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EverFocus is expected to present the new XMS at Intersec 2014

EverFocus is expected to present the new XMS at Intersec 2014

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 12/30/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Intersec, one of the biggest trading events for Security and Safety industries serving the wider Middle East and North Africa region, will take place from January 19 to January 21, 2014. EverFocus is expected to highlight their latest developments at intersec 2014, showcasing the innovations in IP Cameras, NVRs, HD-SDI products and Mobile Solutions with different vertical market scenarios.

Moreover, EverFocus will also present their New Solutions, including XMS, eZ.IP Connect, Mobile solutions and HS-SDI solution.

XMS is a high performance management system that enables you to connect, work, and control all the surveillance products easily including cameras, portable devices and also connect with ATMs, POS machine, LPR systems, access control and alarms.

Experience the Plug & Play Surveillance through eZ.IP
eZ.IP Solution is another highlight of EverFocus during intersec 2014. eZ.IP Connect Solution is the ideal solution for small and medium houses and business offices as well as various occasions that needs the applications of remote monitoring and network video transmission. It provides Plug & Play Surveillance for users to simply connect with cameras and NVRs with smart-phones and start to operate the IP system without any hassle setting.

Mobile-specific IP cameras for transportation applications
Mobile has always been one of the EverFocus' focuses, EverFocus launched EMN mobile-specific IP cameras for transportation applications in 2013 and they are expected to present it at intersec this time. EMN series mini mobile IP dome comes with three models, 1.3 MP, 2 MP, and 3 MP, providing up to 15 fps at 2048 x 1536 viewing resolution. With full EN50155 compliance, IK10 Vandal proof housing and IP67-rated design, the camera can withstand shock, vibration, humidity, dust, and fluctuations, maintaining stable and reliable video during vehicle movement.

A whole new EverFocus HD-SDI through your coaxial cable
EverFocus will also lead their customers to experience the 0 latency HD quality images with its versatile and high performing HD-SDI solutions. Different from IP based structure, the coaxial cable works with no lag on the signal. EverFocus HD-SDI Solutions allows users to monitor their true “real time” HD recording images.

HD-SDI(10): Real life cases and applications

HD-SDI(10): Real life cases and applications

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 12/20/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

More and more manufacturers are investing handsomely in HD-SDI cameras, SDI DVRs, and peripheral products. However, installers and users may not fully understand these new technologies and applications. The following sections shed light on real-life applications in traffic monitoring and banking.

Traffic monitoring is 1 of the first applications where HD-SDI solutions are deployed. Take road traffic monitoring for example, crucial challenges include day-and-night surveillance, snap shots of moving objects of various speeds, detailed identification of targets, longer distance transmission, and high density of monitoring spots. HD-SDI solutions are right there to satisfy such needs.

Traffic monitoring
In the past, 4 to 8 analog cameras might be required on the side of the road in order to have “full” coverage. With HD images brought by HD-SDI cameras, end-users can save 50 % of analog cameras deployed. In addition, road toll stations used to need at least 3 cameras to monitor license plates, vehicle models, and driver images. However, these workloads can be done with just 1 HD-SDI camera. Furthermore, these HD images can be integrated with toll gate transaction records.

Data Transmission on highways
Data transmission infrastructure on highways was mainly built with fiber optic devices. Hence, regardless of the kind of existing infrastructure, front-end products can be switched to HD-SDI cameras, and incorporate HD-SDI video servers to convert signals into TCP/IP-enabled signals. The network-enabled HD-SDI solutions fit well for transmission over long distances via fiber optic transceivers.

Alternatively, installers can directly replace IP-enabled fiber optic transceivers with those models supporting HD-SDI conversion, which send signals from HD-SDI cameras to the back-end and generate restored real-time HD-SDI signals to be sent to DVRs, matrix switchers, or a multiple screen wall.

Back-End Control
In network surveillance or traditional matrix systems, monitoring signals are sent bit by bit back to the monitoring center. Those signal terminals could be DVRs/NVRs with network switchers or routers. For analog signals, they are output from fiber optic transceivers and directly sent to video matrix switchers for distribution or management.

If installers are keen to use HD-SDI products at the back-end of the existing IP-based infrastructure, they just need to direct the original video data from IP-enabled fiber optic transceivers to the existing network paths without rewiring. On the other hand, if installers want to restore signals to HD-SDI signals, they have to adopt HD-SDI video servers then. This way, the restored SDI signals can be directed to multiple monitors.

However, it is yet to be confirmed if those SDI signals transmitted over networks suffer any latency or reduced resolutions. It is also unclear if those signals sent back to HD-SDI DVRs are collected as TCP/IP-enabled signals by monitoring platforms can be restored as intact as the original HD-SDI uncompressed signals. Even with the uncertainties, video signal rendering, processing, and storing are more beneficial and cost-efficient in SDI traffic monitoring surveillance applications.

Financial Applications
The banking sector has requirements for HD-SDI solutions. Banking locations require day-and-night surveillance operations, specified position monitoring, local short distance transmission, and seamless and detailed rendition.

Indoor and Outdoor HD-SDI Cameras
Traditionally, cameras in a bank need to cover areas including tellers' counters, vaults, business areas, entrances, exits, and ATMs. Since the cash transactions are dealt with at the counters and must be monitored with great attention, there must be at least 1 camera above each teller. Specific counters with frequent cash transactions require 2 to 4 groups of cameras to monitor, not to mention waiting areas, entrances, exits. In total, a bank will deploy an average of 30 cameras inside and outside of a bank, not to mention those for ATMs.

HD-SDI cameras can not only save 40 to 50 % of analog cameras in banks to achieve better coverage, but also offer greater image details – license plates of vehicles parked nearby and their models can be captured without a sweat.

Transmission in Banks
Surveillance in a bank tends to be a closed environment with closed transmission architecture, suitable for either IP systems or coaxial infrastructure. However, banks usually are largely deployed with analog systems. Therefore, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and upgrading to HD-SDI solutions would be more cost-efficient than migrating to IP solutions. For remote monitoring and management, 1 can always use HD-SDI DVRs supporting TCP/IP connections.

Storage and Management
In the past, surveillance systems have utilized DVRs and disk arrays for storage. Signals are sent 1 bit at a time back to DVRs, making DVRs the core of security systems. HD-SDI DVRs allow the architecture remain intact. With the advantages of latency-free and intact video data, HD-SDI solutions suit perfectly for bank surveillance.

More Than Meets the Eye
Innovations HD-SDI solutions have proved to be good alternatives for users and installers wishing to obtain HD in IP-challenged environments. In addition, the easy transition from analog to HD-SDI is definitely a plus for cost-effective upgrades.

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HD-SDI(6): Hybrid approaches to integrate HD-SDI and IP solutions

HD-SDI(6): Hybrid approaches to integrate HD-SDI and IP solutions

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 12/19/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

IP megapixel, HD-SDI, and 960H solutions are gaining more traction as the pursuit of HD presses on. However, both manufacturers and installers, who relied on network products, have great hesitations in adopting HD-SDI and 960H cameras. Hybrid approaches to answer integration questions will be explained below.

Integration of IP, HD-SDI, and Analog systems
When HD-SDI solutions were first introduced in the security industry, people were discussing the pros and cons of HD-SDI and IP applications. The fact is these solutions were designed to enhance image resolutions. With the same built purpose, those products should be able to coexist in the infrastructure.

If it is an environment with coax cabling, there are a couple ways to install IP megapixel, HD-SDI, and analog cameras together. For example, by adding in Security Link Over Coax (SLOC) transmitters and receivers at the back side of network cameras, a hybrid approach is created, enabling cost-effective migration while combining the best features of analog and digital video. Since SLOC units (at the Transmit and Receive end-points) support both CVBS and IP at both ends, they are able to deliver TCP/IP digital signal over coax. This approach not only solves the cabling issues of IP cameras, but also eliminates significant modification for existing analog systems. With existing coaxial cables, received SDI signals can be sent to HD-SDI DVRs or video matrix switchers directly, allowing IP and SDI systems co-exist.

If the existing infrastructure is based on TCP/IP network architecture, where network cameras are the main focus, non-IP cameras such as HD-SDI and 960H cameras would need a transmission and conversion approach. There are two ways to convert HD-SDI signals into those signals that can be used by TCP/IP networks. One way is to adopt HD-SDI DVRs to collect the digital signals from all of the HD-SDI cameras and to generate TCP/IP signals for network routing. Then, users can manage the video data of HD-SDI cameras or perform fast remote manipulation of PTZ controlling with central management software (CMS) or the graphic user interface of these DVRs.

Another way is to use SDI digital video servers (DVS) to encode the signals from HD-SDI cameras to TCP/IP signals. Individual HD-SDI video streams then become IP signals, which support routing for network surveillance functions. Similarly, signals from 960H cameras can be collected through DVRs which generate signals for IP routing and surveillance. Taking advantage of DVS to encode video signals into TCP/IP signals in order to transport video streams over the network.

To Reach Maximum Transmission Range
One of the important transmission issues is the maximum range for coax-based analog signals vs. CAT5-based Ethernet IP communications. Some may criticize that HD-SDI signals have a major drawback; they support shorter distance than IP solutions. Fiber optic communications ease these concerns as they are widely used in large-scale security applications. Coax links can deliver HD-SDI signals in real-time over point-to-point cable up to 200 meters for standard-grade cable and up to 500 meters with a signal booster.

For the longer distance transmission of network system, it is commonplace to use fiber optic devices to transfer one or more HD-SDI or analog video streams over fiber optic transmission, which supports wavelength-division multiplexing technologies (WDM/DWDM/CWDM) to meet one-way or bidirectional transmission of multi-channel HD-SDI signals with a maximum distance from 30 to 70 kilometers.

Challenges in Shared Storage
HD images are able to be stored in embedded SDI DVRs and NVRs. However, HD-SDI has standard resolutions of 720P or 1080P at 25 or 30 fps, and the size of converted data is about 1.485Gbps. Storing such raw data requires huge costs. A more practical way is to take approaches such as network compression, D1 recording for general scenes, and HD recording for events to save storage footprints. Therefore, users can get benefits from both HD image recording and smooth latency-free real-time image sources. The numbers of DVRs and configurations of IP or HD-SDI recording can be defined based on the fact that resolutions of 720P or 1080P at 30 fps produce 400 to 650 MB of video data per hour, which means one channel of video data requires 350 to 500 GB of storage capacity per month.

Video Management
Many suppliers are introducing networked video platform to route the video data encoded by HD-SDI matrix switchers or HD-DVRs and to enhance integrated IP surveillance systems with VMS or NVRs to perform alarm triggering, information gathering and centralized administration. Such platform features strong data management capabilities to perform central management, indexing, searching, content analysis, and alarm noticing.

The front end installation can combine coax cables with fiber optics devices to transfer all captured signals to the control center, where those collected signals are routed to multiple screens and HD-SDI DVRs with networked feature for real-time monitoring or management. This system not only meets the requirements of network IP surveillance, but also enables quick and convenient configurations for different sites and resolution formats. Another aproach is to adopt video encoders to convert signals and transmit them to HD NVR/NAS/SAN for storage and management.

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IDIS to launch DirectIP surveillance at Intersec 2014

IDIS to launch DirectIP surveillance at Intersec 2014

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 12/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Global surveillance leader, IDIS, has announced plans to debut its industry-changing DirectIP surveillance solutions at next month's Intersec Expo in Dubai. The exhibition will provide a launch pad for DirectIP, supporting 2014 growth plans for the Middle East region.

IDIS will showcase the game-changing DirectIP solutions on stand 231C, Sheikh Saeed Hall 1 during Intersec 2014 from 19 – 21 January 2014, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Packaged as a one-stop-shop solution, comprising a range of cameras, network video recorders (NVR) and comprehensive video management software, DirectIP delivers unrivalled plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance, compatibility all at attractive pricing levels.

Presented across 5 dynamic “experience zones,” IDIS will take visitors through each zone to demonstrate exactly how DirectIP delivers benefits across the entire security buying chain, from distributors, dealers, installers and integrators through to end user customers.

DirectIP is truly plug and play, offering an intuitive user interface similar to that of analogue systems in terms of configuration, usability and day-to-day operation. Visitors will learn how DirectIP eliminates the need for IP addressing and frees installers of the need to develop expert IT and network skills. The IDIS team welcomes Intersec delegates to take the DirectIP simplicity challenge, by setting up NVRs and cameras to enable instant live HD streaming in a matter of minutes.

High performance
DirectIP NVRs performs 5 key Pentaplex processes simultaneously, including real-time live monitoring and recording at HD resolution with no degradation of image quality, network interruption and little to no latency compared with competitive solutions.

Managed through IDIS video management software, visitors will see in action how DirectIP enables integration with third party systems and devices such as access control, ATMs and point of sale systems.

Cost effectiveness
DirectIP delivers cost savings across the entire security buying chain; through eliminating annual license fees, reducing the time and cost associated with installation, as well as bringing down training and maintenance requirements.

One-stop-shop solution
The IDIS stand will feature all the necessary elements and accessories to build a complete DirectIP solution. This rich connectivity provides a powerful yet intuitive solution, appropriate for a wide range of vertical markets and applications. DirectIP eases the multi-product burden on distributors and installers, by offering a complete and end-to-end HD video surveillance solution.

“We looked at how the industry installs and operates analogue systems and realized that networked HD video surveillance had become far too complicated and expensive. With DirectIP, we have eliminated complicated configuration and reduced installation costs to ensure simple, everyday use—resulting in significant value across the entire security buying chain. Visitors to the IDIS stand at Intersec will have the chance to clearly see that DirectIP is the next generation in HD surveillance,” noted, Albert Ryu, Vice President of IDIS.

March Networks VMS receives Lenel Factory Certification

March Networks VMS receives Lenel Factory Certification

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 12/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, an intelligent IP video solutions provider, received factory certification from Lenel Systems International for OnGuard 2013 and 2012 on the latest release of its Command video management system (VMS) software and new 8000 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs). The certification provides organizations with a cohesive IP video surveillance and access control solution that enables faster incident response times, better risk mitigation and more efficient system management. Lenel, a market leader in access control security, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

March Networks Command released 1.6 and the new 8000 Series Hybrid NVR systems running Visual Intelligence 5.7 software deliver advanced live monitoring, investigation and video surveillance management features across IP and hybrid IP/analog environments. Working together or as separate video surveillance solutions, they support a complete portfolio of IP cameras, encoders and video analytics. The software solutions also allow organizations to transition from traditional closed-circuit television systems to IP video networking cost-effectively and at their own pace.

Customers accessing the Command VMS in their OnGuard interface will enjoy key capabilities including live and recorded video display, dual video display on alarm, and complete video playback and pan-tilt-zoom control. The 8000 Series interface with OnGuard supports live and recorded video playback on demand or alarm, video motion detection (VMD) alarms in the OnGuard Alarm Monitoring application, indication of sync loss on any analog input in the OnGuard System Status Tree, and Enterprise Service Manager integration.

Family-owned restaurants adopts Avigilon HD surveillance system

Family-owned restaurants adopts Avigilon HD surveillance system

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/4/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Known for their signature Orange Crushes and expansive seafood menu, Mama's on the Half Shell is the crown jewel of the Canton Square neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Many locals venture to the establishment for a variety of occasions, whether it's watching Baltimore Ravens games, celebrating a birthday or sticking around for late night drinks with friends. Just a few doors down stands two other restaurants in the Mama's family: Nacho Mamas, a Mexican-themed restaurant, and The Pizza and Wing Factory, which is attached to Nacho Mamas and a popular takeout spot. Despite being open for nearly a decade, prior to deploying Avigilon Mama's on the Half Shell had not implemented a video surveillance system, leaving the restaurant in a vulnerable state from a security standpoint.

The restaurant's ownership approached Unilux, the Maryland-based video surveillance distributor to help design an HD surveillance system for the three restaurants. The company recommended the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution because of the unparalleled image quality the system provided, the ease-of-use of the ACC software and the efficient storage solutions. The Avigilon system was soon installed in all three restaurants.

Deploy an elite high-definition video surveillance system that will minimize theft, monitor customer activity and ensure the safety of all patrons and employees for a trio of popular Baltimore-area restaurants.

As first-time surveillance system users, the owners of Mama's on the Half Shell installed 14 Avigilon 1 MP and 2 MP cameras to guard the restaurant's interior and exterior. Seven of those cameras are used to watch the exterior of the premise including the front doors, the alley behind the building and the dumpster. Additional cameras cover areas such as the dining room, bar and kitchen, with focus on areas housing cash registers. Working from a single work station, the restaurant's managers use the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High-Definition Stream Management (HDSM) to monitor the entire restaurant. Mama's on the Half Shell uses Avigilon HD network video recorders (NVRs) to store up to 30 days of surveillance footage. To address surveillance after dark, Mama's on the Half Shell uses Avigilon cameras with Adaptive Infrared (IR) technology to acquire optimal image detail in complete darkness. The owners also deployed identical setups in their two other establishments: Nacho Mamas, and The Pizza and Wing Factory.

Since deploying the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution, Mama's on the Half Shell has been able to gain control of their past security issues. There has been a significant decrease in inventory loss and the presence of the cameras has acted as a deterrent for crimes. When incidents do occur in the restaurant, management can retrieve the HD footage instantaneously and accurately assess the situation instead of relying on hearsay. In addition to the invaluable security benefits, Mama's on the Half Shell uses the Avigilon system to monitor food quality and employee health and safety practices. When management is away from the restaurant, they use the ACC Mobile app on their smart phones to oversee activity.
- Improve quality control
- Prevent accidents and theft
- Business Intelligence
- Properly assess incidents with customers or staff

Reducing Crime
Often, restaurants that double as a popular nightlife destination are prone to increased levels of crime in and around their establishments. With the addition of the Avigilon HD solution, management at Mama's on the Half Shell can accurately assess incidents. “Overall crime has decreased,” said Amentas. “With the new system, not only have we been able to prevent things from happening, but when incidents do happen, we have it recorded and can take action.” Employee theft has also been significantly reduced and management has experienced noticeable drops in food and alcohol costs. “It has opened our employees' eyes and they are definitely aware that there are cameras,” Amentas said. The Adaptive IR feature on the Avigilon HD Dome cameras has also been an asset in retrieving clear footage in situations with little to no lighting. Within a year of deploying the system, Mama's on the Half Shell was able to provide detectives with video footage that assisted with the investigation, after an incident occurred in the restaurant.

Unparalleled Image Detail and Business Intelligence
Before implementing a sophisticated HD video surveillance system, management at Mama's on a Half Shell was constantly faced with the same questions: What really happened with that specific customer? How did Friday night go? How busy were we? Why did that employee disappear for 15 minutes? Having 24 hour access to an HD video surveillance system that is capable of capturing clear image detail was a defining reason for selecting the Avigilon system. “We thought Avigilon was a good fit because of the excellent picture quality – especially in low-light conditions,” said Peter Greer, president of Unilux.

Greer also points out that having high-resolution video footage assists with business intelligence in other ways as well. The restaurant can now properly evaluate crowd flow, employee performance and the quality of food coming out of the kitchen and bar. “Now, the restaurant has a system to track employee accountability,” said Greer. User-Friendly System Amentas and other management at Mama's on the Half Shell have found Avigilon's ACC software to be intuitive and user-friendly. Locating specific incidents in the recorded footage takes minutes thanks to the smart searching features.


2013 Security50 video trend(9-4): Total IP solutions are preferred

2013 Security50 video trend(9-4): Total IP solutions are preferred

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 11/15/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

When it comes to IP, interoperability is significant. This pushes suppliers, especially those targeting the U.S. and European markets, to provide total IP solutions for customers to eliminate further problems from integration, installation and migration from analog to IP.

“Our strategy is to offer a complete one-stop-shop solution. Packaged as a single source solution, it comprises a range of IP cameras and NVRs, as well as all the necessary network accessories. We identified that installers did not want to involve third-party IT vendors into the buying chain and end users weren't happy with additional margin added to the mix. We provide everything an installer will need to build a complete next-generation networked and HD surveillance solution,” said Brian Song, MD, IDIS Europe.

“Panasonic is unique in its ability to provide customers with a complete end-to-end solution from a single manufacturer, including software, cameras and hardware- or software-based recorders so we can deliver a complete video surveillance and security solution, or support a hybrid environment and help customers migrate over time,”said Greg Peratt, Senior Director of the Video Solutions Integration Team, North America, Panasonic System Communications.

 “End users/customers do not want products, they want solutions. The key to this is flexibility of choice. As a manufacturer, we understand that the requirements of end users are diverse. They can vary greatly depending on the unique characteristics of each individual customer. For this reason, our customers can choose a complete Samsung solution or they can integrate our product with products sourced from our network of partners that we have established and continue to grow, in order to be able to offer solutions together,” said Jonas Andersson, Senior Vice President for Product Planning and Strategic Marketing, Samsung Techwin.

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Port of Greater Baton Rouge improves IP surveillance system with Bosch

Port of Greater Baton Rouge improves IP surveillance system with Bosch

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 11/8/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Port of Greater Baton Rouge is one of the top 10 ports in the United States. It is situated 230 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, covering multiple facilities that spam 85 miles in its Port jurisdiction.

Business Objective:
The port needed a security solution that would ensure the secure transportation of cargo and the safety of staff and visitors working within the port as well as personnel of tenant companies with operations on port property. The solution also needed to conquer the logistical issues of port's main Terminal and Inland Rivers Terminal; example issues are distance between locations.

The installation includes more than 50 fixed and PTZ cameras, with VideoJet X10 and VIP X1 encoders strategically placed throughout each location. Connectivity to the cameras and encoders is provided via an IP network, including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless devices, as well as more than a mile of multi-mode fiber optic cable.

Protection against intermittent network connectivity is built into the system with the use of encoders with two gigabytes of storage. If network connectivity is lost, recording at the edge continues. Once connectivity is restored, the central NVR tracks any gaps in the recording and automatically replenishes the missing pieces with the stored video.

Each authorized operator has instant access to live video from all cameras, as well as any new camera that may be added to the system, using the VIDOS Video Management Software Suite. Archived video is stored centrally on four NVRs using several terabytes of fault-tolerant RAID array storage.

Cameras positioned on the Mississippi River feature video content analysis capabilities, which primarily help to draw operators' attention to significant events, while also reducing the amount of video traffic sent across the network. Using VCA at the edge, only alarm video, such as a vessel moving up the shipping channel or an unauthorized ship present in the river, is transmitted. An alarm notifies security officers and a PTZ camera will automatically track the vessel.

The cost-effective system allows key personnel access to security data from a number of locations. With remote management tools, port executives and facility security officers can manage the installed devices from the internal network or through secured Internet access.

The solution is an essential element to security, stepping in where fencing and gates is impractical, if not impossible, along the waterfront.

Hikvision upgrades Kuwaiti supermarket security system

Hikvision upgrades Kuwaiti supermarket security system

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/31/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

While names like the Los Angeles-based Ralphs appear ubiquitous for the United States due to the popularity of Hollywood filming in this area; in Kuwait the market leader is Rawda & Coop Society. In fact, with 16 branches, it is also the largest coop in the country.

Rawda & Coop Society contacted Atheer United Company which an authorised distributor of Hikvision in Kuwait to improve overall security. Atheer United introduced Hikvision to the top Management of the COOP by several presentations & demos and after getting the acceptance they required:
- Monitor cashier areas in high resolution
- Provide better surveillance and control for the exterior of entrance areas
- Provide a better method to centralize security operations

Eng.Ali Taleb, Business Development Manager at Atheer United Company - the Integrator / Installer of this project - noted that "a big focus was put on bringing high-resolution megapixel technology to every register. Coop management wanted to very clearly see the detailed exchange of money between customers and employees."

Largely, this goal stemmed from a high incident rate of disagreements between customers and employees, as well as incidents of theft and balance issues with cashier trays at the end of employee shifts. Previously, the best - and only - resolution method was to simply deal with each problem after the fact. This was not only slow, but highly inefficient.

To reverse this trend to a proactive stance instead of a reactive stance, Atheer United Company chose Hikvision's DS-2CD7153-E 2 MP Network Mini Dome Camera. Placed opposite each register, "Coop management is now able to see what is happening in real-time and react accordingly. Most importantly, 2 megapixel resolution provides the means needed to achieve this goal," noted Mr. Taleb. Additionally, the DS-2CD7153-E's 1/3” progressive scan CMOS and HD 720P real-time video give additional tools to make sure these images are clearly visible. With this new technology, Coop management has already seen a markedly improved situation at the registers, as well as far fewer incidents of dispute regarding these related issues.

Another goal helped with Hikvision technology was a better, and more secure, environment for both the main entrance and the general areas in front of the stores. In this case, it was the DS-2DF1-512 5" Network PTZ Dome that secured this environment.

Based on the fact that these areas are potentially very large, the DS-2DF1-512 was placed outside the store. As such, this model's IP66 rating was a perquisite due to the challenging weather conditions Kuwait presents.

In addition, due to the previously-noted issue of large coverage areas, Atheer United Company assessed the DS-2DF1-512's 12x optical zoom and its 360° endless pan range and -5°-185° tilt range as equally vital.

Eng. Taleb added, "This model not only provided tremendous value from an overall solution standpoint, but security personnel are able to completely control the DS-2DF1-512 with Hikvision's DS-1100KI Network Keyboard further adding convenience to the overall solution and drastically reducing training time requirements for Coop personnel."

Finally, the goal of streamlining all 16 individual branches' security needs into one centrally-located control room was also facilitated by Hikvision. In this case, it was not a camera model, but instead NVRs. Specifically, three Hikvision NVR models: the DS-7608NI-ST, DS-7616NI-ST, and the DS-8632NI-ST NVR Series.

While each model differs in its specific approach (for example: the DS-7608NI-ST's smaller size and smaller camera capacity with 8 channels makes it ideal for smaller Rawda & Coop Society shops, while the DS-8632NI-ST's dramatically larger memory and 32 channels camera capacity provide for larger branches), all three models provide up-to 5 megapixel resolution recording to make sure that regardless of number of camera units, or store size, the pictures are crystal clear.

But for Rawda & Coop Society, Internet connectivity tied this whole solution together. Previously, individual shops were not connected to the main headquarters also in Kuwait. This obviously exacerbated all of the earlier problems. However, with Internet-capable Hikvision NVRs, now each of the 16 shops are wired to corporate headquarters. Specifically, all security responsibilities are now a function of one specially-designed central control room.

This sharply contrasts with the previous method of security being a responsibility of 16 smaller, and uneven, in-house procedures.

In this fashion, Coop management - with the help of both the Atheer United Company and Hikvision technology - streamlined and addressed chronic problems in a proactive, rather than inefficient, reactive manner. Most importantly, all of these issues have become greatly improved.

Dahua launches 3 new NVR series

Dahua launches 3 new NVR series

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 10/25/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua further completes its NVR portfolio by introducing three more series, covering two entry-level models and one high-end model.

Professional NVR54-series
The 54-series is designed for medium-sized applications that require relatively high demand on storage capacity, such as telecom, electricity, public security, franchised stores and etc. The series has multiple sub-models, including 8-/16-/32-channels, and PoE versions. Here to take NVR5416/5432-16P as an example.

The NVR5416/5432-16P supports 16/32 channel with 1080p live view, up to 5Mp & 5Mp cameras, featuring 160Mps for inputs and 128Mps for outputs, which could satisfy smooth recording at HD-megapixel level for multiple cameras at the same time. It max accommodates 4 SATAs, up to 4TB for each.

Meanwhile, this series supports maximum 128 online users to operate and manage simultaneously. In addition, the “frame by frame playback” is quite convenient for users to pin the moment as key evidences. This NVR also supports Dahua motorized-lens network cameras to realize auto focus/zoom and other basic functions directly on the NVR, facilitating user's operation.

What worth a special mention is that the NVR is equipped with 16 PoE ports and support IPC UPnP function, which could simplify the installation and configuration.

Entry-level NVR31/21H-series
Following the big success of previous 31/21 series, Dahua adds enhanced versions of the previous 31/21 edition, targeting on small- and medium-sized applications, such as SOHO, convenience stores and retails.

NVR31H-series supports 4-channel@1080p realtime preview and recording while NVR21H-series supports 4-channel@72op. This series adds two-way audio and alarm functions as well as remote control. What's more, it enjoys two “L” — low consumption and low noise, keeping “environment-friendly” guideline in design and production.

All Dahua NVRs conform to ONVIF protocol and support a wide range of third party cameras.

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