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Axis introduces affordably priced, wide-angle, 3-megapixel, 1080p fixed dome

Axis introduces affordably priced, wide-angle, 3-megapixel, 1080p fixed dome

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 9/11/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications presents a competitively priced 3-megapixel, vandal- and dust-resistant fixed mini dome camera with a wide-angle view and HDTV 1080p. The easy-to-install indoor AXIS M3006-V Network Camera has been designed to meet the video surveillance needs of price-sensitive market segments such as retail stores, hotels, schools and offices.

Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video, today presents a competitively priced 3-megapixel, vandal- and dust-resistant fixed mini dome camera with a wide-angle view and HDTV 1080p. The easy-to-install indoor AXIS M3006-V Network Camera has been designed to meet the video surveillance needs of price-sensitive market segments such as retail stores, hotels, schools and offices.

“AXIS M3006-V has the performance, the easy installation features and the price to be an attractive offering for many market segments,” says Erik Fr?nnlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “The camera provides wide coverage, 3-megapixel images for superb details and HDTV 1080p for capturing movements clearly. It has considerable capacity for intelligent video applications, support for video management software such as the complimentary AXIS Camera Companion, and enables quick installation on walls or ceilings -all at a great price.”

AXIS M3006-V provides a viewing angle of 134°. When installed near a corner of a store, for instance, it offers complete coverage, enabling users to even look into the shelves on either side of the camera. Other viewing angles can be achieved through optional lenses.

With a 3-axis camera angle adjustment, the camera can be mounted on walls or ceilings, the direction of the camera can be easily adjusted and the image leveled. The camera also supports Axis' Corridor Format, enabling vertically oriented video streams that optimize coverage of areas such as corridors, hallways or store aisles.

AXIS M3006-V supports digital pan/tilt/zoom, which can be used as a “digital varifocal lens” that allows the angle of view to be adjusted remotely after the physical installation. The camera's digital PTZ, together with its support for multi-view streaming, enables different areas of a scene to be cropped from the full view and streamed simultaneously for viewing or recording—simulating several virtual cameras that can help minimize the bit rate and storage needs. Multiple streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG can be sent simultaneously.

The camera comes focused at delivery, which shortens the installation time. It has a 2 m (6.6 ft.) network cable attached and supports Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), which eliminates the need for power cables and reduces installation costs. To enable the camera to better blend in with the environment, optional skins are available.

AXIS M3006-V offers substantial support for the installation of intelligent video applications through the AXIS Camera Application Platform. In addition, the camera's built-in microSDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card. When local storage is used together with the free AXIS Camera Companion, users have an easy way to remotely view and manage video from up to 16 cameras per site.

Samsung Techwin reacts with quick response at UK college

Samsung Techwin reacts with quick response at UK college

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Education

Nature has played its part in helping Easton and Otley College bring forward a decision to upgrade its video surveillance system. The college, which is situated eight miles north of Ipswich, was recently struck by lightning during a ferocious storm and most of the cameras and control equipment were damaged.

“We were already considering upgrading the existing system as we wanted to ensure we were taking advantage of the latest technology to help us implement our anti-social behaviour policy,” said John Negus, Facility Manager at the Otley College campus of Easton and Otley College. “Fortunately, we were therefore in a position to quickly replace the damaged cameras with those of a higher specification.”

Originally created as an agricultural educational establishment, Otley College was established at its present site in 1970 with, as legend has it, a couple of tractors, a barn, two lecturers and sixty students. Today the college provides further education for around 5,000 students and has an ongoing programme to develop its facilities. Most recent developments have included an Equestrian Centre, a farmhouse business, a conference facility and an aquatics zone that houses Piranhas. Most recently they have joined forces with Easton College in Norfolk and the new college has been named Easton and Otley College.

The college commissioned Smarter Security Solutions, who are based in Earls Barton, Northampton, to install new dome cameras and DVRs, all of which are manufactured by Samsung. Paul Chater of Smarter Security Solutions Ltd said: “We have successfully installed Samsung video surveillance equipment at many other sites and we were therefore able to confidently recommend a single source solution to Easton and Otley College.”

Ten of the Samsung domes are SCP-2270H which have a 27x zoom capability allowing John Negus and other authorised users to observe close up activity of any suspicious activity, whilst five others are Samsung SCV-2081 vandal resistant dome cameras.

Both models are designed to provide a cost effective video surveillance solution for environments such as schools and colleges. They are equipped to capture high resolution 600TV lines colour images and incorporate advance technology, much of which is unique to Samsung, such as Super Noise Reduction (SSNRIII) and Samsung Super Dynamic Range (SSDR), which is a progression of backlight compensation that automatically enhances detail in dark areas across the entire scene to reveal objects hidden in shadow.

All of the images from the new camera domes, as well as from the cameras which survived the lightning strike, are recorded 24/7 onto one of three Samsung SRD 1650DC 16 channel digital video recorders which capitalise on Samsung's high level H.264 compression to ensure superb picture quality, whilst minimising hard drive space and bandwidth requirements. They also feature Virtual Progressive Scan (VPS) which eliminates the problem of blurred edges on moving objects to provide picture-perfect still frames.

The dome cameras and DVRs are controlled via a Samsung SPC-6000 keyboard which is located in the College's control room utilising Samsung licence free NET-i Viewer software.

“The camera domes have been located throughout the College in order to ensure we deter and detect any anti-social behaviour that has the potential to disrupt the excellent educational programmes that the College provides for our students,” said John Negus. “There have been some incidents which we have been able to act on as a result of the camera domes' ability to deliver high quality images. In particular, we have been able to stamp out dangerous driving in our car parking area as students are now very much aware that we can catch them on camera.”

 US pool and park combat vandalism with Hikvision solution

US pool and park combat vandalism with Hikvision solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Virtually every country around the world is negatively affected by vandalism. Graffiti and the destruction of both public and private property are issues that continue to haunt government officials, commercial institutions, and citizens of every level.

The United States is no exception. According to recent government data, the cost of vandalism in America is estimated to range anywhere between $10 and $25 billion annually.

Recently, the borough of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, USA chose to combat vandalism – and those who are engaged in it – through the inventive installation of Hikvision security products that provide both improved overall security and a tangible deterrent against vandalism.

A Better Option
Hamburg's Borough Pool and Recreation Park area is not only a source of civic pride for the city; it is also an important regional recreation area. Offering a large park, public pool, and facilities for public concerts, this park serves as a hub for Hamburg and the many surrounding communities to enjoy their recreational moments. Additionally, these civic facilities also act as a catalyst for Hamburg's local business community – and as such, any perceived downturn in the status of this park has a negative cascading effect throughout the borough.

“Fairly recently, we've had a growing problems with a variety of vandalism - type crimes in our Hamburg Borough Pool and Recreation Park area,” explained John Leonforte – Codes Administrator at this location.

“Initially, we attempted to address this issue through private security; but we found that not only was it expensive – roughly $20,000 annually – it also did not significantly reduce the levels of destruction in public property and graffiti,” added Mr. Leonforte.

Changing gears, Hamburg chose to invest in a comprehensive security solution featuring Hikvision products. Mr. Leonforte noticed an immediate impact: “Within two days of these Hikvision cameras being installed, there was a significant drop-off in vandalism. Obviously, these cameras had a strong deterrent value, but we needed to be able to support this with technological innovation to maintain our initial gains.”

Two Different Cameras, Two Different Goals
Quarterbacking many of the technical issues regarding the installation of this solution was Brad Heckelman, Hikvision's U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional Manger. Mr. Heckelman chose Hikvision's DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome Camera, as well as the DS-2DF1-672 1.3 MP Network Speed Dome Camera to serve as the eyes of this solution.

In many respects, the DS-2DF1-672 1.3 MP Network Speed Dome acts as the lynchpin of the solution. “Among many beneficial features, we chose this camera for its 18x optical zoom, plus up to 10x digital zoom, which provide a tremendously detailed and high-quality picture. Additionally, the 1/3” Sony CCD chip allows this camera to work very well in changing lighting conditions,” explained Mr. Heckelman.

Installed on elevated positions at select locations throughout the park, and controlled remotely, this PTZ camera offers 360°endless pan range and -5° ~ -90° tilt range, thereby providing up to 2 miles of tremendously clear pictures in any direction. Interestingly, if there were no viewing obstructions (trees, building, etc.), “we could literally use only one DS-2DF1-672 model– this is how good the zoom image quality is, regardless of distance,” noted Mr. Heckelman.

Additionally, an IP66 weather-proofing standard ensures problem-free functionality from any outdoor weather conditions this camera will face. And as Pennsylvania is known for extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter, this is an absolute necessity for any camera in this part of America.

The second Hikvision camera in this solution, the DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome, serves a slightly different – but no less important – function.

Placed throughout the outdoor park and pool, as well as inside facilities such as the concession stand, this camera keeps a focused watch over areas deemed as high priority. “Traditionally, one of the areas that has been particularly challenging, from a graffiti perspective, has been the back of the band shell. However, now, with this camera providing 24/7 surveillance on this specific location, we have not had one new incident of graffiti,” noted Mr. Leonforte.

Virtual PTZ functionality allowed Hamburg to focus the DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome on areas of vandalism concern – such as the above-mentioned band shell – and also on areas of safety concerns … such as the diving area in the pool and the parking lots. “We were able to alleviate our vandalism problems as well as provide our patrons with an increased sense of security,” summed up Mr. Leonforte.

Furthermore, both vandal-proofing and weather-proofing provide protection against the weather and those who might be otherwise tempted to physically tamper with these cameras.

Importantly, an IR cut filter with auto switch and infra-red illuminator provide excellent low-light ability at any time of day; and 1280 x 960 pixels of resolution allow operators to zoom onto these sensitive areas with great clarity, regardless of circumstances.

Mr. Leonforte added, “The motion detection feature on this camera is particularly useful to our situation. This allows our police department the ability to set specific cameras to turn on when something catches its attention … thereby helping officers to immediately recognize a potential threat and respond, instead of just hoping that an officer will notice it as the various camera pictures cycle through.”

NVRs
Two Hikvision NVR models were selected to round out this solution: the DS-9516NI-S Embedded NVR and the DS-9616NI-SH Embedded NVR.

For Mr. Heckelman, the key to both of these units was the massive storage ability: “Most NVRs only have a 4 SATA interface. These two Hikvision models both have 8 SATA, which allows up to 16TB of memory – far exceeding the industry norm.”

Additionally, both allow great resolution, with the DS-9516NI-S providing up to 5 megapixels (2560 x 1920) recording resolution; and the DS-9616NI-SH an HDMI output of 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Importantly, these Hikvision NVRs allowed the borough of Hamburg to save money by putting this solution on a network. As such, the police department has the ability to monitor video surveillance of the park and adjacent areas; while Hamburg squad cars are able to utilize wireless Internet-connected laptops to access the same information. An additional group, Hamburg Park management, also has PC access to these surveillance cameras. Mr. Leonforte notes, “We keep access to these PCs in an access-controlled environment … in this way, we are able to ensure only the proper personnel can view and manipulate our public cameras.”

London Luxury Hotel Checks in Samsung Techwin Cameras

London Luxury Hotel Checks in Samsung Techwin Cameras

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 8/15/2012 | Article type: Security 50

One of London's newest luxury hotels, the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, has installed a 187 camera video surveillance system to enable security personnel to monitor activity in all its public areas.

The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, which as its name suggests, is within walking distance of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, has 370 rooms and suites spread over 14 floors. Ultra modern in design, it has facilities to attract both business people and tourists, with several restaurants, 10 conference rooms, a half Olympic size swimming pool and a spa area. The hotel incorporates renewable solar and photovoltaic panels, and has an on-site borehole to reduce water consumption – making it one of the most energy-efficient hotels to open in recent years.

151 of the cameras are Samsung SCD-2080E dome cameras which Moni Dhanjal, Facilities Manager for the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, chose after extensive research. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and we will never hesitate to invest in technology which will help us detect and deter criminal activity,” said Moni Dhanjal. “We nevertheless need to ensure that we get the best value from our investment in any capital equipment and so I was tasked by our senior management to source cameras that had all the features and functionality we required, but which were affordable.”

Like most hotels, the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, wishes to project a warm welcome to its guests and allow them to flow freely around all public areas. This ‘open door' policy inevitably introduces the risk of attracting the attention of opportunistic thieves as well as organised gangs. “Our video surveillance is one of a range of measures which we have put in place to detect unwanted visitors,” said Moni Dhanjal. “It sends out an important message to would-be thieves and vandals who might be tempted to try to steal guests' personal property or hotel equipment.”

The video surveillance system is also being used to ensure health & safety compliance. The monitoring of the hotel swimming pools, for example, can allow hotel management to ensure that there is enough staff on duty during busy periods and to respond appropriately if an emergency occurs.

The images from all the cameras are transmitted back to the hotel's control room where they are monitored 24/7 by security personnel. “With a large number of areas open to the public, as well as multiple floors, corridors, staircases and lifts, we needed to install a relatively large number of cameras to ensure there are no blind spots, and particularly so in locations where thieves are likely to be active,” said Moni Dhanjal. “In the few months that the video surveillance system has been in operation. it has become clear that we have achieved our objectives and that our security personnel have a very powerful tool to help them carry out their responsibilities effectively.”

Hikvision Releases WDR Network Camera with Motorized Vari-focal Lens

Hikvision Releases WDR Network Camera with Motorized Vari-focal Lens

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision announces a new addition to its WDR network camera family: the DS-2CD764FWD-E (I)(Z) 1.3 Megapixel WDR Network Dome Camera with optional motorized vari-focal lens and IR LEDs.

Apart from its industry-leading WDR technology and low-light capability, this camera outrivals its competitors with the addition of its unique motorized vari-focal lens. By allowing the user to adjust the DS-2CD764FWD-E(I)(Z) through Hikvision's remote zoom and One-Touch Focus feature, this camera brings a new level of functionality to the market. This easy-to-use feature is operated via the camera's user interface (i.e. Video Management Software or IE Client).

Hikvision further incorporated a built-in IR LED illuminators for true day / night surveillance in the new DS-2CD764FWD-E(I)(Z). Even in total darkness, armed with this advantage, objects as far away as 20 meters can now be seen with superb quality.

“We are expanding our WDR network camera line to offer customers more high quality options. Our Hikvision DS-2CD764FWD-E(I)(Z) not only delivers high resolution images, regardless of backlight conditions and low-light environment, but also simplifies the ability to focus of any image – remotely, quickly, and easily,” said Polo Cai, Vice President of Hikvision.

Additionally, this camera supports vandal-resistant housing to protect against tampering or physical damage. Other key features include: 1.3 megapixel high resolution and HD720p real-time recording, 120dB wide dynamic range, 3D digital noise reduction, and an ultra-low illumination functionality (0.01 Lux @ F1.2, 0 Lux with IR). As well, ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI protocols are supported.

Samsung Techwin Introduces Affordable HD Camera Range

Samsung Techwin Introduces Affordable HD Camera Range

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung has introduced five additional ‘affordable' HD network camera models following on from the highly successful launch in June 2012 of the SNB-5001 1.3 megapixel network camera.

“The level of interest in the SNB-5001 from customers across Europe has been remarkable but has not surprised us,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “We knew from our conversations with installers that there would be a greater demand for HD cameras that can capture evidence grade images if they could be offered at a price which would make them affordable for the majority of office and retail video surveillance projects. The introduction of these additional models will provide installers with the flexibility to choose a camera specification which matches their client's specific requirements.”

All of the ONVIF compliant models support H.264 and MJPEG compression methods, providing the option to simultaneously transmit images to multiple locations at various frame rates. A number of different users, if authorised, are therefore able to monitor live images at one location, record video evidence at another or view live and recorded images on a Smartphone or iPhone via the Samsung iPOLiS application.

The five new models are:
SND-5011 - 1.3 megapixel network dome camera with 3mm fixed lens
SND-5061 - 1.3 megapixel network dome camera with 3~8mm varifocal lens
SNB-7001 - 3 megapixel Full HD network camera
SND-7011 - 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3mm fixed lens
SND-7061 - 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3~8mm varifocal lens

Each of the models are equipped with a scene change tampering feature which creates an alert if, for example, paint is sprayed on a camera lens or if there is unauthorized movement of a camera away from its usual field of view.

Other shared features include four programmable Motion Detection zones, 12 programmable Privacy Zones and PoE (Power over Ethernet). The new models also have a Day/Night feature which automatically configures the camera to capture either colour or B/W images depending on the prevailing lighting conditions. Fully compatible with Samsung's license free NET-i-Viewer software, the cameras and domes have a multi–language webpage for easy set up.

As is the case with all Samsung professional security products, the five new models are supplied with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

Singaporean Shopping Center Upgrades Video Security Using Bosch Budget Line

Singaporean Shopping Center Upgrades Video Security Using Bosch Budget Line

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 7/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Lend Lease is a leading, fully integrated, international property and infrastructure group. The group manages Parkway Parade, which is one of Singapore's first major and biggest suburban mall. Managed by Lend Lease, the shopping mall has over 250 retail outlets conveniently located over 6 levels. It is every shopper's choice of destination, offering the largest ranges of stores on the East Coast of Singapore.

The main challenge was to upgrade the system without causing significant disruptions to daily operations as any camera was not allowed to be down for more than 3 hours whether in the day or at night. In addition, there should be installation had to be discreet so as not to cause inconvenience to patrons at the mall.Some cameras were to be mounted in areas which were relatively inaccessible in terms of positioning. Hence, a customized bracket was required to ensure personnel safety during installation.

Solution
- The shopping mall was equipped with video systems from Bosch's Advantage Line including Dome cameras, and Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) functional camera.
- The Bilinx Data Interface unit was used for complete control of the PTZ functions of Bilinx enabled AutoDome Series cameras. In addition, complete programming of AutoDomes via their on-screen menus is supported.
- The discreet compact dome cameras offer a complete network surveillance system with progressive scan for sharp images of moving objects.

Additional Customer Benefit
- Modular design allow for future expansion needs
- Cost savings due to low maintenance needs
- High reliability

Samsung Techwin Introduces Full HD 20x PTZ Network Dome Camera

Samsung Techwin Introduces Full HD 20x PTZ Network Dome Camera

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 7/10/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Air and sea ports, car parks, schools, large retail stores, petrol station forecourts and sports stadia are just a few of the environments where operators are likely to value the 20x optical zoom facility incorporated into the SNP-6200, Samsung's recently introduced network Full HD network PTZ dome camera.

The SNP-6200 is capable of capturing 2 megapixel evidence grade images which can be displayed in 16:9 format at Full HD 1080p resolution and utilises Progressive Scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles.

“Despite its competitive price, we have packed the SNP-6200 with an almost endless list of features which can offer practical benefits to security personnel who are endeavouring to keep one step ahead of thieves and vandals,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “The SNP-6200, for example, supports multi-streaming of video using either H.264 and MJPEG compression and can therefore be simultaneously used for real-time monitoring, mobile monitoring, high quality or high-efficiency recording, SD memory recording and for E-mail notification purposes.”

The ONVIF compliant SNP-6200 is equipped with license-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), which includes optical tripwire and enter/exit direction detection, as well as an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects.

In addition, Samsung's Smart Codec technology offers facial recognition and for specific areas of interest within a scene to be captured at a higher resolution than the rest. This means that areas such as doorways, human faces, or windows are transmitted or recorded at full resolution, whilst other areas with the scene are reduced to save file sizes and put the user firmly in control of bandwidth management.

Other features include Wide Dynamic Range, PoE (Power over Ethernet), a multi language on-screen display and an Internal SD memory card slot to locally store or back up alarm triggered video. The SNP-6200 is also fully compatible with Samsung's licence-free NET-i viewer software which allows remote viewing, control and administration of single or multiple site security systems via a PC anywhere in the world.

The SNP-6200H which has been launched at the same time, shares the same features of the SNP-6200 but is designed to operate effectively in harsh environments where the temperature may be as low as -50°C or as high as +50°C. It is IP66 rated and supplied inside an aluminium housing with a sunshield, fan and heater.

The SNP-6200 and SNP-6200H are offered with an extensive range of accessories and brackets to provide a choice of wall, pole, parapet, pendant, corner and in-ceiling mounts.

Costa Rica Judiciary Relies on Milestone Protection

Costa Rica Judiciary Relies on Milestone Protection

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 6/28/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone XProtect open platform IP video management software (VMS) has been implemented in more than 30 government judicial buildings in Costa Rica. The new surveillance system is the foundation for defense against violence for judicial employees to be less vulnerable to the risk of attacks in the office.

With an increase in reported violent crimes throughout Costa Rica, the prosecution of more offenders has resulted in a correlated increase of threats directed toward judicial employees in government offices around the country. Controlling all legal matters in the Central American country, more than 10,000 employees work in 31 buildings ranging in size from 1,312 – 81,200 square feet. They had previously been left vulnerable with out-of-date analog surveillance systems.

To help protect the employees and property of the Costa Rica judicial system, the government agency has implemented a highly effective solution to control the entire video monitoring infrastructure with high image quality, reliability and the ability to integrate with technology from leading security manufacturers and suppliers. Milestone XProtect Enterprise VMS was implemented for a full-scale surveillance improvement throughout the nation's government buildings.

For the new system, two types of IP network cameras were installed: the SNC-RS86N pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) day/night outdoor rapid dome camera with 36x zoom capability and H.264 data compression, and the SNC-DH180 network 720p HD vandal-resistant, fixed mini-dome camera with view-DR technology and IR illuminator – both manufactured by Sony.

Milestone XProtect Enterprise software operates through the Wide Area Network (WAN) of the organization to the monitoring centers with client stations, where administration and supervisors are located. Each building has its own local monitoring center running through a client station. In total, the system has around 30 operators.

"XProtect Enterprise has allowed government security personnel to perform intelligence work remotely, increasing the effectiveness of our human resources," states Carlos Solano, Project Development Manager at Sonivision, Costa Rica, the Milestone partner who implemented the solution. The Milestone solution offers an advanced surveillance system with top-of-the-line technology and open architecture, providing coverage of all surveillance needs through managing high-resolution, high-definition IP cameras, which would not have been possible with analog technology. Milestone XProtect Enterprise can access the video in both real time and recorded information - simultaneously.

"Milestone XProtect Enterprise has a very intuitive user interface that allows access to remote viewing of different points of interest simultaneously, as well as recordings. With the intelligent search tools we can look for evidence easily that can be quickly exported and used as evidence," stated German Rojas Monje, Security Director, Judiciary System of Costa Rica. "In addition to its powerful remote surveillance, the XProtect Smart Client interface has improved our ability to view and record events that take place both inside and outside the buildings. This has improved security and allowed us to strengthen our position against possible threats."

When the first stage of implementation was finished, operators of the system and the IT personnel who provide technical support were trained in two stages: basic training for both types of users, and one focused solely on the IT personnel in recommended practices for maintaining the XProtect Enterprise software and Sony cameras.

Solano continued: "All of the end users are in agreement – due to its graphic design and intuitive interface, it is a significant improvement for the government's security. Whether running through scheduled monitoring routines or exporting and generating video evidence, Milestone's ease of use is significantly more helpful in protecting those who serve in the justice department."

Hikvision Megapixel Solution Working on Brazilian Rail

Hikvision Megapixel Solution Working on Brazilian Rail

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 6/22/2012 | Article type: Security 50

While the project Supervia Stations Surveillance System may not immediately resonate with some in the security-related industry, the location where it operates surely does: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It is in the metropolitan region of what Brazilians simply refer to as Rio that a groundbreaking surveillance system was developed for the urban passenger rail network. This rail network, on average carrying 450,000 passengers a day, represents Brazil's first-ever megapixel surveillance railroad project.

One Camera, Two Uses
“The key to this solution was the ability of Hikvision megapixel technology,” summed up Alvaro de Souza, CCTV manager at VMI Sistemas de Seguranca – Brazil's official Hikvision Distributor and partner of Interimagen (the Brazilian integrator responsible for this project).

As noted, this Brazilian megapixel solution represented a landmark first; yet for VMI Sistemas de Seguranca, it was also a business landmark: this was a tangible opportunity to distance themselves from other distributers/integrators that do not use megapixel technology in solutions of this nature.

“In taking this approach with Hikvision megapixel camera technology, we were able to add both tremendous value to the project and simultaneously position ourselves – from a business standpoint – as a provider of high-technology components,” Mr. Souza explained.

One such component that added this dual value was Hikvision's DS-2CD883F-E 5 Megapixel Network Camera. This camera was vital for issues such as recognizing individuals, as well as clear, defined images of fast-moving trains. Mr. Souza elaborated: “Quality – this camera embodies the term. Since this camera needed to be used in two distinct locations; and since both of these locations have fundamental differences, we needed something that possessed both quality and the technical ability to achieve these concurrent goals.”

Boasting a bevy of technological features, including up to 5 megapixel resolution, full HD 1080P real-time video resolution, H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG video compression, true day / night, and PoE, the DS-2CD883F-E is a natural fit to handle the requirements of this railroad project.

Yet, unlike many solutions, the DS-2CD883F-E is tasked in providing exceptional surveillance for two distinct arenas.

The primary location, consisting of 80% of these units, is providing surveillance for the rails themselves. In this instance, the DS-2CD883F-E is connected through fiber optics to a control center that is responsible for the overview of the moving trains, the actual rail, or any other circumstance that warrants further investigation. “The DS-2CD883F-E is a great fit for a project where you have quickly-moving objects. This is due to the 1/2.5” progressive scan CMOS, which provides both excellent resolution and enhanced video applications for these Rio trains,” Mr. Souza added.

The other 20% of the DS-2CD883F-E cameras are located on the platform walls overlooking the embarkment areas of the actual train cars themselves. In this instance, the goal of these cameras is not to view moving trains, but moving passengers – as Mr. Souza noted: “On the platforms, we use this camera for issues such observing customers embarking and debarking train cars. . . We need to have the capacity to record clear images of the passengers' faces in the event a problem arises.”

Additionally, PoE capabilities were used to simplify the installation and power of these platform-adjacent cameras.

In both cases whether over the rails or over the platforms, the environment is outdoors. To protect the DS-2CD883F-E, Hikvision's DS-1311HZ Outdoor Camera Housing was selected to protect these units against any corrupting conditions they might encounter.

Indoor Camera
Around the actual train terminals themselves, a different Hikvision camera was chosen for optimal surveillance. In this instance, the DS-2CD7153-E 2 Megapixel CMOS Mini Vandal Proof Network Dome Camera was the choice.

Due to the placement of this camera – which ranged from on top of the ceilings to inside terminal corridors – it was important to address any potential distance issues that might adversely affect the performance of an indoor camera. Due the DS-2CD7153-E's 4mm lens, this was not an obstacle.

The DS-2CD7153-E also benefited this project through its compact design. In this particular case, compact design brought a less visible presence, thereby reducing the possibility of vandalism – either accidental or malicious.

Additionally, adding to the potent visible deterrent a security camera provides the general public, the DS-2CD7153-E's 1/3” progressive scan CMOS“ provides the ability to view the thousands and thousands of everyday passengers running to catch their trains – and always in a clear and accurate fashion,” as Mr. Souza explained. Hikvision technology such as up to 2 megapixel resolution, HD 720P real time video, a day / night auto switch, PoE (used in this Supervia indoor solution), and 3-axis adjustment allow security personnel all the tools they need to keep an accurate eye on the quickly-changing internal environment of these stations.

In 2011, with Hikvision's technical know-how, VMI Sistemas de Seguranca and Interimagen were able to secure 5 full stations of this Rio de Janeiro metro line. 2012 promises 10 more stations being secured with this same solution. As such, Brazilian passengers can ride easy knowing that wherever they go – in the station, on the platform, or in the cars themselves – they are being taken care of.

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