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Eight cities video-linked with Milestone ring of protection

Eight cities video-linked with Milestone ring of protection

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 1/14/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Open platform IP video management software (VMS) from world-leading provider Milestone Systems is improving safety and public services in eight cities around Minnesota's largest metropolis. Minneapolis/St. Paul is the most populous area in the state with a sprawl of more than 3,000,000 people.

Eight cities here covering more than 200 square miles have formed a valuable circle of relationships by connecting their video surveillance to protect citizens and quickly resolve incidents that can cross between their borders. With the networked Milestone XProtect® video management software, individual municipalities control their own security monitoring yet quickly connect with neighboring systems for collaborations.

“We had a collective idea between municipalities to centralize local systems with the same IT backbone. Every city can adopt software from the Milestone platform to have its own system. But there are times administrators may want to open access to their system to solve a mutual incident, and they can get assistance from neighboring emergency services for as much help as possible to solve a problem. Sharing camera feeds through Milestone has been a valuable yet easy-to-integrate solution that each municipality has eagerly installed,” says Tim Ferrian, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pro-Tec Design.

Security integrator Pro-Tec Design identified the parallel and individual needs of each city and their various departments. For example, the police department in one city has a variety of unique applications different from the IT department, schools or retail business in another. The widespread commonality for all cities was the need for IP video management software (VMS) to replace limited legacy analog systems.

Milestone XProtect VMS with its open platform technology allows each city to monitor and secure its own assets, be it a government building, transit stations or city-owned business. Milestone enables each to strategically design and install the hardware and software that meet its own needs, providing a cost-effective, flexible solution that can also be shared across locations to leverage more resources. With a combined Milestone VMS service, updates and maintenance are streamlined for quick response from Pro-Tec.

Milestone solves the core needs of each municipality but offers versatile feature sets and client interfaces that address unique requirements. For example, Milestone Mobile is deployed on tablets and smartphones. The cities are saving money by efficiently deploying emergency services, knowing exactly what they are dealing with before sending out first responder teams. Pro-Tec also expanded the open platform into additional applications, such as video integration using XProtect® Transact for government-owned retail stores.

Pro-Tec's relationships with the cities in Minnesota developed from a foundation of card access control and video surveillance, so a transition into open platform, network-based VMS that could integrate the two was a logical step.

“We could see the shift in security and surveillance to IP, and we wanted to partner with strong companies to provide our clients with a solution beyond their current expectations that could easily be installed, upgraded and expanded over time,” says Ferrian. “Milestone understood this, not only in the technology's infancy but how it would evolve to what end-users expect in the future, to deliver as a flexible core offering.”

There are many common themes within city surveillance: watching out for the visitors of city halls, keeping track of persons in custody at police stations, providing evidence for investigations, protecting staff and equipment, monitoring community pools and protecting the government from liability, or watching intersections for public works operations (moving snow, salting roads). There are also such needs as monitoring a busy farmer's market, senior centers, community sports, schools, historical landmarks, water towers and treatment facilities.

These eight cities are currently linked via Pro-Tec's Milestone video solution: Shoreview, Farmington, Brooklyn Center, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Edina and Minneapolis Proper. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minneapolis Convention Center are included within this ‘Ring of Protection'.

Nick Lovejoy, IT Specialist, City of Edina says: “Our Milestone installation process was very simple; the interface is easy to use and very straightforward. It's evident in our day-to-day operations that the Milestone interface has helped us improve services in the city, addressing and solving many issues with a quick turnaround.”

Brooklyn Center has integrated the Point of Sale (POS) systems at its liquor stores with Milestone's XProtect® Transact software, which displays video associated with register transactions. This integration gives a time-synchronized interface linking receipt data with corresponding video, extending the monitoring of operations to include actual cash register data. This identifies problems involving POS and credit cards to reduce shrinkage and fraud, providing a safer shopping environment.

“Ease of use was extremely important when deciding on our VMS installation,” states Patty Hartwig, IT Director for Brooklyn Center. “We did our research looking for user-friendly, adaptable and easy-to-modify solutions. Our system needed to play back and pull up video in an instant. We put an extreme value on the Milestone VMS protecting our city assets: we required a product that would be here today, tomorrow and in the future. Milestone has and continues to show that value.”

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept, a&s International | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the following, a&s interviewed several value-added distributors to see how they actually transformed to become value-added resellers, distributors and wholesalers. Locally, some provide better return merchandise authorization (RMA) and extra benefits for customers, such as free project consultation, warranty expansion, and free technical support. Some of them are also ready to launch solutions for customers, under their own brand names.

 

Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director, Aditya Infotech, India

Aditya Infotech (AIL), the technology arm of Aditya Group, is India's No.1 security products enterprise, delivering technology-driven security and video surveillance solutions with special expertise in electronic video surveillance products and solutions. AIL caters to 6,500-plus channel partners in more than 300 cities from 45 offices. Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director for Aditya Infotech, said, “In 2015, we will continue to consolidate our relationship with our business partners via best of services, be it pre-sales, designing, logistics, sales, service, commissioning, and tech support.”

Khemka also confirmed that the switch from devices to solution has been significant and was triggered by the complex surveillance needs of wider range of business verticals. He said, “Our channel community actively provided solutions and catered to the varied surveillance needs. We witnessed the introduction of wider range of cameras, which fit into every need — high resolution, hostile environment, fire, temperature, adverse weather, and so on. In 2015 as well, we will continue to focus on diversifying the range of products and solutions to cater to any custom needs.” CP PLUS launched a cloud-based free DDNS solution in 2014. With this service, DVRs can be configured and settings can be saved on the cloud. The latest trend in the security industry is integrated surveillance solutions. The company also provides a comprehensive, all-in-one, cost friendly, and comprehensive framework for specific needs. CP PLUS' latest home solution is a one-stop intelligent, integrated, and interactive solution.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director, TVC, Mexico

TVC is a professional and awarded security device wholesaler in Mexico for systems integrators, installers, and some local distributors. Being in the market for over 13 years, TVC has16 offices and branches in Mexico. Recently, the company just opened another new distribution center with a point of sales in Iztacalco, Mexico City, with almost 3,000 square meters.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director of TVC, said IP adoption in the Mexican market still remains very low, and IP is used mostly in large-scale, infrastructure, and government projects. The ratio for the number of IP versus analog systems is probably around 25 percent against 75 percent. There are several factors that cause the low IP adoption in this country: Mexico is a quite price-sensitive country, and also its IP infrastructure still couldn't be compared with other developed countries. Zuniga added, “It also explains why the latest HD-over-coaxial solutions, such as HDTVI and HDCVI, look very promising in Mexico.” Although the IP penetration is comparatively low in Mexico, TVC still has worked with several leading brands, such as VIVOTEK, for more than 10 years, and the company just recently started the partnership with Bosch.

In this price-sensitive country, TVC has started to become more focused in solutions since two years ago in order to get more involved in project markets. Zuniga said there are two ways for them to offer solutions. “One is through the original system/solution suppliers. For instance, VIVOTEK, Dahua, and Bosch provide solutions themselves. So, we just join them in the trainings for our channels. Otherwise, we cooperate with some suppliers to make some changes on the firmware in our device to make our products more compatible with other device. Recently, we tried developing a time-attendance system, particularly designed by ourselves through cooperation with ZKTECO. We worked with our own engineers to develop a time-attendance system using fingerprint recognition, and the connection can be through a cloud server. When the device sends the information to the server, the management in the headquarters can see all the information from the devices. With fingerprint recognition, the employees can freely go to any offices of the company.”

Maulik Shah, CEO, Facility Security Division, Autocop India

Autocop Facility Security Division, having a complete distribution and service network across India, is a one-stop-shop for all security and safety needs that caters to individuals and organizations across verticals. Maulik Shah, CEO for Facility Security Division at Autocop India said, “We have grown by 35 percent year-on-year and expect 40% growth in 2015. We have shed non-performing brands and been focusing on key brands and models to drive growth next year. We are also investing on refining technical and sales team and planning to expand in tier two cities. In addition, we would add brand-specific team members and business development teams for certain verticals.”

Maulik also said the company has moved from box selling concept to solution offering concept and is a valued-added distributor, offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. He continued, “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and closely working on key projects that help partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak. We also reach out to end customers jointly and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support. Recently, besides video surveillance, we also have added access and entrance control over last year which has given us new customer base.”

Leonard Tye Lee Yew, Business Development Director, Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore

Bricomp International, a major distributor in Malaysia and Singapore, has embarked on a transformation journey to become a total security solutions provider since 2011. Leonard Tye Lee Yew said the company has grown its team to include solution specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent requirements. “We've also spent many hours in educating our partners (systems integrators) in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” Tye said.

Introducing a partners' program is key to a successful relation with Bricomp's partners as this is a form of recognition to them. “Our partners' program includes the three main elements of support to our channel partners: sales and presales, marketing, and after-sales and technical. As projects become more complex, we have also started introducing professional services to our partners. In the event a partner needs a certified engineer to help with testing and commissioning, we can offer this option to them,” he said.

“We are also working with our partners to provide budgeting for customers planning to migrate to a hybrid/IP solution with the integration to electronic access control systems. The process is longer as educating the end-user about their options and the available technologies takes time. However, we find this segment very potential for real growth as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported/repaired,” he said.

Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO, Luis+ Security Systems, Russia

Luis+ Security Systems is the official distributor of many well-known Russian and foreign brands. The key points of its strategy are to work both in the field of simple distribution and in complex project realizations by selling affordable security products and supplying expensive security products. “We are the distribution partner for many Russian leading security manufacturers, such as Bolid, Argus-Spectr, PERCo, ITV-AXXON, and foreign leading security manufacturers such as Bosch, Honeywell, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Axis, Panasonic, Samsung, and Hikvision. We do not need to change anything in our strategy,” said Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO of Luis+ Security Systems. “We get a very high customers' satisfaction by suggesting complete security solutions to our customers via our strong marketing strategy, technical engineers, fair price, and technical training center that provides legal certification on different brands. We also develop our own OEM product lines: LTV (video surveillance) and LPA (PA),” Zhidomirov continued.

Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman, PFN Technology, Iran

PFN Technology is a major distributor of IP video surveillance and network devices in Iran. Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman of PFN Technology stated in 2015, there will be more challenges and competitions in the security market (Iran), which mostly comes from low cost brands like Chinese brands. “Our plan is to compete with them by reducing our cost, expanding warranty to three years, increasing free technical and marketing supports in training and exhibition, and free project consultant,” commented Farzaneh.

“We have free project consultants because we want to take care of our customers more. We want to have a more frequent communication with them to help find out what kinds of products and solutions are suitable for them since mostly the customers don't have enough product knowledge,” he continued. In addition, return merchandise authorization service and free technical support are also very important for us to get a project.

Moreover, to gain more market shares, “We need to provide our partners with solutions, not products only. We bundled cameras and NVRs as total video surveillance solutions for educational centers, hospitals, and healthcare offices. We also have developed and expanded our product range, for NVR, PoE switches, and software for better support for our partners.”

Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey

As a value-added distributor of many global brands, Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey shared the following: Tesan is unfortunately challenged by companies which import cheap, low-quality, and nonstandard equipment with false information in Turkey. With our sales, technical, and marketing teams we are able to stand strong against this price-oriented trend. As a result of our effort we have managed to grow 20 percent in security industry in 2014, compared to 2013. We are expecting to manage even better in 2015 due to our investments for especially Ttec surveillance systems, which is our own brand.

Tesan is already a value-added distributor which has more than 2,000 partners including resellers, systems integrators, and chain markets. We have been offering our brands to consumer, SMB, and enterprise markets. Next to our own brand Ttec, we have distributorships of so many global brands such as LILIN, Qnap, Engenius, Dell Sonicwall, Jabra, Zte, Billion, Panasonic (DECT phones), Sony (video conference), Energizer, Samsung (digital camera), Nikon (digital camera), and Verbatim (LED). With our extensive portfolio of network and telecom products we have been offering our partners the comfort of supplying all their communication and networking product needs from one point, as well as providing technical support even on the field most of the time. In addition to what we always have been doing, we have taken some aggressive actions with our Ttec brand and enhanced our surveillance system solutions in 2014.

Retailers gain transformative business insights with new March Networks Searchlight™4

Retailers gain transformative business insights with new March Networks Searchlight™4

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks® is pleased to introduce a new video-based business intelligence solution that helps retailers elevate store performance and drive profitability in an increasingly competitive landscape. March Networks Searchlight™4 provides retailers with the valuable insights they need to improve customer service, marketing and operations, as well as loss prevention and security, across a few or hundreds of locations.

A majority of retailers have invested significantly in video surveillance to enhance security. Many forward-thinking organizations have also integrated their video with point-of-sale (POS) transaction data to gain powerful loss prevention and investigation capabilities. New Searchlight4 extends the value of that visual and transaction data dramatically by combining it with business analytics that deliver relevant information to operations, marketing and customer service groups. Using Searchlight's dynamic browser-based dashboard, retail teams can run customized reports in just minutes – allowing them to analyze and compare store performance and customer behaviors, identify trends and discover new opportunities for improvement.

Customer Service, Conversions and Workforce Optimization
Most retail organizations are working hard to both provide customers with exceptional service and optimize their workforce strategies. In one recent survey, only three percent of retailers said their defined customer experience is executed consistently in every store every day, while another study noted that in-store sales increase by an estimated 25 to 50 percent when customers are helped by a knowledgeable retail associate. Long lines are also an area of focus, as consumers are willing to wait just five minutes on average before they abandon a purchase and leave the store.

Searchlight helps retailers address these critical areas using the integrated data, including reliable analytics from the new March Networks MegaPX Indoor Analytics Dome IP camera. A people counting analytic makes it easy for retailers to determine conversion rates and run site-by-site comparisons, for example, and then review the integrated video for further analysis. A queue length monitoring analytic provides equally useful data, allowing retailers to adjust staffing schedules to optimize the customer experience. In addition, Searchlight's operations audit report provides daily snapshot images taken from sites at pre-determined times, enabling regional managers to quickly see if stores have opened on time or if there is no associate on the floor at certain times of the day.

Merchandising and Promotional Metrics
Tracking the success of on-site advertising, promotions and merchandising puts retail marketing teams at a distinct advantage, allowing them to adjust efforts for maximum benefit. By integrating dwell time analytics and POS transaction data, Searchlight helps marketers determine the effectiveness of different marketing offers and compare success rates across locations. Using the intelligent software, marketing staff can see if an endcap display is underperforming in a few specific locations, for example, and then quickly review the associated video to see if there's an issue with how the display appears in those stores. If a retailer is charging premium rates to merchandisers for digital signage, marketing can also use Searchlight to provide supporting performance metrics.

Loss Prevention and Employee Performance
With theft and fraud costing retail organizations an estimated $128 billion globally and $42 billion in the U.S. alone (Global Retail Theft Barometer 2014), many retailers have developed extensive loss prevention (LP) programs to fight back. Searchlight arms store owners, managers and LP teams with advanced detection and investigation capabilities that help them identify potential losses faster and stop them sooner. The software integrates POS transaction data, surveillance video, analytics and alarms, and enables retailers to filter efficiently through that data using advanced transaction summary and reporting tools. With Searchlight, retailers can pinpoint trends, such as high and low employee or store performance; search across multiple locations simultaneously by transaction type, amount or card number; identify and visually verify suspect transactions; and gather strong case evidence to improve apprehension and recovery rates.

"Video has long been overlooked as a source of 'big data' even though it captures virtually everything that happens within a store and delivers immediate, real-life context to the viewer," said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. "Searchlight4 turns the millions of hours of recorded video into video-based business intelligence that retailers can use to make decisions that directly impact profitability and the customer experience. In addition, it allows them to maximize the investments they've already made in their video surveillance systems and extend the benefits to internal teams beyond loss prevention and security."

March Networks is demonstrating the new Searchlight4 software and its complete IP video solution for retail in Booth 1331 at Retail's Big Show Convention and Expo, January 11-13 in New York City.

Hikvision to showcase its new WiFi router NVR at INTERSEC

Hikvision to showcase its new WiFi router NVR at INTERSEC

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/14/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, reveals the new generation DS-7108NI-E1/V/W WiFi Router NVR, in an expansion of the company's highly trusted Easy IP line-up. The versatile WiFi NVR, which will be included in Hikvision's display at its INTERSEC booth, provides the most convenient way yet to set up a network video surveillance system. It allows automatic IP camera connection and video recording without any interference, making this stylish product a perfect solution for SMB applications. With the straightforward WiFi NVR set-up steps, anyone can easily equip their home or office with the WiFi NVR.

Wireless router
The DS-7108NI-E/V/W boasts a built-in WiFi router supports 802.11 b/g/n and has a built-in dual WiFi antenna. Connect to the NVR WiFi router's strong wireless internet hotspot from anywhere in the home or office with your stationary and mobile devices. Save on cost with an NVR and router rolled into one.

Silent fan
The WiFi router NVR is equipped with a silent fan that automatically adjusts its speed as necessary for heat dissipation, making it an un-intrusive addition to a productive work environment. This is particularly suitable for home application.

Internal hard drive
The new WiFi Router NVR provides the added convenience of containing an internal hard drive, which circumvents the need to install one manually. Users can choose between capacities of 1T, 500G, or opt for none.

The product supports up to 6 megapixel resolution recording, and up to 1920x1080P resolution for HDMI output. Additionally, it supports up to 8-ch real-time live video viewing and playback at 1080P.

A WiFi surveillance solution you can bank on
As a part of Hikvision's Easy IP Solution, the WiFi Router NVR brings Easy Connection and Easy Viewing when coupled with Hikvision Easy IP WiFi cameras and video management software. By scanning the QR code on the back of the camera and NVR through the free Hikvision EZVIZ app, these devices can be added to the EZVIZ platform. After being added to the platform, users can view live video and playback, as well as manage video information over the internet anytime and anywhere.

The DS-7108NI-E1/V/W WiFi Router NVR will be on display at the upcoming INTERSEC Expo in Dubai, January 18-20. For more information about this product, please visit the Hikvision booth at SA-C11.

Dahua upgrades IP cameras for Brazil's presidential palace

Dahua upgrades IP cameras for Brazil's presidential palace

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dahua Technology, one of the world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China successfully secured Brazil's Presidential Palace.

The Palácio do Planalto is the official workplace of the President of Brazil.It is located in the national capital of Brasília which built in 1960. It is a solemn and sacred place with a long history. In order to adequately secure such an important place, Dahua upgraded the IP Cameras and DVRs according its particularity. The project is intended to replace the aging analog cameras with HD IP Camera while keeping part of the original analog surveillance system. Meanwhile a surveillance center was installed in order to connect all the cameras for better management.

The whole Palace covers an area of 36, 000 square meters. The main building has four floors above ground and one floor underground. Dahua HD IP Cameras were installed in each floor. The first floor consists of the main reception area, access control and security, entrance hall and press office.The large entrance hall is used frequently for temporary exhibitions on themes related to the federal government's programs. To ensure every corner was fully protected, the Palace upgraded a part of analog cameras with Dahua HD IP Cameras and added more units to level it up to another higher stage.

There is a supreme meeting room and press secretariat in the second floor. The supreme meeting room is normally used for ministerial, government and presidential meetings. For those large ceremonies or important meets the high resolutions become the first requirement. Dahua HDW2100 IP camera features1.3-Megapixel and infrared function, allowing better image resolution and higher performance at the low-lux scenarios.

The third floor is the President and senior staff's offices. It composed of waiting rooms, the noble room, the Presidential office and the offices of the senior advisors. Moreover a large lounge area and the offices of senior government officials are in the fourth floor. Dahua HDW2100IP camera features neat and stylish design which goes perfectly with the surroundings while also providing 24/7 real-time surveillance and snapshot function for the office visitors.

To meet the security demands of the Presidential Palace, DVR1604HF-AL from Dahua supports full channel 960H real-time recording and GRID interface & smart search. It features multiple networks monitoring such as web viewer, CMS and DMSS. Dahua customized the DVRs for the project in terms of the display mode, encoding settings, holiday functions and asset management functions.

Promises, project and politics: Asia's three P's stabilizing the region

Promises, project and politics: Asia's three P's stabilizing the region

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

As we wind down 2014, a&s is taking a peek at how the Asian security industry has been impacted by several events over the past year, both good and bad. It's been an especially up-and-down year, as everything from political climates to infrastructure development has had an impact on the market. Another point of emphasis is a steady influx of projects, and how Asia is finally taking note of security.

Traditionally, the security industry in Asia has always been a little bit behind the Americas and Europe in terms of technological advancements and adoption. One reason for this is that Asia is a bit of a unique region — there is a broad spectrum of different countries with many different levels of advancement, development, and demands. With Asia shaken up by a number of incidents and events that have happened across the year, the region has experienced both improvements as well as setbacks. In all, stability has been gradually settled; however, when put under a deeper scope, there are still more questions than answers to be found in terms of future expansion and demand.

Looking Back
From the elections and changes in government in India and Thailand, to social upheavals in Vietnam and Hong Kong, the political climate has had profound impacts on the economic scale both in terms of security and as a whole. Natural disasters and other accidents have also played a role, as everything from typhoons battering the Philippines to the two Malaysian Airlines tragedies also having economic consequences. In all, 2014 has been an eventful year, and changes are on the horizon.

On the overall scope o f things however, As a is still one of the most important markets for the security industry. With many advancements in technological infrastructure as well as global and domestic investments, many countries have started focusing on more advanced security solutions as well as upgrades from past conventional ones. It's also an interesting note on how some Asia markets have reacted to slower-than-expected IP development, as HD-overcoaxial is still prominent in a large portion of the region, especially in the Southeast Asian countries.

Injecting Life Into New Projects
Despite the recent political impacts on countries in Asia, optimism remains high as belief that economic stimuli set forth by the various new governments will benefit the markets heavily. For the security industry, this opens new doors on projects by both taking advantage of the improving economy as well as a thriving and evolving industry. For example, in the Philippines, the Aquino administration passed a mandate recently called No CCTV, No Permit, mandating that all high-risk businesses including restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, and warehouses wishing to renew their business permits must have installed a reliable video surveillance system.

New Prime Minister, New Start for India
Other examples of an influx of projects include the new prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, setting forth a series of economic boosts. According to Kapil Matta, Director of Marketing and Sales for MitKat Advisory, Modi has put together a series of reforms specifically aimed at creating projects to improve on the Indian infrastructure the country's safety and reputation. As Matta noted, recent budget announcements that will allocate large amounts of money to defense spending, smart cities, and private capital will go a long way towards benefiting and advancing security and indeed, the entire economy. With a fresh approach courtesy of Modi, the security industry in India is estimated to approach US$6.5 billion by the beginning of 2015.

Coup Brings Stability in Thailand
On the Thailand side of things, another key factor for their local security industry lies also in government projects . Because of the military coup d'état in May that resulted in the installment of General Prayuth Chan-ocha as the acting prime minister, the political climate remains unpredictable. However, in the months that have followed, the situation has stabilized and General Chan-ocha has introduced a series of steps that will re-pursue what the prior government promised in introducing new projects to kick-start the economy on the fast track again, especially key verticals like transportation, city surveillance , a n d administration buildings. Security projects are mostly concentrated in Bangkok for city surveillance and traffic monitoring. Outside of Bangkok, the government has also allocated budget, administered from the Subdistrict Administrative Organization ( S A O ) , t o protect the rural areas of Thailand.

Finally, since the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is scheduled to be formed by 2015, it will make Thailand open up in a broader direction for its adjacent countries, like Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. With more tourists and foreign workers coming to Thailand , the government will also strengthen up security around the city.

HD-over-Coax Brings Options
Because IP solutions have not taken as big of a hold of Asia as previously thought, HD-over-coaxial solutions Form a large part of the Asian surveillance market. In some markets, like Japan, it's especially worth noting that HD analog systems still reign supreme. As an example, Yasuo Tobinaga, President and CEO of Tenpo Planning explained that from 2012 to 2014, the company's H D -over- coaxial market increased from 10% to 30%. “Various camera systems, including HD-overcoaxial, will see a rise in 2015.”

Another important factor to point out is the transition to HD-over-coaxial solutions and to IP from older analog systems. Recently, a number of Asian manufacturers, especially from Taiwan, China,and Korea, have been strongly promoting their latest HD-over-coaxial products, with very high price-effectiveness and long transmission distances. Some of the existing IP video surveillance providers have started to feel the decrease in their growth rates, because of the latest HD-over-coaxial products on the market. In the future, the entire Asian continent might start facing competition between IP and HD-over-coaxial, especially in the SMB sectors. It might result in the SMB sectors slowing down the migration to IP-based solutions.

China Grows its Market Shares
Tied directly into the surveillance markets, and hot on the heels of the video surveillance industry in Southeast Asia is the giant that is China. In the analog video surveillance world, China is arguably the number one in the world. With many large, established companies in China, they leave large footprints in the Asian industry. As an industry expert explained, Chinese companies are very competitive, very strong. They have also impacted the industry in more ways than one, forcing many distributors and providers across Asia to slash prices and play catch up. Because of the price factor as well as the notion of China's ever-improving quality, China will continue to play a very important and big role. From an industry point-of-view, cost consciousness is obviously the prime focus. China has a lot to serve and provide.

Expectations for 2015
Some keys to hone in on for 2015 include continuous IP infrastructure development, project availability, total solutions distributors, and the HD-over-coax market. Next year should mark a pivotal point for the region, especially as Asia continues to catch up to North America and Europe.

The region is becoming hotter by the day, especially as global manufacturers and distributors continue to establish their footprint in the developing Asian countries. There's definitely a lot of room for more potential and growth, and 2015 should in the end be a solid year for security in Asia.

Box Movers to Total Solutions
Reacting to global trends seen in the security industry, valueadded distributors are beginning a shift to total solutions. With a big part of the market still dominated by traditional box-moving distribution, this new trend is being marketed towards more direct interaction and end-to-end support with end-users. According to Maulik Shah, CEO of Facility Security Division at Autocop India, one of the factors that the company is honing in on now is offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and are closely working on key projects that help our partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak.” Shah continued, “We also reach out to end customers jointly with our partners and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support.”

Besides working more closely hand-in-hand directly with end users and providing technical support,the opportunity is also there in developing more adaptable solutions that more cater to the specific needs of different users. According to Leonard Tye, Business Development Director of Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore, the company has recently grown its team to include solutions specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent of requirements. “We've spent many hours in Educating our partners and systems integrators in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” said Tye. According to him, this takes time, as the process is about educating end users about their options and available technologies. “However, we find this segment to have very real potential for growth, as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported or repaired.”

Infrastructure Developments
Another key point in Asia is the continual development and upgrades of existing infrastructure. Always an important matter, especially as security continues to move towards IP, there are both notable ups as well as downs. In Australia for example, promised country-wide, reliable broadband access by way of the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) has been hit by many delays and budgets concerns. However, the belief is still there that the NBN will be up and running by 2017.

Not all is dreary though. In the Philippines, for example, GDP growth ranks first in all of Asia, and the Aquino administration has passed several mandates that directly benefit the security industry. Public-private partnerships (PPP) enacted to create projects across many sectors have also had the industry eyeing the country with a close eye. Business process outsourcing trends have also had investors from many different countries aligning with local developers in fast-tracking the infrastructure advancement, and new mandates like No CCTV, No Permit have also further allowed the industry to grow and develop.

Many countries as well are also focusing on expanding infrastructure. Because of the obvious point that security as a whole is expanding to IP, the focus from not just government, but also foreign investments has been on expanding broadband access. In regions like Indonesia, Thailand, and India, heavy emphasis and much of the budget has been allocated towards expanding 3G and even 4G accessibility.

Still a region where HD-over-coaxial plays a huge role, IP may finally be on the horizon. Hartono Tan, Product and Business Development Manager for Hotware Indonesia explained, “Our government has a great concern about network infrastructure. Many city surveillance projects are being built up in the incoming years. The development of network infrastructure is a promising step, and as a country with the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia needs to catch up in security.”

Hikvision Canada is established to better serve the needs of the Canadian market

Hikvision Canada is established to better serve the needs of the Canadian market

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative and award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, has established Hikvision Canada, which will focus on the video surveillance market in Canada. This achievement represents the company’s strong commitment to the Canadian market and speaks to its rapid growth in Canada, North America, and across the globe.

State of the art technology and exceptional technical support are two hallmarks of Hikvision’s success. The company boasts 12,000 employees globally, including 4,200 of engineers devoted solely to R&D. Hikvision’s dedication to research and development is apparent: the percentage of revenue spent on R&D in 2013 topped 8% of US $1.76 billion, amounting to over US $140 million. Hikvision and its affiliated companies have submitted over 1000 patent applications in China, as well as over 50 patent applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and Paris Convention, holding over 500 patents worldwide. The year 2015 will find Hikvision advancing even further as a robust global corporation with quickly expanding human resources and numerous technical achievements.

Hikvision Canada is just one example of Hikvision’s incredible success in North America. The company established Hikvision USA in 2007, which began Canadian operations in 2011. In the four-year period since then, Hikvision has seen a tremendous increase in revenue in Canada, and the Canadian team has experienced significant expansion. In the coming year the company has plans to add additional regional managers, field engineers, and the bilingual French – English technical support staff based out of Montreal to better serve the needs of customers in French speaking Canada.

Education is one vertical market where Hikvision has found particular success, such as with the Hikvision security solution installed by Montreal’s Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board. Retail and property management are also proving to be successful verticals for Hikvision, with finance, transportation, and municipal markets on the rise as well. Another trend for Hikvision in Canada has been an increase in middle tier and high-end projects. Hikvision’s Dealer Partner Program and A&E Program have enabled Hikvision to support a broad range of Canadian consumers with both SMB and enterprise solutions.

“Our team in Canada is firmly committed to creating relationships with distributors, dealers, and A&E firms, providing localized service to help Canadian businesses succeed,” noted Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA and Hikvision Canada “The creation of Hikvision Canada cements our reputation as a company with an exceptional understanding of the North American market. By continuing on the trajectory we’ve seen in the past few years and expanding the resources we provide to the Canadian market, Hikvision will witness great success in North America in 2015. This is just the beginning.”

Dahua enhances video surveillance for Bank of Brazil

Dahua enhances video surveillance for Bank of Brazil

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Dahua Technology, a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China collaborated with Banco do Brasil S.A. (Bank of Brazil) for upgrading DVRs and analog cameras in its bank security system. The project is not only involves many cities in Brazil but also used more than 20,000 units of analog cameras and 1,500 units of DVRs.

Banco do BrasilS.A. (Bank of Brazil) is the largest Brazilian and Latin American bank by assets, and the third by market value which headquartered in Brasília, founded in 1808. It is the oldest active bank in Brazil, and one of the oldest financial institutions in the world.

As time goes by, bank security has been as important factor in safeguarding investment, people and assets. The products that Bank of Brazil been used before were klunky, unstable and less compatible. Lately they decided to replace DVRs and analog cameras to upgrade their whole bank security system. The first thing Dahua impress them was the compatibility of the products. The DVRs and analog cameras could accordance with its original system perfectly. Meanwhile the monitor center was set in the control centre room which Dahua offered.

Digital Video Recorder: DVR2116H from Dahua is an entry-level DVR which features H.264 dual-stream video compression and supports 1 SATA HDD up to 4TB, 2 USB interfaces are available and supports mobile P2P function. In order to meet the requirements from the bank, Dahua tested each version of the products to get the optimal one.

Analog cameras: the bank was familiar with Dahua's analog cameras based on its good reputation. After all the tests, Dahua ensured all the analog cameras are capable of optimized infrared effect, color adjustment and faster responding to color conversion.

Command & control center: command & control center is an integrated system which consists of computer and management software. It is able to receive all the signals from the sensors, video cameras, access control systems, detection and anti-burglary alarm, fire detection and signaling systems. The control center system which is provided by Dahua features information unification management and equipment setting up.

The potential loss of funds may happen anytime in the bank, therefore put the right products inside and out would help the bank to catch thieves, protect customers and other serious problems that threaten it. Dahua's bank solution is about to keep the bank away from the trends, which guarantees a prolonged useful life of all the products such as lower maintenance.

“This is a surely successful cooperation for both of Dahua and Bank of Brazil. We are looking forward further cooperation with Bank of Brazil after we upgraded its DVRs.” said William Zhou, Sales Director of Latin-America and Africa at Dahua Technology. “Dahua provided fully technical support to the bank in order to ensure the project successfully. We are hoping the bank could become one of the oldest banks in the world but within the advanced surveillance products and solutions. ”

Market consolidation brings opportunities

Market consolidation brings opportunities

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

2014 has been quite a special year with many significant corporate acquisitions, such as Canon Europe and Milestone, Anixter and Tri-Ed, and Vanderbilt and Siemens Security Products. This year is probably not a fast-growing year but has been quite meaningful for all the industry professionals, who can give us more understanding toward the pressure over margins in the channels and new customer's requirements for a product supplier. From reviewing the world market demand in 2014, we can clearly see how the industry and market move toward year 2015.

QUICK GLANCE AT GLOBAL MARKET DEMAND
The world economy is improving slowly. The global market for security products and systems was predicted to grow 8 to 10 % in 2014, according to current market researchers. However, in the real world, if we look at the actual revenue from multinationals covering all different product lines and geographic regions, frankly speaking, it should be around 2 to 3% growth, without mentioning the squeezing margins of the small- to medium-sized companies in all different tiers of the sales channels.

The security industry indeed is affected by the world economic market status. If looking into the security industry of a country, it is often strongly related to its financial status quo. An industry expert provides a quite close-to-reality statement and said, “There are some markets in the world that are financially troubled. A large part of this industry lives for big projects, projects which are funded by the states, the government, and authorities. If they already have systems that are working — old legacy systems — they are not going to finance those systems. They are not going to rip them out if it's working when they are financially troubled.” This pointed out why a financial crisis still influenced greatly the growth of some markets, such as South Europe now.

BEYOND GROWTH, SQUEEZING MARGINS IN CHANNELS
Even though we see certain growth remains in the global security industry, the companies in sales channels still try very hard to keep a good balance between growth and profit margin, which is the key issue that the security industry is currently facing. The industry expert continued and said, “Even though some market researcher said the market will grow by 20 or 22% (in the IP video surveillance) now and in the future, in reality it's very difficult for some companies to grow by 20 to 22% with their desired margins. You either can grow, but you have to sacrifice your margin because you need to fight with the prices, or you will keep your margin, and you will have a lower growth rate. Very few companies will have both.”

According to the recent and also past reports of a&s Security 50, some leading suppliers have migrated from offering devices only into providing systems as solutions for different types of projects, in order to stay profitable and competitive in the market. Some regions like Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia really feel more pressure due to Chinese products, since they are mostly box moving markets. To keep away from the price competition, developing systems/solutions has become a major movement for most channels since IP technologies were introduced to the security industry around early 2000.

SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS ARE SUFFERING FROM INTEGRATION
Suppliers including distributors, resellers, and wholesalers evolve toward solutions not only for survival but also for offering best-of-breed products for systems integrators. End users now are more educated and care more about return on investment (ROI). Not only security, they want more extra benefits and functionalities from security devices. Another industry expert also pointed out that for a large-scale project, big systems integrators usually have enough knowledge in designing systems and solving problems in integration matters, so there won't be any problems.

However, for small- to medium-scale projects, systems integrators still experience a certain level of challenges in compatibility and interoperability among products from different brands, which might hinder the completion of a project. It also pushes some of the second-tier suppliers to offer solutions instead of devices. The advantage that it brought to systems integrators is the guarantee of completing a project. Via the cooperation and communication with the suppliers, systems integrators may find new applications and demand over these solutions too.

When suppliers mostly roll out their solutions and systems, systems integrators also need to go through a certain learning curve of a new sales model. For example, in the past, it was all about the quantity of products. Now, when selling solutions, systems Integrators also have to learn how to sell service, with professional consulting servicing too, in order to provide a real solution to end users.

TRANSFORMATION OF DISTRIBUTORS
Mergers and acquisitions on the manufacturers' side seem pretty normal, which usually aim to complement the acquirer's product lines and international presence. The most significant example should be Canon Europe acquiring Milestone Systems. In the distribution channels, Anixter merged with Tri-Ed, highlighting the current problems of a distributor.

According to several industry experts, the distribution business today undergoes huge problems in keeping margins and providing specific products and services to customers, since the box-moving business couldn't satisfy most systems integrators' demand. A consultant suggests that to be a good distributor, there are only two ways: first, you are a great logistical company. You buy in bulk, put it in stock, and ship it out. You might make 5 to 6% margin. Since you are an excellent logistical company, naturally you don't have to add any intelligence into it; the intelligence is made by the installer. Otherwise, the distributor should be really focused, having a focus on certain verticals, some geographic areas, and some customers.

“Systems integrators and resellers have become more and more knowledgeable. When they understand more, they need a distributor, more than a box mover (in the long past). They need products, availability of the products, and financing, because of course, if you have projects, you might say, for now we need payment terms … instead of 30 days, I need 90 days, 120 days, or 150 days, because that's what the end users are saying. Can distributors help them with that? They need logistic possibilities because customers may give the order one day and want the product the next day. However, not all distributors can do that. Therefore, here comes the consolidation in distribution,” he elaborated.

So, distributors need to make choices to be successful either in the aspects of financing and better logistic ability or in certain vertical approaches and keeping good relationships with people who specify the projects. However, this is also varied by the markets, too. If a major distributor doesn't believe the market needs to have the best solutions, they just reply to some clever installers, who have a higher expertise in technologies. On the other side, installers need to have distributors who have the products in stock and are financially stable.

2015: YEAR TO BECOME VALUE-ADDED
After the recent market consolidations, many industry professionals also even predicted that there would be more coming up in 2015. However, we are still positive about the security industry in the near future due to the emergence of more value-added players in this market. The whole industry continues to enjoy the growth from the IP migration.

Americas
The performance in mature countries versus emerging countries is still quite varied by regions and countries. The mature market, such as the U.S., continues to recover. According to Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development of Milestone Systems, even though the US market performed a little weak in the first half, both consumer and government spending in the U.S. is doing well in the second half of 2014. We can expect to see how it will drive higher growth in the economy and the physical security industry into 2015. South America, on the contrary, is cited by many companies for its strong demand, such as Bosch and Assa Abloy. “The sales trends for the private residential market and in South America were strong. High-security products, electromechanical products, security doors, and traditional lock products showed good growth. However, the growth was slightly negative in Canada and Mexico,” stated in Assa Abloy's half-year review of 2014.

Europe
Europe is more uncertain since the region has been weaker than expected in the second and third quarter of 2014. Overall, the European economic situation will be more stabilized. “The markets in Finland, Britain, Africa, and Eastern Europe showed strong growth. Scandinavia, Germany, and Benelux showed good growth. Sales were stable in Iberia and France but the trend was negative in Italy and Israel,” Assa Abloy's report also said.

IDIS also confirmed the recovering economy in the U.K. Brian Song, MD of IDIS Europe said, “If we take the U.K., for instance, there is an incredibly large legacy analog installed base. The recession impacted many upgrade projects and the improved economy is now enabling customers to reignite and in most cases extend those projects. So taking IP together with HD, we're seeing continued demand as end users continue to struggle with the poor performance and inefficiencies of analog. So for IDIS, we are seeing the adoption of IP increasing through retrofit projects as well as new infrastructure investment.” With the stabilized economy, Europe can be ready to enjoy the demand from new geographic territories and lifestyle. Bernhard Sommer, CEO of SimonsVoss Technologies said, “The security requirements of businesses, organizations, and private persons is increasing considerably. Borders are shifting and are opening up, for Europe in particular; this results in an entirely new security situation. People are more mobile, more flexible, and make use of mobile communication everywhere. This changes lifestyle and usage habits, also in the area of security. Mobility and security are melting together.”

Russia is a problem area in this region due to the current problems with Ukraine. “Parts of Eastern Europe continued to be negatively impacted by the ongoing political turbulence in the region,” also observed by Axis' half year report.

Emerging Regions in MEA and APAC
The Middle East continues to show strong growth and increasing demand toward IP video surveillance and access control systems. The region remains the most important for growth momentum of multinationals, pointed out by almost every single company in a&s interviews. Although some areas in the Middle East region are experiencing political upheaval and economic instability, the oil exporting countries, especially GCC countries, will continue to impress the industry with the largest projects and most tech-savvy installations. Africa is also a region that couldn't be ignored by its growth force. Bosch especially pointed out South Africa for a positive market trend.

Asia, on the other side, has been performing as expected in 2014, and growth is set for 2015. Southern Asia, especially ASEAN countries, recovered somewhat after a weak first quarter of 2014 while Northern Asia showed stable growth, such as China and South Korea. “The markets in Australia, Southeast Asia, and South Korea showed strong growth. China showed a good sales trend in traditional lock products, while fire and security doors grew strongly. New Zealand showed good growth,” Assa Abloy provided a good explanation here.

Game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond

Game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond

Editor / Provider: Atul Rajput, Axis Communications | Updated: 1/9/2015 | Article type: Security 50

With the Internet of Things (IoT) continuing to be a hot topic throughout 2014, across all industries -- whether it's about smart cars or intelligent kitchen appliances -- more consumers and businesses are now aware of the advantages of being connected to the internet.

It's a concept none more relevant than to security professionals and business owners trying to ensure the safety of their organisations.

As many security professionals predict, the new HD standard 4K or ‘Ultra HD' continues to be a hot topic and the next natural step in the industry's ongoing strive towards better image quality and greater surveillance camera coverage. In the surveillance world, 4K is expected to take its full effect in 2015 and beyond. Image quality is a core consideration and while everyone is talking about 4K, the real challenge is to optimise image quality for the particular task at hand, regardless of how bad it is or what the ambient conditions are. Technology that enhances image quality for advanced video applications will be a key innovation here and an industry driver. However, the advancements in image quality have created bigger pressure on managing the resources to support them. For example, they can have a significant impact on network bandwidth and storage requirements, increasing the need for more effective compression methods.

Video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) and cloud computing
This is when video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) becomes useful for managing and archiving video footage captured by surveillance cameras onto cloud storage. Video surveillance systems can be a powerful tool in preventing or investigating crime when installed in locations such as shopping centres, parks, banks, airports, and other public transport locations. Rapidly increasing demands for video surveillance systems have been driven by growing safety and security concerns worldwide.

According to Transparency Market Research, the video surveillance and VSaaS market is expected to reach a value of $42.81billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 19.1% from 2013 to 2019. By system, the IP based video surveillance market is expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 24.2% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019.

The hardware market was valued at $9.49billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.3% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. It comprises of analogue and IP-based video surveillance cameras, recorders and storage, encoders, and monitors. The recorders and storage segment held the largest share of 37% in 2012 of the total hardware market followed by surveillance cameras with a 32% share but is expected to lose share in the coming years due to a growing preference for cloud-based storage (VSaaS). Also, the share of surveillance cameras is expected to increase to around 46% by 2019 owing to the growing popularity of IP-based video surveillance cameras that offer better video quality and have in-built recorders.

Cloud computing may well have been the buzzword in IT circles for several years, but a new era is very much upon us. Whether in a public environment, where tenancy on servers is shared with other customers, or in a private environment, where your data and applications are stored in isolation on a system, cloud computing brings three advantages to your network; redundancy, scalability and shifting costs from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operating expenditure (OPEX). Depending on whether the cloud is hosted or run internally, there may also be the convenience of leaving routine maintenance like upgrades, updates and patches, to a third party.

Cloud storage will inevitably grow and grow throughout 2015. A recent survey by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) in conjunction with Axis, questioned nearly 300 UK retailers, encompassing over 20,000 stores, about how they would like to access in-store surveillance footage and whether access from a mobile device would be beneficial. The results showed that majority of UK retailers (82%) wanted to view in-store video remotely – a rise of 6.5% from 2013. This obvious drive for the need to make ‘real time' decisions based on the footage was reinforced with over 68% of retailers wishing to use a mobile device (eg. smartphone or tablet) to access in-store video.

Scalability doesn't just factor in the need for more cameras, it also enables access to more computing power and storage if, for example, a higher resolution or faster frame rate is needed. In another example, if analytics are needed for customer traffic pattern analysis, the processing capacity is already there and only paid for when required.

Better functioning analytics running on the edge are also appropriate for critical infrastructure applications. For instance, the extra computing power could be used to store half a million car number plates and also capture registrations from cars driving past at up to 24 miles per hour.

Another interesting aspect of VSaaS is that it offers users the possibility to add additional services to their video surveillance – such as guard force or remote monitoring services.

Analytics, business intelligence (BI) and big data
Analytics technology is also likely to finally take off within the surveillance industry from 2015 – enormous amounts of structured and unstructured data (big data) essential for gaining valuable insights. With network cameras' capability to provide higher resolution video and to be connected from everywhere and around-the-clock, security departments are receiving more information from more sources. Therefore, more analytics are needed to help organisations make sense of the tremendous amount of information, such as images and videos. Increasingly intelligent applications are needed to help categorise and interpret the wealth of information, so it can be turned into something useful.

The ‘three Vs' of big data; volume, velocity, and variety, can provide vital information during a crisis by providing the right data at the right time. By starting with more factual data, such as surveillance footage, physical access control data, and cyber activity information and then building useful associations, costs can be reduced by only searching for the most relevant information.

This is where IP video transforms the surveillance camera from a forensic tool aimed at solving problems to a proactive tool designed to improve business processes. According to the CRR retail survey, integration with BI applications was the single most important reason for UK retailers to migrate to IP video, with 27% citing it as their main driver. Nearly half of the UK retailers polled also said that people counting (49.2%) and queue management (49.9%) were the two most important non-security network IP applications that most interested them.

Video images can be used in conjunction with analytical ‘horsepower' to analyse retail customer traffic patterns and shopping behaviour, as well as gather data to isolate bottlenecks in-store. Mix that up with other structured and unstructured data sources, including transit schedules, lists of promotions, competitor pricing data, social media etc. and a skilled data analyst can tease out patterns and relationships that retailers never knew existed – data that could give a significant competitive advantage.

Video compression and bandwidth usage
Video compression technologies are aimed at reducing and removing redundant video data so that a digital video file can be effectively sent over a network and stored on portable media. With efficient compression, a significant reduction in file size can be achieved with little or no adverse effect on the visual quality. The video quality, however, can be affected if the file size is reduced further by increasing the compression level for a given compression technique.

There are several video compression standards including Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 Part 2 (simply referred to as MPEG-4) and H.264 – the latter being the latest and most efficient video compression standard and already the standard for video surveillance and other industries, such as entertainment.

At the same time, the continual improvement in image resolution and light sensitivity for example, also increase the data output from the cameras – imposing higher demands on the efficiency of the video compression. Video surveillance manufacturers need to balance the upsurge in resolution with improvements to H.264 compression algorithms to make sure network bandwidth and storage costs do not spiral out of control. A combined effort of working on noise reduction methods and bit rate reduction should run in parallel with investigation into new video codecs to get the best results.

Beyond improvements in current H.264 compression, the future will embrace H.265 technology, which is rapidly gaining interest in the broadcast industry. H.265 can reduce bandwidth and storage demands by up to 50% under the right circumstances, so expect the technology to be introduced into the security industry over the next few years. It's likely to be initially deployed in high-end, high-resolution cameras, and it's expected that H.264 and H.265 will co-exist for a while within the industry.

Conclusion
Ultimately, high quality images and videos such as 4K resolution needs to be supported by the right technologies in order for organisations to get the most out of their data, which can be analysed and turned into useful insight not only for security purposes, but also for efficiency to gain a competitive advantage. I believe this really should be the key consideration for everyone who is looking for the next ‘big thing' in surveillance.

                                          - By Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe, Axis Communications

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