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Axis cameras bring zoo live web-streams to the living room

Axis cameras bring zoo live web-streams to the living room

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/20/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Zoological Society of Milwaukee provides support for the Milwaukee County Zoo in southeastern Wisconsin. The zoo features a wide variety of animals including brown bears, jaguars and penguins. To expand its reach, the zoo wanted to stream live video of its most popular and charismatic animals. Yet, each animal enclosure was a unique environment due to the diversity of needs presented by different species. The zoo needed a flexible camera solution that could work in a range of habitats.

Solution
Digital Design Services, Inc., along with Axis partner Camera Corner Connecting Point, recommended Axis network cameras due to their easy, plug-and-play installation capabilities and versatile product line. Outdoor-ready AXIS P5512-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras were used in the low temperature penguin exhibit and high definition AXIS Q6035 PTZ Dome Network Cameras were used to give intimate HDTV-quality views of animals such as brown bears.

An AXIS M5014 PTZ Dome Network Camera was fitted with a custom underwater mount for an exhibit featuring local fish. The high degree of customization was made possible by Power over Ethernet features enabling the ability to plug directly into the network without additional hardware.

Result
The web-streams became a hit, and the zoo continues to bring more animals online. After a landing page was created, the zoo was averaging 24,000 views per month. Following the birth of two jaguar cubs, the zoo used the cameras to give fans a behind-the-scenes view of the first months of their lives. The jaguar stream received 100,000 views over two days following a newspaper article. Zookeepers also use the footage to help them monitor the animals remotely and discover critical information should an animal become sick or injured.

Curling up on the couch with a tiger
The Milwaukee County Zoo is home to over 2,500 animals including tigers, lions, jaguars and bears on 200 acres in southeastern Wisconsin. To reach a wider audience, the zoo wanted to stream videos of their most charismatic animals on the web. “We wanted to bring the animals we have here to people at home or further away from our region who aren't able to attend,” said Dominic Schanen, Director of Technology and Membership Services. But with a variety of enclosure environments, the zoo needed a flexible camera solution to address a range of needs. Based on past experience, Digital Design Services, Inc. knew the ease of installation offered by Axis network cameras would be the perfect fit.

“The zoo and I agreed that the Axis products made it much easier for us to set them up on the zoo's system,” said Joe Rugowski, president of Digital Design Services, Inc. “They are plug-and-play easy, and they work.”

Up a pole, underwater and in the cold
The ease-of-install features allowed Digital Design Services, Inc. to design custom mounts and enclosures to meet the unique requirements of each animal holding area. To stream video of local fish from the “Lake Wisconsin” exhibit, Digital Design Services, Inc. engineered a custom underwater enclosure for an HDTV 720p-quality AXIS M5014 PTZ Dome Network Camera. They selected outdoor-ready AXIS P5512-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras for the chilly Gentoo and Rockhopper penguin exhibit because the construction could withstand the constant 40 degree temperatures. For the brown bear exhibit, the zoo wanted a crisp, intimate view of the massive animals, so Digital Design Services, Inc. attached an HDTV 1080pquality AXIS Q6035 PTZ Dome Network Camera onto a ten-foot high steel pole at the edge of the exhibit. “We mounted the camera so that we are looking almost into the eye of the bear,” Rugowski said. The various feeds are connected to a Dell PowerEdge 2900 rack mount server by fiber through Cisco 3500-CG switches. They also use Ubiquiti wireless access points to connect to the polar bear camera. For streaming, they push the video out to a Dell PowerEdge 2950 server running streaming software.

Keeping watch after dark
The Zoo uses AXIS Camera Station software to record on motion detection, and footage is saved for two weeks. Zookeepers often use this footage as a resource to monitor the animals or verify incidents. The cameras also perform well in low-light situations, so zookeepers can check in with their charges at night. “I've been surprised by the zoo's interest in using it more as a monitoring device to remotely observe the animals' behavior,” Schanen said. The zoo also utilizes cameras for security purposes.

Jaguar cubs meet the world
The most popular web channel they opened documented the birth and development of a pair of jaguar cubs. When the feed went live, the cubs were not ready to be put on public view, so the web streams provided a rare behind-the-scenes look at the first months of their lives. Following a news article, the live stream received nearly 100,000 views in a two day period. To deepen the connection with fans, the zoo added a link to an online store with a list of toys and enrichment items for the cubs. The zoo then placed purchased items in the enclosure, so the buyers could see the cubs play with their new gifts.

In the two years since their launch, the streams have become a web hit. The zoo is averaging 24,000 views per month, and they continue to open up new channels on a regular basis.

“We get a lot of feedback with people saying, ‘Thank you for providing the cameras and allowing us to be able to view these animals at home,'” Schanen said.

 

Samsung Techwin adds 6 new 3MP IP cams to WiseNetIII family

Samsung Techwin adds 6 new 3MP IP cams to WiseNetIII family

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 5/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin has further expanded its WiseNetIII network camera range by adding six new 3 megapixel models.

The new ONVIF compliant day/night network cameras and domes are all able to capture high quality colour images when lighting levels are as low as 0.1 Lux at an ultra fast frame rate of 30fps at 2048 x 1536P. They are designed for retail, education and healthcare applications as well as for any environment where evidence grade images are required, such as airports, ports car parks and other transport facilities.

“We can now offer a family of WiseNetIII 1.3, 2 and 3 megapixel network cameras and domes which collectively provide customers with the flexibility to specify the ideal high definition model to match the requirements of each individual camera location,” said Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the security solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “We are confident that the outstanding quality of the images captured by the new 3 megapixel cameras will attract the attention of installers and systems integrators across Europe, whilst our high definition 1.3 and 2 megapixel models continue to offer outstanding value for applications where bandwidth limitations and storage requirements are important considerations, as well as image quality.”

All of the models in the new WiseNetIII 3 megapixel series utilise P-iris technology which optimises clarity and depth of field, whilst enhanced Wide Dynamic Range, which with performance greater than 120dB, overcomes the challenge of monitoring areas such as receptions or lobbies where there may be strong external lighting and large amounts of glass.

Utilising bandwidth friendly H.264 compression with the option to also use MJPEG compression, all of the models incorporate a multi-crop feature, enabling users to highlight and crop areas of interest in order for the camera to only send the images within that area at a preferred resolution and frame rate. A full overview, as well as multiple cropped images from the whole area, can if required, be transmitted simultaneously with this flexibility in the video's resolution and frame rate, allowing a much smarter and efficient use of the available network bandwidth.

Built-in Intelligent Video Analytics(IVA)
The new models are also equipped with Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) which can assist in the detection of activity by various means, such as face detection, tripwire and enter/exit direction, object appear/disappear and ‘tampering', which creates an alert if paint is sprayed on a camera lens or there is unauthorised movement of a camera away from its usual field of view. Alternatively, the motion detection technology built into the WiseNetIII DSP chipset can greatly reduce the false alarm rate by learning what the normal motion of the scene is and ignoring, for example, the fluttering leaves of trees.

Other key features include Digital Image Stabilization (DIS), which negates the effects of vibration, and Defog which can be used to help improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog. A built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot provides the opportunity for authorised users to remotely access and download video that has been recorded onto a memory card.

The 6 new models in the WiseNetIII network 3MP series
* SNB-7004 – 3 megapixel network box camera
* SNO-7084R - 3 megapixel network weather proof IR bullet camera
* SND-7084 - 3 megapixel network dome camera
* SND-7084R - 3 megapixel network IR dome camera
* SNV-7084 - 3 megapixel vandal-resistant network dome camera
* SNV-7084R - 3 megapixel vandal-resistant network IR dome camera

Axis releases M3027-PVE 5MP 360-degree dome camera

Axis releases M3027-PVE 5MP 360-degree dome camera

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications newly released a fixed dome network camera, the AXIS M3027-PVE. The IK10 vandal resistant camera features 5-megapixel resolution and provides 360° or 180° overviews of wide areas. Users can select from de-warped views such as panorama, double panorama and quad views, as well as view area modes where they can digitally pan, tilt and zoom in on areas of interest.

The AXIS M3027-PVE offers multiple video streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG, Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), I/O ports for connecting external devices and supports the installation of intelligent video applications on the camera itself. It can be mounted on ceilings, soffits or under porches for a 360° overview and on walls for a 180° view.

The camera's built-in microSDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card. The AXIS M3027-PVE has been designed for indoor as well as outdoor use. Typical installations include hotels, boutiques, restaurants and offices.

 

Hikvision launches HD IP WiFi Kit for homes and SMEs

Hikvision launches HD IP WiFi Kit for homes and SMEs

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 5/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is determined to make CCTV surveillance easier and quicker for homes and businesses with the launch of its versatile HD IP WiFi Kit. Featuring a simple 2-step start-up, each kit includes an advanced WiFi camera and DS-7104NI-SL/W NVR together with Hikvision's iVMS-4200/4500 video management software that enables users to monitor activity from anywhere, at any time.

The straightforward, wire-free installation and high-performance products make the HD IP WiFi Kit ideal for homes, offices, stores and any small-to-medium sized enterprise. No networking knowledge or experience is required and the automatic WiFi connectivity means users simply need to ‘Turn On' and 'Log In' to begin recording. Connections for all available cameras are established automatically for instant sharing of images via WiFi.

Sophisticated Wireless NVR
At the heart of the new kit is the DS-7104NI-SL/W NVR, which can be connected with up to four network cameras from Hikvision or third-party manufacturers. The IEEE 802.11b/g/n NVR supports live view, storage, and playback of connected cameras with a resolution of up to 5 megapixels, simultaneous HDMI and VGA output at up to 1080p resolution, and synchronous playback of two channels at 1080p and four channels at 720p resolution.

Advanced Video Management
Also included in the kit is Hikvision's iVMS-4200 client software and iVMS-4500 mobile phone software that offer users the advantage of for video management. Both software versions offer users the advantage of watching their home, office or business from anywhere and at any time.

Choice of Five IR Camera ranges
Five high-performance camera ranges are included in the HD IP WiFi Kit, all equipped with motion sensors and 3D DNR, Digital WDR and ICR for clear images even under challenging lighting conditions. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW Mini IR PT Network Camera and DS-2CD2C10F-IW Alarm Pro Cube Network Camera are both one megapixel units ideal for homes and smaller business installations. Both cameras boast up to 64GB on-board storage capability through the integrated Micro SD/SDHC/SDHX card slot and the DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW is also capable of being configured with up to four ROIs (regions of interest).

A choice of higher resolution 1.3 and 3 megapixel, 1/3” CMOS cameras are available in either mini dome (DS-2CD25xxF-IW series), fixed dome (DS-2CD21xx-IW series) or cube network (DS-2CD24xxF-IW series) configurations. With maximum image resolutions of up to 2048x1536 pixels, each of these six cameras also features zone-configurable backlight compensation.

Versatile Consumer Options
The Hikvision HD IP WiFi Kit recognizes that although different consumers and business users share the desire for easy, trouble-free installation and user-friendly operation, they have individual operational needs. By combining the DS-7104NI-SL/W NVR and video management software suites with a choice of up to eight camera models, Hikvision is ensuring that they can find a configuration that exactly matches their needs.

TOP10 most popular security products for April 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for April 2014

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 5/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com would like to introduce the TOP10 popular products for April 2014 in this report.

Have a quick look first: This month except for OB Telecom, the Top 10 most popular products are from the brand ranking of Security 50. Compared to last month, most of the products make first presence in the TOP10, two seats, unsurprisingly were taken by Hikvision's IP cameras, as previous winners in the last three months. With two products from Hikvision, the other most-clicked products were coming from Bosch, Dahua, DSC, EverFocus, Honeywell, MOBOTIX, OB telecom and VIVOTEK.

According to this ranking list, the attention of user market stays on those features including IR / Thermal detection, and 1.3 MP / 3 MP resolution. More importantly, easy-to-use designs that enable end users to save time, means reduction of total cost.

1. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera
The first place of the TOP10 for March goes to Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera, with a leading 529-click from all around the world. Among them, more than half viewers came from America. This has been the third month in a row since this camera was first honored in December 2013. This cube camera comes with passive infrared sensor (PIS) and is capable of detecting objects within a range of 10-meter; meanwhile, this IR Cube camera is able to sustain a weather of -30 °C ~ 60 °C (-22 °F ~ 140 °F).

2. VIVOTEK IP8355EH WDR Bullet Network Camera
Right after, as a new comer in April, VIVOTEK IP8355EH wins the 2nd place with 354 clicks, receiving most of the clicks from America and Asia. This 1.3MP IR camera, with enhanced WDR, WDR Pro II (140dB), provides high image quality of 1280*1024p at 30fps even in low-light condition. Moreover, it is equipped with smart focus system, reaching the weather-proof level of IP67 for tough outdoor conditions and remote control.

3. Bosch DINION IP imager 9000 HD
As another new comer on list of TOP10 for April, Bosch DINION IP IMAGER 9000HD takes the 3rd place with 265 clicks, with nearly half of viewers from America. This Bosch active infrared 1080p30 HD camera is dedicated for 24-hour perimeter surveillance. Its remotely adjustable high power infrared illumination delivers no-light detection performance up to 120 m (394 ft). The embedded Video Analysis firmware turns the camera into automated detector.

4. DSC PowerSeries Neo HS2-Series Control Panel
Closely right behind as No.4 is DSC PowerSeries Neo HS2. Receiving 256 clicks,this new comer had the highest click-through rate from America in this rank. DSC, since acquired by Tyco in 2002, becomes an individual brand under Tyco Fire & Security. The PowerSeries Neo gives a hybrid feature-rich platform with more reliable communication through 2-way wireless PowerG technology. Not just user-friendly, the HS2-Series control panel can effectively lower operating cost by reduction of false alarms, and remote diagnostics and maintenance.

5. Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera
Coming closely after is Hikvision IR Cube Camera. This model—DS-2CD2432F-I (W)— definitely not a stranger to the TOP10 ranking. Since it first appeared last year, this IR Cube camera has been one of the hot products on the TOP10 throughout the past three months with a steady click-through rate. In a total of 254 clicks, most came from America.

6. Dahua IPC-K100/ K100A/ K100W 1.3MP HD Cube Network Camera
With a total of 250 clicks, Dahua 1.3MP HD cube network camera takes the 6th place in the TOP10. This all-in-one DIY home security system is designed for smart home fanatics. It has built-in PIR sensors that detect motion and tampering. Also, it supports wireless Wi-Fi 802.11n connectivity. The camera features a wide-angle lens that records 1.3MP video, and works well under low-light conditions. It sends notifications to users' smartphones whenever an activity is detected along with Dahua DMSS APP. The alarm is armed or disarmed with manual controls via smartphone or web app.

 

7. Honeywell IS-4500 IP Video Door Phone
The 7th place goes to another smart home device—Honeywell IS-4500 IP Video Door Phone. As a new comer on TOP10, it received 221 clicks, with over half viewers coming from America. This video door phone provides property owners and safety guards multiple communication with visitors and neighbors. Full screen visitor display and a support of 2 door cameras make this video door phone a handy and easy-to-use security device.

8. EverFocus ENVR8304E 8-Channel Plug & Play NVR
Closely right behind with 209 clicks, the No.8 is EverFocus ENVR NVR. It is also a winner of Secutech Excellence Award 2014 early this year. EVER8304E features 8-channel real-time recording and playback at 1080p resolution. The supporting of megapixel cameras and adoption of the H.264 compression format insure a smooth, high-quality video recording and viewing. Mostly, it makes operating easier with the plug and play design, and monitoring / playback of video from mobile devices via MobileFocus / MobileFocus Plus Apps.

9. OB Telecom 9331DM Mini HD-SDI Optical Converter
Taking the 9th place is OB Telecom HD-SDI optical converter. Out of the total 217 clicks, half viewers came from America. This 1-channel mini converter, supporting up to 1080p@60HZ resolution, transmits one channel of HD-SDI video plus optional one channel return RS485 signal over one single mode or multimode fiber cable. Its operation condition reaches an industrial grade of -30°C  - 75°C .

10. MOBOTIX M15D AllroundDual M15 Thermal camera
Last but not least, coming to the 10th place is MOBOTIX M15D Thermal Camera with 208 clicks. This high-end thermal camera from Germany, takes a design of M15D system platform, ensuring maximum flexibility for the MOBOTIX thermographic camera. The M15D comes with thermal sensors of typically 50 mK and a temperature measuring range of -40 to +550°C/-40 to +1022°F.

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

For last month's TOP10 products, click here.

GKB safeguards hotel in Medina

GKB safeguards hotel in Medina

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 5/12/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

BACKGROUND
Hotel Al Fayroz Season is located in the central area in Medina, Saudi Arabia, within a short walking distance from where the Prophet's Mosque is. The hotel provides 506 rooms and suits and is able to accommodate more than 1500 guests. In order to have better protection of guests' safety and optimize hotel quality, the management team proposed the needs for a more reliable and flexible surveillance system. GKB professional IP solution, including Diplomat IP cameras and most featured Cloud Platform secures Hotel Al Fayroz Season with an additional layer of security.

SOLUTIONS
GKB team has already installed 140 network cameras in total with two 720P models: GKB D44624 and D34724 cameras. D44624 is a bullet outdoor camera with IP66 water-proof and 2 way audio functions. D34724 is a vandal-proof dome network camera. Both IP cameras support 8 video streams and PoE functions; GKB's remote monitoring software, NVR-10 and Viewer-11, enable hotel to operate on a centralized system for better efficiency and effectiveness with superior image quality and situational awareness.

BENEFITS
* Easier integration with other security devices – GKB provides an open IP platform making it much easier to integrate with other security devices such as access control.
* GKB's IP solution can be extended to as many IP cameras as users want without extra license fee, saving much more cost for the users when needs grow.
* With the GKB's Cloud platform, users can manage all their own surveillance equipments anytime and anywhere.

 

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About GKB GKB Security Corporation is a global security solutions provider with a full range of CCTV, IP, Mobile, Video Fire Detection System and Home Automation products and support services designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized system integrators and security installers.

LILIN secures upper-scale apartment complex in N.Taipei harbor city

LILIN secures upper-scale apartment complex in N.Taipei harbor city

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 5/12/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

An upper-class apartment complex with spectacular harbor view, located along the coast of Northern Taipei city, Taiwan, has over 380 apartment units, library, karaoke room, sporting facilities including a tennis court, gym facility, outdoor swimming pool, spa room, and other amenities. The apartment complex was completed in 2013, and the committee of the apartment complex was in particularly looking for system that is able to perform video surveillance from a central monitoring room and facilitate remote access to images captured at various points throughout the facilities.

With its large-surface area and concentrated sporting, social, and cultural activities, this apartment complex found it necessary to install a flexible, modern, and agile video surveillance system that would allow real-time monitoring over perimeters, access points, and public areas, in order to provide greater protection for critical areas of the entire residential community.

LILIN Stood Out
LILIN Video Surveillance could be easily deployed over a wide geographical area with no network bottlenecks. The solutions also had to deliver high quality live and recorded video from multiple viewing stations anywhere in the site. Therefore, the committee of the apartment complex chose LILIN to provide their residents reliable and dependable security solution.

Insallation
LILIN network camera, fitted with an IR illuminator, offers superb video performance and provides images with better depth of field (DOF), resolution, and clarity. The harbor-view apartment complex has deployed dome cameras – IPD2122, vandal-resistant cameras – IPR7424, PTZ speed domes – IPS212, CMX video recorder – CMX1108, and coupled with ANPR software allows registered vehicles to access the multi-story underground parking structure without the hassle of access cards or security breach risk of tags. License Plate Recognition is able to effectively reduce bottlenecks caused by misplaced security devices, and also help to facilitate the flow of traffic.

Products at a Glance
* 36x Dome camera, IPD2122
* 52x Vandal-proof IP66 rating camera, IPR7424
* 1x PTZ speed dome, IPS212
* CMX video recorder, CMX1108
* ANPR software

Results & Customer Feedback
The customer is very impressed with the LILIN products. Its advanced system design gives an impressive degree of control over entire complex facilities, and video verification provides clear proof of whether an intruder has broken in. LILIN supplies such elegant industrial design combined with intuitive software. LILIN combines software and hardware together in one ecosystem that offers an absolutely end-to-end experience for end-users.

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

Belgium hospital increases scalability by Axis IP upgrading solution

Belgium hospital increases scalability by Axis IP upgrading solution

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/8/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Hornu-Frameries Hospital, located in Hornu, Belgium, only had analog cameras inside the building and in a few departments. This minimal system did not make it possible to optimally secure the hospital's patients, staff, and property.

Solution
Digital, an Axis Solution Gold Partner in Belgium and one of the market leaders in IT-based electronic security, developed a custom solution for Hornu-Frameries Hospital by adding to the existing indoor and outdoor surveillance system. Digital enabled the hospital to keep its existing cameras by connecting them to the new system via Axis video encoders.

Result
All the cameras are now accessible from a single interface, which makes it possible to quickly analyze events and act accordingly. By keeping the existing cameras, the Axis video encoders enabled Hornu-Frameries Hospital to save part of its initial budget which could consequently be dedicated to an expansion project. The hospital is particularly satisfied with the result.

“Thanks to the Axis video encoders, Digital was able to connect our old cameras to the new network, thus reducing costs in terms of new cameras. We can therefore dedicate the remaining budget to the project's second phase and equip the entire hospital.“
--Jacques Ferir, Technical Service Manager, Hornu-Frameries Hospital.

The Hornu site of the Hornu-Frameries Hospital was built in 1979. It is a general hospital with 391 beds, with standard specializations: surgery, medicine, pediatrics, maternity, intensive care, etc. “We already had surveillance cameras in radiology, maternity, and pediatrics. But they were obsolete, even broken-down, analog cameras. Following recent events that occurred in other hospitals – child abductions, equipment thefts, etc. – we decided to upgrade the network and install additional cameras,” explains Jacques Ferir, Technical Service Manager for Hornu-Frameries Hospital. Digital reactivated the old analog cameras in the radiology department and added Axis network cameras to supplement the installation, bringing the total number of cameras to around 40. Daniel Van Doveren, Digital Project Manager, adds: "Hornu-Frameries Hospital wanted in particular to secure the building's exit points. Therefore, we used different cameras so we can alternate views from inside and outside. If needed, we can follow the route of any person acting suspiciously. For certain areas, we also have a motion detection function on the cameras.”

To secure the inside of the building, Digital opted for AXIS 216MFD Network Cameras. Compact and discreet, they can be installed easily on walls or ceilings and offer effective protection against tampering. The building's exterior is equipped with AXIS 211 Network Cameras, which are specially designed for outdoor surveillance and remote monitoring. These two models are powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet), which reduces installation costs because the camera is powered using the cable that transmits data. Therefore, it does not require an additional electrical supply. In order to connect the reactivated analog cameras to the network of new cameras, Digital used Axis video encoders. These encoders make it possible to easily use the images from the existing analog cameras, transmit them and exchange them over the hospital's computer network without loss of quality. Beyond convergence, they provide advanced functions such as motion detection and event management.

For Hornu-Frameries Hospital, Digital selected AXIS 241Q Video Encoder, which manages up to four analog video channels.

The installation of the new network required two months of work. The Hornu-Frameries Hospital managers have been particularly satisfied with the result: “The main exit points of the hospital are now secured, which reassures both our staff and our patients. Aesthetically, the new cameras blend in perfectly with the landscape and are hardly noticeable. Thanks to the Axis video encoders, Digital was able to connect our old cameras to the new network, thus reducing costs in terms of new cameras. We can now dedicate the remaining budget to the project's second phase and equip the entire hospital.” concludes Jacques Ferir.

VIVOTEK IP solutions adopted by Iranian hospital

VIVOTEK IP solutions adopted by Iranian hospital

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/6/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

To ensure patient safety and optimize medical quality, a reliable surveillance system is critical for hospitals, especially for those located in highly populated areas. Bushehr is the capital of Bushehr Province, which is located in southeastern Iran. With a population of over 200,000, demands on medical care are high in Bushehr City. As one of the biggest hospitals in Bushehr City, Khalij Hospital endeavors to provide the citizens of Bushehr with top quality medical care. To enhance the security network of the hospital, Khalij Hospital commissioned Pooya Fara Negar (PFN), VIVOTEK's local distributor, to install a security network in March 2014.

Solution: Outstanding qualities guarantee excellent security
For this project, 208 of VIVOTEK's high quality cameras, including 80 FD8166, 95 FD8136, 15 PZ8121, 1 FD8162, 15 IP8362, and 2 SD8362E were deployed to provide security in various corners of Khalij Hospital. For corridors and indoor areas, FD8166 and FD8136 were installed. FD8166 and FD8136 are the world's smallest fixed dome network cameras; making them the ideal choice for small spaces. With a setup time of less than 120 seconds, the installation of both cameras was quite quick and easy. With a size of only 90 mm in diameter, VIVOTEK FD8136 and FD8166 are without doubt an all-in-one surveillance solution that fulfills a wide variety of needs for indoor surveillance. PZ8121, a PoE PTZ Network Camera, was installed at the nurse station because of its high-performance network camera that features 10x optical zoom and pan/tilt functionality, thereby ensuring top security for the nurse station, which is the first line that protects patient safety. The FD8162 is characterized by its use of wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, which offers an extended camera range that covers a larger span between bright and dark areas in the image. WDR cameras are generally used in places with high contrast lighting conditions, such as building entrances and areas near windows. This made the FD8162 the most suitable product to be installed at the entrances of Khalij Hospital. VIVOTEK's IP8362, designed with a removable IR-cut filter and built-in IR illuminators for both day and night applications and IP67-rated housing, is a top-tier outdoor bullet network camera for diverse outdoor applications. As for the speed dome network camera SD8362E, it offers full HD resolution and WDR Pro technology, which enables users to identify image details in extremely bright as well as dark environments. In addition, the SD8362E with a 20x optical zoom lens is able to capture details at top-notch quality. For these reasons, the IP8362 and SD8362E were selected for the outdoor areas of the hospital.

VIVOTEK ST7501 is a video management software that features reliable recording and easy video management. ST7501 provides functions such as recording, live media data, and instant playback, all of which can be installed and operated on a single computer or separate computers according to the client's preferences. ST7501 is able to record network video streams at a maximum of 32 channels. For video playback, numerous advanced functions such as searching, browsing, and exporting can be used. These outstanding qualities guarantee excellent security management, an objective that VIVOTEK products proudly met in Khalij Hospital.

Customer Feedback: State-of-the-art technology sustains hospital's security and reliability
Hospital security is highly associated with medical quality. A better medical environment is needed to be created for both medical personnel and patients. The use of VIVOTEK products, which provide state-of-the-art technology, guarantees satisfaction. VIVOTEK anticipates collaborating with more hospitals and medical institutions in the future to increase patient well-being and create a friendlier medical environment worldwide.

 

 

Axis, OnSSI and Lenel craft top campus security for Benedictine Uni.

Axis, OnSSI and Lenel craft top campus security for Benedictine Uni.

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/2/2014 | Article type: Education

Benedictine University earns state-wide recognition for excellence in campus security with Axis network cameras and video encoders.

Mission
With parents of incoming students expressing ever- higher expectations for campus safety, Benedictine University has worked hard to earn its ranking as one of the safest four-year private institutions in the state of Illinois. In fact, the ranking serves as a great recruitment tool. But to maintain its best practices, the university continues to seek out the latest advances in video surveillance technology to help its peace officers respond more quickly to routine and emergency calls across its campus.

Solution
Since 2007, Convergint Technologies, a Schaumburg, IL- based security integrator and Axis partner, has worked with the university to strategically deploy Axis cameras across the suburban Chicago campus. As technology progressed, they took full advantage of features such as HDTV-resolution, H.264 compression, WDR, low-light color fidelity and 360-degree field-of-view. Axis cameras are managed by an OnSSI VMS that integrates with the university's Lenel OnGuard Card Access system as well as the campus emergency response and public address systems. Convergint also integrated a number of legacy analog cameras into the surveillance network with Axis video encoders.

Result
In addition to serving as a force multiplier for routine service calls, the Benedictine University police department has integrated Axis network cameras and video encoders into its emergency preparedness program to assist officers in informing and protecting students, faculty and staff of severe weather conditions and emergency evacuations, as well as coordinating with local law enforcement during active shooter drills.

“ With an active campus of over 10,000 students and special events that can draw an additional 4,000 people and their vehicles, there's no way we could handle all the routine calls we receive without our Axis cameras.” --Michael Salatino, Chief of Police, Benedictine University

Meeting community expectations for campus security
As Benedictine University Chief of Police Michael Salatino can attest, parents and students have grown much more sophisticated about campus security. “Even as recently as six years ago, security technology was not really on people's radar,” Salatino said. “Today, parents tell me they selected our university because the safety and security programs we have in place aren't being offered by other institutions down the road. It's pushed us to keep up with the latest security technologies and partner with Convergint to make sure we deploy the best products out there.”

Raising the bar for higher education security
Benedictine University has been accredited by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program for its safety and security initiatives and was ranked as the safest four-year private institution in the state of Illinois in 2011. With 14 state-certified peace officers and eight para- professionals keeping watch over 10,000 students on the 108-acre campus, an advanced video security system was essential to achieving that level of success. “Our Axis video surveillance system definitely extends the range of our university police force. We wouldn't be able to operate as effectively as we do without it,” Salttino said. For instance, Convergint installed an AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Camera along a busy walkway between four buildings. The ultra-fast PTZ control gives the po - lice department the ability to track activity and zoom in instantly when an incident occurs. In the library, with its multiple points of entry and atrium- style architecture, Convergint installed a 360-degree, five- megapixel AXIS M3007-PV Network Camera to achieve panoramic view of the area. “My field of view has been increased tenfold,” Salatino said. “If I don't get you coming in, I'm going to get you going out.” Convergint also network-enabled a number of legacy analog cameras in the campus parking garage with six- channel AXIS Q7406 Video Encoder Blades. Now, the university police can manage all their cameras remotely from a single VMS.

From solving petty theft to managing campus-wide alerts
Campus police monitor the Axis cameras 24/7. The system has proved invaluable for emergency preparedness and helps the university respond immediately to incidents ranging from severe weather alerts to active threats. The cameras are also tied into a separate Emergency Operations Center, which allows administrators to keep continual watch over the campus while Police Dispatch handles first response. If there's a building evacuation, staff can use the video to coordinate the campus mass communications system. “We can see which way people are walking or running and direct them over the campus public address system on which way to go,” Salatino said. The IT department archives video for 30-45 days on rack mounted Dell PowerEdge multi-processor servers. To conserve bandwidth and storage, Convergint programmed the cameras to increase frame rate and resolution on motion detection. This helps security staff quickly resolve incidents. For example, if an expensive pair of jeans goes missing from the laundry room, police can easily check the video to see if another student had mistakenly grabbed the wrong clothes. The university police also use the cameras in conjunction with card readers to watch out for dorm trespassers. “At Benedictine University, security isn't an after thought,” said Matt LaRue, Account Executive at Convergint Technologies. “It's forethought.”

 

 

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