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Global company PNY uses Avigilon HD surveillance solution

Global company PNY uses Avigilon HD surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 8/15/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Challenge
A global technology leader within the consumer electronics market required an advanced HD surveillance system to protect inventory and employees inside their new 600,000 sq. foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters.

Solution
PNY uses 21 Avigilon HD cameras to help secure their corporate headquarters, which spans 38 acres with a 600,000 sq. foot manufacturing plant in Parsippany, New Jersey. Avigilon 5 MP cameras monitor various areas within PNY's manufacturing warehouse including the company's assembly areas, packaging lines and shipping. PNY deploys Avigilon 16 MP cameras to oversee activity outside of the building as well as the parking lots. The security team at PNY manages the system from their on-site security control center using their individual desktops and four wall-mounted monitors using the Avigilon Control Center network NVMS with High-Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. They also use ACC Mobile to view live and recorded images remotely and Avigilon NVRs to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance footage. PNY uses Avigilon encoders to support existing hardware.

Benefits
With the Avigilon system, PNY can protect and monitor valuable, computer products such as flash memory cards, USB flash drives, HDMI cables and mobile accessories that are produced from their corporate headquarters. Avigilon HD cameras also observe shipment trucks as well as the foot traffic from neighboring businesses. The Adaptive IR feature on 5 MP H.264 Dome cameras enables the security team to keep an eye on suspicious activity that may occur in the dark and provide clarity on faces and movements. The ACC software allows PNY to accurately identify and resolve incidents – such as theft or accidents - in a timely manner and use the recorded footage as a learning tool to improve business and safety protocols. PNY security officials leverage ACC Mobile to watch over the premise and inside the warehouse on off-hours and weekends.
- Improve business operations
- Save staff time through remote monitoring
- Prevent accidents and theft

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Growing Manufacturer of Consumer Electronics Protects Assets and Ensures Employee Safety with Avigilon HighDefinition System
Founded in 1985, PNY, a New Jersey-based electronics manufacturer, has blossomed into a major global player in the consumer electronics market, currently servicing over 50 countries. PNY's wide arrays of computer, internet and telecommunications products are used by a number of Fortune 500 original equipment manufacturers (OEM) customers.

In December 2011, the company moved into a massive manufacturing facility that once manufactured pharmaceutical products. Not only did the machines need to be upgraded or replaced, but the management team also wanted to deploy a state-of-theart IP surveillance system to protect the company's inventory from theft, safeguard the warehouse's 500 employees and improve daily business and safety practices.

Improve Business Operations
From evaluating production on the assembly lines to assessing employee efficiency, the Avigilon system has been beneficial from a business operations standpoint. “We have really been able to use the system as a learning tool and a way to improve some of our protocols,” Moretti said. “Reviewing footage has been a way for us to identify patterns or employees' daily habits. We can now adapt and adjust quickly if we see an area we need to improve in.”

User-Friendly System
With a dozen people, with various levels of experience, using the Avigilon system at PNY, having a simple interface was imperative. “The ACC software is really easy to learn and get new users quickly up to speed on,” said Moretti, who also stated that investigations that previously took days to resolve are now taking minutes because of the playback features.

“It is allowing my office to do their work quicker, in more detail and less time. It's definitely going to save us money in the long run.” Adding on cameras to the system has also been a simple process. “From the feedback that I've been getting on the IT side, is that it's very simple and to install – it's literally plug and play,” Moretti said. “If I have a project, it's a matter of running a few wires. In a day - sometimes less than a day - I have my [surveillance] systems up, programmed and their updating themselves through the network.”

Remote Access
There have been several instances where ACC Mobile has been a convenient feature for Moretti, who periodically has to respond to alarm calls on weekends. “Just yesterday, the fire department was dispatched to our headquarters,” he said. “We weren't open for business, so I used it to monitor the fire department's activity while I was on the phone with them until I could get someone to the site.”

Image Clarity
The high resolution on Avigilon cameras is a huge step above other companies that PNY has deployed in the past, according to Moretti. “Our favorite camera is the PTZ camera that I just installed,” he said. “We installed a competitor's camera a few months prior that was supposed to have the same dimensions and qualities. It was a night and day difference between the two. The PTZ's ease of maneuvering, the zooming-in ability and just how clear the resolution is, is what really sets it apart from the rest.” The indisputable image quality has also been instrumental as a learning tool. “There have been a couple of accidents, some minor slip and falls, the recorded footage is helping us prevent those accidents in the future,” said Moretti. “Whether it is recorded or live footage, Avigilon is a tool that we use every single day for every aspect of our jobs.

Dahua becomes a Steering Member of HDcctv Alliance

Dahua becomes a Steering Member of HDcctv Alliance

Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 8/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology and HDcctv Alliance announced that Dahua has joined the Alliance as a Steering Member and taken positions on the Alliance's Board of Directors.

“Dahua is one of the world's largest, fastest-growing surveillance equipment manufacturers,” said Zhu Jiangming, Executive VP of Dahua. “We offer a complete portfolio of equipment, including analogue cameras and DVRs, network cameras and NVRs, and most recently HD-SDI cameras and DVRs. Our leadership position in the HDcctv Alliance demonstrates Dahua's commitment to the HD surveillance equipment market: widespread adoption of the HDcctv standard that guarantees quality and multi-vendor interoperability is essential as the demand for HD surveillance accelerates.”

“Dahua plans to be an active Steering Member, driving both the marketing and the technical agendas of the HDcctv Alliance,” added Henry Zhang, Dahua's Vice President of R&D, recently appointed as a Director of the Alliance. “Dahua began developing HD-SDI cameras, HD-SDI DVRs, and accessories in 2008, and we look forward to beginning to certify our products as compliant with the HDcctv standard. That will ensure that electrical performance meets customers' expectations and, more importantly, that our HDcctv-compliant products are 100% out-of-the-box plug & play with HDcctv-compliant products from other manufacturers.”

“Dahua focuses on the needs of customers, and we want to grow the HDcctv market as fast as possible,” said Yin Jun, Dahua's Vice-Director of R&D, recently appointed as an Alternate Director of the Alliance. “We recognize that multiple, complementary technologies may best meet the range of market requirements. We hope that Dahua's innovative HDCVI technology can be adopted as an HDcctv physical layer that is complementary to HDcctv XR and HDcctv CX. A common protocol, as well as common compliance certification testing across multiple media, will be very efficient for manufacturers of HD surveillance equipment.”

"The ultimate goal of the HDcctv standard is to transport high-quality HD video over the same cable types as analogue CCTV, leveraging exactly the same technical skill sets, ultimately at the same low price points,” said Todd Rockoff, Executive Director of HDcctv Alliance. “Dahua's unique perspective on the diverse needs of the surveillance market, coupled with its extensive technical resources, promises to contribute greatly to the HDcctv standard. Dahua's participation as a Steering Member of the HDcctv Alliance is likely to accelerate the worldwide migration to HD surveillance.”

LILIN ANPR technology adopted by Large-scale apartment complex in Malaysia

LILIN ANPR technology adopted by Large-scale apartment complex in Malaysia

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Merit LILIN | Updated: 8/5/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

A large-scale government subsidized apartment complex in southern Malaysia recently deployed IP surveillance system along with the entire fences to prevent trespassing, identify license plate numbers, and perform event detection. The 5-story apartment complex is home to over 1,500 units of apartments divided into 2 separate land sites, including open-air parking areas, tennis courts, and fitness centers. Among other things, residents' safety is the apartment complex's responsibility; therefore, a well-thought-out surveillance system is an absolute must. In order to monitor the premises spread across 60 acres in real-time, the complex opted to deploy LILIN NVRs combined with CMX software (central video management software), IP-based cameras, failover device for backup redundancy, as well as ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology powered by LILIN.

A total of 176 IP-based surveillance cameras IPR7424 with IP66-rated weather-proof feature able to withstand a range of adverse outdoor conditions and IPD22220ES cameras suitable for indoor environments were installed along with the complex fences to better monitor sensitive areas around the facilities, to document incidents, and to validate access control. CMX 1072 NVRs combined with CMX software devices are distributed in several server control rooms at facilities. The cameras' network at guardhouses are connected to the ALPR software configuration dongle device on NVRs to capture license plate numbers and transmit images back to NVRs in central control room in identifying and screening each vehicle wishes to enter the property via ANPR software in live streaming mode. ANPR technology uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on images to read vehicle registration plates, and so far ANPR is available in North America, United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and most European countries. Also, failover device was installed in the server room for additional backup redundancy when encountering scheduled downtime or system failure.

LILIN's cameras were adopted for their capability to provide seamless monitoring in key locations, and the clear images delivered by the cameras and ANPR technology enable facility staff to make positive identifications and view critical information such as license plate number of a vehicle. CMX system has user-friendly interface makes it easy for admin operator to master system management. The new system acts as of a deterrent for external and internal theft to decrease incidents. The overall safety of the residents has been enhanced.

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LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

Asia Update: Quick updates on Korean security industry

Asia Update: Quick updates on Korean security industry

Editor / Provider: asmag.com | Updated: 7/30/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

The asmag editorial team recently spoke with 20 Korean manufacturers to get the latest scoop on industry developments. Key findings include IP movement, HD-SDI's potential, analog 2.0 and a dichotomized future.

Providing IP Options = A Must
Known as the key supplies of advanced analog and HD-SDI technologies, Korean players have come to realize that having IP options in their portfolios is a must going forward. For 2014, a number of Korean camera makers are planning to launch 3-megapixel models, while DVR specialists such as ITX will have NVRs ready with PoE switches built in. Facing strong competition from Taiwanese manufacturers, Korean vendors will set themselves apart with CMS software and other value-added features. So far, Hitron, IDIS, Truen, Icantek and about five others are active in the IP field. Take Hitron for example; its IP business has grown by at least 20%, compared to last year, and new IP camera models and proprietary CMS software will be launched soon. IDIS is also aggressive in moving to IP, with its own brand. ” Promoting the construct of “closed IP,” IDIS has been gaining traction in international markets.

Cautiously Optimistic about HD-SDI
Korean HD-SDI enthusiasts include Wonwoo, HDPro, C-pro, Webgate, CTR, Micro Digital, ITX, Rifratron and around 20 other companies. While consensus was that SDI was an ideal substitute for the post-analog world, the market (buyers' side) has been moving too slowly. It was collectively estimated that the related items account for less than 30% of their total revenues in 2013.

Pricing is still a growth inhibitor. Although SDI camera and DVR prices have dropped by about 30% to 40 % (some cost the same as 1.3- or 2-megapixel models), further reductions must take place for greater market adoption. Struggling to identify suitable vertical markets and applications, many Korean solution providers are targeting higher-end SMB, such as banks, shopping malls and offices.

960H, SLOC and More
960H, SLOC and other niched technologies from Korea are supplied by unique players such as Micro Digital and Pinetron. After two years' of promotion, Pinetron finds SLOC to be better fitted for high-end projects, meaning limited buyers and orders. To stay competitive, the company is planning to launch new economic and IP models in 2014.

M-Shaped Industry
Inevitably, Korean solution providers are facing increasingly fierce rivals from China, especially in the analog markets. The once lucrative box-moving or OEM business model is now jeopardizing the survival of some Korean security enterprises. Without reasonable margins and CapEx, those small and midsized companies will have difficulties keeping sustainable product development and corporate management. Large-scale enterprises with rich backings and talents will continue to thrive in the global arena, while small-but-niched ventures may struggle and stand out in particular verticals or regions. Midsized companies are the ones in serious hot waters, resulting in a foreseeable, M-shaped future for the Korean security manufacturing powerbase.

Honeywell announces key enhancements to its MAXPRO NVR range

Honeywell announces key enhancements to its MAXPRO NVR range

Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 7/30/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell has further strengthened its MAXPRO portfolio of IP video surveillance technologies by adding numerous enhancements to its range of NVRs. This includes support for cameras with ONVIF's newest Profile S protocol and 360-degree cameras, virtualisation capabilities, and even smart video motion detection (VMD) features are now standard in the latest release of MAXPRO NVR 2.5. “As technology has evolved, so have end users' expectations,” said Ulrich Hopfstock, Product Manager, Honeywell Security Group. “They want security systems that are easy to configure and maintain, integrate seamlessly with their existing infrastructures, and offer scalability to accommodate their changing needs. MAXPRO NVR delivers these capabilities, and then some.” Key enhancements in MAXPRO NVR 2.5 include:

ONVIF support – Incorporating support for cameras with ONVIF Profile S protocol allows organisations to more-easily customise surveillance systems when integrating a MAXPRO NVR with Honeywell and other manufacturers' ONVIF-compliant IP network cameras. Honeywell, for example, recently added 13 new ONVIF-compliant cameras to its equIP? Series network cameras and Performance Series network-camera ranges. The new cameras are available in dome and box configurations and in a variety of resolutions, including 720p, 720p wide dynamic range (WDR) and 1080p, along with two new formats: IP infrared mini-dome and bullet.

360-degree support – Adding 360-degree camera support to MAXPRO NVR can greatly increase situational awareness and video surveillance coverage. MAXPRO NVR now supports H.264 360-degree cameras from Oncam Grandeye, as well as ImmerVision's panamorph lens technology. Oncam Grandeye is a member of the Honeywell Open Technology Alliance (HOTA), a collaborative group of manufacturers who work to improve interoperability among their offerings.

Smart video motion detection – Deploying the same detection scheme as full video analytics, smart video motion detection uses statistical modelling to maintain high-detection sensitivity. The technology filters out background noise, including shadows and moving vegetation, which helps reduce false alarms. This gives users the ability to automate the video surveillance system to capture footage when it recognises a predefined object entering or leaving the viewing area.

Calendar search – Users have an easy way to investigate events without having to spend hours searching through footage. Calendar search allows users to navigate logically through an intuitive workflow. For example, a user may need to investigate an event that occurred in a specific month, but may not know the day and time the event occurred. Calendar search allows the user to quickly access video snapshots for the month overlaid on the calendar month by day, drill down to specific days, then hours and to the actual event.

Virtualisation support – For users who want to continue to use their existing IT hardware, MAXPRO NVR 2.5 offers a software-only version that deploys the system in a virtualised IT server environment. This saves users money by reducing the amount of hardware required to deploy the NVR. Currently, virtualisation support is available for VMware ESXi 4.0 or above. Support for Microsoft Hyper-V is coming soon.

 

Idis security systems to be made available in Tavcom training

Idis security systems to be made available in Tavcom training

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 7/11/2013 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS DirectIP video surveillance solutions will help train thousands of security professionals when Tavcom's revamped training centre in Bishops Waltham is officially opened later this year.

To enhance the training experience, Tavcom, who are the UK's supplier of security systems training courses, will be shutting down their training centre for two weeks over the summer to overhaul its workshop facilities. When completed, Tavcom will be able to support its BTEC certificated courses with unrivalled ‘hands-on' facilities and provide an immediate opportunity for students to put theory into practice.

Alongside equipment from other leading manufacturers, Tavcom will be installing IDIS DirectIP surveillance comprising ten units of two-megapixel IP cameras, five network video recorders (NVRs) and five Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switches operated and managed through the IDIS Centre bundled video management system (VMS). Tavcom's training experts will utilise DirectIP to help educate installers, operators, security managers and system designers on how to design, install and configure video surveillance systems that take advantage of the advanced technology built into the latest generation of HD megapixel cameras and IP network based solutions.

Network cameras and NVRs at the next level

Network cameras and NVRs at the next level

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 7/22/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

In this round of testing, we are seeing the maturation of network cameras, much like a teenager becoming an adult overnight. During our test phase, several functions improved noticeably and stability increased. These functions included the following:

1. High dynamic range (HDR): From basic view dynamic range or HDR, most network cameras support 1080P or 720P resolution with 70 to 90 decibels of dynamic range. Some chip makers, such as Sony, support up to 120 to 130 decibels of dynamic range for true wide dynamic range (WDR) in the Ipela Engine or Xarina processor. Especially during the live shootout, a spinning colored pinwheel tested different shutter speeds, contrast and color saturation. Light and dark areas were restored to look sharper, greatly increasing image quality for megapixel imaging. This is the first overall improvement for network camera performance.

2. Support for 60 frames per second (fps): Currently, most of the Generation Six network cameras can support 60 fps in Full HD at 1,920 by 1,080 pixels for live output. The imaging efficiency is even better than the previous generation for 30 fps.

3. New intelligent video software (IVS): Compared to the last generation of network generations, the newest models all have front-end analytics. They include tamper detection, intelligent voice detection, tracking, zone monitoring and other features that have come a long way. In basic preset processing and real-time analysis, both support alarm functionality. More providers offer proprietary facial recognition, able to distinguish a face in a frame and work with backend management software to build a database of faces to compare.

4. High-definition digital noise reduction (DNR): From single-frame noise reduction and multiple-frame noise reduction, even images with insufficient illumination can dial down noise in an image for the clearest images, without suffering lag and jagged edges around moving objects.

5. Intelligent bit rate control: While during testing we set the cameras to a constant bit rate (CBR), network cameras also deal with night imaging or environments that have little change. Variable bit rate (VBR) can automatically lower the bit rate, intelligently reducing the amount of storage needed and controlling costs. This improvement for CBR and VBR was seen in all entered network cameras, making them far better than before.

6. Multiple profiles, multiple streams: Apart from bit rate management, network cameras have better support for multiple profiles and streams. For example, LILIN supports four different profiles and each profile can output four different video streams. All cameras entered could handle at least two to four streams of video, showing that support for different file formats and multiple streams is being taken seriously by camera makers.

7. Greater ease of installation: The network cameras of old never failed to give traditional installers fits. The main pet peeve was complexity, as many lacked familiarity with IP setup and IT know-how. But today, that has changed. During testing, auto back focusing has become a standard feature, allowing us to get a camera up and running in under three minutes. In terms of user friendliness, network cameras have made a huge leap forward.

The above are several notable developments and improvements in this year's Secutech Excellence Awards. One thing that is worth noting is that cameras in Europe and the United States must meet UL list Class II requirements for surge protection. This is not limited to simply the product itself, but includes other safety measures, such as double insulation or reinforced insulation. This does not cover grounding or compliance to installation requirements, so it does not affect camera manufacturers directly. However, it is worth noting for sales or distribution, depending on the region.

NVR storage woes
From the beginning of our Awards three years ago, we have found on-going NVR issues for interoperability with third-party cameras and ONVIF compliance. The 10 entered NVRs were connected to 16 cameras from Taiwanese, American, Japanese and Chinese manufacturers, with every NVR found to be sorely lacking in terms of interoperability. To take a different tack by plug-and-play standards, hooking the cameras up to the NVR should be no problem, given we provide the right camera password and both devices support ONVIF. In reality, the cameras were either too new or too old, partly because different versions of ONVIF are not interchangeable. It may seem depressing, but initial testing shows that plug-and-play is still more of a dream than a reality.

For the final live demo, with each network camera being connected one by one to the NVR, we realized that there is a direct relationship between a brand's global reputation and its openness. Any NVR maker serious on capturing worldwide market share must welcome more network cameras with open arms. Integration is a must. In comparison, some NVR makers only look at domestic markets and support their own camera lines or the most popular network cameras in their region. This strategy reflects blind spots in their sales. For users, they can easily distinguish and select a more complete and open solution for future expansions.

NVR setup and use easier than ever
In the past, security installers have found network storage maddening, simply because they required too much IT expertise. Otherwise, the NVR needed many complex steps to be successfully set up, frustrating many installers — especially those used to traditional surveillance systems. But from this round of testing, NVR operation today has became far simpler. The rich and intuitive Linux interface allows installers to control all of the NVR's setup and functionality. Even getting to the more advanced features and entering data has gotten easier to access, which do not require keyboards like before but can be done on the user interface alone. A significant improvement is phased setup by steps, making NVR setup foolproof. If done correctly, an NVR can be up and running in three to five minutes for all camera feeds. As more NVRs support camera connection previews, this makes the installer's job much less painful.

NVRs have gotten better at smart searches and playback. Backup has also become simpler and more convenient. More NVRs feature solid-state disk storage, freeing up processing power for troubleshooting and checking equipment connectivity. Nearly all NVRs display each channel's image flow and frame rate for network management purposes. Although the frame rate for recorded footage depends on the NVR's CPU and the camera's decoder, NVRs still play a significant role in storage.

From this year's Secutech Award entries in network cameras and NVRs, we can see how different components and applications affect the finished product's performance. As we expose flaws, we also urge the industry to uphold quality control standards and implement greater openness for software. This is only fair to all the installers and buyers who demand the best in their network surveillance equipment.

Indigovision releases 5-megapixel cams

Indigovision releases 5-megapixel cams

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 7/5/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The IndigoVision IP camera range has been expanded with the launch of the new 5 Megapixel (5MP) cameras. These high resolution cameras deliver amazing image quality and significant storage cost savings with all the benefits of IndigoVision's unique Distributed Network Architecture (DNA).

The outstanding features of the 5MP camera range include; 12 frames per second (12fps) at 5MP resolutions, lower bandwidth requirements through advanced H.264 compression, superior low-light and WDR performance and up to four simultaneous video streams each with an independent resolution setting all in a camera that is ONVIF conformant.

"The IndigoVision 5MP camera range has been developed to work within IndigoVision's unique DNA, removing the requirement for a management server." stated Tom Frame, IndigoVision System Architect. "The use of a centralised management server in surveillance systems creates a dangerous single point of failure which places fundamental limitations on scalability as well as increasing total system cost. These weaknesses become even more visible when systems need high megapixel cameras."

IndigoVision's DNA is achieved through superior solution design within IndigoVision's NVRs and VMS, with the advantage of analytics at the edge. By completely removing the management server, as with all IndigoVision IP cameras and encoders, the IndigoVision 5MP camera range is easier to install and manage on a network. IndigoVision's DNA delivers unparalleled scalability, reduces the time for operators to access live and recorded video, removes any single point of failure and dramatically reduces the total cost of ownership.

This IndigoVision 5MP camera range provides an advanced solution to the Megapixel camera market through the unique combination of high resolution, exceptional camera design and DNA. Available in Bullet, Fixed, Minidome and Microdome form factors the 5MP cameras increase IndigoVision's full camera range to over 50 cameras giving more choice than ever before.

Currency exchange chain in Malaysia upgrades surveillance setup

Currency exchange chain in Malaysia upgrades surveillance setup

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 7/1/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A large currency exchange chain in Malaysia recently upgraded its analog surveillance system across all of the 65 branches to an IP-based surveillance system, consisting of more than 600 LILIN network cameras and 65 NVRs, to ensure the safety of staff and customers as well as prevent possible robberies from happening. The branches spread across Malaysia, from domestic and international airports to shopping malls and hotels. The safety of people who are exchanging currency in the store and the security of store operations are considered top priorities. The videos produced by the old analog cameras looked like there was always bad fog. The management therefore decided to upgrade the chain's security infrastructure to IP-based.

In this project, nine units of LILIN IP cameras LR7428E3.6 and LD2222E4 with 2-megapixel CMOS image sensor were installed at each of the 61 out of the 65 branches; each store deployed the cameras at the entrance/exit, above the clerks' front counters for clear monitoring of customers' movements, events of interest, and all the transactions. The remaining four larger branches were each outfitted with additional sixteen 2-megapixel IP cameras for total situational awareness. All cameras have a built-in SD card acting as redundant recording and motion detection. Aside from the IP cameras, each location was equipped with a LILIN multi-touch standalone NVR 109. For the control room at the headquarters, central surveillance VMS CMX 1072 was deployed for centralized remote monitoring of all branches across the nation.

LILIN's extensive know-how in surveillance helped ease the transition from analog to IP, and guaranteed smooth integration and reliable interoperability. The new, highly scalable and robust solution will serve to provide complete video security of each branch for many years to come.

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LILIN, dedicated to innovation, creativity, progress and excellence, is a global developer and provider of IP video solutions with more than 30 years of experience.

 US bank TCF upgrades to hybrid recording and management across 430 branches

US bank TCF upgrades to hybrid recording and management across 430 branches

Editor / Provider: Infinova/March Networks | Updated: 6/26/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Minneapolis-based TCF Bank, recently replaced Verint Systems video surveillance system with an IP-based video surveillance system consisting of March Networks hybrid NVRs, IP cameras and VMS for improved security, fraud detection and operational efficiency across its 430 retail banking branches. TCF Bank worked with certified provider DAV-COM Electric to trial the NVRs and opted to standardize on the solution soon after.

"Reliability was our top criterion for selecting a new video surveillance system, to ensure we can properly safeguard our assets and reduce losses from fraudulent activity," said David Nelson, Assistant VP for Physical Security at TCF Bank. "The new NVRs will be the standard for all of our retail banking branches moving forward."

In addition to the hybrid NVRs, the bank is using March Networks VMS, which provides real-time system health monitoring to ensure optimal performance. It is also using WDR mini dome and compact WDR dome IP cameras as part of a strategic transition to all-IP video networking.

The hybrid NVRs is able to support advanced IP video capabilities, as well as intelligent video applications and analytics designed specially to help banks fight fraud, improve operations and increase profits. The NVRs supports as many as 32 IP cameras or any hybrid combination up to 16 analog inputs. This flexibility enables banks to deploy HD surveillance cameras as needed, while taking full advantage of their existing analog investments.

The ability to adopt March Networks ATM software applications is another reason why TCF Bank chose the financial solution. Searchlight includes powerful financial transaction investigation, skimming detection, image tracker and license plate tracker applications, as well as rich case management tools. It enables banks and credit unions to proactively detect fraudulent activity across their organizations and gather stronger case evidence through centralized searches that correlate video with transaction information, security analytics and other fraud-related data.

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