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Axis introduces network loudspeaker for remote speaking in video surveillance applications

Axis introduces network loudspeaker for remote speaking in video surveillance applications

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Axis Communications, the global leader in network video, launched AXIS C3003-E, the first open standard, network loudspeaker for remote speaking. AXIS C3003-E is simple to install and integrate into a video surveillance system or an IP telephony system, making announcements possible from anywhere with network connectivity.

“AXIS C3003-E is really an IoT (Internet of Things) device that provides many advantages because it is connected to an IP network,” says Peter Lindström, Director of New Business at Axis. “For instance, you can assign a regular phone number to the loudspeaker and simply dial in to it to get heard. It enables integration with just about anything.”

Complementing Axis' network video offering, AXIS C3003-E was developed in close cooperation with customers in the video surveillance industry. The loudspeaker's benefits include lower installation costs, easy integration and ensured reliability. It allows customers to easily add a remote speaking function to their surveillance system to deter crime or other unwanted activities.

“Horn speakers allow our operators to immediately intervene when video analytics alerts us of trespassing at customer sites,” says Lars Kämpe, Business Development Manager at Securitas, which equips virtually all of its outdoor perimeter protection installations with loudspeakers. “Normally, a trespasser will flee the scene when notified of his detection. This saves cost for our customers due to reduced damages and also no unnecessary callouts.”

AXIS C3003-E is a self-contained loudspeaker that offers signal transmission, decoding, amplification and speaker all in one unit. Unlike many analog speakers, there is no need for AXIS C3003-E to connect to a separate amplifier or to a network camera to plug into a network.

As a standalone unit, AXIS C3003-E can be placed anywhere, enabling a flexible, scalable and cost-effective approach to system design. An external power supply is also not required, thanks to the speaker's support for Power over Ethernet (PoE). With one network cable, AXIS C3003-E receives power and plugs directly into a video management system and/or Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony system.

The loudspeaker offers a high sound pressure level for intelligible speech over long distances. It enables high-quality voices, thanks to advanced signal processing. An innovative feature in AXIS C3003-E is the unique Auto Speaker Test, which can check that the speaker is in working order by providing audio feedback to the system.

“Securitas has worked with analog loudspeakers until now,” says Kämpe. “With analog loudspeakers, there is always an uncertainty since there is no way to remotely detect if they are actually working correctly. AXIS C3003-E allows us to remotely monitor the heartbeat of the speaker and check the sound quality. The speaker also supports PoE, which makes it easier to install and lowers installation costs. It also gives us the possibility to use pre-recorded messages. With Axis' loudspeaker, our customer proposition is greatly enhanced.”

AXIS C3003-E can play a pre-recorded audio file when it is manually or automatically triggered in response to an alarm event. The speaker comes with pre-recorded audio files such as trespassing and emergency messages, and allows users to upload their own audio.

The loudspeaker easily integrates with video management systems. Compatible software include those from Aimetis Corp., Genetec, Milestone Systems and NICE Systems, as well as the forthcoming.

AXIS Camera Station 4.20, which is aimed at small and mid-sized installations. AXIS C3003-E also integrates with VoIP telephony systems that use SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), enabling users to call the loudspeaker and make announcements even from their mobile phone. As a network product, each AXIS C3003-E can be selectively addressed since each has a unique IP address.

AXIS C3003-E will be available through Axis distribution channels on April 9.

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The scenic splendour of South Africa's Western Cape Province has long attracted visitors. Millions of tourists flock to visit Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island - where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated - and enjoy the Cape Winelands and the beautiful coastline. But, as the fourth largest of South Africa's nine provinces with a population of almost 6 million, visitors with business in mind are also plentiful in the capital, Cape Town.

The town of Somerset West on the outskirts of Cape Town is ideally situated for commuters and visitors. Lying in the Helderberg basin with a view across the bay to Simon's Town and Cape Point, and overlooked by the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, approximately 55,000 people call it home and welcome tourists to the beachfront and numerous golf courses. Both can also take advantage of Western Cape's third largest shopping centre - Somerset Mall.

Bigger challenges
First opened in 1993, Somerset Mall is on the N2 Freeway that connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban. It's an ideal position to attract visitors and since its first opening the mall has seen numbers continue to climb. Two separate expansion phases have taken place and Somerset Mall now houses 204 stores extending over more than 1.3 km, all with single level access. Parking is also similarly extensive, with a total of 4,500 parking bays of which approximately 700 are undercover.

Alongside the stores, the most recent expansion of Somerset Mall has also seen it expand to encompass an Adventure Arena. This is dominated by a spectacular double climbing wall with views of the Helderberg mountains but the Adventure Arena also includes a 10-pin bowling alley, a games arcade and an 8-screen movie complex.

As a result, the successful complex now attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per week. However, the CCTV security system had not kept pace with the growing numbers of visitors and shoppers and the Mall's management realised that enhancing the level of security was vital. They turned to systems-integrator SSC Infrasek for a solution.

New IP System
According to Mario Groenewald, technical manager at SSC Infrasek, "When we looked at the entirety of the security challenges facing the Mall, we quickly realised that simply supplementing the existing analogue system was not going to work. The expansion of the shopping precinct to 1.3 km of storefronts together with the new Arena and extensive car parks had stretched the old system almost to its limits. Increasing levels of surveillance in the pedestrian areas and in the extensive car parks was a priority and we were also conscious that the mall is very innovative and successful in attracting visitors to its unique blend of attractions. Therefore, further expansion of the site is quite likely and any proposed CCTV system would have to be capable of coping with this expansion.

"Having been tasked with implementing a comprehensive CCTV system to maintain security throughout the whole complex, we decided that the only realistic solution was to replace the whole of the existing analogue system with a fully IP CCTV system, based upon 130 Hikvision network cameras supplied through their local distributor, Sensor Limited."

According to Mario, the choice of Hikvision technology was based on a number of factors. "The wide range of cameras and options available to us meant that we could select the right camera for the job without compromising the design objectives. We had also used Hikvision products in other projects and found them to be robust and reliable, delivering very high quality images whilst remaining cost-effective. Finally, Hikvision has successfully delivered many similar projects around the world and offered us great support all the way from system design through to implementation."

Maximum protection inside...
For the inside of the mall, SSC Infrasek chose the DS-2CD7153-E network mini dome camera, which offers many features that make it ideal for the surveillance of an area like Somerset Mall where image quality and a robust build quality are key priorities.

Inside the vandal proof IP66 rated housing, the camera is based around a large 1/3" progressive scan CMOS image sensor, offering 2 megapixel HD resolution (1600 x 1200 pixels), dual real-time video streams of up to 720p, and offers a choice of H.264, MPEG4 and MJPEG video compression. The DS-2CD7153-E model is fitted with a bright 4 mm F1.8 lens, although 2.8, 6 and 8 mm versions are also available, and offers a wide 68 degree viewing angle. The unit also offers three axis adjustment at installation and Hikvision's ePTZ capability for increased viewing control and versatility. The result is a camera that delivers outstanding images while withstanding the rigours of a very public placement.

Versatility is also offered in placement of the camera courtesy of the PoE feature. Meanwhile, the inclusion of day/night automatic switching and multiple alarm triggers, including motion detection, tampering alarm, network disconnect, and IP address conflict, give installers and users maximum flexibility.

A total of 100 DS-2CD7153-E models were installed throughout the interior of the mall.

...and outside
SSC Infrasek opted to install 30 Hikvision DS-2DF1-518 PTZ network high speed dome cameras to protect the outside of the mall and the 3,800 outside parking spaces. Again, image quality was paramount but protecting the camera from any environmental factors was considered closely.

At the heart of the DS-2DF1-518 is a powerful 36x F1.8 zoom lens that take just 5.4 seconds to go from wide open to fully zoomed. Augmented with 16x digital zoom, this bright 3.4 - 122.4 mm lens is backed up by with a 1/4' Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor inside a tough, weatherproof IP66 housing.

This combination of 36x zoom, 3D intelligent positioning and the powerful built-in PTZ control means that operators can maintain surveillance over very large panoramas whilst retaining the ability to focus effortlessly on any area of interest. The camera also integrates an IR cut filter, for seamless day and night operation down to a minimum 0.2 lux in colour and a very low 0.02 lux in black & white.

Building success into the future
"The successful implementation of South Africa's first IP surveillance solution in a shopping centre environment is an impressive demonstration of SSC Infrasek's design and implementation expertise that is set to bring in more IP projects in the coming months," according to Mario Groenewald.

"It is also an expression of Hikvision's commitment to producing the most technologically advanced cameras and making them available to every market in the world," he concludes.

VIVOTEK launches its latest indoor speed dome network camera- SD8161

VIVOTEK launches its latest indoor speed dome network camera- SD8161

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the launch of its latest indoor speed dome network camera, the SD8161. Offering 1080p Full HD resolution and an 18x optical zoom lens and sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, the SD8161 is able to deliver superb image quality and capture the fine detail of any scene. The camera is ideal for wide open indoor spaces like airports, train stations, stadiums, and lobbies, where the highest levels of reliability and precision are required.

Guaranteeing image quality and ensuring footage usability, the SD8161, boasts WDR Enhancement technology, which enables the camera to cope with conditions of high contrast light and generate image quality close to the capabilities of the human eye. As with VIVOTEK's latest speed dome network cameras, the SD8161 is designed with a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, providing fast and precise movement with continuous 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt. The user can monitor and track any object of interest via a mouse or a joystick with ease. In addition, the SD8161, with built-in auto tracking feature, is able to automatically identify suspicious moving objects in wide open areas before the user might notice these events.

More uniquely, the SD8161, equipped with audio detection function, can trigger instant alerts whenever ambient audio differs from usual conditions.

Tim Su, Director, Marketing Communication Department, VIVOTEK indicated “In order to make surveillance in wide open areas more clear, precise and effective, VIVOTEK, in the past year, has put great effort and resources into developing a series of speed dome network cameras with excellent image process technologies and sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism. Today, we are pleased to provide the market with the SD8161, a speed dome especially designed for indoor applications. Beside the abovementioned great features, few more advanced features like SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, 802.3at compliant PoE Plus and 30 fps high quality video mean that the SD8161 is the best choice for the most demanding indoor surveillance applications.”

Bosch upgrades fire protection in one of Germany's largest data centers

Bosch upgrades fire protection in one of Germany's largest data centers

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 3/26/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Bosch Security Systems has upgraded the fire protection system of the Telehouse data center in Frankfurt and installed a modular and networked solution based on its Universal Security System UGM 2040. Using its Building Integration System (BIS), Bosch has also integrated the new fire panel into existing Bosch solutions for access control and intrusion detection.

With a total area of 25,000 square meters, the data center run by Telehouse Deutschland GmbH is one of the largest in the country. Many international corporations, financial service providers as well as providers of cloud services use the data center as their primary or backup site to ensure uninterrupted operation of their critical IT systems. Next to redundant IT infrastructures, Telehouse also offers an emergency power supply supporting full load operations for three days as well as sophisticated and comprehensive solutions for physical safety and security for its servers.

The new fire protection solution comprises the highly scalable Universal Security System UGM 2040 and eleven concentrators supporting the different zones of the building.
All systems are networked via optical fiber
in a ring topology.

Existing fire extinguishing and sprinkler systems were also connected to the UGM 2040. More than 3,800 fire detectors and a large number of smoke aspiration systems were installed throughout the data center. Critical detector data such as temperature, operation hours and degree of pollution are constantly collected and stored in a database (condition monitoring).

Based on these data, Telehouse can very exactly plan both maintenance and replacement of individual detectors. Continuous analysis of disturbance variables also allows very timely reaction to critical developments.

The customers of Telehouse demand the highest security levels for their critical IT systems. To guarantee this security, Telehouse has developed a very good partnership with Bosch over the years. With security solutions from Bosch, Telehouse can very flexibly respond to customer's requirements and also ensure fully certified operation.

The new fire protection system meets all requirements as set forth in the EN54 norm. Due to its modular architecture, it can easily be adapted to changing needs whenever these come up.

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Synergy 3 command and control platform chosen for Jakarta International Airport

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 3/25/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

One of the world's busiest airports has selected Synectics' Synergy 3 command and control platform as the integrated airport security and safety management solution for its new terminal building.

Development of the Terminal 3 Ultimate at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in conjunction with the revitalization of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, is part of the Indonesian Government's plans to boost annual passenger numbers beyond 60 million people.

Working in partnership with systems integrator Jaya Teknik, which is leading the security management solution in the terminal development, Synectics has secured a significant contract to supply an integrated airport security and safety solution with their Synergy 3 command and control platform. Jaya Teknik is part of the Jaya Group of companies, one of the companies in the PT. Kawahape Jaya Consortium.

Airport operator PT. Angkasa Pura II (Persero) - (AP II) will use Synergy 3 to monitor and manage more than 6,000 integrated safety and security edge devices from a range of sub-systems; including CCTV cameras, access control panels, fire alarm points, baggage x-ray scanners and intelligent video analytics.

A flexible, open platform that is database agnostic, Synergy 3 enables alarms and events, security and process control sub-systems, video, and data to be monitored, recorded, and managed from a single unified operator interface. The fully customizable user interface and user-driven dynamic workflows that ensure compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) were key features for AP II.

Linda Hadi, Vice Director at Jaya Teknik TICT Division, said: “Synectics was selected for this project because they were able to demonstrate extensive experience in designing and delivering mission critical solutions. It was essential we selected a partner who could provide a reliable, resilient and scalable solution that supported integration with multiple edge device sub systems. Another critical factor was the need to have access to dedicated local support, which Synectics provides through its regional office in Singapore.”

The solution will see integration with intelligent video analytics, access control, fire detection, baggage x-ray scanners and CCTV.

Chris Bishop, International Business Development Manager at Synectics, said: “We are very excited to have been selected for such a high profile project in the ASEAN region. The innovative solution we are providing will enable AP II operators to dynamically manage all aspects of the airport security and safety infrastructure through our enterprise platform Synergy 3.”

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Oman UAEXCHANGE optimizes security with GKB HD SDI DVR and HEM platform solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by GKB | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
AL MANTHRY SECURITY & SAFETY SERVICESLLC is GKB's Golden partner in Oman. In 2015, GKB has kicked off one of their significant projects: UAE Oman EXCHANGE. UAEXCHANGE is one of the leading exchange companies in Middle East. The company is a shopper's stop for exchange of all the major world currencies and Remittances around the globe. The Brand's presence is felt in more than 30 countries with over 700 direct offices in 5 continents through its associate, UAEXCHANGE. Oman UAEXCHANGE is bestowed with the Super Brand status consecutively in the Years for five years from 2009 to 2013 in Oman.

Challenges
Since Oman UAEXCHANGE is a major currencies circulating facility, instant, accurate and stable surveillance is highly demanded due to its special necessity. Recently, Oman UAEXCHANGE has shifted to adapt GKB SDI DVR and HEM platform to meet the need of viewing high resolution close-up images, installing in expanding branches, scheduled time backup recordings and central managing platform.

Solution
In this expanding branches project, Oman UAEXCHANGE has installed GKB HD 1331 and GKB HD3835 to enhance its security in offices. For central monitor room, they chose GKB RH1618 and HEM platform to manage recording hierarchically.

With GKB HD 3835 special camera lens, it enables close-up view during quick cash exchanging movement. Furthermore, the overall environment can be secured and monitored by GKB HD 1331. GKB team also provides GKB RH1618 and HEM platform which performs highly compatibility between different categories of cameras to optimize hierarchical management and customized backup setting. Center office is able to effortlessly obtain each branch's daily recording and automatically backup at a scheduled time. Such group management assists users in classifying and identifying cameras easily and authorizes the access to different sub-users by given admit account only.

Benefits
Automatic backup at scheduled time
Such function provides effortless collecting recordings punctually on a daily base from various branches in different locations.
Excellent stableness of products and after service
GKB's team and products stand out firmly comparing with other brands in various aspects of stability and instant efficient assistance.
Economical and practical solution
By adapting GKB's hardware and software solution, corporation's newly installed cameras in expanding branches can be easily managed without limitation of time and space.

 

Sponsored by: 

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

Suprema unveils new IP access control platform BioStar2

Suprema unveils new IP access control platform BioStar2

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a global provider of biometrics and security technology, launches BioStar 2, a web-based IP access control platform. BioStar 2 seamlessly integrates Suprema's award winning biometric technology with an enhanced security solution to offer simplicity, convenience and performance.

BioStar 2 is built with a new design style that focuses on enhancing user experience. All of the functions and features of the system can be used with only a few simple clicks. The system is accessible via web browsers, making the system independent from operating systems or device platforms.

The convenience of the system is driven by a number of automations throughout installation and maintenance. Automatic device discovery avoids tedious manual data input and detection processes. The feature allows the installer to simply select and configure the device from the list of connected devices within the network. Additionally, all future updates for BioStar 2 will be made available from a cloud-based resource. The optional automatic update feature will ensure that the system is up-to-date with the latest versions of firmware made available.

BioStar 2 offers uncompromising performance with the ability to handle large system capacities. The system can accommodate up to 1,000 devices. The data transfer to large numbersof devices is processed via Hyper Data Transfer to reduce the system downtime during maintenance. The system also allows unlimited time schedules and advanced user group settings to support complex access control setups.

“Suprema is excited to introduce the next generation access control solution that is fitting for the current technological environment” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema Inc. “We believe that the current technological environment is progressing in such a dynamic way, that securing flexibility and versatility to the new system was one of the key objectives. The system is developed to be web-friendly using the latest web standards and is not dependent on any specific operating system or client device unlike a number of different solutions in the market. With the newly found versatility, we expect BioStar 2 to serve as a foundation that we develop and expand to satisfy our customers' growing needs.”

Hikvision partners with Agent Vi to offer intelligent solution

Hikvision partners with Agent Vi to offer intelligent solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/11/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the worldwide provider in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, together with Agent Video Intelligence (Agent Vi), the global provider of open architecture video analytics software, have announced strategic cooperation to integrate their products to allow Agent Vi’s embedded component to run on Hikvision cameras. The integration enables end users to run Agent Vi’s full range of video analytics solutions on up to 200 Hikvision cameras simultaneously per single server.

Cameras from Hikvision’s 4 series Smart IP camera range are the first to be included in the integration. The cameras are designed to fully meet all professional market requirements for efficient bandwidth and storage utilization, as well as unparalleled image quality and customer convenience. With 1.3/2/3MP resolution in bullet, dome and box styles available, the cameras provide versatile solutions for users’ different needs.

Agent Vi’s advanced video analytics platform, savVi, boasts a set of advanced, automated video analysis tools that provide for the immediate detection and extraction of events and valuable data from surveillance footage, replacing the manual and time-consuming tasks traditionally employed to monitor live video feeds or sift through recorded video. savVi offers the widest set of video analytics functionalities incorporated in a single product, including real-time event detection, video search and business intelligence applications.

Through the integrated solution, Agent Vi’s software component is embedded inside the Hikvision cameras, allowing customers to deploy Agent Vi’s video analytics in an optimal set up that minimizes hardware requirements and eases deployment.

“The strategic cooperation between Hikvision and Agent Vi allows Agent Vi to expand its reach to a very significant share of the global surveillance market, strengthening Agent Vi’s position as the leading global provider of video analytics,” comments Itsik Kattan, CEO of Agent Vi. “Hikvision users will benefit from the integrated solution which offers them the most comprehensive and reliable video analytics solutions on the market. The Hikvision-Agent Vi integration allows the running of a full set of video analytics functionalities on hundreds of cameras per server, making the price point for the overall solution very attractive.”

Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision, comments, “With the embedded video analytics in Hikvision cameras, the new solution enables our users to better manage their system and help them locate critical events, to maximize security efficiency. Looking forward, Hikvision will continue to cooperate with Agent Vi to expand the integration and include more Hikvision camera models in the future.”

Quarantine zone in Italian Port protected by OPTEX Redscan laser sensors

Quarantine zone in Italian Port protected by OPTEX Redscan laser sensors

Editor / Provider: Optex | Updated: 3/9/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

General Electric (GE) Oil and Gas built a giant gas turbine in Avenza, Italy, to be sent to Australia's Barrow Island as part of the Chevron's Gorgon Project, one of the largest natural gas developments in the world. The turbine had to make a stopover in the port of Carrera for four days to be completely decontaminated before being shipped to the pristine nature reserve.

The challenge
The mega turbine was stored in the Italian port of Carrera in quarantine before being hauled onto the supertanker to its final destination. Any contact with unauthorised staff could jeopardise the whole project, so the turbine had to be fully decontaminated from microbes that could affect the extraordinary wildlife of Barrow Island. The challenge was to create a temporary high-level perimeter protection system to prevent any unauthorised access to the power modules. Considering the size of the module, a system was required that could create a virtual wall around the whole length and height of the turbine.

The solution
The system integrator specified a system that included four REDSCANs that were installed in the quarantine zone at the Harbour to control access to the mega turbine during its decontamination process. Two laser sensors were placed in vertical mode to create a virtual wall by the entrance to the storage hall, and two more were placed horizontally to scan the approach to the module itself. If any unauthorised personnel entered the critical areas, the REDSCANS triggered the security system for an immediate response. GE Oil and Gas required a high level of security for the power module that could provide guaranteed detection of any intrusion during transit to its final destination. The installation of four REDSCAN RLS-3060-L units, which feature a 15m high x 54m wide virtual wall, and a 30m radius detection zone for approach security provided the right detection areas and high-level capture performance required for this project.

Lithuania to equip embassies with MorphoTOP fingerprint scanners

Lithuania to equip embassies with MorphoTOP fingerprint scanners

Editor / Provider: Morpho (Safran) | Updated: 3/5/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho (Safran) has signed a contract with the Lithuanian government to deliver 145 MorphoTOP optical fingerprint scanners. This is Morpho's first direct contract with the Information Technology and Communications Department to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Lithuanian embassies will use the MorphoTOP terminals to process all visa requests. In practical terms, they collect photos and fingerprints from all those requesting visas. This biometric data is stored in a secure database, and can be compared to previously stored data. The database is available to border control authorities in countries that are part of the Schengen Area. When a traveler enters this area, authorities can check their identity to ensure that it is the same person who received a visa, thus limiting fraud.

This system is part of VIS (Visa Information System), a European project that allows Schengen countries to exchange visa data. Commissioned in October 2011, the VIS is designed to strengthen security at borders.

Jacques van Zijp, Vice President of Morpho's Europe Business Unit (BU) in the Government Identity Solutions division, explained, "Morpho already has Lithuanian customers in the telecom and explosive/chemical detection systems sectors. But this is the first time the Lithuanian government has placed its trust in our identity management solutions”.

The government's purchase of MorphoTOP terminals was partly financed by the European Commission's External Borders Fund (EBF).

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