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LILIN secures upper-scale apartment complex in N.Taipei harbor city

LILIN secures upper-scale apartment complex in N.Taipei harbor city

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 5/12/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

An upper-class apartment complex with spectacular harbor view, located along the coast of Northern Taipei city, Taiwan, has over 380 apartment units, library, karaoke room, sporting facilities including a tennis court, gym facility, outdoor swimming pool, spa room, and other amenities. The apartment complex was completed in 2013, and the committee of the apartment complex was in particularly looking for system that is able to perform video surveillance from a central monitoring room and facilitate remote access to images captured at various points throughout the facilities.

With its large-surface area and concentrated sporting, social, and cultural activities, this apartment complex found it necessary to install a flexible, modern, and agile video surveillance system that would allow real-time monitoring over perimeters, access points, and public areas, in order to provide greater protection for critical areas of the entire residential community.

LILIN Stood Out
LILIN Video Surveillance could be easily deployed over a wide geographical area with no network bottlenecks. The solutions also had to deliver high quality live and recorded video from multiple viewing stations anywhere in the site. Therefore, the committee of the apartment complex chose LILIN to provide their residents reliable and dependable security solution.

Insallation
LILIN network camera, fitted with an IR illuminator, offers superb video performance and provides images with better depth of field (DOF), resolution, and clarity. The harbor-view apartment complex has deployed dome cameras – IPD2122, vandal-resistant cameras – IPR7424, PTZ speed domes – IPS212, CMX video recorder – CMX1108, and coupled with ANPR software allows registered vehicles to access the multi-story underground parking structure without the hassle of access cards or security breach risk of tags. License Plate Recognition is able to effectively reduce bottlenecks caused by misplaced security devices, and also help to facilitate the flow of traffic.

Products at a Glance
* 36x Dome camera, IPD2122
* 52x Vandal-proof IP66 rating camera, IPR7424
* 1x PTZ speed dome, IPS212
* CMX video recorder, CMX1108
* ANPR software

Results & Customer Feedback
The customer is very impressed with the LILIN products. Its advanced system design gives an impressive degree of control over entire complex facilities, and video verification provides clear proof of whether an intruder has broken in. LILIN supplies such elegant industrial design combined with intuitive software. LILIN combines software and hardware together in one ecosystem that offers an absolutely end-to-end experience for end-users.

 

Sponsored by: 
LILIN is a global IP video manufacturer with over 30 years of experience. Throughout the years, the company has maintained its dedication to Creativity, Progress, and Excellence providing expertise in digital video with a strong focus on innovation moving forward.

TOP10 most popular security products for March 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for March 2014

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 4/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com would like to introduce the TOP10 popular products for March 2014 in this report.

Have a quick look here: Besides two products from Hikvision and Dahua respectively, the other most-clicked products in March were coming from Axis, AirLive, Antaira, Biwave, Honeywell, and VIVOTEK.

As most of the products make their debut in the TOP10 in March, interestingly, two seats were taken by Hikvision's IP cameras, DS-2CD2412F-I (W) and DS-2CD2432F-I (W) as previous winners in the last three months and one by Biwave VDL4000 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission as a winner of the TOP10 in December 2013 and January 2014.

According to this ranking list, IR cameras, 3-megapixels resolution, and multifunctional management system that could assist end users to operate more efficiently are still leading the trend.

1. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera


The first place of the TOP10 for March goes to Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera, with a leading 600-click from all around the world. This has been the third month in a row since this camera was first honored in December 2013. Worth noting here is that since its first appearance in the TOP10 for December, this IR cube camera has experience soaring click-through rate from the viewers worldwide. DS-2CD2412F-I (W) comes with passive infrared sensor (PIS) and is capable of detecting objects within a range of 10-meter; meanwhile, this IR Cube camera is able to sustain a weather of -30 °C ~ 60 °C (-22 °F ~ 140 °F).

2. AirLive BU-3025v2 3-MegaPixel Outdoor 25 meter IR IPCAM


Right after, as a new comer in March, AirLive BU-3025v2 : 3-MegaPixel Outdoor 25 meter IR IPCAM wins the 2nd place with 422 clicks, receiving the highest click-through rate from Asia in this rank. BU-3025v2 provides high image quality of 2048*1536p at 20fps; otherwise, the end users can choose to keep a real-time recording at 1080p. This 3MP IR camera is equipped with auto-changeable IR filter and wide-range infrared LEDs coverage for a distance up to 25m.

3. Antaira LNP-0802-24 8-Port Industrial PoE+ UnManaged Ethernet Switch


As another new comer on list of TOP10 for March, Antaira LNP-0802-24 8-Port Industrial PoE+ UnManaged Ethernet Switch takes the 3rd place with 362 clicks from all around the world. This switch is specifically designed with Network Storm Protection and built-in relay warning function that will send out an alert to operators when power failure or port breaks occur. This American company was formerly known as Aaxeon Technology, and renamed as Antaira Technology earlier in 2013.

4. Honeywell HUS-NVR-7200A-E 256-Channel NVR


Closely right behind as No.4 is Honeywell HUS-NVR-7200A-E 256-Channel NVR, embedded with standalone server with 16 hard disk bays (up to4TB storage), capable of continuous 24/7 video recording, and supporting 256 channels of real-time recording. Furthermore, this recorder allows end users to search by date, time, alarm event, and channel number. This multifunctional NVR is ideal for applying in verticals such as banks, governments, transportation, city surveillance, and commercial industries.

5. Axis SketchUp 3D CAD software


The 5th place goes to Axis SketchUp 3D CAD software with 337 clicks. As another new face in this list, this management platform got both American and Asian viewers' high attention. As applying Axis cameras, the software, SketchUp, is well-integrated with Google maps providing users a clear view over any outdoor surveillance areas. This software enables end users to easily adjust the field of view through PTZ cameras in order to set up the best surveillance coverage and fits into the building layout.

6. VIVOTEK FD8355EHV 1.3MP WDR Dome Network Camera


With 332 clicks coming evenly from all around the areas, VIVOTEK FD8355EHV takes the 6th place in the TOP10 for March, featuring its improved wide dynamic range technology, WDR Pro II, provides end users with better visibility in extremely dark and light environments with 4 shutter capture methods. Furthermore, with 3D noise reduction technology, this dome camera can capture clear and polished picture even under poor light source, allowing users to easily identify details in the video.

7. Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera
Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) had to settle for a tie with DAHUA-IPC- HFW5300C/5302C in the TOP10 for March, as they equally gained a total of 280-click, both ranked as No.7.

 

Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) is definitely not a stranger to the TOP10 ranking. Since it first appeared last year, this IR Cube network camera has been one of the hot products on the TOP10 throughout the past three months keeping a steady click-through rate. As a total of 280, it got the most clicks from European countries – 60% of the viewers are from Europe.

7. DAHUA-IPC-HFW5300C/5302C

DAHUA-IPC-HFW5300C/5302C as a new comer on TOP10, featuring its multiple network monitoring, including web viewer, content management system (CMS), and DMSS. This IR-Bullet camera can keep 20fps at a recording quality of 3megapixel; and 30fps at 1080P. Interestingly, European take up the majority of the viewers as well.

9. DAHUA IPC-HFW5200C HD Network Water-proof Bullet Camera


The 9th of the TOP10 for March is DAHUA IPC-HFW5200C HD Network Water-proof Bullet Camera, and it is the second product from Dahua that makes into this ranking in the TOP 10 for March. This water-proof bullet camera, highlighted its Eco-Savvy feature, drew 264 clicks – around 75% came from Asian and American areas.

10. Biwave VDL4000 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission for IP Network Camera Connection


Coming to the 10th place is a previous winner in the TOP10 rankings in December 2013 and January 2014 – Biwave VDL4000 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission, which is designed for long distance IP camera transmission. After its absence from the TOP10 in February 2014, this Ethernet transmission took back the seat in March gaining 251 clicks, taking up mostly by European and American viewers by 42% and 32%.

 * Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.

For last month's TOP10 products, click here.

VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ cameras integrate with AxxonSoft VMS

VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ cameras integrate with AxxonSoft VMS

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK has announced successful integration of two of its latest security solution technologies with AxxonSoft's widely used Axxon Next video management software (VMS). The first integration move allows Axxon Next users to transparently access and control VIVOTEK's sophisticated Panoramic PTZ feature as implemented on two coordinated VIVOTEK cameras. In a further move, VIVOTEK has enabled integration of the Axxon Next interface with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream technology for optimizing video streaming from one of its award-winning cameras.

The integration with Axxon Next has enhanced the agility and scalability of VIVOTEK's Panoramic PTZ solutions. Panoramic PTZ draws on a combination of VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera SF8172/72V with speed dome camera SD8363E, allowing users to simultaneously monitor an area overview from a fisheye model while providing the capability for a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots. With sophisticated mechanism, the SD8363E provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement and captures details at top-notch quality. With the new advance in integration, Axxon Next users can take advantage of the VMS package's new Tag & Track feature—which allows the labeling and tracking of moving objects either selected manually or detected automatically—using VIVOTEK's box camera IP8162P for overviews and the speed dome camera SD8363E for detailed views of the tracked objects. As a result, existing Panoramic PTZ users have an additional popular VMS option that allows them to continue drawing on the powerful capabilities of VIVOTEK's technology without compromises to usability.

In addition, VIVOTEK has also completed integration of its Smart Stream technology on its IP8371E camera with the AxxonSoft VMS. VIVOTEK's Smart Stream reduces bandwidth consumption and storage requirements of video from the IP8371E camera, by using full resolution only for predefined areas in the field of view—either regions of interest, or automatically detected moving objects—while utilizing a lower baseline resolution for background areas of no interest for the surveillance application. Integration of Smart Stream with Axxon Next allows users of the VMS to gain the benefits of this advanced feature while providing simple management from the VMS's native interface.

Commenting on the company's latest moves, VIVOTEK Executive Vice President Steve Ma said: "We're delighted to build even greater integration of our Panoramic PTZ and Smart Stream technologies with AxxonSoft's terrific open-platform video management software. Existing customers of both VIVOTEK and AxxonSoft will benefit, and seamless interoperability between our cameras and Axxon Next make for an extremely appealing surveillance solution for potential new customers as well."

EverFocus HD-SDI system secures NEXCO West highway toll booths

EverFocus HD-SDI system secures NEXCO West highway toll booths

Editor / Provider: sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 4/8/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Mission
EverFocus has recently built-up the HD-SDI system, including 20 DVRs (EPHD04+) and 50 outdoor IR dome cameras (EHH5101) on the NEXCO-West (West Nippon Expressway Company Ltd) highway toll booths located in Hiroshima, Yamaguchi.

According to NEXCO-West, the toll booths require a system that is reliable and can produce clear images no matter on the staff or the POS machine. Moreover, cameras with anti-raining/snowing and small-in-size features are considered as the key points. Therefore, they chose EverFocus' HD-SDI DVR and outdoor IR dome camera.

Solution
Compact size along with elegant design has always been the major feature in the Japanese market. The EPHD04+ is a four-channel HD-SDI DVR that comes with a fine outlook and a small chassis design, plus its 1080p full HD resolution for live video recording, playback and archive videos, all these features have satisfied the customer's requirements. The easy installation, which is just the same as what we do for the traditional CCTV system, has also save the time and money.

On the other hand, for highway customers, they often choose box or bullet type cameras; however, cameras being hit by trucks or buses happened frequently. Hence, NEXCO-West has made a decision to adopt dome type outdoor IR dome for this project. The EHH5101 is weather resistant (IP66) and is able to provide 1080p HD video over coax.

Result
With EverFocus' HD-SDI system, the evidence can be safely and clearly collected, especially the POS machine and bill can be seen clearly through the monitor. According to the customers, accidents like vehicles passing by without paying the highway fee, or missed receiving toll bills have been decreasing. The full HD video images and the stable system bring the successful surveillance to the highway toll booths.

Hungarian Spa in Hajduszoboszlo upgrades surveillance solutions with VIVOTEK

Hungarian Spa in Hajduszoboszlo upgrades surveillance solutions with VIVOTEK

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/31/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Hajduszoboszlo, a small town in Hungary, has been well known for its thermal spring with a healing power since 1920s. HungaroSpa, located in Hajduszoboszlo, offers to international tourists a variety of facilities, such as medical spas, open-air baths, aqua parks, and an aqua-palace. In order to create a safer, more comfortable and reliable environment for tourist, in January, 2013, the management hired Satrax, a system integrator in Hungary working with VIVOTEK and VIVOTEK local distributor Alphasonic, to upgrade the surveillance system at HungaroSpa by installing 173 VIVOTEK network cameras.

Solution
For the center of the swimming pool (a 50 m X 50 m area), VIVOTEK's innovative and award-winning Panoramic PTZ solution was installed. Incorporating VIVOTEK's latest 5-Megapixel fisheye fixed dome network cameras and latest launched full HD speed dome network camera, the solution provides a 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, making it an especially ideal solution for monitoring open areas like the swimming pool and its surroundings. Panoramic PTZ offers wide coverage and can be used to monitor elderly tourists and emergency situations.

In addition to Panoramic PTZ, a variety of other cameras were implemented. Specifically, IP8332 was installed at entrances, outdoor swimming pools, and indoor spa pools because of its day & night function, weather-proof casing, and tamper detection features. IP8335H cameras, which feature an HD WDR CMOS sensor for use in challenging lighting conditions, were installed in outdoor swimming pools, which also open at night. IP7361 cameras were installed for outdoor swimming pools, entrances, and spa pools in the block. IP7361 is a high-end 2-megapixel network bullet camera with high resolution and a combination of outdoor specific features such as concealed wiring to prevent tampering. Additionally, the auto-iris capability can protect the lens from damage induced by direct sunlight.

FD8136 were installed for entrances and exits. As the world's smallest network fixed dome camera, FD8136 features a megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps. FD8134, an easy-to-use fixed dome network camera specifically designed for indoor security applications, were installed in the entrances to indoor dressing room (ceiling is about 2.6 m). IP8131 cameras were installed for the control center room, where 2 operators monitor the whole scene all time. IP8131 is a compact cube camera designed for indoor surveillance. Activities around the control center room, such as intrusion or vandalism, can be monitored. With supporting VIVOTEK's iViewer, the smart phone application, operators can monitor live video off-site.

The spa was equipped with several analog cameras. However, as the requirement for security increased, a more advanced and comprehensive network surveillance system is necessary. VIVOTEK's video server VS8100 was therefore adopted to connect to existed analog cameras, which the client wished to continue using. VS8100 was used to upgrade analog into digital surveillance system. Additionally, VAST, the central management software, was also implemented. It was designed to support hundreds of cameras and stations in a hierarchical structure of system for monitoring, recording, playback, and event trigger management with ease-of-use and efficient control.

Benefits
Steve Ma, VIVOTEK's Executive VP commented, "We are proud to present an innovative panoramic PTZ to our clients. The entire surveillance network made possible by the advanced cameras and servers developed by our R&D team will guarantee 100% high-quality images for the spa management. We hope tourists from all around the world will be able to have safe and enjoyable vacations in the VIVOTEK-equipped environment."

 

Samsung Techwin IP video solution installed at Paveletskaya Plaza

Samsung Techwin IP video solution installed at Paveletskaya Plaza

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 3/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Samsung Techwin cameras are at the heart of a network video surveillance system installed at Paveletskaya Plaza, one of the most prestigious business centers in Moscow.

Despite tough worldwide trading conditions, Russia is enjoying strong growth in its economy and this is reflected in the increasing demand for office accommodation from international organizations, as well as locally based businesses in Moscow. Developers have responded to the shortfall in the availability of high quality commercial space with a dramatic acceleration in the number of building projects.

By the end of 2014, Russia's capital is expected to be able to boast 4 of the 5 tallest buildings in Europe, whilst many projects have already been completed, including theimpressive Paveletskaya Plaza complex.

Paveletskaya Plaza, which is constructed in the same architectural style as the adjacent Paveletskaya Railway Station, comprises two 12 storey and one 27 storeys tower. Collectively the buildings offer 65,000 squaremete of office accommodation fully fitted with the most modern technologies to provide tenants, which include Adecco, Allianz, Nestle and Tommy Hilfiger, with comfortable and stress-free working conditions. On site there are also several bank branches, a translations bureau, a printing centre and a travel agency, as well as shops, boutiques and restaurants for the benefit of office staff and visitors.

Electronic security and network specialists, YECONS Technology Solutions, were awarded the contract to install the video surveillance system, said: ”It is not perhaps a surprise that there were no shortage of installation companies keen to be invited to tender for this very important project,” said Yusuf Yesilova, General Director of Moscow based YECONS Technology Solutions. “However, although it was a very price competitive tendering process, the owners of Paveletskaya Plaza, ENKA, made it clear from the outset that there should be no compromise in respect of the coverage and quality of the video surveillance solution.”

Single Source
Having successfully installed Samsung Techwin professional video surveillance equipments at a number of other large projects, it gave YECONS Technology Solutions the confidence to single source all the required components of the video surveillance system from one of the fastest growing electronic security manufacturers in Russia.

Working closely with Samsung Techwin's locally based pre-sales support team, YECONS Technology Solutions' engineering design team took a close look at every location where a camera needed to be installed and subsequently recommended what their research had led them to believe was the best model for what it was expected to do.

228 cameras, together with Samsung Techwin network video recorders (NVRs) and monitors, have been installed to enable security personnel to monitor 24/7 all activity within the Paveletskaya Plaza buildings and the surrounding areas.

Fit for Purpose
“At certain locations, where positive identification of unwanted visitors needed to be achieved, we recommended the installation of 3MB Full HD camera models that could deliver evidence grade images, as well as technically advanced features such as Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) and face detection,” said Yusuf Yesilova. “In the majority of locations however, 1.3 megapixel cameras were more than able to capture high definition images of a quality which easily met the client's requirements. We were therefore able to deliver a competitively priced solution that took full advantage of Samsung Techwin's product portfolio that includes both extremely high specification cameras, as well as models which, although competitively priced, deliver a high level of performance.”

The Samsung Techwin cameras have been installed on all floors of the 3 buildings, as well as elevators, reception and parking areas. 124 of the 228 cameras are SND-5010s. Measuring just 100 x 115 x 42mm and part of the LiteNet camera series, the ONVIF compliant SND-5010 1.3 megapixel camera is designed to provide an affordable HD video surveillance solution for environments where there may be limited space. There are also 89 SNB-5000 cameras which are equipped with built-in license-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) capability which includes a scene change tampering function, as well as optical tripwire, enter/exit direction detection and an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects. Of the remaining cameras, 8 are SNB-6004s and 7 are SNB-7080s. With the ability to capture superb quality 2MP Full HD (1080P) images, the SNB-6004 is part of Samsung Techwin's highly acclaimed WiseNetIII camera range, whilst the SND-7080 is a 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3~8mm motorized varifocal lens.

24/7 Monitoring
Images from all of the cameras are transmitted over a LAN to a central control room where they are monitored live 24/7 by Paveletskaya Plaza operators who are able to direct patrolling security personnel to the precise location where an incident or suspicious activity may be taking place. At the same time the images are recorded onto 1 of 8 Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVRs which are able to work in harmony to provide a seamless server style video recording solution. Each SRN-1000 provides up to 24TB of on-board video storage capacity with the potential of an additional 24TB of storage via two external e-Sata direct storage devices. It also features support for Raid 5 storage.

“The video surveillance system plays a crucial role ensuring that our tenants can go about their daily work activities in a secure environment and that their staff, visitors and customers feel safe whilst taking advantage of Paveletskaya Plaza's superb facilities,” said Zihni Coskun, Facility Management Director of ENKA. “The partnership between YECONS Technology Solutions and Samsung Techwin has been a great success. It has resulted in a system that is working extremely well and the feedback from our operators is that it is highly reliable and easy to use.”

Milestone widens devices support with more than 3,000 products

Milestone widens devices support with more than 3,000 products

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has released Device Pack 7.2 for partners and customers using Milestone Xprotect security solutions. Device Pack 7.2 has deep driver support for more than 3,000 devices, which means that Milestone has added more than 2,000 supported devices since 2011. This speedy development has only been possible due to Milestone's dedicated efforts to drive the uptake of open platform technology in the physical security industry.

The Milestone Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable all the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed fully by the XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Manufacturer Alliance Program (MAP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution - very important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Milestone is actively promoting driver standards like ONVIF and PSIA, but these standards are not always able to keep up with the rapid development of security device hardware. Milestone steps up with dedicated, deep driver support to ensure that partners can leverage the newest device technologies in their solutions, with the freedom to choose camera models from more than 100 manufacturers in the Manufacturer Alliance Partner (MAP) network.

Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances, says: “The release of Device Pack 7.2 with deep support for a record number of devices clearly highlights our total dedication to give our partners not only the best VMS, but also the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the market. The ability to add 2,000 devices in just 3 years is only made possible by having an open platform strategy, and clearly showcases the power of our open platform. We celebrated this at Intersec 2014 in Dubai, where we announced the 3000th supported device was the AXIS Q6045 HD high-speed PTZ dome camera, and it was a pleasure recognizing a key Alliance Partner this way.”

The supported devices in the Milestone Device Pack 7.2 span from simple USB webcams to highly specialized thermography cameras from Pelco by Schneider Electrics that enable precise monitoring of temperature. These cameras can be used in the food industry, for example, to ensure that refrigerated and frozen goods always are kept at the right temperature for freshness and safety. Another supported option comes from the Bosch Security Systems MIC Series 550 cameras with integrated lens wipers. Here the Milestone deep driver support enables an XProtect customer to activate the wiper from the VMS, ensuring clear images even in the worst rainstorm.

Enhanced image sensor added to Hikvision PICADIS analog cameras

Enhanced image sensor added to Hikvision PICADIS analog cameras

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is set to extend its PICADIS analog product line with this new, latest offering: the DS-2CE15F5P(N)-VFIR3 720TVL Vari-focal IR Bullet Camera and the DS-2CE55F5P(N)-VFIR3 720TVL Vari-focal IR Dome Camera. Both of these models are aimed to set new standards for both image quality and low-light surveillance. These cutting-edge cameras are designed specifically to capture superior crystal-clear color images in extreme, low-light conditions. Both feature a 1/3” 1.3 MP PICADIS II image sensor and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology.

An Enhanced Sensor for Superior Image Performance
Similar to previous vari-focal PICADIS analog cameras, these two new models - the DS-2CE15F5P(N)-VFIR3 720TVL Vari-focal IR Bullet Camera and the DS-2CE55F5P(N)-VFIR3 720TVL Vari-focal IR Dome Camera - are now equipped with several new, advanced features. Among these improvements, the most noteworthy is this addition of Hikvision's 1/3” 1.3 Mega PICADIS II image sensor. This sensor was specifically designed to be utilized along with Hikvision industry-leading 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology to secure higher image quality under challenging lighting circumstances. Ultimately, this improvement results in unparalleled visibility in extremely bright and dark environments and provides a performance that easily surpasses conventional analog cameras.

OSD Menu Control with an UTC (Up-the-Coax) Advantage
This new camera line of is equipped with a BNC connector to transfer the video signal. When compared to conventional analog cameras, this feature provides remote control of the camera's OSD from the terminal (such as a computer monitor in the control room) to the camera, and vice-versa. This also facilitates faster and easier camera management, allowing for higher precision and control over camera functionality and imaging settings/adjustments from the monitoring room. The result is a substantial savings in configuration time and money.

Moreover, an IP66 rating protects against elements, such as rain and dust, making both cameras ideal choices for almost any application and installation – especially for those that are outdoors. Both new models are available in grey and white color schemes.

Samsung Techwin video surveillance system installed in Moscow

Samsung Techwin video surveillance system installed in Moscow

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/27/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Despite tough worldwide trading conditions, Russia is enjoying strong growth in its economy and this is reflected in the increasing demand for office accommodation from international organisations, as well as locally based businesses in Moscow. Developers have responded to the shortfall in the availability of high quality commercial space with a dramatic acceleration in the number of building projects. By the end of 2014, Russia's capital is expected to be able to boast 4 of the 5 tallest buildings in Europe, whilst many prestigious projects have already been completed, including the highly impressive Paveletskaya Plaza complex.

Paveletskaya Plaza, which is constructed in the same architectural style as the adjacent Paveletskaya Railway Station, comprises two 12 storey and one 27 storeys tower. Collectively the buildings offer 65,000 Square metre of office accommodation fully fitted with the most modern technologies to provide tenants, which include Adecco, Allianz, Nestle and Tommy Hilfiger, with the most comfortable and stress-free working conditions. On site there are also several bank branches, a translations bureau, a printing centre and a travel agency, as well as shops, boutiques and restaurants for the benefit of office staff and visitors.

Electronic security and network specialists, YECONS Technology Solutions, were awarded the contract to install the video surveillance system, said: ”It is not perhaps a surprise that there were no shortage of installation companies keen to be invited to tender for this very important project,” said Yusuf Yesilova, General Director of Moscow based YECONS Technology Solutions. “However, although it was a very price competitive tendering process, the owners of Paveletskaya Plaza, ENKA, made it clear from the outset that there should be no compromise in respect of the coverage and quality of the video surveillance solution.”

Single Source
Having successfully installed Samsung Techwin professional video surveillance equipments at a number of other large projects, it gave YECONS Technology Solutions the confidence to single source all the required components of the video surveillance system from one of the fastest growing electronic security manufacturers in Russia.

Working closely with Samsung Techwin's locally based pre-sales support team, YECONS Technology Solutions' engineering design team took a close look at every location where a camera needed to be installed and subsequently recommended what their research had led them to believe was the best model for what it was expected to do.

228 cameras, together with Samsung Techwin network video recorders (NVRs) and monitors, have been installed to enable security personnel to monitor 24/7 all activity within the Paveletskaya Plaza buildings and the surrounding areas.

Fit for Purpose
“At certain locations, where positive identification of unwanted visitors needed to be achieved, we recommended the installation of 3MB Full HD camera models that could deliver evidence grade images, as well as technically advanced features such as Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) and face detection,” said Yusuf Yesilova. “In the majority of locations however, 1.3 megapixel cameras were more than able to capture high definition images of a quality which easily met the client's requirements. We were therefore able to deliver a competitively priced solution that took full advantage of Samsung Techwin's product portfolio that includes both extremely high specification cameras, as well as models which, although competitively priced, deliver a high level of performance.”

The Samsung Techwin cameras have been installed on all floors of the three buildings, as well as elevators, reception and parking areas. 124 of the 228 cameras are SND-5010s. Measuring just 100 x 115 x 42mm and part of the LiteNet camera series, the ONVIF compliant SND-5010 1.3 megapixel camera is designed to provide an affordable HD video surveillance solution for environments where there may be limited space. There are also 89 SNB-5000 cameras which are equipped with built-in licence-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) capability which includes a scene change tampering function, as well as optical tripwire, enter/exit direction detection and an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects. Of the remaining cameras, eight are SNB-6004s and seven are SNB-7080s. With the ability to capture superb quality 2MP Full HD (1080P) images, the SNB-6004 is part of Samsung Techwin's highly acclaimed WiseNetIII camera range, whilst the SND-7080 is a 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3~8mm motorized varifocal lens.

24/7 Monitoring
Images from all of the cameras are transmitted over a LAN to a central control room where they are monitored live 24/7 by Paveletskaya Plaza operators who are able to direct patrolling security personnel to the precise location where an incident or suspicious activity may be taking place. At the same time the images are recorded onto one of eight Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVRs which are able to work in harmony to provide a seamless server style video recording solution. Each SRN-1000 provides up to 24TB of on-board video storage capacity with the potential of an additional 24TB of storage via 2 external e-Sata direct storage devices. It also features support for Raid 5 storage.

“The video surveillance system plays a crucial role ensuring that our tenants can go about their daily work activities in a secure environment and that their staff, visitors and customers feel safe whilst taking advantage of Paveletskaya Plaza's superb facilities,” said Zihni Coskun, Facility Management Director of ENKA. “The partnership between YECONS Technology Solutions and Samsung Techwin has been a great success. It has resulted in a system that is working extremely well and the feedback from our operators is that it is highly reliable and easy to use.”

Cube cameras: Enhanced features for improved surveillance

Cube cameras: Enhanced features for improved surveillance

Editor / Provider: Editorial Department, a&s International | Updated: 2/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Small business owners or regular homeowners merely want to be able to monitor their property without having to install a full-fledged system. However, most DIY cameras are too basic to fulfill these end users' requirements, such as inefficient resolution or insufficient frames per second, but regular professional systems offered on the market can be quite extraneous for regular home use. Hence, when the compact but full-featured cube cameras appeared on the market, they quickly became the perfect alternative to the costly surveillance solutions that most consumers and SMBs simply cannot afford nor need.

In smaller settings, or for simpler applications, surveillance solutions do not need to be complicated to get the job done. “The need of home surveillance is just basic and easy setting. In the high-end sector, it needs many functions but this sector does not. The complexity of system and position are different than high-end products,” stated John Wu, Sales VP at Hunt Electronic.

Cube cameras are mainly designed for indoor surveillance, such as small- to medium-sized business offices, shops that only need a four- to six-channel system, and home applications. Main features include compact design, wireless connection, Wi-Fi protected setup for easy and secure wireless network connection, mobile surveillance application, and easier and more cost-efficient installation and configuration, according to Ma.

According to Quentin Miao, Head of Global Marketing at D-Link, 1 to 4 cameras are typically needed for home monitoring, located at important entrances (such as front and back doors), bedrooms, nurseries, or living areas. SMBs usually employ 4 to 16 cameras for important entrances, lobbies, stairwells, and storage areas or warehouses.

Furthermore, cube cameras provide flexible installation in indoor areas where restrictions may be imposed on certain types of installation. For example, “in rented spaces, it may not be allowed to mount a full-fledged dome camera into the ceiling or to open walls in order to install cabling. Wireless cube cameras allow for very flexible mounting and positioning without the need to worry about cabling,” added Vigren. This flexibility makes it much more convenient for users as it can be deployed in various applications without any permanent damages to the surrounding environment.

Though they certainly are a possible solution for a majority of the residential and SMB sector, there are some minor disadvantages for cube cameras that can limit their performance. “Due to its form factor, cube cameras are mostly used in indoor environments. Even though some manufacturers have released outdoor versions, the reliability cannot compare to standard outdoor cameras such as a bullet camera. Also, with the fixed lens and limited field of view, cube cameras are suitable for small-sized areas. Cube cameras normally do not have many light-handling capabilities like low light, true WDR etc., so it cannot perform as well as other professional cameras when facing some challenging conditions,” commented Wu from Hikvision. End users must be aware of these particular limitations so they are not used incorrectly in an unsuitable environment or application.

Solutions, Not Devices
By utilizing a wireless connection, cube cameras allow users to view high-resolution videos remotely from their browser or any other mobile devices. It also eliminates the complications caused by multiple cables and wires. Cube cameras can offer professional-grade surveillance that goes up to 2-megapixel resolution at 30fps, which gives much better, smoother video/image quality than DIYs, which typically are 1 megapixel and 15fps max. In terms of low-light performance, some cube cameras are equipped with the mechanical ICR to deliver much sharper nighttime images and truer color at daytime. Also, some cube cameras are built with IR night vision that can reach 10 meters, which is about twice as far than the DIY's that have IR LEDs. The further the IR distance, the clearer the image gets in poorly lit environments, according to Ervin Wang, Sales Director at Messoa Technologies.

Coming from the software business, Mobiscope believes the biggest issue that customers encounter is the software which comes with cameras and work to correct mistakes in software made by hardware manufacturers. For instance, Mobiscope offers motion detection alerts regardless whether the camera has this feature or not, and cloud storage for video recordings that customer can access anywhere – on mobile device, in any web browser, even for the most affordable cameras, according to Alexander Ostrovsky, CMO of Mobiscope.

For those who are unfamiliar, it is necessary to highlight exactly what separates cube cameras from regular DIY cameras on the market. “The main differentiations of our cube cameras are professional performance and features, normally only found in more expensive camera types, especially low-light performance, PoE, edge storage, and support for alarm inputs and outputs. Also, we know that customers nowadays are always looking for solutions, not just devices, so our cube cameras come with both our feature-rich NVR software and our easy-to-use, plug-and-play cloud solution,” Shau-Chau You, VP of Zavio mentioned.

Despite the emergence of cube cameras that are fulfilling the needs of the residential and SMB sectors, a few DIY cameras are actually hitting the benchmark too. For instance, some which are designed for the DIY market also feature low-light technology for color images even in dim light, which makes it possible to resolve details like hair and skin color, license plate numbers, and so on. The cameras are also easy to set up and install due to their unique cloud platform, according to Miao.

The availability of such sophisticated technology on a regular DIY camera certainly goes to show the extent of today's surveillance technology. In order to deal with competition from the DIY camera manufacturers, some professional cube camera manufacturers are teaming up with “security or telecom operators to create more complete solutions with more added value and return on investment for customers,” according to Ma.

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