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Security 'all sewn up' for Royal College of Surgeons

Security 'all sewn up' for Royal College of Surgeons

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 5/28/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (College) is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world.

Over 500 years old, it is an historic professional member’s organisation that pursues excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practices. The College is spread over a number of buildings around Hill Square and is home to the Surgeons’ Hall Museum s and Scotland’s oldest medical museum. In addition, the College boasts offices for a 150 staff, a modern surgical skills training facility and auditorium and even a four-star hotel providing accommodation for visitors and tourists.

With building refurbishment due to take place over a long period of time, a security system needed to be installed that was flexible and which included discreet cameras with excellent picture quality, whilst being aesthetically pleasing so as not to detract from the traditional make-up of the historic and Grade A listed buildings.

A state-of-the-art solution was developed, combining Axis network cameras with Milestone XProtect Professional software, as recommended by Arthur McKay. In order to effectively cover the numerous locations where refurbishment work was taking place, whilst providing secure coverage to hotel staff and guests, the initial surveillance set-up included 17 cameras, with the provision for a further 150 once the work is completed.

Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe at Axis Communications said: "This was a really exciting project and one that gave us the opportunity to work with such a prestigious institution and its beautiful, historic buildings. The solution featured covert Axis network cameras to ensure all buildings and corresponding outside spaces were covered, even in complete darkness"

The project included a series of AXIS M30007-PV Network Cameras. These five-megapixel fixed mini dome cameras were discreetly mounted on either walls or ceilings and provided four feeds of detailed, high-quality panoramic views. Chosen because of their flexibility, they could be re-positioned to move along as the refurbishment progressed with few time or fitting constraints.

The AXIS P3364-LVE was fitted to monitor the hotel and its exterior. This fixed dome network camera produced high-quality, low-noise video even in a completely dark environment. It integrated Axis’ unique Lightfinder technology which makes the camera extremely sensitive to light while maintaining colours. Lightfinder-enabled cameras were strategically positioned in the hotel’s reception area, main entrance and car park where ambient lighting was poor.

AXIS P1204 Network Cameras were also installed as they were discreet and covert and could be easily integrated into very limited spaces.

Atul added: "The Axis network cameras can be easily re-positioned to correspond with the movement of the works from building to building, producing evidential-quality footage, whilst maintaining the safety of staff and visitors. Advanced system integration is already on the horizon as the magnitude of the refurbishment grows across the campus"

The College has always been at the ‘cutting edge’ of surgical education, training and in setting standards both nationally and internationally. As adoption of any technology can provide challenges, it was imperative that system capabilities were discuss at length and understood.

Kenny Ryan, IT manager at Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburg, commented: "We have been very impressed with the flexibility of Axis cameras and how unobtrusive they are. They have been a great benefit during a time of great change for the campus"

Development works continue at the College and it is estimated that over 170 Axis cameras will eventually contribute to the safe and successful refurbishment of its iconic buildings.

Music festival safety is coordinated with Milestone video

Music festival safety is coordinated with Milestone video

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 5/25/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) is a core technology in the mobile event incident command unit developed by Unified Command as a temporary security operation center (SOC) that moves from one event location to another.

“Milestone VMS technology helps us unify all the facets of complex events into one centralized command. That coordination enables us to respond more effectively to emergencies. We're able to quickly dispatch the right people to the right places, which makes events safer for everyone,” says Chris Gandy, Chief Technology Officer, Unified Command.

The company hires local law enforcement, dispatch and emergency service personnel for 40–50 big events across the U.S. each year, such as the music festivals Hard Summer and Outside Lands, Coachella and Stagecoach. In 2013, Chris Gandy joined as chief technology officer. With nearly two decades of experience as a police technical detective in a major metropolitan police force, he has worked with video surveillance for years.

Freedom of Choice in the Components
Gandy's list of must-haves for a VMS solution was extensive, from overall video stability to ease-of-use, to robust mapping capabilities – all based on a truly open platform. Milestone XProtect®, his ultimate choice, met all requirements and exceeded most.

“A lot of manufacturers force you to buy their hardware, but with Milestone I use a Dell server, my own networking equipment and whatever kinds of cameras I want. I don't like being locked into a certain make and model of camera or a specific brand of hardware: I make my own choices.”

Fast Deployment and Response
Gandy reports that the ease and speed for Milestone to be deployed makes it an attractive solution, especially in an industry where speed matters. “We go into a field in the middle of nowhere, put up cameras and the next thing you know we've got eyes on more than 100 acres. For the people operating the system, it's very user friendly and easy to learn.”

The primary benefit is better overall response to incidents that happen at events: overflowing trash cans, lost items, clogged entry and exit points, unruly and potentially dangerous crowds and serious medical emergencies.

“By putting everyone in the same virtual room through access to a top quality video solution, everyone involved in the event's success is able to read off the same page. Without this way to coordinate, you would have all different facets operating separately,” Gandy says. “The Milestone VMS helps put the right people into the right places. Since we can all communicate with each other directly, we respond more quickly.”

For example, when a call comes in that someone has passed out, the dispatcher in the command center uses the call's point of origin to identify the closest camera and directs that camera to scan the crowd to the person needing attention. The dispatcher gives the exact location to the medics - which is critical when it's dark out, strobe lights are running and there are no cross streets for reference points. As a result, the medics quickly get assistance to those in need, not wasting precious time searching a crowd of thousands.

The incident command team proactively scans video for potential problems. When people appear to have consumed too much alcohol or other substances, or crowds gather near perimeters perhaps preparing for “fence crashing”, Unified Command operators use the camera coordinates to direct security staff to the exact location, fast.

Efficient Ease of Use, Interactive Maps Give Pinpoint Precision
The complexities of managing incident response for changing event venues leave little – if any – time for training. Gandy reports that the Milestone VMS is very easy to use. “We can bring up multiple customized views for display on computers, mobile devices and the XProtect Smart Walls. It's a big issue with a lot of security systems to know where the cameras are to get the live view quickly, but the interactive map in Milestone takes care of that: operators just click on an icon and a separate window pops up with the camera feed of that view.”

Gandy begins each event by putting a location diagram into the software and placing an icon for each camera on the computer-generated map. This eliminates the need for staff to look up confusing camera identifiers like North Parking Lot Facing South, which means nothing to dispatchers who don't work in the area every day.

Mobile and Wireless for Situational Awareness
Unified Command takes advantage of mobile and wireless capabilities to coordinate among the locations within an event. Using the Video Push feature in the Milestone Mobile client, cell phone cameras can record video at points not covered by the network cameras and stream (‘push') those images back to the command center via wi-fi. Milestone Mobile also streams video to iPads that Unified Command assigns to event managers, enabling ‘views of the entire festival they can carry in their back pocket'.

Gandy says the Milestone wireless support makes it possible to set up the command center physically removed from the heart of the event. This ensures that staff can focus on coordinating services rather than protecting themselves during an emergency. “Anyone we have connected to the event's security network can easily and quickly see exactly what's going on anywhere without having to get to the command center,” he says. “That frees all of us up to focus on resolving whatever the situation may be.”

VIVOTEK wins privilege of providing Mongolia's Khan Bank surveillance systems

VIVOTEK wins privilege of providing Mongolia's Khan Bank surveillance systems

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/18/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Khan Bank: Helping Mongolia Grow Since 1991
Khan Bank is one of the largest commercial banks of Mongolia. It provides banking services to an estimated 80% of Mongolian households. Established in 1991, Khan Bank has continued to grow and expand its service since its inception. Today, Khan Bank has 535 branches throughout Mongolia and provides comprehensive banking services to individuals and companies. Never settling for the status-quo, Khan Bank has also continuously invested in technology to enhance the quality of service it provides its customers, such as an extensive ATM network covering Ulaanbaatar, aimag capital and major district centers and nationwide access to Internet Banking, Mobile Banking and Telephone Banking. Moreover, the rapid growth and development of Khan Bank is expected to continue as Mongolia continues to perform economically. This young bank is preparing to gallop, like Mongolia’s world famous horses, into the future.

The Challenge: Khan Bank’s Previous Security System Unable to Keep Pace. A Trial is Held to Determine the Ideal Solution.
In this climate of rapid growth and expansion, Khan Bank required a thoroughbred surveillance system which could keep pace with its changing demands and keep Khan Bank ahead of the field. At the heart of any bank is its ability to secure its customers’ property, and as such the safes at each of Khan Bank’s branches required the utmost level of security. Unfortunately, the bank’s previous security system was not able to keep up with Khan Bank’s security needs, leading to a need to revolutionize its entire security system. The bank needed high quality and high megapixel surveillance cameras not only for its central headquarters, but for every branch across urban and rural areas, and all ATMs in the Ulaanbaatar area.

In order to determine which surveillance system could provide them with the absolute best performance for this vast network, Khan Bank decided to run a trial between the leading providers of security systems, including VIVOTEK.

The Solution: VIVOTEK – Ahead of the Field and Ready to Help.
No stranger to a challenge, VIVOTEK, along with local distributor ITZONE LLC’s highly qualified and experienced engineers and sales team, were able to provide the strongest solution and exceed Khan Bank’s demanding expectations.

The broad coverage, high resolution, variable focus and specialized design of VIVOTEK cameras ensured that Khan Bank’s offices, branches, safes, ATMs and entrances could all be monitored on a secure and stable high-performance IP network system. Khan Bank, thoroughbred among Mongolian banks, had finally found a surveillance system that could keep pace.

High-Quality IP Cameras Secure a Vast Network of Banking Facilities.
The largest demand for coverage was found in the halls of Khan Bank branches. These wide spaces required cameras with extremely wide-angle coverage and high image quality, while also blending in with the interior design of the bank’s branches. For this task, ITZONE LLC chose VIVOTEK’s FE8174 for its combination of high coverage, high quality and low profile. The FE8174 is capable of 180 degree panoramic views while mounted on the wall, or 360 degree surround views if mounted on the ceiling. The FE8174 also offers a variety of display options including original surround view, panoramic view, and regional view for various mounting applications. In addition, in both the panoramic as well as regional viewing modes, users can utilize the ultra-smooth ePTZ function to easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). All of these features mean that the FE8174 was able to provide superb coverage of all of Khan Bank’s branch halls.

The VIVOTEK FD8136 ultra-mini fixed dome network camera was chosen for this central task. Its tiny profile hides an incredibly high-tech camera, capable of producing high quality imagery in a variety of formats. For outdoor spaces, particularly the entrances of Khan Bank’s branches, more than fifty FD8371EVs were installed across its network, allowing high-megapixel coverage in difficult operating environments. The FD8371EV is ideal for such solutions, able to withstand Mongolia’s extreme weather conditions and safe from any attempts at vandalism or tampering.

To add to the functionality of their system, Khan Bank uses Milestone XProtect® Enterprise, which is an easy-to-use video management software platform designed especially for large-scale and multi-site surveillance applications. It supports intuitive control of an unlimited number of cameras for monitoring live video, recording, and sharing evidence. All the video captured across multiple branches can be transmitted back to the main XProtect management and displays in the central control room. The security staff can instantaneously view events at different sites via the unified, intuitive interface, increasing bank operational efficiency and speeding the reaction time whenever events occur.

The Latest Surveillance Solution, the Simplest Installation
Finally, this rejuvenation of Khan Bank’s surveillance systems, providing the bank with a total best-of-breed security solution, was able to be achieved remarkably easily. Thanks to VIVOTEK’s efforts to provide high-tech surveillance systems which are able to be installed easily and are also simple to maintain, Khan Bank’s new surveillance system not only provides remarkable advances in coverage and reliability, it also simplifies the entire process of surveillance and footage retrieval. As a result of this upgrade, Khan Bank can now feel free to expand and grow with Mongolia, safe in the knowledge that VIVOTEK is running alongside and keeping pace.

Milestone discusses the power of partnership in transportation

Milestone discusses the power of partnership in transportation

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

Sunny Kong, Director of Sales in APAC of Milestone Systems gave a presentation today in regard to the power of partnership in transportation. Milestone has an open platform where one can use the camera and recording hardware of their choice, and is fully compatible with third party solutions. This is indeed more beneficial when compared with open proprietary systems, where one cannot choose their favored camera or recording hardware.

There are numerous industry objectives in the transportation sector. For example, in airports, the platform must serve many stakeholders, and reliability is key. Functions require scalability, video walls, and situational awareness to achieve optimal performance.

With various functions that are readily available, partnering with Milestone can help businesses optimize their performance in the transport sector.

Find software developers at Secutech's dedicated software zone

Find software developers at Secutech's dedicated software zone

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/25/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Video Management Software (VMS) has become the standard for security installations as camera counts have increased in a single system. How VMS brings different devices into one cohesive network has made managing large and complex security system much easier. Secutech sees the growing demand of integrated and intelligent software solutions. The Software zone, located at Booth 3321, is one of highlights at Secutech 2015, featuring with the latest 3D video analytics and IVS applications. These affordable innovations can often add business intelligence and great management values to your current devices and systems. Be sure to visit Software Zone to meet Cyberview, huperLab, Milestone, Panasonic, VMSOFT … and discover more.

In addition to Software Zone, the Global Digital Security & Solutions Forum (GDSF) Asia is also a place for you to know more about the latest innovation and technology in integrated solution and applications. To find out more about the agenda and register online, please go to:
http://www.secutech.com/15/en/seminar_register.aspx?ff=3

 

GDSF Asia: A place to upgrade your knowledge on security solutions

GDSF Asia: A place to upgrade your knowledge on security solutions

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Secutech | Updated: 4/20/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Focusing on the latest solutions and applications in both commercial and public sectors, GDSF Asia 2015 is expected to spark discussions and innovations in the field. Located at R400, the event will take place throughout the first and the second days of Secutech with 10 sessions in total, featuring speakers from global security big names as well as premium solution providers from Asia.

Speakers on the first day (28th April) includes Panasonic, VIVOTEK, and FLIR, presenting their latest product and system innovation. Sessions on the Day 2 (29th April) will be focusing on the latest applications and case studies on banking, retail, city surveillance and transportation sectors. Speakers include representatives from Milestone, Pacom, and VMSOFT.

For more details, please check the agenda and register online at:
http://www.secutech.com/15/en/seminar_register.aspx?ff=3

 

Axis announces its first video door station for identification and entry management

Axis announces its first video door station for identification and entry management

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/15/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station is an open IP-based door station for two-way communication, high-definition video and remote entry control. It is an ideal complement to any surveillance installation and offers new levels of security for effective identification and entry control.

Axis has a proven track record of bringing product innovation to the security and surveillance market. With AXIS A8004-VE we will provide our customers with an easy to install video door station that extends the capabilities of the security system. AXIS A8004-VE allows our customers to quickly and easily identify and communicate with persons at the door and securely let them in. This is a perfect complement to any surveillance system and as easy to install as any network camera,” said Peter Lindström, Director of New Business at Axis Communications.

AXIS A8004-VE is a weather- and vandal-proof video door station suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. The door station comes with a high-performing intercom function that provides clear and echo-free two-way speech with visitors and an integrated HDTV camera with WDR and excellent low-light performance. The unit offers reliable 24/7 identification of visitors even in the most challenging environments. Power over Ethernet allows for installation with a single network cable and provides sufficient power to support and control most standard door locks directly from the unit.

For small- to mid-sized installations, such as retail stores and offices, AXIS A8004-VE will help improve security of the premises and simplify everyday operations. The door station makes it possible to communicate and identify visitors and enables remote entry control from an IP-desk phone, a mobile device or directly in a Video Managment System (VMS).

For enterprise installations, such as airports or larger industries where integration of different systems such as video surveillance, access control, IP telephony are needed, AXIS A8004-VE is based on open standards and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). By being fully compliant with ONVIF, VAPIX and SIP the product is easy to integrate with other systems. This enables Axis' Application Development Partners to provide solutions that meet specific customer requirements.

“Genetec's vision to offer customers a holistic approach to security management that includes video surveillance, access control and SIP-based communications through our Security Center software, coupled with the seamless integration of the AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station, will ensure end users attain a greater level of situational awareness. Not only will they be able to respond to incoming calls while viewing live video from AXIS A8004-VE, but they will also be able to take action from a single unified interface, such as unlocking a door or locking down a facility” said Jimmy Palatsoukas Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Genetec.

The product will be supported in AXIS Camera Station 4.20 planned for launch in May and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS). Video management software from Axis' Application Development Partners such as Aimetis, Genetec, Honeywell, Milestone and SeeTec will have full support for AXIS A8004-VE.

Further features of the AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station include:
* Acoustic echo cancelation and noise reduction
* Multiple inputs and outputs for remote control of doors-locks and other equipment
* Support for third party mobile application for identification and remote entry

AXIS A8004-VE will be available through Axis' distribution channels in May.

Sony's 4K security camera embedded with 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for advanced imaging

Sony's 4K security camera embedded with 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for advanced imaging

Editor / Provider: SONY | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Sony is adding 4K imaging to its line of security technologies, with the new SNC-VM772R camera. The new model combines the enhanced resolution of 4K with low-light sensitivity leveraging 1.0 type back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, bandwidth optimization features, and intelligent scene capture capability to adopt the best picture quality, ideal for city surveillance, transportation, railway, traffic monitoring and airport surveillance applications.

4K technology gives security users the ability to capture content at four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p). With the exceptional detail provided by 4K technology, security professionals can expand their wide area surveillance and still capture, magnify and examine the smallest parts of a scene like a face or a car license plate number – all with a single camera. TheSNC-VM772R camera combines these benefits with enhanced visibility, reduced total system costs and flexible and easy installation.

"4K is the new video security standard," said Katsunori Yamanouchi, Vice President, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "But 4K imaging is about more than just increased resolution. It's also expanding the application potential of security cameras and helping to transform security and surveillance. The increased resolution covers a larger area, improving situational awareness and ensuring nothing is missed. These benefits help security professionals reduce installation and operating costs as fewer cameras are needed for specific areas."

The introduction of the SNC-VM772R to the security industry extends Sony's 4K leadership in the broadcast and production industries, where Sony's 4K cameras are shooting blockbuster movies, popular television shows and major sporting events. Sony's 4K digital cinema projectors are in movie theaters worldwide and Sony's 4K TVs bring content to consumers.

Sony has developed several unique technologies to overcome the challenges of 4K cameras in the market: improving visibility and light sensitivity while reducing the amount of bandwidth needed to handle large 4K files.

Low-light Sensitivity
Higher-resolution imaging has traditionally come at the expense of low-light sensitivity. The new SNC-VM772R uses a 1.0 type 20MP Exmor R sensor and is capable of 0.1 lx sensitivity for clear image capture in light and dark conditions.

A back-lit structure doubles the camera's light sensitivity and a built-in infrared (IR) light source which enhances low-light use and nighttime shooting with visibility at longer distances.

In wide area coverage, various lighting conditions exist during the day and night. SNC-VM772R also has 90dB wide dynamic range and 30fps to deliver clear, sharp images for better visibility and recognition.

Finally, a 2.9-times motorized zoom lens is matched to the image sensor to maximize video resolution. The lens features optical image stabilization and helps capture images with low distortion.

Flexible settings and optimized streaming
The new camera uses Sony's unique bandwidth optimization technologies so users can customize streaming settings and the camera's operation.

An Intelligent Coding feature reduces storage and bandwidth consumption by adopting different compression depending on the area of interest. Intelligent Cropping and Multi-Tracking show an overview of an area and allows for “region of interest” selection of up to a maximum four areas at a time, so users can select only the portion of an image they want to see in 4K resolution, while also streaming a scaled full HD image. This results in 50 percent less bandwidth consumption by reducing the amount of video transmitted in 4K resolution, and makes wide area monitoring more effective and targeted.

Intelligent Cropping has two patterns for selecting the size and number of areas, and also employs two modes: Static, to view multiple fixed areas in one scene; and Dynamic, to detect moving objects.

Evidence Shot lets users see critical moments in the camera's highest resolution of 20MP in still shot mode, which is 2.4 times more pixel resolution of 4K. Alarms can be sent with Video Motion Detection for specified scenes.

Wide selections for setting best images
The Intelligent Scene Capture function automatically adjusts and adapts picture quality (brightness and color) depending on time, weather and lighting conditions. The SNC-VM772R camera also allows users to customize picture parameter presets for the best settings between day/night and multiple picture configurations can be saved and switched either manually (using the Picture Profile mode) or according to schedule (Picture Profile Scheduler).


The new SNC-VM772R is planned to be available in the third quarter of 2015. It will be supported by major VMS providers, including AxxonSoft, Exacq Technologies, Genetec Inc., Genius Vision Digital Inc., Lenel Systems International, Inc., Milestone Systems, NICE Systems, NUUO Inc., On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., SeeTec AG and Verint Systems Inc.

Milestone Systems delivers highly automated version of license plate recognition software

Milestone Systems delivers highly automated version of license plate recognition software

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces XProtect LPR 2015 with general availability April 15.

With its new configuration wizard and extensive localized documentation, XProtect LPR 2015 is easier than ever to setup and configure, while ensuring high recognition accuracy with a new snapshot driven tuning process.

The 2015 edition of XProtect LPR works with 13 new country-optimized recognition modules and covers an extended geographical area of over 100 countries and states in total.

Actionable and Extendable with open platform technology
XProtect LPR 2015 enables customers to automate actions, which reduces the need for manual intervention. Examples of such cost reductions include:

* Controlling gates to facilities automatically
* Automating toll way/highway gates
* Identifying cars belonging to VIP customers for gas stations or shopping malls
* Sending alerts, if black listed cars are detected

Using the Milestone Integration Platform SDK the XProtect LPR can be integrated with external systems and applications further extending the usability of the system. Examples of this could be:
* Statistical applications and business intelligence applications
* Looking up owner information in national vehicle databases for integration with CRM or other relevant systems
* Managing license plate lists automatically with information from external systems

Fully integrated - optimized work productivity
XProtect LPR is fully integrated with the XProtect Smart Client where the license plate functionality can be seamlessly used with maps, alarm management and other functions in the XProtect Smart Client A dedicated LPR event log instantly presents detected license plates and presents the information together with the related camera.

New Reporting Function
XProtect LPR 2015 can easily document recognized vehicles in an XProtect LPR report that meets user-defined search and filtering criteria. The PDF report includes video thumbnails of the recognized vehicles, close-up of the license plates, match list information and details about detection time of day.

Advanced match list handling
XProtect LPR uses match lists to group and determine actions for detected license plates. Examples of such custom lists could be lists of stolen cars, expected visitors or priority customers.

Custom fields in match lists makes it possible to link additional vehicle, driver or owner information to a specific license plate. This information is automatically presented in the XProtect Smart Client user interface or in reports, whenever the particular license plate is recognized. The new XProtect LPR module also supports wildcards in license plate list matching, which handles cars with similar license plate information.

Match lists can be managed via the XProtect Smart Client interface, where operators can add and remove vehicle registration numbers to selected lists, making it easy to ensure that lists are always fully updated.

Ease of Configuration
The new configuration wizard guides the system integrator through the configuration steps and provides recommendations to configuration settings and the physical installation. High recognition accuracy is ensured through a new snapshot driven tuning process.

“The new release of XProtect LPR enables us to be agile and react timely to the rising demands in the marked for highly automated and integrated LPR-solutions. We see a growing need for automated license plate recognition in a wide range of application areas.” Says Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems. “XProtect LPR 2015 provides the opportunity for Milestone channel partners to explore new possibilities beyond the traditional security domain.”

With great power comes great responsibility - The Medupi power station project

With great power comes great responsibility - The Medupi power station project

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/8/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Eskom – One of the World's Largest Power Companies
Eskom is a South African electricity public utility established in 1923. It is the largest producer of electricity in Africa, and is ranked seventh in the world in terms of power generation capacity, and ninth for sales. Eskom has engaged in the construction of the Medupi Power Station near Lephalale in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. This dry-cooled coal-fired power station is expected to become the largest in the world, comprising six 800 MW turbines for an accumulated capacity of 4800 MW.

The Entire Surveillance System Got Overhauled
The sheer size of Medupi Power Station presents numerous challenges in terms of security. Primarily, the site required a comprehensive solution that could not only effectively operate over extended distances, but also concurrently produce high-resolution video feedback. Moreover, the lack of onsite network infrastructure amplified the difficulty of producing an effective solution. Stallion Security, the original surveillance system integrator for Medupi Power Station, was re-commissioned in late October, 2014 by Eskom to overhaul the initial onsite surveillance system completely. Stallion's proposal was extensively review by the technical specialists of the Medupi Project Team, whom outlined several non-negotiable requirements. These requirements included the deployment of an ultra-high-resolution imaging system capable of not only surveying the entire site, but also zooming in on targets at a distance.

VIVOTEK's Solutions – Seamless Integration of Quality and Performance
To fulfill Stallion's proposal, two hundred VIVOTEK cameras, comprising the FE8174V and SD8363E models, were commissioned and installed in specific areas of the power station to monitor smoke stacks, conveyors, and canteens in the power station.

A total of 131 FE8174V cameras were commissioned. This model features a 5MP CMOS sensor capable of producing 1080p Full HD images at 30 FPS. Equipped with a 1.5 mm fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) without blind spots, the camera is able to provide coverage of wide, open area like Medupi Power Station. Moreover, the FE8174V features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. The FE8174V's IP66-rated and IK10-rated vandal-proof housing effectively provide robust protection from, rain, dust and physical damage. The camera supports industry-standard H.264 compression technology, alleviating considerable strain on the already-lacking network infrastructure of the power station.

A total of 69 SD8363E cameras were commissioned. This model offers 1080p Full HD resolution at 30 FPS. The camera is equipped with a 20x optical zoom lens, producing images with exceptional quality, even when zoomed in at close range. Similar to the FE8174V, this model also supports industry-standard H.264 compression technology to conserve bandwidth. In addition, the IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion, and increase the camera's durability against temperature fluctuations, rendering this model perfect for outdoor applications.

The cameras are connected to Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate. XProtect Corporate is IP VMS designed for large-scale, high-security deployments that demand high-performance surveillance. Using the software's single management interface, system administrators can efficiently control all cameras and security devices regardless of the system's size or if it is distributed across multiple sites. For systems demanding supreme situational awareness and precise response to incidents, XProtect Corporate has interactive maps linked to alarms and included support for XProtect Smart Wall. Furthermore the system can easily be adapted to specific and changing needs for video intelligence. The open platform technology enables optimized support for advanced cameras like VIVOTEKs, and the ability to use extension modules enabling functions like video analytics.

Customer Feedback
The diversity and flexibility of VIVOTEK products have allowed Stallion Security to repeatedly develop comprehensive and customized surveillance solutions to satisfy the unique requirements of Eskom. In addition, the holistic, integrated solution outlines the ease of the implementation and the use of the Milestone XProtect Corporate software with VIVOTEK cameras, making the holistic solution for Medupi Power Station a sustainable, scalable system for their future growth needs. The Medupi Power Station can easily expand its system based on situational and financial requirements in the future. Mr. Alvin Flaum, technical director at Stallion, reports, “The client is extremely happy with the quality of images produced by the VIVOTEK cameras.”

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