoph 7', the hospitals' quick response emergency team, rushes to an emergency such as a heart attack or a stroke somewhere within the hospital, there is no time to be lost: in the most serious case it can be a matter of life or death. Saving lives has absolute priority and requires unhindered access. The access control management system must therefore be prepared for this eventuality.

So the Team has its own special ‚Christoph 7‘ cards: held in front of any card reader they initiate elevator priority control. The elevator that is specially reserved for the emergency team is ordered to the appropriate floor. Only when a Christoph 7 card is used, the elevator will go to the selected floor with priority. The team can release the elevator for normal operation using the same card. This is just one of many features that the new access control system provides for the Protestant hospital in Mülheim. The system has been realised by the local company GST Gesellschaft für Sicherheitstechnik. Paving the way for flexibility
The foundation of the system goes back to an investment decision made in 2008. Back then the hospital changed from the outdated old system in a migration process to Nedap AEOS.

This comprehensive software-driven platform manages all the security requirements of one or many buildings. As well as access control, this includes identity and authorization management, IP video management and intrusion detection. Add to that the supervision and reporting with web-based alarm administration via a web-based, system-independent graphic interface. The Salto off-line system has been fully integrated into the AEOS security management platform and thereby enables the homogeneous administration of all components, people and functions. AEOS manages a total of 1,580 off-line lock systems. It manages all online doors and online functions, the access doors, the off-line lock system, room doors, patient cabinets and containers, employee cupboards as well as mobile care and food trolleys. New cards including photos are issued using the AEOS software. An ID card can be created on the card printer for every data record in the system and assigned to the corresponding person.

People instead of ID carriers
A particular advantage of the AEOS platform lies in the fact that it is not based on ID carriers but people. The difference is immediately noticeable, for example, if a card is lost. The entire employee record must not be re-entered in the system just because a persons' identification number is missing.

‘This particular criteria can be the deciding factor when choosing the system, above all if there are numerous locations at which the ID features must be distinguished‘, says Dietmar Vetten of GST. This fact permits the issue of multiple identification devices per person. For example, some people have two ID cards in one, that are valid in different hospitals. The cards replace the previously common bunches of keys. They don‘t just open doors and cabinets. Also, the elevator can be controlled with them. Meanwhile long-range readers have been installed near the elevators: these recognise when a bed is moved close to the elevator and permit priority use. The authorization can also be organised differentially so that a priority usage is only available if a member of staff arrives with a bed. If he is alone he will be treated like every other member of staff.

Emergency door monitoring and canteen trolleys
Applications of the security management system can be found everywhere. All doors that are on escape and rescue routes within the hospital are connected to AEOS. Alarms can now be alerted at a central point and forwarded, whereas they used to be raised by pressing an emergency button. The connection also prevents doors being opened without permission. If this happens an alarm is raised in AEOS so that the door can be closed again. An additional connection to the video surveillance system is also planned. The scope of the Nedap software reaches even as far as the catering service: the central food supply service is organised in this Mülheim hospital. The deep frozen food is delivered to the kitchen, divided into portions and stacked in the canteen trolleys. It is then thawed and carefully warmed up on the ward so that it doesn‘t arrive on the plates lukewarm, or even cold, because of the long transport distances. Each of these canteen trolleys has a transponder that automatically opens the door as it passes over the inductive loop in the floor directly below. In this way it is not necessary for a member of staff to manually open a door with their card and the kitchen remains accessible to authorised persons.

Central location – preferred parking
For shopping-lovers it is very practical to use the car park of the centrally located hospital, and so some employees had the idea of using their ID cards outside normal working hours. This is now prevented by a connection to the AEOS software, as Dietmar Vetten of GST explains: ‘The installer has fitted a card reader to the parking lot barrier that is connected to the AEOS system. This has saved having three separate proprietary parking management systems'. The parking spaces can be of ‚mixed‘ use according to an algorithm – that is, by visitors and by staff. The software shows the current occupancy status of each. If one of the staff park there too long an email is sent to the facility management personnel.

Although all the staff from the stand-by team has authorisation for the parking lot, only the person on duty can park there during his shift.

Optimum cooperation
With regard to the implementation of all these systems, no better praise can be given by the customer. This applies not only to the support by GST but also, as Georg Thies and Klaus Domscheit emphasize, for the ‘very good teamwork between Nedap and Salto'. The Salto striker portfolio, that has meanwhile been in use in the hospital for four years, provides an off-line product choice that is hard to beat. Good products alone are not decisive but also good communication within the triangle of manufacturer, installer and customer / user. As Axel Schmidt of Salto points out, this has already been tested ‘in hundreds of joint projects in Europe and worldwide'. During this time the cooperation has been optimised, as Christian Nagel of Nedap confirms: ‘Our emphasis is on the integration of our software because we have an open platform, therefore we work together with experienced partners on a longterm basis.'

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