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Brazil's military securing FIFA World Cup with VIVOTEK

Brazil's military securing FIFA World Cup with VIVOTEK

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce that its speed dome network camera SD8363E has been deployed to aid the Brazilian military safeguarding the matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The World Cup, an international event held once every four years, is known as one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. This year, Brazil was endowed as the host of this festival. In order to protect athletes and fans at all of the stadium sites, the Brazil government dispatched one of its military brigades, the Special Operations Command (COPESP), to establish security. COPESP employed its professional intelligent military platform, with VIVOTEK's state-of-the-art 1080p Full HD speed dome network camera SD8363E integrated, to monitor movement inside and outside stadiums. VIVOTEK's SD8363E, with several advanced features as exceptional frame rate, extreme weatherproofing, IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing, WDR Pro technology, and 360°continuous pan and 220° extended tilt range, is especially ideal for monitoring wide open spaces like stadiums.

Claudio Freitas, the Colonel of COPESP, remarked, “The World Cup is an international event. We knew that the entire world would be watching. Thus, the real-time security control is crucial. My COPESP personnel, with the professional intelligent military platform and VIVOTEK's cameras, did an amazing job ensuring that the venues were a safe place to enjoy a football match.”

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “Large open venues like football stadiums are potential targets for terrorist attacks. Thus, it is crucial to have real-time security control over the entire event, seamlessly protecting the players and also the audience with an advanced surveillance system. VIVOTEK is honored that our latest speed dome network camera SD8363E, with high-level reliability and top-notch image quality, supports COPESP to ensure security at the World Cup.”

Milestone CEO: Canon acquires Milestone Systems to expand the open platform

Milestone CEO: Canon acquires Milestone Systems to expand the open platform

Editor / Provider: Lars Thinggaard, President & CEO, Milestone Systems | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

On June 12th we finalized an agreement for Milestone Systems to be acquired by Canon Europe, in which it was defined that we will be an independent, standalone company within the Canon Group. This deal closed and became a legal reality on July 7th.

This is a major next step for both companies, and it makes me very proud that Canon - a respected global technology leader - has chosen to acquire Milestone. I am extremely excited about this move and believe that being part of a larger group will be advantageous for our partners and customers. Milestone will continue as an independent company within the Canon Group, operating as we do today. There will be no change in our business model, and the Milestone management will continue under the new structure. We are taking this step to accelerate the growth of our entire VMS ecosystem of partners and customers. Our open platform strategy is firmly supported by Canon for the success that it brings all of us.

Canon's business motivation for this acquisition is growth. With Milestone they will establish a significant footprint in the Network Video Surveillance (NVS) market, and together we will be a much stronger partner to work with. Canon sees the need for advanced software capabilities and a strong partner network to accelerate the expansion of NVS business.

As a key element in our success, maintaining our partners' relationships for the long run is a priority for both Canon and Milestone. Canon is committed to Milestone continuing to provide open platform solutions to the market, and appropriate measures will be taken to safeguard the integrity of all our partner relationships.

Canon has a successful history of managing acquisitions this way; for example, they have proven this with their acquisitions of Onyx and I.R.I.S. We see this as a good way to grow our business together. As a standalone company within the Canon Group, we will continue the development of new products.

Canon understands that the open platform is the key to Milestone's success - and to our partners and customers who are realizing its advantages - so they support our open culture and business model. Customers and partners will continue to enjoy the freedom of choice in hardware and other systems to integrate with Milestone VMS.

Canon's network camera business has relationships with other VMS providers, just as we do with other camera manufacturers. These will continue in parallel. We have a long-standing relationship with Canon as one of our camera partners, and Milestone's support of the other 100+ camera manufacturers we work with will stay in force, as well. Canon confirms that they will respect the confidentiality of our partner relationships as a cornerstone in our continued success.

As part of the Canon Group, Milestone will accelerate the growth of the VMS business through maximizing expansions into new market sectors and geographies, and by harnessing both companies' heritage in R&D and innovation. Did you know that Canon is Number 3 in the world for patent registrations? In the last year alone: more than 3,800! The global resources of the Canon Group can only open up broader opportunities to explore, and Milestone is always looking at new options to improve video surveillance and its many applications, convergence with business systems and processes, and new technologies that can be applied.

Finally, I would like to thank all of our partners for our collaborations over the years and the commitment to Milestone that has made this new stage in our journey possible. We have built this company together by combining our excellent products with your outstanding support towards customers; we have created an exceptional symbiosis in the industry. Canon choosing Milestone is an endorsement of our partner ecosystem achieving such success together.

Canon is a highly respected, multi-national corporation with a well-known brand name that stems from a tradition for quality and excellence. Check out The Canon Story here to learn more about the organization. They have exciting strategies for progress in the future, which we look forward to sharing with you. Our open platform vision continues!

England charity upgrades surveillance system with Axis HD IP solutions

England charity upgrades surveillance system with Axis HD IP solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/7/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Not-for-profit career guidance and support organization, Positive Steps, deployed Axis surveillance cameras to fully replace its antiquated surveillance system to make it fit-for-purpose and improve overall safety and security.

Oldham-based Positive Steps is a registered charity that provides a range of targeted and integrated services to young people and adults in the North West of England. Promoting education-related local government services, its overall aim is get the people of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside on the right track to fulfil their potential within education and working environments.

Atul Rajput, Regional Director at Axis Communications, explained: “The business moved into previous commercial premises in the town centre that were last refurbished in the 1970s and inherited the outmoded analogue CCTV system that didn't provide the level of coverage needed to ensure the safety and security of its data, its staff and the general public.

“Together with our partner, NW Systems Group, we presented Positive Steps with a range of options that not only represented the most suitable solutions, based on its requirements, but also took into account the obvious budgetary constraints of a not-for-profit organization.”

Paul Wooding, information systems manager at Positive Steps added: “We work in what can be a challenging environment, so we really needed an effective surveillance system that could provide us with more coverage across the site, both internally and externally. We were conscious that our employees and the general public needed to be further reassured that their safety was a priority.”

Positive Steps decided that an overall systems replacement was the most efficient and cost-effective solution in the long-term. Working with NW Systems Group, who installed the system, Axis created a bespoke surveillance solution that comprised 14 Axis cameras. Internally, the discreet AXIS M32 Network Camera provides excellent image quality, powered over ethernet. Externally, AXIS P3364-LVE and AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras are vandal-resistant while ensuring high performance. All the outdoor cameras featured Axis' innovative ‘Lightfinder' technology meaning that they were extremely sensitive even in near-dark conditions.

Paul continued: “The previous system was designed for an office environment with significantly less members of the public entering the building. As such, there weren't enough cameras and blind spots were common. In addition, the building and its perimeter were not actively monitored and when footage was needed it was often too difficult to locate and download. “In contrast, with the new Axis-based system, the team can now access images in a much more straightforward way and the HDTV quality of these images means that recognition of those involved in an incident is far more likely.”

The Axis cameras provide blanket coverage of Positive Steps' building and surrounding area. The cameras' built-in intelligent movement recording ensures that the server is not overloaded with continual footage and only records when the cameras detect movement which has significant energy-saving benefits.

Axis' Lightfinder technology also means that any incidents that occur outside of the working day are much more likely to be accurately recorded and therefore, can be used for further investigations. The system also has the ability to continually operate during a power outage. “When I was first shown the Lightfinder technology it was mind-blowing. The images are amazing – light years ahead of our previous system”, added Paul.

Atul continued: “The Axis system provides Positive Steps with a reliable, high-quality, advanced surveillance set-up that can be accessed and monitored 24x7 both on and off-site. Staff at this public-facing organisation now have a safe and secure environment for their team and the customers using the on-site services.

“This project demonstrates how we can work with our partners to deliver the perfect surveillance solution for any business, regardless of its size or budget. The system that we delivered in conjunction with NW Systems Group will be extremely beneficial for Positive Steps and will not only provide a state-of-the-art security system but also a platform for them to build and expand upon in the future.”

Keith Bardsley, sales manager at NW Systems concluded: “We regularly recommend Axis cameras as we can be confident of both the quality of the images and their reliability. We have developed a strong relationship with Axis and we find the support excellent during and after installations. They understand that every installation is different so will do everything to help us to develop bespoke solutions for our clients.”

Dahua eco-savvy camera series integrates with Lenel VMS

Dahua eco-savvy camera series integrates with Lenel VMS

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 7/2/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology has announced that a new array of camera series successfully integrated with Lenel based on Dahua API, and the latest integrated camera series are Eco-Savvy and some other models, in total twenty-five cameras.

Dahua Technology caters to distinctive market demands and its network camera lineup offers megapixel cameras in various sizes and shapes, which delivers high image quality and strong functionality; the Eco-Savvy series has been a big sale since its introduction due to its merits such as high-performing power efficiency, better bitrate and low-lux.

"Dahua and Lenel have shared an active partnership since 2012, and this time, the adding of our hot-selling series has brought new opportunities and benefits to our mutual customers,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “We do believe to have an open platform integration with VMS partners is one of the directions while the convergence is what people would concern the most today. Adding Lenel platform in our VMS partner list is definitely highly gratified by all parties.”

[Product Preview] VIVOTEK FE8174 5MP Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera

[Product Preview] VIVOTEK FE8174 5MP Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 7/8/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Check It Out!
VIVOTEK FE8174 is the latest fisheye fixed dome network camera from VIVOTEK, featuring a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor with superb image quality. Equipped with a fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) without blind spots. The camera is able to provide coverage of wide, open areas, such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more.

3 Must-Know
● State-of-the-art design
● 5MP 360-degree fisheye lens
● WDR enhanced

Let's Say...
The VIVOTEK FE8174 is a sleek and useful fisheye fixed dome camera; with its easy mounting design, it makes itself a friendly and handy choice in the targeted vertivals for advanced surveillance purposes!

Axis helps Hotel Princesse Caroline upgrade IP surveillance

Axis helps Hotel Princesse Caroline upgrade IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/1/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

One year after taking over management of the 3-star Princesse Caroline hotel, a 53-room establishment in Paris, Marc Lascaux started renovation work. Mr. Lascaux used this as an opportunity to modernize the hotel's surveillance system. He wanted it to be mobile, upgradeable and efficient.

Videoconsult, an Axis partner, proposed a simple system of five networked cameras to monitor the entrance, lobby and bar, areas with frequent traffic that may receive more than 100 people a day. The system is accessed from stationary computers (PC and Mac), smartphones (iPhone) or tablets (Android and iPad), thus allowing the manager to check the images no matter where he is.

Mr. Lascaux is very satisfied with this turnkey solution and with the services of the company that provides it. The cameras' impeccable image quality allows him to identify people and analyze situations in real time. He can also use the software's intelligent search capabilities later to instantly retrieve an incident based on the date and place where it happened. This gives him reliable information for faster decisions.

Remote access and intelligent searching
Opened in 1982, the Princesse Caroline hotel is a 3-star establishment located 100 meters from the Arc de Triomphe. Named after Napoleon's sister, it offers impressive Empire style and refinement. A year ago, Marc Lascaux took over the hotel, hoping to modernize its facilities. All of the rooms were refurbished, and the air conditioning and video surveillance systems were replaced. The hotel originally had analog cameras and a recorder that was digital but didn't allow remote access or intelligent searching. When the police wanted to access images of a suspect who had arrived five days previously, it took three hours to retrieve the exact moment of the incident.

Mr. Lascaux was won over by the expertise of Videoconsult, a specialist in video surveillance for businesses and hotels in France. When they first visited to provide an estimate, Mr. Lascaux told him what he needed: an intuitive system, remotely accessible by smartphone, that would directly visualize what was happening in the hotel and could quickly retrieve an event so that images could easily be provided to the police. Mr. Lascaux also wanted an upgradable system that would allow cameras to be added over time without replacing the whole system.

Discrete design
Videoconsult proposed four AXIS M3004-V Network Cameras, small, discreet fixed domes with HDTV quality for monitoring the lobby, bar and elevator, complemented by an AXIS P3354 Network Camera, a fixed, wide-angle HDTV dome to keep an eye on the hotel entrance. Thanks to their resolution, the five network cameras have replaced 10 previous analog cameras. “I never imagined that image quality had advanced so much,” Marc Lascaux explains. “The cameras blend into the decor, and our guests don't even notice them.” The cameras' installation took two and a half days and didn't disturb the hotel's activity. It took two days to install the cables, which were placed throughout the hotel in anticipation of future additions. Just one morning was enough for installing and adjusting the cameras.

“Videoconsult was there for us throughout the project. They advised us on placing and choosing cameras based on lighting conditions. They made sure our declaration to the prefecture and the supervisory authorities was compliant. They trained our personnel to use the software, and they called us back 10 days after installation to make sure things were running right,” says Mr. Lascaux. “In a 53-room hotel, the manager wears a lot of hats. So I have very little time to devote to each system, and I need the support of suppliers who are quick to respond. With their flexible structure and targeted expertise, Videoconsult met the specifications very well.”

Multiple scope of use
Cameras have several uses in the hotel business. They identify robbers and “hotel rats”, burglars who get into hotels by posing as guests. They also provide night vision for spotting people trying to enter the hotel in the evening when the glass entry door is closed.

The Landis Taipei Hotel safeguarded by VIVOTEK

The Landis Taipei Hotel safeguarded by VIVOTEK

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/1/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Despite all the explicit features of the Landis Taipei, the hotel has not forgotten the fundamental implicit element that constitutes to a world-class hotel - security.

In addition to being a place of relaxation, the Landis Taipei Hotel has committed itself to the adoption of a stringent security policy to protect guests and their assets. Hence, the reliable and effective surveillance system is exceptionally important.


Stringent Security System to Protect Guests and Their Assets
Located in the busy central business and finance district in Taipei City, Taiwan, the Landis Taipei Hotel is immensely popular among domestic and foreign travelers. This luxurious 5-star hotel features a French Art Deco ambience, earth tone colors, and extravagant vintage decorations in each guest room to create a warm and cozy atmosphere for its guests. The hotel further offers a variety of high-quality services for both business and leisure, such as limousine services, express laundry, wedding planning, a health and fitness center, exquisite Western and Chinese restaurants, and the Landis SPA, which enhances the perceived value of its guests. Despite all the explicit features of the Landis Taipei, the hotel has not forgotten the fundamental implicit element that constitutes to a world-class hotel - security. In addition to being a place of relaxation, the Landis Taipei Hotel has committed itself to the adoption of a stringent security policy to protect guests and their assets. Hence, the reliable and effective surveillance system is exceptionally important.

Formulating A Specific Solution for the Needs of the Hotel
The original surveillance solution employed by the hotel was an analog-based system. Fully recognizing the importance of keeping the quality and effectiveness of hotel security, the hotel adopted an IP-based security surveillance solution of VIVOTEK. Project specifications include enhanced resolution, clear image quality, wide coverage for the outdoor and parking areas. Based on these specifications, a perfect solution for the Landis Taipei was created.

This solution comprised 5 camera models, including Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera, Fixed Dome Network Camera, and Fixed Network Camera. Moreover, VIVOTEK's video management software, the ST7501, was adopted

Fisheye Fixed Dome Network Camera - FE8174V and FE8172
FE8174V and FE8172 are two latest fisheye cameras of VIVOTEK. Both models are equipped with a fisheye lens and a 5-megapixel resolution sensor, making these cameras perfect for monitoring open areas such as parking lots, streets, and walkways, without blind spots. Four FE8174V models, with vandal-proof IK10-rated and weather-proof IP66-rated housing, are robust choices for outdoor application. They were mounted on the outer walls of the hotel to provide a complete 180o panoramic view of the outer perimeter. Three FE8172 models were installed to the ceiling of the hotel lobby to achieve a 360 o surround view of the lobby.

Fixed Dome Network Camera - FD8134 and FD8363
Five FD8134 models were installed in separate communal areas in the hotel and one FD8363 model was mounted above the main entrance. The FD8134 features a 1-megapixel camera capable of achieving viewing resolutions of 1280X800 at 30fps, making this camera the all-in-one solution for the monitoring of designated areas. The FD8363 is a professional 2-megapicel outdoor camera that offers a viewing resolution of 1080p Full HD at 30 fps. More importantly, the camera is designed with a removable IR-cut filter, 15-meter IR illuminators and WDR Enhancement, providing clear image 24 hours a day and unparalleled visibility under high contrast environments.

Fixed Network Camera - IP8151
Three IP8151 models were installed outside the elevators of the hotel. This camera features a 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that achieves a viewing resolution of 1280X1024 at 30 fps. The highlight of this camera is its superb night visibility and support for WDR enhancement, making this model perfect for low-light environments and enclosed spaces.

Reliable Security Increases the Efficiency of Hotel Operation and Management
William Ku, Vice President of VIVOTEK's International Sales Division, stated, “Hotel security is important to not only the operation and management efficiency of the hotel, but also the safety of customers. Hence, the reliable surveillance system is exceptionally important. Here at VIVOTEK, we endeavor to develop the best surveillance solutions for our clients and, ultimately, create a safe hotel.”

VIVOTEK secured Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro in Iran

VIVOTEK secured Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro in Iran

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro, both the subsidiaries of Geramies Business Group (GBG), are located in Tehran and Kish Island, respectively. Tehran is Iran's largest city and urban area, and the largest city in Western Asia. Kish Island, located in the Persian Gulf, is part of the Hormozgān Province of Iran. Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro serve as official distributor of Hyundai Motor and KIA Motor in Iran. The security of both companies is highly valued. Assan Motor, and Atlas Khodro, both decided to expand their secure surveillance system for creating a safer environment for their inside offices and outside areas. Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro commissioned Pooya Fara Negar (PFN) to carry out the project. In order to meet the demand, PFN carried out the project with VIVOTEK. With VIVOTEK's high-quality cameras at suitable prices, Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro have installed several models in the showrooms, offices, car warehouses, service centers and outside areas. The two companies are extremely pleased with the performances of VIVOTEK cameras, indicating that the image quality is impeccable and the technologies implemented on the products are highly advanced and suitable for professional projects as such. The deployment of VIVOTEK's cameras was completed in February 2014

In showrooms and offices, FD8164 and FD8136 were selected and installed for their small sizes, quality design, and excellent image quality. VIVOTEK FD8164 is an easy-to-use fixed dome network camera specifically designed for indoor security applications with a compact, stylish exterior. Designed with 2-Megapixel CMOS Sensor, FD8164 is capable of capturing high quality and high resolution video. VIVOTEK FD8136 is the world's smallest fixed dome network camera. With installation as easy as one-two-three and Power over Ethernet functionality, setup time is completed in less than 120 seconds, making installation quick and easy.

As for the outdoor and parking areas, IP8362 and IP8372 were installed for their Full HD and 5MP resolutions. VIVOTEK IP8362 is a best-in-class 1080p outdoor bullet network camera designed for diverse outdoor applications. With full HD resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio and WDR enhancement, users can identify image details in extremely bright as well as dark environments. VIVOTEK IP8372 is a professional bullet camera offering 5-Megapixel or 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality up to 30 fps. Featuring 5-Megapixel resolution and high-performance H.264/MPEG-4/MJPEG compression technology, the IP8372 offers extra-smooth video and wide coverage.

There are 65 FD8164, 20 FD8136, 66 IP8362, and 30 IP8372 installed. In total, Assan Motor and Atlas Khodro deployed 181 VIVOTEK cameras.

Hikvision bundles technology and convenience for Shell gas station in South Africa

Hikvision bundles technology and convenience for Shell gas station in South Africa

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 6/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Johan van Zyl of South Africa has a very interesting hobby. Unlike many business owners, he considers security solutions an intriguing pastime.

As the owner of Shell Sentra Motors (a gas station / convenience store) located in the town of Bellville, in the Western Cape of South Africa, security is obviously a priority. However, it is not simply a means-to-an-end; instead it both an opportunity and a hobby: "I love playing around with computers and understanding what is happening in the tech world ... so when I began switching from analog to IP, I was really excited to see what Hikvision IP technology offers."

For Mr. van Zyl, it has already offered:
* allowing live-viewing from his home
* providing superior coverage, both indoors and outdoors
* increasing employee productivity
* providing additional business benefits

Convenience from Home
Mr. van Zyl lives near his Shell Sentra Motors station. As such, he often chooses to work from home, and was set upon incorporating this into his new solution, "I really wanted a solution that gave me much better resolution, but I also wanted the ability to access every camera from my home. This was a must for me," explained Mr. van Zyl.

To accomplish this, Hikvision's IVMS-4200 Client Software was installed for Mr. van Zyl to control the entire solution on his PC.

A Clear Inner World
Now, with the ability to view all of his cameras from any location, the benefit of IP technology was readily apparent. Inside the station, Hikvision's DS-2CD2112-I 1.3MP IP66 Network Mini Dome Camera, DS-2CD2712F-I(S) 1.3MP IP66 Network IR Dome Camera, and DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera were all installed.

Each model filled a specific logistical need. For example, the DS-2CD2112-I 1.3MP IP66 Network Mini Dome Camera was chosen for its 1.3MP (1280 x 960) high resolution to better view the store's corner spaces. Previously, earlier analog cameras did not provide enough resolution quality in these areas, leaving virtual blind spots. With this improved camera quality, this is no longer a concern.

For the cash register, Mr. van Zyl had a slightly different goal, "I wanted great resolution, but also the ability to zoom in on details. Obviously, where money is handled, I wanted to verify what is going on in great detail, so I love being able to zoom in on a small item ... or zoom out to a larger overview."

To do so, the vandal-proof DS-2CD2712F-I(S) 1.3MP IP66 Network IR Dome Camera was selected. This model features identical 1.3MP high resolution, but adds a 2.8-12mm vari-focal lens to meet Mr. van Zyl's zooming requirement.

Rounding out the inside, Hikvision's DS-2CD2412F-I(W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera was placed in office rooms located adjacent to the main shopping area. Interestingly, it wasn't only improved resolution that was key; it was also the camera's ability to hear. Since many business transactions take place in these office rooms, the DS-2CD2412F-I(W)'s audio microphone allows the camera to provide both a visual and audio record of any agreed upon terms. While this isn't always necessary, "It's a good form of protection, nonetheless," noted Mr. van Zyl.

A Safer Outer World
Outdoors, differing Hikvision cameras were again combined to provide security. For perimeter security, the DS-2CC11A2P-IRA Weather-proof IR Bullet Camera was placed on poles and onto building's corners.

Newly added on the top of gasoline pumps, the DS-2CC1197P(N)-A(-C) High Definition WDR Box Camera represents Mr. van Zyl's selectivity. Due to the ever-changing outdoor lighting conditions, this pump area represented a chronic security problem. For example, if the sun was in a particular location, issues with glare and backlighting would render most video images essentially useless. However the DS-2CC1197P(N)-A(-C)'s Digital Wide Dynamic range overcomes this backlighting issue for clear and usable images, regardless of time of day.

Lastly, located near the station's carwash facility, as well as selected indoor areas (such as the employee "break room," etc.) is the DS-2CE5582P(N) DIS Dome Camera; a camera model that provides a good overall picture of these environments.

More Than Just Stopping Robbers
Because of this improved IP resolution, Mr. van Zyl has already seen dramatic improvement both indoors and out. Now, gas pumps are just as secure as the cash register, and vice-versa.

However, this technology extends beyond traditional security concerns. "Obviously, I want better resolution in my cameras to stop crime-related loss, but I also want to improve overall employee productivity. For me to be able to work from home, and accurately see what is happening in my station, has made all the difference in the world ... for both me, and the betterment of my business," summed up Mr. van Zyl.

Axis releases F Series modular miniature cameras

Axis releases F Series modular miniature cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications has newly introduced modular camera series --F Series-- that gives customers discreet surveillance solutions that provide high image detail, and allows great flexibility in choosing the units that are ideal for the installation.

Axis F Network Camera Series presents a highly flexible, modular network camera series that involves extremely discreet HDTV 1080p cameras with wide dynamic range. The new series is ideal for ATMs (automated teller machines), banks, stores, hotels, as well as rugged environments such as ambulances and police cars.

“Axis F Series enables great flexibility and discreetness with superb video performance, even in high-contrast lighting conditions,” says Erik Frannlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. “The series is based on a divided network camera concept, where the camera is split into a lens and image sensor unit, and a main unit. This concept was first introduced in the Axis P12 Series. When we developed the Axis F Series, we took into account the feedback we received from Axis P12 to provide customers with even better solutions.”

The divided network camera concept allows a small sensor unit to be installed discreetly in tight places and the bigger main unit to be placed elsewhere and away from public view. Axis F Series consists of units that are all sold separately. The series includes Axis F41 Main Unit and four compatible Axis F sensor units with different form factors and lens types for different field of views. Axis F41 Main Unit houses the processor, network, power, SD card slot and other connections, and can connect to one Axis F sensor unit. Each sensor unit, which consists of a lens and image sensor, comes with the choice of a 3-m or 12-m (10-ft. or 39-ft.) pre-mounted cable for connecting to the main unit.

“The small sensor units give users the flexibility to easily and discreetly install them, even in very tight spaces,” says Frannlid. “They can be flush-mounted in walls, ceilings, doorways, elevators and behind sheet metal with only the small lens surface visible—in the case of the pinhole unit, just a tiny hole for the lens. Certain Axis F sensor units can also withstand tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks and temperature fluctuations, which make them ideal for use inside and outside of emergency vehicles. The modular concept also gives customers the flexibility to purchase the sensor unit that is ideal for their application.”

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