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Networked security system for major hotel development in Turkey

Networked security system for major hotel development in Turkey

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 10/31/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems has delivered a networked security solution for one of Turkey's major hotel developments: the new Hilton complex in Bursa. It combines the 5-star Hilton Bursa Convention Center & Spa with the 3-star Hampton by Hilton Bursa. Located close to Bursa city center, historical heritage sites and the business district, the visually striking Hilton Bursa Convention Center and Spa offers splendid views of the majestic Ulu Mountain and is only a short distance from the Intercity Highway, linking the major cities of Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir.

The two hotels are located next to each other, but operated as two separate entities. However, the management required an integrated security system covering both Hotels and allowing central management and operations.

The 5-star hotel features 187 guest rooms, twelve meeting rooms, two ballrooms with capacities of 1,200 and 800 people respectively, a spa and wellness center and multiple restaurants. Hampton by Hilton Bursa offers 107 guest rooms, a fitness center, a restaurant and a fully equipped meeting hall.

To protect guests, employees and visitors of both hotels, Bosch partner Ateksis designed an integrated security solution with fire detection systems, access control, video surveillance and voice evacuation. All these systems are networked and centrally managed and operated via Bosch's Building Integration System (BIS). Next to the security systems, Bosch also delivered thermo technological equipment, such as three Buderus heating boilers and their control technology.

Ateksis implemented the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series in both hotels, which can be operated independently but are managed as a single integrated solution. In public areas such as lobbies, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Bosch's series of invisible fire detectors were used to support the classy architecture. For the same reason, the integrator chose to use elegant dome cameras in these areas. In total, approximately 250 IP cameras were installed together with the Bosch Video Recording Manager as a distributed network video recorder solution. The cameras support intelligent video analysis to alert the operator whenever specific, pre-defined events occur. Private areas with limited access are secured by Bosch's AMC access control systems, using card readers for general purposes and fingerprint readers in high security areas such as the IT room.

In case of an emergency, the digital PRAESIDEO public address and evacuation system from Bosch can be used to deliver intelligible evacuation instructions. All 59 zones of the system, matching the zones of the fire alarm system in the building, can be reached individually by PRAESIDEO to ensure targeted addressing. In addition to the security solution, Ateksis also implemented a comprehensive Audio/Video system in the ballrooms and the conference center.

With the networked and integrated security solution covering both hotels, the operator was able to combine highest security standards with great operational efficiency. Using specific cameras and smoke detectors also allowed making the entire solution very inconspicuous, not disturbing the luxury ambience of the hotels.

Pelco and Avaya team up to deliver high-performance IP video surveillance solutions

Pelco and Avaya team up to deliver high-performance IP video surveillance solutions

Editor / Provider: Pelco | Updated: 10/31/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Pelco by Schneider Electric announced this week that they are strengthening their relationship with Avaya to deliver superior performance and simplicity to IP video security and surveillance customers. This global alliance partnership will enable deeper collaboration on technology development and interoperability, providing customers with an easy-to-install, easy-to-scale network platform optimized for demanding video surveillance systems.

"Supporting thousands of cameras and high levels of redundancy, Pelco IP video systems are designed for 24/7 mission critical operation", said Stuart Rawling, Pelco Director of Partnering & Integration. "The performance of the network is a critical part of any IP video system. Aligning with Avaya for network infrastructure makes it easier for us to provide the video quality and system performance our customers demand."

"Users and installers often struggle to realize the full potential of IP video surveillance technology due to limitations of the underlying network. Our approach with Avaya Fabric Connect is to provision only the ports attached to the cameras and the monitoring stations and receivers, without having to provision any of the core switches in between," said Marc Randall, Senior VP and GM Avaya Networking. "This allows video surveillance networks to be deployed faster and easier than ever before, with the ability to add, move and change cameras on the fly."

"Avaya and Pelco have been working together for several years and already have many joint customers and a number of large deployments with thousands of cameras," added Herve Fages, Senior Vice President, Pelco Video Line of Business. "The formalizing of the relationship will allow us to take what is working very well in several regions and deploy it to current and future customers around the world."

"Avaya Fabric Connect technology is a perfect complement to the scalability of Pelco video management systems. Customers who deploy the systems together find that installation and configuration is uncomplicated. The simple installation reduces time and implementation costs to deliver high-quality performance with consistent around-the-clock availability," added Fages.

By combining resources and jointly promoting these solutions Pelco and Avaya are able to leverage the experience, capabilities and strength of both companies to bring best-in-class end-to-end open solutions to our joint customers.

Milestone announces IT distributor partnership with Ingram Micro in Europe

Milestone announces IT distributor partnership with Ingram Micro in Europe

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 10/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announced a new distribution agreement with Ingram Micro to handle distribution of Milestone products in the German-speaking countries of Europe such as Austria, Germany and Switzerland, also referred to as the DACH region.

Ingram Micro is the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and global leader in IT supply chain and mobile device lifecycle services. The new distribution agreement enables Milestone Systems to reach an extensive network of IT and security system integrators through Ingram Micro's extensive distribution network in the region.

“We are certain that our partnership with Ingram Micro will deliver strong opportunities for their customers in terms of solution power and new business. At the same time it will offer an efficient purchasing conduit for our ever-growing partner ecosystem,” says Claus Rønning, Director Southern Europe & DACH, Milestone Systems. “The security market in the region is quickly growing, and video enabling business processes is a natural broadening in scope for IT professionals. Our partnership with Ingram Micro is an important factor in helping IT professionals, IT and security integrators to deliver solutions based on Milestone's market-leading open platform technology.”

“Milestone is the global industry leader in video management software and therefore the ideal business partner for our physical security unit,” says Klaus Donath, Senior Director Value Business DACH, Ingram Micro. “In the US, the partnership of Ingram Micro and Milestone already shows great success, and we are pleased to also provide Milestone broad access to the German market. At the same time, we are happy to complete our portfolio of offerings with such top quality products with high compatibility.”

American Dynamics offers VideoEdge Micro NVR

American Dynamics offers VideoEdge Micro NVR

Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 10/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces VideoEdge Micro, a compact version of the popular VideoEdge network video recorder.

Ideal for businesses that have satellite sites with limited space, or smaller businesses that want an IP only solution for their active surveillance needs, VideoEdge Micro is incredibly easy to set up and use. An embedded PoE switch detects and provides power to IP cameras, while an auto discovery feature identifies and helps to assign IP addresses to cameras on the network.

“Many large enterprises and intensive video users still require that same level of reliable surveillance for smaller remote sites,” said Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management for Tyco Security Products. “VideoEdge Micro fits seamlessly into the victor Client portfolio and extends powerful security to smaller parts of enterprise organizations more economically, without compromising performance.”

VideoEdge Micro includes the sophisticated features such as embedded analytics that the VideoEdge portfolio has become known for. That means that even the smallest retailer can leverage powerful analytics such as heat mapping, dwell and linger and shelf sweep detection to gain essential information about their store operations and customers shopping behaviors.

VideoEdge Micro features one of the highest throughputs for a compact NVR at 80Mbps, enabling users to view high-quality video in real time even through narrow bandwidth connections. Using this innovative dynamics bandwidth feature, the NVR can cap the amount of data transmitted over a LAN when sharing the connection with other devices.

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Elite 2 NVR8004X - UP to 16CH Tower NVR with 4HDD Bays

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X is a professional standalone network video server designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and enterprises. Operating on a Linux-based system, the NVR offers quick PC-less configuration, network-based surveillance connection, megapixel recording as well as playback, up to 12 TB storage capacities and more. It also supports industry standard compression codec, such as H.264 and M-JPEG. The device is compatible with all EverFocus IP cameras.

Other cutting-edge functions available on EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X include multi-channel playback at multiple speed options and easy data search by event date and time. With the newly improved Event Management function, users are now supplied with a much larger range of supported event types and handling options in the database. Suspicious activities and behaviors can be detected and responded to on a much more accurate and timely manner. In addition, EverFocus has further strengthened users' account management for secure access control in vertical markets, such as residential communities, parking lot, retails stores, shopping malls, banks, hospitals, offices, factories and much more. Users may enable and perform the specified functions through the web-based GUI by the Web browser.

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X NVR is the best choice for a complete network-based surveillance solution. It is versatile, flexible and well caters to the needs of the industry.

LILIN secures one of the largest university campus in China

LILIN secures one of the largest university campus in China

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Background
Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Zhongshan Sun, a great democratic revolutionary leader in the 20th century. The university, located in Guangdong Province, China, is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences. The university currently has over 82,384 students and 3,456 staffs.

To provide ubiquitous surveillance and ensure their safety are a top focus for the Sun Yat-sen University
Sun Yat-sen University is considered as one of the most important universities in China. The university recognized that a centralized approach to the maintenance and control would create safer campus environments. Security is a must to protect students and staffs on campus even though the campus area itself is relatively safe. The campuses comprise a total area of 500 acres, and, unfortunately, the old analogue system could not provide the appropriate video surveillance overview. After careful analyzing their needs, the university then decided to upgrade the outdated analogue cameras systems to advanced analogue CCTV systems and IP solutions from LILIN.

LILIN solutions
The school chose a mix of LILIN cameras including weatherproof IR analogue fixed cameras such as the CMR7488X3.6, PIH0648P, PIH0148P, and SP2128P speed domes. Also, day & night IPR712M fixed network camera, LR7022E L-series IR IP camera. These cameras were installed in the classrooms as well as common areas at Sun Yat-sen University to secure the 3 campuses — Guangzhou South campus, Guangzhou North campus, and Guangzhou East campus. Altogether, 189 analogue cameras, IP based cameras, and speed domes were utilized.

IP products installed
* Day & Night 720P HD IR IP Camera – IPR712M *28
* Day & Night 1080P HD IR IP Camera – LR7022E *23
* 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 16 Channel Standalone NVR — NVR116*4
* 8-port PoE switch – POE080130 *4

Analogue cameras installed
* Ultra-high Sensitivity 40M IR Camera – PIH0148P *48
* 30M IR Camera – PIH-0648P *18
* 12X Super High Resolution IR Fast Dome Camera – SP2128 *4
* D/N ATR 700TVL Vari-Focal IR Camera – CMR7488X3.6 *68

Results
LILIN video solution provides many benefits for Sun Yat-sen University – superior image quality from both LILIN analogue and IP cameras, and future-proof standalone Linux based Network Video Recorders NVR116s to effectively monitor the entire university campuses. These IP cameras offer a wide range of advantages, such as high performance, superb HD quality resolution video, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and day & night functionality. LILIN cameras are able to cover a large area with no loss of image resolution that is which especially beneficial for such large sized campuses. Cameras from LILIN with megapixel and high definition feature so that the university able to obtain detailed footages for finding lost items or identifying people.


* ☑ Clear images for finding lost items
* ☑ Help to identify people with detailed footages
* ☑ Highly intuitive NVR recorder

 

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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.

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.

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