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Tyco Security Products safeguards Exploratorium Interactive Science Museum with VMS

Tyco Security Products safeguards Exploratorium Interactive Science Museum with VMS

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 10/3/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, a pure-play fire protection and security company, announced that the Exploratorium, a ground breaking interactive science museum and modern learning laboratory, has chosen its video and access control technologies as part of a unified security solution for its new state-of-the-art facility on San Francisco's historic waterfront.

The solution includes American Dynamics' video management system, which provides security personnel the ability to view, search and export video from VideoEdge NVRs as well as manage the museum's network of Illustra IP mini-domes. The video platform also unifies access control operations from the museum's C-CURE 9000 security and event management system, ensuring that museum security officials can centrally manage security operations of its new $220 million-dollar facility from one user interface.

“Our new, expansive facility required a flexible and scaleable system that would allow us to easily manage our public exhibits and private areas during viewing hours and off hours, as well as bring on additional sub systems and sites in the future,” said Jennifer Fragomeni, Director of Facilities and Operations, Exploratorium.

Spanning San Francisco's historic Pier 15, the museum's campus encompasses 330,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor space, along with a portion of Pier 17, which the Exploratorium also controls for behind-the-scenes work. Working with its consultant, Security By Design, and systems integrator, Johnson Controls, the Exploratorium's custom plan includes 75 access control panels and 100 card readers from Software House and approximately 150 American Dynamics cameras to protect staff, visitors and museum displays.

Hikvision strengthens partnership with Milestone Systems

Hikvision strengthens partnership with Milestone Systems

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/1/2013 | Article type: Security 50

The partnership between Hikvision and Milestone has recently been strengthened via the complete integration of Hikvision IP video devices and Milestone XProtect video management software. As a result, Hikvision's full range of network cameras, network speed domes, and video encoders now support Milestone's full range of XProtect VMS (including XProtect Corporate, XProtect Expert, and XProtect Enterprise, among others).

“With this integration, we now support the majority of Hikvision's extensive product portfolio which are requested from customers globally. The real focus has been to support the advanced feature set on the Hikvision cameras and encoders like Edge Storage, which will allow these customers to implement advanced, scalable and yet cost-effective solutions,” commented Henrik Hansen, Head of the Manufacturer Alliance Program (MAP) at Milestone Systems.

Edge Recording Now Available
Milestone XProtect VMS now supports the on-board storage capabilities of Hikvision's IP cameras. This feature ensures uninterrupted video recording in the event of a network disconnection or server failure, and provides additional protection of video data. Furthermore, it offers users the ability to access the entire video stream - even in the event of a network outage. Besides, these mutual customers of Hikvision / Milestone will also benefit from other advanced features of Hikvision IP video products ( network configuration, multi-streaming, alarm and motion detection, etc.).

Richer Vertical Opportunities
This partnership brings our customers richer offerings of versatile IP solutions, ranging from the entry-level to the high-end application sectors. For example, the newly added Hikvision 2-line HD network camera series – a product specially designed for SME sectors. When paired with Milestone's comprehensive VMS, now owners will benefit greatly with both high definition and easy-use IP surveillance.

“With Milestone's powerful, reliable and highly scalable video management software, Hikvision is able to offer our customers more enhanced, and value-added, IP video surveillance solutions to help grow their businesses. And Hikvision will continue to work closely with Milestone to develop further integration opportunities in the future,” said Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision.

NICE to release integrated security solutions with Situator and NiceVision enhancements

NICE to release integrated security solutions with Situator and NiceVision enhancements

Editor / Provider: NICE | Updated: 9/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems announced its integrated security solutions, including the latest enhancements to NICE Situator and NiceVision.

“Security operations are inundated with real-time security data, but that data is only useful when it can be translated into actionable information and put in the hands of the right decision-makers,” said Eric Hines, Vice President of the NICE Security group.

NiceVision Net 2.7– The latest release of NICE's video management solution includes enhancements to the web client and support for advanced camera features, such as on-board recording, for increased resiliency, as well as tighter integration with third-party video analytics. In addition, the NVR turnkey portfolio is enhanced to better support any customer size and need.

NICE Situator– NICE's enhanced PSIM solution now offers seamless integration of audio recordings with Situator incident records. This allows operators to play, pause, and seek parts of calls related to a specific incident for more effective incident management and post-event analysis.

Situator Express–This advanced management layer for NiceVision fuses the video solution with various key security systems to transform your VMS into a complete security solution. This easy to deploy solution can also be upgraded to deliver full PSIM capabilities.

Optex integrates with Exacq Technologies VMS to minimize video false alarms

Optex integrates with Exacq Technologies VMS to minimize video false alarms

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 9/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Optex, a manufacturer of security infrared and laser technology, announced the integration of their sensors and detectors with the exacqVision Video Management System (VMS) from Exacq Technologies. The result will minimize video false alarms for outdoor perimeter applications.

Optex detection products are integrated into the exacqVision Professional and Enterprise VMS software (version 4.6 or later). Integrated Optex products include:

*Redscan Laser-Scan Detectors that identify moving objects' size, speed, and distance from the detector. The device processes that information with a unique algorithm, resulting in a highly reliable detection system with minimal false alarms.

*PIE-1 POE Alarm IP Encoder, when used with Redwall SIP series passive infrared and Redbeam photo electric detectors, converts alarm signals to an IP signal sent to the exacqVision client. The POE functionality also powers Optex devices.

“Combining Optex sensor and detector technology with exacqVision will provide an efficient systems integration solution for users who want to effectively respond to security alarms and events with video verification,” says Ryosuke Miwa, Optex's general manager of global sales and marketing. “Optex sensors and detectors actively reduce video driven false alarms. As a result, they can eliminate the need for costly responses by personnel.”

“Along with intrusion detection, asset management and other key business systems, our customers can now merge Optex sensor and detector technology within the exacqVision VMS and benefit from their efficient, multiple security applications,” notes Tom Buckley, vice president, sales and marketing for Exacq Technologies.

New shape of Chinese manufacturing

New shape of Chinese manufacturing

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai (Reporting with a&s China) | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

While China is quickly taking up the position as the worldwide manufacturing hub, the stereotypical image of “made-in-China” still made global buyers hesitant about working closely with some Chinese companies. However, based on the latest 2013 survey on worldwide major professional security buyers by a&s, Chinese products are ready to prove their worth with improved quality and service, which provides a major boost for all Chinese manufacturers. From our recent interviews with those buyers, Hikvision Digital Technology was the Chinese company that was mentioned most often, winning the highest satisfaction and recognition.

Global Recognition
Hikvision, originally renowned for its DVRs, has now become a total solutions provider in video surveillance. In the recent world market report for CCTV and video surveillance equipment from IMS research (an IHS company), Hikvision was ranked as the number one supplier under the category of “CCTV and Video Surveillance Equipment,” with 8-percent market share in 2012. In the category of “Security Cameras,” Hikvision was also ranked third with a 9.7-percent world market share, while maintaining first place in “DVR suppliers” for four consecutive years in 2012.

Hikvision's success wasn't achieved overnight. Yangzhong Hu, President of Hikvision, still remembers the many hardships the company went through to launch its first auto-focus camera module in early 2000, marking a major technology milestone for the company. Since then, Hikvision's sales revenue in surveillance cameras has started to double and even triple, and the company gradually became an actual total solutions provider in video surveillance.

Core Competitiveness
Positioning itself in the middle- to high-end market sectors, Keen Yao, International Marketing Director said “Hikvision's main competitiveness are product innovation and cost optimization, which support Hikvision in providing quality products plus a reasonable price. Both factors also make the company achieve good gross margin continuously since establishment.”

The cost optimization, Yao added, is achieved by the company's increasing production scale. “By keeping innovating in products and expanding production lines, complete from front end to back end devices, the overall cost of production and purchasing can be well controlled.”

Hikvision has been dedicated to security industry for over 12 years. Its thorough understanding of the industry and continuous R&D investment help the company maintain product innovation and technology leadership in global security market.

R&D Investment
Several major factors contributing to Hikvision's success are its previous OEM experience with some well-known global companies, which pushed Hikvision to strengthen its product development capability, as well as strictly focus on its quality control and production process. The company's high penetration in its domestic market provides Hikvision with a clear direction of product innovation.

Over these years, Hikvision's R&D, and quality and process control have achieved international standards.

CMMI Certified Management
In 2009, Hikvision started to work with some consulting firms to enhance its internal efficiency of R&D, quality control, and production. Since then, the company has introduced Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) to greatly improve its process management of product research and development. CMMI is a process improvement training and certification program and service administered and marketed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. With them, “we are able to have a set of unified protocols to well manage different departments and have the same language to conduct cross-department communication,” said Junke Chen, R&D Director.

R&D Matrix Project Management
To optimize new product development and maintain technological leadership, Hikvision employs a matrix management structure for its R&D department, which allows them to succeed in cross-department project cooperation between its resource teams and product teams. Hikvision's product teams are categorized by its product lines, including DVR/NVR, network cameras, analog cameras, vertical-specific VMS and others while the resource team is divided by several key technologies – hardware, image processing, video/audio codec, compression, networking, streaming media, FPGA applications, video data storage, embedded applications, software structure and others. At Hikvision, a specialized project team, from groups of resource teams and the corresponding product teams, is usually formed to develop a new product. This means each group of resource teams has to be responsible for several product development projects and must be able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

It is worth mentioning that software is the core value of Hikvision product development. “Although we sold mostly hardware, software is the key inside hardware. Hikvision has a powerful software capability. A large amount of work is on the software side, even in hardware manufacturing,” said Yao.

Market-Oriented Product Development
What is worth mentioning is that Hikvision's R&D team also has to meet the sales target, along with sales team. “The product should be market-oriented and clearly meet the needs for the customers. The KPI for each product line is to meet certain sales targets. R&D also takes the responsibility if their products don't meet the real market demand,” said Chen.

Product Usability
Product usability requirements are quite high in overseas markets. Many Chinese products are usually weak in this part. This year, Hikvision put a lot of R&D resources in product user interface, client software, and mobile APP to elevate the ease of use in its products. Hikvision also started to outsource the language-related design and the external design of its latest network cameras, including aesthetic outlook and internal software design, two or three years ago. The product usability of Hikvision's products now is greatly improved.

Supply Chain Collaboration
Hikvision also follows the “integrated supply chain” concept, proposed by Huawei Technologies. The supply chain includes suppliers (manufacturing partners), Hikvision (the company), and Hikvision's clients. Tim Zhang, Quality Manager said “We invite all these parties together for joint product evaluation and collaboration, advised by our consulting company. We also ask our suppliers to join our product development. They provide suggestions on how to make those products meet international standards and how to optimize the structure/system.”

Quality Control
Hikvision has developed a comprehensive and strict management system in process. In Hikvision, the quality control department is independent from R&D and production department. These three departments are positioned equally to complement and evaluate each other.

Quality control, a complete system from R&D design, manufacturing to service, is categorized into reliability verification, test, process control, productivities, and after-sales service. “Under each item, we have a specific objective and indicators to measure the outcome,” said Zhang. With this system, Hikvision is able to provide further assurance for customers -- Design Quality Assurance (DQA) and Manufacturing Quality Assurance (MQA).







Design Quality Assurance
DQA is under the R&D product testing department mainly for product reliability verification. Hikvision has more than 2,000 people on their R&D team--the largest in the security sector. Around 350 engineers on the R&D team, which accounts for over 15 percent of the team, are responsible for product testing. The product testing group is in charge of software tests, hardware tests, and reliability tests, which all play an important role in product development and guaranteeing product quality. The tests include anti-interference, anti-radiation, extreme temperature, vibration, drop, water-proof, electrostatic surge and electrocution prevention, salt spray, and anti-wind/dust tests, etc.

The product testing group conducts tests in many different testing laboratories, such as a 960-square-meter (10,333 square feet) stability and pressure testing laboratory, two image quality testing rooms, and a large laboratory for integration, monitoring, and management systems testing. In total, all of the laboratories combined occupy 1,300 square meters (13,993 square feet).

Manufacturing Quality Assurance MQA is divided into four categories: raw materials quality control, productive process, tests, and outgoing quality control.

Boasting over 100,000 square meters (1.1 million square feet) of manufacturing space, Hikvision's production facilities are underpinned by state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and resources. As an example of this point, in 2011, Hikvision introduced Siemens' fully-automatic SMT equipment for production lines, ensuring world-class technical capability.

Hikvision also has dual dustless workshops for precise component assembly of camera lenses. Occupying 800 square meters (8,611 square feet), the workshops measure up to the highest cleaning standard - a class of 100,000.

In addition, to ensure high product quality, all the products need to pass the high-temperature aging test and the company also developed foolproof equipment, such as auto focus tester and auto testing software, to efficiently reduce human errors and poor visibility during production.

SAP System for High Production Efficiency
To meet its huge sales volume target, Hikvision purchased a SAP system from Germany to avoid any problems in materials preparation cycles which may lead to downtime of the production line. With the barcode, the whole production and quality control process can be traced: each machine can be analyzed for the specific time for production, and identification of every supplier and operator. “With the SAP system, we can efficiently optimize material management to achieve low inventory and turnover rate with guaranteed quality,” continued Zhang.

International Marketing Strategy and Customer Service
In addition to its technological and quality improvements, Hikvision is also focusing on providing local after-sales support to ensure better services for its partners. International buyers have expressed concern about Chinese products--one of the reasons is product quality--particularly about Chinese manufacturers being unable to provide efficient service and support to address problems. Therefore, the most crucial part of service localization is to implement better commitment to customers.

“With 12 regional branch offices in other parts of the world, Hikvision has devoted itself to offering customers in-depth local services via thorough maintenance, an after-sales service system, a complete customer complaint handling process, and a professional training program,” said Yao.

With the efforts and improvements of these past years, Hikvision has successfully transformed and became a trustworthy and quality-guaranteed solutions provider. Hikvision has shaped the new image of Chinese manufacturers and the company's future development in the global market can be highly anticipated.

Milestone launches new professional IP video management solution series

Milestone launches new professional IP video management solution series

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces the next versions of its professional line of products: XProtect Essential 2013, XProtect Express 2013, XProtect Professional 2013 and XProtect Enterprise 2013. The products' new features will further empower Milestone distributors, resellers and end-users to do more by embracing new capabilities and enabling more business opportunities.

The new enhancements in the product line will make customers more productive, more cost-efficient, and more responsive.  XProtect Professional 2013 provides security operators with a graphical overview of the entire installation from a single interface, empowering them to react quickly to incidents and efficiently manage alarms. The Alarm Manager ensures users are notified when unwanted behaviors occur.

With this release customers get the power of choice with updated user interface clients - XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile – each available in 26 languages. Users can quickly identify trouble areas by accessing video from various locations, including mobile devices.

The new product offerings are designed to simplify initial deployments of XProtect and to enable users at different skill levels to effortlessly set up a Milestone IP video solution. This helps distributors to broaden the offerings of XProtect so the benefits of IP video surveillance are available to a more varied reseller audience.

“Deploying an IP video management solution can be a daunting and time consuming task. With the increased focus on cost efficiency and time optimization, system installers can't afford to spend time on systems that are hard to learn and difficult to use. As a result, Milestone is re-defining the process of installing, configuring and using IP video, with the purpose to shorten the complete deployment procedure and make it easy for users at all levels,” states Janne Jakobsen, VP Business Unit Professional Products, Milestone Systems.

*Easy to sell with a brand-new Product Sales Kit for partners
*Easy to deploy: automatic camera discovery and auto configuration wizard
*Easy to maintain with the all-new Customer Dashboard online service tool

 XProtect Professional 2013's new deployment process is guided by automatic set-up wizards that make it extremely easy to install - even for resellers with limited IT skills. A camera discovery feature automatically detects and configures new cameras being added to an existing system. This enables users to easily expand their installation with a single mouse click.

The enhanced configuration procedure removes the challenges and decreases the time needed to initially deploy and set up the system. This gives installers more time for the rest of their business and helps integrators who primarily install analog systems to feel comfortable working with Milestone XProtect VMS, even without IP network and IT skills.

 XProtect Professional 2013 allows the addition of an unlimited number of Recording Servers. This means that resellers can now provide a cost-effective and easy way to scale out a mid-sized solution, opening up more business opportunities. The new product versions are further optimized through 64-bit Recording Servers allowing users to connect more cameras to the same server unit.

The Customer Dashboard is a new online system monitoring service that gives resellers real-time updates on the status of their customers' installations. This is an efficient way to always know the system status of their customer sites so they can proactively take action in case of a technical incident with a system. Resellers can react quickly and solve an issue - even before it becomes a problem for the customer. Handling technical problems in a timely way decreases down time and ensures that important video is recorded.

This new value-added service from Milestone helps system integrators add extended value to their service agreements with customers because they are supported with a tool that provides constant visibility on the status of installations. Some common errors that are detected in the Customer Dashboard include: camera malfunction, running out of disk space, failed archive operation, error deleting archive and camera not recording. Errors are displayed as alarms and once an alarm is detected and handled, it can be marked as “in progress”; when the system error is fixed, it will automatically be removed.

No setup is required to use the Customer Dashboard - it works automatically once the functionality is enabled in the XProtect Management Application and when the system is online.

XProtect Essential 2013, XProtect Express 2013, XProtect Professional 2013 and XProtect Enterprise 2013 will be available on October 7.

Standalone NVRs advance in market over PC-based NVRs

Standalone NVRs advance in market over PC-based NVRs

Editor / Provider: Alyssa Fann, a&s International | Updated: 9/26/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

NVRs began as PC-based solutions, harnessing the powers of a CPU. However, in recent years, these are no longer the mainstream products on the market. A couple of years ago, standalone NVRs were introduced into the market, catering to the increasing popularity of network cameras. Since then, their popularity has risen in the industry and standalone NVRs are claiming their spot as the mainstream video storage product. Another NVR develop in recent years is in response to community- and city-wide surveillance projects. The NVRs that cater to this market segment are large with powerful data processing capabilities.

While both PC-based and standalone NVRs record video, store video, and manage cameras, recorded content, viewing and archiving, the differences between the two lie in how they operate and the features they provide.

Standalone NVRs are smaller and more compact in size compared to PC-based NVRs. In terms of performance, standalone NVRs operate on SoC and usually have one or more DSPs for video compression, decompression, and a CPU for other functions. On the other hand, PC-based NVRs utilize the CPU for video compression/decompression, viewing and recording content, and managing cameras.

Currently, standalone NVRs are better suited for systems where the number of cameras is within the limits of an NVR's capacity. PC-based NVRs are decidedly more powerful in processing data, and offer much more flexibility in storage scalability, compared to standalone NVRs. PC-based systems also offer more camera scalability, whereas standalone NVRs tend to have an upper limit of camera capacity.

Standalone NVRs triumph over PC-based NVRs in the following areas: price, reliability, and stability. With fewer components and packaged in a compact case, they are appealing in price and more reliable in performance. They are also more stable, secure, and less prone to viruses and hacks, as they run on Linux, as opposed to a Windows-based system. Finally, as they run on a standalone operating system, they have a shorter boot time, compared to the longer loading time required by PC-based NVRs.

With their many benefits, standalone NVRs are gaining traction in the market. In response, several manufacturers are hearing this call and offering attractive products. For example, Shany Electronic is launching standalone NVRs in 4-, 20-, and 36 channels to meet the market demands of SMB enterprises. In this way, smaller projects benefit from the features and capabilities of standalone NVRs and SMB enterprises are able to save substantially on costs. More importantly, “these NVRs are not only powerful, but also boast ease-of-use features, such as auto search and built-in network power to remove the need of a PoE switch. The perk of this function is that it further reduces costs for customers as they do not have to purchase PoE switches, which could be costly. PC-based NVRs, for example, require substantial investments such as licenses for Windows, video analytics software, and monitors,” said Steve Tang, GM at Shany Electronic.

According to Joe Qiu, Overseas Business Director at TVT Digital Technology, the choice between PC-based NVRs and standalone NVRs depends on end users. More customers are familiar with PC-based NVRs now due to historical reasons, while more and more will adopt standalone NVRs because of their better prices and higher reliability. Currently, standalone NVRs are optimized at operations of up to 64 channels, although some manufacturers such as Hikvision, Dahua, and TVT are offering ones with over 100 channels. In the future, more and more applications would be covered by standalone NVRs.

However, the number of channels is not the only deciding factor. Aaron Yeh,Director of Surveon Technology, noted that some installations require more complex functions, such as integration with POS and delivery systems. In this scenario, even a franchised convenience store may require a PC-based NVR which is further integrated with its headquarters.

Generally, PC-based NVRs are deployed in large-scale projects, such as enterprises, and government and mission-critical applications. They may also be deployed in high-end homes or smaller-scale enterprises with more complex security requirements.

On the other hand, standalone NVRs are best suited for homes and small businesses with systems of up to 16 channels. QNAP Security, for example, recently completed a project in India where a gas company deployed standalone NVRs at its multiple sites. According to Evelyn Kao, Product Manager at Surveillance Business Division of QNAP Security, standalone NVRs met end-user requirements in terms of budget, reliability, local display feature, and functionality.

Undoubtedly, standalone NVRs and PC-based NVRs will have overlapping markets, but the question is how large and where is this overlap. In response to this, several industry experts have referenced the history of DVRs.

According to Yeh, based on the ease-of-use, affordability, stability, and reliability of standalone NVRs, the initial overlapping areas will be in the small businesses. The overlap, however, does not necessarily represent a threat to PC-based NVRs, as these small-scale installations have traditionally required less complex functions that PC-based NVRs are capable of. The advent of standalone NVRs will naturally fulfill the requirements of the end users in this segment comfortably. Beyond that, Yeh said, “there is still a large analog market and standalone NVRs will naturally replace the DVRs that are still out there.”

“Just like DVRs, when NVRs first came out, they are only available in the PC-based form. End users with less complex requirements had no other option, but now with the standalone NVRs available, it is natural that they will adopt it at a rapid pace,” he added.

Hence, some feel that standalone NVRs will take over some market share of PC-based NVRs, but this will be mostly concentrated in the mid-market segments. The mid- to high-scale installations will remain reserved for PC-based NVRs as end users require more channels and more complex integration, scalability, and storage.

At the same time, “PC-based NVRs may have an advantage because VMS technology is mature. However, with the adoption of advanced solutions and more efforts invested in standalone NVR technology, the scalability and flexibility of standalone NVRs would be enhanced dramatically. In other words, the rapid development of standalone NVRs would greatly decrease the traditional merits of PC-based NVRs,” commented Ice Wu, Product Director of Dahua Technology on the development of standalone NVRs.

The rising popularity of standalone NVRs has resulted in numerous manufacturers sprouting up in Shenzhen, China. Although standalone NVRs from these manufacturers come with a considerably lower price tag, Wu does not feel the need to be threatened by them. “I feel that they will have their place in the market, albeit mostly at the lower end. Dahua has paid attention to this trend and we have been strengthening and completing our product offerings to meet market demands," she highlighted.

According to Chris Hsu, Marketing Manager at Merit LILIN, conservative market figures for PC-based versus standalone NVRs are approximately 92 percent versus 8 percent this year. The ratios would likely change in favor of standalone NVRs to 85:15 next year, and 70:30 the year after.

The uptake of standalone NVRs is different amongst the various regions worldwide. “China is a mature market and the world's manufacturing hub of standalone NVRs. Hence, from our perspective, roughly 80 percent of the market is standalone NVRs,” said Eric Shen, Product Manager of DVR/NVR at Hikvision Digital Technology.

The figures are slightly different in other regions of the world. “In emerging countries, the ratio of standalone NVRs to PC-based NVRs is roughly 50:50. The ratio is less for Europe and North America, because these regions are headquarters to many of the PC-based systems and have traditionally been more used to PC-based systems as a result,” explained Shen on the regional difference in the adoption of standalone NVRs.

Education remains key to the widespread adoption of standalone NVRs in these regions. “We work hard to show end users and system integrations the benefits of standalone NVRs and we find that this has been successful in penetrating the developed markets. At the same time, however, the first segments to adopt standalone NVRs would be the small and medium enterprises as they stand to benefit most,” explained Shen.

In looking at why PC-based NVRs currently have more presence in the market, Qiu explained that standalone NVRs have just been in the market for roughly three to four years and have yet to reach mass adoption stage. Currently, approximately 60 to 70 percent of the market is dominated by PC-based NVRs. However, based on the history of DVRs, the standalone DVR market matured in 2007 and rapidly reached mass adoption stage within three years. Drawing a parallel, he noted, “based on current market trends, it is likely that roughly 80 percent of the end users will select standalone NVRs in the near future. There will still be that 20 percent who would have special requirements and opt for PC-based NVRs. This is because the PC is a platform that enables end users to integrate multiple other systems as required. At the same time however, these are very specialized needs, so the majority of the market will gear towards standalone NVRs.”

As standalone NVRs improve in capabilities and features, they stand to rival PC-based NVRs even further. The day when the global market share of standalone NVRs versus PC-based NVRs is 50:50 should not be far off.

Milestone releases new Husky Appliance Series with high-performance NVRs

Milestone releases new Husky Appliance Series with high-performance NVRs

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/16/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), releases a new series of products called the Milestone Husky Series. These NVR appliances feature robust, ready-to-use surveillance solutions that provide Milestone's advanced VMS pre-installed on high-performance hardware.

“Milestone Husky is a new family of unique performance-optimized solutions for out-of-the-box video surveillance. When designing the Husky appliance series, we thought big: creating a range of products to meet a wide variety of needs, with robust products that are plug-and-play yet configurable and scalable,” says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems. “These are powerful appliances with reliable, high quality components and superior feature sets, all-in-one solutions that drive faster processing and better quality video and analytics.”

The ready-to-use Milestone Husky Series include a three-year Software Upgrade Plan and hardware warranty, available in three form factors designed for different surveillance requirements:
*the Husky M10, a very sleek and small fanless device
*the Husky M30 high-performance desktop appliance
*the Husky M50 rack-mounted high-power units

The Husky Series also offers in custom-build versions with more than 40 individual combinations of pre-matched software and suitable hardware. The boxes provide fast processing power of i3/i5/i7, high storage capacity of 1 to 24TB, RAM options from 4GB to 16GB, and dual network interface cards.

Easy and fast to install, Milestone Husky NVRs have automatic device discovery with wizards for configuring the entire system, and the device license keys are pre-activated. The Milestone open platform supports more than 2,000 camera models from over 100 manufacturers, as well as compatibility with ONVIF and PSIA compliant devices. Third-party integrations with video analytics and access control add even more value.

Customers will get instant and remote access to live and recorded video through a flexible choice of client interfaces: Milestone XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client or Milestone Mobile – all available in 26 languages.

The Husky M30 and Husky M50 are pre-installed with professional grade, full-featured Milestone VMS. Maps provide overviews of an entire installation and the Alarm Manager gives immediate visual verifications while camera carousels do virtual patrolling. Workloads are minimized through a video timeline, Sequence Explorer and Smart Search - advanced investigation tools with easy evidence sharing and export options.

“We have listened to customers in the video surveillance market – and now match their needs for a pre-configured, integrated solution with reliable Milestone quality. The Milestone Husky series is a serious move from the world VMS leader into the appliance business,” states Nordenlund.

The Milestone Husky series is available in November and can be pre-ordered from Milestone channel partners, in the U.S. and Canada initially, rolling out in selected world regions throughout 2014. Demonstrations will be shown at the ASIS International trade show in Chicago September 24-27, at Milestone's booth 2223.

Bosch and Streaming Networks integrated license plate recognition in VMS

Bosch and Streaming Networks integrated license plate recognition in VMS

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 9/13/2013 | Article type: Security 50

A new partnership between Bosch Security Systems, Inc. and Streaming Networks will deliver integrated license plate recognition functionality within the Video Management System (VMS) v4.5 from Bosch. The two companies are working together to give customers greater capabilities for gathering vehicle information as part of their security surveillance infrastructure. Streaming Networks' iRecord License Plate LPR-100 reads retro-reflective license plates found in the U.S. and Canada. It is powered by the company's innovative optical character recognition (OCR) engine, allowing it to accurately read plates even when they are improperly aligned, partially hidden by plate frames or have vertically stacked characters. When paired with license plate capture cameras from Bosch—such as the DINION capture product family—the system delivers consistent, high-quality images of vehicle license plates even in low-light conditions or when headlight or sun glare are present.

“Streaming Networks optical character recognition is focused on assisting customers in tackling real-world security and surveillance issues, such as reading license plates under challenging conditions. We are excited to partner with Bosch to deliver this cutting-edge OCR solution to global customers,” says Ayub Khan, CEO Streaming Networks, Santa Clara, CA. Bosch customers can now view the iRecord License Plate LPR-100 device page in the main VMS window, as just another local edge storage device. This integration makes it easier for operators to access license plate data, which can help them to enhance security around perimeters, improve parking management and toll collection and assist with other similar needs.

“The open availability of our integration tools enables partners to leverage Bosch products to create unique solutions that meet a specific market need,” said Brad Eck, Integration Manager, North America, Bosch Security Systems, Inc., “We look forward to furthering the partnership with Streaming Networks to provide our mutual customers with greater capabilities for gathering vehicle information that can help mitigate risk and improve overall security.”

With Bosch's VMS, operators know instantly what is happening in the entire organization. It reduces the complexity of video management, allowing personnel to operate more efficiently and effectively. It can support configurations ranging from a single standalone system to multi-site large-scale enterprise applications with an unlimited number of cameras.

Milestone solution partner integrations get certified

Milestone solution partner integrations get certified

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), offers full and documented testing by Connex International for certification of Milestone Solution Partner integrations. More than a dozen Milestone Solution Partners already have achieved certification: Agent Vi, BriefCam, Oncam GrandEye, The HawkEye Effect, Ipsotek, Mango DSP/Mate, Open Options, Prism Skylabs, Sentry 360, Technology Associates (TEAS), Technoaware, Viasys and VIT. These include analytics, video synopsis, 360° camera view dewarping, geo-spatial positioning, and access control.

Milestone's open platform VMS enables innovation through integrations with XProtect video surveillance software. The Milestone Integration Platform (MIP) includes a Software Development Kit (SDK) with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and is upgraded with continual advancements for ongoing developments. The Milestone Solution Partner (MSP) program therefore takes an active role in shaping and driving the industry by supporting and promoting value-adding interoperable solutions to meet the diverse and changing needs of customers worldwide.

The Milestone solution certification carried out by Connex International tests and evaluates such third-party integrations with a focus on four areas: functionality, usability, performance and partner assessment. This means that certified MSP integrations give systems integrators, resellers and distributors the extra confidence to work with XProtect integrated solutions, increasing the functionality of their installations to achieve new levels of customer satisfaction. “The independent validation through rigorous testing results in fully documented proof of third-party integrations with the Milestone XProtect VMS open platform. The certification provides extra assurance of reliable operability demanded by customers - the tough testing and evaluation process confirms that the integrated solution really works,” states Christian Bohn, VP Strategic Alliances at Milestone Systems.

Certified MSP offerings are proven to fulfill two characteristics:
*The full scope of the integration is functional.
*System integrators can install and integrate the solution with reasonable guidance and training.

After the initial certification of the integrated solution, there are options for yearly re-certification. This means that whether Milestone or the partner launches a new product version, it can always be guaranteed that the integration is compatible.

"Our certification as a Milestone Partner means integrators can now deliver a complete visual merchandising and analytics solution to customers," said Prism Skylabs Founder and CEO Steve Russell.

“Open Options has enjoyed a strong relationship with Milestone over many years to provide our customers with a unified solution that brings together access control and video management. We are very excited to be part of the MSP Certification Program to further validate the integration between DNA Fusion? and XProtect. The program has not only provided us with valuable insight to help us improve our own products, but is also a tremendous value to our mutual customers with the assurance that they are receiving a top quality, proven integrated solution,” says Steve Fisher, CEO, OpenOptions.

“Mango DSP's Mate VCA integration with Milestone provides our joint customers with a comprehensive and seamless video analytics solution based on open architecture. The Connex certification process documents that the integrated video management interface provides situational awareness for efficient and proactive response to focused real-time events while enabling the benefit of intelligence-based recording,” says Steve E. Forbes, Business Development Sales Manager at Mango.

“The Milestone Solution Partner Certification has had an immediate positive impact for The HawkEye Effect and our GeoSpatial Intelligence platform. In the software business it can be difficult to establish credibility, but this certification has opened doors for us. We have been invited to participate in opportunities from around the globe and we have successfully closed deals as a result,” says Jeffrey Blair, Chief Executive Officer at The HawkEye Effect.

"BriefCam views Milestone certification as another very important stage in the already strong relations between our two companies," says Dror Irani, CEO & President of BriefCam. "Our technology integration and partnership began in 2009. Our VS Enterprise and the newly launched BriefCam Syndex for rapid video review are embedded tightly within Milestone XProtect's top offerings. We are proud to be Milestone partners and believe firmly that this tie takes us from strength to strength."

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