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Belgium hospital increases scalability by Axis IP upgrading solution

Belgium hospital increases scalability by Axis IP upgrading solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avigilon introduces latest HD security solution

Avigilon introduces latest HD security solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIVOTEK IP solutions adopted by Iranian hospital

VIVOTEK IP solutions adopted by Iranian hospital

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

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

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

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

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



Intelligent RIVA cameras support adaptive traffic control in Yugoslavia

Intelligent RIVA cameras support adaptive traffic control in Yugoslavia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2006, intelligent video software, also known as video content analysis (VCA) or video analytics, was chosen as a&s International's Prime Product of the Year. At that time, VCA was called a “coming-of-age” product. Since then, VCA vendors and security players alike have been eagerly waiting for the other VCA shoe to drop. For years, the security industry has been wondering whether or not “this” was the year for VCA, the turning point. Unfortunately, reality is that moment has yet to come. However, something new is brewing in 2014. This year, VCA vendors and security players sense that this really is the year for VCA. The global video analytics market was estimated to be worth US$250 million in 2012 and is expected to reach around $1.3 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 38.6 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to a September 2012 report published by MarketsandMarkets. The Americas will lead the market with APAC observed to grow at the highest rate, primarily due to the growth of technology and increasing awareness for network video surveillance. Additionally, non-security applications of video analytics in entertainment and visual communications are considered lucrative markets, according to the report.

Although the VCA market has encountered many a speed bump, improved technology and continued market education have helped VCA overcome some of its initial challenges. Key factors driving the video analytics market, according to the MarketsandMarkets report, include the transition of video surveillance systems from analog to IP-based, emergence of open standards, and increase in the efficiency of video surveillance systems. However, the market still faces many challenges: complexity, higher cost of maintenance, and the occurrence of false alarms. Despite these challenges, VCA vendors and security companies are ready to assure end users that all of these issues are being dealt with and that the benefit of video analytics far outweighs the hiccups.

Survival of the Fittest
In a constantly changing and ever evolving market where competition continues to get fiercer, adapting to change is the key to survival. However, as VCA has become a larger part of the security industry, how companies have chosen to adapt over the years has varied. While many of the companies that were founded in the early days have since been acquired or closed their doors, some have been able to ride the wave of change without making any huge modifications to their original business model, while others have changed with the technology and learned to adapt to their environment.

One of the easiest and most commons ways to get into the VCA market is to partner up with well-known VCA vendors, which many companies have done. Video analytics on the edge is a growing trend in the security industry and video management software (VMS) vendors have both realized the value of incorporating VCA technology into their offerings. While some have developed their own video analytics, the majority have partnered with VCA vendors to create a value-added product. Aleksandr Jesikov, Account Manager of Luxriot, a supplier of VMS, bundled with VCA, explained, “Due to the nature of our software, we realized that VCA will play an essential part in the video surveillance industry. Since it is most important for us to offer the best products and technologies to our customers, we decided to use the VCA core from a time and market proven partner as a value-added feature.”

Regardless of whether or not companies develop their own or partner with established VCA companies, the thing to focus on is how VCA is spreading through the security industry like a wildfire.

If it Ain't Broke…Software Success
As the benefits of VCA in security have become more evident, more and more security companies have added VCA to their product offering as an added-value service, but a handful of companies that came up in the VCA market as strictly VCA software providers have been able to maintain their original business model without needing to change.

Success as a pure VCA software vendor has not been easy, which is evident in the amount of companies that have disappeared from the market over the last decade. But some software-only companies have been able to find success — enough success for them to not need to expand into the hardware side of things. Companies like ObjectVideo (OV), Agent Intelligent Video (Agent Vi), VCA Technology, etc., have been able to stay true to their original mission of being pure VCA software providers due their strong presence in the market. This does not mean, though, that these companies have not grown and expanded.

OV made headlines a few years ago when they began a series of legal battles with some of the biggest names in the security industry for intellectual property infringement. As one of the biggest names in video analytics, and a software-only provider, OV's lawsuits resulted in a flood of video surveillance companies quickly entering into patent licensing agreements with the company. Now, many of the security industry's biggest players — including but not limited to Bosch Security Systems, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Sony, VIVOTEK, and most recently FLIR Systems and Hikvision — have patent licensing agreements with the company. Their success in software, along with their patent licensing program, has allowed the company to focus on the software without needing to expand outside of their focus.

One software company that has not seen a need to change is Agent Vi. Founded in 2003, the company is focused exclusively on developing VCA software and applications. With a successful business model already in place, Zvika Ashani, CTO of Agent Vi, pointed out that the company sees no reason to change. “We've been able to build a global channel program and distribute our software, and we don't see any reason to expand to other areas,” said Ashani. Additionally, with an ecosystem of technology partners that include camera manufacturers and video management software (VMS) vendors, Agent Vi sees no reason to try and fix something that is not broken.

Another company that has stayed true to its VCA software roots is VCA Technology. Founded seven years ago as a specialist OEM video analytics provider, VCA Technology is focused on providing VCA software libraries for manufacturers of cameras, VMS, and DVRs to build into their products. The company's SDK provides the foundation for many companies' video analytics. Initially, VCA Technology was concentrated on security and perimeter protection, but as demand in the market has evolved, the company has broadened into other areas such as counting, retail, and web-based applications. “We have shipped 170,000 units so far, but with the wider market in mind, we are broadening the range of supported platforms to include Windows, Linux, PC, and embedded processors,” said Geoff Thiel, CEO of VCA Technology.

Axis, OnSSI and Lenel craft top campus security for Benedictine Uni.

Axis, OnSSI and Lenel craft top campus security for Benedictine Uni.

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 5/2/2014 | Article type: Education

Benedictine University earns state-wide recognition for excellence in campus security with Axis network cameras and video encoders.

With parents of incoming students expressing ever- higher expectations for campus safety, Benedictine University has worked hard to earn its ranking as one of the safest four-year private institutions in the state of Illinois. In fact, the ranking serves as a great recruitment tool. But to maintain its best practices, the university continues to seek out the latest advances in video surveillance technology to help its peace officers respond more quickly to routine and emergency calls across its campus.

Since 2007, Convergint Technologies, a Schaumburg, IL- based security integrator and Axis partner, has worked with the university to strategically deploy Axis cameras across the suburban Chicago campus. As technology progressed, they took full advantage of features such as HDTV-resolution, H.264 compression, WDR, low-light color fidelity and 360-degree field-of-view. Axis cameras are managed by an OnSSI VMS that integrates with the university's Lenel OnGuard Card Access system as well as the campus emergency response and public address systems. Convergint also integrated a number of legacy analog cameras into the surveillance network with Axis video encoders.

In addition to serving as a force multiplier for routine service calls, the Benedictine University police department has integrated Axis network cameras and video encoders into its emergency preparedness program to assist officers in informing and protecting students, faculty and staff of severe weather conditions and emergency evacuations, as well as coordinating with local law enforcement during active shooter drills.

“ With an active campus of over 10,000 students and special events that can draw an additional 4,000 people and their vehicles, there's no way we could handle all the routine calls we receive without our Axis cameras.” --Michael Salatino, Chief of Police, Benedictine University

Meeting community expectations for campus security
As Benedictine University Chief of Police Michael Salatino can attest, parents and students have grown much more sophisticated about campus security. “Even as recently as six years ago, security technology was not really on people's radar,” Salatino said. “Today, parents tell me they selected our university because the safety and security programs we have in place aren't being offered by other institutions down the road. It's pushed us to keep up with the latest security technologies and partner with Convergint to make sure we deploy the best products out there.”

Raising the bar for higher education security
Benedictine University has been accredited by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program for its safety and security initiatives and was ranked as the safest four-year private institution in the state of Illinois in 2011. With 14 state-certified peace officers and eight para- professionals keeping watch over 10,000 students on the 108-acre campus, an advanced video security system was essential to achieving that level of success. “Our Axis video surveillance system definitely extends the range of our university police force. We wouldn't be able to operate as effectively as we do without it,” Salttino said. For instance, Convergint installed an AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Camera along a busy walkway between four buildings. The ultra-fast PTZ control gives the po - lice department the ability to track activity and zoom in instantly when an incident occurs. In the library, with its multiple points of entry and atrium- style architecture, Convergint installed a 360-degree, five- megapixel AXIS M3007-PV Network Camera to achieve panoramic view of the area. “My field of view has been increased tenfold,” Salatino said. “If I don't get you coming in, I'm going to get you going out.” Convergint also network-enabled a number of legacy analog cameras in the campus parking garage with six- channel AXIS Q7406 Video Encoder Blades. Now, the university police can manage all their cameras remotely from a single VMS.

From solving petty theft to managing campus-wide alerts
Campus police monitor the Axis cameras 24/7. The system has proved invaluable for emergency preparedness and helps the university respond immediately to incidents ranging from severe weather alerts to active threats. The cameras are also tied into a separate Emergency Operations Center, which allows administrators to keep continual watch over the campus while Police Dispatch handles first response. If there's a building evacuation, staff can use the video to coordinate the campus mass communications system. “We can see which way people are walking or running and direct them over the campus public address system on which way to go,” Salatino said. The IT department archives video for 30-45 days on rack mounted Dell PowerEdge multi-processor servers. To conserve bandwidth and storage, Convergint programmed the cameras to increase frame rate and resolution on motion detection. This helps security staff quickly resolve incidents. For example, if an expensive pair of jeans goes missing from the laundry room, police can easily check the video to see if another student had mistakenly grabbed the wrong clothes. The university police also use the cameras in conjunction with card readers to watch out for dorm trespassers. “At Benedictine University, security isn't an after thought,” said Matt LaRue, Account Executive at Convergint Technologies. “It's forethought.”



Optex plug-in to integrate with Avigilon video management software

Optex plug-in to integrate with Avigilon video management software

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

Optex is planningto release a free plug-in to integrate its Redwall IP sensor range into the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) Video Management Software version or later. With the free plug in, Redwall IP motion detection, perimeter security and the intelligent Laser sensors can now easily be integrated or added onto an IP security system managed by the ACC platform. In the event of intrusion they will trigger lights and camera pre-sets and point PTZs in the right direction to follow the intruders.

Polish coal mining museum adopts VIVOTEK IP cameras

Polish coal mining museum adopts VIVOTEK IP cameras

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/2/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background: Advanced Protection for A 158-year-old Coal Mine
The Monumental Guido Coal Mine, which was founded in 1855, is located in the City of Zabrze in Silesia Province in southern Poland. The name of Coal Mine – Guido – originates from the name of big industrialist, millionaire – Prince Guido Henkel von Donnersmarck. For more than a hundred years transformation, the Guido Coal Mine, comprised with Coal Mining Museum and modern areas “K8 zone” for leisure, business and culture, now is a place for young and old people to explore the region's mining heritage and organize cultural and art events.

The K8 zone, located 320 meters below ground in the Guido Coal Mine, consists of four huge chambers for conference, concerts, theatrical performances, culture fair, business meeting…… etc. More uniquely, the deepest place in K8 Zone is a pub, which is also considered as one of the most iconic pubs in Silesia. The unique underground climate guarantees raw and mine decor with brick ceiling. The next attraction is a good beer and a lot of hot snacks. The Coal Mine Guido is a worth place to visit. With the modern zone entering official operation in 2013, visitors to the Guido Coal Mine increased significantly.

The Coal Mine Guido decided to implement a modern network surveillance system, providing its employees and tourist with better and advanced protection shield. The surveillance system had to be able to manage and control the number of people below 250 under low light conditions in the mine. The selection of cameras was the biggest challenge in this project since cameras must be able to cope with difficult lighting conditions, to deliver high quality image, and to resist from dustiness in the underground tunnels.

Solution: High Quality Network Cameras Secure the Peace and Safety in the Mine
With serious evaluation, engineers from Guido Mine and specialists from the local professional system integrator KAZ Company decided to choose camera VIVOTEK IP8151.

VIVOTEK IP8151, a 1.3-Megapixel professional fixed network camera, represents the next-generation in video quality in network cameras. Featuring the utmost in picture clarity through utilization of advanced sensor technology, the camera is able to capture exceptional details during daytime, as well as to offer fair visibility under low-light conditions through its Supreme Night Visibility feature. In addition, designed with WDR Enhancement, image details under extremely bright and dark environments can be identified clearly. Moreover, VIVOTEK IP8151 is equipped with microphone and two-way audio track. It enables the communication and instruction easy and direct, which is a very useful function whenever the occurrence of events. VIVOTEK's IP8151 has fulfilled the clients' expectations.

Customer Feedback: Quality and Performance of VIVOTEK Cameras Meet All Expectations
Krzysztof Jaromin, Technical Director of KAZ Company indicated, “Our company works in the market for more than a dozen years. The experience and wide service assortment enable us providing big flexibility and adjustment to achieve customers' expectations. Therefore, we have involved our designers and team in the realization of the contract. The choice of VIVOTEK camera was not accidental. Workers had a good opinion before. Those cameras were a success on the concert of Johnny Freelance Experience Group.”

Tymoteusz Rduch from IT department of Guido Mine further commented: “The monitoring system designed with VIVOTEK's network cameras IP8151 is very good and can be managed without any problems under difficult conditions in the coal mine. Cameras in external housings can perfectly manage with dustiness and air humidity. The museum must constantly monitor a number of people moving to the mine and moving out from mine. With the use of camera the mine can register people who are moving there. In the K8 Zone, where allows free movement between chambers, the operator can supervise people who are in the middle of the mine. Tourists can't smoke in the mine and the operator can check this by camera. When somebody lost way, the operator can help him. The system monitoring is very helpful to workers, too.”

Dahua Italy road show strengthens partnership with local distributors

Dahua Italy road show strengthens partnership with local distributors

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 4/30/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, the China-based manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products, held a two-day road show recently in April for building partnership with local distributor Videotrend S.r.l.

The two-day event attracted more than hundreds of local distributors, systems integrators, installers and end-users in the region. Dahua’s top-sale products such as Eco-Savvy network camera series and PTZ dome series aroused attendees’ interests.

In the event, HDCVI and the new tri-brid DVR were among the highlights. Dahua’s new tri-brid DVR is compatible with three signals— analog, IP and HDCVI— allowing HDCVI to be integrated with more possibilities and solving interoperability issue to facilitate the technology adoption in the industry.

During the two-day event, all attendees were highly gratified with live product demonstration, new technology straight from the manufacturing house as well as understanding of corporate core values. Besides, the event delivered a vital message that Dahua together with Videotrend, is able to provide prompt support and services, in the region.

“It is a big day for Videotrend, gathering many distributors, not only ours but also from some other brands, they are all impressed by Dahua’s latest products and technologies,” said Mr Pasquale Totaro, President of Videotrend S.r.l. “The roadshow successfully delivers a message that Dahua is beyond product selling, but also fully capable of innovation, we will work closely with Dahua and introduce new and good technology as well as products to the market to benefit our customers.”

“Local distributors are getting more familiar with Dahua’s branding and products. With zero-distance meetings and demonstration, it is obvious to present ourselves and easier to gain confidence from clients and potentials,” said Elmer Zhang, Sales Director of Europe at Dahua Technology. “We showed our professionalism to the market and by discussing with local professionals. It helps us to better understand their demand and market trend as well. The event is a great success and we will continue to work with our local partners to penetrate the Italian market as well as throughout the Europe.”

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