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Hikvision provides a safe and secure Harbour for Dun Laoghaire

Hikvision provides a safe and secure Harbour for Dun Laoghaire

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/8/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Lying 12 kilometres south of Dublin City Centre, Dún Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary) is widely recognised as having one of the finest man-made harbours in the world. The harbour itself consists of two huge granite piers. The East Pier is one mile long, the West Pier even longer, and together they enclose more than 100 hectares of terminal buildings, car and lorry parks, commercial piers, and leisure craft marinas. Having been the major gateway to England for goods and people for 200 years, it is also now on track to becoming Ireland's major marine, leisure and tourism destination having received significant investment to extend its recreational and amenity value. Keeping this huge area safe for all visitors is a major undertaking and Hikvision cameras and hybrid recorders have recently been added to make sure this happens.

Overcoming the challenge of existing infrastructure and low visibility
The harbour complex is managed by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) and it has been a user of CCTV for many years. The coax-cable analogue system betrays its age by concentrating heavily on the ferry terminal and the immediate surroundings – the harbour's raison d'etre throughout the twentieth century. However, even a once busy ferry operation takes up just a relatively small part of the massive harbour. With the East and West Piers separated by more than a kilometre at their mainland ends and extending far out into the Irish Sea, there is a large area contained by the two piers that has become a bustling hub of activity. It is now home to many marine activity-based businesses ranging from a Powerboat School to Yacht clubs and a Scuba Diving centre and a very large and still growing Marina complex for private leisure craft of all sizes. And, around the older ferry terminal, the new activities have given rise to a new generation of restaurants, car parks and other leisure businesses.

DLHC became increasingly concerned that the existing analogue CCTV infrastructure was only giving them a good overview of an increasingly marginal resource – the ferry terminal – and not providing an adequate level of surveillance of the new activities. What was clear was that the existing system incapable of keeping up with the increasing pressures of the site and Cork-based Hikvision distributor Mercury SD was called in to advise on upgrading the entire system.


“Providing effective surveillance throughout Dun Laoghaire Harbour was a challenging prospect,” says Kevin O'Connell, System Designer at Mercury SD. “The landside of the harbour is an increasingly busy and crowded area, the older ferry terminal now surrounded by a large number of newer tourist hotspots and commercial areas, and then we also had to consider the explosion of water moorings and activities that the old system was never designed to accommodate. The whole focus of the CCTV surveillance system had to change into one that encompassed the whole harbour complex.

“The harbour is also highly prone to extremely variable weather conditions, including frequent occurrences of high winds, severe rain and fog. Visibility can go from clear to poor in minutes and this means any new CCTV system that has a remit to concentrate its surveillance on the exposed harbour walls and marina complex should be capable of coping with the worst of these environmental extremes while continuing to deliver clear images.

“Finally, DLHC were keen to retain the existing analogue system if possible whilst extending the reach of the CCTV system to the entire 100 hectare site.”

A modernised coastal surveillance solution
Kevin O'Connell and other members of the design and installation team at Mercury SD made three site visits to the harbour before proposing their detailed scheme for a hybrid solution.

The new plan retained all the existing coax cable that was laid within the harbour and concentrated the existing analogue cameras to cover the ferry terminal and its immediate surroundings. Some of the new Hikvision IP cameras were then added to the coax cabling using IP over Coax transceivers while the IP cameras intended to greatly extend the reach and scope of the surveillance to the more far-flung reaches of the harbour were linked in using Ubiquiti wireless links. All the cameras link back to the pair of Hikvision hybrid recorders located in the harbour office near the ferry terminal, from where a PTZ camera in the lighthouse is controlled.

Whatever the weather
“All the new cameras offer Hikvision's SMART imaging and detection, most prominently the Smart Defog and Smart IR features,” explains Kevin. “These technologies in particular were a huge selling point for the new solution, overcoming the problems that burdened the old CCTV system when the harbour was beset by the unpredictable weather, even though most of the analogue cameras were indoors.”

The Smart Defog and Smart IR features help improve the clarity of images. Smart Defog modifies the image correction algorithm to improve the whole image's visibility and clarity in poor weather conditions, such as rain or severe fog. Smart IR addresses the common problem of over-exposure of IR LEDs at the centre of images, automatically adjusting the IR strength to improve visibility.

All except one of the new Hikvision cameras were enclosed in a marine grade housing; being DS-2CD4012F 1.3 megapixel SMART IPC units along with DS-2CD4032F-A 3 megapixel pieces. The Hikvision DS-2DF7284-A Network IR Speed Dome Camera was installed at the lighthouse as part of the new upgrade. Regularly used in busy areas such as stations, airports, railways and commercial centres, it oversees some of the busiest parts of the harbour and is a core CCTV feed for the harbour team. This PTZ camera provides 360° surveillance through its endless high-speed panning capability, offers a large 20x optical zoom capability to detect the smallest details and combines this with an IR range of up to 120 metres. The camera can also be shared by the emergency sea rescue services in the event of an incident in close proximity.

“At the centre of the new surveillance solution are Hikvision DS-9016HFI-ST 16/16 Hybrid Recorders, which enabled us to retain the majority of the older analogue cameras while adding in the Hikvision IP units,” adds Kevin. “The DS-9016HFI-ST features H.264 video compression, a recording resolution of up to 5 megapixels, 16 channel synchronous playback, and also HDMI and VGA output at up to 1080p, alongside a storage capacity of up to 12TB.”

Exceeding Expectations
The installation of the new surveillance solution has proved an immediate success. Tim Ryan, Harbour Manager at Dun Laoghaire says, “The Hikvision system specified has exceeded our initial expectations. We use the system 24 hours a day to monitor the inner harbour area, consisting of car parks, walkways, buildings, busy junctions and ship berthing areas. We have been able to provide An Garda Siochana (the police force) with evidence for a number of incidents that have occurred since the installation. In each case the coverage and quality of footage was of a high standard. The DS-2DF7284-A PTZ camera installed at our East Pier Lighthouse has proven beneficial in assisting with Search and Rescue and has the capability to be utilised by the local Coast Guard unit to monitor and record an incident on land or sea. Our recording equipment allows us to archive footage for approximately sixty days, which is also hugely beneficial to us.”

Fantastic snow world! Ogni Murmanska secured by Brickcom IP cameras

Fantastic snow world! Ogni Murmanska secured by Brickcom IP cameras

Editor / Provider: Brickcom | Updated: 4/7/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Ogni Murmanska, located in Murmansk, is one of the most famous snow parks in Russia which attracts numerous tourists around the world. The visitors are always amazed at the extremely fabulous ski slopes, and travel here again and again to experience the excitement of the speedy sport. Meanwhile, parents love to take their children to spend the holiday in the Ogni Murmanska with joy and smiles. In order to provide a safe entertainment environment for the visitors, Ogni Murmanska deployed a high quality IP-based video surveillance system for the 24hr monitoring and emergency prevention, thus, people can enjoy the fantastic snow world without worries and fears.

Brickcom WDR Enhancement enables the VD-300Np to view the images clearly even if the objects are in strong backlight. Furthermore, the VD-300Np is IK10 vandal-proof and IP67 weather-proof, therefore, it can definitely work stably in the harsh environments.

With the Sony Exmor sensor, Brickcom VD-300Np vandal dome IP camera is capable of the 3-megapixel resolution and superior night vision. In addition, Brickcom WDR Enhancement® enables the VD-300Np to view the images clearly even if the objects are in strong backlight. Furthermore, the VD-300Np is IK10 vandal-proof and IP67 weather-proof, therefore, it can definitely work stably in the harsh environments. All these capabilities enables the VD-300Np to deliver the best image quality with trusted reliability, whether during the day or at night.

The VD-300Np also features SmartFocus®, which allows the installer to adjust the zoom and focus remotely and easily. This feature makes the installation work a lot easier and faster. After the cameras are installed and connected to the network, the installer can adjust the zoom and focus in the control room. SmartFocus® is a great time and cost saver, since it saves a lot of labor on-site and the installer can stay away from the bad weather and dangerous locations.

Combined with superior image details, high reliability, and ease of deployment and use, the VD-300Np is the outstanding camera choice for Ogni Murmanska to achieve the risk management and improve the overall safety quality of the snow park.

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Hikvision IP cameras point to the future for South Africa's shopping malls

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 3/27/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The scenic splendour of South Africa's Western Cape Province has long attracted visitors. Millions of tourists flock to visit Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Robben Island - where the late Nelson Mandela was incarcerated - and enjoy the Cape Winelands and the beautiful coastline. But, as the fourth largest of South Africa's nine provinces with a population of almost 6 million, visitors with business in mind are also plentiful in the capital, Cape Town.

The town of Somerset West on the outskirts of Cape Town is ideally situated for commuters and visitors. Lying in the Helderberg basin with a view across the bay to Simon's Town and Cape Point, and overlooked by the Hottentots-Holland mountain range, approximately 55,000 people call it home and welcome tourists to the beachfront and numerous golf courses. Both can also take advantage of Western Cape's third largest shopping centre - Somerset Mall.

Bigger challenges
First opened in 1993, Somerset Mall is on the N2 Freeway that connects Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and Durban. It's an ideal position to attract visitors and since its first opening the mall has seen numbers continue to climb. Two separate expansion phases have taken place and Somerset Mall now houses 204 stores extending over more than 1.3 km, all with single level access. Parking is also similarly extensive, with a total of 4,500 parking bays of which approximately 700 are undercover.

Alongside the stores, the most recent expansion of Somerset Mall has also seen it expand to encompass an Adventure Arena. This is dominated by a spectacular double climbing wall with views of the Helderberg mountains but the Adventure Arena also includes a 10-pin bowling alley, a games arcade and an 8-screen movie complex.

As a result, the successful complex now attracts an average of 200,000 visitors per week. However, the CCTV security system had not kept pace with the growing numbers of visitors and shoppers and the Mall's management realised that enhancing the level of security was vital. They turned to systems-integrator SSC Infrasek for a solution.

New IP System
According to Mario Groenewald, technical manager at SSC Infrasek, "When we looked at the entirety of the security challenges facing the Mall, we quickly realised that simply supplementing the existing analogue system was not going to work. The expansion of the shopping precinct to 1.3 km of storefronts together with the new Arena and extensive car parks had stretched the old system almost to its limits. Increasing levels of surveillance in the pedestrian areas and in the extensive car parks was a priority and we were also conscious that the mall is very innovative and successful in attracting visitors to its unique blend of attractions. Therefore, further expansion of the site is quite likely and any proposed CCTV system would have to be capable of coping with this expansion.

"Having been tasked with implementing a comprehensive CCTV system to maintain security throughout the whole complex, we decided that the only realistic solution was to replace the whole of the existing analogue system with a fully IP CCTV system, based upon 130 Hikvision network cameras supplied through their local distributor, Sensor Limited."

According to Mario, the choice of Hikvision technology was based on a number of factors. "The wide range of cameras and options available to us meant that we could select the right camera for the job without compromising the design objectives. We had also used Hikvision products in other projects and found them to be robust and reliable, delivering very high quality images whilst remaining cost-effective. Finally, Hikvision has successfully delivered many similar projects around the world and offered us great support all the way from system design through to implementation."

Maximum protection inside...
For the inside of the mall, SSC Infrasek chose the DS-2CD7153-E network mini dome camera, which offers many features that make it ideal for the surveillance of an area like Somerset Mall where image quality and a robust build quality are key priorities.

Inside the vandal proof IP66 rated housing, the camera is based around a large 1/3" progressive scan CMOS image sensor, offering 2 megapixel HD resolution (1600 x 1200 pixels), dual real-time video streams of up to 720p, and offers a choice of H.264, MPEG4 and MJPEG video compression. The DS-2CD7153-E model is fitted with a bright 4 mm F1.8 lens, although 2.8, 6 and 8 mm versions are also available, and offers a wide 68 degree viewing angle. The unit also offers three axis adjustment at installation and Hikvision's ePTZ capability for increased viewing control and versatility. The result is a camera that delivers outstanding images while withstanding the rigours of a very public placement.

Versatility is also offered in placement of the camera courtesy of the PoE feature. Meanwhile, the inclusion of day/night automatic switching and multiple alarm triggers, including motion detection, tampering alarm, network disconnect, and IP address conflict, give installers and users maximum flexibility.

A total of 100 DS-2CD7153-E models were installed throughout the interior of the mall.

...and outside
SSC Infrasek opted to install 30 Hikvision DS-2DF1-518 PTZ network high speed dome cameras to protect the outside of the mall and the 3,800 outside parking spaces. Again, image quality was paramount but protecting the camera from any environmental factors was considered closely.

At the heart of the DS-2DF1-518 is a powerful 36x F1.8 zoom lens that take just 5.4 seconds to go from wide open to fully zoomed. Augmented with 16x digital zoom, this bright 3.4 - 122.4 mm lens is backed up by with a 1/4' Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor inside a tough, weatherproof IP66 housing.

This combination of 36x zoom, 3D intelligent positioning and the powerful built-in PTZ control means that operators can maintain surveillance over very large panoramas whilst retaining the ability to focus effortlessly on any area of interest. The camera also integrates an IR cut filter, for seamless day and night operation down to a minimum 0.2 lux in colour and a very low 0.02 lux in black & white.

Building success into the future
"The successful implementation of South Africa's first IP surveillance solution in a shopping centre environment is an impressive demonstration of SSC Infrasek's design and implementation expertise that is set to bring in more IP projects in the coming months," according to Mario Groenewald.

"It is also an expression of Hikvision's commitment to producing the most technologically advanced cameras and making them available to every market in the world," he concludes.

Arecont Vision 5MP compact camera captures images of speeding vehicles

Arecont Vision 5MP compact camera captures images of speeding vehicles

Editor / Provider: Arecont Vision | Updated: 3/20/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

CUSTOMER
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. The city of Buenos Aires is an autonomous district, and the separate province of Buenos Aires is the largest and most populous province in Argentina.

CHALLENGE
The local governments in Argentina needed a portable mobile solution to monitor and document speed limit violations.

MEGAPIXEL SOLUTION
In a unique integrated solution, Arecont Vision 5-megapixel cameras are used in conjunction with a radar speed gun. The camera's small size and excellent performance provided the perfect imaging solution for this specialized law enforcement application.

The system consists of a radar speed gun, a central processing unit (CPU) module, an Arecont Vision AV5115 5-megapixel camera and a laptop computer for programming and monitoring. The CPU controls and administers all functions of the system. The Arecont Vision camera connects to the CPU through an Ethernet connection, and the radar pistol communicates with the CPU via an RS-232 port. When measuring a vehicle's speed, the CPU analyzes whether the speed is in excess of the speed limit. If it is, the Arecont Vision camera takes a high-resolution digital image of the vehicle for license plate identification and fine processing. The information is then correlated to Argentina's vehicle registration database and the speed, operator's name, speed limit and location are superimposed on the picture and saved in memory on an SD card housed in the unit. A single SD card can store more than 1,000 files. Local monitoring is performed using a laptop computer, which is connected using a Wi-Fi network. The system also communicates via Wi-Fi to a desktop computer for remote monitoring.

The AV5115 camera is part of Arecont Vision's MegaVideo® Compact series of IP cameras. It features H.264/MJPEG dual encoding and up to 32-times the resolution of a VGA camera. Forty of the radar/video speed gun units were built, and the first units have been working uninterrupted since 2009.

The handheld radar speed gun system was designed and installed by Dyna Group, Buenos Aires, a customer-oriented company providing high-quality technical and environmental engineering services to its clients, according to Hector H. Zino, manager. Dyna Group's goal is to exceed every client's expectations with outstanding customer service, increased flexibility and greater value, thus optimizing system functionality and improving operation efficiency. Dyna Group specified the Arecont Vision camera for the radar speed gun application in Buenos Aires.

MEGAPIXEL BENEFITS
The high resolution of the Arecont Vision camera provides clear images for identification and the ability to read license plates. Megapixel-quality images include greater detail at an affordable price. Value drives the market, and less-expensive systems with higher resolution and better system performance provide the best value. During the design phase, several solutions were tried, but the Arecont Vision camera was chosen as the preferred solution because of performance, small size and easy operation. The system has been well received because of the high-resolution of the images and the small size of the complete device.

Better images ensure more revenue from speeding fines, which yields return on investment (ROI) for the new system. The radar/video guns have more than paid for themselves based on increased safety and collection of speeding fines. In one block in Buenos Aires, for example, 98 vehicles in one hour were each fined up to $480 for speeding violations. In another example, there were approximately 200 tickets issued in a single four-hour shift. Residents can request police to provide speed controls in their neighborhoods based on concerns about the safety of pedestrians.

“The solution has worked well, and Arecont Vision has been responsive to the customer's needs,” says Mr. Zino of Dyna Group. “The Arecont Vision megapixel camera provides a very compact and lightweight product at a reasonable price.”

VIVOTEK's comprehensive surveillance solution fortifies renowned German hypermarket EDEKA Voth

VIVOTEK's comprehensive surveillance solution fortifies renowned German hypermarket EDEKA Voth

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/6/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Building an impermeable security infrastructure for protecting consumers and employees
The EDEKA Group is one of Germany's most successful companies, with success attributed to the seamless collaboration between the three levels of the Group - management, wholesale, and retail. EDEKA Voth in Lemgo is one branch among several EDEKA's retailers. EDEKA HQ is located in Hamburg, where strategies are formulated to create and maintain smooth IT structures throughout the entire organization. The wholesale level, comprising seven regional wholesale businesses, is to supply top-quality goods to 4,000 subsidiary, self-employed retailers nationwide, and support management in terms of distribution and expansion. The retailers provide not only top-class products, but also friendly and professional customer service. The EDEKA Voth management acknowledges that the security plays a crucial role influencing the stability and sustainability of operations. From this aspect, EDEKA Voth places considerable effort in building an impermeable security infrastructure for protecting consumers and employees. EDEKA Voth has reviewed its security options in 2013.

A comprehensive solution is designed for encompassing the entire branch
SECOMP, a German-based distributor of VIVOTEK products, is widely known in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors for providing quality services in Germany. Therefore, SECOMP was commissioned to revamp the security system in EDEKA Voth. Following careful planning and cooperation with CNS in Lemgo, a comprehensive solution was designed that encompassed both indoor and outdoor surveillance throughout the entire complex. Twenty-four VIVOTEK's cameras were installed throughout the complex, comprising a combination of FD8166, FD8335H, IP7361, and MD7560.

FD8166, regarding its ultra-mini size, low-profile design and the excellent quality, was specifically selected for monitoring grocery aisle activity. Twenty FD8166 cameras, one between two aisles, were installed throughout the complex. This model features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1920x1080 resolution video at 15 FPS. Additionally, the camera supports the industrial-standard H.264 compression technology, which drastically reduces file size and conserves network bandwidth. This technology is essential in this context due to the number of cameras installed.

The fixed dome network camera FD8335H, featuring WDR Pro, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, was selected for monitoring back door activity around the clock. Designed with 1-megapixel CMOS sensor, the camera is capable of capturing 720p HD at 30 FPS. Additionally, the IK10- and IP66-rated housing renders this model ideal for outdoor applications.

The bullet style IP7361 was selected to monitor the warehouse loading area. The IP7361 is equipped with a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor (1600x1200) with a 6 to 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris lens that enables the camera to deliver extremely detailed images at 6 times the coverage of conventional VGA cameras without sacrificing storage space or network bandwidth. Similar to the FD8335H model, the IP7361 features the IP66-rated housing, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, making this model perfect for outdoor surveillance.

For the entrance of the complex, fixed dome network camera MD7560 was opted. The MD7560 features an advanced 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1600x1200 resolution video. It also supports a wide-angle lens, making this camera ideal for areas with high volumes of activity, such as store entrances. The IP67-rated tamper- and vandal-proof housing further increases the robustness of the camera, enabling it to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

Achievement: Fully satisfaction with the performance and highly confidence in future cooperation
Overall stringency in surveillance has increased significantly since the employment of the solution in November 2013 while maintaining the ease of use and seamless operations. The customer is fully satisfied with the performance of the solution and expresses confidence in future collaboration.

The strategic advantages of reinforcing the security of an organization from the bottom of the structural pyramid are countless. At a consumer level, the tangible sense of security throughout the shopping experience elevates consumers' loyalty, satisfaction, and repurchase intention, generating positive word-of-mouth. At a management level, a sound security infrastructure frees decision-makers to tackle other aspects of management, formulating decisions with greater value for the company. At an organizational level, consumers' positive word-of-mouth and managers' favorable decisions created in the previous levels reinforce investor confidence in the organization, ultimately increasing market size. Therefore, the state-of-the-art solutions developed by VIVOTEK not only explicitly satisfy security and surveillance demands, but also implicitly promote organizational progress.

VIVOTEK launches 4 network cameras with WDR pro technology

VIVOTEK launches 4 network cameras with WDR pro technology

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/9/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces the launch of four brand new network cameras, including two professional bullet-style network cameras, the IB8338-H and IB8338-HR, and two professional fixed-dome network cameras, the FD8138-H and FD8338-HV All of these advanced cameras are equipped with the latest 1-Megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.8 ~ 12 mm vari-focal, P-iris lens, VIVOTEK’s advanced WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) Pro technology.

In its continued endeavor to provide the market with network cameras with superior image quality, VIVOTEK has been dedicated to bolstering its portfolio of WDR Pro products. The IB8338-H, IB8338-HR, FD8138-H and FD8338-HV, all designed with WDR Pro technology, are able to capture detailed features whenever a subject of interest appears in high-contrast lighting environments and generate a vividly realistic image representative of the original scene. Incorporating Smart Stream and 3D Noise Reduction Technology, all four cameras can substantially reduce bandwidth consumption while at the same time enhancing image detail. Making these cameras even more powerful, a removable IR-cut filter as well as improved IR illuminators, effective up to 30M, ensure that the IB8338-H, IB8338-HR, FD8138-H and FD8338-HV can secure superior image quality around the clock. To further enhance image quality, these four new cameras also come with a 2.8 ~ 12 mm vari-focal, P-iris lens, which controls the iris with extreme precision via its built-in stepper motor. By using software controls, the lens maintains the iris opening at an optimal level at all times.

The uniquely-designed Daisy-Chain PoE extender is embedded within the IB8338-HR, allowing connecting any PoE IP cameras without an additional power source, thereby facilitating long-distance surveillance system implementation in factory areas, parking lots, crossroads, and outdoor sidewalks. Moreover, with adopting VIVOTEK’s conduit box AP-FXC-0201, which is also designed with a Daisy-Chain PoE extender, FD8138-H and FD8338-HV are able to facilitate the easy implementation of a total PoE solution.

For robust defense against rain, dust, and even high-pressure water jets, the FD8338-HV, IB8338-H and IB8338-HR are armed with tough, IP66-rated housing. All of these features make the FD8338-HV, IB8338-H and IB8338-HR are the perfect cameras for any outdoor application.

VIVOTEK surveillance solution bolsters German Hypermarket EDEKA Voth

VIVOTEK surveillance solution bolsters German Hypermarket EDEKA Voth

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The EDEKA Group is one of Germany's most successful companies, with success attributed to the seamless collaboration between the three levels of the Group - management, wholesale, and retail. EDEKA Voth in Lemgo is one branch among several EDEKA's retailers.

EDEKA HQ is located in Hamburg, where strategies are formulated to create and maintain smooth IT structures throughout the entire organization. The wholesale level, comprising seven regional wholesale businesses, is to supply top-quality goods to 4,000 subsidiary, self-employed retailers nationwide, and support management in terms of distribution and expansion. The retailers provide not only top-class products, but also friendly and professional customer service. The EDEKA Voth management acknowledges that the security plays a crucial role influencing the stability and sustainability of operations. From this aspect, EDEKA Voth places considerable effort in building an impermeable security infrastructure for protecting consumers and employees. EDEKA Voth has reviewed its security options in 2013.

A comprehensive solution is designed for encompassing the entire branch
SECOMP, a German-based distributor of VIVOTEK products, is widely known in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors for providing quality services in Germany. Therefore, SECOMP was commissioned to revamp the security system in EDEKA Voth. Following careful planning and cooperation with CNS in Lemgo, a comprehensive solution was designed that encompassed both indoor and outdoor surveillance throughout the entire complex. Twenty-four VIVOTEK's cameras were installed throughout the complex, comprising a combination of FD8166, FD8335H, IP7361, and MD7560.

FD8166, regarding its ultra-mini size, low-profile design and the excellent quality, was specifically selected for monitoring grocery aisle activity. Twenty FD8166 cameras, one between two aisles, were installed throughout the complex. This model features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1920x1080 resolution video at 15 FPS. Additionally, the camera supports the industrial-standard H.264 compression technology, which drastically reduces file size and conserves network bandwidth. This technology is essential in this context due to the number of cameras installed.

The fixed dome network camera FD8335H, featuring WDR Pro, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, was selected for monitoring back door activity around the clock. Designed with 1-megapixel CMOS sensor, the camera is capable of capturing 720p HD at 30 FPS. Additionally, the IK10- and IP66-rated housing renders this model ideal for outdoor applications.

The bullet style IP7361 was selected to monitor the warehouse loading area. The IP7361 is equipped with a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor (1600x1200) with a 6 to 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris lens that enables the camera to deliver extremely detailed images at 6 times the coverage of conventional VGA cameras without sacrificing storage space or network bandwidth. Similar to the FD8335H model, the IP7361 features the IP66-rated housing, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, making this model perfect for outdoor surveillance.

For the entrance of the complex, fixed dome network camera MD7560 was opted. The MD7560 features an advanced 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1600x1200 resolution video. It also supports a wide-angle lens, making this camera ideal for areas with high volumes of activity, such as store entrances. The IP67-rated tamper- and vandal-proof housing further increases the robustness of the camera, enabling it to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

Achievement: Fully satisfaction with the performance and highly confidence in future cooperation
Overall stringency in surveillance has increased significantly since the employment of the solution in November 2013 while maintaining the ease of use and seamless operations. The customer is fully satisfied with the performance of the solution and expresses confidence in future collaboration.

The strategic advantages of reinforcing the security of an organization from the bottom of the structural pyramid are countless. At a consumer level, the tangible sense of security throughout the shopping experience elevates consumers' loyalty, satisfaction, and repurchase intention, generating positive word-of-mouth. At a management level, a sound security infrastructure frees decision-makers to tackle other aspects of management, formulating decisions with greater value for the company. At an organizational level, consumers' positive word-of-mouth and managers' favorable decisions created in the previous levels reinforce investor confidence in the organization, ultimately increasing market size. Therefore, the state-of-the-art solutions developed by VIVOTEK not only explicitly satisfy security and surveillance demands, but also implicitly promote organizational progress.

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.8 for the XProtect portfolio of products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for a new type of hybrid cameras combining a PTZ and a 360-degree camera.

An example of the new type of hybrid cameras is the AXIS Q6000-E network camera. This camera offers a 360° overview provided by four 2-megapixel camera heads, and when integrated with AXIS Q60-E camera, it simultaneously offers high-detail optical zoom on areas of interest.

Using XProtect clients, with just a single click operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields.

The release of Device Pack 7.8 also marks that Milestone remains committed to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market – currently over 100 brands and more than 4,000 models. This means that more than 1,000 devices have been added in a year. This is the highest annual growth ever.

“The release of this device pack clearly shows the power of open platform technology. We are not only adding a brand new type of camera, we have also added support for more than a thousand devices in a just a year,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This clearly shows our dedication to ensure that our customers and channel partners have the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the industry, now and going forward.”

Milestone XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces the launch of the IP816A-HP, a professional 2-Megapixel box network camera with advanced image process technologies such as WDR Pro and SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) and several unique features, making it the perfect camera for monitoring traffic, and tunnels.

Featuring WDR Pro, the IP816A-HP is able to provide superior visibility in environments with high contrast lighting conditions. WDR Pro allows the IP816A-HP to capture both the dark and bright parts of an image and combine up to 2 separate frames to generate a highly realistic representation of the original scene. In addition, utilizing 3D Noise Reduction technology, the IP816A-HP is able to suppress sensor noise, thus reducing bandwidth consumption and enhancing image detail in extremely bright as well as dark environments. In order to ensure optimal image quality at all times, the IP816A-HP is equipped with a P-iris lens, which maintains the iris opening at an optimal level at all times, resulting in both superior sharpness and superior depth of field.

Most uniquely, VIVOTEK has introduced its newly developed Snapshot Focus function to the IP816A-HP, allowing the installer to record a short clip of the scene on site, and then playback this clip at any speed to check, or fine-tune, the focus. Moreover, the IP816A-HP is also designed with VIVOTEK’s RBF (Remote Back Focus) System, enabling the installer to adjust focus even more precisely.

Tim Su, Director, Marketing Communication Department, VIVOTEK indicated “In traffic monitoring or license plate recognition applications, because of fast moving vehicle, it can be difficult for installers to ensure that the focus is set at an optimal level for clear surveillances. VIVOTEK, based on its profound and professional experiences in network camera solutions development, is proud to launch the IP816A-HP with quite a few innovative features, revolutionarily solving the problem.“

Exacq and Arecont Vision secure Dubai Courts

Exacq and Arecont Vision secure Dubai Courts

Editor / Provider: Exacq | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dubai Courts wanted a way to easily monitor day-today operations and easily export video of incidents. Dubai Courts consulted First Security Group LLC, a local security integrator, and Harco Group to find a video surveillance solution that fit their needs. After working with First Security Group and Harco Group and looking at various options, they selected Arecont Vision cameras, an exacqVision network video recorder (NVR) and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

First Security Group placed 58 Arecont Vision two megapixel IP cameras throughout Dubai Courts facility. Cameras cover both inside and outdoor areas. The new IP cameras provided high quality images and video details that their previous analog cameras did not have.

First Security Group installed an exacqVision Z-Series NVR. This recorder stores up to 32 terabytes of video and uses continuous-duty, enterprise-class drives. The front-mount drive bays provide Dubai Courts with the opportunity to easily expand their system in the future. The exacqVision recorder provided a high level of performance and reliabilty. Additionally it has the capacity for Dubai Courts to expand their system at any time.

To view live and recorded video, Dubai Courts IT and administration have access to view the exacqVision client on their desktop computers. They can easily monitor all areas of the courts with the exacqVision VMS software displayed on a video wall.

The ease-of-use and remote connection through the free web service application has made it easy for Dubai Courts employees to monitor and control security operations. The high performance exacqVision Z-Series supports simultaneous video to web and mobile clients with 1,800 frames per second.

With the exacqVision solution, Dubai Courts has prevented losing valuable assets and also has video evidence of any incidents reported. When a visitor or employee has a complaint about an incident on the facility, IT personnel can quickly review the video from that time frame and specific area. exacqVision gives them the capability to save incidents and group them together for later viewing with the bookmarking feature. exacqVision makes searching for video of incidents seamless.

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