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LILIN helps hydroelectric power plant migrate from analog to IP based video surveillance system

LILIN helps hydroelectric power plant migrate from analog to IP based video surveillance system

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Mission
Hydroelectric power plant sites are usually spread across a wide area. A dependable surveillance solution is needed to ensure the safety and efficient operation of the plant. LILIN's IP video technology provides remote monitoring for Jatiluhur hydroelectric power plant in Jakarta, Indonesia. This innovative IP video solution was designed by LILIN's reseller partner in Indonesia – 21CCTV.

 

 

Migration from analogue to IP
Due to the limited scalability of the original analogue CCTV system, the Jatiluhur hydroelectric power plant had implemented as migration to IP based video surveillance utilizing the LILIN IPR712M and IPS8286 network cameras with corrosion resistant protection feature in providing greater resistance to hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) and able to withstand the high humid and extreme climate of hydro power plant as the core of the digital solution.

Minimum bandwidth requirements
The ability to transmit high quality video images over large distances with minimum bandwidth requirements is the key to the success of this hydroelectric power plant monitoring project. The LILIN NVR controls all the plant's IP video surveillance cameras, it is reliable and easy-to-use in the plant's operational safety and overall security.

Solutions
In order to achieve centralized monitoring management for its hydroelectric pipelines, more than 15 LILIN IPR712M IP cameras equipped with vandal-proof enclosures have been installed at the Jatiluhur hydro power plant. The cameras are all IP-based and are connected to the command center via a fiber optic LAN and wireless Point-to-Point (PtP) bridging connectors.

System Structure (site A):
* Outdoor IP66 weather rated IP cameras – IPR712M *11
* Network Video Recorder (NVR) – NVR116 *1
* 1080P HD video decoder – VD022 *1
* Wireless Point-to-Point bridging connector *8

System Structure (site B):
* Network Video Recorder (NVR) – NVR109 *1
* 26X Day & Night WDR 650TVL Speed Dome IP Camera (Outdoor) – IPS8268 *1
* Outdoor IP66 weather rated IP cameras – IPR712M *4

High risk areas HD cameras were required to provide video evidence when required. LILIN cameras are located in all areas of the plant – the upper river area of the reservoir, the main dam, hydraulic turbine floor, and flood gate area. The LILIN IPS8268 day & night PTZ dome camera is used for general/patrol surveillance of open areas, and the LILIN Pro series day/night IP based fixed camera, IPR712M, is used for specific objects that need constant video surveillance at the plant. LILIN IP cameras support Power over Ethernet (PoE), which greatly reduces construction costs.

LILIN video solutions provide:
* A high-dependability solution
* Autonomous management of the control system
* Monitor the hydro power plant from a single point
* IP based cameras & networking
* Power over Ethernet (PoE)

 

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

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Axis introduces out-of-the-box-ready recording solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series comprises three out-of-the-box-ready desktop and rack-server models. The new series offers recording solutions that will simplify installation and setup for mid-sized installations such as schools, industries and larger retail stores that require a feature-rich system for high-definition surveillance.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series. AXIS Camera Station is preloaded on high-quality servers and configured to perfectly match Axis' wide range of network cameras, providing both ease of installation and reliability.

“Axis continuously develops innovative products and solutions in order to optimize our customer's businesses. AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series presents packaged, plug and play solutions that help our customers easily get up and running with their mid-sized video surveillance installation,” says Regional Country Manager, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi.

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series consists of:
* AXIS S1016, workstation model for use in office environments for installations up to 16 video channels
* AXIS S1032, rack server model for installations of up to 32 video channels
* AXIS S1048, rack server model for installations of up to 48 video channels

AXIS Camera Station video management software is pre-installed. The software offers an intuitive user interface with features to meet the demand for effective and active surveillance such as a flexible live view layout, site maps, powerful event configuration, efficient alarm management and responsive PTZ control. System settings such as camera and storage are configured to further simplify system setup and maximize performance.

Hardware components such as hard-discs, graphic card and CPUs, as well as storage capacity are optimized to meet the demands for reliable high-definition surveillance. To further safeguard system uptime, the package includes hardware and software support for three years.

Further features of AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series include:
* Pre-installed system software such as Windows 7
* The recorders are easily scalable with additional AXIS Camera Station licenses
* Support for multiple screens
* AXIS Camera Station S9001 Desktop Terminal available as an option

AXIS Camera Station S10 Recorder Series is expected to be available in the US, Canada in October and in EU countries in December 2014 through Axis' distribution channels. Suggested retail price for AXIS S1016 is $3999, AXIS S1032 is $10999 and AXIS S1048 is $15999.

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

From 18th to 20th January INTERSEC 2015 in Dubai will showcase the latest technologies in Commercial & Information Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health. Bosch Security Systems will display its full range of security, safety and communications products as well as solutions for stadiums, airports, energy & utilities and hotels in Saeed Hall 1, booth S1-H18.

 

 

Our product highlights
Video Surveillance Systems:
Punishing winds, relentless rain, temperatures that drop far below zero - no matter how severe the conditions get, a surveillance operation must go on without interruptions. The MIC IP 7000 HD family is developed by Bosch for these extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, meaning they can be used at temperatures from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius and humidity of up to 100 percent. They are also resistant to rain, snow, dust, wind and powerful vibrations. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. Even in extreme low light conditions (down to 0.01 lux) the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD provides HD images and clear color images where other cameras would have already switched to monochrome. The MIC IP 7000 HD family provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, highways and critical infrastructures.

With DINION IP ultra 8000 MP, Bosch is setting new standards in the field of wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. The DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons.

The DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit from Bosch makes professional video surveillance easy for everyone. Many small and medium business owners would feel safer with a professional video surveillance system to secure their personnel and property. However in reality, the vast majority of solutions that are available are beyond most people's technical capabilities. Now Bosch has revolutionized the market with the DIVAR IP 2000 – a cutting edge video recording system offering the ability to create a video surveillance solution with professional security features that is both easy to install and easy to use. All it takes is installing the IP cameras, connecting them to the DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit and going to its web address to start the configuration. Its intuitive set-up wizard guides through a few quick steps to get the system up and running. There is no need to be an IP specialist; the system is ready to go in about 15 minutes to record everything that happens on a premises.

With the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), operators can always playback or view live video and rely on continuous recording, even if network components and the servers fail. This is enabled by an Operator Client that streams video directly from the cameras and storage whilst running independently from the Management server. With edge recording and ANR (automatic network replenishment), recording is guaranteed even when the system is down. This unique build-in resilience is protecting the system against critical failures. This is “Maximize system availability”.

Fire detection System:
The AVENAR detector 4000 with the new eSMOG feature provides constant monitoring of environmental electromagnetic conditions. This combines unsurpassed reliability with an outstanding detection performance.

The AVENAR detector 4000 features Bosch's proven ISP technology (Intelligent Signal Processing) through which all sensor signals are processed continuously by smart algorithms using neuronal networks. This results in best in class differentiation between real fires and disturbance values. The detector series also includes models with the innovative Dual Ray technology.

Intrusion detection System:
The Modular Alarm Platform “MAP 5000” is a flexible intrusion alarm system – covering up to 1,500 addresses, 500 areas and 1,000 users per system. It is tailored for medium sized applications up to high end projects such as airports or other transportation premises. The system allows for expansion at any time in the project and is backed up with a secure, fast and robust addressable bus technology “Local Security Network”.

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It's only been the last few years since the smart home sector has picked up widespread attention. Sensing such explosive growth, Taiwan traditional security camera makers and component suppliers have all jumped on the bandwagon, all hoping to grab a share of the global market. To date, Taiwan's export destinations of smart home products have spanned across major markets in the US and Europe, with most of their businesses channeled through telcos, distributors, retailers, solution providers, and project-based SIs.

By having a rich experience in working with European smart home brands, Huang of Philio observed some key popular items – the combination of good designed product appearance, stable technology and safety certification assured. “Too-cute designed products can be regarded as toys in some markets. Clean and light design is preferable now when talking about business prospect. Also, safety certification is a must-have for European partners,” he said, adding that Philio also aims for the US market in 2015.

Dextech, a company who has been providing the entire ecosystem of smart home items that include cloud servers, software app and firmware development, said it is also targeting two of the world's biggest markets – Europe and the US.

However, there are still those who see vast potential in emerging markets, notably South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“Our business scope encompasses ‘ROW', or simply, rest of world,” Dr. Chen of Skywatch said, adding that their customers now include Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Dominican Republic and Panama.

“Although Quadrant's target markets are the US, Western Europe and Southeast Asia, we also hope to reach to markets in Africa, Eastern Europe and China with the launch of our new products,” said Quandrant's product marketing director Debby Chen.

Quadrant is in the production of consumer video monitoring with wireless technology and cloud service. Since 1999 it has built its reputation by making quality memory and camera modules for the aftermarket, distribution and reseller channels.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

For some, user experience is a new catchphrase. Slowly but surely smart home makers in Taiwan are grasping the concept of user experience. Thanks to years of export experience and regular interaction with their customers, they have come to understand that user experience is all the aspects of how people use an interactive product: the way it feels in their hands, how well they understand how it works, how they feel about it while they're using it, and how well it fits into the entire context in which they are using it.

GKB is launching a smart home solution on a camera (SoC) called Aetherlink to its global market. Aetherlink is the result of the integration of reliable software, customized sensors, and app that allows you to have a sense of complete control,” said Anna Hsiung of GKB Security.

According to Philio Technology CEO James Huang, simplicity is very important in smart home. To date, most of smart home products are still complicated to general users in the mass market. “We are in the very early days of smart home. Perhaps only gadget lovers enjoy and understand smart home products. As an original maker, we have to simplify the user experience of smart home product as much as possible.”

Philio designs and manufactures Z-Wave based smart home solutions, ranging from PIR sensors, controller, gateway to software & app design. By far, Philio's products are utilized in DIY kits and professional system integration projects.

Meanwhile, given the breakneck price competition within the DIY markets, some Taiwan makers believe that Taiwan can play a big part in the SI market to create a niche under the notable MIT moniker.

“Due to the stagnant US economy whereby new construction of apartments and condos are springing up everywhere, it is about the right time to enter the market,” said Unitech CEO Pete Chen.

“For integrated smart home, most traditional main players in the US market are still in SIs, for single devices or sub-systems such as security, smart plugs, IP cameras, and so forth.”

Chen said 2015 is another milestone year for Unitech to go global, both product portfolio and market penetration. It is unveiling series of new products targeted at SIs and VADs (value-added distributors.) The products include “Elfin Home & Community”, “Elfin T&A,” “MoboBell” for remote doorbell featuring apps for consumer smartphones and tablets, and “Rainbow”, a system management console.

Also aimed at top tier markets is Lilin, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software with over 30 years of experience. The company is currently working with Control4 in the US market.

“Taiwan has its strengths in the project (installer) market, and although our prices are higher, customers in the US and Europe will still consider Taiwan because of our quality,” said Lilin global marketing manager Chris Hsu.

Hsu said thanks to Taiwan maker's international presence over the years, they are able to understand better the demands of overseas markets, and can provide a faster feedback.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cloud computing is a key contributor in innovative application towards the internet of things (IoT). This trend is gradually taking form, which will bring forth new challenges for enterprises in business models and innovations.

StarVedia president Jeffrey Wu explained that the IoT is the next stage of evolution for information and communications technology (ICT), and that Taiwan's cloud service capability will put it ahead of its competitors.

StarVedia currently offers one-stop-shop for OEM and ODM (GUI and back-end infrastructure.) The company is launching its own “YesCam” brand in a bid to tap into the Chinese market. Wu said their Wi-Fi module is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), beginning from material and design to production.

When it comes to software powerhouse, D-Link is one of the many shining examples to be reckoned in Taiwan.

D-Link, a leading global networking solutions provider for enterprise and consumer markets, has in the last 2 years endeavored to provide a fully-integrated, easy to use smart solution for the masses. Their smart home lineup includes network cameras, gateways, routers, smart plugs, sensors, cloud service, and app.

With D-Link's software ingenuity, the company has spent two years in the development of their own cloud service, named aptly the “D-Link Cloud,” which is a revolutionary product series comprising of D-Link cloud router, cloud camera, and cloud storage products. The Mydlink Home app works in conjunction with their cloud service.

Also, JSW is a renowned wireless solution provider based in Taiwan, with products ranging from digital wireless security systems and network cameras to video door phones and home control gateways/sensors, including Cloud and app solutions. Their wide-ranging services encompass the security sector, home safety, agricultural vehicles and front/backend S/W related solutions.

According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating “intelligence” to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.

As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time - new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, - the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.

“Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,” Dr. Yeh said.

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Made-in-Taiwan shines under the spotlight
Taiwan creates value through innovation & user experience
Going global with top-tier Taiwan products & services
The powerhouse of product customization by Taiwan suppliers

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Axis announces innovative surveillance solution with full 360° overview and detailed zoom

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, announces AXIS Q6000-E, an outdoor-ready 360° network camera that integrates seamlessly with the AXIS Q60-E Series of PTZ dome network cameras, providing a unique surveillance solution. 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. This makes the AXIS Q6000-E ideal for city surveillance applications such as monitoring of public squares and parking lots, as well as food courts in shopping malls and other open areas.

“The AXIS Q6000-E addresses the need for a simple way to monitor a wide area and, simultaneously, be able to optical zoom in on details,” says Regional Country Manager of Axis Communications, Mr. Ivan Tjahjadi. “The seamless integration with AXIS Q60-E Series of outdoor PTZ cameras provides a smart, innovative and space-efficient solution offering new and unique video surveillance possibilities.”

This new product will open up new opportunities to solve a common problem, for example in the city surveillance field where there is a need for both a PTZ camera to provide detail, and for a full overview camera to cover the entire area. A single click on any object in AXIS Q6000-E, using the one-click PTZ control feature, will trigger the AXIS Q60-E allowing operators to optically zoom in on the specific object of interest. The use of two screens gives a full 360° overview from AXIS Q6000-E, and a zoomed-in view from AXIS Q60-E, providing operators with a high level of detail while simultaneously being able to maintain an overview of the entire monitored area.

AXIS Q6000-E provides multiple, individually configurable video streams in H.264 compression to greatly optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Motion JPEG is also supported for increased flexibility.

Any AXIS Q60- E camera is quickly and easily mounted inside the AXIS Q6000-E, allowing also existing AXIS Q60-E installations to be upgraded to monitor wide areas, while simultaneously capturing every detail of interest, with just one click. There's no need for any mounting brackets or extra equipment as AXIS Q6000-E uses the same brackets and network cable as the AXIS Q60-E, minimizing time and cost of installation. Furthermore, AXIS Q6000-E is supplied with Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) through AXIS Q60-E, eliminating the need for power cables.

AXIS Q6000-E is supported by the industry's largest base of video management software through the Axis Application Development Partner Program. The camera includes support for AXIS Camera Companion, AXIS Camera Application Platform, ONVIF specification for interoperability of network video products and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS) with One-Click Camera Connection. AXIS Q6000-E is planned to be available in Q4 2014 through Axis distribution channels.

Tyco Security Products adds Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet

Tyco Security Products adds Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet

Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Tyco Security Products, part of Tyco, introduces the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet Camera, an ideal video solution for small to mid-size businesses in need of reliable, affordable outdoor surveillance.

The Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera provides exceptional video quality within a small framework, making it appropriate for indoor or outdoor active surveillance situations where the camera needs to blend into the environment. With 1080p resolution for crisp, clear high-definition video, the camera provides various viewing angles, including a horizontal view and a corridor mode to capture video in narrow hallways or other areas where the traditional landscape format won’t do.

Using a built-in IR LED, the camera delivers useable video surveillance in a variety of lighting conditions. Its wide dynamic range further minimizes the impact on surveillance video caused by glare and high-contrast scenes.

“The combination of illuminator and true day/night functionality enables the Illustra 610 Compact IP Mini-Bullet camera to stay focused in changing light situations, delivering quality video surveillance even in total darkness," said Julian Inman, Product Marketing Manager, Video, EMEA, for Tyco Security Products. “It’s a great addition to our rapidly growing Illustra HD IP Camera range that provides industry-leading versatility and ease of use in an economical package.”

Multiple streams of H.264 and MJPEG compression ensure excellent image clarity with controlled bandwidth usage. A built-in micro SD/SDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored on a memory card. Also, when triggered, the embedded motion detection sensor in the camera can send an alert to the operator or an email to any address or handheld device.

The ONVIF-compliant camera configures quickly using the free Illustra Connect software that ships with all Illustra cameras. The software is designed to simplify network discovery and configuration, thus saving hours of installation time. The camera is also factory focused, eliminating the need for additional time at installation.

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as “CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year"

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

As the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination PTZ network camera. Hikvision DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) delivers full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras

Hikvision's ultra-low-light surveillance DarkFighter PTZ camera has been nominated as a finalist for "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year" in ISFEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images down to 0.0005Lux and the delivery of full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras. As well as opening up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance, it is the ideal replacement for conventional IP network cameras.

According to Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, "We are very pleased to see the DarkFighter camera's ultra-low-light sensitivity and unique Smart detection technologies rewarded with this nomination. Competition for these industry-leading awards was very fierce this year with a record number of entries received and our being shortlisted as a finalist is a testament both to the outstanding qualities of the DarkFighter camera and to the innovative approach Hikvision takes to the global CCTV surveillance market."

Award - Winning Specifications
The DarkFighter camera features a two-megapixel, 1.9 inch high definition progressive scan CMOS image sensor. Together with a 120 dB WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the camera is capable of streaming video in full 1080p HD, with 23X optical zoom.

The camera features a wide range of Smart detection features, including Face Detection, Intrusion Detection, Line Crossing Detection and Audio Exception. These features, combined with an IR distance of up to 200 metres, defog ability; Smart Tracking and Electronic Image Stabilisation place the DarkFighter head and shoulders above other PTZ and IP cameras.

MPEG4, MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported and the camera features multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. With support for ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, the new camera also offers quick and easy integration with other video surveillance equipment and systems. The DarkFighter is also protected by an IP66 rating against rain and dust, making it the perfect candidate for deployment in challenging outdoor environments both day and night.

The Security and Fire Excellence Awards final will take place on Thursday, 27th November 2014 at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London.

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Casino x VCA say no to wrong doers

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s International | Updated: 11/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Everyone knows what surveillance cameras in casinos are for, but no one really worries about them unless they have something to hide, and for people who do, they hide it well. No longer do casinos bet solely on security cameras to spot crime ongoing in their premises, with video content analysis (VCA) to detect any unusual incidents, the house will always win.

Casino get thousands of visitors on a daily basis, and with people bustling in and out of the premises, it gets hard to keep track of what is going on. Cameras are employed to cover every inch of the property to ensure there is no unlawful activity or accidents. However, with all the video coverage, it is impossible to expect humans to not miss a single frame that could lead to suspicious activity when monitoring the casino.

Most common threats in casinos
Although casinos have gaming regulations that are implemented for safety measures, law enforcement employed to fight crime, and surveillance cameras on every gaming table, there are still people out there who believe rules are there to be broken. According to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, approximately 500 people are arrested each year for attempting to cheat at casinos in the state of Nevada, U.S., and out of the total number of arrested, nearly a third of those arrests are casino employees. This staggering fact has urged casinos to be more aware of their security, as even insiders cannot resist the lure of “easy money.”

VCA is not just the eye in the sky
Perhaps it is because of the large amounts of cash situated on the premises, but casinos have always been a natural target for criminal activity. Some of the most common threats in casinos are cheating, theft, and fraud. In a gaming facility constantly humming with activity, it is impractical to only rely on the security team to be able to identify all potentially suspicious activity. In the past, most casinos encountered various crimes even under conditions where video surveillance cameras were installed. Insufficient resolution to identify offenders, the need for humans to constantly watch or monitor screens, or even the fact that cameras might be easily damaged could all result in a poor video surveillance system.

Ever since intelligent video solutions have been introduced to the gaming industry, more game frauds have been detected, said Maike Hermanns, Marketing Assistant of ViDiCore. Specifically with industries moving from analog to IP systems, detection and management of incidents have become faster and more efficient, observed Maor Mishkin, Director, Product Champion of Video Analytics of DVTel.

Theft
There are many features of VCA that can be used to detect theft. Features such as motion of stationary objects, which alerts the operator if an item is moved without authorization. By programming VCA to detect suspicious directional movement, stealing can also be detected, such as reaching over a counter top, or a gaming table to steal chips. However, “there are plenty of other technologies used to track individual items, i.e., RFID tags, or those that provide perimeter security at the exit of stores using tagging systems. However, video analytics can provide a backup to these systems in real-time and forensically,” notes Bill Flind, CEO of Ipsotek. According to Mishkin, VCA can detect theft as long as there is enough video coverage with great resolution for prosecution needs.

Loitering
Loitering is quite frequently a precursor to crime, so suspicious persons hanging around a site, particularly a known trouble spot will be identified, and the operator's attention drawn to the situation. Features such as after-hours human presence detection and dwell filters can support security staff to protect the casino at night. “When monitoring the entrance hall, every time an object appears in the predefined zone, an alarm is triggered,” explained Hermanns, “dwell filters can detect people who loiter over a suspicious time within a zone. For example, someone behind a gambling table without joining in, or in the casino shop without purchasing something.”

With features such as tailgating detection, it can detect if an individual or vehicle follows the person or vehicle in front too closely to gain access to controlled entrances or barriers. Similarly, virtual tripwire or sterile zone monitoring is used in applications for detecting intruders in high security or safety sensitive areas. This attribute is especially helpful to detect critical areas like the strong room, said Hermanns. “If someone enters the room, and within a predefined time zone a second person enters the room, an alarm is triggered.” As casinos should be cautious of insider and outsider jobs, “cash rooms and back office video coverage can identify internal and external issues,” said Mishkin.

Cheating
In the casino, gamers and dishonest employees continue to search for new methods to cheat the house. VCA can effectively detect cheats and other kinds of tampered activities, such as insertion of electronic devices into slot machines to rig the game.

It is important to note that some situations provide no substitute for the trained eye of an expert security operator, such as the swift movement of hand mucking. That being said, more routine behaviors, such as breaking in to a sensitive perimeter or loitering in a car park can be easily detected. It is in these scenarios where VCA can prove to be most effective, providing surveillance 24 hours a day.

Accidents
In a venue constantly full of people that serves free or low-cost alcohol, accidents are bound to happen in casinos. VCA can provide real-time alerts to security when they detect someone has fallen, and can document the incident to refer to later for slip-andfall liability mitigation. “Most companies use intelligent video solutions for security applications, such as theft or vandalism. However, we are seeing a growing number of companies using intelligent video solutions for safety purposes. A good example is workers' compensation issues that arise when employees get injured on the job. This also applies to casinos when a customer or employee may get injured,” says Mishkin. Similarly, Flind also believes health and safety monitoring and enforcement are important to prevent accidents for both staff and customers.

“Video analytics can provide a good platform for identifying a multitude of issues, for example, blocked fire exits, smoke detection, or concentration of a crowd using heat mapping technology. Evidence from these kinds of alerts can help to prevent accidents and provide video footage to establish the cause of the violation.”

Marketing
Traditionally, VCA was designed and used for security purposes only. However, the role of VCA has evolved to also help businesses improve customer service. According to Daniel Wan, UK Channel Marketing Manager of Honeywell Security, “VCA can provide an alternative view and identify potential opportunities rather than threats. In a store, loitering could be a sign of a potential crime, however it could also be a sign of something else: indecision. This kind of insight could prove invaluable to the floor manager who can then deploy a sales assistant to assist the customer. Casinos can use this intelligence in much the same way ensuring customers are looked after.”

“These modern systems can also help managers improve customer service levels. Nothing is more off putting to a potential customer than a long queue. Again, video solutions normally applied for security purposes can provide a store manager with a way of tracking the buildup of queues and alerting the relevant staff accordingly in order to ensure customers are seen to in a timely fashion. In larger venues with limited on-floor staff, this can be particularly important as it is easy for some customers to be overlooked,” said Wan.

Business data generated can improve customer service as well as measure the return on dollars spent on various promotion, merchandising and marketing activities. Frank Sheu, President of hiQview explained that VCA can support casinos to decide their marketing strategies based on customers' gender and age. People counting can monitor queue length and wait time in gaming and retail services, if a certain threshold is crossed, additional staff will be allocated to quicken the process. According to Mishkin, VCA can also analyze traffic paths and high density areas to pinpoint premium positioning within the facility and the most appropriate locations for promotional campaigns. Hermanns also observed that “counting people at entrances or exits, or in specific areas makes it possible to optimize staff planning by matching numbers of staff with numbers of gamblers, analyze which tables or machines are preferred or less used, and evaluate marketing campaigns.”

Integration brings extra benefits in management
VCA can also be used to analyze and detect unusual events by integrating with other technologies. According to Mishkin, “intelligent video solutions incorporate many internal and external technologies, which can be comprised of physical sensors, such as access control and video analytics, to assist with the detection and forensic process of a casino. For example, a door forced alarm is received and a camera can be positioned to the door to record the activity or the video can be bookmarked and viewed at a later time.” According to Flind, “there is a huge potential to utilize information gathered through a variety of systems. Platforms such as PSIM or incident management systems breakdown the traditional view of information held in silos. Using intelligent video solutions to augment existing systems enriches data leading to greater situational understanding, statistical evidence, and trigger actions in corresponding technologies.” Integrated with other systems, VCA's capabilities enables users to transform solutions into intelligent tools that respond to the practical challenges faced in the casino. By integrating incident management software with the functions of VCA, the security department of casinos can receive the latest information of incidents and arrange the security staff to handle the incidents immediately.

Let there be (stable) light
In a casion setting, unstable lighting conditions can be a major problem that can lead to false alarms. Features like IR illuminators with an illumination distance up to 20 meters or digital wide range dynamics for optimal backlight compensation can help with this issue, explained Hermanns. “Furthermore, the integrated video helps to deal with difficult light conditions. A self-learning algorithm automatically adapts to environmental changes ignoring light changes due to artificial light or repetitive movements, e.g., from gambling machines. Moreover, video analytics adjusts to image degradation e.g., caused by blinding effects,” she added.

Don`t tamper with VCA
One of the most important aspects of VCA is capable of protecting itself from being altered without authorization. ”The intelligent video solution includes tamper protection, so that moving, bagging, and defocusing of the camera are detected, and an alarm is triggered in the event of it,” explained Hermanns. Without this feature, all aspects of the solution would be deemed worthless if surveillance could be simply removed.

Is it all just a hype?
Talk of intelligent video solutions have been going around for years, and rumors about how futuristic it is have left end users disappointed. The hype has led people to believe VCA can detect crime before it has actually taken place, and unfortunately, that is one of the things video analytics cannot do.

Video analytics are essentially based on algorithms that have simple mathematical rules and simple measurements of color, size, and shape for decision making. Users configure VCA to supervise an area, program what to monitor and what to ignore. Analytics cannot tell the difference between a car and a person as the human brain does, we understand what we are seeing due to our common sense. VCA on the other hand, view the pixels it captures and recognizes a human based on their moving limbs, whereas a car would have a constant silhouette. In that sense, intelligent video is not smarter than a human. However, VCA when set up correctly, can be more accurate and efficient than humans when identifying specific behaviors, such as stealing over a counter, as VCA does not take breaks or get sore eyes.

That being said, video analytics is not for every industry. It is essential to realize what issues or threats an industry is facing before deciding on a security solution. For instance, VCA would not be appropriate for people counting in places that are too crowded, as the technology would have difficulty categorizing pixels into individual humans due to constant overlapping — for example, train stations at rush hour.

What it all comes down to
Surveillance has come a long way since the days of video motion detection. VCA may still be taking baby steps easing into the gaming industry, but in situations that rely immensely on video analytics, such as loitering and theft, they create great benefits by saving human resources. For gaming industries, VCA is a helpful tool for various applications; however, at this moment the inability to be detailed enough to capture a professional cheater's sleight of hand may be a limitation for companies who plan to solely use VCA as their only security solution. We hope in the future VCA can be sophisticated enough to analyze detailed human behavior with minimum false positives.

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