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Surveillance gets ultra clear with 4K

Surveillance gets ultra clear with 4K

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s International | Updated: 1/6/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

4K has made a place for itself in the consumer market, with 4K television and displays becoming increasingly popular. Now, it is slowly making its way into the security industry. “4K video systems are not only a trend of the future, but also a ready solution going to impact this market. With the capability to cover wider areas, budget can be saved due to fewer units and installation,” said Ken Huang, Marketing Specialist at DynaColor. With the release of 4K, new solutions can be explored in several verticals to make use of the UHD resolution.

Boasting 4,096 x 2,160p (8.3 megapixels; around four times that of full HD resolution), 4K has the ability to display UHD video footage. In the same way 1080p was first introduced, the initial 4K applications tend to be for outdoor surveillance with a large field of view and the need to resolve detail (e.g., sport stadiums). According to Andres Vigren, Product Manager of Axis Communications, “HDTV network cameras are already used for installations where there is a requirement to overlook an area with the capability to zoom in on details with high precision. 4K UHD takes this to the next level by allowing larger areas to be monitored with a single camera without compromising on level of detail should this be required when an incident occurs.” The ability to capture a large scene and zoom in on images without sacrificing pixels makes 4K ideal for monitoring large areas, which is useful for city surveillance and transportation. Additionally, as one 4K camera can substitute many HD cameras, it presents as a cost-effective solution while minimizing blind spots.

With 4K, data collected from video recordings creates opportunities for improved investigations, but also business intelligence. For instance, personnel and customer paths are more accurately traced, and the resolution is high enough to support multiple content analyses for functions like people counting and license plate recognition (LPR), which provides more precise identification and reduced false alerts. This also allows for faster and more accurate monitoring in crowd management and perimeter protection requirements. 4K can also be applied to safe cities, wide-lane traffic monitoring, police dispatching using geographic information systems (GIS) maps, and more. “Optical zoom becomes a useful feature thanks to the 4K cameras. The quality of the camera means it can provide a stream of information, such as metadata for marketing, operations, and processes purposes,” said Gerard Figols, European Head of Product Marketing at Panasonic System Communications.

Although it holds great potential, 4K systems are not yet mature. There are a few things consumers need to keep in mind when purchasing a 4K system: is it suitable for the application and whether they have a full 4K-compatible system. “The main factors for 4K video systems to be ready mainly depend on the development of (well-matched) codec capability of camera and backend devices, as well as storage capability and display devices such as TV walls and monitors,” said Adler Wu, Product Marketing Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology. With Theia and Fujinon as the only two companies currently offering 4K lenses, the market is still limited in 4K lens choices. Moreover, these products are still early in development; therefore, it is likely that most video surveillance system operators will be using a standard HDTV monitor. And, with complications in low-light environments and limitations in capturing fast movements, 4K still has much room for improvement.

In addition, many misunderstand that 4K will replace current panoramic cameras; however, for now this is not true. This is because where there is a large area to be monitored that requires situational awareness, a regular 4K camera will have the same limitations with respect to blind spots in terms of wide-angle monitoring. At the moment, 4K fisheye lenses have yet to be developed, as many are experiencing difficulties in eliminating distortion on the side of the lens. “4K is not optimal where large panoramic scenes need to be covered. Loading docks, hotel lobbies, and parking lots will continue to be better served by multisensory panoramic camera systems,” concluded Brad Donaldson, Director of Product Management at Arecont Vision.

Companies are tripping over themselves to be one of the first to release their own 4K cameras, yet very few provide a whole 4K system, which forces users to buy 4K NVRs and monitors separately if they want to employ the system. This may also create compatibility issues when companies do decide to release other 4K products, or when customers upgrade to H.265 chipsets. In a hurry to promote that their own 4K cameras are using H.265, many companies have cut corners in efficiency, meaning early adopters using products embedded with “H.265” may in fact be less efficient than the now-standard H.264, Ed Thompson, CTO of DVTel warned.

Moreover, one must consider the storage and bandwidth required to stream and store 4K, especially when using H.264 video compression technology and older hard drive disks, as 4K systems are resource intensive products. Luckily, advances in network architecture and technology have developed 40 gigabit Ethernet technology, enabling transfer of Ethernet frames at speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second, which is suitable for 4K media workflows. “That said, the ability to compress 4K files for easy transmission while maintaining image performance and integrity is still important even on a 40 gigabit Ethernet,” said Riki Nishimura, GM of Visual Security Solutions for Professional Solutions Company (PSAP) for APAC at Sony Electronics.

The upgrades and additional equipment needed in order to fully deploy a 4K system can be costly at this time, although prices for 4K lens are dropping drastically. “Last year a true 4K resolution lens could cost several hundreds of dollars, but prices have now dropped to below US$20 for a decent lens,” commented Bengt Christensson, Senior Director Marketing at Ambarella. Growth of 4K systems will be more widespread once the cost for 4K equipment drops, which will allow solution providers to explore more ways to use recorded data where 4K footage is applicable.

Additionally, Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua Technology believes that 4K real-time streaming is not absolutely necessary when it comes to surveillance monitoring. This largely depends on the user's budget, project requirements, as well as bandwidth consumption.

In the near future, 4K will inevitably become the new standard for surveillance resolution; however, there are many challenges manufacturers have yet to conquer — management of the increased amount of video data (higher bitrates), capture of fast moving objects, and challenging lighting conditions, according to Pieter van de Looveren, Marketing Communications Manager of Video Systems at Bosch Security Systems.

4K's problem in low-light environments is due to the small sensor and pixels crammed in an image, resulting in less light absorbed. “Most models use a lower quality sensor with slower aperture lens and do not provide any infrared (IR) illumination; these are poor choices for many applications where the lighting is not ideal,” explained Thompson. Similarly, Donaldson also noted most verticals will benefit from high resolution and faster frame rates, however low-light environments might prove to be challenging due to the pixel size on the sensor. Companies are overcoming this issue by embedding different features in 4K cameras that will perform better in low light, such as Arecont Vision's camera with a 1-inch sensor that creates larger pixels, and DVTel's implementation of IR illuminators with F1.4 lenses to provide optimum low-light performance. This development will prove to provide better surveillance for applications like casinos where the premises are often filled with flashing or low lights from gaming machines.

Once 4K is fine-tuned for better use in various applications, it will definitely bring change to the security industry. With H.265 in the works, it will still be at least a year before it becomes commonly available. “We see the first generation of 4K cameras use H.264 with optimized low-bitrate tuning, and that H.265 will mature and become the next standard in the years following,” said Christensson. Though the current compression technology can handle the high resolution, and manufacturers are developing other technologies to reduce bitrate, such as Bosch's Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction technology that reduces noise based on motion and light levels, it is predicted that H.265 will be more appropriate to compress the hefty data. It's no doubt that H.265 will become the best solution of high resolution camera applications. With the latest compression technology, H.265 is promising to reduce up to 50 percent of bitrate usage. This brings great advantage to the most important part of high resolution surveillance solutions: Internet bandwidth and storage capacity control,” said Huang. To solve the current problem, Vigren suggested, “to manage bandwidth consumption, users can view the live video stream in HDTV 1080p and take advantage of 4K UHD recordings for forensic purposes.”

To further accommodate application needs, such as monitoring outdoors, it will be essential that 4K have features such as high dynamic range (HDR). “Due to the high resolution of 4K video and common outdoor applications, HDR will become a valuable feature and over time a requirement. There is a focus from the main sensor vendors on new 4K sensors, benefitting from increased sensitivity technologies and combined with advanced noise reduction processing one can expect 4K cameras to improve low-light performance considerably,” said Christensson.

4K has come a long way since 2013 when the International Telecommunications Union set the standard specifications for UHD television. As manufacturers continue to improve and upgrade systems to provide users with more detailed resolution and smoother streaming, it is evident 4K will not only be the standard in future surveillance solutions, but also the key to opening a door to new ways of using the data collected.

4K Application Challenges
Although 4K can bring a clearer picture and better user experience for security, compared to 1080p HD, data collection, encoding and decoding, transmission, display, storage, and processing for 4K all require higher standards.

  • Higher resolution lenses: Lenses need to be at least 8 megapixels in order to display the full effect of 4K resolution; however, cost for these high resolution lenses are expensive and limited, especially ones that are suitable for surveillance and are able to support zoom lens movement.
  • Network transmission, higher bandwidth, and greater storage capability: In security applications, transmission of 1080p HD video requires around 4 Mbps bandwidth; under H.264 encoding, 4K resolution at present requires at least 12 Mbps bandwidth in order to achieve better image quality. Meanwhile it is foreseen that the era of 4K will soon lead to double the storage requirements as surveillance demand for reliability and safety increases.
  • Chip encoding performance: In order to reduce 4K resolution pressure caused by high bandwidth and storage capacity, it is necessary to optimize the performance of H.264, or deploy the new HEVC standard H.265. Currently many manufacturers have started to optimize the H.264 chipset focusing on various applications to lower bitrate while maintaining quality for 4K resolution.
  • Stronger back-end decoding and display capability: Powerful graphics processing units are required both to process 4K resolution output as well as to display 4K video.
  • Higher resolution display devices: 4K compatible monitors are required to display the full effect of 4K resolution. Since a reliable and cost effective display compatible for 4K streaming is not yet available , widespread adoption is difficult. Although LCD 4K monitors are available for consumers, it is not yet suited for the security industry.
  • Video processing capability: For 4K resolution surveillance images, elements displayed are more detailed, but at the same time computing power is needed to handle the richer detail, especially for abilities such as image enhancement, de-fogging, and video analyses.
  • Price: Currently, 1080p and 720p HD resolutions are able to meet the needs of daily monitoring; however, as costs for 4K systems drop, popularity for 4K will increase.
  • Axis grows steadily with partners in South Asia Pacific

    Axis grows steadily with partners in South Asia Pacific

    Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Axis, a&s Asia | Updated: 1/8/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

    Axis Communications, the well-known network video surveillance camera manufacturer, has retained global market leadership since the company launched the industry's first IP camera in 1996. Besides being a technology pioneer and innovator, Axis has also established a solid business model that is able to support the company's fast growth over these years. Strictly following the two-tiered distribution model, Axis forms partnerships with systems integrators, consultants, software developers, network infrastructure vendors, and others to create mutual business opportunities. Together, Axis provides customer solutions for industry segments such as retail, transportation, government, city surveillance, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and banking.

    Partner Programs Support Growth
    Axis' authorized partners are mostly systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs), and installers. “We have over 6,000 authorized partners in this region in total,” said Oh Tee Lee, Regional Director for South Asia Pacific Region at Axis Communications. He further commented that in some countries where Axis doesnʼt have local offices, Axis collaborates with their distribution network for sales activities.

    To complement their solutions offerings, Axis has also built up a strong Axis Development Partner (ADP) program, which assists software vendors to fully integrate Axis network video products in end-customer solutions. It is open to qualified companies offering commercial solutions that integrate with Axis network video products, including video management software, advanced video analytics, access control solutions, and more. Lee said, “We have over 1,000 ADP partners that we collaborate with globally.”

    In Asia, this business model has also proven its worth and accelerated market expansion. Lee elaborated, “We have had presence in Singapore, Australia, and Thailand for over 10 years. And we expanded into Malaysia, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines in recent years.”

    The IP revolution has changed the surveillance camera from a forensic tool aimed at solving problems after an incident has occurred to becoming a vital part of a proactive intelligence chain. Network video cameras collect valuable data that can be analyzed and turned into actionable insights. There are many application areas — from optimizing retail outlets or airport layouts to understanding urban traffic flow.

    In retail, Axisʼ network video and partner solutions enable to improve the profitability of the retail outlet, significantly reduce shrinkage, improve staff security, and provide even better service for the customers. In the transportation sector, Axis intelligent security solutions create a safer transportation environment, reduce costs for vandalism and graffiti, efficiently monitor cargo and property, but also reduce incident response times and quickly decide the correct incident response.

    Another secret to Axisʼ success in Asia also associates with the strict policy and strategy of a two-tiered distribution model. In many cases, many businesses might deal with personal networks and acquaintances locally. Some major companies would probably sell directly to end users, even without systems integrators. However, “it actually causes many problems afterwards,” said Lee. For Axis, it brings out a question about choice and efficiency. For a short term, it seems that direct selling has lower cost but in reality it costs more in the long term. “If you sell directly, you have to invest on the full support structure. You put more people on the ground and you have to be accountable for all the proposals up to customers after sales support. And, you will take all the countryʼs risks, including financial and political risks. So, in a longer term, I would say, it is not very cost-effective,” he said.

    If the vendor doesnʼt sell directly, the customers will have more choices on partners and solutions, they will have the freedom to buy and choose their preferred brands and systems based on their requirements.

    The industry indeed is becoming more solution-oriented. Customers also want an end-to-end system, a solution, instead of just a camera. “Axis has thus broadened our offerings for the small and medium-sized installations. Axis network cameras and software can now be offered as an overall solution adapted to enduser needs,” said Lee.

    For an overall solution for mid-sized installations, for example in school environments and in the retail segment, Axis recently launched AXIS S10 Recorder. The recorder includes three different server solutions, which are pre-installed with AXIS Camera Station software and configured to perfectly match Axisʼ wide range of network cameras. Depending on the needs of the end user and the size of the installation, the released solution supports installations of 16, 32, or 48 video channels. To make it easier for resellers and to improve the experience for end users, Axis recently launched mobile apps for Axisʼ solutions, which are aimed at small and medium systems. By downloading the apps from App Store or Google Play, for example, users can easily manage their surveillance system, be notified about triggered events, and administer recorded material from a mobile device. By offering an overall solution, Axis simplifies both installation and management of the system for partners as well as end users.

    “With the Internet-of-Things a hot topic throughout 2014 and into 2015, we expect that awareness of IP video surveillance will continue to grow, so there will be ongoing demand for network video cameras, intelligent video analytics applications, and video surveillance-as-a-service offerings,” Lee further elaborated. Combining all the expertise and selling forces of Axisʼ channel and distribution partners, it is clear that Axis is ahead of the trends, providing complete IP video solutions for customers.

    The rising trend: EMC regulations and the integration with industrial Ethernet equipment

    The rising trend: EMC regulations and the integration with industrial Ethernet equipment

    Editor / Provider: EtherWan | Updated: 12/31/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    It may need a tremendous amount of electronic devices to build a complete video surveillance system, together with the complicated cabling networks that connecting all the equipment. This may amplify the bandwidth and the power of the electromagnetic energy and affect the total performance of the system. Therefore, electromagnetic compatibility of the electronic equipment should not be negligible when the video surveillance system is applied to environments with high-voltage current, such as power plant, factory, transportation and infrastructure.

    Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) means the ability of the product to function normally in an electromagnetic environment and not to generate any unwanted electromagnetic energy to any equipment in the environment. The definition of EMC contains two regulations. First, the ability of avoiding the influence of the electromagnetic environment is EMS (Electromagnetic Susceptibility). Second, the avoidance of generating electromagnetic energy which may interfere other equipment is EMI (Electromagnetic Interference).

    In addition to its basic functions, a high standard EMC design is also a key index of quality and performance of an excellent network product. At the meantime, EMC of the PCB and the IC are also needed to be taken into consideration. Taking substations for example, when the high-voltage convertor, circuit breaker and relays are operating, they will step up the voltage to several hundred thousand, which may generate huge electromagnetic interference to the equipment in the substation, and cause unpredictable damages.

    Transportation systems such as train and subway are operated by electric power. The electromagnetic interference can be sorted by environments outside the cabin, the electronic equipment in the cabin, the main transformer substation and the backup transformer substations along the rail and other electrical substations. The main electrical system provides the power for the cars to operate on. The auxiliary power system processes the electrical power and distribute to electronic equipment on the cars. Due to the fact that the on board units on the trains have higher output, besides avoiding the EMI of other equipment, it is also crucial to avoid the huge electromagnetic radiation generated by the train itself. When video surveillance is applied to such a complicated environment, the test of the electronic equipment will become more severe.

    5 Key Considerations in Designing EMC Product:
    1. Selection of components
    The excessive heat comes from the electronic components in enclosed environment will increase the temperature in the housing. EtherWAN selects parts and passive components (resistor and capacitor) with high MTBF and wide temperature endurance range to ensure the products work normally in high temperature environment.

    2. Professional Design of Circuit and PCB Board
    Aiming at special EMS environment such as power plants and railways, the design of the circuit and PCB board focus on avoidance of surge current; therefore, rich experience in designing safe spacing and the circuit is necessary.

    3. Test Levels and Strict Manufacturing Standards of Industry Grade and Commerce Grade products
    EtherWAN insists that in the stage of design verification, regardless of commerce grade or industry grade, all the products will go through a long period burn-in test, to ensure the product can work under high workload environment.

    4. Third Party Test Reports
    EtherWAN's products have passed and obtain multiple third party certifications according to different requirements in different markets with harsh environment.

    5. Highly Flexible Product Mix and Excellent After Service
    EtherWan Ethernet switches provide highly flexible port number mix for different requirements on transmission speed and interface. EtherWAN offers 5 year guarantee on its products, with complete before-sale technical consulting and after service.

    EtherWAN specializes in designing and manufacturing industry grade Ethernet products. For example, EX87000 Ethernet switch has passed the KEMA test, complied with IEC61850-3/IEEE1613 standards for substation and power automation, possessing remarkable Electromagnetic Susceptibility (EMS). EX83000 has passed EN50121-4 certificate for railway applications, complying with the regulations of electromagnetic protection, impact and shock in railway environment.

    The new generation EX78900 hardened managed Ethernet switch possesses Electro-Static protection, fanless non-ventilated design and passed shock, impact and high and low temperature environment test. Each of the 8 Ultra PoE ports on EX78900 can supply 60 watt of power and the total output reaches 240 watt, which is suitable for high power devices such as PTZ camera and Thinclient computer.

    All of the EtherWAN's industry grade Ethernet products comply with the endurance conditions to work normally between -40℃~75℃. EtherWAN Alpha-Ring self-healing technology, providing less than 15ms fault recovery time making it ideal for applications intolerant to interruption.

    Dahua iHCVR offers face detection function

    Dahua iHCVR offers face detection function

    Editor / Provider: Dahua Technology | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

    Dahua Technology, one of the world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, announced to introduce its new iHCVR series products.

    iHCVR, based on Dahua's in-house High Definition Composite Video Interface (HDCVI) technology, new generation of smart face detection which realizes 1ch face detection, instant playback and face index playback. iHCVR series products not only support face detection but also can realize face image snapshot and face image 20 seconds playback assisted by software.

    HD Performance at 720P
    Dahua iHCVR product family is based on HDCVI technology and it retains the ease to use of an analog system while offering up to 720P HD video output.

    Easy Space
    Detected face images, motions, alarm snapshots and video can be uploaded to the free “Easy Space” (Network Cloud Disk) such as Skydrive and Dropbox to keep data safe and save storage space. Also the recorded data can be searched easily.

    P2P allows simple and easy connecting between client-end and mobile apps. Dahua iHCVR can realize p2p network connection through scanning QR code and logging website.

    iHCVR products family includes 5104/5108H-F and 5104/5108HE-F. Among these models, different hardware case is not the only way to differentiate them but also with different functions, such as iHCVR5104/5108HE-F supports 4/8-ch alarm in and 3-ch alarm out.

    Furthermore, the sync software will be available for mobile phones in January. With mobile device viewing support, it will be much more convenient to use. As for the users, iHCVR is cost-effectiveness, easy-to-use and high performance solution.

    Key feature
    * Support face detection, instant playback and face index playback
    * Detected face images can be uploaded to the free “Easy Space”
    * Support P2P network connection through scanning QR code
    * All channel@720P real-time recording
    * 1HDMI,1VGA,1Audio,1SATA,2USB,1RJ45(100M),Alarm(HE Series optional)

    Dahua introduces 3-inch network mini PTZ dome camera

    Dahua introduces 3-inch network mini PTZ dome camera

    Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

    Dahua Technology, one of the world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China introduces its new 2-Megapixel3-inch Network Mini PTZ Dome Camera—SD32203S-HN.

    Dahua SD32203S-HN is the updated model featuring compact design with powerful functions which bring new experiences to the user. IP66-rated weatherproofing and dust-proof ensures the cameras can withstand even the harshest weather environments. Furthermore,IK10-rated vandal-proof can effectively prevent violent destruction.

    New Generation Block Camera
    Dahua SD32203S-HNis using new block camera with 3 times zoom-in function. The lower bit rate is able to reduce the storage space. The angle of view reaches to 116.5-degree which provides wider monitoring area.

    New Structure Design
    The block camera holder of SD32203S-HN is made of aluminum which is much more fastness than the old generation. Moreover, the vertical transmission model has changed from gear drive to belt drive. This upgrade can improve the accuracy of preset as well as reduce the mechanical noise.

    Outstanding P/Z Performance
    Dahua SD32203S-HN adds the conductive slip ring to achieve 360° unlimited rotation. High speed stepping motor offers max 240°/s pan speed and 160°/s tilt speed which makes SD32203S-HN become a veritable high-speed PTZ dome camera.

    This network mini PTZ dome camera features more advanced functions but also maintains cost-effective offering. With ease of use installation, advanced features and performance, DahuaSD32203S-HN can be a good extent to existing product line to meet more market demands.

    * 3.0mm ~ 9.0mm(3x)optical zoom
    * H.264 & MJPEG dual-stream encoding
    * Max 25/30fps@1080p resolution
    * DWDR, Day/Night(ICR), DNR (2D&3D),Auto iris, Auto focus, AWB, AGC,BLC
    * Multiple network monitoring: Web viewer, CMS(DSS/PSS) & DMSS
    * Max 240 °/span speed, 0° ~360° endless pan rotation
    * Up to 255 presets, 5 auto scan, 8 tour, 5 pattern
    * Built-in 2/1 alarm in/out
    * Support intelligent 3D positioning with DH-SD protocol
    * Micro SD memory, IP66, IK10, PoE

    Time to check-in: Video analytics automate airport security

    Time to check-in: Video analytics automate airport security

    Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    Airports are at the forefront of using intelligent video analytics to automate their surveillance and operational needs. Recent advances in video footage search as well as better computing options at the edge promise to show an even greater future use of video analytics. However, market education is still needed to fulfill its potential.

    Video surveillance cameras have long been used in airports. The introduction of video content analytics (VCA) is a power-multiplier for cameras. “The primary goal of analytics is to transform the cameras into intelligent detectors in order to provide more reliable incidents detection and minimize human error factor,” said Denis Castanet, Director of Business development for EMEA at Bosch Security Systems.

    “Video analytics is identified as a lead technology in the growing trend towards reliable, automated systems within airports,” said Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. Flind named some of VCA‘s main benefits: a wise use of VCA reduces human error, reduces man-guarding costs, provides secondary support to other systems, and greatly improves reaction time from alert to action with the use of automated triggers and alerts. Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise & Critical Infrastructure at Video Intelligence Solutions, Verint Systems, also echoed that “VCA is used in areas where alternative sensors are not practical or reliable, or where maintaining security staff for live personnel monitoring is impractical or unreliable.”

    New Developments in Video Search
    Apart from triggering alerts, VCA plays an important role in searching through the video feeds. The vast amounts of video footage collected daily in a busy environment like an airport is almost impossible to search manually. One of the key strengths of VCA is the ability to enhance the speed of searching through hours of recorded video. There are a variety of VCA manufacturers that can perform a search on the recorded video for different criteria; including color, shape, speed, and time spent in an area. In addition, some can compress hours of recorded video into a stream that shows all activity for a certain time frame, thus simplifying searches for only the things the user is looking for.

    “Technology now not only locates a person, but also tracks their route and determines their last known location,” said Jamie Wilson, Security Marketing Manager for EMEA at NICE systems. It works by creating a searchable database of images in real-time, of all the people who have been ‘seen' by surveillance cameras on the network. The investigators can search this database to identify the person they are looking for either according to a time frame or based on a description or picture of the suspect. Using this information the investigator is able to rapidly screen the results to see if the person they are looking for is displayed. Once they have located the person the system presents the investigator with a time-stamped map highlighting where the person has been and at what time and the route taken. Crucially, it will also display the last point the person was spotted, for action to be taken.

    Multipurpose use of VCA in Airports
    The most common video analytics features are intrusion detection and unattended baggage. Examples are detection of people entering the baggage area through the exit, loitering in secure areas, walking in the wrong direction, detection of vehicles parked in no parking zones, detection of people near the runways or near parked aircraft, and queue management for check-in areas and security lines (measuring the amount of time a person has to wait in line).

    VCA is used mainly for security purposes; however, as it becomes more common, more uses are adopted at airports. “Our experience with VCA is that it is used only to the extent that the end user understands its capabilities. This commonly results in the VCA being used for security purposes initially and as its potential is realized by the end user, migrates into lots of other uses,” said Kirk Huss, System III Engineer for G4S Technology USA. “Like any technology, as users become more familiar with VCA, they realize its potential and begin using it for things other than security related issues. Once trained on the system, they get very creative and apply it to all sorts of their business operations.”

    Examples of this “dual-use” are re-using existing systems for customer service (queue management for instance) or marketing (customer behavior analysis). “The more advanced VCA is going a step further and actually forecasting with high confidence when a long line will develop, not after it has already happened,” added Phillips. This allows retailers the ability to maximize staff members who sit idle when lines are empty.

    Information can be shared also between parties in the airport. Store owners in the airport will usually have their own video surveillance systems inside the store. Even though they are not connected to the airport's system, information can still be shared through mobile applications (e.g., send a picture of a suspect from the store to the airport police), described Todd Brodrick, Director of Sales for South West USA at Pelco by Schneider Electric.

    Future: VCA to Initia te Camera Trac king
    Today, a major constraint is in making analytics work in a crowded environment. As VCA algorithms improve, so will the ability to overcome the crowded environments at airports. The next challenges in line are successful tracking and hand over from camera to camera. Crowded scenes or obscured views can make reliable tracking across multiple cameras intricate to achieve. However combining other technologies and systems to assist tagging and tracking of individuals through busy scenes such as airport terminals can deliver better results.

    “Beyond the analytics themselves the next step is automating the entire process — somebody leaves a bag and the system will automatically jump back and look for the person who left it, recognize him from the database, follow him around as he passes through other parts of the airport, and alert the nearest police officer or guard on duty,” stated Dr. Rustom Kanga, CEO of iOmniscient. “Already we have started using multisensor technology — sound and smell in addition to the video. Humans use all their senses and analytics should too. For example, if the camera detects someone falling down and detects the sound of a gunshot it is a different situation than a simple slip and fall. In years to come such multi-sensor analytics will become ubiquitous.”

    VCA is Not a Cure-all Solution
    Market knowledge levels are still a concern for vendors and systems integrators implementing VCA solutions. One of the major challenges facing vendors and systems integrators is explaining that VCA is not a panacea and explain its realistic expectations.

    “The commercial challenge is for customers to understand what the technology can and cannot do,” explained Kanga. “We focus on educating the market. Most customers use a tender process for their purchasing. If the specifications in the tender are vague the customer may get something that meets the specification but does not work in practice. For instance, if the specification asks for ‘abandoned object detection' they will get a different response than if they ask for ‘abandoned object detection in a very crowded place.' Those few words can make a difference between whether the customer gets something that will work or not.”

    “I think the challenge is always the culture. Video analytics is a real new thing in our market, so we spend a lot of time showing to our customers the power of the solution. After that, the solution's technical needs must be redesigned. Usually the customers look at video analytics as a showcase, not as a real solution. We always take potential customers to visit actual customers in order to demonstrate the incredible power of the analytics solution,” explained Jorge Heller, Technology Director of Redisul, a Brazilian systems integrator that took part in securing some of Brazil's airports prior to the last FIFA World Cup.

    “We continue to witness a large variation in client knowledge for analytics from those procuring solutions from a zero base through to consultant experts. Even within procuring teams knowledge can vary significantly and it is not always those with the most knowledge that are permitted the most procurement authority,” added Neil Norman, CEO of Human Recognition Systems.

    Norman too stressed that education is a critical element of the business development and delivery teams' role for analytics is still to avoid disappointment or underuse of the systems.

    Where to Run the Analytics?
    Video analytics are generally built on two different types of architecture: server-based and edge-based, performed on the camera. “Camera-side offers scalability and redundancy but lacks in features, performance, and management, whereas server-side offers enhanced performance, features, and management capabilities, but lacks in scalability and has high bandwidth requirements,” explained Zvika Ashani, CTO of Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi).

    Server-based analytics enjoy several advantages since the servers are all at one central location: easier configuration, management, and maintenance. Since power supply and cooling are less of a concern, it also allows for increased processing power and support for complex video analytics algorithms that provide high performance and easier integration with VMS and PSIM systems. Running the analytics at the edge saves on bandwidth, as constant video transmission over network is not required. It allows for direct control of PTZ camera with minimum latency and since the uncompressed video is analyzed directly at the camera the video analytics performance improves (the video feed doesn't change due to compression). Video can be transmitted on demand or automatically when an event of interest is detected (black screen technology). The major obstacle is the camera's size, power consumption limitations, limited computing power, limited storage space, and limited temperature tolerance operating in direct sunlight or freezing conditions.

    Industry professionals predict a trend towards more VCA-at-the-edge units to overcome the limitations of the camera is via two approaches: sharing the workload between edge-unit and server or adding computing power to the camera with an external device.

    “A distributed processing approach which utilizes both camera and server processing provides the best of both worlds in terms of scalability, performance, feature set, manageability and bandwidth consumption,” noted Ashani.

    Singapore holds the smart key to success

    Singapore holds the smart key to success

    Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 12/30/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    Singapore, one of the most innovative countries in Asia Pacific, is taking matters into its own hands. With the economy and political issues that have pushed the country to further employ automated systems, Singapore is at the forefront of smart technology.

    Rated as one of the top places in the world to do business, Singapore is home to many multinational company regional headquarters. With an English-speaking environment and highly developed infrastructure, Singapore is an ideal country for companies to expand to other Southeast Asian nations. As a hub of the Southeast Asian region, the country is famous for a high level of technology adoption. In recent years, its trend migrates to smart and intelligent technologies in the Singaporean security industry. The foreign worker policy has further pushed Singapore's adoption of new technology to help reduce manpower and save cost on human monitoring due to the tight labor market. Both government and commercial projects are growing in recent years, employing additional use of smart technology. According to Rick Huang, Business Development Manager at Alstron, the government is looking at using cameras with suitable back-end VCA solutions to improve productivity to replace labor intensive jobs like traffic monitoring and illegal parking. Ken Lee Kim Keong, Director of KZTech explained, “there are already many analytical software companies entering the market, and projects releasing from both commercial and government sectors are putting VCA as part of the package.”

    “In the low-end market, it is obvious that the customers are after box solutions, where packages offer hardware with software solutions. While in the high-end market, the end users are after value adding through application driven products (surveillance) where they have the freedom to choose applications for their video centric operation needs,” said Sunny Kong, Director of Sales for APAC at Milestone Systems.

    A “smart” solution conceptually is a breakthrough for energy conservation, management, and monitoring in buildings and campuses through a mean of enhancing energy efficiency, data center reliability, comfort and analytics, according to Kenneth Tsang, Director of R&D and Technical Services, Video & Situation Intelligent Solutions for Verint Systems.

    There are a number of promising projects rolling out in recent years using smart technology. They can be seen in various verticals, one of which is transportation. Recent projects include use of surveillance and custom software solutions to detect illegal parking in pickup areas along mass rapid transit (MRT) stations. Surveillance solutions with smart software are being implemented to detect speeding cars, and detect over height vehicles that are entering height restricted areas.

    The transportation sector has also incorporated smart systems in projects as tourism continues to grow in Singapore due to the opening of Integrated Resorts to attract more visitors. Changi Airport has access control systems and hundreds of intelligent card readers by CEM Systems from Tyco Security Products implemented that support smartcards and fingerprint biometrics. An intelligent building security system was also deployed that is integrated with the Singapore Airlines Human Resources SAP system, an interface with the existing visitor system and digital video surveillance/DVR systems integration. This leads to opportunities for smart security solutions when Terminal 4 of Changi Airport finishes construction in 2017.

    Smart Buildings
    Demands for security products in smart buildings are likely to be in the aspects of full integration and automation, able to provide time efficient incident management, low maintenance cost, easy-to-use manageable systems, remotely controllable systems without distance limitations, efficient system have the ability to integrate with business continuity management systems. According to Masami Eguchi, GM for APAC at Panasonic System Communications, a lot of video surveillance projects are implementing video surveillance and recording with a high-end VMS system into a single platform.

    However, combining intelligent solutions in buildings itself is not a new concept, but with most recent technologies that allow for more integrated solutions, smart buildings will in time be highly sophisticated and automated for the user's needs. For instance, data available for building facilities can be shared across relevant users within the organization for other analyses such as business processing, explained Stella Neo, GM for CSO-Singapore at Bosch Security Systems. “Customers are looking how to best maximize the usage of various systems in the building that contribute to the business, organization efficiency and productivity, e.g., maximize security, maximize communication, maximize safety.”

    Opportunities in education are growing, with Singapore working with major educational institutions to reinforce its educational hub status using smart technology. Such technology can be seen in SimonsVoss Technologies' projects at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Yale – National University of Singapore Campus and Hikvision's projects in the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.

    Solutions used for resort projects incorporate smart technology to secure the premises. ST Electronics was awarded the Resort World Sentosa project, worth US$71.7 million, to provide an integrated security system, network infrastructure, and an intelligent car park system for the facility. CEM Systems from Tyco Security Products was awarded the $6.3 billion Marina Bay Resort project to implement 15,000 card holders, and more than 650 card readers. The project provided for the resort access control, alarm processing, and a photo badging system.

    Smart security solutions in healthcare are expected to roll out due to a shrinking workforce and aging population. Smart card technology is used in hospitals for staff and visitors to have access to multiple doors, as well as tracking attendance at staff events or trainings. Regulated by the government's Ministry of Health, more projects are anticipated to launch, considering the government's spending in this sector, said Giridhari Ramamoorthy, Director of Sales and Business Development at Pacom Systems.

    Singapore launched its first safe city test bed initiative last year to explore possibilities of deploying a city-wide integrated surveillance system. Technologies tested and developed in the project included analytics and sensor engines, facial recognition video analytics used in combination with location-aware analytics, and technology to authenticate video streams. Industry players collaborated with the government to develop possible solutions in the urban landscape with real-time data and scenarios through advanced monitoring and analytics. According to Jason P. Kurek, MD of Asia at SimonsVoss Technologies, this enabled the Singapore government to gain awareness of capabilities, solutions, and innovations from the research and development of private sector industry players. “By actively engaging industry players through the test bed platform, Singapore government shall be in a good position to leverage on them to develop innovative capabilities elevating safe city initiative to a greater height. With the government's strong support, it is therefore opined that safety and security industry shall become the next in-thing for Singapore,” said Joshua Kwai, Group CEO of JK Consultancy Holdings Group. With the initiative mandated and encouraged by the government, the safe city market in Singapore will have great potential. According to Tsang, “there will be a need to apply intelligent detection, real-time situation monitoring, and strategic analysis to help the city collect and analyze information faster, manage and respond to situations efficiently, and keep their citizens safe.”

    For the future of the safe city initiative, new projects are continuing to roll out. Sensors that will monitor air and water quality, as well as public safety will be deployed at high traffic areas, and various proof of concepts have been completed.

    Singapore Turns to Technology
    As future projects for safe city are expected to roll out, Singapore is at the forefront as one of the world's top technology hubs. With tight labor markets and rising cost affecting the economy, many are motivated to relook at incorporating smarter and more innovative technologies to move away from a labor intensive security landscape. As the country's economic growth continues to improve, hopefully smart technology is the key Singapore needs to get back on track.

    Chinese Players Entering the Market
    The entry of China in the world market has triggered heated price competition in Singapore. Introducing products with cheap prices, the government has started incorporating Chinese products in projects due to price budgets. “China-made products have made a great leap into the low cost segment and are also starting moving into government projects,” said Masami Eguchi, GM for APAC at Panasonic System Communications.

    Initially, Chinese products were deemed as unreliable and easily worn out, however over the years, the quality of some Chinese brands have improved, gaining approval from the Singapore government. According to Derek Yang, Asia Business Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology, Hikvision's growth rate achieved an exponential amount in sales revenue in Singapore last year, compared to the previous year.

    However, it seems that Chinese products are more accepted for basic products, such as cameras and video surveillance systems. Patrick Lim, MD of Ademco Security Group, explained when it comes to more complex systems such as security management platforms and access control, there is still a strong preference for established global brands that can meet the government's quality and unique technical requirements. As Chinese products maintain its product improvement growth and provide adequate support, it will be likely that more and more people will start to use Chinese products due to the low cost.

    Government vs. Commercial Sector
    The security industry has grown in recent years, as Singapore is keen to maintain the country's position as one of the safest countries in the world. “This is evident in the island-wide installation of security cameras and systems in key areas such as train stations, transportation hubs, highways and roads, public housing estates, and even in low lying areas for flood monitoring,” explained Riki Nishimura, GM of Visual Security Solutions, Professional Solutions Company (PSAP) for APAC at Sony Electronics. In Singapore, both government and commercial projects are growing in recent years, with the government sector taking up a larger market share due to the large quantities required for projects.

    The government sector has been the main driver for medium to large project and infrastructures, mainly focusing on surveillance, to ensure the safety of both old and new infrastructures, and to curb crime related incidents. “The government sector will be enhancing many public facilities and infrastructure that were long overdue,” said Patrick Lim, MD of Ademco Security Group. Whereas for the commercial sector, projects rolled out for office, retail, and residential space are suffering from slight excess due to the poor economy. “Both government and commercial sectors are developing in tandem and are entwined, however there are still certain structural and productivity changes that are painful for some sectors of the economy, and the successes of the private sector would be indicative of the success of the implemented policies of the government,” Jason P. Kurek, MD of Asia at SimonsVoss Technologies explained. For instance, big commercial projects such as the Integrated Resorts and Universal Studios in turn add growth to the government sector as well as the commercial sector.

    ZNV, new rising star, builds up global strengths

    ZNV, new rising star, builds up global strengths

    Editor / Provider: Sponsored by ZNV, a&s Asia | Updated: 12/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

    ZNV Technology, a world leading security company and ZTE's spin-off, just announced its launch of H.265 IP cameras this September. By debuting this H.265 IP camera, ZNV is able to fully demonstrate its recent accomplishment in technological innovation and further sustain its global presence. Despite being a new name in the security industry, ZNV positions itself as a professional solution provider, setting themselves apart from most other Chinese competitors.

    ZNV Technology, carrying a strong technological background from ZTE, is ready to take a bolder approach in the global security industry. Even though the company remains new in most countries, its strong local presence in China has resulted in high recognition. ZNV was ranked as “a&s 2013 Top 10 Security Brands in China,” selected by engineering/systems integrators and end users.

    Forming a World Class Management Team
    Through the latest appointment of Robert Zhu as Executive Chairman in May 2014, the company is fully demonstrating its determination to focus on security. Zhu, with rich experience in global security business management, was former VP and GM of South Asia for ABB Group and former President for APAC and China of Tyco International. Zhu said, “The first mission for my appointment is to elevate the company to be greatly involved in global business.”

    With its abundant knowledge and experience in the telecommunications industry, ZNV is quite unique with specialties in wired/wireless communication, sensing technologies, and signal processing. Now the company is able to develop industrial solutions in a full spectrum, Zhu continued.

    Besides appointing the new Executive Chairman, in order to form a world-leading security team and further become a competitive company, ZNV has also strengthened its sales management team by hiring the former GM of Honeywell Security, as well as other industry experts in different sales channels. By doing all this, ZNV hopes it can stand out from other strong competitors. Instead of its hardware manufacturing capability, the company is focusing on penetrating and concentrating on different verticals and industries.

    Solutions, Not Just Products
    The global demand toward security equipment is increasing rapidly. Not only are the frequent major global security breaches propelling technological breakthroughs, but so are new applications such as high or ultra-high resolution or ultra-low illumination. However, merely providing high-quality and special products for customers is not enough. Zhu, therefore, suggests that the security industry should focus more on how to maximize overall value of security devices and services, particularly for operational and business management efficiency for certain market sectors. In the future, security systems will become a tool for corporate management.

    Therefore, in order to elevate a company's overall corporate capability during the transition from product manufacturing to solution design, the company should be knowledgeable in communication, signal analysis, and management platform in order to satisfy the specific needs for some particular vertical markets. These indeed are the specialties of ZNV, Zhu highlighted. “ZNV is a technology company, which is able to do an in-depth research on projects and then provide the pertinent solutions to them,” he continued.

    ‟We do not just merely think about how to apply the products for a certain application but care about what the project really needs and wants. However, most of the Chinese companies only think about how to let users see clear pictures and that's it, with nothing more.”

    Specialized in Industrial Solutions With Unique Design
    By positioning itself as a solution provider, ZNV is taking quite a different approach to the security business. First, the company utilizes its own strength in the telecommunications sector where ZNV has the largest market share in China. “In these projects, what we accumulated is not just video surveillance but also the know-how of monitoring the generator room of an industrial environment,” said Zhu. ZTE provides communication services to more than 1.2 million substations in China and ZNV is in charge of one-fourth of their video monitoring projects, including HD picture quality transmission, temperature and humidity control, HVAC system control, battery management (uninterruptible power supply and regular charging and discharging power), and access control. “We intend to combine these know-hows with our in-house video content analytics (VCA) R&D lab and apply both to other industries, such as railways or power stations, which also require an independent and integrated security system,” said Zhu.

    In terms of product features, ZNV also stands outs in communication and transmission capability in its video surveillance cameras. For instance, Zhu mentioned, “We add a special communication function in a 4G-LTE camera. Normally, the regular camera only transmits via cables. However, in many of the industrial environments, the cables are usually under the risk of being cut off. Therefore, our products support Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. When the cable transmission fails, the Wi-Fi connection will automatically be activated. If the Wi-Fi connectivity also fails, we also have our preset SIM card which can also immediately turn on the wireless telecommunication function to keep the normal operation of data transmission. ZNV is able to provide all these extra added values to our customers.

    Restructing R&D Team
    ZNV, then, began restructuring its R&D team right after Zhu joined the to tailor solutions for specific vertical markets. Zhu mentioned that now the company has around a 400-person R&D team. Instead of taking the traditional way to divide the team by technologies, ZNV now divides them depending on the solutions and projects. He said, “According to what the specific project needs, we form the designated team by its requirements toward software, hardware, and encoding and processing technologies to accelerate the speed of product development. For instance, the R&D team developing H.265 would normally need around 30 people, but we transfer and borrow some manpower from other teams if necessary. Just because of this, we are able to stay flexible and quickly develop products according to what the market really needs.”

    H.265 IP Cameras Lift ZNV to Global Technology Leader
    High-definition cameras for security monitoring, remote machine operation, or other applications are required mostly because the sharp images will help users identify security threats or control a machine remotely. The current challenges are the cost of transmission and storage of largesized data over the network and cloud. By overcoming the bandwidth and storage challenges that the security industry has been facing for years, ZNV has finally made a market breakthrough, launching H.265 high-definition IP cameras this September.

    H.265 is the latest compression technology which can save up to 10 times the bandwidth and storage space compared to the current H.264 compression technology. The company predicts H.265 IP cameras will quickly be adopted by some retrofit projects where end users expect to upgrade their video surveillance systems, such as the education sector. Other target customers are end users that have demand for high capacity storage devices, such as a smart city project. “Normally, H.264 cameras can store video images for 12 months with 20 TB storage. However, keeping the same high-definition videos, H.265 technology can reduce the data size by three times in dynamic scenes like a busy street and up to 10 times in static scenes like a guarded warehouse. So, it is very attractive for a large scale project in greatly reducing the total cost of ownership,” said Robert Zhu, Executive Chairman of ZNV.

    “ZNV is very focused on developing our own technologies about H.265 compression. We have been developing H.265 technology for two years and acquired many patents in decoding and encoding technologies, and system design. H.265 algorithm is more complex compared to H.264. It has to be flexible and accurate, and follow many international standards. An example is we owned a patent in motion encoding technologies in order to largely reduce the bandwidth in the static scenes, which is useful for end users who want to save the bandwidth and also cost of storage. A major issue of H.265 cameras is the overheating problem. We have solved this problem from the hardware design to the internal design for heat dissipation. We now are working on the application for this patent,” said Zhu.

    The company further predicts that in a year, H.265 will be ready to grow in double digits.

    Abundant International Experience
    Even though ZNV just recently got fully involved in international business and marketing, ZNV products and services have been applied to 70 countries globally via ZTE. Zhu provided an example that ZNV used to implement their security equipment for a ZTE project of a substation in Pakistan. “Luckily, we acquired the overseas experience quite early compared to other companies. Our goal right now is to explore more new markets other than telecommunications industry. In order to achieve that goal, we have started to quickly establish our international partner network in some geographic markets. Our showroom in Malaysia was just set up recently to showcase our latest products, systems, and solutions. This year, we started some new partnership in South Africa and South America too. In the near future, we are expecting more from the U.S. and Europe.”

    Looking to the Future
    ZNV, indeed, is taking a different approach to face the challenges of global market competition. Most importantly, ZNV has a high level of understanding in technology and specialtiers in industrial environments. It can be expected that ZNV will soon become another new star in the global security industry.

    Network Video Recorder gives you impeccable surveillance experience

    Network Video Recorder gives you impeccable surveillance experience

    Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 1/5/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

    According to the latest Security 50 Industry Report, released by a&s International earlier last month, explosive growth in IP video surveillance sector is now gone. Despite an average growth rate of 25 to 30 percent could still be seen over the past couple years, some major pure IP surveillance suppliers have started to experience slowdown in 2013, according to their financial reports. This phenomenon reflects the maturity of IP surveillance technology; therefore, in order to stand out in this fierce competition, suppliers have started to offer more comprehensive IP surveillance systems and solutions, instead of providing single products alone. To maintain annual growth, Axis and VIVOTEK, for example, have recently developed NVRs and management software and systems.

    By the end of 2014, would like to feature a series of NVRs that are ideal to deploy in enterprise environment, banks, public utilities, city surveillance, and retails manufactured by some of the leading players in the security industry.

    When it comes to selecting NVR for your surveillance systems, the compatibility between the cameras and recorder is the utmost crucial factor for an impeccable recording performance. Other than that, recording performance such as frames rate, resolution, and user's interface of the management system are all critical considerations for a better user experience.

    GKB DN1601 Presents True Plug & Play
    GKB standalone ONVIF NVR is a combo unit of video recording and hosting cloud-based server which features the easiest management and configuration through IE/ Firefox/ Chrome browsers,” said Anna Hsiung, Marketing Manager at GKB. “GKB NVR is specially designed as a two way communication device, indicating that any GKB IP cameras can be automatically detected by our NVR anytime and anywhere without extra setting time, which fulfills a real plug & play. It's not only for LAN but also the Internet application. It also integrates all ONVIF 2.0 series and seamlessly conforms to GKB IP portfolio as well. This NVR is most suitable for the SMB sectors.”

    I-View AnyNet-6424, Features Performance-Optimized NVR
    I-View's AnyNet-6424 enterprise server class Embedded NVR comes with a selection of 24 Hot-swap removable rack bays, up to 96 Terabytes recorded data and support Raid 0/1/5/6/10/50 capability. Flexible RAID function to secured every important data and reducing the risks of data loss.” said Yen Ou, Sales Branch Manager at I-View Communication. The NVR system makes data storage more stable and management interface more convenient. Plus, AnyNet-6424 NVR can support displaying and recording of up to 64 pcs of megapixel-IP cameras simultaneously with the third-party ONVIF or RTSP-compliant devices. With Ultra performance, reliability and high-level data protection features, AnyNet-6424 is the trustworthy for you.”

    QNAP VS-12164U-RP Gives Users Professional Video Monitoring Experience
    “The QNAP VS-12164U-RP Pro+ VioStor NVR supports up to 64CH high quality real-time video/audio monitoring, megapixel recording (up to 10 megapixels), and playback from multiple IP cameras. QNAP Security integrates electric engineering, mechanical design, and professional video management software into VioStor NVR series which supports 24/7 real-time surveillance video recording. QVR 5.0 video management software provides users a professional management system preloaded with intuitive, easy-to-use, and versatile QVR software that allows real-time monitoring, recording, playback, alarm notifications, and other management tools to safeguard assets and property when used with supported IP cameras,” said Joe Jen, Senior Manager of QNAP.


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    Genetec Security Center deployed to safeguard Bank of Rakyat Indonesia

    Genetec Security Center deployed to safeguard Bank of Rakyat Indonesia

    Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 12/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

    Business Challenge
    Bank of Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of the largest government owned banks in Indonesia. Incorporated in 1895, BRI was originally established in Purwokerto, Central Java, as a financial institution serving the people of Indonesian nationality. Today, BRI has over 10,000 outlets serving 30 million retail clients and a growing corporate clientele. BRI’s headquarters are located in Jakarta and serve as the center of their national operations in a state-of-the-art 35-story building.

    As one of Indonesia’s largest banks, the organization places a very high importance on security; not only to ensure its proprietary business information stays safe but also to protect employees and visiting clients. With the aim of enhancing its headquarter security, BRI was looking to expand its physical access control system.

    While server rooms were restricted with a stand-alone access control system, the technology was extremely basic and could not accommodate their plans to implement access control enterprise-wide. BRI also wanted a more advanced and feature-rich IP-based access control system to protect main entrances and exits and other sensitive areas. An open-architecture system was also important to accommodate device selection and other system integrations in the future.

    With the help of local integrator, Golden Solution Indonesia, BRI chose Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform with Synergis IP access control. According to Mr. Yusuf, Head of Security at BRI, “Security Center met all of our needs in terms of system functionalities within our budget. It also gave us the flexibility to leverage advanced card technology for a unique one-card application with our BRIZZI payment card.”

    One-Card BRIZZI Application Showcases Innovation and Simplicity
    Today, Security Center manages 114 doors throughout BRI headquarters, securing access to server room areas, offices and VIP guest locations. HID Global VertX® controllers and readers were chosen to secure all doors. The Synergis IP access control system is also managing 12 tripod barrier gates at the main entrances of the headquarters.

    Since all employees and some customers already carry the BRIZZI payment card from BRI, the bank wanted to leverage the flexibility of the system and the hardware to use this card for access credentials as well. Today, the 32-bit smartcard not only serves as a pre-paid debit card but is also used by employees to access various areas of the office building.

    “The BRIZZI card is designed to serve multiple functions including a prepaid debit card for purchases and for road tolls from merchants who are affiliated with the bank,” said Mr. Yusuf. “By choosing Synergis and HID, we were able to add the access control application within our headquarters. This makes it easier for our employees who now only have to carry one card and this also helps us build on this bank-affiliated innovation.”

    Granular Access Privileges and Visitor Management Secure Vulnerable Areas
    In order to ensure employees only have access to the areas and floors that are necessary to their functions, BRI was able to create access control groups and pre-assign specific access control privileges to each group for easy cardholder enrollment. Special after-hour privileges are provided to senior-level employees who may require access beyond regular office hours.

    The ability to pull detailed access control reports from Synergis has been instrumental to the security team at BRIZZI. During any active investigations, access control event reports provide a clearer timeline of when events might have occurred. Creating monthly reports on visitor access, event logs and system health status have become routine for the BRI security team.

    For clients and business affiliates who visit the headquarters regularly, the built-in Visitor Management feature in Synergis has facilitated the check-in and check-out process. “The enrollment process for our visitors is quick and easy, and having the ability to assign access control rights ensures our most vulnerable areas will always be secure.”

    Growing into the Future without Restrictions
    Beyond ensuring BRI headquarters are safe from any potential vulnerabilities; the security department is exploring the use of Synergis for a time and attendance application which will involve multiple departments. Integrations with video surveillance and fire detection systems are also on the horizon for BRI. Since Security Center is a unified platform, BRI is looking forward to managing all security and business systems from in one easy-to-use solution. Syncing events and alarms with video will further simplify investigations for the security team.

    BRI is also looking to upgrade access control at other locations and centrally manage these sites from the main headquarters by implementing the Genetec Federation feature. “Synergis IP access control is a very effective product and has met all of our needs in helping us secure our headquarters. We look forward to expanding on the system by adding more advanced functionality, system integrations and other sites. The Genetec solution has given us the freedom to grow, without restrictions, so we know our investment is protected,” concluded Mr. Yusuf.

    Infrastructure at a Glance
    Synergis is managing 114 doors throughout the BRI headquarter building and 12 tripod turnstiles within the lobby. 126 HID Global VertX® V100 Door/Reader Interface are installed with five HID Global Vertx V1000 controllers. Security and IT departments manage and maintain the system from a central location within the building.

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