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Hikvision introduces mini fisheye camera to

Hikvision introduces mini fisheye camera to "Easy IP" range

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Fisheye Network Camera will bring new level of security to small-to-medium businesses
Hikvision is set to bring new levels of security to convenience stores, hotels, restaurants, offices and other small-to-medium enterprises with the introduction of the DS-2CD2942F Fisheye Network Camera. This cutting edge camera incorporates a high-quality lens and 4-megapixel detector in a discrete, ultra-compact design small enough to be inconspicuous on any ceiling yet provides complete situational awareness for entire rooms.

The DS-2CD2942F is the latest addition to Hikvision's "Easy IP" range of cameras, NVRs and VMS software, which are specially designed to bring the benefits of simple installation and operation to small- to medium-sized business or home. The panoramic view with multi-view de-warping and digital PTZ, plus on-board storage of up to 64 GB and choice of Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity means a single DS-2CD2942F can usually replace the plethora of traditional CCTV cameras installed in most public areas.

Wide Field of View
The new DS-2CD2942F features a 4-megapixel, 1/3" Progressive Scan CMOS image sensor allied with a 1.6mm F1.6 lens boasting a 186° field of view. Together with the digital PTZ control and multi-view de-warping of the dual image streams, the new camera will provide crystal-clear coverage across a far wider area than other camera types. Instead of fitting multiple narrow-angle box or bullet cameras, "Easy IP" users can now reply on a single ceiling-mounted DS-2CD2942F to capture all their images without blind spots. Hikvision's 3D DNR and digital WDR technology also secures superior image quality at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

24-Hour Surveillance
The DS-2CD2942F is equipped with electronic day and night cycling, and is capable of operating in low-light conditions down to 0.01 lux in colour and 0.001 in black and white. The new camera can also operate down to zero lux over a range of up to 8 metres if the IR option is specified.

Multiple Alarm Triggers
The DS-2CD2942F maximises security options for users through a wide range of alarm triggers and a customisable day/night switch, allowing automatic or scheduled triggering. Alarm triggers include Line crossing, Intrusion detection, Motion detection, Dynamic analysis, Tampering alarm, Network disconnect, IP address conflict, and Storage exception.

The "Easy IP" Range
Hikvision's "Easy IP" range brings together a complete solution of cameras, 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 on their PC, tablet or smartphone through a uniquely simple interface. Wi-Fi camera connection is just easy, without IP address forwarding; and Automatic Network Reconnection (ANR) enables on-board storage supported cameras - like the DS-2CD2942F - to create temporary recordings automatically and upload the stored video when the connection recovers. Users can choose from a full range of "Easy IP" cameras, including indoor and outdoor bullet and dome cameras, mini-dome cameras, cube camera, a Mini IR Pan & Tilt camera and the new DS-2CD2942F. All share a rich feature set and unmatched price-efficiency.

exacqVision 6.6 release introduces ESM failover for increased reliability

exacqVision 6.6 release introduces ESM failover for increased reliability

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 12/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces the ability to set up and manage failover on exacqVision servers with exacqVision 6.6 and Enterprise System Manager (ESM) version 3.0, a health monitoring program for use with exacqVision Enterprise networked video recorders (NVRs). The new exacqVision version 6.6 VMS (video management system) also includes updates to the views and event monitoring features in exacqVision, faster searching with the Exacq mobile app and additional updates to ESM.

The new ESM failover functionality continually monitors exacqVision recorders. A system failure can be detected within 15-30 seconds and an actual failover to a spare server or servers can be automatically instigated in a matter of minutes. Failover functions include IP cameras, recording schedules, user rights, event linking, serial profiles, archiving configuration and more. Once the protected recorder is back online, ESM automatically transfers all functionality back to the original server. Users can also use ESM Failover to perform manual failover on exacqVision recorders at any time to conduct system maintenance.

“The new ESM Failover feature adds substantial value to our exacqVision enterprise solution,” notes Scott Dennison, Director of Marketing, Exacq Technologies. “We recognized the need for our customers to maximize video recorder uptime and delivered a failover solution to ensure video recording is never interrupted.”

In addition to the new failover feature, ESM version 3.0 also adds features that improve server user management over an enterprise network. This makes it easier for system administrators to add and remove servers and users from defined groups.

exacqVision 6.6 gives users and system administrators greater flexibility and personalization when creating and using the views feature. Views can now be shared with all users, shared with a defined group of users or kept private to individual users. Version 6.6 also provides increased event monitoring flexibility. Users can prioritize events to ensure the most important events always display first. Additionally, users can drag live cameras into an event monitoring video panel at any time. These updates to event monitoring ensure that the most important video is always in front of an active viewer. Version 6.6 of exacqVision adds support for over 100 new IP camera models from leading manufacturers including American Dynamics, Arecont Vision, Axis, Bosch, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vivotek. The exacqVision VMS now supports nearly 2,200 IP camera models.

The latest Exacq Mobile app (Version 3.10) for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices now utilizes the same SpeedSearch functionality found in the full client software. SpeedSearch provides significantly faster search results as video frames automatically populate on the screen for faster investigations. This is an ideal solution for searching video over low-bandwidth connections using mobile devices that rely on cellular data.

The exacqVision VMS is accessed with the freely distributed exacqVision client software (Windows/Linux/Mac), the exacqVision free web browser client available for all leading web browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera), as well as the free Exacq Mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices. The VMS software is included with pre-configured exacqVision recorders or it can be installed on third-party Windows or Linux based systems.

Hikvision video surveillance solution secures gold prize for Philly in Homeland Security Awards

Hikvision video surveillance solution secures gold prize for Philly in Homeland Security Awards

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/8/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the global leaders in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, is excited to announce that the City of Philadelphia has been awarded a Gold Prize in Government Security News' Homeland Security Awards as a result of partnership with Hikvision. Hundreds of Hikvision cameras installed in the Philadelphia recreation centers helped secure a win in the category of “Most Notable Municipal Security Program, Project, or Initiative.” This prestigious recognition is the third for Hikvision USA in just a few months and solidifies its continued commitment to providing cutting-edge video surveillance solutions in North America.

Government Security News created the Homeland Security Awards to honor outstanding vendors of security products and solutions, as well as the government agencies that work to keep the U.S. secure at municipal, state, and federal levels. The awards program is the most prestigious in the homeland security field.

“In recent years, homeland security has seen an unprecedented proliferation of cutting edge technology in physical security,” remarked Adrian Courtenay, CEO of Government Security News. “Government agencies have maximized the features offered by technology vendors in order to implement highly effective strategies for dealing with security threats.”

In Philadelphia, Hikvision cameras and NVRs provide a highly scalable security network that protects residents at the city's recreation centers and improves security city-wide. A recent initiative, “Fun Safe Philly Summer,” emphasized safety throughout Philadelphia communities and offered community activities at the rec centers. Such events strengthen relationships within the local neighborhoods and demonstrate the city's devotion to providing a high quality of life for its residents.

“Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation is committed to providing safe environments,” asserted Susan Slawson, Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation. “We're honored to be recognized for this commitment in the form of a Homeland Security Award.”

The Homeland Security Award puts a spotlight on Hikvision's success in the safe cities vertical. “As a total solution provider, Hikvision USA serves the advanced security needs of municipalities all across North America,” affirmed Jeffrey He, President of Hikvision USA. “We congratulate the City of Philadelphia on their award and we are proud to stand behind them in their dedication to the safety of their residents.”

Security 50 sets trends for 2015: tailored solutions for applications

Security 50 sets trends for 2015: tailored solutions for applications

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 12/3/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

 

 

a&s talked to the winners of Security 50 for 2014 to discuss what's really tending for 2015. These companies shared their latest strategies and predicted how the security industry would grow in the following years.

 

Migration from Device to Systems

Johan Paulsson, CTO, Axis Communications
Axis Communications also see this trend towards solutions. We have broadened our offering for small and medium-sized installations. Axis network cameras and software can now be offered as an overall solution adapted to end user needs. For an overall solution for mid-sized installations, for example in school environments and in the retail segment, Axis recently launched video recorders. The recorder includes three different server solutions, which are pre-installed with management software and configured to seamlessly match Axis' wide range of network cameras.”

“Also, the physical access control market is well-suited to Axis' long-term growth strategy. The investment is part of our ambition to broaden the global offering in security solutions and advance cooperation with partners around the world. The solution is offered in the USA and Europe through Axis' well-established network of distributors and partners.”

Matt Bretoi,VP, North America Field Sales, FLIR Systems
“Systems/solutions are an important element to our roadmap. FLIR has been investing significantly into a cloud-based service that brings all of our products together into a powerful management and search tool. This is not the only example though. We constantly evaluate how we can bring more value to our largest verticals, whether through internal resources or our partners. A simple example that we have used for years: a fixed thermal imager is a great 24/7 surveillance tool, but coupled with intelligent analytics it is a powerful pro-active security tool that greatly increases the customer's return on investment. We continue to look for ways on how we can build upon that solution.”

Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK
“For the box moving business, the trend is going toward solutions type of business. In the past, there were many different vendors in the market, such as camera manufacturers, VMS providers, and systems integrators. However, since the margin has been squeezed, there is no room for multiple vendors. So, the trend is that we need to build total solutions for customers. It should be easy to use, have lower total cost of ownership, be very easy to install and very easy to maintain. That is what we are planning right now—we have cameras, we have software, NVRs, and PoE switches, so that installers can by a total system from us.”

Bernhard Sommer, CEO, SimonsVoss Technologies
SimonsVoss has launched a new digital access management system in building solutions. With this, we consequently pursue solution integration and cooperation with partners in access control. We will open up entirely new customer groups that have long wished to have SimonsVoss as a lock system with all of its strengths. The configuration of the system has been kept extremely simple, e.g. with self-configuring online routers to establish the optimum network. For installation, this is extremely simple and reduces costs. By providing this new system, SimonsVoss will enter SOHO users market. These solutions are expendable to high end systems and will grow with the users need.”

Integrated Systems, Well-designed for Applications

David Gottlieb, Director, Global Marketing Communications, Honeywell Security Group
“Within the last year, we've increased compatibility between two systems, enabling higher-end commercial end-users to have access to a technology that's used to support critical infrastructure sites – places like military bases, government installations, etc. – around the world. So the same type of high-tech system you see protecting a military base can now be used to protect large commercial sites like shopping malls, airports, and such. One of our security management systems can integrate intrusion, video and access systems, and this year we added more support for wireless locks to allow for users to protect more doors. For another Honeywell integrated solution, we also added new compact surveillance radar capabilities that will allow sites to detect intruders along perimeters when traditional ground surveillance radar systems are not practical.”

Brian Song, MD, IDIS Europe
“There's no single vendor out there offering best of breed across all disciplines including intruder, fire, access, surveillance, etc. Most corporate enterprises have a complex jumble of disparate and proprietary systems and that cause gaps in security. A control room with alarms and alerts from multiple disparate systems can result in alarms simply being ignored, through to chaos as operators jump from screen to screen as they try, and often fail, to verify each alarm.”

“To address these challenges, IDIS recently announced the integration with Maxxess eFusion (event management), SureView (alarm monitoring) and Lenel (access control management) particularly addressing the corporate enterprise market. These integrations delivers IDIS DirectIP video surveillance functionality through single security management platforms to enhance resilience through event and video correlation to increase operator effectiveness and in turn streamline operations to reduce cost. It also helps those customers integrate their legacy CCTV and develop an easy migration path rather than needing to rip and replace everything immediately.”

Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.
"Milestone open platform integrations with third-party solution partners constantly bring new innovations for more vertical or expanded market needs. For example, Milestone's video management software integrates GuardTrax mobile video alerts for roving officers, SICK and Optex laser scanners for critical perimeter protection and challenging physical barrier requirements, and Inovonics panic button interoperability for emergency communication."

Prophecy from Security 50: Time for Solutions!

Prophecy from Security 50: Time for Solutions!

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 12/1/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

This year's Security 50 rankings again proved the year 2013 was another fruitful year. The top 50 companies grew 8.2 percent on average. Even without very dramatic growth, it symbolizes that 2013 indeed was a turning point for the whole industry: time for solutions!

2013 was another rewarding year for the winners of Security 50. Even though the average growth rate was comparatively moderate compared to the past two years, the top 50 still contributed US$16.9 billion in total sales revenue in 2013. Top 10 companies, Honeywell, Bosch, Hikvision, Safran, ASSA ABLOY, Dahua, FLIR, Axis, Samsung, and Tyco Security Products, remain the same as last year's rankings. However, due to the explosive growth of two Chinese giants, the top 10 rankings have slightly changed. Hikvision has been ranked third, with 2013 being the first time it produced over $1 billion in turnover. Dahua, who had the most obvious growth, beat Axis, Samsung, and FLIR, and has been ranked sixth. These two Chinese companies' outstanding performance again impressed the whole security industry.

Steady Growth From 2012 to 2013
The average turnover growth rate for the Security 50 was 8.2 percent in 2013. The 8.2 percent growth rate also corresponds to current researchers' predictions on the global security market growth — 8 to 10.8 percent in 2013, according to IHS and MarketsandMarkets. The result proves that the top 50 companies grew quite steadily in 2013. However, the figure also shows a slight slowdown, compared to the average 12 percent growth in Security 50 reports, per year, after 2010.

Multinationals among the top 50, which mostly develop multiple security systems, ranging from video surveillance, access control, and alarm, grew exponentially and have become much more profitable compared to our findings in 2012 and 2011. In 2013, they grew 15.6 percent, compared to 9.5 percent in 2012. Their profit growth is 15.7 percent on average, double compared to 7.1 percent in 2012.

The top 10 companies with the fastest growth made a remarkable 44 percent growth on average. ITX led the group and grew 82.8 percent. Avigilon came in second, growing 77.9 percent from 2012 to 2013; followed by Dahua, Hikvision, TKH, Tamron, Tyco, Milestone, Infinova, and VIVOTEK.

In addition, Milestone grew 28 percent, exceeding its annual growth in the past two years. Recently, the VMS company also launched its NVRs, to quickly respond to the current market demand for easy-to-use and -install IP video surveillance systems. In contrast, some IP video surveillance companies, focusing on developing devices and products only, have experienced a year-on-year slowdown since two years ago, predicted by past a&s security 50 reports.

Tamron also had a fruitful year in 2013. The professional security/surveillance lens company has successfully transformed its main focus to OEM business with other Asian manufacturers. The Asian manufacturing industry, especially China, has become the most important hub in the whole world, which plays a crucial role in Tamron's latest success.

Corporate Consolidation Still Continues
The top 10 multinationals, led by Honeywell Security, ranked number one among the Security 50, contributed 74.2 percent of the total revenue of the top 50 companies. Due to the consolidation via frequent corporate merger and acquisitions becoming obvious, major multinationals have dominated most of the global product sales market.

The most significant merger and acquisition in 2013 was Avigilon's acquisition of access control company RedCloud. With this acquisition, Avigilon has been able to reach out their business beyond the video surveillance sector. Right at the end of the same year, Avigilon also acquired video analytics company VideoIQ. With its recent acquisitions, the company successfully became a total solution provider in the security industry. The company continues growing its investment and specialties in verticals such as casinos, energy, education, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and retail, managed by a specific business development team.

Despite corporate consolidation, multinationals also spin off to become more focused and agile. The best known, Allegion, a spin-off from Ingersoll Rand, made its debut in Security 50, ranking eleventh. Allegion continues to explore non-industrial security market sectors, which differs from its mother company Ingersoll Rand.

Decreased Profit Growth, but Good Gross Margin
To maintain valuable profit, margin is an ultimate goal for all the companies. Telling from this year's Security 50 rankings, the average gross margin in 2013 was around 33 percent. The top 50 companies kept consistent growth in gross margin at around 30 percent, per year, in the last four years. Yet, the average profit growth slightly dropped to 5.9 percent, which is also a slowdown from 14.6 percent in 2012 and 9.8 percent in 2011. Companies strive to gain sufficient margin; however, have continually been meet with challenges from the price reduction over standardized products, market competition, and global economic impact.

Among the 28 companies, which generously shared their gross profit figures, Avigilon, DynaColor, and GeoVision, were able to maintain both high profit growth and gross margin. Fourteen companies kept above-average gross margin at 33 percent. We also found that these companies have fully developed integrated systems ranging from IP video surveillance, access control, and smart home, becoming the most profitable companies among the top 50.

IP Video Surveillance Enters Late Growth Stage of Product Cycle
Some major pure IP video surveillance companies have started to experience the slowdown during their growth momentum, based on their financial reports in 2013 and the first half of 2014. Their growth rate over the past two to three years have even reach almost 25 to 30 percent on average. However, their latest growth rate turned moderate. Explosive growth in the IP video surveillance sector is now gone, which symbolizes technology for IP video surveillance is now well-developed and there is fierce competition over multiple suppliers in the market. To maintain growth, Axis and VIVOTEK also start to develop IP video surveillance systems. They recently developed NVRs and management software and systems, which well demonstrated the future for security industry.

 

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Milestone announces extended availibility of fully-integrated, cuztomizable NVRs

Milestone announces extended availibility of fully-integrated, cuztomizable NVRs

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 11/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces extended availability for the Milestone Husky Series of network video recorder (NVR) appliances in Latin America. These NVR appliances are pre-installed with globally leading Milestone XProtect® video management software (VMS).

The Milestone Husky Series of NVRs has already been introduced in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The entire line of models are now available in all of the Americas, and will be shown at a series of events around Latin America over the coming months.

Based on appearances alone, the Milestone Husky NVRs are different from others in the market. The appliances are sleek and sophisticated – designed to fit any environment, even on a small retail shop's shelf! Ensuring reliability and durability, the hardware is industrial-grade and works seamlessly with Milestone's VMS. Yet, it is the flexibility of the Milestone Husky Series that makes the solutions stand out.

“We have redefined the NVR concept by providing our customers with embedded surveillance solutions that are customizable and scalable,” says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems. “Milestone Husky has already had tremendous response in the market because the series makes it so easy to customize a solution that meets specific needs – from a single location flower shop to multi-site installations. Milestone Husky offers simple solutions with more than 50 pre-configured options.”

Milestone Husky is available in three models designed for different security or business video requirements:
* The Milestone Husky M10 is a very sleek and small fan-less device ideal for entry-level surveillance and sites with no space for traditional IT equipment. This model supports up to 8 cameras.
* The Milestone Husky M30 Designed for workstation installations with comprehensive surveillance needs. Customizable and scalable for business growth, the model supports up to 20 cameras. A hybrid option, that offers a mix of analog and IP cameras, is available.
* The Milestone Husky M50 is a rack-mounted solution, feature-rich with unlimited options, and perfect for advanced installations with sophisticated security needs. The model supports up to 80 cameras. A hybrid option, that offers a mix of analog and IP cameras, is available.

The Milestone Husky appliances are ready to use, featuring automatic device discovery with wizards for configuring the entire system, and the device license keys are pre-activated.

Customers get instant and remote access to live and recorded video through a flexible choice of client interfaces: Milestone XProtect® Smart Client (available with the Milestone Husky M30 and M50 models), XProtect® Web Client or Milestone Mobile – all available in 27 languages.

The Milestone Husky M30 and M50 will not only be offered in preconfigured versions, Milestone also offers an online configurator that makes it simple for customers and partners to explore their options.

The Milestone open platform supports more than 3,000 camera models from over 100 manufacturers, as well as compatibility with ONVIF and PSIA compliant devices. Third-party integrations with video analytics and access control add even more value when using the Milestone M30 and M50 models.

Milestone customers are not the only ones who can benefit from the Milestone Husky solutions.

“I believe that the Milestone Husky series offer a tremendous opportunity for Milestone partners as well, since these appliances enable them to focus 100% on their customers' business needs and not worry about the technology behind the solutions.” states Manuel C. Nylén, Director of Sales Latin America and the Caribbean, Milestone Systems.

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: 12/1/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

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!

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