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StandardAero takes security to new heights with Honeywell

StandardAero takes security to new heights with Honeywell

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 1/8/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Founded in 1911, StandardAero is one of the world's largest independent aviation service businesses. StandardAero specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul for commercial, air transport, military, business and general aviation, industrial aircraft and helicopters. Its 4,000 employees located in 26 facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia serve customers from more than 80 different countries. StandardAero is always looking for a better way to provide excellent service to its customers, from developing proprietary repair processes to redesigning its facilities to make them among the most efficient in the world.

The Situation
There's no doubt about it: operators love their aircraft. When operators bring an aircraft to StandardAero for service, they want to stay with the plane throughout the entire maintenance process. They want to know who's working on the airplane and want to interact with the crew as work moves forward to monitor progress personally.

The challenge faced by StandardAero was how to keep the facility secure while simultaneously ensuring that visiting pilots, directors of maintenance and owners had unrestricted access to their planes. Under the company's old visitor management procedure, a visitor had to remain in sight of an employee escort at all times. While availability of an escort wasn't always an issue, StandardAero customers said they felt the process to be limiting. They worried that they posed an inconvenience to the staff, and felt the escort procedure added cost to the overall repair charges and diverted manpower away from the aircraft.

“We began evaluating security solutions with two goals in mind: It had to be as effective as a physical escort and invisible to our customers. We talked to our customers about what would best meet their needs,” said Melissa Maddox, vice president, legal risk management for StandardAero, “and we set out to develop a solution to balance regulatory requirements with those needs.”

The Solution
Maddox had seen equipment tracked with a chip, showing an asset as a dot on a screen. Her vision was to put a chip in a customer's badge and follow it with cameras. Consultant Mark Pickett of ABET Alliance, LLC, introduced Maddox to Chris Wise from Security 101, and she told him they needed an active system to protect the planes — that was completely invisible to customers. Wise helped turn the vision into reality.

The first time a customer visits the StandardAero facility in Augusta, Georgia, he is given a picture ID badge that is programmed in the Pro-Watch security management system to grant access in authorized areas during his visit. As the visitor moves throughout the hangars, RFID sensors recognize the presence of a badge and activate the Honeywell cameras installed in each zone, and the security operator is able to track him through the facility on monitors integrated into Honeywell's MAXPRO VMS video management system.

The Benefits
Rather than feeling as if they're being followed and watched all the time, the Honeywell system gives StandardAero customers a greater sense of personal freedom and independence when they're in the facility and helps them feel their aircraft is more secure, which benefits StandardAero. “We're thinking of expanding our e-Escort program to our other facilities,” Maddox said, “We've investigated other options but nothing seems quite as effective.”

Additionally, while it remains unobtrusive for StandardAero's customers, the system has gotten the attention of another important audience: the Department of Homeland Security. That agency is interested in implementing best practices for security programs at airports and aviation repair stations in this country and has recently approached StandardAero to see how e-Escort works.

“e-Escort helps us enhance the ownership and operating experience for our customers,” Maddox said. “Honeywell and Security 101 helped us provide the kind of solution expected of StandardAero by our customers.”

Jefferson County Waterway adopts Milestone VMS

Jefferson County Waterway adopts Milestone VMS

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 1/8/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) is at the center of operational overview for the authorities who handle the Sabine-Neches Waterway running 55 miles through Jefferson County, Texas, to the Gulf of Mexico. This area includes a commercial and military out-load port in the United States and is the fourth largest port in terms of processed tonnage. They need to ensure the safety of those working and traveling through the port, and to keep traffic flowing for the commerce that relies on clear passage.

A vast traffic-monitoring network has been deployed here to ensure that all vessels (civilian, military and commercial) can safely navigate the waters with minimal interference such as collisions or other stoppage. The new surveillance system also monitors the many petroleum refineries that line the channel. Backed by a Verizon Wireless 4G connection, the county cameras along the waterway are networked through Milestone XProtect Enterprise VMS for managing high definition video of live vessel movements and incident reporting from the archived footage.

“Milestone truly is the best IP video open platform on the market. It integrates with all of the cameras seamlessly and provides the sheriff's department with more high definition images for significantly better views of the waterway than their previous system. We now have camera ‘eyes' located on an array of tall locations in challenging environments. Our solution design includes live mobile video on tablets and smart-phones to dispatchers and personnel on watercraft,” says Mark Nolan, Sales Engineer at systems integrator Knight Security Systems.

Vessels range in size from small tugboats to huge tanker ships hauling hundreds of tons of oil and other commodities. When an incident is called in to port security, authorities must assess the situation and respond immediately. Milestone XProtect provides the user interface where reported incidents are checked in the video to determine if the port must close to resolve a situation or can continue operating. Closing the port for any amount of time is an expensive procedure, so having virtual eyes on the scene is imperative to optimal operations.

The previously installed system was very limited - only viewable and navigable in 1 control station building. Knight Security Systems therefore designed and installed a Milestone XProtect Enterprise IP video surveillance solution managing AXIS Q1604 and Sony SNC-ER550 cameras, and more than 8 terabytes of storage to provide 24 hours of archiving. With the Milestone Mobile client, the sheriff's department and port authorities now have instant access to video from anywhere.

The Milestone solution consolidates the 24-hour monitored cameras into 1 centrally managed solution, viewable by all administrators in their offices, in the main monitoring station and on mobile devices. With high-level national security implications, live camera views and the ability to quickly check recorded video is essential to the port's operational standards for efficiency. Every second between an incident report and confirmation of the validity of the report is crucial to the response process.

Protecting the Port
The only ways to access Jefferson County through the waterway is via Sabine Pass or 2 entry points on the Intracoastal Waterway. With an advanced communication system and screening process, no vessel is unaccounted for. The cameras give verification to confirm radio transmissions. The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) at Port Arthur acts as the “keepers of the gate” aided by the Milestone video management solution, issuing advisories and minimizing blind spots.

“If we pick up a radar blip that's not transmitting an identification signal, it is imperative to identify that blip before it enters the port,” explains Michael Measells, Director of Vessel Traffic Service. “The cameras can do what radar can't achieve - put an eye on a vessel through the Milestone XProtect software, allowing us to know what's moving, from a marine safety and security standpoint. That's the number-one mission.”

Cameras line the river and port entrance, placed in strategic locations from the roofs of buildings to the top of the Verizon Wireless 4G towers. A Jefferson County Sheriff helicopter also hosts a mounted camera ready to be called into action at any time, whether it's monitoring an incident or making rounds.

“We've adapted to the ease of application, connectivity and versatility of the Milestone interface very quickly – it's so easy to use,” says John Moore, Electronics Materials Officer, United States Coast Guard. “Milestone is always up and running, and it loads extremely fast on any mobile operating system. The versatility of our Milestone setup also allows us to remotely provide access to our Sector Command Center in Houston.”

Incident Confirmation and Control
The port is a vital, active entity, responsible for millions of dollars in assets and manpower. If an incident is reported to the Sheriff's Department or Coast Guard, there are established procedures to follow before any response is made. Any event, whether a boating accident, cargo spill or personal injury, has the potential to shut down the channel for an extended length of time.

“This is a high-traffic waterway and with a limited width, there are bound to be close calls and incidents,” says Measells. “It's good to have more eyes on each vessel.”

When an incident is reported, officials must immediately confirm the report. Then the proper authorities are contacted and ground or water personnel deployed as needed. The sheriff's department jurisdiction covers the entire 55 miles of critical infrastructure.

“If I get a report of an incident, I'll pull Milestone Mobile up on my tablet or phone to assess the situation,” says Deputy Chief Mark Dubois, Jefferson County Sheriff. “XProtect helps us respond quickly, allowing us to view video from any cameras immediately, from any location, any time, to confirm or deny an event.”

“We can move from evaluation of a report to initiating a response in a matter of minutes, if not seconds,” Moore adds. “There's time and money there. Once we confirm, all responders' mindsets are immediately shifted into response.”

Hikvision and National Police Agency secure Seoul with PTZ  IP cams

Hikvision and National Police Agency secure Seoul with PTZ IP cams

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, along with the Korean National Police Agency recently designed an IP video surveillance system for public safety usage. More than 750 units of Hikvision's DS-2DF7286-A 2MP Network IR PTZ Dome Cameras are installed in Seoul and adjacent suburbs in South Korea. These Hikvision cameras are primarily tasked with coverage of streets, intersections, and other vital infrastructure locations, to provide a safer environment for both vehicles and commuters. This solution also serves as a deterrent against theft and other related crime, as well as a useful aid in police investigations.

Hikvision PTZ cameras provide a 360° endless pan range and a -10° to 190° tilt range of view. These cameras offer a 30x optical zoom capability to help police with observing the required detail needed for distant vehicles and suspicious individuals. Additionally, the PTZ cameras provide surveillance at distances of up-to 150 meters, even in total darkness. One special note is the Smart Tracking function, which helps detect moving objects and follow them within the camera's area of coverage without fault.

Integrated with existing network video recorders and VMS from local suppliers, Hikvision's PTZ cameras provide a total VPMS (Video Privacy Management System) solution. This system represents an irreplaceable tool for the concerned Korean National Police Agency, and ensures that while citizens are being protected, their personal privacy is being not violated.

EverFocus won 4 Taiwan Excellence Awards in 2013

EverFocus won 4 Taiwan Excellence Awards in 2013

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 12/27/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus' IP cameras, Hybrid mobile NVR solution, and their cross-system integration surveillance platform won 4 Taiwan Excellence Awards in 2013.

Delivered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan Excellence Award recognizes technologically innovative products produced by enterprises in Taiwan. As an award winner for six consecutive years, EverFocus continues to impress.

Instead of getting one award, EverFocus' splendid products received four awards this year. The award-winning products are EverFocus Hybrid Mobile Solution, EAN3300 3MP HD box IP camera, EHN3261 2MP outdoor IP camera, and Genie Cross-System Integration Surveillance Platform.

By combining the capabilities of 3G-Capable Hybrid EMV1600 Mobile NVR, EMW330T IR Vari-focal Lens Mobile Camera and EMN2320 IP Mobile Camera as well as our VMS/CMS software and mobile Apps, EverFocus Hybrid Mobile Solution can fulfill a wide range of user requirements, allowing for pure IP, IP and Analog combination, or Analog-only operation according to customers' needs and industry standards.

EAN3300 is a 3 MP high definition box network camera which delivers high definition image quality with up to 15fps in 2048x1536 resolutions. EAN3300 supports both H.264 and MJPEG multi-streaming. The camera has a built-in slot for a micro SDHC card, providing uninterrupted recording when network system is down. Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) supplies power to the camera via the network for easy installation with only one cable, eliminating the need for power cables and reducing installation costs. EAN3300 conforms to ONVIF/PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices – even from other manufacturers.

The EHN3261 is a 2 MP auto focus form-factor bullet IP camera, providing 30 fps at 1920 x 1080 viewing resolution with 10X optical zoom lens. The camera supports quad streams from H.264, MPEG4 and MJPEG video compression formats. Equipped with vandal proof IK10-rated and weather-resistance (IP68) housing plus ten IR LEDs for enabling the night visibility of up to 40 meters, the camera meets a wide variety of needs for outdoor surveillance. The camera has a built-in SDHC card slot, providing local recording when the event was triggered. Power over Ethernet supplies power to the camera via the network for easy installation with only one cable, eliminating the need for power cables and reducing installation costs.

EHN3261 conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices – even from other manufacturers. EverFocus Mobile Applications allows remote viewing of live views of the cameras through handheld devices; or use EverFocus CMS to remotely manage multiple IP devices connected on the network.

The Genie Cross-System Integration Surveillance Platform adopts an open and flexible architecture, and with plenty of integration scalability. The lead time and required resources to customize new features can be lowered dramatically. With the brand new idea of monitoring and manipulating this platform through ordinary web page, it erases the need of program pre-installation to user machine once and for all. Contents and structures displayed in the web page are managed by the host server, thus when adjustments are required, simply set that on the server side and it will apply to all, no updates or settings for user's computer are needed any more.

2014 market forecast: Financial, education and healthcare markets to grow in US

2014 market forecast: Financial, education and healthcare markets to grow in US

Editor / Provider: Tyco intergrated security | Updated: 12/24/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Even though US economic recovery is still staggering, Dan Schroeder, Vice President of Sales of Tyco Integrated Security, still remains optimistic — predicting the financial market, as well as education and healthcare will still present outstanding sales figures in 2014.

The financial services market
“In the next year we expect to see an increase in the financial services market. We've been working closely with our customers to better understand what the new ‘branch of tomorrow' will look like so we can continue to develop solutions which meet their ever evolving needs.” Schroeder explains.

Tyco expects an increase in store performance and customer experience. This will be done by continuing to implement effective security technology such as advanced video intelligence with higher-definition megapixel cameras to provide better images and more efficient coverage, access control solutions for ATM vestibules, as well as code automation to help ensure alarm codes stay in the right hands.

Education and healthcare
Moreover, Schroeders also points out 2 specific areas where are expected to see an increase in access control solutions: education and healthcare. “For healthcare, we've been seeing an uptick in demand for wireless lock technology. For example, in addition to the facility doors, hospitals and medical buildings have requested innovative locking mechanisms that bring access control to non-traditional applications such as storage cabinets for clinical consumables. ” Schroeder says.

“On the other hand”, Schroeder emphasizes, “many school administrators are now reassessing their security measures and emergency management plans. The majority of which are specifically focused on schools entrances, and are looking to integrate solutions like video intercom and visitor management systems. We predict that in the next year, these 2 sectors will continue to increase their spending on these types of security solutions. ”

A neglected market: crowd control
Additionally, Schroeder also addresses a neglected area in the past where is starting to show impressive growth — crowd control. “Tyco Integrated Security is very involved in the communities we serve and have become a resource to keeping the people of these communities safe.” Schroeder says. “For instance, we recently worked with Fenway to provide security solutions that were utilized during the World Series. Moving into 2014, Tyco Integrated Security will continue to work with the arenas, stadiums, and cities to provide the solutions they need during large-scale events. ”

A new zeitgeist: customer experience improvement
Speaking of product trends, Schroeder emphasizes the importance of customer experience improvement. “As our customers' security needs continue to evolve, so will our company. We are always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience and provide the best set of security solutions available. 1 way we've done this is by offering world class solutions manufactured by our sister company, Tyco Security Products. “

Tyco Security Products recently acquired Exacq, a developer of open architecture video management systems (VMS) for security and surveillance applications for the mid-size market space. By leveraging the partnership between its sister company, Tyco now has an opportunity to expand its video technology portfolio while strengthening its presence in the mid-market space. The quality of Exacq's products coupled with ease of use and ease of installation are expected to help Tyco address the needs of a different type of video users than we do with our current portfolio.

Schroeder says, “our end users are increasingly looking to us to provide security as a service, and moving forward, we expect mobile security technologies will address this need. For example, with mobile security management tools, business owners can remotely manage security systems from a mobile device, improve visibility with real time alerts and video clips, as well as improve work-life balance and optimize efficiency by conveniently supervising multiple locations from anywhere. “

New challenges underway
Even though the financial market, as well as education and healthcare are expected to see robust growth in sales; there is still a string of challenges underway in the year of 2004 for Tyco, specifically in brand differentiation, keeping employees up-to-date with the changing protocols and standards, and marketing Tyco as a globalized brand.

“1 of the biggest challenges we face as a system integrator is finding a way to differentiate our brand in a crowded market space. At Tyco Integrated Security, we stand out from our competition by working closely with our customers to ensure they receive the security solutions that not only meet, but exceed their expectations. This is done by utilizing partnerships with other companies, providing technology that's easy to use and by offering resources, such as the Centers of Excellence that provides organizations access to a robust source of information to enable well-informed decision making. “Schroeder says.

Moreover, Schroeder also expresses his concerns over how to keeping employees up-to-date with the changing protocols and evolving standards. “This has been another challenge. At Tyco Integrated Security, we take every step to ensure employees are properly equipped to handle each and every situation. Some ways we do this is through annual training sessions for all technicians, conducting frequent assessments to ensure that training is fully understood and learned, as well as offering online education tools on specific security technologies that are available to all employees. “

“Finally, a third challenge has been to continue to market a globalized brand. “, he points out, “ As multinationals globalize their security practices, they face a world fragmented with different regulations, cultures and standards that go beyond the changing standards in the U.S. By working with the third-party partners who have the necessary knowledge, experience and resources, Tyco Integrated Security has developed a global service delivery platform with greater consistency and simplicity. “

exacqVision VMS integrates with Software house C-Cure 9000

exacqVision VMS integrates with Software house C-Cure 9000

Editor / Provider: exacq(Tyco) | Updated: 12/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies announces a new integration with Software House's C-Cure 9000 version 2.20 security and event management system. C-Cure 9000 is a powerful access control system that uses multiple CPU cores and 64-bit operating systems, making it 1 of the fastest and most secure industry solutions.

The integration of C-CURE 9000 and exacqVision VMS software provides an environment where video and access control events are combined into 1 powerful solution. With the capability of displaying and recording video associated with access control events, this integration works seamlessly to link video with these events into a single interface. Additionally, by using pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) controls, users can search for activities occurring at various access points to find and export the related videos.

Bringing together video surveillance and access control into the same security system gives end-users an advanced, centralized way to monitor activities and improve overall security.

Milestone hires managers in EMEA and USA

Milestone hires managers in EMEA and USA

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 12/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is strengthening its organization with a new Vice President of Sales for EMEA, Public Relations Manager for EMEA, corporate Director of Large Accounts and National Sales Managers in the Americas.

Thomas Lausten started this month as VP Sales, EMEA, and is also a new member of the Extended Leadership Team (ELT) in Milestone Systems. With proven competency as a professional manager, he will contribute to the strong growth curve that Milestone has attained since its founding in 1998.

Lausten brings strong knowledge of the security industry in Europe, as well as broad cultural insight into the differences across the region. Throughout his career he has consistently performed, growing with his positions and responsibilities at Siemens Building Technology - Security Products, ADI Global Distribution, Bewator and Antech.

“We are eager to tap into Thomas Lausten's knowledge about today's security distributors and how run-rate business is built and managed in two-tier channels. I look forward to including Thomas in the Milestone management team and changing our DNA to cater to the work at hand in our ambitious strategic goals,” says Eric Fullerton, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Milestone Systems.

Keven Marier has moved from Connex International to become Milestone's Director of Large Accounts Business Development. In an increasingly competitive market, Milestone has growing opportunities with large projects and end-users related to the Corporate Business Unit.

Milestone Co-founder and Chief Product Officer John Blem says: “In order to effectively address this opportunity, Keven will work with the projects in the high-end of the market. He will be taking a strategic role for the Corporate Business Unit, supporting the complex projects, ensuring consistent tie-ins between the product group and the field organization which will benefit the channel and the customers. His forte is articulating the technical value proposition while evaluating strategic fit and impact on our future roadmaps.”

In October this year, Chris Wyller was hired as National Sales Manager Americas East for Milestone Systems, complementing Brad Carey, National Sales Manager Americas West. Based out of Chicago, Wyller is managing the Eastern U.S. which includes the Great Lakes, Northeast, NYC/NJ, Gulf, Mid-Atlantic, North Central and Southeast territories, with the respective Channel Business Managers reporting to him. He has returned to Milestone Systems after a 3-year stint with Sony as Strategic National Account Manager. He was previously also engaged at Wesco/CSC and Siemens Building Technologies after getting his degree from Western Illinois University.

I Jens Ole Steen (Joss) Svendsen is now PR and Communications Manager for EMEA in the Milestone Corporate Communications team. He has responsibilities for global product PR and Manufacturer Alliance Partner PR, EMEA-focused customer stories and media relationship management. With a degree in Movies and Media from the University of Copenhagen, he also holds a Master of Science from the Institute of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen.

Joss was earlier with Carlsberg as Online Business Developer and with Microsoft as Online Marketing Manager and Partner Communications Manager. Prior to that, he worked for PC World and Computerworld as Editor-in-Chief, Technology Editor and Journalist. Most recently, he freelanced in media production and digital business development.

HD-SDI(6): Hybrid approaches to integrate HD-SDI and IP solutions

HD-SDI(6): Hybrid approaches to integrate HD-SDI and IP solutions

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 12/19/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

IP megapixel, HD-SDI, and 960H solutions are gaining more traction as the pursuit of HD presses on. However, both manufacturers and installers, who relied on network products, have great hesitations in adopting HD-SDI and 960H cameras. Hybrid approaches to answer integration questions will be explained below.

Integration of IP, HD-SDI, and Analog systems
When HD-SDI solutions were first introduced in the security industry, people were discussing the pros and cons of HD-SDI and IP applications. The fact is these solutions were designed to enhance image resolutions. With the same built purpose, those products should be able to coexist in the infrastructure.

If it is an environment with coax cabling, there are a couple ways to install IP megapixel, HD-SDI, and analog cameras together. For example, by adding in Security Link Over Coax (SLOC) transmitters and receivers at the back side of network cameras, a hybrid approach is created, enabling cost-effective migration while combining the best features of analog and digital video. Since SLOC units (at the Transmit and Receive end-points) support both CVBS and IP at both ends, they are able to deliver TCP/IP digital signal over coax. This approach not only solves the cabling issues of IP cameras, but also eliminates significant modification for existing analog systems. With existing coaxial cables, received SDI signals can be sent to HD-SDI DVRs or video matrix switchers directly, allowing IP and SDI systems co-exist.

If the existing infrastructure is based on TCP/IP network architecture, where network cameras are the main focus, non-IP cameras such as HD-SDI and 960H cameras would need a transmission and conversion approach. There are two ways to convert HD-SDI signals into those signals that can be used by TCP/IP networks. One way is to adopt HD-SDI DVRs to collect the digital signals from all of the HD-SDI cameras and to generate TCP/IP signals for network routing. Then, users can manage the video data of HD-SDI cameras or perform fast remote manipulation of PTZ controlling with central management software (CMS) or the graphic user interface of these DVRs.

Another way is to use SDI digital video servers (DVS) to encode the signals from HD-SDI cameras to TCP/IP signals. Individual HD-SDI video streams then become IP signals, which support routing for network surveillance functions. Similarly, signals from 960H cameras can be collected through DVRs which generate signals for IP routing and surveillance. Taking advantage of DVS to encode video signals into TCP/IP signals in order to transport video streams over the network.

To Reach Maximum Transmission Range
One of the important transmission issues is the maximum range for coax-based analog signals vs. CAT5-based Ethernet IP communications. Some may criticize that HD-SDI signals have a major drawback; they support shorter distance than IP solutions. Fiber optic communications ease these concerns as they are widely used in large-scale security applications. Coax links can deliver HD-SDI signals in real-time over point-to-point cable up to 200 meters for standard-grade cable and up to 500 meters with a signal booster.

For the longer distance transmission of network system, it is commonplace to use fiber optic devices to transfer one or more HD-SDI or analog video streams over fiber optic transmission, which supports wavelength-division multiplexing technologies (WDM/DWDM/CWDM) to meet one-way or bidirectional transmission of multi-channel HD-SDI signals with a maximum distance from 30 to 70 kilometers.

Challenges in Shared Storage
HD images are able to be stored in embedded SDI DVRs and NVRs. However, HD-SDI has standard resolutions of 720P or 1080P at 25 or 30 fps, and the size of converted data is about 1.485Gbps. Storing such raw data requires huge costs. A more practical way is to take approaches such as network compression, D1 recording for general scenes, and HD recording for events to save storage footprints. Therefore, users can get benefits from both HD image recording and smooth latency-free real-time image sources. The numbers of DVRs and configurations of IP or HD-SDI recording can be defined based on the fact that resolutions of 720P or 1080P at 30 fps produce 400 to 650 MB of video data per hour, which means one channel of video data requires 350 to 500 GB of storage capacity per month.

Video Management
Many suppliers are introducing networked video platform to route the video data encoded by HD-SDI matrix switchers or HD-DVRs and to enhance integrated IP surveillance systems with VMS or NVRs to perform alarm triggering, information gathering and centralized administration. Such platform features strong data management capabilities to perform central management, indexing, searching, content analysis, and alarm noticing.

The front end installation can combine coax cables with fiber optics devices to transfer all captured signals to the control center, where those collected signals are routed to multiple screens and HD-SDI DVRs with networked feature for real-time monitoring or management. This system not only meets the requirements of network IP surveillance, but also enables quick and convenient configurations for different sites and resolution formats. Another aproach is to adopt video encoders to convert signals and transmit them to HD NVR/NAS/SAN for storage and management.

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Tyco Security Products unveils purpose-built solutions at Intersec 2014

Tyco Security Products unveils purpose-built solutions at Intersec 2014

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 12/17/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, will be returning to Intersec 2014 in Dubai with a comprehensive portfolio of purpose-built access control, video, intrusion and PSIM solutions.

The newly acquired Exacq Technologies will be shown for the first time on the Tyco Security Products stand SA/305C as further evidence of the company's recognition of the widely diverse way in which customers use their solutions. Best suited for those who use their their video solutions as an event-driven, forensic tool, Exacq's intuitive VMS platform – exacqVision - is the ideal complement to the company's American Dynamics VMS solution – VideoEdge and victor. These user-centric offerings cater to fundamentally different user needs, which Tyco Security Products identifies as a gap in the market today.

Another portfolio making its debut at the Tyco Security Products stand is Surveillint from Proximex, a Physical Security Information Management solution that connects and correlates information from disparate systems. Surveillint provides a single, centralized environment to help mitigate risk, ensure compliance and offer a quick ROI, and is tailored to users that require the most comprehensive of command and control platforms for total system management.

"As in many markets around the world, the security needs of users in the Middle East range from the smallest of businesses and residences to large corporate or industrial customers requiring the highest levels of protection," said Mike Ryan, president of Tyco Security Products. "With our expanded portfolio of purpose built solutions, we're pleased to offer customers a diverse array of options to meet their very specific security objectives, instead of the typical one size fits all approach."

This focus on user-specific objectives is also addressed by the vast offering of American Dynamics IP cameras that will be on display. The new Illustra Flex line provides very affordable, high-definition 1MP and 3MP video with excellent low light performance, providing businesses a cost-effective camera option without sacrificing image quality. For users with more active surveillance needs, the Illustra 625 PTZ is designed with exceptional speed and ultra-low latency performance for applications where locating, tracking and zooming in on subject details is critical.

The purpose-built philosophy is not new to the company which markets distinct access control solutions to different customers globally. The latest releases from three of those differentiated solutions – Software House, CEM and Kantech - will be on display on the stand.

Software House will showcase its new single-reader version of the popular iSTAR Edge controller. This new controller utilizes Power over Ethernet (PoE) to leverage existing network infrastructure, which dramatically reduces installation costs which otherwise can quickly get exorbitant for a security team looking for an enterprise solution. A new version of the security and event management platform, C-CURE 9000 v2.2, features a host of enhancements that simplify the management of personnel access, including features such as credential deactivation, custom clearances, and activating events based on activity.

CEM will debut the version 6.8 software release of its powerful AC2000 access control and integrated security management system, offering a host of new features including enhancements to the AC2000 WEB platform. At Intersec, AC2000 will be integrated with American Dynamics cameras and DSC alarm monitoring panels forming a single, integrated Tyco Security Products solution. Also from CEM is emerald, the industry's most advanced multifunctional intelligent access terminal, featuring an innovative touch screen reader and controller in one.

One of the highlights for Kantech is the new Kantech ioPass SA-550 Stand Alone Door Controller, which brings the reader and controller together in an easy-to-use software free solution. Rounding out the intuitive Kantech offerings is the Intevo Compact, an entry-level version of its innovative, easy to deploy security platform that integrates access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium size enterprises.

VIVOTEK network cameras watches wildlife with Simon King

VIVOTEK network cameras watches wildlife with Simon King

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/13/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Full-hearted Passion towards Wildlife
Simon King, the founder of SimonKingWildlife.com, is a renowned and highly-esteemed naturalist with a love and passion for the natural world. Because of his love of nature, Simon has devoted his career to wildlife preservation and observation. Simon's first film on nature was created at the age of 12 and, as an adult; Simon has created, directed and hosted many TV programs and films on wildlife. He has received several international awards, recognizing him as one of the great contributors to wildlife. In 2013, Simon King established SimonKingWildlife.com, an online platform that compiles resources and observations on wildlife.

Monitoring wildlife at close range can cause problems due to their cautious nature and suspicion of new or unusual objects. The unpredictable climate is another variable in observing wildlife. Moreover, many people who have an interest in wildlife might not have sufficient free time to visit natural locations in person. Taking into account these considerations, Simon created the “Live Cams” section on his website to bring audiences closer to nature. Viewers can easily view wildlife at various locations in real-time through live video streams, which are captured and transmitted by IP network cameras

Superior Quality For Vivid Monitoring
IP network cameras chosen for monitoring wildlife in real-time around the clock have to be exceptionally robust, capable of high image quality and resilient to the stringent and ever-changing natural environment. More importantly, intelligent video management software (VMS) is needed for proactive motion detection of the animals. By employing intelligent VMS, the movement and activity of wild animals can be triggered, informed and recorded in real-time. Based on these requirements, Simon King consulted iCode Systems, a leading VMS manufacturer in UK. Recommended by Huw Edwards, the director of iCode Systems, VIVOTEK's outdoor network cameras IP8332-C and Mini-Box network camera IP8152 fully integrates with iCode Systems' VMS iCatcher, and the solution was selected to meet Simon King's requirements.

Simon has five locations in England set up for monitoring wildlife in real-time, including a camera in the London region for monitoring peregrines and foxes, one in Somerset County for monitoring otters, kingfishers, dippers and badgers, and one in Wales for kites, buzzards, and ravens. In this project, VIVOTEK's IP8332-C and IP8152 cameras play a pivotal role. The IP8332-C, a bullet-style network camera designed for diverse outdoor applications, features a 1-megapixel CMOS sensor and a removable IR-cut filter for day and night functionality, which enables high quality and high resolution video to be captured. In order to withstand harsh outdoor environments, the camera is encased in an IP66-rated housing and weather-proof casing. Moreover, the IP8332-C is strengthened by projecting the cable with the brackets, making it the ideal model for outdoor installations. Subsequently, the IP8152, which is equipped with the outstanding supreme night visibility feature, is able to deliver video quality in low light environments. Paired with the built-in IR-cut filter, the range of visibility can be increased at night by allowing the use of IR illuminators, allowing nocturnal wildlife activities to be clearly identifiable and recordable.

Live Performance, Beyond Expectations
“The quality and performance of VIVOTEK's cameras truly impressed us,” enthuses Simon King. “We designed the Live Cam section of the site to share the wonder of wildlife with as many people as possible, wherever in the world they may be. Thanks to Huw Edwards' professional advice and assistance, we selected VIVOTEK cameras with iCode System's intelligent VMS i-Catcher. Subsequently we have managed to capture extraordinary and extremely rare wildlife events on our camera systems with VIVOTEK cameras, and the agile and real-time surveillance and recording through iCatcher! We'll keep VIVOTEK cameras as our top choice whenever a new observation site is set up in the future. ”

“I am really pleased that the surveillance solution and its performance not only satisfied Simon's requirements, but also surpassed his expectations” comments Huw Edwards. “Integrated with our i-Catcher VMS, which uses motion detection to trigger the recording of passing wildlife, the entire surveillance system truly offers an easy wildlife monitoring and recording solution.”

For real-time live cam, please visit:
http://www.simonkingwildlife.com/page/live-cams#wpHeaderArea_guide/latlng:54.559323,-4.174804999999992/6//

For more video footage captured by VIVOTEK Cameras, please visit:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-ppFPu8S38&list=PLqgv5OMWKnYbWiU1MzOzJDDEDMyguuB-L

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhGuEccCF28&list=PLqgv5OMWKnYbWiU1MzOzJDDEDMyguuB-L

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZdKUHk2EYI&list=PLqgv5OMWKnYbWiU1MzOzJDDEDMyguuB-L

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBeQ5WFg6_E&list=PLqgv5OMWKnYZGaiSnVtJIMqEepZ0RqWjA&index=3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIFhyE7NqeY&list=PLqgv5OMWKnYZGaiSnVtJIMqEepZ0RqWjA

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