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Arecont Vision Cameras Supply 24/7 Surveillance for NY Police

Arecont Vision Cameras Supply 24/7 Surveillance for NY Police

Editor / Provider: Arecont Vision | Updated: 6/20/2012 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Arecont Vision megapixel cameras ensure peace of mind for the Police Department in Monroe, New York. The state-of-the-art video surveillance solution provides proactive security, protects the department from liability claims and monitors prisoners 24/7 from the time they enter the police department building until they leave.

Located on the main street in the Village of Monroe, the Police Department is housed in a freestanding building with open spaces on both sides; a front entrance with limited access that abuts the sidewalk and a back parking lot with an entrance. Arecont Vision's AV8185DN SurroundVideo 8 megapixel 180-degree panoramic cameras were installed at the front and back entrances. The cameras provide wide panoramic views, taking the place of multiple standard-resolution cameras that would be needed to cover the same area and automatically switch from color to black-and-white in the evening. The cameras' Moonlight? mode ensures clearly visible nighttime images of the outdoor perimeter.

Indoors, Arecont Vision AV2155DN MegaDome 2 megapixel cameras are installed in the hallways and in the cell areas to provide high-detail imaging. The cameras deliver six times the resolution of standard IP video surveillance cameras at 24 frames per second (fps), and the day/night feature ensures superior images from the cell area when overhead lights are turned down at night.

“Installation of Arecont Vision cameras at the Monroe Police Department provides high quality video to enable us to analyze and verify any suspicious activity as well as to support improved situational awareness,” said Detective Jim Frankild. “It's a very effective tool for our department.”

“Arecont Vision's megapixel camera solution reduced the overall system cost for the Monroe Police Department,” said Chris Sessa, Regional Director of Sales, Arecont Vision. “Since fewer cameras were needed, installation costs dropped with less labor and less wiring, and since the cameras are powered over the network (PoE), no external power was required.”

2012 — Year of HD-SDI?

2012 — Year of HD-SDI?

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/27/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

Within two years, HD-SDI has established substantial awareness in the marketplace, as tangible products materialize from an earlier TV transmission concept. Market penetration, on the other hand, has been less than stellar, due to component/ system, pricing and deliverability issues. Is 2012 really the year of HD-SDI?

HD video surveillance is an unstoppable, irreversible trend. Indeed, it is one of the few driving forces behind growth in the global security market today, according to market research.

Previously, the only means to get HD surveillance footage was via megapixel cameras and IP-based networks. Although they gave rise to new contenders and business opportunities, traditional installers have been struggling with the lack of networking and IT know-how.

HD-SDI came as a boon for “the rest of us.” With characteristics similar to analog CCTV, HD-SDI provides an alternative to IP-based video surveillance. However, other than a select few subcontracted installations in China and Korea, HD-SDI currently does not have any large-scale applications to illustrate extended usability and manageability. Most players are still focusing their energy on stabilizing overall system performance, bringing down cost and educating the market, wedging their way onto the HD video surveillance arena.

Negligible Latency
Latency has always been the Achilles' heel for IP-based video surveillance. A key advantage of HD-SDI is its real-time delivery of every frame.

Of course, this is a priority that differs in each market. For example, Chinese end users have displayed extremely high interest in HD-SDI, although they may not full understand the technology yet. "HD-SDI has a bright future in China, since some vertical markets place higher value on its low latency. This is different than other regions, where latency in video surveillance is acceptable," said Wan Yun Feng, Project Manager, Winhi.

However, latency still exists for HD-SDI, contrary to what many claim, said Zou Yu Fan, Solution Manager, Axis Communications. "It is simply relatively less noticeable. As IP-based video surveillance continues to improve at a rapid pace, latency in HD network cameras is also becoming shorter and shorter, to the point that it is now barely noticeable."

Latency is no longer a big deal-breaker for HD network cameras, Zou continued. "Compared to other technical advantages of IP-based video surveillance, latency becomes a non-issue. In contrast, HD-SDI has limited transmission distance; remote surveillance still needs to be accomplished via IP networks, which introduces additional latency."

Zhou Sheng Qiang, GM of Video Surveillance at Keda Technology, commented on HD-SDI's low latency characteristic as well. "This supposed advantage of HD-SDI's low latency over IP-based video surveillance is very small. Latency in HD network cameras is already barely noticeable, so this particular advantage over IP-based video surveillance is really not a big issue at all. In larger installations, images come from wide variety of sources, and are delivered to the video wall chiefly via IP networks. HD-SDI is more a 'last mile' solution; video still runs through the networks in real-world settings, which still requires compression. The small advantage of having low latency is not a big deal."

Indeed, as bandwidth has increased over the years, network failures and latency issues have become much less common. However, even when the naked eye fails to acknowledge the latency, a few dropped frames can be the deciding factor in whether the system is effective. End users must decide what they value the most in a video surveillance system.

No Compression…Good?
HD-SDI contenders have also touted zero image compression as a key winning point over their IP-based counterparts. Raw data is indeed delicious, just like how fresh vegies and sushi are infinitely tastier than lesser, processed foods.

However, network camera manufacturers say the lossless video is merely useful when viewing in real time, and that storage still requires the images to be compressed via HD encoders or DVRs.

Furthermore, video analytics is based on the analysis of pixels. The data still needs to be digitized and compressed for it to be processed by the analytics engine. Ultimately, the images will still be compressed.

One problem that arises is that pressure is placed on back-end devices to process all the data from every camera, added Poseidon Technology's Zeng Chun Wei. "Back-end storage and processing are HD-SDI's weaknesses."

Although lossless video sounds like a sweet deal, there are some "gotchas" to be aware of. More efficient back-end storage and processing, as well as video analytics, are common issues that HD-SDI manufacturers must resolve in the near future.

Innovation and Tailored Solutions for US Market

Innovation and Tailored Solutions for US Market

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/26/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

Solution Needs
While awareness for HD-SDI has grown considerably in EMEA and Asia, people are not as interested in it in North America where IP is generally preferred, said Jeff Whitney, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Intransa.

On the camera side, camera manufacturers are touting improved low-light performance and WDR, while also increasing in pixel count. Arecont Vision's megapixel WDR cameras, for example, combine long and short exposures in the same video frame to provide greater detail in both bright and dark areas of the picture, said Mark Espenschied, Senior Marketing Manager at Arecont Vision.

Right now, 1,080p video has become pretty commonplace. In two to three years, we may be seeing another wave of upgrades. 4K resolution features four times as many pixels as 1,080p, and it has already begun seeping into the hands of tech-savvy consumers, said Bengt Christensson, Senior Marketing Director for Ambarella.

There will always be a need for higher resolutions, and with increased volume and falling prices for image sensors, it will not be long until adoption begins to pick up, Christensson continued. On another note, the 2012 London Olympics will be recording and transmitting some 4K content.

For 180/360-degree imaging continues to build up, with even chip manufacturers such as Ambarella building hardware-based lens distortion compensation directly onto its chips. 360-degree imaging in video surveillance has not been practical until recently due to technical limitations, but with larger image sensors and faster frame rates, Christensson thinks it is ready for prime time.

Also, an increasing number of camera manufacturers are beginning to replace fisheye lenses with panomorph ones. They use a larger area of the image sensor, and are already supported by many major software vendors, such Milestone Systems and On-Net Surveillance Systems (OnSSI).

Cloud-based services are all the rage these days, but end users are still evaluating the offerings on the market. You have to place a lot of trust in your service provider, and if you have a mission-critical system, you are not going to accept it, Bob McCarthy, MD of the U.S., TKH Security Solutions. He believes that the market potential for managed services has already arrived for the residential market, with light commercial to follow soon. Enterprise customers, however, may find it very difficult to take that leap of faith.

Simplification
As demand for IP and open solutions has grown, so have business opportunities grown for making life easier for integrators. "We sell directly to integrators. We save them the hassle of buying a brand or generic PC and figuring out the right configuration and all the integration requirements for all the different software types," Whitney said. What companies like Intransa do is provide appliances that are basically traditional storage boxes, but preconfigured for compliance with different security vendors and products.

"We compete with a lot of people in different spaces, but there's no one that looks like us," Whitney said. Perhaps something is wrong with this picture, because it is pretty obvious that many traditional security professionals need help in minimizing the IT headaches and continue to supply the market with their expertise.

Innovative Security Designs (ISD), founded in late 2011 by former IQinVision CTO Ian Johnston, approaches this problem from the front end. "Many network cameras are developed in their own little worlds, with a lot of features that most people don't care about," said Johnston, now President and CEO of ISD.

At the end of the day, people buy cameras to solve problems, not for cool features, Johnston continued. So he set out to reimagine how cameras deliver value to system integrators and end users.

In his experience with system integrators, Johnston came to the conclusion that what they wanted, more than anything, in a network camera was simplified and automated network settings and configurations. If you look at the consumer world, almost every gadget is IP-connected, may it be a tablet computer, smartphone or printer, Johnston said, but they do not require time-consuming, mind-boggling network setup on the user's part.

About 60 to 70 percent of cameras sold today are still analog, not only because they are extremely mature and work very well, but also because IP-based systems are simply too much hassle. ISD attempts to marry analog's simplicity, via "zero touch" installation, with megapixel's sophistication and image quality.

Innovation
Some manufacturers are catering to increased sensitivity to price, some getting fed up with the competition of me-too features, some reimagining security products for HD and IP-based systems and still others filling voids and identifying new business opportunities.

Avigilon is probably one of the fastest growing companies in video surveillance. It essentially reimagined video surveillance from the ground up to better fit HD and IP networks, said Keith Marett, VP of Marketing and Communications at Avigilon. "We were new and came in at the right time, and designed the system the right way from the very beginning. In contrast, competitors with existing systems tried to adapt, tweak or change to allow for the new digital wave." Avigilon's products, Marett said, are developed solely for the new era.

Others saw a void in the wireless camera department and decided to move in. "The entire camera was designed from the ground up to consume very little power and effectively transmit video wirelessly," said Allyn Pon, Director of Product Management. MicroPower Technologies. The camera is a compact unit with integrated solar panels and batteries; one could simply pick it up and pluck it anywhere.

Promising Verticals
As different industries have different requirements for security, vertical-specific components are necessary and so is the need for stronger integration of the components. Open solutions and standards are more important than ever.

ONVIF recently introduced "profiles," which take version compatibility out of the equation for users and let them easily determine supported features. Currently, the sole profile is the S, which "describes the common functionalities shared by ONVIF-conformant VMS and devices such as IP cameras or encoders that send, configure, request or control the streaming of media data over an IP network. The profile includes specific features such as PTZ control, audio streaming and relay outputs."

However, working with a single vendor is always easier, and some system integrators prefer a vertically integrated total solution. "When there's a problem, they know there's a single point of contact to go to. Logistically, it's just easier to work with a single company," McCarthy said. "That said, we do embrace integration with other systems. For example, some verticals need specific VMS, such as those for casinos or intelligent transportation."

Speaking of casinos, Keith thinks the market potential is big, but it is not exactly up for grabs. "You see in casinos 3,000 or 4,000 cameras for each site, so obviously that's a big market. Most casinos in Las Vegas still use analog cameras and VCRs for recording. When you switch those cameras to HD, you have a huge load of bandwidth, and you need a system that can handle that."

Retail is also taking off quite a bit, Keith continued. "They're seeing more and more what HD video surveillance systems can provide, in terms of ROI, and how they can improve the bottom line." Good guy applications are also an area Avigilon is focusing on in its education.

Panasonic is focusing on solutions tailored for specific applications, such as gaming, retail, education and public safety.

In terms of working with a single vendor, ADT Global Accounts lends a helping hand to companies with global footprints that wish to standardize integrated security solutions. With a Global Center of Excellence in Alabama pulling in resources from all over the world, ADT Global takes care of the designing for its multinational customers, while local teams of installers are given detailed instructions and diagrams to follow, said Renae Leary, Senior Director for Global Accounts, Tyco Integrated Security, previously part of ADT Worldwide. "This unit really began because so many customers were asking for our help in standardizing and integrating geographically disparate security systems."

Secutech Highlights From Vivotek

Secutech Highlights From Vivotek

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/21/2012 | Article type: Security 50

We are showcasing our latest smart-stream, region-of-interest camera feature, supreme series with WDR, fisheye camera with PTZ, vari-focal features for retail applications, and a 10-megapixel trial run.

We are also demonstrating our first 5-megapixel solution, the FD8372, which has a viewing resolution of 1,080p at 30 fps. It is equipped with a smart focus system for easy installation and maintenance. Lenses with built-in stepping motors are implemented for installers to remotely control the focal length and precisely adjust the camera focus. We are very excited about the launch and are confident that many applications, such as stadiums, parking lots and industrial warehouses, will benefit from it.

Secutech Highlights From Everfocus Electronics

Secutech Highlights From Everfocus Electronics

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/20/2012 | Article type: Security 50

We have changed our role from a manufacturer to a megapixel solution provider. We now provide IP megapixel solutions, HD-SDI solutions dedicated to gaming and banking verticals, and mobile systems. Moreover, we started our access control production in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Our highlight at the show this year is the PowerFocus Plus. The CMS can work with unlimited channels of network cameras, managing all devices on one single platform. The CMS simplifies the complexity of network surveillance management with one intuitive GUI. It has built-in zone management and alarm analysis functions, well suited for city surveillance and companies with overseas branches.

Secutech Highlights From Dynacolor

Secutech Highlights From Dynacolor

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/20/2012 | Article type: Security 50

We are showcasing our 5-megapixel camera with quad-video streaming features so that video footage can be accessed remotely without lowering processing efficiency. We are also promoting our latest region-of-interest function that can be applied to ALPR. Plus, we will demonstrate our latest fisheye camera with zero blind spot, while featuring PTZ and two-way communications.

Through OEM projects commissioned by top brands around the world, we possess critical know-how and proven reliability to serve our clients based on their specific needs.

Via road shows and exhibitions, we will keep focusing on total solutions that combine surveillance cameras, DVRs and system control units.

Axis Safeguards UNESCO Heritage Site in Italy

Axis Safeguards UNESCO Heritage Site in Italy

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/18/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Faenza's International Ceramics Museum was founded in 908 at the conclusion of the great International Exposition dedicated to Evangelista Torricelli, who carried the products of many Italian and European manufacturers. In 2000, UNESCO recognized it as “a monument professing a culture of peace” as the “expression of ceramic art throughout the world.” In order to protect its rich one-ofa- kind collections, the museum needed a video surveillance system equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

Solution
In order to design and build the video surveillance system, MIC contacted Lucchi engineering studio and R.C.M., a corporation that created an IP infrastructure that was easy to install and scalable, equipped with 85 cameras with standard and HDTV resolution and a new video encoder managed with image analysis software developed by Axis' Application Development Partner ARTECO.

Surveillance and control are therefore performed through a dedicated supervision system capable of focusing on specific control stations through “intelligent” video surveillance to follow events taking place in specific areas as defined by users.

Result
R.C.M. was able to completely integrate the 13 preexisting analog cameras with 85 new generation Axis network cameras. The museum's entire 9,000 m2 area is effectively monitored while containing costs, ensuring safety and preventing acts of vandalism and theft of the valuable ceramics collection and works that make Faenza's MIC unique in the world.

Faenza ceramics are secure thanks to Axis IP surveillance
Faenza's International Ceramics Museum (MIC) planned to reorganize the surveillance system used, which had become uneconomical, and a video surveillance solution was needed to monitor the entrance and the numerous halls set up to showcase the museum's extensive permanent collection. The choice of the museum managers was to install an IP infrastructure that could be implemented for temporary exhibitions that require specific arrangements. Other determining factors were ease of installation, the ability to remotely confirm alarms in real time, cost containment and the use of a GPS system and an emergency generator that provides power in case of a blackout.

The pre-existing analog system that included 13 cameras was integrated via network video to take advantage of all of the system's typical characteristics and the benefits of digital technology. Furthermore, 85 Axis new generation network cameras were installed using Power over Ethernet that allowed the museum to resolve the logistical limits of installation by eliminating the need for dedicated power lines. Thanks to the Axis cameras' smart functions, monitoring the entire system is extremely simple. The dedicated staff, supervising from 3 work stations are able to concentrate solely on relevant events reported in real time.

The system includes fixed network cameras (AXIS P1343 and AXIS P1346) and PTZ dome camera (AXIS 215 PTZ) that fulfill the objectives requested by the Museum. More specifically, the AXIS 215 PTZ Network Cameras were installed primarily in the middle of the halls to cover the largest possible area thanks to the camera's ability to perform a 360 degrees rotation and recline to 180 degrees The camera's compact design is tamper-proof because all the mobile parts are located inside the dome of the camera. Additionally, the automatic reverse functions and electronic inversion enables the possibility to follow a moving person or object, regardless of the direction of the movement. The 12x optical zoom, combined with the 4x digital zoom allows for high quality enlargements, with rich details thanks to the 48x total zoom.

AXIS P1346 Network Cameras with megapixel/HDTV resolution allow users to capture much wider shots by allowing the operator to choose whether he wants to enlarge the photo or maintain a wider visual field without compromising the ability to see and observe the picture's most minute details useful for identifying people and objects. Featuring 3MP resolution and HDTV quality images, these network cameras are installed in the most strategic locations within the Museum such as at the entrance, therefore guaranteeing complete and reliable monitoring for the general safety of the client.“Since we have been Axis partners for 5 years, we hadno doubt about our choice of video surveillance camera installation. We wish to acknowledge the reliability of Axis products and the company's availability which allowed us to better perform our duties” said Paolo Mancini, R.C.M. Sales Manager.

New LED Illuminators Range From Videotec

New LED Illuminators Range From Videotec

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Videotec | Updated: 6/14/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

In the night video surveillance, a perfect lighting is vitally important to get a clear vision and outstanding image quality.

Videotec has created a new and complete range of LED illuminators for cctv night monitoring, using the best quality components and the latest technology. That's why the GEKO lights give full warranty of their optimal performance, high efficiency, maximum durability and cost-effectiveness.

The GEKO series of LED illuminators provides excellent lighting for night video monitoring for SD and Megapixel cameras, for distances up to 240 meters.

The GEKO lights can be used in any environment, having been tested to comply with IP66/IP67 standards. Their best operating level is guaranteed in a wide temperature range, from -50°C to 60°C, and still maintaining their long term reliability.

The wide number of models available can serve almost any kind of lighting need and deliver an optimal coverage of the area with beams widths up to 60°.

The GEKO illuminators mount the latest generation of SMD LEDs. The Surface Mounted LED technology offers benefits such as longer lamp lifespan, higher reliability and lower power consumption.

Each model is supplied with a bracket for an easy wall mounting.

These illuminators incorporate a circuit that allows them to be powered directly from a 12Vdc/24Vac or 24Vdc supply. The bigger IRN models also accept a 230Vac power input directly, without the need for an additional power supply, thus reducing installation costs.

An adjustable built-in sensor is available for automatic activation and deactivation according to the light level on the scene.

Their unique and innovative architecture has been designed with detailed care to facilitate the optimal heat dissipation and to protect internal components, while increasing their efficiency and lifetime, and drastically reducing maintenance costs.

The GEKO's average life expectancy is of 11 years. The Videotec's advanced production capability and these illuminators long lifetime allow a low power energy reducing therefore the pollution from their manufacturing. This makes the GEKOs the best environmentally friendly choice.

The GEKO illuminators have been designed for hi-security surveillance applications such as military sites, perimeter monitoring, airports, prisons, harbors, as well as residential, commercial and urban monitoring.

Secutech Int'l 2012: Industry Perspectives from Taiwan (Part 2)

Secutech Int'l 2012: Industry Perspectives from Taiwan (Part 2)

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/19/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

With a strong presence at Secutech in Taipei this year (April 18 to 20), Taiwanese exhibitors capitalized on home court advantage by demonstrating the latest products/solutions along with R&D prowess. As dark clouds of uncertain world economy continue to linger, hardware and software developers were eager and determined to promote more cost-effective but tailored solutions with good quality and reliability.

HI SHARP ELECTRONICS
Our new o fferings are complete HD-SDI solutions, including panoramic cameras with embedded defog function along with 1,080p resolution at 30 fps and mobile DVRs.

Our commitment to customers is to provide creative products, quality assurance and good service. Our main focus now is on HD-SDI products, and we are getting good feedback — mostly from Europe. The Southeast Asian market will be our next region of expansion in the near future. HD-SDI is just at an early adopting stage, and we believe that SDI will gain more market share with lower overall cost. We will continue promoting HD-SDI solutions and pursuing to be the No.1 provider in HD-SDI products by 2015.

Our marketing strategy is to promote new, creative products to current partners and keep finding new partners through word-of-mouth recommendations.

MERIT LILIN
We are showcasing our latest NVR series with touch screen capability. Mouse clicking and joystick moving are very “last-decade,” so we hope this new series will “touch” customers' heart.

Also, we are collaborating with Taiwanese e-learning platform design company, Mao-Lin Digital Technology. By integrating our video/audio capability with the intuitive e-learning platform, cram school students can enjoy learning even if they cannot be physically in the classroom. To meet this unique requirement from the education vertical, our WDR and HD features are quite a perfect fit.

Another unique feature is that Mao-Lin has put a QR code into video footage to prevent end users from copying or recording the video. If students try to record with their smartphone without authorization, notifications will be sent to the corresponding school or teacher.

PLUSTEK
We are demonstrating our latest hybrid recording solutions at Secutech. Our slim series features a fanless design with low power consumption, making them fit in tight corners and run silently while requiring less power than traditional DVRs and PC-based NVRs. The series is especially suitable for ATMs, transportation and traffic/city surveillance. The most challenging part was to keep everything small in size without sacrificing functionality while retaining great efficiencies in heat emissions and low power consumption. In working with numerous network camera models, the key is to maintain great relationships with camera manufacturers. Since we do not manufacture cameras ourselves, our camera partners are more willing to share their APIs.

With the overcast in Europe and North America, we are looking for more system integrators in emerging countries, such as India. To avoid price competition, we always focus on projects instead of unit-selling. By proactively attending road shows and sharing dealer/ integrator partnerships with our camera partners, we believe we are stamping a strong impression on many key local players.

QNAP SYSTEMS
On display are our full lineup of 2- to 8-drive VioStor NVR models along with the latest VS-12100U-RP Pro VioStor NVR series available in 40, 48, 56 and 64 channels with Intel quad-core Xeon E3 processors — a wide range of options to suit various needs. We feel that the current NVR market is saturated with embedded models, so we will focus more on providing high-quality NAS and CMS solutions. Our greatest strengths are our hardware reliability, heat dissipation performance, fail-over design and easy-to-use setup. We are confident that end users can complete system setup within our six steps.

While keeping steady growth in the European and North American markets, we are optimistic about the potential in Russia, South Africa and India. We have local companies with 24/7 support to meet customers' various requirements in time.

UTECHZONE
Utechzone was founded in 1992, with automated machine vision as core technology. One of our highlighted products on the show ground is the Eye Key for access control. It features the latest pupil-tracking technology, which automatically detects where the user is focusing on. Users can enter the password/code by looking at the numbers on the screen in the right sequence and unlock the door/lock, eliminating the hassles with lost or stolen keys. Applications include credit card authorizations, ATMs, bank vaults and laboratories. Our target markets at the moment are Japan and China.

VIVOTEK
We are showcasing our latest smart-stream, region-of-interest camera feature, supreme series with WDR, fisheye camera with PTZ, vari-focal features for retail applications, and a 10-megapixel trial run.

We are also demonstrating our first 5-megapixel solution, the FD8372, which has a viewing resolution of 1,080p at 30 fps. It is equipped with a smart focus system for easy installation and maintenance. Lenses with built-in stepping motors are implemented for installers to remotely control the focal length and precisely adjust the camera focus. We are very excited about the launch and are confident that many applications, such as stadiums, parking lots and industrial warehouses, will benefit from it.

ZAVIO
Our highlight this year is the latest D5210 dome camera, featuring 2 megapixels, 1,080p full HD, vari-focal auto-iris lens, removable IR-cut filter and IR LEDs. It is designed for 24/7 indoor surveillance with vivid image quality. The LEDs' working distance is up to 15 meters. The D5210 also offers PoE, micro SD local storage support and free bundled 32-channel NVR software.

Targeting home and SMB applications, our R&D is dedicated to making sure an intuitive user experience while maintaining stable and superb product quality. Whether in Europe, North America or emerging countries, we are seeing constant demand for quality products at affordable prices. We will keep focusing on meeting such demand and put forward products that best address customer needs.

Secutech Int'l 2012: Industry Perspectives from Taiwan (Part 1)

Secutech Int'l 2012: Industry Perspectives from Taiwan (Part 1)

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 6/18/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

With a strong presence at Secutech in Taipei this year (April 18 to 20), Taiwanese exhibitors capitalized on home court advantage by demonstrating the latest products/solutions along with R&D prowess. As dark clouds of uncertain world economy continue to linger, hardware and software developers were eager and determined to promote more cost-effective but tailored solutions with good quality and reliability.

BRICKCOM
Currently, most of our cameras are wired cameras; however, we see the potential of the wireless market and would like to demonstrate our R&D strengths in wireless cameras during Secutech this year. As major companies are promoting 3- to 5-megapixel network cameras this year, we will highlight and test the waters with our 3-megapixel wireless network camera and see if the market is ready for it.

COMPRO TECHNOLOGY
We feel that retail owners may not be used to the usual distorted, 360-degree fisheye view, and we are promoting our 1.3-megapixel NC2200 dome, featuring a 105-degree view, PoE and two-way communications specifically designed for retail applications. It is perfectly suited to corner deployments, and customers can take advantage of its zoom-in function along with broader view without any distortion. Also, considering the average room where the PoS system usually resides in, the size of our NVR is designed to sit beside the PoS.

Aside from our SMB/retail solutions, we are showcasing our home surveillance solutions with mobile apps and remote setup capability.

Our channel partners include retail stores and telcos. We will continue to focus on the SMB, retail and home surveillance markets, as we see these verticals demand quality cameras at affordable prices. Also, we are optimistic about the integration of home entertainment and home surveillance usually resides in, the size of our NVR is designed to sit beside the PoS.

DYNACOLOR
We are showcasing our 5-megapixel camera with quad-video streaming features so that video footage can be accessed remotely without lowering processing efficiency. We are also promoting our latest region-of-interest function that can be applied to ALPR. Plus, we will demonstrate our latest fisheye camera with zero blind spot, while featuring PTZ and two-way communications.

Through OEM projects commissioned by top brands around the world, we possess critical know-how and proven reliability to serve our clients based on their specific needs.

Via road shows and exhibitions, we will keep focusing on total solutions that combine surveillance cameras, DVRs and system control units.

ETHERWAN SYSTEMS
We are demonstrating our latest PoE switch with full 30 W from each 10/100TX port and two Gigabit ports. We are also showcasing our latest extender which works with telephone cable infrastructure reaching 300 meters at 50 Mbps and up to 1.9 kilometers at 1 Mbps.

We do notice our non-IT system integration partners' gradual and cautious approach to our PoE solution as they used to be reluctant to even consider PoE. They now have a more open attitude when purchasing PoE products.

Our greatest strength is product reliability, and we will keep updated with regional/national safety certifications and environmental compliances for harsh and extreme operations. Our target verticals will continue to revolve around harsh outdoor environments, such as transportation, utilities and industrial automation.

EVERFOCUS ELECTRONICS
We have changed our role from a manufacturer to a megapixel solution provider. We now provide IP megapixel solutions, HD-SDI solutions dedicated to gaming and banking verticals, and mobile systems. Moreover, we started our access control production in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Our highlight at the show this year is the PowerFocus Plus. The CMS can work with unlimited channels of network cameras, managing all devices on one single platform. The CMS simplifies the complexity of network surveillance management with one intuitive GUI. It has built-in zone management and alarm analysis functions, well suited for city surveillance and companies with overseas branches.

GKB SECURITY
We focus on HD surveillance, offering a free, 64-channel cloud NVR for our own IP cameras. This solution helps end users manage large-scale systems remotely and solves the usual challenges associated with monitoring and controlling.

Our solutions have been widely adopted in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines. We mainly cooperate with distributors and system integrators overseas that have the ability to take on large-scale projects.

We are going to launch the ccHDTV system this year. The technology allows end users to use existing analog wiring infrastructure to deliver high-resolution video. This system will solve storage issues seen in HD-SDI by compressing images at the camera, sending full HD video through coaxial cable via the DVB-T standard.

ccHDTV features serial connection capability, which aligns and integrates all cameras in a complete surveillance system with just one single coaxial cable.

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