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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

Thai market spiced up

Thai market spiced up

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 9/11/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

Talk to any business professional in Thailand, and the term AEC — ASEAN Economic Community — is bound to come up, as the entire country prepares itself to be the center of (and driving force behind) this thriving economic entity by year 2015 when zero tariffs on almost all goods and free flow of human resources are legally and officially permitted. It is estimated, according to US Commercial Service, that the overall market for security equipment and system sales (at the manufacturer to distributor level) is between US$200 to $300 million, growing at a CAGR of 25 to 30 percent.

While everyone agrees that the country's growth potential is phenomenal, considering the various financial and economic crises across the globe, this security market still requires those who wish to capitalize on the uptick to take the time and effort to cover their bases: product/solution reliability and affordability; people and connections; and specialization, verticalization and education.

Security is not a brand new concept to Thailand or its people. In fact, analog security systems can be found all over the vast country, with some of them having been around for more than two, three decades. “The annual video surveillance equipment market is roughly US$70 million; the installed analog base is easily 10 times that, so business potential is definitely huge,” said Sakchai Somsuk, MD of TSolutions.

With the three pillars of the Thai economy (agriculture, manufacturing, tourism) thriving healthily, even MNCs like Axis Communications and Bosch Security Systems are confident in achieving much better and faster growth in this exciting market, which was troubled by sociopolitical unrest not too long ago. “From the quick recovery from the floods last year, we can see that Thailand's fundamentals are really strong. New buildings and infrastructure are continuously being built,” said Sivakumar Pichai, GM of Thailand, Bosch Security Systems. “We expect the overall market to grow at a rate of at least 10 to 15 percent. In surveillance in particular, 2011 saw 25-percent growth, and in this year and the next few years, annual growth of more than 25 to 30 percent can be expected.”

Axis saw a minor setback in growth in the first quarter of this year, but the second quarter quickly climbed back to the usual 30-plus percent. “In addition to the typical city surveillance and critical infrastructure (border, rail and utilities) segments that we serve, we are also working with our partners on quite a few midsized projects involving 100 to 200 cameras each,” said Oh Tee Lee, Regional Director of South APAC, Axis Communications. “The benefits of IP-based security systems might not be immediately clear to this demographic, so we have to invest more resources in reaching out, educating. After we demonstrate an overall lower TCO and the management and operation headaches saved over a five-year period or more, security professionals in this country get onboard and catch up really fast.”

For Sony, the country is on par with Australia and Malaysia, with each surveillance market sized at roughly $100 million. “The entire region is growing stably at a CAGR of 16 to 20 percent, and we have quite some room to grow in terms of market penetration,” said Riki Nishimura, GM of Security Solutions in APAC, Sony Professional Solutions (a Sony Electronics company). “Analog still accounts for about 80 percent of new purchases, but we expect IP to catch up to 50 percent by 2015/2016.”

As Southeast Asian economies continue to expand and integrate and global investments increasingly pour into these markets due to limited prospects elsewhere in the world, Verint believes that video security opportunities in this region will rise significantly. “We believe governments and businesses will continue to invest — some more cautiously than others — in video surveillance solutions, regardless of macroeconomic conditions,” said Wilson Chin, VP of Marketing for APAC, Verint Systems. “Our video surveillance and analytics solutions are well-recognized in the government, critical infrastructure and transportation sectors, thanks to our many years of experience in securing complex projects, high reliability, proven performance and technology innovation. ‘Partners-focused' has always been our go-to-market strategy, and we are investing more in recruiting, training and enabling our partners in this region.”

Making Commitments
To properly serve a huge, fragmented market like Thailand, many solution providers have resorted to a two- or three-pronged channel strategy. “We work with Smartcomputer (SMC) Group, which is one of the leading distributors with well-connected dealers and integrators throughout the country, on large-scale installs,” said Rio Mao, APAC Sales Director for Dahua Technology. “At the same time, we also work with IT retail outlets, to help SMBs and the general public with DIY projects.” The shift to IP and budding growth in smaller cities and towns are not unnoticed. “Together with SMC, we are offering more IP training courses and affordable, bundled DIY kits (such as NVRs and cameras with PoE capability), to lower the barrier of adopting network-based solutions.” These are equally popular in Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar, as they look up to Thailand for growth patterns and models.

D-Link, which has been committed to cultivating the Southeast Asian region with a multilayered, team-oriented approach for the last 17 years, is also appreciative of the rapid changes in technology adoption and buying behavior of an evolving Thailand. “We have spent more than 10 years in this country building up a solid, strong retail network,” said Sam Wong, Regional Sales Director for D-Link International. “Mobility is very high in Thailand, so we make sure anyone can find our easy-to-install/use business and home solutions in any of the top four IT chains. Advances in technology also mean that you can get more features today at half of the price last year. To cope with such dynamics, we will very soon have in place a dedicated business development manager, to service this market with the right portfolio and training seminars.”

From a components point of view, the transition to and adoption of IP-based, megapixel solutions in Thailand are much faster than the rest of the region, observed Tetsuji Emori, Operating Officer for the Optical Devices Business in APAC, Fujifilm. “All of our lens sales here are megapixel. The double-digit growth doesn't come automatically though, as competition from Chinese lens suppliers is not something to be overlooked. We organize customer visits regularly, to educate on plastic versus glass quality differences via on-site demos and shoot-outs.”

For end users that are not yet ready to embrace IP-based solutions either technically or managerially, high-resolution alternatives that rely on analog cabling infrastructure, such as HD-SDI, are available. “Establishments like banks and jewelry shops require HD footage but don't need to stream it elsewhere,” said Jackey Kim, Director of Netinfo. “HD-SDI caters to such needs. We are increasing our market education and partner recruitment efforts here, as well as in Malaysia and the Middle East.”

Outside of the video surveillance realm, there is a significant presence of access control, time and attendance, intrusion detection and fire safety solution providers actively developing the Thai market. “We have spent two years of R&D efforts on an integrated megapixel camera with facial recognition capability built in,” said Allen Hu, Marketing Manager at ZKTeco. “This technology is good for airports, as well as time and attendance or access control applications in the education, office and residential sectors of this market. We are also working on alarm products that are integrated with video, locks and smoke detectors.” The company now has 70 to 80 dealers nationwide, with a dominating market share in fingerprint verification.

XID is also coming to the market with facial recognition to target the mid- to high-end market. “Biometrics are intuitive, and our facial recognition technology has overcome technical obstacles such as position, distance, lighting and 3-D surroundings with our proprietary illumination techniques and algorithms,” said Carmelo Pistorio, Chairman and CEO of XID Technologies. “It's good for construction sites — which there are many in this country — commercial establishments, banks and shipyards.”

Not every market segment, as Pichai adequately pointed out, requires high-end, engineered products; sometimes, “good enough” products would suffice. “We have been around since 2003, and our focus has been on aesthetics, without too many seldom used features,” said Steve Ho, International Business Executive at Archtron Research & Development (Bluguard). “Our home alarm system comes with easy-to-configure home automation functionality, and is very popular in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East.” Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are not too far behind in terms of potential, and the company is working on releasing mobile apps for instant alerts soon.

In fire safety, the government has started to enforce the building inspection law more rigorously as the country welcomes more foreign investments and construction projects of various sizes, said Warodom Sucharitaku, Country Coordinator of National Fire Protection Association. “American standards such as UL and FM are adopted here in Thailand, just so we can inspect and certify tens of thousands of buildings in a more timely fashion. We are also working with banks to provide building owners with low-interest loans for necessary system upgrades.”

Verticals Galore
Based on US Commercial Service estimates for the nonresidential property market, growing demand is expected in the government and retail sectors. City surveillance, airports, rail, government offices and ongoing mass rapid transit projects account for half of system sales to nonresidential property; retail and office complexes account for 30 percent of the market; industrial facilities and universities make up the remaining share.

“Public projects rely quite heavily on IP-based systems, and the retail and banking sectors use a mixture of hybrid and IP,” Nishimura said. Emori seconded the observations, as Fujifilm is ready with a megapixel zoom lens for long-distance requirements (up to 10 kilometers) in applications such as city surveillance, traffic monitoring, airports and oil/gas facilities. “High-end, infrastructural projects look at long-term TCO and ROI, and our transmission solutions work particularly well with large or multisite applications like airports, hospitals, hotels, universities and banks here in Thailand and elsewhere,” said Francis Ng, Regional Sales Manager for East Asia, Network Video Technologies.

Bosch's revenue breakdown is also reflective of US Commercial Service's estimates. “We are very strong in the public sector, with about 50 percent of the revenue coming from government projects and 10 to 20 percent from the education sector,” Pichai said. “We are also looking at the commercial sector, such as shopping and industrial complexes, for more growth.” Medium-size projects in the retail, hospitality, health care and SMB sectors are also on Brickcom's radar, said Ethan Lee, Regional Sales Manager.


The retail vertical is of particular interest, as average disposable income of Thai people and purchasing power of visiting tourists continue to increase by leaps and bounds. (Data source: CBRE Research)

No Easy Pickings
Some observe that the size of the Thai electronic security market might not be very substantial at the moment, but the potential will be quite significant and noticeable in the very near term. “Selling IP cameras alone will be increasingly challenging,” Wong cautioned. “You need to have balanced feature sets, product/solution portfolios and dedicated partners that are convinced of your goal and approach.”

Despite being one of the biggest economies in the region, there is still room for improvement for Thailand. “The public network infrastructure at the moment is a major challenge for business development and security implementation,” Nishimura said. “While we have our work cut out for us, we at Sony are still looking to outpace the average national growth of 17 to 18 percent, at 20 to 25 percent. Business practices are relationships-driven here, so we will engage in more face-to-face meetings and training seminars with our channel partners and local trainers, both in and out of Bangkok.”

Physical, electronic security continues to be a highly fragmented market. “Competition in the hardware market is particularly intense in APAC, with many suppliers from China overpromising and underdelivering. But as customers become more sophisticated and knowledgeable in the solutions they purchase, they start looking for value-added features and services, and Thailand is no exception,” Chin said. And the next section of this feature looks at how the market fragmentation has given rise to channel players of different calibers that work to address varying solution and service needs.

 US pool and park combat vandalism with Hikvision solution

US pool and park combat vandalism with Hikvision solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Virtually every country around the world is negatively affected by vandalism. Graffiti and the destruction of both public and private property are issues that continue to haunt government officials, commercial institutions, and citizens of every level.

The United States is no exception. According to recent government data, the cost of vandalism in America is estimated to range anywhere between $10 and $25 billion annually.

Recently, the borough of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, USA chose to combat vandalism – and those who are engaged in it – through the inventive installation of Hikvision security products that provide both improved overall security and a tangible deterrent against vandalism.

A Better Option
Hamburg's Borough Pool and Recreation Park area is not only a source of civic pride for the city; it is also an important regional recreation area. Offering a large park, public pool, and facilities for public concerts, this park serves as a hub for Hamburg and the many surrounding communities to enjoy their recreational moments. Additionally, these civic facilities also act as a catalyst for Hamburg's local business community – and as such, any perceived downturn in the status of this park has a negative cascading effect throughout the borough.

“Fairly recently, we've had a growing problems with a variety of vandalism - type crimes in our Hamburg Borough Pool and Recreation Park area,” explained John Leonforte – Codes Administrator at this location.

“Initially, we attempted to address this issue through private security; but we found that not only was it expensive – roughly $20,000 annually – it also did not significantly reduce the levels of destruction in public property and graffiti,” added Mr. Leonforte.

Changing gears, Hamburg chose to invest in a comprehensive security solution featuring Hikvision products. Mr. Leonforte noticed an immediate impact: “Within two days of these Hikvision cameras being installed, there was a significant drop-off in vandalism. Obviously, these cameras had a strong deterrent value, but we needed to be able to support this with technological innovation to maintain our initial gains.”

Two Different Cameras, Two Different Goals
Quarterbacking many of the technical issues regarding the installation of this solution was Brad Heckelman, Hikvision's U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional Manger. Mr. Heckelman chose Hikvision's DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome Camera, as well as the DS-2DF1-672 1.3 MP Network Speed Dome Camera to serve as the eyes of this solution.

In many respects, the DS-2DF1-672 1.3 MP Network Speed Dome acts as the lynchpin of the solution. “Among many beneficial features, we chose this camera for its 18x optical zoom, plus up to 10x digital zoom, which provide a tremendously detailed and high-quality picture. Additionally, the 1/3” Sony CCD chip allows this camera to work very well in changing lighting conditions,” explained Mr. Heckelman.

Installed on elevated positions at select locations throughout the park, and controlled remotely, this PTZ camera offers 360°endless pan range and -5° ~ -90° tilt range, thereby providing up to 2 miles of tremendously clear pictures in any direction. Interestingly, if there were no viewing obstructions (trees, building, etc.), “we could literally use only one DS-2DF1-672 model– this is how good the zoom image quality is, regardless of distance,” noted Mr. Heckelman.

Additionally, an IP66 weather-proofing standard ensures problem-free functionality from any outdoor weather conditions this camera will face. And as Pennsylvania is known for extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter, this is an absolute necessity for any camera in this part of America.

The second Hikvision camera in this solution, the DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome, serves a slightly different – but no less important – function.

Placed throughout the outdoor park and pool, as well as inside facilities such as the concession stand, this camera keeps a focused watch over areas deemed as high priority. “Traditionally, one of the areas that has been particularly challenging, from a graffiti perspective, has been the back of the band shell. However, now, with this camera providing 24/7 surveillance on this specific location, we have not had one new incident of graffiti,” noted Mr. Leonforte.

Virtual PTZ functionality allowed Hamburg to focus the DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome on areas of vandalism concern – such as the above-mentioned band shell – and also on areas of safety concerns … such as the diving area in the pool and the parking lots. “We were able to alleviate our vandalism problems as well as provide our patrons with an increased sense of security,” summed up Mr. Leonforte.

Furthermore, both vandal-proofing and weather-proofing provide protection against the weather and those who might be otherwise tempted to physically tamper with these cameras.

Importantly, an IR cut filter with auto switch and infra-red illuminator provide excellent low-light ability at any time of day; and 1280 x 960 pixels of resolution allow operators to zoom onto these sensitive areas with great clarity, regardless of circumstances.

Mr. Leonforte added, “The motion detection feature on this camera is particularly useful to our situation. This allows our police department the ability to set specific cameras to turn on when something catches its attention … thereby helping officers to immediately recognize a potential threat and respond, instead of just hoping that an officer will notice it as the various camera pictures cycle through.”

Two Hikvision NVR models were selected to round out this solution: the DS-9516NI-S Embedded NVR and the DS-9616NI-SH Embedded NVR.

For Mr. Heckelman, the key to both of these units was the massive storage ability: “Most NVRs only have a 4 SATA interface. These two Hikvision models both have 8 SATA, which allows up to 16TB of memory – far exceeding the industry norm.”

Additionally, both allow great resolution, with the DS-9516NI-S providing up to 5 megapixels (2560 x 1920) recording resolution; and the DS-9616NI-SH an HDMI output of 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Importantly, these Hikvision NVRs allowed the borough of Hamburg to save money by putting this solution on a network. As such, the police department has the ability to monitor video surveillance of the park and adjacent areas; while Hamburg squad cars are able to utilize wireless Internet-connected laptops to access the same information. An additional group, Hamburg Park management, also has PC access to these surveillance cameras. Mr. Leonforte notes, “We keep access to these PCs in an access-controlled environment … in this way, we are able to ensure only the proper personnel can view and manipulate our public cameras.”

Honeywell Security releases professional NVR for banking, health care, education sectors

Honeywell Security releases professional NVR for banking, health care, education sectors

Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell has introduced a new network video recorder (NVR) that can help large organizations comply with stringent regulations that require them to retain video for longer periods of time and more-effectively protect their surveillance data. The MAXPRO NVR Professional Edition (PE) is ideal for facilities in industries such as education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, banking and manufacturing, among others.

MAXPRO NVR PE is the latest addition to Honeywell's MAXPRO line of technology designed to help organizations – ranging from small to large businesses – transition from analog to IP-based video surveillance systems in a progressive and cost-effective manner. With its ability to comply with open integration standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, MAXPRO NVR PE can accommodate IP cameras from multiple vendors and allow end users to easily add cameras to their systems as needs change and operations expand.

“Some of the biggest concerns end users have about IP video are interoperability with other cameras, scalability to accommodate business growth, and data reliability,” said Shannon Wilson, marketing manager, Honeywell. “MAXPRO NVR PE has many features designed specifically to address those challenges, including pre-installed software and redundant storage capabilities. All of them point to an easier path to a user-friendly IP video network.”

MAXPRO NVR PE currently offers 32 channels and future releases will include a 64-channel option, as well as up to 20 terabytes of storage and redundant storage options to protect data. These capabilities are crucial for businesses that need to retain video files for longer periods of time to, for example, assist with investigations.

The family of MAXPRO NVRs (PE, SE and XE) also offers a cost-effective software-only solution that allows end users to implement these capabilities onto their existing hardware. Because the technology is based on a single platform, end users only need to learn one system to use the entire range of technology.

“There's no licensing to mess with onsite to get the cameras working, and MAXPRO NVR PE has the same look and feel as the rest of the MAXPRO NVR lineup,” said Doug Peterson, chief technology officer for Advantech, Inc., a Dover, Del.-based systems integrator. “MAXPRO NVR PE is the last link to making a superb, easy-to-configure IP solution.”

Aside from NVRs, Honeywell's MAXPRO portfolio of IP video products includes MAXPRO VMS, the company's main video management system that allows organizations to centrally manage all video surveillance from multiple data points. The line also features MAXPRO Cloud, which offers flexible storage options using cloud event storage through Honeywell's secure storage facility, and MAXPRO Mobile, an app that offers remote video surveillance for the full line of MAXPRO products.

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