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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.

To Efficiency and Beyond! Security in Manufacturing

To Efficiency and Beyond! Security in Manufacturing

Editor / Provider: BY EIFEH STROM, a&s International | Updated: 7/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Production efficiency is more than just improving organization and effectiveness in a production facility. It is about saving manufacturers time wasted due to errors and money lost due to mistakes. For these reasons, automotive manufacturers are taking advantage of the beyond security applications of video surveillance cameras in their production facilities.

The automotive industry is considered one the world's most mportant economic sectors. When the global economy went nto recession in 2008, the overall globalmanufacturing output, including motor vehicle production, hit a major speed bump. With less money in the hands of consumers the demand for all types of goods decreased, which caused global manufacturing production to decline. However, now, as the global economy rebounds, globalmanufacturing is slowly starting to see in green again instead of red.

Global manufacturing output grew by 2.4 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to a recent report published by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In the first six months of 2013, statistics provided by the InternationalOrganization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) showed that global motor vehicle production went up 1.6 percent from 2012. Although both of these numbers are considered low, growth, no matter the amount, is a hopeful sign that both global manufacturing and the global economy have begun to heal. By region the UNIDO report pointed out a slight improvement in overall manufacturing output in industrialized regions such asNorth America, East Asia, and Europe. In the U.S., most of this improvement is attributed to increased production in the electronic goods, motor vehicles, and furniture markets. The report noted that US production of motor vehicles rose at a rate of 5.8 percent in the third quarter of 2013. Specific factors that have contributed to growth in motor vehicle production include low interest rates and the declining unemployment rate. On the other hand, overall manufacturing growth in Europe has been more fragile. Growth in the eurozone has been marginal; however, growth outside of the eurozone has been slightly better. Motor vehicle production in Germany rose 2.2 percent in the third quarter of 2013, opposed to production rate drops in both France and Italy. A sharp decline in production in Russia was also observed where motor vehicle production plunged by 27 percent compared to the same period in 2012. In Asia, Japan saw meager motor vehicle production growth of 1.7 percent, whereas Malaysia saw nearly 10 percent growth from the previous quarter.

Visual Inspection at SEAT Factory
With over 12,000 employees and annual production surpassing 375,000 in 2012, the idea of visual inspection was implemented by Axis Communications at the SEAT factory in Martorell, Barcelona, Spain.
In 2011 the SEAT factory became the production house of the Audi Q3, the first luxury car assembled in Spain. The use of barcodes in automotive factories to keep track of parts during the production process is standard. At the SEAT factory, they wanted to take extra measures to avoid delays and facilitate workflow. As a result, over 100 Axis cameras were implemented to complement the existing barcode scanning system for a visual verification system. By taking images of the barcodes that were identified as possibly containing errors, which were then sent to an emergency data-entry computer, the system provides visual verification that serves as a backup to the scanned barcodes. With images of the barcodes, in the event of a barcode scanning error, vehicles do not have to be physically moved by operators in order to be re-scanned.
Additionally, the cameras were also used to monitor the transport of car bodies throughout the facility.

With unimpressive growth numbers, manufacturers are now more than ever looking for ways to not only improve efficiency, but also reduce unnecessary costs.

PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY SAVES TIME AND MONEY
The automotive industry has many stringent requirements when it comes to production processes. Safety must come first when it comes to parts and assembly. Therefore, it is crucial that even the slightest defects be caught before becoming part of a finished product. Meticulous inspection of a production line, however, can be costly and time consuming, therefore efficiency is key. Time wasted is money wasted and with the economy as it has been, no one has either to waste.
Using video surveillance cameras that are typically used for security applications on the production line to improve efficiency is not a new concept. Nevertheless, as manufacturers become more aware of their benefits and their ability to be equally effective when it comes to improving production efficiency, more and more manufacturers are looking toward this solution.

Benefits of Video Surveillance Cameras
Traditionally industrial cameras have been used in manufacturing settings for quality assurance and process control applications. Similarly, video surveillance cameras have typically been used for their video surveillance abilities — monitoring people, ensuring that there are no personnel in restricted zones, recording daily happenings, etc. “Video surveillance ensures safety rules are being followed, tools and equipment are handled properly, and that production personnel comply with defined processes at all times,” said Andrea Sorri, Business Development Director at Axis Communications. However, it has become increasingly more common for manufacturers to combine the use of industrial cameras with network surveillance cameras in manufacturing facilities — classical industrial cameras are used for inspection tasks and network surveillance cameras for process monitoring, according to Ingo Lewerendt, Strategic Business Development Manager at Basler. It is these beyond security applications of video surveillance cameras that have gotten the attention of automotive manufacturers. Wendi Burke, Director of Marketing at IQinVision, pointed out that because “cameras don't take a break, don't have bad days, don't get distracted or fall asleep, they're always on, always performing” video surveillance cameras, particularly high-resolution HD cameras, are extremely beneficial to manufacturers in helping catch costly manufacturing defects and other problems before the problems are repeated. In a similar way to how video surveillance is used in the automotive industry to enhance production efficiency, IQinVision high megapixel cameras have been used in the steel industry. Faults in manufacturing are costly mistakes for steel makers. Therefore, the Ellwood Group, a US-based steel manufacturer, deployed 250 IQinVision megapixel cameras throughout their 10 manufacturing facilities to not only help with video surveillance, but also with identifying problems during production. “As soon as one piece of defective steel is identified,” said Burke, “quality control staff are able to quickly review all video footage of that production process to find the fault.” From there, once the fault is found, it is corrected, allowing production to resume, saving both time and money.

Convenient Integration With Network Cameras
Since a standard IP infrastructure is used in most manufacturing facilities, network surveillance cameras that are built on an open platform can be easily integrated into a facility's existing system. This is one of the biggest advantages of using a network surveillance camera, as pointed out by Sorri. “Network cameras can be easily integrated into industrial manufacturing environments such as production lines to automatically perform visual inspections, to monitor production line efficiency, and to enable remote assistance for maintenance.”

Additionally, “Network cameras can deliver high resolution images at high frames allowing for precise analysis of quickly passing objects on a sliding band in an industrial production line.” Because network surveillance cameras can support intelligent video processing and video analytics on the edge, they can also be utilized to perform visual inspections for a specific step in a production line, alert the manufacturer to labels missing, caps not positions correctly or missing solder, according to Sorri. One of the biggest advantages of network surveillance cameras in manufacturing, as pointed out by Sorri, is that they “can be easily integrated into industrial manufacturing environments such as production lines to automatically perform visual inspections, to monitor production line efficiency, and to enable remote assistance for maintenance.”

After cameras are in place, that is where video management software (VMS) comes in to help manage, access, and control the images and recording; however, its usefulness in the automotive industry has helped to not only do the aforementioned tasks, but also streamline and improve the production process. When Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK was looking to improve production efficiency at their facility, they sought a solution that could not only be integrated with their current set up, but also be installed over 300 network cameras from various manufacturers to monitor the production lines and their facility. Nissan UK has always used machine vision tools, including highly specialized industrial cameras used to inspect individual processes, decide whether the correct part is in its exact location, take precise measurements, and act as “eyes” for the robots. However, these cameras do not give an overall view of a process, as they are designed to focus on one specific movement or task. In order to get a fuller picture, Nissan UK decided to deploy network cameras and Milestone's VMS. The open nature of Milestone's VMS gave Nissan UK the freedom to view footage from cameras from different manufacturers and capture process faults with live-video monitoring and instant recording and playback. This helped Nissan UK prevent production issues and eliminate causes of temporary stoppage on their production lines. Additionally, the convenience of being able to access images all of the camera images via a PC, as well as the ability to compare two videos side-by-side to examine how different employees work on a process, made management of the facility easier. The overall benefits of the VMS helped to not only improve both the quality and efficiency of Nissan UK's facility, but also gave them a system that could grow with the facility.

TO EFFICIENCY AND BEYOND
Efficieny in any industry is important, but in a competitive, high production industry like the automotive industry, efficiency is paramount to a facility's success. While “lean” practices help manufacturers in all industries reduce waste and boost effectiveness, the additional beyond security benefits of traditional security products, such as network surveillance cameras and VMS, have proven that the security industry is not just about catching intruders and controlling access. Offering additional benefits like production efficiency and workflow management show that applications for security products are endless.

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its Video Server Promotion Program for echoing Milestone's New Licensing Concept, which is only one hardware device license needed for each analog to IP encoder, regardless of the number of analog cameras connected to the encoder. Effective from today till the end of 2014, special prices will be offered to the purchase of VIVOTEK 4-CH video server VS8401 or 8-CH video server VS8801 with adopting Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS).

With the technology advancement, IP-based surveillance system has been proven to make significant contribution to business operation. The implementation of IP surveillance is on the rise. Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK, indicated, "Companies with analog legacy might hesitate to invest in new IP surveillance systems because of the expenses. With adopting VIVOTEK's video servers, data received from analog camera can be encoded by VIVOTEK's advanced codec system and broadcast via an IP network for monitoring, recording and analyzing."

VIVOTEK's VS8401 and VS8801, performing 4-CH and 8-CH D1 resolution with high frame rate in H.264, are able to convert analog video into digital video with the highest quality. Moreover, designed with intelligent video functions as motion detection and tamper detection, the VS8401 and VS8801 are capable of upgrading an analog camera into an intelligent IP camera. Companies with analog legacy will be able to enjoy the same benefits that generated by IP-base surveillance systems.

Ma further added, "To fully support our software partner Milestone's New Licensing Concept and help users to lower down the cost effectively while improving the business efficiency, we especially designed the Video Server Promotion Program for our global clients. This Program, at an affordable cost, is truly cost-effective and value-added."

Milestone video innovations make searching video 1,000 times faster

Milestone video innovations make searching video 1,000 times faster

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems is developing new capabilities in video surveillance for more than security, through a partnership with the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. Research that is ongoing in a 3-year project to develop technological innovations is already paying off: the latest release of Milestone XProtect 2014 launched a new metadata framework that vastly improves the speed of searching and analysis with the video software.

In collaboration with the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, Milestone Systems is making video surveillance more than just images on a screen. Milestone's software manages video for security uses, but can also support and optimize activities in production, logistics, marketing, sales, healthcare, intelligent buildings, environmental control, and other analytical applications. Thanks to the XProtect open platform architecture, other companies are integrating software applications with Milestone's video management software to adapt it for particular operational needs in different business sectors.

Research Project funded by Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation
Cutting-edge video surveillance solutions are also being developed as part of a big research project with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Aalborg University, Securitas and Nabto, which started in 2012 and runs for three years. Milestone is leading the project and the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has contributed with DKK 15 million to the project. The aim of the project is to interpret the recorded video material so the content can be described automatically. An example could be video surveillance in a retail store that automatically documents customer traffic. Shop owners can then plan for when lines are too long or analyze statistics on the most visited areas in the store.

"We are very proud to see this project bearing fruit already. We are still in phase one and expect to present to the market several new solutions for searching in metadata - the framework has already been released in XProtect 2014. During the next phases, we will do research among other things on how the software can learn to distinguish between normal and abnormal activity in video images. This means video surveillance can proactively give an alert before an incident occurs, and further enable use as a business tool in many more operational scenarios," says Hans Jorgen Skovgaard, VP of R&D at Milestone Systems.

"For example, if there is an accident or an assault at a bus station, the police or security personnel can search for the exact area where the incident happened by linking GPS coordinates with the video recordings from the buses, and within a few seconds they will have the relevant recording of the offender or other people involved," he continues.

Speedier Searches = Faster Response
The new software capabilities have also made searching much faster in general, and for specific objects in the recorded video material. This could be, for example, a wanted blue car that was parked at a distance of 200 meters from the City Hall in a certain time period. Normally, it would take a long time to find the car because you have to search through all the video material from the area. But with the new solution coming out of this project, searching is done only in metadata, which is data about the recording, such as GPS position, orientation, number of cars, number of people, movement, temperature, etc., rather than in the entire video footage. This makes the search for events in the video up to 1,000 times faster.

The metadata technology can also be used with mobile phones as moving security cameras where GPS coordinates and compass information can be stored with the video. Operators thereby will know precisely where the video was recorded. Used in this way, mobile phones can increase security and safety, and threatening behavior can easily be proven. The technology can also be used as evidence of pollution emissions, for resolving insurance claims, or many other applications yet to be explored.

Skovgaard sums it up: "The possibilities are endless with the constant developments of our video software technology. We can see that there will be a flood of new solutions from our many partners, building further on the open platform video surveillance from Milestone."

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