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LILIN plays a role in flood defense plan in Venice

LILIN plays a role in flood defense plan in Venice

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 2/17/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Suffer from severe flooding
The city Venice, Italy, suffers flooding on a yearly basis. In 1966, nearly 80% of the city was flooded by high tides. Known to Venetians as the“acqua alta” or “high water,” brings high waters that spill into the walkways and streets of Venice. It happens several times a year, and has gotten worse over the past century.

MOSE project has been set in motion to save Venice from the sea
The barrier project, known formally as “Experimental Electromechanical Module” project and otherwise as MOSE, is designed specifically to maintain high tides of 2.7m from reaching the city. There are 3 inlets to the 500km2 lagoon, which will be activated when tides rise higher than 110cm inside the lagoon. During flooding, for example, when the water reaches above normal levels, the locks will spring into action. MOSE is scheduled for completion in 2014, the system will protect Venice from high water levels of up to 3m.

Video surveillance from LILIN to oversee the water level
Video surveillance is an important part of disaster monitoring process, it plays an irreplaceable role, and real-time monitoring around the key areas of water is a must-needed in MOSE project. LILIN CCTV video surveillance solution was selected to be part of MOSE, all due to its exceptional quality of LILIN's mechanical housings against sea environment corrosion as well as the cameras built-in with powerful IR solutions.

Products installed
* 57 pcs of IP-based cameras, LR-7428EX3.6
* 4 pcs of multi-touch 16-channelstandalone NVR, NVR-116
* 5 pcs of 8 Port 130W Network PoE Switch, PMH-PoE88130W
* 6 pcs of vandal-resistant WDR 650TVL Speed Dome camera, SP-8368P
* 1 pc of 16-channel standalone DVR device, DVR-316
* 1 pc of multi-function 3D keyboard controller, PIH-931

The first Gate (Lido Lagoon Inlet) is where LILIN solutions serve to help monitor the entire flood prone area. In this project, there are 63 units of LILIN L series IP cameras LR-7428EX3.6 and waterproof speed dome cameras SP-8368P with 256X digital zooming capacity being installed at sensitive key points to carefully watch over the water level. LILIN security cameras are suitable for application in variety of harsh environments such as tide peaks and sea environment-specific corrosion.

LILIN Italy is very proud to be part of this monumental MOSE project in providing long-term durable video surveillance to save Venice from the sea. LILIN set of monitoring equipment including IP based cameras, speed domes, standalone DVRs, and multi-touch NVRs not only to the timely monitoring of water level, while the rainfall measurement, timely data transmission to monitoring center platform. MOSE project is now well equipped for incoming floods with the help of a complete video surveillance system provided by LILIN.

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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.

Afidus provides mobile surveillance for city buses in Istanbul

Afidus provides mobile surveillance for city buses in Istanbul

Editor / Provider: Sponsered by Afidus | Updated: 2/14/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Nowadays, the awareness of surveilllance issues have been rasing around the world. Turkish people are aware of its importance as well. They endeavor to have IP cameras applied to every aspect of their lives, making them feel more secure and convenient. The city bus project in Istanbul is a part in their future blueprint. With the cutting edge technology support and smooth communication, Afidus completed the mission and satisfied all the needs from their customers.

Afidus was responsible for handling the surveillance project of city buses in Istanbul. With Afidus' high technology, each bus only needed to equip with one 3Mega Panorama IP Dome (FH-330F3) and one mobile NVR. After the installation, security was no longer a concern to them.

FH-330F3, 3 Mega panorama IP Dome which is also called Fisheye IP camera. It allows 360° /180° /90° panoramic angle view and e-PTZ control. By installing on the right hand side of bus driver and choosing 4R Display mode (4regions views angle), installers are capable to monitor every corner and situation on the bus, including the bus driver. For low light environment, it is equipped with 0.1 low lux Sony Exmor sensor and Mechanical ICR – well designed for the transportation application.


Before the installation of FH-330F3, Afidus noticed there were some conundrums and challenges that needed to resolve. Firstly, power supply. Afidus understood that the range of power supply is quite different : starting the engine consumes the most power, a stark contrast to regular driving. Therefore, Afidus FH-330F3 was designed to sustain the maximum of 36 volts and to be maintained by 15 volts.

Secondly, the bumpy road. Istanbul is a charming city which is combined with 2 contrasting characteristics: ancestry and modernity. However, in order to maintain the original view of this ancient city, they chose to put less emphasis on reconstructing the roads. Afidus' mechanical department takes on this challenge. They put great efforts in designing and passing the vibration test and drop test. Eventually, FH-330F3 can be used successfully on the bus with stability without any interruption from the mechanical problem.

Afidus not only provided technology support but also cooperated with the third party – a mobile NVR supplier. With good communication, Afidus provided “OCX component”, sample code which is based on “.net system” and “cgi command” to them. Afidus' R&D department successfully supported the mobile NVR supplier to integrate their NVR as well as Afidus IP cameras to cater to customer's needs.

Afidus always provides solutions to fit customers' needs. It is not only about the products, but also the applications. Afidus cares about customers and understands what they need. Afidus not only provides products in good quality, but is also proud of its services and solutions. This is exactly the aspiration that drives Afidus to cooperate with people who are interested in surveillance issues over the world.


EverFocus surveillance products deployed in W Hotel Qatar

EverFocus surveillance products deployed in W Hotel Qatar

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EverFocus | Updated: 2/10/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

The increasing numbers of worldwide terrorist attacks and thefts have become the driving force in explosion of surveillance systems to protect lives and assets. Every newly built public or private building now requires a complete security and safety plan.

As desert dunes soar next to towering skyscrapers, W Doha Hotel & Residences dazzles by the Arabian Sea. As more and more high-end hotels are built in Qatar, W Hotel wanted to provide more secured experiences for their employees and their valuable guests during their stays in W Hotel. Therefore, W Hotel turned to EverFocus for a well –planned surveillance system.

In order to provide a complete safe environment for its guests, W Hotel chose EverFocus's cameras and later installed around 450 EverFocus advanced surveillance cameras in their main entrances, lobby, hallways, stairs, and at the front desk. In order to satisfy W Hotel's requirements, EverFocus worked with the system integrator Genius Vision Digital (GVD) for a complete solution. Installed EverFocus surveillance cameras include EHN3260 IP IR dome, EPN4220 speed dome, and EZN3260, EZN3340 bullet type cameras.

Taiwan Excellence Award winner EPN 4220 is a network-based speed dome camera specifically designed for professional applications. It offers 2 megapixel resolution and a built-in 20x optical zoom, aimed at guaranteeing impeccable image quality, in addition to cutting-edge features, such as digital slow shutter (DSS), wide dynamic range (WDR), and dynamic noise reduction (DNR). Equipped with an IP66-rated housings and true day/night function with a removable IR cut filter, the EPN 4220 is certainly designed to withstand all environments. The advanced motion detection function also meets the needs of almost every end-user.

EHN3260 is a 2 megapixel IP wide dynamic Day/Night outdoor IR dome that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor environment. W Hotel installed 398pcs of EHN3250 cameras in the hotel because its P-IRIS Lends, WDR, high performance noise filter, True Day/Night function provide high quality image and meet the vandal proof needs that the hotel required at the same time.

EZN3260 and EZN3340 bullet type IP cameras are also used in this project. EZN3260 is a 2 Megapixel Wide Dynamic Outdoor Bullet IP camera patented algorithm for expert exposure control in dynamic lighting environments. Its highlight suppression backlight compensation/Control (HSBLC) intelligently masks the extreme blooming effects from high-contrast light sources such as car headlights. EZN3340 is a 3 Megapixel outdoor bullet IP camera with the same design as EZN3260 but higher performances that can monitor further distance in darker areas.

Hotel surveillance has become more important than ever. A well organized and installed surveillance system can not only protect the hotel itself but also the guests. 441 EverFocus cameras are installed for complete surveillance and protection in W Hotel. With the installation of the hotel video surveillance, not only it can keep guests safe from thefts, violence, but also provides evidences, prevents crimes and thus creates a better and pleasant stay for all the guests visiting W Hotel.

Video surveillance is the perfect security solution for hotels and resorts. EverFocus surveillance solutions have been widely used in different vertical markets including businesses, housing, banking, retail.

Axis launches Q60-S PTZ dome network camera line

Axis launches Q60-S PTZ dome network camera line

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 1/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The new top-of-the-line AXIS Q60-S PTZ Dome Network Cameras in nitrogen-pressurized stainless steel casings are suitable for surveillance and remote monitoring applications in marine, mining, oil and gas environments, as well as food, medical and clean room manufacturing facilities.

The rust-free cameras can resist the corrosive effect of sea water and cleaning chemicals, and withstand high-pressure steam cleaning. Pressurized nitrogen prevents internal condensation.

Axis Communications, a global supplier of network video, launched 3 outdoor-ready, marine-grade stainless steel cameras that enable 360 degrees coverage of wide areas in resolutions up to HDTV 1080p and great zoomed-in detail with up to 36x optical zoom.

“AXIS Q60-S cameras provide exceptional video surveillance and high durability for reliable performance in demanding indoor and outdoor environments,” says Erik Frannlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. “The stainless steel models are the latest additions to our newly upgraded AXIS Q60 PTZ Dome Series.”

AXIS Q60-S cameras, with SAE 316L stainless steel and a nylon clear dome cover, can operate in -30°C to 50°C (-22°F to 122°F). They have IP66, IP6K9K, NEMA 4X and MIL-STD-810G 509.5 approvals, ensuring protection against dust, rain, high pressure/steam jet cleaning, snow, ice and salt fog. The cameras come with a multi-connector cable and a media converter switch that allows for network connection using standard network or fiber optic cables. The switch also enables the cameras to connect to external alarm devices via 2 configurable input/output ports and to 12 V power. Stainless steel mounting accessories are sold separately.

AXIS Q6042-S provides Extended D1 resolution and 36x optical zoom. AXIS Q6044-S offers HDTV 720p and 30x optical zoom, while AXIS Q6045-S supports HDTV 1080p and 20x optical zoom.

All AXIS Q60-S cameras support shock detection, which mechanically detects and triggers an alarm if the camera has been hit. AXIS Q6042-S and AXIS Q6044-S provide electronic image stabilization, which reduces the effects of camera vibrations (from wind or traffic) to provide clearer, more useful video.

AXIS Q6044-S also supports automatic defog, which automatically detects fog in the scene and digitally filters it out of view for clearer video. AXIS Q6044-S has nearly three times better light sensitivity than the industry norm for HDTV cameras, enabling excellent video quality in low-light conditions.

AXIS Q6045-S offers the highest video resolution, enabling exceptional detail in wide and zoomed-in views. In addition to auto tracking and Active Gatekeeper—which are available in all AXIS Q60 models—AXIS Q6045-S has built-in video analytics such as highlight compensation (which masks bright lights for ease of viewing), object removed, fence detector, object counter and enter/exit detection.

Milan Cathedral upgrades security solution with Samsung Techwin

Milan Cathedral upgrades security solution with Samsung Techwin

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 1/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

For more than six centuries, Milan Cathedral has been celebrated the whole world over as one of the finest examples of unique sculpture and architectural masterpieces, and as the very symbol of the city of Milan.

A security incident in July 2013 emphasized the need to update security at the monument and the Enzo Hruby Foundation, a leader in Italy and Europe in terms of offering protection for historical and artistic sites, took quick steps in close collaboration with the professional security division of Samsung Techwin to provide the very latest video surveillance technology in a prestigious protection project.

To guarantee protection for the monument and control the vast urban area around the perimeter of the Cathedral and on the rooftop Terraces, a modern video surveillance system of the latest generation was installed, with 20 remotely managed HD night vision cameras operating 24h/day.

12 cameras with a video analysis function were installed in strategic points around the perimeter, to guarantee complete coverage and leave no area uncovered. 7 cameras of the same kind have been installed on the terraces, with also 1 motor-driven HD camera that covers the entire length of the central part.

All the cameras have built-in IR night vision illuminators, so no modifications to the current lighting was required around the perimeter or on the Terraces, for a non-invasive intervention in terms of installation and infrastructure. The new cameras, the images of which are transmitted to the Local Police operations centre and the Provincial Police Headquarters, are integrated with the images from the urban video surveillance system connected to a high-tech video analysis system that can detect and classify suspicious activity and objects, in addition to the 1,300 cameras already managed by the authorities. Umbra Control from Perugia was responsible for the project.

“With this important project, we're protecting not only the Monument, but also the Piazza and the area around the Cathedral,” said the President of the Venerable Duomo Factory, Angelo Caloia, “5 million people visit the Cathedral every year and in 2015 we estimate 20 million tourists will pass through the doors: the Factory is working hard to keep all areas of the Monument open with 12 building sites, and also thanks to important security measures such as this. This major project is important not only for the Cathedral, it also provides added security for the city with the upcoming Expo 2015 and we can only thank those who, like the Enzo Hruby Foundation and Samsung Techwin, were ready to share this onerous task.”

The work of the Enzo Hruby Foundation and Samsung Techwin didn't finish with the project to protect the Milan Cathedral and its heritage though. The two parties have in fact been called on to protect the Duomo's Museum, which reopened on 4th November after eight years of restoration work.

The security system meets the specific requirements associated with the particular characteristics of the environments and the variety of the works of art in the museum, with solutions aimed at satisfying the aesthetic needs of the building, which has been the home of all sorts of materials that tell the story of the Milan Cathedral since 1953. The museum contains works of art of notable worth including tapestries, sculptures, architectural models, paintings, stained glass, hangings and other works, which require specifically studied protection systems to be kept safe.

The latest generation Samsung Techwin cameras with full HD resolution and the new WiseNet 3 processors were used to guarantee a system with the very highest image quality, offering optimized compression and management of network resources. The most suitable camera was chosen for each environment both from an aesthetic point of view and in terms of performance - the museum has 26 rooms with a total surface area of 2,000 m2. Most of the cameras in the museum are mini dome interior cameras with IR illuminators. New fish-eye cameras with 360 degree lenses were also used in some of the rooms to control the whole exhibit space. All the cameras send their signals to a central recording unit, with three Samsung Techwin SRN-1000 NVR.

Samsung Techwin products used in the Milan Cathedral Project

* Cathedral Perimeter:
12 SNO-6084RP 2MP 1080p Full HD IP cameras

* Cathedral Terrace:
4 x SNO-6084RP 2MP 1080p Full HD IP cameras
1 x SNP-6200RHP 2MP 1080p Full HD IP Dome camera

Cathedral Recording:
One SRN-1000 Network Video Recorder

74 x SNO-6084RP 2MP 1080p Full HD IP cameras
2 x SNF-7010P 360? Fisheye interior cameras

Museum Recording
3 x SRN-1000 Network Video Recorders

Hikvision secures Korea with network camera solutions

Hikvision secures Korea with network camera solutions

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, along with the Korean National Police Agency recently designed an IP video surveillance system for public safety usage. More than 750 units of Hikvision's DS-2DF7286-A 2MP Network IR PTZ Dome Cameras are installed in Seoul and adjacent suburbs in South Korea.

These Hikvision cameras are primarily tasked with coverage of streets, intersections, and other vital infrastructure locations, to provide a safer environment for both vehicles and commuters. This solution also serves as a deterrent against theft and other related crime, as well as a useful aid in police investigations.

Hikvision PTZ cameras provide a 360 degrees endless pan range and a -10 degrees to 190 degress tilt range of view. These cameras offer a 30x optical zoom capability to help police with observing the required detail needed for distant vehicles and suspicious individuals. Additionally, the PTZ cameras provide surveillance at distances of up-to 150 meters, even in total darkness. Of special note is the Smart Tracking function, which helps detect moving objects and follow them within the camera's area of coverage without fault.

Integrated with existing network video recorders and VMS from local suppliers, Hikvision's PTZ cameras provide a total VPMS (Video Privacy Management System) solution. This system represents an irreplaceable tool for the concerned Korean National Police Agency, and ensures that while citizens are being protected, their personal privacy is being not violated.

EverFocus upgrades Taipei City to IP surveillance

EverFocus upgrades Taipei City to IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 1/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

A new EverFocus IP surveillance system was installed to secure entrances, exits, hallways, parking lots, and the outdoor areas near the City Hall building.

Always attentive to technological innovation, Taipei City Government Hall, the government building located by Taipei City Hall metro station in Xinyi District, Taipei, decided to upgrade its video surveillance system from analog to network at the end of 2013.

A new IP surveillance system was designed to secure entrances, exits, hallways, parking lots, and the outdoor areas near the City Hall building. The new IP surveillance system provides Taipei City Government real time image and better image quality, and thus provides citizens a convenient and safe environment to visit.

WebChain Technology is responsible for providing the Taipei City Government building a new network camera surveillance security system. With network system planning, designing, constructing, and maintenance professions, WebChain Technology chose EverFocus' products to cater customer's needs.

3 EverFocus IP cameras are chosen in Taipei City Hall project. EDN3260 2 MP Full HD Network Indoor IR & WDR Dome Camera is mainly installed indoor for hall way monitoring, EZN3260 2 MPHD Outdoor IR & WDR Bullet Network Camera is installed at the entrances and exits, and EPN4220 2 MP True Day/Night Outdoor Network Speed Dome Camera are put outside of the building to protect the surrounding areas.

EDN3260 is a 2 MP HD network camera which delivers high definition image quality. EDN3260 optimizes the IRIS opening under all lighting conditions with motorized Vari-focal P-IRIS Lens. EDN3260 is suitable for indoor applications that require clear image details and WDR supported. EDN3260 conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices – even from other manufacturers. Users can also use EverFocus Mobile Applications to remotely view the live views of the cameras through your handheld devices; or use EverFocus CMS to remotely manage multiple IP devices connected on the network.

EZN3260 captures the most details in stunning HD quality, it supports multi-streaming in both H.264 and M-JPEG for various network conditions. It features a built-in slot for micro SDHC card, providing uninterrupted recording in case network is down. Power Over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) provides power to the camera via a single network cable, eliminating the need for power cables and greatly simplifying the installation. The EZN3260 supports motorized vari-focal auto IRIS lens and remote Zoom & Focus lens control via web browser. With IP66 waterproof rating, the EZN3260 is suitable to perform in moisture and various outdoor weather conditions that require superior image details. The EZN3260 conforms to industry ONVIF/PSIA standard, allowing great interoperability with a wide range of 3rd party network video devices.

EPN4220 is installed outdoor around the Taipei City Hall building. It is a high-performance, multi-stream, H.264 IP speed dome camera that provides MP HD image size at a frame rate of up to 30fps. With a built-in slot for a micro SDHC card, providing local recording when events trigger – EPN4220 conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices –even from other manufacturers. Functions such as exclusive masking, pan / tilt limits, tracking on patrol and flexible resume functions are all supported. The EPN series is designed for simple installation and supports all types of outdoor / indoor mounting applications.

The existing analog camera in Taipei City Hall building has been converted to IP-based technology using EverFocus HD network cameras, allowing real time monitoring in public areas. The speed dome EPN4220 which is installed at the petition area supports dual streams, providing a two-way communication between the control room and citizens when there's a protesting event taking place.

The IR function of EverFocus cameras have allowed the video images of low light areas easier to be captured by the network cameras and send it to the control room, which is not feasible with analog system.

With the new IP-based surveillance system, Taipei City Hall now can sufficiently prevent crimes and obtain the recording data easily in the future.

The top 10 most popular products for December 2013

The top 10 most popular products for December 2013

Editor / Provider: asmag Editorial Department | Updated: 1/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In order to ensure that global suppliers and buyers are better informed on the hottest and trendiest products in different regions; from the start of 2014, asmag editorial department will be showcasing the top 10 most popular products each month. Here we present the most popular product chart for the end of December, 2013.

Judging from the quantity, Hikvision is named the top achiever, listed with 3 items on the chart. Nevertheless, the issue of how to upgrade analog to HD has been heavily addressed; hence, both HD-SDI and 960 H appeared on the chart. More importantly, easy-installation products such as cube camera, video door phone, Smart Door Lock all surfaced in the top 10 hottest products, sending an auspicious sign for the booming Smart Home market.

Following are the individual introductions and analysis of the top 10 products:
American supplier Theia has delivered a splendid performance last year, its SL940 9 – 40mm, 5 megapixel, day/night telephoto lens has been named ‘the most popular product of December, 2013' on with 425 views. Interestingly, this product was released in 2012, yet it only dominated the chart by the end of 2013, showing a soaring demand for 5MP with IR corrected for Day/Night functions in the market. Asides from Africa and Oceania, 30 % of viewers are from across Asia, America and Europe.

2 cube cameras produced by Hikvsion have graced the chart as runner-up and third place. With identical appearance but different specifications, they have generated 364 and 279 views, indicating a steady demand from the home-oriented market, specifically in America and Europe. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) supports HD real-time video, 1.3MP has 45% views from Europe, 32% from America, 22% from Asia and 1% from Oceania. Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP has 50% clicks from Europe, 33% from America, 15% from Asia and 2% from Oceania.


Taiwanese brand VIVOTEK's IP8371E is equipped with a 3.1MP CMOS sensor, enabling the camera to capture 1920x1080 resolution video at 60 fps, awarded with Camera Excellence Award at Secutech Taipei 2013; therefore, it was placed 4th on the chart. In December, it generated 273 views, with 41% from Europe and 38% coming from America.

Taiwanese supplier Biwave's 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission for IP Network Camera Connection VDL4000 is ranked 5th on the chart. Released in November, 2013, VDL4000 is not limited by the traditional 100 meters for communication – it managed to prolong its range to 800 meters. Moreover, it also supplies DC power through one coaxial cable. This item has clicked by 253 viewers, with 40%, 31%, 29% coming from Europe, America and Asia.

With the recommendation from's 2013 HD-SDI Buyer`s Guide, Chinese supplier Dahua's 2MP Full HD HD-SDI IR PTZ Dome Camera appearing 6th on the chart, showing great interests from buyers for upgraded HD-SDI. It has generated 189 views, with 43% and 41% coming from America and Asia; 14% from Europe and 2 % from Oceania.

Released in November 2013, Korean supplier Samsung's SHS-P718 Push-Pull Smart Door Lock is specially designed for the Smart Home users. Simply just push and pull, combined with User Access Code, RF Card Key Tag, Mechanical Override Key ,Finger Print and many other ways to unlock, these great features have produced 182 views, became 7th on the chart. However, it also presents a stark contrast in popularity between continents, with only 6% and 3% of clicks from Europe and Oceania; 48% and 43% from America and Asia.

Korean supplier COMMAX's CDV-35A Video Door Phone is named 8th. With its minimalistic aesthetic and 3.5 inches colored-screen, (CDV-35A) Video Door Phone has gained major supporters from America, with 60% out of 179 views from there. Additionally, it also appears to be popular in Asia, with 23% views, Europe and Africa with 9% and Oceania with only 1%.

Korean supplier NEXTCHIP's NVP1918 plays a major component of analog video upgrade. NVP1918 supports 8CH 960H DVR video decoder; therefore, graces 9th on the chart, indicating the latent needs for analog upgrade market. In terms of the views, it has 172 clicks: 47% of views come from Asia, 37% from America, 16% from Europe.

Chinese supplier Hikvision's DS-8100HFHI-ST HD-SDI DVR has also been recommended by's 2013 HD-SDI Buyer`s Guide. Even though DS-8100HFHI-ST HD-SDI DVR is only released in December, 2013; however, with much marketing exposure as well as its powerful functions – it supports 4CH 120fps @ 1080P, DS-8100HFHI-ST HD-SDI DVR has easily become the new comer on the chart. This product has been viewed 166 times, with 48% from American, 34% from Asia, 16% from Europe, 1% from African and 1% from Oceania.

Tyco safeguards Romanian Carrefour

Tyco safeguards Romanian Carrefour

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 1/3/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

When Carrefour expanded its presence of hypermarkets across 3 continents, they hired security system integrator UTI to establish loss prevention systems within their unique shopping environment. The security company met the challenge, equipped with state-of-the-art video surveillance equipment from American Dynamics and successfully improved Carrefour's security.

A hypermarket like Carrefours is essentially a super-sized supermarket that typically stocks some 70,000 items and has a sales floor as big as 20,000 square meters or approximately 215,000 square feet. But as of 1999, no one in Romania had yet seen a hypermarket — at least not on their home turf. Carrefour executives noticed the void, and devised a plan: open 2 hypermarkets a year in every Romanian city.

A crucial part of any retail endeavor is loss prevention. Shoplifting and employee theft or internal shrinkage can take a balance sheet from black to re. According to Jack Hayes, who conducts an annual retail theft survey, these are serious crimes that not only take a toll on retailers' bottom-line profits but also “hurt our economy, costing consumers higher prices at the cash register, and causing a loss of jobs when retailers are forced to close stores or even go out of business.” Unfortunately, this problem appears to be especially severe in Romania.

Seizing the Opportunity — and Securing It
“Because Romania is so far from our home base in France, I wanted to make sure that if there was a problem, someone would be there to fix it,” he said. Luckily, about this time, UTI Retail Solutions' Managing Director Simona Dinca heard about Carrefour's plans to enter Romania. She called to see if they could help.

Tyco Fire & Security's distributor for the region, UTI's had the technology to address security issues unique to the mega-sized hypermarket. Besson tested the products in their showroom and was impressed with the quality and performance. Very soon Dinca assembled a team and together they set about designing a security system tailored to hypermarket specifications.

Rolling It Out
The first store, Carrefour Militari, located in Bucharest, was slated to break ground in 2000 and would feature a sales floor of 10,500 square meters stocked with 50,000 products. That's a lot to keep an eye on, especially considering the unprecedented temptation such a vast selection of goods posed to the potential shoplifter who was unaccustomed to a market economy.

The UTI team addressed the challenge with 2 SensorRail video systems, 18 SpeedDomeR Ultra IV programmable dome cameras, 4 SpeedDome Optima programmable dome cameras, multiplexers, analog video recorders, and a VM96 matrix switcher system . All are from American Dynamics, part of Tyco Fire & Security's Access Control and Video Systems business unit.

After the installation, Besson had full video coverage of everything— from the commercial areas to the warehouses—just as he had requested. Moreover, The SensorRail, in particular, gives security staff a vantage point over all of the hypermarket's enormous display aisles. It's ideal for warehouses or high-ceilingedbuildings like a hypermarket, serving as a motorized perch for domes that noiselessly move along its tracks the same way a train does, only inverted, to close in on wherever the action is. “The SensorRail enhances the roving perspective that the SpeedDome Optimas offer,” said Viorel Luta, UTI's technical manager for the project. “Combined, they expand your ability to cover broad expanses of retail space far beyond what you can manage with a dome camera by itself.”

In addition, American Dynamics' IntellexR Digital Video Management System and Network Client had also been installed. Intellex enables Besson and his security personnel to establish a perimeter around certain areas, such as the place where employees make cash drops, so that anyone who crosses into these areas triggers an alarm. They can set alarms to go off based on the speed, direction, or size of an object in motion as well. For instance, someone entering the hypermarket through an exit door could trigger an alarm that would appear on the monitor screen.

On the other hand, Network Client grants Besson and his staff remote access to the system. As further protection against shoplifting, UTI outfitted the cash registers and entrances at all Carrefour stores with Acousto Magnetic Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS). EAS systems help curb shoplifting by tying together electronic article surveillance, video, and point-of-sale systems, and delivering real-time intelligence to the store or corporate office.

A Wholesale Success
The security installation at Carrefour Militari alone paid for itself in the recovery of stolen merchandise within 18 months, helping them catch an average of 10 wannabe shoplifters daily. And now, Carrefour has 4 hypermarkets in Romania.

“We're enormously pleased with how well our high tech surveillance equipment is performing,” said Besson. As he and his staff have found, it does more than stop shoplifters. Stores remain open as late as 10 p.m. and the surveillance cameras outside have helped deter car theft and acts of violence that are more prone to happen at night.

EverFocus announces IP speed domes EPN4220p and EPN4220pi

EverFocus announces IP speed domes EPN4220p and EPN4220pi

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 12/26/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus Announces Product Release of EPN4220p / EPN4220pi, the newest 2 Megapixel, 20X Optical Zoom, PoE, True Day/Night IP Speed Dome Camera.

The EPN4220p / EPN4220pi are 2 Megapixel outdoor and indoor IP speed domes delivering image quality of up to 30fps at resolution of 1920 x 1080, built-in 20X optical auto focus zoom, with removable IR cut filter for true day/night function. The outdoor model is equipped with a vandal-proof IK10 and weather proof IP66 housing. Both model feature 360°rotation, 0.01°~180° pan and tilt travel along with sheer position accuracy, making it excellent in providing the fast and accurate tracking ability. A maximum of 192 preset positions are available to be programmed for precise location of target areas. The EPN models are designed for simple installation and can be applied to indoor and outdoor usage: airports, ports, casinos, shopping centers, station and parking lots.

According to the product marketing manager Tony Lin, “The biggest difference between the new EPN4200p / EPN4200pi models and previous EPN models is that the new EPN4200p / EPN4200pi models are equipped with Power over Ethernet, which provides the power and network connection through one network cable.”

The camera supports H.264 and M-JPEG multi-stream output for simultaneous live monitoring and high-resolution recording. Moreover, the camera features the Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) function, which can offer high quality images even under back light circumstances where intensity of illumination can vary excessively.

T In addition, a built-in micro SDHC card slot and Power over Ethernet features are provided. Since the camera conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices, it interoperates with a wide variety of hardware and software systems. EPN4200p / EPN4200pi also support live monitoring of video from mobile devices via EverFocus's CMS & MobilFocus / MobileFocus Plus Apps (iOS and Android), which make it easier for users to monitor their real time images with convenience.

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