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Geutebruck's virtual servers support unprecedented resolution and reliability at the Grand Casino Baden

Geutebruck's virtual servers support unprecedented resolution and reliability at the Grand Casino Baden

Editor / Provider: Geutebruck | Updated: 9/13/2012 | Article type: Security 50

In 2009, when the Grand Casino in Baden in Switzerland upgraded and expanded its video system it chose a Geutebruck high availability IP solution designed by local system integrators Honegger System Technik. It was a groundbreaking design incorporating thirty-five 1.3 Megapixel cameras into the 250-camera system and introducing virtual GeViScope platforms to handle the generated data with ease and efficiency as well as high redundancy. The complex upgrade was made without any interruption to operation of the system or business and has met with the full satisfaction of the casino management.

The Geutebruck IP solution designed and installed by Honegger System Technik exploits two technologies in particular which enable it to handle and store the complete video history from all cameras including megapixel ones at full available resolution for 28 days on a 320 Terabyte instant access database.

The first of these is Geutebruck's own CCTV-optimised video compression process MPEG4CCTV. This is an MPEG-4 compliant process which uses standard MPEG-4 compression tools in unusual ways for the specific purpose of improving performance and image handling for security users. As a result, systems using MPEG4CCTV are very fast, delivering top quality video images without any perceptible latency; as well as lean and efficient with low network and storage requirements.

The second is the IT technology of virtualization which is used to produce virtual devices. With the aid of Microsoft's Hyper-V tool, Geutebruck can generate several virtual GeViScope servers on a single piece of hardware. These virtual servers are then linked into clusters with so-called ‘failover' functionality to ensure that if one of them fails another automatically and instantly takes over without any effect on service.

In the server room at the Grand Casino Baden, what is really impressive is what is not there. There is less hardware using less power and less emergency capacity on standby. Fewer hardware devices are throwing out less waste heat, so less air conditioning is required and again less energy is needed. By saving considerable space, energy and costs virtualisation is significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.

  • System design
    CAM2IP video encoders which support MPEG4CCTV compression and its efficient video management features were added to link a dozen or so existing analog speed domes and a hundred analog box cameras to the existing Kat5 Ethernet cabling. 35 new 1.3 megapixel cameras enable close observation of the roulette, poker and black jack tables. A hundred new VIPCAMs monitor the gaming machine area, the cashier's desks and provide general views. (VIPCAMs are high resolution day/night IP-cameras with automatic IR-cut filters for crisp sharp pictures even with widely varying light conditions.)

    All data streams are handled by two Intel modular servers, each of which incorporates five high performance computers. Together these run a total of 21 virtual GeViScope video system platforms operated in cluster formation. These virtual GeViScopes record to the high redundancy RAID Level 6 databases mounted on 21 Promise SAS storage systems currently using sixteen 1TB capacity server disks each, but which can take more if needed. Thanks to the high-availability design, if - despite all care and cutting-edge technology – something fails, then the full functionality of the system is re-established automatically without any significant down-time.

  • Close-up clarity
    The high resolution of the new megapixel cameras provides increased picture quality along with increased security and operational efficiency. The peak resolution support for zooming in for close-ups is used by the supervisors who have 30-inch monitors and access to all of the 250 cameras from each work-station. They can pull up live and recorded footage of identical quality in milliseconds.

    Although technically complex, supervisors at the Grand Casino Baden find the system simplicity itself to operate. They use GSCView, Geutebruck's user-friendly software for display and operating. Its extreme flexibility supports the extensive customisation which maximises security as well as operator comfort and convenience.

  • Investing for longevity
    Against a backdrop of continuously changing markets and regulatory frameworks, video security system purchasers like Grand Casino Baden are clearly concerned to ensure that any investment, especially a large one, provides for their needs over the long term. The (virtual) GeViScope devices at the heart of this solution more than meet current needs, are almost limitlessly scaleable in every direction, and offer exceptional flexibility in terms of adaptability and integration with third party systems.

    “Virtualization offers end-users significant advantages,” reports Carmen Lahr, Geutebruck's corporate communications director. “Not only does it enable redundancy and high availability to be achieved without hardware duplication; but using hardware resources more efficiently like this reduces the installation's need for space, power and cooling, and that cuts the system's overall energy consumption by 30-40%.”

  • American Dynamics HD IP series adopts Theia 5-MP telephoto lens

    American Dynamics HD IP series adopts Theia 5-MP telephoto lens

    Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 9/13/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    American Dynamics, part of Tyco Security Products, has added Theia's SL940 megapixel telephoto lens to their lens offerings for their new Illustra 600 Series HD IP dome cameras.

    American Dynamics selected Theia's SL940A 9 to 40mm, 5 megapixel, IR corrected lens as their telephoto offering with their Illustra 600/610 indoor/outdoor mini-dome cameras. The lens provides a unique combination of features in an unusually small package. With a 9 – 40mm focal range the lens offers a powerful optical zoom for high detail images far away and full 5 megapixel resolution for crisp detail in a compact 50mm length which fits perfectly in the Illustra's sleek mini-dome envelope.

    According to Steve Carney, Director of Product Management-Video of Tyco Security Products for American Dynamics, "The addition of Theia's SL940 extends the reach of our HD cameras and expands the versatility of the Illustra IP camera line. With the 9-40mm lens, and a super high quality poly carbonate bubble on the mini-dome, this new camera can greatly reduce the need for costly trenching. Customers often pay significant costs to dig for cabling when typical cameras can't reach where they are needed. With 40mm of IR corrected lens, and a bubble that matches the lens in clarity, our cameras can now reach hundreds of feet from a mounted position on a building.”

    The SL940A joins its sister SL183A lens, already offered with the Illustra series cameras. The SL183 lens employs Theia's award winning Linear Optical Technology to provide up to 117 degrees of undistorted horizontal field of view (HFOV) on the camera's sensor, enabling coverage of more area with a single camera, potentially reducing the overall cost of HD and IP system ownership. The SL183A is also only 50mm long.

    According to Carney,” Theia's family of ultra wide non distortion lenses offer advantages in that they deliver the best wide angle image quality without barrel distortion or vignetting. They provide greater image resolution at the edges supporting improved motion search and other analytics functions. Just as with the integration of the SL183 with our Illustra mini-domes, American Dynamics is excited to extend its partnership with Theia Technologies with the integration of the SL940. From the widest of angles to the longest of shots, we are proud of the quality and versatility we offer our customers with the blend of Illustra megapixel expertise and Theia lens technology.”

    Virginia private school leverages access control and video integration from Next Level

    Virginia private school leverages access control and video integration from Next Level

    Editor / Provider: Next Level Security Systems | Updated: 9/12/2012 | Article type: Education

    Next Level Security Systems announced that St. Mary's Catholic School has deployed the NLSS Gateway as its new security management platform. The school is leveraging the NLSS Gateway to integrate the campus' access control and video surveillance into one easy-to-use solution.

    “We strive to provide the ultimate level of security for our students while also remaining visitor-friendly and maintaining the character of our school,” said Janet Cantwell, Principal, St. Mary's School. “We saw the opportunity with Next Level to do something unique, enhancing our current capabilities with state-of-the-art technology.”

    St. Mary's, a 700-student elementary school in Alexandria, Va., has previously struggled with its traditional lock and key system to temporarily grant access to parish groups that commonly use the school facilities after hours. The NLSS security management platform, coupled with HID Edge readers, now secures the school's access points while eliminating the need to distribute and recollect keys from outside groups.

    In addition, St. Mary's installed an NLSS HD Media Decoder, a networked media appliance that can display multiple HD video streams simultaneously to a single monitor in a variety of layouts, with a 32-inch flat screen monitor in the administration office. The decoder provides the staff with a clear view of the video streams from Axis Communications IP cameras to ensure the safety of the school. The HD monitor has caught the attention of parents. “We get a lot of ‘ooohs' and ‘aaaahs' when parents see the video display,” said Ann Ross, Office Manager, St. Mary's School. “We've traditionally been very conservative, so the deployment of Next Level's technology has been an exciting and beneficial change for us. It also lets the parents know that we take security seriously.”

    “Integrating their surveillance with cutting-edge access control makes St. Mary's a pioneer in private school security,” said Pete Jankowski, Chairman and CEO, Next Level Security Systems. “Combining all available information into one easy-to-use platform enables the staff to make more informed decisions, leading to safer environments.”

    Mobotix offers new VCA tool for retail

    Mobotix offers new VCA tool for retail

    Editor / Provider: Mobotix | Updated: 9/12/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    The MOBOTIX Q24M-Sec hemispheric camera, which can capture an entire room with no blind spots, has now even more to offer with the new integrated MxAnalytics video analysis tool. MxAnalytics is an efficient tool for process optimization or marketing purposes and can be used in small retail stores as well as in public buildings such as museums or airports in order to receive important information.


    MxAnalytics makes it possible to reliably capture and evaluate the movement of people or objects in the live image. The most frequented areas are highlighted in color on a heat map in a predefined area. The areas with the most movement are displayed in red, and those with little movement in blue.

    Reduce Costs With MxAnalytics In addition to the count feature, the analysis of statistical behavior data makes an essential contribution to process optimization, thus further reducing costs.

    MOBOTIX cameras like the Q24M differ from most traditional video systems thanks to their decentralized system architecture. Each camera includes a high-speed computer with longterm memory. It is no longer necessary to use a computer or server to record or analyze image material. Video analysis takes place decentralized in the camera, without network load. This reduces total costs and maintains the system's high performance. MxAnalytics is available free of charge with the latest firmware V.4.1.4.11 and from the MOBOTIX website with no usage restrictions. It can also be easily integrated into all older Q24M-Sec models via software update.

    The new release (2.5.2) of the free MxControlCenter video management software supports MxAnalytics, too. This allows evaluating the results from different cameras in a more convenient manner. The update enables the configuration of MxAnalytics on a Q24M camera and subsequent analysis of the created and stored data. MxControlCenter 2.5.2 can now be downloaded free of charge from the MOBOTIX website.

    MOBOTIX is continuing to develop MxAnalytics for image data processing inside the camera for the Q24 initially. The robust MOBOTIX camera needs very little maintenance and can be discreetly integrated into any environment thanks to its elegant design and compact size. The next step will be the integration into further MOBOTIX camera models.

    Washington State container port adopts VCA and management software from PureTech Systems

    Washington State container port adopts VCA and management software from PureTech Systems

    Editor / Provider: PureTech Systems | Updated: 9/11/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

    PureTech Systems announced the completed installation of its PureActiv wide area video surveillance system at the Port of Tacoma. The port, located in Washington state, is one of the largest container ports in North America. The port accommodates more than a thousand vessel calls and handles about 1.5 million TEUs each year. It encompasses about 2,400 acres of land on the Tacoma Tideflats, which creates a unique security challenge.

    To tackle that challenge, PureTech Systems teamed with security integrator G4S Technology to deploy its PureActiv geospatial video surveillance system. The system manages close to 100 cameras and highlights PureTech's intelligent video analytic capabilities, providing both intruder detection and subsequent autonomous tracking on multiple pan-tilt-zoom cameras. Included with the system are integrations with the AMAG Symmetry access control product, Bosch PTZ cameras and megapixel panoramic cameras by Arecont.

    Global Government Services provided the security system design and consulting services for the Port of Tacoma Project. Tanawah (Tanner) Downing, Chief Operating Officer for Global Government Services, explained "The installation of the PureActiv system provides the Port a much desired level of situational awareness and efficiency with its geospatial GUI, alarm management and advanced PTZ control. Similarly, its open architecture allows for integration with a vast array of other perimeter systems and sensors, which will provide a solid growth platform for the Port's future security needs. The Port has implemented a highly capable, concentric layered security solution that I am proud to have been a part of."

    Channel positive energy into ASEAN

    Channel positive energy into ASEAN

    Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 9/12/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

    Compared to the other markets in the Southeast Asian region, Thailand's channel structure is rather mature. One can easily find capable master distributors/integrators that have a nationwide network of consultants, dealers and installers, serving respective cities or regions with different solutions tailored to specific project requirements. As the prospects of an integrated economic community emerge and become clearer, some are already looking to expand their reach over the borders and export their expertise to neighboring, underserved countries.

    In Thailand, a rapid transition from employing guards or guarding services to deploying electronic security systems, due to drastic rises in minimum wages (from an average of around US$600 per bilingual guard per month to $835), can be easily palpated, said Henny Beeber, CEO and CTO of AES Group. “A timely example would be the ongoing metro system expansions (purple, red and blue lines); the construction sites now rely more on security electronics for 24/7 monitoring than posting guards.”

    Traditional guarding services have also evolved, due to increased competition. “Security services, and providers of such, in Thailand have come a long way,” said Vallop Kingchansilp, CEO and President of Guts Group. “Back in the 1980s, there were only foreign companies (such as Chubb and Secom) operating locally. We started as a guarding services company with less than 100 people, and have grown to be a force of more than 15,000 (thanks to assistance and support from our friends at Certis Cisco in Singapore), encompassing guards, personal protection and investigation teams, and system distribution, integration and installation. We expect to double our revenue from systems in the next five years. Our target verticals would be the ones where we are already strong with our physical presence, such as industrial and military sites. Spurred by legally mandated increases in guards' minimum wages, we will see a rapid switch to electronic security systems and solutions in these and other sectors.”

    In Thai security, the business culture is such that relationships between local partners and local governments or users are valued most, stressed Suwich Chitkasemsuk, MD of Digitalcom. “Other than the three southern provinces that are experiencing social unrest and are directly monitored (via thousands of cameras) by the central government, solution providers or distributors are advised to foster and build rapport with individual provincial governors, city mayors and managers, police chiefs and local system integrators/installers/resellers. To facilitate proper channel development and communication, the Thai Security Association (TSA) was founded in April, of which we are one of the founding members.” The key mission of the TSA is to bridge all the gaps, through face-to-face events like seminars and road shows, among solution providers, channel partners, large users/buyers and academia.

    Just like doing business in other sizable countries like the U.S., China and India, there is no one company in Thailand that can cover the entire geography alone. Various collaborative or business development models are thus adopted. “As a master distributor of Axis, Milestone and many other brands, we actively work with hundreds of dealers, resellers and integrators throughout the country, to compete in city surveillance, traffic/transportation, border crossing and commercial/enterprise projects,” Chitkasemsuk said.

    National Reach, Targeted Approach
    Having a national presence is pivotal, especially when many solution providers are moving toward system- and service-based models, Kingchansilp said. “Our four monitoring stations and 10 solid dealers throughout the country put us ahead of our competition (consisting of more than 2,500 security distribution, integration, installation and consultation companies). City surveillance is a national directive, and we, together with our partners, will focus on the increased funding in the north, northeast and south.”

    When Smartcomputer started the distribution operation 14 years ago, no one would have thought that the Thai security market would get this big, shared Kittichai Samittiwuttikul, President of Smartcomputer Group (SMC). “Now, we have two separate teams, analog systems and IP solutions, servicing different clients with varied requirements. The IP team was formed three years ago, to cater to increasing market demand and to demystify that network-based security technology was too costly, too difficult to install and configure, and too cumbersome for operators or end users to handle.” IP shipments today account for 15 to 20 percent of SMC's sales revenue, of which government projects make up about 40 percent; it has been a significant rise from less than 10 percent three years ago.

    Another IP-focused distributor agreed. “Over the last two years, growth in the adoption of IP-based security technology has been phenomenal; for example, one of the brands that we represent, Vivotek, has experienced 400-percent local sales growth, particularly in government projects (city surveillance, transportation, buildings), retail and department stores, and manufacturing and commercial sites,” said Sakchai Somsuk, MD of TSolutions. “To properly service and sustain this growth, we have a dedicated system integration team, offering training demos/courses and project design and commissioning support.” Affordable, easy-to-install/use systems and customizations fit for specific vertical markets are also offered.

    In Thailand, where network infrastructure is shaky in most parts of the country, having an IT/IP background definitely helps. “When Advance Integrated Technology (AIT) was established in 1993, the company started as an IT system integrator, providing customized hardware, software, solutions and services,” said Nisakorn Charintharawuti, MD. “In 1997 as the Asian financial crisis hit, we shifted our focus to digital surveillance, working with Korean and Taiwanese DVR brands. One of the first prominent projects during the transition was a national bank with 600 branches, paving our way and reputation for the next 10 years. In 2009, global recession, fierce competition, low margins and heavy service loading pushed us to do something different. We began to focus on one brand, Mobotix, because of its pure IP approach and durable, reliable products. What Mobotix provides are turnkey solutions, not simple box cameras, so we took the time to educate the integrator and installer community on overall TCO and ROI through road shows.”

    As the market matures and competition intensifies, change is in order. “The system integration market in Thailand was already a red sea, so we decided to focus on the distribution business, per agreement with Bosch Security Systems,” said Kritsada Phanbamrung, MD of CCTV Thailand. “In addition to the government, high-end hospitality and industrial sectors, we are beginning to serve mid-end hotels, banks, schools and retail shops with Bosch's new budget line (Advantage), both within greater Bangkok and the surrounding regions/provinces of the city.”

    Another great example of transformation is Bangkok OA Coms. “We started in the 1970s, selling office automation products (hence the company name). About 15 years ago, we began to dabble in physical security, with Samsung Techwin cameras,” said Dej Churdsuwanrak, MD. “It was not easy selling the security surveillance concept and breaking into new market segments, so we approached hotels and condominiums with existing, old equipment (mostly European, American and Japanese brands) that were looking to replace or upgrade. Then came an opportunity for change; the Bank of Thailand issued a mandate requiring all commercial banks to install security cameras and systems. We won two projects, each with about 900 branches nationwide, and became known as a system integration specialist in physical, electronic security. The success stories helped Bangkok OA secure other prominent retail accounts with national presence, and the boost of extra cash flow also allowed the company to extend its reach into neighboring countries Laos, Vietnam and Bangladesh in 2000. Three years ago, another change came as Samsung restructured internally; we transformed from a system integrator to a value-added distributor, by providing even better project support, knowledge transfer and profit-sharing models. We will also be working closely with Vantech from Vietnam, to promote the brand throughout the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC, Thailand and Indonesia first). The partnership can even go beyond security, to other home appliances and electronics.”

    Multitiered
    To cater to a huge market like Thailand, sealing deals requires a multitiered approach, in both partnerships and solution offerings. “The key brands that we represent (such as AVTech, CNB, Dahua and Nuuo) ensure that we have the right solutions at the right price points for each market segment, from small residential to large city surveillance applications,” Samittiwuttikul said. “For example, there are currently more than 3,000 villages nationwide undergoing ‘safe town' projects, with an average financing package (from the central and municipal governments) of $30,000. This is just Phase 1, as Thailand strives to become the center of the AEC by 2015; the ultimate goal is to rid the country of drug problems, starting from schools and town centers, before and after the borders open up. We design various systems that are fit for different budget ranges to help our dealers (more than 600) compete in project bids. It is about having functional, manageable, reasonably priced system solutions.”

    While Pacific Technology Distribution (PTD) is a pure distributor, it takes a system-based approach, offering the ammunitions (surveillance, access, intrusion, scans and fire safety, bundled in every way possible) that its integrators (about 100, medium-size) need to build relationships and win projects, said Phitsanu Tamphanuwat, MD. “For the government and financial sectors that we excel at, European, American and Japanese brands, such as Bosch, OnSSI, Panasonic (Sanyo) and UTC, are still preferred. We also have other ongoing industrial (factories and oil/gas), high-end retail and hotel, and residential projects.” Software and services are where Tamphanuwat sees the most growth and where the company will invest more resources in.

    A friendly competitor, Digital Focus, agreed on the service approach. “We have been around for more than 10 years, and currently partner with more than 150 dealers nationwide,” said Somchai Prajaksoot, MD. “We also work with system integrators on financial, highway and military projects, and with three types of retail outlets (Fortune Town, Digital Gateway and CCTV Outlet) for direct sales. Multiple brands (for example, AVTech, Hikvision and Honeywell) and multiple channel partner types ensure our reach to every segment of the Thai market, as a true total solutions provider.” And being a pure distributor in this market is simply not enough; the company is looking to provide monitoring services through an in-house, ISO9000-certified central station.

    As an integrated solution and service provider that recently merged with Tyco Thailand, Takachiho focuses on offering everything that its Japanese clients and Tyco's global accounts in the country would need, said Bussakorn Kaewmorakot, Security Business Manager at Takachiho Fire, Security & Services. “We have been around for about 17 years, so we know those needs and the key decision makers well. For the clientele that we serve, individual brands don't matter too much; it's about delivering the right overall solution and getting the best result (from both business and security operations) possible.”

    Beyond Boundaries
    AEC is a hot topic right now, and Thailand is preparing itself to be the center and propeller of it by 2015. “Two thirds of our revenue comes from system integration work (the rest being distribution) within the region, especially in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar,” Beeber said. “It definitely helps having long-standing, cross-border relationships. For example, Gallagher Group, one of our technology partners, introduced us to a building project in Cambodia, as it has had close ties with one of the decision makers for almost two decades (since his school days); the entire project was worth $150 million, almost the same as another embassy project we had in that country. We are also working closely with a number of multinational mechanical and electrical companies active throughout the region.”

    Digitalcom is considering setting up joint ventures in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, to help the region advance with appropriate security technology, and is also looking into cloud offerings with the right infrastructure, telecom and camera partners, Chitkasemsuk said.

    “Chinese brands have significant penetration rates in AEC, but we believe it's a very high-potential market that can fuel the emergence of local brands like Vantech,” Churdsuwanrak said. “We have the upper hand in local knowledge, connections and credibility. Thailand comes first, but the region is for us to grab and grow.”

    Cisco releases new VMS version based on medianet architecture

    Cisco releases new VMS version based on medianet architecture

    Editor / Provider: Submitted by Cisco Systems | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

    Cisco announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry's first solution built from the ground-up and certified to run in Cisco's virtualized Unified Computing System (UCS) environments. These new solutions now make it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration.

    The announcement also includes introducing a complete new line of medianet-enabled high definition IP video surveillance cameras, an extension of its medianet strategy, and remote management services. All of these are designed to help IT and security teams partner to implement very-large scale video deployments.

    This next-generation of intelligent network-integrated video surveillance and IT applications offer unrivaled ease of use and speed of deployment. As IT departments are tasked with dealing with increasingly large amounts of data - particularly video- the ease of migration of video surveillance to IP continues to accelerate.

    Analysts estimate that by 2013, more than 50 percent of all video surveillance deployments will be managed by IT on the IP network in order to support this deluge of bandwidth-heavy video data. These new technologies offer economies of scale to enable video-based innovations, all with unprecedented ease of implementation. This will give applications of video beyond security include remote patient observation solutions for healthcare, dramatically reducing shrinkage in retail and warehousing, and allowing urban video protection initiatives as well increasing the efficiency in providing enhanced citizen services.

    Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 and new versions of Cisco's related end-to-end Connected Physical Security Solutions, including Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration Solution 4.5.2, Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager 6.0 and Cisco Physical Access Manager 1.4.1 are now available for deployment with Cisco's industry award-winning Unified Computing Systems platforms. These integrated solutions help to extend Cisco's medianet strategy by providing robust scalability, network aware intelligence, streamlined implementation and simplified management.

    Key Facts:
    Introducing Video Surveillance Manager 7.0
    - Network-integrated video surveillance supports open cloud-ready web and IT applications through APIs and SDKs, and is purpose-built to virtualize security operations on Cisco UCS B-Series, C-Series and UCS Express.
    - VSM 7.0 is designed for applications such as video recording and provides streaming support for video-enabled locations such as; customer contact centers, integrated oil and gas applications, inventory and warehouse management operations and many others.
    - VSM 7.0 scales to support up to 10,000 IP Video Surveillance cameras per single Video Surveillance Manager instance, and up to 100,000 cameras when combined with Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager (PSOM).

    Extending Cisco's medianet strategy
    - New medianet phase 3 capabilities support IP Video Surveillance cameras that work together with embedded medianet services in Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 and across Cisco's medianet enabled switches and routers on the network, enabling rapid automatic configuration to simplify large scale deployments.
    - Cisco Media Services Proxy (MSP) enables users to prioritize traffic based on business policies for optimal quality, reduced integration costs and easy deployment and management of video endpoints. MSP uses lightweight packet inspection techniques on standards-based signaling protocols including DNS, RTSP, SIP, H.323 and H.245.

    New Cisco Video Surveillance 6000 Series IP Cameras
    - A new line of medianet-enabled IP Cameras support better imaging with low-light, feature on-board SD cards with flash memory, IP66 rating and come in four form factors including Box IP Camera, dome IP Camera, indoor/surface and flush and outdoor IP dome.
    - All of the new Cisco cameras support High Definition and 2.1 megapixel resolutions, best-in-class industry standards and medianet services allowing for rapid auto-configuration, registration, auto-provisioning, troubleshooting and IP Video Surveillance bandwidth policy management.
    - Additional features include n+1 redundancy, high availability on a camera-by-camera basis to optimize IT, network, storage, security and related network resources.

    Remote Management Services
    - Cisco is introducing Remote Management Services to help customers ensure the 24x7 reliable uptime needed across their Unified Computing Systems platforms and network-integrated Connected Physical Security deployments for Video Surveillance, Unified Incident Management, and Access Control and Security Operations Manager applications solutions.

    Honeywell Security releases professional NVR for banking, health care, education sectors

    Honeywell Security releases professional NVR for banking, health care, education sectors

    Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    Honeywell has introduced a new network video recorder (NVR) that can help large organizations comply with stringent regulations that require them to retain video for longer periods of time and more-effectively protect their surveillance data. The MAXPRO NVR Professional Edition (PE) is ideal for facilities in industries such as education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, banking and manufacturing, among others.

    MAXPRO NVR PE is the latest addition to Honeywell's MAXPRO line of technology designed to help organizations – ranging from small to large businesses – transition from analog to IP-based video surveillance systems in a progressive and cost-effective manner. With its ability to comply with open integration standards such as ONVIF and PSIA, MAXPRO NVR PE can accommodate IP cameras from multiple vendors and allow end users to easily add cameras to their systems as needs change and operations expand.

    “Some of the biggest concerns end users have about IP video are interoperability with other cameras, scalability to accommodate business growth, and data reliability,” said Shannon Wilson, marketing manager, Honeywell. “MAXPRO NVR PE has many features designed specifically to address those challenges, including pre-installed software and redundant storage capabilities. All of them point to an easier path to a user-friendly IP video network.”

    MAXPRO NVR PE currently offers 32 channels and future releases will include a 64-channel option, as well as up to 20 terabytes of storage and redundant storage options to protect data. These capabilities are crucial for businesses that need to retain video files for longer periods of time to, for example, assist with investigations.

    The family of MAXPRO NVRs (PE, SE and XE) also offers a cost-effective software-only solution that allows end users to implement these capabilities onto their existing hardware. Because the technology is based on a single platform, end users only need to learn one system to use the entire range of technology.

    “There's no licensing to mess with onsite to get the cameras working, and MAXPRO NVR PE has the same look and feel as the rest of the MAXPRO NVR lineup,” said Doug Peterson, chief technology officer for Advantech, Inc., a Dover, Del.-based systems integrator. “MAXPRO NVR PE is the last link to making a superb, easy-to-configure IP solution.”

    Aside from NVRs, Honeywell's MAXPRO portfolio of IP video products includes MAXPRO VMS, the company's main video management system that allows organizations to centrally manage all video surveillance from multiple data points. The line also features MAXPRO Cloud, which offers flexible storage options using cloud event storage through Honeywell's secure storage facility, and MAXPRO Mobile, an app that offers remote video surveillance for the full line of MAXPRO products.

    PureTech provides perimeter surveillance for Texas water utilities

    PureTech provides perimeter surveillance for Texas water utilities

    Editor / Provider: PureTech Systems | Updated: 9/6/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

    PureTech Systems, specializing in wide-area surveillance software, announced two completed installations of its PureActiv system for a major undisclosed Texas water utility. The recent installations for perimeter protection were performed by Schneider Electric and include video analytics, thermal and visible light cameras, access control integration, mega-pixel cameras and the PureActiv geospatial (map-based) command and control.

    For security reasons, the city cannot be disclosed. Their distribution system consists of treatment facilities, pump stations, reservoirs, elevated tanks and transmission lines. The utility serves multiple communities and its ability to maintain a secure water supply for its customers is critical to its mission. Integral to this is maintaining the integrity of its facilities' perimeters, which was the objective of these installations.

    "This was a major undertaking with many unique aspects," explained Shawn Hanrahan, senior security account manager of Schneider Electric, the security integrator hired to perform the installations."The PSIM needed to manage many sensor types, including thermal cameras, deterrent spot lights, Andover Continuum access control integration and video analytics. All this needed to be accomplished within the existing facility and landscaping. It was a significant undertaking, but everyone involved combined to make it a successful project."

    The system protecting the facilities includes the latest in surveillance technology. PureActiv's map based command and control will provide the water department with user friendly situational awareness that allows the ability to control sensors and view intrusion details directly on the map. The installation also includes intelligent video analytic capabilities, providing both intruder detection and subsequent tracking. PureTech Systems' President, Larry Bowe, said "We are delighted to have been selected to provide protection for these facilities. We have a long history in the protection of water resources, and we are glad we were able to apply our expertise to the protection of these facilities." Both systems are now operational and have already been successful in detecting an actual intrusion shortly after being commissioned.

    Axis helps monitor Chinese hydropower stations with IP capability

    Axis helps monitor Chinese hydropower stations with IP capability

    Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 9/5/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

    Mission
    Located at western edge of the Sichuan Basin, the 144km-long Baoxing River has a water energy reserve of 1.555 million KW, and features 19 cascade power stations reaching an annual production of 5 billion KWH. Sichuan Baoxinghe Power Corporation was looking for a solution to manage the cascade hydropower stations centrally from its head office, that would integrate easily with the existing IT infrastructure and fire alarm system.

    Solution
    Analog cameras were already installed at the power stations, which showed limitation in terms of integration and remote access possibilities. In order to protect existing analog investments while meeting the requirements for new capabilities, Sichuan Baoxinghe Power Corporation decided to upgrade its analog CCTV system to IP using Axis video encoders.

    Result
    By integrating easily with the IP network and the fire alarm system, Axis video encoders have provided the company with powerful centralized management of all surveillance points, thus enabling smooth remote management and quick response to any incident that may happen in the hydropower stations. Sichuan Baoxinghe Power Corporation can now remotely monitor the power stations from any connected computer anytime, anywhere, and scale the system easily in the future.

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