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People counting by AirLive IVS IP camera

People counting by AirLive IVS IP camera

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by AirLive | Updated: 7/15/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Managing business improvement can be a mix of excitement, stress and creativity. There are numerous ways to strengthen the company upon the industry that users work in. People Counting by AirLive IP Camera is one way to help to analysis the business. Analyzing how traffic is affecting sales is critical in reporting and how to turn the numbers into profitable solutions.

The basis for evaluating business execution is comparing to the competition and comparing current performance to past performance. To get the full picture, the users need to know not just sales volume, but also how many customers generated those sales. Tracking the number of visitors to the shopping mall, supermarket, or store, especially during holiday sales periods or promotions, lets the manager knows how efficiently it could turning potential customers into paying customers.

The retail industry revolves around customer service and the staff hired determines the quality of the customers' experiences. Analyzing foot traffic with people counters for business help justify labor costs by highlighting peak traffic times. Scheduling the best salespeople and additional staff members during prime shopping hours can result in a better customer experience. On the other end of spectrum, labor costs can be reduced by cutting the number of employees scheduled during the less busy store hours.

Another people counting in business is the opportunity to compare the different platforms used. Reviewing in-store traffic to online traffic can help the users appropriately engage shoppers better. A campaign intended for the Internet may work better in the storefront.

People counting by AirLive IVS IP Camera can fit the needs of different environments.

AirLive introduces new cameras with the IVS People Counting function - MD-3025-IVS, BU-3026-IVS, and BC-5010-IVS Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) system provide advanced, accurate video analytic that can be used to count people.

IVS is an excellent solution for use in business and public places such as: special events, shopping malls, department stores, stadiums, parking lots, factories, stations. The primary consideration of choosing the location and position of cameras used for counting is that the camera should see the people counted fully.

AirLive has remarked AirLive IVS IP Camera series as: Intelligent Automation, Standalone Video Analytics, Counting + Event, Step-by-Step Scenario Guides to lead the clients to the IVS IP Camera world.

Intelligent Automation
Imagine a world where machines can do automation for you, things that we only dreamed about in science fictions or movies. Imagine a camera that can count people, recognize faces, aware of the crowd, and warn you when there is a potential hazard. At AirLive, we believe that IP Cameras can do more than just video recording. That's why we spent over two years to develop the industry's most comprehensive intelligent IP Camera till these futuristic solutions are ready now.

Standalone Video Analytics
Each AirLive IVS(Intelligent Video Surveillance) camera has 6 built-in video analytics functions that encompass 7 major applications. It is completely standalone and self sufficient. That means there is no need for expensive server and professional VMS software licenses.

Counting + Event
Most of the intelligence function on the market today can only perform counting or trigger event. AirLive's IVS camera go one step further by pioneering the Counting+Event integration, so that the camera can take action after certain number of occurrences.

Market demand spurs versatile commercial building solutions

Market demand spurs versatile commercial building solutions

Editor / Provider: a&s Editorial Department | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In Asia, the commercial building market has relatively strong potential compared with other parts of the world as private funds, such as those in the U.S., have been showing great interest in the region in recent years. Some US private funds are either buying commercial properties in countries like Singapore or taking on new construction projects. Due to a great number of new constructions in Asia, the demand for integrated building automation (BA) systems are also on the rise.

INTEGRATED BA SOLUTIONS WITH SECURITY
In some developed economies like Singapore and Hong Kong, office buildings and financial buildings are common types of commercial structures. Office buildings can range from state-of-the-art skyscrapers housing regional headquarters of multinational corporations (MNCs) to mid-end buildings accommodating small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Financial buildings are those whose tenants are banks and financial institutions.

Office buildings used as regional head offices and financial buildings are the types that would resort to an integrated solution that bundles security and BA systems at the same time. As to the commercial building market in Asia, where building codes are not as clear as those in Europe or North America, what devices and functions should be included in an integrated system and how they should be done are largely dependent on the whims of building owners. But in general, the integrated BA solutions which highlight the improved energy efficiency and identity management is getting popular in these countries.

Identity Management in High Demand
The type of commercial buildings whose occupants are MNCs are required to protect physical and non-physical intellectual property, since the wealth of intellectual property, be it product prototypes, business letters, or customer information, can fall prey to break-ins and database infiltration. Moreover, the flow of of the outsourcing trend among some MNCs has caused a need for stringent security control. On the other hand, financial buildings that have safety deposit boxes, ATM machines, counters, and employee offices all within one construction also demand rigorous control as cash and client profiles require extra protection.

Therefore, a highly-integrated security solution focusing on identity management has become an answer to the protection of intellectual property, cash, and crucial client information. Identity management is an integrated solution that coordinates BA systems, security hardware, and oftentimes, biometric identification. Patrick Lim, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ademco (Far East) put it this way: “The management of identity using several ID technologies is important as not a single piece of information can properly authenticate an identity.”

What makes identity management so special in a highly-automated building is that as BA leaves the control of a building's access and other security matters to a computeroperated system, identity management, oftentimes with the help of biometrics, exerts a more humanized influence to the system.

Besides, identity management also works with a BA system to provide a customized environment for an individual. Lim took a CEO's office as an example. When a CEO steps into a building, the executive lift is already there waiting for him/ her and their office has been tuned to his/her preference upon arrival (e.g. the blinds are opened to allow in more sunshine).

Energy Efficiency Becomes Unique Selling Point
Both headquarters and financial buildings have added energy saving to in their integrated solutions. Ricky Law, Account Manager at Ensec Solutions, said lighting controls can go with access controls to achieve light saving functions, such as switching lights on and off with an access control card. Lighting controls can also be bundled with a building's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for more energy savings.

New building projects in Asia's developed countries are also increasing demand for a highly automated security and energy saving systems. “Developers and engineering consultant firms [are] looking for energy saving and a more cost effective solution for building projects,” Law said, noting that the incorporation of more energy saving functions into an integrated automated security solution can be a selling point to new construction projects. In new constructions, energy saving functions like how lights and air conditioning systems should be controlled and preconfigured in the BA system have been considered in advance when buildings are under construction.

However, for SMEs, instead of occupying the whole or part of a commercial building, they are often only tenants of a floor or sometimes just a room. Energy saving “can be too rigid and creates inconvenience to tenants,” said Lim, referring to the complexity of integrating too many functions into existing building.

The re-modeling and re-deployment of pipes and wires in buildings can be a painstaking process, not to mention all SMEs in the building have to sit down, make negotiations, and reach agreements to get an integrated system done.

In addition, money is also an issue, Lim said. “The high cost of some of these systems can prevent smaller buildings and cost-sensitive organizations from adopting energy saving solutions,” he explained.

SECURITY PLATFORM SECURES MULTIFUNCTIONAL BUILDINGS
Developing countries are investing heavily in their shopping centers and retail stores as it is the most efficient way to bring cash in. Building fancy malls and enticing tourists to buy have become a fast lane towards economic growth for countries like Thailand, which is a self-proclaimed “shopping paradise.” The shopping industry in Thailand is so strong that one of the country's mall developers, Central Pattana Pcl (CPN), is actually expanding its business to other parts of Southeast Asia and building shopping malls in Malaysia in 2016, followed by more shopping centers in Indonesia and Vietnam, according to Reuters.

The vibrant shopping industry in Thailand has brought in the demand for multifunctional buildings, where shopping centers occupy the first few floors while companies and other type of offices take up the upper layers of the building. The massive flow of shoppers downstairs and office workers upstairs have created a special demand for security.

The latest security solutions in multifunctional buildings in Thailand are adopting a security platform, close to the concept of physical security information management (PSIM), integrating all security data obtained from surveillance monitoring devices at all entrances and elevator doors, according to Nuttawaj Chieobangyang, CEO at Coretech Corporation, a security solution distributor in Thailand. This allows for “easy control and checking of all events inside the building.”

The security platform can grant different levels of control according to different layers of activities in the building. It can set a tighter control for company offices upstairs and less control to shopping centers downstairs. Aloysius Loy, MD at ACTAtek, a service provider of web-based security solutions, stressed that a security platform is able to provide a more comprehensive picture of a building's security conditions as the solution organizes all security equipment in the building, such as video surveillance systems, glass breaker detection, fire alarms and smoke detection, and temperature control systems, putting all information into a single platform and displaying it on a touch screen monitor.

FIRE PREVENTION MAIN CONCERN IN VIETNAM
As one of Asia's rising economies, Vietnam launched its economic reform in 1986 and has since enjoyed economic growth second to China. The Vietnam government's GDP growth rate surpassed 7 percent during the 1990s and was even able to register an over 5 percent growth between 2009 and 2012 when world economy slumped into recession, according to the World Bank. Also since the 1990s, more than 30,000 private businesses have been created.

The revitalized economic conditions of Vietnam have reflected on the construction of new buildings, including those for commercial purposes. The Vietnam Country Report 2012 showed that construction demand for office buildings surged to 493,000 square meters in 2010 from 245,000 square meters in 2008.

Mid-end office buildings are the major commercial building type in Vietnam. Unlike commercial buildings in other parts of Asia that place emphasis on intellectual property or unauthorized trespassing, buildings in Vietnam stress fire prevention, according to Thomas Tran, MD at Citek, manufacturer of surveillance equipment.

Fire prevention is also the main theme of the building's integrated security solutions. Centered on fire alarms, a buildings' security system can combine with video surveillance, access control, and intrusion alerts, said Tran. Fire alarms can also be bundled with public address (PA) systems for evacuation purposes. “In addition to fire, unauthorized entries and malfunctions on supervisory control and acquisition data (SCADA) systems are also security concerns,” said Tran.

Integrated Solutions Vary Based on Demand
Different types of commercial buildings have been presented in Asia based on business activities. Regional headquarters, financial buildings, and smaller office buildings housing tenants like SMEs have been particularly noticable in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Thailand's tourist-driven industry has led to the construction of multifunctional buildings that combine shopping centers and offices. Vietnam has initiated massive construction projects, including office buildings for the country's growing number of enterprises. Each type has different demands as to how its security can be done. Types of commercial buildings may vary, but further integration of all systems in a building is a foreseeable trend in the future in most parts of Asia.

Next station is security- centralized surveillance in real time

Next station is security- centralized surveillance in real time

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

A revolution is going on within the security industry – the shift from analog to digital technology. It brings new, valuable possibilities to increase actual and perceived security within public transportation systems. Already today, several station owners and transit authorities benefit from high-resolution surveillance video, automatic security alerts and centralized security systems.

One of the driving forces of the revolution is the Swedish company Axis Communications. In 1996, Axis invented the digital surveillance camera, which more often is referred to as a network camera or an IP camera. Today, Axis is fully focused on network video solutions and has more than 1100 employees. One of them is Patrik Anderson who is responsible for the company's offering for the transportation industry.

“Decades ago, the transportation sector was one of the early adopters of CCTV surveillance as security plays a central role in making public transportation the preferred choice for commuters,” says Patrik Anderson, director business development transportation, Axis Communications. “A key concern of the transit authorities is to keep their systems running with as few interruptions as possible. To achieve this, they need to know what is going on at all times – whether at stations, on board individual trains or along the transit infrastructure. And this is where network video makes a big difference.”

From forensic to real-time security
Stations and transit systems are exposed to a number of security incidents every day, ranging from vandalism and graffiti to robbery and violence. With a traditional, analog surveillance solution, video from the security cameras is mainly used forensically to investigate incidents after they have occurred. In a network-based solution the video plays a much more crucial role, offering new possibilities to efficiently monitor and respond to incidents in real-time.

“One of the overall advantages of network video is the possibility to access and share live video from the security cameras over a computer network, also wirelessly. This enables a transit authority to efficiently monitor all stations, vehicles and infrastructure from one or a few security centers,” explains Anderson. “Even if several incidents happen at the same time, a network video solution provides the real-time video images needed to get a complete view of the situation.”

Efficient incident response
To fully understand the value of access to live surveillance video, one has to consider what happens in a security center when an incident occurs. “Each incident, minor or major, has to be evaluated and followed by an active decision on what action to take – if any at all,” says Anderson. “For many of the incidents, someone also has to decide on appropriate response resources. Taking such decisions based on an emergency call from a passenger in shock or a stressed security guard is often very difficult.”

Authorities that implement network-based video surveillance systems benefit from:
-More efficient evaluation and prioritization of incidents
-Quicker and more accurate decisions on appropriate response resources
-Fewer unnecessary delays and traffic interruptions

“Networked video can also be shared with the response resources via portable computers, PDAs or mobile phones,” says Anderson. “This allows them to get a good understanding of what to expect when they arrive at the scene and prepare their response accordingly.”

HDTV video quality
Another significant improvement that comes with network video is the high image quality. “In our homes we have become used to the sharp and crisp images from high-definition television (HDTV). The very same image quality is now available in many network cameras,” says Anderson.

An HDTV camera can be used in one of two ways; it can enable viewers to see greater details in a higher resolution image, or it can be used to cover a much larger part of a scene than an analog camera. “Video from HDTV network cameras is stored in megapixel resolution. This can be a great help in investigations by facilitating positive identification and providing detailed information of the persons and objects involved,” says Anderson. “When used for overview of larger areas, HDTV cameras are a cost-efficient option as one camera covers a larger area than four analog cameras.”

Intelligent video applications
The last few years, there have been many discussions about intelligent video capabilities that enable a security camera to automatically alert when something suspicious is going on. Anderson is a little careful when discussing this topic. “It is easy to set the expectations too high, making the market believe that capabilities that are a few years away are available today. However, there are several reliable intelligent applications available – and in use – that bring great value to the security staff. Examples of such applications include motion detection, license plate recognition and tampering alarms,” he says.

A camera with a built-in tampering alarm automatically alerts the operator if the camera is covered, redirected or manipulated. Thanks to this capability, a security center can easily ensure that its cameras are up and running as intended. With motion detection, a camera can automatically detect and alert for activity in areas where there is not supposed to be any activity. This makes it easier to detect, for example, graffiti artists at depots, tunnel trespassers or suspect activity along the rail infrastructure.

Successful implementations
Madrid, Moscow, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm and Sydney are some of the cities where Axis network video solutions have been implemented in the transit systems. As the experiences are shared at security and transportation conferences, there is a rapidly growing interest among authorities and operators to learn more about the new possibilities. “More than 50,000 of our cameras have been successfully installed in buses, trains, stations, terminals and depots in different parts of the world,” says Anderson. “Our product portfolio also includes thermal network cameras and cameras with Lightfinder technology, making it possible to detect activity in complete darkness and see colors also in very low-light conditions. Looking at the response from the transportation industry so far, I believe that the network video revolution has only started,” concludes Anderson.

LILIN IP camera range integrated with iDefender VMS from Selcom

LILIN IP camera range integrated with iDefender VMS from Selcom

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

One of the most significant LILIN CCTV systems has been deployed in the city of Pescara, Italy (Italian: Montesilvano). This set of LILIN video surveillance system was widely applied for city surveillance and traffic monitoring in Montesilvano. LILIN, a 33-year-old global surveillance camera manufacturer, is in a partnership with Selcom, one of the leading systems integrators in Italy who offers the best-in-class Video Management Software (VMS) – iDefender – providing a user-friendly and intuitive design that is able to manage cameras with optimal operating experience. iDefender VMS software delivers centralized video management which is capable of managing cameras located across multiple locations. ANPR License Plate Recognition technology can be integrated into iDefender as well.

The project
A total of 60 Pro series IPR-438ESX3.6 network cameras were installed based on strategic points. These electronic eyes are meant to safeguard the city center and are therefore positioned at the border areas in the city of Montesilvano, Città Sant'Angelo and Pescara to monitor city traffic.

Furthermore, another 18 cameras were installed in the waterfront touristic area to monitor nocturnal activities around the hotels, station and surrounding areas.

Installed products
* 60 pieces of Pro Series camera, IPR-438ESX3.6, were installed to deliver quadruple streaming at 15 frames per second;
* iDenfender VMS video management software;
* ANPR License Plate Recognition software, ID-PLATE;
* External storage system NAS.

How the system works
The iDefender VMS platform provides the recording of high-definition streams and the storage Smart car plates reading with a direct management of each individual camera device. The IPR-438ESX3.6 cameras offer a high-quality streaming output of 3 megapixels at 15 frames per second, which allows both a direct registration on camera board. With handy internal SD card in each camera, the server featuring centralized registration that can effectively perform analysis. The integration between iDefender VMS software and LILIN cameras enabled the end users to use license plate recognition and store a huge amount of data. The system will then be cross referencing the 2 lists of data (White List and Black List – these are the two lists provided by local municipality). LILIN Italy is proud to participate in this project to improve the safety of people for the city of Pescara in Italy.

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

ADT delivers tailored security to food and beverage industry

ADT delivers tailored security to food and beverage industry

Editor / Provider: ADT | Updated: 7/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

ADT announced the Food and Beverage Solutions Bundle as part of the company's strategic plan to deliver customized security and automation solutions to address the most common needs and concerns of business owners within a particular industry. In addition to the recently announced ADT Retail Solutions Bundle, the company also has further plans to deliver bundled solutions for small business owners of clinics, doctor's or professional services offices and mechanical shops.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in six Americans falls ill each year from foodborne diseases, underscoring major concern for small business owners in the food and beverage industry. Taking the wide gamut of threats into consideration, the new Food and Beverage Solutions Bundle is intended to help solve the most pressing issues that keep restaurant and bar owners up at night – from food safety and energy usage, to the safety of their customers and employees, and the security of their cash and other assets.

“The protection of small business owners and their assets is our bread and butter, and always a core objective in serving our customers,” said Luis Orbegoso, President of ADT Small Business. “With the increased threats faced by the food and beverage industry, ranging from food spoilage to sweethearting and inventory theft, our latest offering addresses these concerns head-on, and meets the specific needs of our customers in the food service business.”

The customized portfolio includes the ability to remotely control small appliances and monitor motion detection, door and window entry and video surveillance with event-triggered notifications. Additionally, smart thermostat features enable climate management throughout the premise, while freezer and refrigerator sensors can send alerts when temperature levels spike and breach a pre-programmed range, reducing the potential for food spoilage and increasing overall peace of mind.

“Our café is in a historic building that is a focal point of the close-knit Grandin community and a hub for customers to enjoy hearty, locally-sourced food with good company,” said Alan Porter, owner of Lil' Black River Café in Grandin, Missouri. “ADT has provided us with the peace of mind to focus on what we love to do – serve great food to great people – rather than worrying about potential theft or property damage. With multiple solutions installed throughout our cafe, we have around-the-clock visibility into our kitchen, refrigerator, dining room and basement, from anywhere, at anytime.”

The Food and Beverage Solutions Bundle addresses key security and productivity concerns across the food service industry, including the need to:
* Increase food safety and standards: ADT's new bundle can help business owners control their business environment through thermostat and small appliance control, as well as monitor the critical temperatures of their food inventory, helping to prevent perishable inventory from premature spoilage. Through remotely accessible video services, business owners can monitor sensitive merchandise and food preparation and ensure consistent hygiene standards are met by all of their employees.
* Remotely monitor and control: ADT Pulse Interactive Business Solutions allows business owners to remotely control and monitor all aspects of their business, whether they are physically on-site or not, including: regulating premise climate, monitoring deliveries, arming/disarming alarm systems and even turning lights on and off – all from any Internet-enabled device, including smartphones and tablets. Through Pulse, business owners can also schedule customized notifications via text or email when specific activities take place in their cafe or restaurant, such as activity in a restricted area like a back office or inventory room.
* Efficiently protect customers and inventory: Event-triggered video recordings and alerts help business owners monitor deliveries, inventory conditions and sensitive business areas, helping to reduce the risk of stock damage and employee and customer theft. These video monitoring capabilities can help to mitigate some of the common behaviors that hurt the bottom line, such as “sweethearting,” a major source of overall revenue loss.

Milestone supports over 3,600 devices with latest XProtect device pack

Milestone supports over 3,600 devices with latest XProtect device pack

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 7/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released the newest Device Pack 7.4 for the XProtect portfolio of VMS products. This update adds another 20 percent new or updated device drivers to XProtect, since the device pack 7.2 release in February when Milestone celebrated record support of 3,000 devices from more than 100 camera manufacturers.

The XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable all the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed fully by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution - very important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone is actively promoting driver standards like ONVIF and PSIA, and are currently working to support the edge storage possibilities in ONVIF Profile G. Edge storage enables cameras to store recorded video and audio on storage inside the camera. This new capability is expected to be supported in XProtect Device Pack 7.5 scheduled for release in late August 2014.

"Our ability to add support for more than 600 new devices in just four months is a testimonial of the power of open platform technology," says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. "Our fast expansion of device support highlights our total dedication to give our partners not only the best VMS, but also the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market - now and in the future. Milestone will continue to drive open platform technology going forward. We remain dedicated to our partner ecosystem as an independent industry force multipier."

The list of major manufacturers with new or updated drivers in Device Pack 7.4 is: 
* IQInvision
* Panasonic
* Arecont
* Stretch
* ACTi
* Pelco
The device support in XProtect reaches beyond digital video devices because the software also has comprehensive support for encoders enabling analog cameras to be connected to the VMS: Milestone is in this way spearheading the transition from analog to digital video in the market for video-enabled business systems.

Based on open platform technology, Milestone XProtect VMS is compatible today with more than 200 encoders from more than 50 different manufacturers complementing the 3,647 digital cameras from more than 100 camera manufacturers, giving users a wide variety of solutions to choose from.

Samsung Techwin unveils 2MP Full HD 32 x PTZ speed dome

Samsung Techwin unveils 2MP Full HD 32 x PTZ speed dome

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin has further strengthened its formidable family of open platform WiseNetIII cameras and domes with the launch of the SNP-6320, the 2MP Full HD 32 x optical zoom PTZ speed dome.

In addition to its powerful 32 x optical zoom, the ONVIF compliant SNP-6320 is also equipped with a 16 x digital zoom making it an ideal IP network based video surveillance solution for airports, ports, car parks, industrial estates and retail parks, as well as a wide range of other environments where high performance PTZ functionality is required.

“The SNP-6320, together with the vandal-resistant and weatherproof SNP-6320H, which incorporates a heater that is powered by PoE+ to allow it to operate in extreme weather conditions, represent a significant addition to our extensive range of open platform WiseNetIII 1.3, 2 and 3 megapixel IP network cameras and fixed domes,” said Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Collectively they are enabling Samsung Techwin to change the way you work with IP. One of the key reasons for this is the open platform capabilities of the WiseNetIII DSP chipset which provides users with complete freedom to choose their perfect combination of video analytics and video management software (VMS) to best match their individual requirements.”

The enhanced Wide Dynamic Range built into the WiseNetIII DSP chipset, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. The SNP-6320 and SNP-6320H's other key features include Defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog and Digital Image Stabilization, which negates the effects of vibration. Both are specifically important in the perimeter protection environments such as ports and airports. The models also feature bi-directional audio that allows them to be interfaced with local PA systems. All of these features have been designed to save installation time and cost.

The SNP-6320H and SNP-6320 can capture high quality colour images when the lighting level is as low as 0.03 Lux and have an ultra fast frame rate of 60fps at 1080p allowing the domes to send multiple streams at multiple frame rates and resolutions, depending on the receiving device, e.g. recorder, viewing software or mobile app. This can be particularly beneficial at sites where different stakeholders are involved. Samsung's WiseNetIII utilisation of bandwidth friendly H.264 compression improves the network control latency of the domes, making the manually tracking of objects simple and straightforward.

A built-in SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slot provides the opportunity for authorised users to remotely access and download video that has been recorded onto a memory card.

The new models are also equipped with Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) which can assist in the detection of activity by various means, such as face detection, tripwire and enter/exit direction, object appear/disappear and ‘tampering', which creates an alert if paint is sprayed on a camera lens or there is unauthorised movement of a camera away from its usual field of view.

As is the case with all Samsung Techwin video surveillance solutions, the SNP-6320H and SNP-6320 are offered with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

The future of video surveillance is in the cloud

The future of video surveillance is in the cloud

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by ioteo | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The global market for cloud-based video surveillance, also known as Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), will continue to grow in the coming years due to an increasing demand for simple and affordable solutions that provide exceptional safety and security features.

Large companies are already making big bets on this burgeoning market through acquisitions and other initiatives. Recent acquisitions show that the market is indeed moving toward fee-based premium services and products, while mediocre “free” solutions that offer minimal value propositions to end users are becoming increasingly unviable from both a business model perspective and a customer retention perspective.

“The IP video surveillance market has to evolve its business model to better adapt to changing market dynamics. Remember Kodak? Your children won't. It dismissed digital photography as a passing fad, and its arrogance prevented it from seeing a world where photographic films was becoming increasingly irrelevant; as a result, the company itself became irrelevant,” said Luc Deleu, President of ioteo. “Hardware prices are dropping with each passing day, and camera manufacturers need to devise new strategies to ship more units and build recurring revenue. In mature markets like the EU and U.S.A., consumers welcome new technologies that can improve their lives and are willing to pay for superior service—this represents a huge opportunity for camera manufacturers.”

“We offer an innovative cloud-based video surveillance solution that can help camera manufacturers capitalize on their strengths and take advantage of this opportunity. Our firmware empowers an IP camera with more efficient bandwith optimization, enhanced security and more reliable motion detection, not to mention 30 days of continuous recording stored in a highly secured environment,” added Henry Ho, VP Asia of ioteo. “It is easy to install and even simpler to use. In fact, installation is so simple that even analog surveillance installers love it! The much lower acquisition cost also means more sales to end-users.”

ioteo is a leading provider of IoT solutions in Europe. Beginning 2014, ioteo will further strengthen its relationship with camera manufacturers around the world. A new office in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan, will support the company's expansion strategies; the company also has plans to upgrade its infrastructure in major European markets to support a larger user base—up to 150,000 cameras. Furthermore, the company is constantly establishing stable distribution channels to drive business growth and has recently rolled out a multilingual web portal and call center to more effectively support professional installers.

Looking for new hardware and channel partners
Is there real business value in cloud-based video surveillance services? In short, yes. Many manufacturers have already integrated ioteo's firmware into their cameras to support the use of ioteoCloud. With ioteo's solution and an optional ioteoCloud subscription, IP cameras can incorporate cloud-based features and services that replace expensive video surveillance systems and all the troubles that come with them, such as the use of NVRs and complicated installation processes.

“We are continuously looking for new hardware and channel partners,” Luc said. “Our technologies provide our partners with access to cloud-based services free of charge, while revenue sharing opportunities create a win-win situation where everyone can benefit from this transitioning market.”

Sponsored by: 
ioteo was founded by Luc DELEU, Hans BOOT et Jean-Luc LENART; with a vast experience in online services they are the people behind success stories at Atos and MagicPhone / Tellme.

FLIR FC-series thermal imaging cameras deliver cost-effective site protection

FLIR FC-series thermal imaging cameras deliver cost-effective site protection

Editor / Provider: FLIR | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Thermal imaging cameras are an ideal way to protect premises against intruders at night. Not only is thermal imaging very effective in detecting all kinds of anomalies in all weather conditions, it is also a cost-effective solution. In a recent project where an important swimming pool in Orsay, France, needed to be protected against intruders, security installation specialist EVITECH proves that you can secure an area of more than 1,000 square meters with one single thermal imaging camera.

The public swimming pool in the municipality of Orsay, France, receives several hundred visitors every day. Schools, sport clubs and recreational swimmers all find their way to the Olympic size (50 metre) swimming pool for all kinds of swimming, diving or water-polo activities. As crowded as it might be during the day, at night during closing hours, the pool is not staffed and a ladder is all that is needed to climb the fence and access the pool.

In order to monitor the pool deck at night for irresponsible behaviour and to prevent possible deaths by drowning, the municipality of Orsay decided to invest in an efficient security solution. At the same time, it was important to limit heavy construction work and guarantee anonymity for all swimming pool guests.

EVITECH (Electronic Vision Technologies) who are based in Antony, France, installed an intruder detection system with thermal imaging technology from FLIR Systems, in cooperation with security technology installer – the TIFALI Group.

EVITECH video surveillance specialist Founded in 2005, EVITECH is a European leader in video analytics for security applications. EVITECH's solutions help to monitor and protect sensitive sites, public spaces and transport systems, and oil & gas installations. The company can boast some very prestigious clients, including government premises, big defence security system providers, sensitive energy sites and big construction companies.

EVITECH's most notable security solutions are Jaguar, a video analytics software package for intrusion detection, and Lynx, a software tool that helps to manage movements of crowds of people through intelligent video analytics.

Single-camera installation
For the monitoring and detection of the pool deck at Orsay around the 25x50m swimming pool, EVITECH opted for the FLIR FC-690 camera, installed on the corner of an adjacent pool building, coupled with Jaguar video analytics software. As a very cost-effective intruder detection solution, the FLIR FC-690 camera can capture all movements in its field of view, based on the temperature information the human body gives off.

The FLIR FC-690 is an affordable, network ready fixed mount camera with 640 x 480 pixel resolution. The camera uses a 7.5 mm lens, which offers a field of view of 90°. Thanks to this lens, only one camera is needed to ensure the surveillance of the whole site. The camera has been installed on the roof of the adjacent building without the use of a mast. In this way, the entire pool including the surrounding walkways and deckchair area can be monitored.

The Jaguar video analytics software is a perfect match for the FLIR thermal imaging cameras. The software continuously detects all kinds of movements around and in the water, efficiently filtering out the movements of the water.
Only activated during closing hours, the detection and monitoring system generates alarms when intruders are detected and automatically reports them to the city police.

Thermal trumps other technologies
Before selecting thermal imaging with Jaguar analytics, the municipality investigated other technologies. A common solution for detecting intruders is the use of infrared barriers. These detectors however require a lot of cable and therefore a lot of costly installation works that require the ground to be opened up. Another frequently used solution is visual video technology (CCTV). However, the area around the Orsay swimming pool is not lit at night, which makes detection difficult. Had lighting been installed, the light that plays on the moving or rippling water would generate a lot of false alarms. That's why thermal imaging proved to be the most sensible solution.

Thermal imaging cameras do not need any lights to operate at night and with only one camera covering the entire swimming pool, the installation works would be minimal.

Anonymity guaranteed
Although the detection and monitoring system is switched off during opening hours, the swimming pool customers might still be under the impression that they are being watched. Specifically in France, this would mean invasion of privacy, which could lead to legal action. With thermal imaging cameras, that is not a problem. Unlike visual based CCTV cameras, a thermal imaging camera does not actually identify the person in question when he or she is detected. This way, the municipality is able to protect the swimming pool site against intruders at night or while it is closed, and at the same time respect the anonymity of the bathers while the pool area is open.

Milestone CEO: Canon acquires Milestone Systems to expand the open platform

Milestone CEO: Canon acquires Milestone Systems to expand the open platform

Editor / Provider: Lars Thinggaard, President & CEO, Milestone Systems | Updated: 7/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

On June 12th we finalized an agreement for Milestone Systems to be acquired by Canon Europe, in which it was defined that we will be an independent, standalone company within the Canon Group. This deal closed and became a legal reality on July 7th.

This is a major next step for both companies, and it makes me very proud that Canon - a respected global technology leader - has chosen to acquire Milestone. I am extremely excited about this move and believe that being part of a larger group will be advantageous for our partners and customers. Milestone will continue as an independent company within the Canon Group, operating as we do today. There will be no change in our business model, and the Milestone management will continue under the new structure. We are taking this step to accelerate the growth of our entire VMS ecosystem of partners and customers. Our open platform strategy is firmly supported by Canon for the success that it brings all of us.

Canon's business motivation for this acquisition is growth. With Milestone they will establish a significant footprint in the Network Video Surveillance (NVS) market, and together we will be a much stronger partner to work with. Canon sees the need for advanced software capabilities and a strong partner network to accelerate the expansion of NVS business.

As a key element in our success, maintaining our partners' relationships for the long run is a priority for both Canon and Milestone. Canon is committed to Milestone continuing to provide open platform solutions to the market, and appropriate measures will be taken to safeguard the integrity of all our partner relationships.

Canon has a successful history of managing acquisitions this way; for example, they have proven this with their acquisitions of Onyx and I.R.I.S. We see this as a good way to grow our business together. As a standalone company within the Canon Group, we will continue the development of new products.

Canon understands that the open platform is the key to Milestone's success - and to our partners and customers who are realizing its advantages - so they support our open culture and business model. Customers and partners will continue to enjoy the freedom of choice in hardware and other systems to integrate with Milestone VMS.

Canon's network camera business has relationships with other VMS providers, just as we do with other camera manufacturers. These will continue in parallel. We have a long-standing relationship with Canon as one of our camera partners, and Milestone's support of the other 100+ camera manufacturers we work with will stay in force, as well. Canon confirms that they will respect the confidentiality of our partner relationships as a cornerstone in our continued success.

As part of the Canon Group, Milestone will accelerate the growth of the VMS business through maximizing expansions into new market sectors and geographies, and by harnessing both companies' heritage in R&D and innovation. Did you know that Canon is Number 3 in the world for patent registrations? In the last year alone: more than 3,800! The global resources of the Canon Group can only open up broader opportunities to explore, and Milestone is always looking at new options to improve video surveillance and its many applications, convergence with business systems and processes, and new technologies that can be applied.

Finally, I would like to thank all of our partners for our collaborations over the years and the commitment to Milestone that has made this new stage in our journey possible. We have built this company together by combining our excellent products with your outstanding support towards customers; we have created an exceptional symbiosis in the industry. Canon choosing Milestone is an endorsement of our partner ecosystem achieving such success together.

Canon is a highly respected, multi-national corporation with a well-known brand name that stems from a tradition for quality and excellence. Check out The Canon Story here to learn more about the organization. They have exciting strategies for progress in the future, which we look forward to sharing with you. Our open platform vision continues!

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