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Bosch releases DINION IP 4000 and IP 5000 HD cameras

Bosch releases DINION IP 4000 and IP 5000 HD cameras

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security | Updated: 3/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Video surveillance as a security measure requires balancing optimum performance with aesthetics. Especially in such applications as offices, hospitality or retail stores, design and appearance can be just as important as technical performance. The new DINION IP 4000 and 5000 cameras from Bosch Security Systems meet these multiple and demanding requirements by combining the latest technology with outstanding aesthetic design.

Both cameras offer an attractive range of features with regard to the highest image quality, management of bit rate, and lowest storage requirements, as well as important audio capabilities, cloud-based services plus easy and cost-effective installation. Taking image quality first, the cameras are available in two resolution versions: the DINION IP 4000 HD with 720p and the DINION IP 5000 HD with 1080p. The desired amount of detail can be selected according to the intended application, while intelligent Dynamic Image Noise Reduction (iDNR) automatically adjusts the level of noise reduction based on movement in the scene. This ensures crisp images and saves up to 50 percent on bit rate and thus memory requirements, considerably lowering storage and overall system costs.

As regards audio capabilities, the built-in microphone and two-way audio functionality turn these DINION IP cameras into even more effective security tools, as the operator or security guard can not only listen to but also question intruders or communicate with visitors who appear to be in need of assistance. Easy installation and configuration are guaranteed by the cameras' Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) functionality, as well as due to the preconfigured user modes. For retail applications in particular, the cameras come with a direct monitor output, enabling a confrontation monitor to be directly connected to the camera. It is therefore ideal for entrances and other situations where people need to be made aware of the presence of video surveillance.

Customers demand smooth and instant access to high definition video from any location and at any time. Bosch has responded to this need by offering its Dynamic Transcoding technology. By constantly measuring the available bandwidth and automatically adjusting the bit rate of the camera, this patented technology enables smooth live video streaming, regardless of the available bandwidth, as well as full-HD details when playback is paused anywhere and anytime. Thus, image quality and detail are maintained while suspicious events are easily and quickly detected. This Dynamic Transcoding technology can be fully exploited in combination with the new DINION IP 4000 and 5000 cameras by simply adding one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET to the total Bosch video surveillance solution.

The entire Bosch IP portfolio seamlessly integrates with software and recording solutions from Bosch and other vendors. Third party integration is ensured by the ONVIF conformity of all Bosch IP cameras, as well as the Bosch Integrated Partner Program (IPP), which simplifies the interoperability of video surveillance products. The IPP portal provides access to a comprehensive library of integration tools, video solutions, services, and information about compatible products. More information is available from:

Samsung Techwin video surveillance system installed in Moscow

Samsung Techwin video surveillance system installed in Moscow

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/27/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Despite tough worldwide trading conditions, Russia is enjoying strong growth in its economy and this is reflected in the increasing demand for office accommodation from international organisations, as well as locally based businesses in Moscow. Developers have responded to the shortfall in the availability of high quality commercial space with a dramatic acceleration in the number of building projects. By the end of 2014, Russia's capital is expected to be able to boast 4 of the 5 tallest buildings in Europe, whilst many prestigious projects have already been completed, including the highly impressive Paveletskaya Plaza complex.

Paveletskaya Plaza, which is constructed in the same architectural style as the adjacent Paveletskaya Railway Station, comprises two 12 storey and one 27 storeys tower. Collectively the buildings offer 65,000 Square metre of office accommodation fully fitted with the most modern technologies to provide tenants, which include Adecco, Allianz, Nestle and Tommy Hilfiger, with the most comfortable and stress-free working conditions. On site there are also several bank branches, a translations bureau, a printing centre and a travel agency, as well as shops, boutiques and restaurants for the benefit of office staff and visitors.

Electronic security and network specialists, YECONS Technology Solutions, were awarded the contract to install the video surveillance system, said: ”It is not perhaps a surprise that there were no shortage of installation companies keen to be invited to tender for this very important project,” said Yusuf Yesilova, General Director of Moscow based YECONS Technology Solutions. “However, although it was a very price competitive tendering process, the owners of Paveletskaya Plaza, ENKA, made it clear from the outset that there should be no compromise in respect of the coverage and quality of the video surveillance solution.”

Single Source
Having successfully installed Samsung Techwin professional video surveillance equipments at a number of other large projects, it gave YECONS Technology Solutions the confidence to single source all the required components of the video surveillance system from one of the fastest growing electronic security manufacturers in Russia.

Working closely with Samsung Techwin's locally based pre-sales support team, YECONS Technology Solutions' engineering design team took a close look at every location where a camera needed to be installed and subsequently recommended what their research had led them to believe was the best model for what it was expected to do.

228 cameras, together with Samsung Techwin network video recorders (NVRs) and monitors, have been installed to enable security personnel to monitor 24/7 all activity within the Paveletskaya Plaza buildings and the surrounding areas.

Fit for Purpose
“At certain locations, where positive identification of unwanted visitors needed to be achieved, we recommended the installation of 3MB Full HD camera models that could deliver evidence grade images, as well as technically advanced features such as Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) and face detection,” said Yusuf Yesilova. “In the majority of locations however, 1.3 megapixel cameras were more than able to capture high definition images of a quality which easily met the client's requirements. We were therefore able to deliver a competitively priced solution that took full advantage of Samsung Techwin's product portfolio that includes both extremely high specification cameras, as well as models which, although competitively priced, deliver a high level of performance.”

The Samsung Techwin cameras have been installed on all floors of the three buildings, as well as elevators, reception and parking areas. 124 of the 228 cameras are SND-5010s. Measuring just 100 x 115 x 42mm and part of the LiteNet camera series, the ONVIF compliant SND-5010 1.3 megapixel camera is designed to provide an affordable HD video surveillance solution for environments where there may be limited space. There are also 89 SNB-5000 cameras which are equipped with built-in licence-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) capability which includes a scene change tampering function, as well as optical tripwire, enter/exit direction detection and an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects. Of the remaining cameras, eight are SNB-6004s and seven are SNB-7080s. With the ability to capture superb quality 2MP Full HD (1080P) images, the SNB-6004 is part of Samsung Techwin's highly acclaimed WiseNetIII camera range, whilst the SND-7080 is a 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3~8mm motorized varifocal lens.

24/7 Monitoring
Images from all of the cameras are transmitted over a LAN to a central control room where they are monitored live 24/7 by Paveletskaya Plaza operators who are able to direct patrolling security personnel to the precise location where an incident or suspicious activity may be taking place. At the same time the images are recorded onto one of eight Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVRs which are able to work in harmony to provide a seamless server style video recording solution. Each SRN-1000 provides up to 24TB of on-board video storage capacity with the potential of an additional 24TB of storage via 2 external e-Sata direct storage devices. It also features support for Raid 5 storage.

“The video surveillance system plays a crucial role ensuring that our tenants can go about their daily work activities in a secure environment and that their staff, visitors and customers feel safe whilst taking advantage of Paveletskaya Plaza's superb facilities,” said Zihni Coskun, Facility Management Director of ENKA. “The partnership between YECONS Technology Solutions and Samsung Techwin has been a great success. It has resulted in a system that is working extremely well and the feedback from our operators is that it is highly reliable and easy to use.”

VIVOTEK launches 4 network cameras bolstering WDR series

VIVOTEK launches 4 network cameras bolstering WDR series

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 2/27/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces the launch of 4 new network camera models, including 2 professional outdoor domes, FD8355EHV and FD8365EHV, and 2 professional outdoor bullets, IP8355EH and IP8365EH, which are all designed with state-of-the-art WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) technology.

Due to strong market demand for top-notch image quality and usability, VIVOTEK, with its strong R&D resources and advanced algorithms, designed FD8355EHV, FD8365EHV, IP8355EH and IP8365EH with advanced WDR Pro and WDR Pro II technologies. Cameras with WDR are able to clearly capture detailed features whenever a subject of interest appears in locations where there is intense backlighting or when the subject is directly in front of a source of artificial illumination at night. WDR Pro enables a camera to capture both the dark and bright parts of an image with 2 or 3 shutters, enabling 2 or 3 frames to be combined to generate a highly vivid image representative of the original scene, while WDR Pro II enables the camera to provide an increased level of visibility with the capture and combination of 4 separate frames.

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “VIVOTEK, with our commitment to providing the market with leading edge surveillance solutions, continues to design cameras with superior image quality and high reliability. Recently, with extreme weather conditions occurring around the world, cameras with extreme weatherproofing can ensure stability in surveillance operations. VIVOTEK's FD8355EHV, FD8365EHV, IP8355EH and IP8365EH, with their -50 degrees ~ 50 degrees wide temperature range for extreme weather conditions, are undoubtedly the top choices.”

VIVOTEK's FD8355EHV and IP8355EH are both equipped with 1.3-Megapixel CMOS sensors and WDR Pro II, while FD8365EHV and IP8365EH feature 2-Megapixel CMOS sensors and WDR Pro. These 4 cameras, incorporating advanced features such as Smart IR technology, are able to instantly adjust the IR lighting intensity based on the lighting level of a scene, preventing overexposure. Moreover, by combining WDR with 3D Noise Reduction Technology, all 4 cameras are able to suppress sensor noise, further reducing bandwidth consumption and enhancing image detail in extremely bright as well as dark environments.

Dahua Technology announces partnership with Synology

Dahua Technology announces partnership with Synology

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/26/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, a manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, announced to build up collaborative relationship with Synology, a provider of Network Video Recording Solutions. Synology integrated its NVRs with Dahua's full range of network cameras, including Dahua Pan–tilt–zoom (PTZ) domes. With the collaboration, multi-sites and industry-level surveillance management is now intuitive and cost-effective.

Dahua Technology caters to distinctive market demands and its network camera lineup offers megapixel cameras in various sizes and shapes, which delivers superb image quality and strong functionality. Synology, a professional IP-based video surveillance solution, combining the functionality of advanced NVR and NAS (network attached storage), aiming to deliver a scalable, future proof, user-friendly NVR solutions and solid customer service to satisfy the needs of business, individual users and our partners.

Synology Surveillance Station, running on all Synology NVRs, is an integrated NVR management software dedicated to facilitate the reliable surveillance architecture. Featuring easy and intuitive navigation, Synology Central Management System (CMS) offers large-scale, multi-sites deployment a scalable and unified point of control.

“While the flexibility of multi-sites and large-scale deployment are highly-valued, Synology answers exactly users' needs.” pointed Chad Jiang, Product Manager of Synology. “We are excited to see this collaboration as many of the integrated IP cameras are in high demand by industry-level market. With the intuitive, budget friendly Synology NVR and full support for Dahua IP cameras, this integration will bring a great advancement of reliability and user experience toward Synology and Dahua adopters.”

“The successful integration makes Synology NVR and Dahua IP cameras well compatible with one another, which is no doubt beneficial to our mutual customers,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “We'd love to create an open platform working with our partners, like Synology, as we see the increasing IP demand from different level of markets. Partnering with Synology and offering the right solution that catering to market needs are of course a good attempt to stay ahead in the industry.”

Axis introduces camera visualization tool SketchUp 3D CAD software

Axis introduces camera visualization tool SketchUp 3D CAD software

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/26/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the Axis Camera Extension for the SketchUp 3D CAD software, system designers can conveniently select Axis Network Cameras and insert them into 3D models of buildings. Different mounting positions and view angles can be evaluated through interactive camera views showing the respective camera coverage areas. Users can pan, tilt and zoom the cameras to determine the optimal setup for the best video surveillance coverage.

Axis Communications, a provider in network video, introduced the Axis Camera Extension for SketchUp providing interactive 3D models of Axis Network Cameras to aid in the planning and design of video surveillance systems. Users can place cameras directly into CAD building plans and visualize the areas the cameras will cover.

The new SketchUp extension from Axis allows users to see exactly how the cameras fit into the building layout and to spot if camera views are obstructed by columns or walls. This effectively reduces the risk of unexpected blind spots when planning and designing video surveillance systems.

Axis Network Cameras can be conveniently selected from the SketchUp toolbar allowing users to compare and evaluate different camera models as well as to determine the optimal camera mounting positions. Users can pan, tilt and zoom the cameras to adjust the field of view and define the optimal camera settings.

“SketchUp is a popular and easy-to-use 3D CAD software for security system design. With the new Axis Camera Extension, system integrators can use SketchUp to place Axis Network Cameras into virtual buildings to precisely plan camera view angles and coverage,” said Peter Friberg, Director of System and Services, Axis Communications. “As SketchUp integrates with Google Maps it makes it easy when working on city surveillance or critical infrastructure projects to get a good overview of the environment where the cameras are placed. The Axis Camera Extension allows system integrators to find the optimal camera model and settings for a given mounting position and significantly streamlines the overall planning and design process for video surveillance systems.”

Cube cameras stepping up in smart home

Cube cameras stepping up in smart home

Editor / Provider: | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

With increasing popularity of home automation and home monitoring, the demand for cube cameras is on the rise. According to IMS Research, an IHS company, the world shipment volume of consumer and DIY network cameras is predicted to grow prominently from 846,200 units in 2014 to approximately 1.3 million units in 2016. The research firm indicated that about 20% of American households adopt professional home surveillance services already. Thanks to improved technology, the home surveillance services are getting more affordable and accessible for the users. Cube cameras, with wireless connectivity and without cabling, feature flexible installation in indoor areas in comparison with traditional professional surveillance cameras. They are designed for indoor surveillance primarily in small offices, shops, chain stores and schools aside from homes.

The maturity of the network infrastructure, the end users' increasing demand for home security or small-scale security system, and the prevalence of 4G LTE are seen as 3 major driving forces to drive the growth of cube cameras. 4G LTE technology supports faster transmission speed at 100Mbit/s.

North America and Europe are 2 major smart home markets. North America is leading the market regarding home security. The Europe market shows high interest in smart homes and energy conservation. Asia is the other important market to watch, with seeable high growth in near future.

To make cameras smarter, software plays an important role. For example, motion detection alerts and free access to cloud storage for video recordings are available on mobile devices and web browsers via exclusive softwares.

The enhanced features, commonly seen in professional security cameras, boost the market need of cube cameras. The different features of home cube cameras from entry-level DIY cameras comprise low-light performance, PoE, edge storage, and support for alarm inputs and outputs.

The major features of the network cameras comprise compact design, wireless connectivity, easy setup, secured Wi-Fi connection and mobile surveillance. To more specific, users can view high-resolution videos remotely from browser or any other mobile devices via Wi-Fi wireless technology and their cube cameras.

The cost-saving cube cameras can offer professional-grade surveillance performance with up to 2-megapixel resolution at 30fps. They can offer smoother video and image quality than those entry-level DIY models that typically support 1-megapixel resolution and video speed at15fps at most.

When talking to low-light performance, some cube cameras come with mechanical IR cut filters (ICRs) to deliver sharper images at night and truer color at daytime. Those with IR night vision function can support monitoring range up to 10 or 15 meters. While those DIY models, equipped with IR LEDs, support half the viewing distance at night than those cube cameras with ICRs.

Besides the home-use market, there is a growing demand on surveillance services for child and elderly care, such as kindergartens, infant daycare and elderly care centers, especially in Asian countries. Parents can watch their children's activities with both recorded and real time videos. More detailed and prompt communication between parents and teachers can be done henceforth.

The AXIS M1004-W network camera is aimed at indoor wireless surveillance where budget and flexibility are key factors. The support for WPS protocol simplifies the process of configuring logical security on wireless networks. This helps installers or integrators save on installation time and easily set up high network security in Wi-Fi areas, where it is not possible to install Ethernet cables.

The Bosch VS -4112RP Pro 720p and VGA indoor microbox camera is a ready-touse, complete network video surveillance system inside a compact and stylish housing. It includes a Dropbox application for remote storage of recorded activity, while also benefiting from 50-percent less storage needs in static scenes due to iDNR, saving on memory requirements, bandwidth, and costs., Video Client PC software and the live viewer app from Bosch are available free of charge for reviewing live and recorded video material on a PC or mobile device from any location with Internet access.

The Zavio F3210/F3215 offers 2-megapixel full HD video with H.264 compression and night-time performance with its large pixel size CMOS sensor, removable IR-cut filter, and SMT type high-performance IR LEDs. The camera is equipped with a Panasonic PIR motion sensor, 2-way audio with built-in microphone and speaker, MicroSD edge storage, and alarm input/output ports. The camera comes with CamGraba 2.0, Zavio's 64ch NVR software, and Zavio's free plug & play cloud solution.

The camera features HD resolution for crisp and clear video and integrated color night vision technology for viewing in complete darkness. The compact DCS- 2136L is D-Link's first network camera with next generation 802.11ac wireless technology. This ensures users have the most up-to-date wireless standard and increases overall range and speed.

The Zavio F3210/F3215 offers 2-megapixel full HD video with H.264 compression and nighttime performance with its large pixel size CMOS sensor, removable IR-cut filter, and SMT type high performance IR LEDs. The camera is equipped with a Panasonic PIR motion sensor, 2-way audio with built-in microphone and speaker, MicroSD edge storage, and alarm input/output ports. The camera comes with CamGraba 2.0, Zavio's 64ch NVR software, and Zavio's free plug & play cloud solution.

The full HD micro box wireless camera, Dynacolor WH series, is an easy setup camera. Users can install the wireless camera in any Wi-Fi area. In addition, the wireless camera has a built-in microphone and speaker which allows two-way audio communication. Under low-light situations, the wireless camera has incorporated day and night ICR technologies to capture clear images. While users are at work or on vacation, they can watch over their babies, elders, and even pets on their smartphones or laptops.

Esrange Space Center improves safety with Axis cameras

Esrange Space Center improves safety with Axis cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Esrange Space Centre is a rocket range and research centre located above the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden, near the mining town of Kiruna. It is owned by SSC, a comprehensive space industry active in many fields of space technology and services, and the base launches sounding rockets and high altitude balloons for scientific research purposes.

Safety is paramount at the Esrange Space Center and it has therefore chosen to use Axis' IP cameras, installed by Axis partner Insupport Natverksvideo, to get a better operational overview of the base.

“We have used Axis cameras for different purposes in the past, and when we decided to integrate cameras into our safety system, all suppliers we contacted recommended Axis cameras. In other words, it wasn't a difficult decision for us”, says Martin Hedqvist, project manager at Esrange Space Center.

The principal reason for this investment is to improve safety at the Space Centre, however, a large proportion of the investment is to make day-to-day operations more transparent and accessible to the public. Now, thanks to the Axis cameras, anyone can follow daily operations from various different base locations via online live streams.

“With the new camera setup, our head of Operations can get a much better overview of our site operations and see exactly what's happening at the launch ramp right before every launch”, continues Martin Hedqvist.

One of the cameras that the space centre uses at the base is the AXIS Q6035-E, a camera that is perfectly designed for extreme climates so the cold, Artcic winds are not a problem.

“With AXIS Q6035-E cameras in place, you don't have to worry about weather conditions. The cameras can withstand temperatures as low as –40 Celsius, and we have even tested it at an altitude of 35,000 metres, where it gets far colder than that!” Concludes Fredrik Thor, sales manager at Axis Communications.

Cube cameras garner major support from service providers

Cube cameras garner major support from service providers

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Having the advantage of bundling home surveillance with other services they provide to homeowners, service providers are slowly gaining market share through cube cameras.

Externally, cube cameras appear to be similar, if not identical, to DIY cameras; yet, they are capable of performing the duties of professional surveillance cameras at a much more affordable price, as well as in a much more discreet manner. “Cube cameras are more like consumer commodity, which is very susceptible to prices. SMB or residential markets are price sensitive to cube cameras, and they always seek low-cost solutions,” added Ervin Wang, Sales Director of Messoa Technologies. For regular homeowners or owners of small-to-medium businesses (SMB), they want to have the option of increasing security without breaking the bank.

As much as price is an important factor to customers, price is equally important to manufacturers. “Bear this in mind, manufacturers can well balance the product price and performance by optimizing the cost control, product manufacturing, logistics, and sales channel,” stated Adler Wu, IPC Product Marketing Manager at Hikvision Digital Technology. For service providers, they are able to shift the weight of product cost to their services to balance things out. “On the other side, take cloud service as an example, the product cost can be allocated as a monthly service charge. The focus here has been transferred to service rather than product price itself.”

Different Channels, Different Requirements
Cube cameras are based on IP infrastructures so having sufficient network knowledge is vital, since most end users will likely encounter obstacles when configuring their cameras. “IT-based distributors that we target offer a completely different customer base from the traditional video surveillance distributors or installers, so this is something we certainly benefit from. Also with their IT background, they require less training and could help their customers better with their IT knowledge,” said Wang.

Aside from regular or IT-based distributors and systems integrators, service providers are now becoming major channels for cube cameras as well, since these compact devices can be easily supplied to their clients with minimum hassle.

Service Providers Become Major Players
Service providers, especially communication service providers, are now becoming major channel players as they are able to combine home security, home automation, and home energy management into one integrated service for their clients. To provide such a complete package, some requirements that service providers look for when selecting cube cameras include efficient image compression technology to ensure smooth video quality on mobile surveillance; excellent integration with platforms of end devices; easy installation and configuration for cost-effectiveness. “Considering the limited network bandwidth, efficient image compression technology is able to ensure good image quality without consuming excessive bandwidth and also to ensure smooth monitoring on mobile devices. Also, considering that cube cameras might be connected to different types of recorders with different video management software at the back end, having an excellent integration with existing platforms is important,” explained Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK.

Service providers also take a different approach in terms of business strategy compared to manufacturers and distributors, who focus primarily on selling just the hardware. Due to the nature of how service providers operate, it is important they find a suitable supplier. “In general, telecom service providers and security service providers seek profit by charging monthly fees rather than selling products. Accordingly, they take video surveillance equipment as an extra service but not their main business. Their target is mostly the public consumers, which means ‘easy to use' should be the number one consideration for products. Due to the many different platforms or IT infrastructure they use, the products' compatibility, reliable R&D capability, and credible manufacturing image delivery are some crucial factors for them to choose their preferable video surveillance manufacturer,” added Wu from Hikvision.

For the majority of the population, smartphones and tablets are essential to their daily activities. These days, almost everyone who has a smartphone is addicted to their phones, since virtually any task can be completed with that smart little gadget in the palm of their hands. Hence, it makes sense that users want to be able to view their videos remotely from their surveillance cameras. Therefore, apps are also a major requirement for service providers. “For people who want to install security cameras at their homes or business, being able to see live video at all times is probably more important than just simply recording video. So it's all about real time. That's why the mobile phone app is a must as it provides remote live views for those who want to check on what's happening from time to time, especially when they are away. Another requirement to meet would be event management, which allows users to get informed of the event immediately as it happens,” said Wang.

Cloudy Days Ahead
In this world of rapidly advancing technology, cloud solution is quickly becoming a major demand, especially for service providers. “They always require a cloud solution, to promote it together with their broadband internet offerings, where they sometimes give the camera away for free, but charge a monthly subscription fee,” said Shau-Chau You, VP of Zavio. Some manufacturers will also offer training for their systems integrators and have a professional FAE team on hand to solve the problem for customers, according to John Wu, Sales VP at Hunt Electronic.

“Moreover, the emerging cloud service technology provides a totally new application mode for manufacturers to target end users. This service presents a bright prospect even though many challenges lie ahead. However, manufacturers still need to deploy market strategies firstly – to provide both products and service platform, or simply offer product but work together with the third-party partner to provide service platform,” stated Wu from Hikvision.

With a select package from the service providers, users only have to pay a certain monthly fee to monitor their surroundings. If they encounter any problems with their service or equipment, a simple phone call to the service providers will ensure the problems are fixed.

Taking a Different Route
Not only are cube cameras breaking barriers and establishing a presence in the market, they are also causing a shift in traditional distribution channels. Employing a slightly different strategy, cube cameras are distributed more through service providers as its major channel instead of through IT-based distributors or systems integrators. Also, service providers have a customer base that is more likely to be comprised of users from the residential and SMB sectors as opposed to the traditional channels. Now that cloud services are becoming increasingly common, it will surely drive the adoption of cube cameras. As users from the residential and SMB sectors are even more unlikely to have the network knowledge needed for IP-based cameras, it is much more convenient when all they need to do is pay a monthly service fee for service providers to install cameras in their homes or stores and fix any bugs that the system is likely to encounter over time.

SG Group chose QNAP surveillance solution for storage expansion

SG Group chose QNAP surveillance solution for storage expansion

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 2/25/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bank Republic, one of the Georgia's oldest privately owned banks, was founded in 1991 and is a leading commercial bank in Georgia. The Bank serves its clients through 37 branches and service centers. Societe Generale is a French multinational banking and financial services company. In 2006, the Societe Generale Group took over the controlling interests of the Bank Republic in Georgia, with the Bank Republic becoming a member of the international group Societe Generale.

Every day, the Bank Republic is busy serving many customers in their branches. To ensure quality service from cashiers and to protect customers and staff, Bank Republic adopted an entry-level surveillance system to monitor the branch area. However, with the growing demand for high-quality video recordings and video archiving for at least 180 days, the existing system gradually failed to satisfy Bank Republic's needs. As a result, the bank started to look for an alternative surveillance system.

After consulting its local system integrator, Bank Republic chose QNAP Security surveillance solution, and deployed 8 units of VioStor NVR VS-4116 Pro+ (powered by Intel Dual-Core processors and 4GB of memory), 7 units of Turbo NAS TS-669 Pro for storage expansion, and the Acti IP cameras KCM-5211, Acti D51 and Acti D52. George Berdzenishvili, a representative of L.T.D Integrity, said "The quality and rich features of QNAP VioStor NVR VS-4116 Pro+ is exactly what Bank Republic needs," adding that "the unique feature of storage expansion solution particularly earns Bank Republic's heart as it provides a flexible way to expand video storage capacity on demands.”

The bank's requirement of 180-day video retention requires large storage capacity, and QNAP VioStor NVR's storage expansion solution duly fulfills those needs. By upgrading the NVR firmware to v4.1.1 and installing the StorageExpansion app (QPKG) on the Turbo NAS, administrators could connect the VS-4116Pro+ with the TS-669 Pro via network to flexibly enlarge the total storage capacity of NVR. The VioStor NVR became scalable, enabling the bank to flexibly expand the storage capacity for Full HD recording and long-term video retention.

The storage expansion solution of QNAP VioStor NVR benefits Bank Republic not necessary to provide massive storage initially but to ensure the flexibility to scale up the storage on demand to meet future changes and requirements. Now, Bank Republic can easily preserve video recordings for the long term, improving the security of their branches, assisting to ensure service quality, and providing solid, high-quality evidence if needed.

Cube cameras: Enhanced features for improved surveillance

Cube cameras: Enhanced features for improved surveillance

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 2/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Small business owners or regular homeowners merely want to be able to monitor their property without having to install a full-fledged system. However, most DIY cameras are too basic to fulfill these end users' requirements, such as inefficient resolution or insufficient frames per second, but regular professional systems offered on the market can be quite extraneous for regular home use. Hence, when the compact but full-featured cube cameras appeared on the market, they quickly became the perfect alternative to the costly surveillance solutions that most consumers and SMBs simply cannot afford nor need.

In smaller settings, or for simpler applications, surveillance solutions do not need to be complicated to get the job done. “The need of home surveillance is just basic and easy setting. In the high-end sector, it needs many functions but this sector does not. The complexity of system and position are different than high-end products,” stated John Wu, Sales VP at Hunt Electronic.

Cube cameras are mainly designed for indoor surveillance, such as small- to medium-sized business offices, shops that only need a four- to six-channel system, and home applications. Main features include compact design, wireless connection, Wi-Fi protected setup for easy and secure wireless network connection, mobile surveillance application, and easier and more cost-efficient installation and configuration, according to Ma.

According to Quentin Miao, Head of Global Marketing at D-Link, 1 to 4 cameras are typically needed for home monitoring, located at important entrances (such as front and back doors), bedrooms, nurseries, or living areas. SMBs usually employ 4 to 16 cameras for important entrances, lobbies, stairwells, and storage areas or warehouses.

Furthermore, cube cameras provide flexible installation in indoor areas where restrictions may be imposed on certain types of installation. For example, “in rented spaces, it may not be allowed to mount a full-fledged dome camera into the ceiling or to open walls in order to install cabling. Wireless cube cameras allow for very flexible mounting and positioning without the need to worry about cabling,” added Vigren. This flexibility makes it much more convenient for users as it can be deployed in various applications without any permanent damages to the surrounding environment.

Though they certainly are a possible solution for a majority of the residential and SMB sector, there are some minor disadvantages for cube cameras that can limit their performance. “Due to its form factor, cube cameras are mostly used in indoor environments. Even though some manufacturers have released outdoor versions, the reliability cannot compare to standard outdoor cameras such as a bullet camera. Also, with the fixed lens and limited field of view, cube cameras are suitable for small-sized areas. Cube cameras normally do not have many light-handling capabilities like low light, true WDR etc., so it cannot perform as well as other professional cameras when facing some challenging conditions,” commented Wu from Hikvision. End users must be aware of these particular limitations so they are not used incorrectly in an unsuitable environment or application.

Solutions, Not Devices
By utilizing a wireless connection, cube cameras allow users to view high-resolution videos remotely from their browser or any other mobile devices. It also eliminates the complications caused by multiple cables and wires. Cube cameras can offer professional-grade surveillance that goes up to 2-megapixel resolution at 30fps, which gives much better, smoother video/image quality than DIYs, which typically are 1 megapixel and 15fps max. In terms of low-light performance, some cube cameras are equipped with the mechanical ICR to deliver much sharper nighttime images and truer color at daytime. Also, some cube cameras are built with IR night vision that can reach 10 meters, which is about twice as far than the DIY's that have IR LEDs. The further the IR distance, the clearer the image gets in poorly lit environments, according to Ervin Wang, Sales Director at Messoa Technologies.

Coming from the software business, Mobiscope believes the biggest issue that customers encounter is the software which comes with cameras and work to correct mistakes in software made by hardware manufacturers. For instance, Mobiscope offers motion detection alerts regardless whether the camera has this feature or not, and cloud storage for video recordings that customer can access anywhere – on mobile device, in any web browser, even for the most affordable cameras, according to Alexander Ostrovsky, CMO of Mobiscope.

For those who are unfamiliar, it is necessary to highlight exactly what separates cube cameras from regular DIY cameras on the market. “The main differentiations of our cube cameras are professional performance and features, normally only found in more expensive camera types, especially low-light performance, PoE, edge storage, and support for alarm inputs and outputs. Also, we know that customers nowadays are always looking for solutions, not just devices, so our cube cameras come with both our feature-rich NVR software and our easy-to-use, plug-and-play cloud solution,” Shau-Chau You, VP of Zavio mentioned.

Despite the emergence of cube cameras that are fulfilling the needs of the residential and SMB sectors, a few DIY cameras are actually hitting the benchmark too. For instance, some which are designed for the DIY market also feature low-light technology for color images even in dim light, which makes it possible to resolve details like hair and skin color, license plate numbers, and so on. The cameras are also easy to set up and install due to their unique cloud platform, according to Miao.

The availability of such sophisticated technology on a regular DIY camera certainly goes to show the extent of today's surveillance technology. In order to deal with competition from the DIY camera manufacturers, some professional cube camera manufacturers are teaming up with “security or telecom operators to create more complete solutions with more added value and return on investment for customers,” according to Ma.

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