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IP based video surveillance enjoys high market penetration in Middle East

IP based video surveillance enjoys high market penetration in Middle East

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The video surveillance market is greatly influenced by government rules. HD and megapixel has become standard for video surveillance cameras and 180-day video storage is required for almost all market sectors. The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) also updates the rules every year. The government regulations usually include where the security cameras must be placed, several details about its specifications, and also, how to make sure they are able to produce good quality video. "In the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, it is important to make sure that your IP-based video surveillance system meets all legislation and governmental standards, which should be the key elements of business here," said Peter Biltsted, Director of MEA at Milestone Systems. According to an industry expert, some IP-based video systems might have the problem of losing images, which would cause the end users and systems integrators to get fined afterwards. Therefore, high reliability of IP-based video surveillance systems is required for this region.

HIGH ADOPTION OF IP-BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE
Due to regulations from the government, the trend of full IP-based video surveillance starts from the U.A.E. such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and then spreads the rest of the Gulf countries. The IP-based video surveillance trend also leads to high adoption of some innovations in this region, such as multi-megapixel, low-lux, and intelligent video analytics.

In the Middle East, people usually want the best technologies. For surveillance, the standard would be around 2 to 3 megapixels with WDR, because of the strong sunlight. ANPR and facial recognition are also usually required for infrastructure projects.

In large facilities, such as stadiums, hotels, campuses, and city surveillance projects, end users look for a more cost-effective way to have better coverage over a large area. “Multi-megapixel cameras are proving their worth here. Using multi-megapixel (1,080p for example) cameras, end users receive a minimum resolution more than seven times better than standard definition (VGA) or analog cameras. Megapixel cameras provide detailed information for capturing license plates and faces, said Scott Schafer, Executive VP Sales, Marketing and Service at Arecont Vision. “We have examples of customers that use 75 cameras to cover an area that would have required about 2,000 analog or standard definition VGA cameras delivering 40 pixel-per-foot resolution, which is enough to identify faces in a crowd. In campus settings, we have used eight multi-megapixel panoramic cameras to replace 24 standard definition cameras and the new system delivered superior resolution at a lower price.”

Intelligent Video Adoption
The local requirement of up to 180-day storage for HD megapixel video in some cases drives the need for more intelligent management of data, especially in large-scale projects such as infrastructure. "To provide an efficient forensic search after events take place, and also meet the challenges of managing so many cameras and data in a large environment, there is a need for intelligent video. And since people here are quite open to new technologies, they are starting to use intelligent video analytics (IVA) for marketing and management purposes," said Hakan 畤yi?it, Regional Director of Middle East at Bosch Security Systems.

Intelligent video is commonly used for high-end retailers and some large retailers deploying 160 to 200 cameras for people counting and heat maps. "In some five-star hotels, it has become common to have people-counting features to see who gets inside of the hotel building, 360 fish-eye camera at main areas like lobby/restaurant, heat mapping to analyze customers flow, and missing-object analysis for the retail stores inside. Some hotels provide the live-streaming video online for marketing.

Samsung also provides such solutions for retail/commercial markets controlled by Samsung security management platform," said Ali Boussi, Regional Sales Manager at BASS/Samsung Techwin. Due to the demand for intelligent video in this region, “Kedacom launched its latest NVRs, with the latest video analytic technology to do smart searching and quick location of the event as soon as the alarm is triggered. Besides, Kadacom also has a complete solution of centralized chain-store management and HD video surveillance solutions for courts,” said Zhiqiang Liu, Marketing Director, Kedacom Technology.

IP for SMB
The small-to-medium business (SMB) sector is also adopting IP technologies, starting from the U.A.E. “I would say in the MEA market, especially in GCC countries, there is very high percentage of SMB market using IP. Even small retail shops — usually requiring six to eight cameras — still need to meet government requirements for megapixel resolution. The analog system can't reach that standard.

All the shops need to be approved by the government. If they are not satisfied with the evidence, they will ask you to shut down the shops or replace the system entirely. That's why convergence comes there. I would say, in the next two to three years, GCC countries will not allow video that does not supply a certain level of video quality,” said Biltsted.

“Even for small customers here, they want integration. They usually want access control to be integrated too. If they have 25 cameras in place, they also want a perimeter solution to be integrated with their systems," said Biltsted.

"What I also found in this region is people have more awareness about security and they use surveillance for more than just for security. They will use the surveillance video to check if the store is clean. So, customers would choose cameras with a corridor view. We also bundle it with our software," he continued.

COMPETITIVE IP-BASED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE MARKET
 IP-based video surveillance technologies have penetrated to different market sectors here. Intelligent video is commonly used in a five-star hotel and even the small shops want an integrated system for video surveillance and access control. The Middle East has become a competitive market for IP-based video surveillance technologies. To satisfy end users' desires for new technologies, more and more integrated solutions will be introduced to the market for different applications.

VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ cameras integrate with AxxonSoft VMS

VIVOTEK panoramic PTZ cameras integrate with AxxonSoft VMS

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/14/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK has announced successful integration of two of its latest security solution technologies with AxxonSoft's widely used Axxon Next video management software (VMS). The first integration move allows Axxon Next users to transparently access and control VIVOTEK's sophisticated Panoramic PTZ feature as implemented on two coordinated VIVOTEK cameras. In a further move, VIVOTEK has enabled integration of the Axxon Next interface with VIVOTEK's Smart Stream technology for optimizing video streaming from one of its award-winning cameras.

The integration with Axxon Next has enhanced the agility and scalability of VIVOTEK's Panoramic PTZ solutions. Panoramic PTZ draws on a combination of VIVOTEK megapixel fisheye camera SF8172/72V with speed dome camera SD8363E, allowing users to simultaneously monitor an area overview from a fisheye model while providing the capability for a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The fisheye camera provides 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots. With sophisticated mechanism, the SD8363E provides fast, precise pan/tilt/zoom movement and captures details at top-notch quality. With the new advance in integration, Axxon Next users can take advantage of the VMS package's new Tag & Track feature—which allows the labeling and tracking of moving objects either selected manually or detected automatically—using VIVOTEK's box camera IP8162P for overviews and the speed dome camera SD8363E for detailed views of the tracked objects. As a result, existing Panoramic PTZ users have an additional popular VMS option that allows them to continue drawing on the powerful capabilities of VIVOTEK's technology without compromises to usability.

In addition, VIVOTEK has also completed integration of its Smart Stream technology on its IP8371E camera with the AxxonSoft VMS. VIVOTEK's Smart Stream reduces bandwidth consumption and storage requirements of video from the IP8371E camera, by using full resolution only for predefined areas in the field of view—either regions of interest, or automatically detected moving objects—while utilizing a lower baseline resolution for background areas of no interest for the surveillance application. Integration of Smart Stream with Axxon Next allows users of the VMS to gain the benefits of this advanced feature while providing simple management from the VMS's native interface.

Commenting on the company's latest moves, VIVOTEK Executive Vice President Steve Ma said: "We're delighted to build even greater integration of our Panoramic PTZ and Smart Stream technologies with AxxonSoft's terrific open-platform video management software. Existing customers of both VIVOTEK and AxxonSoft will benefit, and seamless interoperability between our cameras and Axxon Next make for an extremely appealing surveillance solution for potential new customers as well."

Middle East shines in 2014 (2): U.A.E., Oman, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan

Middle East shines in 2014 (2): U.A.E., Oman, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, Jordan

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 4/9/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Middle East will continue to recover for the following reasons, as mentioned previously. Iran is ready to grow due to the recent easing of US sanctions. Other countries, such as Iraq and Oman, are benefiting from their oil and gas reserves. Regionally, the Middle East will remain attrative to all multinational suppliers in the coming years.

 

 

U.A.E. REMAINS CENTER OF MIDDLE EAST
The U.A.E., especially Dubai, is still the financial center of the entire region and shall remain so in the future, due to the 2020 World Expo being hosted in Dubai. Its security industry is growing very fast in all the different verticals and the government has set up strict regulations for the industry to follow. Compared to other countries, the U.A.E. has a larger market in the commercial sector, such as hospitality, retail, education, and banks. “Government authority instructs detailed security measures in all different market sectors, including the specifications of the security equipment in specific locations, such as in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar," said Hayashi. In general, HD and megapixel has become a standard for video surveillance cameras and 180-day video storage is required for almost all the market sectors. Baraa Al Akkad, Regional Sales Manager at Middle East of Axis Communications said, “Because of the government rules, network video surveillance has a very high level of adoption here.”

"The most recent government regulation in Abu Dhabi is that all the public/private schools should be covered by megapixel surveillance cameras. This regulation is called by Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). The trend is expected to filter to other areas in theU.A.E. and even Qatar. Government regulations require that the places such as sports field, corridors to classrooms, and other areas of the campus should have cameras installed. Staff offices and laboratories are recommended to install card readers for access control. Also, mobile NVR, vandal-proof cameras, and GPS tracking solutions are requested by school management to be installed on school buses," said Ali Boussi, Regional Sales Manager at BASS/Samsung Techwin. "Samsung has solutions for above requirements to comply with ADEC new regulations related to megapixel resolution, advanced WDR with 120dB/130dB, video analytics, 180-day storage on RAID6, and failover and integration with access control systems through one platform."

OMAN, BAHRAIN, IRAQ, IRAN, PAKISTAN,LEBANON, AND JORDAN
Compared to the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, countries such as Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Jordan are what major security suppliers in the region term as the emerging countries. The major factor is still their booming oil and gas industry. “In Oman, we have many critical infrastructure projects, such as oil and gas, airports, and other transportation projects; the government is also quite fast in making decisions. They had almost no security infrastructures in the past few years and are currently speeding up their infrastructures. Iraq has the largest oil and gas industry. We recently did one of their major refineries, using 156 thermal cameras. We are now going to a large project with a 600-kilometer oil pipeline in Iraq, too," said Gharbiah.

Some might say Iran will start to recover in 2014 or 2015 too, due to the easing of US sanctions. Hayashi said, “The US sanctions on Iran has stopped all the imports with US-related technologies and almost all the electronics devices had been affected. However, the new Iranian government brings hope to the people and to Iran. With a population of 80 to 90 million, and as one of the world's top 5 countries with huge amounts of oil and gas reserves, we are expecting optimistic future outlook for Iran.” In addition, “IP-based video surveillance has pioneered in countries, like Iran, where both the systems integrators and the end users have a better understanding toward IT and IP technologies, which in itself lay a good foundation for IP-based video surveillance market development,” continued Stefano E Cini, GM of Viseo Systems.

“VIVOTEK has a good market share in the overall Middle East market, especially in banking application in Iran. Eventhough currently our business has been affected too, I believe, with the new government and recent easing of US sanctions, Iran will start to get better this year,” also echoed Miles Chen, Department Manager of International Sales Department 1 at VIVOTEK.

MARKET HAS HIGH POTENTIAL
Plenty of opportunities can be found in the Middle East market. We can predict that the market will continue to grow exponentially in the following seven years, due to the region's hosting of major global sports events. However, the civil unrest in Syria and Egypt, in addition to influences from the US and Europe an economies, will continue to make this region unpredictable.

* Previously in the Middle East Shines in 2014(1):Saudi Arabia

 

MOBOTIX presents first thermographic camera M15D-Thermal

MOBOTIX presents first thermographic camera M15D-Thermal

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 4/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

At 2014 Light+Building in Frankfurt, MOBOTIX presents its first thermographic camera M15D-Thermal, demonstrates its current camera platform with 5-megapixel technology and introduces new software developments as well as solutions in the area of building technology.

Other product highlights include, for example, the new, intuitive MxMultiViewer video management software, the T25 IP Video Door Station and the MxDisplay video remote station.

The new modules of the thermographic camera measure the thermal radiation of objects and persons and therefore work even in complete darkness. In connection with the MOBOTIX MxActivitySensor motion detection software, it is possible to detect movements in the image reliably also at night. Only changes in location trigger a signal, while objects moving in place do not. Also at daytime, thermal modules provide an advantage, because they also capture objects moving in the shadows, in twilight or behind bushes. The advantages of an M15-Dual camera with a thermal module and daylight sensor originate from the combination of both images: images taken by day or also in the twilight produce high-resolution 5-megapixel images, while movements at night are detected reliably. The MOBOTIX thermal modules have been certified as weatherproof according to IP65. Like daylight modules, they are available in different focal lengths.

Intuitive Video Management Software: MxMultiViewer
The MxMultiViewer video management software is a completely new development for PC, Mac and Linux systems that focuses on ensuring simple and intuitive use. Full screen display at a single mouse click, support for several screens and a transparent view of events and alarm messages are just some of the many advantages of the new software. Particularly outstanding is the automatic configuration of the extensive MxMultiViewer. All MOBOTIX components in a network are detected and pre-installed automatically. Thus, a complete network of cameras and door intercoms can be brought into use in just a few minutes, without a browser or additional software - free of charge, of course, from MOBOTIX.

Modular System for Building Technology: T25 IP Video Door Station
The T25 IP Video Door Station from MOBOTIX is a modular system for door communication and access control. The system supports the VoIP/SIP video telephony standard and can be upgraded or modified at any time. The camera module featuring innovative MOBOTIX 5-megapixel technology records all events taking place in front of the building or gate. Thanks to the special hemispheric technology, it provides a view without blind spots from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. The T25 allows for all events in front of the door to be recorded with sound. It also provides for intercom communication and remote opening function - accessible anywhere in the world, for example using a PC or the MOBOTIX App. An integrated message function makes it possible to leave and listen to messages directly at the door. Further features include keyless entry via a PIN code, RFID transponder or, conveniently while away from home, via the MOBOTIX App. In combination with other installed MOBOTIX cameras and system accessories, the T25 can be expanded into a multifunctional comprehensive system.

Sees Everything: MxDisplay Video Remote Station
The MxDisplay is the fixed remote station for the IP video door intercom and stands out, in particular, for its intuitive and easy use. With only a few swipes, the user can call up, for example, an overview of the cameras in the building and the most recent video messages from the door intercom or generate a new access transponder for a guest. No matter which menu the user is in, a tap on the key icon immediately displays the live image of the door intercom. Keeping the button pressed a while longer will open the door. If necessary, this can be secured further using a PIN or transponder. The MxDisplay can be integrated flush with the wall and is available in black or white.

Another advantage of the MxDisplay is that it can be operated wirelessly. It can also be used as a base station for other displays in the building. Smartphones and computers can be used to log into the display via the network or integrated Wi-Fi in order to use all the functions in the same manner. A ringing at the doorbell is then forwarded to the smartphone or the workstation. Thanks to the Wi-Fi Access Point function, the MxDisplay creates Internet access for these smartphones and computers, which makes it unnecessary to set up an additional Wi-Fi system in the building.

Dahua wins IP Camera Excellent Award at Secutech 2014

Dahua wins IP Camera Excellent Award at Secutech 2014

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 4/7/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dhua technology a well-known China-based manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China announced that its network camera — DH-IPC-HF5281 won “IP Camera Excellence Award” at Secutech Taipei 2014.

Each year at Secutech Taipei, Excellence Award Contest is always where the eyes go as it is considered as an impartial platform for manufactures to exhibit the product they are proud of as well as rendering an opportunity for buyers to see, to learn and compare product performance in person before decision-making. And this year's IP camera contest focuses on night visual effect in addition to saturation, low light, shutter speed and image quality.

Dahua DH-IPC-HF5281, an ultra-low light network box camera with a 2-Megapixel CMOS sensor, is able to capture 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 60fps. Featuring ultra low illumination, IPC-HF5281 is able to present clear image even under 0.0001Lux. Meanwhile, for monitoring high-speed moving object, over 50km/h for example, the camera is able to render smooth image with 60 frame per second, Moreover, the camera is added with intelligent functions, such as facial detection, wandering detection, illegal parking, fast-moving and etc.

“It is the third year in a row that Dahua's products have proven its outstanding performance and been recognized by worldwide security professionals,” said Tim Shen, Marketing Director at Dahua Technology. “We really appreciate Secutech organizer creates such a great platform for our product standing out among other companies. As the industry moves to high definition, how to ensure the whole video surveillance system to satisfy the HD requirement but also other functions, like WDR, better bit rate, low lux and alike are our focus. With more than 3,000 R&D professionals and 10 percent reinvestment, we aim to provide world-leading products and solutions.”

Mexico auto parts maker GONHER adopts VIVOTEK network cam

Mexico auto parts maker GONHER adopts VIVOTEK network cam

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Grupo GONHER is a company located in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. Starting as a grassroots outfit in 1953, the manufacturer of parts grew in tandem with the automotive industry, first producing air filters and subsequently building up a more comprehensive product line throughout the latter decades. The company has enjoyed continual growth since its establishment by staying on the cutting edge of technology and expanding their workshop to meet full production capacity. GONHER now boasts an extensive filter line – they produce over 700 different types – and they distribute their high quality products throughout 36 distribution centers across Mexico. Emerging as a major player on the North American market, and as international brand, GONHER faced the need of ramping up their security surveillance system. With the help of Novalan Computers & Networking, VIVOTEK's local distributor, they chose to upgrade the system with an impressive set of VIVOTEK cameras.

Advanced technology, improved business eligibility
GONHER was looking for a security surveillance system as high in quality as their products are, which is where VIVOTEK stepped in. Extensive distribution throughout Mexico means that comprehensive monitoring can be a difficult for the manufacturer, and company expansion has only increased the demand for a centralized, real-time monitoring system. For GONHER to know what is going on at all locations at all times, and in real-time, installing a dynamic surveillance solution was the answer. Unwilling to compromise on security, GONHER wanted IP cameras with high quality standards in all distribution centers, and a central monitoring control center in corporate offices. To ensure top-notch feeds, a 200Mpbs internet link bandwidth was integrated into the monitoring center. With the advanced technology of VIVOTEK's IP security system, the activity in GONHER's distribution centers can now be conveniently viewed in real-time and recorded for playback, ensuring utmost security company-wide.

Image quality, mobility, and aesthetics make the surveillance outstanding and easy
A total of 85 cameras were chosen to furnish GONHER's facilities. Among them, the FD8161 model is a stand out. Combining strong image quality, mobility, and aesthetics, the FD8161 met the project demands on many levels. In terms of image quality, a 2-megapixel sensor feature and impressive bandwidth efficiency make for a clear, crisp picture. The model is capable of zeroing in on small details like faces or license plates, so installing this camera in open spaces mean that foot traffic and vehicles can be monitored with precision and ease. Multiple simultaneous streams also contribute to its unrivalled surveillance capabilities. As for mobility and aesthetics, the recessed design with cable management gives the camera a very clean look, and a 3-axis mechanical design lens means the FD8161 can be mounted on both ceilings and walls. Additionally, VIVOTEK's speed dome was installed for outdoor monitoring. Not only is the camera capable of fast, precise movements, it comes equipped with a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism for continuous 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt. Lens positioning is easily controlled via mouse or joystick, and the camera comes with a possible 128 preset positions for patrolling, making tracking objects of interest easy and efficient.

Real-time surveillance, seamless protection
The installation has significantly boosted security levels at GONHER as 31 distribution centers can now be monitored by a real-time feed. Information recorded on the servers can also be played back, which provides security support for the various facilities. GONHER is very satisfied with the final result, and plan to increase the number of cameras in each of the distribution centers, a project under consideration to be held the following year.

Samsung Techwin launches new 64 channel NVR SRN-4000

Samsung Techwin launches new 64 channel NVR SRN-4000

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 4/2/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin launches new 64 channel NVR SRN-4000. The SRN-4000 is able to simultaneously record and multi-stream the transmission of images at a high bandwidth speed of 400Mbps. It also offers the potential to record and store, via 12 internal hard drives, video captured by 64 x 2 Megapixel cameras for up to 108 days or up to 43 days for the same number of 5 Megapixel cameras. As well as the full range of Samsung Techwin IP network cameras, the SRN-4000 also supports other manufacturers' cameras which are ONVIF compliant.

The 12 internal hot-swappable hard drives support RAID5 and RAID6 recording which provides protection against unrecoverable read errors as well as whole HDD failure. The SRN-400 also features an iSCSI interface giving users access to very large storage devices, if required.

A lot of thought has gone into the SRN-4000's on-screen user interface to ensure that it can be configured in only four steps using the ‘Easy Setup' wizard, whilst cameras can be registered without complication via a quick set up process. The provision of a local monitor output means that a separate PC is not needed to carry out any of these functions. A mouse and a monitor can simply be connected directly to the SRN-4000 and installers can then easily add and set up cameras.

“The SRN-4000 has a long list of features designed to ensure that it is highly reliable and resilient as well as easy to use and operate,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Our design engineers have, for example, built in a hard drive ‘Hot Swap' facility so that recording is not interrupted if a fault occurs, whilst power reliability is enhanced by way of a dual power supply. The SRN-4000 will continue to operate with a single power supply while the failed unit is replaced.”

Fast and efficient searching The SRN-4000 enables users to quickly find and review video of any incident by using a combination of advanced motion detection as well as video analytics and metadata search options. Images can be searched by classification, e.g. keyword search such as ‘car' or ‘people', whilst a heat map feature provides the opportunity to statistically analyse concentrated spots of activity.

Network camera 2014 update(2):Higher frame rates, bandwidth and streaming video

Network camera 2014 update(2):Higher frame rates, bandwidth and streaming video

Editor / Provider: Christine Chien, a&s International | Updated: 4/1/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

To continue the part 1, this article introduces users other up-to-date key features and functions of these IP-based cameras.

Higher Frame Rates Enable Faster-Than-Real-Time Viewing
Frame rate refers to the number of frames a camera can capture in a second. Human vision, in terms of real-time viewing, will equate to about 30 frames per second (fps). With current technologies, standards for frame rate have come to 720p HD (1,080 x 780 pixels) and 1,080p full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) cameras capturing images at 30fps, providing users with real-time view in high definition. As technology continues to improve, the norm is now moving in the direction of 60fps at HD and megapixel resolution -- faster than human vision. Increased frame rates with higher resolution will be extremely beneficial in applications such as toll roads and highways, where cars travel at a high speed, so law enforcement officials are still able to snap a clear picture of the license plates of any law-violating vehicles.

Not long ago, towards the end of 2013, LILIN came out with a 2-megapixel resolution camera that is able to capture images at an astounding rate of 120fps. At present, the most common spec is 30fps for a 2-megapixel camera, even though there are megapixel cameras ranging from 1.3 to 29 megapixels. However, the higher the resolution, the slower the frame rate will be as the image sizes are larger and it becomes more difficult to compress with existing H.264 standards. Once H.265 transforms from myth to reality and starts being implemented on a wide scale, this issue will surely be resolved. A major deciding factor for frame rate is highly dependent on the CPU, which varies decisively even though they have the same core but it can offer multiple different features that lead to different performances. Most manufacturers prefer Arm processors, which are put in most SoCs of surveillance cameras.

Sufficient Bandwidth for Smooth Transmission
Having sufficient bandwidth is extremely important for smooth streaming of videos; however, there are several factors that must be taken into account when calculating appropriate bandwidth needed for implementing an IP-based video surveillance solution system. These factors include recording resolution, number of cameras, compression type, fps, duration of recording, and if recording will be event-based or continuous. Also, compression type can be separated to MJPEG, MPEG-4, or H.264. The amount of bandwidth a video recording takes up is also dependent on the amount of motion that takes place in that environment. For instance, cameras can be configured to constant bit rate (CBR) or variable bit rate (VBR) mode. In busy settings where the scenery is constantly changing, such as bus terminals, train stations, airports, and so on, the cameras will be set to CBR.

When recorded and played in CBR mode, the video footage is very smooth, but it can only be used for applications where there is enough bandwidth to support it or the image quality will be compromised. When recorded and played in VBR mode, bit rate only increases when abnormal activities or higher-than-usual activities occur. When files go over the bandwidth allowed, it will cause footage to lag. VBR is used in applications where changes to the scenery are rare and few, such as perimeter detection.

Users must note that neither of these settings is better than the other as long as they are used in suitable applications. The normal bit rate needed for HD 720p resolution is around 4Mbps and around 8Mbps for full HD 1,080p resolution. However, large video files often take up a large amount of bandwidth, and when bandwidth runs out, that is when problems arise. Common problems include video artefacts, dropped frames, and reduced resolution when transmitting data, as well as temporary loss of connection and freezing. This is another reason why cameras with ultra-high resolution are usually used primarily for identification and not for recording. To address this issue, users must learn how to properly manage their bandwidth so that it is carrying valuable data as opposed to redundant information.

Streaming Video: One Way or Another
Current video surveillance cameras are now able to provide up to three or four streams simultaneously. Usually, if a camera offers three streams, they are usually separated into one live, one recorded, and one remote stream. Advanced cameras are able to offer up to five streams, two live, two recorded, and one remote. The main stream is usually streamed and recorded in full HD with H.264 compression in real time at 30fps. The second stream will be recorded at a slightly lower rate, around 15fps. Depending on what the CPU can offer, the resolution of remaining streams will be lowered to CIF or D1.

At its best, a camera with three streams will be able to stream and record in real time at full HD resolution for all video streams. For anything higher than three streams, the stream rate and resolution will usually decrease for each additional stream, unless the CPU is powerful enough to handle more. As remote streams are able to be accessed and viewed through mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, they are oftentimes affected by services provided by telecom companies. When the files being viewed remotely are too large, it will be likely to lag.

Now, network cameras are already beginning to take over the video surveillance market. In a few years, the sales of network cameras are sure to surpass those of analog cameras because this technology is proving itself to be mature and reliable, while becoming increasingly easier to install and operate. Network cameras are at a point where they are able to record in high resolution in real time in a low-light environment, while addressing extreme lighting conditions, and stream these feeds in a stable and reliable manner. These network cameras are almost able to do what the human eye can do. The only thing manufacturers can do now is aim higher.

Network camera 2014 update(1):Low light and WDR

Hikvision Super Embedded NVR supports up to 256 cameras

Hikvision Super Embedded NVR supports up to 256 cameras

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/2/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision introduces DS-96256NI-E24/H Embedded NVR - a product engineered to provide super-high throughput to accommodate over 120-ch 5mbps video inputs, provides massive storage with up-to 24 built-in HDD interfaces and external storage devices, as well as excellent system stability with redundancy design.

“We see an ever-increasing demand for High Definition surveillance in large-scale projects. This has had a profound effect upon the NVR market as well. Features such as multi-channel recording, high definition video preview, and massive storage capacity have become paramount. Obviously, system stability is always of the highest importance in big projects, and in this vein, Hikvision's DS-96256NI-E24/H Embedded NVR is designed to meet these critical demands," explained Eric Shen, Product Marketing Manager at Hikvision.

Camera Connection Capability
The DS-96256NI-E24/H Embedded NVR has the ability to access 256 network cameras, while supporting an up-to 8 megapixel video input resolution. Additionally, this NVR model supports up-to 6 HDMI output capacity and up-to 24-ch real-time live viewing and video playback at 1080p resolution. By featuring an industry-leading 960Mbps throughput (640Mbps for input / 320Mbps for output), the DS-96256NI-E24/H provides the required bandwidth to simultaneously record multiple HD megapixel cameras and remote viewing capabilities.

Massive Storage
The embedded NVR offers up-to 24 built-in hard drive interfaces, with 4Tb of internal storage capacity for each. Besides, the DS-96256NI-E24/H also supports two USB 3.0, one Mini SAS, and one eSATA interface for additional data capability. This is critically important for applications where long time recording is needed.

System Stability
Designed with reliability in mind, this NVR employs RAID 0,1,5,10 disk management across all 24 hard drives. Dual systems and a redundancy power supply are supported to improve system reliability and ensure seamless video recording.

Equipped with Alarm I/O and Audio I/O interfaces, this NVR allows users to connect to a variety of external audible & visual alarm devices for additional security control purposes. Furthermore, four 1000Mbps optical fiber interfaces are supported to ensure smooth data transmission.

Hikvision's DS-96256NI-E24/H Super Embedded NVR is specifically designed for large-scale surveillance solutions, such as those found in city surveillance, stadiums, airports, etc. Supported by both Hikvision video management software and Hikvision IP cameras (including the latest introduced 4-line Smart IP cameras and Smart Tracking PTZ dome cameras), this NVR provides a thorough surveillance tool for a variety of vertical solution applications.

Other available models of this Super Embedded NVR range also include:
DS-96128NI-E16(/H), supporting up-to 128-ch IP cameras, 16 HDDs, optional LCD touch screen;
DS-96128NI-E24(/H), supporting up-to 128-ch IP cameras, 24 HDDs, optional LCD touch screen;
DS-96256NI-E16(/H), supporting up-to 256-ch IP cameras, 16 HDDs, optional LCD touch screen;
DS-96256NI-E24(/H), supporting up-to 256-ch IP cameras, 24 HDDs, optional LCD touch screen

EverFocus ENVR8304E wins secutech Excellence Award 2014

EverFocus ENVR8304E wins secutech Excellence Award 2014

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 4/1/2014 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus awarded secutech Excellence Award 2014 in NVR contest at 2014 secutech in Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall last week.

2014 Secutech, International Security Expo held from Mar. 19-21, attracted around 500 manufacturers and professional visitors to Taiwan. EverFocus―an a&s 2013 Security Top 50 manufacturer ― received 2014 Secutech NVR Excellence Awards with their ENVR8304E― an 8-Channel Plug & Play NVR.

Earlier this year, the EverFocus EAN3300, EHN3261, Genie XMS, and a hybrid mobile solution received this year's Taiwan Excellence Award. The award proved R&D engineers have also developed an extensive expertise in IP products, software, and solution.

The new EverFocus NVR Solution, targeting small-scale installations such as homes and small businesses, will also be placed under the spotlight. With true plug-and-play setup and real-time local display up to Full HD resolution, the Linux-embedded solution works just like a DVR but without the need for those complicated network settings that would be otherwise required with conventional NVR systems.

Featuring a standalone network video recorder up to 8 channels, along with a series of NVR EverFocus megapixel cameras, the NVR Solution offers a complete system kit that can be easily installed in a matter of minutes. There is no need to purchase extra computers or software to operate the system.

When paired with EverFocus PowerVideo Plus CMS, the ENVR8304E-8CH can be used in complex multi-site installations with centralized management. The ENVR8304E-8CH is also fully supported by the EverFocus MobileFocus remote viewer on iOS and Android devices, which help extend video surveillance from fixed locations to mobile environments.

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