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Belgian Municipality Guarded by Vivotek Cameras

Belgian Municipality Guarded by Vivotek Cameras

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 7/31/2012 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Background
As criminal activities become more and more sophisticated, constant upgrades for surveillance technology are imperative. For a local police station and City Hall in Halle, Belgium, it was no exception. In order to meet numerous complex technical specs and requirements for this city surveillance project, many different types of cameras were sought after. Some of the challenges facing the VIVOTEK teams and system integrator included varying lighting conditions at the station, from dimly lit parking lots, to outdoor entrances, interior corridors and a jail.

Mission
Optima Networks, VIVOTEK's valued partner in Belgium, worked closely with Tech Session, a Belgium-based, experienced system integration services provider, to develop the most suitable solutions for the project. Despite challenges with implementing cameras within such diverse environments, Optima Networks and Tech Session, along with the VIVOTEK team, proposed an installation of a series of diverse, versatile network-based cameras from VIVOTEK.

Solution
The government project inaugurated with the installation of VIVOTEK IP7361s in the parking area. The IP7361, known as the first generation of the IP8361, was then a 2-megapixel camera designed for outdoor surveillance with outdoor-specific features such as concealed wiring to prevent tampering. Other than parking lots, the application in this case, gas stations and building entrances are ideal sites for installation.

The next step of the project included the entrance of the community sports centre and the interior corridors and hallways. Part of the SUPREME series, the 2-Megapixel VIVOTEK FD8162s were set up at these areas, where the lighting condition is constantly changing and at times to the extreme. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology available on the FD8162 was one of the major reasons why the model was chosen. When a camera attempts to capture footages in a high-contrast, backlight, glare or light-reflective environment, where the weather, lighting and other natural causes are rather unpredictable, subjects generally become unrecognizable. WDR compensates for the unbalanced lighting, restoring the details throughout the field of view.

In the jail, VIVOTEK SD8121 was the chosen one to monitor the facility, supervise the inmates and keep the operation on track. The SD8121 is a high-performance day/night speed dome network camera geared for professional surveillance applications, including but not limiting to places like prisons, jails or detention centers. For this specific application, Tech Sessions was seeking a fast pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) with strong zooming capabilities for surveillance and monitoring purposes and VIVOTEK SD8121 was a perfect match. The device is equipped with a 12x optical zoom lens and SONY‘s EXView CCD sensor, which allow for close-up images with exceptional details and provides fast, precise movement with 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt. The end-user can easily control the lens position via mouse or joystick to track the object of interest and set up to 128 preset positions for patrolling at the jail. During nighttimes, immaculate footages are the most crucial. 3D Noise Reduction, which is available on this model, further perfects the image quality. Image noise is an undesirable by-product of image capture. 3D Noise Reduction refers to noise reduction that operates both spatially and temporally, which delivers the result of 3 dimensions (3D). Such function helps to assure optimal image quality at all times, even at night when the lighting condition may be challenging. The same model was also used in the indoor parking lot of the police station to cover the overview of the parking with the 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt solution.

Customer Feedback
Tech Session and Optima Networks were extremely pleased with the cameras. According to Gerrit Lammens, owner of Tech Session, VIVOTEK cameras are well designed and highly user-friendly and the price-quality ratio is perfect. The cameras were equally compatible with the Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solution from Synology, DiskStation (DS) 1512+ solution, a 5-bay Hotplug. Compatible with VIVOTEK, the Synology DS1512+ runs on Synology DSM, a renowned operating system with comprehensive network protocol support assuring seamless file sharing across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. According to Scott Lee, Manager of Surveillance Division of Synology, "VIVOTEK is a well recognized brand in the surveillance industry. Synology is glad to see two fine products come together to offer total property surveillance solutions and benefit our users."


 Synectics Reports 2012 Half-Year Revenue

Synectics Reports 2012 Half-Year Revenue

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 7/27/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics pl, a leader in the design, integration and control of advanced surveillance technology and networked security systems, reports its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 May 2012.

Highlights
- Change of name from Quadnetics Group plc to Synectics plc on 16 July 2012
- Revenue $60.2 million (2011: $53.3 million)
- Underlying profit* $4.4 million (2011: $2.8 million)
- Profit before tax $2.7 million (2011: $2.7 million)
- Diluted underlying EPS 12.7p (2011: 8.4p)
- Diluted basic EPS 7.0p (2011: 7.8p)
- Cash at 31 May 2012: $ 6.9 million (30 November 2011: $4.9 million; 31 May 2011: $9.4 million)
- Net funds at 31 May 2012: $4.2 million (30 November 2011: $2.0 million; 31 May 2011:$ 9.4 million,prior to the acquisition of Indanet AG)
- Interim dividend maintained at 2.5p per share
- Significant contract wins in nuclear power, gaming, transport and oil & gas/marine
- Record order book of $63.6 million (November 2011 $56.3 million; May 2011: $40.9 million)

Commenting on the results, John Shepherd, Chief Executive, said:
“This is another strong set of results which reflect the continuation of the momentum generated in 2011. We continue to see significant global demand for our advanced electronic security systems resulting in major contract wins and record order book levels. Investment in engineering and management talent is increasing in order to strengthen our position as thought leaders in our chosen markets and is helping us to build long term partner relationships with large global system integrators.

“After careful consideration we have changed the name of the Group to Synectics plc to simplify our brand structure and to take advantage of our brand with the greatest global customer recognition.

The integration of our German acquisition Indanet continues on plan with significant investment in new product R&D and international sales and marketing resource. We continue to win major contracts with existing and new German transport customers and are now marketing the full Synectics systems capability widely in Europe.

“This excellent first half year gives us increasing confidence in our ability to deliver full year results in line with expectations.”

* that is profit before tax, non-underlying items (restructuring costs, acquisition expenses, amortisation of intangibles and share based payments charge) and IAS 39 charge on deferred and contingent consideration.

Hikvision NVRs Compatible With Pelco Cameras

Hikvision NVRs Compatible With Pelco Cameras

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/27/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision Digital Technology and Pelco by Schneider Electric, are announcing the expansion of their existing integration to include the latest range of Hikvision NVRs and Pelco network cameras.

The Hikvision NVR series included in this integration are the DS-9600 series, DS-9500 series, DS-8600 series, and DS-7600 series. They will now natively support all industry-leading Pelco network cameras, including Sarix Mega-Performance Cameras (IX, IM, ID series cameras), Spectra IP High Definition cameras, and multi-channel Network Encoders.

“The video surveillance market has taken a major leap forward toward IP-based surveillance solutions. Ensuring this trend, Hikvision is devoting its efforts in integrating with other global brands, to meet various surveillance demands in the market,” says Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision. “The cooperation between Hikvision and Pelco will allow our system integrators to offer the combined advantage of Pelco network cameras and Hikvision NVR solutions.”

“Our collaboration with Hikvision demonstrates Pelco's commitment to be a true Open Systems Provider through our Partner First Program, and we will continuously focus on the areas that will offer flexible, reliable and scalable feature-rich integrated security solutions to our mutual customers,” says Fenghua Gao, Pelco APAC Integration Manager. “We are excited about this integration as it opens the door to achieve win-win cases for both the companies in the video surveillance market.”

‘Mine' Your Risks

‘Mine' Your Risks

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang | Updated: 7/31/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Internal Theft
According to Bytes Systems Integration, up to 30 percent of the gold mined in South Africa is stolen before it can generate profit for the mining houses. In order to prevent theft, most attention is focused on access control and intrusion detection for storage, processing areas and areas where heavy machinery is present. Access control with biometrics, turnstiles, metal detectors, background checks, and time and attendance management are used to minimize theft.

Tracking and locating
Harsh environmental conditions also pose challenges to mining security deployment. “Many mining processes involve substances such as gases, dusts, fibers and even aggressive corrosive substances, which can constitute a hazardous environment,” said Simon Fennen, Advanced Technologies Business Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Motorola Solutions. The use of electronic equipment in such areas should be considered and controlled by intrinsically safe approval standards for the equipment. “It is not enough to just ruggedize the hardware, the systems must adapt to constantly changing environmental conditions, like dust clouds that impact wireless data transmission.”

Besides the harsh environment at mine sites, the high noise level of operations and the lack of availability of real-time positional and environmental information could potentially cripple the ability of miners to react promptly in case of a disaster. “Accidents could be averted or damage recovery [could be] very fast if the miners are equipped with proper communications devices,” Fennen added. “In the case of disaster recovery, the real time location of the miner is critical for prompt and effective rescue operation. It is becoming important in mining to use wi-fi to connect, communicate and control remote applications, such as real-time mine site surveillance or remote access to critical telemetry data as a means of communications. This is especially true for underground mines as wired communications are limited in tunnels."

When mitigating disasters, especially underground, GPS/RFID capabilities that are built-in into the devices worn by miners come in handy. More mobile devices are becoming miners' electronic security tags, much in the same way that the mobile phone will become your wallet. “A whole range of additional safety applications such as heart rate monitors, and temperature and explosive environment measurements, are also now coming to the scene, providing safety operators with enhanced situational awareness in those critical moments that matter,” Fennen said.

Aside from the importance of the location of personnel when it comes to health and safety, knowing where they are in either regular operational work or extra-ordinary events is also vital. According to Gallagher, a virtual radius around a coal mine's drag line operation could be created and anybody with a location aware device would be verified to ensure competency and authorization. Any unauthorized personnel would raise an alarm in the system for the mine to follow its relevant procedures to prevent unsafe practices and manage business risk.

Mitigating False Alarms
Compared to commercial-use security systems, mining security systems must work in harsh environments. Dust, humidity, fog, low light, extreme temperature and weather conditions are issues at mines. Such environmental factors have a tremendous influence over the performance of video analytics and could cause false alarms.

“The best way to minimize the impact of false alarms is to begin with a thoughtful approach in designing the sensor/detector system,” Wood said. “The design should not be based on selecting a sensor/detector and then identifying where it should be installed. Instead, a value-engineering approach should be used to ensure the performance of intrusion and other types of alarm systems. Begin by asking simple questions: What are we trying to detect? Where are we trying to detect the condition? Who should be informed in the event of an alarm? Is the sensor even needed at all, or can we modify a process or construct a barrier that would provide for safer and more secure conditions?”

More Integration
Security software integrated with enterprise resource planning software is a trend. Choosing the right technology is important for the provision of low risk, high operational flexibility, mission critical reliability and future-ready IP applications. The right technology platform selection needs to consider how the workforce operates and maximizes efficient workflows, as a comprehensively integrated platform not only automates mining processes, reduces the amount of labor required but also maintains the same level of security.

Surveillance platforms combining video, audio, thermal images with access control are is gradually being deployed from the perimeter to the critical area. “Increasingly, video produced by cameras installed to monitor operations or safety processes is being shared with security personnel in order to facilitate intrusion/incident assessment and response, access control, and for investigative purposes,” Wood said.

“Card-based and biometric access controls, used at a site or for a specific area, may have an anti-pass back feature that can be used to account for personnel during an evacuation or shelterin- place condition,” Wood added. Access control systems linked to human resource software sharing staff data, such as drug, alcohol and blood testing requirements are more common as well. More video management software providers are seeing increasing integration opportunities to other systems such as anti-intrusion, access control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), according to Andrea Sorri, Director of Government, City Surveillance and Critical Infrastructure Development, Axis Communications. “Remote technical assistance to maintain and repair production machinery is one of the applications we will see more in the future.”

“We see a future where a system that tracks people, vehicles, equipment and where it can raise alarms or restrict access to people trying to enter areas of the mine if they don't have the appropriate equipment — such as cap lamp, communication equipment or anything else that can be identified at a portal or access point and associated with that particular cardholder that ensures they can do their job efficiently and safely,” said Evan Morgans, Strategic Program Manager at Gallagher.

Gallagher Perimeter-Proofs Aussie Mines

Gallagher Perimeter-Proofs Aussie Mines

Editor / Provider: Gallagher | Updated: 8/1/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Xstrata Copper's Mount Isa Mines in Australia operates one of the largest underground mines in the world. The company's mining and smelting complex at Mount Isa produces copper anode and lead bullion containing silver and zinc concentrate.

Handling explosives, operating machinery and working as deep as 1800 meters below ground require first class safety and security systems. Sjeff Klaassen, from Xstrata Copper's security partner ADT Queensland said ongoing security reviews and upgrades had become an integral part of the business planning process with a range of safety management and improvement systems being implemented in line with Xstrata Copper's safety and health policies.

The complex mix of mining, processing and smelting at Mount Isa presented numerous challenges when it came to ensuring the safety of employees and the general public. “We must allow for movement of authorized personnel with a minimum of effort, while ensuring all the necessary training, induction and other entry requirements are current,” said Darren Bracey, Emergency and Protective Services Superintendent at Mount Isa Mines.

Collection and management of all the associated data was a significant issue in itself – and aligning this with access requests complicated it even more. Today, the site deploys Gallagher security systems, a Microsoft Windows-based security system. Ten workstations enable the system to be used as an efficient tool by authorized staff on site, each of whom is assigned operator privileges to report and perform a multitude of functions. The Gallagher system employed at Mount Isa Mines has several integration applications including an interface with the CCTV management system. It is integrated with reporter software packaged to provide a customized reporting tool to monitor the whereabouts of underground staff.

As well as being interfaced to the Mount Isa's HR management system, the Gallagher system also monitors alarms, including environmental, fire, intrusion and production alarms and domestic site associated alarm systems. In addition to on-site alarms management, the system's field controllers support dial-up to a remote alarm monitoring company for backup. Cardholder import feature enables cardholder data to be imported from other systems using an XML interface. There's also a photo ID feature to capture images, design cards and to print photo ID cards. The challenge feature enables a cardholder's image from their CCTV system to be checked against the cardholder image in the Gallagher system.

Gallagher's security software enables business managers to directly control the access periods given to each contractor for specific areas. This helps ensure contractor compliance for site access and generate reports on times spent in a defined area by a person, contract company or other defined unit.

Portable Water Station in Abu Dhabi Safeguarded by Axxonsoft Platform

Portable Water Station in Abu Dhabi Safeguarded by Axxonsoft Platform

Editor / Provider: Axxonsoft | Updated: 7/25/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

Zener Electricals & Electronic Services has rolled out Axxon Intellect Enterprise at Yas Portable Water Pump Station on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The station is responsible for pumping water to various locations on Yas Island.

As the pumping station has a great deal of large machinery and noise created, it was not easy to monitor the movement of the workers in case of any physical injuries, disturbance, gas leak, mechanical failure, etc. A video management system was necessary to guarantee the safety of the workers and to maintain proper order.

Since the site was strategically important, the reliability of the system was of the highest significance. A system with full video management and archiving for a minimum of 30 days was required to fulfill the requirements of the client. Axxon Intellect met all of the requirements for integration with Bosch high-resolution IP cameras and storage built into the server. With video analytics included in the base software, many issues were solved right away. The user-friendly interface made it easy to manage and monitor all cameras.

Bosch Integrates MIC Series With MG Squared Lowering System

Bosch Integrates MIC Series With MG Squared Lowering System

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 7/24/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems has announced the successful integration of its MIC Series 550 high-speed pan-tilt-zoom cameras with MG Squared's Lowering System – a device used frequently in intelligent transportation system and secure perimeter installations. The combination makes it even easier and safer to install and maintain pole-mounted MIC Series 550 cameras in these settings.

“With their rugged design, MIC Series 550 cameras are rapidly gaining popularity for monitoring roadways around the world,” said Willem Ryan, senior product marketing manager, Bosch Security Systems. “MG Squared's advanced technology provides customers with the ability to mount our equipment at the best heights and locations for their traffic surveillance requirements while providing easier and safer access to the cameras for any future maintenance needs.”

MIC Series cameras provide 550 TVL resolution with 36x or 28x optical zoom for sharp images even at great distances. The flat window with a long-life silicone wiper and optional washer system enables customers to capture images that are free from distortion in dry and wet conditions.

Built to survive harsh environments, MIC Series cameras feature an IP 68/NEMA 6P-rated housing to ensure complete protection against dust and water ingress without the need for pressurization. And, for reliable operation in tough roadway applications, the cameras can withstand 130 mile (209 kilometer) per hour sustained winds and gusts up to 180 miles (290 kilometers) per hour, as well as shock and vibration up to 20g and 2.0g respectively.

With a Lowering System from MG Squared, MIC Series camera installation and maintenance can be performed on the ground by one technician, eliminating the need for bucket trucks, cone crews or lane closures. This provides tremendous cost savings as well as a more efficient and safer work process. It also frees design engineers from previous limitations on mounting heights, since pole and camera locations are no longer determined by where or how high a bucket truck can reach.

“Independent studies and reports have shown an estimated 80 to 92 percent life cycle savings in video surveillance maintenance costs when customers incorporate a lowering system,” says Martin Manners, III, vice president and general counsel, MG Squared. “Integration with the MIC Series 550 gives customers a rugged PTZ camera that will survive the most challenging conditions along the world's busiest highways and secure facilities.”

IP-Based Storage for Mission-Critical Applications

IP-Based Storage for Mission-Critical Applications

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Anixter | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

Network video is the leading driver of the growth in the video surveillance security market. It's not only altering the fundamental infrastructure of security systems, but it is also spurring innovation in tangential area, such as marketing, behavioral analytics and traffic management. Servers, storage and workstation technologies are therefore key components of an IP-based physical security solution. However, many organizations seek to leverage existing assets or idle capacity to meet their video surveillance needs instead of creating a tailored solution to meet the organization's needs. Even though analog video solutions put together over the years in a disparate way might pass for minimally sufficient, the data-intensive nature of network video technologies make this approach problematic. With the prediction that more than 70 percent of all network cameras will have megapixel resolution by 2015, an integrated and holistic approach to building an IP-based video surveillance solution is needed today.

Evidence indicates that the use of manufacturers' minimum specifications as a one-size-fits-all solution is creating systems that struggle to address customers' application requirements for video surveillance and other business functions. Given the forecast that nearly half of all video security systems will run off network cameras by 2014, nonstandard systems will begin to underperform as systems scale.

This White paper pays special attention to the future of network video and servers, storage and client workstations needed to ensure mission-critical video surveillance remains available and high performing.

Trending: Integration and Open
The shift toward integration and open-architecture platforms for IP-based physical security is placing greater importance on facilities, security and IT professionals to collaborate in making key hardware decision. Research shows that an increasing part of physical security will run on the IT network:
- 26.4 percent of cameras were IP-based in 2010. (IMS Research)
- Conservation projections put that figure at 48.9 percent in 2014, which means that nearly half of video security systems will run off of network cameras. (IMS Research)
- More than 70 percent of network cameras shipments will be megapixel resolution by 2015. (IMS Research) 


Discussing all the other significant advancement in video technology, the move toward network cameras and high-resolution alone will drive IP-based physical security planner to seek out integrated server, storage and workstation solutions than can handle the immense increase in bandwidth and processing needs. New technologies such as edge storage are inherently integrative, which allows users to fill in the gaps for out-of-network mobile applications or network failures. In some instances, companies are leveraging third-party data centers to host cloud-effective solution for smaller applications today. From the shift to open and redundant architecture hardware, to the emphasis on total cost of ownership and return on investment, market trends all point to a more integrated IP-based physical security vision.

Benefits of Integration
An integrated network video solution is more robust, scalable and cost effective than an analog system. With improved reliability, redundancy and flexibility of an open-architecture solution, which can exceed any appliance or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution, a truly integrated IP-based physical security solution can also take advantage of today's best technology, such as higher camera counts, resolutions, access control integration, more intuitive and powerful user interfaces and multiple analytics.

A purpose-built IP-based physical security solution can also result in both short-and long-term cost savings. By removing the necessity to maintain separate networks, organizations can experience a reduction in capital, maintenance, manpower and equipment costs. When properly planned and executed, an integrated IP-based physical security solution will result in less downtime, which lowers the total cost of ownership.

Market Challenges
Of course, as with any complex technology, there are always significant challenges. Complexity can also be a hindrance to a clear migration path, with maintaining legacy infrastructure, long-term organization strategy and cost which is always top-of-mind. Interoperability limitations also present obstacles, with en users concerned about being too dependent on any single manufacturer, managing the multiple communication protocols and dependence on support, especially for highly sophisticated IP-based physical security solutions.

For those looking for a defined migration strategy to network video, the path is muddled as well. Today there are countless manufacturers that purport to have a clear migration path toward an open architecture platform. However, there is simply no one clear migration path to network video that applies to all applications. Even though organizations such as ONVIF are working toward industry standards, the lack of interoperability in many video system products is a serious concern for planners and integrators, which is especially true when it comes to mission-critical functions. Supporting high-resolution cameras from multiple manufacturers requires significant storage and server capabilities to handle the increased bandwidth.

Best Practices: Purpose-Built, Video-Optimized
When designing or migrating toward a new IP-based physical security solution, the best servers are purpose-built and optimized for video applications. Servers need mission-critical drives with high I/O capabilities and near unconstrained workload capacity. Server configuration is vital and should include memory, storage and processor specifications that ensure optimum scalability for video. Servers should have the capacity to accommodate future growth, including the ability to record higher frame rates without dropping frames, higher resolutions and cost-effectively store video data for longer periods.

Another vital consideration is external storage, typically needed for greater than 30 TB requirements. The storage needs in a typical network video solution can be immense, with potentially hundreds or more high-resolution cameras capturing as many as thirty frames per second, operating 24×7.

The most common mistake made is to look at streaming video as just another form of data. The case for purpose-built video storage over traditional data solutions focuses on five key areas:
- Massive database size need
- I/O-intensive operations
- Intolerances of system latencies
- Constant bit-rate streaming
- Demanding operating environments , such as temperature, vibration, bit-error rate and more

Because of the intrinsic nature of streaming video, each of these five areas requires a purpose-built approach that takes into account unique needs, capabilities and system demands. There are many external storage options available, including direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS), iSCSl, Fibre Channel and storage area networks (SAN).

An emerging trend is edge or on-board storage, which stores audio and video recordings within cameras, typically using an SD card. Edge storage is particularly beneficial for mobile security or applications that experience network connection interruptions. Edge storage is an excellent complimentary enhancement to central storage to facilitate comprehensive and seamless video coverage building additional redundancy in the solution.


Weakest Link
One often overlooked piece is the client viewing station. Many times an existing workstation or standard PC specification meant for employees is used as the client viewing station, which vary in configuration based on their originally intended purpose. However, the highly demanding needs of video requires a workstation built for continuous 24/7 performance, 365 days a year.

Purpose-built workstations for video feature higher level cooling systems, 450 watt and greater power supplies, dual Ethernet adapters (for management), server-grade processors and expanded display capabilities. Today's high-resolution graphics adapters draw from the power source, increasing impact when installing multiple adapters. The primary demands on client viewing stations are compression and process-intensive decoding in order to properly render video. And, as compression algorithms continue to evolve, the demand on workstation performance will only grow exponentially. Keeping that in mind, video processing workstations should be as future-proof as possible, with the ability to expand and scale up to support future compression algorithms.

At the end of the day the client viewing stations represents the user experience and should not be cut short only to reduce the quality and effectiveness of the entire network video station.

Going Forward
With rapid achievements in network video technology, consultants, integrators and end users are challenged with migrating away from disparate legacy systems to a more integrated, holistic approach. Migrating to a network video solution requires servers, storage and workstations that can scale and support future technologies, meet specific application challenges and allow for the development of a long-term technology continuum. By going beyond single-manufacturer systems and embracing open-architecture solutions, organizations can better meet their application requirements and provide flexibility throughout the network. Given the forecast the nearly half of all video security systems will run off network cameras by 2014, nonstandard systems will begin to underperform as systems scale. Choosing servers, storage and workstations that perform seamlessly with the network will ensure mission-critical video surveillance systems remain available and high performing.

Dutch Hospital Selects IQinVision to Enhance Quality of Care

Dutch Hospital Selects IQinVision to Enhance Quality of Care

Editor / Provider: IQinVision | Updated: 7/18/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

IQinVision nnounced Elkerliek Hospital in the Netherlands has chosen IQinVision HD megapixel cameras for its recent upgrade to IP video surveillance. Xserius is the distributor for the project, and Flexposure is the project integrator.

Elkerliek Hospital supplies modern, high-quality basic care to its patients. The hospital is run under the motto, “Providing quality care begins with the design of good, modern services for parking, reception, and security.” Thanks to this philosophy and commitment, the hospital was recently recognized as the “Most Hospitable” in the Netherlands.

When hospital administrators decided to upgrade to IP video surveillance, they wanted to accomplish traditional security goals and to optimize extra services and health care. To accomplish these goals, project managers decided a deep integration between parking, access, and other security systems would be required. In order to integrate IP cameras into the overall system, it was crucial that the cameras chosen demonstrate excellent performance in low light situations. The hospital also wanted megapixel quality cameras to ensure detailed camera images at all times.

The decisive factor in choosing IQinVision was the proven ability of the IQeye megapixel cameras to meet Elkerliek's expectations. As a result, and due to IQinVision's open standards, Flexposure was able to successfully integrate 150 IQeye cameras into the centralized security system. As an added bonus, the project solution is future-proof: camera numbers can easily be expanded and cameras can be moved anywhere there is a network connection, should the need arise.

Integration and centralization of different systems within the hospital helps ensure the safety of all patients and staff, and such integration also provides important resources and information to make the best medical care possible. Detailed camera images, managed by a Mirasys VMS, are now used to facilitate parking, confirm access control information, and are available for other uses in the central control room. “The Elkerliek Hospital project is an excellent example of the expanded role integrated security systems can play,” commented Henri Nieuwstraten, GM, Xserius.

Quadnetics Changes Company Name to Synectics

Quadnetics Changes Company Name to Synectics

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 7/18/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Quadnetics Group plc, the design, integration and control of advanced surveillance technology, networked security systems and strategic security solutions, is pleased to announce that, further to obtaining shareholder approval at its Annual General Meeting held on 2 May 2012, the process for the change of name to Synectics plc has been completed.

The reason for the name change is that the Synectics brand is now well established and recognized within electronic surveillance markets worldwide. The Board therefore considers that the Group will benefit from the parent company adopting the Synectics name.

It is expected that the Company's shares will commence trading on AIM with the new name with effect from 8.00 a.m. on 17 July 2012 with the ticker SNX and the same ISIN number (GB0007156838).

ICommenting on the name change, John Shepherd, Chief Executive, said: “We are justly proud of the excellent reputation that the Synectics name has gained both here and around the world and believe changing the parent company name to Synectics plc will benefit the brand value of the whole Group. The word “synectics” refers to a problem solving methodology, which succinctly describes our underlying ethos.”

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