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Vietnam rallies behind security

Vietnam rallies behind security

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 11/4/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The anti-China protests that escalated to a riot in May resulted in damages to factories in industrial parks. Many of them were looted or burned down, causing injuries and several deaths to people who were caught in the incidents. The aftermath of the event led to losses of millions of dollars in damages and ceasing of manufacturing operations, as well as temporarily causing economic consequences as factories were required to close down for safety issues. Such violence meant an increase in security demand. Now, Vietnam is reevaluating their security issues, looking to improve safety and deter future incidents.

ECONOMIC GROWTH STILL STRONG
Despite the riot, Vietnam is unlikely to suffer significant economic impact. According to IHS Research, the economic and commercial impact on Vietnam's investment image in the wake of the anti-China riot will be limited, since production is likely to resume quickly in the affected areas. Additionally, the drop in Chinese investment is expected to be temporary, as it is more likely to delay commitment to new projects than lead to the cancellation of existing projects in Vietnam. In fact, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, China has 893 projects on going in Vietnam, with a total registered capital of US$4.7 billion. Furthermore, Japan and Taiwan, the two biggest investors in Vietnam, have registered capitals of $28.7 and $27.1 billion respectively in the country, showing that investors still see Vietnam as an ideal location for investing.

So what does this mean for security? According to Tran Nguyen Dung, Director of HDTEK Technology, “Growth of the security industry is due to market demand. Recently, the real estate market has recovered a bit, the bank system problems are being solved step by step, the belief in the stock market is increasing, and the exchange rate is quite stable.”

SECURITY AWARENESS INCREASES
During the chaos, the lack of security made catching culprits who vandalized and robbed factories even more difficult, as many did not have any surveillance cameras or intrusion alarms installed. With insufficient equipment to capture clear footage of incidents, families who lost loved ones in the riot were not able to bring justice to the criminals. However, this experience has led more Vietnamese people and companies, many of which normally ignored security issues in their organizations before, to become more aware of their security system and services, creating a turning point for the Vietnamese security industry, according to Hoang Qui Hop, GM of T&T Security.

“I believe this incident is a wake-up call for Vietnam's manufacturing sector,” said Terence Ng, GM of IndoChina at Bosch Security Systems. “Many industrial parks and factories were set up over the past years since Vietnam started industrialization, but there were insufficient or no investment in protecting and securing these facilities which is posing a threat to the safety and security of personnel. Now, industrial park and factory owners can no longer take security for granted and need to work on a comprehensive protection plan for their personnel, assets, and facilities.”

Hop also observed that apart from upgrading security systems to protect themselves, “companies are starting to work more closely with local authorities for assistance to obtain information about their employees for background checks, and human resource departments in companies are taking more interest in their staff.”

GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO BRING BACK INVESTORS
Vietnam has offered tax breaks and other incentives for companies whose factories were damaged or destroyed during the riot to maintain trade relations, with a reduction of up to 30% in special consumption tax, and reduced import and export tariffs. The government has also committed to ensuring absolute safety for people, businesses, and foreign agencies in accordance with the law and its international commitments.

“The government will have to give assurances to all foreign investors all over the world that it is making its best effort and taking measures to restabilize the business environment for foreign invested companies in the country,” Ng stated. Similarly, Dung emphasized, “Vietnam is a reliable environment to invest. They [the government] are giving compensations to the damaged companies. This is a very good way of handling the situation.”

Additionally, more companies from various verticals have been approaching security solutions, fueling additional growth in the Vietnam security industry. There is an increase in market demand by industrial parks, correction facilities, and city and marine surveillance verticals, which are faced with the need to satisfy companies and citizens requiring protection against future incidents, and to ensure reliable security systems are in place, said Ng.

LOOKING FOR NEW PREVENTION TECHNOLOGIES
Although the incentives offered to companies affected by the riots by the Vietnamese government are not directly related to security, money saved from tax and rent deductions can go to investing in security solutions.

“Companies must seriously look into a physical protection system to protect their assets and facilities against further theft, sabotage, or other malevolent human attacks,” suggested Ng. This system should involve “the setting up of a factory security team, equipment, and procedure to deter, detect, or delay any intrusive action.” He further emphasized the need for a plant's security forces to be able to delay an attack or defend itself until it can notify an emergency response team. Similarly, Bryan Quý, Sales Director of Namson Engineering, emphasized that security solutions providers should supply users with solutions to better connect consumer security systems to the police or government agents to process support requests faster.

In regard to equipment, Ng suggests that there will be an increase in market demand for high resolution HD and megapixel cameras with wide dynamic range and low-light sensitivity functions, as demand for video clarity and recognition capabilities have become increasingly evident. Other products such as external and internal alarm sensors for perimeter and facility protection, and access control linked with video systems to prevent unauthorized access are options for companies to install to protect their property. Video content analysis with functions such as crowd detection, loitering, and fire and smoke detection can be used to immediately recognize risks and reduce the need for human operators. With the growing location of banking ATMs, security solutions are needed to secure different banking locations.

Nguyen Minh Cuong, Assistant Manager for System Solution Division of Panasonic Vietnam, notes that camera and alarm systems are basic requirements, with an estimated growth of over 10%  for the banking security market. High resolution cameras will be popular in order to monitor customers' behavior in the ATM booth, and remote monitoring will also be an option for banking security solutions. Alarm systems are on the road to becoming the most essential technology for ATMs, as the feature to alert authorities or operators in situations is the main purpose of security systems, especially after business hours.

SOLUTIONS, NOT JUST PRODUCTS
Regardless of whether the riot brought more business to security companies, security companies still need to step up their game. According to Ng, it is essential for security solution providers to be able to offer a comprehensive intelligent solution — one that can reliably capture, analyze, store, view, and manage large amounts of video and alarm information, from early detection of potential problems to final response action. It would also be ideal to have software solutions with site maps and integrated functions to different sensors and elements of the physical protection system. Combining both equipment and software solutions would form a multifunctional and expandable platform that fits into the company's personal requirements.

Since the riot, security solutions providers are under more scrutiny to maintain standard codes and regulations for security solutions, said T&T's Hop, “especially for banks, factories, airports, seaports, casinos, and oil and gas industries. Not only should they sell products but also solutions with the after-sales service.”

Post riot, more people will be willing to spend money on security issues. For example, more homes will install 24-hour-monitored security systems with burglar alarms, panic call, and fire alarm functions. Hop noted that the cost of security systems is not expensive at this time; therefore, it is affordable to install one or two HD IP cameras in a residential home. Furthermore, with the evolution of technology, most people own smartphones or tablets, allowing consumers to monitor their houses through security apps on-the-go via the Internet.

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE
Despite the negative impact brought on by the riots, growing security awareness as a result of the events will hopefully provide Vietnam with the push it needs to jump-start its security market. Furthermore, as the economic situation in Vietnam — and across the globe — continues to improve, as well as adding on the support of the government to bring in more foreign direct investment, Vietnam has the tools it needs to build up and improve its security landscape.

Nedap reinvests in AEOS with next-generation controllers

Nedap reinvests in AEOS with next-generation controllers

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 11/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap introduces the new AEOS Blue hardware line. This new generation of controllers builds on the successful AEOS Security Management Platform, the first software-based platform for security management. While other security manufacturers pursue growth through acquisitions, Nedap maintains its focus on ongoing investment in this platform. Now on the sixth generation of controller, with AEOS Blue Nedap once again unlocks a new realm of software-driven functionality. The AEOS Blue has the simplicity and elegance you expect, and will also deliver cost savings for both the installer and the customer.

With AEOS Blue, Nedap launches an energy-efficient, powerful hardware line consisting of door controller, door interface and power, for a self-contained solution that can handle the simplest to the most complex security needs. Aside from the hardware, another new feature of the AEOS Blue is the completely redesigned and simplified software licensing model, which makes the price of AEOS Blue more competitive than ever for its range of functionalities, such as the control of air locks and revolving gates. The new AEOS Blue software licensing model makes the calculation and design of security systems perfect and correct every time.

Most powerful controller in security market
Once installed, additional security features can be added to the AEOS Blue at any time. For example, the comprehensive selection of AEOS software components allow secure doors to be customised easily for holding areas and camera surveillance. And no additional investments in new access control hardware are required: Nedap has also made the most powerful controller in the security industry compatible with PoE+. Even power is provided through the existing network infrastructure, saving on installation costs and eliminating the need for installation of separate power feeds.

“Nedap believes that the best security systems are designed as IT systems. That's why 15 years ago, we decided to separate software and hardware on the controller. That means we can not only define the functionality of the hardware through the software, but can also easily adapt that functionality to changing requirements and needs. Just like you would expect from your computer,” says Albert Dercksen, Manager Research & Development of Nedap. “Of course, the hardware determines how much you can get out of your software. Our new cost-effective hardware line, AEOS Blue, puts all the functionality of the AEOS software in your hands.”

Exacq Technologies' latest Z-Series recorders feature higher performance

Exacq Technologies' latest Z-Series recorders feature higher performance

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 11/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has released an update to its exacqVision Z-Series line of hybrid and IP camera recorders. These purpose-built network video recorders (NVR) feature higher performance, reliability and capacity at a lower cost for enterprise video surveillance deployments.

The enhanced exacqVision Z-Series recorders offer new robust options creating a performance-optimized solution for demanding applications. These recorders continuously record up to 1,200 Mbps of video, offering better performance to record more high definition and high resolution cameras. Ideal for large, enterprise installations, the exacqVision Z-Series delivers up to 1,800 frames per second of video to web and mobile clients, allowing users to deploy the freely distributed cross-platform client, web browser client or Exacq mobile app to more users simultaneously. Up to 500 exacqVision client users or 100 web browser/mobile app users can connect to a single Z-Series recorder at the same time. Each Z-Series now comes with a dual 10 Gbps network interface option for faster archiving and better mass client performance.

The Z-Series features front-accessible, hot-swappable hard drives for maximum reliability, along with RAID 5 or 6 to protect users against data loss and provide continuous operation. The Z-Series also comes standard with dual hot swappable power supplies, and hardware health monitoring in the exacqVision client.

Z-Series recorders include up to 64 analog camera inputs for instant connection of analog security cameras and can host up to 128 IP cameras. Pre-configured with exacqVision Professional or Enterprise video management system (VMS) software, Z-Series recorders come with eight IP camera licenses included for easy, out-of-the-box deployment. exacqVision supports more than 2,200 IP camera models from nearly 100 manufacturers. The exacqVision VMS includes the new EasyConnect feature that automatically finds, addresses and connects to over 400 different IP cameras. Z-Series recorders store up to 80TB per server and are expandable to 1.6PB with the addition of exacqVision S-Series networked video storage recorders.

Each Z-Series recorder includes a three-year hardware warranty and three-year software subscription agreement (SSA), which allows users to update their recorder with the latest exacqVision software features at no additional cost.

Sony Xarina, impressive than ever 

Sony Xarina, impressive than ever 

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Sony | Updated: 12/8/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Sony has announced the CXD4145GG Xarina IP camera platform, which targets entry-level commercial models and home security camera applications. The new model includes a high-performance ISP and H.264 encoder, boasts improved basic picture quality and enhanced visibility, and realizes lower cost by incorporating various peripheral devices. With the CXD4145GG, Sony now offers a complete line of solutions that target different customers with different security needs.

The CXD4145GG is for entry-level commercial models and home security camera applications. The maximum number of pixels that can be processed by the ISP (image signal processor) and the H.264 encoder of the CXD4145GG has been expanded from the previous 2 megapixels to 5 megapixels to meet increasing demands for high-resolution images. In addition to improved ISP performance and picture quality, the flexibility of the H.264 encoder's streaming distribution has also been enhanced to support various usage scenarios. Furthermore, the CXD4145GG incorporates a wide range of functions and peripheral devices considered essential for IP security cameras, enabling simple circuit-and-board configurations and lower set costs. This allows the creation of an extensive lineup of IP security cameras that are expected to gain wider market acceptance in the future. These cameras include full-HD, high-performance, and high-resolution cameras in the 5-megapixel and 3-megapixel ranges, day-and-night multifunction cameras, wide-angle cameras, and home security cameras.

Below are features that set the CXD4145GG apart from others:

High-performance ISP and H.264 encoder
The maximum number of processing pixels and achievable frame rates for the ISP and H.264 encoders are up to 30 frames per second for up to 3 megapixels and up to 15 frames per second for 5 megapixels. In addition, the CXD4145GG has three different types of sensor interface, namely LVCMOS parallel, sub-LVDS serial, and MIPI in order to support a diverse range of CMOS image sensors. The H.264 encoder supports various profiles (HP, MP, and BP) and refined bit rate control (VBR and CBR) and can simultaneously distribute up to 16 streams of low bit-rate images with high quality (example: full-HD 30 frame/s + D1 30 frame/s + CIF 30 frame/s + QVGA 30 frame/s + full-HD JPEG).

Improved basic picture quality enhances visibility
The CXD4145GG uses next-generation ISP technology to vastly enhance basic picture quality. ATR-EX (adaptive tone reproduction- EXtra) performance has been enhanced to further increase the visibility of low-contrast images and images that include both light and dark areas (Photographs 1). The 3D-NR algorithm has been improved to enhance color reproducibility under low illumination and suppress motion blur, making it possible to obtain clearer images of moving objects under low illumination. In addition, visibility in various environments is ensured by various features, including the defog function that increases the clarity of images with low contrast due to fog, rain, or dust; the HLC (high light compensation) function that increases the visibility of license plate characters by suppressing halation in images due to automobile headlights at night; and the IR optimizer function that suppresses halation of subjects illuminated by IR light when using a day/night camera. In addition, the simple LDC (lens distortion correction) function that corrects distortion when using a wide-angle lens is also incorporated, making it possible to obtain more natural images (Photographs 2).

Realizes lower cost by incorporating various peripheral devices
The CXD4145GG incorporates a variety of peripheral devices considered essential in the creation of IP security cameras, such as USB PHY, RTC, general-purpose ADC, audio codec, microphone, and speaker amplifier (Fig. 1). In addition, the SD card interface supports SDXC/UHS-I and enables high-volume, high-speed access required for edge storage. The Ethernet PHY interface supports EEE (energy-efficient Ethernet: IEEE802.3az), allowing an overall reduction in system power consumption.

Inherits and improves the Xarina software platform
Customers who have already established a development environment for Sony's current mainstream model (CXD4135GG) can smoothly migrate to CXD4145GG by using compatible MW (middleware) and API (application programming interface). In addition, even higher performance can be achieved by using MW and API with newly expanded functions and enhanced performance.

Full range of IP camera development tools
In addition to the conventional SDK, a turnkey reference design kit is also provided to help shorten the customer's IP camera development TAT. The hardware uses a circuit board layout that assumes the shape of a popular cubic type IP camera for home applications and is equipped with an SD card slot, microphone and speaker, PIR (motion sensor), day/night function (IR LED, IR cut filter insertion and removal unit, and brightness sensor), and USB slot (for Wi-Fi applications, etc.). This serves as a reference for camera development and also enables evaluation of various CXD4145GG functions. In addition, there is also a plan to provide a PC viewer.

Developmental Status
Sequential shipments of CXD4145GG engineering samples are scheduled for 4Q 2014 in coordination with the support tool preparation status and Sony's support capacity. Mass production is scheduled for 1Q 2015. Regarding deployment following mass production, the addition of sensors supported by the CXD4145GG via software updates will be handled as appropriate. This will enable easy deployment of derivative products using the same development environment. Image sensor support conditions will be notified via the Sony website (www.sony-net/dsp). In addition, there are also plans to introduce the CXD4155GG as a separate model focusing on home security camera applications as part of the low-end lineup.

 

Summary and prospects
By developing the CXD4145GG in addition to the current product CXD4135GG, Sony has enabled the creation of a wide range of high-picture-quality IP security cameras ranging from entry-level models for commercial applications to mid-range and home security models. Sony intends to further expand the Xarina platform to help enhance the overall video quality and provide new value with an eye on cloud service, big data, and other applications.

 

Brazilian Fire Department upgrades security with VIVOTEK cameras

Brazilian Fire Department upgrades security with VIVOTEK cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/30/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Upgrade the extant security system of the department
Bombeiros do Estado de São Paulo, a local fire department in São Paulo, Brazil, boasts a long and proud history of protecting its citizens. The primary missions of the fire department are the implementation of civil defense, fire prevention and elimination, search and rescue, and public aid in the state of São Paulo. Recently, a comprehensive security plan was devised to enhance the overall security of the fire department. A major aspect of the plan was to upgrade the extant security system of the department to not only improve the monitoring of external areas and the main entrance, but also support stationed guards in making their virtual rounds, decrease the risk of unknown attacks, and enhance the recording of daily activity outside the department.

The regional distributor Bellfone Distributor and local security system integrator Invert Systems were commissioned for the task. VIVOTEK cameras were the immediate choice of Bellfone Distributor and Invert Systems among numerous market-available brands because of their excellent quality and reliability. Alpha-Digi, VIVOTEK's national distributor in Brazil, plays an important role in supporting both system integrators' equipment procurement. To satisfy the requirements of the security plan, 44 VIVOTEK cameras were installed, comprising the IP8332, IP8335H, and FD8136 models, to upscale the entire security system within the department.

Excellent quality and reliability satisfy the requirements of the fire department
The project commenced on 27 March 2014, successfully installing 11*IP8332 models, 28* IP8335H models, and 5*FD8136 models in and around the department. The IP8335H network bullet camera is characterized by an HD WDR CMOS sensor for use in light-challenging conditions. The WDR Pro feature of the camera utilizes a double shutter technique to capture the dark and bright regions of an image, which are then combined to produce true-to-life images. The two frames are then combined to generate a highly realistic image. In short, the IP8335H is ideal for high contrast environments such as parking lots for fire-fighting service cars in this case.

The IP8332 camera features a removable IR-cut filters and IR illuminators that are effective up to 15 m. In addition, the camera is housed in a weatherproof casing, allowing it to withstand harsh or unstable weather conditions, rendering this model ideal for a variety of outdoor applications that require open angles. Subsequently, this camera model was deployed in numerous outdoor and patio areas around the department, and in the basement.

The FD8136 is a quite small network fixed dome camera. This model features Power over Ethernet (PoE) functionality, which makes installation quick and easy, and selectable focal lengths, which renders the model ideal for compact or enclosed spaces such as lifts.

In order to centralize and efficiently manage video at the fire department, VIVOTEK's professional central management software VAST was introduced. With intuitive functions and numerous features, the 44 cameras are well managed in a hierarchical system structure, enabling the monitoring, recording, playback and event trigger management with ease-of-use and efficient control.

Exponential Improvement of Security Infrastructure
Following the upscaling of the department's security system, relevant personnel have expressed that the project was a great success, and on-site security has improved exponentially. Stationed guards now have access to a comprehensive layout of the entire department from the monitoring room, making it easier to identify the weak points where patrols should be reinforced. With the responsibility of safeguarding the lives of countless citizens, Bombeiros do Estado de São Paulo, like all fire departments worldwide, is a hallmark for security. Protecting others is a persistent goal of the department, yet the safety of the premises is equally important. In this context, scaling suitable products that satisfy specific clients with a high level of strategic knowledge can be quite challenging. Nevertheless, VIVOTEK fulfilled all client demands, and all parties involved expressed a high level of satisfaction for the outcome of this project.

VIVOTEK showcasing innovative surveillance solutions in Beijing

VIVOTEK showcasing innovative surveillance solutions in Beijing

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce its participation in the 11th Security China 2014 exhibition, which will take place from the 28th to the 31st of Oct at the China International Exhibition Center (New Center) in Beijing. VIVOTEK will display its latest technologies at Hall E2 Booth No. E56, allowing visitors first-hand experience of the latest surveillance systems. From 1994, Security China has been held biannually. Global security professionals and leading security companies see the exhibition as a perfect platform for exchanging market insights and technology advancements. More than 150,000 people attended the 10th Security China. This year, new topics such as anti-terrorism, police protection mechanisms, smart transportation and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be showcased, covering more comprehensive security solutions.

Continuing its innovative spirit, at Security China 2014 VIVOTEK will mainly focus on multi-faceted solutions, which are more comprehensive, more convenient, more intelligent and superior: 
* More Comprehensive: Fisheye network cameras are an innovative and cost-effective product as the fisheye lens allows for an increase in capture area with multiple viewing options, delivering panoramic view and significantly reducing the number of cameras used in a place. VIVOTEK developed comprehensive fisheye network cameras, including 4K x 2K fisheye network camera, innovative 5MP IR fisheye, ultra-mini fisheye camera. More variations are available in different resolutions.
* More Convenient: In order to ensure our clients' convenience when implementing a surveillance system, VIVOTEK provides our clients with various total solutions for diversified vertical applications, such as transportation solutions, retail solutions and PoE extender solutions.
* More Intelligent: With the evolution of computing technology, surveillance systems can be employed for applications other than security. VIVOTEK has just introduced the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. By adopting advanced algorithms, the network surveillance system is able to create more value and generate more benefits. VIVOTEK will present its first self-developed video content analysis (VCA) application package, which includes three key functions: Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting. In addition, heat map function, among others, can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras.
* Superior: To offer unparalleled visibility under low light conditions, VIVOTEK has designed cameras with SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) technology, ensuring the usability of images in any lighting conditions.

VIVOTEK sincerely invites you to visit VIVOTEK's booth at Security China 2014, exploring more VIVOTEK's capability in security technology and creating a smarter and safer world together.

Dahua launches 4K camera

Dahua launches 4K camera

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 10/28/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology officially introduces its first 4K network camera IPC-HF81200E, marching into UHD (Ultra HD) era.

Actually, 4K is not a new word, especially to the consumer electronics market. Defined and approval by International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a 4K camera should offer resolution at 3840 x 2160 with high color fidelity in a 16:9 format using progressive scanning at 25/30 Hz.

In other words, a 4K camera provides four times the resolution of 1080p, rendering superior image detail and surprisingly exquisite colors, which is ideal for large area monitoring, such as parking lot, railway station, safe city and etc.

Dahua 4K camera IPC-HF81200E fully complies with the above standard, it adopts 12.0-Megapixel sensor, incorporating with high-performance DSP to provide extraordinary image quality. Meanwhile, the camera offers 12MP (4000 x 3000) at 15 fps and 4K at 30fps preview with a suggested bandwidth at 8Mbps, ensuring a smooth live view without network resource waste; in addition, the camera provides triple streams options to satisfy various demand in application.

The IPC-HF81200E also supports multi-functions such as ultra-defog, ROI and intelligently detections, including face detections, tripwire, intrusion and scene change, which can smartly send alerts to end-users when any suspicious incident or behavior detected.

For example, there are two-fold benefits to set an intrusion area at a gas station entrance: on one hand, stuff can immediately get to the refueling spot and serve the driver as the second he received the triggered alert, which directly increases profit; on the other hand, any hidden dangers such as smoking or phone call can be observed and stopped to further ensure the safety.

“Dahua is among the first manufacturers to introduce a 4K camera, making the UHD surveillance to something real,” said Peter Pan, Product Manager at Dahua Technology. “Next year, we plan to render more selective possibilities to the market so that our customers can have more alternatives and find the right 4K camera to best meet their specific demands, and a high C/P ratio 4K camera will come out in this November.”

LILIN secures one of the largest university campus in China

LILIN secures one of the largest university campus in China

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Background
Sun Yat-sen University was founded in 1924 by Dr. Zhongshan Sun, a great democratic revolutionary leader in the 20th century. The university, located in Guangdong Province, China, is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology, and management sciences. The university currently has over 82,384 students and 3,456 staffs.

To provide ubiquitous surveillance and ensure their safety are a top focus for the Sun Yat-sen University
Sun Yat-sen University is considered as one of the most important universities in China. The university recognized that a centralized approach to the maintenance and control would create safer campus environments. Security is a must to protect students and staffs on campus even though the campus area itself is relatively safe. The campuses comprise a total area of 500 acres, and, unfortunately, the old analogue system could not provide the appropriate video surveillance overview. After careful analyzing their needs, the university then decided to upgrade the outdated analogue cameras systems to advanced analogue CCTV systems and IP solutions from LILIN.

LILIN solutions
The school chose a mix of LILIN cameras including weatherproof IR analogue fixed cameras such as the CMR7488X3.6, PIH0648P, PIH0148P, and SP2128P speed domes. Also, day & night IPR712M fixed network camera, LR7022E L-series IR IP camera. These cameras were installed in the classrooms as well as common areas at Sun Yat-sen University to secure the 3 campuses — Guangzhou South campus, Guangzhou North campus, and Guangzhou East campus. Altogether, 189 analogue cameras, IP based cameras, and speed domes were utilized.

IP products installed
* Day & Night 720P HD IR IP Camera – IPR712M *28
* Day & Night 1080P HD IR IP Camera – LR7022E *23
* 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 16 Channel Standalone NVR — NVR116*4
* 8-port PoE switch – POE080130 *4

Analogue cameras installed
* Ultra-high Sensitivity 40M IR Camera – PIH0148P *48
* 30M IR Camera – PIH-0648P *18
* 12X Super High Resolution IR Fast Dome Camera – SP2128 *4
* D/N ATR 700TVL Vari-Focal IR Camera – CMR7488X3.6 *68

Results
LILIN video solution provides many benefits for Sun Yat-sen University – superior image quality from both LILIN analogue and IP cameras, and future-proof standalone Linux based Network Video Recorders NVR116s to effectively monitor the entire university campuses. These IP cameras offer a wide range of advantages, such as high performance, superb HD quality resolution video, Power over Ethernet (PoE), and day & night functionality. LILIN cameras are able to cover a large area with no loss of image resolution that is which especially beneficial for such large sized campuses. Cameras from LILIN with megapixel and high definition feature so that the university able to obtain detailed footages for finding lost items or identifying people.


* ☑ Clear images for finding lost items
* ☑ Help to identify people with detailed footages
* ☑ Highly intuitive NVR recorder

 

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.

Dahua announces HD over Coax 2.0 with HDCVI Gen II cameras

Dahua announces HD over Coax 2.0 with HDCVI Gen II cameras

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 10/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua introduces HDCVI Gen II cameras, taking a step up into HD over Coax 2.0 era. “HD over Coax 2.0 is a concept but also a fact that Dahua plays a leading role in HD analogue innovation,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “The inspiring market acceptance and feedback drive us to keep innovative to bring out more benefits to the market.”

HDCVI Gen II camera features high performance sensor and Dahua in-house chipset DH5000, which combines Image Signal Processor (ISP) and TX chipset, rendering an impressive performance improvement. The new cameras can not only provide clear and crisp images at 1080p and 720p, but also an outstanding night visual effect.

Moreover, their wider dynamic range can better cope with places of strong lighting contrast. Meanwhile, Gen II inherits convenient functions of previous HDCVI models, such as HD/SD switch and OSD menu.

As for camera types, in addition to the fixed lens cameras, the CVI family adds 2.7mm to 12mm motorized (-Z) and vari-focal (-VF) series this time to further meet the market demand. As for motorized ones, which have been expected for a long time by the market, Dahua adopts optimized algorithm to realize faster and more accurate focus for instant and convenient adjustment.

On top of that, there are seven models in total in various designs, including eye-balls, IR-bullet and domes with IP66 waterproof and IK10 vandal-resistance helps cameras to withstand strict environment condition and sabotages.

HDcctv Allinace HDCVI 2.0 standard is based on HDCVI technology, which is to say, Dahua dedicates to a 100% sure plug ‘n' play remote control of any camera from any compliant DVR among manufacturers. “Dahua advocates interoperability, and the cooperation with HDcctv Alliance accelerates the development to HD, which, undoubtedly, helps our growing customer to enjoy more of the benefits of HD surveillance,” Shen added. The latest HDCVI family will be displayed at Security China 2014 from 28th October to 1st November.

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

HD-over-coaxial: Ultimate battle for survival by analog manufacturers

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang, a&s International | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

The overarching view in the security industry right now is that IP, which employs a network infrastructure and offers HD video, will one day replace analog solutions, which have defined video surveillance for half a century. For analog players, who are seeing declines in sales and revenue, they must find ways to regain their former dominance in the industry. HD-overcoaxial solutions, which deliver HD video over users' existing coaxial cabling, represent their ultimate battle for survival amidst the IP invasion.

Ever since 960H and HD-SDI emerged in 2011, video surveillance players have been trying to find solutions that enhance the quality of CCTV, which remains the mainstream surveillance technology. Analog cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, and they still dominate the market with 70 to 80 percent of market share. However, IP cameras are threatening the very existence of analog players, who are seeing a steady revenue decline. Against this backdrop, analog players seeking to survive have put intensive efforts into the R&D of high-resolution HD-over-coaxial solutions. HDCVI, HDTVI, ccHDtv, and AHD are the products of those efforts.

Any HD-over-coaxial solution, be it 960H, HD-SDI, HDCVI, HDTVI, AHD, and ccHDtv, must be easy to use over the end user's legacy coaxial cable. HD transmission should be achieved using 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) coaxial cable without quality loss, and the traditional distance barrier of 100 to 200 meters must be overcome. The solution must incur no extra cost for installation or upgrade, resist quality loss over a long distance, and enable easy upgrade to megapixel-level HD surveillance. Further, it must be high in quality and competitive in price to gain a stronger foothold in vertical markets. In summary, for a solution to be called HD-over-coaxial, six basic requirements must be met:

1. It must have high video clarity and color separation, as well as high signal filtering, noise reduction, and image restoration capabilities;

2 .As HD-over-coax is claimed as a breakthrough technology, it must be able to transmit signals for a longer distance over existing coaxial cable;

3 .The solution must not be subject to latency, compression-related quality loss, or any compromise to video quality;

4 The backend equipment must be compatible with the 960H format, and future compatibility with analog splitters and matrix systems must be considered;

5. HD-over-coax must be easy to use and operate and allow settings on both frontend and backend equipment;

6. Any solution must have low cost and high quality.

There are HD-over-coaxial DVRs that can support both 960H and 720/1080p. These are called hybrid HD DVRs. There are even HD DVRs that are bolstered by Intersil's decoder chip and the TCP/IP interface to support 960H, 720p/1080p, and IP signals. These are called Tri-brid HD DVRs.

Compare and contrast between solutions
HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD share one thing in common: as opposed to 960H that uses the CCD sensor, HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD use the megapixel-level CMOS or Exmor CMOS sensor. The purpose is to capture HD images at the source level. Among manufacturers of CMOS sensors are Sony, Omnivision, Pixelplus, and BYD. The formation of images differs slightly according to brand.

Another similarity as far as components are concerned is the use of an image signal processor (ISP) in conjunction with the sensor. This device ultimately determines the final image displayed by HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD solutions. The chipset could be integrated into the sensor module or into the transceiver at the backend of the HDCVI, HDTVI, or AHD camera. Image signal processors, whose manufacturers include Sony, Fullhan, Nextchip, and Eyenix, process and enhance images formed by the sensor. As ISPs of different companies are designed differently, they have different ways of handling backlight compensation, WDR noise reduction, and the 3As, namely auto white balance, auto exposure, and auto focus.

One final thing that the solutions have in common is the presence of a signal transceiver, which produces different signal formats based on the technology in question, namely HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD. Regardless of the technology, these transceivers are similar in that they combine signal augmentation, voltage augmentation, and MCU all in one device and emit signals over different transmission distances. There is also a circuit switch that allows cameras to switch between HD-over-coaxial and CVBS output.

All HD-over-coaxial signals travel through coaxial cables, which can be 5C-2V (RG-59U) or 3C-2V (RG-6) for transmission of between 300 and 500 meters. Among the things that set them apart are the codec engine, which is made by TI, Hisilicon, or Grain Media, and the performance of ISP processing.

Application in verticals
Based on how things look right now, to popularize HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD and widen their reach in different verticals, it seems manufacturers still have lots of publicity and marketing to do. In fact, I still have doubts over their market acceptance beyond the banking, financial, and retail verticals, as 960H and HD-SDI themselves are still mostly deployed in retail, banking, and education. It is my hope that fiber optic providers can develop and commercialize HD-over-coaxial interfaces, so that HDCVI, HDTVI, and AHD can go beyond small and medium implementations and find their way into city and highway surveillance, which requires HD and real-time video transmission.

Currently, there aren't any credible or authoritative figures on the market acceptance toward HDCVI, HDTVI and AHD. Yet, marketing strategies differ according to manufacturers and their OEM partners. Based on our observation, a lack of understanding of the different solutions is the biggest obstacle that manufacturers need to deal with right now.

Opportunities and future development
HD and intelligence are future development trends that analog players seeking to upgrade their HD products future, advances in CMOS, ISP, and transceivers will cause HD-over-coaxial surveillance to become a norm. Applications in different verticals will also become more noticeable. In security, there is a notion that IP will replace analog. But this will not happen anytime soon, and HD-over-coaxial marks the effort by analog players to at least slow the IP invasion and analog's decline. In the end, maybe there is a purpose for the existence of these solutions.


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