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Dahua brings HDCVI at IFSEC 2014

Dahua brings HDCVI at IFSEC 2014

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 6/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

During IFSEC Inte'l 2014, Dahua has rolled out the latest security solutions featuring new technical applications, to name some, Dahua cloud, Light Hunt, fisheye lens, and of course don't miss the show spotlight – HDCVI. Come for a quick overlook of what Dahua has at show.

Ultra-Smart Solution
New network camera — 8-series with triple-stream encoding, real WDR, intelligent IVS, region of interest & Defog supported, integrated with Dahua smart NVR, this solution would perfectly meet high-end applications and satisfy your professional demands.

HDCVI
HDCVI is an optimal solution for megapixel high definition application, featuring non-latent long-distance transmission at lower cost. 1080P and 720P solutions will be showed. The latest tri-brid HDCVI DVR is the eye-catching among all.

Beneficio Series
Beneficio Series is designed for entry-level and cost-effective market, with product portfolios of NVR 4-series and network cameras including mini size IPC-HFW4200E, IPC-HDBW4200E, and middle size IPC-HFW5202C, IPC-HDBW5202. Beneficio Series brings great values to meet your small- to medium-scale applications.

VIVOTEK 'Smart, Simple and Superior Surveillance Solutions' at IFSEC 2014

VIVOTEK 'Smart, Simple and Superior Surveillance Solutions' at IFSEC 2014

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 IFSEC International, which shall take place from the 17th to the 19th of June at the ExCeL London. VIVOTEK will display its latest intelligent technologies and next-generation products at Booth C1100 located within the venue, bringing visitors all-new experiences with VIVOTEK's self-developed smart, simple, and superior surveillance solutions.

VIVOTEK's Executive Vice President, Steve Ma, asserted, “Social and economic development have led developed and developing countries to place focal attention on the building of smart cities. However, enhancing efficiency and improving quality of life are key prerequisites for realizing a smart city. VIVOTEK demonstrates a high level of commitment to accelerate the prevalence of smart cities, putting tremendous resources into relevant research and development to consequently produce smart, simple, and superior surveillance solutions that facilitate the construction of smart living environments.”

VIVOTEK aims to promote the development of smart cities through the installation of smart, simple, and superior surveillance solutions, and thus highlights its intelligent applications, small form-factor and easy-to-use solutions, and renowned lighting technology at the 2014 IFSEC International.

- Smart (Intelligent Application):
To expand the camera scalability and create more benefits for customers, VIVOTEK introduces the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP); an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Several intelligent features, such as object counting, line detection, field detection, face detection, and heat map, among others, can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras, significantly contributing to security and business efficiency. The FE8181V, VIVOTEK's newly developed 5-Megapixel IR fisheye fixed dome network camera is equipped with VADP, and will be employed at the IFSEC to demonstrate heat map applications.

- Simple (User-Friendly Solutions):
To achieve the goal of improving the security, efficiency, and productivity of retail staff and ensuring a safer shopping environment for customers, VIVOTEK has developed a user friendly “Convenient Retail Solution.” This solution comprises the ND8321, a plug-and-play network video recorder, elegantly designed ultra-mini bullet network cameras, and ultra-mini dome network cameras. This comprehensive solution not only improves the operational flow of retail stores, but also ensures the quality of customers' shopping experiences. Moreover, VIVOTEK developed a compact, easy-to-use Split Camera System for ATM applications. This system comprises recessed camera units and a video core that minimize inconveniences to ATM users, but simultaneously capturing their features clearly.

- Superior (Renowned Lighting Technologies):
Low-light object identification functionalities have become a fundamental criteria in the market because of increasing demand for the effective security and intelligent utilization of video footage. To offer unparalleled visibility under low light conditions, VIVOTEK has designed cameras with SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) technology and 3 types of WDR solutions in the development of its products, namely, WDR Enhanced, WDR Pro (100-120dB), and WDR Pro II (140dB). VIVOTEK's latest professional outdoor bullet network camera, the IP8355EH, is equipped with low-light technology and WDR Pro II. This model will be on display at the IFSEC.

In addition, VIVOTEK has newly developed a 5-Megapixel IR fisheye fixed dome network camera, the FE8181V. This model is furnished with a removable IR-cut filter to provision for both daytime and nighttime operations, and equipped with a 10 meters built-in IR illuminator that delivers uniform lighting for 360° surround view at night.

Axis releases Q16 Series fix cameras with WDR in HDTV 1080p

Axis releases Q16 Series fix cameras with WDR in HDTV 1080p

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the provider in network video, introduces new additions to its successful AXIS Q16 Series. The latest cameras offer a number of new capabilities including wide dynamic range (WDR-forensic capture), Lightfinder, HDTV 1080p resolution, electronic image stabilization and shock detection.

“Airport, train station, government and perimeter protection are some examples of situations where image quality is critical to minimize investigation times and to protect assets – even if the lighting situation is extremely difficult,” says Regional Country Manager, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi. ”The new AXIS Q1615 cameras not only offer full HD resolution but also automatically switch settings between high dynamic scenes and Ligthfinder mode, ensuring all details are captured in dark and bright areas at the same time. The new cameras are also our first fixed cameras to provide 50/60 frames per seconds in HDTV 1080p resolution. This is twice the normal frame rate, which allows the cameras to even better record smooth video when people or vehicles are moving fast.”

In addition to the ability to seamlessly transition between WDR ‘forensic capture' and Lightfinder mode, the indoor AXIS Q1615 and the outdoor-ready AXIS Q1615-E offer several image processing features to enhance image usability, such as barrel distortion correction, electronic image stabilization for steady images in an environment with tough vibrations. In addition, the fixed cameras also support high profile in H.264 and enhanced Max Bit Rate controllers which assure that the bandwidth remains within the defined limits.

System integrators involved in large camera installations will benefit from features like the serial communication port and the input/output ports supplying 12V DC output for powering external devices such as PIR sensors. AXIS Q1615 cameras, with their high performance, enable advanced applications to run smoothly via AXIS Camera Application Platform. Installers will find new innovative built-in features that speed up installation and ensure immediate video quality – such as leveling assistant and auto rotation, which guarantee that the video is at its best regardless of the condition of the camera and the environment it is installed in. Thanks to the shock detection, the cameras can send an alarm to staff or play an audio clip during attempted vandalism, a feature excellent for example in schools and public transportation. The outdoor-ready model, AXIS Q1615-E, can withstand harsh weather conditions and the casing offer protection from impact and vandalism.

AXIS Q1615/-E cameras are supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program, and AXIS Camera Station. The cameras include support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, AXIS Video Hosting System and ONVIF for easy camera system integration and for application developers to provide the camera with intelligent capabilities.

AXIS Q1615/-E cameras are planned to be available in Q3 2014.

Axis releases P39-R IP cam series for rugged vehicle environments

Axis releases P39-R IP cam series for rugged vehicle environments

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications has released P39-R Network Camera Series offering protection against dust and water and able withstand tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks, bumps and temperature fluctuations. The R39-R series also features active tampering alarm function that allows for the detection of tampering attempts such as blocking or spray-painting.

The cameras are specially adapted to respond quickly to changes in light levels, ensuring that high image quality is maintained. In addition, the use of progressive scan enables the cameras to show moving objects without distortion. Traffic Light mode helps to better distinguish colors of traffic lights in very dark scenes.

“AXIS P39-R Network Camera Series offers high image quality, HDTV resolution, substantial processing performance and edge storage to demanding customers,” says Erik Frannlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications.

“An important factor in the development of the new AXIS P39-R Series, was to make it easy for customers to upgrade their existing installations. Hence the AXIS P39-R Series shares the same physical interface as the very successful AXIS M31-R Series,” he continued.

The AXIS P39-R Series includes AXIS P3904-R network camera with HDTV 720p resolution, AXIS P3905-R with HDTV 1080p resolution and AXIS P3915-R with HDTV 1080p resolution as well as audio-in and I/O capabilities. Each of these variants is available with either a male RJ45 connector or a rugged M12 connector.

VIVOTEK bolsters new supreme night visibility product portfolios

VIVOTEK bolsters new supreme night visibility product portfolios

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its three new network cameras, including compact fixed dome network camera FD8154 and FD8154V and bullet-style network camera IB8354-C, bolstering its SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) product portfolios.

FD8154, FD8154V and IB8354-C all feature 1.3-Megapixel resolution and the ability to output 30 frames per second in H.264 compression. Equipped with SNV technology, three cameras offer remarkable night visibility under low light conditions. With quality optical components and sophisticated image signal processing algorithm, they could reproduce high quality image while lighting is insufficient. Moreover, designed with a removable IR-cut filter as well as improved IR illuminators, which is effective up to 20M, FD8154, FD8154V and IB8354-C can secure superior image quality for the entire day.

FD8154V and IB8354-C are especially designed for diverse outdoor applications. Both cameras are encased in an IP66-rated weatherproof housing for protecting camera from rain, dust and harsh environmental conditions. FD8154V is especially made of IK10-rated vandal-proof housing, making it a robust choice.

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “With the rising demand for intelligent video content analysis and the high business value that the video contains, the video resolution, quality and usability should be taken into consideration at the same time. We are pleased to launch three new network cameras FD8154, FD8154V and IB8354-C with our advanced SNV technology. They are absolutely the ideal options for performing high quality surveillance around the clock.”

Axis unveils Intelligent Transportation Systems with IP video technology

Axis unveils Intelligent Transportation Systems with IP video technology

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With summer vacations and their inevitable traffic jams soon to be on the minds of many, Axis Communications announced how Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) with IP video technology are playing an increasingly important role in helping state and local governments reduce congestion, improve safety and make roadways more efficient. Not only does ITS help create happy travelers, it can also alleviate pressure on municipal budgets by offering a cost-effective alternative to physical roadway construction projects.

Axis will be showcasing its latest camera technologies for the ITS market at the 21st ITS World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, September 7-11, 2014.

Even though drivers may not see workers with hard hats and heavy trucks digging up a street, traffic engineers are often busy working behind the scenes to improve roadways with IP technology. In Iowa, the City of Dubuque has been engaged in a large-scale effort to build a citywide ITS that connects traffic signals, intersection cameras and other IP-addressable technologies to an Ethernet over fiber optic network. This provides traffic engineers with dynamic, centralized control over traffic flow throughout the town.

“By using cameras and other IP communication technology, we have been able to push thousands of more vehicles onto our busiest roadways at a tenth of the cost of physical construction,” said David Ness, traffic engineer for the City of Dubuque.

Axis network cameras, supplied by systems integrator and Axis partner RACOM Corporation, have been deployed at 80 key intersections and along major roadways and bridges in the City of Dubuque to date. The video footage, managed through Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS), helps city engineers analyze traffic patterns and make critical adjustments such as changing the timing of signals when accidents push vehicles onto alternate routes and adjusting signage and lane markings without engaging in costly construction. The video also helps police determine the nature of accidents, while traffic engineers can use that information to improve safety and reduce accidents in the future.

Traffic managers accelerate use of IP video
Intelligent, IP-based video is fast becoming an integral component of traffic management systems across the country. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation released a comprehensive survey of ITS deployments indicating that the number of freeway miles covered by video surveillance increased from 15% in 2000 to 45% in 2010.

In recent years, advances in digital, IP video technology from Axis Communications have added even more functionality to today's systems, including HDTV quality resolution, powerful processors ready for advanced analytics and flexible, open IP standards. These features let traffic departments assemble best-in-class systems that can be controlled remotely over a fiber optic, Ethernet or wireless network.

The design of Axis cameras also makes installation simple and efficient, which is essential for high traffic areas, and the self-health assessment features of Axis Camera Management software helps reduce the number of trips needed to maintain the cameras. IP cameras such as the day/night AXIS P1355-E Network Camera maintain excellent image quality even in low-light conditions, and features like Wide Dynamic Range – Dynamic Capture in cameras like AXIS Q1604-E Network Camera help fight glare from traffic lights, headlights and the sun. This produces clear, unobstructed images to aid police in investigations of accidents, crimes and other incidents.

“No one likes getting stuck in a traffic jam on the way to their favorite vacation spot,” said Anthony Incorvati, business development manager, Critical Infrastructure & Transportation for Axis Communications. “Using IP video as part of an ITS solution is another great example of how this technology is enabling a smarter, safer world.”

Chinese home camera makers' aggressive moves for exports

Chinese home camera makers' aggressive moves for exports

Editor / Provider: Weili Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 6/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

China makers deem the home security camera industry to be uprising in the following years. Being export-oriented, they smell a business opportunity in the global market demand of usability and trendy outlook. They also addressed importance of the emerging domestic market where surveillance kits are still in high demand and the sales of affordable own-brand models has been growing.

China is the largest sourcing base for home security cameras with hundreds of direct manufacturers and traders, offering both OEM/ODM and own-brand business. There are large companies like Foscam, Hikvision, Dahua, and SMART EYE (Wansview), along with much more small and midsized suppliers. The China camera suppliers are clustered in Guangdong and Zhejiang. They consider Europe and North America to be two major markets. They rely on distributors and resellers for export business. A few of them like Foscam put their own-brand cameras to physical or online stores like Amazon. Langshixing exports part of its products under its own brand Slinda. The majority of the China-made cameras are distributed worldwide under their customers' brands nevertheless. For example, Yiant offers OEM and ODM services to worldwide branded companies, mostly in Europe, Asia and the US.

EXPORT-ORIENTED
About export markets, Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision sees the US as the largest and most potential export market due to its mature network infrastructure. Asia is a promising area over the next few years to China makers. I Vision, whose major export markets are in Europe and the US, regards Southeast Asia as the fast-growing area. As for the domestic market, China market is still at the introduction stage, having relatively lower growth rate over the next few years. The penetration rate seems to grow at a slow pace due to low consumer acceptance and incomplete network infrastructure.

COMMON FORM FACTORS, DIFFERENT APPROACHES
The major three types of home security cameras offered by China makers are cube, PTZ and all-in-one (robot-type) models of wireless IP cameras. The latter two are generally called the robot type. The cameras from China offer diversified and security-oriented designs. Integration with other features like push alarming is China makers' next focus.

Hikvision, Dahua, Lingshi, Yiant and Langshixing pointed out the importance of a total solution containing network cameras, software and cloud or NVR storages. It is a trend to sell home security cameras via surveillance kits to residential communities and complexes. Most of them are surveillance companies who offer both NVRs and security cameras. A few of them are NVR suppliers to offer surveillance kits by working with IP camera companies. For example, Yeastar, a NVR provider, offers surveillance kits with an IP network camera company Milesight.

It is an emerging trend for China makers to sell their own-brand products via the online stores like tmall.com and Amazon, or via physical channels like Walmart, JCPenny and Auchan.

FOCUS ON USEREXPERIENCE AND WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY
User experience is an emphasis for China makers, referring to application-oriented design and ease of use. They try to offer products with easy setup and user-friendly experience that are important for home users. Yao of Hikvision indicated that ease of use is a major design direction for the consumer market. Jimmy Cai, Sales Director of Huanso indicated that wireless systems are more suitable for home users than those wired solutions without complicated wiring. Cai added that plug-n-play is essential for the DIY market. So far, Wi-Fi and RF2.4GHz are two major wireless standards. Wi-Fi connectivity is the major adoption for new products.

We can see application-oriented solutions like baby monitors which can also be used to watch the elderly and pets. The cameras usually come with cute shapes and wireless connectivity with small-sized monitors or wireless mobile devices. In terms of functionality, users can setup configuration within minutes by the mobile phone or control by the remotes. Besides, Huanso's IP cameras features non-stop vibrating alert to notify users more effectively unlike most systems sending solely message alerts. Regarding ease of use, Milesight's mini dome features a click-open enclosure to offer easy maintenance.

Multifunctional or integrated design is kind of China's innovation. Milesight, one of a few companies to offer integrated function, releases cube IP cameras supporting remote surveillance over SIP phones besides smartphones and PCs. Moreover, JMC Electon offers JMC-WF28 Wi-Fi home security camera, resembling alarm sensors and featuring wall-mounting and remote control. The sensor-like outlook is designed to warn intruders and avoid sabotage. EAZZYDV bulb-shaped IP cameras work as both Wi-Fi cameras and LED bulbs. The device can just be screwed in like a bulb and comes with the rechargeable backup battery for emergency use. The product supports universal AC voltage range from 100 to 240V, applied for worldwide markets. Those two are kind of hidden-type cameras.

Axis, Grantfen and Genetec watch over Manchester City Council offices

Axis, Grantfen and Genetec watch over Manchester City Council offices

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/5/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Axis partner, Grantfen Fire and Security Ltd (Grantfen), won a competitive tender to implement an efficient IP- based video and access control solution for Manchester City Council following the redevelopment of its central accommodation, which comprises Manchester Town Hall Extension and Manchester Central Library. The council specified that the project must include cameras that not only delivered clear picture quality and advanced feature applications, but that were also aesthetically pleasing and did not diminish or detract from the historic buildings. The system must be futureproofed, support multiple third-party integrations, and have a single user interface with centralized control.

Solution
A state-of-the-art solution was developed that combined Axis network cameras and Genetec's Security Centre video management software (VMS). To effectively cover the 680,000 sq ft area of both sites, the surveillance specification for the project included over 200 Axis network cameras.

Result
The integrated solution featured intrusion detection, fire alarms, a building management system, emergency lighting protocols, flood and leak detection, lift alarms and network-enabled intercoms. Thanks to the unique scalability of the Axis network cameras in combination with Genetec's software, Manchester City Council has room to grow the system as its requirements develop over time. Further integration is also on the horizon, with the possibility of adding mobile connectivity and automatic number plate recognition systems.

Updating an aging system
Manchester Town Hall Extension is Grade II listed and of distinct architectural significance. It was built between 1934 and 1938 to provide additional accommodation for Manchester City Council services. Along with Manchester's Central Library the buildings comprise the main seat of local government in the city. The civic nature of the sites means that they are required for public access – for meetings, enquiries, transactions and admission to other facility services.

Over time, both the Town Hall Extension and Central Library buildings had been fitted with an assortment of mismatched analog CCTV systems, controlled by various incompatible management software packages. Concerns were raised that, as the current security system aged, its vulnerabilities were becoming pronounced and it was essential that archived video footage is appropriately safeguarded.

Grantfen, led a proof of concept trial at the start of the project in which Axis was chosen as the preferred supplier. The palm-sized AXIS M3005-V Fixed Dome Network Camera tested best in the line-up: it met all of Manchester City Council's requirements, combining HD-quality video, with a modest, unobtrusive footprint and robust reliability in a wide variety of applications. The camera's broad-spectrum of feature-rich functionality was also crucial.

Adaptability in every environment
Graham Cole, operations director at Grantfen, said: “Thanks to their broad product range, partnering with Axis meant that we could use one manufacturer throughout, with one consistent user interface to achieve a high degree of synergy across the system.” Custom integrations between the Axis and Genetec systems meant that alarms would be relayed to the centralized control area in case of emergencies, with detailed procedures added to instruct security operators how to proceed in the event of an exception alarm.

For the Central Library, one of Manchester City Council's specific surveillance requirements was the ability to accurately monitor visitor numbers and ‘people count' those entering and exiting the building. To do this, Grantfen specified the use of the AXIS M3005-V IP camera, which has an exceptional range of view and the ability to look straight down onto entrance doorways. In the case of the main entry way, this proved to be a challenge because of the door's unusually narrow transom, which was too small to accommodate most surveillance cameras. To account for the discrepancy, Grantfen selected Axis' P1214 Miniature HDTV pinhole camera for discreet surveillance, which encompassed the required technology and performance to run the video analytics application.

Effectively safeguarding staff and visitors
Ian Jackson, sales director at Grantfen, said: “This technology is steering Manchester City Council towards greater efficiency and improved customer service. Despite more access being granted to the public, the new security system has made the buildings feel more secure and the management team confident in the knowledge that Manchester City Council staff, visitors and important archive documentation are all being effectively protected.” Discussions are now underway to replicate the success of the installation to cover the main Town Hall building.

VIVOTEK IP security solution deployed to manganese mine in South Africa

VIVOTEK IP security solution deployed to manganese mine in South Africa

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background:
Mines are challenging environments. The terrain where mines operate is cruel and the working conditions are perilous. Every element in a mine can impact the operation. The safety and security are of paramount importance. Hence, the regulations and requirements are extremely stringent. To construct a safe working environment for mine workers, the utilization of effective technology is important. A new manganese mine in Kuruman, which wasn't yet operational, recently installed a site-wide network of IP-based security cameras for monitoring the safety of construction workers and to secure the site. The security system had to be able to cover the mine's needs once mining got started.

The installation, done by specialist company I3S Security Solutions, was simple, but with few challenges. In addition to the nature of the harsh operating environment, the extensive regulations and approval processes for each element installed are quite strict. Besides, there was no communications infrastructure in place at all. The communication infrastructure with a wireless connectivity solution was constructed from scratch. I3S Security chose RADWIN point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions to work with the VIVOTEK IP cameras for meeting the mine's needs. John Gerber, Shareholder of I3S Security, indicated: “This manganese mine is situated in relatively flat terrain, so there was bound to be some radio noise. With implementing a wireless network that covers 12 square kilometers, allowing us to effectively utilize the camera network as well as provide infrastructure for the Access control system.”

Solutions:
Partnering with VIVOTEK's local distributor Miro, the installation of communication infrastructure and security system was successfully completed. Miro has provided professional advisory services and technical expertise along with VIVOTEK's network camera products, making the installation process exceptionally smooth. In this project, over 150 varying types of VIVOTEK high end network cameras were installed, including bullet network camera IP8362, IP8331 and IP8332, fisheye fixed network camera FE8171V, speed dome network cameras SD8321E and SD8322E, and P/T/Z network camera PZ8121. These cover all areas of the mine, from the construction village, to the shaft, to the entry turnstiles, and everything in between. VIVOTEK's cameras were selected due to the high-resolution 2 to 5 megapixel video recording and the ease of integration with other equipment such as smart phones, access control systems, safety systems and surveillance software. Moreover, VIVOTEK's cameras were perfectly suited for outdoor environments with auto-iris lenses and IR cut filters to ensure superior video quality under challenging lighting conditions, which is essential to securing the mine.

Customer Feedback:
“We chose the VIVOTEK range because these cameras provide clear imagery and are IP-based, so the data can be sent back to the central control room in real time. This not only provides security, but will be invaluable for safety monitoring when the mining starts,” John Gerber, Shareholder of I3S Security added.

Makro retail stores deployed Hikvision IP surveillance solution in South Africa

Makro retail stores deployed Hikvision IP surveillance solution in South Africa

Editor / Provider: Hikvison | Updated: 5/29/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the largest retailer in the world. In many regions across the globe, the brand Wal-Mart is synonymous with large, discount, and customer savings.

In South Africa, Makro retail stores share this same reputation. This should come as small surprise, since Makro's parent company is Wal-Mart.

Also not surprisingly, Makro stores share a similar business model; a membership-driven, low-cost / low-margin selling philosophy. With this model, Makro is able to focus on the high-volume distribution of merchandise at extremely competitive prices. This even includes "luxury" products, such as computers and tablets. The end result is that Makro has built one of the largest retail customer bases in all of South Africa.

As can be guessed, Makro relies on a similar warehouse distribution model. For example, located within the greater-Johannesburg area are 14 Makro stores. Servicing these Makro stores' stock needs is a centrally-located distribution center. This Makro distribution warehouse is located in a metropolitan suburb of Johannesburg, Midrand, to serve the larger Johannesburg area.

Lourens Wessels of Secure - a South African security installer - explained, "Marko officials wanted a new IP multifold solution that:
* reduces theft, establishes excellent overall security, provides better warehouse management, and a means to monitor workers in sensitive areas; as well as concurrently reducing shrinkage (loss due to employee malfeasance, etc.)."

Bringing It All Together
This is a big task, both literally and figuratively. "This Johannesburg-area Makro distribution warehouse is extremely large," explained Mr. Wessels. "So, we developed a complete Hikvision IP solution that makes use of PTZ, bullet, vandalproof domes, speed domes, and cameras with great zoom functionality ... and all on a fiber-optical network that is operated in a centralized control room with Hikvision NVRs."

Each of these Hikvision products was specially-chosen for a purpose. An example of this ethos is the DS-2CD754FWD-E(I)(Z) 3MP WDR & Vandalproof Network Dome Camera, and its ability to monitor merchandise coming and going at the loading and distribution docks.

For the DS-2CD754FWD-E(I)(Z), it is a combination of features that provides this functionality. Since this model is used to positively identify specific merchandise, resolution and focus are paramount. Not only does this have a theft-prevention aspect, it also greatly enhances Makro's ability to maintain accurate product inventory. Thus, the DS-2CD754FWD-E(I)(Z)'s up-to 3 megapixel resolution and motorized VF lens are very important for its success.

Additionally, since this area opens up to the outdoors, "Lighting conditions are very difficult ... it's dark inside, and when these large doors open, bright sunlight pours in. We nera that can compensate for this effect," said Mr. Wessels. The DS-2CD754FWD-E(I)(Z)'s 120dB wide dynamic range answered the call, as did its vandal proofing.

Interestingly, this vandal proofing is beneficial for potential accidental occurrences, rather than deliberate ones. In this area, there are a stream of forklifts carrying large pallets from one location to another, so the possibility that one of these may accidently bump into a camera is high. Hence, this vandal proofing protects these cameras from potential damage.

Strategic Points and Strategic Uses
Manning strategic locations in the warehouse is Hikvision's DS-2DF7284 Series 2MP IR Network Speed Dome.

The DS-2DF7284 monitors general loading and distributing areas and the tall racks of merchandise pallets. This model's 20x optical zoom is able to "read serial numbers on moving merchandise pallets for better logistical efficiency," and its IP66 rating "helps because distribution centers have a tendency to be very dusty with extreme temperature conditions due to the frequent opening of large doors," noted Mr. Wessels.

Placed outdoors to take advantage of its up-to 30m IR range and 2 megapixel resolution is the DS-2CD8253F-EI(Z) 2MP IR Bullet Network Camera. Add in its motorized VF lens and the sum of these features make it an ideal perimeter security camera. Additionally, if there are any power failures, Secure has placed a UPS at every field switch to ensure outdoor security is never compromised.

In the Control Room
Connecting these cameras to the IP system is Hikvision's DS-9632NI-ST Embedded NVR. Mr. Wessels explained, this model's 8 SATA interfaces perfectly fit one of the key NVR requirements - massive storage capacity. Furthermore, the up-to 5 Megapixel (2560x1920) of recording resolution guarantees that these images will be sharp and clear, regardless of when they are accessed.

Placed in the central control room, as is the DS-1100KI Network Keyboard, is Hikvision's iVMS-4200 Software. This software provides security personnel the ability to view 62 separate channels on each of their 2 "quad-view" work stations - and a simultaneous view of the overall facility. In sum, this entire solution has already brought efficiency and logistical benefit to this distribution facility. "This solution really is a value-add for Makro. As well as improving security, we have already greatly lessened shrinkage, which was always one of Makro's primary goals," summed up Mr. Wessels.

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