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 VIVOTEK launches miniature H.264 1-CH video server VS8100

VIVOTEK launches miniature H.264 1-CH video server VS8100

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 11/21/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its miniature H.264 1-CH video server VS8100. With its compact size and power sharing feature, VS8100 is an ideal option for front-end installations and discreet surveillance applications, such as homes, offices, retail stores, banks, and city surveillance, allowing for easy migration from an analog to digital surveillance system.

With the evolution of network technology and a substantial increase in demand for high resolution image quality, IP cameras are the driving force behind transformation in the security market. While the IP camera market is continuing to expand, the transition from analog takes time when considering the existence of currently-installed legacy systems. VIVOTEK's video servers act as a reliable and user-friendly facilitator for the transition from CCTV to IP-Based Surveillance. Through VIVOTEK's video servers, data received from analog camera can be encoded by VIVOTEK's self developed advanced codec system and broadcast via an IP network for monitoring and recording.

VIVOTEK VS8100's compact size, no larger than that of a human finger, means that minimal footprint is required to deploy the technology in a variety of applications. The power sharing feature also makes installation easy by allowing the unit to share power with an existing 12V DC power supply from an analog camera. The high-performance H.264 compression format is able to reduce video file sizes, enabling bandwidth efficiency maximization and storage capacity optimization. In addition, by supporting multiple simultaneous streams, the video streams can be transmitted in either H.264 or MJPEG formats for versatile applications. Together with the ST7501 multi-lingual 32-channel recording software, an IP surveillance system can be set up with minimal difficulty.

Hikvision launches 960H smart PTZ dome cams

Hikvision launches 960H smart PTZ dome cams

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/20/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision recently introduced two smart analog PTZ domes (the DS-2AF7268 and DS-2AF7264, respectively) which both incorporate a 960H image sensor to capture superior images at a horizontal resolution of 700TVL. This 960H image sensor presents a leap in current analog surveillance performance and provides a 36% resolution improvement when compared to 4CIF. Utilizing these PTZ domes with Hikvision 960H embedded DVRs allows users to experience highly-detailed images and also provides insurance against security risks such as theft and burglary.

These two PTZ domes provide enhanced IR illuminators and offer up-to 150m clear visibility in low or zero lighting conditions. Digital WDR and 3D DNR are also supported to improve image sharpness, and provide a more accurate color reproduction in variable lighting environments.

Smart Tracking
Engineered with a smart tracking function, both domes are able to detect a moving object and track it within the camera's area of coverage without fault. Moreover, this smart tracking technology ensures the target always stays centered in the middle of the picture during tracking. This greatly increases the effectiveness of a video surveillance system, and is especially apt in locations where the presence of people or vehicles requires special attention (such as parking lots, streets, residential communities, schools, etc.).

Speed Dome with Wiper
Hikvision's dome housing can be ordered with a wiper to automatically clean the lens when exposed to rain, snow, or dusty environments. As such, image clarity is insured, while maintenance costs are minimized based on the elimination of onsite cleaning.

Both PTZ domes provide a maximum pan speed of 160°/s and a maximum tilt speed of 120°/s. The DS-2AF7268 offers a 36x optical zoom, while the DS-2AF7264 offers a 23x to efficiently zoom onto objects of interest. Additionally, a maximum of 256 camera target preset points can be programmed for surveillance, while users can also define 8 automatic patrols and up-to 32 presets per patrol.

Rounding out this benefit portfolio, Hikvision also offers another two 5” Smart PTZ Dome Cameras: the DS-2AF5268 and DS-2AF5264. While these two models do not support IR capability or a wiper function, they do offer a much faster pan/tilt speed (the DS-2AF5268 features a 540°/s pan preset speed and the DS-2AF5264 features a 400°/s tilt preset speed). Both models are excellent options in a solution requiring PTZ functionality.

Optex IP sensors and detectors integrated with AXIS PTZ cameras

Optex IP sensors and detectors integrated with AXIS PTZ cameras

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 11/20/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Optex, a manufacturer of security infrared and laser technology, announced the integration of their IP sensors and detector products with Axis network cameras and AXIS Camera Application Platform (ACAP). This integration will provide additional intelligence to end user cameras for powerful IP perimeter intrusion solutions.

Optex IP detectors integrate directly into AXIS PTZ cameras combining video verification and Optex Laser, Passive Infrared or Photoelectric detection technologies creating benefits such as:
- AXIS ACAP integration provides access to the Optex Redscan laser detector's built-in detection modes for specific perimeter intrusion applications.
- Optex's definitive product specifications to detect objects and activate cameras with minimal effects from common environmental and lighting conditions that cause false positives, minimizing false alarms.
- Using Redscan in conjunction with video analytics and Axis thermal network cameras enhances perimeter security allowing analytics to confirm identity and threat level of detected objects.
- Managing Optex event codes through Axis ACAP enabled PTZ cameras allows you to send video and alarm data to video management software such as Camera Companion or Camera Station.

 

2013 Security50 video trend(9-9): High picture quality, extreme-light and low-light performance

2013 Security50 video trend(9-9): High picture quality, extreme-light and low-light performance

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 11/20/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

The security industry is still developing different technologies to provide better picture quality: HD, full HD and even Ultra HD. Image sensor breakthroughs and software have improved camera performance in extreme-light or low-light environments. Along with technological advancements, work on boosting user friendliness is underway. Greater interoperability, ease of installation and efficient network transmission for seamless streaming will also be improved.

“Chinese and other Asian brands do cause fierce competition in price, especially in APAC region, but Sony's core strength is always ‘picture quality,' which mainly differentiates us from many other companies. We just launched the G6 platform for higher standard cameras with high sensitivities and WDR this year. The cameras should be used in any critical situations,” said Riki Nishimura, GM of Visual Security Solutions Division, Professional Solutions Company, APAC, Sony Electronics.

“In 2014 we will introduce Ultra-HD to the security surveillance market. These cameras will provide the latest technology currently available for people tracking, capturing facial characteristics and numbers. Bosch Security Systems is continuously investing in imaging quality to ensure best usable image for video surveillance purposes anywhere and everywhere. In 2013 we therefore introduced our groundbreaking starlight technology, offering the security surveillance market products that can deliver an image even under the harshest lighting circumstances,” said Pieter van den Looveren, Manager for Marketing Communications, Video Systems, Bosch Security Systems.

“Until recently, the industry was lacking products that provided clear detail in complete darkness and low-light situations. Recently, we introduced our adaptive IR illumination technology in our HD bullet and HD dome cameras. The adaptive IR technology provides incredible image detail in complete darkness so security professionals can see image detail regardless of scene conditions. In addition, in September 2013 we launched a new technology in our 1.3 HD and HD Dome cameras, providing the most effective way to capture evidentiary color detail in extreme low-light environments,” said Ian Povey, Director of Product Marketing and Management, Avigilon.

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New York fights firearm crime with Milestone's integrated gunfire detection system

New York fights firearm crime with Milestone's integrated gunfire detection system

Editor / Provider: Milestone systems | Updated: 11/19/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, open platform IP video management software has been integrated by EIA, with ShotSpotter gunshot detection and the Hawkeye Effect digital mapping to help the Nassau County Police Department fight criminal firearm activity.

With the goal of driving down gun violence in the Roosevelt-Uniondale area of New York, the Nassau County Police Department wanted to leverage its Milestone XProtect video surveillance solution with its open platform technology for the next step in safety. To help deter gun crime and assist in quickly solving firearm-related cases, the department focused on enhancing the capabilities of its street cameras.

This area of Nassau County had a large number of shooting incidents – both reported to the police and unreported. Authorities believed it would benefit the community immensely to use a new system that could prove cost-efficient to launch and monitor, to track gunshots and provide evidence and convictions of those committing crimes.

The key was to expand the functionality of Milestone system with an integrated ShotSpotter solution. The HawkEye Effect was integrated seamlessly with Milestone, resulting in a scalable, reliable 24-hour police watch.

The solution uses ShotSpotter's sensors to locate gunshots in the coverage area of the surveillance cameras, and the HawkEye Effect to triangulate the sensors, map the location, direct the cameras to the location and notify first responders while recording the video. The HawkEye Effect correlates a gunshot's location and sends the information to Milestone XProtect, which controls the pan, tilt and zoom capabilities of the cameras.

Milestone channel partner EIA designed and installed the system to meet the Nassau County Police Department requirements for automated gunshot detection, location, reporting and video verification. The flexibility of the Milestone XProtect Corporate video management software automatically adjusts the video recording rates to the maximum number of frames per second to capture incidents in the greatest detail.

The system not only detects gunshots, it is able to differentiate between fireworks or backfiring vehicles. Within 10 seconds it locates the gunshot, automatically plots the incident on a map, turns the surveillance cameras to the location and possible egress points, records the incident and notifies law enforcement personnel. Information retrieved from the camera and the location is processed through Milestone XProtect, available for evidence sharing during case development and prosecution.

ShotSpotter uses a series of sensors placed throughout the area to be monitored. The software triangulates a gunshot location as a GPS coordinate and provides the nearest street address. The HawkEye Effect translates this information and creates a series of polygons across the area where the shot was fired. The polygon graphics relate to either a camera preset position in Milestone XProtect or to an area that cannot be directly seen by the camera but may be a point of escape from the area where the gunshot was fired.

If the coordinates of the shot fired are outside the camera view, it redirects to an area off a major avenue that is approximately where the shot was fired, to provide a view of the incident as it happens or pick up someone fleeing the scene. If a victim is injured, the authorities can see it in the video and report the injury immediately, speeding up response time.

The ShotSpotter system sends coordinates and categorizes information about the type of bullet and number of shots fired. When a shot is detected, 911 center operators are provided a pop-up video display on the screen with this vital information. At the same time, a copy of the information is sent to the HawkEye Gateway to determine the location, coordinating the camera views through Milestone XProtect.

The flexibility of the Milestone open platform allows customers to select a variety of applications developed by the members of the Milestone Solution Partner Program to meet diverse and changing needs. These solutions integrate video management with analytics for counting cars or people, with laser scanners for unique perimeter control, with access control or HVAC systems and RFID technology.

2013 Security50 video trend(9-8): VMS and Intelligent video become business-enabling technology

2013 Security50 video trend(9-8): VMS and Intelligent video become business-enabling technology

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 11/19/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

VMS and intelligent video has emerged from video stream monitoring or analytics to become a business-enabling technology. In different verticals, VMS and intelligent video should enable end users to accomplish their business-related tasks more smoothly.

“Intelligent video analytics is an important headline grabber when marketing products. Its effectiveness and actual adoption in the market is growing, but for specialists, it is still a niche market. Samsung Techwin's adoption of the open platform in the cameras ensures that both the general and niche markets are supported. This is achieved by engaging with specialist video analytics companies that integrate their features into a Samsung camera when the requirement arises. These are not ‘special' cameras but the everyday Samsung camera that customers buy on a daily basis,” said Jonas Andersson, Senior Vice President for Product Planning and Strategic Marketing, Samsung Techwin.

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Kiddie Park captures details with Bosch HD video

Kiddie Park captures details with Bosch HD video

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

End User:
Bartlesville area Kiddie Park, established in 1947, is operated by the Bartlesville Playground Association, a non-profit organization. The park is focused on the safety of children.

Business Objective:
The Bartlesville Playground Association sought to improve the video surveillance at the Kiddie Park. The Bartlesville Playground Association applied for a grant to fund the system upgrade to help improve security and to provide enhanced safety for visitors.

Solution: 
5 BOSCH FLEXIDOME HD 1080p RD cameras and an AUTODOME HD PTZ camera with 20x optical zoom added to the park's analog cameras to deliver improved scene detail. Day/Night capability provides better low light performance and enables color tones to be distinguished even in poor lighting. This feature is important for surveillance at night when vandalism or graffiti painting is more likely to occur.

Cameras are located in the parking lot, at the concession stand, outside the restrooms and at other key points throughout the park. They produce more pixels per target object than standard definition IP cameras to make it easier to monitor monetary transactions, identify facial characteristics and distinguish license plate numbers. The FLEXIDOME cameras' flat window that aligns with the lens provides clear images that are undistorted by the protective cover. Association staff can zoom in to any part of a scene to examine specific details without losing clarity. In addition to improved detail, the cameras stream video in the 16:9 aspect ratio, which provides a wider field of view for greater coverage of the park.

Live video is used after hours, for alarm verification by the central station. Recorded video is also reviewed every morning.

Video recorded using the Recording Station Appliance with 4TB of storage. The appliance features an integrated design-combining a network video recorder server, storage array, client workstation and video management software in an all-in-one tower PC. Its flexible viewing options enable association staff to view video remotely via a web browser. H.264 compression enables video to be stored for approximately 30 days.

Result:
The HD surveillance system helps the Bartlesville Playground Association to enhance the safety of the children who visit the park – one of the primary concerns of the board and staff.

In addition, the new surveillance system has helped the city stop vandalism to the park restroom facilities and aided police in the arrest of an individual who had robbed 2 people walking together in the park.

Vicon launches 16 CH 1080p HDExpress NVR series

Vicon launches 16 CH 1080p HDExpress NVR series

Editor / Provider: Vicon | Updated: 11/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Vicon Industries introduces the HDExpress, a revolutionary IP video solution that provides simple, cost-effective viewing and recording of HD video. HDExpress records up to 16 channels of 1080p network video and delivers many advanced features while requiring no networking knowledge or additional hardware for installation. Users simply connect network cameras to the device's camera ports and HDExpress detects and configures them while delivering PoE power. HDExpress is optimized to work with a wide range of 1080P cameras, including many models from Vicon.

Live and recorded video may be viewed and controlled locally using an HDMI monitor and USB mouse connected to the HDExpress unit, remotely using a web browser, or on smart phones and tablets with a free mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. Features include thumbnail search, alarm logs and motion detection. An administrator dashboard provides easy diagnostics. Free, multi-site software allows users to view and control multiple HDExpress devices from a single interface, supporting up to 64 simultaneous video streams. Varying administrative access levels may be created for multiple users.

HDExpress is offered in 4, 8 and 16 channel models with a range of storage options, including the ability to use eSATA external storage.

IndigoVision shows first quarter results increase

IndigoVision shows first quarter results increase

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 11/18/2013 | Article type: Security 50

IndigoVision continues to invest in technology and will announce the launch of a 20 Megapixel camera, the first ultra-high resolution camera that delivers the video quality that the security industry demands, providing stunning picture detail and an unparalleled image speed of 120 Megapixels per second.

IndigoVision announced major project wins for city surveillance in Malaysia, Sao Paulo International Airport and the third project for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Group revenues for the first quarter were 14% higher than the corresponding period last year. Margins were maintained in line with last year and, as planned, overheads increased following last year's 30% increase in sales and pre sales headcount.

These cost increases notwithstanding, the combination of better sales and solid margins resulted in net operating performance for the first quarter being comfortably ahead of the corresponding period last year.

Hikvision Smart Surveillance designed for IP channel

Hikvision Smart Surveillance designed for IP channel

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/15/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision Smart IP cameras are designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for efficient bandwidth and storage utilization, as well as unparalleled image quality and customer convenience.

As video surveillance continues to incorporate IP technology into their products, security manufacturers are considering how "SMART" technology can enrich their own product lines and strengthen product competitiveness. Hikvision's introduction of a professional 4-line IP camera range, aims to revolutionize the surveillance market by offering a kit of “SMART” features.

Smart is the latest concept which aims to bring video surveillance into every aspects of professional, intelligent, efficient, and convenient surveillance. Enriched with Smart technologies - such as Smart Codec, Smart Detection and Smart Control - Hikvision Smart IP cameras are specifically designed to deliver this concept to the market and convey the idea of smart security.

Smart on Bandwidth and Storage Utilization
Incorporated with an advanced codec algorithm, Hikvision's 4-line smart IP cameras deliver images at a very low bit rate without compromising on image quality. Hikvision 4-line cameras can boost image quality up-to 30% when under a 2Mpbs bit rate / 720p resolution mode. This significantly minimizes the system's load and storage requirements.

4-line smart IP cameras also support ROI (Region of Interest) codec. This allows the cameras to decrease non-ROI's image quality to save on maximum bandwidth and storage. Additionally, these regions of interest will be smartly transmitted with better detail and image quality under identical bit rate streaming conditions./p>

In vertically-shaped areas, Hikvision 4-line smart IP cameras utilizing a "Rotate Mode," which creates a vertically-oriented video feed from the camera. This further maximizes image quality while concurrently eliminating bandwidth and storage waste. As well, triple streaming is supported to perform live monitoring with up-to three independent streams.

Smart on Image Quality Delivery
Hikvision 4-line smart IP cameras bring imaging to a new level with the help of defogging technology, high frame rate, smart IR, WDR technology, starlight-level low-light capability, this improves image clarity in poor weather conditions, such as rain or fog.

In order to meet various applications where image detail is critically important (such as the handling of cash and financial transactions) Hikvision's 4-line smart IP cameras offer an ultra-high frame rate of 60fps in HD or Full HD resolution. This results in detailed and excellent image quality. Meanwhile, the improved Smart IR function allows IR strength adjustment and better visibility for the specific requirements of an application.

Smart on User Convenience
Hikvision 4-line smart IP cameras are equipped with various industry-leading technologies for user convenience. The Auto Focus feature allows cameras to focus the image automatically and brings users maximum convenience since there is no need for them to adjust the focus when scene of surveillance changes.

These models come with Intelligent Video Analytics to detect activity by various means such as Facial Detection which enables the camera to accurately detect human faces, while Intrusion Detection helps the camera to detect moving objects within a predefined area of interest. However, both features make it possible to automatically trigger an alarm and event recording simultaneously, allowing user to take whatever proactive response they deem necessary. Audio Detection gives users another tool to analyze local sound and trigger an alarm based on these parameters. Additionally, this tool can also filter out background noise interference to help avoid false alarms.

Besides, in the event of an issue relating to storage, network connection, lens redirection, defocus, or tampering, built-in VQD (Video Quality Detection) technology allows 4-line cameras to automatically self-diagnose and trigger an alarm accordingly.

Smart Solution
Hikvision's 4-line Smart IP cameras can be coupled with existing Hikvision Smart PTZ domes, storage devices, and video management software to deliver a truly vivid Smart solution for professional applications, such as casinos, banks, residential communities, airports, harbors, highways, and among others.

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