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3 ways access control and HD surveillance complement each other

3 ways access control and HD surveillance complement each other

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 8/12/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

When it comes down to security, there is no one solution that eradicates all other measures. Possessing a video surveillance system does not mean that you no longer need to hire security guards. An alarm system does not replace an access control system and vice versa. Each security measure plays an important role in the overall protection of an organization and work best when paired with other strong security protocols.

HD video surveillance and access control are two great examples of security tools designed to complement each other. It's no surprise that most users of video surveillance also happen to be users of access control.

With the technology of both these measures constantly evolving, they are reliable tools that, combined, help safeguard a company and its assets. Especially in settings where security and confidentiality are high- such as in government buildings, airports or tech firms – maintaining an accurate record of employees and visitors is crucial.

Here are three ways access control and HD video surveillance can complement each other and provide value to the end user.

Controlling Tailgating
The primary purpose of access control is allowing employees access to areas they are authorized to be in and restricting them out of areas they shouldn't be in. It is not only effective in protecting certain areas within your company's building, but it leaves a track record of the parts they do access. The common problem with access control systems is the possibility that an individual will “tailgate” – the term within the security industry that means somebody follows a person with access into a restricted area. Tailgating doesn't necessarily equate to malicious intent, but it does leave an inconsistency in the access trail. Pairing HD video surveillance with an access control system will verify whether a person accesses a check point by themselves or whether somebody followed them in.

Video Verification
Having an HD surveillance video camera complement the access control system will ensure you are aware of everybody that passes through a specific check point. You can also verify that the correct person is using the fob key entry or ID badge. Whether a person loses their fob or it gets stolen, having video verification confirms that the right person is gaining entry. Especially in investigations, you will be able to match badge records with video evidence to make a positive ID on a person at a specific check point.

Synergy
Some HD surveillance system manufacturers are integrating the access control and video surveillance from a single central hub. The idea is an end user can manage both systems from one console. It makes running security on your premise more efficient and simplifies the process. You can make side-by-side comparisons between recorded video footage and access control records easier.

Being in adjacent markets, running HD video surveillance and access control systems simultaneously makes sense. You will have more versatility in your security capabilities and it provides the most value.

Nedap AEOS platform integrated Honeywell NOTIFIER fire alarm control panels

Nedap AEOS platform integrated Honeywell NOTIFIER fire alarm control panels

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 8/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap now offers integration of the Notifier fire alarm system within its security management platform AEOS.

AEOS offers integration of the Notifier fire alarm system within it's easy to use web based user-interface. All statuses of Fire Control Panels are shown in AEOS so all relevant functionality can be handled from one web based application.

The integration is beneficial because;
- it enables users to react faster
In case of a fire alarm, the location of it will be automatically shown in the AEOS Graphical Alarm Handler. The relevant camera will immediately pop-up so users can see real-time footage and details of who has entered and left the specific area. This enables users to make fast, accurate decisions about what action to take.

- it allows for automatic responses to events
AEOS allows users to design customised responses to scenarios enabling them to plan carefully for incidents before they happen. So in a panic situation the user can activate the appropriate, pre-defined settings with just one button, maintaining the applying policy in case of fire.

Japanese Police Station enhances staff security with Qnap Security surveillance solution

Japanese Police Station enhances staff security with Qnap Security surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by Qnap Security | Updated: 8/5/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Background
Japanese police station plays an important role in maintaining the security of the responsible districts. The core duty of the police officers is to regularly patrol around the beat to prevent crime and misdemeanor and so to safeguard people. Other duties include first aid service, emergency response, traffic directing, etc.

Challenges
While the police officers protect people, the police officers themselves, likewise, need protection too. When they are on duty, countless people come and go around the buildings. Besides, important documents that are stored inside the police stations need to be kept safe. Most important of all, for the police officers who take the night shifts, they need proper measures to protect their safety when not many colleagues stay in the station to take care of one another. To enhance the total security of the police station, the need of a well-rounded surveillance measure raised.

Solution
After a thorough comparison among numerous surveillance system brands, the Japanese police station chose QNAP Security as an ideal surveillance solution. A total of 200 units QNAP VioStor NVR VS-2004 Pro were deployed at 200 police stations around Tokyo and Osaka. Each police station installed one VS-2004 Pro and up to four AXIS P5514 IP cameras to monitor inside and outside surroundings.

The VS-2004 Pro delivers high quality performances that well support demands of the police stations. Powered by dual-core Intel Atom processor, the VS-2004 Pro offers the ability to record megapixel images from multiple IP cameras or video servers. The user-friendly administration interface eases the operations of the surveillance system and improves efficiency on system management. The USB one-touch-copy function is especially useful as the backup tasks can be done without computers required. Staff could just plug in an external USB drive to the front-panel USB port and tap on the "Copy" button to instantly back up data from the VS-2004 Pro. The backup master of the police station could easily and conveniently finish backup task when necessary. Last but not least, QNAP VioStor NVR supports video recording from numerous well-known IP camera brands that offers great flexibility in the IP camera selection.

"As Japan is a country where cost of workforce is relatively high, the efficiency of a surveillance system counts for an important value," said Peter Ho, the country sales manager of QNAP Security. "For the Japanese police station which requires surveillance deployment at multiple branches, QNAP VioStor NVR features reliable stability and ease of management that effectively help save remarkable cost of time and human resource."

Result
The unique features of QNAP VioStor NVR have brought out positive outcomes to the security of the Japanese police stations. The VS-2004 Pro provides video monitoring and recording to satisfy the needs of enhanced security measures. The police officers recognize the enhanced security and are relieved under the protection of QNAP VioStor NVR. Take the deployment of 200 units VS-2004 Pro as a whole, the easiness of system setup and routine management has carried out impressive value and cost-efficiency.

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Verint Systems provides Actionable Intelligence to financial services sector

Verint Systems provides Actionable Intelligence to financial services sector

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 7/15/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems announced that it is further expanding its customer footprint in the financial services sector as institutions around the world continue to deploy its Actionable Intelligence solutions to improve enterprise performance and make the world a safer place.

Verint brings a wealth of technology innovation and experience to the broad-reaching financial services industry through advanced security and enterprise intelligence technology, vertical-focused solutions and subject matter expertise. Today, some 90 percent of global Fortune 500 finance organizations count on Verint solutions to help drive their security, workforce optimization and customer experience initiatives.

In these environments, vast amounts of structured and unstructured information flows though organizations every day. Verint helps them Make Big Data Actionable(TM) through the ability to capture, analyze and act on large volumes of rich, complex and often underused information sources--such as voice, video and unstructured text--in order to make more informed and effective business decisions. From physical security protection--such as bank branches and ATMs--to trading rooms, contact center, back-office and customer experience operations, Verint solutions are helping enhance security, reduce risk, support compliance requirements and build customer loyalty.

Making Big Data Actionable in Customer Experience Operations Today's financial institutions are investing in customer-centric workforce optimization (WFO) solutions to enable more efficient operations, create more loyal customers and drive more profitable business outcomes. To do so, they count on Verint software to help their branch bank, back-office, and contact center and customer experience operations excel amid stringent regulations--particularly around maintaining the privacy of customer data--consolidation pressures and the need to maximize staffing resources.

Using Verint WFO technology designed specifically for banks and financial institutions--such as call recording, quality monitoring, voice of the customer analytics, workforce management, desktop and process analytics, performance management and eLearning--they are taking a more comprehensive approach to capturing, analyzing and acting on customer, business and market intelligence. In addition to gaining a complete view of customer interactions and experiences, these organizations are driving higher quality standards in their multichannel customer interactions, all the way through to their back-office supporting functions, such as loan and mortgage processing. They also are acquiring deeper insight into customers' wants, needs and expectations, and benefitting from the ability to help ensure the right staff with the right skills are in the right place at the right time to address service requirements, cultivate sales opportunities and drive revenue.

Making Big Data Actionable in Security Operations
In security environments, financial institutions are challenged to keep pace with the increasing rate and sophistication of fraudulent activity ranging from identify theft, to public and private organizational losses, to other crimes. As a result, they are taking added measures to update and refresh their security processes and supporting technologies.

With IP video solutions designed specifically for banks and financial institutions, they are helping achieve their security operations objectives through the use of such Verint technology as high-performance network video solutions. By taking a more proactive approach, these organizations are advancing physical security, creating safer environments, reducing fraud, helping secure cash and other bank assets, decreasing liabilities and risk, enhancing search and investigative capabilities, delivering higher-caliber service, and helping comply with banking and other financial regulations.

Making Big Data Actionable in Financial Compliance Environments
Many financial organizations also are required to record and archive their voice interactions to help ensure compliance with requirements from local and international central banks, security commissions and government regulations. With nearly two decades of experience as a leading provider of compliance recording, Verint continues to deliver proven, reliable software for recording, indexing and retrieving voice communications across the enterprise, including trading floor, branch office and back-office operations environments.

Operating in traditional TDM and the latest generation IP telephony environments, these solutions are helping financial institutions around the world comply with regulations and uncover business trends by monitoring and analyzing cross-channel communications to mitigate risk, responding to compliance requirements--including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard--identifying potential regulatory issues, performing sales verification and improving operational performance.

Smart video ensures situational awareness

Smart video ensures situational awareness

Editor / Provider: Christine Chien, a&s International | Updated: 7/19/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Video content analysis assists users when monitoring different environments. This feature highlights the pros and cons of intelligence in the front and back end.

Two years ago, ObjectVideo waged a series of legal battles with some of the most prominent names in video surveillance, for the infringement of intellectual property relating to video analytics; among the defendants were Bosch, Sony, Samsung, and Pelco to name a few. These lawsuits shook the security industry and gave rise to an influx of video surveillance companies who quickly entered into patent licensing agreements with ObjectVideo, in fear of becoming its next target. According to previous reports, Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo had not expected the lawsuits to halt the developments of video analytics or to suppress the adoption of the technology. Ironically, no major breakthroughs in the technology have emerged since the whole fiasco. Now, video content analysis (VCA) seems to be stuck in a peculiar situation where the technology is maturing, but with nothing out of the ordinary coming from it. However, its more advanced features are now able to reduce the rates and incidences of false alarms and are better managed in different devices. The industry is becoming more realistic and “down-to-earth” about the capabilities of VCA, instead of chasing after and/or promoting “new and cool” features that will most likely be unreliable once they are put to the test.

The limited breakthrough in the technology however, will not be putting a stop to its growth. According to MarketsandMarkets, the video analytics market is expected to grow from US$180 million in 2011 to $867.8 million by 2017, at an estimated CAGR of 30.4% from 2012 to 2017.

Current forms of VCA are available in front-end (edge-based) or back-end devices. Pros and cons exist for both the front and back end, and each have its most suitable use scenario. According to Mahesh Saptharishi, President & CTO of Video IQ, there are two primary factors that influence the performance of any VCA system – the quality and resolution of the video being analyzed and the amount of processing available to run VCA algorithms. Lower resolution video, such as video with considerable noise and heavily compressed streams all adversely affect performance. Sophisticated VCA algorithms require a substantial amount of processing to run effectively. More recently, advances in the science of pattern-based video analysis have helped dramatically increase performance while requiring a significantly lower processing budget.

Front-End Devices
Advantages
The advantages of using front end devices are most apparent in two ways – it saves bandwidth and is cost effective. “If there is a large number of cameras requiring analytics, placing analytics on the edge makes sense. Edge placements keep the costs down by relieving network traffic burden, actual costs of the analytics, and costs involved in server farms,” stated John Sepassi, Account Executive at IntelliVision. The use of front-end devices works exceptionally well for remote locations or extended facilities where there is poor or non-existent bandwidth back to the monitoring location, “as it eliminates maintaining a remote server and needs only a low bandwidth connection to send snapshots of alarm instances,” said Sadiye Guler, Founder President of intuVision.

“When video analytics are placed inside a camera, and a high degree of video processing is used to analyze the raw video as it comes off the imager, every video frame at full resolution is available for the video content analysis,” commented John Romanowich, CEO of SightLogix. The ability to analyze every video frame makes VCA on the edge more sensitive to feint objects. “Given the same algorithm, edge analytics using the original data works better than server-based analytics, which works on compressed data from an IP camera. This is because video compression is ‘lossy' and feint objects such as a person in dark clothing on a dark night may just be visible in the original video but filtered out and lost during transmission of compressed video to the server,” said Geoff Thiel, CEO of VCA Technology. Having the loads divided among multiple devices relieves network traffic burden as analytics are performed at the camera level, and only relevant video is sent back to the recorder for storage.

Disadvantages
Major disadvantages of using VCA at the front end include its inability to run analytics that require high CPU, but also the analytic configuration that is needed for each device. “Low processing resources result in lower performance and less features, management of VCA on large numbers of cameras becomes difficult, maintenance is hard because each new bug fix or feature requires a firmware upgrade, and new features may not be supported by existing cameras because of the higher processing requirements,” stated Zvika Ashani, CTO of Agent Video Intelligence. Users also have to be sure their VMS is compatible and supports all the features and functions of the VCA in their cameras for it to operate at its full capacity.

[NextPage] Back-End Devices
Advantages
Similar to front-end devices, VCA in the back end offers a plethora of advantages. Back-end devices, often referred to as server solutions, bring all the video data back to a central location to be managed, analyzed, and recorded, thereby providing a providing a central location for backup, redundancy, monitoring, and network security. Server-based systems might be better for “highly sensitive sites and environments with challenging views and cluttered scenes, illumination changes, and reflections,” according to Guler, as VCA on servers makes it easier to run more advanced and complex analytics that require higher processing power in real time. Using server-based VCA efficiently manages multiple analytics configurations and allows better analysis through reports, charts, snapshots, and recordings. “When the server is upgraded, the increased performance is immediately reflected in the analysis without having to change any cameras. Updating VCA algorithm software is carried out centrally and is relatively quick and straightforward,” said Frank Brandtner, Head of Administrative Product Management at Geutebruck. Furthermore, the features of the VCA will not be dependent on the camera manufacturer, which can exclude many limitations. Running on the center provides greater flexibility by utilizing floating licenses, which are VCA licenses that can transfer from one camera to another, even based on scheduler. This means one license can run intrusion detection overnight on camera A, and people counting on camera B during the day, to reduce total cost of ownership, according to Illy Gruber, Product Marketing Manager at Nice Systems.

Server-based analytics is highly flexible if its VMS is able to support hybrid solutions; the VCA will be able to work with both analog and network cameras. The flexibility allows the system integrators to choose any network camera as long as they are supported by the VMS, and there is no need for additional video encoders when using existing analog cameras, according to Vito Kuo, Integration Product Manager at Nuuo. “With a centralized system architecture, the entire process is simplified – one device instead of many cameras is performing all the analysis and a single analytics program is used to process all the video and there is no need to learn multiple interfaces,” said Shahar Ze'evi, Senior Product Manager at American Dynamics (Tyco Security Products).

“VCA technology is advancing at an incredibly rapid pace and is only limited by the available computer processing power. The good news is Commercial Off the Shelf edge devices and servers are meeting the ever increasing need for horse power thanks to the processing-hungry video game market,” said Larry Bowe, President of Puretech Systems.

Disadvantages
The downside of server-based VCA is often related to bandwidth or additional hardware costs. “If the network from the cameras to a central collection point cannot support streaming of reasonable quality video, say an average bitrate of 1.5 mbps with bursts up to 5 mbps for a 640 x 480 image, then it is best to perform the video analytics at the camera,” Bowe advised. Also, server-based VCA can result in false alarms and misdetections since video compression creates loss of details and scene impression, especially if the video is overly compressed or has poor quality.

In some cases, server-based VCA can put the server as a point of major failure, according to Eric Ho, Product Marketing Manager of APAC at Bosch Security Systems. “Typically a server will handle misdetection for multiple cameras. Failure on a single server will result in loss of VCA detection on all the associated cameras.”

Standard vs. High End
General functions of VCA include abandoned object detection; congestion detection; counter flow; motion detection; behavior recognition; trajectory tracking; shape-based detection/object tracking; theft detection; virtual tripwire; people/vehicle counting; face recognition; ALPR/LPR.

Some of these functions are common and standard while others are only available in high-end or advanced VCA. “The most common VCA systems base their alarms on motion detection (frame difference) or pixel analysis (background modeling). These systems often rely on characteristics such as object height and width, and require manually fine-tuning the VCA to achieve desired performance levels,” according to Saptharishi. Meanwhile, high-end VCAs are more universal and multi-faceted and offer a wide range of evaluation, analysis, and storage possibilities. “They can include advanced features such as conditional alarming or combination events such as ‘Alarm if Event A in Camera-1 and Event B in Camera-2 happens' and ability to send device triggers on VCA alarms,” said Guler. Advanced VCA incorporates background/foreground separation, auto-learning, and auto-calibration on top of frame comparison; special-purpose analytics or high-end analytics go one step ahead and use recognition techniques in the image such as 2D and 3D face recognition and optical character recognition for ALPR/LPR to compare to existing database, according to Sumit Aggarwal, Founder of i2V Systems. “High-end VCA also has special features for accurate counting: including simultaneous bi-directional counting for people walking in groups or side-by-side, ignore suitcases, children's carriages, and shopping trolleys,shadow filters for front of store applications where sunlight and shadows coming through windows can cause problems, on-screen counters, in-camera counting database, count reporting, etc.,” added Thiel.

Depending on user preference and application requirements, video intelligence in the front and back end has its demand across different sectors. Edge devices can be used in locations where standard VCA is enough, while server-based VCA can be used to analyze areas in need of more precise calculations due to the changing environment. With the different features provided by both high-end and standard VCA, operators are able to more efficiently monitor areas under surveillance.

Arizona fights traffic congestion on wireless mesh

Arizona fights traffic congestion on wireless mesh

Editor / Provider: Firetide | Updated: 7/2/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Firetide, the technology leader in next-generation wireless mesh networking, announced the successful deployment of a state-of-the-art wireless intelligent transportation system (ITS) for the Scottsdale Traffic Management Center (Scottsdale TMC). The ITS communications platform connects wirelessly to video cameras, traffic signal controllers and dynamic message signs on arterials throughout the city so experts at the Scottsdale TMC can continuously monitor traffic activity from a central command center. The ability to view live video feeds from heavy traffic areas enables city officials to make fast, well-informed decisions on how to prevent and reduce daily congestion, improve driver information and actively manage traffic affected by special events, weather, and emergency situations.

The City of Scottsdale covers an area of 185 square miles and is home to more than 225,000 citizens. The city's traffic congestion is exacerbated by the fact that Scottsdale borders Arizona's other large population centers including Phoenix, Tempe, Glendale, and Mesa. Scottsdale also hosts many heavily attended special events and PGA golf tournaments.

Scottsdale TMC's wireless ITS network consists of 90 Firetide wireless mesh nodes, Firetide network management software, and 86 PTZ digital video cameras. To monitor traffic flows more effectively, the video cameras are strategically placed on traffic signal poles at intersections throughout the city, and connect directly to the city's network via Firetide wireless mesh nodes. Live video feeds of the most heavily trafficked intersections are continuously displayed on a large video wall and on desktop monitors in the command center, where operators can identify congestion and spot incidents as they happen — enabling them to take corrective action and remedy congestion before it worsens.

Scottsdale is a forward-looking “smart city” that is focused on implementing technology to improve the city's critical infrastructure while saving taxpayer money. Migrating from its existing leased-line communications network to the newly deployed Firetide wireless infrastructure mesh network will save the city approximately $250,000 a year in lease fees alone, enabling the city to achieve full ROI in only four years. The ITS platform was procured through national provider Unicom Government (formerly known as GTSI ), of Herndon, Virginia, via the pre-competed US Communities contract.

The Firetide wireless infrastructure network was selected because it proved to be the only solution that could deliver 100 Mbps of very low latency throughput while maintaining “low-sight” (less than 20 feet above the ground) wireless connectivity over long distances. Because the network supports up to 15 consecutive links, or “hops,” it can easily be routed around buildings and trees rather than requiring giant 300-foot towers to operate above these obstacles. The Firetide network's built-in multicast and traffic filtering functions also eliminated the need to purchase external switches, saving the city $1,500 at every camera location.

VIVOTEK launches two 2-megapixel fixed domes

VIVOTEK launches two 2-megapixel fixed domes

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/25/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced today the launch of two 2-Megapixel easy-to-use fixed dome network cameras, FD8163 and FD8363. Both cameras, also featuring 1080p Full HD resolution with superb image quality up to 30 fps, are equipped with a removable IR-cut filter, 15-meter IR illuminators with Smart IR technology for avoiding overexposure under low light condition, and WDR Enhancement for unparalleled visibility in high contrast environments, securing high video quality and providing accurate identification around the clock.

FD8363, as the outdoor version of FD8163, is equipped with additional special features to support operation under harsh outdoor environments, which include the IP66-rated housing for shielding the camera against rain and dust and the metal vandal-proof housing for protecting it from vandalism. Hence, FD8363 is especially suitable for monitoring areas such as building entrances and airports, while FD8163 is ideal for lobbies and educational facilities.

For customers, maintaining optimal focus in dynamic public environments with complex image details, both indoors or outdoors, can be costly because of labor and time consumption. From this perspective, VIVOTEK has innovatively developed the revolutionary Smart Focus System, including Easy Focus Button and Remote Focus, making image adjustment easier and more efficient. By adopting a 3 ~ 9 mm motorized DC-iris lens, focal length adjustment can be performed remotely without any physical access, enhancing customer convenience while securing superb image quality.

 

British brewery migrates to scalable access control system

British brewery migrates to scalable access control system

Editor / Provider: Grosvenor Technology | Updated: 6/18/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Robinsons Brewery, an independent family brewer in UK, recently upgraded its ageing access control system at facilities in Stockport and Bedbury to Grosvenor Technology's scalable network access control system consisting of HID cards and network door controllers. The new access control system was installed by Advance Security UK.

The original access control system at Robinsons' Unicorn Brewery in Stockport and Packaging Center at Bredbury was rapidly becoming obsolete when, with the assistance of their electrical contractors Piggott & Whitfield, they approached Advance Security to help update the system. Advance Security immediately recognized that the flexibility of the Janus technology was the ideal solution for the project. However, before they could even start the upgrade, the original system failed and Robinsons had problems with a new batch of cards, as Des Collins, Robinson's Health, Safety and Security Advisor explains:

“We had a batch of cards from our existing supplier that was delivered without the magnetic strip being programmed. When we couldn't get a response from the suppliers Grosvenor stepped in and designed an encoder that allowed us to program the cards ourselves, saving us time and money...Advance also made some temporary repairs to the system to keep us going during the upgrade – all free of charge.”

A phased approach has been adopted that allows the system to be upgraded with minimum disruption and to accommodate available budgets. The access control system also allows Robinsons to upgrade existing swipe card readers to proximity readers. Dual function HID proximity cards that also include the magstripe technology, work on both systems.

Robinsons has realized additional savings by using Grosvenor's Ethernet version door controllers. These are installed directly onto the brewer's existing LAN without the need for extensive new wiring. Each IDC can control two doors/locks and interface to a wide range of industry standard card readers and lock mechanisms. Every card profile associated with a specific IDC is downloaded to the controller to ensure uninterrupted access to the buildings in the event of a network or power failure. Each new version of access control software maintains backwards compatibility with previous versions of controllers, maintaining a client's investment with existing access control hardware that may have been installed over the last 15 years.

Construction equipment manufacturer in Brazil monitors 50-acre factory with HD eyes

Construction equipment manufacturer in Brazil monitors 50-acre factory with HD eyes

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/17/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

British construction equipment manufacturer JCB recently deployed an HD video surveillance system, consisting of 17 Axis Communications cameras and Digifort VMS , to monitor its new 50-acre factory in Sorocaba, Brazil. Betta Group, an Axis partner, designed the surveillance system for the US$100-million facility, with 9.87 acres of built area.

Ten outdoor cameras from Axis' Q-line were used, including seven PTZ domes and three outdoor network cameras. To monitor indoor areas, the system uses six HD network camera and one discreet HD dome. All 17 cameras are managed by Digifort VMS, from Axis partner Digifort.

The Betta Group video surveillance project met JCB's expectations in maintaining their standard of 100 percent IP devices in the factory, for ease of access and management. The surveillance covers all areas of the outdoor yard, parking lots, logistics facilities, the lake, and the building facade, which has minimal lighting. Images are used not only to ensure asset security but also for third-party monitoring, cargo handling, construction projects in outdoor areas, and for on-the job safety (Internal Occupational Safety Board, or CIPA, for its initials in Portuguese).

One concern that arose early in the project was in relation to data traffic on the network - and how it would reflect in system performance. To answer this question, the Betta Group conducted some simulations with the technical support of the distributor, Delta Cable. The simulated situations included items such as filming time and information aggregation.

“This simulation proved to JCB that, given the architecture of assets and the quality of materials in the optical backbone, performance would remain unchanged,” said Fabio Petrere, Technical and Sales Manager, Betta Group. Then, JCB requested a study to gauge the size of the storage needed. Betta calculated that the amount of information for up to 45 days would be one Terabyte.

Axis deepens ADP program with more localization

Axis deepens ADP program with more localization

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/5/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications evolves its Application Development Partner (ADP) program with local competence, increasing the range of localized end customer solutions.

“We see the opportunity to work more closely with ADP Partners of strategic importance in local markets as an important step in maintaining our continued global market leadership. By making an investment in dedicated Axis resources in all regions, we will continue to upgrade the ADP Program, further strengthen our market-leading position and create true win-win partnerships”, said Bodil Sonesson, VP of Sales at  Axis Communications.

Axis is leading through partnership with a network of system integrators, consultants, software developers, network infrastructure vendors and more. The ADP Program is a cornerstone of the partner network and of key importance to Axis. The program helps software vendors fully integrate Axis network video products into end-customer solutions. By providing open programming interfaces, technical documentation and specifications, and dedicated support, application developers can easily integrate with Axis' broad product portfolio and unique capabilities.

Axis Communications will now strengthen the ADP Program by recruiting more dedicated personnel for closer collaboration with local and regional ADP partners. Exchanging local competence, market knowledge and cultural/legal awareness will result in earlier integration of Axis products and capabilities in video solutions adapted for a specific region or industry segment.

Axis will introduce three levels of partnership to open engagement, grow business, and reward loyalty with clear benefits and requirements. The program offers focused tools, services and training to meet specific customer needs.

Application Development Partner
All qualified software vendors that are ready to integrate their commercial software with Axis network video products are eligible to join the program as an Application Development Partner. Axis offers a number of technical development tools, support and marketing benefits to help the ADP Partner get a successful start.

Silver ADP
Partners at the Silver level are growing their business together with Axis, focusing on joint business and marketing initiatives. Silver ADPs are successfully meeting the demands of Axis end customers often with specific solutions for prioritized industry segments.

Gold ADP
Gold ADPs are market leading companies, working very closely together with Axis, focusing on early integration and joint business development. Gold level Partners provide robust, flexible and scalable network video applications. They offer first-line support, and have demonstrated that Axis is their preferred surveillance camera vendor.

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