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Urmet's 2-Voice System chosen for Victorian restoration project

Urmet's 2-Voice System chosen for Victorian restoration project

Editor / Provider: Urmet | Updated: 3/12/2015 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Developers, Weston Homes, have chosen Urmet's 2-Voice, 2-Wire system for Preston Hall, a prestigious Victorian restoration project in Aylesford, Kent. Preston Hall is a Grade II-listed Victorian mansion built in the Jacobean style, consisting of 36 luxurious and unique one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments, houses, and villas. To restore and refurbish this magnificent property, the developers needed a system that utilised the existing cabling throughout the building, while providing the residents with a modern-day system using the latest door entry technology.

Urmet supplied its 2-Voice system providing connectivity to the 22 apartments within the main core of the building. The apartments are accessed via 2 entrances, each with an Elekta Glass video entry panel mounted within an H-design post. The impressive main entrance to the building required a bespoke solution to mount these panels, so Urmet set about fabricating a super-slim stainless steel H-design pedestrian post to complement the finish the client wanted.

A sensor built into Elekta glass panel detects the presence of a visitor, triggering the soft-start LED illumination of the icons on the black glass keypad and the 3.5” LCD colour display, providing users with instructions on how to make a call. Aiko hands-free 4.3” soft-touch technology DDA-compliant colour video monitors were supplied for the fit-out in each apartment.

Residents at the newly refurbished building will now benefit from all the advanced features that Urmet's 2-wire system has to offer, including being able to integrate video surveillance. Up to five analogue CCTV cameras can be integrated into a single system and can be monitored from the internal video door phone within each apartment.

2-Voice connects with a twisted pair of a Cat5 cable with no additional twin cable for power, meaning it relies on very little control equipment. Simply using two wires from the entry panel up to the apartment station makes it fast and easy to install and perfect for renovation projects.

The Elekta Glass digital video entry panel, previously only available as an IP PoE panel, is now available for the 2-Voice system, which is suitable for installations ranging from small and medium blocks of flats to large-scale residential developments.

Mark Hagger, Urmet's Sales and Marketing Director, commented, “We are very pleased to have worked on such an historic building that was perfect for Urmet's 2-wire system. Previously, the range of compatible panels we could offer on our 2-wire system was limited, but now we're pleased to have added both Elekta Glass and Elekta Steel digital panels to this system, which is already proving very popular among our clients.”

Pelco HD Video upgrade at Black Oak Casino

Pelco HD Video upgrade at Black Oak Casino

Editor / Provider: Pelco | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

In beautiful Tuolumne, California, set in the scenic Sierra Foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, sits the Black Oak Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Greeting guests with the traditional native welcome of “M-Chucksus!”, the Black Oak Casino Resort provides 164,000+ square feet of gaming and entertainment options: a conference event center, real and video slot machines, table games, poker, nine restaurants and bars, a bowling center, players club, gift shop, and a kids' arcade. In addition, the entertainment venue, the Willow Creek Lounge, hosts live entertainment three nights a week. The casino also features the state's largest smoke-free gaming area. “We aim to offer our guests a resort destination for the whole family,” says Edewaa Ti Foster, the Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Gaming Agency.

Providing an environment where there are activities for all age levels, protecting the physical safety of its patrons, employees and others in the gaming facility as well safeguarding assets that are associated with the facility is not an easy task. Therefore the type of surveillance security employed at the Black Oak Casino Resort becomes a top priority. “With a property as large as the Black Oak Casino Resort and with so many various activities, keeping an eye on assets and balancing that with creating a safe environment is definitely a challenge,” said Todd Flowers, President of Surveillance Systems Integration (SSI), based out of Roseville, California, the company selected to manage the project. The Black Oak Casino Resort, operating in Tuolumne since 2001, recently decided that it was time to upgrade its existing surveillance system to keep up with the changing needs of its facilities. “The surveillance system we had just felt dated, and we kept hearing about newer technologies, like full virtual matrix systems that could handle the volume of network traffic that is usually associated with such high resolution images that the latest security surveillance cameras provide,” Foster said. “We selected SSI because we knew we needed a partner that could help guide us through the new technology, make recommendations, and work on our project in phases to avoid causing any disruptions in the services.”

“Working with the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal Gaming Agency, we could immediately see how the property could benefit from an upgrade that would include a new video management system as well as cameras, servers and a new control center to be more efficient in covering the onsite casino hotel and gaming floor, and eventually expanding to the exterior sites, such as the parking lots,” added Flowers.

The primary goals for Black Oak Casino Resort were to switch to high definition cameras, enhance the virtual matrix capability, provide a migration strategy and the equipment to upgrade to a full internet protocol (IP)-based system, and transition in a way that would be easy for the security staff to adopt. The initial project was to be done in phases over a period of 15 months.

“We started with replacing the existing standard definition analog cameras with over 400 new high definition (HD) fixed cameras, along with HD, 1080P PTZ dome cameras,” said Flowers.

High definition cameras offer security surveillance employees and law enforcement officers superior access and use of video surveillance, with more detail and wider coverage, especially helpful for video review and identification purposes. Although HD images are larger and would naturally take more bandwidth, and possibly clog up the IT infrastructure, there have been advancements in the handling of IP-based data streams. Unique data routing protocols and advanced codecs, like H.264, are able to compress the video and audio for transmission with significantly less bandwidth burden.

In addition to the new cameras, SSI also removed the existing legacy analog video matrix that provided live video and control of the existing analog pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras and replaced it with the latest Pelco Endura 2.0 Video Management System (VMS). The change was made to allow full virtual matrix capabilities suitable for live surveillance applications (one of the property's primary goals) as well as leverage the existing analog cameras, wiring, and control in a complete network environment. This upgrade provided a seamless migration to the new system while allowing the security staff to maintain full control on the existing legacy analog cameras; more importantly, it created an expandable platform that would allow the addition of any number of new high definition IP cameras and operator stations without losing the responsive control and reliability of the virtual matrix.

As part of the upgrade, the Black Oak Casino Resort also had to consider how the new IP-based HD video would impact their storage of the surveillance footage. In the phased migration, new Pelco 36 TB network storage managers were installed to replace the legacy network video recorders (NVR). “By replacing the existing storage with a new NSM5200-36 network storage manager, we allowed existing MPEG4 encoded video streams from analog cameras in the system to be recorded on the same platform as the new high definition cameras that stream using the more efficient H.264 protocol. In addition, the inherent distributed architecture of the Endura IP VMS system allowed us to eliminate the potential of single points of failure so that the system could operate without interruption. "The NSM5200's multicast recording capability further streamlined the impact of HD cameras on the IT network,” and allow the recording of multicast data streams,” said Flowers.

“Despite the challenges that we knew the upgrades would present, we were extremely pleased with the advanced awareness of retrofit needs and knowledge of new technologies, not to mention the professional way that SSI exceeded our expectations in their service,” Foster commented.

In concluding the current project, Foster had one last thing to say: “We are proud of all the work our surveillance and security staff members do, and we know that technology plays a big part in it. While security surveillance is usually recognized as the dome cameras you see in businesses, these systems go well beyond the walls of the facility and are critical in helping us provide our guests with a safe and consistent experience while they are at our property. It took a “power team” to produce a power system and I am very proud of the end result! Thank you SSI, Pelco, Avaya and our TGA surveillance and surveillance tech teams.”

Samsung Techwin appoint Dan England as technology partner manager

Samsung Techwin appoint Dan England as technology partner manager

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Dan England has been appointed Technology Partner Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd.

Dan will be working closely with Samsung Techwin's Applications Partners and VMS developers to raise awareness of how Open Platform technology can provide users with significant added value from their video surveillance systems.

“As someone who has spent the last 16 years working for consultancies and companies involved in the design and installation of integrated solutions, I am very excited to have the opportunity to drive Samsung Techwin's Technology Partner program,” said Dan. “The massive processing power of the DSP chipsets incorporated into latest generation of Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII high definition cameras has resulted in significant new business opportunities being generated for both the IT and security sales channels. I am therefore looking forward to playing a part in implementing a strategy which encourages a wide range of third party software developers to take advantage of our Open Platform technology.”

Bespoke video surveillance solutions
The latest generation of Samsung Techwin WiseNetIII Open Platform cameras can claim to elevate video surveillance from being just a security system, to a smart solution that can deliver so much more.

Whilst most Open Platform cameras which are currently available can only run one Application, the processing power of Samsung Techwin's WiseNetIII Platform DSP chipset provides customers with the option to run multiple Applications at the same time. Having the ability to utilise on-board Applications creates opportunities for cameras to be used for multi-tasking, with various departments within a business or organisation able to simultaneously collect and analyse valuable management information via different specialist video analytics Applications.

Hikvision partners with Agent Vi to offer intelligent solution

Hikvision partners with Agent Vi to offer intelligent solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the worldwide provider in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, together with Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), the global provider of open architecture video analytics software, have announced strategic cooperation to integrate their products to allow Agent Vi’s embedded component to run on Hikvision cameras. The integration enables end users to run Agent Vi’s full range of video analytics solutions on up to 200 Hikvision cameras simultaneously per single server.

Cameras from Hikvision’s 4 series Smart IP camera range are the first to be included in the integration. The cameras are designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for efficient bandwidth and storage utilization, as well as unparalleled image quality and customer convenience. With 1.3/2/3MP resolution in bullet, dome and box styles available, the cameras provide versatile solutions for users’ different needs.

Agent Vi’s advanced video analytics platform, savVi, boasts a set of advanced, automated video analysis tools that provide for the immediate detection and extraction of events and valuable data from surveillance footage, replacing the manual and time-consuming tasks traditionally employed to monitor live video feeds or sift through recorded video. savVi offers the widest set of video analytics functionalities incorporated in a single product, including real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications.

Through the integrated solution, Agent Vi’s software component is embedded inside the Hikvision cameras, allowing customers to deploy Agent Vi’s video analytics in an optimal set up that minimizes hardware requirements and eases deployment.

“The strategic cooperation between Hikvision and Agent Vi allows Agent Vi to expand its reach to a very significant share of the global surveillance market, strengthening Agent Vi’s position as the leading global provider of video analytics,” comments Itsik Kattan, CEO of Agent Vi. “Hikvision users will benefit from the integrated solution which offers them the most comprehensive and reliable video analytics solutions on the market. The Hikvision-Agent Vi integration allows the running of a full set of video analytics functionalities on hundreds of cameras per server, making the price point for the overall solution very attractive.”

Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, comments, “With the embedded video analytics in Hikvision cameras, the new solution enables our users to better manage their system and help them locate critical events, to maximize security efficiency. Looking forward, Hikvision will continue to cooperate with Agent Vi to expand the integration and include more Hikvision camera models in the future.”

Axis and Genetec enhance casino security in California

Axis and Genetec enhance casino security in California

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/10/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Opened in 2014, Stones Gambling Hall is a card house in Citrus Heights, California offering poker, blackjack, baccarat, Pai Gow and other card games. The casino prides itself on its commitment to customer experience and its saloon-style atmosphere. So when it was planning its video surveillance system, it needed an option that could blend with the design while still providing the highest degree of protection.

Solution
Stones hired Los Angeles, CA-based systems integrator and Axis partner CCS to design a system that would maintain the casino's aesthetics. CCS assigned Ryan Gleason as the Project Manager, and he was immediately tasked to working with the architect on systems selection and planning. Gleason and the design team selected Axis network cameras for the job, as the deep product portfolio would allow them flexibility with a variety of options for each part of the casino. CCS installed a range of cameras offering high definition resolution, discrete installation and options for remote maintenance and control. The system is managed through Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform which includes the Omnicast IP video management system (VMS), and runs on Dell PowerEdge servers.

Result
The Axis cameras provide critical support for the Stones security team. The high definition video provides full detail of card games and money-counting areas. Because the cameras can be adjusted remotely, the casino can quickly change views to monitor specific areas, such as a popular game. CCS was also able to integrate a custom application they developed to take snapshots with a touch of a button in order to help the casino streamline tax reporting on transactions over $10,000.

A wealth of options for security
A casino is an environment where the details matter: dealers and players trade palm-sized chips and cards during fast-moving, high stakes games. When the owners of Stones Gambling Hall began constructing their card house, they needed a responsive surveillance solution that could capture the action in high definition video. Furthermore, the casino distinguishes itself in the emphasis it places on customer experience. It is a non-smoking facility with a gourmet restaurant and is designed to evoke a frontier-era California saloon. As such, the owners wanted cameras that could blend in with the aesthetics and maintain the casino's trademark atmosphere. To accomplish this, Stones asked Los Angeles, CA based systems integrator and Axis partner CCS to get creative and build a robust, yet unobtrusive, system.

The breadth and flexibility of Axis' portfolio let Gleason's team use an assortment of models and mounting options. For example, the card tavern section has a 30-foot vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses. Originally, Gleason planned to install cameras at the top of the ceiling to keep them hidden and out of plain view. Because of the height, CCS originally selected a model with interchangeable lens options. However, due to the 24/7 environment, Gleason decided a camera with remote focus and zoom was ultimately the best choice. After testing, the CCS team found a way to mount the camera eight feet lower than originally planned. This allowed them to upgrade to an HDTV 1080p AXIS P3346-V Dome Network Camera despite the fact it had a narrower focal length. Because it was a lower height, they were able to capture the same area with greater resolution and avoid dropping the cameras from a truss using conduit.

AXIS P3384 Dome Network Cameras with Wide Dynamic Range-Dynamic Capture were used near the entrances and exits to balance out the contrast between indoor and outdoor lighting. CCS installed discrete AXIS P12 Series Network Cameras at facility choke points and certain high limit tables. Various customized mounting methods conceal the cameras, including inside the games' displays to provide a “dealer's eye view” of the table.

“One of the benefits of using Axis is that it offers a product portfolio with dozens of different types of cameras, attachments, mounting assemblies, etc.,” Gleason said. “We could choose the best model number to use in a particular instance given the aesthetics, the location and what we were trying to see.”

Fast adjustments for the perfect view
The cameras are monitored at all times through a Genetec Omnicast VMS, and the extra eyes provide critical support for security personnel on the card room floor. Using AXIS Q6045 pan/tilt/zoom PTZ Network Cameras, the IT team can quickly change views if one game draws a large crowd or an incident occurs somewhere in the facility. Furthermore, if the casino adds a new game, they can make remote adjustments to the focus and digital PTZ of existing cameras to ensure all views comply with local, state and federal regulations.

“I work closely with all the managers to get the views that they need on a daily basis to make sure that they can do their jobs,” said David Gray, IT manager, Stones Gambling Hall.

Easy, inventive regulatory compliance
The open nature of Axis and Genetec products let Gleason find unique solutions to help the casino comply with regulations while maintaining its commitment to customer experience. By law, every casino and gambling facility must provide the IRS with detailed information on all transactions over $10,000.00. Often, this is accomplished by having the customer fill out a form. However, CCS integrated a button-activated trigger into the I/O port of the AXIS P3364 Network Camera, which tells the camera to snap a series of photos and create an event in Genetec Security Center. Security personnel can then use the images to record the required information while minimizing inconvenience to the customer.

“Everything we do is based around customer service here, and it really reflects in our casino's integrity and our day-to-day operations,” Gray said. “As long as the customers are happy, we know that they'll come back.”

2015 Access control: Integrated and open standards rock

2015 Access control: Integrated and open standards rock

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 3/10/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

More and more integrated
Integration of access control with video surveillance or other security systems will continue to prevail. Such integration combining access control with video surveillance, perimeter control, and others offers a more holistic view to security managers, allowing greater visibility of the building and the people being secured.

But beyond physical security, access control can do much more, especially when it comes to managing staff, visitors, or other individuals within an entity. “End users continually seek complete back-office integration — that is, facilitating workflow from the time an individual is hired until the time he or she leaves the enterprise,” said Mitchell Kane, President of Vanderbilt Industries.

To optimize the performance of an integrated solution, access control is often used as the centerpiece of the system that other systems are integrated to. “It becomes the anchor platform, being able to integrate to provide a wider degree of solutions,” Ouellette said. “This is allowing us to integrate PSIMs, building management, visitor management, and so on. These things are an extension beyond access control to provide stronger value, but come back to being based on that anchor platform.”

IHS's Kozak, meanwhile, said whether access control serves as the head-end platform depends on the use case. “Some suggest that the building management system will be at the center. Active Directory could also play a central role,” he said.

“Overall, access control will have a central role in buildings over the next several years since it can determine logical access, flag a system for possible cyber-attack, integrate with training and HR, and provide an alert on a reader.”

Open standards rock
To ensure this kind of integration and interoperability, open standards are a must. “Today's access control customers require open, easy-to-use products that seamlessly integrate with other systems — especially video surveillance — in order to maximize security,” Kane said. “The adoption of these standards offers many benefits to security system users, of which freedom of choice and dealing with legacy might be the most important,” said Arjan Bouter, Head of Sales at Nedap Security Management. “Introducing standards allows clients to mix and match not only the cameras they need or the card readers that best fit their budget, it also allows them to select the specific functionality that suits their security policy.”

The industry has sensed the need for integration and interoperability, prompting organizations like PSIA and ONVIF to drive open standards, especially with Profile C and A as well as the PLAI Agent, which allows multiple brands to be used together in one system.

“It is rapidly reaching the stage where security providers that don't offer interoperability will struggle to maintain a market share when this has become so important to customers, specifiers, and installers,” Mike Sussman, Technical Director, TDSi said.

Future prosperity
Access control has become a vital, critical component in the security arena, offering protection for homes, companies, and premises as well as helping users raise productivity and achieve more efficient management. Advancements in technology as well as the ability to integrate, supported with open standards, have also benefitted users from different verticals. Prospects for this market look robust and rosy this year and the years to come.

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Axis camera system strengthens Burnley Football Club security

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/4/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Burnley Football Club needed a new CCTV system to replace the ageing analogue-based system that was no longer fit for purpose as it planned its promotion back into the Barclays Premiership - the UK's top football league. Following a tender process the contract for upgrade and management of the new video surveillance system was handed to Axis partner Thorne Access & Security in early July 2014. Thorne is an expert in stadium security having installed surveillance systems in the stadia of Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers FC, Preston North End FC, Bolton Wanderers FC and Manchester City amongst others.

Solution
Thorne designed and installed a new in-ground safety system which focused on tightening security in two core areas – at the entry turnstiles and inside the bowl of the stadium itself. A combination of AXIS Q6045-E PTZ Dome Cameras and AXIS Q1765-LE fixed cameras were deployed inside the stadium bowl while 14 legacy analogue cameras were retained to cover concourses in the new hybrid CCTV and IP video system. The Axis cameras were chosen for their ability to deliver razor-sharp images using 18x optical zoom capability even if located at the opposite end of the pitch over 120 metres away. At these distances this camera can provide images capable of positive identification and help the club's ground safety team spot issues before they escalate.

Result
The setting-off of pyrotechnics inside grounds has been a dangerous new trend in UK grounds over the last 12-months. The Axis cameras enable operators to spot unusual behaviors such as looking down to light a firework or smoke bomb. It also enables the grounds safety team to identify the actual person lighting the fuse. So even if, as is often the case, the pyrotechnic is kicked along the stand before it begins to flare up shrouding the area in colored smoke, it is still possible to clearly identify who committed the offence of setting it off. The same is true of people throwing objects onto the pitch, towards players or linesmen. The new system has also helped reduce ticket fraud at the turnstiles significantly.

Axis camera system ensures positive identification
Burnley Football Club, established in 1882, is one of the oldest football clubs in the world. The club is set in the heart of the old mill town of Burnley in Lancashire. The stadium has a capacity of 21,500 and enjoys average gates of over 19,000, with up to 4,000 of these being allocated to away supporters on match days. Burnley FC was promoted into the Barclays Premiership (England's top league) at the end of last season. The move to the Premiership league triggered a multi-million pound facilities & IT upgrade which included funds for the upgrade of the ageing analogue-based CCTV system to a hybrid IP and CCTV system using Axis network cameras and Mirasys hybrid NVR system.

A total of 64 new cameras were installed covering the stadium, turnstiles, and concourses outside the bowl and behind the East Stand. The new system also provided total coverage of all 40 turnstiles through which fans pass on match days. Cameras trained on each turnstile capture images of the individuals showing their tickets at the turnstile. A new electronic ticketing system enables security staff to view images of the owner of the ticket on-screen as fans pass through the gates. Those thought to be using the wrong ticket can then be tracked and positively identified via the new cameras. This additional layer of surveillance has reduced ticket fraud significantly as adults trying to enter the ground with concession or child tickets are easily identified and then stopped.

Inside the ground during the first four months of the 2014/15 season Burnley FC's ground safety team, working with Lancashire Constabulary (who locate themselves in the stadium's control room on match days) have been able to positively identify a number of people committing public order offences or putting other fans or players at risk. Two convictions have been handed down following pyrotechnics-related offences which were caught on the Axis cameras within the first four months of deployment. The Mirasys system, operating on three 10TB capacity servers, records, manages and enables rapid distribution of video recordings in case of incidents.

Mirasys Spotter and Media Exporter software is used to rapidly recover and export relevant recorded images to DVD if the police need to take further action to prosecute an individual. A total of 3TB of video data is collected by the system each match day.

Doug Metcalfe, Stadium and Operations Manager of Burnley Football Club, said, “Thorne recommended the right solution for us to provide total coverage at the turnstiles and in the bowl of the stadium. The Axis cameras proved to have the power to deliver positive identifications rapidly so we can act quickly to catch perpetrators and remove people if they jeopardise the safety of other fans.”

Cliff Edens, Ground Safety Officer of Burnley Football Club, said, “The Axis cameras have proved of sufficient quality and reliability to identify individuals in the crowd, pinpoint their location and helping us to act with confidence to warn or remove offenders depending on the severity of the incident. Evidence of disorder can be quickly exported and given to the police to support further action against identified individuals. There is no doubt that Turf Moor is a safer place now that we are able to access these HD quality images.”

Hadrian Thorne, Managing Director of Thorne Access & Security, explained, “We have selected the excellent AXIS 6045-E PTZ Dome and AXIS Q1765-LE cameras for their 18x optical zoom capability, 0.6 lux, robust housing, Electronic Image Stabilisation and the 1080p HDTV images that they deliver over long distances. The lenses on these cameras are brilliant. The fact that we can gain a detailed view of a person sitting in the away supporters' west stand from a camera situated some 125 metre away, fixed on a pole just below the roof of the east stand, says it all. The camera also offers highlight compensation which eliminates glare from floodlights. Axis' service support is also excellent. Put simply, Axis gives us the peace of mind that we will be able to meet all our stadia customers' requirements.”

Bosch security solution for Lotte Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Bosch security solution for Lotte Center, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch video surveillance products are now installed at the Lotte Center in Hanoi. A 65-floor skyscraper with modern architectural style, it is one of the tallest buildings in Vietnam. A mixed use complex, it comprises offices, residential housing, a hotel and departmental store.

LOTTE CORALIS VIETNAM CO., Ltd entrusted Bosch Security Systems to be their solution provider for a complete video surveillance system. IP PTZ dome cameras (indoor and outdoor) and IP dome cameras have been installed all over the building to monitor activities in the public, office and residential areas. Helping to deter and prevent crime and having a reliable source of video footage for forensic investigation when required. With system integrator, Visco Joint Stock Company, the entire solution proposed was designed to combine the highest security level with great efficiency in both operations and cost.

Bosch cameras produce images that are perfect for a detailed and effective retrospective analysis.

The cameras' ability to give a wideangle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen helps the end-user focus on details without losing the bigger picture. The Bosch digital video recorder installed is easy to operate and requires minimal maintenance. This easy-to-use solution has proven to be a worthy investment providing thorough surveillance of the main areas in Lotte Center.

To provide better after-sales service, authorized repair centers have been setup in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for faster turnaround time. In addition, Bosch provides continuous product training to its partners to keep them updated of the latest technology and innovations from Bosch so end-users are always provided with solutions that meet their needs.

Hikvision awarded Vendor of the Year by ADI for the United States

Hikvision awarded Vendor of the Year by ADI for the United States

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has been named Vendor of the Year for the United States by ADI Global Distribution, a leading global wholesale distributor of security and low voltage products.

This prestigious distinction is a testament to the strong relationship between Hikvision and ADI and an example of the companies’ dedication to the growth of the video surveillance market.

Each year, ADI recognizes key suppliers across North America for their support and contributions towards the growth and success of ADI. Hikvision experienced outstanding growth in 2014, and building good relationships with distributors was one of the keys to their success.

“Our success with ADI is due in part to mutual sharing of information and strong focus to grow the business. Hikvision also maintains a high level of engagement with ADI at the field level,” remarked Gordon Lang, director, strategic partners at Hikvision USA. “We pride ourselves on maintaining face-to-face relationships. Our partnership with ADI has allowed us to better understand the needs of our customers.”

Hikvision works closely with ADI branch managers and participates in trainings and other ADI events to best serve ADI’s dealer customers.

“Hikvision has demonstrated their commitment to delivering value to our dealer base,” said Michael Flink, president of ADI Global. “Our vendor partnerships are important to the success of ADI, and we are proud to honor and celebrate their contributions and achievements.”

Hikvision USA president, Jeffrey He, elaborated upon Hikvision’s relationship with ADI.

“ADI’s strong distribution channels have allowed us to increase our presence in North America, make connections with dealers, and successfully deliver our products. As the demand grows for video surveillance solutions, Hikvision is proud to stand next to distributors such as ADI to meet the needs of this rapidly growing market. We are honored to receive Vendor of the Year for 2014, and we are confident that 2015 will bring even greater achievements.”

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.8 for the XProtect portfolio of products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for a new type of hybrid cameras combining a PTZ and a 360-degree camera.

An example of the new type of hybrid cameras is the AXIS Q6000-E network camera. This camera offers a 360° overview provided by four 2-megapixel camera heads, and when integrated with AXIS Q60-E camera, it simultaneously offers high-detail optical zoom on areas of interest.

Using XProtect clients, with just a single click operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields.

The release of Device Pack 7.8 also marks that Milestone remains committed to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market – currently over 100 brands and more than 4,000 models. This means that more than 1,000 devices have been added in a year. This is the highest annual growth ever.

“The release of this device pack clearly shows the power of open platform technology. We are not only adding a brand new type of camera, we have also added support for more than a thousand devices in a just a year,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This clearly shows our dedication to ensure that our customers and channel partners have the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the industry, now and going forward.”

Milestone XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by 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, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

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