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Messoa Network Domes Provides Safer Nightlife at Dutch Pub

Messoa Network Domes Provides Safer Nightlife at Dutch Pub

Editor / Provider: Messoa | Updated: 12/2/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Sorbonne is a popular dance café located in the center of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The two-story pub opens 7 days a week, offering dining services during lunch/dinner hours and turning into a lively nightlife venue late in the evening. However, situated in the heart of the most unsafe city in the country, the owner of Sorbonne is concerned with any crime-related incidents that are likely to happen in the block, as well as within the pub.

To protect his customers and employees, he was prompted to deploy security cameras. He additionally requested for remote monitoring accessibility to real-time streaming video on mobile devices to keep an eye on what goes on around the pub.

Sorbonne turned to XSERIUS, a local system integrator partner with MESSOA, for professional installation. To make mobile access possible, a network IP surveillance system seems to be the only viable choice to go with for this project. Meanwhile, taking the complexity of lighting in a nightclub environment into consideration, it is essential to deploy a network camera with outstanding imaging performance in difficult lighting conditions to meet the harsh requirements.

After identifying Sorbonne's needs, XSERIUS, with its extensive proficiency in IP technology and a wide spectrum of client base, recommended MESSOA IP dome camera, to do the job. A total of 12 IP dome cameras are strategically positioned both inside and outside of the pub to get a comprehensive overview of the entire premises.

All sorts of lighting effects may be encountered in an environment like nightclubs, where there may be dim lighting, multi-colored lighting or even strobe lighting for creating such ambiance. But from the security's point view, this poses a serious threat for cameras from capturing useful images while adjusting to the constantly-changing lighting background.

The camera features digital day/night capability to dynamically adapt to complicated indoor lighting environment. The camera is further powered by the proprietary Lumii imaging technology that significantly enhances light sensitivity and noise reduction to deliver crisper images in the low-light settings. The Full HD 1080p resolution adds to the already superior image quality that has to offer.

To achieve remote access from mobile devices as required, the ONVIF-compliant day/night camera is flawlessly interoperated with the NVR and a spotter app from Mirasys designed for Smartphone and tablet PCs. The app in combination with MESSOA cameras allows the user to view live video streams and to access recorded footage remotely in superb picture quality.

Design-wise, the vandal-resistant casing of the day/night camera is able to protect the camera from external impacts, while its low-profile look blends perfectly in the modern pub interior.

After the surveillance system is in place, the staff at Sorbonne now has a much more effective tool to help them when they are trying to validate any brawl or confrontation that may happen inside the pub from time to time. The owner could also be notified in the first place via his mobile device should any incident occur and make necessary arrangement to solve it remotely without having to be physically on-site. Risks of robbery and other crime activities are also expected to drop in the long run with the help of high-definition recorded footage as the most powerful proof.

Frankfurt Light-Rail Stations Secured by Hikvision Network Video Solution

Frankfurt Light-Rail Stations Secured by Hikvision Network Video Solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/2/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

As an important financial, commercial, and transportation center of Germany, Frankfurt takes great pride in the city's overall infrastructure improvement. While advanced transportation systems are trademarks of the city's foresight, the implementation of a comprehensive solution for all of its 31 underground stations and 16 light rail transit stations – with the later completely located upon the unforgiving German surface - mark an integral moment.

The security solution for the light rail stations, implemented by the German-based company - Indanet AG, was developed to upgrade the existing analog surveillance system to better meet the client's demand for higher image quality and remote monitoring in a more timely fashion; and specifically, in response to emergency situations. Yet, the ability to achieve these security improvements were a direct result of utilizing Hikvision products; both in the design and in the mounting of IP Cameras at these outdoor facilities.

Previously mentioned, there was one significant hurdle these 16 light-rail transit stations had to overcome that many other Frankfurt civic projects did not: these light rail stations were outdoors.

Jurgen Fuchs, Indanet's Director of Strategic Projects at explained, "The German climate can be very unforgiving. These stations are completely outdoors, so the challenges we faced were very different than those at a primarily indoor facility, such as a subway. Outside, we have to deal with absolutely everything."

Using German ingenuity, Indanet AG decided a two-pronged security solution would best fit this environment. One aspect would be for the larger platform area, and the other would be tailor-made for one specific area located upon the platform itself. Yet, both plans needed Hikvision technology to turn these ideas into reality.

Mr. Fuchs chose to monitor the general platform area with Hikvision's 1.3MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome Camera. This was done for a number of reasons, as Mr. Fuchs explained, "This camera was a natural choice. It worked very well with the IP-network we built for the Frankfurt public transportation system, and these cameras gave the system operators' a video image that that had tremendous resolution. But, very importantly, it successfully met the IP65 weather standard – something specifically required by this client."

The 1.3 MP dome camera achieves all of these through a variety of Hikvision technological applications. The high clarity aspect is provided through 1280 x 960 pixels of digital resolution; while the ability to successfully function in the extreme outdoor Frankfurt climate is a direct result of the vandal/weather proof housing encasing this camera.

In fact, this casing ensures an IP66 weather rating, which actually exceeds the pre-existing requirements placed upon this project. Mr. Fuchs further elaborated that "this housing is a very complex and vital part for this camera. There is an internal heater to control temperature differences in the winter, and there is a water-proofing element that keeps out rain, snow, and condensation from adversely affecting the camera. Without these, a camera would not function in Frankfurt's climate."

While, in most cases, the general platform was monitored by the 1.3 MP dome camera, there were certain stations that presented a special challenge: finding a location to mount the camera that would allow an unobstructed view of the emergency columns.

Mr. Fuchs overcame this problem with creativity and Hikvision's 2MP Mini Dome Network Camera. These cameras were installed within the actual column and next to the emergency button. In the event of an emergency, a passenger need only press the button. This immediately triggers the camera and conveys the image in real-time to the control center; thereby alerting security personnel of the situation. Furthermore, a voice panel allows staff to speak with the passenger.

Mr. Fuchs noted, "This camera allows a full realization of security with an efficient, all-in-one tool to immediately diagnose the situation. Importantly, personnel in the security center are able to receive real-time HD video with H.264 video compression from these cameras; thereby greatly helping security staff to recognize the nature of the problem and correctly respond." Additionally, all video footage is permanently recorded and stored for 48 hours, which is the maximum duration allowed by authorities.

Tying both of these Hikvision cameras together to a main security center is an IP-network solution compatible with Nexus VMS codec.

And while this network is centrally monitored, IP also presents an additional benefit: the ability to use PCs to view the cameras' video. Mr. Fuchs noted, "This feature is especially important to early responders, such as firefighters. There is a vital need for these individuals to be able to visually see what is happening in real time."

Santa Fe Deploys Messoa Video for City Surveillance

Santa Fe Deploys Messoa Video for City Surveillance

Editor / Provider: Messoa | Updated: 11/29/2011 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

The city of Santa Fe is the 9th largest city in Argentina. Located near railroad terminals and ports, it is an important commercial and transportation center. Colonial buildings mixed with a bustling night life make Santa Fe a popular tourist destination. Santa Fe continues to grow and is getting more and more prosperous every day.

With a population of 450,000 and growing, city officials became concerned about security issues. The city was experiencing a growth in theft, vandalism and assault. One particular area of concern was downtown. Cameras were needed with the aim of enhancing security. They would have to be able to monitor the city live; including traffic control. Also, they would be used to track crimes and obtain video evidence. These cameras needed to be tough enough to withstand vandals and harsh conditions. Consequently, MESSOA was chosen as the preferred one in order to build a safer city environment.

One of the cameras chosen was speed dome security camera with low lux capabilities. A Sony CCD, 128X Wide Dynamic Range and Day/Night function with ICR ensures 24 hour monitoring in even the most difficult conditions. It uses a 36X optical motorized Sony zoom lens which allows it to capture details from long distances. Furthermore, high quality construction and a 750kg Vandal Proof and IP66/67 Weatherproof housing with heater and blower ensure that it works in all conditions.

The other camera was MESSOA IR camera. The camera is a security camera with IR LED and low lux capabilities. MESSOA Lumii II technology enhances sensitivity to deliver crisp images in even total darkness. It has 540 TVL resolution and a flexible 3.3-12mm IR-corrected varifocal DC Iris lens for different installation requirements. External focus controls make adjusting the varifocal lens simple. It is housed in a compact die-cast aluminum body with tempered glass, making it suitable for outdoor applications. A cable management bracket allows easy installation and maintenance.

The MESSOA dome camera is the ideal choice for the most challenging applications while the MESSOA IR camera is ideal for a wide range of indoor/outdoor video surveillance systems. The cameras were linked directly to the 911 system. Feeds from cameras on the street can be directly accessed by 911 dispatchers. Dispatchers can keep an eye on the crowds of shoppers and respond to emergencies within seconds. The cameras help gather evidence, improves response times and is a crime deterrent. They are fully operational and have demonstrated excellent functionality, performance and reliability.

Belgian Industrial Site Protected by Axis Network Cameras

Belgian Industrial Site Protected by Axis Network Cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 11/29/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

SA Cometsambre is part of the Comet group, specializing in the acquisition, sale, and treatment of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their derivatives. The group has since its founding become the largest industrial client and supplier to the steel industry in Belgium. The main activity is the recycling of ferrous metals. Since the plant's launch, a security company has been employed to guard precious merchandise on-site on a 24/7 basis. This quickly became a very costly solution. The company thus looked for a more viable and effective alternative in terms of cost: video surveillance with video analysis and a management solution.

The combination of different types of Axis network cameras with ACIC video facilities and a solution to monitor management and access to Genetec proved to be the best solution for the 8 hectare site. Considering its compact design and resistance to vandalism, a dome camera was the clear solution. In addition, it is difficult to detect where the camera is pointing, making it particularly discreet. The dome camera maps out a specific area with optimal image quality. As the area is very extensive, a complementary Pan/Tilt/Zoom camera was chosen to guarantee optimal flexibility. A total of some 30 Axis network cameras have been installed by Digital, the specialist in video surveillance solutions and IP monitoring access.

Each part of the solution is complementary, creating overall high-level security. The synergy between the high-quality Axis camera network that could be integrated with access monitoring and a video analysis system led to a spectacular reduction in the number of incidents.

Norbain Video Keeps a Watchful Eye on UK Nursery

Norbain Video Keeps a Watchful Eye on UK Nursery

Editor / Provider: Norbain | Updated: 11/28/2011 | Article type: Education

Nottingham's new premier nursery, the Applegarth Day Nursery, is the first in the region to have connected its CCTV cameras to the Internet to enable customers to log in via a secure Internet connection.

Mums and dads, with access to the Internet at home, work, abroad or through their mobile phones, will be able to see live video of their children learning and playing at the nursery.

Cameras in each room of the nursery (and the areas for older children) are connected to a video server which both digitally records and connects to the Internet. Parents with permission from the nursery can then view live video from the rooms their child is in via a secure, encrypted Internet connection.

Teletoddler chose Microtec Security to carry out the installation. “We needed a company with national cover and excellent experience in all aspects of security, not just CCTV,” says Mr. Bathurst. “We also know that we can rely on them to do a fast and professional installation to a fixed cost, even when schedules are very tight,” he explains.

In turn, Norbain SD was selected to supply the required CCTV equipment and give advice on which cameras would be most suitable for the task. “We regularly use Norbain because of the flexibility of their returns policy and the next day delivery,” comments Graham Alexander, Director of Microtec. “This allows us to cut our costs and means that we don't need to hold any stock.” On Norbain's advice, 15 Vista fixed internal dome cameras and three dome cameras were selected.

Great care was needed when positioning the cameras. If they were positioned, like many CCTV systems, on the ceiling, they would be too far away from children playing on the floor below and you would see the tops of their heads rather than the expressions on their faces. “Enabling parents to see their children playing happily was the whole point of the system,” explains Mr. Bathurst. “So whenever possible Teletoddler always positions cameras at about six feet from the floor.”

“The 3-gimble solution provided by the Noobain's dome camera, was necessary because of the wall mounting of the cameras,” explains Jon Ward, Internal Sales Engineer for North West Accounts at Norbain and the primary contact for the project. “The camera module needed to be capable of moving horizontally and vertically, as well as freely swivelling to any angle required to ensure the correct image was captured. The internal dome cameras proved ideal due to their very flexible lens size, price point and specification. “Jon's advice and knowledge of the available solutions was key in the success of this type of project and typical of the level of service we receive from Norbain”, compliments Mr. Bathurst.

Special emphasis is being placed on security. The password protected area of the website is encrypted and Internet servers at the school are protected by a firewall and high specification security software. This warns the nursery of any suspicious behavior.

Mr. Bathurst added: “Our company has been founded by people who have an understanding not only of new technology but also of running early years facilities and looking after children. Our aim is to bring educators, parents and children closer by facilitating better communication.”

Teletoddler has seen strongly increased demand for places at schools and day nurseries where parents can tune in to live action of their children. Mrs. Norma Leslie, the nursery Director of Operations and HR, said: “As well as the obvious advantage to parents, this system allows my staff and I to show our pride in our standards of care.”

American Long-Haul Trucking Facility Deploys Avigilon Video Management for Staff Safety

American Long-Haul Trucking Facility Deploys Avigilon Video Management for Staff Safety

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 11/17/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Xpress Cargo staff seamlessly manages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system using the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with High-Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. The commercial trucking company installed Avigilon HD cameras ranging from 1 MP to 8 MP to monitor activity at its main entrances and exits both inside and out, along with all major traffic areas to ensure maximum protection. Additional Avigilon HD cameras were installed in the parking lot to protect docked trailers and trucks from theft and damage, while several Avigilon HD dome cameras provide complete coverage of the warehouse. An Avigilon HD dome camera monitors the company's repair shop and outside employee lounge area. The company also added audio recording functionality in the dispatch office, repair shop, and drivers lounge area for added safety. Storing two weeks of continuous surveillance video, the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is monitored live around the clock.

By installing Avigilon HD dome cameras, Xpress Cargo was able to achieve greater coverage with fewer cameras and lower installation costs. With indisputable evidence in hand, the company has also been able to reduce liability costs by 15 percent. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system provides complete oversight of all trucks being loaded to ensure the proper handling of client goods and to confirm that safety and freight handling requirements are being met, helping to boost overall operational efficiencies. In addition, Xpress Cargo employees now enjoy a heightened sense of security while on the job.

With a fleet of more than 150 trucks, 700 trailers, and 25 years in the business, Indiana-based Xpress Cargo offers consolidated freight and expedited transportation services across the United States. Specializing in team transportation of dry goods, refrigerated goods, and specialty freight, Xpress Cargo manages up to 375 trucks on the road at any given time, traveling from coast to coast. To protect its valuable assets, facilitate cargo management, and maintain employee safety, Xpress Cargo has deployed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system at its 20,000 square foot

Infinova Cameras Watch Over Metro Line in Chongqing, China

Infinova Cameras Watch Over Metro Line in Chongqing, China

Editor / Provider: Infinova | Updated: 10/27/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Infinova announced that, with the opening of the first phase of a new metro line in Chongqing (southwest China), 750 Infinova fixed cameras and 40 Infinova dome cameras will be covering the 37 km (23 mile) Chongqing Metro Line 1 which includes a grand total of 23 stations. The first section was completed in July (2011) and the second phase completes next year.

“Considering that metro security is considered a main requisite of the Chinese transportation system, the metro authority chose Infinova because of our worldwide experience in providing such solutions, including the 1000-plus camera system that covers the Shanghai metro system in China,” explains Mark S. Wilson, Infinova VP of Marketing. “We also have similar systems in countries from Turkey to the United States.”

In Chongqing, cameras are located at the platforms, station centers and inside the train cars. Both the entrances and exits of metro stations have fixed cameras, each capable of viewing a person from the front as they enter a ticket-check station. In each of the metro halls, an integrated high-speed dome camera surveys the entire facility. Secluded corners also have additional fixed cameras so that these areas are not out of sight to the surveillance system.

Cameras are also on the platforms to give rail system administrators an overview of passenger flow. As a result, the system can monitor passengers entering and leaving the station centers and the cars to prevent and detect crimes, including potential terrorism and kidnapping.

Messoa Cameras Help Ease Traffic Congestion in Colombia

Messoa Cameras Help Ease Traffic Congestion in Colombia

Editor / Provider: Messoa | Updated: 10/25/2011 | Article type: Infrastructure

Located at northern Colombia, the city of Santa Marta is a popular tourist destination due to its colonial past and proximity to the Caribbean Sea. Job opportunities have drawn many Colombians to the city in recent years, but the urban development cannot catch up with the surging population and vehicles, which have led to congested roads and increase in traffic infractions.

To mitigate the problems encountered, Santa Marta's traffic authority decided to apply stricter law enforcement while prohibiting cars with certain license plates from being on the road during rush hours on certain days to stop traffic conditions deteriorating further. To ensure the policies could be effectively enforced, the authority officials decided to deploy surveillance cameras at 10 strategic locations throughout Santa Marta. With an extensive experience in traffic surveillance solution and successful case from the past, MESSOA's local partner recommended the most appropriate MESSOA traffic surveillance cameras to meet the challenging tasks. Each site is then monitored by 1 MESSOA camera and up to 3 cameras depending on the number of the lanes for that particular roadway.

The LPR camera specifically designed to capture close-up snapshots of vehicle information in remarkable clarity, particularly license plates. The camera is powered by MESSOA's advanced CatchAll II and Lumii III intelligent technologies. CatchAll II significantly improves the surveillance capabilities in tracking vehicle information even when cars are travelling at a high speed, whilst Lumii III further enhances camera sensitivity to deliver sharp images in adverse lighting conditions.

The 30M IR vandal-resistant fixed dome camera with mechanical D/N function to provide round-the-clock surveillance of the intersection. The dome camera was selected to provide an overview and panoramic video recordings of the monitored scene.

All the data captured are then sent to a centralized control site, where an LPR system is used to identify whether any vehicle is not supposed to be on the road or violating traffic regulations, such as speeding, running on red light and etc. Should any infraction be detected, the system will then verify the license plate and automatically send a traffic fine notice to that driver with photo evidences attached to it.

With the help of traffic surveillance technology, the restrictive car policy and traffic law can be effectively enforced in Santa Marta. The authority officials are especially impressed with the performance of the MESSOA's surveillance solution as traffic violation and congestion have been notably alleviated since the deployment. Having seen how successful this project has turned out in Santa Marta, city officials from Cali and Bucaramanga, Colombia have also decided to duplicate this model in their respective cities in the near future.

Honeywell Launches Security Cameras Powered by Pixim's Seawolf Chip

Honeywell Launches Security Cameras Powered by Pixim's Seawolf Chip

Editor / Provider: Pixim | Updated: 10/20/2011 | Article type: Component

Pixim, a leading provider of imaging chips for enterprise security cameras, announced that Honeywell, based in Morris Township, N.J., has released a new dome camera series, the HD4US and HD4USX, integrating Seawolf, Pixim's latest chip technology. The cameras are designed for optimized image quality in locations where low light, high contrast, and variable light conditions exist. The weather-tight housing is engineered for both indoor and outdoor installations. The new vandal domes are available immediately through multiple distribution partners including ADI, the largest camera distributor worldwide which supports over 80,000 security installers.

Based on Seawolf, Honeywell's HD4US camera family has an effective resolution of 690 HTVL as well as the industry's proven best wide dynamic range. In addition, the new dome cameras require just 0.1 lux of illumination to produce usable, color images at a full 30 frames per second.

Resort for Terminally Ill Children Selects Panasonic Cameras for Multimedia Experience

Resort for Terminally Ill Children Selects Panasonic Cameras for Multimedia Experience

Editor / Provider: Panasonic System Networks | Updated: 10/6/2011 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Children battling a life-threatening illness are given a magical multimedia experience at Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) with the participation of Panasonic video surveillance solutions. Panasonic high-definition pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras deliver a high-definition video element for the exciting experience, which is built around the positioning and unveiling of a commemorative “star” personalized by each child as a permanent reminder of his or her visit.

The “stars”, about an inch and a half in diameter, adorn the ceiling of the Star Tower, a new venue at Give Kids The World Village, a non-profit resort located in Kissimmee, Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Children decorate and sign their commemorative stars, close their eyes, make a wish, and place each star into the Star Fairy's chest. The next day, they return to find that their personalized star has joined the thousands of stars of other children on the Star Tower ceiling. But where is their star amid all the stars displayed up to 32 feet above them on the ceiling? Finding the star becomes a colorful interactive video game adventure and multi-media experience in which an iPad directs the child to point in the direction of his or her star. When the iPad is positioned correctly, a graphic image icon confirms the star has been found. Touching the icon enables the child to see a live video close-up of his or her star displayed on the iPad, provided by one of nine Panasonic PTZ megapixel cameras located within the walls of the Star Tower.

The iPad application uses the Panasonic i-PRO Smart HD WV-SC385, a Super Dynamic network dome camera that provides feature-rich pan-tilt-zoom control, 720p high-definition (HD) images, and superior low-light performance. Most importantly, the camera has the ability to repeatedly “map” the locations of its PTZ views based on internal software and a coordinate system relative to the camera's “home” position, which is calibrated at installation. Panasonic worked with developers of the Star Tower to make the coordinates available as part of a database that directs the iPad video game to each star's location. As each new star is attached to the ceiling in preparation for the unveiling, one of the nine cameras is directed manually to the position of the star, and the coordinates are recorded and saved.

Over the last 25 years, GKTW has partnered with wish granting organizations across the world to help fulfill the wishes of more than 110,000 children whose one desire was to visit the theme parks of Central Florida. GKTW provides accommodations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at its whimsical “storybook” resort, along with donated attraction tickets, meals, entertainment, transportation and much more.

“There is no better application for Panasonic cameras than to make wishes come true for children who are dealing with serious illness on a daily basis,” said Bill Taylor, President, Panasonic System Networks Company of America. “This unique application also helps to emphasize the versatility, reliability and higher resolution of Panasonic's SmartHD camera line.”

College students from the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) of Carnegie Mellon University designed the video game application, which included creating a virtual world inside the Star Tower that is calibrated to the exact physical position in which the iPad is being held. The game includes animated figures and interactive graphics and features the Star Fairy, who offers to show the child where their star is located. Children can also use the iPad to bring the inside of the tower to life with special effects, lighting changes and lively sounds including the bangs and whistles of fireworks. Carnegie Mellon's ETC was conceived by Randy Pausch, author of “The Last Lecture,” and co-founder Don Marinelli, with a goal of blending left brain (logical) and right brain (artistic) skills to prepare students for careers as artists, graphic designers, programmers and engineers.

ITEC Entertainment designed and supervised the creation of the Star Tower. An entertainment design company that has been involved in the design, installation and construction of theme park attractions all over the world, ITEC enthusiastically undertook this project as part of a 20-year history of work with Give Kids The World.

“The star program provides one of the most cherished memories for the families that stay with us at Give Kids The World,” said GKTW President Pam Landwirth. “This simple, yet poignant moment in a child's visit has become a symbol of hope for so many. We are deeply grateful to our friends at Panasonic for helping us create this magical experience.”

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