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New Milestone Husky models ease the transition from analog to digital

New Milestone Husky models ease the transition from analog to digital

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 10/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has announcied an easier and more affordable way to make the transition from analog to digital technology. The Milestone Husky™ series of NVRs will now offer versions with integrated encoders that make it simple to connect analog and digital cameras, which run on IP networks, to the same box. Milestone Husky Hybrid NVRs are preinstalled with Milestone VMS and let end users build on their initial investment. The end users can continue to use existing analog cameras and add IP cameras over time for better evidence-quality video and surveillance features.

There is no need to throw out older cameras that are still working, as you add new network devices to your surveillance solution. At launch two configurations of Milestone Husky Hybrid NVRs will be pre-installed with XProtect 2014.

* Milestone Husky M30 Hybrid with 16 analog channels + 4 IP devices 4 TB storage / 8 GB RAM / i5 processor
* Milestone Husky M50 Hybrid with 32 analog channels + 16 IP devices 16 TB storage / 16 GB RAM / i7 processor

N.America foodservice giant deployed March Networks surveillance systems

N.America foodservice giant deployed March Networks surveillance systems

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 9/26/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Compass Group North America is a leading foodservice management company with annual sales over $12 billion and more than 200,000 associates. Its operating companies, including Morrison Healthcare, Bon Appétit Management, Levy Restaurants and Wolfgang Puck Catering, serve more than seven million meals a day in schools, hospitals, senior living communities, corporate campuses and sporting venues across the U.S. and Canada.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Compass Group North America has the privilege of serving such prestigious clients as Microsoft, IBM, United Technologies Corp., SAP, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University and the District of Columbia Public Schools. In addition, Compass Group provides catering to special events such as the US Open and the Academy Awards.

The group's success in the foodservice business relies on getting a lot of things right —from procurement and logistics to the preparation of nutritious, palate-pleasing food. Dedicated, trustworthy associates and satisfied customers are critical, but so too are loss prevention and an effective means of operational oversight.

Compass Group North America began deploying March Networks video surveillance systems in 2008 and currently has them installed in some 300 foodservice sites.

Chris McDonald, Senior Vice-President of Loss Prevention, joined the group in April 2012 by which time its loss prevention strategy was “pretty much already in place,” he said. “I was familiar with several different video surveillance systems, but had never dealt with March Networks and wasn't familiar with its technology. However, it didn't take me long to become a big fan. We've had really good success with it.”

 Valuable Video Evidence
Compass Group has a mix of 8000 Series and 4000 C hybrid networked video recorders and uses both analog and IP cameras to cover cash registers, food storage areas and back doors. Loss prevention staff in Atlanta rely on a third-party exception reporting system to alert them to potentially suspicious point-of-sale (POS) transactions and use the March Networks video surveillance system to view the associated video.

Performance metrics are also tracked to alert management to potential issues.

“For example, if we see that we're buying more food than we're producing, we'll start watching video,” said McDonald.

Unusual sales patterns are also cause for concern, prompting loss prevention staff to pay special attention to no-sales, voids and other potentially suspicious POS transactions flagged by the exception reporting system. Using video surveillance to view the actual transactions can provide McDonald's team with the evidence they need to take action against a dishonest cashier.

Video also allows the loss prevention team to monitor compliance with company policies for cashier accountability. As is the case in most retail environments, cashiers have their own cash drawers or unique log-ins which allow management to identify the cashier responsible for every transaction. Sharing log-ins defeats the purpose, but can be easily detected using video.

The same applies to the company's policy of always requiring two people present for cash counting during the completion of a shift, but as McDonald has discovered, having two people in the same room isn't always sufficient.

Video illustrating any lapses helps to improve compliance and is used by Compass Group for training purposes.

Operational Oversight
Traditionally, Compass Group has used video surveillance almost exclusively as a loss prevention tool, said McDonald. “We'd install cameras over the cash registers, the safe and the freezer door to make sure no one was stealing cash or inventory. There hasn't been a big focus on using video surveillance for operational oversight, but that's a direction we're moving in, especially with our Morrison Healthcare division.

“We're installing more cameras to provide us with an overview of the retail operation, the food preparation and dining areas and will be doing more video audits. Managers will be able to see, for example, if the salad bar is presentable after 12:30 in the afternoon and if the lettuce bowl is full — things like that, so even if they're offsite for the day, they'll be able to check in remotely on their laptops and see how things are going.”

Installing video surveillance systems in its foodservice locations can be complicated given the fact that Compass Group is typically operating under someone else's roof, explains McDonald.

There is also a wide range of scenarios — from seven day per week, public facing operations in a hospital, for example, to five day per week corporate cafés in restricted access campuses.

“Multiple permissions are invariably required to install video surveillance in one of our foodservice locations,” said McDonald. “We have to consult with HR, security and legal if we're capturing video of their employees. Then we have to go to IT because we have to pull cable. We try to demonstrate what we expect in terms of ROI and reduced number of incidents. We also sell them on the customer service benefit.”

This year alone, according to McDonald, 30 additional Compass Group sites have been equipped with March Networks video surveillance systems. For these and other more recent deployments, Compass Group is acquiring March Networks 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs, which come in 4-, 8-, 16- and 32-channel configurations and allow for the transition from 100 % analog to 100% IP cameras.

Convenient Browser-Based Client
Also underway is a transition from March Networks Visual Intelligence software to the company's new browser-based Command Enterprise video man­agement system, which can support up to 10,000 video recorders and 128,000 video channels in multisite applications.

“With Command, we don't need software loaded on each computer terminal, so it's a lot more convenient,” said McDonald. “We don't have to get IT involved as much or worry about updating software.”

Compass Group recently transitioned to March Networks Managed Services for tier one telephone support and monitoring of system performance.

The March Networks Managed Services team makes sure that the recorders and cameras are operating properly and dispatch system integrators if onsite maintenance is required.

“I don't have any issues at all with the technical support we have received,” said McDonald. “I've never had a question March Networks technicians couldn't answer or a problem they couldn't solve.

“We're very happy with the reliability of our March Networks technology and excited about how it can continue to contribute to our success, not only as a loss prevention tool, but as a means of ensuring the quality food service our customers have come to expect from us.”

Honeywell announces its newest solutions at Security Essen

Honeywell announces its newest solutions at Security Essen

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 9/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell announces its newest solutions showcased at Security Essen.  Honeywell's comprehensive product and solutions portfolio will be presented and include MB-Secure, a multifunctional and modular security control system, MB-Wireless Reed magnetic contact module, equIP Series S range of IP system cameras and Pro-Watch 4.2 enterprise access control system.

Honeywell's new MB-Secure platform is a multifunctional and modular design security control system that enables integration of intrusion detection, access control, and video within a single system. It includes a special licensing concept providing flexibility and ease of use. All MB-Secure control systems are equipped with a uniform circuit board and firmware. Individual required functions can be activated by installers with a license key via a web portal. Should security requirements change, installers can easily apply additional expansions and new areas, detector groups and subsections. This makes it easy to apply upgrades without the need for major changes or a complete control system replacement. A variety of custom-fit, intelligent security solutions can be implemented to suit a wide range of industries: the industrial sector, retail, banking and finance, public buildings, sports facilities, and museums.

Giving security installers a much wider range of options for commercial video surveillance installations, Honeywell also presents 14 new HD and Mega Pixel IP cameras to its equIP Series. The equIP Series S is a family of IP-ready products – including box cameras, IR indoor domes and rugged domes – that integrate with Honeywell and third-party network video recorders (NVRs) for complete video management. The new cameras deliver full HD video (up to 25 fps) with 720p, 1080p, 3MP or 5MP resolution for applications from small retail outlets all the way up to large systems for city centre surveillance. All of the cameras feature on-board micro SD card storage to help prevent video loss by storing locally when communication to the NVR or video service is off-line. The equIP Series S features P-Iris that provides sharper images with better clarity and contrast by optimising the depth of field and sensitivity most suited to any application.

Honeywell MB-Wireless Reed magnetic contact module gives users a whole new range of possibilities for high-quality security. The contact is ideal for monitoring windows and doors, and also easily used to secure and monitor objects such as cabinets, drawers and pictures. The clear advantages of the magnetic reed contact lie in the monitoring of moving or variable fittings and objects, for example at trade shows and exhibitions, temporary monitoring of buildings and tool depots.

Honeywell Pro-Watch security management system offers an access control system that allows integrators to cost effectively accommodate virtually any access control need. The latest version Pro-Watch 4.2 is compatible with multiple biometric reader options, along with added support for several brands and types of wireless locks – including options from Allegion (AD-400 Series), Assa Abloy (Aperio Line), and Salto (Sallis and SVN) – that enable the system to protect previously hard-to-reach doors and locations.

IDIS announces DirectIP integrated with Lenel OnGuard

IDIS announces DirectIP integrated with Lenel OnGuard

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 9/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS has announced successful Lenel factory testing of its DirectIP™ network video recorders (NVRs) with Lenel's OnGuard® access control, making the dedicated surveillance powerhouse a member of the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). The integration provides Lenel customers with seamless DirectIP™ integration and rich functionality through its OnGuard integrated platform in order to deliver end-users the full benefits of full-HD and high performance DirectIP™ surveillance.

Commenting on the integration, Brian Song, Managing Director of IDIS Europe said, “DirectIP™ combined with Lenel's OnGuard offers customers a powerful integrated management platform to streamline security operations and provide quick video identification of critical events to enable a faster and more accurate response to threats and incidents. The successful completion of the integration continues our commitment to providing cost effective and flexible security solutions, and extends our capability within the corporate enterprise sectors.”

The integration allows comprehensive DirectIP™ functionality including live video, record, play-back, pan-tilt-and-zoom (PTZ) control and allows operators to efficiently manage users from the unified OnGuard platform to deliver powerful event and alarm correlation with full-HD video verification.

“IDIS has completed the required factory testing to validate the interface of DirectIP™ with OnGuard. This integration also allows customers to upgrade to DirectIP™ as well as blending existing and legacy CCTV through the OnGuard platform.” said James Wheeler, UK Director, Lenel. “We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.”

Packaged as an end-to-end solution, comprising a range of cameras, monitors, network video recorders (NVR) and comprehensive video management software, DirectIP delivers unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance and industry-leading pricing levels.

Hikvision ensures Fun Safe Philly Summer in Philadelphia

Hikvision ensures Fun Safe Philly Summer in Philadelphia

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/12/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Hikvision teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to ensure success of their “Fun Safe Philly Summer” initiative. The program connects youth and their families to free and low-cost summer activities, including many events at the recreation centers spread throughout the city. With the safety of the community in mind, the city council has pledged significant budget investment to outfit all 140 centers with CCTV by 2016. After careful evaluation of all the products on the market, Hikvision's high-performance cameras, NVRs, and VMS technology were selected as a cost-effective solution to protect the city with cutting-edge video surveillance.

With over 600 facilities serving thousands of people each year, the Department of Parks and Recreation worked closely with City of Philadelphia Engineer Pedro Pinto to develop a high standard for CCTV design criteria. A primary concern was finding a system that could stay intact as existing infrastructure was gradually upgraded throughout the city.

“The system needed to be scalable and had to be networked at some point in the future,” explained Sheeba Money, Special Systems Designer at Arora Engineers, Inc., a firm involved with CCTV design for the City of Philadelphia. “With every department of the city operating on a different system, it was crucial to provide a video surveillance solution in the rec centers that could be linked into a central management system.” Because Hikvison's Video Management Systems easily communicate with each other and with systems made by other manufacturers, the feature-rich, reliable, VMS 4200 was the choice.

The video surveillance systems have been hugely successful in keeping the centers safe. In most cases, the presence of the cameras alone has been enough to prevent crime. Susan Slawson, Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, noted: “Where we were faced with vandalism, loitering, and burglaries before, the numbers decreased immediately once we outfitted our facilities with cameras. We don't just want a ‘fun, safe, Philly summer;' we want a fun, safe, Philly. With introduction of Hikvision video surveillance equipment, not only are we covering our sites, we can tell what's going on in the streets and coordinate with the police department if need be,” Commissioner Slawson, herself a 20-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, affirmed. Superior image quality from the Hikvision cameras plays a key role. “We have good video,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey confirmed, “that should help us a great deal.”

Fidelity Alarm installed the DS-2CD7254FWD-E 3MP Outdoor Network Camera in several of the rec centers due to the camera's wide dynamic range and true day/night functionality. “In addition to gathering footage from the immediate vicinity, it captures clear images from as far away as across the street,” explained Pat Phillips, Sales Manager at Fidelity Alarm. This month's shooting at the Dell Music Center is a tragic example of criminal activity dealing a blow to the community, but the police had a head start on the investigation due to cameras stationed on the building's exterior by Fidelity Alarm. Footage was provided to the police and images were released to the public so that the perpetrators could be swiftly identified.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, remarked, “Hikvision is proud to provide versatile, convenient, and efficient video surveillance solutions to the City of Philadelphia. Hikvision technology protects our society's most invaluable asset – our young people – in municipalities across the U.S. and Canada. As we continue to rapidly expand, we look forward to bringing even more success stories to the North American market.”

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A luxury hotel and resort group has completed the first installation of IDIS DirectIP full-HD surveillance at its new flagship resort in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a wider DirectIP rollout programme. Commissioned ahead of the resort's inauguration in December, the project is the first of twelve DirectIP solutions to be installed across the group's new properties in Asia and North America.

Ahead of opening the Phuket resort, the group's security team needed to implement a modern and high performance HD video surveillance solution that would be unobtrusive and match the resorts luxury brand and image. The solution needed to ensure the safety and security of the resort's guests and staff, while the implementation needed to meet extremely tight deadlines ahead of the inauguration in late 2013.

In November 2013, the hotel group turned to their trusted systems integrator, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS). RIS worked in partnership with CCTV specialist's iCenter HD to review a number of server-based surveillance solutions. After thorough evaluation, the team selected DirectIP, based on its innovative high performance combined with its capability for fast and simple implementation, affordable pricing and bundled IDIS Center™ video management, requiring no ongoing licence fees.

The complete end-to-end DirectIP solution, comprising 45 internal and external dome cameras and two 32-channel network video recorders (NVRs), is managed through the simple and intuitive IDIS Center video management software (VMS). The IP-enabled and vandal proof range of one and two megapixel cameras, also feature pan-tilt-zoom, low light and audio functionality. Eighteen terabytes of storage provided by the DirectIP NVRs support the resort's requirement to store 31 days of footage all in full-HD.

The user-friendly solution operates just like a traditional analogue DVR-based system with all the necessary accessories supplied by IDIS to build a complete full-HD surveillance solution.

Andy Rutlege, Managing Director at RIS, said, “The luxury resort group are an existing prestigious and important customer for RIS, and we were determined to complete the project ahead of the inauguration. As an established systems integrator, having completed a large number of IP CCTV projects, DirectIP offered us a previously unseen level of seamless integration. To ensure we delivered the project on time and on budget, iCenter HD distributed the kit in record time to Thailand and remained incredibly responsive throughout the project.

“We are currently rolling out two similar DirectIP solutions in the Maldives and Miami with another nine scheduled over the next few months. We intend to use IDIS DirectIP™ combined with the services offered by iCenter HD for these and many projects in the future.”

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In a brief interview Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, has explained the decision to invest in the development of a new generation of analogue cameras and recorders.

Q: Tim, at a time when IP network based video surveillance solutions are increasingly being specified for projects of all sizes, why has Samsung Techwin made what many will think is a surprising decision to introduce a new range of analogue products?
A: The widespread adoption of IP is inevitable and at Samsung Techwin we have been developing our open Platform WiseNetIII 1.3MP, 2MP and 3MP camera range, as well as our ‘zero configuration' NVRs that are changing the way we all work with IP based video surveillance.

There is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems. These maybe working well but the users may now wish to upgrade to achieve improved identification grade images, which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver; and the users are not ready for various reasons to migrate to a network based solution.
We have therefore introduced our new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras (1000TVL) and DVRs that are interoperable with the many thousands of existing analogue CCTV systems across Europe.

Q: Where do you think they are likely to be installed?
A: Anywhere there is a need for a highly competitively priced video monitoring solution but where the user does not wish to compromise on quality or functionality. Collectively the first eight new models are in fact designed to offer solutions for a wide range of application, and environments from offices, retail stores, schools, hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

Q: Do think the Beyond series is likely to be specified for new installations?
A: Although we have introduced the new cameras and domes with legacy systems in mind, we believe that the new cameras and DVRs will prove to be very popular with installers who are not as confident with network based solutions and where their customers do not at this time wish to invest in an IP infrastructure.

Q: What is so special about the Beyond analogue series?
A: Primarily it is the fact that they incorporate 1280H technology which offers users the opportunity to capture and record very high quality images at 1000TV lines. Equally important, the eight new cameras and domes are equipped as standard with innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

Q: Can you give some examples of this?
A: Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas, such as reception areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Q: Are the new cameras and DVRs compatible with all existing analogue systems?
A: Yes, the good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, and legacy analogue systems.

Q: With so many already on the market, was it really necessary for Samsung Techwin to introduce some new DVRs?
A: We did so to ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the new eight Beyond models and by this I mean that the new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs can simultaneously record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

We have also taken the opportunity to make the new DVRs are user friendly as possible. For example, they offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. They also have an individual camera loop-through feature and a simple HDD upgrade facility.

They also benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

IDIS appoints John Psyllos DirectIP Project Manager

IDIS appoints John Psyllos DirectIP Project Manager

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 8/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS has appointed John Psyllos to the role of Product Manager reporting to Brian Song, Managing Director, IDIS Europe based out of the Korean manufacturer's European headquarters in Brentford, London.

John joins IDIS to lead DirectIP™ product management across Europe and the Middle East. His appointment strengthens the IDIS commitment to further develop third party integrations, which deliver powerful off-the-shelf functionality to increase the flexibility and cost effectiveness of DirectIP™ surveillance solutions. John will work closely with IDIS technical support as well as the sales and marketing team to increase sales of the DirectIP™ line up by developing and maintaining high levels of product value, quality and industry recognition.

John brings with him extensive security industry experience across technical design, engineering, project and account management. An electronic and IT network engineer with a deep understanding of IP surveillance technology, John spent over ten years with leading UK security systems integrator, First City Care. In his most recent role as a technical design consultant, John oversaw the implementation and maintenance of tightly integrated security solutions at London headquartered corporate enterprises.

Commenting on his appointment, Brian Song, Managing Director at IDIS Europe, said, “I am confident John will further strengthen our DirectIP™ integration capability and rich functionality, to meet the growing demand for seamlessly integrated security solutions from across a range of markets. I'm delighted that John is already a fantastic addition to our team, and will ensure IDIS continues to be the partner of choice for our customers.”

John Psyllos, Product Manager, IDIS Europe, added, “We will continue to work closely with our system integration partners and end users customers to develop ground-breaking innovation to lead the market and extend our enterprise offering.”

John holds a Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa as well as Cisco and Microsoft certifications. He has also held various engineering and training roles at Siemens Telecoms.

IDIS offers DirectIP as an end-to-end solution, comprising a range of cameras, monitors, NVRs and comprehensive video management software. DirectIP™ delivers prominent plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance and industry-leading pricing levels.

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

UK Security Market(2-2): Hot and crowded

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 8/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The UK security market carries some special features; the most notorious is its large number of legacy analog systems. In addition, bearing the consideration over extra cost of re-cabling and labor, complexity of different projects, and requirement toward high quality, UK customers naturally take extra caution in making purchases and adopting new technologies, such as IP. Over the years, the IP adoption speed has picked up dramatically for a country with high resistance to IP; however, it is still comparatively slower than the US, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian regions. According to different vendors' comments, the ratio of analog to IP installation in the U.K. is around 50-to-50 or 40-to-60. Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management at Tyco Security Products, dissected the IP growth momentum and said, “The price of IP security products has become more challenging over the past 12 months. It pushes the higher-end IP market to generate more values, such as embracing more intelligent video and mobility in security systems. It also helps stimulate the traditional, cost-driven, analog market (such as the U.K.) to adopt more IP.“

Fully Supports Different Technologies
In a country with widespread legacy systems, companies in the U.K. pay extra attention to developing different technologies, such as encoders/ switchers or hybrid systems to fulfill the requirements for fusing analog and IP systems together. Gerard Otterspeer, Regional Marketing Manager of Video Systems for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems, suggested, “The U.K. has a large base of legacy systems. So, there is always a need to make sure if your systems are able to integrate with legacy systems. We feel that the UK market is going IP quite fast; roughly, 60 percent of our projects here use IP. When providing the IP products here, we also have to ensure they connect with other analog systems too.” In addition, “It is very important to have full product portfolios to support the large legacy market. We do have a wide range of products, such as encoders, and also HD hybrid cameras supporting IP and analog,” he highlighted.

This was also echoed by Axis. Andres Vigren, Product Manager for Axis Communications said, “The U.K. has a history of analog. We are coming from IT. It is very important to have a complete portfolio also including encoders and media converters, to make sure that customers can easily upgrade from analog to IP. Media converters are easy to deploy which you can still keep your coaxial cables.”

Looking to another group of companies, they bring a different statement in appropriate solutions to this market by highlighting the major benefits of using hybrid systems. Carney said, “We have heavily invested in the migration solutions, particularly hybrid solutions that employ a mix of analog and IP technology. I think the encoder market has disappointed some people in some aspects since it costs more for hardware and software for further upgrade. Some people expect encoders could be the transition point, but I would say the transition actually begins with hybrid NVRs and DVRs.” He further explained, “Tyco's American Dynamics and Exacq hybrid NVRs have IP and analog inputs. So, just because in the future the customer fully upgrades to IP, the processing power remains the same whether the device is handling analog or IP video."

March Networks also focused on hybrid NVRs, Stefano Torri, European Sales Director at March Networks said, “Inside the hybrid NVR is a box of encoders, so you can connect it with IP cameras and of course support analog. It is one well set-up alliance, embedded with video management software and added in video analytics. We develop our own video analytics, which we called ‘business intelligence.' We provide a very strong video analytics and value-added software for transaction integration with POS and ATM systems, particularly for big commercial, retail, and banking sector.”

End-to-End Solutions to cater to SIs
Due to the aforementioned considerations of UK customers and extra cost over installation, companies usually have to cater to what systems integrators really need and also bring more added values. Therefore, the total cost of ownership (TCO), return on investment (ROI), and ease of installation are most often evaluated when selecting products and designing systems.

The number of companies who provide end-to-end solutions rise in the market to further ensure systems have seamless compatibility and interoperability. Andrew Myung, Director of Strategy & Planning Team for Global Business Division at IDIS emphasized, “To optimize the values of total video surveillance solutions, education to customers is very important. The obvious example is especially when the retail customers have chain stores around the country; it carries extra time and cost to upgrade their systems within all their branches. Therefore, what we propose is the simplicity of IP systems with the idea of ‘plug-and-play,' which is very similar to the old, analog systems. Since what we provide is a very wide, end-to-end product line, the hefty increase of installation and maintenance time, labor and difficulties can largely be alleviated.” In the U.K., brand awareness and quality are important. What is worth noticing is IDIS, well-known in the OEM business for a long while, spent a very short timeframe preparation to complete its full IP video product lines and market its own brands in the U.K. and other European regions. This year, it has already launched 4K cameras, NVRs, and also monitors.

Full Video & Access Control
Integration to Simplify Work for SIs Solution providers are also working on developing integrated systems. Avigilon, another end-to-end solutions provider, this year, further demonstrated its integrated access control platform, which is able to manage an alarm from access control and video in one single platform. “Our most recent version of access control software includes the introduction of an appliance, which is an ideal solution for up to 32 readers, to address the physical security needs of small to mediumsized sites. It simplifies security with a cost-effective, all-in-one appliance,” said Ian Povey, Director of Product Marketing and Product Management for Avigilon, in a press release.

Carney continued, “Tyco also invested very heavily in integration of our video and access control systems. Both of our video and access control now are able to be integrated into one single platform, which we see as being a requirement for the middle to high-end market. These integrated solutions can better manage the work flow and cost, and provide better service.”

Since the UK market is quite crowded, companies are looking for more added values to differentiate their security systems. Meanwhile, end users no longer want standalone products but integrated solutions from a single company. Andrew Dicken, GM of System Solutions Group of Panasonic System Communications Company Europe said, “The market trend we have seen over the past five years across the EU, not just the UK, is a move toward integrated systems. Panasonic's System Solutions Group has engineering teams working globally on projects that integrate numerous products with proprietary or third party software and total security technologies.”

On the manufacturers' side, forming partnerships over technologies or strategic alliances is a common approach to develop integrated solutions. Panasonic's entrance into the European access control market is a very obvious example. To become a total solution provider, Panasonic Europe expanded its access control product line by forming a strategic alliance with Bravida Fire & Security, a leading access control and intruder alarm company based in Scandinavia. Dicken commented, “Through this strategic alliance, Bravida is able to use Panasonic's video surveillance and fire platform, and Panasonic uses Bravida's access control and intruder platform. Two companies are forming an alliance, a synergy of two major brands in Europe. We are designing products together and also are integration partners. Besides, we are able to share the market intelligence as well as engineering and sales resources.”

Third-party Partnership Calls for Open Platform
To cater to what systems integrators and end users need, some companies work on third-party integration and partnerships. Peter Ainsworth, Head of Product & Marketing at Samsung Techwin Europe said, “What we are highlighting this year is the processing power of our latest DSP chipset that is incorporated into our latest generation of video surveillance cameras is such that we can offer customers complete freedom and flexibility to choose the edge based video analytics App, which best matches their individual requirements. The DSP chipset has the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and so, in addition to utilizing video analytics for security or business intelligence purposes, customers have the option to run a wide range of other types of Apps such as, for example, cloud storage.”

Another example is PSIM, which benefits most large enterprises, is able to integrate more non-traditional security sensors into the solution to get more operational benefits and save money to increase ROI, according to Jamie Wilson, Marketing Manager of Security of EMEA at NICE Systems. One case is PSIM collocates with VMS in building management systems to control lights, ventilation systems, and lift management. The integration enables the data from other systems to come in PSIM.

Constructing Security ecosystems
Telling from the latest development in the UK security market, it won't work if companies just follow the traditional way to do security business. Even manufacturers need to leverage the strength from other manufacturers to create new business and markets, not to mention other channel players. We can expect in the future for many security ecosystems to be built up. Again, companies working hard in the U.K. provide valuable examples for other markets, too.

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Historical city Yerevan makes its first step to safe city with Avigilon

Historical city Yerevan makes its first step to safe city with Avigilon

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The Capital of Armenia deploys Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System as critical first step in safe city Initiative
One of the oldest cities in the world dating back to 782 BC, Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, is the country's political and economic hub. With more than a million residents and attracting tourists from around the world, Yerevan is compact and crowded, with an intense cultural life that draws a lot of traffic. Like all municipalities, Yerevan is vulnerable to threats driven by overcrowding, criminal activity, and natural disasters. To improve the safety of its citizens and visitors, the city has launched a “Safe City” initiative to reduce and prevent crime, and enhance the quality of life in the city. At the heart of its Safe City initiative is the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, currently deployed in the city's roads and parking lots with plans to cover the entire city to better protect its people, property, and assets.

Challenge
Manage municipal paid parking system and roll out a Safe City initiative to better protect people, property, infrastructure, and assets.

Solution
Parking City Service has deployed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in parking areas within the city center, and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of 24x7 continuous surveillance footage on 40 Avigilon Network Video Recorders located in the new air-conditioned data center.

Benefits
- Effective management of paid parking system
- Secure parked vehicles and prevent crime
- Generate revenue for city
- Assist in traffic flow management - Faster footage search and export times
- High-quality image detail for identification - Scalable to meet future Safe City goals

The First Step
As a first step in Yeravan's Safe City Project, the municipality engaged Parking City Service, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and support, to manage the surveillance system deployment at the city's parking lots and to monitor traffic in the crowded downtown core. “We believe that customers of the new paid parking system should receive good value for their money – ensuring the safety of vehicles is absolutely critical,” said Vazgen Harutyunyan, director at Parking City Service. “We looked at solutions from all the major players and selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality that captures the smallest details, advanced search and playback functionality, and ease-of-use.”

Avigilon in the City
Parking City Service has installed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in designated parking areas to date and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of continuous surveillance footage on 20 Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs), located in the company's new air-conditioned data center. Parking City Service installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time, with excellent support from the Avigilon team. “We had no issues with installation and set-up, and Avigilon answers any questions we had promptly and accurately,” confirmed Harutyunyan.

Parking System Management
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used primarily to manage the city's new paid parking system and regulate what has been a disorderly situation for years. “We leverage the image quality of the Avigilon HD cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles parked in our lots and if payment is not made, a ticket is issued,” explained Harutyunyan. Operators review archived footage to identify vehicles that have not paid, creating a five-minute video clip that is attached to the ticket. “We create between 500 to 600 video clips each day, which we are able to do efficiently using the advanced search and playback features of the Avigilon Control Center software,” noted Harutyunyan. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system ensures patron safety and parking availability, and also helps generate revenue for the city that can be used to further improve traffic flow in the downtown core.

Intuitive Searching Saves Time
Searching through large amounts of footage can be time consuming work, but operators can dramatically reduce the time required using the advanced functionality of the ACC software. Operators can digitally zoom in on image details from single or multiple cameras to capture necessary data and have full control over forward and reverse playback with drag and zoom capabilities for faster search times. “Avigilon Control Center is extremely user-friendly and intuitive, so we can quickly search through multiple cameras for fast results – in fact, we can complete all our reports in just a half an hour, even when multiple cameras are involved,” stated Harutyunyan.

Exporting Video Boosts Safety
The city also leverages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for public safety purposes, reviewing footage of theft, vandalism, crime, and accidents in surrounding areas for investigative purposes. Feedback from local law enforcement and municipal agencies has been positive. “We can quickly and easily export video to help police in their forensic work,” explained Harutyunyan. “In one case, in which a man entered a building with a rifle, we were able to immediately provide footage which led to his arrest within hours.” Surveillance video is also shared with the city to assess traffic flow or analyze other urban planning concerns. “By collaborating with the city, we can help improve traffic flow, reduce crime and congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life in Yerevan.”

Clear Image Detail
Another key selling feature of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its exceptional image quality – both day and night. The Avigilon HD Bullet cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination to increase in-the-dark visibility without using a visible light source, important for operators to effectively capture minute details, such as license plate numbers, at any time of the day or night. “I also really like the fact that the Avigilon HD cameras come with an integrated lens for remote focus and zoom control,” said Harutyunyan. “I can easily change a camera's focus from 3 mm to 9 mm or 22 mm for even greater clarity.”

Future Scalability
Scalability was another important requirement, especially given the city's plans to expand the surveillance system right across the municipality. “With the Avigilon surveillance system, we will have no blind zones in the city center, with cameras installed on posts every 30 to 40 meters,” described Harutyunyan. “The Avigilon system will easily grow with us as we work towards 100 percent coverage of the entire city within the next few years.”

A Safer City Environment
The parking lot surveillance solution is just the first step in Yerevan's Safe City Initiative to enhance public safety and protect critical infrastructure, property, and assets. With broader access to surveillance footage, city officials can respond to events faster and more accurately than before to reduce crime and manage crisis situations in real-time – on every street corner. “Our final goal is to create a safer city for residents and visitors alike,” concluded Harutyunyan. “With easier and more timely access to high-quality surveillance footage through the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, we can easily achieve greater situational awareness for better overall protection.”

 

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