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Japanese security market shines with unlimited potential

Japanese security market shines with unlimited potential

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 12/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

 

Looking back over the last year, despite experiencing slight slowdown, a stable growth is still seen in the global security market. According to the latest industry report, 2014 Security 50, presented by a&s International last month, the top 50 companies in the ranking this year generated 8.2% growth in average.

 

 

Network systems take the lead
Although business opportunities of analog upgrades solutions such as HD-over-coaxial are seen in many Asian countries, network camera is still the major market share holder in Japan in terms of shipping quantity and total sales revenue, according to Takashi Komori, the Publisher of a&s Japan. Other than network surveillance camera, resolution requirements of HD and full-HD are trending in the local market. In fact, 1.3-megapixel is the most basic resolution standard currently, and higher demand on 4K technology in next few years is foreseeable. A remarkable sales growth of 18 to 20% is seen in the video content analysis (VCA) systems, as functions such as people counting, license plate recognition (LPR), and flow line analysis are popular in the security market in Japan.

“In 2014, cross-referencing from at least 3 professional research companies in Japan, in terms of the sales volume, about 470,000 units of HD IP cameras are acquired; 250,000 units of analog cameras; 35,000 units of HD-SDI,” Komori said. “Even though it is convenient and easier for the suppliers to provide merely products to the end users, a more comprehensive solution is more desired from the market now.” Facing new business challenges, in order to remain revenue growth, leading channel players has started to provide various solutions instead of single hardware.

Leading players in Japan
A quick review to the security market in Japan in 2014, Panasonic is taking up the largest market share by 55-57%, with Axis Communications coming after by 9-10%. Right behind taking up 6-7% in the Japanese security market is Sony, which has developed well connections with NVR solution providers in the recent years. Hikvision, a rising star in Japan. Besides taking a prominent advantage with its competitive price, Hikvision provides superb delivery service and fully dedicates into establishing local support and service center. Meanwhile, suppliers from Taiwan such as VIVOTEK, Hi Sharp, GeoVision, and DynaColor are starred players in this market as well.

Market prediction for 2015 
It is estimated that a growth of 55% will be seen in the network cameras in 2015. As more companies originally from IT industry make their debut in the security sector, cloud services for both private and public cloud solution is going to be one of the key market focuses.

Unlimited opportunities seen in verticals
As for the vertical markets, with dynamic relations with surrounded countries, border and coastal security are bringing out higher demands on security equipments and systems. In the government sector, transportation and city surveillance are highly focused in Japan, in order to maintain public security and social stability and decrease crime rate in the cities. Increasing demand in security applications also comes from commercial sectors, especially in hotel business, retail, and food factory – not only for security concerns but for a more integrated and effective business management model and marketing purposes.

Long-term commitment is the key
Speaking of investing in Japan, Komori pointed out that it usually takes a solid resolution for long-term business commitment for the foreign investor. Despite the fact that Japanese market is relatively tougher for the new comers, if the manufacturers is determined to take part in this soaring security market, OEM and ODM will be an ideal starter.

Madrid municipal police outfits patrol cars with VIVOTEK cameras

Madrid municipal police outfits patrol cars with VIVOTEK cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/2/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The Madrid Municipal Police (Policía Municipal de Madrid, PMM) recently completed a major project to install VIVOTEK cameras in its patrol cars. Based under criteria of the Technical Services of the General Security Management of the Madrid Council, the implementation of the project was led by local system integrator Plettac Electronics using cameras from VIVOTEK distributor LSB. A total of 126 VIVOTEK cameras were used for the project, including the PZ8121W and IP8332.

 

Inside and out
The PZ8121W cameras have been installed on top of the dashboard in patrol cars for monitoring the vehicle's interior and the immediate surrounding area. By taking advantage of the camera's built-in 3GPP mobile connectivity and WiFi support, images captured by the camera are transmitted over the Internet to a control center at police headquarters for monitoring, recording, and management. Staff there can also take advantage of the PZ8121W's motorized pan, tilt, and 10x zoom capabilities to focus on specific objects, persons, or events of interest.

Each patrol car has not just one, but three VIVOTEK cameras, as two IP8332 camera have been installed on the roof of the PMM's patrol cars, and tasked with monitoring vehicles in the proximity and capturing imagery for use. Each camera is connected to an Internet-capable PC with which the PMM has equipped each patrol car. Based under the proposal of the Technical Services of the General Security Management of the Madrid Council, Plettac Electronics has developed an automated license plate recognition (LPR) system, which integrates the high-resolution IP8332 cameras, the PC, and constantly updated databases to provide real-time identification and matching of license plate numbers, immediately alerting officers to the presence of stolen vehicles or other vehicles of interest.

Made for success
As for the camera itself, the IP8332 is a versatile 1-megapixel bullet-style network camera that is perfectly suited for applications such as the PMM's. It not only captures high-quality video, but can do so under varied lighting conditions both during the day, and at night with a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators effective at distances up to 15 meters. Moreover, the camera is enclosed in an IP66-rated housing to ensure that it can withstand even harsh weather conditions.

According to Plettac Electronics, the Madrid City Council instituted the security system project in order to provide the police with real-time information on the situation on the street as officers go about their patrols. With the help of components such as the LPR system, the project has been a brilliant success. VIVOTEK's cameras are helping to secure the Madrid police's patrol cars, and ensure the safety of police officers and the citizens of Madrid.

VIVOTEK launches SD8333-E 720p HD speed dome camera

VIVOTEK launches SD8333-E 720p HD speed dome camera

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its 720p HD speed dome network camera, SD8333-E. This camera maintains all of the advanced features of VIVOTEK’s latest speed dome camera SD8364E, such as a 30x optical zoom lens, NEMA 4X-rated housing, image defog, a wide temperature range and electronic image stabilization (EIS) technology.

Featuring a 720p HD CMOS sensor, WDR Pro technology and removable IR-cut filter, SD8333-E is able to deliver superb image quality under challenging lighting conditions around the clock. Equipped with a 30x optical zoom lens, the camera can capture images of top-notch quality and fine detail. SD8333-E, with 360° continuous pan and 220° extended tilt range, effectively eliminates dead angles. Protected by IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing and capable of an extremely wide operating temperature range of between -40°C to 55°C, the camera body is not only safe from rain, dust and corrosion, but also operates reliably under extreme weather conditions, making it ideal for monitoring wide open indoor and outdoor spaces

In addition, the image defog feature enables the SD8333-E to capture clear images under foggy conditions while the EIS technology eliminates camera vibration caused by wind and stabilizes the image.

Axis cameras drive down losses at Tractamotors

Axis cameras drive down losses at Tractamotors

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/26/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Automotive servicing business, Tractamotors, has realised a 60% reduction in losses for the retail arm of its business following the installation of nearly 50 Axis network cameras to its site in Cavan, Ireland.

Axis Communications and partner, Encom, developed a feature-rich, state-of–the-art solution that combined Axis network cameras and a Milestone XProtect video surveillance system, to replace its legacy analogue system and increase coverage to protect staff, monitor health and safety and reduce shrinkage across the 2½ acre site.

Atul Rajput, Axis' regional director, northern Europe said: “Tractamotors was suffering from patchy coverage from an antiquated analogue CCTV system. The site consisted of an administrative area, garage, retail hardware store, trade yard and a small agricultural machinery division. Its location on a busy main road toward Dublin meant that it received a lot of customer traffic as well as frequent supplier deliveries, which all required close surveillance monitoring to reduce incidents of theft and vandalism and to protect staff and customers.”

Tractamotors initially investigated an upgrade to its current analogue CCTV system but after testing a hybrid digital video recording package, it decided to make the switch from analogue to digital. Ciaran Murray, IT manager at Tractamotors, explained: “We looked at other solutions but, in the end, decided that we wanted something truly digital. Encom's proposal, using Axis network cameras and Milestone XProtect was the perfect solution.”

Over 40 AXIS M32 Series fixed dome network cameras were installed in the hardware and retail areas of the business in order to minimize stock loss and reduce incidents of theft. Encom was able to integrate elements of the existing analogue system into the new IP solution with the use of Axis video encoders.

Tractamotor's shop floor had lots of aisles, obscured by shelving, with no clear field of view. To overcome this, Axis' Corridor Format was used in conjunction with the AXIS M3204 Network camera to rotate the video's aspect ratio to a portrait view.

Coverage in the store was increased from 25% to 80% with the new Axis cameras and incidents have been reduced by an average of 60% overall. Ciaran continued: “The main priority was to reduce pilfering in the store area and increase camera coverage, as our previous system only protected limited high-risk zones. As we were still fairly satisfied with some of the coaxial cameras, we were pleased that they were able to be incorporated into the overall solution.”

Camera count was also increased in other parts of the site to address the health and safety concerns in the tyre and refitting areas of the business. Atul explained: “In total, 48 Axis network cameras were installed across the site. All entrances and exits are now closely monitored so that managers can keep an eye on stock deliveries and any unauthorised out-of-hours access – live footage can even be monitored remotely via an iPad.”

Ciaran concluded: “We are happy with the system. Stock control is much more robust and the overall security of the site has been tightened up considerably. Axis and Encom will be our first port of call for any future solutions.”

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Q6000-E, an outdoor-ready 360° network camera that integrates seamlessly with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras, providing a unique surveillance solution. With just a single click, operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20.000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields. This makes the AXIS Q6000-E ideal for city surveillance applications such as monitoring of public squares and parking lots, as well as food courts in shopping malls and other open areas.

“The AXIS Q6000-E addresses the need for a simple way to monitor a wide area and, simultaneously, be able to optical zoom in on details,” says Regional Country Manager of Axis Communications, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi. “The seamless integration with AXIS Q60-E Series of outdoor PTZ cameras provides a smart, innovative and space-efficient solution offering new and unique video surveillance possibilities.”

This new product will open up new opportunities to solve a common problem, for example in the city surveillance field where there is a need for both a PTZ camera to provide detail, and for a full overview camera to cover the entire area. A single click on any object in AXIS Q6000-E, using the one-click PTZ control feature, will trigger the AXIS Q60-E allowing operators to optically zoom in on the specific object of interest. The use of two screens gives a full 360° overview from AXIS Q6000-E, and a zoomed-in view from AXIS Q60-E, providing operators with a high level of detail while simultaneously being able to maintain an overview of the entire monitored area.

AXIS Q6000-E provides multiple, individually configurable video streams in H.264 compression to greatly optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.

Any AXIS Q60- E camera is quickly and easily mounted inside the AXIS Q6000-E, allowing also existing AXIS Q60-E installations to be upgraded to monitor wide areas, while simultaneously capturing every detail of interest, with just one click. There's no need for any mounting brackets or extra equipment as AXIS Q6000-E uses the same brackets and network cable as the AXIS Q60-E, minimizing time and cost of installation. Furthermore, AXIS Q6000-E is supplied with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) through AXIS Q60-E, eliminating the need for power cables.

AXIS Q6000-E is supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program. The camera includes support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) with One-Click Camera Connection. AXIS Q6000-E is planned to be available in Q4 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year"

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

As the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination PTZ network camera. Hikvision DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) delivers full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras

Hikvision's ultra-low-light surveillance DarkFighter PTZ camera has been nominated as a finalist for "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year" in ISFEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images down to 0.0005Lux and the delivery of full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. As well as opening up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance, it is the ideal replacement for conventional IP network cameras.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, "We are very pleased to see the DarkFighter camera's ultra-low-light sensitivity and unique Smart detection technologies rewarded with this nomination. Competition for these industry-leading awards was very fierce this year with a record number of entries received and our being shortlisted as a finalist is a testament both to the outstanding qualities of the DarkFighter camera and to the innovative approach Hikvision takes to the global CCTV surveillance market."

Award - Winning Specifications
The DarkFighter camera features a two-megapixel, 1.9 inch high definition progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120 dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the camera is capable of streaming video in full 1080p HD, with 23X optical zoom.

The camera features a wide range of Smart detection features, including Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, Line Crossing Detection and Audio Exception. These features, combined with an IR distance of up to 200 metres, defog ability; Smart Tracking and Electronic Image Stabilisation place the DarkFighter head and shoulders above other PTZ and IP cameras.

MPEG4, MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported and the camera features multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. With support for ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, the new camera also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems. The DarkFighter is also protected by an IP66 rating against rain and dust, making it the perfect candidate for deployment in challenging outdoor environments both day and night.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards final will take place on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London.

VIVOTEK launches new 3-Megapixel WDR pro network cameras

VIVOTEK launches new 3-Megapixel WDR pro network cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 11/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of three brand-new 3-Megapixel WDR Pro network cameras, including two fixed-dome network cameras, the FD8173-H and FD8373-EHV, and a bullet-style network camera, the IB8373-EH.

The FD8173-H, FD8373-EHV and IB8373-EH all feature 3-Megapixel CMOS sensor and are able to output 20 frames per second at 2048 x 1536 resolution. Equipped with WDR Pro technology, all 3 cameras can cope with challenging light conditions. WDR Pro allows the FD8173-H, FD8373-EHV and IB8373-EH to capture both the dark and bright parts of an image and combine up to 3 separate frames to generate a highly realistic representation of the original scene. In addition, employing 3D Noise Reduction technology, these 3 cameras are able to suppress sensor noise, thus reducing bandwidth consumption and enhancing image detail in extremely bright as well as dark environments. In order to ensure the delivery of superior image clarity and usability, these 3 cameras are all equipped with built-in IR illuminators, effective up to 20 or 30 meters, and Smart-IR technology to avoid overexposure, ensuring optimal image quality around the clock.

The FD8373-EHV and IB8373-EH are designed for diverse outdoor applications. Both cameras are encased in weatherproof housing, ensuring smooth operation even under harsh weather conditions. The FD8373-EHV is protected by IK10-rated vandal-proof housing, guarding the camera against any vicious vandalism or attempted tampering.

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated: “Continuing to put great efforts into image quality enhancement, we are pleased to launch these three new WDR Pro network cameras. With such outstanding image process capability, they are undoubtedly the ideal options for locations which suffer from challenging lighting conditions, such as train station platforms, parking areas, and entrances of buildings.”

TOP10 most popular security products for September and October 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for September and October 2014

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

 

 

At the end of the pumpkin season, asmag.com is presenting the TOP10 popular product ranking in September and October 2014!

 

 

 

In this round, as most of the click rate (about 44%) is coming from American areas, Asian manufacturers are having absolute upper hand in with nine out of ten taken by manufacturers in Asia; one by Canadian manufacturer, Aimetis.

                    Aimetis A10D Thin Client decoder

Among the nine Asian breeds, 2 seats are occupied by Nextchip, the Korean supplier that released Analog High Definition (AHD), one of the most popular techniques in the past several months; 3 places go to Taiwanese manufacturers, VIVOTEK, LILIN, and Yisen.

                  Nextchip AHD (Analog High Definition)
                  VIVOTEK FE8181V fisheye fixed dome IP camera 
                 
[LILIN IPC0122 Covert IP Cam Product Video]
                 Yisen IM-800 smart home security system

 

However, undeniable, the biggest winner, quantitywise speaking, is Hikvision, by taking four seats with its IP cameras (mini IR and Dome), Wi-Fi NVR, and HDTVI camera.

                 Hikvision DS-2CD2112F-IW 1.3MP IR Dome Network Camera
               
Hikvision DS-7104NI-SL/W HD Wi-Fi NVR
                
Hikvision DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW 1MP Mini IR PT Camera 
                
Hikvision DS-2CE16D5T-IR Turbo HD1080P IR Bullet Camera(HD TVI)

As IP systems are trending and have gain even larger market share year by year, analog systems still own a solid share. Perhaps this could explain why CCTV upgrades solutions such as HD-over-coaxial have successfully made a prominent place in today's security market.

 

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.

Top10 Rank for August 2014

AXIS announces stainless steel anti-grip corner-mount IP camera

AXIS announces stainless steel anti-grip corner-mount IP camera

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS Q8414-LVS Network Camera features vandal-resistant stainless steel anti-grip casing and built-in invisible IR LED for high quality indoor video surveillance even in complete darkness.

Axis Communications announces its first corner-mount fixed network camera. The new AXIS Q8414-LVS features a stainless steel anti-grip casing and is extremely impact resistant, supporting the IK10+ 50joules rating as well as the IP66/NEMA 4X rating for water resistance. The 24/7 indoor surveillance camera provides superb image quality both during day and night with capabilities like Lightfinder technology, which enables life-like colors in low-light conditions, and built-in invisible IR LED illuminator for video surveillance in complete darkness.

“In correctional facilities as well as in psychiatric wards, there is an increasing need to prevent self-harm and avoid internal conflicts among the residents,” says Erik Frännlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. “We have developed AXIS Q8414-LVS keeping in mind that a surveillance camera should lack ligature points and present an anti-grip design. On top of these features, it should also offer superb video quality during day and night and be extremely vandal resistant.”

The new AXIS Q8414-LVS is ideal for video surveillance of small rooms in premises like correctional facilities, interview rooms, psychiatric wards, and medical observation rooms as well as elevators and stairwells. Thanks to a built-in microphone and the possibility to integrate the network camera into an alarm system via its I/O port, AXIS Q8414-LVS becomes part of the overall surveillance solution, an important tool to protect and secure the safety of the people in high security environments. In addition, privacy masks assure that restricted areas are not monitored for privacy reasons or to protect the personnel.

Available in two color versions, powder coated white (AXIS Q8414-LVS White) and brushed stainless steel (AXIS Q8414-LVS Metal), the corner-mount network camera offers 1.3 Megapixel or HDTV 720p video stream. It features P-Iris control for an optimal depth of field, resolution, image contrast and clarity. The horizontal angle of view up to 105° covers the entire room without blind spots. Capabilities such as remote zoom and focus facilitate the optimization of the captured view during the installation.

AXIS Q8414-LVS features a unique design that has been developed to be perceived softer and less provocative than that of other security installations in correctional facilities and psychiatric wards. Working closely with prison and health authorities in several countries as well as system integrators and installers, Axis designed AXIS Q8414-LVS to feature as few cavities and holes as possible so prisoners and patients cannot stuff anything inside them and the camera is easy to clean.

AXIS Q8414-LVS Network Camera is 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 Q8414-LVS is planned to be available in December 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

VIVOTEK showcasing innovative surveillance solutions in Beijing

VIVOTEK showcasing innovative surveillance solutions in Beijing

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce its participation in the 11th Security China 2014 exhibition, which will take place from the 28th to the 31st of Oct at the China International Exhibition Center (New Center) in Beijing. VIVOTEK will display its latest technologies at Hall E2 Booth No. E56, allowing visitors first-hand experience of the latest surveillance systems. From 1994, Security China has been held biannually. Global security professionals and leading security companies see the exhibition as a perfect platform for exchanging market insights and technology advancements. More than 150,000 people attended the 10th Security China. This year, new topics such as anti-terrorism, police protection mechanisms, smart transportation and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be showcased, covering more comprehensive security solutions.

Continuing its innovative spirit, at Security China 2014 VIVOTEK will mainly focus on multi-faceted solutions, which are more comprehensive, more convenient, more intelligent and superior: 
* More Comprehensive: Fisheye network cameras are an innovative and cost-effective product as the fisheye lens allows for an increase in capture area with multiple viewing options, delivering panoramic view and significantly reducing the number of cameras used in a place. VIVOTEK developed comprehensive fisheye network cameras, including 4K x 2K fisheye network camera, innovative 5MP IR fisheye, ultra-mini fisheye camera. More variations are available in different resolutions.
* More Convenient: In order to ensure our clients' convenience when implementing a surveillance system, VIVOTEK provides our clients with various total solutions for diversified vertical applications, such as transportation solutions, retail solutions and PoE extender solutions.
* More Intelligent: With the evolution of computing technology, surveillance systems can be employed for applications other than security. VIVOTEK has just introduced the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. By adopting advanced algorithms, the network surveillance system is able to create more value and generate more benefits. VIVOTEK will present its first self-developed video content analysis (VCA) application package, which includes three key functions: Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting. In addition, heat map function, among others, can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras.
* Superior: To offer unparalleled visibility under low light conditions, VIVOTEK has designed cameras with SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) technology, ensuring the usability of images in any lighting conditions.

VIVOTEK sincerely invites you to visit VIVOTEK's booth at Security China 2014, exploring more VIVOTEK's capability in security technology and creating a smarter and safer world together.

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