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SG Group chose QNAP surveillance solution for storage expansion

SG Group chose QNAP surveillance solution for storage expansion

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
Bank Republic, one of the Georgia's oldest privately owned banks, was founded in 1991 and is a leading commercial bank in Georgia. The Bank serves its clients through 37 branches and service centers. Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company. In 2006, the Societe Generale Group took over the controlling interests of the Bank Republic in Georgia, with the Bank Republic becoming a member of the international group Societe Generale.

Challenges
Every day, the Bank Republic is busy serving many customers in their branches. To ensure quality service from cashiers and to protect customers and staff, Bank Republic adopted an entry-level surveillance system to monitor the branch area. However, with the growing demand for high-quality video recordings and video archiving for at least 180 days, the existing system gradually failed to satisfy Bank Republic's needs. As a result, the bank started to look for an alternative surveillance system.

Solution
After consulting its local system integrator, Bank Republic chose QNAP Security surveillance solution, and deployed 8 units of VioStor NVR VS-4116 Pro+ (powered by Intel Dual-Core processors and 4GB of memory), 7 units of Turbo NAS TS-669 Pro for storage expansion, and the Acti IP cameras KCM-5211, Acti D51 and Acti D52. George Berdzenishvili, a representative of L.T.D Integrity, said "The quality and rich features of QNAP VioStor NVR VS-4116 Pro+ is exactly what Bank Republic needs," adding that "the unique feature of storage expansion solution particularly earns Bank Republic's heart as it provides a flexible way to expand video storage capacity on demands.”

The bank's requirement of 180-day video retention requires large storage capacity, and QNAP VioStor NVR's storage expansion solution duly fulfills those needs. By upgrading the NVR firmware to v4.1.1 and installing the StorageExpansion app (QPKG) on the Turbo NAS, administrators could connect the VS-4116Pro+ with the TS-669 Pro via network to flexibly enlarge the total storage capacity of NVR. The VioStor NVR became scalable, enabling the bank to flexibly expand the storage capacity for Full HD recording and long-term video retention.

Result
The storage expansion solution of QNAP VioStor NVR benefits Bank Republic not necessary to provide massive storage initially but to ensure the flexibility to scale up the storage on demand to meet future changes and requirements. Now, Bank Republic can easily preserve video recordings for the long term, improving the security of their branches, assisting to ensure service quality, and providing solid, high-quality evidence if needed.

Dahua DH-HFW5200C camera passes UL-2802 standard

Dahua DH-HFW5200C camera passes UL-2802 standard

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, a global manufacturer and solution provider of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, announced that its latest network camera, DH-HFW5200C, has become one of the first to pass UL-2802 (Performance Testing Standard for Camera Image Quality) certification in the industry and keeps users better protected.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) launched UL-2802, which is the newest digital-camera performance standard, defining a method to determine video camera's digital image quality ratings through a series of performance tests. Cameras are rated on the following parameters: image resolution; distortion; relative illumination; dynamic range; maximum frame rate; gray level; sensitivity; bad pixel count and veiling glare.

DH-HFW5200C, being a part of Dahua's Eco-Savvy series, presents an outstanding performance as it achieved quite high scores during testing. 3 tests results (Relative Illumination / Dynamic Range / Bad Pixel) were perfect scores, with others (Gray Level / Sensitivity / Veiling Glare) scoring strongly as well, according to the UL testing report.

"It is a pleasure to work with all manufacturers, and Dahua provides one of the first opportunities for certification. The UL-2802 program is a critical stepping stone for end users, manufacturers and integrators to objectively evaluate the performance of a camera's image quality. The UL test methods and procedures provide a fresh technical approach to objectively evaluating camera image quality," said Yeo Fong, Asia Business Development Manager of Built Environment of Underwriters Laboratories. "UL is a reliable, professional and trusted partner and the UL-2802 camera quality program they introduced is of great prospect,” said Tim Shen, overseas Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. "As a manufacturer, we are very happy to participate in this program as it is beneficial to the industry. There finally exists a third-party standard, administered by a trusted quality organization, which differentiates cameras in a fair and objective way."

Top 10 most popular products for January 2014

Top 10 most popular products for January 2014

Editor / Provider: asmag Editorial Department | Updated: 2/19/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag unveils the top 10 most popular products for January 2014 with Hikvision and Samsung products appearing twice, along with other companies appearing once, namely: Theia, VIVOTEK, Biwave, Dahua and other newcomers including FLIR, Bosch and Afidus.

As predicted, the trend of 2014 will be tilting further more from analog products towards IP. Surveillance is not only about cameras, other products such as camera cores, connections, Ethernets, lenses and locks are all in popular demand.

December 2013's runner up, Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera steps up to number 1 with astoundingly over 600 viewers from previous month's 425 clicks. This camera increased in a number of views though slid back in Europe from 45% to 40% but a growth from 32% to 34% in America.

Runner up is FLIR Lepton Cost Micro Thermal Imaging Camera Core. This new comer, was released during CES 2014, makes its mark at number 2 with 359 views, introducing a product not only significant to surveillance but also in building automation and presence detection with 45% clicks from America and almost half that at 29% in Asia.

This next product steps 2 positions up to number 3 is Biwave 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission for IP Network Camera Connection ( VDL4000 ). With an increase in the number of clicks from 253 to 327, with interest declined in Europe by 1%(39%) and an increase from 30% to 35% in America.

 

Placed at number four, is Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera, closely resembling chart topper DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera in appearance. This product, previously at number 3 with 279 clicks has increased to 304 clicks; seem to have had an increase in popularity in Europe growing from a 50% to astonishingly 60% this past month and a slight slip in America from 33% to 31%.

Newcomer Samsung Techwin SNF-7010 360-degree 3-Megapixel Camera released in mid-December features a digital PTZ and utilizes Progressive Scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles, with built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory. Landed at number 5 with 293 clicks, is popular in America and Asia with 47% and 37% respectively.

Fisheye cameras are showing popularity in the start of 2014. Coming in 6th place is new comer VIVOTEK FE8174/74V Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera with 280 clicks, is the first fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring detailed 5MP-resolution sensor with superb image quality. It receives massive supports from Europe with a remarkable 42%.

Number 7 Ultrawide Mpx Lenses without distortion leverages its patented Linear Optical Technology to provide a family of ultra wide, low distortion, megapixel lenses. Theia's ultra wide angle, undistorted megapixel lenses reduce camera count and cover the same distance. This fascinating lens series was originally released in 2011 however, due to recent promotional activities at asmag, this product has caught much attention with 257 views, most of which comes from Europe with 48% clicks and not far behind with 31% in America.

 

Samsung makes a second appearance at number 8 in our January popular products with the Samsung SHS-P718 Push Pull Smart Door Lock. This push-pull mechanism door lock, previously received 182 views at number 7 has now stepped down to number 8 with 253 clicks, this product is still popular in America (46%) and Asia (41%) previously 48% and 43%.

Another new comer to the ranks, sitting at number 9 is Bosch IP 5000 Cameras with 223 clicks. This camera is a new range of High-Definition MP Camera with up to 50% lower bandwidth and storage requirements, seamless integration with software and recording solutions from Bosch and third party providers. This product shows popularity amongst Asian (33%) and American markets (51%).

Shining star number 10 is Afidus BU-230F1 Palm Size 2M Box IP Camera with 221 clicks This Palm size 2M box IP camera supports mSD card for local storage and also provides free service for Afidus Cloud service andAfidus DDNS service. Afidus allows linkage to Smart phones via app. appears hot in America with 51% market interest and 33% from Asia.

Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.

For last month's Top 10 products, click here.

 

Axis releases HD 2MP IP camera M1025

Axis releases HD 2MP IP camera M1025

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications announces the latest addition to its AXIS M10 Series featuring resolutions of up to HDTV 1080p or 2 megapixel resolution, in full frame rate. The AXIS M1025 Network Camera is an indoor, cost-effective camera ideal for video surveillance in small retail stores, boutiques, as well as offices and residential users.

The AXIS M1025 Network Camera is easy to install, saves time and cost effective for the users. The network camera comes with interesting features, which include support for HDMI output (Micro) for live streaming along with being compatible with Power over Ethernet, and provision to store video on a memory card.

Features of the AXIS M1025 Network Camera:
* Compatible with Corridor Format to help users to monitor narrow corridors and aisles

* Hosted video solution can be carried out via the AXIS Video Hosting System over a one-click camera connection

* AXIS M1025 Network Camera can be used with Axis Camera Companion as it comes with supporting a memory card, which is tailored specifically for small installations

* The camera complies with the industry's video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program, AXIS Camera Station as well as supporting ONVIF

Afidus provides mobile surveillance for city buses in Istanbul

Afidus provides mobile surveillance for city buses in Istanbul

Editor / Provider: Sponsered by Afidus | Updated: 2/14/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Background
Nowadays, the awareness of surveilllance issues have been rasing around the world. Turkish people are aware of its importance as well. They endeavor to have IP cameras applied to every aspect of their lives, making them feel more secure and convenient. The city bus project in Istanbul is a part in their future blueprint. With the cutting edge technology support and smooth communication, Afidus completed the mission and satisfied all the needs from their customers.

Mission
Afidus was responsible for handling the surveillance project of city buses in Istanbul. With Afidus' high technology, each bus only needed to equip with one 3Mega Panorama IP Dome (FH-330F3) and one mobile NVR. After the installation, security was no longer a concern to them.

FH-330F3, 3 Mega panorama IP Dome which is also called Fisheye IP camera. It allows 360° /180° /90° panoramic angle view and e-PTZ control. By installing on the right hand side of bus driver and choosing 4R Display mode (4regions views angle), installers are capable to monitor every corner and situation on the bus, including the bus driver. For low light environment, it is equipped with 0.1 low lux Sony Exmor sensor and Mechanical ICR – well designed for the transportation application.

 

Highlight
Before the installation of FH-330F3, Afidus noticed there were some conundrums and challenges that needed to resolve. Firstly, power supply. Afidus understood that the range of power supply is quite different : starting the engine consumes the most power, a stark contrast to regular driving. Therefore, Afidus FH-330F3 was designed to sustain the maximum of 36 volts and to be maintained by 15 volts.

Secondly, the bumpy road. Istanbul is a charming city which is combined with 2 contrasting characteristics: ancestry and modernity. However, in order to maintain the original view of this ancient city, they chose to put less emphasis on reconstructing the roads. Afidus' mechanical department takes on this challenge. They put great efforts in designing and passing the vibration test and drop test. Eventually, FH-330F3 can be used successfully on the bus with stability without any interruption from the mechanical problem.

Cooperation
Afidus not only provided technology support but also cooperated with the third party – a mobile NVR supplier. With good communication, Afidus provided “OCX component”, sample code which is based on “.net system” and “cgi command” to them. Afidus' R&D department successfully supported the mobile NVR supplier to integrate their NVR as well as Afidus IP cameras to cater to customer's needs.

Postscript
Afidus always provides solutions to fit customers' needs. It is not only about the products, but also the applications. Afidus cares about customers and understands what they need. Afidus not only provides products in good quality, but is also proud of its services and solutions. This is exactly the aspiration that drives Afidus to cooperate with people who are interested in surveillance issues over the world.

 

American Dynamics expands Illustra line with 825 Fisheye camera

American Dynamics expands Illustra line with 825 Fisheye camera

Editor / Provider: Tyco American Dynamics | Updated: 2/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the international supplier for protection and security, announces the introduction of the Illustra 825 Fisheye Camera, a sophisticated camera that provides exceptional video quality and ultra smooth digital pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) movements for capturing real-time 180 degrees/360 degrees panoramic views of wide areas.

American Dynamics brings the reputation for high quality video to the 360 degrees panorama product class. With a single, affordable 5 megapixel camera, the Illustra 825 Fisheye can do the work of 2, 3 and sometimes 4 cameras in many indoor applications. Leveraging the power of 5 megapixels, this camera can provide a 360 degrees view of a whole lobby using a ceiling mount or a 180 degrees view of a room, using a wall mount, or even a 2x2 view of 4 simultaneous dewarped streams.

This ultra wide angle technology with dewarping at the edge, and in a future release at the client as well, represents the power of new technology in the IP camera space. Seeing entire rooms with a single camera, delivered with the flexibility of 180 degrees and 360 degrees views, or 4 separate streams in a 2x2 view, delivers a whole new video experience.

"The technology in this camera actually minimizes the quantity of cameras needed for surveillance, which lowers both install times and costs for dealers, integrators, and end users," said Steve Carney, Director of Product Management for Video Solutions at Tyco Security Products. "Simply put, the Illustra 825 Fisheye delivers more for less." The Illustra 825 Fisheye is easy to set up, configure, and maintain with its web-based user interface. The Illustra Connect tool provides quick access to firmware upgrades, IP address assignments, diagnostics and more. The camera also boasts incredibly efficient bandwidth and video storage that further help to significantly reduce cost. ONVIF compliant, the Illustra 825 Fisheye works with a variety of mounts in the American Dynamics portfolio.

EverFocus surveillance products deployed in W Hotel Qatar

EverFocus surveillance products deployed in W Hotel Qatar

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 2/10/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

The increasing numbers of worldwide terrorist attacks and thefts have become the 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. 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 450 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 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 thefts, violence, but also provides evidences, prevents crimes and thus creates 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.

LILIN solutions safeguards commercial complex in Vietnam

LILIN solutions safeguards commercial complex in Vietnam

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 2/10/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Viettel Group is one of the world's fastest growing telecom operators, the company's headquarter located in the heart of the capital of Vietnam – Hanoi. With year-on-year revenue doubled between 2005 and 2010, Viettel is in the process of expanding its office buildings in Yen Bai Province and Ha Nam Province featured with high-end convention center, commercial center, and branch offices.

The project
The Viettel complex buildings commenced in December 2012 and new LILIN cameras were added to the monitoring system, reaching a total number of more than 76 pieces installed. In order to monitor the premises spread across 42 square meters of land and situated in 2 different provinces, a highly scalable, reliable, and user friendly wireless surveillance is a must for Viettel. Viettel administration team wanted to prevent theft, vandalism, loss of company assets, and unauthorized access on the premises. All of this convinced them to contact Silver Star, an approved distribution partner of LILIN.

The solution
To maintain stable image quality in poorly lit areas, a total of 60 LR7022 cameras were installed in the halls and elevators, where artificial lighting is available 24 hours a day and can be adjusted to look like natural light using the cameras white balance feature function. 10 LR7022E4 IP-based cameras and IPG1022 bullet cameras were utilized in entrance and lobby areas as the built-in IR Illuminator is suited for surveillance in such low-light areas. In addition, 6 high-end IPS2124P Speed Dome Cameras with 12X Zoom were installed in the indoor & outdoor parking lot areas and at the main entrance to give the surveillance team the ability to view the entire 360 degree panorama of these premises.

The power supply by Power-over-Ethernet under an UPS base provides autonomy in situations like power outage, in which the system remains in operation and the recording continues. LILIN IP cameras through CMX 1108 recorder can even transmit dual streams of video at different resolutions, allowing simultaneous real-time viewing on separate devices—on an onsite administrator's PC, a smartphone device, central room, etc.

Viettel Group is pleased with the results and expect to continue working with Silver Sea as well as LILIN to deploy the flawless surveillance security system solution until the project completion in 2014.


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Thermal cameras: Thermal technology faces market challenges

Thermal cameras: Thermal technology faces market challenges

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 1/31/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Even though the price of thermal equipment is coming down, that does not mean that the thermal market is suddenly seeing a massive surge in growth. As a market that has been dealing with the “thermal is too expensive” argument, industry players are actively doing what they can to dissuade consumers of this thermal myth.

Education, Education, Education
Lack of education and awareness is one of the main challenges being faced by the thermal security market. Bercier explained that the security industry is not educated enough on the benefits of thermal for security applications. Thermal industry players want the security market to understanding that thermal is the most effective 24/7 video detection solution available. Many have pointed out that detection range and the ability to record the temperature of objects detected are major benefits of thermal imaging for security.

One of the main advantages that thermal cameras have over visible cameras is the ability to detect under all types of weather conditions, be it snow, rain, fog, etc., as well as harsh lighting conditions such as blinding sunlight or pitch black nights. This makes thermal cameras the best solution for 24/7 security surveillance.

The thermal industry as a whole is working hard to educate the security market on these benefits. Through participation in exhibitions, showcases, seminars, etc. around the world, thermal industry players are doing what they can to spread awareness. An increasing number of thermal players are showcasing products in exhibitions worldwide. These exhibitions not only provide a platform for the thermal industry to get out information regarding the benefits of thermal imaging, but it to also give consumers a chance to see for themselves just how thermal imaging works.

Highlighting how a thermal solution can be more economical than a traditional visible solution is another point thermal players are trying to educate the market on. Infrastructure costs are a major consideration of any outdoor video security solution, whether it is thermal, IP, or analog. While it may be true that thermal cameras cost a lot more than the average HD IP camera, those in the thermal industry are quick to point out that a thermal solution can actually be the more affordable long-term solution. When taking into account that longer-range thermal cameras cover more area, thereby eliminating the number of poles and cameras needed, as well as reduce the need for lighting and power infrastructures, thermal cameras prove to not only be affordable, but practical as well.

Spoiled by HD
Unfortunately, in an age where megapixel cameras have made its way into mobile phones, consumers have not only gotten used to a certain level of clarity when it comes to images, they expect it. Consumers want high definition — they want to be able to see every strand of hair and every bead of sweat. Hence, when it comes to thermal imaging, the question of why a consumer would want to take a black and white image that's much lower in resolution, as compared to HD images, is raised. “People out there today are confusing security with surveillance,” said Romanowich. “If you care about security, then having the absolute best image sometimes is not as relevant as having a really good image all the time.” This lack of differentiation between security and surveillance is a challenge being faced by the thermal imaging community when it comes time to choose between a thermal imaging solution and a standard visible camera solution.

As the thermal imaging industry tackles market misconceptions, lower prices at both the sensor and camera level will help attract more markets to this highly effective technology. Growing awareness and education regarding the benefits of thermal imaging for security applications will hopefully not only dispel the myths about thermal prices and application restrictions, but also allow for thermal imaging to flourish into even more commercial sectors and beyond.

Axis upgrades IP cams system for Alko in Finland

Axis upgrades IP cams system for Alko in Finland

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 1/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Alko is a Finnish state-owned company with a monopoly on selling alcoholic products stronger than 4.7%. It is managed and supervised by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and headquartered in Vanda. Alko was formed in 1932 and has 350 stores and 103sales agents in Finland.

A year ago, it was decided that Alko would switch from an analog surveillance system to an IP-based system in all its stores.

Solution
Axis partner Securitas was chosen as the total solution provider, responsible for cameras, alarm center, cable installation and security guard service. AXIS M3004-V Network Cameras with Axis' Corridor Format function is used in the stores. AXIS P1354 Network Camera with Lightfinder technology was installed in the entrances, and AXIS M3024-LVE, with integrated IR lighting, was installed in the storerooms.

All the cameras are adapted to Alko's need for secure, professional installation. Mirasys VMS Enterprise software is used for recording and display in the store, while ASAN Security Technologies supplies the software used at the Securitas alarm center in Helsinki.

Result
Alko's stores have 10-25 cameras, depending on the size of the store. 50 stores have already had a more modern new infrastructure and an IP-based surveillance system installed. The remaining stores are next. The work is part of Alko's new profile on the Finnish market. The objective is for all of Alko's stores to be safe and secure for both their staff and their customers. Axis cameras deliver extraordinarily good picture quality and the remote link to the Securitas alarm center means that action can be taken immediately in the event of an alarm.

Benefits of IP camera systems
The Finnish company Alko began to review its camera surveillance system a few years ago and decided to switch to IP cameras. Axis partner Securitas was tasked with supplying a total solution, including upgrading the infrastructure, camera installation, the access control system, alarm center service and security guard service.

Axis network cameras are now being installed in all of Alko's 350 stores and are linked to Securitas's alarm center in Helsinki. “An IP-based camera system offers so many benefits. The images are displayed live in Securitas's alarm center and the staff there can see what is happening in any store, wherever it is in the country. We get the right help at the right time,” says Kyosti Lehto, Shop design Manager at Alko.

Surveillance of long corridors
Alko's stores have long corridors lined with shelves. The challenge is to cover a long corridor and have a good picture all along it without needing to use a large number of cameras. Axis's innovative Corridor Format produces a vertically-oriented image that is perfect for monitoring narrow corridors. The images delivered are in 9:16 aspect ratio and HDTV quality. This can be achieved by rotating the unique 3-axis lens through 90 degrees when the camera is installed. The image is then rotated back through 90 degrees via the camera's configuration interface.

“Different stores have different needs. Sometimes we need a wide-angle camera image and sometimes corridor format has to be used. Axis' cameras are flexible and we do not need to use more than 3 different models to meet all of our needs,” says Rene Piiparinen, Project Manager at Securitas Alert Services Oy.

Light quality and identification
Light quality in a store environment often varies. The light quality at entrances and exits can cause problems for the cameras and this is also where it is important to be able to identify people. In storerooms, on the other hand, there is sometimes hardly any light at all.

AXIS M3024-LVE has a built-in IR lens that makes it possible to deliver quality images in complete darkness. These cameras are used for store surveillance at night and to save energy as they remove the need for additional lighting. AXIS P1354 Network Cameras are installed in the store entrances. Axis' unique Lightfinder technology is integrated in these cameras, which means that the cameras are able to deliver color images even in extremely poor light conditions. This is extremely important when it comes to identifying people.

Time is money
It takes roughly 2 days for 2 Securitas employees to install everything in an Alko store. It has to be done fast and the system has to be reliable. “It is important that the store does not have to be closed for a long time and that our installation engineers do not encounter problems,” says Rene Piiparinen. The cameras are delivered with preset focus, which makes them easy to install.

Adjustments can then be made remotely. The cameras used at Alko also have a pixel counter function, which makes it easy for the installation engineer to check that the camera installation meets the customer's requirements for image resolution, for example to identify the faces of people passing through a doorway. This facilitates quick installation and saves both the installation engineer and the customer money. “The cameras' integrated functions make it very easy for us to install them and their unique picture quality is another reason why we like working with Axis cameras,” says Rene Piiparinen.

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