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Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Kantech, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, one of  the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security companies, announces the release of the Intevo integrated security platform which now includes the latest version of the exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

Designed to unify access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium-sized businesses, Intevo seamlessly integrates the Kantech EntraPass software with exacqVision VMS software into a single solution. Intevo also includes support for DSC PowerSeries and MAXSYS alarm panel integration, giving users plug-and-play capability.

“With the move to the Exacq software, Intevo brings the powerful and intuitive features of the exacqVision VMS, such as faster and more intuitive video searching capabilities, to customers as part of an easy to deploy, integrated security platform,” said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Tyco Security Products.

The exacqVision software features SpeedSearch, where video frames automatically populate on the screen upon conducting a search and advance as the timeline cursor is moved. Users can also begin an investigation while video is still downloading, providing faster access to the necessary evidence, particularly for low bandwidth connections.

Intevo is optimized for the use of American Dynamics Illustra Series HD cameras — supporting up to 32 IP cameras per system. Using the exacqVision software, Intevo supports over 2,000 models of the industry's leading IP camera including fisheye/panoramic models with client-side de-warping.

The Intevo platform is preloaded with the latest version of Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software, which supports the EntraPass Web remote user platform and the EntraPass Go mobile application right out of the box. EntraPass allows customers to view, manage and play back video linked to access control events as well as perform everyday access control functions such as locking and unlocking doors.

Exacq hires regional sales manager for Northeast US

Exacq hires regional sales manager for Northeast US

Editor / Provider: Exacq | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq has announced that Jay Mele has accepted the position of Regional Sales Manager (RSM) for the Northeast US. Jay's territory includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Northern New Jersey, and New Hampshire. He will report directly to Adam Messina, Northeast Regional Sales Director.

Jay Mele brings over 10 years of sales experience supporting the Northeast security industry. Jay specializes in IP video including cameras, video management software, analytics, network infrastructure, and storage, along with product knowledge and experience with access control, intrusion, and fire detection. His background includes working within sales and business development roles for industry leading manufacturers, most recently Axis Communications. Jay has the technical aptitude to sell and support complex systems and prides himself on problem solving and customer support skills.

Thermal imaging cameras: A cost-effective solution for perimeter protection

Thermal imaging cameras: A cost-effective solution for perimeter protection

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 8/11/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Today, the challenge for CCTV professionals is to make sure that video footage is effective on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. Securing an area during the daytime is one thing. But what happens during the night? And in weather conditions like fog, rain and snow? What can be detected if CCTV cameras are blinded by the sun?

As CCTV systems become more advanced, the security industry will increasingly focus on CCTV installations for 24 hour surveillance, not just day-time operation. To be truly secure, a site must be protected day and night.

A number of tools are available to help detect potential intruders in the dark. Often different technologies are being combined to create a secure perimeter. Fences can be complemented with Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems with or without active infrared illumination or old fashioned light bulbs, Radio Frequency Intruder Detection (RAFID) systems, thermal imaging cameras and/or walking patrols. Whatever solution or technology is chosen for securing an area, they all have their advantages and disadvantages and some technologies are more expensive than others. To get a full picture of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for a certain solution, not only the initial purchase cost, but also the installation and maintenance costs need to be considered. Some solutions consume a lot of power and need a lot of spare parts. Environmental and energy consumption issues are high on the global agenda today. Given that $1 from every $5 spent globally is used on lighting, and much of this is spent on inefficient and unnecessary lighting, particular attention should be paid to this area. Saving energy by looking at running costs will become increasingly important. Local authorities and private industries are all looking at methods to save energy costs and lighting is one area that will receive due attention.

Quite a number of technologies are available to help detect potential intruders in the dark before they become a real hazard. Let's compare some of them:

The total cost of seeing at night

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) combined with traditional lighting
CCTV systems have been an effective tool for security and surveillance applications. However, just like the human eye, CCTV cameras do not see too much in total darkness. So in order to detect intruders at night they are often complemented with traditional lights by mains driven bulbs. Although some bulbs (fluorescent lamps, HID lamps) are more efficient than others, the operational cost remains very high. Light can only penetrate a certain distance and completely illuminating an area, so that it can be kept under surveillance of CCTV cameras, is not always possible. Powering and maintaining the lights can even be more costly.

CCTVs with traditional lamp lighting require lamp replacement every 2,000 to 4,000 hours or about every 8 months. Significant labour and material costs are associated with lamp replacement. Light pollution is a global problem caused by inefficient, intrusive and unnecessary use of artificial light. Symptoms include glare, clutter over-illumination and sky glow. Light pollution is an increasingly hot political topic given recent government legislation to control and punish light pollution. In some locations light is also considered to be too intrusive.

Furthermore, lighting essentially lays out a route of attack for intruders, creating shadows in which they can hide and access undetected.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) combined with LEDs
Compared to any bulb, LEDs provide significant savings on electrical consumption. LEDs also provide long life performance with little ongoing maintenance costs.
Infrared illumination with LEDs, sometimes also called active infrared, beams infrared radiation into the area in front of a camera. The LEDs are often placed around the lens of the camera.
LED illumination is compromised by limited range performance. Also, providing lighting for domes has long been a challenge for CCTV professionals as the lighting cannot be fitted to move with the camera.

Electrified fences
In order to keep intruders out of certain areas, fences can be constructed. To further increase security, fences can be equipped with sensors that generate an automatic alarm when someone touches the fence. Or they can be electrified, to keep intruders away.
In all cases, fences need to be complemented, for example by CCTV cameras or walking patrols in order to see what is happening around the fence.

Radio Frequency Intruder detection (RAFID)
The simplest description of RAFID is to consider a system using two specially designed cables – one transmitting a radio wave, while the other receives that wave.
Changes in the amount of signal passing between the transmitter cable and receiver cable are analyzed by a signal processor. These changes indicate that someone or something is between the two cables, which will make an alarm go off. Due to the difference in signal strength, the system can detect whether these changes are due to the presence of a human, or a small animal. Note that in a lot of cases CCTV cameras still need to be installed in order to see what is generating a real, or false, alarm.

Thermal imaging 
A new tool for seeing in total darkness, and in extreme weather conditions, is thermal imaging. Thermal imaging is the use of a thermal imaging camera to "see" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a crisp image on which the smallest of details can be seen. They work both during daytime and nighttime. Thermal imaging is today widely recognized as the most effective detection solution and when used in conjunction with video analytics it is confirmed having the lowest false alarm rate and most accurate intrusion detection solution in the market.

Most FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras contain an uncooled Vanadium Oxide detector. Not only does this produce excellent quality thermal images, since it is not containing any moving parts, it needs virtually no maintenance. Thermal imaging technology requires no additional lighting or illumination and has no regular maintenance costs. The FC series camera is now available with it's own onboard analytics, this creating a true edge detection device , both benefits of Thermal imaging and Video analytics are housed in the same camera.

Deciding which technology to use

Before making a final decision about which technology will be implemented to secure a perimeter at night, security managers should have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each technology. This is outlined in the table below.  

 

Advantages

Disadvantages

CCTV with traditional

lighting or LED

- Good visibility during daytime

- Relatively low initial cost

- A lot of cameras need to be installed to cover a large perimeter

- Limited detection at night. Light illuminates only certain small area.

- Limited capabilities in fog, rain,

- Civil works need to be carried out to install light poles

- High power consumption

- High maintenance cost for replacing the lights: material and manpower

Electrified Fence

- Creates a physical barrier

- Allows to stop intruders

- Works during the night as well

- High installation cost

- Full civil works needed

- Power consumption

- Needs to be complemented with CCTV to see if alarm is false or not.

Light or infrared illumination needed during the night to do this.

RAFID or Sensor Cable

- Fully automated system

- Works in total darkness

- High installation cost

- Full civil works needed

- Troubleshooting and maintenance after installation

- Many unwanted alarms

- Needs to be complemented with CCTV to see if alarm is false or not.

Light or infrared illumination needed during the night to do this.

Thermal imaging

- Full awareness

- Can be used day and night

- Works in practically all weather conditions.

Can see through light fog, rain, smoke, ...

- No downtime, low maintenance

- Low power consumption

- Extremely difficult to hide from since thermal contrast is practically impossible to mask

-Excellent cueing sensor for high powered zoom PANT TILT SYSTEMS

- No physical barrier

- Potential intruders are easily spotted but not identified

Case study : lower investment for thermal imaging
As is shown in the advantages and disadvantages table on the previous page, thermal imaging cameras have many advantages for perimeter protection. To make a final decision, however, the purchase cost of the system needs to be considered. Below you'll find a comparison between the required number of units for perimeter protection systems based on CCTV cameras versus systems based on thermal imaging cameras. In this simplified example, the cost of personnel and equipment during the installation and the cost in maintenance and power bills are not included, as they might vary strongly depending on available infrastructure, local power rates and local wages. In all cases these costs will be directly proportional to the amount of equipment and on the usage of lighting. Even though the price of one single thermal imaging camera might be higher than the price of a CCTV camera, the overall investment costs for a thermal imaging camera perimeter protection system is actually lower, in this case 28% lower. The larger the perimeter, the bigger this difference will become. Since thermal imaging cameras require no lighting to function and given the fact that fewer cameras are needed with the thermal imaging perimeter protection solution, this system will also consume less electricity than the CCTV solution, making the thermal solution less expensive in its upkeep than the CCTV solution.

Assumptions:
- An industrial perimeter of 700 meters needs to be protected with the perimeter protection system.
- The perimeter needs to be secured day and night, in all weather conditions. This means that CCTV cameras are limited in terms of distance that can be covered by the infrared illuminators.

Even though the price of one single thermal imaging camera is higher than the price of a CCTV camera, in this example the total investment costs for a thermal imaging camera perimeter protection system is 38% lower.

Conclusion
Although all technologies have advantages and disadvantages a small calculation makes it clear that thermal imaging is a very good and a very cost effective solution for protecting a perimeter, especially if this perimeter, like in practically all cases, also needs to be protected during the night.
In this technical note, we have demonstrated that for thermal imaging systems, not only maintenance costs are lower (power, spare parts, etc.), but already the initial purchase cost of a thermal system is lower than a CCTV system.

Although a single thermal imaging camera is more expensive than a CCTV camera, fewer cameras need to be deployed to cover the same area. The civil works that need to be carried out are minimal. In some cases, the cameras can even be mounted on existing structures. Furthermore, since thermal imaging cameras produce a clear image in the darkest of nights, no complementary technologies like lighting or infrared illuminators need to be installed. Not only does this limit the amount of civil works that needs to be carried out, it also reduces the maintenance cost.

Thermal imaging cameras also generate fewer false alarms which is a common problem with CCTV cameras combined with Video Motion Detection or Video Content Analysis software.

 

 

Siqura introduces explosion-protected cameras for hazardous areas

Siqura introduces explosion-protected cameras for hazardous areas

Editor / Provider: TKH | Updated: 8/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Siqura, an international supplier of advanced video surveillance solutions, has just announced the availability of ExPLORE, a new range of explosion-protected surveillance cameras. Combining Siqura's trademark reliability with an extremely robust exterior, these cameras are the perfect choice for hazardous areas in the marine, oil and gas (MOG) industry. The ExPLORE series consists of fixed and PTZ housings containing an analogue camera or a full-featured network camera that provides high-quality, high-definition images.

No sparks, no corrosion
Siqura's ExPLORE cameras are certified for Zone 1, where concentrations of flammable gases or vapors may occur and a single spark can lead to disaster. The housing of these environmentally hardened cameras is made of 316L electro-polished stainless steel, a corrosion-resistant alloy suited for use in harsh offshore and onshore environments. All models can be provided with certifications to meet different requirements worldwide, including ATEX, UL and IECEx.

Intelligent video content analysis
While the demand for “intelligent” surveillance cameras becomes a stronger in global market, the ExPLORE range is equipped with intelligent features. Take ObjectR-PID, Siqura's system-wide solution for perimeter intrusion detection (PID). This powerful piece of analytics automates the surveillance of unmanned platforms and substations by sending out an alert whenever an intruder crosses a detection line or enters a detection zone.

Complete solution
“MOG locations are highly complex environments,” says Roger Decker, Managing Director at Siqura. “Operators are faced with so much information that they easily miss out on crucial events. In order to help them take better decisions, Siqura and its sister companies in the TKH Group developed an integral security solution that includes access control, lighting systems, offshore cables, control room software and now also explosion-protected cameras. All components are designed to work together and increase situational awareness through a careful selection of data streams. Only information relevant to a particular situation makes it to your security screen, the rest is omitted. The result: a greatly enhanced workflow.”

Bosch to open new US distribution center in Spartanburg, S. Carolina

Bosch to open new US distribution center in Spartanburg, S. Carolina

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/6/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems, one of the  global suppliers of security, safety and communications products, solutions and services, plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County. In addition to leasing a newly constructed building in Greer, S.C. and further investment in equipment, the company expects to create more than 50 new jobs over the next five years.

Bosch associates at the 150,000-square-foot facility, located at 140 Caliber Ridge Road in Greer, will distribute products to customers in North and South America and support light assembly for customer-specific projects. Bosch Security Systems' product portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection, access control and management systems, in addition to professional audio and conference systems. Operations are expected to begin in December 2014.

Bosch Security Systems employs more than 12,000 associates worldwide. The company is one of 360 subsidiaries and regional companies of the Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services that employs more than 4,000 associates among four facilities throughout South Carolina. The company will begin hiring for the new positions in fall 2014.

QUOTES
“We are pleased to open the first facility for Bosch Security Systems in South Carolina. With this investment, we will benefit from synergies with multiple Bosch facilities and transportation lanes in the state. We will meet the growing demands of our customers in North and South America with greater flexibility and efficiency, due in part to a constructive partnership with the state of South Carolina, S.C. Commerce, Spartanburg County and the S.C. Ports Authority.” -Christopher Gerace, regional president, Bosch Security Systems

“Bosch Security Systems is a welcome addition to our state's business community. Their decision to create more than 50 new jobs expands Bosch's footprint in our state and reinforces why South Carolina is a leader in logistics.” -Gov. Nikki Haley

“The Bosch Group is deeply engrained in South Carolina's economy, and we welcome yet another one of their esteemed divisions to the Palmetto State. Bosch Security Systems will fit perfectly here, and I look forward to their future growth and success.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"The South Carolina Ports Authority looks forward to supporting the needs of Bosch Security Systems' new location in Spartanburg. Our strong port is one of South Carolina's key strategic assets, benefitting companies all across our state.” -Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority

“We are pleased to see The Bosch Group has chosen South Carolina for yet another major investment in our great state. Spartanburg County looks forward to working with Bosch Security Systems to ensure their growth and profitability continues in the Palmetto State.” -David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board

“We are extremely pleased Bosch, a globally recognized company, is establishing a distribution operation in Spartanburg County and the City of Greer. We welcome them to our ever-growing list of international companies in Spartanburg County.” -Russ Weber, president of Integral Solutions Group and chairman of the Spartanburg Economic Futures Group Board of Directors

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Bosch to the City of Greer. With Bosch's announcement, Greer has truly been given a coveted opportunity to further grow and diversify our city. As one of South Carolina's fastest-growing cities, Greer is extremely grateful to Bosch for their commitment, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide a return on their investment.” -City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner

FIVE FAST FACTS
- Bosch Security Systems plans to open a new distribution center in Spartanburg County.
- The company is leasing a newly constructed building and expects to create more than 50 new jobs over the next five years.
- 150,000-square-foot facility, located at 140 Caliber Ridge Road in Greer, S.C.
- Bosch Security Systems is a subsidiary of the Bosch Group, which employs more than 4,000 associates among four facilities throughout South Carolina.
- Operations are expected to begin in December 2014 with hiring for the new positions starting in fall 2014.

Dancing Moose Montessori School advances education with Milestone

Dancing Moose Montessori School advances education with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Milestone system | Updated: 8/5/2014 | Article type: Education

Dancing Moose Montessori School in Salt Lake City, Utah, developed a unique way to increase parents' participation in their child's schooling, improve teacher evaluations without disturbing class, and expand overall school security. Milestone XProtect Express video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications oversee daily operations at Dancing Moose to deliver a high degree of security and provide parents with a window into their child's learning.

“The Axis-Milestone solution has become a huge selling point for our school. Parents love the ability to drop off their children, who may be crying and suffering from separation anxiety, and check in after five minutes to see that their child is happy and engaged in the classroom. It's really powerful.” Jennifer Duffield, Executive Director, The Dancing Moose Montessori School.

The challenge:
Dancing Moose Montessori School opened its doors with a promise to parents and students to provide unmatched learning experience with programs that are unique, learning environments that are professional and safe, and processes that are transparent. Safety was a key consideration, but to stay true to its promise of transparency, the school needed a security system th at was robust and effective while also allowing parents to remotely monitor their children without interrupting class.

The solution:
Milestone XProtect Express IP video management software (VMS), 40 Axis network cameras and a pair of 42-inch monitors comprise the monitoring system that allows parents and school administrators to observe students and teachers without interfering in classroom activities. The monitors are in the lobby, the cameras are set up throughout the school and the system is custom integrated with S2 Extreme access control — thanks to the Milestone open platform architecture.

The advantages:
With the simple click of a mouse, parents have live access to their child's classroom without the distraction that their presence in the room would create. They can quickly and easily observe how their child learns and interacts with classmates and teachers. For administrators, the ability to monitor classrooms remotely means that teacher evaluations are no longer a distraction to students or the teacher. The integration of the video system with access control provides efficient management of safety matters in the school.

A Total Learning Experience
Founded by President Joyce Sibbett, Ph. D., Dancing Moose Montessori School of West Valley City, Utah, focuses on the total learning experience, providing engaging activities and specialized programs tailored to each class. A key feature of Dancing Moose Montessori School is the learning environment with bright and airy designs in multiple zones, including open spaces full of greenery, a large gym and a specialized outdoor program. Each school is newly built from the ground up, typically measuring 20,000 square feet, hosting 200 students in 12 classrooms with two teachers assigned to each room.

Peace of mind for parents, students, teachers and staff was a priority, and the state-of-the-art, integrated monitoring and security system goes a long way toward providing just that. The system, installed by Stone Security of Salt Lake City, is networked through Milestone XProtect Express VMS and includes a variety of Axis network cameras and an S2 Extreme audio/visual access control system. The solution also includes a 4U BCD Video tower server powered by HP, Netgear 24-port POE switches and a DMP intrusion system.

Visitors, parents, staff, and teachers use unique access codes to enter the system, but only after verbal and visual confirmation. Once inside the facility, parents have permissions-based virtual access to the preschool, with views of authorized classrooms and outdoor areas. The Milestone XProtect Smart Client interface allows multiple parents to view different images on the monitors simultaneously – the system is configured for as many as six camera feeds to be displayed on each screen.

“The Milestone interface is very straightforward but also effective and secure. Parents can walk up to our monitoring stations with no experience in professional video systems and the intuitive Milestone software provides easy and secure access to live video of their child's classroom — including control over camera angles. Our parents typically flock to the monitoring station where they can observe their children learning, playing, eating, and interacting with teachers and fellow students,” says Jennifer Duffield, Executive Director, Dancing Moose Montessori School.

“The IP-based Milestone system paired with Axis network cameras is easy to use and provides clear, high-resolution images to both managers and parents at Dancing Moose Montessori School,” explains Andy Schreyer, Stone Security. “Additionally, because Milestone and Axis operate on an open platform system, we are able to provide our client with the flexibility to grow the system to future schools and add new integrations over time, creating equity in the system. Milestone keeps up as Axis releases new cameras with updated features, eliminating the need for system replacement because it never becomes obsolete.”

Every child in view
Stone Security carefully selected cameras that would provide the most comprehensive viewing options for parents. At the school's original location, opened in 2007, Stone Security installed pan/tilt/zoom AXIS 212 PTZ-V Network Cameras inside the classrooms to offer instant pan/tilt/zoom functionality. When Dancing Moose opened a second location in 2014, Stone Security chose either wide-angle, 3 megapixel AXIS M3006-V or panoramic, 5 megapixel AXIS M3007-PV Fixed Dome Network Cameras to provide complete views of each room.

For external security afterhours, Stone Security installed HDTV-quality 720p AXIS P3364-VE Fixed Dome Network Cameras outside the building. The cameras' Lightfinder technology is ideal for low-light visibility. The exterior cameras are set to record on motion, and they can be viewed on Duffield's office computer.

“We recommend Axis cameras specifically because IP-based cameras are easy to use, provide high resolution, and offer a great deal of flexibility to choose frame rates, resolution and recording options on the fly,” said Andy Schreyer of Stone Security.

Effective Learning Through Observation
Two 42-inch NEC monitors are installed in the lobby of Dancing Moose Montessori School, where parents can see their child at any point throughout the day without being a distraction in the classroom, which could cause their child to act differently.

“Parents can be interested in seeing what the teacher is teaching, if their child is engaged in the lesson, or how well the student is eating at lunchtime,” says Jennifer Duffield, executive director, Dancing Moose Montessori School. “The Milestone interface and Axis cameras make our parents comfortable and offer reassurance and a sense of security.”

Parents and school administrators are equally interested in educators' teaching methods, whether or not the pupils are actively participating in the lesson and activities, and verifying that students are playing safely and eating well.

“It's nice to be able to pull a classroom image up on the screen to keep track of the teachers' lessons, or to see if students are behaving well or getting out of hand,” continues Duffield. “What's great is that the Milestone and Axis technology allows us to observe classrooms without disturbing the lesson flow, and we see the true, unvarnished behavior of our students during their normal interactions with teachers.”

According to Duffield, the Milestone XProtect Express and Axis network camera solution has surpassed her expectations. As she explains it, parents have had little, if any, exposure to operating an advanced video monitoring system, but with just the click of a mouse, they have a high-resolution view of their children in classrooms and outdoor environments.

“At the start of the school year, parents flocked to the monitors and were amazed at the ability to retain an active role in their child's day without distracting them during school hours,” she says. “As the school year progresses, the monitoring stations average about 10 users in the morning and 10 during lunch. We are proud to offer Milestone's interface to the families of our pupils and are thrilled with its positive effect on our program.”

For Schreyer of Stone Security, the Dancing Moose Montessori School installation is an outstanding example of the versatility of the Milestone software: “The flexibility of the Milestone open platform with Axis allows our techs to be experts regardless of client vertical. We are able to choose the perfect solutions for our customers and integrate every important service needed for each installation. Dancing Moose Montessori School has access control technology integrated with the Milestone video for the ability to safely monitor students at all times.”

Proximex announces PSIM solution Surveillint Essentials for SMB

Proximex announces PSIM solution Surveillint Essentials for SMB

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 8/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Proximex, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco , the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security company, announces the introduction of Surveillint Essentials, an entry level physical security information management (PSIM) solution for those seeking the latest technology in an easy-to-use, quick-to-implement format.

Ideal for users looking for an introductory, yet true PSIM offering, Surveillint Essentials is designed for small- to mid-size environments with existing video, intrusion, access control and fire systems. Through an integration module configuration wizard, users can easily configure and deploy integrations with other security, safety and video surveillance systems. A simple install package allows the installation of the product within minutes.

“We recognize that customers are seeking ways to improve their situational awareness and response time by consolidating multiple systems, yet they may not be ready to invest in the full PSIM enterprise solution,” said Chatura Liyanage, Group Product Manager for Proximex. “Surveillint Essentials is the bridge to start on that journey with a low cost, easy to deploy, easy to use package that allows them to leverage their existing security technology.”

Built on the Proximex Surveillint Enterprise Product, Surveillint Essentials can be upgraded to the full enterprise PSIM solution when needed without having to completely reconfigure the system, so that your existing investments are not wasted.

With Surveillint Essentials, sites enjoy improved operational efficiency with a solution that combines key security systems into a single operator console. The intuitive user interface enables operators to visualize various resources including sensor and alarm locations, access live and recorded video and execute sensor commands directly from hierarchical maps.

Surveillint Essentials also provides comprehensive video management capabilities, allowing users to view live and recorded video from multiple systems through a single interface, take video snapshots, generate video incident report packages, and configure video guard tours.

Incident assessment and response is improved with Surveillint Essentials because operators only see the relevant details from multiple sensors when an alarm is sounded. From there, they can hone in on the important factors such as alarm details and contextual information while recording operator notes and producing incident reports.

Surveillint Essentials will also be a valuable addition to integrators to offer a higher value proposition to their customers. With a solution that is easy to configure and deploy, and with out-of-the-box integrations available to the leading security systems, Surveillint Essentials complements integrators' existing line cards while providing them with new product revenue opportunities. It also provides integrators and others with the flexibility to develop their own unique solutions based on the Surveillint open integration platform.

Top 3 myths of physical access control technology

Top 3 myths of physical access control technology

Editor / Provider: Ola Jonsson, Business Development Manager, Axis Communications | Updated: 7/21/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

It is no exaggeration to say that network video has revolutionized the video surveillance market. Now the access control industry is on the verge of a similar development. Once again, it is the transition from analog to IP-based systems and with it the adoption of open standards which provides new opportunities and stimulates market growth.

Since the introduction of the first network camera in 1996, the market share of IP-based video surveillance systems has increased year by year. Today, network video solutions offer a host of benefits and advanced functionalities that cannot be provided by analog video surveillance technology.

There are a number of common misconceptions as the physical access control industry undergoes a similar transition from analog to IP-based technology. In the following, I will address the top 3 of these myths.

Myth #1 - It's not worth upgrading existing analog systems to IP-based technology
A typical analog access control system is dependent on having each device – card reader, handle, door lock, door position switch, etc. – hard wired with RS-485 cable into one central unit or central server. Besides being proprietary systems, which confines the end user to one single provider of hardware and software, these solutions often tend to be very complex and require expert personnel to handle installation and configuration.

Furthermore, when expanding analog systems the process is complicated by the need to consider that a typical central controller is built to accommodate a certain maximum number of doors, normally 4, 8, 16 or 32. Not only does this limitation make the system inflexible but also makes it difficult for the end user to match his requirements with products available, e. g. if there is a need for access control at for example 9 or 17 doors. This lack of flexibility also brings high marginal costs, which can make the addition of one extra door unjustifiably expensive.

Upgrading an analog access control system to IP-based technology therefore allows for more flexibility while lowering costs as the system needs to be expanded to include additional doors. IP networks can be used for more than one application. This way different security systems can use the same infrastructure and can be integrated with each other. Often remote monitoring and management of security systems is a key requirement. This can be easily implemented with IP-based solutions which feature web-based console access.

Myth #2 - Access control systems are only for large installations
Analog access control products and systems are normally designed and optimized for large installations with a lot of doors and maybe thousands of credentials (cardholders). The actual market looks very different. According to the Security Sales & Integrator Gold Book 2013, the average installation consists of 7 doors with less than 130 credentials. Only about 20% of the installations have more than 10 doors.

Without the need for hard wiring to a central control unit or central server, IP-based access control systems enable installations that are very flexible and scalable. This means not only a more versatile solution, but also a more cost efficient one. Freed from the constraints of enlarging the system in certain multiples, a network-based solution can – should it be necessary – be enlarged by one door, and one reader, at a time.

Additionally, IP-based technology enables “edge” solutions. An edge solution has one controller for each door, which is then connected to the existing local Ethernet through a regular network switch without the need for a central server for management. Since IP networks now are ubiquitous in offices, stores, factory plants and similar facilities the cost of adding an IP-based door controller would be minimal, as opposed to multiple serial connections wired back to a central server. Cabling work can be even further facilitated. By employing a PoE (Power over Ethernet) supported controller at each door the need for a separate power cable is eliminated, thereby reducing the total installation cost and time compared to that of an analog access control solution.

Myth #3 - Access control systems are proprietary solutions that can't be integrated with other security systems
Very much like in the video surveillance market the shift from analog to IP-based technology in the access control industry will cause a transition from proprietary systems to open solutions. And these solutions will most likely be based on international industry standards.

Open solutions and standardized interfaces are a prerequisite in any industry that wants to establish its own equivalent of "plug-and-play". There are many gains from such a development also in access control. It will allow end users to freely pick and choose between components – reader, door controller and software – that best satisfy their needs and preferences. This freedom of choice makes the system future-proof and means the end user no longer has to rely on a single brand or supplier. Equally important, it can also enable integration with other security related systems and third party applications, without the need for costly hardware boxes to provide the “bridge” between the different systems. For example, a very common request is to integrate physical access control with video. People entering a building will automatically trigger a camera; the live images can then be used for investigation of incidents or identity control.

In the network security systems market there is already a clear trend to develop open or standardized application platform interfaces (APIs), which can be used by all competing market participants on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. Naturally, this will increase supply and promote competition and bring a new level of innovation to the industry, while simultaneously making it even easier for end users, system integrators, consultants and others to take advantage of the different possibilities offered by IP-based solutions.

For example, the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF), which is a global and open industry standards body with the goal to facilitate the development and use of IP-based security products, announced in 2010 an extension of the organization's scope of standardization to cover physical access control. Ideally, access control devices from manufacturers that comply with the ONVIF standards will in the near future interoperate effortlessly and seamlessly with each other, as well as with other video surveillance products and systems conformant with the standard.

Future outlook
According to a market forecast by analyst firm ARC Advisory Group, IP-based access control systems will comprise more than 35% of the market in terms of shipments by 2016. A key factor will be that new buildings are increasingly being equipped with IP-based building control systems. This provides the basis for integration of previously often separate systems such as access control, intrusion detection, fire alarms or video surveillance.

Open standards and the ability to base different security systems on the same IP network architecture allows installers to build solutions based on products from various manufacturers. This way they can better meet customer demand, price projects more competitively and offer custom solutions to particular installation challenges and requirements. End users benefit from a future-proof and adaptable technology that can easily scale to their growing needs without being locked into any one manufacturer.

TOP10 most popular security products for June 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for June 2014

Editor / Provider: Erica Lin | Updated: 7/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com here presents the TOP10 products with the most click-through rate in June 2014.

First have a quick look: the TOP10 rank in June is taken by 7 manufacturers—Axis, D-Link, EL.MO. S.p.A., Exacq Technologies, Hikvision, VIVOTEK, and Theia. Among them, two are Taiwan manufacturers, D-Link and VIVOTEK, unsurprisingly. Of the 10 products, it is worth noticing that six cameras enter the June TOP10, with two of them fisheye cameras while panoramic camera has been  increasingly popular on market. And still two out of the six cameras are for the application of  smart home, one from Hikvision and the other from D-Link. Hikvision's 1.3M IR cube camera has successfully achieved the first place for six months in a raw, while D-Link's baby cam makes its first time on rank.

Over all, each of the top 3 winnersHikvision, VIVOTEK, and EL.MO. S.p.A..has received higher total click-through rates than those in May!

1. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3M IR Cube Network Camera

As expected , Hikvision's 1.3M IR cube network camera again becomes the number one on the rank! Receiving a total of 553 clicks this month, it has also got more clicks from last month. Of them, more than half came from America. For six months in a row, the DS-2CD takes the first place on the rank. Though, the other IR cube network camera, Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W), falls out of the rank this time.

2. VIVOTEK FE8174v 5MP 360 degree Fisheye Fixed Dome Camera

The FE8174v is the latest fisheye fixed dome network camera dedicated by VIVOTEK. It jumped from No.7 last month to No.2 in June with a total of 402 clicks. The FE8174v features a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor and is able to provide surveillance coverage in wide, open areas, such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. Its high-performing ePTZ function enables smooth shifts of zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI). Just in July, asmag.com has released a video to introduce this sleek and durable panoramic cam. Check here: Spot the fishy incidents — 11 perspectives from the industry

Go for more up-to-date panoramic cameras at here.

3. ELMO ANIMA touchscreen control keypad


The No.3 is taken by ELMO ANIMA, control/management keypad with a total of 354 clicks. ELMO ANIMA sees the most of its total viewers from America(42%). Presented by the Italy company, EL.MO. S.p.A., provider of wireless intrusion detection control unit, ELMO ANIMA owns sleek design as well featuring LCD touchscreen and backlighted foldaway buttons. 

4. VIVOTEK MD8531H 1.2 MP WDR Mobile Dome Network Camera


Among the first five seats, two (No2 and No.4) are taken by VIVOTEK cameras. The No.4 goes to VIVOTEK MD8531H, 1.2MP WDR camera, which is also a new comer on the rank with a total of 286 clicks. Nearly 80% of tis viewers came from America and Europe(46%, 33%). The MD8531H is designed ideally for transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles.

5. D-Link DCS-820L Wi-Fi Baby Camera


The No.5 is taken by another new comer, D-Link DCS-820L Wi-Fi Baby Camera, which was just released in May. With a total of 267 clicks, this baby cam had more than half of the viewers from America(55%), which is a growing market for the manufacturers. The Wi-Fi Baby Camera includes advanced features like motion and sound detection, instant push alerts, integrated lullabies, night vision technology, two-way audio and temperature measuring.

6. exacqVision VMS version 6.0


The six place goes to exacqVision VMS version 6.0, with a total of 256 clicks. ExacqTechnologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has just in March released the latest version of the Video Management System(VMS), Version 6.0 since the prevision version 5.2 was launched in 2013. Among the views, over half of them came from America(52%). The new release comes with new features such as radically-faster search through new SpeedSearch, advanced camera configuration, faster more responsive PTZ control, and over 80 new IP camera integrations.

In May, exacqVision is integrated with Connect ONE, a web-based physical security information manager(PSIM). Live video from exacqVision video management system(VMS) software is linked to events within the Connect ONE interface.The integration of exacqVision with the Connect ONE interface allows users to view live video associated with events from one or more locations, generate customized reports, set up alarm or event alerts for instant notification of security concerns, manage users and access privileges and more.

7. Hikvision DS-2CD6362F-I (V)(S) 6MP Fisheye Network Camera


The No.7 goes to the second fisheye camera on this rank — Hikvision DS-2CD6362F-I (V)(S). It is the latest fisheye camera from Hikvision. This 6MP fisheye network camera supports up to 3072 x 2048 real-time streaming, with multiple viewing modes available. As expected, fisheye cameras have become increasingly popular across various verticals. Go find out more about 360-degree cameras on asmag.com June feature: Spot the fishy incidents — 11 perspectives from the industry.

8. AXIS Q16 Series-- Q1615/Q1615-E HDTV Network Camera

The No.6 goes to Axis Q16 Series HDTV Network Camera. This HDTV network camera series, just released in June, receives a total of 246 clicks. This new camera is Axis' first fixed cameras to provide 50/60 frames per seconds in HDTV 1080p resolution. With twice the normal frame rate, the cameras can even better record smooth video when people or vehicles are moving fast.

9. VIVOTEK ND8321 8CH Standalone NVR


No.9 is taken again by VIVOTEK. The ND8321 8CH Standalone NVR enters the rank with a total of 238 clicks. It is also the only NVR ranked on June Top10. ND8321 and IP8355EH are VIVOTEK's key products included in smart and simple solutions for smart city. Interestingly, IP8355EH, outdoor bullet network camera, was the No.2 in April Top10. To improve staff's security, efficiency, and productivity, and to ensure a safer shopping environment for customers, VIVOTEK has developed a user-friendly “Convenient Retail Solution,” comprising the ND8321, a plug-and-play network video recorder, elegantly designed ultra-mini bullet network cameras, and ultra-mini dome network cameras.

10. Theia SL183 Ultra Wide 5MP DN Lens


The last seat on the rank is taken by Theia SL183 Ultra Wide 5MP DN Lens with a total of 235 clicks. Over this period, SL183 has most of its viewers from Europe(47%), the highest on the rank. Theia SL183 features unique, distortion-corrected megapixel lenses, with 1.8 - 3mm varifocal range and Theia's patented Linear Optical Technology.

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses.
For last month's TOP10 products, click here.

Market demand spurs versatile commercial building solutions

Market demand spurs versatile commercial building solutions

Editor / Provider: a&s Editorial Department | Updated: 7/14/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In Asia, the commercial building market has relatively strong potential compared with other parts of the world as private funds, such as those in the U.S., have been showing great interest in the region in recent years. Some US private funds are either buying commercial properties in countries like Singapore or taking on new construction projects. Due to a great number of new constructions in Asia, the demand for integrated building automation (BA) systems are also on the rise.

INTEGRATED BA SOLUTIONS WITH SECURITY
In some developed economies like Singapore and Hong Kong, office buildings and financial buildings are common types of commercial structures. Office buildings can range from state-of-the-art skyscrapers housing regional headquarters of multinational corporations (MNCs) to mid-end buildings accommodating small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Financial buildings are those whose tenants are banks and financial institutions.

Office buildings used as regional head offices and financial buildings are the types that would resort to an integrated solution that bundles security and BA systems at the same time. As to the commercial building market in Asia, where building codes are not as clear as those in Europe or North America, what devices and functions should be included in an integrated system and how they should be done are largely dependent on the whims of building owners. But in general, the integrated BA solutions which highlight the improved energy efficiency and identity management is getting popular in these countries.

Identity Management in High Demand
The type of commercial buildings whose occupants are MNCs are required to protect physical and non-physical intellectual property, since the wealth of intellectual property, be it product prototypes, business letters, or customer information, can fall prey to break-ins and database infiltration. Moreover, the flow of of the outsourcing trend among some MNCs has caused a need for stringent security control. On the other hand, financial buildings that have safety deposit boxes, ATM machines, counters, and employee offices all within one construction also demand rigorous control as cash and client profiles require extra protection.

Therefore, a highly-integrated security solution focusing on identity management has become an answer to the protection of intellectual property, cash, and crucial client information. Identity management is an integrated solution that coordinates BA systems, security hardware, and oftentimes, biometric identification. Patrick Lim, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ademco (Far East) put it this way: “The management of identity using several ID technologies is important as not a single piece of information can properly authenticate an identity.”

What makes identity management so special in a highly-automated building is that as BA leaves the control of a building's access and other security matters to a computeroperated system, identity management, oftentimes with the help of biometrics, exerts a more humanized influence to the system.

Besides, identity management also works with a BA system to provide a customized environment for an individual. Lim took a CEO's office as an example. When a CEO steps into a building, the executive lift is already there waiting for him/ her and their office has been tuned to his/her preference upon arrival (e.g. the blinds are opened to allow in more sunshine).

Energy Efficiency Becomes Unique Selling Point
Both headquarters and financial buildings have added energy saving to in their integrated solutions. Ricky Law, Account Manager at Ensec Solutions, said lighting controls can go with access controls to achieve light saving functions, such as switching lights on and off with an access control card. Lighting controls can also be bundled with a building's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for more energy savings.

New building projects in Asia's developed countries are also increasing demand for a highly automated security and energy saving systems. “Developers and engineering consultant firms [are] looking for energy saving and a more cost effective solution for building projects,” Law said, noting that the incorporation of more energy saving functions into an integrated automated security solution can be a selling point to new construction projects. In new constructions, energy saving functions like how lights and air conditioning systems should be controlled and preconfigured in the BA system have been considered in advance when buildings are under construction.

However, for SMEs, instead of occupying the whole or part of a commercial building, they are often only tenants of a floor or sometimes just a room. Energy saving “can be too rigid and creates inconvenience to tenants,” said Lim, referring to the complexity of integrating too many functions into existing building.

The re-modeling and re-deployment of pipes and wires in buildings can be a painstaking process, not to mention all SMEs in the building have to sit down, make negotiations, and reach agreements to get an integrated system done.

In addition, money is also an issue, Lim said. “The high cost of some of these systems can prevent smaller buildings and cost-sensitive organizations from adopting energy saving solutions,” he explained.

SECURITY PLATFORM SECURES MULTIFUNCTIONAL BUILDINGS
Developing countries are investing heavily in their shopping centers and retail stores as it is the most efficient way to bring cash in. Building fancy malls and enticing tourists to buy have become a fast lane towards economic growth for countries like Thailand, which is a self-proclaimed “shopping paradise.” The shopping industry in Thailand is so strong that one of the country's mall developers, Central Pattana Pcl (CPN), is actually expanding its business to other parts of Southeast Asia and building shopping malls in Malaysia in 2016, followed by more shopping centers in Indonesia and Vietnam, according to Reuters.

The vibrant shopping industry in Thailand has brought in the demand for multifunctional buildings, where shopping centers occupy the first few floors while companies and other type of offices take up the upper layers of the building. The massive flow of shoppers downstairs and office workers upstairs have created a special demand for security.

The latest security solutions in multifunctional buildings in Thailand are adopting a security platform, close to the concept of physical security information management (PSIM), integrating all security data obtained from surveillance monitoring devices at all entrances and elevator doors, according to Nuttawaj Chieobangyang, CEO at Coretech Corporation, a security solution distributor in Thailand. This allows for “easy control and checking of all events inside the building.”

The security platform can grant different levels of control according to different layers of activities in the building. It can set a tighter control for company offices upstairs and less control to shopping centers downstairs. Aloysius Loy, MD at ACTAtek, a service provider of web-based security solutions, stressed that a security platform is able to provide a more comprehensive picture of a building's security conditions as the solution organizes all security equipment in the building, such as video surveillance systems, glass breaker detection, fire alarms and smoke detection, and temperature control systems, putting all information into a single platform and displaying it on a touch screen monitor.

FIRE PREVENTION MAIN CONCERN IN VIETNAM
As one of Asia's rising economies, Vietnam launched its economic reform in 1986 and has since enjoyed economic growth second to China. The Vietnam government's GDP growth rate surpassed 7 percent during the 1990s and was even able to register an over 5 percent growth between 2009 and 2012 when world economy slumped into recession, according to the World Bank. Also since the 1990s, more than 30,000 private businesses have been created.

The revitalized economic conditions of Vietnam have reflected on the construction of new buildings, including those for commercial purposes. The Vietnam Country Report 2012 showed that construction demand for office buildings surged to 493,000 square meters in 2010 from 245,000 square meters in 2008.

Mid-end office buildings are the major commercial building type in Vietnam. Unlike commercial buildings in other parts of Asia that place emphasis on intellectual property or unauthorized trespassing, buildings in Vietnam stress fire prevention, according to Thomas Tran, MD at Citek, manufacturer of surveillance equipment.

Fire prevention is also the main theme of the building's integrated security solutions. Centered on fire alarms, a buildings' security system can combine with video surveillance, access control, and intrusion alerts, said Tran. Fire alarms can also be bundled with public address (PA) systems for evacuation purposes. “In addition to fire, unauthorized entries and malfunctions on supervisory control and acquisition data (SCADA) systems are also security concerns,” said Tran.

Integrated Solutions Vary Based on Demand
Different types of commercial buildings have been presented in Asia based on business activities. Regional headquarters, financial buildings, and smaller office buildings housing tenants like SMEs have been particularly noticable in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Thailand's tourist-driven industry has led to the construction of multifunctional buildings that combine shopping centers and offices. Vietnam has initiated massive construction projects, including office buildings for the country's growing number of enterprises. Each type has different demands as to how its security can be done. Types of commercial buildings may vary, but further integration of all systems in a building is a foreseeable trend in the future in most parts of Asia.

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