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Hikvision ensures Fun Safe Philly Summer in Philadelphia

Hikvision ensures Fun Safe Philly Summer in Philadelphia

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/12/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Hikvision teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to ensure success of their “Fun Safe Philly Summer” initiative. The program connects youth and their families to free and low-cost summer activities, including many events at the recreation centers spread throughout the city. With the safety of the community in mind, the city council has pledged significant budget investment to outfit all 140 centers with CCTV by 2016. After careful evaluation of all the products on the market, Hikvision's high-performance cameras, NVRs, and VMS technology were selected as a cost-effective solution to protect the city with cutting-edge video surveillance.

With over 600 facilities serving thousands of people each year, the Department of Parks and Recreation worked closely with City of Philadelphia Engineer Pedro Pinto to develop a high standard for CCTV design criteria. A primary concern was finding a system that could stay intact as existing infrastructure was gradually upgraded throughout the city.

“The system needed to be scalable and had to be networked at some point in the future,” explained Sheeba Money, Special Systems Designer at Arora Engineers, Inc., a firm involved with CCTV design for the City of Philadelphia. “With every department of the city operating on a different system, it was crucial to provide a video surveillance solution in the rec centers that could be linked into a central management system.” Because Hikvison's Video Management Systems easily communicate with each other and with systems made by other manufacturers, the feature-rich, reliable, VMS 4200 was the choice.

The video surveillance systems have been hugely successful in keeping the centers safe. In most cases, the presence of the cameras alone has been enough to prevent crime. Susan Slawson, Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, noted: “Where we were faced with vandalism, loitering, and burglaries before, the numbers decreased immediately once we outfitted our facilities with cameras. We don't just want a ‘fun, safe, Philly summer;' we want a fun, safe, Philly. With introduction of Hikvision video surveillance equipment, not only are we covering our sites, we can tell what's going on in the streets and coordinate with the police department if need be,” Commissioner Slawson, herself a 20-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, affirmed. Superior image quality from the Hikvision cameras plays a key role. “We have good video,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey confirmed, “that should help us a great deal.”

Fidelity Alarm installed the DS-2CD7254FWD-E 3MP Outdoor Network Camera in several of the rec centers due to the camera's wide dynamic range and true day/night functionality. “In addition to gathering footage from the immediate vicinity, it captures clear images from as far away as across the street,” explained Pat Phillips, Sales Manager at Fidelity Alarm. This month's shooting at the Dell Music Center is a tragic example of criminal activity dealing a blow to the community, but the police had a head start on the investigation due to cameras stationed on the building's exterior by Fidelity Alarm. Footage was provided to the police and images were released to the public so that the perpetrators could be swiftly identified.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, remarked, “Hikvision is proud to provide versatile, convenient, and efficient video surveillance solutions to the City of Philadelphia. Hikvision technology protects our society's most invaluable asset – our young people – in municipalities across the U.S. and Canada. As we continue to rapidly expand, we look forward to bringing even more success stories to the North American market.”

Samsung Techwin appoints Regional Director for Russia and CIS

Samsung Techwin appoints Regional Director for Russia and CIS

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/10/2014 | Article type: Security 50

"Russia and CIS is one of our key sales target areas and the development of customised solutions for vertical markets such as Banking, Retail, Transport and City Surveillance is an important part of our strategic direction in the region” said Mr Jong Wan Lim, Managing Director of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Oleg has been specially recruited to help us successfully implement this strategy.”

Prior to joining Samsung Techwin, Oleg was Area Manager for Pelco by Schneider Electric in Russia and CIS. Working closely with Business Development and Account Management colleagues, he will be looking to capitalise on his excellent understanding of local market requirements, and with his engineering background and extensive experience of working on large video surveillance projects, Oleg will drive sales support strategies which reflect the requirements of Samsung Techwin customers and business partners in the region.

Oleg joins Samsung Techwin when the popularity of its open platform WiseNetIII IP camera range which is ‘Changing the Face of IP', is gaining momentum, and there is also considerable interest being shown in the recently introduced Beyond Series which harnesses the power of 1280H camera technology to enable analogue cameras and DVRs to deliver 1000TV lines.

“I am excited to be joining Samsung Techwin at a time when the company has created a new structure in order to establish Russia and CIS as a regional sales ‘powerhouse' by fully utilising the expertise of our sales and support services across the region," said Oleg. “This objective will be achieved with the assistance of the Samsung Techwin Eco Partnership (STEP) program through which we provide support, resources and tools to help our partners generate profitable new business opportunities with benefits such as Project Registration Discount, Lead Sharing, Co-Marketing, Academy, Marketing and Technical Tools support.”

Hikvision helps secure operations at a leading Food Distribution facility

Hikvision helps secure operations at a leading Food Distribution facility

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision partnered with Imperial Surveillance, a full-service security company, to protect operations at Midwest Foods, one of the North America's largest food distributors. The project allowed the end-user to upgrade the existing technology to create a hybrid system and a gradual upgrade to digital without significant capital investment. The new technology offered by Hikvision also allowed for increased operational efficiencies, enhanced security, and additional cost savings.

Hikvision's technology was brought in when Midwest Foods called upon Imperial Surveillance to integrate their existing analog cameras into a state-of-the-art digital network. When they decided to add IP cameras in key areas, Hikvision's 3MP EXIR Turret Network Camera, with long-range infrared and three-axis lens adjustment, was the only sensible choice. Hikvision's 960H Hybrid DVR and the eight-channel 7608 Embedded NVR with built-in PoE switch rounded out the installation, making a seamless connection between analog and digital on the production line.

“Hikvision's products have more features and functionality than the competitors',” explained Domenic DiPietra, security consultant at Imperial Surveillance. “The communications capabilities between the cameras and the NVR are impressive, especially when working with a hybrid system. What's more, Hikvision offers ‘plug and play' functionality like nobody else, which makes for a smooth and straightforward installation process.”

Midwest Foods began to notice the benefits of their new system immediately. “The new security system prevents basic theft in a way that the old system couldn't have done.” Dan Tingle, IT Manager for Midwest Foods, affirmed. The new system has also given Midwest Foods a more effective way of monitoring food safety concerns. Midwest's strict guidelines guarantee that their products are void of biological and physical hazards. Video surveillance prevents everything from allergen contamination to potential terrorist activity.

“I also appreciate how I can check in on things using an app on my phone,” Mr. Tingle added. Hikvision's iVMS-4500 app, available on iTunes and the Google store for smartphones and tablets, includes powerful, user-friendly capabilities such as playback and live view at the tap of a button. Features like this are another example of how Hikvision empowers security directors to utilize advanced technology in a simple and skillful way.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, remarked, “Hikvision provides proven and tested video surveillance solutions for a diverse array of markets. We are thrilled to be able to show measurable improvements in security operations for our customers. Success of our project with Imperial Surveillance serves as a great example of the kind of benefits our technology provides to the end-users like Midwest Foods.” Mr. He continued: “As we continue to rapidly expand in North America, we look forward to bring even more success stories to the marketplace.”

[VIDEO] Product Review: LILIN latest covert IP cam for discreet ATM surveillance

[VIDEO] Product Review: LILIN latest covert IP cam for discreet ATM surveillance

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics



Quick look
IPC0122 is the latest Covert ATM IP camera from LILIN. Scheduled to be released in the end of September, the camera features 1080P and 720P video image quality, ideal for ATMs surrounding surveillance. IPC0122 provides clear images to identify faces in front of ATMs, even in in poor lighting conditions. The presence of security cameras can greatly enhance the level of safety around an ATM, making it less likely that customers will be confronted by criminals looking to swipe their cash or cards.

Benefits of IPC0122
*  Criminal investigation
* Prevent holdups
* Prevent violent confrontations
* Deter ATM skimming

3 Must-know of IPC0122
* Miniature design in compact size
With separate design of tiny sensor and main unit, it can fit to the ATMs surroundings easily. Weight of main module : 300g / Image sensor module : 180g

* High-res images as effective visual evidence
IPC0122 is equipped with 1/2.7" CMOS image sensor, @D WDR, providing clear images to identify faces in front of ATMs even in in poor lighting conditions. The video surveillance supports up to 30 fps @ 1920 x 1080( H.264) and 30 fps @ 720 x 480(MJPEG)

Key features:
-1.5 Lux at F2.8
-Video compression: H.264 , Motion JPEG
- High res: 1080P(1920 x 1080) / 720P(1280 x 720) D1(720 x 480), CIF(352 x 240)

* Easy to install & flexible mounting options
IPC0122 camera comprises a main unit and a separate sensor unit which allows them to be mounted up to 6 meters apart. With such small sizes, it can be installed at places when concealed application required

Let's say
This small but powerful covert IP cam is designed to meet the ATM surveillance purposes but never restricted to it. Compared to current ATM covert IP cameras, LILIN's IPC0122 can reach up to 1080p video quality, expecting to become another advanced choice in the market.

W Hotel chooses EverFocus surveillance systems in Doha

W Hotel chooses EverFocus surveillance systems in Doha

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The increasing worldwide terrorist attack and theft has become driving force in explosion of surveillance systems to protect lives and assets. Every newly built public or private building now requires a complete security and safety plan.

As desert dunes soar next to towering skyscrapers, W Doha Hotel & Residences dazzles by the Arabian Sea. As more and more high-end hotels are built in Qatar, W Hotel wanted to provide more secured experiences for their employees and their valuable guests during their stays in W Hotel for competitive hotel market in Qatar. Therefore, W Hotel turned to EverFocus for a well–planned surveillance system.

In order to provide a complete safe environment for its guests, W Hotel chose EverFocus's cameras and later installed around four hundred fifty EverFocus advanced surveillance cameras in their main entrances, lobby, hallways, stairs, and at the front desk. In order to satisfy W Hotel's requirements, EverFocus worked with the system integrator Genius Vision Digital (GVD) for a complete solution. Installed EverFocus surveillance cameras include EHN3260 IP IR dome, EPN4220 speed dome, and EZN3260, EZN3340 bullet type cameras.

Taiwan Excellence Award winner EPN 4220 is a best-in-class network-based speed dome camera specifically designed for professional applications. It offers 2 megapixel resolution and a built-in 20x optical zoom, aimed at guaranteeing impeccable image quality, in addition to cutting-edge features, such as digital slow shutter (DSS), wide dynamic range (WDR), and dynamic noise reduction (DNR). Equipped with an IP66-rated housings and true day/night function with a removable IR cut filter, the EPN 4220 is certainly designed to withstand all environments. The advanced motion detection function also meets the needs of almost every end-user.

EHN3260 is a 2 megapixel IP wide dynamic Day/Night outdoor IR dome that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor environment. W Hotel installed 398pcs of EHN3250 cameras in the hotel because its P-IRIS Lends, WDR, high performance noise filter, True Day/Night function provide high quality image and meet the vandal proof needs that the hotel required at the same time.

EZN3260 and EZN3340 bullet type IP cameras are also used in this project. EZN3260 is a 2 Megapixel Wide Dynamic Outdoor Bullet IP camera patented algorithm for expert exposure control in dynamic lighting environments. Its highlight suppression backlight compensation/Control (HSBLC) intelligently masks the extreme blooming effects from high-contrast light sources such as car headlights. EZN3340 is a 3 Megapixel outdoor bullet IP camera with the same design as EZN3260 but higher performances that can monitor further distance in darker areas.

Hotel surveillance has become more important than ever. A well organized and installed surveillance system can not only protect the hotel itself but also the guests. 441 EverFocus cameras are installed for complete surveillance and protection in W Hotel. With the installation of the hotel video surveillance, not only it can keep guests safe from theft, violence, but also provide evidences, prevent crimes and thus create a better and pleasant stay for all the guests visiting W Hotel.

Video surveillance is the perfect security solution for hotels and resorts. EverFocus surveillance solutions have been widely used in different vertical markets including businesses, housing, banking, retail. EverFocus has the most cost effective video camera solution for you all around the world.

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

IDIS DirectIP adopted in Thai luxury hotel resort

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 9/5/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A luxury hotel and resort group has completed the first installation of IDIS DirectIP full-HD surveillance at its new flagship resort in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a wider DirectIP rollout programme. Commissioned ahead of the resort's inauguration in December, the project is the first of twelve DirectIP solutions to be installed across the group's new properties in Asia and North America.

Ahead of opening the Phuket resort, the group's security team needed to implement a modern and high performance HD video surveillance solution that would be unobtrusive and match the resorts luxury brand and image. The solution needed to ensure the safety and security of the resort's guests and staff, while the implementation needed to meet extremely tight deadlines ahead of the inauguration in late 2013.

In November 2013, the hotel group turned to their trusted systems integrator, Rutledge Integrated Systems (RIS). RIS worked in partnership with CCTV specialist's iCenter HD to review a number of server-based surveillance solutions. After thorough evaluation, the team selected DirectIP, based on its innovative high performance combined with its capability for fast and simple implementation, affordable pricing and bundled IDIS Center™ video management, requiring no ongoing licence fees.

The complete end-to-end DirectIP solution, comprising 45 internal and external dome cameras and two 32-channel network video recorders (NVRs), is managed through the simple and intuitive IDIS Center video management software (VMS). The IP-enabled and vandal proof range of one and two megapixel cameras, also feature pan-tilt-zoom, low light and audio functionality. Eighteen terabytes of storage provided by the DirectIP NVRs support the resort's requirement to store 31 days of footage all in full-HD.

The user-friendly solution operates just like a traditional analogue DVR-based system with all the necessary accessories supplied by IDIS to build a complete full-HD surveillance solution.

Andy Rutlege, Managing Director at RIS, said, “The luxury resort group are an existing prestigious and important customer for RIS, and we were determined to complete the project ahead of the inauguration. As an established systems integrator, having completed a large number of IP CCTV projects, DirectIP offered us a previously unseen level of seamless integration. To ensure we delivered the project on time and on budget, iCenter HD distributed the kit in record time to Thailand and remained incredibly responsive throughout the project.

“We are currently rolling out two similar DirectIP solutions in the Maldives and Miami with another nine scheduled over the next few months. We intend to use IDIS DirectIP™ combined with the services offered by iCenter HD for these and many projects in the future.”

Hard disk drives work hard to ensure data integrity

Hard disk drives work hard to ensure data integrity

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Hard disk drives (HDDs) are the core of a storage system, which is critical in a surveillance installation. With growing demand for storage devices capable of storing bigger and more complex video data for longer periods of time, the need for higher-capacity and more reliable hard drives also rises. Today's surveillance HDDs consume less power, have better error detection capabilities, and are designed specifically for intensive writing that is typical of surveillance operations. All this is intended to meet users' growing storage needs.

The history of HDDs goes way back; they were Introduced in the 1950s. Yet for a long time, HDDs focused primarily on the storage of personal and corporate data and lacked surveillance applications. However, this has changed with the growing importance of the security industry. As camera resolutions get higher and video retention periods become longer, demand for HDDs that are bigger in volume and designed specifically for writing-intensive surveillance operations has increased.

In fact, it can be said that surveillance is a growth driver for the hard drive industry. A recent study by IHS predicted that revenue for both internal and external HDDs in video surveillance applications would rise from US$638.7 million in 2013 to $1 billion by 2017, a remarkable 57% increase. The market research firm attributed the increase in storage demand to various factors, including better performance and the use of high-resolution cameras. “The HDD industry as a whole will reap the benefits of a fast-growing video surveillance industry,” the report said. Indeed, today's HDDs come with advanced features, such as error detection and vibration tolerance, to make sure no data is lost. Capacity, which totals 4 terabytes (TB) in most of today's enterprise-level HDDs, will only increase over time. All this is meant to ensure data reliability and integrity over a long period of time and boost the overall performance of the surveillance deployment.

Consumer vs. Surveillance HDDs
The major difference between HDDs for consumer and surveillance applications is that the former is reading intensive and the latter is designed for data writing most of the time. “Consumer electronics (CE) HDDs' primary focus is entertainment systems, like a consumer DVR, where you typically record content and play it back over and over again. In this environment, smooth playback is very important,” said CN Chu, Technical Manager for Taiwan at Seagate.

Surveillance, on the other hand, requires constant writing of data as video feeds from different cameras are continuously transmitted to the storage device. HDDs for surveillance applications must therefore be designed from a writing-intensive perspective. “For surveillance applications, the customer needs an HDD that writes data 90%of the time, while reading accounts for just 10%or even 5%,” said Patrick Lo, Director of APAC Marketing, Digital Video and Data Center Storage Division at WD. “If there is no event, the video data is either retained or overwritten.”

Moreover, surveillance HDDs must be able to withstand lots of heat, being often enclosed in systems such as NAS or servers. Surveillance HDDs must also have more stringent fault tolerance requirements, able to perform even in the event of a components failure. Finally, consumer HDDs work at an average of eight hours a day, five days a week. Surveillance HDDs, on the other hand, must work round-the-clock. And given surveillance systems are always on, HDDs with improved energy conservation features can help users save on power.

Comparison between consumer and surveillance HDDs

 

Consumer HDDs

Surveillance HDDs

Power-on hours

8x5

24x7

Designed for multi-HDD recording

No

Yes (1 to unlimited)

Mean time before failure (hours)

700K

1-1.4 million

Workloads

Balanced between read and write

High sequential write/recording high-resolution videos at all time

Power management

High spin-up current >2amp

Low spin-up current <2amp

Warranty

2 years

3-5 years


Features to ensure data Integrity
Imagine the horror of not being able to find or retrieve a vital piece of data in the event of an accident. Since surveillance HDDs are tasked with storing piles upon piles of video data that is too valuable to be lost, they come with cutting-edge features to make sure all the data is kept securely and intact.

Error Detection
Error detection is a feature that activates when the system detects an impending HDD failure to allow the engineer to act accordingly, such as backing up data or making replacements. To make sure that error detection works, the HDD must be able to “shake hands” with the error detection software developed by the system manufacturer. “We do not just sell HDDs. In this industry, we sell a service and work with system manufacturers from the very beginning during the R&D stage,” Lo said.

Power Management
The more power a hard drive consumes, the more heat it will emit. Overtime, this will shorten a hard drive's life expectancy. Power management is therefore, in the words of Lo, “a topic that, for surveillance players, will never go out of style.”

Power management also plays a major role in the economics of running surveillance. “Because surveillance HDDs run 24x7, power consumption is a big deal. The less power required by the drive the lower overall cost of ownership for the end user — especially as you scale into larger surveillance data centers,” Chu said. To lower overall power consumption, HDD manufacturers have developed various technologies to achieve this purpose, for example minimizing disk operations during periods of downtime and reducing the “spin-up power” — power needed to get the disk from a state of rest to full rotation. A sudden surge in power consumption during this time may be costly and may even affect system operations later.

Read/Write
The hard disk's read and write speeds are dependent upon the user's surveillance system. A hard drive that supports a maximum sustained data rate of 180MB/second, for example, can accommodate up to 32 simultaneous recordings from HD cameras. “If you're streaming from a higher camera count and in higher resolution formats, you will need a drive that can support a higher throughput,” Chu said.

Besides read/write speed, effective and accurate writing into the hard drive is also critical. “Sometimes the HDD will keep recording, yet frame drops may occur, and that can be a huge problem,” Lo said, adding WD has a solution, called AllFrame, for this situation.

Selecting the right HDD
Picking the right HDD to install really depends on various factors. Installers and integrators should consider a range of things, for example the size of the project, the level of reliability demanded, and the number of drives that will be packed in a unit, before choosing the right product.

Type of Project
One way to figure out which HDD to get is by determining the size of installation. For a home environment with a camera count of four to eight, the installer may choose a standardlevel drive with workload of up to 60 TB a year and warranty of three years — that's total workload of 180 TB for three years. For companies or businesses with 40 to 50 cameras, an HDD with total workload of 900 TB over a five-year period (180 TB times five) may be considered. For the more missioncritical operations such as casinos, airports, and government agencies, total workload of 2,750 TB over a five-year period (550TB times five) is preferred.

Number of Drives
When HDDs are deployed in multi-drive units such as NAS or large servers, rotational vibration (RV) may become an issue that may cause data loss and corruption. “In systems with more than five drives, vibrations from the chassis or other rotating drives may cause enough vibration to impact the system performance as well as data integrity,” Chu said.

To address this issue, RV sensors are built into surveillance-purpose HDDs to minimize the impact of vibration. WD's technology, for example, has a sensor that detects vibration and triggers a response that keeps the drive heads within the safe operating region during read and write operations.

Level of Reliability
If the user requires a higher level of data reliability, then it's preferable to choose HDDs with a higher mean time before failure (MTBF) — the predicted time before the drive goes out. HDDs in the market now have MTBF ranging from 1 million hours to 1.4 million hours.

HDDs vs. SSDs Solid state drives (SSDs) are storage devices that are based on integrated circuits rather than on electromagnetism like HDD. SSDs do have a place in surveillance. They are more resistant to extreme conditions and vibrations, making them suitable for outside or vehicular applications. They also boast faster read and write speeds.

However, HDDs still have advantages. First, HDDs can stand a lot of roughening up. Enterprise-level HDDs can read or write 600,000 times, while SSDs can do so only 30,000 to 50,000 times. Secondly, HDDs are a lot more inexpensive. The price of a 512 GB SSD, the maximum spec in the market right now, can get the user more than one 4TB HDD.

“SSDs are suitable for many applications, for example car digital recorders which do not require big capacities. But will they completely replace HDDs in the near future? I don't think so,” Lo said. “And I don't think it's an issue of who replaces who, as finding the right storage technology really depends on your operating environment and budget.”

Bigger and faster is the future
As for the future of hard drives, the trends are that they will feature bigger and bigger capacity. Currently, maximum HDD capacity is 4TB, a figure “that is set to double every two years,” Lo said. “You can never satisfy customers' storage needs.” PCI Express (PCIe), a high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard, is meanwhile expected to replace SATA as the mainstream interface for connecting storage to PC systems. PCIe boasts transfer rates of 1 to 2GB/s, faster than 3 to 6Gb/s for SATA.

Good prospects down the road
With bigger capacity, better performance, and less power consumption, today's surveillance HDDs help surveillance players big time by keeping data safe and secure. It has been said that a hard disk will be able to hold 20TB of data by 2020. With storage technology continuously improving, that scenario is no longer a far-fetched dream.

Milestone adds support for offline camera recording using ONVIF

Milestone adds support for offline camera recording using ONVIF

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.5 for the XProtect portfolio of VMS products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for ONVIF Edge Storage: cameras with Edge Storage can record video directly on internal storage.

Milestone XProtect Corporate supports the intelligent use of camera-integrated Edge Storage as a complement to centralized video storage. Edge Storage can be used as a safeguard function for uninterrupted video recording in the event of network or server failure. The flexible retrieval function in XProtect Corporate helps preserve network bandwidth when retrieving recordings from the Edge Storage in the camera. This ensures transparent operation, seen from a user perspective.

Support of Edge Storage previously demanded dedicated driver programming by Milestone, working with the Camera Alliance Partners (CaPs). Milestone XProtect Corporate, for example, has been supporting Axis and Sony implementations of Edge Storage using dedicated drivers since 2012. The new implementation of ONVIF Edge Storage in Device Pack 7.5, enables Milestone partners and customers to choose devices from any camera manufacturer supporting ONVIF Edge Storage.

The XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed 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, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability. Milestone is constantly promoting driver standards like ONVIF and remains dedicated to support the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market.

"This is yet another testimonial of the power of open platform technology," says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. "This rapid implementation of ONVIF Edge Storage is a clear illustration of our dedication to giving our partners the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market - now and in the future. Milestone will continue to drive video enabling business by utilizing such possibilities in open platform technology. "

The device support in XProtect reaches beyond digital video devices because the software also has comprehensive support for encoders which allow analog cameras to be connected to the VMS. Support for 15 new encoders from Bosch, Ateme, Mango DSP, UDP Technology and ACTi has been added in this version of the Device Pack, lifting the number of supported encoders to well over 200.

The extensive encoder support in Device Pack 7.5 combines positively with Milestone's recent change in encoder licensing which offers end users and partners an easy and cost-effective transition from analog to IP technology. The new licensing model only demands one license per encoder unit, as opposed to the industry norm of one license per connected camera.

Milestone is scheduled to showcase open platform technologies at these upcoming industry events:
• ISAF – Sep 18 – 21, Stand A-760 (Turkey)
• Security Essen – Sep 23 – 26, Hall 2/stand 216 (Germany)
• ASIS – Sep 29 – Oct 2, Stand 1043 (United States)

March Networks aims for market growth in Europe

March Networks aims for market growth in Europe

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 9/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks is implementing an ambitious development program to increase its market share and growth in the European video surveillance market, reflecting its expansion and success in North America. The program will be managed by European Sales Director, Stefano Torri, and will target key regions such as the UK, France and Italy.

This growth strategy, will focus on the expansion of local teams within March Networks, working closely with newly recruited and existing channel partners. Together they will target and support core vertical markets including banking, retail and transport, where March Networks already has a reputation for delivering quality market leading IP video management solutions.

The task for Stefano Torri will be to consolidate and grow March Networks' impressive net sales in the first quarter of 2014, which increased by 78% year-on-year compared to 2013. As well as the UK and France, where the objective is to triple revenues, he will be overseeing developments in the Benelux and Scandinavian regions, and will also oversee the introduction of a new Partner Program in Europe.

"Stefano Torri is well placed to spearhead this strategic drive for expansion in Europe,” said Peter Strom, President and CEO of March Networks. “He has proven managerial skills and a deep knowledge of the European market and we strongly believe that he will implement this intense development program, which aims to achieve global market leadership, with great success.”

Stefano Torri joined March Networks in 2013, following his previous role as European Sales Director for VideoIQ Inc, a market leader in the Video Content Analytics sector. He has over twenty years of channel sales management experience in the IT and physical security/video-surveillance markets, including roles at Mobotix AG and Plasmon plc.

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In a brief interview Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, has explained the decision to invest in the development of a new generation of analogue cameras and recorders.

Q: Tim, at a time when IP network based video surveillance solutions are increasingly being specified for projects of all sizes, why has Samsung Techwin made what many will think is a surprising decision to introduce a new range of analogue products?
A: The widespread adoption of IP is inevitable and at Samsung Techwin we have been developing our open Platform WiseNetIII 1.3MP, 2MP and 3MP camera range, as well as our ‘zero configuration' NVRs that are changing the way we all work with IP based video surveillance.

There is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems. These maybe working well but the users may now wish to upgrade to achieve improved identification grade images, which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver; and the users are not ready for various reasons to migrate to a network based solution.
We have therefore introduced our new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras (1000TVL) and DVRs that are interoperable with the many thousands of existing analogue CCTV systems across Europe.

Q: Where do you think they are likely to be installed?
A: Anywhere there is a need for a highly competitively priced video monitoring solution but where the user does not wish to compromise on quality or functionality. Collectively the first eight new models are in fact designed to offer solutions for a wide range of application, and environments from offices, retail stores, schools, hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

Q: Do think the Beyond series is likely to be specified for new installations?
A: Although we have introduced the new cameras and domes with legacy systems in mind, we believe that the new cameras and DVRs will prove to be very popular with installers who are not as confident with network based solutions and where their customers do not at this time wish to invest in an IP infrastructure.

Q: What is so special about the Beyond analogue series?
A: Primarily it is the fact that they incorporate 1280H technology which offers users the opportunity to capture and record very high quality images at 1000TV lines. Equally important, the eight new cameras and domes are equipped as standard with innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

Q: Can you give some examples of this?
A: Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas, such as reception areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Q: Are the new cameras and DVRs compatible with all existing analogue systems?
A: Yes, the good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, and legacy analogue systems.

Q: With so many already on the market, was it really necessary for Samsung Techwin to introduce some new DVRs?
A: We did so to ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the new eight Beyond models and by this I mean that the new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs can simultaneously record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

We have also taken the opportunity to make the new DVRs are user friendly as possible. For example, they offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. They also have an individual camera loop-through feature and a simple HDD upgrade facility.

They also benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

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