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Axis secures sport center with modern and integrated HDTV IP solution

Axis secures sport center with modern and integrated HDTV IP solution

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 8/26/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
The one and only task the client set for the installer was to create an integrated security system at the new Ice Arena site in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Like any sports complex, the ice arena has a large number of people continuously moving throughout the site. For this reason, the main requirements for the system were: full video camera coverage, high image detail, precise analytics and integration with the entry monitoring system.

Solution
The set objectives demand that the video has high definition, which is why the installer used three Axis HDTV network camera models when designing the system: AXIS Q1604 and AXIS Q1604-E Fixed Network Cameras and the AXIS Q6034-E Dome Network Camera. A total of 140 cameras were installed, both inside the facility and outdoors. A reliable back end using Cisco equipment was needed to process data from so many cameras. Intellect software from ITV was chosen to analyze images.

Result
The project is now completed. The client received a modern security video surveillance system integrated with the access monitoring and ticket sales systems. Although the arena is new, the video surveillance system has already repeatedly helped law enforcement authorities find people who have committed crimes at the facility.

Site description
Sakhalin's Kristall Ice Arena was built as part of the region's long-term program for “Development of Physical Education and Sports in the Sakhalin Region for 2010– 2018” with support from off-budget sources: funds from Gazprom Transgaz Tomsk LLC. The ice arena has a 60x30-meter ice rink with stands for 1,526 spectators, aerobics and general exercise halls, a fitness center, canteen, as well as auxiliary and utility rooms. The ice arena is primarily aimed at children. The arena hosts classes for local youths in all types of sports: hockey, figure skating, boxing, weightlifting, gymnastics, competitive ballroom dancing and chess. However, children's sports are not the only use of the new complex. The ice rink hosts performances on ice, concerts, regular-season and Sakhalin Region championship hockey games, as well as Russian championship volleyball games.

Project parameters
Like any sports complex, the ice arena has special security. The large number of visitors, excited crowds during games or concerts, numerous small auxiliary rooms — all of this requires heightened attention from the security service and law enforcement authorities. For this reason, an integrated arena security plan was developed when the facility was still under construction.

Implementation
The three key objectives of the video surveillance system at the facility are: general observation, tracking selected targets and facial recognition.

Toward these ends, 98 AXIS Q1604 Network Cameras were installed in enclosed rooms and 27 outdoor AXIS Q1604-E Network Cameras (for observation) and 15 high-speed AXIS Q6034-E Dome Ntwork Cameras were installed outdoors. In addition, the ice arena has clearly delineated access zones, which can be changed depending on the current event. For example, visitors to a concert or game should not go further than their seating areas; athletes should not enter service rooms for the arena's administration, and so on. This division requires an easily adjustable multi-level access monitoring system, as well as full integration of the access monitoring and control system with the video surveillance system. Another argument in favor of Axis cameras here was the high integrability of cameras using standard open protocols.
One hundred and forty video cameras create a serious load on the network, which is why a separate structured cabling system was installed for the video system to transmit data and to power the cameras via PoE. This helped avoid extra expenses for routing electrical cables to the camera installation sites.

 

The facility's high traffic requires significant computer capabilities from the analytical back end of the video surveillance system. Furthermore, equipment reliability and dependability are important. For these reasons, the installer and client chose to use Cisco server equipment. Intellect software with analytical functions from ITV was selected as the video management system. The Sakhalin Region government paid meticulous attention throughout the entire construction of the arena. As a result of the very first system tests, the region's internal affairs authorities approved Axis equipment for use within the “Safe City” program. The outdoor cameras installed at the site will be included in the internal affairs administration's network this year.

Bosch provides one-stop security solution to Yves Rocher in Thai

Bosch provides one-stop security solution to Yves Rocher in Thai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/21/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch video surveillance solutions are now installed across all Yves Rocher outlets in Thailand. Yves Rocher, a leading global cosmetic and beauty brand that is rapidly expanding in Thailand has entrusted Bosch to keep their outlets across the country, safe and secure with our video surveillance solutions. Working with Bosch partner, CCTV Thailand, a video surveillance system was installed to allow central monitoring of all Yves Rocher outlets.

Each outlet is approximately 24 square meters and is installed with 4 indoor dome cameras. The Bosch VDC-260 cameras are used in each outlet to monitor the cashier, entrance and display shelves. The cameras are connected to a Bosch DVR-480 recording unit that enables real-time digital recording.

Footage from the DVR is centrally monitored with the Bosch Video Client (BVC). The BVC is simple to install, configure and intuitive to use and is ideal for applications such as retail stores like Yves Rocher. This software allows Yves Rocher's security team to view images from multiple cameras on a single PC monitor and easily archive video clips. BVC displays live video from up to 20 standard and high definition cameras simultaneously.

With the Bosch video surveillance system keeping their existing 50 outlets secure and well monitored, Yves Rocher plans to equip their future outlets with the same solution which is easy to maintain and monitor centrally. In addition, the 3-year warranty and efficient after sales follow up gives them peace of mind to focus on their core business without worrying about store security.

*     A one-stop video surveillance solution to monitor Yves Rocher outlets across Thailand

* Excellent image resolution and digital video recording that enables precision monitoring at all outlets

* Flexible viewing options via the Bosch video client maximizes the efficiency of security monitoring

Reviews and rewards of 2014 GDSF China

Reviews and rewards of 2014 GDSF China

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The 2014 a&s GDSF China has seen its last stop in Beijing on 19th August. The professional security event in China takes place in four cities from July to August starting from Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, and last in Beijing. This annual events, gathering top security providers and professionals, have seen a total of 60 speeches, and demo shows brought by 15 global brands. The highlight issues this year include core techniques, vertical applications, and market trends. The GDSF China seminar agendas in the four cities are different respectively so as to fit the local market development and forecast further. Beside the three contest categories—HD IPC, Night Vision IPC, and NVR— featuring in each city, this show has also brought the idea of the latest and popular design trend in the market to global buyers.

Contest result and highlight of 2014 GDSF China

In Guangzhou, the three highlights focus on big data solutions of safe city, SVAC standards and up-to-date development, and intelligent analytics and application of video surveillance.

Contest winners in Guangzhou
In the voting contest , Dahua becomes the biggest winner of all categories.
- HD IPC: Dahua 2MP HD IP Camera(DH-IPC-HF8291E)
- Nigh vision IPC: Dahua (DH-IPC-HFW8291D)
- NVR: NVR (DH-NVR724DR-256)

In Chengdu, the two highlights are intelligent surveillance for new safe city, and the challenges of massive storage and integration of big data. The forum content features on new technologies of intelligent security surveillance, regarding storage, management, intelligent analytics of big data, and 4G applications.

Contest winners in Chengdu
-HD IPC: Blue Sky (BSR-IM2121-B0501)
-Nigh vision IPC: Hikvision (DS-2CD4026FWD )
-NVR: KEDACOM ( NVR2821H)

The Shanghai GDSF features financial and banking security as Shanghai is the international financial hub. The highlights focus on the new technical trends and applications of financial security.

Contest winners in Shanghai
-HD IPC: Panasonic (WV-SPN631H)
-Nigh vision IPC: Hikvision (DS-2CD4026FW)
-NVR: Blue Sky (BSR-NR8116H)

In GDSF Beijing, the building and upgrading of safe city is the focus of the seminars.

Contest winner in Beijing
-HD IPC: Samsung (SNB-7004P)
-Night vision IPC: Panasonic (WV-SPN631H)
-NVR: Uniview ( ISC6500 4U)

Historical city Yerevan makes its first step to safe city with Avigilon

Historical city Yerevan makes its first step to safe city with Avigilon

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The Capital of Armenia deploys Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System as critical first step in safe city Initiative
One of the oldest cities in the world dating back to 782 BC, Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, is the country's political and economic hub. With more than a million residents and attracting tourists from around the world, Yerevan is compact and crowded, with an intense cultural life that draws a lot of traffic. Like all municipalities, Yerevan is vulnerable to threats driven by overcrowding, criminal activity, and natural disasters. To improve the safety of its citizens and visitors, the city has launched a “Safe City” initiative to reduce and prevent crime, and enhance the quality of life in the city. At the heart of its Safe City initiative is the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, currently deployed in the city's roads and parking lots with plans to cover the entire city to better protect its people, property, and assets.

Challenge
Manage municipal paid parking system and roll out a Safe City initiative to better protect people, property, infrastructure, and assets.

Solution
Parking City Service has deployed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in parking areas within the city center, and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of 24x7 continuous surveillance footage on 40 Avigilon Network Video Recorders located in the new air-conditioned data center.

Benefits
- Effective management of paid parking system
- Secure parked vehicles and prevent crime
- Generate revenue for city
- Assist in traffic flow management - Faster footage search and export times
- High-quality image detail for identification - Scalable to meet future Safe City goals

The First Step
As a first step in Yeravan's Safe City Project, the municipality engaged Parking City Service, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and support, to manage the surveillance system deployment at the city's parking lots and to monitor traffic in the crowded downtown core. “We believe that customers of the new paid parking system should receive good value for their money – ensuring the safety of vehicles is absolutely critical,” said Vazgen Harutyunyan, director at Parking City Service. “We looked at solutions from all the major players and selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality that captures the smallest details, advanced search and playback functionality, and ease-of-use.”

Avigilon in the City
Parking City Service has installed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in designated parking areas to date and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of continuous surveillance footage on 20 Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs), located in the company's new air-conditioned data center. Parking City Service installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time, with excellent support from the Avigilon team. “We had no issues with installation and set-up, and Avigilon answers any questions we had promptly and accurately,” confirmed Harutyunyan.

Parking System Management
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used primarily to manage the city's new paid parking system and regulate what has been a disorderly situation for years. “We leverage the image quality of the Avigilon HD cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles parked in our lots and if payment is not made, a ticket is issued,” explained Harutyunyan. Operators review archived footage to identify vehicles that have not paid, creating a five-minute video clip that is attached to the ticket. “We create between 500 to 600 video clips each day, which we are able to do efficiently using the advanced search and playback features of the Avigilon Control Center software,” noted Harutyunyan. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system ensures patron safety and parking availability, and also helps generate revenue for the city that can be used to further improve traffic flow in the downtown core.

Intuitive Searching Saves Time
Searching through large amounts of footage can be time consuming work, but operators can dramatically reduce the time required using the advanced functionality of the ACC software. Operators can digitally zoom in on image details from single or multiple cameras to capture necessary data and have full control over forward and reverse playback with drag and zoom capabilities for faster search times. “Avigilon Control Center is extremely user-friendly and intuitive, so we can quickly search through multiple cameras for fast results – in fact, we can complete all our reports in just a half an hour, even when multiple cameras are involved,” stated Harutyunyan.

Exporting Video Boosts Safety
The city also leverages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for public safety purposes, reviewing footage of theft, vandalism, crime, and accidents in surrounding areas for investigative purposes. Feedback from local law enforcement and municipal agencies has been positive. “We can quickly and easily export video to help police in their forensic work,” explained Harutyunyan. “In one case, in which a man entered a building with a rifle, we were able to immediately provide footage which led to his arrest within hours.” Surveillance video is also shared with the city to assess traffic flow or analyze other urban planning concerns. “By collaborating with the city, we can help improve traffic flow, reduce crime and congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life in Yerevan.”

Clear Image Detail
Another key selling feature of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its exceptional image quality – both day and night. The Avigilon HD Bullet cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination to increase in-the-dark visibility without using a visible light source, important for operators to effectively capture minute details, such as license plate numbers, at any time of the day or night. “I also really like the fact that the Avigilon HD cameras come with an integrated lens for remote focus and zoom control,” said Harutyunyan. “I can easily change a camera's focus from 3 mm to 9 mm or 22 mm for even greater clarity.”

Future Scalability
Scalability was another important requirement, especially given the city's plans to expand the surveillance system right across the municipality. “With the Avigilon surveillance system, we will have no blind zones in the city center, with cameras installed on posts every 30 to 40 meters,” described Harutyunyan. “The Avigilon system will easily grow with us as we work towards 100 percent coverage of the entire city within the next few years.”

A Safer City Environment
The parking lot surveillance solution is just the first step in Yerevan's Safe City Initiative to enhance public safety and protect critical infrastructure, property, and assets. With broader access to surveillance footage, city officials can respond to events faster and more accurately than before to reduce crime and manage crisis situations in real-time – on every street corner. “Our final goal is to create a safer city for residents and visitors alike,” concluded Harutyunyan. “With easier and more timely access to high-quality surveillance footage through the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, we can easily achieve greater situational awareness for better overall protection.”

 

SimonsVoss launches new

SimonsVoss launches new "SmartIntego" product line

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the system integration solution SimonsVoss SmartIntego connections to existing complex access control systems are now easier than ever before. System component auto-configuration in the SmartIntego Manager ensures that there is far less work involved in component integration compared to other systems.

Of all technologies deployed in buildings, security technologies are of particular crucial significance. Systems for fire and burglar alarms, video surveillance and access control contribute enormously to people's security and safety. To reduce complexity amalgamation of different systems are on the increase. In buildings such as hospitals, universities, public authorities equipped with several office doors and conference rooms, an extensive access control system is often already installed, usually a card-based system with an online access control station. Access authorizations are stored there and also secure the classic offline card reader. With the development of SmartIntego SimonsVoss provides the ideal solution to handle system integration into already existing access control systems. SmartIntego consists of the electronic components locking cylinder, door fitting SmartHandle and GatewayNode.

Oliver Quaisser, Sales Director for SmartIntego, describes the SimonsVoss system integration product: "For many building operators, equipping an entire building with card readers and wiring them is too costly, too complex and in some cases due to building specifications simply not possible. Card readers are normally only employed for outside doors or safety-relevant doors. In other cases, the doors are equipped with mechanical systems and keys. To replace these mechanical systems, SimonsVoss is offering a cost-effective overall solution with SmartIntego, which seamlessly integrates into the existing access control system, providing a fast return on investment.“ With this new product line SimonsVoss targets the leading international system integrators.

The electronic locking cylinder - SmartIntego and electronic door fitting SmartHandle - SmartIntego supports the transmission standards of all conventional card formats such as MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, MIFARE DESFire/EV1, Legic Advant UID, HID iClass UID and MIFARE UID. Installation is performed without any cables and drilling. With a battery life of up to 80,000 locking operations in online mode, the components do not require any maintenance for several years.

The GatewayNode - SmartIntego ensures the perfect connection between the digital locking cylinder or SmartHandle and the central building security control system. As an intermediary device between the intelligence in cylinders and door fittings on the one hand and the access control system on the other, the GatewayNode ensures seamless cooperation between peripheral devices and the security software. A series of characteristics transform the radio-based hub with an RS485 and TCP/IP interface into an exceptionally powerful access manager. Each GatewayNode is capable of handling up to 16 locking devices. Thanks to its highly developed internal components, it is able to transmit so-called white lists with up to 250 entries from the access control system to the peripheral devices and keep them up to date. This ensures optimum flexibility, even in offline mode.

 

LAX extends incident management with NICE Situator web app

LAX extends incident management with NICE Situator web app

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 8/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Systems and AECOM Technology Corporation announced that they are helping Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) extend its situation management capabilities from the control room to the field. The airport deployed the NICE Situator Enterprise Geographical Information System (EGIS) Web application, which enables field personnel to view on their tablets all open security and operational incidents in Situator and log new incidents. This creates a shared environment for managing incidents, leading to better collaboration between teams, increased situational awareness for all operators and more-effective responses.

The Web application uses the sophisticated geospatial and mapping capabilities of Esri's ArcGIS Server to provide customized, layered views of airport buildings, property and infrastructure. All relevant incident stakeholders can visualize the same incident on a map and engage in interactive dialogue via the comments log. They can also share response plans, like an evacuation route, by drawing on the map, annotating it and saving it to the system.

The Web application will also help field operators more efficiently manage day-to-day tasks, such as Federal Aviation Administration-mandated Part 139 airfield inspections. Under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139, United States commercial service airports are required to conduct various assessments of each runway; examine pavement markings, lighting, signs and safety areas; and oversee ground vehicle operations. If an issue arises, field operators can easily create a new incident on their mobile devices, which is resolved through Situator's workflows and recorded for compliance purposes.

Part of the Los Angeles World Airports, LAX has been using NICE Situator since 2011 to integrate information from various security and operational systems, like video surveillance, CCTV and access control, as well as to generate automated, adaptive response plans. With the Web application, first responders and field operations personnel receive all information from Situator in real time. They can immediately pull up assets in an impact zone – for instance, a video camera within 100 feet of the incident – or use the application's robust search engine to search for nearby geospatial assets, like the exits closest to an incident location. They can also create new incidents, manage ongoing ones and complete specific tasks assigned to them, reducing reliance on radio communications and enhancing compliance.

Dominic Nessi, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Information Officer at Los Angeles World Airports
“The NICE-AECOM solution is allowing us to transform the way we manage safety, security, and operations at LAX. Based on our ongoing success with NICE Situator, we sought a way to apply these capabilities to our field operations. Now, not only are we able to maximize the use of our existing PSIM, situation management and GIS technologies, we are strengthening our entire security and operations apparatus.”

Kevin Carlson, Vice President, Aviation Systems, AECOM
“We are excited to partner with NICE to bring this unique solution to LAX, and to help fulfill the airport's vision for real-time interactive dialogue and collaboration. By combining an airport's EGIS infrastructure with an enterprise situation management platform, organizations can leverage geospatial information for more effective collaboration in support of both daily operations and emergency response.”

Chris Wooten, Executive Vice President, NICE Security Group
“Extending the reach of NICE Situator into the field significantly augments security operations. In a dynamic airport environment like LAX, it is critical to maintain a direct line of communication between multiple users by providing situation management capabilities both inside and outside of the control room. This model for mobile situation management demonstrates NICE's leadership and technology innovation, which can be tailored to the needs of other airports and industries as well.”

NICE's security solutions help organizations capture, analyze and leverage big data to anticipate, manage and mitigate security and safety risks, improve operations, and make the world a safer place. The NICE security, intelligence and cyber offerings provide valuable insights that enable enterprises and governments to take the best action at the right time by correlating structured and unstructured data from multiple sensors and channels, detecting irregular patterns and recognizing trends. NICE Security solutions are used by thousands of customers worldwide, including transportation systems, critical infrastructure, city centers, banks, enterprises and government agencies.

6  Video Surveillance & Access Control solutions for education

6 Video Surveillance & Access Control solutions for education

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As the number of students enrolled in higher education around the world is forecast to be more than double by 2025, campus security has gained more attention and even higher budget than usual in the security market. In August, asmag.com is presenting a collection of vertical applications for education institutions from some leading providers worldwide.

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Dahua HDCVI: More international and more adoptable

Dahua HDCVI: More international and more adoptable

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 8/13/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Dahua Technology confirms that it has opened its patented HDCVI technology to the global video surveillance industry through the HDcctv Alliance Member Intellectual Property Agreement. Since 2013, Dahua HDCVI has been highly expected as the one of the most potential HD solutions for analogy users.

The announcement is regarded as a significant step for Dahua to turn this patented technology into international standard of the industry. According to Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology, it is the first time for Dahua to address the market with the key message that Dahua patented HDCVI technology is, not merely official HDcctv AT2.0 compliant, also an international standard — ready, and open for the industry. As Dahua 720p and 1080p HDCVI solutions are the only available solutions by now, the idea is to increase its volume in popularizing the applications.

Secondly, by opening this patent to semiconductor manufacturers and equipment makers, it is expected to increase the interoperability among different brands of cameras and DVRs with the join of chip makers. “The partnership with HDcctv Alliance is long-term and still progressing,” Tim added. Dahua and HDcctv Alliance continue developing and upgrading the AT2.0 to AT3.0 for more mature and wider application.

Axis: An eye in the sky with benefit

Axis: An eye in the sky with benefit

Editor / Provider: Ivan Medved, Director Global Business Development AVHS, Axis Communications | Updated: 8/12/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Everything that can become digital will become digital, given the right time. That maxim even applies to the security video recording industry, which traditionally is very conservative in its outlook. Even though digital recording devices have been available for a number of years, a large majority of the security sector still relies on coax analog recording systems to protect their clients' premises or businesses, limited to provide only basic surveillance.

A lot of this mind-set rests with traditional attitudes and a view that ‘good enough' technology will do, just as it always has. But in the era when we have high definition television, Blu-Ray viewing and ultra-sharp images from devices as small as our mobile phones, it is an anachronistic and ‘blurred' way to view the world.

As more and more IT-based industries move solutions to ‘the cloud', the security industry too will provide its benefits and solutions through cloud-based or hosted services. Digital IP camera networks don't just provide the advantage of vastly improved image enhancement, but can provide remote accessibility, enabling multiple, authorized users to view live and recorded video at any time and from virtually any network in the world. This is especially advantageous if users need a third-party company, such as a security firm, to also gain access to the video.

A network video system can grow with a user's needs. IP-based systems provide a means for many network cameras and video encoders, as well as other types of applications, to share the same wired or wireless network for communicating data; so any number of network video cameras can be added to a system without significant or costly changes to the network infrastructure.

As a result, the IP-based surveillance system typically has a lower cost of ownership than a traditional analog CCTV system. An IP network infrastructure is often already in place that a networked video application can piggyback of the existing network. IP-based networks and wireless options are much less expensive alternatives than traditional coaxial and fiber cabling for an analog CCTV system.

Hosted services
The benefits with IP-based surveillance system allow security operators to provide hosted video services – known by a host of acronyms including Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), or Managed Video as a Service (MVaaS). Whatever moniker you may wish to put on it, it comes down to the same thing - service providers can now provide additional ‘cloud-based' services, adding value that would not be possible with a local installation.

Many companies are now embracing the concept - from small businesses, retailers, IT providers and consumers, we are all becoming more and more comfortable with using data stored ‘in the cloud'. IMS Research* reported a bright future for Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) throughout 2012 and beyond, with the market growing by around 20% to 30% a year. If we consider that we already use cloud services for, such as online banking, data backup, web-based email, or photo file sharing, then it becomes apparent that we are more and more ready to accept cloud based services, even if we don't immediately recognize it.

For security purposes, business users can now lease hosted services and choose the parts they need. They don't need a big initial investment, but just pay a monthly fee for a subscription to a service. Neither do they need to be experts on the solution, nor can leverage their installers' expertise and competence to gain an optimized solution for their business.

The hosted service provides additional security and remote storage and remote monitoring. Business management functions can also be enhanced. Users can subscribe to operational services or applications such as heat mapping or people counting or virtual guard tour. As the whole system is scalable, an IP-based system can help grow their business and with their business.

The IT reseller also gains a number of up-front benefits. The hosted VSaaS solution provides them with new business streams – as it is easy to install and configure, they have the opportunity to tie up their customers to monthly subscription models. The small or medium sized business customer doesn't need to take-on large capital-investment projects, but can easily contract and service with configurable programme, choosing the optimum number of cameras, resolution and storage.

They can also bring all the channels together with other IT-based services and cloud-based solutions. They system grows easily with their business and is independent of the location, whether it be spread across several sites, old premises or new.

Potentially the opportunities for service providers are high. Additional services can be added to their existing customer offer, allowing them to generate new revenue streams. Suddenly their customers will have the ability to record and store security information remotely, but yet gain access to it whenever and wherever they want it, and from whatever kind of device they are using. They could be at a remote office, at home, or even on the beach, and can view a security recording from last week or even ‘live'. They can access that using a PC, laptop, tablet, or a mobile phone, and access images from premises that are maybe hundreds of miles away. And it will be safe from hackers, theft, IT failures, fire or vandalism. All of this can be offered as a premium service which drives extra revenue towards hosted service providers. In addition to traditional security services the customer will have the possibility to benefit from new services to further develop and protect their business such as remote guard tour and guard-force services as well as business management services such as drive thru, promotions, daily deliveries and cash protection.

An Eye in the Sky
For many, trusting a third party provider to look after their physical data and security is a hurdle to overcome. As a basic provision, any IP-based security device should have the multi-level passwords, SSL encryption, VPNs and firewalls to protect it from external attack. In addition, all the compliance regulations met by the big data storage players apply to video surveillance hosting providers, including SAS70, RAS Encryption and ISO 27000-1.

In short, using a cloud-based provider is, in many ways, more secure than the traditional analog system as there's no physical recording equipment available to steal or on-site video evidence to destroy.

For any small business with sufficient bandwidth that needs a small number of cameras to protect vital areas, such as common entrances or business-critical areas, an IP-based system is ideal. Businesses will find IP-based security cameras simple enough to install themselves, and can buy surveillance and other services from a provider. Any company with less than 10 employees, with leased-office space, and with an internet connection will find the solution ideal for their needs.

Installation is also simple and easy. A video hosting system takes around 15 minutes to connect to a web hosting service with an IP provider. Users don't need to be IT experts to get up and running, and any initial system costs are easily reduced by removing local management and storage costs.

For those users with existing analog systems, there is no need to replace the entire investment. For example Axis Communications provides a full range of video encoders which are able to convert analog systems to digital. Additional networked storage devices can store recordings and events to save bandwidth and increase system performance. This means, solutions are scalable and costs are controllable and as users go through the growth curve, so can their response to networked solutions.

Many of the doubts regarding access and reliability are being eroded as more and more companies join cloud based networks, and especially as back-up systems such as Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are available to back up video streams if a network goes down or increase performance if bandwidth is limited, allowing the user to watch and record high-quality video in HDTV definition.

Like everything in modern life, technology and solutions advance and evolve. Hosted systems provide a remote yet intelligent solution to users' needs. Compared with a traditional analog installation, hosted video will provide not only traditional monitoring and recording, it will serve as a platform to provide new possibilities to effectively manage a business, allowing the customers to subscribe from wide range of new video based services. Other than surveillance a hosted camera can be used to remotely verify deliveries or false alarms, count the number of people in a store or be used to follow-up promotional activities. The possibility for the video service provider to physically send staff to the customers store if needed also provides new level of security. The subscription based model puts the user in control and allow him to benefit from services to more effectively handle his business.

---By Ivan Medved, Director Global Business Development AVHS, Axis Communications

exacq enhances surveillance system in  School District in Pennsylvania

exacq enhances surveillance system in School District in Pennsylvania

Editor / Provider: exacq Technologies | Updated: 8/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

School District educates more than 2,500 students. The district has four facilities: Penn Kidder Campus, Lawrence B. Morris School, Jim Thorpe Area High School, and the administration building. The Jim Thorpe Area School District has a commitment to provide faculty, staff, students and parents with a safe academic environment.The district's old DVR system had become too cumbersome to operate and was not user-friendly for administrators to use. Issues continued to rise to the point where IT staff members were no longer able to locate video.

With the increasing demand for an improved surveillance system, Jim Thorpe Area School District determined enhancing the security system was vital to school safety; therefore, it was time for a district-wide upgrade.Joe Brown, Director of Technology and Information Services, is responsible for overseeing the school district's security system. He researched several video surveillance solutions and then consulted the expertise of Sage Technology Solutions, a local surveillance system integrator, to recommend a scalable, cost-efficient security solution.Sage Technology Solutions integrator, Dave Damron, installed an exacqVision hybrid server demo unit at the school district. After testing the exacqVision system and VMS software for several weeks, Jim Thorpe Area School District's IT department was so impressed with its ease of operation that they decided to purchase three exacqVision A-Series hybrid servers equipped with exacqVision Professional video management system (VMS) software, one for each building in the school district. Additionally, Sage Technology Solutions installed new IQinVision IP cameras in the hallways and other high traffic areas in each school building.

The new exacqVision hybrid servers allowed the school district to maintain and leverage their existing infrastructure and utilize their 95 pre-existing analog cameras to create an inexpensive, improved surveillance solution. exacqVision A-Series hybrid servers increased the storage capacity in each building to up to two terabytes. The scalable system allows each school building to add cameras as needed.

One of the main reasons Jim Thorpe Area Schools selected exacqVision Professional VMS software was for its ability to run on Macintosh computers. The principal and assistant principal of each building and Director of Building & Grounds operate the exacqVision Professional VMS client software through their Mac computers on a daily basis. With exacqVision Professional VMS, they can better monitor the cafeteria, restrooms, playground, building entrances, gymnasium, stairways and hallways in each building. Additionally, exacqVision Professional VMS enables the Director of Building & Grounds to grant the local police department access to view and use the VMS software in the event of an emergency. Local police officers can view the cameras on the laptops within their vehicles, which has greatly improved efficiency, convenience and response time in emergency situations.

Over the past year, administrators have had significant success with utilizing the surveillance system to deal with unruly students and respond to situations quickly. When a teacher reports an incident within the building, the school administrator can search the exacqVision Professional VMS software to investigate the incident further. Administrators retrieve clips of the incident, export to a DVD or USB drive or email the file to share the footage with specific teachers, staff members or police officers. The video evidence is used in determining punishment for the appropriate students.

Another reason Jim Thorpe Area School District selected exacqVision VMS software was its ease of use for day-to-day operation. Because exacqVision VMS software was easy to learn and manage, each building principal can view and search the software without any assistance. At last year's graduation, an incident occurred with a student causing a disruption. The high school principal was able to search the VMS immediately following the graduation and discover what happened without the help of district IT staff members. The principal exported the video and sent it to police, which was later used in the court hearing. The ability of each user to easily export video has proven to be very useful.

With many after school hours activities taking place at the building, the principal and assistant principal can connect remotely via the web server and included exacq mobile app on their iPhones to view and search video from any camera on the system. This enables them to be aware of student's activity on school grounds at all times. A recent crisis situation occurred after school hours. A man broke into the building and into the vending machines. Principals monitored the situation from their iPads. They were able to zoom in to identify the suspect and use the video clip to bring charges.

The simplicity of the software made exacqVision the ideal solution for the Jim Thorpe Area School District. The building principals and Director of Building & Grounds have used the software extensively and relied on the exacqVision surveillance system tremendously to minimize theft, vandalism and violence and resolve issues between students at lunch, recess or in the classroom. Meanwhile, the exacqVision system makes future expansion easy, as they plan to add more cameras in their Administration building.

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