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Brazilian Fire Department upgrades security with VIVOTEK cameras

Brazilian Fire Department upgrades security with VIVOTEK cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/30/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Upgrade the extant security system of the department
Bombeiros do Estado de São Paulo, a local fire department in São Paulo, Brazil, boasts a long and proud history of protecting its citizens. The primary missions of the fire department are the implementation of civil defense, fire prevention and elimination, search and rescue, and public aid in the state of São Paulo. Recently, a comprehensive security plan was devised to enhance the overall security of the fire department. A major aspect of the plan was to upgrade the extant security system of the department to not only improve the monitoring of external areas and the main entrance, but also support stationed guards in making their virtual rounds, decrease the risk of unknown attacks, and enhance the recording of daily activity outside the department.

The regional distributor Bellfone Distributor and local security system integrator Invert Systems were commissioned for the task. VIVOTEK cameras were the immediate choice of Bellfone Distributor and Invert Systems among numerous market-available brands because of their excellent quality and reliability. Alpha-Digi, VIVOTEK's national distributor in Brazil, plays an important role in supporting both system integrators' equipment procurement. To satisfy the requirements of the security plan, 44 VIVOTEK cameras were installed, comprising the IP8332, IP8335H, and FD8136 models, to upscale the entire security system within the department.

Excellent quality and reliability satisfy the requirements of the fire department
The project commenced on 27 March 2014, successfully installing 11*IP8332 models, 28* IP8335H models, and 5*FD8136 models in and around the department. The IP8335H network bullet camera is characterized by an HD WDR CMOS sensor for use in light-challenging conditions. The WDR Pro feature of the camera utilizes a double shutter technique to capture the dark and bright regions of an image, which are then combined to produce true-to-life images. The two frames are then combined to generate a highly realistic image. In short, the IP8335H is ideal for high contrast environments such as parking lots for fire-fighting service cars in this case.

The IP8332 camera features a removable IR-cut filters and IR illuminators that are effective up to 15 m. In addition, the camera is housed in a weatherproof casing, allowing it to withstand harsh or unstable weather conditions, rendering this model ideal for a variety of outdoor applications that require open angles. Subsequently, this camera model was deployed in numerous outdoor and patio areas around the department, and in the basement.

The FD8136 is a quite small network fixed dome camera. This model features Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, which makes installation quick and easy, and selectable focal lengths, which renders the model ideal for compact or enclosed spaces such as lifts.

In order to centralize and efficiently manage video at the fire department, VIVOTEK's professional central management software VAST was introduced. With intuitive functions and numerous features, the 44 cameras are well managed in a hierarchical system structure, enabling the monitoring, recording, playback and event trigger management with ease-of-use and efficient control.

Exponential Improvement of Security Infrastructure
Following the upscaling of the department's security system, relevant personnel have expressed that the project was a great success, and on-site security has improved exponentially. Stationed guards now have access to a comprehensive layout of the entire department from the monitoring room, making it easier to identify the weak points where patrols should be reinforced. With the responsibility of safeguarding the lives of countless citizens, Bombeiros do Estado de São Paulo, like all fire departments worldwide, is a hallmark for security. Protecting others is a persistent goal of the department, yet the safety of the premises is equally important. In this context, scaling suitable products that satisfy specific clients with a high level of strategic knowledge can be quite challenging. Nevertheless, VIVOTEK fulfilled all client demands, and all parties involved expressed a high level of satisfaction for the outcome of this project.

Iveda deploys Sentir Cloud Video Surveillance Platform in Japanese Data Center

Iveda deploys Sentir Cloud Video Surveillance Platform in Japanese Data Center

Editor / Provider: Iveda | Updated: 10/30/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Iveda has announced this week that it has successfully deployed Sentir into the cloud infrastructure of one of the largest data center operators in Japan. The data center will white label Iveda's innovative video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) to offer customers the ability to record, monitor and store video from any IP-enabled camera anywhere in the world. Iveda expects to recognize licensing revenue from the deployment once the data center officially launches the offering within the next few months.

The milestone marks Iveda's entry into the fast-growing Japanese market. The Company is partnering with SS Unit, a well-connected security consulting company, to oversee the deployment of Sentir and manage the day-to-day relationship with their data center relationship. SS Unit, in cooperation with the government, security guard industry and construction industry, has been rebuilding infrastructure in preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“Today's announcement is just another example of how Iveda is executing on our channel strategy of leveraging our local partners' longstanding relationships with large enterprises such as telcos, ISPs and data center operators to enter new markets in an efficient, cost-effective way,” said David Ly, CEO and chairman of Iveda. “With licensing agreements in place in Mexico, Philippines and now in Japan, service providers around the world are quickly recognizing the benefits of the Sentir platform.”

The data center conducted market surveys and a rigorous due diligence process, including visiting Iveda management at their booth at the International Security Conference in Las Vegas in April 2014 before selecting Sentir. The data center was attracted to the platform's scalability, software-defined storage system and true cloud plug-and-play features. The data center chose SS Unit to deliver this new technology because of their longstanding business relationship.

“This is all in preparation for a true cloud Video Surveillance as a Service market launch in Japan,” said Yasunori Uchikado, president of SS Unit. “I look forward to making a joint announcement with our customer as we finalize our plans to market VSaaS in Japan.”

Based in Yokohama, Japan, SS Unit is a total security solution company providing security systems and security consulting services to organizations. The principals of the company have been in the security technology industry and serving large enterprises for many decades.

“We were interested in working with Iveda because of the flexibility of Sentir's platform, its quick go-to-market strategy and the compelling economics. Because Sentir does not require upfront capital expenditures and charges a licensing fee for each camera activated, Iveda provides immediate positive cash flow to service providers with significant upside,” said Uchikado.

Iveda and SS-Unit have successfully broken into the Japanese market and are seeing strong interest and fast adoption of cloud-based applications in the country – video into the cloud is the next succession.

Data centers in Japan provide more than just hard infrastructure and lease colocation services. They also deploy and market applications to end users, ranging from consumers to enterprises to government entities. They provide data, telecommunications and other managed services.

Sentir will enable cloud management of IP cameras for the home and business, as well as other video applications such as in-car video streaming for municipal busses and law enforcement vehicles and body-worn camera video streaming using 3G and LTE data network.

VIVOTEK showcasing innovative surveillance solutions in Beijing

VIVOTEK showcasing innovative surveillance solutions in Beijing

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce its participation in the 11th Security China 2014 exhibition, which will take place from the 28th to the 31st of Oct at the China International Exhibition Center (New Center) in Beijing. VIVOTEK will display its latest technologies at Hall E2 Booth No. E56, allowing visitors first-hand experience of the latest surveillance systems. From 1994, Security China has been held biannually. Global security professionals and leading security companies see the exhibition as a perfect platform for exchanging market insights and technology advancements. More than 150,000 people attended the 10th Security China. This year, new topics such as anti-terrorism, police protection mechanisms, smart transportation and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be showcased, covering more comprehensive security solutions.

Continuing its innovative spirit, at Security China 2014 VIVOTEK will mainly focus on multi-faceted solutions, which are more comprehensive, more convenient, more intelligent and superior: 
* More Comprehensive: Fisheye network cameras are an innovative and cost-effective product as the fisheye lens allows for an increase in capture area with multiple viewing options, delivering panoramic view and significantly reducing the number of cameras used in a place. VIVOTEK developed comprehensive fisheye network cameras, including 4K x 2K fisheye network camera, innovative 5MP IR fisheye, ultra-mini fisheye camera. More variations are available in different resolutions.
* More Convenient: In order to ensure our clients' convenience when implementing a surveillance system, VIVOTEK provides our clients with various total solutions for diversified vertical applications, such as transportation solutions, retail solutions and PoE extender solutions.
* More Intelligent: With the evolution of computing technology, surveillance systems can be employed for applications other than security. VIVOTEK has just introduced the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. By adopting advanced algorithms, the network surveillance system is able to create more value and generate more benefits. VIVOTEK will present its first self-developed video content analysis (VCA) application package, which includes three key functions: Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting. In addition, heat map function, among others, can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras.
* Superior: To offer unparalleled visibility under low light conditions, VIVOTEK has designed cameras with SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) technology, ensuring the usability of images in any lighting conditions.

VIVOTEK sincerely invites you to visit VIVOTEK's booth at Security China 2014, exploring more VIVOTEK's capability in security technology and creating a smarter and safer world together.

Dahua launches 4K camera

Dahua launches 4K camera

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 10/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology officially introduces its first 4K network camera IPC-HF81200E, marching into UHD (Ultra HD) era.

Actually, 4K is not a new word, especially to the consumer electronics market. Defined and approval by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a 4K camera should offer resolution at 3840 x 2160 with high color fidelity in a 16:9 format using progressive scanning at 25/30 Hz.

In other words, a 4K camera provides four times the resolution of 1080p, rendering superior image detail and surprisingly exquisite colors, which is ideal for large area monitoring, such as parking lot, railway station, safe city and etc.

Dahua 4K camera IPC-HF81200E fully complies with the above standard, it adopts 12.0-Megapixel sensor, incorporating with high-performance DSP to provide extraordinary image quality. Meanwhile, the camera offers 12MP (4000 x 3000) at 15 fps and 4K at 30fps preview with a suggested bandwidth at 8Mbps, ensuring a smooth live view without network resource waste; in addition, the camera provides triple streams options to satisfy various demand in application.

The IPC-HF81200E also supports multi-functions such as ultra-defog, ROI and intelligently detections, including face detections, tripwire, intrusion and scene change, which can smartly send alerts to end-users when any suspicious incident or behavior detected.

For example, there are two-fold benefits to set an intrusion area at a gas station entrance: on one hand, stuff can immediately get to the refueling spot and serve the driver as the second he received the triggered alert, which directly increases profit; on the other hand, any hidden dangers such as smoking or phone call can be observed and stopped to further ensure the safety.

“Dahua is among the first manufacturers to introduce a 4K camera, making the UHD surveillance to something real,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua Technology. “Next year, we plan to render more selective possibilities to the market so that our customers can have more alternatives and find the right 4K camera to best meet their specific demands, and a high C/P ratio 4K camera will come out in this November.”

LILIN secures one of the largest university campus in China

LILIN secures one of the largest university campus in China

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Background
Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Zhongshan Sun, a great democratic revolutionary leader in the 20th century. The university, located in Guangdong Province, China, is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences. The university currently has over 82,384 students and 3,456 staffs.

To provide ubiquitous surveillance and ensure their safety are a top focus for the Sun Yat-sen University
Sun Yat-sen University is considered as one of the most important universities in China. The university recognized that a centralized approach to the maintenance and control would create safer campus environments. Security is a must to protect students and staffs on campus even though the campus area itself is relatively safe. The campuses comprise a total area of 500 acres, and, unfortunately, the old analogue system could not provide the appropriate video surveillance overview. After careful analyzing their needs, the university then decided to upgrade the outdated analogue cameras systems to advanced analogue CCTV systems and IP solutions from LILIN.

LILIN solutions
The school chose a mix of LILIN cameras including weatherproof IR analogue fixed cameras such as the CMR7488X3.6, PIH0648P, PIH0148P, and SP2128P speed domes. Also, day & night IPR712M fixed network camera, LR7022E L-series IR IP camera. These cameras were installed in the classrooms as well as common areas at Sun Yat-sen University to secure the 3 campuses — Guangzhou South campus, Guangzhou North campus, and Guangzhou East campus. Altogether, 189 analogue cameras, IP based cameras, and speed domes were utilized.

IP products installed
* Day & Night 720P HD IR IP Camera – IPR712M *28
* Day & Night 1080P HD IR IP Camera – LR7022E *23
* 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 16 Channel Standalone NVR — NVR116*4
* 8-port PoE switch – POE080130 *4

Analogue cameras installed
* Ultra-high Sensitivity 40M IR Camera – PIH0148P *48
* 30M IR Camera – PIH-0648P *18
* 12X Super High Resolution IR Fast Dome Camera – SP2128 *4
* D/N ATR 700TVL Vari-Focal IR Camera – CMR7488X3.6 *68

Results
LILIN video solution provides many benefits for Sun Yat-sen University – superior image quality from both LILIN analogue and IP cameras, and future-proof standalone Linux based Network Video Recorders NVR116s to effectively monitor the entire university campuses. These IP cameras offer a wide range of advantages, such as high performance, superb HD quality resolution video, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and day & night functionality. LILIN cameras are able to cover a large area with no loss of image resolution that is which especially beneficial for such large sized campuses. Cameras from LILIN with megapixel and high definition feature so that the university able to obtain detailed footages for finding lost items or identifying people.


* ☑ Clear images for finding lost items
* ☑ Help to identify people with detailed footages
* ☑ Highly intuitive NVR recorder

 

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Dahua announces HD over Coax 2.0 with HDCVI Gen II cameras

Dahua announces HD over Coax 2.0 with HDCVI Gen II cameras

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 10/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua introduces HDCVI Gen II cameras, taking a step up into HD over Coax 2.0 era. “HD over Coax 2.0 is a concept but also a fact that Dahua plays a leading role in HD analogue innovation,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “The inspiring market acceptance and feedback drive us to keep innovative to bring out more benefits to the market.”

HDCVI Gen II camera features high performance sensor and Dahua in-house chipset DH5000, which combines Image Signal Processor (ISP) and TX chipset, rendering an impressive performance improvement. The new cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images at 1080p and 720p, but also an outstanding night visual effect.

Moreover, their wider dynamic range can better cope with places of strong lighting contrast. Meanwhile, Gen II inherits convenient functions of previous HDCVI models, such as HD/SD switch and OSD menu.

As for camera types, in addition to the fixed lens cameras, the CVI family adds 2.7mm to 12mm motorized (-Z) and vari-focal (-VF) series this time to further meet the market demand. As for motorized ones, which have been expected for a long time by the market, Dahua adopts optimized algorithm to realize faster and more accurate focus for instant and convenient adjustment.

On top of that, there are seven models in total in various designs, including eye-balls, IR-bullet and domes with IP66 waterproof and IK10 vandal-resistance helps cameras to withstand strict environment condition and sabotages.

HDcctv Allinace HDCVI 2.0 standard is based on HDCVI technology, which is to say, Dahua dedicates to a 100% sure plug ‘n' play remote control of any camera from any compliant DVR among manufacturers. “Dahua advocates interoperability, and the cooperation with HDcctv Alliance accelerates the development to HD, which, undoubtedly, helps our growing customer to enjoy more of the benefits of HD surveillance,” Shen added. The latest HDCVI family will be displayed at Security China 2014 from 28th October to 1st November.

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s International | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

The overarching view in the security industry right now is that IP, which employs a network infrastructure and offers HD video, will one day replace analog solutions, which have defined video surveillance for half a century. For analog players, who are seeing declines in sales and revenue, they must find ways to regain their former dominance in the industry. HD-overcoaxial solutions, which deliver HD video over users' existing coaxial cabling, represent their ultimate battle for survival amidst the IP invasion.

Ever since 960H and HD-SDI emerged in 2011, video surveillance players have been trying to find solutions that enhance the quality of CCTV, which remains the mainstream surveillance technology. Analog cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, and they still dominate the market with 70 to 80 percent of market share. However, IP cameras are threatening the very existence of analog players, who are seeing a steady revenue decline. Against this backdrop, analog players seeking to survive have put intensive efforts into the R&D of high-resolution HD-over-coaxial solutions. HDCVI, HDTVI, ccHDtv, and AHD are the products of those efforts.

Any HD-over-coaxial solution, be it 960H, HD-SDI, HDCVI, HDTVI, AHD, and ccHDtv, must be easy to use over the end user's legacy coaxial cable. HD transmission should be achieved using 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) coaxial cable without quality loss, and the traditional distance barrier of 100 to 200 meters must be overcome. The solution must incur no extra cost for installation or upgrade, resist quality loss over a long distance, and enable easy upgrade to megapixel-level HD surveillance. Further, it must be high in quality and competitive in price to gain a stronger foothold in vertical markets. In summary, for a solution to be called HD-over-coaxial, six basic requirements must be met:

1. It must have high video clarity and color separation, as well as high signal filtering, noise reduction, and image restoration capabilities;

2 .As HD-over-coax is claimed as a breakthrough technology, it must be able to transmit signals for a longer distance over existing coaxial cable;

3 .The solution must not be subject to latency, compression-related quality loss, or any compromise to video quality;

4 The backend equipment must be compatible with the 960H format, and future compatibility with analog splitters and matrix systems must be considered;

5. HD-over-coax must be easy to use and operate and allow settings on both frontend and backend equipment;

6. Any solution must have low cost and high quality.

There are HD-over-coaxial DVRs that can support both 960H and 720/1080p. These are called hybrid HD DVRs. There are even HD DVRs that are bolstered by Intersil's decoder chip and the TCP/IP interface to support 960H, 720p/1080p, and IP signals. These are called Tri-brid HD DVRs.

Compare and contrast between solutions
HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD share one thing in common: as opposed to 960H that uses the CCD sensor, HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD use the megapixel-level CMOS or Exmor CMOS sensor. The purpose is to capture HD images at the source level. Among manufacturers of CMOS sensors are Sony, Omnivision, Pixelplus, and BYD. The formation of images differs slightly according to brand.

Another similarity as far as components are concerned is the use of an image signal processor (ISP) in conjunction with the sensor. This device ultimately determines the final image displayed by HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD solutions. The chipset could be integrated into the sensor module or into the transceiver at the backend of the HDCVI, HDTVI, or AHD camera. Image signal processors, whose manufacturers include Sony, Fullhan, Nextchip, and Eyenix, process and enhance images formed by the sensor. As ISPs of different companies are designed differently, they have different ways of handling backlight compensation, WDR noise reduction, and the 3As, namely auto white balance, auto exposure, and auto focus.

One final thing that the solutions have in common is the presence of a signal transceiver, which produces different signal formats based on the technology in question, namely HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD. Regardless of the technology, these transceivers are similar in that they combine signal augmentation, voltage augmentation, and MCU all in one device and emit signals over different transmission distances. There is also a circuit switch that allows cameras to switch between HD-over-coaxial and CVBS output.

All HD-over-coaxial signals travel through coaxial cables, which can be 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) for transmission of between 300 and 500 meters. Among the things that set them apart are the codec engine, which is made by TI, Hisilicon, or Grain Media, and the performance of ISP processing.

Application in verticals
Based on how things look right now, to popularize HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD and widen their reach in different verticals, it seems manufacturers still have lots of publicity and marketing to do. In fact, I still have doubts over their market acceptance beyond the banking, financial, and retail verticals, as 960H and HD-SDI themselves are still mostly deployed in retail, banking, and education. It is my hope that fiber optic providers can develop and commercialize HD-over-coaxial interfaces, so that HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD can go beyond small and medium implementations and find their way into city and highway surveillance, which requires HD and real-time video transmission.

Currently, there aren't any credible or authoritative figures on the market acceptance toward HDCVI, HDTVI and AHD. Yet, marketing strategies differ according to manufacturers and their OEM partners. Based on our observation, a lack of understanding of the different solutions is the biggest obstacle that manufacturers need to deal with right now.

Opportunities and future development
HD and intelligence are future development trends that analog players seeking to upgrade their HD products future, advances in CMOS, ISP, and transceivers will cause HD-over-coaxial surveillance to become a norm. Applications in different verticals will also become more noticeable. In security, there is a notion that IP will replace analog. But this will not happen anytime soon, and HD-over-coaxial marks the effort by analog players to at least slow the IP invasion and analog's decline. In the end, maybe there is a purpose for the existence of these solutions.


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A new image for city Maceió

A new image for city Maceió

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Axis network cameras help Alagoas' government reduce crime rates, identify unregistered vehicles and raise driver awareness.

Mission
The Secretary of State for Social Protection has taken on the challenge of fighting crime and reducing violence and traffic accidents. Its investments have included the expansion of the number of local and military police and the installation of video surveillance systems, not only in the capital, but also in cities in the interior of Alagoas.

Solution
A total of 125 AXIS Q6034-E, AXIS P1354-E and AXIS P1344-E Network Cameras were installed across 26 of Maceio's 50 districts. These models include mobile cameras that can pan 360° and fixed cameras for reading license plates, which are considered one of the more advanced features of the project. The system also uses the SecurOS video management software solution from Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), an Axis partner, and uses Eyes Nwhere for OCR, along with HP storage servers and Enterasys core switches.

Result
The cameras installed in Alagoas have boosted the agility of security force activities. The video surveillance center allows effective monitoring of Social Defense intelligence targets in the fight against organized crime. Thanks to their HD quality, these images can be used as evidence in police investigations involving various types of crimes. And crime rates have been falling.

Optimizing human resources
According to the Core Unit of the Social Defense Integrated Operations Centers, when a camera records an incident the response procedure starts with the work of the camera operator monitoring a certain location. A supervisor is informed and they immediately engage the operations center. At the operations center, teams can use ten high resolution screens and individual computers to display everything that is happening at key strategic points around the city.

The supervisor is also responsible for defining what kind of public safety personnel (firefighters, military police or local police) are to be sent to the incident. Depending on the incident, images can be shared with other security agencies after undergoing an internal review. So the cameras optimize the use of public resources and serve the needs of the population.
The same thing happens at bars and restaurants that have a “panic button”, which is used in dangerous situations. When it is pushed, it triggers an alarm in the Military Police operations center - following a cooperation agreement between the Maceió Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel) and police headquarters. The entire 125-camera project includes mobile cameras that can pan 360º and fixed cameras that are ideal for reading license plates. The design uses 98 AXIS Q6034-E PTZ Network Cameras, along with 22 AXIS P1344-E and five AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras, all with high definition resolution.

License plate reading
One of the main advantages of the project is its ability to monitor traffic so as to ensure good traffic flow and keep an eye out for accidents and crashes.
Cameras operate along the main roads in and out of the city with the support of radio operators, and the images are monitored at the Municipal Transport and Traffic Division headquarters.
The license plate cameras allow plates to be crosschecked against a database of stolen vehicles and can identity vehicles that have not paid their registration fees.

Homicides on the decline
“One of the biggest technical challenges of this project was to put the first phase on-line in 30 days. We needed to install 20 cameras and 100 km of fiber optics, set up the entire server infrastructure, and remodel the Control Center. We had to increase the number of staff in the field to get the work done on time,” says Edson J. Pires, Eyes Nwhere Director of Projects and Products.
Police statistics are already revealing the outcomes of the project. Intelligence from the State Department of Social Defense shows the drop in homicides in the state is due “to operations and measures taken by the state government in fighting crime”, through measures that include “the added value of technology used in this initiative, including video surveillance in the capital and elsewhere in the state,” a government official said. Amilton de Lucca, CEO of Eyes Nwhere said that sharing images among various agencies and coordinating the work of the government plays an essential role in achieving a significant reduction in violence. “In the places where the Axis cameras were installed, crimes has fallen by as much as 70 %. The population is feeling much safer,” explains Amilton.
The images of public roads are also helping to raise residents' awareness of traffic laws. Maceió's Superintendent of Transportation and Traffic has released videos captured by Axis cameras showing serious accidents on Maceió's main roads, such as Av. Durval de Goés Monteiro and Fernandes Lima—such as a scene where a vehicle runs a red light and collides with another. In making the videos public, the Secretariat said that “many accidents could be prevented and lives saved if drivers drove more carefully.”

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products recently conducted a series of technology events in Spain. The multi-day sessions hosted in late September and October provided educational opportunities to dealers, integrators, monitoring stations and their customers on both current products and new technologies implemented by Tyco Security Products.

These free events allowed more than 150 participants to meet with the sales and technical teams from the various Tyco Security Products brands, partake in discussions, and provide feedback on the company's offerings, integration plans and product roadmap. Live demonstrations of security solutions from Tyco Security Products alarm and intrusion brands (DSC, Sur-Gard, Visonic, and Bentel Security,) as well as access control brands for video surveillance (CEM Systems,Kantech, American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies) complemented the presentations.

“With stops in Madrid and Barcelona we brought the latest product information directly to our customers and provided them the ability to experience first hand the many synergies within our portfolio,” said Ángel Vázquez, Regional Sales Director – Europe, Tyco Security Products. “Offering an up-close look at these technologies that span access control, video and intrusion, attendees were able to determine how best to configure a state-of-the-art security system, whether for their clients or for their own business.”

The meetings highlighted several product introductions, including PowerSeries Neo from DSC, the industry's most comprehensive hybrid intrusion detection system, Visonic's innovative PowerMaster 33 wireless intrusion system, and the ABSOLUTA 3.5 G3 intrusion panel from Bentel. In access control, the innovative Intevo Compact platform from Kantech offers integrated access control, video and intrusion to the small and medium business market. American Dynamics presented its growing portfolio of IP HD cameras, including the cost-effective Illustra Flex series, the Illustra Compact series for discrete surveillance and the 180 to 360-degree Illustra 825 fisheye camera for active surveillance environments as well as the powerful victor and VideoEdge 4.5 network video management solution. Sur-Gard displayed the SG System 5, a new IP and analog compatible monitoring receiver. From Exacq Technologies, attendees experienced the exacqVision Edge solution, a full-featured server software that runs directly on an IP camera or encoder without the need for a separate server.

Luxurious lighthouse B&B deployed VIVOTEK camera

Luxurious lighthouse B&B deployed VIVOTEK camera

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/21/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Equip the Britain's most famous inhabited lighthouse with a robust and flexible security solution
The Belle Tout Lighthouse is a decommissioned lighthouse and British landmark located at Beachy Head, East Sussex. The lighthouse has been coined "Britain's most famous inhabited lighthouse" because of its breathtaking location and numerous televised appearances. In 2008, the lighthouse was purchased by David and Barbara Shaw, whom engaged in a 2-year, £1.2 million renovation project to convert the landmark into a luxurious bed and breakfast (B&B). Since then, the Belle Tout Lighthouse has achieved the second highest rating on Tripadvisor for the Eastbourne region and received several certificates of excellence. Moreover, the Belle Tout Lighthouse website accumulates approximately 100,000 visitors a year, the bulk of which are potential visitors and interested media.

Reputation and publicity are key factors that govern the sustainability of B&Bs. For accommodation-based businesses, reputation can be maintained by improving the overall safety of the establishment; whereas the sharing of those beautiful scenes around the place is the primary method of gaining publicity. In this context, Rob Wassell, writer, lighthouse enthusiast and IT expert, adopted VIVOTEK's network cameras in the effort to satisfy both factors. In addition, the solution must be extremely robust and flexible to withstand harsh outdoor and erosive conditions and to capture quality images that not are only attractive to visitors, but also clear-cut to identify potential risks.

Live viewing the magnificent scenery online
Based on the client's requirement, VIVOTEK created a solution comprising two state-of-the-art bullet-style network cameras - the IP8332-C and the IP8332. Regarding camera specifications, the IP8332 and the IP8332-C are relatively similar. Both cameras feature a 1MP CMOS capable of capturing video at 1280×800 resolution at 30 FPS, and removable IR-cut filters and IR illuminators (effective range of 15M) for surveillance under low-light conditions. The primary difference between the two models is the mounting bracket featured on the IP8332-C for cable protection. Moreover, both cameras are encased in an IP66-rated housing and weatherproof casing to withstand the rain and dust.

The cameras were installed on the east (IP8332) and west (IP8332-C) side of the lighthouse, and the video feeds were linked to the lighthouse's website. Potential visitors could then log on to the website and take a firsthand glimpse of the magnificent scenery of Beachy Head, such as the panoramic English Channel or the enigmatic Seven Sisters. In addition, management also employed the cameras as a monitoring mechanism to guard against vandalism, avoid potential hazards, and ensure visitors receive a world-class experience 24 hours a day.

The versatility and the excellent quality made VIVOTEK's solution a great success
Rob Wassell asserted, “The VIVOTEK solution is a great success. The versatility of the IP8332 and the IP8332-C supports a wide range of applications, such as video recording, snapshot recording, and writing to NAS or FTP. In fact, with so many configurable options, this solution has been able to satisfy all my needs. Having used numerous brands in the past, the VIVOTEK camera has outperformed each and every one of them in terms of workmanship, reliability, security, ease-of-use, and quality. There has yet to be a requirement that VIVOTEK cannot fulfill.”


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