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Hikvision launches 3-MP mini IR range for SMBs

Hikvision launches 3-MP mini IR range for SMBs

Editor / Provider: Hikvision Digital Technology | Updated: 6/10/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision has chosen to broaden its IR network camera portfolio with the introduction of DS-2CD2032-I 3MP IR Mini Bullet Camera and DS-2CD2132-I 3MP IR Mini Dome Camera, both of which are specially designed for applications that require extra illumination at night (retail stores, office buildings, residential communities, etc.). The two cameras contain a variety of excellent features, including high resolution video imaging, super low-light performance, DWDR (Digital Wide Dynamic Range), and 3D DNR all of which ensure that superb image quality is captured and recorded regardless of lighting or environmental conditions.

The DS-2CD2032-I and DS-2CD2132-I both incorporate a switchable IR cut filter for true day/night operability. Equipped with enhanced IR LEDs, the two cameras are able to deliver outstanding video images with a long-range visibility of up-to 30 meters in completely dark environments. Images are further optimized with 3D DNR, which works to greatly reduce noise and motion blur. This is in conjunction to DWDR functionality to best ensure image clarity in strong lighting and contrast environments. With the latest 1/3” progressive scan CMOS, the two 3MP cameras can capture sharp and clear images for identification purpose, moreover, they even provide full HD 1080p real-time images as well.

The compact design of these cameras allows for users' different installation needs, and makes these cameras a versatile and affordable choice for any small-to-medium sized business. Additionally, they both carry an IP66 rating for outdoor applications, while the DS-2CD2132-I IR mini dome camera also incorporates vandal-proof housing. Furthermore, the two cameras support Onvif, PSIA, and CGI open protocols for interconnectivity purposes and differing surveillance needs.

In addition, Hikvision's mini IR network camera range includes two other models - DS-2CD2012-I 1.3MP IR Mini Bullet Camera and DS-2CD2112-I 1.3MP IR Mini Dome Camera, with a resolution of 1.3MP.

Hikvision launches 720-TVL analog cam series

Hikvision launches 720-TVL analog cam series

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 5/30/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is proud to announce the release of its 720 TVL analog camera series. Notably, this series features a new technical concept called PICADIS: a "Perfect Imagery Capturing - Advanced Digital Image System". This new analog camera series is designed to empower surveillance users to achieve the highest level of image quality in the analog world.

The new 720TVL PICADIS analog camera series consists of the DS-2CE55C2P Dome Camera, DS-2CE55C2P-IR Dome Camera, DS-2CE55C2P-IRP Dome Camera, and the DS-2CE15C2P-IR Bullet Camera. All of them feature 720TVL ultra-high resolution by employing a 1.3MP (1280x960) image sensor; the effective pixels are more than twice than that of a 960H (976x582) camera. This helps to better capture detailed images for identification purpose.

Images are further optimized with high dynamic range that helps to capture critical detail, including highlights, shadows, and mixed lighting – all the while without compromising on image quality or color accuracy. An Adaptive Local Tone Mapping algorithm is also incorporated to maximize imaging performance.

Excellent low-light performance is another highlight of this 720TVL PICADIS camera. The shutter speed of all four cameras can reach up-to 40ms – even in poor lighting environments. This is twice that of conventional analog cameras. All of these improvements ultimately result in significantly improved camera light sensitivity. Coupled with digital noise reduction, users are able to better discern shapes, sizes, and of course movement in near-complete darkness. The DS-2CE55C2P(N)-IR Dome Camera, DS-2CE55C2P(N)-IRP Dome Camera and the DS-2CE15C2P(N)-IR Bullet Camera even support smart IR to address overexposure issues, while still providing clearer and sharper images.

In addition, the 720TVL PICADIS analog camera series operates effectively in a wide range of weather conditions, including a temperature range of -40°C to 60°C (-40°F to 140°F), as well as a humidity level of up-to 90%. The models DS-2CE55C2P-IR and DS-2CE15C2P-IR even support an IP66-rated housing for outdoor surveillance.

Additionally, Hikvision also provides the DS-2CE16C2P-IT3/IT5 720TVL IR Bullet Camera and the DS-2CE56C2P-IT3 720TVL IR Dome Camera. Both feature Hikvision's excellent EXIR infrared array technology and provide best-in-breed illuminators and enhanced low-light performance for any zero-dark environment, indoors or out.

Hikvision introduces night vision analog cams

Hikvision introduces night vision analog cams

Editor / Provider: Hikvision Digital Technology | Updated: 5/13/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, is pleased to announce the release of its new IR analog camera series at the upcoming IFSEC 2013 trade show at NEC Birmingham, UK, in May. This series is comprised of the DS-2CC52A2P-IT3 700TVL IR Dome Camera, DS-2CC12A2P-IT3 700TVL IR Bullet Camera, and the DS-2CC12A2P-IT5 700TVL IR Bullet Camera. These cameras incorporate Hikvision's EXIR infrared array technology to provide best-in-breed illuminators for any zero-dark environment – indoors or out. Compared to conventional IR analog cameras, Hikvision's high-performance EXIR series delivers the most advanced levels of night-time surveillance available on the market today.

These EXIR cameras provide a highly-efficient light source and enhanced LED light strength. By employing the most advanced thin-film and light-emitting technology, this series provides up-to 30% more illuminant efficiency over traditional LED array technology. Furthermore, the EXIR series even provides a 40% light-extraction rate improvement when compared to traditional models, resulting in stronger light for long-range visibility usage.

To make the most out of IR LED light, EXIR analog cameras produce LED light in the form of a rectangle. This allows a better fit for a screen's normal size (4:3 or 16:9). Additionally, it helps improve LED utilization efficiency and reduce light pollution in the surrounding environment. Images are further optimized with EXIR's luminance uniformity functionality, which eliminates traditional LED lens issues, such as over-exposure at the center of images, as well as darker areas at the corners. Featuring an excellent horizontal resolution of 700TVL, these EXIR analog cameras deliver superb image detail in poorly lit environments, better providing for solutions at industrial parks, harbors, roads, airports, etc.

Specifically, all three models offer a minimum illumination of 0.001 Lux @ F1.2 (0 Lux with IR). However, all provide different IR ranges, giving consumers various additional options. The DS-2CC52A2P-IT3 and DS-2CC12A2P-IT3 provide a viewing range of 30m ~ 40m, while the DS-2CC12A2P-IT5 is designed with a farther IR range of 50m ~ 80m.

Furthermore, excellent heat dissipation, longer lifespan, and greater energy savings are but a few of the advantages that Hikvision EXIR cameras bring. IP66 protection, in both bullet and dome styles, further provide users with options to best fit their specific needs.

Additionally, a horizontal resolution of 600TVL is standard with the EXIR series line, models comprise of Hikvision DS-2CE5682P-IT3 600TVL IR Dome Camera, DS-2CE1682P-IT3 600TVL IR Bullet Camera and DS-2CE1682P-IT5 600TVL IR Bullet Camera.

Avigilon releases small HD dome

Avigilon releases small HD dome

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 5/2/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon announced the world's smallest HD Dome camera. The small yet powerful 1 and 2 megapixel (MP) HD Micro Dome cameras open up the advantages of HD surveillance to budget-conscious installations requiring discreet cameras.

“Stores, hotels, office buildings and restaurants want discreet cameras that provide exceptional image detail. Traditionally, you could get one or the other. Now with our HD Micro Dome, you get both,” said Rick Ramsay, Senior Product Manager at Avigilon. “With this introduction, small and medium-sized businesses can easily transition from analog to HD surveillance.”

Innovative Design
The HD Micro Dome camera is the patent-pending smart cable design that enables the camera's discreet size. By designing the camera's intelligence into the smart cable, Avigilon is able to provide the smallest HD dome camera in the industry. Slightly larger than a golf ball, the discreet HD Micro Dome and the smart cable weigh a combined 70 grams. This small, lightweight camera will ease the transition from analog to HD for end users.

Big Detail
The HD Micro Dome provides a horizontal angle view of 86 degrees at 30 images per second. With an IP66 rating, the HD Micro Dome camera can be used in indoor and outdoor environments. The ONVIF compliant camera is the latest addition to Avigilon's next generation H.264 platform and can be coupled with Avigilon Control Center or other leading video management software suites.

Availability
The indoor and outdoor HD Micro Dome camera with smart cable technology was designed specifically for discreet, budget-conscious installations, like retail stores, office buildings, restaurants and hotels, that want to upgrade their surveillance to high-definition. The HD Micro Dome will begin shipping in August 2013.

Samsung Techwin launches 1.3-MP PTZ dome

Samsung Techwin launches 1.3-MP PTZ dome

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 5/2/2013 | Article type: Security 50

With users almost spoilt for choice as a result of the large numbers of megapixel cameras now available, Samsung's new SNP-5300H 1.3 Megapixel IP network PTZ dome is able to stand out from the crowd by offering a 30x optical zoom capability that provides operators with the opportunity to observe close up detail of far away people or objects without pixilation occurring.

“The combination of 1.3 Megapixels and 30x optical zoom has until now been an expensive option,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe. “The good news is that Samsung's innovative 1.3 megapixel lens technology has made it possible for us to offer the SNP-5300 at a price point which makes it affordable for a wide range of applications.”

Another key feature incorporated into the SNP-5300 is PoE which offers the potential for substantial savings on cable and installation costs, as it means that power can be drawn from the network. It is able to provide sufficient power for all of the dome's features as well as for a built-in heater to work effectively when the outdoor temperature may be as low as -30°C.

The SNP-5300H, which supersedes the highly successful SNP-5200H, has a totally new design. With an IP666 rated external housing, it is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and is equipped with a fan as well as a heater.

With a true day/night capability, WDR technology which makes it ideal for locations where there may be strong contrasting lighting conditions, the Samsung SNP-5300H provides a highly effective PTZ dome camera option for video surveillance projects such as airports, ports and other transport facilities, as well as retail and industrial parks.

Utilising H.264 and MJPEG compression, the SNP-5300H provides the option to simultaneously transmit images to multiple locations at various frame rates and at different resolutions. Up to 10 different users can monitor live images simultaneously on a PC, smartphone or tablet via Samsung' license free NET-i viewer software. At the same time JPEG images of an incident can be attached to an alarm email notification with the facility of storing pre and post-alarm images on an internal SD memory card.

 

Cali beach club shaded from risk

Cali beach club shaded from risk

Editor / Provider: Hikvision Digital Technology | Updated: 3/27/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Founded more than 75 years ago, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in San Diego, California recently upgraded its security by integrating two Hikvision Digital Technology HD cameras and VMS with existing analog and cabling infrastructures. For more than 15 years, ACS Cable Systems has been supporting the club's cabling infrastructure, and the club sought to integrate a security system into its network.

The main challenges encountered in the project was covering security on the large premise and integrating the system into ACS cable network. Two cameras were deployed on the ceilings to cover the extensive ground. One was a 2-megapixel mini dome camera, and the other a vandal-proof network camera with a wide-angle view of 101 degrees to 30.4 degrees. Essentially, the existing analog PC based DVRs were maintained and upgraded to an embedded DVR, which makes the most out of the legacy analog system.

The system is managed with Hikvision VMS, which covers the HD cameras and DVR's to achieve a well integrated video surveillance system. The software functionalities include multi-live video, playback, event alarms, remote configuring, and multi-level user management.

The new IP cameras enabled security personnel to have a comprehensive view and complete control from a single workstation through the VMS remote client software. Camera feeds were sent in real time and recorded for further investigations if needed. Data integrity in its legacy system was maintained and the new scalable system could serve the club for many years to come.

Arecont showcasing WDR panoramic cam at CeBIT

Arecont showcasing WDR panoramic cam at CeBIT

Editor / Provider: Arecont Vision | Updated: 3/6/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Arecont Vision, announced the availability of the 12-megapixel 180° panoramic dome camera with true WDR. The revolutionary camera is on display at CeBIT. In addition to its superior performance under challenging lighting conditions, Arecont Vision's new 12-megapixel WDR 180° panoramic camera is 25 percent smaller than previous SurroundVideo models. Arecont Vision's WDR technology delivers a dynamic range of up to 100dB at full resolution and without lowering the frame rates. By combining long and short exposures in the same field-of-view, WDR maximizes the amount of detail in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The WDR performance of Arecont Vision cameras represents an up to 50dB improvement (300X) in dynamic range compared to non-WDR cameras.

"Panoramic cameras are superior solutions for general surveillance, covering wide areas with sufficient resolution to zoom-in for details," said Peter McKee, VP of EMEA Sales at Arecont Vision. “By adding WDR to the panoramic view, our engineers have delivered a camera without equal in the industry."

Arecont Vision megapixel technology delivers superior image quality and reduces overall system costs by covering larger areas with fewer cameras. Four 3-megapixel WDR image sensors inside the 180° camera each provide 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution for a total resolution of 8,192 x 1,536-pixels. The WDR 180° panoramic camera's dome housing is IP66 environmentally rated and IK10 vandal resistant. The camera is both ONVIF and PSIA conformant.

Chinese highway in Guangdong gets high-def

Chinese highway in Guangdong gets high-def

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 2/18/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Mission
Boluo-Shenzhen Expressway is an important part of the fourth vertical expressway that links Shenzhen, Hunan and Renhua in Guangdong province. Connected to Yanpai Expressway, it is a major north-south road for the province and a key express link between Hong Kong/Macau and Hunan/Jiangxi. The entire expressway is designed for six 2-way lanes and a vehicle speed of 100 km/h. 50% of the expressway comprises of large bridges and tunnels. In order to enhance safety management of the expressway, there is a need to ensure uninterrupted 24-hour surveillance of road conditions and create a safe, trustworthy, high-definition smart video security system that includes surveillance of the tollbooth management center and rest areas. This also meets the requirement for superior security technologies for expressway surveillance.

Solution
Axis HD cameras including Axis Q6035-E, P1343 and P3363 are placed at 350 surveillance points along Boluo-Shenzhen Expressway. The entire network comprises of HD cameras along the main expressway, tunnel surveillance cameras, tollbooth surveillance cameras and surveillance cameras at the management centers and rest areas. Real-time transmission of high-definition images is achieved through fiber-optic communication. The surveillance system is designed such that different camera models are selected for each surveillance area based on the required functions: Axis P3363 low-illumination dome camera fitted with the latest sensor chip is used for the office area and tollbooth; Axis P1343 network camera fitted with a special 50mm lens is used inside the tunnel; Axis Q6035-E 1080p 2 megapixel high-speed IP dome camera with 20x optical zoom is used along the main expressway.

Result
This is the first time that a fully digital surveillance system and high-definition IP cameras are used for an entire expressway by Guangdong Provincial Transportation Group. The entire system is transmitted via Internet, phasing out the optical transceiver model of conventional analog surveillance systems and producing huge savings of construction and maintenance costs. It brings HD clarity, high resolutions and huge growth potential that were once far-fetched. The Axis IP cameras directly send digital video images through the IP network (LAN/intranet/internet), allowing users to view high-definition real-time surveillance images with a resolution of up to 1080p on connected computers anytime, anywhere through the client terminal so long as there is sufficient bandwidth. This facilitates visual management and adds variety to the system.

S. African boutique resort safeguards VIPs with networked surveillance

S. African boutique resort safeguards VIPs with networked surveillance

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 1/31/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Mission
The Saxon has been voted the World's Leading Boutique Hotel for the past six consecutive years, it is a sumptuous destination designed to offer luxury and comfort to top echelon guests whilst ensuring that their security and privacy are never compromised. Catering to local and international note-worthy personalities, such as the illustrious Nelson Mandela, the visiting prominent patrons choose the hotel for its exclusivity, serene beauty and unsurpassed attention to detail.

Due to the high profile of the clientele, it is of utmost importance that the security be discreet, non-intrusive, yet absolutely fail-safe. "No intrusions, no interruptions" is the mantra at The Saxon and surveillance needs to ensure that it obeys this dogma. A system revamp was required to integrate the existing CCTV cameras and introduce a high-tech security solution that is as distinct as the premises and people it protects.

Solution
Camsecure, an Axis partner, selected almost 80 Axis network cameras for the surveillance, whilst Axis video encoders were utilized to convert the analog signals from six existing CCTV systems scattered around the property to digital signals, allowing the recordings to be centralized to a single control room. Milestone XProtectR Professional IP video software supports the cameras. The video encoders have also facilitated an easy expansion of the system, as cameras can be added at any time with minimal effort.

Security in critical areas, such as the main gate and reception, has been reinforced by the installation of Axis221 network cameras. The Axis 221 offers exceptional image quality boasting up to 45 frames per second in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels), it uses a high performance lens and a progressive scan CCD image sensor that enables moving objects to be presented without distortion. These cameras are supported by Axis 231D+ high-speed dome network cameras that provide additional detail, where required, in vital areas.

Axis 209FD network cameras were chosen for their discreet, low-profile appearance. The AXIS 209FD is a fixed dome camera specifically designed for deployment in cases where inconspicuous monitoring is imperative. The tamper resistant casings also enhance the cameras overall appeal.

Result
The Saxon is not only a temporary home to many visiting VIPs, it also houses an extensive collection of original artwork that is protected by this technologicallyadvanced surveillance system.

"The surveillance is also a preventative measure," says George Cohen, MD of the Saxon Boutique and Spa, knowing that the imposing guards at the gates can react faster to any impending matters with alerts from the system. The tranquility and privacy of the important guests inside is not compromised. "On the few occasions where we've had incidents, we were able to prevent them from coming into the hotel property and to give both ourselves and the police a very quick review of what was going on for the best response and resolution."

Senior managers are able to track employees' progress and monitor the effectiveness of staff interactions with guests to further ensure the Saxon Hotel's superlative standard of service.

"The beauty of Axis network cameras is their endless versatility and the vast product range that allows for an installation that meets all of our customer needs," remarks Francois Malan, Technical Director of Camsecure, "The Saxon has taken advantage of the latest technology in order to maintain the exceptionally high standards that they are renowned for."

Mobotix welcomes outdoor lighting tech partner Totus Solutions

Mobotix welcomes outdoor lighting tech partner Totus Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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