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Mobotix welcomes outdoor lighting tech partner Totus Solutions

Mobotix welcomes outdoor lighting tech partner Totus Solutions

Editor / Provider: Mobotix | Updated: 1/31/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Mobotix, an provider of high-resolution, network-based surveillance systems, announced that Totus Solutions, a manufacturer of outdoor lighting-based security platforms, has joined the Mobotix global technology partner network. Participation in the program ensures seamless integration of Mobotix IP surveillance devices with Totus technologies.

The global partner network is designed to help Mobotix partners take advantage of the business opportunities within the fast growing IP video surveillance market. Partners benefit from direct contact with Mobotix for sales and marketing tools, as well as professional training, technical support and the latest developments in IP video technology and home automation from Mobotix.

Totus' security platforms use LED lighting as a deterrence mechanism in commercial and government applications. The Totus technology incorporates Mobotix megapixel IP video surveillance, multi-day media storage and communications options to provide reactive capabilities and evidentiary support.

Robust IP video surveillance capabilities are provided by Mobotix Q24 hemispheric cameras, which deliver 360-degree views and feature a compact, weatherproof design. The Mobotix Q24 hemispheric camera is an ultra-compact, IP network dome camera with a special hemispheric lens. When mounted on the ceiling, the camera is capable of providing a complete 360-degree all-around view or when mounted on the wall, provides a 180-degree panoramic view. The Q24s high image quality is achieved through the use of a 3.1 megapixel sensor. An integrated Micro SD/SD card provides up to 80 hours of continuous recording with audio. Furthermore, the Mobotix Q24 includes MxControlCenter, a professional video management system with event search, image processing, lens distortion correction, PTZ support and more, at no cost.

The Totus security platforms also benefit from video analytics built-in to the Q24 to trigger lighting control and audio functionalities. When a Mobotix camera detects motion according to user-defined alarm parameters, the solution flashes lights, plays pre-recorded messages and sound, and emails video clips to predefined users. Since the Mobotix cameras feature edge-based recording, all data is processed within the camera to lower network bandwidth, which maximizes the use of virtual PTZ, video analytics and 360-degree hemispheric technology with panoramic view.

"Totus security platforms incorporate ‘green' LED lighting optimized for video surveillance. These purpose-built platforms transform passive surveillance into a deterrent to provide an all-in-one solution for a vast number of market opportunities," said Gregory G. Williams, President and CEO of TOTUS Solutions. "As a leader in the IP surveillance space, Mobotix is an ideal partner to help further improve upon the robust capabilities of our products."

"The Totus security platforms are highly effective for crime deterrence in remote and perimeter applications," said Steve Gorski, GM for Americas at Mobotix. "Our partnership with Totus will capitalize on their innovation by adding evidentiary support, powerful analytics and 360-degree surveillance. We look forward to being able to serve even more customers by integrating our surveillance technologies with this feature-rich solution."

Hikvision unveils entry-level DVR series and low-light IP cams

Hikvision unveils entry-level DVR series and low-light IP cams

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/25/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global provider of video surveillance products and solutions, launches a new series of low-light network cameras – the X55 series – that enables users to achieve impeccable vision of meticulous details in extremely dark environments. There are four models in the series: the DS-2CD755F-E(I)(Z) indoor dome camera, DS-2CD7255F-E(I)Z(H) outdoor dome camera, DS-2CD855F-E network box camera and DS-2CD8255F-EI(Z) bullet camera. Each offers super low light technology (up to 0.05 lux/f1.2, with AGC on), and boasts of a full HD output and noise reduction technology (3D DNR).

The super low-light capability is the hallmark of the X55 series, making the cameras well ahead of their time in technological advancement. With a minimum illumination of 0.05 lux @ F1.2, these cameras have a level of sensitivity that allows users to discern colors, shapes, sizes, and of course movements in near complete darkness. Coupled with a wide range, the most meticulous details can be brought to life and captured with extreme clarity.

Each of the models in the series captures images of up to 2 megapixels and provides full HD 1080p real-time video recording. The DS-2CD8255F-EI(Z) and DS-2CD7255F-E(I)Z(H) both incorporate a weather proof rating of IP66 and operate effectively in a wide range of weather conditions, including a temperature range of -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F) and humidity of up to 90%.

The DS-2CD8255F-EI(Z) bullet camera, DS-2CD755F-E(I)(Z) indoor dome camera and DS-2CD7255F-E(I)Z(H) outdoor dome camera all offer optional infrared LEDs and provide an IR range of up to 30m (98.4 feet), as well as motorized Vari-focal lens that facilitates quick and easy lens installation. Besides, the DS-2CD7255F-E(I)Z(H) even supports a built-in fan and heater.

Besides, Hikvision introduces new standalone DVR series – the DS-7200HFI/HVI-SH. This product is specifically designed to cater towards the entry-level security market by using a high-definition video output, a friendly user interface, and multi-channel real-time monitoring. Offered in an attractive price range, this DVR series is the perfect recording solution for smaller-scale applications, such as homes, offices, or for retail purposes.

Compared with Hikvision's DS-7200HFI/HVI-ST(/SN/SE) series of standalone DVRs, the new DS-7200HFI/HVI-SH series supports VGA and HDMI outputs simultaneously, with up to 1920x1080 resolution. This provides users a versatile solution for real-time video viewing, and also allows them the experience of a cost-effective, but high-quality method to secure their businesses.

The DS-7200HFI/HVI-SH features high-quality 4CIF recording in real time across its up-to 16 channels. It even allows up to 128-channel streaming of remote live viewing (within 60M bandwidth), allowing users to access their videos anytime and anywhere over the internet. This DVR further supports alarm functionality with motion and tampering detection. When critical events (such as theft) occur within owners' premises, this DVR's alarm event recording is triggered, generating instant notification via E-mail to allow owners the ability to take whatever proactive response they deem necessary.

EverFocus receives Taiwan Excellence Award for EPN4220

EverFocus receives Taiwan Excellence Award for EPN4220

Editor / Provider: EverFocus Electronics | Updated: 1/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus IP speed dome, EPN4220, has received this year's Taiwan Excellence Award.

Delivered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Taiwan Excellence Award recognizes technologically innovative products produced by enterprises in Taiwan. As an award winner for five consecutive years, EverFocus continues to impress.

EverFocus EPN 4220 is network-based speed dome camera specifically designed for professional applications. This masterpiece offers 2-Megapixel resolutions and a built-in 20x optical, guaranteeing impeccable image quality, in addition to cutting-edge features, such as digital slow shutter, wide dynamic range, dynamic noise reduction and digital image stabilizer.

Equipped with IP66-rated housings and true day/night function with removable IR cut filter, the EPN 4220 is certain to withstand all environments. The advanced motion detection function also meets the needs of every end-user.

On the installation side, the speed domes boast the unique feature of one-click easy installation and up to 192 preset positions, deserving of the name as user-friendly surveillance camera devices.

"EverFocus is proud to be named once again as an award winner and will deliver more award-winning products for the years to come," said Jessy Lee, Director of System Planning and Development Center at EverFocus.

The Awards Program invites an international panel of judges to participate in the selection. Criteria include R&D, design, quality and marketing. Proven to have exceeded expectations of all four categories, EverFocus indeed sets a fine example for all other surveillance camera manufactures in Taiwan.

Security management made easy

Security management made easy

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang, a&s International | Updated: 1/18/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Having physical access control integrated with video surveillance, intrusion detection and logical access systems as a complete security management platform enables a wider range of capabilities and possibilities. a&s explores how recent innovation in integrated access and security management helps better provide visible benefits to all involved.

The ability to integrate surveillance with access control is no longer considered a luxury in the market, but a necessary step to providing a comprehensive picture of security operations to an end user, said Dr. Michael Luetzeler, member of the ONVIF Steering Committee. "Using products that conform to interoperability specifications such as ONVIF, those integrations are simplified with the use of a common interface. ONVIF's pending release, for 2013, of its specification to include access control functions such as door monitoring and control will govern interoperability between access control and video surveillance systems, as well as among individual components of an access control system."

Physical access control systems integrated with network video devices would use the specification to position a PTZ dome camera for recording a person's entry after a card swipe at a particular door or activating network video recording on an invalid card swipe, Luetzeler continued. "By providing a common language, an access control standard will allow a system that enables IP-based door controllers from a variety of different manufacturers to browse devices, creating a list of types of readers and connections, and subscribe to card reader and door controller events. The same standard would also be used for device discovering and management, and controlling the outputs of the system, such as opening and locking doors, enabling or disabling access points, or switching networked field devices on and off."

Tangible Benefits
The integration should deliver complete, multilayered and versatile authentication. It should also provide broad support for authentication devices and methods. The goal is better prevention of malicious denial of service attacks, improved and more streamlined incident management when breaches occur, and more efficient risk management, said John Davies, MD of Time and Data Systems International (TDSi).

The system should use an open-standard platform that can integrate with existing computing environments, such as Windows, Linux and Mac, for desktop authentication. “When enterprises need to upgrade, they should be able to simply download firmware updates or deploy field-upgradable solutions,” said Wei Jin Lee, Sales Director for ASEAN, HID Global (Assa Abloy). “Converged access solutions help organizations enforce consistent policies, and they foster the use of consolidated audit logs throughout the enterprise. Another important consideration is for organizations to future-proof their investments on mobile platforms.”

The true benefit to the end user is the increased level of security. “By automating the integration between the physical and logical systems, identities are automatically deactivated upon termination of an employee, removing any chance of someone forgetting to remove or deprovision an identity,” said Eric Joseph, Solutions Engineering Manager, S2 Security. “Additionally, it reduces the opportunity for logical accounts to be hacked by only allowing them to be accessed by valid cardholders in the facility.”

Lowering the TCO and increasing the ROI are also highly demanded. “The end user saves time and money because they are only managing one system and using one credential for both systems,” said Kim Rahfaldt, PR Manager at Amag Technology (a G4S Technology company).

Manageability and Outlook
Network stability and bandwidth will influence system performance, especially if there is video surveillance involved. “One of the biggest network challenges we face is educating the IT department on the effect of a security management system on the network,” Joseph said. “When initial conversations are started, the IT department can be very standoffish about having additional systems and information riding on their network, and potentially slowing it down. Once we are able to explain the minimum impact access control events have on the network, this becomes alleviated. Additionally, with video recording being done at individual sites or on the edge, and streamed back to security operations centers as needed, video bandwidth can be managed in a much easier way.”

The deployment does not stop at the IT department. “The management of access control systems regularly involves several departments within an organization, such as HR, IT, building management, parking services, food services, and, of course, security management,” said Steven Lewis, Senior PM at Tyco Security Product. “It is imperative that the management teams within these departments are aligned with consistent policies and procedures to ensure the performance of the platform.”

Another challenge of traditional systems is software updates. Microsoft regularly provides service packs and other updates to the Windows operating system for maintenance purposes. “This leads to increased responsibilities for the IT department,” Joseph said. “As we are able to provide alternatives to Windows-based systems, we are easily able to avoid these challenges and reduce the strain on IT personnel.”

Access control management systems have long life spans of typically more than 10 years, meaning there is more to think about than the initial cost. With TCO considerations, four key points should be taken into account: cost of acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance.

Other considerations include openness to other vendors' hardware, zero downtime, reliability and robustness, Holger Maier, PM for Security Systems, Bosch Security Systems cautioned. “It's been challenging to find and certify good sales partners or systems integrators in all parts of the world to handle the combination of many different domains, from access control over surveillance to fire and building management, plus IT and network knowledge.”

For now, proprietary systems make true integration difficult, as access control is not as tightly regulated as the intrusion and fire industries are. “In Europe, the existing EN50133 standard has been around for a while, but isn't used by everyone because the technology has moved on so rapidly,” Davies said. “There is, however, a new IEC standard which started development about 18 months ago and is currently out for parallel voting. As is usual with a lot of standards when in development, there are some good points and some contentious points. It is refreshing, though, to see a new standard being developed at the global level, and what is encouraging is the speed at which this standard has evolved.”

Stay tuned for more development!

Vivotek releases new lineup of cameras for retailers

Vivotek releases new lineup of cameras for retailers

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 12/28/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Vivotek has announced three new megapixel-class cameras tailored to the needs of retailers. The CC8130, IP8130/31, and IP8152/52-F4 join the PD8136 compact pan/tilt dome camera and the FD8136-the world's smallest fixed dome camera-to complete Vivotek's lineup of security cameras designed for the retail industry.

The CC8130 is a compact cube camera designed with a flat back-panel for easy mounting on walls or countertops, ideal for locations such as checkout stations. With a 180° viewing angle, the camera provides full coverage of monitored areas without blind spots, while a built-in microphone to record audio further enhances its value as a security tool.

Vivotek's IP8130/31 is a compact cube camera with an elegant physical design for mounting in more conventional locations. In addition, the IP8131 is equipped with infrared LEDs and a removable IR-cut filter, enabling it to provide clear video day and night.

An innovative new mini-box camera design distinguishes Vivotek's IP8152/52-F4. This extremely compact camera can fit into different types of enclosures and offer access to numerous lens options. In addition to a removable IR-cut filter, Supreme Night Visibility technology enables the IP8152/52-F4 to capture high-quality video in the visible spectrum even in low-light conditions.

All of Vivotek's new cameras targeted at retail environments support industry-standard H.264 compression, and come with the ST7501 32-channel recording software. Customers can also take advantage of the iViewer remote monitoring app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

Hikvision expands HiWatch IP portfolio

Hikvision expands HiWatch IP portfolio

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/14/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global provider of video surveillance products and solutions, is proud to unveil three new HD network products into its expanding HiWatch product portfolio. These include Hikvision's DS-2CD2012-I 1.3MP IR mini bullet camera, DS-2CD2112-I 1.3MP IR mini outdoor dome camera, as well as a recording device – Hikvision's DS-7600NI-SE(/P) plug & play embedded NVR. Hikvision's HiWatch series is geared towards a broad portfolio of surveillance solutions for small-to-medium-sized enterprises. These newly introduced HiWatch IP products are cost-effective, yet still benefit users with high-quality monitoring, ease of use, and ease of installation – a perfect choice for home and business monitoring.

Both cameras, the DS-2CD2012-I and DS-2CD2112-I, feature compact designs, enhanced low-light performance and efficient encoding capability. Equipped with 30 IR LEDs, both cameras are able to deliver outstanding video images with long-range visibility of up-to 30 meters in a completely dark environment. Images are further enhanced with 3D DNR, which works to greatly reduce noise and motion blur, as well as WDR functionality to ensure image clarity in strong lighting contrast environments. Additionally, these two new IP models are developed based on Hikvision's latest platform for network cameras that offer higher compression efficiency (approximately 30 percent to 50 percent above traditional network cameras). This significantly reduces the transmission burden for both video information and storage on IP surveillance systems. In addition, these two new cameras are both IP66 rated for outdoor applications, while the DS-2CD2112-I also incorporates vandal-proof housing.

These two new HiWatch IP cameras are both PoE equipped, while the DS-7600NI-SE(/P) NVR supports up-to four independent PoE network interfaces and auto-discover the connected IP cameras for IP address auto-allocation. Through the simple act of plugging a cable into a network interface, the front-end cameras' IP address is automatically configured to transmit a live view and store video. Moreover, this NVR supports HDMI and VGA output at up-to 1920x1080p resolution, which benefits users with high-definition video image viewing. Incorporated with customization of tags for video information, this NVR further allows users complete control over their systems to locate key events more efficiently. The DS-7600NI-SE(/P) supports HDD quota management for video storage optimization, and 2 SATA hard disks are equipped with capacity of up to 4TB each.

As well, the three new HD network products all support open protocols to expand integration with other devices. The DS-2CD2012-I and DS-2CD2112-I are both ONVIF, PSIA and CGI conformant; while the DS-7600NI-SE(/P) supports third-party network cameras, to provide versatile solutions for different surveillance needs.

Bosch HD camera control for conference systems

Bosch HD camera control for conference systems

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 12/11/2012 | Article type: Security 50

The new HD solution from Bosch for DCN Conference Systems with full HD automatic camera control includes a purpose-designed conference dome camera with SDI output, resulting in crystal-clear images. Small, compact and requiring no cooling fan, the camera is quieter and less intrusive than its standard counterparts. In addition, dedicated interfacing software developed by Bosch fully integrates the conference dome into the DCN conference system.

This new solution spares installers the effort and expense of developing their own interfacing software and of purchasing third-party HD cameras. Automatic camera control helps to focus the participants' attention on the topic, but also shows who is speaking. A PTZ camera automatically pans to the current speaker and displays their image and name on monitors or projection screens. The camera is activated by the microphone button on the delegate's conference unit.

Argentine mining facility improves safety and efficiency using IP surveillance

Argentine mining facility improves safety and efficiency using IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Over the past thirty years, the Argentinean town Sierra Grande, located in the southeastern corner of the Rio Negro Province, has experienced a wide variety of ups-and-downs. During the 1980s, Sierra Grande was a bustling town prospering from its rich natural iron ore deposits and mining capabilities. Conversely, the 1990s brought government-ordered mining stoppages, the unemployment of thousands, and a mass exodus from this once proud town.

Thankfully, with government reversing their Sierra Grande mining ban, the 2000s have seen a sharp uptick in both the fortune of this region and in the lives of those who bring the ore out of the mines.

However, it took more than simply reopening the mines to allow Sierra Grande to thrive once again. To help do so, Hikvision was brought in to both secure the mining facility and increase efficiency.

MCC Minera Enters
When MCC Minera Sierra Grande acquired mining rights to this town in 2006; it knew a great many challenges needed to be overcome.

In particular, of the three existing underground deposits – labeled North, East, and South – only the South dig-site is currently in use. Currently, Sierra Grande's mine extraction capacity is approximately 2.8 million tn. of iron ore per year.

A High-Tech Solution
Of particular note, the natural environment of not only the mining area, but the entire region, of Sierra Grande was a major cause for concern. Specifically, this section of the Rio Negro Province is famous for its harsh desert landscape and even harsher desert weather. As such, before MCC Minera opted for Hikvision, a thorough examination of other security manufacturers' products was conducted Lic. Christian Uriel Solano, President of Security One Argentina – Argentina's official Hikvision distributor for this project – noted, “It came down to two main factors: technology and durability. Both of these aspects proved that not only would Hikvision products be up the task from a technology standpoint, but they would be able to withstand any weather this unforgiving desert could throw at them.”

MCC Minerva was not looking for a simple CCTV for basic security purposes. Instead, the goal was to build a comprehensive solution that provided security and improved overall mining efficiency. Not only would Hikvision products be asked to withstand the blazing heat and bitter cold, but they would be asked to do so outside in the bright light, underground in virtual darkness, as well as combining analog and digital components both indoors and out. “It was an extremely complicated and technologically advanced case, and we congratulate the integrator on this project, Krall Infromatica, for really doing an excellent job,” Solano summed up.

The Nuts & Bolts
Beginning at the perimeter, Hikvision' DS-2DF1-714 IR network high speed dome and DS-2CC5173P-VP IR Vandal Proof & Weather Proof dome camera were tasked with providing general surveillance of the area. Complementing this was the iDS-2DF1-517 WDR network high autotracking speed dome to man sensitive areas. In particular, both cameras' IP66 rating provide assurance against weather factors, while the latter's embedded intelligence algorithms allow an operator the ability to preprogram specific triggers and immediate notification features.

However, due to the fact that these outer perimeter walls stretch over a kilometer from the main administrative facility, it was impractical to connect these cameras with cabling. Instead, Hikvision's DS-6101HFI-IP digital video server was used to convert the perimeter cameras' analog signals to the digital IP network wirelessly; providing both higher efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Of particular note was the DS-2CD7153-E 2MP network mini dome amera, with its HD 720P real time video, and vandal-proof housing. Strategically placed on the port to monitor the loading process of raw iron ore onto waiting ships, this high resolution camera was able to both increase productivity and increase worker safety due. Additionally, its housing allows it to withstand the punishment from rock and other debris periodically catapulted upwards from the moving conveyer belt.

Moving lower, the DS-2CC192P(N)-IRT IR bullet camera's IR LEDs and vari-focal lens provided a similar ability within the darkened mines; while the DS-2CC192P(N)-IR bullet camera did the same in both administrative and other mining settings. Additionally, the DS-2CC1192P(N)(-A) box camera's low-illumination ability complemented all of the above throughout the many office and administrative settings comprising MCC Minera's facilities.

Rounding out this total solution were both the DS-7316HFI-ST standalone DVR and DS-7208HVI standalone DVR to record these closer cameras in 4CIF resolution real-time recording; while the DS-9516NI-R embedded NVR was responsible for recording the outer perimeter's wireless IR cameras on its embedded linux-based system.

UK college ensures safety and OFSTED compliance with HD surveillance

UK college ensures safety and OFSTED compliance with HD surveillance

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 11/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Founded in 1892, Telford College of Arts and Technology is a further education college located on the outskirts of Wellington in Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom. With 2000 full-time students and more than 15,000 part-time students, the college offers a wide range of vocational courses to prepare students 16 years and older for employment and higher education. As an open campus that sits on 12 hectares of land including 27,000 square meters of building space, two outdoor football pitches, and a 550-space parking lot, Telford College is committed to ensuring the safety and protection of its community.Telford College deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to create a positive, safe, and stimulating learning environment across the entire campus.

Top Marks in Student Safeguarding
Like all educational facilities across the United Kingdom, Telford College is regulated by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED,) which is mandated to ensure the highest standards in care and education for children, young people, and students. A key OFSTED criteria is a college's ability to effectively safeguard its students, a requirement that must be met to achieve an overall strong rating. “We received an outstanding grade in safeguarding in 2010 – particularly impressive because we are an open campus – and we are very motivated to demonstrate our continuing commitment to the highest safeguarding standards,” explained Andy Wilkinson, Estates Manager at Telford College.

From Analog to High-Definition
Determined to maintain a safe and secure campus environment, Telford College felt it was time to upgrade its old analog-based surveillance system to better monitor student behavior and deter unauthorized individuals from accessing the campus and causing mischief. “Well passed its sell-by date, our analog system was unreliable, difficult to manage, and delivered distorted images, making it difficult for us to achieve our security goals,” said Wilkinson. Following a tender exercise, the college opted to work with Technical Services (Shropshire), a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and service, and install the Avigilon system.

Avigilon across Campus
Wilkinson and his four-person security team manage the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution using the Avigilon control center network video management software (NVMS) with High-Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. The college installed Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 2 MP to 8 MP in key areas across the campus including student social areas, the cafeteria, library, 3G football pitch, the delivery entrance, and the Construction Centre. Telford College also installed an Avigilon 8MP 360 degrees panoramic dome camera in its shop to achieve maximum coverage with just one camera. The college relies on several Avigilon analog video encoders to improve the performance of its existing cameras. The college also installed an Avigilon NVR to store up to 14 days of continuous surveillance footage.

Simplified Search Enhances Security
According to Wilkinson, one of the key features of the Avigilon system is the ability to cluster groups of views by themes, making it simple to call up specific areas efficiently to further expedite investigations. “I have grouped all social areas together and all external views together, so I can pull up a view in a second and have full coverage in front of me,” noted Wilkinson. The superior image quality and zooming capabilities of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system also enhance investigation success. “The ability to zoom, particularly in crowded social areas, allows me to identify students quickly and accurately if necessary.”

With its superior usability, the Avigilon system is a big hit with the security team. “Our security guards would tell you that the difference in system manageability is immeasurable compared to our old system, which required hours to search without guaranteeing results,” said Wilkinson. “The Avigilon system frees up our security personnel to patrol the grounds, reassuring the college community that the campus is safe and secure.” If needed, the college can also monitor potential issues live and dispatch personnel to assist on the ground as needed.

An Effective Deterrent
Although the college has not publicized the new Avigilon high-definition surveillance system to its students, the college has noticed a marked decline in security incidents since its implementation. “While the new CCTV system is not the only factor behind this decline – the addition of new social spaces has also contributed – there is no doubt that word gets around the college community and disruptive behavior decreases.”

Securing an Open Campus
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system plays a critical role at Telford College, which prides itself on being an open campus where students may come and go as required. “With access to reliable, clear images that deliver indisputable evidence, we are confident we can provide valuable footage to college stakeholders and external agencies to help resolve incidents as quickly and effectively as possible,” concluded Wilkinson. “As a result, we can ensure the safety and security of our college community.”

Hikvision launches 3-MP WDR series

Hikvision launches 3-MP WDR series

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision released a series of 3MP WDR network cameras – the X54FWD series, to better meet growing market demand for high image quality. This series follows the previous introduction of Hikvision's 1.3MP WDR cameras series in the second quarter of this same year, and continues to broaden the overall HD WDR product portfolio.

The X54FWD series 3MP WDR network cameras are designed on Hikvision's enhanced DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and ISP (Image Signal Processing) algorithm to greatly improve image processing. This WDR performance of the cameras represents an up-to 120dB improvement in wide dynamic range; further maximizing the amount of detail in the field-of-view's brighter and darker areas.

Images are further enhanced with a 3D DNR  function which works to greatly reduce noise and motion blur, as well as 3MP and full HD resolution to ensure exquisite and crystal-clear video viewing and playback. As for X54FWD dome camera and bullet camera, IR LEDs can be further incorporated to enable the products to deliver optimum quality images in dark conditions, which makes it an ideal solution for day and night surveillance.

Other key features include motorized vari-focal lens (only for dome camera and bullet camera), which allows the user to adjust the camera through Hikvision's remote zoom and focus feature. The X54FWD series cameras also benefit from vandal-proof housing and IP66 rating, ensuring maximum protection for outdoor applications.

On top of all of this, the new X54FWD line includes both outdoor and indoor dome cameras, IR bullet cameras, and box cameras to provide users with various choices to best fit their specific needs.

This X54FWD series of network cameras consist of the following models:
DS-2CD7254FWD-E(I)Z(H) 3.0MP WDR Outdoor Network Camera
DS-2CD754FWD-E(I)(Z) 3.0MP WDR Indoor Dome Camera
DS-2CD8254FWD-EI(Z) 3MP IR WDR Bullet Camera
DS-2CD854FWD-E(W) 3MP WDR Network Box Camera

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