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What kinds of projects need ccHDtv only?

What kinds of projects need ccHDtv only?

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/17/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

ccHDtv can be the only solution in some special occasions. For example, “If you want to have over 16 daisy-chain surveillance cameras on one coaxial cable, ccHDtv is the only solution. If you have a coaxial cable that is over 1,000-meters long in your installation site and you wish to use it to carry multiple full HD video, with 1080p at 30 frames per second, ccHDtv is the only solution. If your installation has room for only one coaxial cable but you want video, audio, control, and power simultaneously, ccHDtv is the only solution. If you have very poor cabling but you still want crystal clear HD video, ccHDtv is the only solution,” H.Y. Lin, President of ITE Technologies emphasized.

 

Current ccHDtv Projects at a Glance

1. A molding factory in China uses 16 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a transmission distance over 250 meters. The ccHDtv system provides better image quality, compared to IP video surveillance, with long-distance transmission.

2. A mechanical parts factory in China uses 16 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a transmission distance over 150 meters to replace its existing analog system.

3. A commercial building in Taiwan uses 16 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a transmission distance over 100 meters. 16 ccHDtv cameras are connected with four coaxial cables to replace its existing IP video surveillance system

4. An elementary school in Los Angeles, U.S., uses 12 ccHDtv cameras with 120-meter transmission distance. This is a new project with 12 ccHDtv cameras connected into one coaxial cable.

5. Bank of Shanghai in China uses 12 ccHDtv cameras with the requirement for a 120-meter transmission distance. Based on its existing analog video surveillance system, the bank added 12 extra ccHDtv cameras.

 

ccHDtv Cameras Connected in Different Types of Topologies

       

       

       

       

 

 

Unifying ccHDtv Suppliers Through an Alliance
With ccHDtv technologies and products getting more mature, ITE is also able to include more partners and suppliers of ccHDtv products. The company, then, established the ccHDtv Alliance this January to consolidate its marketing and sales strategies. ccHDtv standards and specifications were first announced to the market in Nov. 2012. Now, the company has over 10 qualified Taiwanese manufacturers that have adopted these specifications to develop their individual product series. “ITE provides allied companies with full support and services, including tests, certificates, and system integration, to help them manufacture a next-generation HD digital surveillance system with high quality and efficiency,” said Lin. Through the alliance, ITE hopes to bring ccHDtv to another new level, by collaborating and consolidating the resources from all the members, especially when exploring international markets.

ccHDtv now is still in the early technology introduction phase of its product life cycle. It needs more partnerships from security suppliers and recognition from global systems integrators in order to expand its market shares. ccHDtv provides systems integrators another option when implementing a video surveillance project, which is especially beneficial for both sales channels and end users alike. With this, we hope to see a significant growth for ccHDtv in the near future.

 

 

               

What makes ccHDtv unique is its “transmission technology,” according to Lin. Based on DTV technology, ccHDtv uses COFDM and radio frequency (RF) transmission technologies, which bring many benefits to the whole system, such as high noise resistance and bandwidth. He further explained that current IP video surveillance system use TCP/IP transmission technologies to transmit digital signals over Ethernet cables. Therefore, an IP video surveillance system usually has image latency problems. It goes without saying that these problems might get worse when transmitting 4K video. However, ccHDtv is different from IP because of the COFDM and RF transmission technologies...... Read On

Sony's 4K security camera embedded with 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for advanced imaging

Sony's 4K security camera embedded with 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for advanced imaging

Editor / Provider: SONY | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Sony is adding 4K imaging to its line of security technologies, with the new SNC-VM772R camera. The new model combines the enhanced resolution of 4K with low-light sensitivity leveraging 1.0 type back Illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, bandwidth optimization features, and intelligent scene capture capability to adopt the best picture quality, ideal for city surveillance, transportation, railway, traffic monitoring and airport surveillance applications.

4K technology gives security users the ability to capture content at four times the resolution of Full HD (1080p). With the exceptional detail provided by 4K technology, security professionals can expand their wide area surveillance and still capture, magnify and examine the smallest parts of a scene like a face or a car license plate number – all with a single camera. TheSNC-VM772R camera combines these benefits with enhanced visibility, reduced total system costs and flexible and easy installation.

"4K is the new video security standard," said Katsunori Yamanouchi, Vice President, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. "But 4K imaging is about more than just increased resolution. It's also expanding the application potential of security cameras and helping to transform security and surveillance. The increased resolution covers a larger area, improving situational awareness and ensuring nothing is missed. These benefits help security professionals reduce installation and operating costs as fewer cameras are needed for specific areas."

The introduction of the SNC-VM772R to the security industry extends Sony's 4K leadership in the broadcast and production industries, where Sony's 4K cameras are shooting blockbuster movies, popular television shows and major sporting events. Sony's 4K digital cinema projectors are in movie theaters worldwide and Sony's 4K TVs bring content to consumers.

Sony has developed several unique technologies to overcome the challenges of 4K cameras in the market: improving visibility and light sensitivity while reducing the amount of bandwidth needed to handle large 4K files.

Low-light Sensitivity
Higher-resolution imaging has traditionally come at the expense of low-light sensitivity. The new SNC-VM772R uses a 1.0 type 20MP Exmor R sensor and is capable of 0.1 lx sensitivity for clear image capture in light and dark conditions.

A back-lit structure doubles the camera's light sensitivity and a built-in infrared (IR) light source which enhances low-light use and nighttime shooting with visibility at longer distances.

In wide area coverage, various lighting conditions exist during the day and night. SNC-VM772R also has 90dB wide dynamic range and 30fps to deliver clear, sharp images for better visibility and recognition.

Finally, a 2.9-times motorized zoom lens is matched to the image sensor to maximize video resolution. The lens features optical image stabilization and helps capture images with low distortion.

Flexible settings and optimized streaming
The new camera uses Sony's unique bandwidth optimization technologies so users can customize streaming settings and the camera's operation.

An Intelligent Coding feature reduces storage and bandwidth consumption by adopting different compression depending on the area of interest. Intelligent Cropping and Multi-Tracking show an overview of an area and allows for “region of interest” selection of up to a maximum four areas at a time, so users can select only the portion of an image they want to see in 4K resolution, while also streaming a scaled full HD image. This results in 50 percent less bandwidth consumption by reducing the amount of video transmitted in 4K resolution, and makes wide area monitoring more effective and targeted.

Intelligent Cropping has two patterns for selecting the size and number of areas, and also employs two modes: Static, to view multiple fixed areas in one scene; and Dynamic, to detect moving objects.

Evidence Shot lets users see critical moments in the camera's highest resolution of 20MP in still shot mode, which is 2.4 times more pixel resolution of 4K. Alarms can be sent with Video Motion Detection for specified scenes.

Wide selections for setting best images
The Intelligent Scene Capture function automatically adjusts and adapts picture quality (brightness and color) depending on time, weather and lighting conditions. The SNC-VM772R camera also allows users to customize picture parameter presets for the best settings between day/night and multiple picture configurations can be saved and switched either manually (using the Picture Profile mode) or according to schedule (Picture Profile Scheduler).


The new SNC-VM772R is planned to be available in the third quarter of 2015. It will be supported by major VMS providers, including AxxonSoft, Exacq Technologies, Genetec Inc., Genius Vision Digital Inc., Lenel Systems International, Inc., Milestone Systems, NICE Systems, NUUO Inc., On-Net Surveillance Systems, Inc., SeeTec AG and Verint Systems Inc.

VIVOTEK application development platform successfully integrated with AxxonSoft VCA functions

VIVOTEK application development platform successfully integrated with AxxonSoft VCA functions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is delighted to announce that the integration of AxxonSoft's video content analysis “AnalyticVideo Tracker” function with the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP) has been successfully completed. Designed for tracking objects by characteristics, the “AnalyticVideo Tracker” can identify various types of objects (individual people, groups of people, or vehicles) and transmit the detected information, i.e. metadata to AxxonSoft's video management software (VMS), Axxon Next, and Axxon Intellect Enterprise for further analysis and reporting.

Now, the integration of VIVOTEK VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker allows the direct execution of object-tracking at front-end VIVOTEK network cameras, enabling a drastic decrease of CPU loading at the back-end server and creating greater efficiency across the entire surveillance system.

In early 2014, in order to expand its cameras' benefits and create further added-value for customers, VIVOTEK introduced VIVOTEK VADP, an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Using this advanced but flexible platform, video content analysis functions like object counting, line detection, field detection, face detection, heat map, and so on can be directly installed onto VIVOTEK cameras. Now, the integration of VIVOTEK VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker allows the direct execution of object-tracking at front-end VIVOTEK network cameras, enabling a drastic decrease of CPU loading at the back-end server and creating greater efficiency across the entire surveillance system.

Murat Altuev, President of AxxonSoft said, “This successful integration is absolutely an outstanding achievement. Our customers can now enjoy effective and efficient video content analysis without increasing the back-end CPU loading and sacrificing the performance of their surveillance. Thanks to VIVOTEK, together we are able to provide our customers with a smart solution, maintaining stability and agility while providing advanced analytics of video content.”

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK said: “We're delighted to see this great integration of our VADP with AxxonSoft's video content analysis functions. The realization of in-camera video content analysis and the seamless interoperability between our VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker certainly fulfills our ongoing goal of bringing substantial benefits to our valued customers worldwide.”

The successful integration of VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker will be demonstrated live using VIVOTEK's MD8531H mobile dome network camera from April 13-16 in Moscow at MIPS 2015, an international exhibition for the security and fire safety industry. Come visit the VIVOTEK booth and find out more information about this and other exciting developments.

Suprema and Genetec announce integration support for true identity biometric access control

Suprema and Genetec announce integration support for true identity biometric access control

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 4/10/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Suprema, a leading global provider of biometrics and security technology and Genetec, a manufacturer of open platform, unified IP security solutions, have integrated their systems offering an advanced identity management solution. The companies have just made this exciting announcement: Suprema biometric devices can now be paired with Genetec's Security Center unified security platform through Entertech Systems' BioConnect 3.0 identity management platform. Together, these products simplify the process of deploying, enrolling and managing biometrics for secure access control in any situation.

The Suprema devices integrated with Genetec Security Center include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.

“Suprema is very pleased to integrate its global leading biometrics technology into Genetec Security Center. The benefits of True Identity will offer enhanced security and extra convenience for the Synergis access control features in Genetec Security Center,” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema. “This integration includes a wide range of premium biometric-driven access control devices that are suitable for indoor and outdoor installation, and will efficiently meet a wide range of system requirements.”

This new integration greatly facilitates managing the true identities of employees, visitors and the general public. Customers no longer have to worry about the security risks involved in approximation technologies like cards, PINs, fobs or keys – which can be borrowed,
shared, lost or stolen.

Suprema works with customers in a wide variety of markets to ensure finger and face recognition is used effectively every day for secure access to both physical facilities and software applications.

Genetec's flagship solution, Security Center, is an open-platform IP security system that merges IP access control and video management within a single unified solution. A seamless and real-time link between BioConnect and Security Center allows cardholder profiles to be captured centrally in Security Center, thereby eliminating duplicate activities, such as the dual cardholder data entry typically found in traditional integrations between standalone systems. Additionally, access control events generated by biometric devices can be monitored centrally through Security Center, while activity reports from doors with Suprema biometric devices can be consolidated with traditional doors and also linked with video for greater situational awareness. Genetec customers will benefit from the added features of proven biometrics, and centralized monitoring and activity reporting for traditional and biometric devices.

“With this new integration between Security Center and Suprema biometric devices, our customers will be able to overcome some of the major barriers to biometric adoption," said François Brouillet, Access Control Product Manager for Genetec, Inc. "BioConnect is an easy-to-use system integrated with Security Center. The simple enrollment process offers convenience and security when incorporating cutting-edge biometrics."

“Genetec is a leader in unified physical IP security management systems worldwide. By aligning with Suprema and Entertech Systems, Genetec is able to offer a truly integrated biometric access control system with its video security and ALPR capabilities for the first time," said Rob Douglas, CEO of Entertech Systems. "This integration through our BioConnect identity management platform is a successful example of market leaders coming together to enable easier adoption of biometrics. At Entertech Systems, we are purpose-built to help access control systems and end users overcome the three main obstacles to mainstream adoption of biometrics, including cost, complexity and on-boarding users."

The Suprema line of biometric devices and Entertech Systems' BioConnect application are now available through Genetec. For more information, contact: sales@genetec.com

On April 15-17, Genetec, Suprema and Entertech Systems will be at ISC West 2015 in Las Vegas. Genetec will be at booth #10053, and Suprema and Entertech Systems at booth #17101.

Hikvision releases iVMS-5200 professional software

Hikvision releases iVMS-5200 professional software

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/1/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader in video surveillance equipment, announces the release of its iVMS-5200 Professional video management software.

“The release of iVMS-5200 Professional reflects Hikvision's commitment to providing complete security solutions for our partners and customers,” states Keen Yao, International Marketing Director at Hikvision. “Up to 1024 video devices can be connected and iVMS-5200 fully supports all Hikvision products, including DVRs, NVRs, cameras and speed domes; third party products that conform to ONVIF standard can also be connected. This will allow any security needs to be addressed, regardless of the size, complexity or location of the installation.”

iVMS-5200 Professional video management software introduces a complete, smart, open, easy-to-use and customizable solution for all users.

Complete
iVMS-5200 Professional software can be easily customized to suit the complete business needs of different vertical markets. For example, iVMS-5200 Professional includes a Transact module and a Business Intelligence module in, to better meet the demands of the retail sectors and Hikvision is integrating a License Plate Recognition module for transportation and parking systems and an Access Control module for building facilities management. Many more modules are planned and will be introduced in the future.

The retail sector also benefits from a fully-integrated POS system, which enables users to combine video and transaction data to assist loss prevention and provide evidence in case of customer disputes. Retailers, and supermarkets and chain stores in particular, can also take advantage of the advanced video analytics, such as face recognition, people counting and heat maps to monitor customer flow and preferences and employee performance. iVMS-5200 Professional generates a host of graphical reports to capture this valuable business intelligence and improve management efficiency.

Smart
iVMS-5200 Professional fully supports smart features from Hikvision products, including smart search, playback, smart detection, and smart application for people counting, heat map, interactive map and much more. It delivers a total Smart Solution and enhances management efficiency, allowing users to easily find a specific video clip or locate a suspicious target, etc.

Open
Besides integration with all types of leading CCTV equipment, iVMS-5200 Professional also easily interconnects with various types of security and business systems due to its open architecture design. This complete flexibility provides customers with greater operational possibilities and almost limitless adaptations. More importantly, the iVMS-5200 software allows operators to fully customize their own security system specifically tailored to meet each project's individual needs.

Besides the comprehensive benefits that Hikvision iVMS-5200 Professional brings through being Open, Smart and Complete, users can also enjoy the easy-to-use functions in which it excels. iVMS-5200 Professional video management software ensures a simple and optimized experience for partners and end users, such as supporting One Step Installation. With just a few clicks, users are able to easily install the software and avoid time-consuming tasks, such as additional staff training. With efficient modular design, iVMS-5200 Professional is also capable of resolving potential system failure quickly by automatic detection and recovery. This ability enables shorter maintenance times and protects users' investment.

“I am very excited about this release and the possibilities it gives our customers. Whether it's a new site installation or expanding an existing system, the iVMS-5200 professional software delivers a complete end-to end solution, a more seamless integration of system components, and a superior user experience for our customers worldwide,” concludes Yao.

Bank group deployed LILIN surveillance solution at ATMs across Taiwan

Bank group deployed LILIN surveillance solution at ATMs across Taiwan

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 3/23/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Background
Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) robberies, fraud, attacks, and vandalism are on the rise. Security for banks and ATMs can be a real challenge when faced with a multitude of threats including physical attacks and fraud. Established in 1986 in Taiwan, the bank has a history of 28 years of service to the local customers and facilitating growth in Taiwan.

Solutions
A well-known bank group in Taiwan decided to monitor and manage its widespread branch offices and ATM machines by using LILIN solutions. The bank recently upgraded the surveillance system at its 18 branches and 150 ATMs to an IP based video surveillance system consisting of more than 300 units of IPC0122 LILIN Covert Cameras and 150 units of NVR104s.

Products installed
* 1080P HD Covert IP Camera IPC0122 x300
* 1080P Real-time Multi-touch 4 Channel Standalone Network Video Recorder NVR104 x150

Benefits
LILIN NVR systems are embedded, they are recognized for their stability essential in the banking environments, whereas PC dependent solutions have a reputation for crashing without warning.

Looking in more detail at LILIN covert ATM fitted IP camera systems which have been put in place at the bank in Taiwan, to support the effective monitoring of vital ATM related infrastructure. LILIN surveillance solutions provide 24-hour continuous monitoring of unarmed ATM machines and real-time monitoring of ATM machines and 18 branch offices.

                 

 

 

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.

Must-know: How to choose the right combination of VMS and VCA

Must-know: How to choose the right combination of VMS and VCA

Editor / Provider: Israel Gogol, Freelancer, a&s International | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Tech Corner

As video content analytics (VCA) becomes ubiquitous, end users are faced with more and more options regarding their choice of systems. Should they opt for an open platform or choose a bundled solution? What are the implications of different technologies used in VCA? a&s looks at several issues that can help choose the right system.

End users today can choose between vendors that offer their own VMS and proprietary video analytics or a VMS vendor that integrates third party analytics. “There are credible arguments for either option but the devil is in the details,” explains Dr. Sadiye Guler, Founder and CEO of Massachusetts-based intuVision.

“For systems integrators and users, having a combined VMS and VCA solution - if nothing else - is convenient. On the other hand, having the flexibility to choose the most suitable VCA product for requirements at hand is only possible if a VMS system can integrate with multiple third party VCAs; we all know there is no silver-bullet VCA solution that suits every application,” added Guler.

OPEN PLATFORM ADVANTAGES
An open platform VMS allows for a mix-and-match approach to best answer end-user needs.

“Best of breed approaches offer more flexibility and there are many specialized VCA solutions available. VCA providers often have profound knowledge of vertical applications and offer adaptations of their VCA solutions for larger installations,” said Joacim Tullberg, Product Manager for Video Management Systems at Axis Communications.

“By choosing an independent, open platform VMS that integrates with multiple third-party video analytics, customers have many more options available than one single vendor with their own VMS and VCA could ever have - the open platform VMS even allows video analytics from multiple vendors to be used together, for example, license plate recognition (LPR) and face recognition. Another example: I have seen some customers request smoke or flame detection capabilities,” said Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager for the Americas at Milestone Systems.

Furthermore as new technologies and algorithms are developed, an open platform allows the end customer to remove one analytics vendor and replace with another that better meets their needs over time and as new innovations come to market. An open platform VMS also enables integration with multiple third-party systems like laser perimeter detection and access control software, along with the video analytics. The opportunity for end users is that they have many vendors with many capabilities to choose from.

When selecting a vendor, the end user must be very specific about what they want to do with the analytics. “For instance, what do you want to do with the LPR? Are you going to connect to the regional motor vehicle database or the national database; will you build your own database for a home owner association, or are you looking to build your own database for a hotel; is this for cars running at speed or in a parking lot; will the cameras be situated on a pole or at bumper level? All the factors will help you to select the right vendor,” added Tuinzing.

Users who buy from two vendors need to review the level and quality of the integration between the two systems. They should also explore the track record of the two vendors working together by looking at reference customers, and verify the companies' support models.

For example, “at Verint, we provide a solution from one of the best VCA suppliers, and at the same time, we take full responsibility over the integration and the pre-/post-sale support, in effect supplying a one-stop shop for our customers,” said Guy Shahmoon, Senior Director of Product Management at Verint Systems.

PROS AND CONS OF CLOSED PLATFORM SOLUTIONS
Most VMS are designed to work with their own VCA and/or third party software, however there are some advantages when the customer uses VCA from the same vendor, such as: deeper integration and a lower total cost of ownership, explained Doron Girmonsky, Head of Technology and Innovation for Security Group at NICE Systems.

When coming from the same vendor, VMS and VCA integration is more profound. More information can be used since the solution has the “internals” of the analytics, such as object parameters (size, directions, etc.), common routes, etc. From a cost perspective, the analytics can run on the same server as the VMS and does not require additional servers. Having less servers is an important cost saving factor, added Girmonsky.

The advantage for a VMS vendor who integrates with third-party VCA is that each developer is specialized in their respective field. However, full integration is not guaranteed, especially when new features and updates are introduced. Having multiple vendors in the solution poses a challenge when identifying the source of problems, stated Maor Mishkin, Product Champion of Video Analytics at DVTel. On the other hand, a potential downside of closed solutions would be that the VMS or VCA could not be switched if either had a problem, added Mishkin.

“Users who buy a solution from one vendor with proprietary VCA must make sure that the analytics solution is comprehensive and supports many types of rules, is easy to install and calibrate (this is a key factor), and provides accurate results. Customers should ensure that the company intends to continue to develop and support analytics as part of their core technology offering,” detailed Shahmoon.

End users should always seek out the combination that works best for their specific application and environment. For example, video analytics designed for perimeter security needs are very different than those that are ideal for the retail environment. When it comes to video analytics, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, so it is important for users to work closely with their integration partners to select a solution that works well for their unique needs. Also, users should feel free to evaluate various systems to ensure their chosen analytics solution is highly reliable, summarized Mishkin.

Hikvision awarded Vendor of the Year by ADI for the United States

Hikvision awarded Vendor of the Year by ADI for the United States

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader in innovative video surveillance products and solutions, has been named Vendor of the Year for the United States by ADI Global Distribution, a leading global wholesale distributor of security and low voltage products.

This prestigious distinction is a testament to the strong relationship between Hikvision and ADI and an example of the companies’ dedication to the growth of the video surveillance market.

Each year, ADI recognizes key suppliers across North America for their support and contributions towards the growth and success of ADI. Hikvision experienced outstanding growth in 2014, and building good relationships with distributors was one of the keys to their success.

“Our success with ADI is due in part to mutual sharing of information and strong focus to grow the business. Hikvision also maintains a high level of engagement with ADI at the field level,” remarked Gordon Lang, director, strategic partners at Hikvision USA. “We pride ourselves on maintaining face-to-face relationships. Our partnership with ADI has allowed us to better understand the needs of our customers.”

Hikvision works closely with ADI branch managers and participates in trainings and other ADI events to best serve ADI’s dealer customers.

“Hikvision has demonstrated their commitment to delivering value to our dealer base,” said Michael Flink, president of ADI Global. “Our vendor partnerships are important to the success of ADI, and we are proud to honor and celebrate their contributions and achievements.”

Hikvision USA president, Jeffrey He, elaborated upon Hikvision’s relationship with ADI.

“ADI’s strong distribution channels have allowed us to increase our presence in North America, make connections with dealers, and successfully deliver our products. As the demand grows for video surveillance solutions, Hikvision is proud to stand next to distributors such as ADI to meet the needs of this rapidly growing market. We are honored to receive Vendor of the Year for 2014, and we are confident that 2015 will bring even greater achievements.”

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dahua Technology successfully helps to secure Ventanilla in Lima, Peru, together with local distributor Best Security del Perú.

Covering a total land area of 73.52 km², Ventanilla is the largest district of province Callao and accommodates over 500,000 population, which leads to a high population density and more pressure on city infrastructures and facilities. The same as some other rising cities around the world, Ventanilla is in face of problems such as traffic jams and crimes, so the municipal government determined to create a better and safer living environment for citizens by launching safe city project with an all-around surveillance deployment.

However, the project was ticklish to proceed at beginning as Ventanilla is a mountainous seaside city, which means installation and cabling would be a big challenge. To better figure out what would be the most optimal solution to this case, Dahua dispatched a professional team to Peru in order to provide first-hand support in time. Taking both topography and budget into consideration, Dahua and Best Security del Perú came up with a wireless solution, by which, all the media data can be transmitted to the center via access points, avoiding installation complexity and save spending on labor and cable at the same time.

The complete solution includes network speed domes, NVRs, transmission devices, video-wall system, a control keyboard, which are of the best C/P ratio and high stability as required by the government.

Hundred units of Dahua IR speed domes are installed across the city, getting streets and corners covered; and its IR distance is up to 80 meters, ensuring a good visual effect even under unfavorable lighting conditions.

Meanwhile, 128-channel super NVRs and 16-channel NVRs are used as storage devices in order to manage massive data volume. Take super NVR as an example, it is of 384Mbps incoming bandwidth capability, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and the NVR supports RAID5, which further ensures data safety and system stability.

The wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded.

In addition, there is a Dahua 3 x 3 46-inch video wall installed in control room, incorporated applied with a video-wall controller to have a better central management, which can better optimize the manpower and police operations.

“Generally, Dahua products performs well and the system operates stably for the whole project”, said Christian E. Buleje Pun, Manager of Information and Telecommunication Technology at Municipal of Ventanilla. “We appreciate the reliable quality, smooth running, low costs and advanced service of Dahua. Surely, we will continue select Dahua as our future cooperative brand for security projects in the future. If Dahua can provide longer warranty, that will be perfect. ” continued.

“It was always a pleasure to work with Dahua Technology,” said Manuel Nolazco N., Gerente Técnico Comercial at Best Security del Perú. “They’ve done a lot of safe city cases around the world, which is very helpful and supportive during the implantation, and we are looking forward to cooperate more on safe city projects with Dahua in Peru.”

2015 Access control: Biometrics cheaper yet better

2015 Access control: Biometrics cheaper yet better

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 2/24/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The access control industry fared pretty well in 2014, fueled in part by the adoption of IP-based solutions. This year, the growth trend will continue in the market, which is also expected to see more advanced technologies. A move towards integration and open standards will further drive the growth of access control, long seen as a vital part of security but now being used more and more for management.

Last year, the overall access control market grew 7.6%, according to IHS. The figure is slightly less than the 10% estimated by Memoori Business Intelligence. Many factors contributed to the growth, with a migration towards IP-based solutions cited as a major market driver, especially amid an increase in the construction of new buildings, most of which deployed IP-based solutions.

“IHS estimated that in 2014, nearly 60% of the global access control panel market was IP-based. Although legacy equipment is still a large portion of the access control market, as new construction ramps back up, nearly all new installations will be installing IP-based access control,” said Blake Kozak, Senior Analyst at IHS.

This year, growth in access is set to continue, due to undying demand from users seeking to secure lives and assets. “Security is still one of the top priority concerns in all areas of personal and business coming into 2015. Physical access control is no exception,” said Norana Johar, COO at FingerTec. “I think that the growth will continue at a higher rate as many premises are looking for better ways and better technology to control access to their properties and business premises.”

Access control has evolved from traditional card readers to more advanced technologies. While card readers will still be prevalent, technologies like biometrics, mobile credentials, and wireless locks are expected to see increased adoption and usage.

Biometrics: cheaper yet better
The overall trend in biometrics is that they will become less expensive, due to several factors including an increase in supply. “Prices of biometrics hardware are getting cheaper throughout the world due to an influx of newbies in the market, especially from China, and the familiarity of consumer to the technology,” Johar said. “I think the cost will go down slightly because of the market demand and competition, but manufacturers need to introduce unique feature to the existing technology in order to maintain the price.”

Indeed, progress has been made in biometrics, both in contact and contactless solutions. The following sections discuss some of the trends in the technology.

Fingerprint to Still Dominate
Contact solutions exist primarily in fingerprint, which is expected to stay the mainstream technology due to its various benefits. “Fingerprint still tends to be the most commonly used biometric, especially since it is affordable and has a small form factor … so I would expect fingerprint to maintain its market leader position compared to other technologies,” said Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Electronic Locks at Allegion, adding that the public is getting more comfortable with biometrics thanks to its incorporation into commonly used products, for example the iPhone 6. An improvement in accuracy has also helped drive acceptance, not only by critical infrastructure operators — seen traditionally as those with a tendency to use biometrics — but by regular businesses as well.

“Now the technology is becoming more mature. Whereas it wasn't uncommon at all for someone's fingerprint not to be read, that is becoming less and less the case,” said Bill Kotwicki, Northeast Regional Sales Manager at AMAG. “People are more accepting of it, and again with the lower cost, it's just a technology that will continue to grow.”

Explosive Growth for Facial Recognition
Contactless biometric solutions are primarily in the form of iris scan and facial recognition. According to Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi, iris had its chance a few years ago, yet with one of the major providers removing its product, iris no longer seems to be a growing technology.

The biometric that gained huge traction is facial recognition, which, “of all the biometrics, will experience the fastest growth in the near future,” said Paul Bodell, CEO of ECKey Smartphone Access Systems.

Facial recognition's contactless, non-invasive nature makes it a great solution for places where sanitary requirements are stringent. “It is especially ideal for locations such as hospitals where contamination can be an issue,” Sussman said. “The face is also a more reliable biometric marker compared to hands, which can be effected by skin damage or a rough environment, for example a construction site or industrial plant.”

Advancements in the technology, such as 3D processing, have contributed to facial's accuracy and may further drive adoption, although price remains an issue. 3D, for example, requires more processing power and will push up the cost of manufacturing. Price, therefore, is likely to keep 3D facial recognition as a niche product.

“Facial recognition is expected to grow more than twice the rate of fingerprint over the next five years but is nearly a tenth the size in terms of revenues,” said Kozak. “While 3D will certainly help advance the technology, the price will continue to be high and will be used in fewer high-security locations compared with other technologies.”

Multimodal Biometrics: Trend or Overkill?
To enhance authentication, multimodal biometrics, or the combination of two or more solutions, is an alternative. “The failure rate makes it such that for a population of 25,000, you could be looking at anywhere in the vicinity of 25 to 200 people that will not be able to get a valid fingerprint or iris enrollment for various reasons,” said Jason Ouellette, Product Line Director for Access Control at Tyco Security Products. “Customers are already at the point where they have no choice but to have multimodal or multi-biometrics to provide 100% coverage of all staff.”

However, popular perception is still such that multimodal biometrics are unnecessary for typical businesses because of the cost and complexity involved. “That level of security is not necessary other than critical infrastructure, government sites, laboratory sites, and things of that nature. It's still seen as an overkill, not worth the investment,” said Kotwicki.

Some see the use of multifactor authentication, or the use of a biometric along with a token or a password, as a more viable choice. “I believe that more terminals will be sold as dual authentication, and it will be biometric plus card or biometric plus pin,” said Allegion's Aikin.

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