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2013 Security50 video trend(9-2):IP continues to penetrate SMB sectors

2013 Security50 video trend(9-2):IP continues to penetrate SMB sectors

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 11/13/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

When it comes to large systems, most have already migrated to IP. Analog has a large existing installation base, but is waning for new projects. In the next five years, how fast IP video is able to penetrate the small to mid-size segment with under 16 cameras will greatly influence its future growth rate. Unlike a previous focus on large, complex, professional solutions, many leading IP video surveillance suppliers, such as Axis Communications, Avigilon, Bosch Security Systems, Milestone Systems and Sony Electronics launched small systems to attract SMB customers.

Riki Nishimura, GM of Visual Security Solutions Division, Professional Solutions Company, APAC, Sony Electronics said, “Sony's IP products have had a good presence and high brand awareness in the high-end and government market sector; in comparison, there is still a room to grow for Sony at the private and SMB sector. Even though the government sector, in some emerging countries, still produces major scale projects, many recent projects got postponed. In recent years, Sony has strategically strengthened its private and SMB sectors globally. Sony's latest launch of all-in-one compact HD camera is a perfect example.”

“The markets which would drive IP video with the highest growth have moved from large-installation projects to smaller ones. So, the next driving force for IP video growth will depend on whether IP suppliers are able to provide a more cost-efficient or ‘unique' solution for markets with under 16 cameras to compete with analog systems. Price for IP is definitely a factor. 720p network cameras will probably overtake the original CCTV market for this sector in the near future.” said Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK.

“For SMB markets, VIVOTEK's new panoramic PTZ is especially designed for open-area monitoring with extreme detail. This feature is realized through the synergy of a VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera with a speed dome camera. It saves on the overall cost of the surveillance system, effectively reducing the number of cameras, labor cost, power consumption and maintenance expenses, which is perfect and special for the retail sector.”

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VideoIQ: Demystifying self-learning video analytics

VideoIQ: Demystifying self-learning video analytics

Editor / Provider: VideoIQ | Updated: 11/13/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

When speaking of animate vision it is also referred to as response driven learning process where the lessons are learnt from others, learning through corrections and feedback, the more interactions with “teachers”, the faster the learning process. Response and feedback can also come from interactions with the environment. The typical example of a hot stove or a thorn, by injury it is identified as a mistake.

Whether through concepts from bootstrap process or from response process, the learning process is continuous. When an object is “seen”, there is a complex and sophisticated neural network that is continuously learning behind the scenes that enables the gift of sight to be taken for granted.

VideoIQ introduces the B.R.A.I.N model which will enable cameras that are programmed to mimic this neural network model, which “learns” through interactions with the environment. When a camera is first powered on, its field of view is new and unfamiliar, much like humans in an unfamiliar environment, instinctively attempts to identify everything that seems recognizable in form or function, overtime becoming familiar with the environment recognizing placement. Thus if additional items were to appear in the line of vision, the camera might first classify it as a suspicious object. However should the item be still in the environment over a period of time, the camera will “learn” that it is where it belongs, overriding the initial placement of items. Not only does it “remember” or “learn” placement, it can also identify objects through repetitive patterns, example, car movement or human movement, it refines its notion of how its form appears in its line of vision.

While learning from the environment, it is very effective in increasing camera intelligence and thus decreasing false alarms. With the introduction of teach by example feature, operators can mark alarms as “true” or “false”, allowing the camera to “learn” from its mistakes and therefore decreasing its chances of making the same mistakes in the future. The data becomes useable once the camera has seen at least 30 true/false alarms, however, the larger the database or the more problems attempted, the more effective the teaching session becomes.

It is rumored that the VideoIQ B.R.A.I.N can manipulate camera's sensitivity level to find that happy medium. The operator adjusts the sensitivity knob, showing how well the camera would have performed at that sensitivity level over the same sample. Increasing the sensitivity may raise the number of false alarms though the increase in true alarms may outweigh this, vice versa. With a baseline for easy comparison, it only takes a few slides of knob to figure out the ideal level for each camera.

Axis IP cams secure Indian IT services provider Mindtree

Axis IP cams secure Indian IT services provider Mindtree

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/13/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Mindtree East campus is a large facility with over 1200 mindtree “'minds” walking in each day. The management was looking for an effective way to enhance their monitoring with respect to the safety of the entire premises and all visitors and staff. Total of 68 network cameras were deployed across 6 floors with an area of 107,000 sq ft.

CONCERNS
The implementation has brought a number of benefits. Apart from the cameras, the organization has also deployed its own Mindtree Manage Mind VMS and Video Analytics on standard off-the-shelf servers to address the below challenges:

  • The head of security and senior security officers are constantly on the move and needed quick access to live video and recorded feeds. The head of security is located in a different campus located across the city.
  • Entry to certain areas within the campus such as data centers, finance bay and hardware labs is highly restricted. Security officers need to be alerted as soon as anyone enters these areas.
  • Security officers watching the video feeds from the control room wanted to be able to create incidents and assign them to specific security officers.
    Ensure that service entrances were not mis-used. For example, vehicle parking at service entrances is restricted to duration of loading/unloading of goods and equipment.
  • Security officers wanted a quick mechanism to assess all security incidents that occurred during the day.
  • Guards frequently moved out of their position especially after office hours and during the weekends.
  • Web browser-based clients enable security officers (local and remote) to monitor video from any standard desktop without installing any software. Security officers can also view feeds from a mobile client and perform basic PTZ commands.
  • Video analytics deployed ensure that alarms are raised as soon as pre-defined rules are triggered. For example, the sterile zone analytics raises an alarm as soon as someone enters a data center during non-office hours. Alarm actions such as email and SMS are sent to a group of registered security officers.
  • Video analytics is also used to detect vehicles parked at service entrances and missing guards to raise appropriate alarms.
    Daily reports about incidents that occurred, action taken and status of equipment ensures appropriate review.

SOLUTIONS
After evaluating multiple IP camera vendors, Mindtree chose Axis IP cameras for their quality and support. A total of 68 Axis IP cameras (including 5 PTZ cameras) across the facility were installed to hasten response to security incidents. AXIS M3011 and AXIS 213 PTZ Network Cameras were short listed based on the cost/ value proposition.

RESULTS
The implementation of Axis IP cameras delivers the benefits of enhanced monitoring and operational alertness, enabling management to supervise the facility at all times with minimal manual intervention. This has also enhanced security with fewer security personnel, who can effectively focus on attending to security incidents. The recordings also enable quick investigation and speedy resolution of redundant incidents.

Home automation with a side of security, please

Home automation with a side of security, please

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 11/12/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Connected homes (also known as smart homes) are no longer just about controlling a few basic appliances around the house. As technology matures and consumer demands get higher, those in the connected home game are integrating extended functions to satisfy customer requirements. Despite the growing number of integrated systems, understanding what the main purpose of a system is will help end users select the most suitable system to fit their needs, instead of simply choosing the one with all the bells and whistles.

As the market for connected homes continues to grow, more and more companies from all security backgrounds are looking to steal a piece of the connected home pie. Security players with backgrounds in alarms and intercoms have joined home automation players in trying to produce a more comprehensive connected home product. Gone are the days when turning on the lights and shutting off an alarm was sufficient. Now, in order to stay in the game, home control systems need to do more than just a handful of simple tasks. Nowadays, people not only want to control everything in their homes, they want to do it from one panel, be it fixed or mobile. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers are now integrating all types of home control functions; however, bigger isn't always better.

 

Alarm-based

Home Automation-based

Intercom-based

Main propose

Home Security Alarm System

Home Entertainment, Circumstance, HVAC

Video Communication

Sub System

Fire Alarm, CCTV, Access Control

Intrusion, Perimeter Alarm, CCTV,Fire Alarm, Elevator Control

Intrusion Perimeter Alarm, CCTV, Access Control

Transmission

Hardwire, UTP-RS-422/485,Inetrnet

Internet, WiFi, Zigbee, Z-wave, X10, G.hn,KNX, UTP RS-422/485

Coaxial, Internet, UTP RS422/485

GUI (General User Interface)

Linux Embedded/Windows

Linux Embedded/Windows

Linux Embedded

Application

Application

Villa Type Smart House

Commercial Building

Home Automation Technology

TCP / IP, HTTP, JavaScript, iOS , Android-Java, C#, PHP, Linux

TCP / IP,HTTP,JavaScript,iOS , Andriod-Java,C# ,PHP,Linux,RFXCom HomeEasy,X10,Lightwave RF

TCP / IP, HTTP, JavaScript, iOS , Android, Java, C#, PHP, Linux

Mobile control

Pad

Pad

Control Panel, Pad

App Commend

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cost Price

Lower

Higher

Medium

The Three Faces of Home Control
Trying to create the most all-inclusive home control system is not limited to any one sector of the security industry. The alarm, home automation, and intercom sectors are all trying to show that they are more than just what their industry specialty suggests. Alarm companies are now incorporating audio-visual controls, home automation companies are adding video surveillance, and intercom companies are adding basic alarm functions. While each of these sectors continues to integrate functions typically outside of their namesake, each sector is still bringing its own strengths to the market.

Not Just an Alarm System
The goal of integration in the intrusion industry is beginning to gain realistic momentum with the growing trend of combining home automation and home security systems on a single platform. In 2012 the residential sector accounted for 40.7 percent of the $2.7 billion of the global intruder alarm market, which is forecasted to be one of the fastest-growing verticals with a five-year CAGR of 5.3 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to IMS, an IHS company.

The main purpose of a home security system is protecting the home from unwanted visitors, making intruder alarms the most basic element of home security systems. However, over time the demands and requirements of homeowners have evolved. As the world has become more connected, homeowners now want more than just an alarm system—they want energy saving and home management functions too. As a result, home automation functions have been integrated into many traditional home security systems in order to stay competitive, transforming plain old alarm systems into more comprehensive connected home systems.

“While the trend to integrate is becoming popular in single-family homes, its progress in the commercial sector continues to be slow,” reports IMS, an IHS company. A lack of unified legislation across each technology platform interested in integrated solutions is the reason researchers gives for the slow uptake in the commercial sector. They advise manufacturers to continue focusing on the residential market “while integration in commercial applications remains sluggish, as the industry as a whole awaits standardization.”

A California-based subsidiary of Nortek with a background in traditional security and access control, Linear has developed a platform that integrates both security and automation. The main function of the Linear home control platform is security, according to Duane Paulson, Senior VP of Product and Market Development of Linear. The platform includes a system CPU, touchscreen interface, Z-Wave radio for automation, cellular radio for communications with a central station, and narrow-based RF for communication with security sensors. Additionally, a wide range of wireless peripherals including thermostats, panic buttons, keyfobs, glass break detectors, and wireless carbon monoxide detectors can be integrated into their system and can be remotely monitored, managed, and controlled via the Internet.

Despite integration with home automation functions, the primary function of an alarm-based system is still security. Automation in this type of system is often times connected to the alarms—if an alarm is triggered certain home appliances like lights may be automated to respond. “Automation systems have the potential to make security system management more efficient. With more extensive programming, automation allows triggers to set off flashing lights and do other things should a certain security status change unexpectedly. It also allows remote access and management, so a single person a can keep an eye on multiple apartment complexes or a summer home 24/7, 365, and actually alert authorities if something is not right,” notes Paulson. Therefore, the integration of automation to an alarm-based system is secondary to the primary function of security.

Another important consideration for those looking for an alarm-based system is choosing between a wired versus wireless solution. Opinions vary vastly on this issue. While the reliability of wired systems is undisputed, the unreliability of wireless systems is grossly over exaggerated, according to many industry insiders. To this point, cost plays an important role in which type is executed.

Expanding Home Automation Functionality
By 2018 annual home automation device shipments are expected to exceed 351 million, growing at a CAGR of 78 percent, according to ABI Research. ABI also found that in 2012, 1.5 million home automation systems were installed in the U.S.

End users interested in home automation systems are usually looking to invest in the convenience, comfort, and energy savings it provides—security is not usually highlighted during the initial stages of choosing this type of system. Lighting control, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), audio-visual, and shading are basic functions of a home automation system, while security is merely an extended function. These functions are exactly the main focus of Crestron's home control system, as pointed out by Phoebe Chu, Assistant Marketing & Communications Director of Crestron Asia. With a background in advanced control and automation systems, Crestron places a heavy focus on lifestyle and convenience for the home user. Through their system, lights can be turned on and off, HVAC can be automatically triggered with occupancy sensors, equipment can set to automatically turn off when a room remains idle, and shades and projector screens can be set to automatically lower when a Blu-ray player is turned on.

Similarly, convenience and ease of installation are the main concerns for Legrand and their home control system. Legrand's home system consolidates products from their complete line of innovative home networking, intercom, camera, audio, and lighting control systems, according to Tom Cunningham, Director of Product Marketing at Legrand Home Systems. In addition to these basic functions, extended functions such as internet radio, digital music, and HVAC can also be added.

Honeywell Security Group will be offering a “lifestyle-only” type of home control system. David Gottlieb, Global Marketing Communications Leader for Honeywell Security Group explained that their system is for homeowners interested in automation. Honeywell's system will provide complete control over features, such as lights, locks, thermostats, and video cameras, and is designed to appeal to customers who are not yet interested in buying a security system.

Another growing trend in home automation is energy management. Automatically turning off lights and reducing HVAC usage in unoccupied spaces are ways that Crestron's system saves energy. The system not only tracks all lighting loads, but also provides a bar graph showing real-time and historical energy consumption, which can be viewed by group or individual room, by day, week, month, or year and compared to previous time periods. Legrand suggests using motion sensors for lighting control and scheduling daily events to reduce power consumption.

Legrand's target market sector for home automation-based systems are single-family homes and semi-custom houses, as pointed out by Cunningham. This target sector is echoed by other industry specialists as well. Although many companies are trying to come out with more cost-friendly home automation solutions, the fact remains that automating one's home is a costly task. Because of this, home automation systems continue to be more of a high-end product, still slightly out of reach for the average Joe.

Video Door Phones Get Facelift
IMS, an IHS company, also reported that worldwide unit shipments of video door phones are forecast to grow by 7.5 percent during the next five years. Several technological advances and benefits are helping to drive the transition from audio to video door phones, with global growth in this market being bolstered by Asia. One of the drivers for this growth is increased integration with building automation. It pointed out that expansion will be driven by the increasing rate of urbanization, as lower and middle-class populations move to the cities. This move will result in the need for cheap mass housing such as high-rise apartments, which lend themselves well to audio and video door phones.

Communications is the main focus of intercom-based systems like video door phones. Unlike alarm- and home automation-based systems, intercom-based video door phones do not integrate as many automation functions. Industry experts note that the lack of automation into video door phones is due to the lack of demand for it. One expert pointed out that because video door phones are most often used in residential complexes and high-rise apartments, places that have security guards onsite, the need to integrate security is not a necessity. Additionally, integrating automation functions into existing video door phone systems often requires costly additional cabling and wiring.

However, some companies that come from an intercom background like the Spanish-based Fermax have begun pairing their video door systems with TFT touchscreens for a sleeker, more modern feel. While the majority of intercom-based systems still lack the kind of integration with lighting control, entertainment, HVAC, and alarms that other systems have, Fermax has integrated some automation functions into their latest lineup of video door phones.

Users Come First
As the connected home market continues to grow, companies manufacturing home control systems will continue to expand their systems based on consumer demands and market trends. While the idea of an all inclusive home control system seems like the perfect solution, it is important that consumers consider their personal needs first and foremost. One important consideration is cost. An all-in-one system sounds like a great solution in theory, but in reality this type of system is going to be hard on the wallet. Instead, carefully considering what functions are really needed and understanding the underlying purpose for the system can help consumers make more informed decisions and prevent them from falling into the “bigger is better” trap.

Synectics re-enforces position in Middle East

Synectics re-enforces position in Middle East

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

Synectics has announced major developments in its Middle East activity. The global specialist in integrated end-to-end surveillance control systems has launched a new Dubai office, appointed a new Business Development Manager and has confirmed new business wins including a major power plant project in Oman.

The trio of announcements reflects a period of significant growth for the business in the Middle East, with particular success in the oil and gas and high security sectors.

In addition to delivering integrated surveillance solutions for a significant Oman power plant, Synectics has supplied COEX Thermal camera stations to protect Phase II of the Abu Dhabi Inter Refineries Pipelines project (IRP II), which will see over 900km of pipeline connect refineries and distribution terminals.

Rohit Prakesh, an experienced Business Development Manager with specific Middle East surveillance and security project management expertise, has joined the Synectics team in Dubai Investment Park.

Paul Webb, Managing Director of Synectic Systems mentioned: “Projects in the Middle East have their own distinct set of security needs when it comes to surveillance. Huge scale projects with large sections that are unmanned or positioned in harsh – and often hazardous - environments rely on turnkey surveillance solutions that must deliver in terms of image reliability and remote access. They also require surveillance solutions that integrate seamlessly with a wide range of site-critical third party security and operational systems. It's a brief entirely suited to our expertise.”

Axis and Exacq watch over Cherish Center with IP cams and VMS

Axis and Exacq watch over Cherish Center with IP cams and VMS

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 11/8/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Cherish Center provides education and advocacy for children related to abuse and neglect. By Conducting forensic interviews, The Cherish Center works to prevent, aid in response to and stop child abuse from happening.

By state and federal law, any allegation of child abuse must be investigated, therefore the state-of-the-art child forensic interviewing facility is open 24 hours a day, daily for law enforcement officers and training child forensic interviewers to conduct interviews with children and teens. The interview rooms provide a home-like environment where the children feel relaxed.

Due to the importance of the information and behavior in the interviews, a video surveillance system were needed to effectively monitor and review the activity taking place in the facility and host an increasing number of abuse case investigations.

To best serve the children, The Cherish Center decided to install an up-to-date, advanced surveillance system. They wanted a system that could store video for much longer periods of time and have redundancy.

After seeing the results of Axis IP cameras and audio kits combined with exacqVision A-Series servers and exacqVision Professional VMS software, The Cherish Center Executive Director Wendy Rayburn chose to upgrade to this new solution.

The Cherish Center's new exacqVision A-Series IP camera server came pre-installed with exacqVision Professional VMS software for easy out-of-the-box deployment. With 2TB of storage, their exacqVision server has a much greater storage capacity than their previous system, allowing them to record and store several weeks of audio and video at a time. Often, the investigation of a case will bring new evidence out months after the interview was conducted.

With the expanded coverage, police officers can spearhead situations of angry parents entering the facility or other activity outside the interview rooms. Now, they are capable of tracking intruders before a problematic situation occurs by viewing each camera simultaneously on the exacqVision Professional client software. The exacqVision solution ensures the employees; interviewers and children in the team interview room and review room are safe without the need for a security officer.

The combination of Axis IP cameras and exacqVision Professional VMS software provided police officers and child forensic interviewers with the ability to better psychologically scrutinize the interviews. With the digital PTZ control, they can zoom in on the child's facial expressions while maintaining high quality image to fully transcribe the feelings and reactions in more depth. The quality of the video, the ability to capture the details and review in live and recorded mode has created new ways to investigate each case assisting them to discover findings that they may have missed when conducting the interview providing the team with the ability to identify potential indicators of risk.

Another reason The Cherish Center selected the exacqVision VMS Professional software was because of its simplicity. Every agency that uses the facility for interviews was able to operate the software easily on the spot. Police officers were trained on the exacqVision software within a matter of days, were able to operate it on their own. In addition to state police officers, prosecutors, Department of Child Services' employees and victim's advocates also needed to be able to effortlessly use the exacqVision software. ExacqVision VMS' ease of use made all the various agencies using the software feel comfortable. Additionally, exacqVision Professional VMS software provides audit trail functionality of them to easily determine which users have viewed, searched or altered the video.

The Cherish Center is able to conduct interviews in both of their interview rooms simultaneously and the process of conduct and review is less time consuming. The exacqVision surveillance solution is scalable and can expand allowing additional cameras as The Cherish Centers needs grow and change.

Overall the capabilities of the exacqVision solution fit their specific needs, as a result, the exacqVision surveillance solution provides The Cherish Center with a safe, nurturing and productive environment for child victims and their families.

Port of Greater Baton Rouge improves IP surveillance system with Bosch

Port of Greater Baton Rouge improves IP surveillance system with Bosch

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 11/8/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Port of Greater Baton Rouge is one of the top 10 ports in the United States. It is situated 230 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, covering multiple facilities that spam 85 miles in its Port jurisdiction.

Business Objective:
The port needed a security solution that would ensure the secure transportation of cargo and the safety of staff and visitors working within the port as well as personnel of tenant companies with operations on port property. The solution also needed to conquer the logistical issues of port's main Terminal and Inland Rivers Terminal; example issues are distance between locations.

Solution:
The installation includes more than 50 fixed and PTZ cameras, with VideoJet X10 and VIP X1 encoders strategically placed throughout each location. Connectivity to the cameras and encoders is provided via an IP network, including point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless devices, as well as more than a mile of multi-mode fiber optic cable.

Protection against intermittent network connectivity is built into the system with the use of encoders with two gigabytes of storage. If network connectivity is lost, recording at the edge continues. Once connectivity is restored, the central NVR tracks any gaps in the recording and automatically replenishes the missing pieces with the stored video.

Each authorized operator has instant access to live video from all cameras, as well as any new camera that may be added to the system, using the VIDOS Video Management Software Suite. Archived video is stored centrally on four NVRs using several terabytes of fault-tolerant RAID array storage.

Cameras positioned on the Mississippi River feature video content analysis capabilities, which primarily help to draw operators' attention to significant events, while also reducing the amount of video traffic sent across the network. Using VCA at the edge, only alarm video, such as a vessel moving up the shipping channel or an unauthorized ship present in the river, is transmitted. An alarm notifies security officers and a PTZ camera will automatically track the vessel.

Result:
The cost-effective system allows key personnel access to security data from a number of locations. With remote management tools, port executives and facility security officers can manage the installed devices from the internal network or through secured Internet access.

The solution is an essential element to security, stepping in where fencing and gates is impractical, if not impossible, along the waterfront.

Milestone Systems releases XProtect Corporate 2013 R2

Milestone Systems releases XProtect Corporate 2013 R2

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 11/8/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces the release of Milestone XProtect Corporate 2013 R2. XProtect Corporate Milestone widens the array of products that can be interconnected with XProtect Corporate, while simplifying the licensing of its more advanced Milestone Federated Architecture concept.

With support for an unlimited number of cameras, users and sites, XProtect Corporate offers a centralized, single-management interface for efficient surveillance administration including all connected devices, regardless of the size or distribution of the implementation.

Milestone Interconnect provides a flexible way to gain central surveillance operation across geographically dispersed sites. It combines remote Milestone surveillance installations with the advanced surveillance functions of XProtect Corporate in one cohesive security solution.

Milestone includes XProtect Expert, Milestone Arcus embedded solutions and Milestone Husky appliances to the list of products that can be connected to an XProtect Corporate system using Milestone Interconnect.

The ability to detect incidents and remotely monitor interconnected sites from one central system reduces operational costs and the need for on-site visits. Intelligent video storage management makes optimal use of available network resources, as well as storage.

Isolated XProtect VMS or NVR point solutions users or embedded Milestone Arcus systems users are able to interlink them by adding an operational overlay based on Milestone Interconnect and a central XProtect Corporate system.”

In addition the use of Milestone Federated Architecture is totally free of charge. This means building federated systems with Milestone's top range products XProtect Corporate and XProtect, Expert can do so without the need to buy extra licenses.

XProtect Corporate 2013 R2 is bundled with a new release of XProtect Smart Wall which gives seamless manual or rule-based display of any camera in a distributed setup. This includes integrated and interactive multi-layered maps, as well as a consolidated Alarm Manager for comprehensive overview and fast response.

XProtect Corporate 2013 R2 is packaged with new versions of three user interfaces, available in 26 languages: XProtect Smart Client 2013 R2, XProtect Web Client 2013 R2, and Milestone Mobile 2013 R2. In addition to the existing support for iOS and Android devices, Milestone Mobile introduces support for devices running the Windows Phone 8 operating system, giving users an even wider choice of mobile devices to access Milestone video surveillance systems.

EverFocus launches ENVR8304D 8CH 1080P 240FPS NVR

EverFocus launches ENVR8304D 8CH 1080P 240FPS NVR

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 11/6/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus Electronics Corporation releases latest 08CH 1080P 240FPS Plug and Play NVR – ENVR8304D 8CH alone with their latest eZ.IP Solution today.

The whole new EverFocus eZ.IP Solution allows users to enjoy the Plug and Play operation experience without hassle IP settings. Designed with users in mind, the Plug and Play function of ENVR8304D Plug and Play embedded NVR allows users to access their images without IP backgrounds. Users can assess the video images from anywhere on the go with their portable devices and smart phones, keeping surveillance available the whole time.

Responsive design function resizes the operating frame automatically according to your monitor. This Solution targeting small-scale installations such as homes and small medium businesses has been placed under the spotlight by EverFocus.

ENVR8304D Plug and Play embedded NVR supports up-to 8 independent PoE network interfaces and auto-discover the connected IP camera, without any complex IP configuration. EverFocus Plug and Play NVR is designed for simple installation. The H.264 compression technology provides efficient disk utilization and network bandwidth conservation, whilst deliver clear images and provides high quality recording. The separated PoE smart switch extends the distance between cameras and NVR by an extra 100 meters, enables small medium businesses more variations during installation.

With true plug-and-play setup and real-time local display up to Full HD resolution, the Linux-embedded solution works similarly to DVR but without the need for those complicated network settings that would be otherwise required with conventional NVR systems.

Featuring a standalone network video recorder up to 8 channels, along with a series of NVR EverFocus megapixel cameras, the EverFocus eZ.IP Solution offers a complete system kit that can easily be installed in minutes.

No additional computers or software installations required to operate the system. When paired with a powerful EverFocus PowerVideo Plus CMS, the ENVR8304D can be used in complex multi-site installations with centralized management. The ENVR8304D also fully supported by the EverFocus MobileFocus remote viewer on iOS and Android devices, which can extend video surveillance from fixed locations to several remote locations.

Milestone Systems acquires training specialist Connex Int'l

Milestone Systems acquires training specialist Connex Int'l

Editor / Provider: Milestone systems | Updated: 11/5/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP Video Management Software (VMS), is purchasing all outstanding shares of the surveillance training, certification and consulting company Connex International, based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Milestone is already a majority stakeholder in Connex from an initial investment in July 2010.

For years the Connex teams have set up, managed and performed Milestone channel partner training in many languages with proven success across all regions. In recent years, Connex added rigorous certification testing and documentation of Milestone Solution Partner integrations with the XProtect open platform, such as access control, analytics, geo-spatial positioning, video synopsis, 360° camera view de-warping, network video storage and more.

Milestone is investing in supporting the need for continued education in the physical security sector from analog to IP technology. Training the partner channel in open platform IP video skills creates value, by increasing technical expertise differentiates system integrators in the market and most importantly, ensures that they deliver the best solutions to customers.

The key to Milestone strategy for continued growth are the competent distributors and resellers in the international ecosystem. To further accelerate, globalize and align our efforts to strengthen the training of this ecosystem, Milestone has decided to acquire and include Connex in the core of business operations, said Lars Thinggaard, President and CEO, Milestone Systems. Furthermore, Milestone will continue to invest significant resources in the Milestone Knowledge Program and the teams driving the global training concepts to market. The full inclusion of Connex into Milestone is a testimony to this strategy. Their services support Milestone partners in delivering the most competitive, well-designed and high quality solutions in the industry.

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