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FLIR Systems expands IP NVR series DNR300

FLIR Systems expands IP NVR series DNR300

Editor / Provider: FLIR Systems | Updated: 9/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

FLIR Systems announced the expansion of the SyncroIP NVR series with a more powerful and robust NVR line. Building upon the company's popular entry level line, the DNR300 Series offers advanced functionality for more demanding applications while maintaining the original models' distinguishing characteristic… ease-of-use. FLIR DNR300 Series NVRs feature 8 integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports, greater bandwidth for turbo processing speed, and a more sophisticated CMS application.

Available in 8 and 16 channel configurations, DNR300 Series NVRs include an internal 8 port PoE switch for quick and simple connection. With a recording bit rate of 80 Mbps, the system supports real-time recording (30 fps per channel) at full HD 1080p resolution in 8 channel mode (240fps @ 1080p). A wide range of the industry's most popular IP cameras of up to 5MP are fully compatible and automatically discovered by the Onvif 2.0 NVR with no configuration required.

Along with the DNR300, FLIR introduces the Syncro-C software, an intuitive 36 channel CMS with Client/Server support for managing multi-site applications, accommodating both NVRs and independent IP Cameras. A Mac version of the software is available.

SyncroIP NVRs can be accessed remotely via mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Advanced features of these apps include remote playback, push notifications for motion/alarm, E-map, and manual record / snapshot to the device.

Dahua safeguards Bacau County, Romania by IP surveillance system

Dahua safeguards Bacau County, Romania by IP surveillance system

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Moinesti, a city in Bacau County, Romania, recently upgrades its municipal surveillance system for the sake of its safety improvement and criminality prevention by installing Dahua Megapixel surveillance system. With strong support of Dahua's local distributor and system integrator — KMW Systems and Mobilis, the project has been successfully implemented to safeguard city of Moinesti.

The challenge of this project is covering multiple monitoring sites from roads, parks, school and public areas alike. These sites have one thing in common which is opened area and it requires a monitoring center to manage hundreds of network cameras and to process and store massive data flows as well as to respond quickly if any incident or unusual signals are occurred.

Meanwhile, when choosing cameras, several factors were taken into consideration, such as detailed image quality, outdoor environment and varies of monitoring backgrounds; the suitable lens applied to the network camera is also a big concern.

With no doubts, the IP solution is definitely the answer to all the challenges. Therefore, the whole project lays importance in three dimensions — IP data transmission, video surveillance devices and central management software (CMS).

The finalized solution consists of nearly 200 units of Dahua megapixel network cameras and speed domes, a pair of high-channel network video recorders as well as 11 units of network keyboards.

The monitoring center is situated in the local police department whereas hundreds of megapixel cameras are managed and mass data volume is centrally processed and stored. The office uses seven units of Dahua servers equipped with a quad-core processing chip and HDDs of high capacity to run Dahua CMS and NVRs, in order to fully ensure the smooth operation, data safety and system stability. Meanwhile, the bureau adopts 7 units of 42-inch 1080p LCD video-walls to take control of all on-going images. At the transmission front, optic fiber is featured in the project as physical support for data transmission while the auxiliary devices are wirelessly deployed.

A local municipal official pointed out that the project is designed to combat crimes in an effective and friendly way, which also leads to an optimization of police operations. “The municipal government has received quite a lot credits from our citizens since the deployment of the project,” unnamed official added. “Through this project, it demonstrates Dahua's HD network solution is lived up to high standards that city of Moinesti requires,” said Michael Chen, Vice President of Dahua Technology. “With ample city surveillance projects in China, we surely have the capabilities for the projects alike.”

“Our HD network solution includes front-end, back-end as well as TV wall, given that our products and technologies are differentiating with other suppliers can offer,” added Chen. “We will continue to offer solution-based solution to our customers not only for city surveillance projects but also other vertical markets, such as retail, hotel and transportation.”

Standalone NVRs advance in market over PC-based NVRs

Standalone NVRs advance in market over PC-based NVRs

Editor / Provider: Alyssa Fann, a&s International | Updated: 9/26/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

NVRs began as PC-based solutions, harnessing the powers of a CPU. However, in recent years, these are no longer the mainstream products on the market. A couple of years ago, standalone NVRs were introduced into the market, catering to the increasing popularity of network cameras. Since then, their popularity has risen in the industry and standalone NVRs are claiming their spot as the mainstream video storage product. Another NVR develop in recent years is in response to community- and city-wide surveillance projects. The NVRs that cater to this market segment are large with powerful data processing capabilities.

While both PC-based and standalone NVRs record video, store video, and manage cameras, recorded content, viewing and archiving, the differences between the two lie in how they operate and the features they provide.

Standalone NVRs are smaller and more compact in size compared to PC-based NVRs. In terms of performance, standalone NVRs operate on SoC and usually have one or more DSPs for video compression, decompression, and a CPU for other functions. On the other hand, PC-based NVRs utilize the CPU for video compression/decompression, viewing and recording content, and managing cameras.

Currently, standalone NVRs are better suited for systems where the number of cameras is within the limits of an NVR's capacity. PC-based NVRs are decidedly more powerful in processing data, and offer much more flexibility in storage scalability, compared to standalone NVRs. PC-based systems also offer more camera scalability, whereas standalone NVRs tend to have an upper limit of camera capacity.

Standalone NVRs triumph over PC-based NVRs in the following areas: price, reliability, and stability. With fewer components and packaged in a compact case, they are appealing in price and more reliable in performance. They are also more stable, secure, and less prone to viruses and hacks, as they run on Linux, as opposed to a Windows-based system. Finally, as they run on a standalone operating system, they have a shorter boot time, compared to the longer loading time required by PC-based NVRs.

With their many benefits, standalone NVRs are gaining traction in the market. In response, several manufacturers are hearing this call and offering attractive products. For example, Shany Electronic is launching standalone NVRs in 4-, 20-, and 36 channels to meet the market demands of SMB enterprises. In this way, smaller projects benefit from the features and capabilities of standalone NVRs and SMB enterprises are able to save substantially on costs. More importantly, “these NVRs are not only powerful, but also boast ease-of-use features, such as auto search and built-in network power to remove the need of a PoE switch. The perk of this function is that it further reduces costs for customers as they do not have to purchase PoE switches, which could be costly. PC-based NVRs, for example, require substantial investments such as licenses for Windows, video analytics software, and monitors,” said Steve Tang, GM at Shany Electronic.

According to Joe Qiu, Overseas Business Director at TVT Digital Technology, the choice between PC-based NVRs and standalone NVRs depends on end users. More customers are familiar with PC-based NVRs now due to historical reasons, while more and more will adopt standalone NVRs because of their better prices and higher reliability. Currently, standalone NVRs are optimized at operations of up to 64 channels, although some manufacturers such as Hikvision, Dahua, and TVT are offering ones with over 100 channels. In the future, more and more applications would be covered by standalone NVRs.

However, the number of channels is not the only deciding factor. Aaron Yeh,Director of Surveon Technology, noted that some installations require more complex functions, such as integration with POS and delivery systems. In this scenario, even a franchised convenience store may require a PC-based NVR which is further integrated with its headquarters.

Generally, PC-based NVRs are deployed in large-scale projects, such as enterprises, and government and mission-critical applications. They may also be deployed in high-end homes or smaller-scale enterprises with more complex security requirements.

On the other hand, standalone NVRs are best suited for homes and small businesses with systems of up to 16 channels. QNAP Security, for example, recently completed a project in India where a gas company deployed standalone NVRs at its multiple sites. According to Evelyn Kao, Product Manager at Surveillance Business Division of QNAP Security, standalone NVRs met end-user requirements in terms of budget, reliability, local display feature, and functionality.

Undoubtedly, standalone NVRs and PC-based NVRs will have overlapping markets, but the question is how large and where is this overlap. In response to this, several industry experts have referenced the history of DVRs.

According to Yeh, based on the ease-of-use, affordability, stability, and reliability of standalone NVRs, the initial overlapping areas will be in the small businesses. The overlap, however, does not necessarily represent a threat to PC-based NVRs, as these small-scale installations have traditionally required less complex functions that PC-based NVRs are capable of. The advent of standalone NVRs will naturally fulfill the requirements of the end users in this segment comfortably. Beyond that, Yeh said, “there is still a large analog market and standalone NVRs will naturally replace the DVRs that are still out there.”

“Just like DVRs, when NVRs first came out, they are only available in the PC-based form. End users with less complex requirements had no other option, but now with the standalone NVRs available, it is natural that they will adopt it at a rapid pace,” he added.

Hence, some feel that standalone NVRs will take over some market share of PC-based NVRs, but this will be mostly concentrated in the mid-market segments. The mid- to high-scale installations will remain reserved for PC-based NVRs as end users require more channels and more complex integration, scalability, and storage.

At the same time, “PC-based NVRs may have an advantage because VMS technology is mature. However, with the adoption of advanced solutions and more efforts invested in standalone NVR technology, the scalability and flexibility of standalone NVRs would be enhanced dramatically. In other words, the rapid development of standalone NVRs would greatly decrease the traditional merits of PC-based NVRs,” commented Ice Wu, Product Director of Dahua Technology on the development of standalone NVRs.

The rising popularity of standalone NVRs has resulted in numerous manufacturers sprouting up in Shenzhen, China. Although standalone NVRs from these manufacturers come with a considerably lower price tag, Wu does not feel the need to be threatened by them. “I feel that they will have their place in the market, albeit mostly at the lower end. Dahua has paid attention to this trend and we have been strengthening and completing our product offerings to meet market demands," she highlighted.

According to Chris Hsu, Marketing Manager at Merit LILIN, conservative market figures for PC-based versus standalone NVRs are approximately 92 percent versus 8 percent this year. The ratios would likely change in favor of standalone NVRs to 85:15 next year, and 70:30 the year after.

The uptake of standalone NVRs is different amongst the various regions worldwide. “China is a mature market and the world's manufacturing hub of standalone NVRs. Hence, from our perspective, roughly 80 percent of the market is standalone NVRs,” said Eric Shen, Product Manager of DVR/NVR at Hikvision Digital Technology.

The figures are slightly different in other regions of the world. “In emerging countries, the ratio of standalone NVRs to PC-based NVRs is roughly 50:50. The ratio is less for Europe and North America, because these regions are headquarters to many of the PC-based systems and have traditionally been more used to PC-based systems as a result,” explained Shen on the regional difference in the adoption of standalone NVRs.

Education remains key to the widespread adoption of standalone NVRs in these regions. “We work hard to show end users and system integrations the benefits of standalone NVRs and we find that this has been successful in penetrating the developed markets. At the same time, however, the first segments to adopt standalone NVRs would be the small and medium enterprises as they stand to benefit most,” explained Shen.

In looking at why PC-based NVRs currently have more presence in the market, Qiu explained that standalone NVRs have just been in the market for roughly three to four years and have yet to reach mass adoption stage. Currently, approximately 60 to 70 percent of the market is dominated by PC-based NVRs. However, based on the history of DVRs, the standalone DVR market matured in 2007 and rapidly reached mass adoption stage within three years. Drawing a parallel, he noted, “based on current market trends, it is likely that roughly 80 percent of the end users will select standalone NVRs in the near future. There will still be that 20 percent who would have special requirements and opt for PC-based NVRs. This is because the PC is a platform that enables end users to integrate multiple other systems as required. At the same time however, these are very specialized needs, so the majority of the market will gear towards standalone NVRs.”

As standalone NVRs improve in capabilities and features, they stand to rival PC-based NVRs even further. The day when the global market share of standalone NVRs versus PC-based NVRs is 50:50 should not be far off.

Networked storage caters to different applications

Networked storage caters to different applications

Editor / Provider: Alyssa Fann, a&s International | Updated: 9/19/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

With more options, selection of the best storage method to suit specific needs and situations becomes more complex. “Previously, technology revolved around reducing the quality of the recorded video or the frequency with which video frames are recorded on the storage media. In recent years, however, the advent of and attraction to higher resolution cameras, combined with regulations that require extended retention periods of high-resolution, real-time footage, have made these practices useless and obsolete,” said John Minasyan, Senior Product Manager of IP Video Management Systems at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “More than ever, the industry today is faced with finding a cost-effective, highly reliable, scalable storage architecture to satisfy end-user and regulatory agency requirements.”

The choice of storage typically depends on the size of business, the investment model, and the storage needs. Most importantly, security systems must be scalable, flexible, and able to adapt to a company's changing protection needs. Considerations should factor in bandwidth and system requirements and whether the system is capable of delivering the demands. Typically, installations deploy one method or a combination of methods for storage.

Government regulations, industry standards or internal best practice often set requirements regarding recorded video. “The storage time and the amount of recorded data determine what storage solution is required, not to mention that different markets have different requirements. For example, it is common for retailers in certain regions to save recordings for 30 days,” mentioned Jarmo Kalliomaki, Product Manager at Axis Communications.

Regulations vary between states within the U.S. and between countries. “The backlog in criminal cases in California courts mandate that video evidence be archived for 365 days. In gaming applications in the state of Nevada, video footage for all gaming cameras have to be captured at 30 images per second at a minimum of 4 CIF resolution for seven days. In France, recently enacted public safety laws required 4 CIF resolution, real-time video for all public safety and city surveillance applications,” echoed Minasyan.

NVRs are the go-to default storage option in the megapixel camera world. In addition, larger-scale projects prefer centralized management and storage of video and recorded data.

There are a number of challenges in large-scale surveillance deployments. From a storage perspective, according to IDC, these include managing multiple, long streams of content, ensuring that enough storage is installed (or can be installed) so that video streams can be recorded continuously without interruption, and ensuring the quality of video stream. If a storage system cannot keep up, frames will be dropped.

Large-scale installations, such as airports, governments, enterprises, and critical infrastructure will opt for PC-based storage or server-based storage. Such verticals require superior computing power, along with high security. PC-based storage or serverbased storage offers more reliability and stability on this front.

Storage capabilities depend on the scale of the security system in question. For example, a 100-camera system with seven days of storage, recording at 24 hours per day at 15 images per second, using MJPEG compression could require more than 30TB of storage. Consequently, “a solution that will store large amounts of data for a long period, typical in a government segment, should consider centralized solutions like NVRs or server-based storage,” mentioned Kalliomaki.

For large organizations, failover solutions are increasingly required. In these situations, edge storage is often deployed and work as a complement to central storage, recording video locally when the central system is not available for any reason. Alternatively, the end user may prefer to deploy edge recording simultaneously with the central system so that missing video clips caused by network disruptions or central system are not lost. The images are, instead, recorded by the camera, retrieved at a later time, and merged with the central storage.

Hence, "today we do not see edge storage as a solution for primary storage in enterprise deployments. However, we do see a fit for edge storage as a way of adding redundancy to your deployment," echoed Tom Larson, Director of Global Accounts at BCDVideo.

When integrated with a central storage system, edge storage increases the comprehensiveness of the video surveillance system for mission-critical installations, remote locations, and mobile situations. For example, edge storage can improve video analysis for systems with low network bandwidth where video cannot be streamed at the highest quality.

“Edge and centralized storage can, and do, actually complement each other in many situations. Edge storage provides an excellent ‘buffer' in the connectivity of a camera that would be otherwise considered unreliable,” explained George Scholhamer, VP of Sales Engineering at Pivot3. “Take for instance a shipping lane, with wireless cameras located along the waterway. Weather can frequently interfere with communication between the camera and the SoC, and edge storage can ensure that while transmission may be interrupted, actual video will not be lost during the disturbance. As cameras are frequently being pushed to the edges of facilities, the quality of the link will suffer.”

While cloud storage may not be ideal for mission-critical locations, some governments have adopted it to complement and enhance their current surveillance systems. For example, the county of Taoyuan is home to Taiwan's main international airport and serves as the international air hub of Taiwan. Traffic monitoring on the roads is enhanced with cloud-based intelligence, allowing police forces to identify and track suspicious vehicles across multiple cameras in real time.

Accordingly, MarketsandMarkets reported key verticals for VSaaS are commercial, institutional, residential, industrial, and infrastructure.

Multi-site businesses benefit with PC-based NVRs, server-based storage, and cloud storage. “Geographically dispersed organizations can greatly benefit from NVRs. The only way these businesses have survived and thrived is by deploying cutting-edge wide area networks (for general business needs), and the video surveillance and security system should be able to ride on the same infrastructure,” said Mike Scirica, VP of Marketing and Sales at WavestoreUSA.

Cloud storage is especially suitable for multi-site businesses that would like the ability to monitor all their stores at once. Also, if there are issues with the system, IT personnel do not have to waste time travelling between stores. For example, in many emerging countries such as Mexico, travelling from business location to location within cities can take hours. Heavily populated areas in Latin America create heavy traffic congestions, burdening productivity with lengthy and unavoidable traffic jams. Cloud storage can relieve this burden and increase overall operational efficiencies.

Residential and small businesses have security needs too, but they are more riddled with budget concerns and may require less complex storage methods.

Edge storage would appeal to residential and small businesses. “Edge storage offers the easiest scalable video surveillance solution for small systems up to 16 cameras,” said Kalliomaki. Currently, as memory cards of 64 to 128GB give the most efficient storage in solutions up to four cameras.

“Typically, we are seeing smaller companies deploying edge as a fairly low-cost method of storage while it provides a failsafe measure in medium to large applications,” said Brian Song, MD of IDIS Europe.

Cloud storage is perfect for smaller businesses and chain stores because it is highly suitable for up to 10 cameras per site. Some vendors, for example, offer hosted service solutions that provide features to improve retail business operations such as drive-through promotions, daily deliveries, cash protection, guest verification, and third party services including POS, manpower distribution and remote handling of package delivery. Hence, hosted service is offering more than just surveillance on the cloud, and this is one of the drivers of its uptake.

The selection of storage options on the market today offers so much more to end users. Remote storage in the cloud is becoming more affordable and edge devices are more intelligent.

Comparison of NVRs, edge storage, and cloud storage

Comparison of NVRs, edge storage, and cloud storage

Editor / Provider: Alyssa Fann, a&s International | Updated: 9/17/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Back then, analog cameras were connected to DVRs, but the migration toward network-based cameras is followed by the migration of video recording media to digital hard disk drives. These options include PCbased NVRs, standalone NVRs, edge storage, and cloud storage. In line with this growing trend, IMS Research (an IHS company) had forecasted that network storage will account for over 30 percent of world video surveillance storage revenues in 2013. As the second half of the year progresses, the market will bear witness to this development.

Selecting the optimal storage option is crucial. “A properly designed storage system built for the unique requirements of IP video surveillance can offer a more robust, scalable, and cost-effective solution. Additionally, a properly designed storage sub-system can help customers take full advantage of the benefits of higher resolution and real-time video produced by today's advanced IP cameras,” stated John Minasyan, Senior Product Manager of IP Video Management Systems at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

NVRs can be either PC-based or standalone. Storage technology can be chosen freely from different storage systems supported by either Microsoft Windows or Linux. This allows the system integrator or end user to choose the storage system that best fits their needs and budgets. NVRs are scalable and expandable to storage demands, and performance of the storage system can be tailored to the exact needs of the surveillance system. Finally, storage redundancy technology can be used to ensure that the storage system is always online and that recorded data is not lost.

“NVRs are best deployed by organizations that possess IT skills, and have the resources and network infrastructure. Organizations that regularly purchase network equipment and have established relationships with IT providers can leverage buying power, share resources, and expertise,” noted Mike Scirica, VP of Marketing and Sales at WavestoreUSA.

There are a number of circumstances when video will fail to record. For example, at the front end, video will not be recorded if the connection to the camera is down. Neither will video be recorded if the recording or storage solution is down at the back end, which might occur due to a system failure or routine maintenance. There are, however, failover recording solutions to protect against this.

Edge storage is recording at the edge of the Ethernet network as opposed to transporting the data across the network to a centralized NVR. Essentially, the concept is the ability to decentralize storage and disperse them amongst cameras. It works by recording video directly to a storage device such as an SD/SDHC card inserted into the cameras, built-in flash memory or small hard drives. Edge storage brings another option to the possibilities of surveillance architecture. “By supporting low-bandwidth monitoring with highquality, local recordings, users can optimize bandwidth limitations and still retrieve high-quality video from incidents for detailed investigation,” said Jarmo Kalliomaki, Product Manager at Axis Communications.

The three main benefits of edge storage are: decentralized storage,redundancy, and low bandwidth. Decentralized storage eliminates the need and cost for an onsite server, NVR or PC for recorded video. It provides failover recording if the camera loses connection with the central server.

Some argue that edge storage can be unreliable as cameras can fail or be stolen. If all recordings are stored within the camera, that inevitably means all recordings would be lost. Moreover, “there is a limit to the capacity of video recordings in edge storage, such as seven days or even less, depending on SD card capacity and recording settings," said Evelyn Kao, Product Manager of Surveillance Business Division at QNAP Security. "Hence, this option may not be entirely suitable for applications where the law may require video storage for up to 30 days. Also, end users are often unaware that SD cards have a lifespan and when that is up, video will not be recorded. Unfortunately, they often only realize after an event that video had failed to be recorded."

Other disadvantages include not being able to view recorded video from the camera if there are interruptions to the network connection, not being able to control video recording via a central recording server, and possible challenges in terms of integration with third-party solutions, such as access control or building management to control recording based on events. Also, if there are numerous cameras, retrieval, playback of recordings, and investigation may be slower and it is more cumbersome to have to retrieve storage from multiple locations.

Cloud storage is often offered to the market in the form of Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS). This service allows end users to eliminate hardware investment because video and audio is stored and recorded in the cloud. “VSaaS is a purchased service with a periodic fee to the video service provider. On the other hand, the investment for the cameras and internet traffic demands are reduced. The maintenance and storage is outsourced to the service provider,” said Kalliomaki.

According to a new research report from TechNavio, the market growth for VSaaS is forecasted to grow to US$1.6 billion by 2016, driven by video analytics software offered by vendors. The inclusion of video analytics software will increase the value proposition of VSaaS.

However, opinion on cloud storage is divided. Although low upfront investment and low maintenance costs are appealing to many residential and smaller businesses, many security industry players feel that cloud storage is more suited to smaller-scale, non-high security applications. “VSaaS is more popular with residential and smaller business customers, as it provides the flexibility of remote management, yet the security of data and bandwidth challenges remain issues for medium to larger organizations where security is often mission critical,” noted Brian Song, MD of IDIS Europe.

"There's the issue of introducing third party cloud storage, and right now, there seems to be a skepticism regarding storage of private and potentially sensitive image data with a service provider,” added Song.

Bandwidth still has its challenges, especially when end users require full HD real-time monitoring and recording. For such requirements, “each camera needs to transmit more than 20 Mbps and even though networks can support 1 Gbps, image data can only transfer at around 600 to 700 Mbps, so potentially end users are restricted to a maximum of 35 cameras in the cloud and that is when network is optimized,” commented Song on bandwidth requirements of network cameras.

With current technology, there are now several ways to store recorded audio and video:
*  Centrally in the surveillance system's recording servers using a dedicated storage system, whether server-based, PC-based, or standalone NVRs.
* At the edge of the surveillance system in the cameras' onboard storage device.
* A combination of edge storage and NVRs.
* Cloud storage.
* A combination of NVRs and cloud storage.

An experienced system integrator would be able to assist end users in their storage selection. Budget, features, requirements, scalability, and reliability are all important considerations. The weight of each of these considerations will decide the storage option or combination of storage options.

Axis IP surveillance and NUUO NVRs supply for Czech Republic banks

Axis IP surveillance and NUUO NVRs supply for Czech Republic banks

Editor / Provider: AXIS Communication | Updated: 9/17/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Equa bank a.s. is a modern banking institution in the Czech Republic operating 12 branches with more than 50,000 clients. The company entered the Czech market in July 2011 after taking over Banco Popolare Ceská republika, a. s. During reconstruction of 6 branches owned by the previous bank, management needed to resolve several video surveillance system issues. The existing analog camera monitoring system was unreliable and the bank needed to elaborate a user-friendly and reliable solution while keeping the cost as low as possible.

MC Systems & Services s.r.o, as one of the suppliers of bank security systems, decided to design a completely new system based on IP. Eight to twelve AXIS P3304 Network Dome Cameras with 1 MP resolution and WDR (wide dynamic range) were installed at each of the 6 branches. Camera recordings are stored at the branch in a compact NUUO Mini or NUUO Titan video management (NVR) network storage system, allowing the connection of up to 16 cameras.

The installed camera system provided Equa bank branches with an economical, user-friendly and simple video surveillance solution. Axis network cameras provide high-quality imaging with high resolution and wide dynamic range, and thanks to local NVR storage the capacity of the data network is not overloaded. Authorized personnel, either at the bank branch or at the bank headquarters, may easily access video recordings online at any time. Technicians may also perform remote maintenance or make minor corrections to the camera surveillance system via the network connection.

Tradition, or the future?
Banks were among the first places that camera surveillance and monitoring systems were installed in the 1970s. Monitoring and surveillance technologies have been subject to rapid developments and the introduction of IP cameras brought many advantages. “Traditionally, banks use analog, but rather well designed camera systems. If the camera system needs to be expanded, we usually recommend building a digital system in parallel with the analog system, as the digital system represents a better choice for the future. Both systems can easily work together, and if a camera needs to be replaced, a digital camera is installed instead,” says Milan Urbánek from MC Systems & Services s.r.o. “However, in the case of Equa bank, we have recommended installation of a new IP digital system because the original analog system was unreliable and could not be easily extended.”

Clearly usable imaging
What benefits has the IP camera system brought to Equa bank branches? First of all, high-quality imaging. AXIS P3304 Network Cameras offer a 1 MP resolution and wide dynamic range (WDR), which further improves video quality even under high light contrasts, which are common in many banks as a result of numerous high gloss surfaces. Another benefit is easy online access to video recordings. NVR recordings stored in NUOO storage may be easily accessed online by authorized personnel when needed, plus under regular operation the capacity of the data network is not overloaded.

Savings, expandability and reliability
The network solution brought installation cost savings as ethernet cable was both used to supply power to the cameras and to transfer video signal. The compact NUOO storage replaces expensive servers and allows the user to connect additional IP cameras without significant cost in the future. Because the system is very reliable and camera settings or corrections may be performed by a technician online, the system maintenance costs are also significantly reduced. “We and our clients believe that human labor is expensive,” says Milan Urbánek, “and therefore, we are very pleased that this system is effective and virtually maintenance-free, aside from one annual preventive inspection.

IndigoVision reduces Brazilian transport manufacturer cost by 20% with IP cam solution

IndigoVision reduces Brazilian transport manufacturer cost by 20% with IP cam solution

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 9/16/2013 | Article type: Security 50

With over 11,000 employees and nearly $2 billion in revenue, the Brazilian transport manufacturer Randon Group has selected IndigoVision to provide an IP video security solution for its assembly plant in Guaralhos, with plans for future expansion to all locations.

The security project requirements were reducing theft, providing real time monitoring from multiple, remote security workstations and increasing operational efficiency. The project also required reusing existing security camera hardware as well as offering the latest IP camera technology with the ability to scale to meet future expansion requirements. The final goal is for all Randon locations worldwide to be monitored from a single security solution.

Using IndigoVision's video security solution, existing cameras were converted through IndigoVision's IP encoder hardware, delivering benefits including dramatically improved recording quality. IndigoVision's world-class video compression technology meant that video from existing cameras could be easily streamed to remote sites, which was impossible with the existing security system.

In addition to using IndigoVision's IP encoder hardware, IndigoVision's IP cameras have been installed providing additional benefits that analogue cameras could not deliver, such as higher image resolution. All video from the IP encoders and cameras is stored on multiple IndigoVision Network Video Recorders (NVRs), with total system management provided by IndigoVision's Control Center software user interface.

Having deployed IndigoVision's solution, it is now possible for operators to monitor live video and playback recorded evidence from the main Randon HQ, located over 500 miles away. IndigoVision's unique Distributed Network Architecture (DNA) removes the need for a central management server making future expansion for monitoring all of Randon's sites incredibly easy.

The project was installed by local Brazilian partner, Jetlink Comercio de Equipamentos, alongside security architect and consultant Villa Segura.

"IndigoVision has provided Randon with a class leading security system which not only protects the site but has reduced operational costs by 20%. The solution is future proofed, enabling easy future expansion and addition of new sites onto the network regardless of global location." Stated Percival Campos Barboza, Director Security Architect, Villa Segura.

"With corporate networking commonplace, organizations are starting to demand multi-site monitoring of their security operations in order to increase operational efficiency.", stated Lopez Martin, IndigoVision President of Latin America. "Unfortunately organizations are dissatisfied when looking at other IP security systems. These systems struggle to deliver over wide area networks due to poor technology design. Organizations choose IndigoVision as multi-site monitoring and project scalability is extremely easy".

Milestone releases new Husky Appliance Series with high-performance NVRs

Milestone releases new Husky Appliance Series with high-performance NVRs

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/16/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), releases a new series of products called the Milestone Husky Series. These NVR appliances feature robust, ready-to-use surveillance solutions that provide Milestone's advanced VMS pre-installed on high-performance hardware.

“Milestone Husky is a new family of unique performance-optimized solutions for out-of-the-box video surveillance. When designing the Husky appliance series, we thought big: creating a range of products to meet a wide variety of needs, with robust products that are plug-and-play yet configurable and scalable,” says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems. “These are powerful appliances with reliable, high quality components and superior feature sets, all-in-one solutions that drive faster processing and better quality video and analytics.”

The ready-to-use Milestone Husky Series include a three-year Software Upgrade Plan and hardware warranty, available in three form factors designed for different surveillance requirements:
*the Husky M10, a very sleek and small fanless device
*the Husky M30 high-performance desktop appliance
*the Husky M50 rack-mounted high-power units

The Husky Series also offers in custom-build versions with more than 40 individual combinations of pre-matched software and suitable hardware. The boxes provide fast processing power of i3/i5/i7, high storage capacity of 1 to 24TB, RAM options from 4GB to 16GB, and dual network interface cards.

Easy and fast to install, Milestone Husky NVRs have automatic device discovery with wizards for configuring the entire system, and the device license keys are pre-activated. The Milestone open platform supports more than 2,000 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.

Customers will get instant and remote access to live and recorded video through a flexible choice of client interfaces: Milestone XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client or Milestone Mobile – all available in 26 languages.

The Husky M30 and Husky M50 are pre-installed with professional grade, full-featured Milestone VMS. Maps provide overviews of an entire installation and the Alarm Manager gives immediate visual verifications while camera carousels do virtual patrolling. Workloads are minimized through a video timeline, Sequence Explorer and Smart Search - advanced investigation tools with easy evidence sharing and export options.

“We have listened to customers in the video surveillance market – and now match their needs for a pre-configured, integrated solution with reliable Milestone quality. The Milestone Husky series is a serious move from the world VMS leader into the appliance business,” states Nordenlund.

The Milestone Husky series is available in November and can be pre-ordered from Milestone channel partners, in the U.S. and Canada initially, rolling out in selected world regions throughout 2014. Demonstrations will be shown at the ASIS International trade show in Chicago September 24-27, at Milestone's booth 2223.

Hikvision features vari-focal on new 3MP HD network camera series

Hikvision features vari-focal on new 3MP HD network camera series

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/6/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision aims to broaden its customers' choices for versatile and affordable IP surveillance by introducing new 3MP vari-focal IP models into its successful 2-line HD network camera series. This series, initially launched in early 2013, has already achieved raves by customers worldwide.

The 3MP Vari-Focal IR Network Cameras (DS-2CD2632F-I(S) Bullet and DS-2CD2732F-I(S) Dome) incorporate advanced features in onboard storage, audio and alarm functionalities and provide users an easier and more efficient method of IP surveillance in indoor and outdoor environments.

One of the most noticeable features of these models is their vari-focal lens! Equipped with a 2.8~12mm vari-focal lens, these cameras boast easier focusing without any need for adjustment in the initial camera set-up and allow users to make further changes to the view by onsite refocusing. This benefits the user by greatly reducing on their installation cost and time. Additionally, built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC card storage with a total capacity of up-to 64GB ensures continuity during network disconnection.

Besides, with the latest 1/3" progressive scan CMOS, these models can capture sharp and clear images at 2048x1536 resolution for identification purpose, moreover, the cameras even provide full HD 1080p real-time images as well, allowing high quality image performance. The products incorporate a switchable IR cut filter for true day/night operability; equipped with enhanced IR LEDs, the cameras offer an IR range of up-to 30m. DWDR, 3D DNR and BLC functionalities are further supported to improve image quality in difficult lighting conditions.

Hikvision also offers another two 1.3MP vari-focal IR network cameras into the 2-line Vari-Focal range – DS-2CD2612F-I(S) Bullet and DS-2CD2712F-I(S) Dome.

Hikvision 2-line HD network camera series is specifically designed for SME sectors where high image quality is required. Pairing the Hikvision plug & play NVRs with the 2-line series presents a complete, easy-to-manage IP surveillance solution for applications such as retail stores, office building and home surveillance among others.

Bosch surveillance solutions watch out Dallastown Area School District

Bosch surveillance solutions watch out Dallastown Area School District

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 9/3/2013 | Article type: Security 50

End User:
Dallastown Area School District is located in York County, 34 miles south of Harrisburg, in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The district serves nearly 6,000 students in five kindergartens through fifth grade elementary school, a sixth grade to eighth grade middle school and a grade nine through grade twelve high school. The district employs 417 instructional staff, 277 support staff and 30 administrators.

Business Objective:
The school district's IT department sought a flexible IP video surveillance system that would allow administrative staff and the school's resource officer to easily search and playback recorded video to determine the events surrounding incidents at the schools. Secretaries also needed to view video of the entranceways from their desks, in order to see a person requesting access to the school before unlocking the doors.

Nearly 120 NWD-455 FlexiDome IP cameras and NWD-495 FlexiDome DN IP cameras monitor the hallways and cafeterias in the district's high school and middle school. The Day/Night cameras provide an extended dynamic range and mechanically switching IR filter to capture video in areas that have low light or that are near windows with excessive light.

For recording video, the cameras stream signals across the district's separate security IP network for storage on five iSCSI RAIDs. Video Recording Manager (VRM) creates a virtual pool of storage using all of the iSCSI RAIDs, divides the total capacity into one Gigabyte blocks and allocates storage for video recording to each of the IP cameras as needed.

With cameras that stream to iSCSI RAIDs, the district avoids using NVRs, which would have required extra time and funds to support over the life of the system. The district's streamlined system design and use of VRM software made installation easier. For example, recording settings were programmed in less than a day, compared to the five days needed for an NVR-based system.

This system design is extremely flexible, allowing the IT department to adjust frame rates of cameras in important locations without stopping the system from recording, reallocating storage disk space or reformatting the storage. The district uses the VIDOS Video Management Software Suite to search and playback video. Bosch VIP XD Decoders also transform the digital signal to analog for viewing on monitors.

"The system helps our administrators more quickly identify which students were involved in incidents that happen in the schools," said Brian Arnold, network manager, Dallastown Area School District. "The students are more likely to be truthful about the role they played, when they see themselves on recorded video." In addition to the cameras already installed, the district's IT department plans to install AutoDome Modular IP cameras around the exterior of the school buildings and in and around the five elementary schools in the district to help protect the younger students from external threats.

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