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Fantastic snow world! Ogni Murmanska secured by Brickcom IP cameras

Fantastic snow world! Ogni Murmanska secured by Brickcom IP cameras

Editor / Provider: Brickcom | Updated: 4/7/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Ogni Murmanska, located in Murmansk, is one of the most famous snow parks in Russia which attracts numerous tourists around the world. The visitors are always amazed at the extremely fabulous ski slopes, and travel here again and again to experience the excitement of the speedy sport. Meanwhile, parents love to take their children to spend the holiday in the Ogni Murmanska with joy and smiles. In order to provide a safe entertainment environment for the visitors, Ogni Murmanska deployed a high quality IP-based video surveillance system for the 24hr monitoring and emergency prevention, thus, people can enjoy the fantastic snow world without worries and fears.

Brickcom WDR Enhancement enables the VD-300Np to view the images clearly even if the objects are in strong backlight. Furthermore, the VD-300Np is IK10 vandal-proof and IP67 weather-proof, therefore, it can definitely work stably in the harsh environments.

With the Sony Exmor sensor, Brickcom VD-300Np vandal dome IP camera is capable of the 3-megapixel resolution and superior night vision. In addition, Brickcom WDR Enhancement® enables the VD-300Np to view the images clearly even if the objects are in strong backlight. Furthermore, the VD-300Np is IK10 vandal-proof and IP67 weather-proof, therefore, it can definitely work stably in the harsh environments. All these capabilities enables the VD-300Np to deliver the best image quality with trusted reliability, whether during the day or at night.

The VD-300Np also features SmartFocus®, which allows the installer to adjust the zoom and focus remotely and easily. This feature makes the installation work a lot easier and faster. After the cameras are installed and connected to the network, the installer can adjust the zoom and focus in the control room. SmartFocus® is a great time and cost saver, since it saves a lot of labor on-site and the installer can stay away from the bad weather and dangerous locations.

Combined with superior image details, high reliability, and ease of deployment and use, the VD-300Np is the outstanding camera choice for Ogni Murmanska to achieve the risk management and improve the overall safety quality of the snow park.

Bank group deployed LILIN surveillance solution at ATMs across Taiwan

Bank group deployed LILIN surveillance solution at ATMs across Taiwan

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) robberies, fraud, attacks, and vandalism are on the rise. Security for banks and ATMs can be a real challenge when faced with a multitude of threats including physical attacks and fraud. Established in 1986 in Taiwan, the bank has a history of 28 years of service to the local customers and facilitating growth in Taiwan.

Solutions
A well-known bank group in Taiwan decided to monitor and manage its widespread branch offices and ATM machines by using LILIN solutions. The bank recently upgraded the surveillance system at its 18 branches and 150 ATMs to an IP based video surveillance system consisting of more than 300 units of IPC0122 LILIN Covert Cameras and 150 units of NVR104s.

Products installed
* 1080P HD Covert IP Camera IPC0122 x300
* 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 4 Channel Standalone Network Video Recorder NVR104 x150

Benefits
LILIN NVR systems are embedded, they are recognized for their stability essential in the banking environments, whereas PC dependent solutions have a reputation for crashing without warning.

Looking in more detail at LILIN covert ATM fitted IP camera systems which have been put in place at the bank in Taiwan, to support the effective monitoring of vital ATM related infrastructure. LILIN surveillance solutions provide 24-hour continuous monitoring of unarmed ATM machines and real-time monitoring of ATM machines and 18 branch offices.

                 

 

 

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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.

Sony IP cameras chosen by Virsig in New York City Marathon

Sony IP cameras chosen by Virsig in New York City Marathon

Editor / Provider: Sony | Updated: 3/12/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The New York City Marathon is a tradition held sacred not only by New Yorkers, but by people from around the globe who come to take part in the yearly event. Participants from more than 130 countries vie for a select number of spots to run the 26.2 mile course. Meanwhile, the whole city unites as spectators to cheer on those undertaking one of the most grueling feats of physical stamina and endurance, which in 2014 took an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes to complete.

The 2014 TCS New York City Marathon — held November 2, 2014 — was completed by more than 50,000 runners who ran through all five boroughs ending in the scenic embrace of Central Park. Furthermore, over one million spectators crowded the length of the course for hours to cheer on runners on.

When large crowds gather in confined areas for many hours, the topic naturally turns to security. As a result of this spotlight on safety issues at large-scale and widespread events, like a marathon, a comprehensive plan is put in place to keep the race runners and spectators secure. This year, the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the running club who organizes the annual race and their medical team chose New York City-based networked technology and systems integrator, Virsig, LLC to spearhead and execute their security plans, and to provide technological assistance and direction to increase safety.

Sony was chosen by Virsig to be the IP camera of choice to securely monitor the world's largest marathon, along with support from several other global technology partners including: Firetide, Inc.—a Division of UNICOM Global; Milestone Systems and Network Video Technologies. Sony's cameras were required to perform multiple functions ranging from situational awareness at all entrances and exits, to threat assessment, and personnel management. In excess of 50 Sony security cameras were installed along the route, including SNC-HM662, SNC-XM632, SNC-WR632C, SNC-CH260 and SNC-CH280; which includes fixed cameras with on-board video analytics, dome, bullet, 360 degree and pan-tilt-zoom style cameras.

“To help ensure the safety of the biggest marathon in the world is no small task. Sony is pleased that we were able to be an integral part of the security process for the second year in a row,” said Phil Coppola, Northeast Security Manager, Sony Electronics' Security Systems Division. “Virsig worked day and night to get their system up and running and they had to contend with some terrible weather leading up to the race. With their experience in wireless transmission and video surveillance system design and installation, Virsig allowed the Sony cameras to operate to their fullest potential and play a pivotal role in helping to secure the marathon participants and spectators.”

Although the marathon takes place during the day, the setup occurs over the course of several preceding day, and Sony's cameras needed to be able to perform reliably during daytime and nighttime hours. The Sony high-definition bullet cameras that were used come equipped with infrared illuminators that provided race coordinators with uninterrupted views, regardless of lighting conditions.

Sony's IPELA ENGINE security cameras, which were also installed at the 2013 New York City Marathon, were coordinated through Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate, a powerful IP video management software (VMS) designed for large-scale and high-security deployments. Meanwhile, Sony's new, ultra wide dynamic range IP surveillance cameras were placed throughout the last mile of the race in Central Park and around the finish line.

The innovative SNC-XM632 IPELA ENGINE camera was used in multiple locations for a broad overview of the areas around the entrance and exit points at the race. The camera has a 113-degree wide angle field-of-view and a hi-res, full HD imager, allowing for images that were far more detailed and expansive than anything used in the past.

Additionally, the marathon coordinators required a camera that would provide situational awareness to monitor the activities inside the emergency and medical tents. Because these were temporary structures, they were unable to take advantage of multiple camera views. For those areas, the SNC-HM662, a 5MP camera capable of providing 360 degree views from a single sensor, was selected. From this one camera, race organizers were able to know exactly what was going on in each tent, at all times.

 

“We selected Sony for multiple reasons; first and foremost because of the quality of the picture, and secondly because of the ease of installation,” said Glenn Taylor, Executive Director, Virsig. “We have a very short window to get the equipment up and running and we don't have a lot of direct access to the cameras during the actual marathon. This is particularly why we relied on the photo framing and auto focus that's built into the electronics of the Sony camera.”

The weather leading up to the marathon was very challenging, including freezing cold temperatures and rain, so it was important for Virsig to use cameras that were durable, reliable and self-sufficient. Sony's security cameras automatically adjust to meet requirements in lighting and environment, and hold up to the unpredictable demands of the weather. This ensures that race managers can deal with unforeseen circumstances and medical emergencies and rest assured that the cameras will perform their functions without the attention of a team.

The casual observer may not have noticed Sony's cameras or seen them on the front lines of the marathon, but according to all involved, it was a job well done. Runners were able to focus on their exhausting task while race organizers could concentrate on logistical issues and medical matters, without worrying themselves with the overall safety. Sony's end goal of maintaining a secure and worry-free environment for the over one million people involved in the world's largest race was met, for the second year in a row.

Hikvision partners with Agent Vi to offer intelligent solution

Hikvision partners with Agent Vi to offer intelligent solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the worldwide provider in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, together with Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), the global provider of open architecture video analytics software, have announced strategic cooperation to integrate their products to allow Agent Vi’s embedded component to run on Hikvision cameras. The integration enables end users to run Agent Vi’s full range of video analytics solutions on up to 200 Hikvision cameras simultaneously per single server.

Cameras from Hikvision’s 4 series Smart IP camera range are the first to be included in the integration. The cameras are designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for efficient bandwidth and storage utilization, as well as unparalleled image quality and customer convenience. With 1.3/2/3MP resolution in bullet, dome and box styles available, the cameras provide versatile solutions for users’ different needs.

Agent Vi’s advanced video analytics platform, savVi, boasts a set of advanced, automated video analysis tools that provide for the immediate detection and extraction of events and valuable data from surveillance footage, replacing the manual and time-consuming tasks traditionally employed to monitor live video feeds or sift through recorded video. savVi offers the widest set of video analytics functionalities incorporated in a single product, including real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications.

Through the integrated solution, Agent Vi’s software component is embedded inside the Hikvision cameras, allowing customers to deploy Agent Vi’s video analytics in an optimal set up that minimizes hardware requirements and eases deployment.

“The strategic cooperation between Hikvision and Agent Vi allows Agent Vi to expand its reach to a very significant share of the global surveillance market, strengthening Agent Vi’s position as the leading global provider of video analytics,” comments Itsik Kattan, CEO of Agent Vi. “Hikvision users will benefit from the integrated solution which offers them the most comprehensive and reliable video analytics solutions on the market. The Hikvision-Agent Vi integration allows the running of a full set of video analytics functionalities on hundreds of cameras per server, making the price point for the overall solution very attractive.”

Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, comments, “With the embedded video analytics in Hikvision cameras, the new solution enables our users to better manage their system and help them locate critical events, to maximize security efficiency. Looking forward, Hikvision will continue to cooperate with Agent Vi to expand the integration and include more Hikvision camera models in the future.”

VIVOTEK launches embedded plug & play NVR ND8322P

VIVOTEK launches embedded plug & play NVR ND8322P

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/10/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK brings its state-of-the-art technology to an even wider circle of users, with the launch of the ND8322P, Embedded Plug & Play NVR, allowing even small-scale operations to enjoy the benefits of VIVOTEK’s advanced systems.

The VIVOTEK ND8322P, while accessible to a wide range of users, is an extremely very powerful NVR. The Linux embedded ND8322P is an 8 channel stand alone NVR with 8-port 802.3at/af complaint PoE, allowing connection with PoE cameras for a maximum 80 W power supply. VIVOTEK believes that smart technology should still be easy to operate, so the ND8322P comes equipped with “One Button Setup,” which allows plug-&-play and auto-setup functionality, making this advanced unit surprisingly simple to install.

With supporting HDMI, VGA local video output, and USB port, the ND8322P can be connected with the display screen and users can control the GUI OSD interface via mouse and keyboard, eliminating the need for a separate PC to search through, or playback video from the NVR. Making this NVR even easier to use, the new local display design – Auto Adaptive Stream modifies the resolution of the camera to match the display layout, resulting in an efficient display while maintaining unbeatable image quality. The ND8322P features various I/O ports, such as eSATA port, alarm input/output, RS232, and RS485 and provides users amazing flexibility, so the NVR is perfect for a variety application such as convenience stores, restaurants, clothing stores, or supermarkets. With VAST CMS, users can manage multiple ND8322P and set up their IP surveillance system quickly and easily.

In order to make the installation simpler and faster, the ND8322P will be fully compatible with VIVOTEK’s EZConnect P2P service soon in the near future. With EZConnect, there is no need to configure IP port on the router or set up a DDNS address for the NVR. In fact, the user doesn’t even need to know the IP address of the NVR. EZConnect will automatically manage all the network parameters needed to connect your network. What’s more, by simply scanning an on-screen QR code, business owners can access and manage their surveillance system from any iOS or Android device, from any location, and at anytime.

Making the ND8322P even more accessible, from March 2015, VIVOTEK will launch the perfect bundle for small businesses. Convenient and flexible, this package pairs the ND8322P with a four IP network cameras. Users can choose either the 2 MP bullet-style IR camera IB8369 for outdoor use, or the dome-style IR camera FD8169 for indoor use, depending on the needs of their business. The bundle also includes a USB mouse, power adapter, and a 2-year warranty – everything a customer needs to set up their VIVOTEK IP camera surveillance network. With this package, VIVOTEK brings its customers the future of surveillance in one handy package.

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

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

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

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

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

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

Riding on security solutions to safety

Riding on security solutions to safety

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 2/20/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

While security products can help with theme park management, operators still rely on them for the original purpose that they were designed for: keeping premises safe and secure. Products and solutions, such as video surveillance, access control, and RFID can help operators achieve their security objectives.

For amusement parks, they deal with several types of security concerns. The first is the protection of premises from various harms. “As like any pubic commercial business, threats that have the potential to prevent or hinder the achievement of objectives that the business needs to perform, for example processes to keep the business financially safe and compliant from potential threat sources, can range from vandalism, terrorism, criminal activity, and asset loss and safety,” said Pedro De Jesus, Channel Manager for Security at Gallagher.

Another concern is ensuring the safety of visitors, some of whom may enter or exit rides from the wrong side or wander off to restricted areas. Locating missing children or members of a group is another primary focus. To address those concerns, security products and solutions are deployed, offering vital and much needed assistance to operators as they strive to build an overall safe environment.

Preventing child abduction and theft
Video surveillance plays a vital role in keeping amusement parks safe, especially when it comes to detecting and deterring crime. “A premier form of electronic surveillance, video provides real-time monitoring of situations, both at the location and remotely,” said Craig Dahlman, Director of IP Camera Products at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “Video security is a proven solution that can offer a complete answer for protecting customers, co-workers, and employees while additionally offering a watchful eye over property.”

Cameras are installed at various points in the park as well as at entrances to prevent various crimes, such as child abduction, although the mere presence of cameras should serve as a deterrent. “Visible installation of cameras and the knowledge that there is a video surveillance system is mostly sufficient to repel potential kidnappers,” said Roland Feil, Director Sales at Dallmeier Electronics, adding that high-definition cameras offering crystal clear images can also help investigate theft and shoplifting, which can be quite rampant at theme parks. Another important value of video surveillance is it can help operators request the necessary compensation should something happens. “It provides indisputable documentation of an event. While serving as a visual deterrent to crime, it gives park managers and security and safety professionals the tools they need to validate liability claims,” Dahlman said.

Locating lost visitors
Tracking lost children or members of a group over a large space like theme parks can be a daunting challenge. RFID, which entails communications between a tag and a reader, can be utilized for this purpose. “It keeps children safe by determining where the child last used the RFID credential. The child's credential can also be programmed not to work without being tagged in tandem with the parent's credential,” said Scott Lindley, President of Farpointe Data.

RFID not only can track lost visitors but also park employees as well. “They can be used to track lone workers, perhaps maintenance workers working in remote parts of the park outside of opening hours, to ensure that staff are accounted for and located, so emergencies can be spotted more quickly,” said John Davies, MD at TDSi.

Better yet, RFID can be integrated with other technologies, such as video analytics, to offer visual verification of the missing person. “Passive RFID tags can allow wearers to be tracked at specific portals throughout the park. While passing through those areas, images can be logged to validate the wearer's location,” said Larry Bowe, President of PureTech Systems. “On a more advanced level, the use of active RFID tags or small GPS transmitter could allow map-based tracking throughout the park and provide the ability to instantly swing a PTZ or zoom a high-resolution fixed camera directly to the child or person in question.”

When looking for lost visitors, every second counts. Video surveillance technologies nowadays have video forensic capabilities that enable quick retrieval of critical video data. “With metadata, which adds sense and structure to video surveillance, it is possible to immediately retrieve the correct evidence of hours of recorded materials in a couple of seconds,” said Pieter van den Looveren, Manager of Marketing Communication for Video Systems at Bosch Security Systems. “Today's video forensic tools can include details on age, clothing color, gender, and even geographic vicinity, allowing a user to literally enter a video search looking for a ‘small male child, wearing a red shirt last seen in the area of a particular ride during a specified time frame,'” Bowe said. “Video clips meeting these requirements can be quickly provided to security for a timely analysis.”

Detecting suspicious objects
While the technology is nothing new, detecting unattended or suspicious items by way of video analytics continues to be a popular application for theme parks, which might be targets for terrorist attacks. “With the help of modern video content analysis, it is possible to issue an alarm if any objects remain within a certain area for a predefined period of time,” Feil said. “The systems can also prevent the blocking of escape routes, fire rescue paths, or approach roads for ambulances by parked objects, which could have very serious consequences in case of an emergency.”

Intrusion detection Perimeter protection is a major concern, especially during the night when theme parks are closed. Delinquents, thieves, or burglars trying to climb over the fence and get into the park need to be kept out. Video analytics and cameras are deployed for this purpose, keeping parks safe and sound after business hours.

“Intelligent video can determine, for example, if an object approaches an area, from which direction it is coming, or how long it stays in a certain area,” Feil said. “This means that intruders can be detected early on and an alarm can be triggered. Comprehensive validity checks reduce false alarms, which may be triggered by leaves swishing in the wind or animals, to a minimum without missing ‘real' alarm messages.”

Video recording during night time, when everything is dark, presents a daunting challenge. Luckily, advances in lowlight and thermal technologies have solved this problem. “Today's thermal imagers have become very affordable, and as video analytic technology continues to improve, protection ranges increase greatly,” Bowe said. “The ability for video analytics to utilize a single camera for distances from hundreds of meters to kilometers makes implementing measures for night time surveillance more effective and more affordable.”

Access Control in critical areas
Like any other businesses, theme parks can step up access control through multifactor authentication, or a combination of tokens, passwords, or, for entry into more critical areas, biometrics. “Biometrics is typically used throughout high security or restricted places, for example head-end sever rooms, cash holding rooms, and security operations,” De Jesus said. “Access to these areas can be controlled to ensure only those staff that are appropriately qualified or trained can gain access.”

Access control management software can offer rapid authorization or removal of access when required. “Examples include contractors needing access to service the rides or attractions, or temporary staff no longer needed to work in restricted areas,” said Davies.

Ensuring safety of equipment
Finally, security products can help ensure that rides and other types of equipment are in good shape. “Video analytics is desirable for monitoring abnormalities, for example smoke, breakage of a gear, movement of a critical component, or overheating through the use of thermal cameras. They can even be used to ensure certain safety procedures are being followed,” Bowe said.

Safe and fun
People come to amusement parks to relax and have a fun day with their family and friends. They can't have fun if constantly being bugged by worries that something might happen. With various security products and solutions in place, operators can strive to make their parks as safe as possible and offer the ultimate visitor experience.

Red Hill Car Wash upgrades surveillance system with Axis

Red Hill Car Wash upgrades surveillance system with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/18/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Red Hill Car Wash is a six-bay coin-operated car wash in Hamilton, Ont., Canada. The facility sees a continual flow of traffic 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Owner JJ Woodley manages the site along with three part-time employees who work during peak hours. Existing analog cameras used for security were too limited in playback capability, video quality and remote access to properly prevent vandalism and theft. Woodley needed a security solution that offered easily searchable, higher resolution images from which culprits could be quickly identified.

Solution
Fellow car wash owner and systems integrator Brian Owens recommended Axis network cameras because of their reliability and HDTV-quality video. IP video cameras were set up at multiple locations across the car wash's almost one acre lot to provide detailed views with special focus on areas such as car bays, the garage and cleaning vacuums.

Using Milestone XProtect Essential video management software (VMS) , Woodley can monitor video live and quickly search archived video captured by the 19 installed Axis network cameras. The VMS is programed to store the high-quality IP video for two weeks on a custombuilt server and accessed remotely through the Milestone Mobile app by phone or tablet for security and operational purposes.

Result
Since implementing the Axis network cameras, vandalism and attempted theft decreased by 80%, and the business had clear photographic evidence when police were called in to deal with an issue. In addition, Red Hill has been able to improve business operations by monitoring service and customer traffic, and the video has saved the carwash significant amounts of money by supplying documentary evidence for customers and regulators.

Shoring up security
Red Hill Car Wash in Hamilton, Ontario, is a 24-hour car wash with an onsite ATM. Because the car wash bays are coin-operated, the coin boxes are vulnerable to theft. Originally, the business was monitored with analog surveillance cameras, but following an attempted theft, the video quality was too poor to identify the suspect. Owner JJ Woodley knew something had to be done. Woodley turned to integrator Brian Owens, president of Brick Properties and Security, who also owns Kerman Car Wash in Grimsby, Ont. Owens recommended Woodley replace the outdated analog technology with 19 Axis network cameras and Milestone IP video management software.

For areas such as the coin-operated bays, they selected AXIS M3114-VE Network Cameras to provide detailed views in HDTV-quality 720p resolution. The vandalresistant cameras also feature a tampering alarm to alert Woodley to any attempts at disruption or manipulation. These were paired with a set of AXIS P13 Series Network Cameras to deliver detailed imaging across distances. In addition, AXIS P33 Series Fixed Dome Network Cameras record HDTV-quality video at the ATM, while a pinhole AXIS P1204 Network Camera installed inside the ATM captures anyone around or using the machine.

Combined, these cameras ensure high-quality video captures suspects' faces, clothes, and car models, as well as the front and back license plates. This selection of cameras also has the resolution needed to catch clear shots of the plates of vehicles entering the car wash, as well as in “hot spots” around the lot.

Within six months of the implementation, the cameras caught two incidents of vandalism. The clarity of the images, especially of culprits and licence plates, resulted in arrests and, in one case, restitution. Since then, such instances have dropped off 80 to 85% and continue to decline rapidly. The six car-wash bays have signs informing criminals and customers that the site is under 24-hour surveillance. “I think word gets around in the underground community that this isn't a place to mess with. There's certainly been a notable drop off in criminal activity,” Woodley says.

Clean operations, remotely monitored
Although originally intended for security, the cameras have helped make significant improvements in business operations. Instead of driving an hour to and from the lot, Woodley can now monitor operations remotely on his phone or tablet with the Milestone Mobile client. This means he can manage traffic peaks better and ensure consistent, quality service at all times. Video from the cameras in the equipment room can also help identify malfunctioning equipment, while those focused on car bays assist in assessing customer complaints. “If they say they put $3 in the machine and it didn't run, I can see immediately if they actually did so,” Woodley says.

The high-quality video has already saved the car wash money. In one instance, a customer complained his car's paint job was damaged. Time-stamped photos collected and stored through the Milestone XProtect VMS were promptly forwarded to prove the damage existed before the wash. More significantly, the video helped Red Hill avoid an incorrectly assessed regulatory fine. When city inspectors accidentally took wastewater samples from the wrong part of a system that captures oil, the car wash appeared in violation and faced a fine of $50,000 a day. Woodley provided video showing the error, and the fine was cancelled.

A bright future
Based on this success, Woodley plans a more extensive IP camera system for his next, larger car wash. He's also investigating license-plate recognition technology to track suspicious vehicles, as well as understand traffic patterns to better serve customers. “It's good to have it all locked down,” Woodley says. “People feel more comfortable and it improves our long-term reputation.”

Stanley Security partners with Digital Barriers for alarm monitoring market

Stanley Security partners with Digital Barriers for alarm monitoring market

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/16/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Security services provider, Stanley Security, and surveillance technology provider, Digital Barriers, have joined forces to offer an innovative automated intrusion detection application to the European remote alarm monitoring market.

SafeZone-edge, developed by Digital Barriers specifically for Axis network cameras and encoders, is an intelligent video analytics application for reliable intrusion detection. It accurately analyses scenes whilst automatically mitigating any environmental effects that can often cause nuisance alarms. This exceptional reliability is recognised with a UK Government i-LIDS certification and the award of “Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year” at IFSEC's Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2014. The partnership with Stanley Security will see SafeZone-edge rolled out across European customer sites, providing reliable alarm information to 14 state of the art operations centres.

Dan Meyrick, Channel Sales Manager at Digital Barriers noted: “With its ability to intelligently distinguish actual intrusions from the impact of external factors, such as weather and variable illumination, SafeZone-edge is a significant step beyond basic video motion detection. But even more significantly, the application is simple and affordable enough to encourage widespread adoption.”

SafeZone-edge takes advantage of the Axis open Camera Application Platform, launched in 2009 to facilitate cutting-edge third party integrations of this nature, with installation directly onto Axis network cameras and encoders. As such, the application delivers a true alternative to both conventional server-based intelligent video analysis (IVA) and simpler edge-based video motion detection (VMD), combining performance and usability for real world perimeter security applications.

Dan continued: “With the Axis Camera Application Platform (ACAP), Axis delivers the simplicity of the ‘app store' concept to the IP camera sector. By targeting the SafeZone-edge application to run on Axis cameras, organisations are presented with a simple and affordable way of extending the functionality of their cameras. The strength in depth of the Axis product range and their strong links with leading security providers, such as Stanley Security, also partnered us with the market-leader.”

Stanley Security is now using this pioneering new analytics software in conjunction with its I-View Now video platform on Axis devices in all its major installations and projects. Footage from each device can be monitored automatically for efficient perimeter protection and loitering or intrusion detection, with alarms sent directly to one of the company's state-of-the-art operations centres.

Martyn Ryder, Director for Product Management Europe at Stanley Security, said: “Combining cameras from leading manufacturer Axis Communications, with the SafeZone-edge analytics and our I-View Now video platform creates a powerful tool to help our customers protect their people and property while optimising their spend on security personnel. This combined solution is giving customers the extra pair of eyes and peace of mind that we can detect incidents early and try to stop them before they escalate or catch the bad guys in action.”

Metadata is provided to the operators to allow them to quickly and efficiently detect the source of the alarm and take swift, appropriate action. Alarms can also be sent directly to customers' mobile devices or PCs, allowing them to be instantly notified or to cancel false alarms before costly action is taken. In a real-life operational test conducted over one week, replacement of a VMD solution by the SafeZone-edge application led to a reduction in nuisance alarms from 10,000 to just 1.

Commenting on the partnership, Atul Rajput, Regional Director, Northern Europe at Axis Communications said: “Axis is proud to support its partners in collaborative projects to design and develop security innovations that advance the field of video analytics and make a real difference to customers. Stanley Security's adoption of Digital Barriers' technology means that as a result of more accurate detection, its clients will be able to optimise their security spend and limit unnecessary call outs.”

Tamron releases new model LWIR 3X Zoom Lens

Tamron releases new model LWIR 3X Zoom Lens

Editor / Provider: Tamron | Updated: 2/12/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Tamron , a specialized manufacturers of optics and one of the leading companies in the security/surveillance equipment industry, announces release of LWIR (Long-Wavelength Infrared) 3X Zoom Lens with a standard screw-in mount and featuring F/1.0 fast aperture throughout the entire focal length range.

Since 2010, Tamron has been pursuing development of LWIR (long-wavelength infrared) camera lenses for security/surveillance applications. These lenses incorporate technologies accumulated in the photo and CCTV/IP camera lens designs, and have been developed into an optimized security lens for the LWIR camera system. The model SD006 zoom lens, which covers the range from 35 mm to the maximum 105 mm, demonstrates unparalleled performance with a fast aperture of F/1.0. The lens provides uniform and flat-field image quality from the center to the edge at all focus distances and focal length positions, which is a major advantage for surveillance installations.

Now, Tamron announces the release of a derivative to SD006, the Model LQZ3X3510V (35 – 100 mm F/1.0) with a standard screw-in mount, and image quality optimized for VGA/QVGA resolution. The new product is recommended for an extensive array of security systems, and will highlight the advantages of the LWIR lens for a variety of new applications.

Main features:
1. Substantial improvement in the LWIR light transmittance, and reduced gain noise under adverse surveillance conditions
The new LWIR lens with a constant F/1.0 aperture consists of 4-group/4-lens elements. With a proprietary optical design, Tamron has successfully realized 3X zoom while reducing the number of elements. Germanium has been deployed to raise the infrared light transmittance. This enables crisp and clear image reproduction even under a harsh surveillance condition in which a thermal profile of the scene has minimal contrast, and effectively prevents image degradation due to the gain noise.

2. Introduction of a general-use lens mount and a communication-protocol conversion board.
The new lens comes with a M34 P0.5 screw-in mount, which is widely adopted in LWIR cameras. For the lens control, the asynchronous serial communication protocol is supported by a communication-protocol conversion board. The new lens can be used for versatile applications by virtue of these two features.

3. Notable improvement in the accuracy of the camera's motion detection feature by compensating for undesirable vibrations, by VC mechanism.
Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, widely renowned in photographic interchangeable lenses, has been optimized for specific vibration frequency range and designed for high durability. In surveillance applications the cameras are often installed on a pole-like structure. The VC mechanism has been designed and optimized based on the in-depth analysis of the principal vibration frequencies for a fixed -pole installation. To meet the high durability requirements of 24-hour surveillance, a new construction was employed with a superior 3-ball, 3-coil drive components. These technologies minimize false alarms caused by the camera vibration which is perceived as objects in motion, thus substantially improve the accuracy for intrusion monitoring.

4. Lens integration made simpler with automatic FB (Flange Back Focal Distance) adjustment
This is a new innovative feature that incorporates software to adjust the FB position, such that it minimizes any zoom focus drift after lens integration. The FB adjustment can be easily performed in 3 simple steps using the FB adjustment GUI software.

5. Active athermal mechanism that adjusts the back focal distance in response to changes in ambient temperature
High-transmittance Germanium is used for the new high-sensitivity LWIR lens. Germanium is sensitive to changes in ambient temperature and this may cause a drift in the focus distance. For this reason, athermal mechanism is adopted in many of the LWIR lenses to compensate for such drift. Tamron's new LWIR zoom lens is equipped with a new active athermal mechanism that compensates for the focus drift at all focusing distances by built-in thermo couplers and the control software. This new innovative feature ensures high-quality image capture under harsh surveillance environments undergoing large fluctuations in temperature.

6. Quick focus operation achieved by electric drive zoom and focus
LWIR lenses are frequently used for their detection capabilities, a key feature in many intrusion protection systems. Such a system requires the zoom and focus adjustments to be smooth and fast. The Internal Focus system with stepping motor drive mechanism provides the best solution. Combining these technologies ensures smooth, high-speed, and high-accuracy zoom and focus performance.

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