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Pelco by Schneider Electric updates Lenel NVR factory certification

Pelco by Schneider Electric updates Lenel NVR factory certification

Editor / Provider: Pelco | Updated: 5/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

A number of newly released Pelco by Schneider Electric Sarix IP cameras have received factory certification from Lenel Systems International under the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program.

“We are pleased that the development and certification effort to establish interoperability between Pelco's Sarix IP camera offering to Lenel network video recorders (NVR) is now complete, which includes Pelco Thermal, Enhanced and latest Spectra HD series,” said Stephane Lantoine, director of integration operations with Pelco by Schneider Electric. “This certification continues a long-lasting track record of maintaining up-to-date certifications and continues to demonstrate the Pelco by Schneider Electric commitment toward openness.”

Lenel established the OpenAccess Alliance Program to enable its customers to easily interface its OnGuard system to third-party technologies — which now include the Pelco Sarix IP camera family and compatible Spectra HD domes with Sarix technology.

“Schneider Electric has completed required factory testing to validate the functionality of the interface of their Pelco Sarix IP network cameras to the Lenel NVR. We look forward to their continued involvement in the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program,” said Gidon Lissai, director of strategic alliances, Lenel.

Hikvision provides safer schooling environment in South Africa

Hikvision provides safer schooling environment in South Africa

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 5/14/2014 | Article type: Education

It seems there isn't a week that goes by where some type of horrific school-related incident is in the news. This phenomena isn't linked to any country, but the unfortunate script usually includes someone - often a student - arriving on campus intent on doing harm to fellow classmates and faculty.

While this represents the absolute worst case scenario, there is also a less dramatic variety that has recently gotten a great deal of traction: bullying.

A great deal of effort has been put into the elimination of student bullying. Much time has been spent on the best possible methods to reduce this phenomena, and one tool that is gaining popularity is the usage of professional CCTV solutions.

South African Campus
In South Africa's Western Cape Province lies the town of Strand. Known for its beautiful beaches, the town also has excellent academic facilities, with one of these being Strand High School.

Fortunately, Strand High School offers a peaceful learning environment to provide an excellent Afrikaans school education for its student body.

Recently however, as a proactive measure, school administrators drew up plans for a security solution that would:
* make sure that school rules and regulations are adhered to
* decrease occurrences of bullying
* offer clear video surveillance of school entrances and exits
* monitor any individual entering onto, or leaving, school property
* offer clear video surveillance over athletic fields and general school grounds

From Idea to Reality
In essence, administrators wanted a CCTV solution that would provide surveillance over access control and the school's general grounds.

To turn this idea into a reality, Hikvision's Official South African Distributer, Sensor, and South African security installer Cam Live Vision combined to design, and install, a solution that addresses these security goals.

Ben Bekker, Director of Cam Live Vision, noted, "It became clear in the initial stages that the specifications of the client, combined with school budget concerns, required that very specific cameras were used ... we had to be very intelligent about designing a solution that addressed these often disparate goals."

PTZ for Close and Far
Mr. Bekker opted for a PTZ model to cover surrounding school grounds (including playing fields, outdoor cafeteria, and parking garage), as well providing optimal viewing of school entrances and exits.

Specifically, Hikvision's Smart PTZ — DS-2DF7284 Series 2MP Network IR PTZ Dome Camera was chosen. With units placed on the front and back of the school building, PTZ functionality offers a full 360° of coverage.

However, this PTZ functionality is only one piece of the puzzle. Another was a 20x optical zoom that provides the coverage needed for all the school, in its entirety. Yet, "It's the DS-2DF7284's 2MP resolution that allows the school Principle and Vice Principle to accurately identify an individual ... regardless if they are at the main front entrance or behind the rugby field," explained Mr. Bekker.

One additional bonus is this model's Smart IR capability and 150m of IR range, a tool "that is definitely of use during the night, to give us security even if students are not present," Mr. Bekker added.

Box Cameras for Indoor and Other Areas
Hikvision box cameras were chosen for indoor locations and specific outdoor areas. The DS-2CD864F-E(W) 1.3MP Network Box Camera was combined with Hikvision's TV0309D-MPIR Lens to view indoor school hallways, indoor cafeteria, and outdoor courtyard space. As this courtyard is largely covered, weatherproofing was not a camera issue.

As with the previous speed dome, great megapixel resolution was also a must. However, with the addition of the TV0309D-MPIR lens, spaces that experience difficult lighting are properly addressed. This is due to the lens' vari-focal IR function and auto iris - providing clear images in quickly-changing lighting environment. One example is "Strand High School's interior hallways," said Mr. Bekker. "These hallway doors open directly to the outside ... so when a door is suddenly opened, normally dark areas are immediately saturated with bright sunlight, requiring this Hikvision lens ... and IR functionality when returning back to the dark."

A Sense of Security
Since Strand High School's Principle and Vice-Principle use their PCs to conveniently monitor this IP solution, Hikvision's iVMS Software was combined with the DS-9632NI-ST Embedded NVR. As this NVR supports 32 IP camera channels, it is an excellent tool to allow these administrators access to whichever camera that is currently needed.

This comes in particularly handy during peak hours, such as the morning (with students arriving) and the afternoon (with them leaving for the day). And the results are already in: after only one week using this solution, instances of bullying decreased. Mr. Bekker noted this was confirmed by both students and Strand's principle. Furthermore, teachers can now review high-quality video to easily identify students who break school rules, such leaving school grounds during breaks.

Importantly, everyone entering and exiting school premises is closely monitored - bringing Strand High School both security and a sense of confidence during these changing modern times.

GKB safeguards hotel in Medina

GKB safeguards hotel in Medina

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 5/12/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

BACKGROUND
Hotel Al Fayroz Season is located in the central area in Medina, Saudi Arabia, within a short walking distance from where the Prophet's Mosque is. The hotel provides 506 rooms and suits and is able to accommodate more than 1500 guests. In order to have better protection of guests' safety and optimize hotel quality, the management team proposed the needs for a more reliable and flexible surveillance system. GKB professional IP solution, including Diplomat IP cameras and most featured Cloud Platform secures Hotel Al Fayroz Season with an additional layer of security.

SOLUTIONS
GKB team has already installed 140 network cameras in total with two 720P models: GKB D44624 and D34724 cameras. D44624 is a bullet outdoor camera with IP66 water-proof and 2 way audio functions. D34724 is a vandal-proof dome network camera. Both IP cameras support 8 video streams and PoE functions; GKB's remote monitoring software, NVR-10 and Viewer-11, enable hotel to operate on a centralized system for better efficiency and effectiveness with superior image quality and situational awareness.

BENEFITS
* Easier integration with other security devices – GKB provides an open IP platform making it much easier to integrate with other security devices such as access control.
* GKB's IP solution can be extended to as many IP cameras as users want without extra license fee, saving much more cost for the users when needs grow.
* With the GKB's Cloud platform, users can manage all their own surveillance equipments anytime and anywhere.

 

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About GKB GKB Security Corporation is a global security solutions provider with a full range of CCTV, IP, Mobile, Video Fire Detection System and Home Automation products and support services designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized system integrators and security installers.

LILIN secures upper-scale apartment complex in N.Taipei harbor city

LILIN secures upper-scale apartment complex in N.Taipei harbor city

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 5/12/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

An upper-class apartment complex with spectacular harbor view, located along the coast of Northern Taipei city, Taiwan, has over 380 apartment units, library, karaoke room, sporting facilities including a tennis court, gym facility, outdoor swimming pool, spa room, and other amenities. The apartment complex was completed in 2013, and the committee of the apartment complex was in particularly looking for system that is able to perform video surveillance from a central monitoring room and facilitate remote access to images captured at various points throughout the facilities.

With its large-surface area and concentrated sporting, social, and cultural activities, this apartment complex found it necessary to install a flexible, modern, and agile video surveillance system that would allow real-time monitoring over perimeters, access points, and public areas, in order to provide greater protection for critical areas of the entire residential community.

LILIN Stood Out
LILIN Video Surveillance could be easily deployed over a wide geographical area with no network bottlenecks. The solutions also had to deliver high quality live and recorded video from multiple viewing stations anywhere in the site. Therefore, the committee of the apartment complex chose LILIN to provide their residents reliable and dependable security solution.

Insallation
LILIN network camera, fitted with an IR illuminator, offers superb video performance and provides images with better depth of field (DOF), resolution, and clarity. The harbor-view apartment complex has deployed dome cameras – IPD2122, vandal-resistant cameras – IPR7424, PTZ speed domes – IPS212, CMX video recorder – CMX1108, and coupled with ANPR software allows registered vehicles to access the multi-story underground parking structure without the hassle of access cards or security breach risk of tags. License Plate Recognition is able to effectively reduce bottlenecks caused by misplaced security devices, and also help to facilitate the flow of traffic.

Products at a Glance
* 36x Dome camera, IPD2122
* 52x Vandal-proof IP66 rating camera, IPR7424
* 1x PTZ speed dome, IPS212
* CMX video recorder, CMX1108
* ANPR software

Results & Customer Feedback
The customer is very impressed with the LILIN products. Its advanced system design gives an impressive degree of control over entire complex facilities, and video verification provides clear proof of whether an intruder has broken in. LILIN supplies such elegant industrial design combined with intuitive software. LILIN combines software and hardware together in one ecosystem that offers an absolutely end-to-end experience for end-users.

 

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

Pharmaceuticals giant installed IndigoVision VMS in Asia

Pharmaceuticals giant installed IndigoVision VMS in Asia

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 5/8/2014 | Article type: Security 50

As part of Mylan Inc., one of the largest generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world, Mylan Labs Limited manages nine manufacturing facilities across India and China. These sites employ various different makes of camera, and Mylan needed a solution that would allow them to manage these disparate systems.

With its open policy on third party camera integration, IndigoVision was the ideal choice. The cameras on all sites are now managed through IndigoVision's Control Center Video Management Software (VMS), meaning video can now be viewed from anywhere. IndigoVision's unique Distributed Network Architecture (DNA) removes the need for any management severs, removing any single point of failure and making it easy to add new cameras to the system.

Belgium hospital increases scalability by Axis IP upgrading solution

Belgium hospital increases scalability by Axis IP upgrading solution

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/8/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Hornu-Frameries Hospital, located in Hornu, Belgium, only had analog cameras inside the building and in a few departments. This minimal system did not make it possible to optimally secure the hospital's patients, staff, and property.

Solution
Digital, an Axis Solution Gold Partner in Belgium and one of the market leaders in IT-based electronic security, developed a custom solution for Hornu-Frameries Hospital by adding to the existing indoor and outdoor surveillance system. Digital enabled the hospital to keep its existing cameras by connecting them to the new system via Axis video encoders.

Result
All the cameras are now accessible from a single interface, which makes it possible to quickly analyze events and act accordingly. By keeping the existing cameras, the Axis video encoders enabled Hornu-Frameries Hospital to save part of its initial budget which could consequently be dedicated to an expansion project. The hospital is particularly satisfied with the result.

“Thanks to the Axis video encoders, Digital was able to connect our old cameras to the new network, thus reducing costs in terms of new cameras. We can therefore dedicate the remaining budget to the project's second phase and equip the entire hospital.“
--Jacques Ferir, Technical Service Manager, Hornu-Frameries Hospital.

The Hornu site of the Hornu-Frameries Hospital was built in 1979. It is a general hospital with 391 beds, with standard specializations: surgery, medicine, pediatrics, maternity, intensive care, etc. “We already had surveillance cameras in radiology, maternity, and pediatrics. But they were obsolete, even broken-down, analog cameras. Following recent events that occurred in other hospitals – child abductions, equipment thefts, etc. – we decided to upgrade the network and install additional cameras,” explains Jacques Ferir, Technical Service Manager for Hornu-Frameries Hospital. Digital reactivated the old analog cameras in the radiology department and added Axis network cameras to supplement the installation, bringing the total number of cameras to around 40. Daniel Van Doveren, Digital Project Manager, adds: "Hornu-Frameries Hospital wanted in particular to secure the building's exit points. Therefore, we used different cameras so we can alternate views from inside and outside. If needed, we can follow the route of any person acting suspiciously. For certain areas, we also have a motion detection function on the cameras.”

To secure the inside of the building, Digital opted for AXIS 216MFD Network Cameras. Compact and discreet, they can be installed easily on walls or ceilings and offer effective protection against tampering. The building's exterior is equipped with AXIS 211 Network Cameras, which are specially designed for outdoor surveillance and remote monitoring. These two models are powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet), which reduces installation costs because the camera is powered using the cable that transmits data. Therefore, it does not require an additional electrical supply. In order to connect the reactivated analog cameras to the network of new cameras, Digital used Axis video encoders. These encoders make it possible to easily use the images from the existing analog cameras, transmit them and exchange them over the hospital's computer network without loss of quality. Beyond convergence, they provide advanced functions such as motion detection and event management.

For Hornu-Frameries Hospital, Digital selected AXIS 241Q Video Encoder, which manages up to four analog video channels.

The installation of the new network required two months of work. The Hornu-Frameries Hospital managers have been particularly satisfied with the result: “The main exit points of the hospital are now secured, which reassures both our staff and our patients. Aesthetically, the new cameras blend in perfectly with the landscape and are hardly noticeable. Thanks to the Axis video encoders, Digital was able to connect our old cameras to the new network, thus reducing costs in terms of new cameras. We can now dedicate the remaining budget to the project's second phase and equip the entire hospital.” concludes Jacques Ferir.

A decade in the making: VCA takes center stage (2)

A decade in the making: VCA takes center stage (2)

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s International | Updated: 5/6/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

As technology has improved and more market education has helped end users understand VCA's limitations. Acceptance has gone up and more and more security companies are seeing its immense value.

Embedded From the Start
While companies like the aforementioned found success with VCA software as a standalone product, other companies view VCA software alone as a nonstarter and thereby established companies with VCA embedded into other products, whether it be hardware or other software. “The initial assumption was that VCA is a viable product all by itself,” said Jesikov, “However, as time as passed by it became clear that VCA can only be a part of a bigger integrated product.”

SightLogix was founded in 2004 on the principle that software alone cannot solve a problem; it needs hardware to accompany it. John Romanowich, CEO and founder of SightLogix, explained that to solve the problem of detecting what is wanted and ignoring what is not wanted, good integration of hardware and software is necessary. As a result, since its founding, SightLogix has been embedding video analytics on the edge in thermal cameras for use in outdoor perimeter applications. By putting the analytics onboard the thermal camera, and applying a high degree of video processing, the camera shifts from simply a surveillance device to a security device, as pointed out by Romanowich.

Other companies, such as Intelligent Security Systems (ISS) were founded on a similar principle of embedding VCA software into hardware, but have since modified their business model, integrating video analytics into VMS instead of hardware. When ISS was established in 1999 they were a DVR manufacturer; however, their DVR had built-in analytics. Over time, ISS noted that more and more customers had a need for management services for their video. Therefore, based on customers' needs and where the market was moving, ISS shifted their focus from DVRs to VMS with added-value analytics, which they now embed into hardware, according to Aluisio Figueiredo, COO of ISS. “At the end of the day, if there is no value added, it's [VMS] a commodity. With value added we can provide a tailor-made solution for every customer.” When established in 2003, Aimetis was an analytics company focused on third party integration, but there were significant business and technology obstacles to overcome at the time. Because the potential of analytics was not yet understood, potential partners were slow to invest, explained Justin Schorn, VP of Product Management at Aimetis. “From a technology standpoint, the hardware performance of existing products was insufficient to simply ‘bolt on' analytics. As a result, Aimetis focused on building a video management platform from scratch with VCA as a key differentiator.”

Outsiders Getting in on the Action
Although video analytics is not new to the security industry, adoption has only been gradual. Video analytics is not yet a standard, but seeing the added value of VCA technology, many security companies have acquired, partnered with, or developed their own analytics to add to their offering. Several notable acquisitions of video analytics companies have been made over the last decade, for example Infinova's 2012 acquisition of March Networks, and most recently Avigilon's acquisition of VideoIQ in January of this year. Additionally, in 2013, Kastle Systems, well known for delivering access control as a service, acquired CheckVideo, a provider of cloud-based intelligent video surveillance and alarm verification solutions. This trend of acquiring video analytics companies is also how many total solution providers got into the VCA game.

In 2007, Honeywell Security got in on the VCA game through the acquisition of ActivEye, a small specialist VCA company. This allowed the company to add complementary solutions to their video offering. Their goal in the acquisition was “to ensure that video content analytics sits at the core of integrated security systems, ensuring the technology provides tangible benefits to the security manager,” said Jeremy Kimber, Commercial Operations Marketing Leader of EMEA at Honeywell Security. Similarly, Tyco Security Products' 2008 acquisition of Intellivid, a retail data analytics company, was a stepping stone into VCA technology for the company, originally part of a retail-centric product offering, according Shahar Ze'evi, Senior Product Manager at Tyco Security Products; however, the company has spent the last few years developing the technology to provide functionality for the broader security market. Ze'evi further noted, “Our view of analytics has never been as a standalone application but rather as an additional tool that enhances our VMS offering.”

Many other security companies have acquired VCA companies as well. DVTel, a total solution provider of video surveillance, acquired intelligent video provider ioimage in 2010. “The addition of VCA technology to our product offering was important and necessary,” said Kim Loy, VP of Global Marketing and Chief Product Officer of DVTel. “Rather than start the development of VCA, the company [DVTel] acquired ioimage, which already had a strong brand that was known and trusted in the industry.”

More specialized companies such a FLIR Systems have also acquired more niche video analytics companies, such as Traficon, a company that specializes in video image processing software and hardware for traffic analysis. FLIR's 2012 acquisition of Traficon paved the way for the company to more aptly penetrate the intelligent transportation systems market.

THE YEAR FOR VCA (?)
Regardless of how or when security companies entered into the video analytics world, the increased interest is surely a good omen for the future of VCA. As more vendors begin to include video analytics in their offering, along with the continued growth of technology, accuracy, and education, there is no reason for 2014 to not be the year of VCA.

A decade in the making: VCA takes center stage (1)

Avigilon introduces latest HD security solution

Avigilon introduces latest HD security solution

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 5/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Following the recent acquisition of VideoIQ, Inc., Avigilon Corporation (Avigilon) recently made new product release—HD cameras as well as new upgrate of its intelligent video analytics and control center. These are set for advancing Avigilon's present security solutions.

Video Analytics
These real-time intelligent video analytics solutions  deliver a comprehensive preventative security solution. High definition video, instant and accurate object detection and classification alerts, and Instant notification are making it a smart 24/7/365 security system. With powerful analytics and video combination, the new video analytics help to prevent crime while providing high levels of identification and delivering positive ROI.

Avigilon Control Center 5.2
Avigilon ACC 5.2, the first major upgrade to Avigilon Control Center 5, provides advanced image detail more quickly and accurately than ever before by utilizing the next generation of High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) 2.0 technology. ACC 5.2 also enables users with large, distributed sites the ability to respond more quickly to real life incidents and conduct more efficient investigations with new enterprise level features.

HD Pro Camera Video
The new Avigilon HD Pro Camera Series are the industry's most advanced surveillance cameras on the market. Available in 8 MP, 12 MP and 16 MP resolutions, the HD Pro cameras deliver high-resolution images with Avigilon's next-generation bandwidth management technology to effectively provide maximum detail and coverage of expansive areas.

The 8 MP HD Pro camera is the intro camera to Avigilon HD Pro line. It provides the same resolution as over 25 standard VGA cameras. Underpinned by Avigilon next-generation H4 platform, the camera delivers superior image detail with improved performance, processing power and bandwidth consumption. The 16 MP HD pro camera keeps bandwidth low through seamless integration with Avigilon Control Center using our proprietary HDSM 2.0 technology.

VIVOTEK IP solutions adopted by Iranian hospital

VIVOTEK IP solutions adopted by Iranian hospital

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/6/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

To ensure patient safety and optimize medical quality, a reliable surveillance system is critical for hospitals, especially for those located in highly populated areas. Bushehr is the capital of Bushehr Province, which is located in southeastern Iran. With a population of over 200,000, demands on medical care are high in Bushehr City. As one of the biggest hospitals in Bushehr City, Khalij Hospital endeavors to provide the citizens of Bushehr with top quality medical care. To enhance the security network of the hospital, Khalij Hospital commissioned Pooya Fara Negar (PFN), VIVOTEK's local distributor, to install a security network in March 2014.

Solution: Outstanding qualities guarantee excellent security
For this project, 208 of VIVOTEK's high quality cameras, including 80 FD8166, 95 FD8136, 15 PZ8121, 1 FD8162, 15 IP8362, and 2 SD8362E were deployed to provide security in various corners of Khalij Hospital. For corridors and indoor areas, FD8166 and FD8136 were installed. FD8166 and FD8136 are the world's smallest fixed dome network cameras; making them the ideal choice for small spaces. With a setup time of less than 120 seconds, the installation of both cameras was quite quick and easy. With a size of only 90 mm in diameter, VIVOTEK FD8136 and FD8166 are without doubt an all-in-one surveillance solution that fulfills a wide variety of needs for indoor surveillance. PZ8121, a PoE PTZ Network Camera, was installed at the nurse station because of its high-performance network camera that features 10x optical zoom and pan/tilt functionality, thereby ensuring top security for the nurse station, which is the first line that protects patient safety. The FD8162 is characterized by its use of wide dynamic range (WDR) technology, which offers an extended camera range that covers a larger span between bright and dark areas in the image. WDR cameras are generally used in places with high contrast lighting conditions, such as building entrances and areas near windows. This made the FD8162 the most suitable product to be installed at the entrances of Khalij Hospital. VIVOTEK's IP8362, designed with a removable IR-cut filter and built-in IR illuminators for both day and night applications and IP67-rated housing, is a top-tier outdoor bullet network camera for diverse outdoor applications. As for the speed dome network camera SD8362E, it offers full HD resolution and WDR Pro technology, which enables users to identify image details in extremely bright as well as dark environments. In addition, the SD8362E with a 20x optical zoom lens is able to capture details at top-notch quality. For these reasons, the IP8362 and SD8362E were selected for the outdoor areas of the hospital.

VIVOTEK ST7501 is a video management software that features reliable recording and easy video management. ST7501 provides functions such as recording, live media data, and instant playback, all of which can be installed and operated on a single computer or separate computers according to the client's preferences. ST7501 is able to record network video streams at a maximum of 32 channels. For video playback, numerous advanced functions such as searching, browsing, and exporting can be used. These outstanding qualities guarantee excellent security management, an objective that VIVOTEK products proudly met in Khalij Hospital.

Customer Feedback: State-of-the-art technology sustains hospital's security and reliability
Hospital security is highly associated with medical quality. A better medical environment is needed to be created for both medical personnel and patients. The use of VIVOTEK products, which provide state-of-the-art technology, guarantees satisfaction. VIVOTEK anticipates collaborating with more hospitals and medical institutions in the future to increase patient well-being and create a friendlier medical environment worldwide.

 

 

Intelligent RIVA cameras support adaptive traffic control in Yugoslavia

Intelligent RIVA cameras support adaptive traffic control in Yugoslavia

Editor / Provider: ViDiCore | Updated: 5/5/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Adaptive traffic control is nowadays a worldwide often used instrument to manage the constantly increasing traffic. At that, traffic signals like traffic light systems are adjusted to the actual traffic demand. Thus, traffic flows are significantly improved, especially during rush hours. Furthermore, long waiting periods in the middle of the night at an empty crossroad because of a red traffic light belong to the past.

There are several technologies to implement adaptive traffic control. RIVA cameras with intelligent video analytics offer the advantage that in contrast to inductive loops, which were often used in the past, no complex construction works are necessary for the installation because the IP cameras are simply mounted on the poles of the traffic lights. Furthermore, the video analytics from RIVA can be installed quickly and easily. As a result, the system is directly ready to use without spending highs costs and time. In addition, the video analytics, which is integrated in RIVA cameras, is easy to use and highly reliable.

For the adaptive traffic control in Serbia several RIVA RC6802HD Mini-Bullet cameras are used. These RIVA cameras are suited for indoor and outdoor as well as day and night usage. Each camera includes eight built-in high power IR LED illuminators with an illumination distance up to 10m. The infrared light is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the scene. A frame rate of up to 30 fps at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (Full-HD) is achieved. Moreover, the Mini-Bullet cameras offer features like a micro SD card slot for local recording, dual video stream, ONVIF-compatibility, PoE, D-WDR and a lot more. Like in all RIVA devices the standard version of the intelligent video analytics, powered by VCA Technology, is integrated in the RC6802 as a standard feature at no extra cost. Additionally the cameras were equipped with the presence and dwell filter for this project.

Mounting and installation of the RIVA cameras was made by the company SELMA. Founded in 1989 in Subotica, it was one of the first private companies in Yugoslavia. The company is nationally and internationally well known for traffic control systems. SELMA offers its customers complete solutions – from planning, over implementation up to services. The product program includes traffic lights devices, traffic photo equipment, mobile semaphores, work light signalization, parking systems, speed measurements and other road signalization.

After the installation of the intelligent cameras the traffic flow could be significantly improved. With the RIVA cameras and the special analytic filters, incoming objects can be detected without any problems. The video analytics differentiates between cars, motorcycles, bicycles and persons. Furthermore, the waiting time at the crossroads and the travel direction of moving vehicles is recognized.

If a predefined number of vehicles queue at a traffic light, it can be switched directly from red to green. If vehicles queue too long and have to wait several traffic light phases to cross the road, the traffic light can be switched as well. Because data is transmitted in real-time the direct adjustment of all traffic lights to the actual traffic demand is no problem.

Beside the improvement of traffic flows, adaptive traffic control offers many other advantages. Reduced waiting periods and less frequent stops at traffic lights significantly reduce the environmental impact, as Co2 emission and energy consumption decrease. Also the noise level comes down due to the avoidance of constantly start-ups and slow-downs. In addition, huge amounts of costs are saved. Not only drivers can reduce their fuel costs also logistic companies can work more efficiently due to reduced driving times and reduced fuel costs.

If pedestrian traffic lights are driven adaptively as well, it was shown that the number of road accidents decreased significantly. Because pedestrians who have to wait a long period of time at a red traffic light tend to ignore it, which leads to many road accidents with other road users.

Beside the direct adjustment of the traffic lights the video analytics can be used to collect data about the daily traffic. These data can be used for longtime analytics. The results of these analytics can help with town planning, to determine speed limits or to create statistics. Also relationships and dependencies of traffic flows with other factors like weather, holidays or special events can be analyzed. All the data collected by the video analytics help to optimize the worldwide constantly increasing traffic.

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