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Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Defining a well-integrated access control management system

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 5/21/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

A major trend in access control is its migration to IP. In fact, IP-based access control is now seen in most new buildings and projects around the world. According to IHS, IP-based access control accounted for nearly 60 percent of the market in 2014 due to a ramp-up of new constructions, in the process contributing to a 7.6 percent growth of the industry. As for this year, IHS's initial estimates put growth at 8.8 percent. In terms of regions, growth in North America may drop a bit, while APAC and Latin America are expected to pick up steam, according to a previous interview with Tyco Security Products.

Central to IP-based access control is the access control management system, which, when integrated with other subsystems, can do much more than merely granting or denying access to users as they walk to a building.

What Defines Well-Integrated
So what makes an access control management system well-integrated? There are several criteria, for example the types of subsystems that can be integrated, the ability to have them interoperate smoothly, and the flexibility the system provides when it comes to supporting the types of hardware and credential. Finally, open standards are key to ensure interoperability, future scalability, and cost reduction.

Systems that Can Be Integrated
One factor to determine whether an access control management system is well-integrated is its ability to integrate with different types of subsystems. “There are several subsystems that can be integrated into the access control management software, which goes beyond granting or denying access to users. Elevator, parking, meal vending, CCTV, and student ID cards are all examples of the subsystems that can be integrated,” said Tom Su, Sales Manager at Hundure Technology.

Besides the aforementioned, today's access control management systems can also integrate with HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) as well as telecommunications systems to save energy and provide more convenience for users.

“If the CEO presents his credential to the outside of the building, they will understand what areas of the building that CEO will get through to get to his office. There is no need to illuminate the entire building,” said Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Electronic Locks at Allegion. “The same thing extends over to telecommunications. When someone comes in, the system will transfer their out-of-office e-mail to in-office. It can not only adjust their e-mail status but also switch the forwarding to their desktop versus their mobile phone.”

 

Smooth Interoperability

A well-integrated access control management system can also allow the different subsystems to operate seamlessly at the same time, even to the point where “the customer cannot distinguish
the boundary between the systems,”
- said Daniel McVeagh, Senior PM at Gallagher.


“The best integrations which achieve this tend to exhibit the following traits: a comprehensive set of application programming interfaces (APIs), good integration documentation that allows the integrator to achieve a seamless and bug-free integration, a comprehensive testing process ensuring bugs and weaknesses in the integration are found before they reach the customer, and a track record of successful previous integrations.”

 

Compatibility With Different Hardware
A good access control management system should also be able to support different types of hardware and credentials.

“I think it is important for integrative systems that they can handle and integrate different types of hardware within the same system to be called well-integrated. For example, it should be able to handle different types of door controllers, as well as different readers and credential technologies to be truly integrative and offer the benefits of such an open system to the end-user/system owner,” said Ola Jönsson, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications.

“Depending on what region of the world or what vertical market, there are certain credentials that are prominent,” said Aikin. “I think it's very critical that the access control system be flexible to accommodate the credentials that the user has today, and also flexible enough to provide a migration path to what credentials will be in the future, whether that is near-field communication, or Bluetooth low energy.”

Mobile authentication by way of NFC or Bluetooth low energy can be supported by today's access control management systems as well. “The most basic approach is to replicate existing card-based access control principles: the phone communicates identity information to a reader, which passes it to the existing access control system,” said Eric Chiu, Segment Director of Physical Access for APAC at HID Global.

 

Openness Is Key
To enable this kind of integration, open standards are critical, ensuring that interoperability between disparate systems is achievable.

“Open protocols and agreed standards such as ONVIF have made it possible to integrate previously disparate systems and open up the possibilities of what a truly integrated security system can offer,” said Sarah Phillips, Product and Marketing Manager at TDSi. “Modern integrated access control systems offer a broad ability to work directly with other buildings control systems on this level rather than purely via hardware panels. For example the integration of intruder and fire detection systems directly into a centralized software platform gives greater situational control and automated responses to any issues.”

Openness, meanwhile, also ensures scalability, allowing users to add or integrate more systems into the access control management software, regardless of the brand. “Users also can simplify future infrastructure enhancements and modifications since they can invest in hardware platforms that are not tied to proprietary protocols and software,” said Chiu. “Basing solutions on an open architecture with standards-based APIs will enable customers to meet evolving requirements and future expansion needs while protecting the value of their overall investments.”

 

Access Control and Video Integration
Access control management systems integrated with videos is perhaps the most popular integration among users. Due to the increased situational awareness that they provide, such integrated solutions are seeing rising demands and applications, especially in areas that are more critical and sensitive in nature.

Rising Demand
Integration between access control and video is set to see rising demands. “I do think where there is video today, there is a desire to integrate it more closely with access,” said Aikin. “Today from what we have found, globally, the typical number of access points in a commercial building that have video and access management is 10 percent of less. With the devices becoming easier to deploy and lower in cost to acquire and manage, the market is able to deploy a credential reader or access control mechanism to the other 90 percent of openings.”

When access control and videos are integrated, no matter which one serves as the anchor platform, the two complement and add intelligence to each other. “When video is used as part of an integrated security management platform, it enriches the information provided by access control and intrusion detection, and vice versa,” said Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales at Nedap Security Management. “You get maximum control and protection of your premises and benefit from the unlimited scalability and extreme controllability.”

“While video management and access control have been integrated for some time, access control is now able to be deployed to more access points in the building, allowing a richer set of data to be used in video management,” said Aikin. “If you have access control tied to video, you are able to see what credential was utilized at what time of day and at what location, and that adds a lot of value in your video management. In the past, you were able to put an IP camera or Wi-Fi camera in, but you weren't able to afford to put a reader or access control device at that opening, so you had to scroll through footage and try to distinguish what was occurring simply based on the visual video. Now, because you are able to deploy access control at that portal as well, you're able to really connect it and sort it based on an audited event in a credential.”

Due to the increased situational awareness such integration brings, it is commonly used in higher security applications. “These include parts of a healthcare environment like pharmaceuticals or the maternity wards, where they are worried about infant abduction, and areas where there are sensitive assets or sensitive chemicals,” Aikin said.

 

Single User Interface
When videos and access control are integrated, they should be integrated on one single user interface to allow easy monitoring and control by the administrator.

“It is pointless to integrate video and access control if they need to be treated separately by the user,” said David Weinbach, PM at AMAG Technology. “While it may be logical to try to source all components from one supplier, that limits choice and may not allow an optimal solution. A better solution is one that allows different brands and multiple systems to be integrated in a way that makes the details of each transparent, and provides a consistent, common interface.”

Mobile Applications
Increasingly, video-access control integration will move towards mobile applications. “Mobile applications will become more widespread. That's the trend of the future,” said Su. “With video surveillance, monitoring of doors through one's mobile phone is now very common. If you integrate access control into it, you can control access from your mobile phone as well.”

Secutech 2015, another golden year!

Secutech 2015, another golden year!

Editor / Provider: Rachel Leung, Messe Frankfurt | Updated: 4/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Hosting 485 exhibitors and +20,000 visitors from the globe, secutech 2015 is to present the latest technologies in surveillance, including Ultra HD HD-over-coaxial. In addition, trendy applications incorporated with smart edges, and light auto adjustment, are another show highlight.

One of security leaders in the security industry, Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd., has been exhibiting at Secutech every year since 2006. According to Mr Derek Yang, Asia General Manger, “We’ve been very supportive to the show because we received good results every year. It’s an ideal platform for promoting our new products. This year, we launched the new safety building solutions and two latest series of smart camera at the show including the lighter fighter and dark fighter. The buyers are very much interested in these new features and we have had an effective product demonstration. Secutech is highly recognised by the industry and have a considerable level of international influence. Except from Taiwan, visitors from Japan, India and some countries from the Middle East and Europe also are hosted in these show days. These buyers are professional, serious, knowledgeable and have purchasing authority. We have successfully demonstrated our new products to our clients. We will definitely exhibit at the show again.”

Korea is another country filled with manufacturing power in security. Inodic Inc., a first-time exhibitor of secutech brings their new AHD 2.0, TVI, EX-SDI and POC CCTV camera to this platform. “I think Secutech is an exceptional platform for meeting new clients and launching new products. This is also a good venue for checking out the market from the buyer’s side,” commented by Mr Andrew Park, General Manager, Sales Department of Indoic.

To the returned participants, such as Young Kook Electronics Co Ltd, secutech is the premium meeting point with Southeast Asia visitors annually. “Secutech is absolutely important for the security players like us and it’s a premier platform to gather OEMs from Korea, China and Taiwan. Our new launches at the show this year include the upgraded IP camera and ultra low light camera. Also, we’ve brought our new IVA (Intelligent Video Analytic) system to the show which features missing objects detection with H.265 and instruction detection functions. I am very positive about the outlook of the industry because people are more aware of the needs of security and safety,” said Ms Ara Lee, Manager, Sales Head office, Young Kook Electronics Co Ltd.

Merit Lilin, one long-term exhibitor of Secutech is also satisfied with the outcome of secutech 2015. Mr. Chris Hsu, Global Marketing Manager from Merit Lilin adds that "Secutech is the only show in Taipei that covers the entire professional security industry. That is why we must come to participate. Besides, we are pleased that Secutech is now highlighting the smart home industry and we agree that it is now emerging with great potentials. Secutech offers a valuable chance where we can interact with demonstration, and educate them how our products can help achieve higher performance. With the newly launched SMAhome Expo, users from this aspect are also attracted to attend the show. It absolutely adds value to our experience here! As a local supplier in Taiwan, we will continue our support to the show and participate again in the future!"

University in Riyadh utilizes OT Systems' media converters

University in Riyadh utilizes OT Systems' media converters

Editor / Provider: OT Systems | Updated: 5/7/2015 | Article type: Education

Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University in Riyadh recently enhanced its billion dollar surveillance system by adding 150 pairs of OT Systems' ET1111 media converters to its state-of-the-art access control system spanning the entire campus. This is the University's second phase of OTS product installations. It first installed OTS solutions nearly four years ago as part of their video surveillance and perimeter-intrusion detection systems.

Princess Noura Bint AbdulRahman University, the kingdom's flagship security project featuring OT Systems' industrial Ethernet media converter, is the first women's university in Saudi Arabia as well as the largest women-only university in the world. In the campus, patrol patterns require more areas to be monitored by CCTV and access control systems when security guards are not present. The system utilizes a number of IP cameras installed along the fence and inside university buildings for perimeter protection and surveillance. Leveraging 986 pairs of OT Systems ET1111 (Industrial grade 10/100Base-TX + 100Base-FX media converter), each converter is dedicated to one IP camera or device. OT Systems guarantees the safety and stability of data transfer throughout the site using the point-to-point media converting solution. Only one camera will be affected if a converter is in trouble. Thanks to its extremely compact size design, the media converter is small enough to fit inside the IP camera housing. Its 24VAC power compatibility also shares a power source with the camera. Designed for outdoor installation, the ET1111 withstands operating temperature from -10oC to 60oC.

OT Systems' media converters offer customers a reliable and stable device for connecting IP devices with fiber links, providing an excellent transmission solution for the university access control system. It offers the flexibility of connecting the biometric readers at each access control location and the central server with a variety of fiber links (single-mode/ multi-mode, 1/2 core), extending the transmission distance up to 20km.

As security projects continue to increase in scale and complexity, system integrators face the issue of enhancing efficiency over longer distances. OT Systems' Ethernet media converter plays a key role in promoting a safe learning and working environment for its users.

Solutions Item:
ET1111 series: Single-port 100Mbps Ethernet to Fiber Media Converter; to provide a point-to-point connection in fiber network system and extend the transmission distance

>>>Features & Benefits: 1. Sleek microtype design 2. Plug and play 3. 12VDC/ 24VAC power inputs 4. -10℃ to 60℃ (14℉ to 140℉) operating temperature. 5. High system availability 6. Good for outdoor environment with enclosure

                 

Neousys puts emphasis on intelligence

Neousys puts emphasis on intelligence

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s International | Updated: 4/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Neousys, a Taiwan-based industrial computer manufacturer, is showcasing computers dedicated to surveillance at this year's secutech, bringing even stronger computing power to surveillance.

The computer, which functions as an NVR, features a 4-disk RAID, Intel i7 core and can connect up to 16 cameras. Chris Ni, Product Director at Neousys, emphasized that the Intel core can bring intelligence to the system.

In addition to surveillance specific CPUs, the company is also showcasing cameras with built-in CPUs, allowing the camera to do more than the average IP camera.

As a newer entrant in the security industry, Neousys hopes to differentiate themselves by highlighting the strength of their product for intelligence and analytics.

BrainChild smart lock-video solution aims for B2C market

BrainChild smart lock-video solution aims for B2C market

Editor / Provider: Melody Lin, SMAhome | Updated: 4/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

As most solution providers have their IoT frameworks built upon indoor home devices, BrainChild pushes the smart home market by starting from the front door. With a solution combining IP camera and smart lock, BrainChild has prepared to break into the B2C market within this year.

BrainChild combines two of its product lines- IoT devices and IP cameras, to create a solution where a smart lock can interact with an IP camera which has a built-in gateway. This solution supports BLE and Wi-Fi standards. When a visitor pushes the doorbell, the camera would get the message via BLE, and then push notification to the home owner's mobile phone wherever he/she is. After confirming the message, the home owner can open the door with the phone via the same route. Both sides can also have a chat via the IP camera that has a built-in two way audio as well.

EtherWAN is appointed as the sole sponsor for ethernet connectivity for Secutech Awards 2015

EtherWAN is appointed as the sole sponsor for ethernet connectivity for Secutech Awards 2015

Editor / Provider: EtherWAN Systems | Updated: 4/21/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

EtherWAN Systems, a global Ethernet connectivity solution provider, announced its consecutive 5th year of sponsorship to the Secutech Excellence Awards in Secutech International during 28-30 April, 2015. EtherWAN will setup Ethernet Switches for the live demonstration as well as provide technical support on site. The switches will connect with 7 NVRs and 47 IP cameras, including those with ultra HD, IR bullet, and panorama features. The audience will see the live performance results of the surveillance equipment from each contestant.

EtherWAN's PoE Solution products have been tested compliant with world-leading IP camera manufacturers such as Axis, BOSCH, Brickcom, Dahua, EverFocus, Hikvision, Hunt, Merit LILIN, Raylios, Sunell, TVT Digital, Tyco, Ingrasys, Shany, Panasonic, Sony and VIVOTEK etc. with smooth transmission result. Other than the sponsorship in the IP camera award, EtherWAN's Ethernet Switches also support the NVR award site, which is co-located to Secutech Award, with approximate 10 different NVR brands in the contest to display the best storage performance.

The official network topology for this event will utilize EtherWAN's 8-port and 16-port PoE Managed Ethernet Switch with dual Gigabit uplink ports connecting to another 24-port full Gigabit Managed Ethernet Switch to shape the best network traffic. EtherWAN's equipment will be running non-stop together with all devices from each contestant. “We are very much pleased to be once again appointed as the Ethernet equipment sponsorship to this event. It is also the 1st time that Secutech International highlights the subject of Network Transmission being technically-exclusive of other exhibition categories. With almost two decades' experiences in Ethernet technology, we are confident that our support can make the event another success, just like all we did in previous years.” said Maggie Chao, VP of Sales & Marketing in EtherWAN Systems.

EtherWAN has proven its technology know-how in network solutions and case-proven product quality in both indoor and outdoor environments. EtherWAN will continue to serve a sound role in the industry of network, especially when connectivity is crucial.

Secutech Excellence Award sheds light on 4K Technology

Secutech Excellence Award sheds light on 4K Technology

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Boasting resolution of 4,096 x 2,160p (around four times that of hull HD resolution), 4K has the ability to display UHD (ultra high definition) video footage. The ability to capture a large scene and zoom in on images without sacrificing pixels makes 4K ideal for monitoring large areas, which is useful for city surveillance and transportation applications. Additionally, as one 4K camera can substitute many HD cameras, it presents as a cost-effective solution which also minimizes blind spots. With 4K technology, data collected from video recordings creates opportunities for improved investigations, but also business intelligence.

Having focused on HD technology, the 5th edition of Secutech Excellence Award will keep up with the pace by presenting the best brands of UHD IP cameras, panorama IP cameras, and NVRs. Participating brands include Brickcom, Dahua, Honeywell, LILIN, Panasonic, QNAP, Synology and VIVOTEK. Buyers will be able to witness demonstrations and vote for the winners at Booth 8501. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:00 AM on 30 April.

EtherWAN, the sponsor of Secutech Excellence Award, has pointed out that whether a network surveillance system operates properly depends on the signal transmission between monitors and cameras, and the complete integration of storage and VMS, which is a challenge that every system integrators must face with. Modern network cameras utilize PoE technology to support both power and data transmission. In this expo, EtherWAN Systems will showcase the latest Ethernet connectivity products; and will also share the valuable experiences from network planning to versatile success stories in both local and overseas installations. (Booth No: 6421).

Be sure to join us to find out the best camera and NVR in 2015, and learn more about 4K resolution performance!

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.

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.

                 

 

 

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

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.

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