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EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

EverFocus anounces the release of Elite 2 NVR8004X

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Elite 2 NVR8004X - UP to 16CH Tower NVR with 4HDD Bays

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X is a professional standalone network video server designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) and enterprises. Operating on a Linux-based system, the NVR offers quick PC-less configuration, network-based surveillance connection, megapixel recording as well as playback, up to 12 TB storage capacities and more. It also supports industry standard compression codec, such as H.264 and M-JPEG. The device is compatible with all EverFocus IP cameras.

Other cutting-edge functions available on EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X include multi-channel playback at multiple speed options and easy data search by event date and time. With the newly improved Event Management function, users are now supplied with a much larger range of supported event types and handling options in the database. Suspicious activities and behaviors can be detected and responded to on a much more accurate and timely manner. In addition, EverFocus has further strengthened users' account management for secure access control in vertical markets, such as residential communities, parking lot, retails stores, shopping malls, banks, hospitals, offices, factories and much more. Users may enable and perform the specified functions through the web-based GUI by the Web browser.

EverFocus Elite 2 NVR8004X NVR is the best choice for a complete network-based surveillance solution. It is versatile, flexible and well caters to the needs of the industry.

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its Video Server Promotion Program for echoing Milestone's New Licensing Concept, which is only one hardware device license needed for each analog to IP encoder, regardless of the number of analog cameras connected to the encoder. Effective from today till the end of 2014, special prices will be offered to the purchase of VIVOTEK 4-CH video server VS8401 or 8-CH video server VS8801 with adopting Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS).

With the technology advancement, IP-based surveillance system has been proven to make significant contribution to business operation. The implementation of IP surveillance is on the rise. Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK, indicated, "Companies with analog legacy might hesitate to invest in new IP surveillance systems because of the expenses. With adopting VIVOTEK's video servers, data received from analog camera can be encoded by VIVOTEK's advanced codec system and broadcast via an IP network for monitoring, recording and analyzing."

VIVOTEK's VS8401 and VS8801, performing 4-CH and 8-CH D1 resolution with high frame rate in H.264, are able to convert analog video into digital video with the highest quality. Moreover, designed with intelligent video functions as motion detection and tamper detection, the VS8401 and VS8801 are capable of upgrading an analog camera into an intelligent IP camera. Companies with analog legacy will be able to enjoy the same benefits that generated by IP-base surveillance systems.

Ma further added, "To fully support our software partner Milestone's New Licensing Concept and help users to lower down the cost effectively while improving the business efficiency, we especially designed the Video Server Promotion Program for our global clients. This Program, at an affordable cost, is truly cost-effective and value-added."

Milestone CEO: Open the analog mind block to boost your business

Milestone CEO: Open the analog mind block to boost your business

Editor / Provider: Lars Thinggard, CEO, Milestone Systems | Updated: 4/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As the trend towards digital video progresses, we are seeing corporations that are not taking full advantage of the possibilities for enhancing their business with visual data. The big block is not the technology, it is the analog mindset. To gain the full business advantages of digital video, you have to think about video as data and an important element in the IT infrastructure.

Analog video is all about pictures. To simplify it – all you can do with analog video is watching it. There are no integration possibilities, no interconnections to business areas, and no future proofing. The analog video lives and dies in its own closed world. Closed Circuit TV – CCTV: even the name CCTV has a bad ring to it in a digital world that is so much more open and interconnected. Analog video is all pictures – no data. Digital video (or IP video) is all pictures – all data.

All too often we see that a video installation migrated from the data-less analog old world to the digital future is used in the same way as the old installation. This means that nobody has asked the all-important question: “How do we utilize this new data source to improve or expand our business?”

Digital video is more than just video. Data can be analyzed and used in a business context. Digital video is a data source like all other data sources in IT infrastructure. This means that video data can be fed to other IT systems since true open VMS (video management software) can function as a digital video hub, not only feeding video data to other IT systems, but also integrating business functions.

This is important because a video system often serves more than one purpose. Most video systems are used for monitoring and securing people, perimeters and assets. When other purposes are introduced, the VMS has to be able to keep security functions in a safe environment, while at the same time enabling other systems to freely access the video data.

Digital Video is Data
A real-life example of this could be a video security installation securing a parking lot for a company. In the case of an analog installation, you would be able to see the video and review it later – that's all. You would be able to do the same with a digital system – but the digital systems would also enable the video to be actively used for more than just passive watching. You could use video analytics or integration to other systems to determine how many empty parking spaces there are at a given time, ensuring that customers would not be forced to park at another site. License plate recognition could be used to detect important customers arriving, alerting frontline managers to prepare a nice welcome. The system could also be used for advanced security purposes that are impossible to do in an analog system. Using metadata (which is data about data) the video could be analyzed and the results compared to external data sources. If a license plate is normally associated with a car of a certain color and the car entering the car lot suddenly has different color than expected, then the security staff can be alerted immediately.

Boost business with video
Another example is today's modern retail shops. The newest trend in retail is mobile shop assistants that roam the shop floor and handle payments on the spot using a tablet computer or a dedicated smart device. If you want to track this using analog video, you would not only have to install enough analog cameras to ensure that the whole shop floor is covered, you would also need to have a number of operators manually tracking the mobile shop assistants! This is clearly not a feasible approach.

In the digital world the mobile payment units could be linked to the video server, and a camera could be oriented to automatically record the customer session on video together with position and payment data from the mobile terminals. This can be used to improve the customer experience, train staff, optimize floor layout and of course, limit risks. The possibilities are endless when you have the digital mindset.

Best of all, when you use an open platform VMS, you can expand the use of video when you need it. The software is the core of the system, and enables you to expand its use endlessly by adding to the system. Analog video-systems are all hardware. Digital Video has intelligence in the form of software. It is the software that makes the investment future proof and cost effective.

Think Return on Video Investment
Speaking of cost, analog video surveillance systems are often regarded as cheaper than digital systems. Analog cameras cost typically less than digital cameras, an analog video recorder is cheaper than a server with software and the analog cabling is very simple. However, if you shift your mindset from Cost of Acquisition to Return on Investment this picture changes, due to the new possibilities to use video as data.

Intelligent searches can bring down the time spent searching for an incident in the video, smart and mobile clients enable flexible access to the video over digital networks, and video analytics can extract business relevant information. Think of the small difference in cost as an investment in the future.

However, using video as data has more far-reaching consequences than just using open platform technology in a digital network. The organization has to reflect the open digital mindset as well.

Typically, security and IT are regarded as separate functions in a company. Security is often reactive dealing with incidents. IT is more about enabling business going forward. When the concept of video as data comes into play, the organization in a company has to be open. Luckily, this is happening now. Research done by ESG indicates that 91 % of the surveyed organizations had their digital security systems supported by the IT department. This number was 52 % only 3 years ago.

80% of the IT professionals used video for Business Intelligence. The specific uses were - operational efficiencies (58%), production or process control (51%), inventory control (50%), identifying traffic patterns (49%) and employee training (47%). This tactical use of video reflects in investment plans, as 88% states that the business-oriented use of video helps justify IP video technology and infrastructure investments. This stresses even more that the IT-department must treat video as a valuable source of video data, not as an intruding force in the network. IT management has to recognize video as a business tool and look at the video possibilities. Security management has to look beyond the video pictures and into the business possibilities.

It is all a matter of mindset. Think digital, and think it now to start boosting your business.

---By Lars Thinggard, CEO, Milestone Systems

Hungarian Spa in Hajduszoboszlo upgrades surveillance solutions with VIVOTEK

Hungarian Spa in Hajduszoboszlo upgrades surveillance solutions with VIVOTEK

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/31/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Hajduszoboszlo, a small town in Hungary, has been well known for its thermal spring with a healing power since 1920s. HungaroSpa, located in Hajduszoboszlo, offers to international tourists a variety of facilities, such as medical spas, open-air baths, aqua parks, and an aqua-palace. In order to create a safer, more comfortable and reliable environment for tourist, in January, 2013, the management hired Satrax, a system integrator in Hungary working with VIVOTEK and VIVOTEK local distributor Alphasonic, to upgrade the surveillance system at HungaroSpa by installing 173 VIVOTEK network cameras.

For the center of the swimming pool (a 50 m X 50 m area), VIVOTEK's innovative and award-winning Panoramic PTZ solution was installed. Incorporating VIVOTEK's latest 5-Megapixel fisheye fixed dome network cameras and latest launched full HD speed dome network camera, the solution provides a 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, making it an especially ideal solution for monitoring open areas like the swimming pool and its surroundings. Panoramic PTZ offers wide coverage and can be used to monitor elderly tourists and emergency situations.

In addition to Panoramic PTZ, a variety of other cameras were implemented. Specifically, IP8332 was installed at entrances, outdoor swimming pools, and indoor spa pools because of its day & night function, weather-proof casing, and tamper detection features. IP8335H cameras, which feature an HD WDR CMOS sensor for use in challenging lighting conditions, were installed in outdoor swimming pools, which also open at night. IP7361 cameras were installed for outdoor swimming pools, entrances, and spa pools in the block. IP7361 is a high-end 2-megapixel network bullet camera with high resolution and a combination of outdoor specific features such as concealed wiring to prevent tampering. Additionally, the auto-iris capability can protect the lens from damage induced by direct sunlight.

FD8136 were installed for entrances and exits. As the world's smallest network fixed dome camera, FD8136 features a megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps. FD8134, an easy-to-use fixed dome network camera specifically designed for indoor security applications, were installed in the entrances to indoor dressing room (ceiling is about 2.6 m). IP8131 cameras were installed for the control center room, where 2 operators monitor the whole scene all time. IP8131 is a compact cube camera designed for indoor surveillance. Activities around the control center room, such as intrusion or vandalism, can be monitored. With supporting VIVOTEK's iViewer, the smart phone application, operators can monitor live video off-site.

The spa was equipped with several analog cameras. However, as the requirement for security increased, a more advanced and comprehensive network surveillance system is necessary. VIVOTEK's video server VS8100 was therefore adopted to connect to existed analog cameras, which the client wished to continue using. VS8100 was used to upgrade analog into digital surveillance system. Additionally, VAST, the central management software, was also implemented. It was designed to support hundreds of cameras and stations in a hierarchical structure of system for monitoring, recording, playback, and event trigger management with ease-of-use and efficient control.

Steve Ma, VIVOTEK's Executive VP commented, "We are proud to present an innovative panoramic PTZ to our clients. The entire surveillance network made possible by the advanced cameras and servers developed by our R&D team will guarantee 100% high-quality images for the spa management. We hope tourists from all around the world will be able to have safe and enjoyable vacations in the VIVOTEK-equipped environment."


Avigilon: 10 ways to keep video servers running optimally

Avigilon: 10 ways to keep video servers running optimally

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 2/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Any security manager who has been tasked with overseeing a network can understand the frustration of server and other equipment failure. Sometimes, these malfunctions are a result of manufacturing errors or electrical issues, but more times than not, server issues are a result of user negligence. Servers are a lot like cars; it is important to perform periodical maintenance to ensure they are running optimally and more importantly, to ensure their longevity.

Failure to consistently check the overall condition of user's servers can lead to a variety of problems such as overheating, network inefficiency, and unauthorized security breaches.

To ensure user's video servers continue to run like a well-oiled machine, Avigilon created a monthly IT maintenance checklist that will help you save both time and money.

1. Visually inspect servers
Conducting visual checks on servers and hard drives is an important aspect in ensuring they run optimally. Most servers have intuitive lights (or LEDs) externally displayed so that an end-user is always aware of the server's status and can spot any immediate red flags. Typically, blue or green lights signal good status, while red or orange lights often signal some sort of failure - whether it is the device or connection. Some servers can email users alerts whenever there is a hardware failure. Ignoring the server status lights could result in system failure and the potential for video loss if it's a hardware malfunction.

2. Update and schedule user's operating system and anti-Virus software
Just like user's home computer, servers are susceptible to viruses. If one have a publically accessible server, be sure to consistently keep your operating system up to date and frequently run an anti-virus scan on it. Users' anti-virus software should be the most current version and should meet all industry standards. A corrupt server is not only prone to slower performance and internal server errors, but also leaves users' servers open to possible external security risks. Finally, it is important to ensure that users' firewall software is properly configured and turned on.

3. Schedule a defragmentation
When a server attempts to locate files that are fragmented across the hard drive, the bandwidth it takes to locate and group individual files into one can slow down user's entire system. Scheduling and performing a defragmentation to the server's hard drive will pool all fragmented files together, making them easier to find. Keep in mind that some servers, such as Avigilon's, do not require users to perform a defragmentation because fragmented files are already blocked together and written to the hard drive in the same place upon installation.

4. Review operating system logs
The practice of reviewing operating system logs is standard to server operation. If users have a Windows-based system, make sure they check the activity logs to ensure there are no out-of-the-ordinary or suspicious audit entries. Not following up with “Critical” or “Warning” events may lead to system failure, resulting in loss of video and disconnected system access.

5. Audit the active accounts
In organizations of all sizes, over time there is bound to be turnover. As a security measure, it is important to keep track of the employees that have access to servers and ensure that former employees do not have access to users' systems. Be sure to delete old users and change passwords when necessary.

6. Verify Retention
Make sure having record of servers' storage capacity. Since cameras typically record on motion detection, if there is an increase in activity in the area users are monitoring, the retention time may be affected. To verify the amount of storage users have, check out the software's timeline and confirm the number of days that are being recorded. Don't try to locate important footage from a few weeks back only to find out it has been erased.

7. Delete unnecessary bookmarks
Managing your server's saved footage is very similar to using your TV's DVR. Keeping old bookmarks for surveillance video in your server is the equivalent to hoarding a stockpile of recorded TV shows you don't watch. Too much data saved unnecessarily will impact your storage space and the amount of footage you are able to retain. Be sure to delete and/or export saved footage you don't need to maximize your server's storage space.

8. Check UPS battery
Power outages happen. As a result, it is important to ensure the security and servers are not compromised in the event of electrical failure. When installing a server, customers should add a UPS or backup power supply to protect their information in the event of a power failure. Upon installation, customers should also perform a quick test to confirm the backup battery is working correctly.

9. Ensure software is up to date
Verify that software is up to date for both the video management client and the server. This will enable users to optimize your software and ensure that bugs from previous versions do not affect the current system. Being negligent with software updates could be a security risk as updates may fix important issues in previous versions of the software.

10. Auditing logs of users activity
It is always a good idea to audit user activity on a site to ensure users are adhering to protocol. Check activity logs to be sure users are being responsible and ethical with their access.

VIVOTEK IP cameras provides security for public rental housing in HK

VIVOTEK IP cameras provides security for public rental housing in HK

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 1/28/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Cheung Hing Electronic Electrical Engineering, a system integrator in Hong Kong working with VIVOTEK distributor, EverBest Technologies, completed the implementation of a surveillance system for ensuring public rental housing security for Kai Tak Development, which is a huge and highly complex development project planned by the local government in Hong Kong.

The customer, Kai Tak Development, requested a surveillance system that can be used to monitor the indoor and outdoor spaces of a new public rental housing community, including areas such as the entrance, the main door, aisles, stairs, exits and lifts. The system was expected to ensure residents' security by acquiring comprehensive environmental information. Thus, effective surveillance of public areas is of paramount importance. A full range and high quality megapixel video surveillance system has been considered as the best solution.

To achieve this goal, Cheung Hing Electronic Electrical Engineering installed a total of 368 VIVOTEK cameras in 6 models: 82 FD8136, 45 IP8335H, 143 FD8335H, 34 SD8121, 9 IP8152, and 55 VS8102. Features as mini size, P-iris, auto iris, vandal-proof properties, wide dynamic range, PTZ functions, and high resolution are primary reasons that Cheung Hing Electronic Electrical Engineering selected these cameras.

These features were vital for capturing images that can provide accurate and comprehensive information for identifying persons of interest and vehicle license plate numbers in outdoor and indoor spaces under various environmental conditions. All 6 of the models provide features that allow them to satisfy the end users' demands. Specifically, the mini size of FD8136 enables large-scale and convenient installations in indoor spaces, such as hallways and corners. The P-iris, WDR Pro, and vandal-proof properties of IP8335H and FD8335H make them ideal choices for monitoring outdoor environments, which are often with challenging lighting conditions and involving a wide range of movements.

In particular, P-iris provides improved contrast, clarity, resolution, and depth of field. Because this type of lens has good depth of field, it can be used to video monitor extensive areas, such as long corridors. Additionally, the WDR Pro function enables the device to record scenes in greater details, including shadows and highlights. The vandal-proof cameras, which are designed to withstand the most severe attacks, can consistently and stably record images despite public exposure and possible human destruction. Furthermore, the PTZ function of SD8121 allows security personnel monitoring the areas to control the cameras and obtain panoramic views of the car parks. This information can be useful for investigation purposes. The IP8152, with auto iris, can effectively capture images of persons and vehicles entering and exiting the main door as the levels of light differ during daytime and at night. VS8102, which is the video server that helps the client's analog camera transferring to digital surveillance system, offers up to 30 fps in D1 resolution. They were installed to all the analog cameras inside lifts for obtaining well-defined images of the interior. Integrating the characteristics of these 6 models, the surveillance system implemented in the public rental housing for Kai Tak Development offers effective protection to its future residents.

Lui Ka Lok, Technical Manager at Cheung Hing Electronic Electrical Engineering remarked, “We have been quite satisfied with VIVOTEK products either at the testing stages or after the installation completed.” William Ku, Vice President of VIVOTEK's International Business Division, further indicated: “With the rising demand for living quality, the standard for housing security is increasingly strict. It's our pleasure to be chosen by Cheung Hing Electronic Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd in this project for residential security. VIVOTEK's cameras, with high image quality and performance, undoubtedly can meet the client's need and provide the residents' with a safe and secured community.”

Dallmeier integrated IP and analog video cams for Salamanca

Dallmeier integrated IP and analog video cams for Salamanca

Editor / Provider: Dallmeier | Updated: 12/31/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Salamanca is a city steeped in history which charms visitors with its unique flair and atmosphere. In order to protect the historical city centre from vandalism and local retailers from thieves, a modern Dallmeier video security system is installed.

This city is famous for its historical sights: the oldest existing university in Spain,2 cathedrals from 12th and 16th centuries, the Casa de las Conchasr, the heart of the city. All the buildings are built from the same material, Villamayor stone, which characterizes the entire cityscape with its distinctive golden yellow color.

But appearances are often deceptive. The idyllic city, which has been a UNESCO (United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage site since 1988, has had big problems with vandalism damage to the old buildings and break-ins into shops in the old town. “It has been proven that the use of CCTV systems with permanent recording deters vandals and thieves. Therefore we decided to install a video security system in accordance with the affected area of local retailers,” explains Francisco Albarran, Salamanca's transport and citizen security councilor.

After extensive on-site tests, a Dallmeier solution is finally chosen – as they suit the requirements. “Before the final decision to purchase was made, we wanted to comprehensively test the system – under the real conditions on location. We also wanted to clarify the performance in different light conditions beforehand, which is why we tested the system in daylight as well as at night with the respective street lighting,” continues Albarran. The result of good picture quality was convincing. “Now we have a high quality and reliable tool at our disposal, to monitor the entire historical city centre and the shopping zones found there,” says Albarran.

Installation in accordance with monument protection standards
Multiple Dallmeier PTZ cameras from the Domera range are installed in Salamanca by local partner Plettac electronics. The cameras stand out from others, because of its high performance Pan/Tilt/Zoom mechanism complimentary with 248 programmable preset positions and integrated motion detection. Both IP cameras as well as analogue models, which are integrated into the network via MicroStreamers, are used.

The images are recorded 24 hours a day onto a DMS 240 IPS “In Memory of Leonardo”, a video server with up to 24 IP channels. It supports both SD as well as HD resolutions (720p, 1080i, 1080p) up to 8 megapixel.

System control is carried out via the video management software PView. Whether live picture transmission or playback of recorded image material, data retrieval through various search and filter criteria, virtual tours or configuration of the recording server on the network: PView allows efficient and user-friendly operation of the system.

Moreover, the installation of the video system was tied to strict restraints. “The historical city centre is listed, so that no large structural changes are allowed to be made. The appearance and the atmosphere of the old town should not be disturbed through the presence of surveillance cameras,” says Francisco Albarran. Together with Dallmeier and Plettac, a solution was therefore developed, which was “Catalogo de Patrimonio”certified and had the approval of those in charge of the municipal architecture and monument protection. The use of a radio network for video transmission made it possible to reduce the structural costs and swift installation of the entire system was also possible. Furthermore the visible elements such as cameras, control cabinets and antennae were blended into their surroundings.

Bandwidth challenge
Although the use of a radio system brings many advantages, you come across an apparent problem to begin with: bandwidth. Because multicast based on a radio network was not possible, image transmission quickly led to a network overload. “We now use a special solution with adapted unicast transmission, which Dallmeier developed especially for us,” explains Albarran contentedly. “Despite the limited bandwidth of a 1 Mbit radio network, we can now get a high quality level of image transmission.”

Golden times in the golden city
In the meantime, the video system has proved itself in practice: “Since the installation and start-up of the CCTV system, we could see a fall in the number of vandalism cases in the monitored zones. Additionally, the recordings have helped us clear up incidents quickly and conclusively,” emphasizes Jose Luis Serrano Paule, superintendent of the Salamanca Police. “We intend to expand the surveillance to a larger area of the city centre,” adds Francisco Albarran.

HD-SDI(2): Transmission extendable in distance

HD-SDI(2): Transmission extendable in distance

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 12/4/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Transmission distance and quality of coax will determine the performance of the surveillance system. a&s goes beyond the camera and takes a peek at where back end products currently stands.

A major advantages of HD-SDI technology is the existing infrastructure which could potentially be reused. The coax can still be kept in place, which saves time and cost of installation. However, HD-SDI solution will not work with “just any” coaxial cable. Since HD-SDI is digital, it does not degrade like analog does, according to Todd Rockoff, Executive Director, HDcctv Alliance. Installers bidding retrofits will need field testers to verify the status of the cables.

Length Does Matter
The valid distance a video signal on coax will go without a need of a repeater varies based on cable types, the integrity of the insulating layers, SMPTE standards, camera chips, and so forth.

HD video uses more bandwidth throughput than analog cameras, installers must use RG59 or better coax. Pre-made cables that are a thinner gauge than RG59 will not be able to transmit the video signal effectively. It is also recommended to use a high quality 95 percent or better copper cable. Great quality cables also minimize impedance issues. 5CFB, 5C2V (RG-59U), or RG-6 cables with at least 192 braid better avoid signal loss and data transmission interference. The effective distance that a video signal can transmit over RG59 cable is 120 to 140 meters (300-350 feet) without the use of an HD-SDI transmission extender. In order to transmit 3G-SDI videos at 1080p 60fps, the cables must meet SMPTE259M/424M-2006 standard.

HD-SDI repeaters or fiber optic transceivers can be used to extend the transmission distance of HD-SDI signals. When selecting repeaters, it is advisable to note camera compatibility.

Speed of Light
There are plenty of attempts to place HD-SDI cameras on fiber such as transceivers with WDM/DWDM/CWDM to utilize different wavelengths of light to extend signal reach. Multiple channels can be put on one fiber and this will involve using different optical wavelength channel, one for each channel using CWDM technology. DWDM, on the other hand, allows voice, PTZ, and RS422/485 signals for bi-directional control.

Still No Wireless
Wireless is still not feasible for HD-SDI solutions. A SDI digital video server could be adopted in order to transport video streams over the network.

 VIVOTEK launches miniature H.264 1-CH video server VS8100

VIVOTEK launches miniature H.264 1-CH video server VS8100

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 11/21/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its miniature H.264 1-CH video server VS8100. With its compact size and power sharing feature, VS8100 is an ideal option for front-end installations and discreet surveillance applications, such as homes, offices, retail stores, banks, and city surveillance, allowing for easy migration from an analog to digital surveillance system.

With the evolution of network technology and a substantial increase in demand for high resolution image quality, IP cameras are the driving force behind transformation in the security market. While the IP camera market is continuing to expand, the transition from analog takes time when considering the existence of currently-installed legacy systems. VIVOTEK's video servers act as a reliable and user-friendly facilitator for the transition from CCTV to IP-Based Surveillance. Through VIVOTEK's video servers, data received from analog camera can be encoded by VIVOTEK's self developed advanced codec system and broadcast via an IP network for monitoring and recording.

VIVOTEK VS8100's compact size, no larger than that of a human finger, means that minimal footprint is required to deploy the technology in a variety of applications. The power sharing feature also makes installation easy by allowing the unit to share power with an existing 12V DC power supply from an analog camera. The high-performance H.264 compression format is able to reduce video file sizes, enabling bandwidth efficiency maximization and storage capacity optimization. In addition, by supporting multiple simultaneous streams, the video streams can be transmitted in either H.264 or MJPEG formats for versatile applications. Together with the ST7501 multi-lingual 32-channel recording software, an IP surveillance system can be set up with minimal difficulty.

Axis surveillance technology protects US national treasures in Washington, D.C.

Axis surveillance technology protects US national treasures in Washington, D.C.

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 10/18/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The United States Park Police has been on duty in U.S. national parks for more than 200 years. On Inauguration Day, the highly trained force provides protective services to the President of the United States, visiting dignitaries and other noted attendees as well as the general public participating in the festivities.

Since the 2013 Inauguration Committee anticipated a turnout exceeding 800,000, the USPP had to step up its efforts to monitor what was sure to be a high-threat event. “It's a target-rich environment for anyone bent on disruption or harm,” said Major David Mulholland, Commander of Technical Services for the United States Park Police. “To adequately protect such a large group of people with a relatively small number of law enforcement personnel, we needed to leverage surveillance technology as a force multiplier.”

The USPP created a multi-tiered surveillance network designed to monitor the areas of greatest risk. To do this, they strategically deployed advanced and outdoor-ready AXIS Q6032-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and 1080p HDTV-quality AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras on the National Mall and along the parade route.

“We leveraged a number of cameras from different locations [that were tied into one surveillance network],” explained Mulholland. “For general situational awareness, we used standard definition cameras. But for our highest tier of tactical surveillance, where we focused on protecting the President and a large assembly of important officials, there was a compelling need for really high-definition video. And that is the image quality we got from the cameras we deployed as part of this partnership effort.”

For example, if someone reported a suspicious backpack left beside a trashcan, the Axis camera operator could use the 36x optical zoom of the AXIS Q6032-E PTZ and the 20x optical zoom of the AXIS Q6035-E PTZ to quickly zoom in and distinguish between innocuous loose threads of an old tattered backpack and ominous wires that would trigger further investigation.

A whole greater than the sum of its parts
More than 30 public safety agencies operated command centers throughout the capital on Inauguration Day, and dozens more waited on stand-by. To secure everyone's safety and security, sharing situational intelligence across agencies was paramount. Multiple wireless connectivity technologies allowed the USPP to stream video to a protected video server. Their IT security team then “pushed the video to our partner agencies through a highly secure government server,” explained Mulholland.

“The USPP had a few forward command posts that were embedded inside the event where operational teams could view the video,” said Mulholland. “But we also streamed real-time to other joint and emergency operations centers throughout the area. In addition, our own patrol personnel out in the field were able to pull up the video on their mobile devices.” Because the video server is web-based, law enforcement personnel with the proper credentials could access the live camera feeds.

“Once the different agencies saw the exceptionally sharp image quality of the high-resolution cameras that the United States Park Police deployed, we got a lot of requests throughout the day to redirect the cameras to specific areas of interest,” Mulholland said.

Mulholland especially appreciated the agile responsiveness of the cameras' pan/tilt/zoom capabilities. “In a fluid environment like the Inauguration, that's a really critical feature,” stated Mulholland. “If you know that you have a person of interest or a foreign object in an area, you have to get on it pretty darn quick. In a situation like that, a three or four second delay could make the difference between averting a disaster and facing the aftermath.”

Foresight that's 20/20 or better
Having learned from the record-setting 2009 Inauguration, the USPP was well positioned for the early arrival of people to the National Mall in the predawn hours“People started streaming into the viewing area as early as 4:00 a.m. to get a good spot,” recalled Mulholland.

Given the early hour, Mulholland was struck by the low-light capability of the Axis cameras. “It was critical [in low-light conditions] that we be able to maintain the same integrity of zooming in and taking look at a suspicious package or a suspicious person who had been identified to us.” The low-light capabilities also aided the USPP when the Inaugural Parade ended in the evening.

Mulholland noted that the AXIS Q6035-E Network Cameras retained color integrity throughout the event even in the lowest of ambient light. “It was pretty impressive considering that some of the ambient light from street lights and traffic lights had been turned off along certain portions of Pennsylvania Avenue for security reasons.”

Additionally, the Axis IP cameras were instrumental in monitoring foot traffic into the designated zones on the National Mall and helping the USPP anticipate when to redirect visitors to other areas once capacity had been reached.“Because people have to queue up for entry into the area, we didn't want anyone stuck in the chute,” explained Mulholland. “By positioning some of the Axis cameras high up, we could watch as areas filled up and calculate when to cut off the queue and send people to the next zone.”

Keeping a major event uneventful
While dozens of agencies contributed to the safety and security of the 2013 Inauguration, Mulholland felt that the weeklong preparation with the Axis support team led by the local Field Sales Engineer prior to the event was critical to a successful deployment. Thanks to the engineer's help with the setup, installation and fine tuning of the cameras, the USPP and its partner agencies were able to maintain strategic and tactical situational awareness throughout the day. “That level of support was crucial to our success,” claimed Mulholland,“because a camera is only as good as it's engineered in the field.”

The extensive effort and preparation from the Park Police resulted in a day that was as free from incident as it was historic. When the President headed back to work, the crowd made their way home safe, unharmed and with a positive experience to share for years to come.

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