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A slice of small system surveillance with Axis

A slice of small system surveillance with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Following an attempted break-in, Andover, MA restaurant King's Subs and Pizza needed a cost-effective security solution. As a small business in an industry with razor-thin margins, King's Pizza went looking for the highest quality surveillance system that fit within their budget. They also needed cameras that could provide the most flexibility of installation to cover all the important areas with minimal hassle. Additionally, as self-admitted technology novices, King's Pizza required a system that was user-friendly and easy to learn.

Solution
After contemplating installing a consumer-grade analog DVR system, King's Pizza elected to go with the similarlypriced, yet much higher quality Axis IP solution with in-camera edge storage. They installed five 720p HDTVquality AXIS M10 Series Network Cameras in key locations throughout their store. All video footage is recorded onto the SD cards within the cameras, and the system, once configured, runs selfcontained without the need for a computer or laptop thanks to the AXIS Camera Companion software. King's Pizza can even access real-time or recorded video on a smartphone whenever they need.

Result
Not only does the IP surveillance system provide reliable, round-the-clock security for the restaurant, but the owner can also use the footage to track business operations, monitor cash register transactions and investigate incidents. The ability to view archived video has had an immediate positive effect on the restaurant's bottom line. The owner can track whether an ingredient such as premium steak is being used too much, or see if there is a reason for discrepancies in each night's receipts. Every dollar counts for small businesses, and Axis network cameras help ensure they are all counted correctly.

An order of surveillance, but hold the DVR
Owner Dave Young purchased King's Subs and Pizza in 1996 after working there as a cook since 1991. Today, King's has 15 employees, including delivery men, with anywhere from three to seven working at one time. Following an attempted break-in, Young began shopping to replace his long-broken analog camera. After comparing similarly-priced analog and IP solutions, he found the high quality video and cost-effective edge storage options offered by Axis cameras to be the best fit. Five 720p HDTV-quality AXIS M10 Series Network Cameras were installed throughout the restaurant to cover the front and back doors, cash register, customer counter, and kitchen, as well as the office where the money is counted at closing time. The edge storage capability meant that all surveillance video would be recorded to the cameras' internal SD-cards, while AXIS Camera Companion software turned the system into a self-contained recording solution. The cameras connect to a standard networking switch – not even a computer is needed for the system to record. Because King's opted for edge storage and eliminated the need for a costly and maintenance-heavy DVR, the pizza shop was able to utilize a much higher quality IP camera solution at a comparable price.

Easy as pie: Searching for cost-saving evidence
While the fear of being robbed was the initial impetus for looking for a new surveillance system, the IP solution has proven to be more of an operational asset than Young could have ever imagined. “It's is helping to improve the bottom line,” Young said. When the shop is busy, it's all hands on deck. Yet, sometimes those hands make mistakes. “Waste is a huge deal in this business,” explains Young. “My hamburger is cash to me. If I start to see irregularities in our food costs, I can review the video to answer, ‘Why am I losing here?'” Young will log in to the viewing client and focus on the kitchen to see, for instance, if too much steak is being cooked for a particular meal, or whether food was dropped and had to be thrown out. Other times, it's simply a matter of a hot selling order that week. In one instance, Young noticed a major discrepancy when balancing the register. A review of the video revealed the shift manager had reversed a refund at the customer's request. Not only was money not stolen, but the video showed the manager making a correct decision and reinforced Young's confidence in the recently-promoted employee. The ease-of-use of the new IP system helps Young recoup time he lost in the past playing detective without any clues.

“I am not what you'd consider a tech guy. The fact that I can get in there and figure it out without anyone really showing me how, that says something.” He regularly uses the Investigation Mode to move the video frameby- frame to pinpoint what he's looking for. He also discovered that the snapshots enable him to zoom in on the 720p image. “It's phenomenal. I rarely ever need to zoom in because of the clarity of the cameras, but I have that option. There's nothing to it: just a few clicks and you're good to go.”

Security to go
Despite his exceptional staff, Young doesn't take many days off as the owner. But the ease of use, clarity, and remote monitoring capabilities of the IP system just might allow him to fully relax while spending a day doing what he loves most: fishing. “I downloaded the TinyCam app on my Droid,” says Dave, “and if I'm away running errands or actually take some time off to do some fishing, it's great that I can check in on the restaurant wherever I have a connection. I've got a tremendous staff who I trust implicitly. But the ability to check in – even just to see how busy we are – gives me that extra little bit of comfort.”

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

VIVOTEK and Milestone unveil Video Server Promotion Program

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its Video Server Promotion Program for echoing Milestone's New Licensing Concept, which is only one hardware device license needed for each analog to IP encoder, regardless of the number of analog cameras connected to the encoder. Effective from today till the end of 2014, special prices will be offered to the purchase of VIVOTEK 4-CH video server VS8401 or 8-CH video server VS8801 with adopting Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS).

With the technology advancement, IP-based surveillance system has been proven to make significant contribution to business operation. The implementation of IP surveillance is on the rise. Steve Ma, Executive VP, VIVOTEK, indicated, "Companies with analog legacy might hesitate to invest in new IP surveillance systems because of the expenses. With adopting VIVOTEK's video servers, data received from analog camera can be encoded by VIVOTEK's advanced codec system and broadcast via an IP network for monitoring, recording and analyzing."

VIVOTEK's VS8401 and VS8801, performing 4-CH and 8-CH D1 resolution with high frame rate in H.264, are able to convert analog video into digital video with the highest quality. Moreover, designed with intelligent video functions as motion detection and tamper detection, the VS8401 and VS8801 are capable of upgrading an analog camera into an intelligent IP camera. Companies with analog legacy will be able to enjoy the same benefits that generated by IP-base surveillance systems.

Ma further added, "To fully support our software partner Milestone's New Licensing Concept and help users to lower down the cost effectively while improving the business efficiency, we especially designed the Video Server Promotion Program for our global clients. This Program, at an affordable cost, is truly cost-effective and value-added."

Synectics supplies security solution for North Sea Clair oilfield

Synectics supplies security solution for North Sea Clair oilfield

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 7/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics has designed and delivered an end-to-end surveillance solution for Clair Ridge – the USD $77bn second phase development project taking place in the North Sea's Clair field.

Located 75km west of the UK's Shetland Islands, Clair Ridge is the most recent high profile project to feature in Synectics' North Sea portfolio, which also includes developments such as Jasmine/Judy, Golden Eagle, Shell Gannet, Shell Clipper, Erskine and Elgin.

The Clair Ridge development, due for full platform topside installation in 2015, will consist of two bridge-linked platforms - a drilling and production platform, and a second for quarters and utilities.

Production is scheduled to commence in 2015 and continue for 40 years. It is estimated that the development will produce around 120,000 barrels of oil per day and will provide a vital ‘hub' for future expansion in the area. It will be the first time that BP's award-winning new LoSal EOR extraction technique for boosting oil yield – achieved by using desalination technology – will be used. This is expected to result in more than 40 million additional barrels being cost effectively recovered over the lifetime of the field.

Working in partnership with IT and telecommunications company Page Europa, Synectics' IP-based system - utilising Synergy integrated security management software - will provide complete surveillance across both platforms for safety and security processes.

Toni Partipilo, Sales Director from Page Europa, said: “As the main telecommunications and security systems integrator on this significant North Sea project, implementing a robust and intuitive end-to-end surveillance solution that would be flexible enough to provide reliable safety and security situational awareness was paramount. Synectics' solution fulfilled the brief perfectly.”

COEX C3000 PTZ hazardous area and safe area dome camera stations will be positioned throughout the development, all of which will be centrally controllable, allowing live, color footage to be viewed, played back and analyzed without any disruption to recording. H.264 encoding technology will also enable high-quality footage to be transmitted and stored with minimal bandwidth requirements.

Amedeo Simonetto from Synectics said: “As well as providing detailed coverage for both hazardous and non-hazardous platform areas, the system we've supplied is centrally controllable and will integrate effectively with multiple third-party systems including the Driller's CCTV system.

“Additionally we factored in remote viewing capabilities, to enable head office monitoring of the platform, and also future capacity. With plans to utilize Clair Ridge as a hub for further expansion and development of the field, the system we've developed is ‘future proof' as it is flexible enough to cope with additional demands.”

VIVOTEK launches box IP cams with WDR technology

VIVOTEK launches box IP cams with WDR technology

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its two new professional box network cameras IP8155HP and IP8165HP. IP8155HP and IP8165HP offer 60 fps @ 1.3-Megapixel resolution and 60 fps @ 2-Megapixel resolution respectively, delivering superb image quality.

Both cameras are designed with WDR technology. IP8165HP delivers WDR Pro, while IP8155HP is equipped with the even more advanced WDR Pro II, which provides extreme visibility under high contrast environments with a 4-shutter capture method. Combined with 3D Noise Reduction Technology, IP8155HP and IP8165HP are able to capture clear, polished video under low-light conditions and reduce bandwidth from sensor noise. In order to control the iris with extreme precision, both cameras are designed with a P-iris lens with its built-in stepper motor. Through close integration with the camera firmware, the lens is able to keep the iris opening at an optimal level at all times.

More uniquely, in order to help installers to adjust the focus of IP8155HP and IP8165HP more easily, the RBF (Remote Back Focus) System is being introduced on both cameras, ensuring precise focus adjustment. In addition, incorporating the EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) function allows the image to be free of turbulence whenever physical shaking of the camera is detected.

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “In response to the strong market demand for cameras with high visibility under any kind of conditions, we are keeping our commitment to the development of WDR series cameras in different form factors. Right after the launch of a series of dome and bullet type network cameras earlier this year, now we have our box type network cameras with advanced WDR technology, meeting our customers' diversified demands.”

People counting by AirLive IVS IP camera

People counting by AirLive IVS IP camera

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by AirLive | Updated: 7/15/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Managing business improvement can be a mix of excitement, stress and creativity. There are numerous ways to strengthen the company upon the industry that users work in. People Counting by AirLive IP Camera is one way to help to analysis the business. Analyzing how traffic is affecting sales is critical in reporting and how to turn the numbers into profitable solutions.

The basis for evaluating business execution is comparing to the competition and comparing current performance to past performance. To get the full picture, the users need to know not just sales volume, but also how many customers generated those sales. Tracking the number of visitors to the shopping mall, supermarket, or store, especially during holiday sales periods or promotions, lets the manager knows how efficiently it could turning potential customers into paying customers.

The retail industry revolves around customer service and the staff hired determines the quality of the customers' experiences. Analyzing foot traffic with people counters for business help justify labor costs by highlighting peak traffic times. Scheduling the best salespeople and additional staff members during prime shopping hours can result in a better customer experience. On the other end of spectrum, labor costs can be reduced by cutting the number of employees scheduled during the less busy store hours.

Another people counting in business is the opportunity to compare the different platforms used. Reviewing in-store traffic to online traffic can help the users appropriately engage shoppers better. A campaign intended for the Internet may work better in the storefront.

People counting by AirLive IVS IP Camera can fit the needs of different environments.

AirLive introduces new cameras with the IVS People Counting function - MD-3025-IVS, BU-3026-IVS, and BC-5010-IVS Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) system provide advanced, accurate video analytic that can be used to count people.

IVS is an excellent solution for use in business and public places such as: special events, shopping malls, department stores, stadiums, parking lots, factories, stations. The primary consideration of choosing the location and position of cameras used for counting is that the camera should see the people counted fully.

AirLive has remarked AirLive IVS IP Camera series as: Intelligent Automation, Standalone Video Analytics, Counting + Event, Step-by-Step Scenario Guides to lead the clients to the IVS IP Camera world.

Intelligent Automation
Imagine a world where machines can do automation for you, things that we only dreamed about in science fictions or movies. Imagine a camera that can count people, recognize faces, aware of the crowd, and warn you when there is a potential hazard. At AirLive, we believe that IP Cameras can do more than just video recording. That's why we spent over two years to develop the industry's most comprehensive intelligent IP Camera till these futuristic solutions are ready now.

Standalone Video Analytics
Each AirLive IVS(Intelligent Video Surveillance) camera has 6 built-in video analytics functions that encompass 7 major applications. It is completely standalone and self sufficient. That means there is no need for expensive server and professional VMS software licenses.

Counting + Event
Most of the intelligence function on the market today can only perform counting or trigger event. AirLive's IVS camera go one step further by pioneering the Counting+Event integration, so that the camera can take action after certain number of occurrences.

ON Semiconductor CCD provides advanced imaging performance

ON Semiconductor CCD provides advanced imaging performance

Editor / Provider: ON Semiconductor | Updated: 7/15/2014 | Article type: Component

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, is enhancing the charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor portfolio recently acquired from Truesense Imaging with new technology that improves imaging performance for industrial applications.

The new KAI-08051 Image Sensor provides improved light sensitivity, reduced read noise, and improved color accuracy compared to the previous generation device, expanding opportunities for 8 megapixel image capture in demanding imaging applications such as Intelligent Traffic, Surveillance, Medical Imaging, and Industrial Inspection.

“CCD image sensors continue to provide the critical image quality required in many key applications,” said Chris McNiffe, Vice President, Image Sensor Business unit at ON Semiconductor. “The enhanced performance available from the new KAI-08051 Image Sensor reflects our on-going commitment to improve the capability of our existing products and to deliver the industry's most advanced image sensors using both CCD and CMOS technology.”

The KAI-08051 Image Sensor shares the same advanced 5.5 micron pixel architecture, 8 megapixel resolution, 15 frame per second readout rate, and 4/3 optical format as the existing KAI-08050 Image Sensor, but improves key performance parameters through the use of an improved amplifier design, newly optimized microlens structure, and new color filter pigments in both Bayer and Sparse color configurations. The KAI-08051 is backward compatible with the KAI-08050, requiring at most minor modifications to the firmware used in existing camera designs. This allows the new image sensor to retain “Plug-and-Play” interoperability with the full family of 5.5-micron Interline Transfer CCD devices, enabling a single camera design to support image sensors ranging in resolution from 1 to 29 megapixels.

The KAI-08051 Image Sensor is now in production and is available in Monochrome, Bayer Color, and Sparse Color configurations. An evaluation kit is available that allows the imaging performance of this new device to be quickly and easily examined in detail without the need to develop a full camera design.

TOP10 most popular security products for June 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for June 2014

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 7/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com here presents the TOP10 products with the most click-through rate in June 2014.

First have a quick look: the TOP10 rank in June is taken by 7 manufacturers—Axis, D-Link, EL.MO. S.p.A., Exacq Technologies, Hikvision, VIVOTEK, and Theia. Among them, two are Taiwan manufacturers, D-Link and VIVOTEK, unsurprisingly. Of the 10 products, it is worth noticing that six cameras enter the June TOP10, with two of them fisheye cameras while panoramic camera has been  increasingly popular on market. And still two out of the six cameras are for the application of  smart home, one from Hikvision and the other from D-Link. Hikvision's 1.3M IR cube camera has successfully achieved the first place for six months in a raw, while D-Link's baby cam makes its first time on rank.

Over all, each of the top 3 winnersHikvision, VIVOTEK, and EL.MO. S.p.A..has received higher total click-through rates than those in May!

1. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3M IR Cube Network Camera

As expected , Hikvision's 1.3M IR cube network camera again becomes the number one on the rank! Receiving a total of 553 clicks this month, it has also got more clicks from last month. Of them, more than half came from America. For six months in a row, the DS-2CD takes the first place on the rank. Though, the other IR cube network camera, Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W), falls out of the rank this time.

2. VIVOTEK FE8174v 5MP 360 degree Fisheye Fixed Dome Camera

The FE8174v is the latest fisheye fixed dome network camera dedicated by VIVOTEK. It jumped from No.7 last month to No.2 in June with a total of 402 clicks. The FE8174v features a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor and is able to provide surveillance coverage in wide, open areas, such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. Its high-performing ePTZ function enables smooth shifts of zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). Just in July, asmag.com has released a video to introduce this sleek and durable panoramic cam. Check here: Spot the fishy incidents — 11 perspectives from the industry

Go for more up-to-date panoramic cameras at here.

3. ELMO ANIMA touchscreen control keypad


The No.3 is taken by ELMO ANIMA, control/management keypad with a total of 354 clicks. ELMO ANIMA sees the most of its total viewers from America(42%). Presented by the Italy company, EL.MO. S.p.A., provider of wireless intrusion detection control unit, ELMO ANIMA owns sleek design as well featuring LCD touchscreen and backlighted foldaway buttons. 

4. VIVOTEK MD8531H 1.2 MP WDR Mobile Dome Network Camera


Among the first five seats, two (No2 and No.4) are taken by VIVOTEK cameras. The No.4 goes to VIVOTEK MD8531H, 1.2MP WDR camera, which is also a new comer on the rank with a total of 286 clicks. Nearly 80% of tis viewers came from America and Europe(46%, 33%). The MD8531H is designed ideally for transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles.

5. D-Link DCS-820L Wi-Fi Baby Camera


The No.5 is taken by another new comer, D-Link DCS-820L Wi-Fi Baby Camera, which was just released in May. With a total of 267 clicks, this baby cam had more than half of the viewers from America(55%), which is a growing market for the manufacturers. The Wi-Fi Baby Camera includes advanced features like motion and sound detection, instant push alerts, integrated lullabies, night vision technology, two-way audio and temperature measuring.

6. exacqVision VMS version 6.0


The six place goes to exacqVision VMS version 6.0, with a total of 256 clicks. ExacqTechnologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has just in March released the latest version of the Video Management System(VMS), Version 6.0 since the prevision version 5.2 was launched in 2013. Among the views, over half of them came from America(52%). The new release comes with new features such as radically-faster search through new SpeedSearch, advanced camera configuration, faster more responsive PTZ control, and over 80 new IP camera integrations.

In May, exacqVision is integrated with Connect ONE, a web-based physical security information manager(PSIM). Live video from exacqVision video management system(VMS) software is linked to events within the Connect ONE interface.The integration of exacqVision with the Connect ONE interface allows users to view live video associated with events from one or more locations, generate customized reports, set up alarm or event alerts for instant notification of security concerns, manage users and access privileges and more.

7. Hikvision DS-2CD6362F-I (V)(S) 6MP Fisheye Network Camera


The No.7 goes to the second fisheye camera on this rank — Hikvision DS-2CD6362F-I (V)(S). It is the latest fisheye camera from Hikvision. This 6MP fisheye network camera supports up to 3072 x 2048 real-time streaming, with multiple viewing modes available. As expected, fisheye cameras have become increasingly popular across various verticals. Go find out more about 360-degree cameras on asmag.com June feature: Spot the fishy incidents — 11 perspectives from the industry.

8. AXIS Q16 Series-- Q1615/Q1615-E HDTV Network Camera

The No.6 goes to Axis Q16 Series HDTV Network Camera. This HDTV network camera series, just released in June, receives a total of 246 clicks. This new camera is Axis' first fixed cameras to provide 50/60 frames per seconds in HDTV 1080p resolution. With twice the normal frame rate, the cameras can even better record smooth video when people or vehicles are moving fast.

9. VIVOTEK ND8321 8CH Standalone NVR


No.9 is taken again by VIVOTEK. The ND8321 8CH Standalone NVR enters the rank with a total of 238 clicks. It is also the only NVR ranked on June Top10. ND8321 and IP8355EH are VIVOTEK's key products included in smart and simple solutions for smart city. Interestingly, IP8355EH, outdoor bullet network camera, was the No.2 in April Top10. To improve staff's security, efficiency, and productivity, and to ensure a safer shopping environment for customers, VIVOTEK has developed a user-friendly “Convenient Retail Solution,” comprising the ND8321, a plug-and-play network video recorder, elegantly designed ultra-mini bullet network cameras, and ultra-mini dome network cameras.

10. Theia SL183 Ultra Wide 5MP DN Lens


The last seat on the rank is taken by Theia SL183 Ultra Wide 5MP DN Lens with a total of 235 clicks. Over this period, SL183 has most of its viewers from Europe(47%), the highest on the rank. Theia SL183 features unique, distortion-corrected megapixel lenses, with 1.8 - 3mm varifocal range and Theia's patented Linear Optical Technology.

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.
For last month's TOP10 products, click here.

VIVOTEK outfits Brazilian military defense facilities for 2014 FIFA World Cup

VIVOTEK outfits Brazilian military defense facilities for 2014 FIFA World Cup

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

It is an international event that only comes around once every four years: the World Cup of football. The prestigious endowment of playing host to the world was given to Brazil for the 2014 games, and along with the announcement came mass celebration – that is, mass celebration and preparation. An event of such stature requires intensive planning, coordination, and security measures. The games not only had the backing of the Special Operations Command (COPESP) – one of Brazil's military brigades – but also high-technology equipment provided by VIVOTEK. Security at all of the World Cup sites was assured, and the only battles that football fans in Brazil needed to worry about were the ones played out on the pitch.

The Special Operations Command (COPESP)
The primary concern of the COPESP is national security, and ensuring that there is stability across the country means the army must be well trained in employing both tactics and technology. A shining example of this marriage is the Mobile Platform C2. A military truck, the Mobile Platform C2 has a load capacity of 17 tons, 2x4 traction, a 12 KVA generator that feeds all of the internal equipment, and can run 2000 km without refueling. The vehicle allows COPESP to operationalize intelligence by smoothly integrating the subsystem ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) with C4 (Command, Control, Communications and Computers). This framework is grounded in the use of modern technologies and is extremely flexible. It has the ability to incorporate new and/or peripheral systems that work on a digital signal, like video captured by VIVOTEK's cameras, for example. For the duration that the World Cup was happening in Brazil, then, this meant that whenever and wherever security was regarded as highly important, the Mobile Platform C2 was dispatched.

FIFA's pledge to peace
Large venues, such as the football stadiums built in Brazil, are a potential target for acts of terror. The sheer size and scope of the venues can make surveillance a challenge, something that FIFA – the governing organization of the World Cup – was keenly aware of. To mitigate the threat of attack there are many different lines of defense that can be employed, covering the time leading up to, during, and after the football matches. One of FIFA's pledges was that the games in Brazil would promote peace, meaning security placed very high on the World Cup agenda. With the COPESP, their Mobile Platform C2, and support from VIVOTEK's technology, FIFA was able to make good on their pledge.

Real-time control, seamless security
Many people came together to make this project a reality. The system integrator Equipe Engenharia won this project of the Brazilian army, and VIVOTEK's local distributor Alca Network was the one on the ground getting the product out to them. VIVOTEK provided around 300 units of the SD8363E model, a camera in the SUPREME series that has 1080p Full HD resolution, IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing, and real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression. The camera boasts amazing versatility and picture quality that is nearly on par with what the human eye can produce.

During the actual World Cup matches, having optimal surveillance control was crucial, which is why real-time and system integration functionality was a must for the cameras. With so many things happening at once, operators relied on the 360° continuous pan and 220° tilt, and all of the above features as well, to function seamlessly in real-time. In the end, COPESP personnel were able to navigate the system with ease, moving cameras and monitoring all elements around the stadium with just the click of a few buttons and turns of a joystick.

Enjoy the safety, enjoy the game
Claudio Freitas, the Colonel of COPESP, indicated “There was a lot of tension leading up to, and during, the World Cup. It is an international event, and we knew that the entire world would be watching. Thus, the real-time security control is crucial. The players did well on the center stage, and behind the scenes, my COPESP personnel also did an amazing job ensuring that the venues were a safe place to enjoy a football match.” Guilherme de Mello Barandas, Diretor Comercial at Alca Network, was equally pleased with how the games turned out. “It was a pleasure working together with VIVOTEK and the Brazilian brigade. The cameras came in, were quickly distributed, and performed up to expectation. The entire process played out like clockwork.”

Next station is security- centralized surveillance in real time

Next station is security- centralized surveillance in real time

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

A revolution is going on within the security industry – the shift from analog to digital technology. It brings new, valuable possibilities to increase actual and perceived security within public transportation systems. Already today, several station owners and transit authorities benefit from high-resolution surveillance video, automatic security alerts and centralized security systems.

One of the driving forces of the revolution is the Swedish company Axis Communications. In 1996, Axis invented the digital surveillance camera, which more often is referred to as a network camera or an IP camera. Today, Axis is fully focused on network video solutions and has more than 1100 employees. One of them is Patrik Anderson who is responsible for the company's offering for the transportation industry.

“Decades ago, the transportation sector was one of the early adopters of CCTV surveillance as security plays a central role in making public transportation the preferred choice for commuters,” says Patrik Anderson, director business development transportation, Axis Communications. “A key concern of the transit authorities is to keep their systems running with as few interruptions as possible. To achieve this, they need to know what is going on at all times – whether at stations, on board individual trains or along the transit infrastructure. And this is where network video makes a big difference.”

From forensic to real-time security
Stations and transit systems are exposed to a number of security incidents every day, ranging from vandalism and graffiti to robbery and violence. With a traditional, analog surveillance solution, video from the security cameras is mainly used forensically to investigate incidents after they have occurred. In a network-based solution the video plays a much more crucial role, offering new possibilities to efficiently monitor and respond to incidents in real-time.

“One of the overall advantages of network video is the possibility to access and share live video from the security cameras over a computer network, also wirelessly. This enables a transit authority to efficiently monitor all stations, vehicles and infrastructure from one or a few security centers,” explains Anderson. “Even if several incidents happen at the same time, a network video solution provides the real-time video images needed to get a complete view of the situation.”

Efficient incident response
To fully understand the value of access to live surveillance video, one has to consider what happens in a security center when an incident occurs. “Each incident, minor or major, has to be evaluated and followed by an active decision on what action to take – if any at all,” says Anderson. “For many of the incidents, someone also has to decide on appropriate response resources. Taking such decisions based on an emergency call from a passenger in shock or a stressed security guard is often very difficult.”

Authorities that implement network-based video surveillance systems benefit from:
-More efficient evaluation and prioritization of incidents
-Quicker and more accurate decisions on appropriate response resources
-Fewer unnecessary delays and traffic interruptions

“Networked video can also be shared with the response resources via portable computers, PDAs or mobile phones,” says Anderson. “This allows them to get a good understanding of what to expect when they arrive at the scene and prepare their response accordingly.”

HDTV video quality
Another significant improvement that comes with network video is the high image quality. “In our homes we have become used to the sharp and crisp images from high-definition television (HDTV). The very same image quality is now available in many network cameras,” says Anderson.

An HDTV camera can be used in one of two ways; it can enable viewers to see greater details in a higher resolution image, or it can be used to cover a much larger part of a scene than an analog camera. “Video from HDTV network cameras is stored in megapixel resolution. This can be a great help in investigations by facilitating positive identification and providing detailed information of the persons and objects involved,” says Anderson. “When used for overview of larger areas, HDTV cameras are a cost-efficient option as one camera covers a larger area than four analog cameras.”

Intelligent video applications
The last few years, there have been many discussions about intelligent video capabilities that enable a security camera to automatically alert when something suspicious is going on. Anderson is a little careful when discussing this topic. “It is easy to set the expectations too high, making the market believe that capabilities that are a few years away are available today. However, there are several reliable intelligent applications available – and in use – that bring great value to the security staff. Examples of such applications include motion detection, license plate recognition and tampering alarms,” he says.

A camera with a built-in tampering alarm automatically alerts the operator if the camera is covered, redirected or manipulated. Thanks to this capability, a security center can easily ensure that its cameras are up and running as intended. With motion detection, a camera can automatically detect and alert for activity in areas where there is not supposed to be any activity. This makes it easier to detect, for example, graffiti artists at depots, tunnel trespassers or suspect activity along the rail infrastructure.

Successful implementations
Madrid, Moscow, Oslo, Prague, Stockholm and Sydney are some of the cities where Axis network video solutions have been implemented in the transit systems. As the experiences are shared at security and transportation conferences, there is a rapidly growing interest among authorities and operators to learn more about the new possibilities. “More than 50,000 of our cameras have been successfully installed in buses, trains, stations, terminals and depots in different parts of the world,” says Anderson. “Our product portfolio also includes thermal network cameras and cameras with Lightfinder technology, making it possible to detect activity in complete darkness and see colors also in very low-light conditions. Looking at the response from the transportation industry so far, I believe that the network video revolution has only started,” concludes Anderson.

LILIN IP camera range integrated with iDefender VMS from Selcom

LILIN IP camera range integrated with iDefender VMS from Selcom

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

One of the most significant LILIN CCTV systems has been deployed in the city of Pescara, Italy (Italian: Montesilvano). This set of LILIN video surveillance system was widely applied for city surveillance and traffic monitoring in Montesilvano. LILIN, a 33-year-old global surveillance camera manufacturer, is in a partnership with Selcom, one of the leading systems integrators in Italy who offers the best-in-class Video Management Software (VMS) – iDefender – providing a user-friendly and intuitive design that is able to manage cameras with optimal operating experience. iDefender VMS software delivers centralized video management which is capable of managing cameras located across multiple locations. ANPR License Plate Recognition technology can be integrated into iDefender as well.

The project
A total of 60 Pro series IPR-438ESX3.6 network cameras were installed based on strategic points. These electronic eyes are meant to safeguard the city center and are therefore positioned at the border areas in the city of Montesilvano, Città Sant'Angelo and Pescara to monitor city traffic.

Furthermore, another 18 cameras were installed in the waterfront touristic area to monitor nocturnal activities around the hotels, station and surrounding areas.

Installed products
* 60 pieces of Pro Series camera, IPR-438ESX3.6, were installed to deliver quadruple streaming at 15 frames per second;
* iDenfender VMS video management software;
* ANPR License Plate Recognition software, ID-PLATE;
* External storage system NAS.

How the system works
The iDefender VMS platform provides the recording of high-definition streams and the storage Smart car plates reading with a direct management of each individual camera device. The IPR-438ESX3.6 cameras offer a high-quality streaming output of 3 megapixels at 15 frames per second, which allows both a direct registration on camera board. With handy internal SD card in each camera, the server featuring centralized registration that can effectively perform analysis. The integration between iDefender VMS software and LILIN cameras enabled the end users to use license plate recognition and store a huge amount of data. The system will then be cross referencing the 2 lists of data (White List and Black List – these are the two lists provided by local municipality). LILIN Italy is proud to participate in this project to improve the safety of people for the city of Pescara in Italy.

 

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