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Hardware veteran reinvents itself with new soft powers

Hardware veteran reinvents itself with new soft powers

Editor / Provider: LILIN | Updated: 11/12/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

LILIN, a global CCTV and IP-based surveillance solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it has entered into technology partnerships with management platform developers icomply, Control 4, HeiTel, Axxonsoft, Genetec, Synology and Avigilon, and passed respective compatibility tests with flying colors

Under the new technology partnership with icomply, a software developer for integrated security applications, LILIN's full range of DVRs and HD IP cameras will be integrated into the VTAS Pro PSIM platform, enabling seamless control.

Michael Gallagher, Director of Business Development for icomply, stated, “As LILIN was the first CCTV manufacturer in the world to release ONVIF-conformant products, we feel that its products compliment the open platform integration that we actively promote. We are already seeing brilliant results.” The VTAS software meets all the regulations stipulated by the UK government and councils, meaning the LILIN product range will feature in city centers, as well as health care and education applications.

Steve Liddiard, LILIN's Sales Manager, commented on the partnership, “This is a great opportunity for us to actively work with an established software company and effectively integrate our products with a new platform. Not only is this good for customers who will undoubtedly see benefits, it also gives us access into new markets and channels.”

Integration effort with Control4, a developer of personalized automation and control solutions, has also been fruitful, with users being able to control LILIN IP products from the same software platform that controls other appliances in their home or business.

The entire LILIN IP product range, from megapixel cameras to NVRs, can now be used with and controlled by Control4 systems. “Our products and their features are perfectly suited for the integration with Control4,” Liddiard added. Home automation systems have matured over the last few years and are offering clear benefits to end users/homeowners. With this new integration, LILIN is able to further extend its presence on different software platforms and augment user experience — smart, convenient and efficient.

Additionally, the entire LILIN IP camera range can now be used with HeiTel Video Gateway series of digital video transmission and recording systems, for enhanced video and alarm management, all from the HeiTel Video interface. Christian Busch, LILIN's Sales Manager, commented on the new integration, “Our products and their features are perfectly married for new opportunities and markets. ” LILIN has provided quality IP and analog solutions to the market for more than 30 years, offering clear benefits for end users, especially in terms of operational simplicity.

HeiTel′s core competence, digital video transmission and recording, is reflected in the hardware Video Gateway series with the product families CamServer, CamTel, CamDisc, Cam4mobile and CamDisc HNVR. While all of them are hybrid DVRs, the CamDisc HNVR is especially tailored for use with megapixel cameras. HeiTel also offers a range of software solutions from single-user software (CamControl Lite/Pro) for easy remote control, configuration and transmission, to sophisticated CMS solutions either as built-in video alarm management or as add-on components to third-party alarm management products.

More than Meets the Eye
LILIN's open-standard IP cameras can also be easily configured, in just minutes, on popular VMS platforms Axxonsoft, Genetec, Synology and Avigilon. Here is how:
* Step by step with Axxonsoft V2.1.5.272
* Step by step with Genetec Omnicast V4.8.2201.19
* Step by step with Synology V6.0-2337
* Step by step with Avigilon Control Center 4 Enterprise Client V4.10.0.48

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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.

Taking a leap beyond loss prevention

Taking a leap beyond loss prevention

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Catalyst Communications | Updated: 11/9/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

With the introduction of 360-degree fisheye cameras with built-in “track-‘n-trace” capability in combination with video analytics applied to recorded footage, the retail sector has discovered that in-store surveillance can do much more than merely finding, tracking and identifying shoplifters, by analyzing and enhancing the shopper's experience.

It is no surprise that large supermarket chains, department stores and others who offer loyalty and bonus cards use the data from receipts to analyze shopping patterns. Not only do they calculate your bonus points accordingly, they also tailor special offers on certain items based on your previous purchase. What they have not been able to — until now — is analyze, for example, which products you also looked at but did not buy, or how many times you visited a store without buying anything at all.

The stumbling block has been the relative inability to work efficiently with “big data” — such as surveillance footage — in terms of analyzing it for business intelligence purposes. But with an efficient marriage of sophisticated 360-degree technology and video data management, AMG-Panogenics and i3 have now demonstrated that a new world of applications are available to the benefit of many industry sectors.

With its long tradition for using business intelligence to analyze shopping patterns, average basket value and more, retailers are now fast discovering that a 360-degree in-store video surveillance solution can help deliver a wealth of additional information. Until now, in-store video has predominantly been used for finding, tracking, identifying and documenting (potential) shoplifters, but the leap to using the footage for analyzing behavior and movement patterns, performance monitoring at PoS, customers waiting in lines for service and much more is now in full progress.

Turning 360
David Meyers, CTO of AMG-Panogenics, explained the camera technology which facilitates multiple ways of using and analyzing video footage, and how this helps increase the overall ROI. “It was always our intention to bring to market a product range with technical innovations that offer the users real benefits. We provide up to 14 live, simultaneous, panoramic and digital PTZ streams while still recording the full scene at a rate of 12.5 fps. A certain amount of zoom is then available on playback; up to 10x optical zoom equivalent, from fully zoomed-out, when compared with SD cameras. All you need for live viewing is a standard Web browser. We also designed the cameras to work on open-platform software which makes it very easy to integrate into third-party NVRs, through our SDK. Onboard dewarping is another feature which we have found that customers are very keen on. It reduces network bandwidth and image processing loads on NVRs and promises much better storage optimization. When correctly placed, 360-degree cameras can significantly reduce camera counts and transmission infrastructure. No moving parts also mean no maintenance costs.”

Track-‘n-Trace in Practice
“The latest feature track-‘n-trace' detects and tracks motion in preset areas; our tracking camera streams can follow persons around within the 360-degree view of the camera. We currently have up to two tracking streams in the camera, and the main intention of the feature is to act as a deterrent to would-be shoplifters by displaying them on the in-store screen and tracking them as if they were being followed. Usually, surveillance cameras are seen only as an after-the-fact forensic tool; however, PanoCam360 provides an active loss prevention feature at the same time. The monitor can show both tracking streams in separate windows while the NVR is also recording the entire 360-degree scene from the same camera. We can work with up to 10 different views or area sectors with different ‘trigger points,' which we can predetermine. The triggers are set by simply pointing and clicking to define the relevant area. Once the area is entered by the shopper, the camera is triggered, and the tracking automatically starts.”

Footage Mining for Business Intelligence
Footage analysis is where i3 comes in, providing advanced VCA for users to get the most information out of their video. The software has now been integrated with the PanoCam360 and Vy Hoang, i3's Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, is excited about the application of the integrated solution in the retail sector. “Our CMS is a centralized server that delivers the ability to collect important customer data from the security video system and then combine with operational data in order to push real-time business intelligence to employees within an organization. The data is delivered in the form of reports that quickly identify lost opportunities, operational inefficiencies and areas of risk, without waiting for trends to appear. The fact that we deliver data in real time means that there is a possibility to apply corrective measures instantly, often for the benefit of better profitability. Say, for example, that you have a display of expensive sunglasses as a shop-in-shop function. It may be located adjacent to the cosmetics department or next to a custom jewellery counter. Not only do you want to ensure that visitors to the store area do not help themselves to a pair of shades from a loss prevention point of view, you may also want to track and analyze which brands and designs attract most customers, as this could prompt you to rearrange the display. There is a lot a psychology involved in how goods are presented for optimizing the sales and small changes in the display and use of the real estate can generate immediate impact on the bottom line. Further, you may want to track customers who bought sunglasses around the adjacent shop area to identify which goods they also sampled or bought in cosmetics and jewellery, thus investigating if certain behavior or movement patterns apply to certain categories of customers. Reports will include information on view time in front of a display, walking patterns within and around the area, as well as traffic counts within the area.”

In-store video footage can be analyzed in real time to provide valuable business intelligence and key performance indicators.

It is, however, important to note that traffic counters and analytics alone do not automatically increase sales. The information provided must drive strategic decisions and actions, Hoang stressed.

“It is also important to be aware that there are things you can actively influence and control, and others which you will not be able to influence,” Hoang said. “Noncontrollable events include things like weather, lunch groups, family groups, church rush, free store delivery (pick up at store from online ordering), unscheduled trucks and customer ‘loitering,' which can all inflict impact on numbers. Things you can control and work with to improve the customer experience include managing staff breaks, scheduling for coverage, clearing the DVR/NVR entry zone (removing items from an area that might affect the accuracy of people count or region count), managing cart return, managing morning sidewalk setup, customers using exit to enter, multiple trips for shop opportunities, manager-on-duty performance, evaluating associate performance and so on.”

Knowing how long customers look at a particular display can help decide where to place goods in the real estate or prompt changes to the way goods are displayed and highlighted.

The sample report shows overall customer traffic, comparing two different outlets in different geographical regions

Touch and Go
“Looking into the future, one of the immediate new applications — especially in the U.S. — is the requirement to have full-person image logging for identification and documentation of wireless/mobile/NFC transactions,” Meyers said. “Retailers are looking for better and faster ways to process purchases. The next step will be a payment facility where the customer simply touches his/her credit card to the nearest payment ‘pad.' When we move into ‘touch-and-go' on credit cards, the criteria for being able to document that it is the rightful owner of the card who is using it will increase dramatically. The ability to spot fraudulent cards and identify theft will also be very significant.”

There is little doubt that the pleasurable concept of “retail therapy” is about to see a remarkable change, as retailers increasingly mine/mind the new business intelligence capabilities from in-store video capture.

Honeywell adds video capability to cloud-based SMB access solution

Honeywell adds video capability to cloud-based SMB access solution

Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 11/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell has added advanced video capabilities to one of its access control systems, giving owners of small to mid-size businesses a new option for improving building security. The company's NetAXS-123 offering is the first access control technology of its kind to provide video surveillance without requiring a DVR or NVR, making it ideal for smaller businesses such as pharmacies, day care centers and clinics.

Instead of DVRs or NVRs, the system allows businesses to store video on USB memory sticks. And while most video systems record continuously, NetAXS-123's video capabilities offer event-based recording, meaning users can set the system to record only certain access-control events such as a door being propped or forced open, or someone trying to enter the premises using an invalid card. The technology significantly reduces the amount of time and effort needed to set up the overall system with its ability to automatically discover cameras connected to it, as well as intuitive, easy-to-use set-up screens.
“Smaller businesses need effective security just as much as large corporations, but they have far fewer resources to work with, and many times they simply can't afford an elaborate security system,” said, Rene von Franquemont, Product Manager of Honeywell Security Group. “These smaller businesses and organizations shouldn't have to sacrifice protection and NetAXS-123's new video capabilities provide the type of security you would have at larger sites, but at a much lower total cost of ownership.”
NetAXS-123 is a web-based access control system designed to protect facilities with fewer than three doors. The panel uses built-in Ethernet and USB support, as well as PoE capability to reduce installation costs and eliminate the need for wire runs to power the unit. Its compact, modular design allows businesses to purchase the right amount of access control they initially need and also quickly and easily expand as those needs change. The new Video Add-On Kit lets customers use live video to monitor their sites within the same NetAXS-123 web interface and visually confirm access control events.
The system's simplified installation and user training, as well as the minimal post-sale support required, make it ideal for security installers who want to expand their businesses with access control technology.

CBC dabbles in NVR and smartphone app

CBC dabbles in NVR and smartphone app

Editor / Provider: CBC | Updated: 11/6/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

The European subsidiary of surveillance solutions provider CBC recently launched a new range of full HD Ganz IP NVRs. Available in four or eight channels, the NVRs provide 1,080p HD quality images along with a free app and central management software, allowing images to be displayed remotely, quickly and easily in quad or full-screen on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
Supplied in a space-saving compact profile, the new Ganz IP NVRs work seamlessly with CBC's PixelPro range of indoor and outdoor IP cameras to provide an optimized image/storage solution. PixelPro cameras connect simply and directly to the NVRs using a single network cable per camera, with PoE capability.
CBC's NR4HL and NR8HL Triplex NVRs (available in 2-TB and 4-TB versions) use H.264 compression. Each camera can be viewed in live mode and recorded at 25 fps. Multisite device management is also achievable using the Ganz DMS Lite software supplied free with each NVR. Up to two hard drives can be installed on each NVR. Storage expansion is achieved via e-SATA.
“CBC's new, cost-effective NVRs address the increasing demand for network-capable video storage and flexible means of monitoring and reviewing that make customers' access to surveillance systems much easier and more space- and time-efficient,” said Ken Ota, MD of the U.K., CBC Europe.

Taipei Metro goes IP, with industrial-grade durability

Taipei Metro goes IP, with industrial-grade durability

Editor / Provider: Moxa | Updated: 10/24/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

Averaging 1.6 million passengers per day, Taipei Metro is one of the busiest transportation systems in Asia, and has become an important driver for business and lifestyle in the island nation. In addition to ensuring smooth and reliable operations, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation keeps an watchful eye on the security and safety of its riders. Therefore, in 2010, the rolling stock IP surveillance system was implemented on Taipei Metro carriages to record videos, as well as provide live view to each train driver. This enabled recording of live video images which could be used as evidence upon necessity, thereby increasing security for passengers.

Unlike legacy analog cameras and DVR systems, the on-board CCTV system on the Nangang-Banqiao-Tucheng Line uses the newest IP CCTV system with IP cameras and network video recorders (NVR). This system enjoys the benefits of an open network architecture, which enables live view and recording of videos not only in the metro trains, but also in remote sites such as stations and Operation and Control Centers (OCC).

System Requirements
* Completed IP CCTV system
* All the on-board equipments need to be compliant with IEC60571 and IEC62236-3-2 (EMC)
* Minimum video resolution of 1.3 megapixels
* Hardware design must be suitable for installation on a carriage environment

Business Benefits
* Wide selection of IEC 60571 compliant IP cameras, network switches and NVR products to facilitate a reliable onboard surveillance application
* Ruggedized Full HD IP Camera guarantee outstanding image quality for CCTV systems.
* Fanless hardware design to ensure reliable operation on metro trains and extend the operation MTBF.
* Successful reference sites for railway onboard communications around the world

System Description
Taipei MRT required a high-performance and reliable on-board IP CCTV system able to meet the critical EMC, vibration, physical protection requirements in metro trains. Therefore, Moxa's IEC 60571 compliant IP CCTV equipment, including IP cameras, network switches, and NVRs were selected for this on-board IP CCTV system.

Moxa provided three kinds of IP cameras for this on-board CCTV system.

* VPort 16-M12 series – ceiling-mounted, dome-type IP camera for carriage surveillance
* VPort 26A series – ceiling-mounted, low-illumination, dome-type IP camera for surveillance in the driver's room
* VPort P06HC series – hidden-type IP camera for the intercom system

All three IP cameras conform to ONVIF? standards, meet the rugged EMC, temperature, vibration and shock design requirements of IEC 60571, support Full-HD, 1080P (1920 x 1080) resolution for large images, and are equipped with the newest sensor chip for high-quality images. In addition to IP cameras, Moxa also provided customization in the hardware and form factor design based on requirements set by TMRT for IP cameras that are visible to passengers.

Moxa also provided two NVRs.

* V2416 – for local video recording in the carriage
* V2616 – for video recording, live display, and system management in the driver's room

These NVRs come with a patented anti-vibration kit, two 2.5-inch hard disk trays that have passed the IEC 61373 vibration test, and are hot-swappable for easy and simple hard disk installation and maintenance.

As the IP-based communication backbone, Moxa's TN-5516-8PoE Ethernet switches were deployed throughout the whole metro transit system, powering the IP cameras through PoE ports, and enabling wider bandwidth through port-trunking function.

Moxa Products Used in this Project

On-board IP cameras (VPort P16-2MP-M12, VPort P26A-2MP-M12 and VPort P06HC-2MP-M12)
* Up to 1920x1080 (Full HD, 1080P) video resolution
* IEC60571 and IEC62236-3-2 compliant
* ONVIF Porfile S conformance
* DynaStream? supported for maximized network efficiency

On-board NVR (V2416, V2616)
* 2 hot-swappable hard disk tray passed IEC61373 vibration test with 2.5” hard disk
* IEC60571 and IEC62236-3-2 compliant
* ONVIF NVC conformance

On-board Switch (TN-5516-8PoE-48)
* M12 Managed Ethernet switch
* IEC60571 and IEC62236-3-2 compliant
* 8 PoE ports for powering IP cameras

Video surveillance for medical facilities

Video surveillance for medical facilities

Editor / Provider: Safe-n-secureinc | Updated: 10/16/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

In hospitals and healthcare facilities, video surveillance is an effective tool not only for increasing security, but also for controlling costs. Surveillance cameras can work to protect hospital employees and patients from security breaches, and provide valuable visual evidence that can be used to increase productivity and prevent dishonest claims. IP video technology is providing hospitals with added flexibility in their video surveillance installations, while offering benefits such as remote video monitoring and more effective storage capabilities.

Benefits of Hospital Video Surveillance
Increase overall security and safety
– Security cameras positioned throughout a hospital help to prevent crimes and break-ins and also allow operators to watch for troubled patients and monitor for unauthorized visitors in restricted areas.
Improve worker productivity – The presence of surveillance cameras on the premises can improve communication between hospital departments or buildings, allowing for heightened productivity.
Prevent dishonest claims – In instances where patients or visitors falsely attest to injuring themselves on hospital property, visual evidence from the facility's security cameras can disprove such assertions, saving the hospital from pricey unwarranted insurance claims.
Resolve employee disputes – Employee disputes are easily resolved when clear visual proof is available. Surveillance cameras can shed light on incidents in question.
Continuous real-time monitoring – IP surveillance allows authorized hospital employees tomonitor critical areas continuously, in real time, from their personal computers.
Digital storage – Hospitals that choose to install IP-based video surveillance systems can take advantage of the benefits of digital storage. IP systems enable the user to store recorded footage digitally on network servers, hard-drives or NVRs, where the surveillance video is easily accessible to authorized users, and offers improved searching capabilities.
Visual evidence for investigations – Surveillance cameras can provide invaluable visual evidence for investigations of criminal activity and other specific events that have taken place within or around healthcare facilities.
Remote video monitoring – Remote monitoring is an extremely helpful tool in medical facilities. IP surveillance allows hospital employees to view security camera footage remotely from any PC with network access. Multiple sites can even communicate over the same network with all of the camera views accessible online via the Internet.

Risks of Healthcare Video Surveillance
Over reliance – While video surveillance is an important part of any hospital's security plan,it's also critical that the appropriate level of physical security personnel is in place. 
Privacy – Security cameras are effective tools for monitoring many sections of a hospital, but patient privacy should be considered when determining whether or not cameras should be placed in a facility's more private areas.
Tampering – If a security camera is tampered with and damaged, the video signal could be lost. Other security measures should be in place to make up for an interrupted signal.

Configuration of Security Cameras for Medical Facilities
Consider the following factors when determining the appropriate video surveillance installation for a
hospital or healthcare facility:
· What current security systems does the hospital have in place?
· Is the facility properly staffed with security personnel?
· Does the hospital feature multiple buildings?
· Is there a parking lot connected to the hospital?
· Have there been reports of criminal activity on the premises?
· Is there a history of break-ins at the hospital?
· Have there been any employee disputes that warranted visual investigation?
· Has the hospital been burdened with costly insurance claims that can neither be proved nor
· What do you consider to be the facility's most critical areas requiring video surveillance?
Setup Advice
· Place security cameras that provide views of all building entrances and exits in order to
capture images of those entering and leaving the premises.
· Monitor hospital hallways to keep watch over the flow of activity within the facility.
· Position cameras in elevators and fire escapes.
· Utilize surveillance equipment to watch over the hospital's parking lots and loading areas.
· Install security cameras at entrances to restricted areas to ensure that only authorized users
are granted access.
· Position cameras both inside and outside of the facility.


Transmitting high-def video on low-bandwidth networks

Transmitting high-def video on low-bandwidth networks

Editor / Provider: Submitted by IndigoVision and Vemotion | Updated: 10/9/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

As IP cameras increase in resolution and customers demand more clarity, network bandwidth becomes a critical issue. IndigoVision and Vemotion Interactive discuss how careful bandwidth management is needed to get the best out of your IP video network.

HD cameras now produce more data than a wide-area network (WAN) can reasonably handle. While your in-house local-area network (LAN) may be able to handle large amounts of data, it is important to be aware of the limitations when you want to send camera streams to other buildings or companies; the bandwidth available will be lower, and you need to be clever about what you send. With the growth in sales of ever-better HD cameras, there is a need for even better bandwidth management to make the best use of resources on any multisite system.

Key Areas
Avoiding bandwidth bottlenecks involves looking at five key areas:
- Video compression
- Latency
- Choosing what to send
- Location of recording
- Managing demand

Video Compression
There is a lot of misunderstanding in the marketplace about video compression. Use of the H.264 video codec standard is usually seen as the answer, but H.264 is very broad term. It really only describes the format the video is compressed to, and how it can be decoded; it does not give information about how the compression was achieved. There is a big difference between good compression and bad; the table below details typical data rates for a single 1-megapixel camera monitoring a fairly static scene such as a building entrance:

It is important to do your homework and benchmark the compression from different suppliers so that you really know what you are buying. Great compression uses up to half the bandwidth of good compression. As well as reducing overall bandwidth, good compression also allows you to dual stream – high frame rate and high bandwidth locally, and low bandwidth for what you stream over the WAN.

An apt example would be the Vemotion Interactive VB-40 series that requires a GPRS, 3-G, ADSL/Ethernet or satellite router. Inputs and outputs (16 maximum outputs per unit) are configured and transmitted over the network to the control hub. The unit will connect to the server application and then, by installing a multiscreen viewer application on a PC or mobile device, you can view multiple live video feeds from wherever you are. Full telemetry for control of cameras is provided, and automatic bandwidth adaptation offers maximum flexibility.

For example, 16 simultaneous streams can be viewed from each VB-40 unit, and the operator can choose to increase the resolution of any of the feeds to provide enhanced video quality. The VB-40 will respond by automatically changing the video quality of other feeds in order to give the required channel the most bandwidth. This means that a fixed bandwidth can be intelligently distributed across all the video feeds in order to provide the optimal operating solution for the user. VB-40 can be “dropped” into location and give immediate access to camera systems already in place — from a private surveillance hub for temporary remote access, or to connect multiple locations and control rooms together where other network options would be cost-prohibitive.

Latency is another vital consideration. In recorded video, it does not matter if there is a little latency in playback of video from recorder to viewing station, but if an operator is trying to track real-time action and there is a double delay – delay in the images getting to the monitor, and then delay in the signal from the operator's joystick to the PTZ camera following the events – he or she is going to quickly lose track of what is happening. The time from the moment the light hits the camera lens until the image reaches the operator's monitor should be less than 100 milliseconds. Longer than that, and the lag is too much.

This is, in fact, one of the reasons analog systems are still around in so many areas – latency can be a real issue with IP video. Only a really well-designed system, carefully pipelining every stage of compression and transmission, will minimize latency properly.

Choose What to Send
Only send it if you have to: do not overload your network resource with data you do not really need. A good IP security management system will switch the transmission link into "idle mode" when there is nothing happening in the scene. The instant anything happens, things should switch back to full speed, and your system must make sure that is a fast changeover so that nothing is missed in the interim.

Real-time video analytics are vital too; they can identify when something relevant happens, perhaps when someone walks the wrong way down a corridor, or an item is moved. That is when you want to be sure you see everything that is going on.

Location of Recording
Recording location is another important consideration. Do not move all of your data back and forth between cameras and a central site. Design your network with NVRs close to the cameras they are recording, using your plentiful LAN bandwidth, and only transmit important information over the WAN.

Out of any video you record, you are typically only ever going to look at less than 1 percent, so keep the intelligence at the edge and only access what you really need to. A distributed IP video architecture, without the need for central servers, lets you record locally but view from anywhere you need to. Careful design will eliminate a lot of bottlenecks and headaches.

Managing Demand
This is possibly the trickiest part to get right, and the one that most people forget about: managing operator demand. This is crucial on any multisite system. Each operator has to learn how to share the bandwidth, and to make sure they get their job done without hogging limited resources. Depending on the product used, this can often be managed within the management system itself; a built-in understanding of what each area needs can be configured during setup and managed silently so that bandwidth is allocated well without operator input. However, staff must still understand the need to share and may have to be encouraged to do so.

Design Carefully
On top of all these recommendations, design your monitoring solution carefully and think about what is really important. There has been a move recently toward using HD cameras just because they are availabe and getting cheaper. But once you start putting 5-, 10- or 16-megapixel cameras in every situation, you are going to use up valuable bandwidth very quickly. It is worth bearing in mind that many higher-megapixel cameras are designed to work at slower frame rates; a lower pixel count but higher frame rate may actually be better at gathering evidence.

It is all about balance: choose the right mix of SD and HD cameras for your real needs, put them in the right place, and design the network to work well with them.

Dahua NVRs integrated with Pelco cams

Dahua NVRs integrated with Pelco cams

Editor / Provider: Pelco | Updated: 10/2/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Pelco by Schneider Electric and Dahua Technology announce the integration of Pelco network cameras, including Sarix Mega-Performance Cameras (IX, IM, ID Series cameras), Spectra IP High Definition cameras, and multi-channel Network Encoders with the full range of Dahua NVRs, including their portfolio of Super Series, Desktop Series, and Vertical Series.

“Pelco's commitment to open architecture and interoperability is matched with Dahua Technology, which shares our passion for providing best-in-class interoperable video solutions,” says Stuart Rawling, director of partnering and integration, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “Our collaboration with Dahua Technologies provides security personnel new options for deploying world class video management systems built around Pelco cameras and Dahua Technologies recording and management platforms.”

“The video surveillance market today has grown with the increasing demand from customers, and we at Dahua are making the effort of integrating with global brands to meet various product demands and expectations,” says James Wang, Dahua overseas product director. “As a sought-after player in the video security industry, Pelco well matches our strategy, along with the benefits brought to mutual customers. We are confident that this cooperation is leading us to a win-win situation.”

Danish bank enhances overall security with March Networks solution

Danish bank enhances overall security with March Networks solution

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 9/21/2012 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks announced that Danske Bank Group, Denmark's largest financial institution and a top-100 world bank, has selected the company's video management software and hybrid recorders for advanced security at its corporate facilities in Copenhagen. The upgrade expands the March Networks solution the bank is currently using in more than 150 retail banking branches across Norway and Sweden, and continues to deploy working with certified solution provider Stanley Security Solutions.

“We are extremely pleased with the performance of our March Networks video surveillance solution,” said Tonny Henriksen, Project Manager, Danske Bank Group. “During the five years that we've been using the systems, they have performed immaculately. The software is also very easy to use, which means that authorized staff right down to the branch level need very little training to quickly access the video they need.”

Following Stanley Security Solution's recommendation of March Networks, Danske Bank deployed the surveillance systems to reap the operational benefits associated with the enterprise-class software. March Networks Visual Intelligence software delivers centralized video management and investigation capabilities across any number of networked locations.

“The requirement for a networked solution came from our staff in Norway, who had to travel long distances to retail branches every time there was an incident requiring video evidence,” said Tom Soederholm, Danske Bank Group's Vice-President of End-User Technology. “With the March Networks solution, they now retrieve video from the most isolated branches without ever leaving the comfort of their office. It saves time and money and is a major improvement over what we had before.”

The solution also met another of the bank's key criteria – the ability to support both analog and IP cameras with hybrid recording platforms that scale easily to match future growth. The 4000 C Series hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs) protect Danske's existing analog camera investments, while enabling the strategic deployment of high-definition IP cameras. The NVRs run on an embedded Linux operating system, which the bank's IT group requested to reduce security and performance issues, and incorporate an innovative docking station for faster installation and maintenance.

The bank is so pleased with the solution, it also plans to introduce March Networks Command video management system (VMS) software in its security operations centers to gain further efficiencies. Command's intuitive, web-based user interface provides full configuration and management capabilities in addition to live video viewing and playback.

More than 450 banks and credit unions worldwide currently use March Networks systems for security and fraud detection. In addition to powerful video management and recording, the solution includes Searchlight software applications that significantly reduce losses from ATM skimming, cash harvesting and other theft. The March Networks Searchlight portfolio includes Financial Transaction Investigation, which synchronizes ATM and teller transaction records with high-quality video to streamline case management and investigator performance. It also includes powerful Skimming Detection, Image Tracker and License Plate Tracker applications that enable banks to proactively detect fraudulent activity at ATMs and strengthen case evidence quickly by correlating facial images, transaction information, colors and license plate data.

New kid on the VMS block

New kid on the VMS block

Editor / Provider: Submitted by 3VR | Updated: 9/17/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

3VR, the video intelligence company, announced that it is opening up its Video Intelligence Platform for integration with select hardware partners for the first time. This is a first for 3VR's Video Intelligence Platform as its Video Management Software (VMS) has only been available for use with its own Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and Hybrid NVRs in the past.

Intransa, the physical security infrastructure and services company, marks the first implementation of 3VR's Video Intelligence Platform with a third-party hardware provider. Intransa customers now can augment their existing hardware infrastructure with 3VR's VMS suite of forensic search and analytics solutions to solve crimes faster, reap significant business intelligence from their video assets and reduce IT integration headaches. Today's announcement is consistent with 3VR's open platform philosophy. 3VR already has certified partnerships with leading camera manufacturers, data integration partners such as access control and POS systems and analytic developers.

"We wanted to give our customers more choices and flexibility in how they deploy our software," said 3VR CEO Al Shipp. "By opening up our software platform to premium select hardware vendors such as Intransa, we allow 3VR customers to optimize their network security infrastructure while still taking advantage of 3VR's powerful forensic search engine, case management, and wide range of video analytics."

3VR has been SELECT certified as an option for Intransa's server, storage and appliance platforms. Customers of Intransa's video-optimized VideoAppliance, EnterpriseServer and EnterpriseStorage platforms will now be able to leverage 3VR's VMS without the need for additional hardware purchases.

"Our certified partnership with 3VR enables us to combine our strengths to create a powerful, sophisticated solution that addresses a wide range of project needs, and ultimately offer greater value to our integrators and end users," said Intransa CEO Bud Broomhead.

3VR offers several built-in and premium applications that allow users to manage and bolster the performance of their video assets (mix and match analog, IP, megapixel and PTZ cameras) across thousands of sites. Local and remote management tools focused on ensuring uptime and maximizing effectiveness include:
- OpCenter – Allows customers to quickly view and monitor video from any camera on a single user interface including forensic search
- Systems Manager – Centralized system administration enables remote or local configuration of 3VR VMS, cameras, and 3VR hybrid video recorders
- Spot Monitor – Streams a multiplex or cycling display of live video on a separate monitor
- Alert Viewer – Stand-alone client software automatically notifies a user via an alert or email when suspicious activity, individuals or vehicles are identified
- Report Viewer – General reporting feature produces tabular reports of any search query against any 3VR analytic to gain valuable business intelligence
-Custom Applications – 3VR's VMS provides users with the unique ability to create tailor-made applications for their organizations

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