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Avigilon appoints Senior Director for APAC and Regional Director for DACH

Avigilon appoints Senior Director for APAC and Regional Director for DACH

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 10/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon, a provider for high-definition (HD and megapixel video surveillance) solutions, announced its further expansion into the growing surveillance markets of Asia Pacific and Northern Europe with the appointment of Randolph Oudemans, Senior Sales Director in Asia Pacific and Stefan Bange, Regional Sales Director in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, referred to as the DACH region.

“As a company we have reached a new milestone in our global expansion,” said Alexander Fernandes, President and CEO, Avigilon. “Asia Pacific and the DACH regions present significant potential for Avigilon.”

According to IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS, the video surveillance equipment market in Asia is projected to grow to over $10 billion by 2016. Its analysts are also projecting healthy growth for the market in the DACH region. The region consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland is forecast to almost double by 2016.

A veteran of security sales and business development, Randolph Oudemans will be responsible for the company's expansion into Asia. This will include strategic planning, building the local sales team and channel partners, as well as penetrating new markets within the region. Before joining Avigilon, Mr. Oudemans held senior sales and business development roles with Cisco's Physical Security business unit, Crockett International and Pelco by Schneider Electric.

An experienced security sales veteran, Stefan Bange will be responsible for managing our existing business, creating new sales growth and expanding the team in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Mr. Bange joins Avigilon from Advancis Software and Services, a PSIM manufacturer, where he served as director of international sales. During his tenure at Advancis, Bange increased international revenue by 400 percent.

Axis highlights low-light performance in P13 series

Axis highlights low-light performance in P13 series

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 10/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications, the global network video provider, presents two new top models of fixed network cameras in the robust and successful Axis P13 Series. Leveraging cutting edge technology, the cameras offer excellent image quality, exceptional light sensitivity and enhanced processing performance. The new Axis P13 fixed network cameras, available in indoor and outdoor-ready models, offer great performance even in low light conditions, delivering high resolution images for easy identification. The new cameras are particularly well suited to city surveillance applications, as well as transportation, retail, education, banking and industrial surveillance installations.

With the release of these two models, the latest technology has now been implemented in the entire Axis P13 Series, resulting in further improved image quality in this already successful series. All models support wide dynamic range – dynamic contrast and include day and night functionality with an automatically removable IR-cut filter. They use the same lens mount as the previous Axis P13 models, and offer easy installation such as remote back-focus adjustment for fine tuning the focus from a computer. These cameras also offer increased processing power, allowing for greatly enhanced performance in image processing. Furthermore, they have been equipped with a serial port for pan/tilt head which enables operators to remotely change the camera direction.

The new Axis P1357 and the equivalent outdoor-ready Axis P1357-E offer video surveillance with 5 megapixel resolution. Besides, Axis P1355 and the outdoor-ready Axis P1355-E cameras provide video surveillance with 1080p HDTV quality.

The new cameras support P-Iris control, which allows the camera to precisely control the exact position of the iris, resulting in superb image quality with optimal sharpness. They are compatible with ONVIF for easy camera system integration and for application developers to provide the camera with intelligent capabilities.

The new models support edge storage and are equipped with a microSD/microSDHC-slot. Together with the free Axis Camera Companion, this allows users to get an easy way to remotely view and manage video from up to 16 cameras per site. Support for standard, environment-friendly PoE requires only one network cable to carry both power and data, even for the weatherproof models that operate in extreme temperatures from -40 °C to 50 °C (-40 °F to 122°F).

Hikvision IP cams now compatible with Avigilon VMS

Hikvision IP cams now compatible with Avigilon VMS

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/18/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the supplier of video surveillance products and solutions, is proud to announce that our ONVIF-conformant IP cameras now have the ability to seamlessly integrate with Avigilon’s Control Center Software. This integration now provides customers with the freedom to better choose the specific combination of products to best fits their needs.

Hikvision ONVIF-conformant IP camera models – bullet cameras, dome cameras, and box cameras – all boast a bevy of advanced features, such as high resolution, wide dynamic range, low light capability, ease of installation, and many more. Moreover, our IP cameras provide users an open-standard based solution and great flexibility to select components for their security system. With the Avigilon Control Center software, users can now remotely monitor and control most of the key features of their Hikvision IP cameras; such as PTZ, two-way audio, alarm inputs, outputs, etc. Advantages of the software include multi-megapixel and high dynamic imaging, HD recording and playback timeline, data protection and storage management, to name but a few.

“We are very proud to cooperate with Avigilon. Hikvision IP cameras already provide clear video, while the Avigilon Control Center is engineered to manage HD videos, and efficiently handle bandwidth and storage. Through this cooperation, both technologies are fully realized,” said Keen Yao, International Marketing Director of Hikvision. “Additionally, this cooperation with Avigilon will truly benefit our mutual customer base and helps them achieve a more flexible and scalable IP-based surveillance system.”

“As an innovative leader in high-definition video surveillance solutions, we believe openness benefits our customers and partners, and this integration will provide them access to the most appropriate solutions,” Keith Marett, VP of Marketing and Communications at Avigilon. “By ensuring our products are ONVIF-compliant, we are helping bring the industry closer to standardization.”

OmniVision selected by Tesla Motors to enable advanced rear-view cam apps

OmniVision selected by Tesla Motors to enable advanced rear-view cam apps

Editor / Provider: OmniVision Technologies | Updated: 10/17/2012 | Article type: Component

OmniVision Technologies, a developer and provider of advanced digital imaging solutions, announced that its OV10630 image sensor was selected by Tesla Motors to support the manufacturer's rear-view camera system in model S, the world's first premium electric sedan. The megapixel OV10630 was chosen by Tesla for its ability to combine 720p HD video with color high dynamic range (HDR) to produce crisp, clear images in challenging lighting conditions.
“OV10630 delivers high performance on a single chip,” said Satish Jeyachandran, Senior Manager of Hardware Development at Tesla Motors. “Its ability to provide high-quality HD video allowed us to design and integrate the industry's first HD camera into our 17-inch infotainment system. The quality and field of view (FoV) of the images provide model S drivers an unparalleled driving experience even in challenging lighting conditions.”
“Driven by both anticipated regulatory requirements and consumer demand, rear-view cameras and other vision- and sensing-based driver assistance systems are experiencing high adoption rates in next-generation vehicle designs around the world,” said Inayat Khajasha, Senior Product Marketing Manager at OmniVision. “The OV10630 is our flagship sensor, designed to meet the stringent requirements of this rapidly growing market. We believe that the selection of this sensor by a leading-edge manufacturer like Tesla Motors underscores our leadership role in shaping the future of automotive imaging.”
The megapixel OV10630 is a fully integrated SoC image sensor ideally suited for wide FoV and multicamera applications that require concurrent vision and sensing functions. Featuring unique split-pixel technology, the image sensor samples scene information for HDR multicapture simultaneously rather than sequentially, minimizing motion artifacts and delivering superior image quality in the most demanding conditions.

Avigilon appoints VP of Global Biz Development

Avigilon appoints VP of Global Biz Development

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 10/16/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon, a provider of HD and megapixel video surveillance solutions, announced the appointment of Jeremy Howard to the role of VP of Global Business Development. In this position, he will build and oversee a vertical-specific sales team. This sales team will be focused on growing revenue through strategic enterprise and global standardization opportunities.
“Security markets are highly fragmented by vertical and geography,” said Alexander Fernandes, CEO and President of Avigilon. “With the addition of Howard and his vertically-based sales team, we will be able to capture even more market share and build on our success.” Howard will be based in Dallas, Texas and report directly to Bryan Schmode, Executive VP of Global Sales. Douglas Florence, Business Development Director for Global Gaming, and Matthew McCoy, Business Development Director for Strategic National Accounts, will report to Howard.
With approximately 20 years of security industry experience, Howard will be responsible for building and overseeing a sales team focused on vertical opportunities, including gaming, retail, critical infrastructure and government, as well as global and national integrators. Before joining Avigilon, Howard was Director of Strategic Accounts for Verint Systems, a global provider of enterprise and security intelligence solutions. As part of the company's enterprise and critical infrastructure group, he helped grow sales by more than 175 percent in under two years. He also held senior positions at Honeywell Security and Semco, an integrator that provided engineering services and communications products to US and allied governments.  

Transmitting high-def video on low-bandwidth networks

Transmitting high-def video on low-bandwidth networks

Editor / Provider: Submitted by IndigoVision and Vemotion | Updated: 10/9/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

As IP cameras increase in resolution and customers demand more clarity, network bandwidth becomes a critical issue. IndigoVision and Vemotion Interactive discuss how careful bandwidth management is needed to get the best out of your IP video network.

HD cameras now produce more data than a wide-area network (WAN) can reasonably handle. While your in-house local-area network (LAN) may be able to handle large amounts of data, it is important to be aware of the limitations when you want to send camera streams to other buildings or companies; the bandwidth available will be lower, and you need to be clever about what you send. With the growth in sales of ever-better HD cameras, there is a need for even better bandwidth management to make the best use of resources on any multisite system.

Key Areas
Avoiding bandwidth bottlenecks involves looking at five key areas:
- Video compression
- Latency
- Choosing what to send
- Location of recording
- Managing demand

Video Compression
There is a lot of misunderstanding in the marketplace about video compression. Use of the H.264 video codec standard is usually seen as the answer, but H.264 is very broad term. It really only describes the format the video is compressed to, and how it can be decoded; it does not give information about how the compression was achieved. There is a big difference between good compression and bad; the table below details typical data rates for a single 1-megapixel camera monitoring a fairly static scene such as a building entrance:

It is important to do your homework and benchmark the compression from different suppliers so that you really know what you are buying. Great compression uses up to half the bandwidth of good compression. As well as reducing overall bandwidth, good compression also allows you to dual stream – high frame rate and high bandwidth locally, and low bandwidth for what you stream over the WAN.

An apt example would be the Vemotion Interactive VB-40 series that requires a GPRS, 3-G, ADSL/Ethernet or satellite router. Inputs and outputs (16 maximum outputs per unit) are configured and transmitted over the network to the control hub. The unit will connect to the server application and then, by installing a multiscreen viewer application on a PC or mobile device, you can view multiple live video feeds from wherever you are. Full telemetry for control of cameras is provided, and automatic bandwidth adaptation offers maximum flexibility.

For example, 16 simultaneous streams can be viewed from each VB-40 unit, and the operator can choose to increase the resolution of any of the feeds to provide enhanced video quality. The VB-40 will respond by automatically changing the video quality of other feeds in order to give the required channel the most bandwidth. This means that a fixed bandwidth can be intelligently distributed across all the video feeds in order to provide the optimal operating solution for the user. VB-40 can be “dropped” into location and give immediate access to camera systems already in place — from a private surveillance hub for temporary remote access, or to connect multiple locations and control rooms together where other network options would be cost-prohibitive.

Latency is another vital consideration. In recorded video, it does not matter if there is a little latency in playback of video from recorder to viewing station, but if an operator is trying to track real-time action and there is a double delay – delay in the images getting to the monitor, and then delay in the signal from the operator's joystick to the PTZ camera following the events – he or she is going to quickly lose track of what is happening. The time from the moment the light hits the camera lens until the image reaches the operator's monitor should be less than 100 milliseconds. Longer than that, and the lag is too much.

This is, in fact, one of the reasons analog systems are still around in so many areas – latency can be a real issue with IP video. Only a really well-designed system, carefully pipelining every stage of compression and transmission, will minimize latency properly.

Choose What to Send
Only send it if you have to: do not overload your network resource with data you do not really need. A good IP security management system will switch the transmission link into "idle mode" when there is nothing happening in the scene. The instant anything happens, things should switch back to full speed, and your system must make sure that is a fast changeover so that nothing is missed in the interim.

Real-time video analytics are vital too; they can identify when something relevant happens, perhaps when someone walks the wrong way down a corridor, or an item is moved. That is when you want to be sure you see everything that is going on.

Location of Recording
Recording location is another important consideration. Do not move all of your data back and forth between cameras and a central site. Design your network with NVRs close to the cameras they are recording, using your plentiful LAN bandwidth, and only transmit important information over the WAN.

Out of any video you record, you are typically only ever going to look at less than 1 percent, so keep the intelligence at the edge and only access what you really need to. A distributed IP video architecture, without the need for central servers, lets you record locally but view from anywhere you need to. Careful design will eliminate a lot of bottlenecks and headaches.

Managing Demand
This is possibly the trickiest part to get right, and the one that most people forget about: managing operator demand. This is crucial on any multisite system. Each operator has to learn how to share the bandwidth, and to make sure they get their job done without hogging limited resources. Depending on the product used, this can often be managed within the management system itself; a built-in understanding of what each area needs can be configured during setup and managed silently so that bandwidth is allocated well without operator input. However, staff must still understand the need to share and may have to be encouraged to do so.

Design Carefully
On top of all these recommendations, design your monitoring solution carefully and think about what is really important. There has been a move recently toward using HD cameras just because they are availabe and getting cheaper. But once you start putting 5-, 10- or 16-megapixel cameras in every situation, you are going to use up valuable bandwidth very quickly. It is worth bearing in mind that many higher-megapixel cameras are designed to work at slower frame rates; a lower pixel count but higher frame rate may actually be better at gathering evidence.

It is all about balance: choose the right mix of SD and HD cameras for your real needs, put them in the right place, and design the network to work well with them.

Samsung Techwin works with FaceFirst for facial recognition in megapixel cams

Samsung Techwin works with FaceFirst for facial recognition in megapixel cams

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 10/10/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin America, a global supplier of video surveillance and security products combining superior performance and value, is partnering with California-based FaceFirst, LLC. to supply megapixel video surveillance cameras for its FaceFirst facial recognition system. The FaceFirst product platform uses the Samsung cameras to complement its proprietary facial recognition software system. Facial images captured by the cameras are automatically matched with watch list photos and when a person of interest is identified, alerts are instantly sent directly to pre-provisioned computers, cell phones (as e-mail, SMS or MMS messaging) or cash registers.

“By leveraging Samsung's powerful megapixel imaging technology with FaceFirst's expertise in software development and integration, the FaceFirst platform is primed to detect and defeat potentially dangerous or criminal activities,” said Joseph Saad, Director of Business Development, FaceFirst, LLC. “The combination of FaceFirst with Samsung's technology has enabled us to provide our customers with world class performance and accuracy at an affordable price point.”

The FaceFirst true biometric facial recognition platform features cloud-ready software and offers functionality that is affordable, scalable, and can be custom configured to specific business requirements. The system allows users to select the facial databases they want to use and a familiar web-based portal allows users with little or no training to self- provision biometric enrollments, alerting, and notification preferences.

The military-grade FaceFirst system identifies Individuals matching client records at the rate of millions of comparisons per second. It is ideal for transportation facilities and sports arenas or for entrances where people normally pass through without stopping — at school and college campuses, corporate headquarters, financial institutions, warehouses and hospitals.

“The Samsung megapixel cameras deliver real-world environment performance, making them the perfect choice for this application,” said Frank De Fina, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Samsung Techwin America. “The combined package provides a better and faster tool for today's security practitioners.”

Additional performance features of the Samsung megapixel cameras include true day/night (ICR) functionality, 16:9 full HD (1080p) resolution support, SSNRIII (3D + 2D) noise reduction technology and wide dynamic range (WDR) to help ensure crisp, clear images even in low light environments. Hybrid installations are supported with BNC outputs and RS-485 inputs and they are PoE (Power over Ethernet) compatible. Focus and zoom is network adjustable.

Scottish business park adopts IP solution from Vivotek

Scottish business park adopts IP solution from Vivotek

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 10/4/2012 | Article type: Security 50

The Enterprise Park, Forres, based in Scotland and developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, was designed to bring talent and jobs into the area. Already home to a number of innovative and successful businesses, the Park continues to expand and attract new companies. The Park has recently adopted IP solutions from VIVOTEK to support its high-end positioning and to ensure tenants are confident with the security measures in place.

Having experienced some low level vandalism, fly tipping and so on, Highlands and Islands Enterprise wanted to ensure that their tenants felt entirely secure and confident in the security of the Park. "Although there'd only been a couple of minor incidents, we decided to nip the problem in the bud and invest in a CCTV system," notes Scott McKnockiter, Development Manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Bartec Fire & Security was the winner of the tender.

The 2-Megapixel VIVOTEK FD8361 with tamper detection was the chosen solution. Many units of the fixed domes, via Power over Ethernet (PoE), have been positioned around the business park. Thanks to its 3-axis mechanical design for easy and highly versatile installations, this outdoor-friendly masterpiece could be mounted virtually anywhere on the premises. Equipped with vandal-proof as well as IP66-rated housing, the fixed dome is capable of performing well in outdoor environments all over the business park. Additionally, the Day & Night functionality and built-in IR illuminators (effective up to 20 meters), help to ensure excellent image quality around the clock. On the client's side, bandwidth efficiency is extremely important. Technologies such as multiple streams, video cropping and activity adaptive streaming for dynamic frame rate control are available on the FD8361 – effective for solving any potential bandwidth issues.

Also, an RDT radio transmission system uses receivers on the host buildings to transmit images back to the central monitoring station in the main Enterprise building.

Bartec worked with Norbain Service Plus for on-site coordination and support. Norbain Service Plus offers customers a range of resources, designed to complement their own skill sets. This additional support can be used to reduce the risk of installations, minimize time spent on-site by engineers and, in Bartec's case, to make new technologies more accessible. Norbain's Configuration Centre spent two days on-site, dedicated to providing support to the Bartec team.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise are very pleased with the system they've received. “Not only does it provide the quality of images we need, but the placement of the cameras has been carried out very intelligently to reduce the number required. Looking at the system now in place, Scott concludes, “The system supports our positioning as a high-end business park. Just as we look for companies with innovation in their process, so the system matches this aim.”

Bosch introduces 1080p HDR cameras

Bosch introduces 1080p HDR cameras

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 10/3/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems is setting the standard for HD imaging with the launch of its two megapixel (2 MP) / 1080p high dynamic range (HDR) cameras. The DINION and FLEXIDOME HDR cameras deliver exceptional image quality in both bright and dark environments. Even in high-contrast scenes or when looking from dark locations into well-lit areas, the devices provide an exceptionally wide dynamic range to capture more detail in both highlights and shadows.

The cameras feature integrated HD-optimized Intelligent Video Analysis and adaptive video processing to automatically detect objects—such as license plates or faces—and adjust scene exposure to maximize details in these areas. To further enhance effectiveness, regions of interest can be defined, allowing the user to zoom into certain details of the full image. The close-up images are transmitted in a separate stream so that both overview and detail can be viewed at the same time–all in high resolution.

The intelligence embodied in the cameras also reduces bandwidth and storage requirements. The intelligent digital noise reduction feature optimizes bandwidth by dynamically tuning the degree of noise reduction based upon an analysis of important objects moving through the camera's field of view. When nothing important is happening, bandwidth is minimized. When an important object is detected, the bandwidth increases to eliminate motion blur and capture maximum details.

Edge recording is enabled with a Micro SDXC card cable of up to two terabytes of local storage, and the cameras come with free Bosch Video Client (BVC) software for up to 16 channels. BVC provides easy live viewing of multiple cameras, playback, forensic search and export.

Certified interoperability
The cameras conform to the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard which guarantees interoperability between network video products regardless of the manufacturer. ONVIF conformant devices are able to exchange live video, audio, metadata and control information. They are automatically discovered and connected to network applications such as video management systems.

Built-in durability and flexibility
The FLEXIDOME HDR ruggedized dome camera comes with a choice of pre-installed high quality telephoto, mid-range and ultra-wide-angle lenses. Each lens is specifically matched to the sensor to ensure full resolution even in the corners. The 1.8 to 3 mm optically-corrected ultra-wide-angle lens provides outstanding performance without the need for de-warping software, delivering more coverage without distortion.

The enhanced imaging system, diverse mounting and lens options, and the rugged environmental housing that withstands the equivalent of 120 lbs of force makes the FLEXIDOME HDR dome the right choice for challenging installations, such as railways, airports, transportation hubs, industrial areas and the exterior of commercial and government buildings.

Samsung Techwin launches 1.3-MP, compact, flat network dome

Samsung Techwin launches 1.3-MP, compact, flat network dome

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 10/2/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung has added a space saving 1.3 Megapixel flat dome camera to its ‘affordable' LiteNet HD network camera series.

Measuring just 100 x 115 x 42mm, the SND-5010 is designed to provide an affordable HD video surveillance solution for environments where there may be limited space, such as in lifts, entrance lobbies, stair wells, small shops and transport applications.

“As is the case with the other six models in the LiteNet camera series, the SND-5010 is ideal for applications where a large number of HD cameras may be required,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Regardless however of the number of cameras, the SND-5010's low price point enables it to be considered as a cost alternative to analogue cameras at locations where there may be a need to capture evidence grade images.”

The ONVIF compliant SND-5010 supports H.264 and MJPEG compression methods, providing the option to simultaneously stream images to multiple locations at various frame rates and resolutions up to 1.3 megapixel (1280 x 1024) and it also supports 16:9 HD (1280 x 720) display. A number of users are therefore able to monitor live images at one location, record video evidence at another location, or view live and recorded images on a Smartphone or iPhone via the Samsung iPOLiS application.

The SND-5010, which is equipped with a 3mm fixed lens, has a scene change tampering feature which creates an alert if, for example, paint is sprayed on a camera lens or if there is unauthorised movement of a camera away from its usual field of view.

Despite its compact size, the SND-5010 is packed full of user and installer friendly features, including four programmable Motion Detection zones, 12 programmable Privacy Zones and PoE (Power over Ethernet). It also has a Day/Night feature which automatically configures the camera to capture either colour or B/W images depending on the prevailing lighting conditions, and utilises third generation Samsung Super Noise Reduction (SSNR) to eliminate image noise in low light conditions to enable bandwidth and recording space savings.

Fully compatible with Samsung's license free NET-i-Viewer software, the SND-5010 has a multi–language web page for easy set up.

The other models in the Samsung LiteNet line-up are:
SNB-5001 - 1.3 megapixel network camera
SND-5011 - 1.3 megapixel network dome camera with 3mm fixed lens
SND-5061 - 1.3 megapixel network dome camera with 3~8mm varifocal lens
SNB-7001 - 3 megapixel Full HD network camera
SND-7011 - 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3mm fixed lens
SND-7061 - 3 megapixel Full HD network dome camera with 3~8mm varifocal lens

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