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VIVOTEK awarded the Best Mobile IP Camera at Brazil

VIVOTEK awarded the Best Mobile IP Camera at Brazil

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is honored to announce its achievement in “Digital Security Awards 2014" at ISC Brazil, the international exhibition and conference for security held in Sao Paulo in 2014. VIVOTEK has won the Best Mobile IP Camera Award. The award was bestowed on VIVOTEK's fixed dome network camera MD8562.

At ISC Brazil 2014, Digital Security, the publication in security industry in Brazil, promoted its 3rd edition of Digital Security Award. Key players in the electronic security industry have joined the competition under different categories, such as equipment and solutions for video surveillance, VMS software, biometrics, access control solutions, and RFID. A dedicated website for this award has been especially established. Readers of Digital Security voted directly online, determining the award winners.

VIVOTEK's MD8562 is a compact, 2-megapixel network camera, which is especially designed for transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles. Featuring IK10-rated IP67-rated design, the camera can effectively resist from humidity, dust, vandalism and temperature fluctuations. Besides, being compliant with the EN50155 standard, the camera can withstand shock and vibration, delivering stable and reliable video during vehicle movement.

Designed with WDR Enhancement technology, the MD8562 can cope with challenging lighting conditions, identifying image details in extremely bright or dark environments. Video footage of in-vehicle activities or vehicle accidents can be fully and explicitly captured, ensuring passengers' safety during transit. With intelligent tamper detection feature, MD8562 can keep security staff or administrators notified once suffering video loss from being blocked or spray-painted.

TOP10 most popular security products for March 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for March 2014

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 4/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com would like to introduce the TOP10 popular products for March 2014 in this report.

Have a quick look here: Besides two products from Hikvision and Dahua respectively, the other most-clicked products in March were coming from Axis, AirLive, Antaira, Biwave, Honeywell, and VIVOTEK.

As most of the products make their debut in the TOP10 in March, interestingly, two seats were taken by Hikvision's IP cameras, DS-2CD2412F-I (W) and DS-2CD2432F-I (W) as previous winners in the last three months and one by Biwave VDL4000 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission as a winner of the TOP10 in December 2013 and January 2014.

According to this ranking list, IR cameras, 3-megapixels resolution, and multifunctional management system that could assist end users to operate more efficiently are still leading the trend.

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


The first place of the TOP10 for March goes to Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera, with a leading 600-click from all around the world. This has been the third month in a row since this camera was first honored in December 2013. Worth noting here is that since its first appearance in the TOP10 for December, this IR cube camera has experience soaring click-through rate from the viewers worldwide. DS-2CD2412F-I (W) comes with passive infrared sensor (PIS) and is capable of detecting objects within a range of 10-meter; meanwhile, this IR Cube camera is able to sustain a weather of -30 °C ~ 60 °C (-22 °F ~ 140 °F).

2. AirLive BU-3025v2 3-MegaPixel Outdoor 25 meter IR IPCAM


Right after, as a new comer in March, AirLive BU-3025v2 : 3-MegaPixel Outdoor 25 meter IR IPCAM wins the 2nd place with 422 clicks, receiving the highest click-through rate from Asia in this rank. BU-3025v2 provides high image quality of 2048*1536p at 20fps; otherwise, the end users can choose to keep a real-time recording at 1080p. This 3MP IR camera is equipped with auto-changeable IR filter and wide-range infrared LEDs coverage for a distance up to 25m.

3. Antaira LNP-0802-24 8-Port Industrial PoE+ UnManaged Ethernet Switch


As another new comer on list of TOP10 for March, Antaira LNP-0802-24 8-Port Industrial PoE+ UnManaged Ethernet Switch takes the 3rd place with 362 clicks from all around the world. This switch is specifically designed with Network Storm Protection and built-in relay warning function that will send out an alert to operators when power failure or port breaks occur. This American company was formerly known as Aaxeon Technology, and renamed as Antaira Technology earlier in 2013.

4. Honeywell HUS-NVR-7200A-E 256-Channel NVR


Closely right behind as No.4 is Honeywell HUS-NVR-7200A-E 256-Channel NVR, embedded with standalone server with 16 hard disk bays (up to4TB storage), capable of continuous 24/7 video recording, and supporting 256 channels of real-time recording. Furthermore, this recorder allows end users to search by date, time, alarm event, and channel number. This multifunctional NVR is ideal for applying in verticals such as banks, governments, transportation, city surveillance, and commercial industries.

5. Axis SketchUp 3D CAD software


The 5th place goes to Axis SketchUp 3D CAD software with 337 clicks. As another new face in this list, this management platform got both American and Asian viewers' high attention. As applying Axis cameras, the software, SketchUp, is well-integrated with Google maps providing users a clear view over any outdoor surveillance areas. This software enables end users to easily adjust the field of view through PTZ cameras in order to set up the best surveillance coverage and fits into the building layout.

6. VIVOTEK FD8355EHV 1.3MP WDR Dome Network Camera


With 332 clicks coming evenly from all around the areas, VIVOTEK FD8355EHV takes the 6th place in the TOP10 for March, featuring its improved wide dynamic range technology, WDR Pro II, provides end users with better visibility in extremely dark and light environments with 4 shutter capture methods. Furthermore, with 3D noise reduction technology, this dome camera can capture clear and polished picture even under poor light source, allowing users to easily identify details in the video.

7. Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera
Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) had to settle for a tie with DAHUA-IPC- HFW5300C/5302C in the TOP10 for March, as they equally gained a total of 280-click, both ranked as No.7.

 

Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I (W) is definitely not a stranger to the TOP10 ranking. Since it first appeared last year, this IR Cube network camera has been one of the hot products on the TOP10 throughout the past three months keeping a steady click-through rate. As a total of 280, it got the most clicks from European countries – 60% of the viewers are from Europe.

7. DAHUA-IPC-HFW5300C/5302C

DAHUA-IPC-HFW5300C/5302C as a new comer on TOP10, featuring its multiple network monitoring, including web viewer, content management system (CMS), and DMSS. This IR-Bullet camera can keep 20fps at a recording quality of 3megapixel; and 30fps at 1080P. Interestingly, European take up the majority of the viewers as well.

9. DAHUA IPC-HFW5200C HD Network Water-proof Bullet Camera


The 9th of the TOP10 for March is DAHUA IPC-HFW5200C HD Network Water-proof Bullet Camera, and it is the second product from Dahua that makes into this ranking in the TOP 10 for March. This water-proof bullet camera, highlighted its Eco-Savvy feature, drew 264 clicks – around 75% came from Asian and American areas.

10. Biwave VDL4000 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission for IP Network Camera Connection


Coming to the 10th place is a previous winner in the TOP10 rankings in December 2013 and January 2014 – Biwave VDL4000 10M/100M Ethernet Transmission, which is designed for long distance IP camera transmission. After its absence from the TOP10 in February 2014, this Ethernet transmission took back the seat in March gaining 251 clicks, taking up mostly by European and American viewers by 42% and 32%.

 * 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.

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

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