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Dahua debuts HDCVI: First long-distance HD analog technology

Dahua debuts HDCVI: First long-distance HD analog technology

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by:Dahua | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In November 2012, Dahua Technology debuted HDCVI technology to the world. As it is one of the latest innovations of HD-over-coax technology, a&s International would like to analyze its market potential and test its performance in security applications.

With the world debut of HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface) -- the latest technological breakthrough in long-distance HD-over-coax technology, Dahua Technology demonstrated both its R&D capability and determination to become a total solutions provider. The innovative HDCVI makes possible the transmission of HD video without latency over a distance of up to 500-meter via coaxial cables. In other words, end users now have the option to upgrade existing systems from standard definition to megapixel high resolution at a lower cost.

Although network video technology has penetrated the majority of market sectors and geographic regions, the current global security market is still dominated by analog systems in terms of sales volume. Accordingly, Dahua still sees plenty of opportunities in the traditional analog market. “For a big commercial building with around 40 million coaxial cables, recabling can be extremely costly and time consuming. At the same time, end users want higher picture quality. Therefore, we believe end users would increase their demand of HD-over-coax technology and Dahua's latest innovation, which enables HD video transmission via coaxial cable within a 500-meter distance would be the solution to fit all these requirements,” said Liquan Fu, President of Dahua.

Global marketing with focus on Asia
With a strong network of local distributors around the world, Dahua plans to market HDCVI not only internationally, but also in Asia. The company sees Asia as one of the biggest markets and a region where HD demand is booming, especially in the ASEAN member states. “Statistically speaking, the ratio of analog to IP products is currently 9 to 1 in India. The Indian market is one of the markets experiencing great demand for HD, as is the Brazilian market. Therefore, we can predict that HDCVI has the potential to shine in other analog-dominated markets too,” said Tim Shen, Overseas Marketing Director at Dahua.

Currently, Dahua is confident that there will be great demand for HDCVI in verticals where HD video is required, but end users want hassle-free IP video systems and are often reluctant to replace the entire existing infrastructure of cables. These include the residential sector and certain SMB sectors, such as retail, banking and casinos.

Total HDCVI solution
In addition to HDCVI cameras, Dahua is going to launch HDCVI Tri-brid DVR in the first quarter of 2014. HDCVI Tri-brid DVR works with analog, IP, as well as HDCVI systems. “Therefore, there shouldn't be compatibility issues between HDCVI, regardless of the type of system that is already in place. We do believe with the launch of this new product, integration and compatibility with HDCVI will reach a higher level,” said Shen.

In the coming year, Dahua is planning on several local roadshows with its partners to better present HDCVI to local systems integrators and installers. Meanwhile, it has just launched a microsite — HDCVI Academy. “HDCVI Academy is designed to be a platform for interaction between Dahua, our existing partners, and potential partners. For instance, all of our distribution partners can access HDCVI Academy for updates on HDCVI, from product models, case studies, SDK, technical support, and even new bracket selection,” said Shen. “In addition, we have an interactive bulletin board to answer all questions that people might have at any stage of installing HDCVI cameras or HDCVI in general. HDCVI Academy is a portal for more people to understand the benefits that HDCVI brings and how they can be benefit from HDCVI.”

TIPS:Basics of HDCVI Technology
HDCVI technology is not the same as analog image processing technology, HD digital technology, or IP megapixel technology. The biggest difference between this technology and others lies in that HDCVI combines the analog modulation-demodulation technology (transmission) of analog image processing with the high-resolution optical imaging of HD digital technology and IP megapixel technology. This provides HDCVI with the best of both worlds – high-resolution display and rapid analog transmission. The result is rapid analog transmission in a fast provisioning system that is easy to set up, but at the same time avoids the headaches common with network video systems, such as bandwidth instability, data packet loss, and latency.

HDCVI camera test performance
As a reliable and trusted source of information for the security industry, a&s conducted a test on HDCVI front-end imaging and storage devices to learn more about this technology. The test included 2 DH-HAC-HFW2200S waterproof, infrared high-definition HDCVI bullet cameras; two DH-HAC-HFW2200S waterproof, infrared high-definition HDCVI mini dome cameras; and one HDCVI based DH-HCVR7808S hybrid DVR.

True Color Display
The true color display capabilities of HDCVI are confirmed in the test. The 2-megapixel camera supports 1080p and real-time, high-resolution transmission of 720p at a maximum frame rate of 60fps. The HDCVI-DVR supports 1080p to QCIF multi-resolution, and 1-30fps storage and transmission. It supports up to a maximum of 8 blocks of 4TB hard disks (enabling a maximum storage capacity of up to 32TB). The following results are obtained in tests where the DVR video parameters are set at a resolution of 1080p, frame rate of 25fps, and bandwidth of CBR 4Mbps.

1080p high-definition performance
After the high-definition images transmitted via HDCVI are demodulated by the DVR and processed via H.264 encoding and decoding, the horizontal and vertical resolutions of real-time image quality forwarded by HDMI can reach up to 950TVL. Furthermore, edge definition is close to 900TVL and 8-bit is easily identified on a 10-bit gray scale. The same image quality is achieved with both a 2-megapixel IP and HD-SDI camera. Color images are also consistent when compared against the 24 colors of the Color Checker.

The next test looks at performance of videos taken outdoors and indoors. First up, the images taken at noon on rainy days (<1000 Lux) are detailed, with branches hundreds of meters away remaining identifiable. Next, images taken in the evening with street lamps (>20Lux) are clear and transparent, with good noise control. Finally, the automatic gain control of the camera is good indoors, and under normal light conditions, images are clear and easy to view with moderate screen brightness.

Applicability in low-lux settings
When placed inside a camera obscura, the color of images taken in light levels above 14 Lux are consistent with those taken under normal light levels, but color performance is affected at Lux levels below that. However, the AGC is switched on upon further reduction of light levels and together with 3D noise reduction capability, color images remain clear and crisp. The cameras switch to black and white images when light levels fall to 1.06 Lux to produce clean, noiseless, and clear images. When light levels are as low as 0.18 Lux, the cameras automatically switch on infrared lights to produce sharp and clear images. With IR illumination, the camera is still capable of a 20-meter effective surveillance range in darkness.

Hybrid input Incorporates all images
In addition to HDCVI signals, Dahua's HDCVI high-resolution, analog solution also supports standard-definition analog video, 960H analog video, and network video resolutions of 1080p and below. HDCVI, 960H and D1 video signals can be accessed through the same BNC. It is also worth mentioning that this product is ONVIF compatible and supports third party front-end devices.

Transmission Distance Reaches Over 300-meters
HDCVI is capable of long transmission distances and its transmission distances of various coaxial cables are as follows:

* RG-59/U guarantees up to 500 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720p
* RG-59/U guarantees up to 300 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 1080p
* RG-6/U or higher specification cable guarantees up to 650 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720p
* RG-6/U or higher specification cable guarantees up to 400 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 1080p

OSD menu control via coaxial cable
In this test, it was discovered that the HDCVI solution allows for remote control of the camera's OSD on the DVR client side. This is achieved simply through connecting the DVR with the camera via the coaxial cable. Once that is done, the end user would be able to, for instance, enter the “PTZ” menu in the video channel to control the camera's functions and image parameters. The advantage of this technology is less upfront investment, as the coaxial cable transmits images and controls the cameras. Moreover, back-end remote control of the camera allows for more precision and saves valuable time.

Excellent anti-interference performance
In the test, 6 sources of video inputs are transmitted and accessed simultaneously. In addition, there are numerous network cables, wires, displays, exchanger, and PTZ controllers in operation. However, it was discovered that images remain stable and the system is under control. Finally, when radio signals and magnetic fields in the form of receiving and dialing phones, are introduced at both ends of a 300-meter, 96 braiding coaxial cable, the image displays remain unaffected.

Supports twisted-pair transmission
This HDCVI solution also supports twisted-pair data transmission. In this test, the camera and DVR is connected via a 2-meter, cat5 twisted-pair cable that is also connected to a UTP convertor that is widely available on the market -- UTP Balun, coaxial twisted-pair convertor. The image display was normal and the image quality was identical to the results obtained when coaxial cables are used. Furthermore, DVR remote control of the OSD menu remains normal. According to the manufacturer's installation guidelines, 17Ω ordinary cat5 twisted-pair cable can transmit up to 300 meters at 720p, while 17Ω ordinary cat5 twisted-pair cable can transmit up to 200 meters at 1080p.

Steady and reliable transmission
A 2-megapixel HDCVI camera was connected with a 2-meter coaxial cable, while another identical camera was connected to a 300-meter coaxial cable. To observe the transmission performance of different cable lengths, images of an electronic stopwatch are then shot through the system to be processed by the DVR and HDMI local decoding. It is fair to say that the latency between the cables is the same, even though they are of different lengths. Latency is controlled within the range of 280 to 310ms and is consistent in all the tests.

Video playback is clear and smooth
DH-HCVR7808S supports 4 inputs of simultaneous playback at 1080p simultaneous. When video playback is tested, there is no difference between the quality of video images and the real-time video screenshot. The definition, color reduction, smoothness, and real-time effect are the same in all the following types of video formats: high-definition analog, 960H, 1080p high-definition, or standard-definition analog video. This indicates a proper processing of the DVR encoding and decoding.

Luxriot Mobile is available for beta testers

Luxriot Mobile is available for beta testers

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by:Luxriot | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Luxriot Mobile is a free application for Android and iOS, it allows users to access Luxriot VMS Servers' live and recorded video streams using smartphones or tablets from almost anywhere. This easy to use application allows multiple cameras monitoring simultaneously.

Until now most of the customers already were able to use their mobile devices to view live and recorded video from their VMS'es via the Luxriot Broadcast Server. But Luxriot finds introducing native applications for Android and iOS to be a great improvement for customers, since native application allows Luxriot to offer more important features as well as to increase usability and outcome from Luxriot VMS.

Following features will become available for beta testers:
- Live video from one or multiple cameras
- Play back recorded video
- Video stream quality adjustment for efficient bandwidth utilization
- Multiple Server setup
- Save camera screen layouts
- Snapshot to share
- Connect using 3G, 4G and Wifi


A&H Software House, is a global developer of an open architecture Video Management System – Luxriot VMS. Luxriot VMS accepts MJPEG, MPEG4 and H.264 as well as HD and megapixel video streams from Network (IP) cameras, encoders and video capture boards. Luxriot VMS is integrated with over 2500 devices from all major manufacturers and provides a client-server architecture to build hybrid scalable solutions from a single NVR/DVR to the multiple server system with thousands of cameras.

LAPD selects Axis cameras to secure 2014 Academy Awards

LAPD selects Axis cameras to secure 2014 Academy Awards

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/14/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Axis Communications, the global network video surveillance provider, announced the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) selected a mix of HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) Axis network cameras to provide video security and live situational awareness along the red carpet at the Academy Awards on March 2.

The LAPD's commitment to rock solid, reliable security technology is essential to protecting high profile events like the Academy Awards, pro sports victory parades and the final journey of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour. The red carpet scene is one of the most popular entertainment spectacles of the year, and viewers from across the globe tune in to watch the media interview and photograph their favorite celebrities as they arrive in style wearing clothing and jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The LAPD was confident that Axis IP cameras and software connected via a wireless mesh network would provide the necessary support to help keep the night glamorous, fun, and incident-free.

“What I appreciate most about the Axis camera system and software is that we no longer have to think about the technology or how to use its capability. High quality resolution, video storage that is searchable and retrievable helps us best leverage our resources,” said Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Commanding Officer for Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department.

Axis' PTZ cameras were strategically placed in the block surrounding the Dolby Theatre. A wireless mesh network connected the cameras to the command center at the police headquarters seven miles away in downtown Los Angeles. With the cameras managed remotely through AXIS Camera Companion software, the LAPD had an easily deployable, temporary solution to ensure the safety of Hollywood megastars waving to the world on their way to the theatre.

Video Surveillance: Beyond Hollywood Magic
Despite what movies and television often show, the ability of a computer lab technician to magically enhance poor quality video with software is vastly overstated. In the real world, it's paramount that the surveillance cameras capture the best possible video for image usability. Faced with a number of challenges including large crowds, variable outdoor lighting conditions, cameras flashes and the fact that red is one of the hardest colors for video to render, the LAPD chose IP cameras that could overcome these challenges, capture the best possible images at the forefront and ensure the video was reliably recorded and readily accessible.

This meant the LAPD needed HDTV-standard quality cameras with responsive pan/tilt/zoom functionality, ability to handle a wide dynamic range of lighting (WDR), Power over Ethernet connectivity and on-camera SD card edge storage. Camera placement was also critical, and the LAPD combined comprehensive, wide angle overhead views with additional dedicated cameras at high risk zones throughout the area. With this set up, officers on the ground could relay any suspicious activity back to police headquarters so commanders could zoom in and provide instant support.

For the job, the LAPD chose HDTV 1080p AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and HDTV 720p AXIS P3354-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras. Each outdoor-ready camera was connected to a wireless mesh node housed inside a custom-built watertight enclosure to protect against inclement weather. The edge-based AXIS Camera Companion software running inside the camera network allowed commanders the ability to select, control and view all cameras wirelessly on 70-inch display monitors at City Hall, as well as access the recorded video.

“With all the TV cameras, world-famous celebrities and expensive wardrobes packed into a single city block, the LAPD had an incredibly tough job,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “We're proud the high quality images and flexible installation opportunities offered by Axis network cameras allowed the LAPD to provide the top-notch security needed for such a high profile event.”

UMC Utrecht upgrades camera system to IP with Axis

UMC Utrecht upgrades camera system to IP with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Mission
UMC Utrecht wanted to upgrade its existing camera system to IP and at the same time adapt a new central camera platform, with the aim of integrating diverse systems to achieve a more efficient and effective security organization.

Solution
Axis partner VisiOn ISP installed a central, fully redundant video management system from Genetec at UMC Utrecht with both fixed and mobile Axis network cameras. The platform seamlessly integrates with the existing Company Registration and Information System (BREINS) and offers extended functionality in order to provide targeted and efficient protection of specific areas, situations and public streams. In addition to real time images, the platform also offers extended possibilities for rapid scanning of stored images.

Result
The central video platform offers UMC Utrecht a way of efficiently protecting an extensive organization with several locations. In addition to a complete overview from the alarm center, locations and public streams within the hospital are also adequately protected with the intelligent functionality of the Genetec platform and the Axis cameras. For this, central triggers can be set to send observers a signal if an anomaly occurs. By coupling signaling with procedures, security staff can assess situations better and improve response times. An extra benefit of the new environment is that information generated by the platform can be used to optimize security even further. Finally, the platform is sufficiently scalable to enable the seamless integration of new developments.

Optimized security with central camera platform
The University Medical Center of Utrecht (UMCU) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands. Spread over several buildings, a staff of over 15,000 works around the clock to provide excellent care based on the building blocks of knowledge and people. For the safety of both employees and visitors, UMC Utrecht uses network cameras. This allows security staff to systematically monitor areas, situations and public streams. In the past, UMC Utrecht used various camera platforms and systems. To improve the efficiency of the security, central video management platform was chosen, based on Axis network cameras.

Retaining investment
The need to extend and replace the cameras in the AZU hospital and WKZ children's hospital led UMC to invite tenders for a central camera platform. Van Wandelen says, “We were looking for an integrated platform with a direct link to our Alarm Center Management System, Breins. To retain earlier investments, we also wanted to integrate some existing cameras into the new environment.” After an extensive selection process, system integrator and Axis partner VisiOn ISP appeared to meet all the requirements of UMC Utrecht. They offered a redundant platform based on a selection of Axis network cameras for interior and exterior use, including Axis video encoders for the analog cameras to be reused. The new Genetec video management platform is coupled to the Breins system. At the moment, UMC Utrecht has around 180 network cameras in use; this will be expanded to 250 in the future.

Extra eyes
According to van Wandelen, security cameras effectively give observers extra eyes. “Through the combination of an integrated environment and intelligent functionality, we can now make the cameras work better for us. With the functionality of the new cameras, we are better able to match the security level to the space concerned. By combining these options smartly, we can structure hospital security more efficiently.”

Fast search functions
Another advantage of the new video management platform is a shorter response time to incidents. Van Wandelen says, “Cameras are a very effective aid here. For example, on receiving an alarm from a panic button, officers can take a direct look from a distance to get a good assessment of the situation and decide on the required action accordingly.” To optimize the security process further, UMC Utrecht wants observers to have to look at screens as little as possible. “It might sound contradictory, but we have to observe and only act when anomalies occur. It's also easy to review images later; for example, by searching back on the basis of recorded movements. This can also be done from various locations. This is a practical benefit if we want to investigate an incident.”

Barcelona shopping mall upgrades with Dahua IP surveillance solutions

Barcelona shopping mall upgrades with Dahua IP surveillance solutions

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/12/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Heron City shopping mall is one of the biggest shopping centers in Barcelona, Spain. The mall is stationed with many street-popular brands, along with a wide range of restaurants and a big underground supermarket.

Like any place where large crowds of people gather, shopping malls are susceptible to criminal activity. As a local popular shopping center, Heron has its existing analog surveillance system but requires an updated HD demand, including high definition, fast transmission, versatile video management and etc. However, the today's Spanish market, the market share is still de facto analog system and people are not yet familiar with IP solutions, as network setting is not as that easy as analog one.

With great effort of IPTECNO VIDEOVIGILANCIA, Dahua's local distributor in Spain and Working Security, a local system integrator, the mall executives decided to embrace IP technology, and Dahua IP system was finally chosen after rounds of competition thanks to its professional solution and excellent support.

The team took a reconnaissance to find out where to best deploy cameras before implementation as a strategic placement could efficiently prevent thefts, deter crimes as well as increase customer safety. Therefore, the mall executives take not only product performance but also camera design, disk capacity, ease of use, maintenance, and other factors into account. And Dahua's camera models of SD6982A-HN, SD6582A-HN, IPC-HFW3200SP, IPC-HDW2100P and NVR models of NVR5832, NVR5208-P meet the eyes.

2-megapixel IR bullet (IPC-HFW3200SP) and 2-megapixel eyeball domes (IPC-HDW2100P) feature the design to meet the scenarios for both indoor and outdoor. Meanwhile, they are also vandal-proof in case of any malicious attempts. These cameras are perfectly designed for public open areas, entrances and exits, cashier in stores and parking lots.

The 2-megapixel speed dome features Dahua in-house block camera, rendering clear and crisp images, and its IR distance reaches up to 100 meters, ensuring a wide range vision at poor-lighting surroundings. The PoE NVR they adopted saves a lot of time and support 8-ch 1080P playback; meanwhile, it support dual-stream recording, which is to record the real-time main stream and extra stream of all IP camera at the same time.

“IP business is growing slowly in Spain because of economic turmoil,” said Jordi Bassa, General Manager of IPTECNO VIDEOVIGILANCIA. “It is important to have IP system with competitive price, Dahua has the kind of products which meets the market demands. With the implement of this project, we do hope it will lead us to become a successful IP system provider.” Jaime Gonzlezm from Working Security put it: “we are happy to be involved in this case and expect to have further cooperation with Dahua and IPTECNO to introduce and accomplish more HD IP projects in Spain.”

“I learned from IPTECNO that there are many public places using conventional system in Spain,” said Elmer Zhang, Sales Director of Europe at Dahua Technology. “This is a great potential for IP and by this project, the end-user experienced the benefits from IP. Moreover, we also enhance the cooperation and trust with IPTECNO to better provide the right IP solution and services for Spanish market.”

Tips for surveillance storage selection by WD

Tips for surveillance storage selection by WD

Editor / Provider: Western Digital(WD) | Updated: 3/12/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

In the recent past security and surveillance were topics that were mainly discussed by those in the industry, and by decision makers in large- and medium-sized businesses. Flash forward to present day and the audience has increased dramatically - these very same topics are fast attracting the attention of end consumers and small business owners, as concerns about addressing security come to a boil.

Owing to the growing appetite for surveillance systems in homes and small businesses, surveillance vendors have unleashed a plethora of DIY (Do It Yourselves) surveillance systems. These kits can be had with or without storage and beyond the physical installation in the premises, they are virtually plug and play. Before an end consumer or small business owner makes the investment in a surveillance system however, he/she should do his/her due diligence in terms of research, so he/she can make an informed purchase.

One major component of every surveillance system is, of course, the cameras. Buyers should opt for kits that offer nothing less than a High Definition (HD) camera that can capture images at a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels or even a Full High Definition (FHD) camera that can capture images at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. High resolution image capture is important as it becomes easier to spot what users are looking for when reviewing the surveillance footage – the last thing users want is for a perpetrator's face (as an example) to be a mess of indistinguishable pixels. And, whether HD or FHD, the cameras should also be able to capture images at a rate of no less than 30 frames per second (FPS). This, again, will help when it comes to reviewing crucial footage.

An equally key component of surveillance systems is the storage being used – in fact this component is what can really make or break the effectiveness of the entire system. If a system is being purchased without storage, the buyer should avoid the temptation to go out and purchase the cheapest hard drive he can find. In most cases this will be some sort of desktop drive that is not designed for 24/7 use, won't be able to capture HD or FHD video from multiple cameras without dropping frames and isn't designed to consume less power and thus generate less heat. This last point is a major concern in terms of reliability, as excessive heat can drastically reduce the life of a hard drive and can also adversely affect read and write operations when the drive is being used in the surveillance system.

A buyer should, ideally, look for hard drives that offer surveillance-relevant optimizations such as AllFrame technology, which not only improves playback performance but works with ATA streaming to reduce errors and frame loss. The drives should also be designed for 24/7 usage and offer features such as IntelliPower, which enables a drive to consume less power and thus generate less heat. This is ideal when a drive is going to be installed in a passively cooled storage enclosure, whether on its own or in-conjunction with several other hard drives.

Considering the high importance of storage in surveillance systems, vendors such as WD have introduced dedicated table-top surveillance drives that boast the aforementioned technology optimizations. The recently introduced WD Purpledrive family has been compatibility tested with hundreds of surveillance systems and offer up to 4TB of capacity on a single drive. Purple drives are uniquely designed for mainstream surveillance systems and offer the perfect blend of performance, reliability and cost - the drives are recommended for use in systems with between 1-to-8 drive bays and where between 1 to as many as 32 HD cameras are used.

Besides selecting the right type of drive, one also has to consider the amount of storage that is needed. Just how much storage is needed varies depending on the specifications of the cameras and then length of time users intend to keep your video surveillance data. The amount of time businesses maintain surveillance data varies drastically but the norm is gradually shifting from as little as 7 days to 30 days. (Certain organizations are legally required to retain data for even longer periods of time.) A general rule of thumb is the longer you are able to retain data, the better it is.

EverFocus releases new user-interface MobileFocus apps

EverFocus releases new user-interface MobileFocus apps

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 3/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus announces the new, attractive design of user-interface and added features to the line of MobileFocus apps. EverFocus offers 4 versions of mobile apps: MobileFocus (free) andMobileFocus Plus (paid) for iOS and Android devices, MobileFocus HD (free) and MobileFocus HD Plus (paid) for iPads.

The MobileFocus and MobileFocus HD now offers a 4-channel live view quad display with 1-channel video playback. The new 1-channel playback from your DVR or NVR on the free app allows users to search by Time or Event, providing you the flexibility to review your recorded video anywhere, anytime.

The MobileFocus Plus offers up to 4-channel video playback with Time or Event search options in a quad display view. In addition, a new “Local Recording” feature will now provide users the ability to save live video in MP4 video format for iOS and AVI video format for Android. With the new “Local Recording” function, once the recorded video has been saved on your handheld devices, you can playback the backup video without utilizing your data plan.

The MobileFocus HD Plus offers up to 16-channel video playback with Time or Event search options. iPad users can now playback videos from their DVR or NVR with a single screen, quad, 9-channel or 16-channel display view options. For live video viewing of EverFocus IP cameras, the MobileFocus HD Plus provides users the options of a single, quad, and 9-channel screen display. It also features “Local Recording” function so you can save your video in MP4 format right onto your iPad.

EverFocus' line of MobileFocus apps supports all EverFocus H.264 DVRs, NVRs and IP cameras with video formats of H.264, MJPEG, and MPEG4. Whether you are using a free or paid version of the app, users can benefit from common features such as single or multi-channel view, two-way audio, snapshot, digital zoom, on-screen camera time/title display, and PTZ control (focus, iris, auto pan, zoom in/out, and preset point setting).

Hikvision releases new easily blending camera series

Hikvision releases new easily blending camera series

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision introduces its series of miniature-sized IP cameras: the DS-2CD64 series. This new mini series provides both flexibility and ease of installation - especially in areas of very limited space - and makes it ideal for discreet surveillance applications (such as ATMs, access control, and upscale retail locations, among others).

As the overall HD IP surveillance market continues to boom, IP adoption in vertical markets has taken on even more importance by seeking out products that meet the specialized requirements for every vertical market. Hikvision's DS-2CD64 series covert camera is designed with this vertical market concept in mind.

“This series is comprised of a palm-sized main unit and thumb-sized lens unit. This small size allows the camera to blend into a variety of environments where space may be an issue, or where an intrusive-looking conventional camera adversely affects the desired environment of the location. Furthermore, beside its small size, this camera packs a bevy of additional features," explained Adler Wu, Product Marketing Manager at Hikvision.

An Abundance of In-House Features
Hikvision's DS-2CD64 series is the first of its type to incorporate true 120dB WDR, as well as other powerful image processing functionalities like 3D DNR and BLC. Features such as these allow the DS-2CD64 to capture crystal-clear HD (1280x960) images under any lighting conditions.

When in a vertically-shaped environment, such as a corridor or hallway, this camera adjusts to “Rotate Mode” to deliver better vertically-oriented images. This further maximizes image quality while concurrently eliminating bandwidth and storage waste. Besides, the ROI (Region of Interest) codec is also included to provide additional savings on maximum bandwidth and storage.

Additionally, the DS-2CD64 series supports on-board storage of up-to 64GB, which serves as a backup in case of network disconnection. Equipped with Alarm I/O and Audio I/O interfaces, these cameras allow users to connect to a variety of external audible & visual alarm devices for additional security control purposes. Furthermore, triple streaming is supported to perform live monitoring with up-to three independent streams.

Choice of Lens and Mounting Type
Designed with flexibility in mind, the DS-2CD64 series supports various lens types for different application scenarios. For example, a pinhole lens (DS-2CD6412FWD-10) with covert mounting is particularly suitable for ATM surveillance. However, for stores, hotels, and offices, an L-shaped lens (DS-2CD6412FWD-20) with wall mountings, or a tube lens (DS-2CD6412FWD-30) with brackets, make excellent solutions for perfectly discreet surveillance. Available in these three styles, customers are sure to find an option that best fits their specific needs.

Coupling the DS-2CD64 series with Hikvision DS-7608/16NI-VP plug & play embedded NVR makes a high quality and easy-to-use solution for both ATM and any other covert surveillance in vertical markets. The DS-7608/16NI-VP NVR is small in size (130× 236× 180mm), which is very suitable for adoption in limited space.

Hikvision's DS-2CD64 series will be on display in the upcoming exhibitions: Secutech Taipei, ISC West, and ISC Brazil. Customers are encouraged to stop by the official Hikvision booth to take a look and ask for more information.

Axis assists Kwik Trip store chain for retail security and quality control

Axis assists Kwik Trip store chain for retail security and quality control

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/11/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
The Midwest-based convenience store chain, Kwik Trip, needs to protect itself against the same threats as many of its C-store competitors. In addition, Kwik Trip also manages its own bakery, commissary, dairy, and warehouse – producing, packing and shipping a wide variety of goods for all its stores 365 days a year. At the store level, the company wanted to install a high-resolution video surveillance system to help protect its thousands of employees and millions of customers, minimize theft and mitigate insurance claims. At the corporate level, they wanted to tighten quality control over food preparation, storage and distribution, as well as improve safety and security across its facilities.

Solution
Hunter Security & Surveillance Systems, Greenville, WI-based integrator and Axis partner, devised a cost-saving hybrid strategy that augmented the corporation's existing analog cameras with AXIS P3301 Fixed Dome Network Cameras in high risk areas of its retail stores and outdoor AXIS P1343-E Network Cameras at its car washes.

Hunter also deployed a full-IP strategy at the various corporate operations centers using a mixed-array of high resolution Axis fixed and PTZ network cameras running under the management of exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

Result
Axis cameras have not only provided forensic evidence of criminal activity but have assisted the company in maintaining high standards for food preparation and safety, reducing merchandise shrinkage and identifying and correcting inefficiencies in production and distribution

“Whether we're talking about our retail stores, kitchens, distribution center, manufacturing plants or other facilities, employee safety is our most important priority,” said Brett Gooden, Director of Loss Prevention.

Prior to 2004 only approximately 20 stores in the chain had surveillance systems in place. When Gooden was hired as the new corporate loss prevention director, he led an initiative to put analog CCTV systems in every store.

During this initiative, Kwik Trip was introduced to Axis network cameras by Greenville, WI-based integrator, Hunter Security & Surveillance. Matt Hunter, President and Installation Specialist for Hunter Security, initially recommended Axis for Kwik Trip's bakery and distribution center. Hunter suggested the high resolution offered by Axis cameras would help Kwik Trip better monitor their baked good production line, as well as verify product labels in the tobacco distribution center so they could more effectively oversee the handling of the high value items.

“From here, they saw the advantages of Axis cameras, so they wanted to try them in the stores,” Hunter said. The level of visual detail offered by high resolution Axis cameras provided the perfect complement to the analog equipment. “It was all about picture quality.”

“We partnered with Hunter Security & Surveillance to deploy Axis network cameras to cover the highest risk areas of our convenience stores,” Gooden said. “This included the front doors, the cash registers, high shrink merchandise aisles and kitchens. We relegated our analog cameras to building exteriors and low shrink merchandise aisles.”

In the past, Kwik Trip often relied on employee observation to verify the facts of an incident. Today, the Axis cameras have eyes on the situation. The high resolution cameras record and reveal detailed information about robberies, shoplifting attempts, employee theft, accidents and other activities. The video support helps the chain mitigate risks and reduce losses. “Compared to the old analog cameras, we see things a lot more clearly now,” Gooden said.

Joining the Neighborhood Watch
Many Kwik Trip stores are situated on the corner of busy intersections. Not only do these strategic locations make the stores more accessible to customers, they also serve as an extra pair of eyes on the neighborhood.

According to Gooden, local law enforcement often reaches out to Kwik Trip to review the video captured by its Axis cameras. “If something happens in the vicinity, there's a good possibility that the person who the police are looking for has been to a Kwik Trip right before or just after the incident,” shared Gooden. “It didn't take long for law enforcement to figure out that Kwik Trip usually has the best camera system in town.”

Assuring the highest quality control
Beyond the convenience stores, Axis cameras are integrated into every corner of the Kwik Trip operation. This helps the company achieve its goal of cost-effective operational excellence. For instance, at the corporate center, AXIS P3301 Fixed Dome Network Cameras keep an eye on food safety and sanitation standards in the dairy and the bakery, and AXIS P3343-VE cameras with weather-proof and vandal-resistant casing watch over ice cream production and freezer storage in temperatures as low as -40o F/C. In the distribution center, AXIS 216FD Network Cameras oversee a huge inventory of high-profit tobacco products that are vulnerable to theft.

Because the corporate center uses the exacqVision Enterprise VMS, Hunter Security was able to take advantage of the more advanced and intelligent features such as license plate recognition at the corporate fueling stations and near-immediate video retrieval.

The benefits of IP video system permeate throughout the entire company. “I deal with the Loss Prevention side,” Gooden said, “but our operations team also uses the Axis/exacqVision system to monitor what's happening in our kitchen center to improve the efficiency of how we cook our food. We monitor store inventory, especially the foods we sell, to reduce waste. Based on what we witness on the video, we've also added and changed store policies and training to improve the quality of our customer service.”

While each Kwik Trip stores archives its own video locally, the corporate communications center remotely monitors the cameras when incidents occur. Stores generally house the video for 30-60 days, depending on the size of the store, the volume of traffic and the size of the hard drive. When necessary, corporate extracts and stores incident video to preserve forensic evidence for prosecution.

Testing the benefits of full IP surveillance
Kwik Trip is currently field-testing an array of advanced Axis network cameras at its newest convenience store in Steven Points, WI. “We're building the surveillance system from the ground up to be a full IP-based solution indoors and out,” explained Matt Hunter, President of Hunter Security & Surveillance Systems.

Some of the features being explored in this test environment include two-way audio, HDTV-quality resolution with advanced H.264 compression, 360o and 180o fields of view, longer range lenses for day/night clarity and sophisticated in-camera analytics like license plate recognition.

This installation will give the Kwik Trip team an opportunity to see how best to incorporate cutting edge surveillance technology in their chain going forward.

Top 10 most popular security products for February 2014

Top 10 most popular security products for February 2014

Editor / Provider: asmag Editorial Department | Updated: 3/11/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag presents the top 10 most popular products for February 2014, with Hikvision dominated the chart with 3 times appearance, leaving readers a strong impression. Moreover, a big shake up also hit the chart – with 8 product newcomers entering, including suppliers such as VIVOTEK, Superior Electronics, Honeywell, LILIN, Tyco, Hikvision and Panasonic.

Interestingly, a string of 4 different dome cameras took over the chart by storm – showing a booming demand for dome cameras from the security industry. Other products, namely: bean sensor, control panel, lens and smart door lock all surfaced on this popularity chart.

Following are the individual introductions and analysis of the top 10 products:

Once again, Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera topped the chart with dominating 533 clicks – its second time in a row be named “the most popular product of the month”, indicating a growing curve of support from the home-oriented market. DS-2CD2412F-I (W) is embedded with a passive infrared motion detection senor, allowing the camera to detect individuals when they are within 8-meter range of unit and also automatically triggers an alarm response.

Moreover, this product is also equipped with a built-in microphone/speaker, designed to safeguard homes, offices, stores and other small and medium-sized enterprises.

Market newcomer VIVOTEK FD8371EV outdoor 3MP dome graced the runner up position with solid 356 views. Featuring 30 fps at 3-megapixel, FD8371EV is a professional day/night camera embedded with Smart IR technology to avoid overexposure from IR LEDs. Smart IR technology allows cameras to adjust the IR lighting intensity instantaneously based on the distance of the object from cameras.

Another newcomer ENFORCER 50ft Reflective Photoelectric Beam Sensor also left a memorable impression with its 347 clicks; therefore, ranked as third place on the chart. Made especially for the Smart-home and small business markets, this standalone system includes a sensor, reflector, adapter as well as chime unit, and has received some positive feedback from the internet realm, mainly for its easy-setup and easy-to-use features.

American supplier Honeywell's VISTA-250BP Control Panel secured number 4th, , it generated 296 views in February. This product is an 8 partition, 250 zone UL commercial burglary control panel, designed to meet various requirements of today's commercial installations while simplifying end-user operation.

Additionally, this product is embedded with a cutting edge feature: Panel Linking, it allows multiple partitions, panels – even buildings – to be armed, disarmed and have status checked all from one location.

Another new face entered the chart with 289 clicks –LD2122E4/E6 1080P HD Mini Dome IP Camera from LILIN. This mini dome has been featured in asmag.com ‘HD Mini Dome' special feature and is equipped with Full HD 2 megapixel CMOS image sensor, 3D noise reduction and 2D WDR function.

The fact that Tyco American Dynamics 5MP Illustra Fisheye Camera graced 6th in this popularity chart with 240 views indicates a latent demand for panoramic cameras in the market. This product provides 180-degree and 360-degree panoramic views of wide areas as well as single or multiple fixed views – suitable for forensic investigations. In order to introduce more panoramic cameras, asmag.com will be presenting our readers with a panoramic camera special feature in March.

Placed at number 7 is the duplicated version of the chart topper from Hikvision; Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera is not unfamiliar to this popularity chart; it has been named number 4 last month and with solid support coming from Europe and a total 217 clicks, this is its third time in a row to appear on the chart.

Yet another fresh new face, Panasonic WV-SFV631L vandal-resistant 1080P dome came in 8th with 208 views. Introduced at the ASIS conference in last September as one of the first additions to Panasonic's new high-performance 6 Series i-PRO cameras, this camera has gained strong momentum and popularity from America and Asia.

Chinese supplier Hikvision's HV3816D-8MPIR MEGAPIXEL VARI-FOCAL LENS plays a major component of delivering high-resolution images in ultra-low conditions and therefore has been ranked 9th. With focal range from 3.8 to 16mm, this lens allows camera models to operate at given focal distances to best suit a particular field of view. This item has been clicked by 200 viewers with roughly half of the views coming from America.

With its minimalistic and simplistic design aesthetic, Samsung SHS-P718 Push Pull Smart Door Lock is enjoying its third time appearance on the chart. This product is specially designed for the Smart Home users. Simply just push and pull, combined with User Access Code, RF Card Key Tag, Mechanical Override Key ,Finger Print and many other ways to unlock, these great features have produced 198 views around the world.

 

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.

For last month's Top 10 products, click here.

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