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Hikvision adds 6 megapixel IP camera to SMART range

Hikvision adds 6 megapixel IP camera to SMART range

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision's range of Smart IP cameras is boosted with the launch of the ultra-high-resolution DS-2CD4065F-(A) Network Box Camera. This industry-leading design boasts a large 6 megapixel sensor that delivers razor-sharp 3072 x 2048 images at 25 fps. This model is capable of delivering real-time full HD 1080p video streams at 60 fps, and sustaining up to 20 concurrent live-view channels.

"The introduction of this camera would definitely drive picture imaging to another new height," states Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, "Hikvision is the very first to bring this technology to the security world. As a real breakthrough in HD security, this camera will greatly improve user's experience on video image quality."

Real-time high resolution images
The 6.0 megapixel video at 25 fps will be especially suited to applications requiring highly detailed surveillance. For instance, rather than blanketing a parking lot with low resolution VGA cameras, a single DS-2CD4065F-(A) would be able to cover the entire area. The high resolution and quality lenses also means there is sufficient detail to capture license plate information, clothing and faces that would help law enforcement. Furthermore, its 1/1.8" progressive scan CMOS helps to ensure true colour reproduction of images captured day and night.

Smart features
The DS-2CD4065F-(A) also shares a raft of high-end features with Hikvision's existing Smart IP cameras, including 3D Digital Noise Reduction, Super WDR, auto-switching ICR and electronic image stabilization. Its advanced encoding algorithm streams images at a very low bitrate without compromising quality, compared to traditional cameras, the new Hikvision Smart camera enhances image quality by up to 30% while minimizing the system's load and storage requirements. Smart IP camera technology also delivers increased detection functionalities, such as Face Detection, Audio Detection, Line Crossing Detection and Video Quality Detection, so as to automatically trigger an alarm in case of an exceptional event happens.

Choice of lenses
The DS-2CD4065F-(A) may also be optionally fitted with Hikvision's renowned HV3816D-8MPIR and HV1140D-8MPIR ultra-low-light MP vari-focal lenses. Both lenses feature 8 megapixel resolutions, IR correction and a minimum aperture of 1.5, allowing users to choose from a focal-range of 3.8-16 mm with the HV3816D-8MPIR or 11-40 mm with the HV1140D-8MPIR.

Available models
The (A) version - DS-2CD4065F-A also features for enhanced performance, reliability and cost effectiveness. The additional ABF (Auto Back Focus) feature automatically adjusts the CMOS position to focus the camera to maintain clear, sharp images and compensates when changing from color to b/w mode or when switching in or out the IR cut filter.

Tyco unveils breadth of technology portfolio at Essen 2014

Tyco unveils breadth of technology portfolio at Essen 2014

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 9/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, will showcase a new slate of innovative technology introductions on stand 128, Hall 1.0. at this week's Security Essen 2014 exhibition, 23 to 26 September.

“The growing complexities of the security environment, whether within a large enterprise or at a single location, are demanding intuitive yet sophisticated solutions that allow users to focus on the management of their security department or business,” said Phil Dashey, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Tyco Security Products. “The seamless unifications between our products enable security personnel to make quick and informed decisions, whilst avoiding integration challenges.”

With its expanding video portfolio, Tyco Security Products continues to lead the market in offering a diverse set of high resolution IP camera, recording and management platforms from its American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies brands. New from American Dynamics is the VideoEdge and victor v4.5 flagship video management system (VMS) solution, which brings new analytics capabilities such as heat mapping and POS integration with ease of use functionalities like auto discovery and watermarking.

Exacq is introducing the EasyConnect automatic IP camera connector feature that allows users to find, address and connect multiple IP cameras to their network automatically. EasyConnect supports IP cameras from Illustra and several other leading IP camera brands. Exacq will also showcase the new ELP-Series, a line of hybrid and IP camera network video recorders (NVR) available with up to 8 TB of storage to easily view and record up to 16 analogue and 24 IP cameras per server. The latest release of the exacqVision 6.4 VMS introduces VideoPush, which allows users to easily push selected cameras or entire views to another monitor, such as a public display monitor or video wall.

Complementing the array of choices in recording and management platforms is a wide range of HD IP cameras from American Dynamics, including the low-cost Illustra Flex Series, the Illustra Compact Mini-Domes and Mini-Bullets, the industry's fastest Illustra 625 PTZ and the Illustra 825 Fisheye, with onboard de-warping technology.

Headlining the intrusion portfolio for Tyco Security Products is PowerSeries Neo from DSC, an innovative solution for residential and scalable commercial installations that combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of wireless devices and peripherals. PowerSeries Neo leverages the superior capabilities of PowerG – the security industry's leading-edge wireless intrusion technology – and features innovative alarm verification solutions, along with a comprehensive remote service software suite for intuitive management.

Visonic is introducing PowerMaster Version 18, based on the market-leading PowerG technology that is the backbone of several new devices, including the PowerMaster-33 “hidden” panel, KP-250 two-way wireless keypad, ultrathin invisible magnetic transmitters, stylish handheld panic buttons and new advanced featured software for the widely installed PM-10 and PM-30 panels. Visonic is also introducing Tower Cam PG2, a wireless outdoor PIR that is a perfect solution for visual alarm verification and advanced warning.

Rounding out the intrusion portfolio is Bentel Security, with the latest 3.50 release of the ABSOLUTA intruder alarm control panel, offering full support via the ABS-IP LAN board for Sur-Gard receiver communications, BOSS programming software for customised email notifications, and ITV2 support for third party integration opportunities. The new ABSOLUTA M-TOUCH touchscreen keypad features a 7” full colour display, and the ABSOLUTA App enables remote control of ABSOLUTA control panels remotely a smartphone using IP or GPRS connection or SMS commands.

CEM Systems will display emerald(tm), the industry's most multifunctional intelligent touch screen terminal, in conjunction with the powerful AC2000 access control and integrated security management system. AC2000 offers customers a resilient security solution that has the flexibility to be customized and integrated to third party systems to suit project needs.

The iSTAR Ultra network door controller from Software House uniquely supports traditional hard-wired access control doors and wireless locksets all in the same controller, up to 32 readers. The newest version of the powerful C•CURE 9000 access control and security management software platform utilizes the victor Unified Client from American Dynamics, enabling users to easily view access control events, video, and intrusion alarms from one central user interface or remotely on the go using C▪CURE Go app.

Rounding out the access control offerings will be the new Kantech Intevo integrated security platform, designed to be up and running in minimal time. It includes a customized dashboard for easy system management and is preloaded with Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software and exacqVision video management software.

QNAP security's NVR solution safeguard the underground city in Georgia

QNAP security's NVR solution safeguard the underground city in Georgia

Editor / Provider: sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 9/19/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Background
Tbilisi Metro, operated since December 1966, is a rapid transit metro system in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. At present, the system consists of 2 lines with 22 stations. Constructed at the depth of 100 meters underground, Tbilisi Metro is one of the deepest subways in the world. Many people in the city depend heavily on Tbilisi Metro for daily traveling because of its convenience.

Challenge
From the perspective of surveillance system deployment, the environment of Tbilisi Metro is quite complicated. As the metro is built underground 100 meters deep, it requires advanced deployment that could support strong network connection. Hence, optical fiber is used for any network appliance in the metro system to fulfill the demands of high-speed intranet connection. On the other hand, being one of the busiest public transportations, Tbilisi Metro is always crowded with people, and the need for an intensive surveillance system deployment is necessary to provide people a safer environment.

The original surveillance system that Tbilisi Metro used was gradually outdated and failed to satisfy the need of monitoring a greater number of IP cameras. As a result, Tbilisi Metro started to look for new surveillance solution that could carry out superior performance of smooth video streaming from a large number of IP cameras.

Solution
Taking system performance and reliability of video/audio streaming as the first priority, Tbilisi Metro chose QNAP® Security surveillance solution to upgrade its security system infrastructure, with totally 27 units of QNAP® VioStor NVR VS-8040 deployed. The 8-bay NVR VS-8040, powered by Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.8 GHz CPU and installed with eight 3TB hard drives, offers up to 24TB large storage capacity for long-term recording and presents remarkable performance with maximum 360 Mbps throughput to support simultaneous monitoring and recording from 40 IP cameras. The demand of Tbilisi Metro for an intensive surveillance deployment was well satisfied.


The security administrators were always busy and under pressure. A device with easy-to-manage and simple-to-use interface was the key concern for Tbilisi Metro. Even without much IT expertise, the security administrators could easily learn how to manage the VS-8040 and the installed IP cameras through the handy user interface. The work efficiency was therefore greatly improved.

“This is the second big project we adopt QNAP Security products, and the experience and result are still satisfying and impressive,” said the managing engineer of GESCO Group. “The VS-8040 has delivered quality performance of video streaming and stability, which right fulfills our demands for the sophisticated surveillance environment.”

Result
QNAP® VioStor NVR VS-8040 effectively supports Tbilisi Metro's demand for monitoring a large number of IP cameras at each critical corner around the metro stations. Tbilisi Metro now provides people with enhanced protection with the assistance of QNAP® Security surveillance solution.

While additional line of Tbilisi Metro is under construction, the newer VioStor NVR models VS-8100 Pro+ series and VS-8100U-RP Pro series are considered in future deployment. Both models, available in 48, 40, 32, or 24-channel, are equipped with more powerful Intel® Core™ i3-2120 processor and deliver better performance on video and audio streaming from multiple channels. While supporting up to 48 channels monitoring, the VS-8100 Pro+ series and VS-8100U-RP Pro series provide an ideal surveillance solution for Tbilisi Metro's need for wider scope of IP camera deployment, fulfilling closer look at Tbilisi Metro's security.

ZNV launched H.265 HD IP camera

ZNV launched H.265 HD IP camera

Editor / Provider: ZNV | Updated: 9/16/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

How often do you have to wait for a video image to load on your screen? You don't have to accept this anymore! A major break-through has been made to overcome bandwidth and storage challenges that the security and surveillance industry has been facing for years. The industry has entered a new era with the highly-anticipated new generation of IP cameras that have inbuilt the state-of-the-art video image compression technology complying with the new H. 265 international standard.

On September 12, 2014, Shenzhen ZNV Technology launched H.265 high-definition IP camera (7200 series) at its 2014 Channel Partner Summit and New Product Launch Conference in Nanjing, China.

At the conference, Robert Zhu, executive chairman of ZNV, explained the technologies of this new IP Camera series and the benefits for customers.

"All of us like to use high-definition cameras for security monitoring, remote machine operation, or other applications, because the sharp images will help us to identify security treats or control a machine remotely. The current challenges are the cost of transmission and storage of large-sized data over the network and cloud. The new IP cameras that we are launching today overcome these challenges by using the latest data compression technology inside the cameras. For the same high-definition videos, this technology can reduce the data size by three times in dynamic scenes like a busy street and up to 10 times in static scenes like a guarded warehouse," Robert Zhu said.

"The benefits of this breakthrough are simple. For same high-definition videos, they will require much lower bandwidth and use much less storage. This will not only make a tremendous saving in system cost for our customers, but also make high-definition video possible in the areas that the existing network infrastructure simply can't support previously," Robert added.

Key Features of ZNV's new H. 265 High-Definition IP Camera:
1. Low requirements on bandwidth for transmission of its video streams:
With the built-in new-generation video image compression and transmission technologies complying with H. 265 Standard, ZNV 7200-series IP cameras enable high-definition video surveillance data to be transmitted through low bandwidth network while keeping images clear and smooth. During the test, the new 7200-series IP cameras can transmit dynamic 1080P video images at 1.5 Mbps under H.265, instead of at 4 Mbps (almost tripled) under current H.264 standard. In static scenes that are used a lot in security guarding environment, the video stream will drop to 100Kbps to 200Kbps, which is 10 times lower than the current best cameras in the market.


2. Low requirements on storage to keep the videos:
With the same storage space, the new compression technologies enable users to store three to 10 times of videos by using the new 7200-series IP cameras rather than normal, same definition cameras. This will lead to tremendous saving in storage facilities and relevant room space and energy consumption.


3. Low requirements on light condition to record quality videos:
ZBF-7200-series IP cameras can operate at a super-low light environment. It can still record clear videos in color or black-and-white in the low light environment where human eyes cannot identify. The minimum functional light condition reaches 0.002 lux (colorful) or 0.001 lux (black-and-white). Thus, this new series of ZNV cameras can still help customers guard their properties in an extremely dark environment, while enabling a smooth transition between bright and dark environment.

Two Successful Stories:
H.265 high-definition IP cameras will bring enormous value to the customers, as described by Robert Zhu. After being introduced to the market, these IP cameras can save huge investments on network and video storage facilities.

ZNV used the new cameras in a smart city project in China. As part of this project, the police department requires that video must be stored for 12 months in order to check the recording history during police investigations. Due to the cost constraints, they only have limited storage space available which could only support 30 to 90 days video storage previously. As a result, earlier videos had to be deleted and overwritten, among which some important information were lost for criminal cases. With the H.265 technology, the police department can save up to 10 times of storage space, which translates into tens of millions of savings for the whole projects.

A school used a video surveillance system for years, but it gradually grew out-of-date and could not meet its increasing surveillance demands. This school wanted to use state-of-the-art high-definition cameras for video surveillance; however, normal high-definition cameras needed to be built on high bandwidth infrastructures, e.g. a costly fiber network. Due to insufficient network bandwidth and financial pressure, the school had not found an optimal solution until recently. By taking advantage of the low-bandwidth requirement feature of ZNV's 7200-series IP cameras, the school achieved a real-time, high-definition 1080P surveillance system under the existing network infrastructure. This saved tens of thousands of dollars and minimized the interruptions to school education programs.

Hikvision IP cameras integrated with ASUSTOR Surveillance Center

Hikvision IP cameras integrated with ASUSTOR Surveillance Center

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision announced that it has completed integration with ASUSTOR, one of the leading innovators and providers of network storage solutions. Over 100 Hikvision camera models are now verified as being compatible with ASUSTOR's Surveillance Center, bringing a premium surveillance solution to the market.

"We are glad to have ASUSTOR as our integration partner," said Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision. “With the seamless integration of ASUSTOR' NAS systems and Hikvision camera series, both parties will be able to provide versatile solutions for mutual customers, regardless of SME and professional applications. Besides, customers are also allowed to access a bevy of easy-to-use features, Smart features and much more from Hikvision cameras."

"In addition to the need for a safe and stable storage system, high quality network IP cameras are also required when creating a comprehensive cloud surveillance system, " said James Su, Product Manager at ASUSTOR "We are elated to be partnering with world renowned IP camera brand, Hikvision, in completing compatibility testing and verification for this integration. Now consumers will have even more flexibility and choices than ever before when creating a complete all-purpose surveillance solution."

The Surveillance Center App was developed in-house by ASUSTOR and comes with 4 free IP camera channel licenses, which is higher than the industry standard. For users that require additional camera channels, the newest version of Surveillance Center (version 2.1) supports add-on camera licenses that users can purchase to flexibly add new camera channels*. The latest version of Surveillance Center offers a wealth of advanced functionality including camera patrolling which lets users configure up to 5 different patrol paths with up to 20 preset points along with IVA (Intelligent Video Analytics) smart search which helps users to quickly find critical events from amongst recorded video. With IVA smart search, users can configure a specific area (max. 3 areas), object size and level of sensitivity to search for times where any movement was detected. Additionally, ASUSTOR Surveillance Center provides comprehensive cross-platform support, allowing both Windows and Mac users to use familiar web browsers to access their surveillance feeds. Furthermore, ASUSTOR also offers the free AiSecure mobile app that gives users access to all their surveillance feeds while on the go. AiSecure also provides the ability to receive instant push notifications from Surveillance Center, allowing users to keep up with the latest developments.

Samsung Techwin appoints Regional Director for Russia and CIS

Samsung Techwin appoints Regional Director for Russia and CIS

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

"Russia and CIS is one of our key sales target areas and the development of customised solutions for vertical markets such as Banking, Retail, Transport and City Surveillance is an important part of our strategic direction in the region” said Mr Jong Wan Lim, Managing Director of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Oleg has been specially recruited to help us successfully implement this strategy.”

Prior to joining Samsung Techwin, Oleg was Area Manager for Pelco by Schneider Electric in Russia and CIS. Working closely with Business Development and Account Management colleagues, he will be looking to capitalise on his excellent understanding of local market requirements, and with his engineering background and extensive experience of working on large video surveillance projects, Oleg will drive sales support strategies which reflect the requirements of Samsung Techwin customers and business partners in the region.

Oleg joins Samsung Techwin when the popularity of its open platform WiseNetIII IP camera range which is ‘Changing the Face of IP', is gaining momentum, and there is also considerable interest being shown in the recently introduced Beyond Series which harnesses the power of 1280H camera technology to enable analogue cameras and DVRs to deliver 1000TV lines.

“I am excited to be joining Samsung Techwin at a time when the company has created a new structure in order to establish Russia and CIS as a regional sales ‘powerhouse' by fully utilising the expertise of our sales and support services across the region," said Oleg. “This objective will be achieved with the assistance of the Samsung Techwin Eco Partnership (STEP) program through which we provide support, resources and tools to help our partners generate profitable new business opportunities with benefits such as Project Registration Discount, Lead Sharing, Co-Marketing, Academy, Marketing and Technical Tools support.”

[VIDEO] Product Review: LILIN latest covert IP cam for discreet ATM surveillance

[VIDEO] Product Review: LILIN latest covert IP cam for discreet ATM surveillance

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics



Quick look
IPC0122 is the latest Covert ATM IP camera from LILIN. Scheduled to be released in the end of September, the camera features 1080P and 720P video image quality, ideal for ATMs surrounding surveillance. IPC0122 provides clear images to identify faces in front of ATMs, even in in poor lighting conditions. The presence of security cameras can greatly enhance the level of safety around an ATM, making it less likely that customers will be confronted by criminals looking to swipe their cash or cards.

Benefits of IPC0122
*  Criminal investigation
* Prevent holdups
* Prevent violent confrontations
* Deter ATM skimming

3 Must-know of IPC0122
* Miniature design in compact size
With separate design of tiny sensor and main unit, it can fit to the ATMs surroundings easily. Weight of main module : 300g / Image sensor module : 180g

* High-res images as effective visual evidence
IPC0122 is equipped with 1/2.7" CMOS image sensor, @D WDR, providing clear images to identify faces in front of ATMs even in in poor lighting conditions. The video surveillance supports up to 30 fps @ 1920 x 1080( H.264) and 30 fps @ 720 x 480(MJPEG)

Key features:
-1.5 Lux at F2.8
-Video compression: H.264 , Motion JPEG
- High res: 1080P(1920 x 1080) / 720P(1280 x 720) D1(720 x 480), CIF(352 x 240)

* Easy to install & flexible mounting options
IPC0122 camera comprises a main unit and a separate sensor unit which allows them to be mounted up to 6 meters apart. With such small sizes, it can be installed at places when concealed application required

Let's say
This small but powerful covert IP cam is designed to meet the ATM surveillance purposes but never restricted to it. Compared to current ATM covert IP cameras, LILIN's IPC0122 can reach up to 1080p video quality, expecting to become another advanced choice in the market.

W Hotel chooses EverFocus surveillance systems in Doha

W Hotel chooses EverFocus surveillance systems in Doha

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The increasing worldwide terrorist attack and theft has become driving force in explosion of surveillance systems to protect lives and assets. Every newly built public or private building now requires a complete security and safety plan.

As desert dunes soar next to towering skyscrapers, W Doha Hotel & Residences dazzles by the Arabian Sea. As more and more high-end hotels are built in Qatar, W Hotel wanted to provide more secured experiences for their employees and their valuable guests during their stays in W Hotel for competitive hotel market in Qatar. Therefore, W Hotel turned to EverFocus for a well–planned surveillance system.

In order to provide a complete safe environment for its guests, W Hotel chose EverFocus's cameras and later installed around four hundred fifty EverFocus advanced surveillance cameras in their main entrances, lobby, hallways, stairs, and at the front desk. In order to satisfy W Hotel's requirements, EverFocus worked with the system integrator Genius Vision Digital (GVD) for a complete solution. Installed EverFocus surveillance cameras include EHN3260 IP IR dome, EPN4220 speed dome, and EZN3260, EZN3340 bullet type cameras.

Taiwan Excellence Award winner EPN 4220 is a best-in-class network-based speed dome camera specifically designed for professional applications. It offers 2 megapixel resolution and a built-in 20x optical zoom, aimed at guaranteeing impeccable image quality, in addition to cutting-edge features, such as digital slow shutter (DSS), wide dynamic range (WDR), and dynamic noise reduction (DNR). Equipped with an IP66-rated housings and true day/night function with a removable IR cut filter, the EPN 4220 is certainly designed to withstand all environments. The advanced motion detection function also meets the needs of almost every end-user.

EHN3260 is a 2 megapixel IP wide dynamic Day/Night outdoor IR dome that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor environment. W Hotel installed 398pcs of EHN3250 cameras in the hotel because its P-IRIS Lends, WDR, high performance noise filter, True Day/Night function provide high quality image and meet the vandal proof needs that the hotel required at the same time.

EZN3260 and EZN3340 bullet type IP cameras are also used in this project. EZN3260 is a 2 Megapixel Wide Dynamic Outdoor Bullet IP camera patented algorithm for expert exposure control in dynamic lighting environments. Its highlight suppression backlight compensation/Control (HSBLC) intelligently masks the extreme blooming effects from high-contrast light sources such as car headlights. EZN3340 is a 3 Megapixel outdoor bullet IP camera with the same design as EZN3260 but higher performances that can monitor further distance in darker areas.

Hotel surveillance has become more important than ever. A well organized and installed surveillance system can not only protect the hotel itself but also the guests. 441 EverFocus cameras are installed for complete surveillance and protection in W Hotel. With the installation of the hotel video surveillance, not only it can keep guests safe from theft, violence, but also provide evidences, prevent crimes and thus create a better and pleasant stay for all the guests visiting W Hotel.

Video surveillance is the perfect security solution for hotels and resorts. EverFocus surveillance solutions have been widely used in different vertical markets including businesses, housing, banking, retail. EverFocus has the most cost effective video camera solution for you all around the world.

Industry report: Marriage of IP Video and VMS

Industry report: Marriage of IP Video and VMS

Editor / Provider: EIFEH STROM, a&s International | Updated: 9/2/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

By now, the news of Canon Europe acquiring Milestone Systems has made its way into every nook and cranny of the security industry. While the acquisition itself may not have come as such a surprise, the fact that Canon Europe, a small fish in the video surveillance game, was the acquirer proved to be much more of a shocker. Now, the question of what this means for other video surveillance and video management software (VMS) companies is weighing heavily on the industry's mind.

In a recent report by IHS Research, Milestone Systems was named the number one VMS company globally in terms of market share in 2013, with a year-over-year revenue growth of 32 percent. Despite being at the top, Milestone still has a market share of less than 10 percent, making the fragmentation of the VMS market quite apparent.

When the announcement came in June that the global leader in VMS was acquired by Canon Europe, many were stunned. The fact that Milestone was acquired wasn't the surprise; it was the acquirer, a relative nobody in the IP video surveillance industry that was the shocker. However, beyond the shock and surprise, the acquisition of a software company by a hardware company, regardless of brand, makes complete sense in an increasingly competitive industry.

Hardware and software: The perfect match
The convergence of IP video with the larger information technology (IT) world is no surprise. “IP video will converge with IT,” asserted Stephan Rasp, CEO of SeeTec.

“Traditional security systems are just the first step. Buzzwords like ‘Internet 4.0' and ‘Internet of Things' attempt to capture the dynamics of processing a diverse set of sensors and actors on the same IT infrastructure as management systems.” To that effect, the fact that software on its own is a non-starter should make the acquisition of a software company by a hardware company unsurprising. In the case of Canon Europe and Milestone, it was simply the names that made this otherwise natural marriage surprising.

“What Canon's acquisition of Milestone tells is basically emphasizing the importance of the synergy brought by the integration of software and hardware,” said Steve Ma, EVP of VIVOTEK. “The integration of hardware and software platforms not only can generate a powerful synergy for customers, but also can be critical to keep products and services at the forefront of innovation, with the latest cutting-edge applications to meet a variety of customers' needs. Therefore, since the company's establishment, VIVOTEK has collaborated closely with international and regional VMS programmers to seamlessly integrate camera functionalities onto different platforms.”

According to James Wang, Product Director at Dahua Technology, “the integration of hardware and software will become more common due to the development of new technology, such as cloud, big data, going mobile, etc., which speeds up the consolidation in IP video surveillance.” In particular for VMS vendors, Wang pointed out, “As the number of VMS vendors are on the rise, it is natural for the market to have a reshuffle and make the strong ones stay and become even stronger.”

Implications for small VMS vendors
So, what does this mean for smaller VMS vendors? “In general, the challenge for smaller brands is not really a consequence of the Milestone deal but the sign of a market, which turns from a growthdominated market to a more mature, competitive market,” said Rasp. “For smaller players it will be crucial to find ‘blue oceans,' which are less competitive, and not to attack the major players in their core business.” Blue oceans (untapped market space) may make survival in an increasingly competitive market possible for smaller VMS vendors that may better be able to fill niche segments and more specialized demands or markets beyond the traditional security sector, explained Rasp.

On the other hand, Keen Yao, International Marketing Director for Hikvision Digital Technology, highlighted one of the major challenges currently facing smaller, more traditional VMS companies. “The traditional VMS, their position is being replaced by hardware manufacturers,” pointed out Yao. This is all due to a changing VMS market, particularly for small-sized projects, where a VMS can be replaced with an IP camera/NVR solution. “IP cameras with an embedded standalone NVR can be provided to small projects, like 10 to 30 cameras. It's very easy for them to get this kind of solution.” Not only is it easier for smaller projects to get these solutions, it is also more cost effective.

 

New strategies for companies
With such changes occurring in the security industry, companies are thinking of ways to adjust their strategies in order to grow with the changing industry. “With the burgeoning of Chinese manufacturers and the M&As in the security industry, the competition is undoubtedly getting fiercer,” pointed out VIVOTEK's Ma. In order to sustain market competitiveness, Ma outlined three key strategies of VIVOTEK to better create added value and return on investment for customers — customizable, flexible, and reliable. Furthermore, by adding intelligent functionality to its products, companies like VIVOTEK are doing what they can to make their products standout.

Companies such as Dahua and Hikvision have taken a customized approach to VMS in order to better cater to end-user needs. In order to best accommodate certain verticals, Hivision has dedicated separate teams to seven verticals in their home market of China, which includes safe city, transport, finance, etc. Similarly, Wang from Dahua noted of his company's plan, “We will be more ‘vertical' in what we sell according to market segmentation. For example, the retail market is no way the same as others, so we will refine the solution oriented to the demands of the retailers.”

Single-product Survival
In regard to companies that specialize in one specific type of product, market consolidation and the push to provide full solutions may be driving these companies to change their strategy, but that does not mean there is no place for them in the market. “Pure software or pure hardware suppliers must have their added value,” said Yao, in regard to the future of singleproduct vendors. “The chance to survive is no problem, but if you want to develop very fast you need much more contribution and investments,” he continued.

According to Ryunosuke Kawashima, Strategic Marketing Manager for Video Security at Sony Europe, “Customer expectations are continuing to rise as more functionality becomes prevalent, and it is difficult to maintain a competitive edge by singularly selling IP cameras.” Despite this, Kawashima revealed, “a number of customer challenges remain in terms of image quality, identification, and post-incident analysis; we [Sony] believe that 4K ultra high definition will be the answer to these. As a result of this, Sony has shifted the core of its business strategy to focus on our 4K security solutions by offering a complete solution in both 4K cameras and recording software.”

Another way to deal with this challenge is with unique features, as suggested by Wang. “As for companies that focus on one specific type [of product], I think it is also a good approach as long as they are really into it and keep innovation to provide products beyond ordinary, make themselves differentiate from others on the market, which means, hard to replace,” he said. Along the same idea, Rasp opined, “Adding value through interoperability will be the way forward as the number of applications and combinations increases.” Rasp continued, “VMS are more and more becoming a part of ecosystems, containing amongst other components access control, PSIM, and intrusion detection.”

Future of consolidation
What it comes down to is market consolidation, which is unescapable; however, Niall Jenkins, Research Manager for Video Surveillance and Security Services at IHS Research, says it won't be because of the Canon-Milestone acquisition. “Canon's acquisition of Milestone is unlikely to change the market dynamics for consolidation in the short term,” said Jenkins. “A more likely driver of consolidation is the new pricing pressure exerted from Chinese vendors recently. From network cameras to HDCCTV cameras, prices have declined sharply in the last year.” This, according to Jenkins, “could result in some vendors looking to leave the market or be acquired.”

Furthermore, as the market continues to consolidate, the openness of the market is another thing that the industry may fear is in jeopardy. Rasp believes that the acquisition will influence some IP camera manufacturers to provide their own VMS. However, “A market going from open to closed would be a new phenomenon,” said Rasp. Based on this, questions about who would want such a phenomenon to occur are raised. Furthermore, would this move then require every camera vendor to supply a VMS for each of the different sizes and complexities of each installation, posited Rasp. “The ultimate decision maker is the customer. Whoever provides better value will prevail.”

Security Road Show heats up Asian security market

Security Road Show heats up Asian security market

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Taiwan Security Road Show 2014, held by Messe Frankfurt New Era, hits the second stop in Taipei today, gathering more than a thousand of visitors and some of the leading suppliers based in Taiwan and China.

The Road Show has been regarded as the most important display show in Asian security market, marking current mainstream solutions and displaying some of the most iconic and latest technique in the surveillance market. The manufacturers in Asia have become more influential than ever in the global market; therefore, visitors from various verticals have taken this event as a key to the market trend.

As expected, the fierce competition between CVI, AHD, and TVI is the focus in this Road Show. However, in this year, providers brought out not only the most up-to-date high-definition technologies but more value-added solutions to be better fit different requests from the end users.

Dahua and Hikvision both presented their latest tribrid DVRs, in order to provide the end users an option to keep existing analog cables, new-built IP equipment, and upgraded HDCVI/HDTVI video inputs all in one recording device. According to Hikvision's exhibitor, it is believed that tribrid DVRs actually offer an ideal solution to end users who appreciate and demand the advantages and benefits from analog, IP, and TVI/CVI but have no intention of immigrating the surveillance system to one of them at once. For more information about AHD/CVI/TVI from this display event, please have a look into: AHD, TVI, and ccHDtv see different analog security markets

Advantech, one of the most well-known industrial computer suppliers in the market, has officially stepped their feet into video content analysis, combining POS systems with surveillance video images and consumer's data. This new generation POS system will be able to provide retailers not only security surveillance footage but more valuable data about consumers' behavior pattern – it can even calculate what a return customer may be interested in according to his/her previous consuming records. It is said that this new set POS can be seen in this October in the well-known chained convenience stores both in Taiwan and China.

Brickcom presented Hydra Series, the world's first triple extendible convert IP camera, as the supplier suggested, which is able to connect three cameras with the transmission cables, configuring one unit of video box, VB-03, with up to 3 super-mini cameras, PH-100Ah. This mini-cam kit is a perfect match for surveillance in ATM and areas demanding discrete monitoring. Click here for more detail about Brickcom Hydra Series

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