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Axis IP cams secure the premium hotel in Ukraine

Axis IP cams secure the premium hotel in Ukraine

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 9/2/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Modern hotels require modern security hardware, so the project for providing video surveillance at the new premium-class hotel began when the building was still under construction. The integrator was faced with the task of building a reliable video surveillance system that could not only perform the required security functions, but also harmoniously blend in with the hotel's luxurious interior.

Solution
In order to solve this task, specialists from the integrator, Tekhnika Dlia Biznesu (Equipment for business) LTD, carefully analyzed the options available on the market and selected indoor and outdoor Axis fixed cameras: AXIS P1344-E, AXIS M1114, and AXIS P3343. The main points in favor of this solution were the equipment's high quality and wide range of functions. Another important factor was the excellent compatibility of Axis cameras with equipment and software from other manufacturers, since the video stream is managed using Milestone software, and HP servers were chosen to record the archive.

Result
The outcome of the project was a modern, reliable, trouble-free video surveillance system that ensures round-the-clock security for Nobilis Hotel's guests, employees and property. All cameras support HDTV mode, which allows the hotel security service to clearly identify individuals both inside the hotel and in the surrounding area. The clarity of the picture sent from Axis network cameras makes work much easier for the security personnel watching the monitors.

Nobilis is Lviv's only premium-class hotel, and is the benchmark of luxury and elegance. Opened in late 2011, Nobilis harmoniously blends into the architecture of the city's downtown. A refined interior and outstanding service make Nobilis the perfect place for both vacation and various top-level business events. Despite its “youth” the hotel has already won several awards. In the fall of 2012, Nobilis won first place in the “Best Small Hotel in Ukraine” category at the International Hotel Awards. Nobilis is on the list of the hundred best hotels in Ukraine, a partner in the Five Star Alliance, and a leader at Booking.com among Lviv hotels. Owing to its unique architecture with hand-painted murals and musical clock with life-sized figurines, Nobilis is a stop on sightseeing tours as a city landmark.

Security functions
On the one hand, guests and business visitors at hotels of this caliber are generally people for whom personal safety is a very high priority. On the other hand, conferences and other business events attract a large number of people. Therefore, the video surveillance system must record the occurrence of any event or incident, and also allow security personnel and law enforcement officials to see all activity down to the finest detail. Consequently, security cameras must have high image resolution and the ability to identify the participants in an incident.
These requirements are met today by megapixel IP cameras that record in HD quality. Failure of even one security camera weakens site security, which is why high equipment reliability and real-time manufacturer technical support were important requirements for the cameras.
Both the security equipment market and the hotel business are developing rapidly; therefore, despite the fact that the video surveillance project for Nobilis Hotel has been fully completed, options for future system upgrades and expansion must be considered.

Axis selections
Axis network cameras meet all of the project requirements. The HD image ensures high resolution. Support for the ONVIF industry protocol allows the cameras to be integrated with a wide spectrum of equipment from other manufacturers, increasing Axis equipment compatibility in integrated security systems. In addition to meeting requirements, Axis cameras were also chosen in no small part because of the integrator's positive experience working with this equipment and the manufacturer's tech support service. This is why Tekhnika dlia biznesu engineers regularly choose Axis solutions for key projects.
The equipment and software supplier for the project was IQ Trading, an equipment distributor for building integrated security systems, passive network equipment, and solutions for building data processing centers.

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.”

Milestone and Axis secure the largest Scottish University campus

Milestone and Axis secure the largest Scottish University campus

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/29/2014 | Article type: Education

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications are helping all of the campus locations for the University of the West of Scotland to more efficiently manage security through one unified surveillance solution, designed, delivered and maintained by Boston Networks.

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of the country's largest modern universities, providing higher education and innovative research, with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley which indicates an important regional role in the communities. The university currently has over 18,000 students and approximately 1,300 staff. Ensuring their safety is a top focus.

The four campuses across the west coast of Scotland had all been previously running disparate security systems. The university recognized that a centralized approach to the control and maintenance of its entire security estate would create a more effective solution and safer campuses. UWS had already begun the migration of its infrastructure to a more streamlined IP video solution, resulting in multiple variations of Milestone VMS which were not yet centralized.

Boston Networks then worked with the university to review each of its existing installations across multiple campuses, to produce a detailed migration plan which incorporated the following:
- Centralized Milestone XProtect Expert VMS to control the largest campus
- Integration of all Axis digital cameras to provide ubiquitous surveillance
- Maintenance and support service to ensure ongoing maximum system performance

The initial phase of the migration included the introduction of additional Axis IP cameras across indoor and outdoor areas of the Paisley campus to provide surveillance throughout key areas, including hallways and corridors, libraries, building entrances and exits, car parks and outdoor campus areas. Boston Networks then began the integration of more than 200 new IP cameras and the consolidation of the existing VMS platforms to a central monitoring station at the Paisley campus. The platforms were then wholly upgraded to one standard Milestone XProtect Expert platform.

The use of industry-leading technology coupled with the professional consultancy, design and deployment services from Boston Networks has enabled the university to increase security with enhanced image quality and centralized control. The advanced Axis network cameras and Milestone XProtect Expert open platform IP VMS provide HD-quality footage with a powerful management interface to effectively control the university's multi-campus surveillance in a single, uniform system.

Paul Goodbrand, Director of Intelligent Buildings, Boston Networks, says: “This solution provides many benefits for the university: superior image quality from Axis cameras, future-proof integration capabilities from the Milestone open platform software and distributed intelligence with IP scalability and cost effectiveness. Moreover, Boston Networks will continue to work with the university to maintain its system and ensure that performance and security are never compromised.”

Milestone XProtect Expert VMS was chosen for its strengths as a central management tool. The software interface delivers a wide range of dynamic resources to streamline the system administration of the university's multi-campus solution, including device group management which ensures efficient and structured handling of hundreds of cameras. The XProtect System Monitor also gives real-time feedback on system performance to drive proactive administration, and there are intelligent configuration reports.

High-performance video recording is achieved with the XProtect 64-bit recording server, which allows the university to efficiently run more cameras on less hardware. Unlimited system scalability gives full flexibility to add additional servers and expand the system to suit the university's changing requirements over time. Multi-live streaming of live footage, with optimized bandwidth and viewing performance, is ideal for the university's multi-campus estate.

Boston Networks continues to work with the university to maintain the new security system, in its entirety. The maintenance service provides direct access to the Network Operations Centre (NOC) and 24/7 vendor-accredited support to deliver maximum service availability.

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems aims to continue its position as the market leader for open platform IP video management software (VMS): the company has recently hired more strong players for managing sales in North America, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and the UK. A new Finance Manager has also come on board in the US and the fast-growing Bulgarian office has a new HR Manager. The Danish headquarters has hired a Product Manager and Marketing Manager, too.

Mike Taylor is now the Director of Sales, North America, for Milestone Systems. Since July, he has been responsible for driving new business, tasked with expanding the local, regional and national integrator base and building out the consulting and Architects & Engineers (A&E) Program. Mike Taylor has been in the security industry for over 18 years in key roles that include Brivo Systems Senior Director of Sales and AMAG Technology Vice President of Sales, having started his career with ADT Security Systems.

 

 

 

 Peter Grubauer is Milestone Country Manager DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) since May. He has extensive experience in selling and managing sales teams, from previous positions with Novell, Polycom, Tandberg, Cisco Systems, and Vidyo. He works with a motivational management style from a proven history of building, guiding and retaining high-performance teams to develop and implement strategies for accelerated growth.

 

 

 

 Ava Parissay joined Milestone Systems at the Danish headquarters in June as Senior Products Manager in the Professional Business Unit. With a B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering and M.B.A. from Simon Fraser University, she has worked more than ten years in the high-tech industry, most recently as Product Manager at Avigilon in Canada where she was responsible for the device portfolio and integration program. Prior to this, she was a Product Manager and Head of User Interface Design at Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates.

“Ava will support our team in a number of activities across R&D, Sales and Marketing. She will take ownership of the strategic three-year roadmap for the Professional Business Unit,” says Janne Jacobsen, VP Professional Products, Milestone Systems.

 

 

6  Video Surveillance & Access Control solutions for education

6 Video Surveillance & Access Control solutions for education

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As the number of students enrolled in higher education around the world is forecast to be more than double by 2025, campus security has gained more attention and even higher budget than usual in the security market. In August, asmag.com is presenting a collection of vertical applications for education institutions from some leading providers worldwide.

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Finnish hospital trains families in better childcare with Milestone VMS

Finnish hospital trains families in better childcare with Milestone VMS

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/8/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A hospital in Joensuu, Finland, has applied Milestone IP video management software (VMS) in new ways that go beyond security: to improve difficult care challenges through innovative parent-child training.

North Karelia Central Hospital offers specialized medical care and special needs services for the inhabitants of its 14 member municipalities. Annually, around 60,000 people use their services. One of these services now includes an innovative, effective way to help parents with challenging babies and young children, for issues such as sleeping and feeding problems.

Medical practice and research are demonstrating that video methods are excellent tools for clinical interventions when treating problems in child-parent relationships – especially with newborns. The authorities here in Finland decided to use Milestone video surveillance to train troubled families in better interactions.

The installing Milestone Gold Partner, Hallstrom, designed and implemented an solution with Milestone XProtect Professional video software to manage Axis network cameras and Shure Professional microphones at the clinic. Hallstrom also set up the hospital users of the XProtect Smart Client with the Finnish language interface, which significantly eases day-to-day operations for the employees.

The innovative use of the video has provided the hospital with an effective tool for the multi-faceted needs in their clinical work. They are now able to treat behavioral difficulties between parents and their young children more effectively - to the benefit of all concerned.

“Thanks to Milestone XProtect we can provide better help to parents with babies and toddlers who often have sleeping and feeding problems,” says Marianna Savio, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, Clinic of Child Psychiatry, North Karelia Central Hospital.

The Milestone solution is an important tool in helping families with problems they cannot solve by themselves. The end result of training with the interactions on video is healthier and happier babies and parents with increased knowledge and peace of mind.

At the hospital, the parents are let into a room with their child while the staff observes them from another room, viewing with the Milestone XProtect Smart Client. The Axis cameras and Milestone XProtect are used in a special clinical environment, furnished to look like a home with a kitchen and a bedroom. The hospital staff use the system to review interactions and evaluate them with the parents.

“The Milestone solution is planned to fulfill the requirements of the legislation concerning patient security and confidentiality: the recorded video material is saved for 90 days for clinical use only. Then it is exported on a DVD or destroyed for good according to treatment plan,” explains Jyrki Hallstrom, CEO at Hallstrom.

The XProtect software has proven to be such a useful tool for doctors, nurses and therapists that word of this has spread, and several other hospitals are now interested in the same solution.

“We are extremely satisfied with the installation. We are actually looking to expand our solution to even more Milestone licenses for additional cameras within the next year,” concludes Marianna Savio.

Axis earns a degree in protection at UDLAP with Milestone

Axis earns a degree in protection at UDLAP with Milestone

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 8/6/2014 | Article type: Education

The Universidad de Las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) is located in a small community called Cholula in the State of Puebla, Mexico. It is one of the most important colleges in the country and, although the area is relatively safe, security is a must to preserve the integrity of the institution and protect students and staff on campus. This is the reason why they upgraded their analog cameras to an Axis IP video surveillance system.

Solution
UDLAP continuously invests a large amount of capital to strengthen its physical and educational environment, and it has a wide range of both human and technical resources. The campus comprises a total area of 185 acres, and their old analog system could not provide the appropriate overview. After analyzing their needs, UDLAP selected a scalable, forward-thinking solution with 215 cameras from Axis Communications all controlled on a Milestone XProtect Enterprise 7 VMS platform running on Pivot3 vSTACR Watch converged storage and compute appliances.

Result
The system has been a complete success. More than 700 reports have been solved since the University turned to IP video. The number of lost items has decreased, suspicious people have been detected around the campus and the incident response time has decreased. It is now possible to obtain more accurate control of the entire campus using IP video.

Social responsibility at Universidad de las Américas Puebla
The Universidad de Las Americas (UDLAP) is located in a small and quiet community in Mexico. To preserve the safety of its 10,000 students and staff within the 185- acre campus, the Director looked for a proactive system to complement their security department. “Although it was originally designed to be digital on the blueprints, the campus was equipped with an analog system that we kept for a time until we changed it for the IP cameras. This showed us the flexibility, functionality and scalability of the Axis cameras,” said Fernando Thompson de la Rosa, CIO.

Technology all around the campus
The school chose a mix of Axis cameras including fixed dome cameras such as the AXIS P3344-VE, AXIS M3004 Fixed Dome, and AXIS M3011 Fixed Dome Network Cameras; fixed network cameras such as the AXIS P1346-E and AXIS P1343-E Fixed Network Cameras; and the compact AXIS M1103 Fixed Network Camera. These cameras were installed in the classrooms and common areas at UDLAP to secure the entire campus. These IP cameras offered a wide range of advantages, such as ultra-compact sizes with an innovative design, high performance, VGA and HDTV-quality resolution video, day/night functionality, Power over Ethernet and more. The cameras with HDTV or megapixel features means the school can obtain more detail and better possibilities for identifying people and finding lost items.

Additionally, these cameras can cover a larger area with no loss of image resolution, which is very useful for such a large campus. Additionally, the pan/tilt/zoom functionality of the AXIS P5512 PTZ Dome Network Camera enables operators at a remote location to pan 360o for overview surveillance while the gatekeeper functionality automatically moves the camera to a preset position when motion is detected in a pre-defined area. This alerts the security personnel of intruders at night or in restricted areas without the need to monitor 24 hours a day. The system is controlled by six Pivot3 vSTAC Watch converged storage and compute appliances, which have the capability of archival search through an integrated storage system. The Pivot3 appliances also feature server failover to avoid recording downtime, high bandwidth to preserve video quality and no single point of failure. Milestone XProtect Enterprise is the Video Management Software, and it offers such benefits as the ability to capture vehicle plates on movement. The powerful platform supports many cameras and is designed for multisite installation. This greatly enhances entrance control at the campus.

A glance to the future
The IP surveillance system has significantly improved response time to incidents, and the system is supported by information obtained from access control and data storage. Today, eight people monitor the entire campus. The staff is able to control access and monitor the campus perimeter, as well as adjacent residential areas, as well. These personnel are trained under international standards of preventive security and civil protection. With this strategy, intruders can be detected and inappropriate behavior can be quickly identified. Numerous incidents have been solved thanks to the information obtained from the IP video surveillance system, and the actions of the well-trained security personnel. The security system success offers big savings and benefits to UDLAP. Results have been very positive, and in order to keep on track and continue the effort, UDLAP plans to grow the system with the goal of 100% coverage of their facilities. Thanks to the scalability of the IP video system, UDLAP is able to stay online with their ambitious technology mission well into the future.

Dancing Moose Montessori School advances education with Milestone

Dancing Moose Montessori School advances education with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Education

Dancing Moose Montessori School in Salt Lake City, Utah, developed a unique way to increase parents' participation in their child's schooling, improve teacher evaluations without disturbing class, and expand overall school security. Milestone XProtect Express video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications oversee daily operations at Dancing Moose to deliver a high degree of security and provide parents with a window into their child's learning.

“The Axis-Milestone solution has become a huge selling point for our school. Parents love the ability to drop off their children, who may be crying and suffering from separation anxiety, and check in after five minutes to see that their child is happy and engaged in the classroom. It's really powerful.” Jennifer Duffield, Executive Director, The Dancing Moose Montessori School.

The challenge:
Dancing Moose Montessori School opened its doors with a promise to parents and students to provide unmatched learning experience with programs that are unique, learning environments that are professional and safe, and processes that are transparent. Safety was a key consideration, but to stay true to its promise of transparency, the school needed a security system th at was robust and effective while also allowing parents to remotely monitor their children without interrupting class.

The solution:
Milestone XProtect Express IP video management software (VMS), 40 Axis network cameras and a pair of 42-inch monitors comprise the monitoring system that allows parents and school administrators to observe students and teachers without interfering in classroom activities. The monitors are in the lobby, the cameras are set up throughout the school and the system is custom integrated with S2 Extreme access control — thanks to the Milestone open platform architecture.

The advantages:
With the simple click of a mouse, parents have live access to their child's classroom without the distraction that their presence in the room would create. They can quickly and easily observe how their child learns and interacts with classmates and teachers. For administrators, the ability to monitor classrooms remotely means that teacher evaluations are no longer a distraction to students or the teacher. The integration of the video system with access control provides efficient management of safety matters in the school.

A Total Learning Experience
Founded by President Joyce Sibbett, Ph. D., Dancing Moose Montessori School of West Valley City, Utah, focuses on the total learning experience, providing engaging activities and specialized programs tailored to each class. A key feature of Dancing Moose Montessori School is the learning environment with bright and airy designs in multiple zones, including open spaces full of greenery, a large gym and a specialized outdoor program. Each school is newly built from the ground up, typically measuring 20,000 square feet, hosting 200 students in 12 classrooms with two teachers assigned to each room.

Peace of mind for parents, students, teachers and staff was a priority, and the state-of-the-art, integrated monitoring and security system goes a long way toward providing just that. The system, installed by Stone Security of Salt Lake City, is networked through Milestone XProtect Express VMS and includes a variety of Axis network cameras and an S2 Extreme audio/visual access control system. The solution also includes a 4U BCD Video tower server powered by HP, Netgear 24-port POE switches and a DMP intrusion system.

Visitors, parents, staff, and teachers use unique access codes to enter the system, but only after verbal and visual confirmation. Once inside the facility, parents have permissions-based virtual access to the preschool, with views of authorized classrooms and outdoor areas. The Milestone XProtect Smart Client interface allows multiple parents to view different images on the monitors simultaneously – the system is configured for as many as six camera feeds to be displayed on each screen.

“The Milestone interface is very straightforward but also effective and secure. Parents can walk up to our monitoring stations with no experience in professional video systems and the intuitive Milestone software provides easy and secure access to live video of their child's classroom — including control over camera angles. Our parents typically flock to the monitoring station where they can observe their children learning, playing, eating, and interacting with teachers and fellow students,” says Jennifer Duffield, Executive Director, Dancing Moose Montessori School.

“The IP-based Milestone system paired with Axis network cameras is easy to use and provides clear, high-resolution images to both managers and parents at Dancing Moose Montessori School,” explains Andy Schreyer, Stone Security. “Additionally, because Milestone and Axis operate on an open platform system, we are able to provide our client with the flexibility to grow the system to future schools and add new integrations over time, creating equity in the system. Milestone keeps up as Axis releases new cameras with updated features, eliminating the need for system replacement because it never becomes obsolete.”

Every child in view
Stone Security carefully selected cameras that would provide the most comprehensive viewing options for parents. At the school's original location, opened in 2007, Stone Security installed pan/tilt/zoom AXIS 212 PTZ-V Network Cameras inside the classrooms to offer instant pan/tilt/zoom functionality. When Dancing Moose opened a second location in 2014, Stone Security chose either wide-angle, 3 megapixel AXIS M3006-V or panoramic, 5 megapixel AXIS M3007-PV Fixed Dome Network Cameras to provide complete views of each room.

For external security afterhours, Stone Security installed HDTV-quality 720p AXIS P3364-VE Fixed Dome Network Cameras outside the building. The cameras' Lightfinder technology is ideal for low-light visibility. The exterior cameras are set to record on motion, and they can be viewed on Duffield's office computer.

“We recommend Axis cameras specifically because IP-based cameras are easy to use, provide high resolution, and offer a great deal of flexibility to choose frame rates, resolution and recording options on the fly,” said Andy Schreyer of Stone Security.

Effective Learning Through Observation
Two 42-inch NEC monitors are installed in the lobby of Dancing Moose Montessori School, where parents can see their child at any point throughout the day without being a distraction in the classroom, which could cause their child to act differently.

“Parents can be interested in seeing what the teacher is teaching, if their child is engaged in the lesson, or how well the student is eating at lunchtime,” says Jennifer Duffield, executive director, Dancing Moose Montessori School. “The Milestone interface and Axis cameras make our parents comfortable and offer reassurance and a sense of security.”

Parents and school administrators are equally interested in educators' teaching methods, whether or not the pupils are actively participating in the lesson and activities, and verifying that students are playing safely and eating well.

“It's nice to be able to pull a classroom image up on the screen to keep track of the teachers' lessons, or to see if students are behaving well or getting out of hand,” continues Duffield. “What's great is that the Milestone and Axis technology allows us to observe classrooms without disturbing the lesson flow, and we see the true, unvarnished behavior of our students during their normal interactions with teachers.”

According to Duffield, the Milestone XProtect Express and Axis network camera solution has surpassed her expectations. As she explains it, parents have had little, if any, exposure to operating an advanced video monitoring system, but with just the click of a mouse, they have a high-resolution view of their children in classrooms and outdoor environments.

“At the start of the school year, parents flocked to the monitors and were amazed at the ability to retain an active role in their child's day without distracting them during school hours,” she says. “As the school year progresses, the monitoring stations average about 10 users in the morning and 10 during lunch. We are proud to offer Milestone's interface to the families of our pupils and are thrilled with its positive effect on our program.”

For Schreyer of Stone Security, the Dancing Moose Montessori School installation is an outstanding example of the versatility of the Milestone software: “The flexibility of the Milestone open platform with Axis allows our techs to be experts regardless of client vertical. We are able to choose the perfect solutions for our customers and integrate every important service needed for each installation. Dancing Moose Montessori School has access control technology integrated with the Milestone video for the ability to safely monitor students at all times.”

NICE Inform surpassed 3,000 for worldwide deployments

NICE Inform surpassed 3,000 for worldwide deployments

Editor / Provider: NICE Syetem | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems announced that it has surpassed a milestone of 3,000 worldwide systems deployed for NICE Inform, the company's flagship solution for managing multimedia incident information. Now in its seventh generation, NICE Inform has been widely adopted by emergency service centers around the globe to consolidate multimedia data for comprehensive analysis and insight. Growing numbers of emergency service centers rely on NICE Inform for investigations, incident debriefing, and quality assurance.

The public safety industry is on the threshold of major transformation as it moves toward Public Safety Broadband, NG9-1-1, and NG112. Next Gen emergency communications will go beyond voice calls, including some combination of voice, text, pictures, and video. Additional data sources – like CCTV, License Plate Recognition (LPR), weather systems, and telematics – will also deliver incident information to emergency service centers. These hubs will need to have the capability to link all of this information together for investigative insight.

The City of Oakland, for example, uses NICE Inform for multiple departments including Police, Fire, Internal Affairs and the Records Division. “With NICE Inform, all of our departments can securely access their own recorded communications, collaborate more effectively, and create comprehensive timelines for incidents involving multi-agency responses, greatly streamlining the process of building a case,” said Ahsan Baig, ITD, City of Oakland. “NICE Inform also gives us a platform to capture and consolidate video, text messaging and other NG9-1-1 communications in the future.”

“As progress toward these initiatives accelerates, we're seeing even greater momentum for NICE Inform,” said Barak Eilam, CEO, NICE. “It's evident that emergency service centers are going to become a touch point for many new sources of data. NICE Inform will be the glue that ties all of this incident information together.”

“NICE Inform was the first-to-market in 2007 and continues to lead,” added Eilam. “Crossing the 3,000 mark is a testament to NICE's success in developing forward-looking solutions that align with public safety trends and address the critical incident management needs of emergency service centers worldwide. We expect interest in NICE Inform to continue to build as emergency service centers prepare for NG9-1-1, NG112 and Public Safety Broadband.”

Milestone receives two Benchmark Innovation Awards

Milestone receives two Benchmark Innovation Awards

Editor / Provider: Milestone System | Updated: 7/31/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has recently received two Benchmark Innovation Awardslast month at the IFSEC trade show in London.

Pete Conway, Editor of Benchmark Magazine says: “Innovation has become our watchword, with the Benchmark Innovation Awards devised to reward the innovations which solve problems faced when designing and implementing a security solution, which add to the degree of security offered, or which increase the range of real-world benefits on offer.”

To be worthy of consideration for one of these awards, it is stated clearly in the nomination form that devices or systems must include a specific feature or function that ranks as innovative. Devices or software which add functionality and bring together other established systems are also considered.

Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software is open platform in its architecture which means that it is easily integrated with other systems or devices using the Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK). One example of such a value-adding solution won the Benchmark Innovation Award for the intruder alarm category this year: REDHAWK, developed by The HawkEye Effect, maps and tracks multiple intruders to a precise GPS coordinate.

“Milestone is thrilled to receive not just one, but TWO Benchmark Innovation Awards in 2014! This recognizes all the hard work we do on XProtect Corporate to make it the world's leading video management software,” says John Blem, Chief Product Officer at Milestone Systems.

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