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Geutebruck's virtual servers support unprecedented resolution and reliability at the Grand Casino Baden

Geutebruck's virtual servers support unprecedented resolution and reliability at the Grand Casino Baden

Editor / Provider: Geutebruck | Updated: 9/13/2012 | Article type: Security 50

In 2009, when the Grand Casino in Baden in Switzerland upgraded and expanded its video system it chose a Geutebruck high availability IP solution designed by local system integrators Honegger System Technik. It was a groundbreaking design incorporating thirty-five 1.3 Megapixel cameras into the 250-camera system and introducing virtual GeViScope platforms to handle the generated data with ease and efficiency as well as high redundancy. The complex upgrade was made without any interruption to operation of the system or business and has met with the full satisfaction of the casino management.

The Geutebruck IP solution designed and installed by Honegger System Technik exploits two technologies in particular which enable it to handle and store the complete video history from all cameras including megapixel ones at full available resolution for 28 days on a 320 Terabyte instant access database.

The first of these is Geutebruck's own CCTV-optimised video compression process MPEG4CCTV. This is an MPEG-4 compliant process which uses standard MPEG-4 compression tools in unusual ways for the specific purpose of improving performance and image handling for security users. As a result, systems using MPEG4CCTV are very fast, delivering top quality video images without any perceptible latency; as well as lean and efficient with low network and storage requirements.

The second is the IT technology of virtualization which is used to produce virtual devices. With the aid of Microsoft's Hyper-V tool, Geutebruck can generate several virtual GeViScope servers on a single piece of hardware. These virtual servers are then linked into clusters with so-called ‘failover' functionality to ensure that if one of them fails another automatically and instantly takes over without any effect on service.

In the server room at the Grand Casino Baden, what is really impressive is what is not there. There is less hardware using less power and less emergency capacity on standby. Fewer hardware devices are throwing out less waste heat, so less air conditioning is required and again less energy is needed. By saving considerable space, energy and costs virtualisation is significantly reducing the total cost of ownership.

  • System design
    CAM2IP video encoders which support MPEG4CCTV compression and its efficient video management features were added to link a dozen or so existing analog speed domes and a hundred analog box cameras to the existing Kat5 Ethernet cabling. 35 new 1.3 megapixel cameras enable close observation of the roulette, poker and black jack tables. A hundred new VIPCAMs monitor the gaming machine area, the cashier's desks and provide general views. (VIPCAMs are high resolution day/night IP-cameras with automatic IR-cut filters for crisp sharp pictures even with widely varying light conditions.)

    All data streams are handled by two Intel modular servers, each of which incorporates five high performance computers. Together these run a total of 21 virtual GeViScope video system platforms operated in cluster formation. These virtual GeViScopes record to the high redundancy RAID Level 6 databases mounted on 21 Promise SAS storage systems currently using sixteen 1TB capacity server disks each, but which can take more if needed. Thanks to the high-availability design, if - despite all care and cutting-edge technology – something fails, then the full functionality of the system is re-established automatically without any significant down-time.

  • Close-up clarity
    The high resolution of the new megapixel cameras provides increased picture quality along with increased security and operational efficiency. The peak resolution support for zooming in for close-ups is used by the supervisors who have 30-inch monitors and access to all of the 250 cameras from each work-station. They can pull up live and recorded footage of identical quality in milliseconds.

    Although technically complex, supervisors at the Grand Casino Baden find the system simplicity itself to operate. They use GSCView, Geutebruck's user-friendly software for display and operating. Its extreme flexibility supports the extensive customisation which maximises security as well as operator comfort and convenience.

  • Investing for longevity
    Against a backdrop of continuously changing markets and regulatory frameworks, video security system purchasers like Grand Casino Baden are clearly concerned to ensure that any investment, especially a large one, provides for their needs over the long term. The (virtual) GeViScope devices at the heart of this solution more than meet current needs, are almost limitlessly scaleable in every direction, and offer exceptional flexibility in terms of adaptability and integration with third party systems.

    “Virtualization offers end-users significant advantages,” reports Carmen Lahr, Geutebruck's corporate communications director. “Not only does it enable redundancy and high availability to be achieved without hardware duplication; but using hardware resources more efficiently like this reduces the installation's need for space, power and cooling, and that cuts the system's overall energy consumption by 30-40%.”

  • American Dynamics HD IP series adopts Theia 5-MP telephoto lens

    American Dynamics HD IP series adopts Theia 5-MP telephoto lens

    Editor / Provider: American Dynamics | Updated: 9/13/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    American Dynamics, part of Tyco Security Products, has added Theia's SL940 megapixel telephoto lens to their lens offerings for their new Illustra 600 Series HD IP dome cameras.

    American Dynamics selected Theia's SL940A 9 to 40mm, 5 megapixel, IR corrected lens as their telephoto offering with their Illustra 600/610 indoor/outdoor mini-dome cameras. The lens provides a unique combination of features in an unusually small package. With a 9 – 40mm focal range the lens offers a powerful optical zoom for high detail images far away and full 5 megapixel resolution for crisp detail in a compact 50mm length which fits perfectly in the Illustra's sleek mini-dome envelope.

    According to Steve Carney, Director of Product Management-Video of Tyco Security Products for American Dynamics, "The addition of Theia's SL940 extends the reach of our HD cameras and expands the versatility of the Illustra IP camera line. With the 9-40mm lens, and a super high quality poly carbonate bubble on the mini-dome, this new camera can greatly reduce the need for costly trenching. Customers often pay significant costs to dig for cabling when typical cameras can't reach where they are needed. With 40mm of IR corrected lens, and a bubble that matches the lens in clarity, our cameras can now reach hundreds of feet from a mounted position on a building.”

    The SL940A joins its sister SL183A lens, already offered with the Illustra series cameras. The SL183 lens employs Theia's award winning Linear Optical Technology to provide up to 117 degrees of undistorted horizontal field of view (HFOV) on the camera's sensor, enabling coverage of more area with a single camera, potentially reducing the overall cost of HD and IP system ownership. The SL183A is also only 50mm long.

    According to Carney,” Theia's family of ultra wide non distortion lenses offer advantages in that they deliver the best wide angle image quality without barrel distortion or vignetting. They provide greater image resolution at the edges supporting improved motion search and other analytics functions. Just as with the integration of the SL183 with our Illustra mini-domes, American Dynamics is excited to extend its partnership with Theia Technologies with the integration of the SL940. From the widest of angles to the longest of shots, we are proud of the quality and versatility we offer our customers with the blend of Illustra megapixel expertise and Theia lens technology.”

    Virginia health care group deploys Mobotix cams and sound detection

    Virginia health care group deploys Mobotix cams and sound detection

    Editor / Provider: Mobotix | Updated: 9/12/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    Mobotix announced that Valley Health, a non-profit health care group in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, has deployed more than 100 Mobotix cameras across four of its six hospitals and now operates at least one of each type of Mobotix camera. Valley Health chose the Mobotix system to slowly replace its fleet of analog cameras, as well as reduce camera counts with panoramic views, streamline incident investigations with delivery of high-resolution images and allow for discreet camera placement.

    Valley Health is utilizing the 360-degree views of Mobotix's Q24 cameras and the 6.2-megapixel potential of the D14 DualDome cameras to secure interior hallways, intersections and entrances. In addition, Mobotix M12 cameras provide superb perimeter security with day and night features from hospital rooftops.

    “Using MOBOTIX cameras that have so many unique functions built in for a variety of unique applications is great, especially for larger customers,” said Kevin Ganczak, CTO, Executive Protection Systems, the project's integrator. “MOBOTIX cameras provide us and our customers with a lot of flexibility to find the best camera for the job and exceed customer expectations.”

    Valley Health is also leveraging several Mobotix T24 Door Stations that are customized by EPS to replace one hospital's audio detection system. The T24s are configured to detect loud noises in the parking garage stairwells and alert authorities. The entire system is an upgrade over the hospital's previous sound detection system because it provides first responders with video of the scene, helping them to rule out false alarms and providing personnel with knowledge of the situation to enable the appropriate response.

    “It's similar to those blue call boxes you often see around college campuses,” said Arthur Yow, Director of Safety and Security, Valley Health. “This is a great product because it gives us the sound detection we were searching for as well as the visual capabilities to weed out false alarms and prepare first responders. In addition, employees, patients and visitors can use it to contact authorities in non-emergency situations.”

    Valley Health found additional ROI and utility by deploying MxControlCenter, professional video management software included with the purchase of Mobotix cameras at no additional charge. This allows the company to quickly and easily grant access to camera feeds for any employee who Page 1 / 2 might need it through a Web browser. Combined with the Mobotix decentralized approach to surveillance, it delivers a comprehensive security system at an extremely cost-effective price.

    Mobotix restructures Americas biz development team

    Mobotix restructures Americas biz development team

    Editor / Provider: Mobotix | Updated: 9/12/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    Mobotix announced that it has expanded its sales force and realigned its sales structure in response to increased demand for its megapixel surveillance solutions. The company appointed a new business development manager and two new inside sales managers while redistributing current personnel in response to growing business opportunities throughout the Americas.

    Steven Rosenbloom will serve as Business Development Manager for the Southwest region. Rosenbloom is a seasoned security professional and law enforcement veteran with proven sales experience with various industry vendors. Most recently, he served as a regional security sales manager for Samsung Techwin. Rosenbloom retired from the San Diego Police Department in 2010, where he held multiple positions throughout his 20-year law enforcement career and implemented the city's first police-operated public surveillance system.

    Mobotix appointed veteran Business Development Manager Hunter Fort to Texas to serve as the BDM in the Mid-South region, and Cody Flood has been promoted to Business Development Manager for the Northeast. Fort previously served as the Business Development Manager for the Western United States and Canada, and Flood served as Inside Sales Manager. Heidi Barnum, who also previously served as Inside Sales Manager, has been promoted to Channel Manager, Americas. Mobotix also added two new inside sales managers, Rob Millar and Presley Di-Vanna.

    Thai market spiced up

    Thai market spiced up

    Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 9/11/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

    Talk to any business professional in Thailand, and the term AEC — ASEAN Economic Community — is bound to come up, as the entire country prepares itself to be the center of (and driving force behind) this thriving economic entity by year 2015 when zero tariffs on almost all goods and free flow of human resources are legally and officially permitted. It is estimated, according to US Commercial Service, that the overall market for security equipment and system sales (at the manufacturer to distributor level) is between US$200 to $300 million, growing at a CAGR of 25 to 30 percent.

    While everyone agrees that the country's growth potential is phenomenal, considering the various financial and economic crises across the globe, this security market still requires those who wish to capitalize on the uptick to take the time and effort to cover their bases: product/solution reliability and affordability; people and connections; and specialization, verticalization and education.

    Security is not a brand new concept to Thailand or its people. In fact, analog security systems can be found all over the vast country, with some of them having been around for more than two, three decades. “The annual video surveillance equipment market is roughly US$70 million; the installed analog base is easily 10 times that, so business potential is definitely huge,” said Sakchai Somsuk, MD of TSolutions.

    With the three pillars of the Thai economy (agriculture, manufacturing, tourism) thriving healthily, even MNCs like Axis Communications and Bosch Security Systems are confident in achieving much better and faster growth in this exciting market, which was troubled by sociopolitical unrest not too long ago. “From the quick recovery from the floods last year, we can see that Thailand's fundamentals are really strong. New buildings and infrastructure are continuously being built,” said Sivakumar Pichai, GM of Thailand, Bosch Security Systems. “We expect the overall market to grow at a rate of at least 10 to 15 percent. In surveillance in particular, 2011 saw 25-percent growth, and in this year and the next few years, annual growth of more than 25 to 30 percent can be expected.”

    Axis saw a minor setback in growth in the first quarter of this year, but the second quarter quickly climbed back to the usual 30-plus percent. “In addition to the typical city surveillance and critical infrastructure (border, rail and utilities) segments that we serve, we are also working with our partners on quite a few midsized projects involving 100 to 200 cameras each,” said Oh Tee Lee, Regional Director of South APAC, Axis Communications. “The benefits of IP-based security systems might not be immediately clear to this demographic, so we have to invest more resources in reaching out, educating. After we demonstrate an overall lower TCO and the management and operation headaches saved over a five-year period or more, security professionals in this country get onboard and catch up really fast.”

    For Sony, the country is on par with Australia and Malaysia, with each surveillance market sized at roughly $100 million. “The entire region is growing stably at a CAGR of 16 to 20 percent, and we have quite some room to grow in terms of market penetration,” said Riki Nishimura, GM of Security Solutions in APAC, Sony Professional Solutions (a Sony Electronics company). “Analog still accounts for about 80 percent of new purchases, but we expect IP to catch up to 50 percent by 2015/2016.”

    As Southeast Asian economies continue to expand and integrate and global investments increasingly pour into these markets due to limited prospects elsewhere in the world, Verint believes that video security opportunities in this region will rise significantly. “We believe governments and businesses will continue to invest — some more cautiously than others — in video surveillance solutions, regardless of macroeconomic conditions,” said Wilson Chin, VP of Marketing for APAC, Verint Systems. “Our video surveillance and analytics solutions are well-recognized in the government, critical infrastructure and transportation sectors, thanks to our many years of experience in securing complex projects, high reliability, proven performance and technology innovation. ‘Partners-focused' has always been our go-to-market strategy, and we are investing more in recruiting, training and enabling our partners in this region.”

    Making Commitments
    To properly serve a huge, fragmented market like Thailand, many solution providers have resorted to a two- or three-pronged channel strategy. “We work with Smartcomputer (SMC) Group, which is one of the leading distributors with well-connected dealers and integrators throughout the country, on large-scale installs,” said Rio Mao, APAC Sales Director for Dahua Technology. “At the same time, we also work with IT retail outlets, to help SMBs and the general public with DIY projects.” The shift to IP and budding growth in smaller cities and towns are not unnoticed. “Together with SMC, we are offering more IP training courses and affordable, bundled DIY kits (such as NVRs and cameras with PoE capability), to lower the barrier of adopting network-based solutions.” These are equally popular in Indonesia, Cambodia and Myanmar, as they look up to Thailand for growth patterns and models.

    D-Link, which has been committed to cultivating the Southeast Asian region with a multilayered, team-oriented approach for the last 17 years, is also appreciative of the rapid changes in technology adoption and buying behavior of an evolving Thailand. “We have spent more than 10 years in this country building up a solid, strong retail network,” said Sam Wong, Regional Sales Director for D-Link International. “Mobility is very high in Thailand, so we make sure anyone can find our easy-to-install/use business and home solutions in any of the top four IT chains. Advances in technology also mean that you can get more features today at half of the price last year. To cope with such dynamics, we will very soon have in place a dedicated business development manager, to service this market with the right portfolio and training seminars.”

    From a components point of view, the transition to and adoption of IP-based, megapixel solutions in Thailand are much faster than the rest of the region, observed Tetsuji Emori, Operating Officer for the Optical Devices Business in APAC, Fujifilm. “All of our lens sales here are megapixel. The double-digit growth doesn't come automatically though, as competition from Chinese lens suppliers is not something to be overlooked. We organize customer visits regularly, to educate on plastic versus glass quality differences via on-site demos and shoot-outs.”

    For end users that are not yet ready to embrace IP-based solutions either technically or managerially, high-resolution alternatives that rely on analog cabling infrastructure, such as HD-SDI, are available. “Establishments like banks and jewelry shops require HD footage but don't need to stream it elsewhere,” said Jackey Kim, Director of Netinfo. “HD-SDI caters to such needs. We are increasing our market education and partner recruitment efforts here, as well as in Malaysia and the Middle East.”

    Outside of the video surveillance realm, there is a significant presence of access control, time and attendance, intrusion detection and fire safety solution providers actively developing the Thai market. “We have spent two years of R&D efforts on an integrated megapixel camera with facial recognition capability built in,” said Allen Hu, Marketing Manager at ZKTeco. “This technology is good for airports, as well as time and attendance or access control applications in the education, office and residential sectors of this market. We are also working on alarm products that are integrated with video, locks and smoke detectors.” The company now has 70 to 80 dealers nationwide, with a dominating market share in fingerprint verification.

    XID is also coming to the market with facial recognition to target the mid- to high-end market. “Biometrics are intuitive, and our facial recognition technology has overcome technical obstacles such as position, distance, lighting and 3-D surroundings with our proprietary illumination techniques and algorithms,” said Carmelo Pistorio, Chairman and CEO of XID Technologies. “It's good for construction sites — which there are many in this country — commercial establishments, banks and shipyards.”

    Not every market segment, as Pichai adequately pointed out, requires high-end, engineered products; sometimes, “good enough” products would suffice. “We have been around since 2003, and our focus has been on aesthetics, without too many seldom used features,” said Steve Ho, International Business Executive at Archtron Research & Development (Bluguard). “Our home alarm system comes with easy-to-configure home automation functionality, and is very popular in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East.” Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are not too far behind in terms of potential, and the company is working on releasing mobile apps for instant alerts soon.

    In fire safety, the government has started to enforce the building inspection law more rigorously as the country welcomes more foreign investments and construction projects of various sizes, said Warodom Sucharitaku, Country Coordinator of National Fire Protection Association. “American standards such as UL and FM are adopted here in Thailand, just so we can inspect and certify tens of thousands of buildings in a more timely fashion. We are also working with banks to provide building owners with low-interest loans for necessary system upgrades.”

    Verticals Galore
    Based on US Commercial Service estimates for the nonresidential property market, growing demand is expected in the government and retail sectors. City surveillance, airports, rail, government offices and ongoing mass rapid transit projects account for half of system sales to nonresidential property; retail and office complexes account for 30 percent of the market; industrial facilities and universities make up the remaining share.

    “Public projects rely quite heavily on IP-based systems, and the retail and banking sectors use a mixture of hybrid and IP,” Nishimura said. Emori seconded the observations, as Fujifilm is ready with a megapixel zoom lens for long-distance requirements (up to 10 kilometers) in applications such as city surveillance, traffic monitoring, airports and oil/gas facilities. “High-end, infrastructural projects look at long-term TCO and ROI, and our transmission solutions work particularly well with large or multisite applications like airports, hospitals, hotels, universities and banks here in Thailand and elsewhere,” said Francis Ng, Regional Sales Manager for East Asia, Network Video Technologies.

    Bosch's revenue breakdown is also reflective of US Commercial Service's estimates. “We are very strong in the public sector, with about 50 percent of the revenue coming from government projects and 10 to 20 percent from the education sector,” Pichai said. “We are also looking at the commercial sector, such as shopping and industrial complexes, for more growth.” Medium-size projects in the retail, hospitality, health care and SMB sectors are also on Brickcom's radar, said Ethan Lee, Regional Sales Manager.

     

     
    The retail vertical is of particular interest, as average disposable income of Thai people and purchasing power of visiting tourists continue to increase by leaps and bounds. (Data source: CBRE Research)

    No Easy Pickings
    Some observe that the size of the Thai electronic security market might not be very substantial at the moment, but the potential will be quite significant and noticeable in the very near term. “Selling IP cameras alone will be increasingly challenging,” Wong cautioned. “You need to have balanced feature sets, product/solution portfolios and dedicated partners that are convinced of your goal and approach.”

    Despite being one of the biggest economies in the region, there is still room for improvement for Thailand. “The public network infrastructure at the moment is a major challenge for business development and security implementation,” Nishimura said. “While we have our work cut out for us, we at Sony are still looking to outpace the average national growth of 17 to 18 percent, at 20 to 25 percent. Business practices are relationships-driven here, so we will engage in more face-to-face meetings and training seminars with our channel partners and local trainers, both in and out of Bangkok.”

    Physical, electronic security continues to be a highly fragmented market. “Competition in the hardware market is particularly intense in APAC, with many suppliers from China overpromising and underdelivering. But as customers become more sophisticated and knowledgeable in the solutions they purchase, they start looking for value-added features and services, and Thailand is no exception,” Chin said. And the next section of this feature looks at how the market fragmentation has given rise to channel players of different calibers that work to address varying solution and service needs.

    Washington State container port adopts VCA and management software from PureTech Systems

    Washington State container port adopts VCA and management software from PureTech Systems

    Editor / Provider: PureTech Systems | Updated: 9/11/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

    PureTech Systems announced the completed installation of its PureActiv wide area video surveillance system at the Port of Tacoma. The port, located in Washington state, is one of the largest container ports in North America. The port accommodates more than a thousand vessel calls and handles about 1.5 million TEUs each year. It encompasses about 2,400 acres of land on the Tacoma Tideflats, which creates a unique security challenge.

    To tackle that challenge, PureTech Systems teamed with security integrator G4S Technology to deploy its PureActiv geospatial video surveillance system. The system manages close to 100 cameras and highlights PureTech's intelligent video analytic capabilities, providing both intruder detection and subsequent autonomous tracking on multiple pan-tilt-zoom cameras. Included with the system are integrations with the AMAG Symmetry access control product, Bosch PTZ cameras and megapixel panoramic cameras by Arecont.

    Global Government Services provided the security system design and consulting services for the Port of Tacoma Project. Tanawah (Tanner) Downing, Chief Operating Officer for Global Government Services, explained "The installation of the PureActiv system provides the Port a much desired level of situational awareness and efficiency with its geospatial GUI, alarm management and advanced PTZ control. Similarly, its open architecture allows for integration with a vast array of other perimeter systems and sensors, which will provide a solid growth platform for the Port's future security needs. The Port has implemented a highly capable, concentric layered security solution that I am proud to have been a part of."

    Axis introduces affordably priced, wide-angle, 3-megapixel, 1080p fixed dome

    Axis introduces affordably priced, wide-angle, 3-megapixel, 1080p fixed dome

    Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 9/11/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    Axis Communications presents a competitively priced 3-megapixel, vandal- and dust-resistant fixed mini dome camera with a wide-angle view and HDTV 1080p. The easy-to-install indoor AXIS M3006-V Network Camera has been designed to meet the video surveillance needs of price-sensitive market segments such as retail stores, hotels, schools and offices.

    Axis Communications, the global market leader in network video, today presents a competitively priced 3-megapixel, vandal- and dust-resistant fixed mini dome camera with a wide-angle view and HDTV 1080p. The easy-to-install indoor AXIS M3006-V Network Camera has been designed to meet the video surveillance needs of price-sensitive market segments such as retail stores, hotels, schools and offices.

    “AXIS M3006-V has the performance, the easy installation features and the price to be an attractive offering for many market segments,” says Erik Fr?nnlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “The camera provides wide coverage, 3-megapixel images for superb details and HDTV 1080p for capturing movements clearly. It has considerable capacity for intelligent video applications, support for video management software such as the complimentary AXIS Camera Companion, and enables quick installation on walls or ceilings -all at a great price.”

    AXIS M3006-V provides a viewing angle of 134°. When installed near a corner of a store, for instance, it offers complete coverage, enabling users to even look into the shelves on either side of the camera. Other viewing angles can be achieved through optional lenses.

    With a 3-axis camera angle adjustment, the camera can be mounted on walls or ceilings, the direction of the camera can be easily adjusted and the image leveled. The camera also supports Axis' Corridor Format, enabling vertically oriented video streams that optimize coverage of areas such as corridors, hallways or store aisles.

    AXIS M3006-V supports digital pan/tilt/zoom, which can be used as a “digital varifocal lens” that allows the angle of view to be adjusted remotely after the physical installation. The camera's digital PTZ, together with its support for multi-view streaming, enables different areas of a scene to be cropped from the full view and streamed simultaneously for viewing or recording—simulating several virtual cameras that can help minimize the bit rate and storage needs. Multiple streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG can be sent simultaneously.

    The camera comes focused at delivery, which shortens the installation time. It has a 2 m (6.6 ft.) network cable attached and supports Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), which eliminates the need for power cables and reduces installation costs. To enable the camera to better blend in with the environment, optional skins are available.

    AXIS M3006-V offers substantial support for the installation of intelligent video applications through the AXIS Camera Application Platform. In addition, the camera's built-in microSDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card. When local storage is used together with the free AXIS Camera Companion, users have an easy way to remotely view and manage video from up to 16 cameras per site.

    Cisco releases new VMS version based on medianet architecture

    Cisco releases new VMS version based on medianet architecture

    Editor / Provider: Submitted by Cisco Systems | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

    Cisco announced Video Surveillance Manager 7.0, the industry's first solution built from the ground-up and certified to run in Cisco's virtualized Unified Computing System (UCS) environments. These new solutions now make it possible for customers in healthcare, public sector and retail to move beyond traditional basic safety and security surveillance deployments and use video to transform the way they run their businesses through hyper-scalability and ease of configuration.

    The announcement also includes introducing a complete new line of medianet-enabled high definition IP video surveillance cameras, an extension of its medianet strategy, and remote management services. All of these are designed to help IT and security teams partner to implement very-large scale video deployments.

    This next-generation of intelligent network-integrated video surveillance and IT applications offer unrivaled ease of use and speed of deployment. As IT departments are tasked with dealing with increasingly large amounts of data - particularly video- the ease of migration of video surveillance to IP continues to accelerate.

    Analysts estimate that by 2013, more than 50 percent of all video surveillance deployments will be managed by IT on the IP network in order to support this deluge of bandwidth-heavy video data. These new technologies offer economies of scale to enable video-based innovations, all with unprecedented ease of implementation. This will give applications of video beyond security include remote patient observation solutions for healthcare, dramatically reducing shrinkage in retail and warehousing, and allowing urban video protection initiatives as well increasing the efficiency in providing enhanced citizen services.

    Cisco Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 and new versions of Cisco's related end-to-end Connected Physical Security Solutions, including Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration Solution 4.5.2, Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager 6.0 and Cisco Physical Access Manager 1.4.1 are now available for deployment with Cisco's industry award-winning Unified Computing Systems platforms. These integrated solutions help to extend Cisco's medianet strategy by providing robust scalability, network aware intelligence, streamlined implementation and simplified management.

    Key Facts:
    Introducing Video Surveillance Manager 7.0
    - Network-integrated video surveillance supports open cloud-ready web and IT applications through APIs and SDKs, and is purpose-built to virtualize security operations on Cisco UCS B-Series, C-Series and UCS Express.
    - VSM 7.0 is designed for applications such as video recording and provides streaming support for video-enabled locations such as; customer contact centers, integrated oil and gas applications, inventory and warehouse management operations and many others.
    - VSM 7.0 scales to support up to 10,000 IP Video Surveillance cameras per single Video Surveillance Manager instance, and up to 100,000 cameras when combined with Cisco Physical Security Operations Manager (PSOM).

    Extending Cisco's medianet strategy
    - New medianet phase 3 capabilities support IP Video Surveillance cameras that work together with embedded medianet services in Video Surveillance Manager 7.0 and across Cisco's medianet enabled switches and routers on the network, enabling rapid automatic configuration to simplify large scale deployments.
    - Cisco Media Services Proxy (MSP) enables users to prioritize traffic based on business policies for optimal quality, reduced integration costs and easy deployment and management of video endpoints. MSP uses lightweight packet inspection techniques on standards-based signaling protocols including DNS, RTSP, SIP, H.323 and H.245.

    New Cisco Video Surveillance 6000 Series IP Cameras
    - A new line of medianet-enabled IP Cameras support better imaging with low-light, feature on-board SD cards with flash memory, IP66 rating and come in four form factors including Box IP Camera, dome IP Camera, indoor/surface and flush and outdoor IP dome.
    - All of the new Cisco cameras support High Definition and 2.1 megapixel resolutions, best-in-class industry standards and medianet services allowing for rapid auto-configuration, registration, auto-provisioning, troubleshooting and IP Video Surveillance bandwidth policy management.
    - Additional features include n+1 redundancy, high availability on a camera-by-camera basis to optimize IT, network, storage, security and related network resources.

    Remote Management Services
    - Cisco is introducing Remote Management Services to help customers ensure the 24x7 reliable uptime needed across their Unified Computing Systems platforms and network-integrated Connected Physical Security deployments for Video Surveillance, Unified Incident Management, and Access Control and Security Operations Manager applications solutions.

    Samsung Techwin introduces three security LED monitors

    Samsung Techwin introduces three security LED monitors

    Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/6/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    The three new additions to Samsung's SMT professional security monitor range can display images up to 1280 x 1024 resolution in 4:3 ratio.

    All three new models have durable tempered glass screens and utilise Samsung's DNIe (Digital Natural Image engine) technology that optimises colour reproduction and enhances contrast.

    The 19” SMT-1914 has a RGB (VGA) input, whilst the 19” SMT-1934 and 21.5” SMT-2232 both have RGB (VGA), BNC and HDMI connectors.

    “These new models, which have multi-language on-screen displays, capitalise on the latest LED technology to offer a crisp, sharp display of live or recorded images and they also have a low power requirement,” said Peter Ainsworth, Senior Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Although keenly priced, they certainly do not compromise on quality and we believe they will prove to be popular with installers who wish their clients to achieve maximum benefit from a video surveillance system which utilises high resolution or megapixel cameras.”

    As is the case with all Samsung professional security products, the three new monitors are supplied with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

    Mobotix solutions in deeper integration with OnSSI platform

    Mobotix solutions in deeper integration with OnSSI platform

    Editor / Provider: OnSSI | Updated: 9/3/2012 | Article type: Security 50

    OnSSI, announces enhanced integration of its flagship Ocularis IP video and security platform with the full line of Mobotix high-resolution video surveillance cameras. The heightened integration will provide smoother, full-frame-rate live and recorded playback of Mobotix video, lower bandwidth and storage requirements, and improved management of Mobotix video streams with Ocularis features such as the Kinetic Timeline and export of full-frame rate video.

    The closer integration and improved functionality will benefit existing OnSSI customers who use Ocularis software with Mobotix megapixel surveillance cameras. Unlike other systems, the decentralized Mobotix concept incorporates a high-speed computer into every camera to reduce network bandwidth because video is processed on the camera itself and images do not have to be transferred continuously. The enhanced integration between OnSSI and Mobotix will open the door for more customers to combine the high-resolution and decentralized storage benefits of Mobotix with the ability of Ocularis to deliver open architecture, scalability and automation of security processes at reduced operating costs.

    “Close technical partnerships and proven levels of integration are critical to providing customers with seamless security solutions,” said Steve Gorski, General Manager, Americas, Mobotix Corp. “Our collaboration with OnSSI demonstrates our commitment to providing open IP video solutions that deliver unmatched video quality, ease of management and integration, and cost effectiveness.”

    “This new integration with Mobotix is another way we are responding to customer needs,” said Gadi Piran, President and CTO, OnSSI. “Mobotix has a large and growing customer base, and many of those customers also use Ocularis. As an open-platform product, Ocularis can combine Mobotix cameras and multiple additional technologies into a single, user-friendly platform to provide greater functionality.”

    Ocularis solutions by OnSSI include video management software and physical security information management (VMS/PSIM) systems for server-based and software as a service (SaaS) applications to increase security and lower operational costs. Ocularis innovations include fusion, push video, client/video wall, event monitoring and video delivery.

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