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Paul Smith retail stores upgrade to Milestone IP Video solution

Paul Smith retail stores upgrade to Milestone IP Video solution

Editor / Provider: Milestone System | Updated: 2/26/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Milestone XProtect Corporate open platform IP video management software (VMS) with XProtect Smart Client and network cameras from Axis Communications are being deployed across all of Paul Smith's 45 stores as part of the UK-based retailer's first comprehensive, company-wide IT refresh. Initially the new digital video system is being used for loss prevention but once it is fully implemented worldwide by the end of 2015, Paul Smith plans to use it for business intelligence to assist retail operations management.

Paul Smith is an early adopter of IP and cloud-based services. In 2001 it was the first large UK-based company to migrate to IP telephony, installing a Cisco IPT network. Embracing the latest IT management approaches (including use of open-architected and Microsoft-based systems), the company has been able to maintain a relatively small network services team despite very rapid growth. Paul Smith has a retail presence in 35 countries.

This approach means that when new IT challenges present themselves, Paul Smith's Head of IT, Lee Bingham, looks for standards-based solutions that are capable of scaling quickly and effectively. He specifies that new systems and services must last a minimum of 10 years because he simply does not have the manpower or budget to support continual replacements of devices and software.

Paul Smith's legacy CCTV had grown organically as the group expanded around the world. When the IT department was asked to take over running Paul Smith's video systems, Lee Bingham insisted that it must be moved to IP video and be visible on the corporate network: "If it's not IP then it's not IT, and therefore it made no sense to move it from our Facilities Management team over to the IT department unless the CCTV system was going to be accessible on the network by authorized managers from their desktops."

The company backed the IT department's three-year global migration plan from CCTV-to-IP video surveillance. The installation and networking of the new video platform is being carried out as part of a global IT infrastructure upgrade, along with new retail Point of Sale (POS) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Paul Smith's IT department researched the market for robust, scalable IP video hardware and software. After a painstaking evaluation process, they chose Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software and Axis network cameras. Axis video encoders were selected to bring some existing analog CCTV cameras onto the corporate network ahead of the full IT and IP video upgrade.

Lee Bingham said: "The fact that Milestone XProtect is built on an open platform architecture using Microsoft Active Directory makes rapid roll out possible, as well as cost-effective maintenance and support. Selecting Milestone enables us to migrate the whole CCTV estate onto a single platform to establish uniformity and consistency."

"Milestone fits our model perfectly. The open platform allows us to scale and add new services. We can control which managers can see cameras from which stores through our standard IT technologies. We can log in via the Milestone XProtect Smart Client front-end to view live and recorded video from all the cameras anywhere in the world. If there is a problem, we can generally fix it via the network from Nottingham without getting on a plane. This saves management time and reduces our company's carbon footprint.

In the future Bingham expects different managers in specialist areas like Visual Merchandising will want to proactively access the cameras to assess whether agreed store layouts are being observed and working well for customers. There will also be a higher demand for mobile device access to the video which Milestone Mobile can provide.

"Our objective, as the Milestone-based video systems have been rolled out globally, will be to build on this investment by extending its value beyond loss prevention," concludes Bingham. "We plan to work closely with our retail management team to explore the power of the new IP video system - potentially deploying techniques such as facial recognition, heat mapping and dwell-time analytics that enable us to better understand and serve our customers."

Axis introduces camera visualization tool SketchUp 3D CAD software

Axis introduces camera visualization tool SketchUp 3D CAD software

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/26/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the Axis Camera Extension for the SketchUp 3D CAD software, system designers can conveniently select Axis Network Cameras and insert them into 3D models of buildings. Different mounting positions and view angles can be evaluated through interactive camera views showing the respective camera coverage areas. Users can pan, tilt and zoom the cameras to determine the optimal setup for the best video surveillance coverage.

Axis Communications, a provider in network video, introduced the Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp providing interactive 3D models of Axis Network Cameras to aid in the planning and design of video surveillance systems. Users can place cameras directly into CAD building plans and visualize the areas the cameras will cover.

The new SketchUp extension from Axis allows users to see exactly how the cameras fit into the building layout and to spot if camera views are obstructed by columns or walls. This effectively reduces the risk of unexpected blind spots when planning and designing video surveillance systems.

Axis Network Cameras can be conveniently selected from the SketchUp toolbar allowing users to compare and evaluate different camera models as well as to determine the optimal camera mounting positions. Users can pan, tilt and zoom the cameras to adjust the field of view and define the optimal camera settings.

“SketchUp is a popular and easy-to-use 3D CAD software for security system design. With the new Axis Camera Extension, system integrators can use SketchUp to place Axis Network Cameras into virtual buildings to precisely plan camera view angles and coverage,” said Peter Friberg, Director of System and Services, Axis Communications. “As SketchUp integrates with Google Maps it makes it easy when working on city surveillance or critical infrastructure projects to get a good overview of the environment where the cameras are placed. The Axis Camera Extension allows system integrators to find the optimal camera model and settings for a given mounting position and significantly streamlines the overall planning and design process for video surveillance systems.”

Cube cameras stepping up in smart home

Cube cameras stepping up in smart home

Editor / Provider: | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

With increasing popularity of home automation and home monitoring, the demand for cube cameras is on the rise. According to IMS Research, an IHS company, the world shipment volume of consumer and DIY network cameras is predicted to grow prominently from 846,200 units in 2014 to approximately 1.3 million units in 2016. The research firm indicated that about 20% of American households adopt professional home surveillance services already. Thanks to improved technology, the home surveillance services are getting more affordable and accessible for the users. Cube cameras, with wireless connectivity and without cabling, feature flexible installation in indoor areas in comparison with traditional professional surveillance cameras. They are designed for indoor surveillance primarily in small offices, shops, chain stores and schools aside from homes.

The maturity of the network infrastructure, the end users' increasing demand for home security or small-scale security system, and the prevalence of 4G LTE are seen as 3 major driving forces to drive the growth of cube cameras. 4G LTE technology supports faster transmission speed at 100Mbit/s.

North America and Europe are 2 major smart home markets. North America is leading the market regarding home security. The Europe market shows high interest in smart homes and energy conservation. Asia is the other important market to watch, with seeable high growth in near future.

To make cameras smarter, software plays an important role. For example, motion detection alerts and free access to cloud storage for video recordings are available on mobile devices and web browsers via exclusive softwares.

The enhanced features, commonly seen in professional security cameras, boost the market need of cube cameras. The different features of home cube cameras from entry-level DIY cameras comprise low-light performance, PoE, edge storage, and support for alarm inputs and outputs.

The major features of the network cameras comprise compact design, wireless connectivity, easy setup, secured Wi-Fi connection and mobile surveillance. To more specific, users can view high-resolution videos remotely from browser or any other mobile devices via Wi-Fi wireless technology and their cube cameras.

The cost-saving cube cameras can offer professional-grade surveillance performance with up to 2-megapixel resolution at 30fps. They can offer smoother video and image quality than those entry-level DIY models that typically support 1-megapixel resolution and video speed at15fps at most.

When talking to low-light performance, some cube cameras come with mechanical IR cut filters (ICRs) to deliver sharper images at night and truer color at daytime. Those with IR night vision function can support monitoring range up to 10 or 15 meters. While those DIY models, equipped with IR LEDs, support half the viewing distance at night than those cube cameras with ICRs.

Besides the home-use market, there is a growing demand on surveillance services for child and elderly care, such as kindergartens, infant daycare and elderly care centers, especially in Asian countries. Parents can watch their children's activities with both recorded and real time videos. More detailed and prompt communication between parents and teachers can be done henceforth.

The AXIS M1004-W network camera is aimed at indoor wireless surveillance where budget and flexibility are key factors. The support for WPS protocol simplifies the process of configuring logical security on wireless networks. This helps installers or integrators save on installation time and easily set up high network security in Wi-Fi areas, where it is not possible to install Ethernet cables.

The Bosch VS -4112RP Pro 720p and VGA indoor microbox camera is a ready-touse, complete network video surveillance system inside a compact and stylish housing. It includes a Dropbox application for remote storage of recorded activity, while also benefiting from 50-percent less storage needs in static scenes due to iDNR, saving on memory requirements, bandwidth, and costs., Video Client PC software and the live viewer app from Bosch are available free of charge for reviewing live and recorded video material on a PC or mobile device from any location with Internet access.

The Zavio F3210/F3215 offers 2-megapixel full HD video with H.264 compression and night-time performance with its large pixel size CMOS sensor, removable IR-cut filter, and SMT type high-performance IR LEDs. The camera is equipped with a Panasonic PIR motion sensor, 2-way audio with built-in microphone and speaker, MicroSD edge storage, and alarm input/output ports. The camera comes with CamGraba 2.0, Zavio's 64ch NVR software, and Zavio's free plug & play cloud solution.

The camera features HD resolution for crisp and clear video and integrated color night vision technology for viewing in complete darkness. The compact DCS- 2136L is D-Link's first network camera with next generation 802.11ac wireless technology. This ensures users have the most up-to-date wireless standard and increases overall range and speed.

The Zavio F3210/F3215 offers 2-megapixel full HD video with H.264 compression and nighttime performance with its large pixel size CMOS sensor, removable IR-cut filter, and SMT type high performance IR LEDs. The camera is equipped with a Panasonic PIR motion sensor, 2-way audio with built-in microphone and speaker, MicroSD edge storage, and alarm input/output ports. The camera comes with CamGraba 2.0, Zavio's 64ch NVR software, and Zavio's free plug & play cloud solution.

The full HD micro box wireless camera, Dynacolor WH series, is an easy setup camera. Users can install the wireless camera in any Wi-Fi area. In addition, the wireless camera has a built-in microphone and speaker which allows two-way audio communication. Under low-light situations, the wireless camera has incorporated day and night ICR technologies to capture clear images. While users are at work or on vacation, they can watch over their babies, elders, and even pets on their smartphones or laptops.

Cube cameras garner major support from service providers

Cube cameras garner major support from service providers

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Having the advantage of bundling home surveillance with other services they provide to homeowners, service providers are slowly gaining market share through cube cameras.

Externally, cube cameras appear to be similar, if not identical, to DIY cameras; yet, they are capable of performing the duties of professional surveillance cameras at a much more affordable price, as well as in a much more discreet manner. “Cube cameras are more like consumer commodity, which is very susceptible to prices. SMB or residential markets are price sensitive to cube cameras, and they always seek low-cost solutions,” added Ervin Wang, Sales Director of Messoa Technologies. For regular homeowners or owners of small-to-medium businesses (SMB), they want to have the option of increasing security without breaking the bank.

As much as price is an important factor to customers, price is equally important to manufacturers. “Bear this in mind, manufacturers can well balance the product price and performance by optimizing the cost control, product manufacturing, logistics, and sales channel,” stated Adler Wu, IPC Product Marketing Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology. For service providers, they are able to shift the weight of product cost to their services to balance things out. “On the other side, take cloud service as an example, the product cost can be allocated as a monthly service charge. The focus here has been transferred to service rather than product price itself.”

Different Channels, Different Requirements
Cube cameras are based on IP infrastructures so having sufficient network knowledge is vital, since most end users will likely encounter obstacles when configuring their cameras. “IT-based distributors that we target offer a completely different customer base from the traditional video surveillance distributors or installers, so this is something we certainly benefit from. Also with their IT background, they require less training and could help their customers better with their IT knowledge,” said Wang.

Aside from regular or IT-based distributors and systems integrators, service providers are now becoming major channels for cube cameras as well, since these compact devices can be easily supplied to their clients with minimum hassle.

Service Providers Become Major Players
Service providers, especially communication service providers, are now becoming major channel players as they are able to combine home security, home automation, and home energy management into one integrated service for their clients. To provide such a complete package, some requirements that service providers look for when selecting cube cameras include efficient image compression technology to ensure smooth video quality on mobile surveillance; excellent integration with platforms of end devices; easy installation and configuration for cost-effectiveness. “Considering the limited network bandwidth, efficient image compression technology is able to ensure good image quality without consuming excessive bandwidth and also to ensure smooth monitoring on mobile devices. Also, considering that cube cameras might be connected to different types of recorders with different video management software at the back end, having an excellent integration with existing platforms is important,” explained Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK.

Service providers also take a different approach in terms of business strategy compared to manufacturers and distributors, who focus primarily on selling just the hardware. Due to the nature of how service providers operate, it is important they find a suitable supplier. “In general, telecom service providers and security service providers seek profit by charging monthly fees rather than selling products. Accordingly, they take video surveillance equipment as an extra service but not their main business. Their target is mostly the public consumers, which means ‘easy to use' should be the number one consideration for products. Due to the many different platforms or IT infrastructure they use, the products' compatibility, reliable R&D capability, and credible manufacturing image delivery are some crucial factors for them to choose their preferable video surveillance manufacturer,” added Wu from Hikvision.

For the majority of the population, smartphones and tablets are essential to their daily activities. These days, almost everyone who has a smartphone is addicted to their phones, since virtually any task can be completed with that smart little gadget in the palm of their hands. Hence, it makes sense that users want to be able to view their videos remotely from their surveillance cameras. Therefore, apps are also a major requirement for service providers. “For people who want to install security cameras at their homes or business, being able to see live video at all times is probably more important than just simply recording video. So it's all about real time. That's why the mobile phone app is a must as it provides remote live views for those who want to check on what's happening from time to time, especially when they are away. Another requirement to meet would be event management, which allows users to get informed of the event immediately as it happens,” said Wang.

Cloudy Days Ahead
In this world of rapidly advancing technology, cloud solution is quickly becoming a major demand, especially for service providers. “They always require a cloud solution, to promote it together with their broadband internet offerings, where they sometimes give the camera away for free, but charge a monthly subscription fee,” said Shau-Chau You, VP of Zavio. Some manufacturers will also offer training for their systems integrators and have a professional FAE team on hand to solve the problem for customers, according to John Wu, Sales VP at Hunt Electronic.

“Moreover, the emerging cloud service technology provides a totally new application mode for manufacturers to target end users. This service presents a bright prospect even though many challenges lie ahead. However, manufacturers still need to deploy market strategies firstly – to provide both products and service platform, or simply offer product but work together with the third-party partner to provide service platform,” stated Wu from Hikvision.

With a select package from the service providers, users only have to pay a certain monthly fee to monitor their surroundings. If they encounter any problems with their service or equipment, a simple phone call to the service providers will ensure the problems are fixed.

Taking a Different Route
Not only are cube cameras breaking barriers and establishing a presence in the market, they are also causing a shift in traditional distribution channels. Employing a slightly different strategy, cube cameras are distributed more through service providers as its major channel instead of through IT-based distributors or systems integrators. Also, service providers have a customer base that is more likely to be comprised of users from the residential and SMB sectors as opposed to the traditional channels. Now that cloud services are becoming increasingly common, it will surely drive the adoption of cube cameras. As users from the residential and SMB sectors are even more unlikely to have the network knowledge needed for IP-based cameras, it is much more convenient when all they need to do is pay a monthly service fee for service providers to install cameras in their homes or stores and fix any bugs that the system is likely to encounter over time.

Cube cameras stand out in form and features

Cube cameras stand out in form and features

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 2/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cube cameras are becoming all the rage due to the heightened attention on smart homes over the past year. A common misconception that arose from this emerging wave of cube cameras is that they are suitable only for the home environment. However, these tiny cube cameras are in fact packed with features so rich, they can cover much more than just a regular home. This feature aims to address the differences and performances between cube cameras and their DIY counterparts seen on the market.

The residential and small-and-medium business (SMB) sectors are now much more conscious about the importance and benefits of installing security devices and equipment in their surroundings than just a few years before. Not to mention, the increasing popularity of home automation and home monitoring is increasing the demand for cube cameras. IMS Research (IHS), also indicated that the consumer and DIY network camera market unit shipment will grow from 846,200 in 2014 to approximately 1.3 million in 2016. Based on another report from IMS, approximately 20 % of American households already have professionally monitored services. This number is sure to grow as technology advances and becomes more affordable and accessible for the users. Currently, North America is leading the market in terms of home security, followed by Europe due to its growing interest in smart homes and energy conservation. Meanwhile, Asia is catching up as demands rise throughout the region.

“It is worthy to mention that in Asian countries, the surveillance service provided by private schools, such as kindergartens and infant daycare centers, or the elderly care centers are becoming the trend. The parents are able to watch from online their children's activities and interaction with teachers and peers in class anytime, anywhere, via the surveillance application, while other people are able to deliver care to the old parents at home or care centers, ensuring their safety,” stated Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK.

Cube cameras establish market presence
With the amount of SMBs around the world, it is easy to see why manufacturers believe cube cameras have tremendous market potential, which can be attributed to its ease-of-use, real-time, remote monitoring, and decreasing price. “Different resources indicate that more than 95 % of business units are small and medium sized. Secondly, there is an increasing security consciousness in the residential sector. Video surveillance equipment and services are no more a business-involved area, more and more home users tend to adopt video surveillance devices for safeguarding their home, premises, or their family members. Once this kind of requirement becomes main stream, it will push the video surveillance market to another sales peak,” said Adler Wu, IPC Product Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology.

Though cube cameras have yet to reach its peak, manufacturers are certainly holding high hopes for these compact wonder cubes. “In my opinion, the trend to IP is very clear in 2013, with its advantages in mobile connectivity and multiple functions, this trend can certainly push the cube/DIY cameras to mass public. In the startup stage, double or triple growth than traditional CCTV equipment sales is a very comprehensible result,” Wu from Hikvision continued.

Also, cube cameras are easy to install and affordable. “This lowers the hurdle for many small businesses to invest in video surveillance solutions. As they see the value cube cameras can provide to their business, small business owners are likely to continue to invest in video surveillance solutions. Cube cameras are therefore a great door opener for the security industry,” added Andres Vigren, Product Manager at Axis Communications.

Furthermore, there are several factors that will help cube cameras reach its peak: the maturity of the network infrastructure, the end users' increasing demands for home security or small-scale security system, and the prevalence of 4G LTE. “4G LTE is equipped with several traits such as providing faster transmission speed, supporting for interoperation and coexistence with legacy standards, low data transfer latencies, and supporting better mobility. With 4G LTE, the transmission speed for home users will be able to reach 100Mbit/s,” said Ma.

Commercial market is now in focus

Commercial market is now in focus

Editor / Provider: a&s CHINA | Updated: 2/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The government sector is the primary and largest market sector in the security industry. The main products and solutions of major security manufacturers are usually invented as per the government's request, as government projects still take up the most revenue in the global security market. However, the economic slowdown has been affecting global government budgets. Meanwhile, network technologies have become more affordable to all market sectors. Commercial and residential sectors, then, have gained a lot of traction in recent years. As a result, major security manufacturers are now starting to tailor their products and solutions to the commercial and residential market sectors.

The blurry line between commercial and residential market sector
The commercial market usually includes a wide range of applications, from small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) to global corporations and enterprises, and in many cases, the residential sector too. With diverse interpretations of what the commercial and residential markets consist of in the security industry, most manufacturers are convinced that there are no absolute differences between them. For example, small-sized, standalone stores are very similar to the residential sector. Some companies believe that the commercial security market includes offices, factories, chain stores, parks, community areas, logistics centers, and buildings. Nevertheless, some might include the aforementioned places in the residential market, since, in many cases, the residential sector has adopted certain commercial applications; there are also some companies that include the residential sector in the commercial market.

In contrast to professional security products and solutions that are mainly applied to safe city and government projects, the commercial security market targets residences, chain supermarkets, small-scale stores, and small- to medium-sized corporations. While it is widely believed that chain stores, shopping malls, and small-sized stores are under the commercial security market, not all agree. Some companies might argue that chain stores or multinational wholesale stores such as Walt-Mart, which tends to engage in centralized procurement from the same supplier for packaged-service offerings, are quite different from others. As a result, some companies consider chain stores as one particular market sector.

Commercial customers prefer value-added solutions
The difference between the commercial and residential markets is not very clear. Even, in several cases, a SMB project can develop into a large-scaled one so it might not be easy and reasonable to simply define the market by its verticals. However, according to different levels of the end users' requirements toward security, we can try to picture what the commercial sector is like by comparing supplier's product offerings.

The professional products (solutions) -- mostly adopted by government-related and high-security sectors -- and commercial ones are distinctively different in terms of end users' primary requirements. Reliability is the primary requirement for the professional products; whereas end users who are opting for the commercial products look for higher cost-performance and multiple managerial functionalities to achieve higher working efficiency and return on investment (ROI).

Take video surveillance devices, for example. End users for the professional products prefer to deploy devices with high image resolution, extreme lighting, and frame rate performance. Conversely, end users for the commercial products prefer value-added devices that provide additional marketing information and managerial functionalities, like customer flow and other intelligent analysis on customers. Shopping malls usually require the installation of hundreds of cameras that can instantly provide customer flow data, which analyzes customer capacity in terms of time and space to help the company make the right business strategy. Furthermore, devices used in commercial applications usually utilize mature technologies that need little maintenance, since these companies usually do not have sufficient or professional personnel to regularly maintain or operate the equipment.

End users for commercial products tend to buy security products that are convenient to operate but also have innovative technology at an affordable price. Additionally, some chain stores and shopping malls are also concerned with whether or not a surveillance device is good looking, can be installed in a hidden location to make customers feel more comfortable while wandering around, and have low power consumption. Most small-scale shops, chain stores, and restaurants still use outdated local surveillance systems that are unreliable. This provides security equipment and service suppliers with an excellent opportunity in the commercial market.

Direct sales business model
Centralized procurement has become a trend in the commercial market. While some stores and corporations are rapidly expanding their business, it is more cost-effective for them to purchase all security devices from the same supplier, like manufacturers. Some hotels are also starting to require central management functionality to better manage their branch hotels and the extra service of solution design, which presents challenges to distributors. Hence, end users have started asking manufacturers for help directly, instead of distributors, for large orders of cost-effective products, packaged-service solutions, or specifically designed solutions according to each company's requirements.

Innovative applications spur market demand
One time attendance system manufacturer has developed a solution that allows end users to review their own attendance and purchase records, and even remotely control physical access, so it saves extra time of their HR department. Furthermore, this solution can automatically provide parents with their child's school attendance records. Some solution has even been designed with near field communication (NFC), allowing users to make deposits and transactions with their personal smart device. Another well-known company has produced a time attendance system that works with Android 4.0 system. The system offers functions such as weather forecasts, a hygrometer, etc. If an IP-based webcam is installed on the system, it becomes a surveillance device as well. Additionally, there are many manufacturers producing intelligent management solutions for chain stores. These solutions allow chains to unify the management systems of up to 500 stores, with integration for 1,000 stores not too far off.

Although the most updated intelligent store management systems already offer end users other management functions than customer flow, many end users still regard it merely as a customer counting system, suggesting that the other functions of a store management system have yet to be broadly promoted. Many store owners have noticed the importance of investing in security equipment and are willing to invest in them; however, only a handful of them can fully recognize the benefits of network technology, intelligent systems, and the importance of central management of their branch stores, especially for the chain stores. There is still room for suppliers to better educate their customers. One thing for sure is that this market is still underdeveloped and it will require more innovative solutions to spur market demand.

Axis ARTPEC-5 Chip featuring HDTV 1080p resolution, 60fps

Axis ARTPEC-5 Chip featuring HDTV 1080p resolution, 60fps

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

Axis Communications, the global supplier in network video, announces the next generation of its system-on-chip specifically designed for network video cameras and video encoders. The new ARTPEC-5 (Axis Real Time Picture Encoder) is based on dual core multiprocessor architecture, features a larger cache size and higher memory throughput. More processing power and performance provide increased capabilities for intelligent video processing and video analytics applications.

The new ARTPEC-5 chip features support for the H.264 High Profile video compression standard and high frame rate (60 fps) encoding in full 1080p HDTV resolution. This resembles twice the frame rate and resolution offered by conventional HDTV video surveillance solutions today. High frame rates capture quick movements in detail such as the license plates of fast moving vehicles. With full HDTV resolution, large overview areas can be monitored without compromising image detail when an incident occurs.

With the ARTPEC-5, Axis introduces an optimized design resulting in reduced power consumption of network video cameras and video encoders. The new chip can handle more video streams simultaneously than previous generations, features a faster SD-card interface for edge storage and allows Axis to design cameras with advanced image processing capabilities to address the most demanding video surveillance challenges.

With its dual core multiprocessor architecture, larger cache size and higher memory throughput, the new ARTPEC-5 chip provides more processing power and performance for intelligent video processing and video analytics applications. With AXIS Camera Application Platform, users can download intelligent video applications to run inside Axis network cameras and video encoders. A large portfolio of applications is available offering advanced functionalities such as recognition, people/object counting, detection and tracking.

AXIS Camera Application Platform also enables third party software providers to develop applications that can be downloaded and installed on Axis cameras. Application developers can sign up for the Axis Application Development Partner (ADP) program. Axis provides a software development kit (SDK) and a compatibility tool to ensure that applications run on all Axis cameras.

The first product incorporating the new ARTPEC-5 chip is the AXIS Q7436 Video Encoder, a new high performance 6-channel video encoder blade.

Biometric access control solutions

Biometric access control solutions

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 2/21/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Biometrics has become one of the most prominent technologies in access control because it is reliable, convenient and secure. Secutech 2014 features Asia's biggest gathering of access control equipment, including biometric solutions from some of the leading manufacturers.

The 4 characteristics of biometric access control solutions are:
1. Speed and stability: Using infrared sensing, users can have their credentials quickly scanned without having to actually touch the scanners. In addition, most environments have little negative impact on the reliability of biometric credentials or the accuracy of scanners.

2. Convenience: Most biometric scanners use an all-on-screen design that lays out all controls in a single touchscreen display. The UI is also usually optimized for usability and convenience. Since leading manufacturers serve a global customer base, their devices generally feature multiple languages for users to choose from.

3. Security: Biometric access control systems are generally designed to protect facilities from backdoors in the system and coerced users. Depending on the security level, systems may use multiple authentication methods—such as requiring a user to also input a passcode or swipe an ID card—or require multiple people to be simultaneously authenticated. Systems can also be configured to include backdoors, such as different actions for different palms, to serve as a silent alarm in the case of coercion.

4. Integration: IP networks greatly increase the viability of creating an IP-based all-encompassing smart home system through the integration of biometric access control, alarm, video surveillance and other systems.

Comparison of 4 major authentication methods for access control.

Authentication Method

ID Card

Fingerprint Scanning

Retinal Scanning

Vascular Pattern Recognition


Easy to counterfeit; no built-in permissions

High security

One of the most accurate biometric technologies, due to its unchanging nature

More secure and reliable


Relies on network software to process information from subsystems

Accuracy is impacted by moisture, dirt and other artifacts on fingers

Fewer false positives and negatives

High accuracy


Requires maintenence and operation of central management system; easy to lose

Wide range of applications; users are not require to carry additional accessories


Less intimidating

For detailed information on Access Control and Biometrics, please register for Secutech 2014

Dahua DH-HFW5200C camera passes UL-2802 standard

Dahua DH-HFW5200C camera passes UL-2802 standard

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, a global manufacturer and solution provider of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China, announced that its latest network camera, DH-HFW5200C, has become one of the first to pass UL-2802 (Performance Testing Standard for Camera Image Quality) certification in the industry and keeps users better protected.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) launched UL-2802, which is the newest digital-camera performance standard, defining a method to determine video camera's digital image quality ratings through a series of performance tests. Cameras are rated on the following parameters: image resolution; distortion; relative illumination; dynamic range; maximum frame rate; gray level; sensitivity; bad pixel count and veiling glare.

DH-HFW5200C, being a part of Dahua's Eco-Savvy series, presents an outstanding performance as it achieved quite high scores during testing. 3 tests results (Relative Illumination / Dynamic Range / Bad Pixel) were perfect scores, with others (Gray Level / Sensitivity / Veiling Glare) scoring strongly as well, according to the UL testing report.

"It is a pleasure to work with all manufacturers, and Dahua provides one of the first opportunities for certification. The UL-2802 program is a critical stepping stone for end users, manufacturers and integrators to objectively evaluate the performance of a camera's image quality. The UL test methods and procedures provide a fresh technical approach to objectively evaluating camera image quality," said Yeo Fong, Asia Business Development Manager of Built Environment of Underwriters Laboratories. "UL is a reliable, professional and trusted partner and the UL-2802 camera quality program they introduced is of great prospect,” said Tim Shen, overseas Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. "As a manufacturer, we are very happy to participate in this program as it is beneficial to the industry. There finally exists a third-party standard, administered by a trusted quality organization, which differentiates cameras in a fair and objective way."

Honeywell adds hybrid NVRs to MAXPRO portfolio

Honeywell adds hybrid NVRs to MAXPRO portfolio

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 2/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell has added hybrid network video recorders (NVRs) to its MAXPRO portfolio of high-definition IP video technology, and has also introduced HVE video/audio encoders that allow dealers to easily transition their customers' analog cameras to IP. The hybrid NVRs convert analog feeds to IP without replacing analog cameras, which is ideal for smaller installations that want to keep their existing analog cameras while adding affordable, high-quality HD IP video to their systems. When installed with an existing NVR, the HVE encoders transition the NVR to a hybrid model that supports a mix of analog and HD IP video.

Honeywell's MAXPRO NVR Hybrid Standard Edition (SE) surveillance system is ideal for migrating small to mid-size installations in a hybrid format, and supports 32 channels of video, including up to 16 analog. The MAXPRO NVR Hybrid Xpress Edition (XE) accommodates initial entry into hybrid video surveillance, and supports up to 16 channels.

“There is growing demand for technologies that marry existing infrastructure with the latest high-definition video surveillance capabilities,” said Deborah Paterson, channel marketing, Honeywell Security Group. “By leveraging MAXPRO NVR Hybrid, Honeywell dealers can offer customers an affordable, pre-installed solution that utilizes existing analog investments, is easy to set-up and provides advanced video features such as high-quality video, better tracking functionality and smarter video search capabilities.”

MAXPRO NVR Hybrid supports simultaneous recording and live monitoring for up to 32 cameras and is compliant with the ONVIF Profile S protocol that enables system customization. Additionally, 360-degree camera support increases situational awareness and improves coverage, and a video surround feature lets users track subjects as they move between areas covered by adjacent cameras. Customers can access the system remotely using Honeywell's web client and MAXPRO Mobile application. The web client is supported from any standard Mac or PC browser and requires no additional install, provides the value of reduced setup, maintenance and improved compatibility. The interface is simple and intuitive with all the functionality and features that users need for daily surveillance operations, such as live view and playback of recorded video.

The new HVE video/audio encoders speed up the analog-to-IP conversion process by enabling an existing NVR to work with a mix of analog and IP cameras. For example, a customer with an existing NVR can install the new encoders to transform the NVR to a hybrid model. The encoders can be installed to an NVR remotely and require just one network cable connection to transition analog events previously stored on the system. Honeywell's HVE encoders are available in single, 4, or 8 channels and feature a range of video compression options that video reduce bandwidth and storage size.

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