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Hikvision Megapixel Solution Working on Brazilian Rail

Hikvision Megapixel Solution Working on Brazilian Rail

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 6/22/2012 | Article type: Security 50

While the project Supervia Stations Surveillance System may not immediately resonate with some in the security-related industry, the location where it operates surely does: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It is in the metropolitan region of what Brazilians simply refer to as Rio that a groundbreaking surveillance system was developed for the urban passenger rail network. This rail network, on average carrying 450,000 passengers a day, represents Brazil's first-ever megapixel surveillance railroad project.

One Camera, Two Uses
“The key to this solution was the ability of Hikvision megapixel technology,” summed up Alvaro de Souza, CCTV manager at VMI Sistemas de Seguranca – Brazil's official Hikvision Distributor and partner of Interimagen (the Brazilian integrator responsible for this project).

As noted, this Brazilian megapixel solution represented a landmark first; yet for VMI Sistemas de Seguranca, it was also a business landmark: this was a tangible opportunity to distance themselves from other distributers/integrators that do not use megapixel technology in solutions of this nature.

“In taking this approach with Hikvision megapixel camera technology, we were able to add both tremendous value to the project and simultaneously position ourselves – from a business standpoint – as a provider of high-technology components,” Mr. Souza explained.

One such component that added this dual value was Hikvision's DS-2CD883F-E 5 Megapixel Network Camera. This camera was vital for issues such as recognizing individuals, as well as clear, defined images of fast-moving trains. Mr. Souza elaborated: “Quality – this camera embodies the term. Since this camera needed to be used in two distinct locations; and since both of these locations have fundamental differences, we needed something that possessed both quality and the technical ability to achieve these concurrent goals.”

Boasting a bevy of technological features, including up to 5 megapixel resolution, full HD 1080P real-time video resolution, H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG video compression, true day / night, and PoE, the DS-2CD883F-E is a natural fit to handle the requirements of this railroad project.

Yet, unlike many solutions, the DS-2CD883F-E is tasked in providing exceptional surveillance for two distinct arenas.

The primary location, consisting of 80% of these units, is providing surveillance for the rails themselves. In this instance, the DS-2CD883F-E is connected through fiber optics to a control center that is responsible for the overview of the moving trains, the actual rail, or any other circumstance that warrants further investigation. “The DS-2CD883F-E is a great fit for a project where you have quickly-moving objects. This is due to the 1/2.5” progressive scan CMOS, which provides both excellent resolution and enhanced video applications for these Rio trains,” Mr. Souza added.

The other 20% of the DS-2CD883F-E cameras are located on the platform walls overlooking the embarkment areas of the actual train cars themselves. In this instance, the goal of these cameras is not to view moving trains, but moving passengers – as Mr. Souza noted: “On the platforms, we use this camera for issues such observing customers embarking and debarking train cars. . . We need to have the capacity to record clear images of the passengers' faces in the event a problem arises.”

Additionally, PoE capabilities were used to simplify the installation and power of these platform-adjacent cameras.

In both cases whether over the rails or over the platforms, the environment is outdoors. To protect the DS-2CD883F-E, Hikvision's DS-1311HZ Outdoor Camera Housing was selected to protect these units against any corrupting conditions they might encounter.

Indoor Camera
Around the actual train terminals themselves, a different Hikvision camera was chosen for optimal surveillance. In this instance, the DS-2CD7153-E 2 Megapixel CMOS Mini Vandal Proof Network Dome Camera was the choice.

Due to the placement of this camera – which ranged from on top of the ceilings to inside terminal corridors – it was important to address any potential distance issues that might adversely affect the performance of an indoor camera. Due the DS-2CD7153-E's 4mm lens, this was not an obstacle.

The DS-2CD7153-E also benefited this project through its compact design. In this particular case, compact design brought a less visible presence, thereby reducing the possibility of vandalism – either accidental or malicious.

Additionally, adding to the potent visible deterrent a security camera provides the general public, the DS-2CD7153-E's 1/3” progressive scan CMOS“ provides the ability to view the thousands and thousands of everyday passengers running to catch their trains – and always in a clear and accurate fashion,” as Mr. Souza explained. Hikvision technology such as up to 2 megapixel resolution, HD 720P real time video, a day / night auto switch, PoE (used in this Supervia indoor solution), and 3-axis adjustment allow security personnel all the tools they need to keep an accurate eye on the quickly-changing internal environment of these stations.

In 2011, with Hikvision's technical know-how, VMI Sistemas de Seguranca and Interimagen were able to secure 5 full stations of this Rio de Janeiro metro line. 2012 promises 10 more stations being secured with this same solution. As such, Brazilian passengers can ride easy knowing that wherever they go – in the station, on the platform, or in the cars themselves – they are being taken care of.

The NEW High-Performance LED Illuminator Range from VIDEOTEC

The NEW High-Performance LED Illuminator Range from VIDEOTEC

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Videotec | Updated: 6/22/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

The new GEKO complete line of LED illuminators, designed and produced by VIDEOTEC, respond to the need of excellent lighting and clear night-time CCTV images in any environment, for SD and Megapixel cameras.

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

The GEKO's average life expectancy is of 11 years. VIDEOTEC's advanced production capability plus the long lifetime of these illuminators result in an overall reduction in energy comsumption and therefore the pollution from their manufacture. This makes the GEKOs the best environmentally friendly choice.

The GEKO illuminators can be used in any indoor and outdoor 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 maintain 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 beam widths of up to 60°.

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

These illuminators incorporate a circuit that allows them to be powered directly from a 12Vdc/24Vac or 24Vdc supply.

All models are supplied with a wall bracket and the IRH models can be easily fixed under a housing.

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.

Security Simplified

Security Simplified

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 6/27/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

By now, there is no doubt that IP and HD are trending, with SD representing less than 30 percent of global market share. As systems grow larger and more interconnected, individual sensors, products and user interfaces need to “grow” as well, to be more intelligent, easier to install and operate, and less taxing on network and storage resources.

With IP-based security systems, contractors, integrators and installers often struggle with network and storage issues the most. “Signal latency is somewhat acceptable in the data world, but not in the I/O-intensive surveillance world,” said Jeffrey Burgess, President of BCDVideo. “Many people would just drop the megapixel resolution to get the data moving, avoiding bottlenecking but losing what they originally paid for.” The pains have not gone unnoticed; a number of security solution providers have actually risen to the challenge.

From the ground up, the integrator community and end users need to understand that IP-based systems are not simply about connections of sensors, but information and situation management. “You have to take noise out of data, and only send alarm-triggered video, events and logs to the relevant party through a Web-based, vendor-agnostic, policy-driven platform,” said Darren Chalmers-Stevens, EMEA Director for Vidsys. This controlled manner of information collection and distribution helps cut down system cost and boost system availability and value.

Within any security environment or installation, security or IT managers usually look to video surveillance when the system or network goes down. The easiest to blame are typically the multimegapixels and HD video quality that modern network cameras promise to deliver. “Are higher pixel counts always required? Not necessarily,” said Steve Ma, VP of Engineering and Operations, Vivotek. “The trick is in application-specific triggers. With IP, there are cleverer and better ways of getting things done. For example, we can use H.264 SVC profile to make sure bandwidth use is flexible and can be minimized when necessary. With more powerful CPUs and mature algorithms, solution providers like us can help customers accomplish their missions more efficiently with better customizations and services.”

For enterprise and government applications, seamless integration, simplicity and intelligence are what Ma thinks critical considerations in design, planning and implementation. “Just to name a few, 360-degree fisheye coupled with PTZ cameras, software-adjustable lens angles and smart streaming capabilities can all save operators, business owners and system integrators a great deal of headaches in installation, operation and maintenance.”

Some solution providers go to great lengths in bringing the same analog video user experience to the IP world. “Four to five years of hard R&D work in perfecting our IP product lines are finally paying off,” said Jason Hill, Group VP of Merit LILIN. “The first quarter for us showed 800-percent revenue growth in IP, compared to the same period last year. We are bringing a unified, intuitive interface, low-light performance and unparalleled user experience to our new channel partners in IT/infrastructure distribution, audio/visual and telecommunications.”

Software innovation and flexibility are key to continued success, echoed Jurgen Klijn, Senior VP of EMEA, IndigoVision. “At the moment, our easy-to-use interface integrates 26 subsystems off the shelf. We remain open, and we don't charge for extra workstations, alarms, added features or third-party integration. The landscape today is different; product rollouts are much easier. We will continue to update our software offerings twice a year, focusing on large-area resilience and hardware compatibility.”

While access control and intrusion detection systems are less demanding of network and storage resources, making it easy for the installer and end user is a common goal shared by solution providers. “We are simplifying the world, with one single credential that reads and accesses all,” said Johan Molin, Head of Global Technologies and President and CEO, Assa Abloy. In driving sales growth in difficult times, cost savings are a “feel-good” enabler for all parties involved. Assa Abloy also works with a new wireless locking mechanism that is powered by electromagnetic energy generated by the key's friction, saving batteries and resources in both installation and maintenance.

In access control, another key development is wireless technology for keyless buildings, as installation and expansion costs are significantly reduced. “Data is actually stored on the card and transmitted through our own secured, virtual network,” said Keith Carey, UK Marketing Manager at Salto Systems. “This kind of technology is easier for our partners to service and works well in student accommodations, hospitals, hotels and corporate buildings.”

Unified control calls for a unified interface. Tyco has a preconfigured, pre-enabled server box that oversees combined intrusion, access and video functions. “Simplicity is a great value proposition,” said Tony Mann, Sales Director of Intrusion Products for the U.K. and Ireland, Tyco Security Products. “Look at Apple in the consumer market; security is going exactly the same way. We make sure our installers don't need to worry about boxes and configurations.” Battery life of wireless products is also extended to five to eight years with corporate-grade reliability, eliminating unnecessary installer dispatch and user headaches.

Size Doesn't Matter
Simplicity is not just needed in large-scale projects or installations. “Our server solution was designed specifically for the small- to medium-sized market, with 20 to 100 readers and 8 to 32 IP cameras,” said Leon Langlais, Product Management Director for Residential and Small Business, Tyco Security Products. “At aggressive price points, we address all the issues that installers care about: speed of installation, reliability and third-party integration, so that they can continue to grow with us even in difficult times.” For example, the fact that no wireless repeaters are needed (thanks to the Visonic acquisition) and installation time is cut from two weeks to two days makes it rather easy to sell, even to the cost-conscious bunch.

To see all the security components work well together also requires good software interfaces and hardware displays. Examples include Milestone Systems, Honeywell Security and eyevis, which offer scalable solutions fit for mid-sized commercial applications but can “grow” with organizational needs. Milestone's new software version is an adaptable, easy-to-use client application for daily operations; the streamlined interface helps improve usability, making it easy to monitor installations of all sizes, access live video, investigate security incidents and export recordings. Through solutions like this, a uniquely efficient working environment can be provided and optimized for different tasks and operator requirements; Milestone, for instance, provides the option to choose dark or light themes for different working environment needs to further improve work flow.

Honeywell has a similar goal in mind, to provide sophisticated security systems that are scalable, easy to manage and easy to customize, with hybrid technology to minimize disruption to the client's business during the transition from analog to IP. Solutions for the residential and SMB market segments are also available and can work with other enterprise or government solutions.

And at the end of the day, it all comes down to what the operator's eyes can see. HD backlight displays from eyevis are preconfigured to work with a number of video and building management software packages that are easy to navigate, customizable and flexible. “Our complete, attractive package is easy on the eye and caters to exactly what operators need,” said Eric Hénique, Director of Marketing and International Sales for eyevis. “Our solution can be preset, for example, to reflect day/night shift formats. So, demand from international markets like Asia and the Middle East is really growing, and we are expanding our production facilities to meet that demand.”

Getting High
Another way of making things easy for all involved — and an industry buzzword — is the cloud. Manufacturers, distributors, system integrators, central stations, and even telcos and cable companies the world over are offering a myriad of possibilities, targeted at residential, SMB and remote applications. Take UK distributor Norbain. It works with Axis, Panasonic, Vista and Vivotek to provide installers and service providers with plug-and-play cameras and maintains its own cloud VMS and a data center, bypassing all the headaches associated with IP equipment configuration and maintenance. “The service represents a great opportunity for our installers to offer new services to new or existing markets,” said Andrew Pigram, Technical Director. “The joy of the service is also that because it utilizes mobile technology that end users already own and are comfortable operating, it breaks down the traditional cost and technical barriers to entry.”

With everything processed and stored on a virtual network, other hardware and energy cost savings can be easily demonstrated to the end user. “We have one application with more than 400,000 users and 64,000 doors running on and managed by one single PC,” Carey said.

According to Jonas Andersson, Chairman of the Steering Committee of ONVIF, industry standards are also becoming easier to understand, follow, and pick and choose. Profiles, much like those in Wi-Fi technology, are being developed for backward and forward compatibility in network cameras, recorders and other security products. It is a clear sign of an increasingly mature industry and technology, and exciting times for interesting applications and collaboration opportunities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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