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Avigilon HD solution oversees ski resort in North America

Avigilon HD solution oversees ski resort in North America

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The largest ski and outdoor sports resort in North America required a high-performance HD video surveillance system that can ensure visitor and employee safety, protect company assets and reduce theft in its retail and rental division.

Solution
Security personnel at Whistler Blackcomb manage the Avigilon high-definition security system from their control room using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) 5 network management software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. The resort uses over 100 Avigilon HD Dome and HD Bullet cameras, ranging from 1 MP to 5 MP in both indoor and outdoor settings, to monitor retail and rental stores, inventory locations, public loading areas, financial vaults, employee service areas, and numerous doors and gates. Whistler Blackcomb uses Avigilon video encoders to leverage the resort's 100-plus existing analog cameras. The team also uses ACC Mobile to view live and recorded images remotely and Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs) to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance footage.

World Renowned Ski Resort Protects Guests, Employees and Company Assets
Located just 125 km north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is a world class ski resort that accommodates over two million skiers and snowboarders annually. One of the main venues during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and home of the world-record breaking “Peak 2 Peak” Gondola. In recent years, the resort had relied on an outdated, largely analog-based video surveillance system to oversee its security initiatives. But with 8,171 acres of skiable terrain along with over 100 buildings and facilities on the property, it was inevitable that Whistler Blackcomb would need to upgrade to a versa tile, high-performance video surveillance solution that can efficiently manage the area. “Our video coverage for viewing was antiquated and not effective,” said Carl Rochon, IT Systems Administrator at Whistler Blackcomb. “The number of buildings, the terrain and the multiple business units that we operate certainly posed a challenge and made it difficult for us as a security department to analyze footage right away.” With the assistance of the Vancouver-based security integrator, BMS Integrated Services, the resort considered several surveillance camera manufacturers before ultimately selecting Avigilon. “We felt that Avigilon offered the complete package of quality cameras at a good price and an excellent interface to maximize the effectiveness of those cameras,” said Rochon. “We are continually impressed with this combination.” Whistler Blackcomb has been so satisfied with the Avigilon system, the resort has plans to install over 600 more cameras and 12 NVRs in the next few years. “We are moving closer to our goal of greater employee safety, external guest safety and the protection of company assets by utilizing surveillance technology with better evidence,” Rochon said. “We are certainly moving in that direction with our Avigilon solution.”

Improved Safety
Given the vast terrain and multiple business units that Whistler Blackcomb is home to, ensuring the safety of guests and employees can be challenging for security officials at the resort. Each separate division within Whistler Blackcomb's umbrella of operations has their own security and safety concerns. “Our Guest Services Division would cite employee and guest safety as their top priority,” Rochon said. “It is from this perspective that we endeavor to leverage practices and technology to minimize these concerns.” HD video surveillance has enabled security officials at Whistler Blackcomb to monitor large outdoor areas with greater efficiency, which has been a key asset in locating lost skiers or assessing any incidents. “As we upgrade our cameras across our mountain operations, the only question I am constantly asked from the various business units is, ‘When can we get that new camera solution installed at our location?'” said Rochon. “It makes a much needed difference for improved safety, security and protection.” Despite the size of Whistler Blackcomb, the Avigilon solution has also proven to be a cost-effective surveillance solution for the resort. “We were always told that Avigilon was too expensive to install for a site like ours,” said Rochon. “We found the opposite to be true.”

Minimize Theft
With over two million annual skiers and snowboarders, as well as 1500 full-time and 3500 seasonal employees, minimizing theft was a challenging task for Whistler Blackcomb. Since deploying the Avigilon HD solution, the security team at Whistler Blackcomb has been able to effectively protect the resort's retail and rental stores, inventory locations, public loading areas, financial vaults, employee service areas, and numerous doors and gates. The resort has also been able to use the high-definition footage to identify and prosecute individuals who commit theft. “With each camera installation, it gives us greater evidence to apprehend the culprits as well as deter those that may be contemplating such actions,” said Rochon. “Our local RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) detachment doesn't hesitate to request video evidence anymore since we have installed our Avigilon cameras.” Almost immediately after deploying the Avigilon solution in the ski rental shop at the resort, the security team was able to catch two individuals stealing expensive snowboards and equipment. “Because of the clarity of the image captured, we were immediately able to clearly identify our suspects and push that picture out to all our managers in the area,” said Rochon. “The perpetrators tried to flee Whistler quickly and it didn't work for them.” The Avigilon solution also positively impacts the resort's ability to affect the costs associated with vandalism and theft. Once the resort completes its Avigilon camera expansion, Rochon estimates Avigilon's end-to-end solution will help Whistler Blackcomb recover $250,000 worth of product per year. “All in all, we probably have half a million dollars worth of theft or damage to property that shouldn't occur,” said Rochon. “Avigilon will not only help us cut that cost in half, but it will also lower our liability insurance cost.”

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global smart home has really hit its stride. Even the big boys – Google, Apple and Samsung – are all head over heels looking to make a statement. According to a study released by Juniper Research, the smart home market will reach a staggering $71 billion by 2018.

So who are amongst the drivers behind the move toward mass adoption? For one, Taiwan makers are very much onboard the smart home bandwagon, providing new features and solutions that help push the industry into the next generation as our homes become the hub for smarter living.

The smart home arena in Taiwan is a colorful representation of those in the know. It can generally be summed up by three types of players. First, there are those that are already IT and networking experts in their respective fields, providing gateways, home cameras and cloud services for telcos, MSOs, retailers, SIs, and IT distributors respectively. Companies falling into this category include D-Link, Gemtek, Advantech, Sercomm, AlphaNetworks, Chicony, Liteon, and JSW, just to name a few.

Secondly, there are those carried over from the traditional security sector. Companies like BarvoTech, Lilin, StarVedia, Amegia, Vivotek, ACTeck, GKB, AMTK and Pixord are some examples of those who offered home cameras, NAS, or home NVRs for security distributors, alarm monitoring companies and SIs. Due to their earlier presence, these companies are well positioned globally by name and expertise in the security arena.

On further note, Unitech, Climax, Everspring, Amroad and Touchlife are some of the veterans in the intercom and anti-theft fields who have since been making PIR sensors, wireless alarm kits, video door phones, control panels and HA solutions for security distributors and SIs, alarm monitoring companies, or home automation SIs. These experts are all vying for smart home solutions through enhanced user experiences.

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IDIS DirectIP deployed in Sawbridgeworth Town Council in the UK

IDIS DirectIP deployed in Sawbridgeworth Town Council in the UK

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Sawbridgeworth Town Council in Hertfordshire has completed its upgrade to next generation IDIS DirectIP™ full-HD wireless network surveillance. Designed and installed by systems integrator, Sunstone IP Systems, the council selected the DirectIP™ solution based on performance, affordability and Sunstone's innovative system design. The system, which is ‘free to air' also provides Sawbridgeworth with significant ongoing savings against using leased lines.

With incidents of theft, vandalism and anti-social behaviour Sawbridgeworth Town Council wanted to upgrade its surveillance capability to cover shopping areas, main thoroughfares and its new town council offices. Following a thorough technology evaluation, Sawbridgeworth selected Sunstone IP Systems for its forward thinking approach encompassing IDIS DirectIP™ full-HD cameras, IDIS video management software and a digital wireless network to keep infrastructure and installation costs to a minimum. The Sunstone team demonstrated how next generation technologies from IDIS, including the intuitive software platform, would support the detection of criminal activity and ensure public safety.

Sunstone installed a digital point to multi-point wireless network throughout the town with link speeds in excess of 100mbps per location. The network currently supports external DirectIP™ dome cameras, installed on existing Hertfordshire County Council owned lamp posts, back to DirectIP™ network video recorders (NVRs) located in Sawbridgeworth's town council offices. The vandal proof, day and night cameras feature infrared, audio input and output as well as motorised vari-focal lenses for ease of configuration. The cameras provide coverage of the town centre, including a major road junction and thoroughfare in and out of London, plus the new town council premises.

The Sunstone designed system provides council staff with a centralised monitoring capability, while giving Hertfordshire Police remote access to full-HD footage in order to detect and solve crime including while on the move via tablets. To date the DirectIP™ solution has provided vital evidence for three crimes since its implementation in the late summer of 2014, and has become a blueprint for town centre surveillance in the Hertfordshire and Essex area.

Richard Bowran, Town Clerk of Sawbridgeworth Town Council, said, “Frustrated with much of the dated technology and inflexible, expensive service levels on offer we talked with Sunstone about their innovative approach to providing a solution for Sawbridgeworth. Their solution fits in with our conservation area, covers with remarkable clarity the key areas of the town and is expandable for the future. Commended by Hertfordshire Police, it has already proved its worth in safeguarding the people of the town.”

Paul Schellhaas, Managing Director, Sunstone IP Systems, added, “The IDIS DirectIP™ solution has enabled us to present a very competitive offering that combined high performance with plug-and-play installation and simple configuration. We are thrilled that the implementation has now become a showcase for other town councils looking to affordably upgrade to full-HD and network surveillance.”

EverFocus to showcase comprehensive solutions with latest line-up at Intersec 2015

EverFocus to showcase comprehensive solutions with latest line-up at Intersec 2015

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 11/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus is going to exhibit its recent and upcoming products at Intersec, the leading international platform of security and surveillance industry in the Middle East and North Africa region during 18th to 20th January, 2015. EverFocus will highlight its position at the event as a solution provider to offer customers with the most customizable surveillance solutions utilizing its complete product line-up including eZ.IP, eZ.HD, mobile and access control series that we will demonstrate this time.

EverFocus will display our latest products with a focus on four main areas: The eZ.IP series comprises a diverse array of function-abundant IP cameras with true plug & play 8-channel NVRs. It features an IP video surveillance solution that stresses ease-of-use and intuitive user experience. On top of that, the eZ Tracker function, the synergy of fisheye and PTZ camera will also be showcased at our booth. The eZ.HD series is another series which EverFocus would be more than eager to introduce to our analog CCTV customers. The eZ.HD DVRs and cameras adopts the latest Analog HD technology, permitting excellent high-quality images of resolution up to 720P which is way superior to traditional analog CCTV. Moreover, it's easy to install and integrate with the existing CCTV systems, so this new eZ.HD video surveillance system will definitely prove itself a truly cost-effective solution. As for the mobile surveillance solution — one of EverFocus' long-recognized strengths — in this year, we will introduce a brand-new hybrid mobile DVR (EMV401/801/1601) which supports a combination of both IP and analog mobile cameras in order to have a wider range of application. Lastly, the access control products which have already gain a large market share in China will also be exhibited at Intersec 2015.

As a matter of fact, this year, we have another main emphasis – Genie XMS, EverFocus' open systems integration platform. It is well-designed with a scalable and modular architecture; therefore it can easily integrate with various applications according to different security objectives. Thus, scalability, flexibility and reliability are the defining factors of this platform which EverFocus will strongly promote at this event. To deliver this clear image to customers, all the product series mentioned above will be displayed in a way that everything is connected and can be all threaded through Genie XMS.

The Genie XMS will be run on our enterprise-level 8-bay rack mount Commander 2 ENVR8008 or the 4-bay tower Elite 2 NVR8004X which will connect all the IP-based devices including IP cameras, NVRs (ENVR8304E), hybrid mobile DVRs (EMV1601) and access control products, respectively demonstrating different functions and applications such as eZ Tracker, Access Control, the License Plate Recognition (LPR) and fleet management (xFleet).

Other innovations showcased this time include our hot-seller IP Sidekick (ESK1000), a small gadget to simplify your IP camera's viewing angle and focus adjustments on installation site, and the useful Palun, a PoE-powered Video Balun. It can transmit both power and digital IP video signal over coaxial cable from PoE device to IP camera so that you can simply use it to upgrade the surveillance system from analog to IP, leveraging the existing coaxial infrastructure without re-cabling.

We are very glad to introduce our flexible and scalable security solutions at the event. If you are interested in our products and solutions, please visit us at booth S1H-33C Intersec, in Dubai, UAE, during 18th to 20th January, 2015!

Fairmont Jakarta safeguards the guests security with QNAP VioStor NVR solution

Fairmont Jakarta safeguards the guests security with QNAP VioStor NVR solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Situated at the south end of Jakarta's central business district, Fairmont Jakarta features 380 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. Known for its location and scale, the Fairmont Jakarta hotel features 3,500 square meters of function space, including a 1,200 square meter ballroom.

With hundreds of guests visiting each day, Fairmont Jakarta management requires a large-scale surveillance system to ensure customer safety while monitoring and recording hotel activities. In the first stage, they needed to deploy a video surveillance system capable of simultaneously monitoring tens of security cameras in the extensive areas in and around the hotel building. The management also preferred a surveillance system that would be highly flexible and expandable, allowing for the easy addition of new IP cameras.

After thorough research, Fairmont Jakarta selected the QNAP VioStor VS-12164U-RP Pro+ NVR for their security system deployment. The VS-12164U-RP Pro+ NVR features extensive expansion capabilities and allows for new models to be easily integrated into the system using simple network connections without physical cabling and complicated setup procedures.

The QNAP VS-12164U-RP Pro+ VioStor NVR is a high-end 2U chassis network surveillance server that supports high quality real-time video/audio monitoring, megapixel recording (up to 10-megapixel), and playback of multiple IP cameras. The VioStor VS-12164U-RP Pro+ can simultaneously handle inputs from up to 64 megapixel cameras. Featuring a powerful Quad-core Intel® Core™ i5 processor with 8 GB DDR3 RAM, it is an enterprise-grade NVR that delivers high performance with 450 Mbps throughput for recording and smooth playback of multiple megapixel cameras. With HDMI output and hardware decoding, the VS-12164U-RP Pro+ provides the ability to deliver up to 300fps Full HD local display. The Linux-based VioStor VS-12164U-RP Pro+ enables quick and easy deployment of multiple NVRs. It is designed with the user in mind and offers a simple and intuitive setup in six steps. Coupled with powerful performance and stability, this solution is tailor-made for enterprise surveillance needs.

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, has announced that Bankomat AB, one of Sweden's largest ATM services providers, has selected the company's high-performance 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs for advanced security and asset protection of a 2,200 ATM network, with an initial large-scale rollout slated for completion by the end of 2014.

Bankomat is co-owned by the five largest banks in the country: Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank, and has been gradually consolidating each financial institution's ATM network. Many of the ATMs previously had no video surveillance or relied on a variety of different vendor platforms.

Stanley Security, a March Networks certified partner, recommended the March Networks 8704 Hybrid NVR as the ideal platform for Bankomat, and is currently managing the rollout. The 8704 model is designed for space-constrained locations like an ATM and has optimised H.264 compression – unique to March Networks – that delivers detailed HD video and noticeably sharper images from legacy analogue cameras without impacting video storage requirements. The highly-reliable recording platform also features an internal backup battery guaranteeing a systematic shutdown in the event of a power failure, a variety of security features and up to 2 TB of onboard storage.

“The unique model offered by Stanley Security and March Networks delivers greater efficiencies for ATM oversight,” explained Bankomat Security Chief Peter Svahn. “The ATMs are equipped with between two and four cameras. Many of the sites have older analogue cameras, but a transition to IP technology is in the works. IP cameras give us much better quality, so there's no reason I can see to work with analogue equipment.”

Stanley Security, which is also responsible for managing and servicing the video solution and retrieving video at Bankomat's request, is using March Networks' Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) software for centralised control of all recorder programming.

“The decision to standardise on March Networks made sense,” said Anders Gustafsson, Stanley Security's Stockholm-based Vertical Segment Manager for banking. “They are a preferred vendor in the banking market because of the functionality of their systems, their ease of use and reliability. It's not often that we have to replace a March Networks recorder.”

Complementing the video security at each ATM is Stanley's Pacom access control system, which allows security operations personnel to remotely unlock ATM service doors for authorised armoured car staff. Integration with the March Networks system allows Stanley Security guards to access video at the location to keep an eye on the scene and alert law enforcement in the event of a holdup or unauthorised access.

 Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to EXIR network bullet cameras

Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to EXIR network bullet cameras

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Homes, offices and small-to-medium enterprises are set to benefit from the addition of Hikvision's advanced EXIR Bullet network cameras to its easy IP solution line-up. The DS-2CD2T series of 2- and 3-Megapixel cameras feature high-performance LED light sources and a revolutionary rectangular lens for seamless HD formatting but now boast Infrared Gain Glass for ultimate light transmittance and unparalleled levels of night-time surveillance.

The DS-2CD2T series also features 3D DNR and DWDR image enhancement technology, dual video streams, Power over Ethernet capability and an IP66 environmental protection.

Improved infrared light transmittance
Both the 2 and 3-Megapixel DS-2CD2T series cameras use specially coated Infrared Gain Glass for improved infrared light transmittance. This delivers even clearer images and is especially well suited to applications that require high resolution images to be captured in low-light environments. With an IR range of up to 80 metres from its four EXIR LEDs, the DS-2CD2T-I8 is ideal for perimeter intrusion detection, especially at night time.

EXIR Technology
The DS-2CD2T series also incorporates Hikvision's EXIR infrared array technology to provide industry-leading illumination in any low- or zero-light environment. Benefiting from an advanced, highly efficient light source that provides up to 30% more illumination efficiency compared to other LEDs and a revolutionary rectangular lens for uniform scene illumination and seamless HD formatting, Hikvision's EXIR cameras deliver the most advanced levels of night-time surveillance available on the market today.

Part of Easy IP Solution
The DS-2CD2T series Network Bullet EXIR cameras are part of the Hikvision's Easy IP solution, boasting Easy Installation and Easy Viewing with the combination of Hikvision Plug & Play NVR and video surveillance software.

Installation is a simple 2-step process that's even easier than Analog - plug the camera(s) into the NVRs PoE port(s), then connect the monitor and you're ready to enjoy HD video recording instantly without IP address forwarding. Easy Viewing allows you to watch and play live video anytime and anywhere. Users just need to simply download the Hikvision EZVIZ smartphone app for free, by scanning the QR code on the back of camera through EZVIZ app, live video viewing and playback will be available over the internet remotely. It's completely configuration free and it's that easy!
Enabling users to excellently monitor environment day & night, this new EXIR camera series gives users the confidence that their property is securely protected.

Available models
DS-2CD2T22-I3 / DS-2CD2T22-I5 / DS-2CD2T22-I8 - 2.0 MP EXIR Network Bullet Cameras.
DS-2CD2T32-I3 / DS-2CD2T32-I5 / DS-2CD2T32-I8 - 3.0 MP EXIR Network Bullet Cameras.

Hikvision adds mini IR PT camera to easy IP range

Hikvision adds mini IR PT camera to easy IP range

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision's range of Easy IP solutions is boosted with the launch of a sophisticated Infrared Pan & Tilt IP camera. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW 1MP Mini IR PT network camera is in compact size yet features HD720p real-time video with motorized pan and tilt. The discrete housing also incorporates a built-in microphone and speaker, an SD card slot supporting on-board storage of up to 64 GB, a 100 MB/sec Ethernet interface plus Wi-Fi connectivity.

Despite its compact size, the Mini IR PT camera offers the full flexibility and manageability of an IP surveillance solution. It provides a 0° - 355° pan range and a -20° - 90° tilt range of view. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is also ideally suited to quick and easy installation, the Wi-Fi WPS capability enabling automatic configuration even for users with limited or no network knowledge. With an IR range of up to 10 metres, the new camera features 3D DNR and DWDR image enhancement technology and zone configurable backlight compensation for outstanding day/night performance in any lighting conditions.

A core component of Hikvision's Easy IP range
The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is the latest addition to Hikvision's Easy IP range, which brings together a complete solution of cameras, Plug & Play NVRs (network video recorders) and VMS (video management software) focused on easy installation, easy viewing and easy Wi-Fi connection. Easy IP allows users to monitor their home or business in Full HD on their PC, tablet or smartphone through a uniquely simple interface.

Installation is a simple 2-step process that's even easier than Analog - plug the camera(s) into the NVRs PoE port(s), then connect the monitor and you're ready to enjoy HD video recording instantly without IP address forwarding. Easy Viewing allows you to watch and play live video anytime and anywhere. Users just need to simply download the Hikvision EZVIZ smartphone app for free, by scanning the QR code on the back of camera through EZVIZ app, live video viewing and playback will be available over the internet remotely. It's completely configuration free and it's that easy!

Users can now choose from a full range of Easy IP cameras, including indoor and outdoor bullet and dome cameras, mini-dome cameras, cube cameras and the new DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW Mini IR Pan & Tilt camera. All share the combination of a rich feature set, including Hikvision's latest encoding algorithm for highly efficient compression that reduces the transmission and storage burden by up to 50%, and unmatched price-efficiency.

 

Clustered RAID storage and enterprise CMS protect capital of Mongolia

Clustered RAID storage and enterprise CMS protect capital of Mongolia

Editor / Provider: Surveon | Updated: 10/6/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

City surveillance plays an important role in crime prevention and criminal prosecution. For a mission-critical project like this, it calls for not only high performance and reliable solutions, but the capability to handle the harsh outdoor environment and large data storage for 24/7 non-stop recording for 90 days. “With Surveon's end to end solutions, from 3 megapixel IP66 cameras, hardware RAID NVR, clustered storage, to enterprise VMS, we are now better equipped to monitor the entire district and protect the community against illegal activities, ” said the Sukhbaatar district police officer.

Customer
The Sukhbaatar District is situated in the capital Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. With 18 sub-districts and a population of more than 112,000, this area is the center of the city with major government buildings, embassies, banks, and universities. “With all the residents and visitors, this district needed an advanced and professional video surveillance system to provide additional support for the police force,” the officer pointed out.

Challenges
Located in the coldest national capital in the world, the Sukhbaatar District features brief, warm summers and long, bitterly cold and dry winters, with extreme temperatures ranging from −49 °C (−56 °F) to 38.6 °C (101.5 °F) in the year. The harsh weather conditions challenge outdoor cameras to function properly and record clear images day and night.
With all the political and financial activities taking place in the large territory, the police department required a surveillance system that would allow them to remotely monitor the entire area and quickly respond to events in different sections of the district. An advanced TV-matrix wall functionality to see everything around this neighborhood at a glance was the key demand in the implementation. And a reliable storage system that supports 24/7 continuous megapixel recording for 90 days is necessary in city surveillance projects. The Sukhbaatar police department wanted to install enterprise-grade data storage to ensure long data retention period with no video loss.
Solutions

3 Megapixel 30 FPS HDR Outdoor Cameras for Extreme Weathers
Surveon CAM3471 provides 2048 x 1536 resolution at 30fps, true HDR (high dynamic range), IP66-rated weatherproof housing, and wide temperature to combat the harsh conditions. Installed atop streetlight poles, Surveon CAM3471 cameras enable police to monitor the downtown areas, tourist destinations, main roads, busy intersections, and the city's most violent neighborhoods. With the smart image optimizers, Surveon cameras can analyze lighting changes and automatically adjust the image functions to ensure clarity can be obtained under different lightings. The Smart Auto HDR can be automatically activated or deactivated according to the lighting, refraining images from being too bright or too dark. The Smart Shutter can capture precise images of fast-moving objects by adjusting the shutter speed automatically to avoid captured images going blurry or dragging.
In addition, the Smart Auto Exposure automatically adjusts the exposure based on a targeted area to bring out the proper exposure for the overall image, and the Smart Auto Focus allows users to apply auto focus on a targeted area, showing the clear image of the region that really matters. Surveon cameras also offer ROI (Region of Interest). Users can create up to eight independent regions, each with different video quality and frame rate, saving up to 30% of the network bandwidth.

Enterprise Video Solutions for Centralized Management
For a mission-critical project, an enterprise-grade video management solution is the ultimate choice. Surveon's intuitive VMS provides enterprise-level features such as real-time analytics, live view, instant playback, multiple clients, video bookmarking, remote monitoring, and centralized domain management. The software also adopts PIP, fisheye, back-forward, and frame by frame in live view and playback modes, offering partners the powerful yet easy to use solutions for professional surveillance.
Based on the client-server architecture, the Surveon Control Center (SCC) works on a simple yet compelling platform. With a single login from any PC/client at any remote location to the SCC central domain server, the SCC can take controls of monitoring, playback, configurations, and log management of all connected appliances, including cameras, NVRs, monitors, and I/O devices to ease the complications of configuration and maintenance.
The SCC supports the advanced TV-matrix wall that allows the police to know what is happening in the district in a glimpse inside the control room. In addition, the central alarm monitors not only events but overall hardware and software system status from one single platform to control operations, ease maintenance, and shorten response time.
Premium-Level Storage for Data Recording Supporting up to 64 channels of Full HD video recording, the Surveon NVR2100 with subsystem storage was chosen to provide large capacities up to 448 TB for longer video retention periods, overall system stability and zero video loss.
The EonStor RAID storage is an advanced data storage system designed for server, PC and NVR. The controller-based system with a dedicated “RAID controller” provides the highest performance and reliability with all data protected and backed up. Surveon's NVR2100 also comes with the SANwatch storage monitoring suite which helps the police easily manage and monitor the status of the storage, ensuring the high availability of recorded video.

How security enhances metro emergency management

How security enhances metro emergency management

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 10/6/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Taking public transportation has become a normal way of life for people constantly on the go. Yet despite various safety measures implemented by the operator, disasters, whether natural or caused by human, occur from time to time. Luckily, today's security technologies have evolved to enable better emergency management for operators, and passengers can travel with peace of mind.

Public transportation has become a common way for people to commute, travel, or get to wherever they want to go. According to figures provided by UITP in 2013, 148 cities in the world have a metro system, carrying a total of 150 million passengers everyday. As for buses, 32 billion passenger journeys are made in a year worldwide — that's roughly 56% of the 60 billion for the entire public transportation system.

But, while operators around the world work hard to make sure their public transportation systems are safe, major accidents still happen from time to time. Also, due to public transit's open nature and the fact security checks are less stringent than air travel, metros and buses are easy targets for terrorist attacks. The 2004 Madrid train bombings and the 2005 bombings on London's subway and bus systems are two horrific examples in recent times. Against this backdrop, security plays a major role in emergency management. Take the 2005 London bombings as an example. Immediately after the first bombings on July 7, law enforcement officials searched for suspects via videos taken by the roughly 6,000 cameras deployed throughout the London Underground. Four days later, the images were discovered, and the identities and backgrounds of the four suspects were found. They were arrested within a week.

For today's metro operators, they can be aided by the latest developments in security technologies, including PSIM, PA, intercom, and intelligent software such as VCA to deal with emergencies even more efficiently. With these technologies in place, operators can detect threats, act upon them, and respond to incidents quickly.

VCA : Detecting Threats Early
A major component for preventing disasters in public transit is early detection of threats. Unattended bags, individuals loitering on the platform, or unauthorized entry into tunnels may lead to disastrous consequences if not dealt with in time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security allocates millions of dollars annually to support the deployment of tunnel intrusion detection.

An effective tool that can help operators detect threats early is video content analysis (VCA), also known as video analytics, which has become more advanced and intelligent. Among the things that VCA can do are passenger counting to avoid overload, facial recognition to identify potential terrorists, and detecting objects left behind to prevent bomb explosions. Today's VCA can be embedded directly into surveillance cameras. “This enables the cameras to automatically alert the security center in case of, for instance, unauthorized access at rail yards, bus depots, or tunnels. As a result, the transit authorities can get early warnings for potential incidents such as graffiti, metal theft, sabotage, or tunnel trespassing,” said Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development for Transportation at Axis Communications.

While VCA is claimed to have various intelligent functions, overreliance should be avoided. “Analytics is in most cases not designed for 100% accuracy and cannot completely replace security staff,” Michael Port, Head of Technology at SeeTec, reminds.

PSI M: Responding to Incidents Faster
Physical Security Information Management, or PSIM, is an effective incident-response tool that has been deployed in numerous public transit systems around the world including those in Washington D.C., London, and Moscow.

PSIM's value is twofold. First, it allows the consolidation of disparate metro command and control subsystems, such as security, operation, emergency, and even maintenance into one centralized room. “This consolidation in which police, emergency forces, and metro operation team share the same room and use PSIM as the glue that provides common operating pictures has proven to have drastic effects on metro organizations' ability to respond quickly in a collaborative manner to unfolding situations,” said Udi Segall, Director of Business Development at NICE Systems.

Secondly, once a threat is detected or an accident has already happened, PSIM provides instructions on how to respond, based on pre-defined standard operating procedures. “It provides operators with step-by-step guidance on what to look for, who to contact, how to respond, and when to escalate an incident. It is also helping to create meaningful reports on long-term trends, so future investments can be targeted to risks,” said Adlan Hussain, VP of Marketing at CNL Software.

According to Hussain, deploying a PSIM platform across an enterprise is unlike any other physical security investment in that it reaches across more stakeholders within an organization. “Time and effort need to be given in order to create the processes for managing incidents. Some of these processes may cross departments, so it is important to work with all stakeholders on their expectation from the system,” he said.

Cameras and Storage
Surveillance cameras are now installed in trains and buses throughout global public transit systems to step up security. In particular, network or IP cameras can offer high-resolution images, some up to 6 megapixels, delivering crystal-clear videos that can help improve surveillance efficiency and enhance targeting of suspicious objects or individuals.

As video data generated by IP cams get bigger, network video recorders (NVRs) in trains or buses must have better storage management capabilities. With event recording, “users can first configure the event tags, such as motion detection in the form of line crossing or intrusion detection. When the event is triggered, the video recording is activated,” said Jianjun Pei, Director of Traffic Solutions at Hikvision.

Soft Power: VMS
Video management software nowadays can automatically detect and configure cameras, analyze and process videos generated by hundreds if not thousands of cameras deployed throughout a metro system, provide centralized control of these videos, and give operators greater situational awareness.

VMS products are also highly integrative and can combine with access control, fire detection, and other building automation technologies. “This way, situational awareness is dramatically improved for safety staff. They will be able to assess a situation much more effectively using live video feeds from the area where alarms are triggered,” said Jens Johansson, Transportation and City Surveillance Sales Manager at Milestone Systems. Despite the advances in network technologies, there is a sense of reluctance for some metro operators to migrate their legacy systems to IP. “It may be a challenge for transit authorities to make sound investment cycles towards the new level of public transport security offered by open network video technology. However, as major cities around the world have begun their journey towards a better way to manage incidents, transit authorities can turn to their fellow peers in other cities to learn,” Anderson said.

Breaking the Sound Barriers
Besides visuals, sounds, such as gunshots, glass breaking, or even passengers gasping in horror, can also indicate something is going wrong.

Consider a recent and less devastating example of how operators can be alerted through sound. On August 26, a woman taking the Taipei metro alleged a male college student of “touching” her. A passenger who saw this pressed the emergency call button and notified the operations command center (OCC) of the incident. When the train rolled into the next stop, police went into the car and took the suspect away.

Today's intercom and public address (PA) systems have become more network-centric and can help enhance incident management for metro operators. According to Simen Kjellberg, Commercial Product Manager for Rail and Metro at Zenitel Group, modern intercoms or emergency call points (ECPs) have become more complex yet powerful. Supported with audio analytics, they can detect gunshots, glass breaks, and various forms of aggression, and then trigger cameras and send the feeds back to the command central. Active voice cancelling filters out background noises, which can be louder than people talking. “This way, the elderly with weak voices can be heard even if a train is passing,” Kjellberg said.

With open duplex conversations, both sides can communicate simultaneously rather than one person speaking over a uni-direction link. Automatic gain control automatically adjusts the volume level of people's voice even if they are up to five meters away. “In case of a conflict, with people being pushed away from the ECP or injured people lying on the ground, they can still be heard,” Kjellberg said. As for PA, one of the most important breakthroughs is its integration with radios carried by field personnel, who can listen to PA broadcasts through their devices or better, make announcements through their radios that can be used like a microphone.

Increasingly Wireless
Wireless technologies have advanced significantly and can allow transmission of huge amounts of video data to the OCC seamlessly, even from moving trains. Charlie Chen, Sales Engineer at Oring Industrial Networking, said for ground rail systems, wireless transmission is easier to implement. “Access points can be put in the train and every 300 meters along the track to make sure that transmission is smooth and uninterrupted,” he said.

Yet concerns have been raised over connection dropouts in tunnels, especially at sharp turns. Cosimo Malesci, VP of Sales and Marketing at Fluidmesh Networks, said this is a non-issue, as long as the implementation is done correctly. “We have done a lot of tests in tunnels on moving metro vehicles, and it works properly. Of course, the number of radio in curvatures should be higher than in straight lines,” he said.

Sit Back and Relax
Security technologies nowadays are evolving to help prevent and respond to emergencies. While they are not 100% effective, and while challenges still remain, they are being deployed in a growing number of metro systems and have proven effective in helping operators gain situational awareness and protect passengers' lives and assets. To make sure passengers can sit back and relax on metros and buses, investment in security overhaul and upgrades is justified.

Tips on Surveillance Deployment on Trains or Buses
The most ideal spots to install cameras are entrances and exits of buses and trains, since “every suspect has to enter or leave the vehicle,” said Michael Port, Head of Technology at SeeTec, adding cameras should also be distributed equally along the vehicle axis. In general, four to six cameras are the ideal number for installation on each bus or metro car.

When purchasing cameras, the user should identify their overall objective. “Should a particular camera make it possible to identify individuals? Or recognize? These two use cases result in different requirements on the camera in terms of resolution and low-light characteristics,” said Jens Johansson, Transportation and City Surveillance Sales Manager at Milestone Systems.

“The selection of lenses and field of view of each camera should be considered so that one can clearly identify the person. Several lenses may be needed in various locations in the vehicle,” said Patrik Anderson, Director of Business Development for Transportation at Axis Communications.

Panoramic cameras are ideal, as they are able to cover a wider range of a given area. As an example, Dallmeier's panoramic solution was deployed by South Africa's metro system, which faced the problem of vandalism and theft on trains parked at the rail yard at night. With the solution, which uses several lenses with different focal distances, more areas can be monitored and suspects identified, resulting in a reduction in crime.

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