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Russian Construction Machinery Manufacturer Installs Axxonsoft Integrated Security Solution

Russian Construction Machinery Manufacturer Installs Axxonsoft Integrated Security Solution

Editor / Provider: Axxonsoft | Updated: 6/7/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Liebherr is the world's leading manufacturer of construction machinery and a renowned supplier of innovative and customer-oriented products and services. The company's decentralized organization ensures proximity to customer and ability to react flexibly to market signals under conditions of global competition.

A decision was made to implement an integrated security system at the company's Moscow office and at Liebherr – Rusland repair and warehouse compound. The system was to provide video surveillance of the territory and the administrative building and envisaged a new access control, video surveillance and perimeter security systems. The previously installed integrated security system was not operationally stable and did not provide sufficient image quality to perform the assigned tasks.

The main challenge in creating the new system was that the installation had to be carried out at the working sites and installers had to partly use the existing cables and equipment. AxxonSoft's Intellect Enterprise software package fully met the requirements of the facility and on top of that provided a wide choice of supported IP-devices for video surveillance and an option to expand the system if required.

The newly created system comprised 4 Intellect servers and 5 remote operator workstations. Over 110 video surveillance cameras are used in the system, among them existing analog cameras connected via Axis IP-video servers, the newly installed analog and IP-cameras, as well as turning and megapixel cameras. The system employs Intellect-integrated Apollo's APACS 3000 access control system and Bolid's Orion burglar alarm and perimeter control systems. Plans include integration of Intrepid perimeter control in the overall system.

Vivotek Going Vertical

Vivotek Going Vertical

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 6/5/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Vivotek continues to invest tremendously in the transportation vertical market to continue strengthening its worldwide marketshare in 2012.

In Q1, Vivotek delivered a speech during Annual Urban Transport tradeshow, while in Q2, Vivotek exhibited at the Annual Modern Railway show. Vivotek was one of the top sponsors for both events held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Through participation in these events, Vivotek has established strong contacts with various transit authorities, urban planning professionals, and key industry players throughout Asia. Market leaders from a wide range of organizations, corporations, government entities, and many more expressed strong interest in Vivotek‘s mobile dome series, a compact, 2-Megapixel network camera product line geared toward transportation applications such as buses, trains, and other vehicles.

"We are pleased to receive such positive feedback and compliments on our mobile dome models, which we are confident that will bring great benefits to the transportation vertical market," said William Ku, Director the of Brand Business Division at Vivotek. "Vivotek takes pride in delivering high-performance products and the best solutions for members of the security industry."

The Vivotek mobile dome series currently includes MD7530, MD7560, and MD8562.

All mobile domes from Vivotek feature full EN50155 compliance & IP67-rated design, which enables the cameras to withstand shock, vibration, humidity, dust, and temperature fluctuations, maintaining stable and reliable video during vehicle movement. Furthermore, the vandal-proof metal housing effectively provides robust protection from vandalism. The tamper detection function is available on all mobile dome models as well.

Findings from IMS Research's latest report suggest the network camera market for trains and trams is forecasted to grow at over 20 percent over the next five years. The transition from analog to network video surveillance equipment is also reportedly forecasted to grow more than 7 percent in the train and tram sector.

Vivotek has recently successfully complete transportation projects in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong and Spain.

Vivotek will be exhibiting at the Transport Security Expo 2012 show in Olympia, London from November 14 to November 15 this (booth number A24). Live demonstration of Vivotek mobile domes and their applications in transportation will be available.

Pinetron, Probe, Webgate and WonWoo Engineering Share Viewpoint of Market Strategies

Pinetron, Probe, Webgate and WonWoo Engineering Share Viewpoint of Market Strategies

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 6/5/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

At Secutech, our newest release is the HD hybrid NVR over coax, PHR-HD1008, that accommodates 8-channel full HD hybrid cameras and 8-channel analog cameras. The hybrid NVR utilizes Intersil's SLOC technology and is easy to set up and use like a DVR, with automatic IP scans and channel allocations. While it only works with Pinetron cameras at the moment, third-party compatibility will be made available later this year. Compared to SDI, the biggest advantage is the transmission distance of 500 meters, without the need for signal repeaters or boosters.

There are still benefits of using analog infrastructure (both hardware and people). Think about the transition from VCRs to DVRs — it took about 20 years! For security, ease of installation and maintenance is everything; it is not easy to retrain all installers and end users. With SLOC, replacement or upgrade projects to HD video are possible, and no expensive rewiring is necessary.

Our biggest challenge is market awareness. With our 13 years of experience and clients all over the world, we will have to build on our partners' and users' trust and spread the word. High-potential markets for us include Brazil, Turkey, Russia and Japan.

Our latest release is the PIB-H2000ATIR outdoor full HD bullet camera, with 2-megapixel resolution, 3x zoom and auto focus.

About 80 to 90 percent of our sales come from IP models, as SDI is picking up very slowly but steadily. With SDI, the biggest installations to date are in Korea, and China is testing it out for possible large, multisite, hybrid (local SDI, remote IP) deployments. But without concrete “endorsements” from big brands like Honeywell and Pelco, it is safe to say that SDI will mostly be for niche applications, in the next five to 10 years, as a temporary, nonmainstream solution in the transition to an IP world.

Our key markets now are the U.S. Brazil and India, where we see a new generation of professionals coming into the scene, driving IP infrastructure and networks. Our biggest challenge is time, which is not on our side, as new products always come out and we need time to push forward educational programs, to familiarize young professionals with new technologies and applications.

We used to OEM for Honeywell and Samsung; but for the past three years, we have repositioned and rebranded ourselves to be an HDcctv total solution provider. Targeting high-end, niche government, traffic and hotel projects, our solutions are almost the same as analog systems in terms of operation, such as adjustable frame rates and motion detection, but at 6x the resolution. Key reference projects can now be found in Korea, Japan and China, and we are helping existing analog SD partners and customers in the U.S. and Russia to move into HD quickly. We work with system integrators and installers directly, to cut out the middlemen.

For 2012, we expect 70 percent of our sales come from HDcctv products (68 percent in the first quarter), and overall revenue growth is set at 50 percent, mostly expected from enterprises, buildings and hotels.

Our latest release is the SDI camera, with 3 to 20x zoom and auto focus. We are selling more than 4,000 SDI cameras per month now, and with more affordable 4- and 8-channel DVRs, we are very confident in exceeding our sales targets. Large markets now include the U.S., the U.K., Korea, Japan and China. After September, SDI systems will be even more competitive in terms of pricing, and in three years' time, they shall account for 10 percent of the market share.

The biggest selling point to our long-term partners and experienced installers is that it is something new, something that can compete with megapixel image quality, and something that they can handle with ease. They were losing sales and position in the market, and now they can be quickly trained and deliver quality video through the same channels. We are living in a period of fusion and hybrid, where people are moving step by step toward total IP connectivity; SDI is a good fit in this ongoing transition. We are getting good results in the U.K., Turkey, Russia, Brazil and Indonesia, and providing more variety in terms of product offerings will help us grow further. We expect to increase our sales revenue by 28 percent this year.

Icantek, KMT, Micro Digital and Nextchip Share Viewpoint of Market Strategies

Icantek, KMT, Micro Digital and Nextchip Share Viewpoint of Market Strategies

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 6/4/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

The latest on display is our 2.3-megapixel, full HD (1,080p, 30 fps) camera, and we will launch our 3-megapixel model by the end of the second quarter and 5-megapixel by the end of the year. We feel that the economy is back on full swing, and we are expected to grow 100 to 200 percent this year. Today, our largest markets are in Europe (especially Spain and Eastern Europe), the U.S. and South America, and the Middle East (especially Qatar) and Russia have very high potential.

Our biggest challenge now is to continue to deliver proven and high-quality products at more competitive price points. While we work mostly with system integrators today, we are actively looking for distributors with good logistics and support networks. For the mid- to low-end market segments, we will work on smart and easy mobile apps for SMB and SOHO users.

Our overseas sales have grown 30 percent over the last year, thanks to our long-distance microwave and PIR sensors. With better recognition around the world, we are now adding wireless sensors to our portfolio. This year, we will devote more efforts and resources to Japan, to cater to their taste. In a closed market like Japan, it takes time for customers to test and accept products from foreign suppliers. One of our priorities now is to control cost while maintaining product performance and reliability. Our biggest clients are alarm-monitoring stations, and affordable reliability helps them cut down unnecessary dispatches and costs significantly (personnel and insurance).

For 2012, we expect to grow about 30 percent; in this economy, this is huge. We will focus on earthquake recovery projects, such as apartments, offices and buildings, in Japan, and strengthen our wireless offerings. We will also work on integrating our sensors with other electronics or appliances like TVs and refrigerators, for better home automation and energy management.

We have both IP and SDI products. Although SDI is not very well-known and widespread at the moment, it will grow very rapidly very soon. For us, we expect the sales of IP versus SDI to be 1:1 in three years (analog to zilch). Our latest, unique feature is the UTC remote controller up the coaxial. Remote control of the on-screen display, focus and focal length is very convenient for installers; it saves cost, improves safety (no need to climb up and down) and does not require a portable monitor for on-site adjustments.

Our 16-channel SDI DVR transmits at 7 fps per channel now, and we are working to deliver 30 fps per channel in six months. SDI solutions are ready now; customers just need time to understand and adopt the technology. Our key markets are Russia, France and Italy, and we are looking to grow the Middle East, Africa and Asia. We will increase our sales revenue by 100 percent this year, and our biggest challenge is ourselves. We need to continue to provide even better products and technical support, and work with more stable and capable partners. Globally, we expect SDI to account for 20 percent of the market share in five years.

Our key strengths lie in CCDs, ISPs, AFEs and vertical drivers. The latest on display is the high-performance 960H analog CCD ISP NVP2190, with a digital image stabilizer (for anti-vibration) and smart noise reduction and motion detection. Alongside is the 8-channel 960H DVR video decoder NVP1918.

About 10 percent of our sales come from HD (including IP and SDI); the rest is from analog products. SDI cameras are mostly OK this year; we could use more SDI DVR manufacturers, though. Japan is a promising market for SDI, but the average testing period of 1.5 to two years is making it difficult for quicker adoption of the latest technology. The U.S., Brazil and India are also our target markets.

Our No. 1 priority now is to develop more affordable, mid- to low-end HD products (both IP and SDI), as more manufacturing facilities move to developing countries for more competitive pricing, better customization/localization and lower customs levies. We will continue to work with technology partners like Grain Media and Hisilicon and sales partners with very capable FAEs.

Ctring, Daiwon Optical, Dongyang Unitech and Hdpro Share Perspectives of Market Strategies

Ctring, Daiwon Optical, Dongyang Unitech and Hdpro Share Perspectives of Market Strategies

Editor / Provider: Hayden Hsu | Updated: 6/1/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

We have been fully focused on HD-SDI for the last two years. As one of the first in the world, we are now promoting our 16-channel, 1,080p/720p dynamic DVR, the V7116. Key markets include Japan, the U.S., the U.K. and Germany, where there are still a lot of analog DVR users in the mid- to high-end, small- to mid-scale installations.

Our sales have been doubling over the last two years, and we expect to grow 50 to 60 percent this year. The biggest challenge ahead would be expanding our R&D and technical support teams to cope with the growth.

There are four lens providers in Korea, and we are the No. 1. Most of our products are for surveillance applications; we also have a few models targeting video door phones, intercoms, webcams and cars. Here at the show, we are promoting our 3-megapixel varifocal lens, which is very competitively priced. Compared to 2011, we will grow about 30 percent in sales this year.

As far as lenses are concerned, SDI and megapixel cameras are not that different, but we are selling more IP, nevertheless. Our biggest competition is coming from China, where lens production for analog models is decreasing and megapixel increasing. As 60 percent of our sales are from Korean manufacturers, their mandate to deliver quality and performance is also ours.

For ease of installation, we are promoting the DMS-200SEC PTZ camera that runs on one single coaxial cable, combining video, data and power. This is particularly helpful when the general economy is down and people want to enhance security but cut construction and cabling costs. IP is not our No. 1 priority now, as we have had to resolve some technical issues, such as routers, that were not directly related to our systems or provided by us but affected overall system performance.

We have been doing pretty well in the Middle East, Russia and Poland over the last year, focusing on providing total solutions for projects. So, we work mostly with system integrators and just a select few dealers, to maintain good quality control. This year, we will try to develop and penetrate Asia more, with preconfigured, CMS-like hybrid systems. Our overall sales target is 20-percent growth.

Our strategy is to provide SDI and Effio cameras, with both CMOS and CCD options. Key markets include the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France, and we are looking to grow in South America (specifically, Brazil). Last year, price was the biggest barrier to wider adoption of SDI DVRs, but that is no longer an issue this year.

This year, we will focus on working with and developing existing partners, as well as finding new ones. With our various designs and models, we usually only give out product exclusivity, but not country exclusivity. Estimated sales growth is 30 to 40 percent, to about US$65 million, with roughly 70 percent in OEM orders and 30 percent in our own brand.

Melter Corporation in Mexico Installs Vivotek Cameras

Melter Corporation in Mexico Installs Vivotek Cameras

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 5/31/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Melter S.A. de C.V. (Corporation) located in Monterrey, México manufactures water cooled components for the steel industry. Founded in 1990, Melter has quickly grown as an international exporter of water cooled components, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, formed heads and heat recuperators. Over 60 percent of Melter's production is exported to the USA, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Along with many other companies with business operations within the United States, Melter viewed Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification as critical to their continuing success.

C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. Through this initiative, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain. To become C-TPAT certified, participating companies must have a video surveillance system covering sensitive security areas.

With an infrastructure adding to a total of over 635,000 square feet of office space, covered bays, warehouses and open yards, Melter required a sophisticated video surveillance solution for areas in and around their three facilities in order to obtain C-TPAT certification. Novalan Computadoras y Redes, VIVOTEK's highly esteemed system integrator partner in Monterrey, México, worked closely with Melter to come up with a comprehensive solution to install a total of 50 pieces of VIVOTEK network cameras.

Prior to the installation, there were only a few analog cameras set up on one of the many floors in the building to monitor the facility. The corporation was then seeking a better, more effective security structure. The skilled, knowledgeable staff members of Novalan in turn verified the feasibility of implementing network-based surveillance systems and studied how to go about executing such deployment, while at the same time meeting C-TPAT requirements. The main access to each of the factories and shipping zones were the priorities, along with other areas such as main entrances and so on.

To the end-user, the ability for them to receive and access high-definition video footage was an absolute must. Among many other competing cameras, in total of 50 pieces of high-performance network cameras from VIVOTEK were selected.

A number of VIVOTEK IP7142 was installed in three separate buildings covering areas where high contrast lighting conditions were the most demanding. The Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) CMOS sensor enables the device to easily adapt to challenging lighting conditions. The IP7142 also comes with the IP66-rated weather-resistant housing, a vari-focal lens of 3.3 to 12 mm, with a built-in removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators with coverage for up to 15 meters. With all the advanced features mentioned previously, the IP7142 is capable of resolving potential issues resulting from the environment and its surrounding field and guarantees to provide exceptional performances.

Another model, the IP7361, is a high-performance bullet camera which carries several innovative technologies in a single package. It boasts high resolution and a combination of outdoor-specific features, such as concealed wiring, an IP67-rated weather-resistant housing, a removable IR-cut filter, IR illuminators and a 2-Megapixel sensor. The device was chosen for its high image quality and excellent outdoor performance —features ideally suited to cover Melter's open yards and building entrances (areas considered of highest importance in gaining C-TPAT certification).

VIVOTEK IP8362, a bullet camera designed for outdoor applications, were installed in areas where the customer expected the solution to provide both functionality of high definition resolution and WDR enhancement technology to ensure exceptional image quality and details in extremely bright and dark environments.

Speed domes are a vital solution to many outdoor projects and was no exception in this case. For the Melter project, a number of units of the high performance SD7313 with integrated 35x zoom lenses were placed around the building perimeters to ensure complete coverage of over 635,000 square feet. With its zoom capability, the SD7313 offers close-up images of distant objects in sharp detail and is designed for areas where high reliability and weatherproofing are required.

VIVOTEK‘s own in-house VS7100, a professional single channel video server, and ST7501, a recording software designed for diverse surveillance applications, were installed to convert the analog signal of existing preinstalled camera systems, integrating them into the new network surveillance solution.

Secutech 2012: Visitor's Perspectives of IP and Asian Vendors

Secutech 2012: Visitor's Perspectives of IP and Asian Vendors

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Team | Updated: 5/28/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

The shift to IP is coming. For large installations and government projects, the switch to IP has already happened. “All new government projects in India now specify IP-based systems,” said Vivek Bagri, CEO of Livedarshan. “A noteworthy phenomenon in India is that more major projects now demand brands listed on IMS Research market share rankings.”

Large projects invest in network infrastructure also required by other systems, which means that there are less network and bandwidth issues compared to before. “For critical-infrastructure projects and large enterprises (including retail), bandwidth is no longer that big of an issue as their billing and other automation systems already require and rely on IP networks,” said Bagri. “Of course, integrators will have to play with bit rates and strike a good balance between video quality and network traffic.”

However, a different story is painted for smaller installations. Though market figures tout large numbers of IP cameras, the vast majority of IP cameras are used in large government or enterprise projects. Smaller installations are just starting to adopt IP video. “Though IP video stands 15-20 percent of our market, from a distribution point of view, IP video is just starting now. Up till now, IP market was only for projects,” said Alessandro Berio, MD, Eurogroup.

Visitors from different regions including Philippines, Malaysia, India and Italy think that a major shift to IP video may not happen for at least another three to five years. Though there are a lot of advantages that IP video can bring to surveillance, for many, the cons still outweigh the pros. Price is often a big factor. “The Malaysian market is huge, and people want the latest technologies, they (customers other than the government) are just not willing to pay the price,” Adly Effendi Bin Hasan, Executive Director, and Azrin Bin Abu Bakar, MD of Kiwitech agreed.

“I don't see a professional solution at a good price,” said Giovanni Novelli, Sales and Marketing Director, Assy Global View Technology. “The only professional solutions available come at a high price; I want a professional solution at a medium or low price.”

Users of IP video also have some technological problems to overcome. “IP video still has hardware and bandwidth constraints,” said Sumit Behl, Product Manager, Sparsh. “It also has other drawbacks — its price is higher and it is not as easy to use as analog.” Unlike large installations, smaller installations may rely on national infrastructure that isn't there. “In Italy, the infrastructure for IP is not good,” said Berio. “It would be stupid to put high megapixel camera on an internet line similar to one that existed 20 years ago in Taiwan. Good IP infrastructure is very expensive.”

Moreover, many installers do not have the technical know-how to make the switch to IP. Several Secutech attendees emphasized the amount of training still needed. “There is still a lot of work to be done with the installer base for new IP products,” said Dan Tilly, Division Manager, Kamic Security.

IP can also potentially bring more value to the table. “The debate between analog and digital isn't just about the technology; it is about the value you get for your money,” said Riyaz Ali of RK CCTV. “Analog isn't adding anything new, but with IP, there is more value addition.” Overall, there seems to be less and less room for players to deal exclusively with analog video. “If someone is not prepared for the shift to IP, then they will quickly find themselves out of the market,” said Ali

Many in security source their security products from the manufacturing hubs of Taiwan, China and Korea. Many of Secutech's visitors feel they need to come straight to the source, to figure out who to buy their products from. “Everything is produced in Asia, it is just a matter of which brand puts the sticker on the box,” said Rok Bajec, CEO of Mobicom. “And that's why I'm here — to figure out who is really making the product. Only the people who made the product can really provide you support when something has gone wrong. If we send a product back to somebody that's not actually making the product, support could take a week, whereas it could take an hour if we're talking to the people that actually made the product.”

The high quality of Korean products was accepted across the board. Although products from Taiwan are mostly acknowledged as high quality, there were a few doubters in the group. Generally, people are not as trusting about the quality of products from China, but recognize that they have competitive prices. However, Taiwanese and Korean manufacturers may need to keep a close eye on China as the quality of Chinese products rise. “The problem with Korea and Taiwan is that they are not competitive with Chinese products,” said Novelli. “Chinese products are starting to become better in quality, and they are less expensive. The ratio between quality and price is much more competitive from China.”

Another game changer could be the recent free trade agreement. The European Union and South Korea recently signed. “Korean products will not pay taxes; China is already low priced. This puts Taiwan in a difficult position,” said Berio. “You don't pay any tax on cameras from Korea, but you pay 4.9-percent tax on cameras from China and Taiwan. For DVRs, you pay 13.9-percent tax from China and Taiwan. Korea does not pay any tax on DVRs yet, but as the tax on Korean DVRs gradually lowers to 0, and that will be a big price gap.”

However, China has a few problems that are holding them back. One issue is trust. “China has more competitive pricing, but we can't trust what they say,” said Behl. “Often their information is misleading. We are especially apprehensive the first or second time that we work with a Chinese company, but even working over the long term, we are still keeping our fingers crossed. Taiwan and Korea are better — we usually get what is committed to at the beginning.”

China's customs procedures may make it difficult for buyers that need to send products back to China for maintenance. “I have a lot of trouble returning goods for warranty to Chinese manufacturers because of Chinese customs,” said Warren Simmons, Company Director, Techniport. “The company that's accepting the warranty will have to get through red tape and bureaucracy to accept and return repaired items. This is a detriment to Chinese companies because they can't honor their warranty obligations in a timely manner.”

Taiwanese manufacturers seem especially vulnerable to the changes occurring in China. So far, the strategies that Taiwanese manufacturers are using to stay competitive are not very impressive. “I see Taiwan pushing products full of features that may not be useful in the market," said Berio. "Is this a marketing strategy just to differentiate themselves from China? People are not willing to pay 30 to 40 percent more for something they will not use.”

Berio acknowledges that there are great softwares coming out of Taiwan, but that as a distributor, software is not a good sell. “If you visit any booth, they will tell you about software, but software side is not for distributor, it's more for systems integrator.”

Berio advises Taiwanese manufacturers to quit infighting and organize for more fighting power. “They will probably need to concentrate more on product sourcing. Maybe Taiwanese manufacturers can work together, and organize to buy raw materials. If labor cost is high, you must save money on production materials.”

Compro Provides IP Video Surveillance Solution for Turkish Hotel

Compro Provides IP Video Surveillance Solution for Turkish Hotel

Editor / Provider: Compro Technology | Updated: 5/24/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Mardan Palace Antalya located in Turkish Riviera is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Mediterranean Region. Comprised of 546 rooms, this Turkish hotel recently installed scores of Compro megapixel network cameras in an effort to enhance its security. Since unveiled in 2009, Mardan Palace Antalya has been providing their guests the finest Turkish hospitality with passion and commitment

Decision Making
With a commitment to maintain high standards in service quality, managers at Mardan Palace Antalya understood from early on that the safety of their guests and staff is one thing that cannot be overlooked. Surveillance cameras at the hotel can not only safeguard the public areas and important assets in the hotel, but also help minimize the risk of cash register shortages and credit card frauds. Therefore, Mardan Palace Antalya decided to deploy new surveillance cameras at its facilities.

For the hotel's management, ease of use and mobile accessibility are the key criteria for the new cameras. To ensure the new security installations can match their standards, Mardan Palace Antalya cooperated with GENET on the surveillance project. GENET is a local system integrator with many years of experience in IP video surveillance systems, and has been the distributor for Compro in Turkey since the turn of last decade. Soon, a decision was made to adopt Compro's plug-n-play network cameras.

Solution and Result
In the end, Mardan Palace Antalya deployed 36 Compro IP55 network cameras and 27 Compro IP70 network cameras. These Compro network cameras were chosen for their ease of installation and innovative smartConnect technology. The technology offers a unique mobile viewer app that allows the hotel's management to remotely view and record video on mobile devices.

Additionally, the hotel also opted for Compro's video management software, ComproView, as the central monitoring and recording solution for the new security installation. Its intuitive user interface helped the hotel's security staff get a handle on the new system. Now more than ever, the hotel's management can be confident that their guests, staff, and important assets are all in safe hands with Compro network cameras watching over their facilities.

Secutech 2012: Key Findings about Standardization, Storage and Cloud-Based Services

Secutech 2012: Key Findings about Standardization, Storage and Cloud-Based Services

Editor / Provider: The Editorial Team | Updated: 5/23/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

Interoperability for IP-based video surveillance systems is still a problem, as ONVIF is still not mature as a standard, yet. Products that are ONVIF compliant are not necessarily interoperable. Downward compatibility is another problem that generates confusion and frustration. The lack of coordination between cameras and other products ultimately cause headaches for systems integrators. Progress, however, is being made.

ONVIF recently introduced its "profile" concept, which is intended to allow users to "identify features supported by a profile without determining the compatibility between versions of the ONVIF specification." Instead of looking up whether specific devices using ONVIF 2.0 or later are compatible with clients that conform to ONVIF 1.0, users simply choose a profile that "offers interoperability at a specific functional level between units and software that fits their needs."

Currently, only one profile has been introduced: Profile S. It "describes the common functionalities shared by ONVIF conformant video management systems and devices such as IP cameras or encoders that sends, configures, requests or controls the streaming of media data over an IP network. The profile includes specific features such as pan, tilt, zoom control, audio streaming and relay outputs." ONVIF promises more profiles are coming this year, and that they will ease the product selection process for users.

As the quality of video increases, so will the storage capacity required to store the larger images. Seagate estimates video surveillance generates around 18 million terabytes of data per week. However, simply using additional, larger hard drives is not the solution. Many additional problems arise when more hard drives are needed, such as tighter spaces, higher temperatures, stronger vibration and increased power consumption. The accumulated affect reduces reliability and performance of a video surveillance system.

Seagate and Western Digital are touting storage solutions specific for video surveillance to address its unique storage requirements. Both hard drive giants have products targeting video, placing emphasis on tailored performance, lower energy consumption, reduced vibration, higher reliability and longer MTBF.

Hard drives had a disastrous 2011, with prices hikes in rare earth metals and natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. Though the worst is behind us, it may take until Q3 or Q4 for production to return to previous levels. As of march, supply for high-capacity hard drives is still constrained.

Regarding solid-state storage, price per gigabyte is difficult to justify when a lot of storage is required. Currently, SSD remains complementary technology that is best suited for applications that require exceptional performance, but can get by with low storage capacity. Beyond 500GB, SSD becomes cost prohibitive for most applications.

The cost for SD cards, on the other hand, is continuously dropping, though storage capacity remains static. While SDXC has been increasingly used in the consumer market, few camera manufacturers support beyond HCSD, which maxes out at 32GB. As storage on edge devices becomes more and more common and prices drop for SD cards that are capable of 64GB and beyond, perhaps more manufacturers will soon support the new standard.

Cloud-Based Services
A big trend in security is the adoption of cloud-based services and generation of RMR. Mobile platforms and cloud-based services are either ready or planned, with camera and access control manufacturers preparing for the inevitable boom of mobile devices. However, there seems to be few open platforms when it comes to the cloud. At the moment, manufacturers are still playing their own games. In addition, while cloud-based services will no doubt become common in the near future, vendors still need to address concerns over data security and bandwidth consumption.

Chinese manufacturers may have a disadvantage when it comes to networks and data. Australia recently banned Chinese network vendor Huawei from bidding on contracts for Australia's National Broadband Network. Considering the allegations regarding China's cyber attacks on the rest of the world, users may not be comfortable with entrusting their data to Chinese companies or companies that reside their servers in China.

In Other News
Many camera manufacturers are touting improved low light performance and WDR, which has become pretty much a standard feature. Also, average megapixel count seems to be increasing to three megapixels, though the current sweet spot is still at two. Cameras with wireless connectivity are also becoming increasingly common.

Momentum of 180/360-degree imaging continues to build up, with camera manufacturers introducing or refreshing their 180/360-degree imaging solutions. Chip manufacturers such as Ambarella, Avisonic Technology, Geo Semiconductor, Intersil Techwell and Nextchip are also building hardware-based lens distortion compensation into their chips. In addition, whereas in the past camera manufacturers generally had to convince software vendors to support dewarping for their 180/360 cameras, ImmerVision's "ImmerVision Enables" ecosystem ensures compatibility with other certified products. Many major VMS vendors already support the technology.

Video surveillance also gains depth of view with Huperlab's stereo 3-D camera. Using two lenses instead of one, the stereo camera mimics the human eye and calculates depth in the scene, which greatly enhances the practicality of video analytics by eliminating many types of false positives.

An interesting product introduced by Utechzone is a credential authorization terminal that utilizes pupil-tracking technology. Specializing in gaze-based interaction devices for people with motor impairments, Utechzone takes their technology to security. The technology allows users to enter passcodes into the terminal via pupil movement, complete with virtual panic and intercom "buttons."

Refining the experience of using existing product types is also critical. Attempting to address configuration irritations, Merit LILIN introduced an NVR that allows configuration via touch screen; no keyboard or mouse required. To reduce installation pains, PoE is included in more product types and is now better accepted than it was a year ago.

Time and attendance loggers are also increasingly moving away from paper or tokens. Systems from manufacturers like Hundure Technology and Fingertec bring biometrics into this area, though markets with stronger hygiene awareness may prefer contactless options, such as face recognition, over fingerprint or finger vein recognition.

Another product trend is entry-level cameras targeted at home surveillance and retail. Utilizing existing expertise to design consumer-oriented products is a smart move, as the potential volume is huge. The market, in terms of units shipped, for DIY video surveillance cameras has been doubling each year, and is expected to surpass professional security in the next few years. Characteristics are wireless, high-resolution network cameras that are low cost, aesthetically pleasing and easy to use.

What's Next in Video Recording and Storage?

What's Next in Video Recording and Storage?

Editor / Provider: a&s International | Updated: 5/18/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

- Simplicity and cost-effectiveness are big selling points for NVRs.
- One possible solution of fluctuating bandwidth is auto streaming.
- A rise of hybrid systems will precede entire VSaaS and cloud systems.

How will current recording and storage solutions be affected by trends such as VSaaS and megapixel/HD cameras?

Stand-alone NVRs will continue to thrive in low-cost environments, such as independent retail stores and SMBs, said Jeff Whitney, VP of Marketing at Intransa. “Their main benefits are cost, simple functionality and setup. Preconfigured systems, especially those that include cameras and cabling, will continue to take up much of this unsophisticated market segment.”

In installations with larger channel numbers, NVRs and servers should aim to complement, not compete. Simplicity and cost-effectiveness are big selling points for NVRs. As NVRs continue to evolve to incorporate more channels, features and integration capability, Ricky Law, Sales Engineer at Ensec Solutions, believes that NVRs are in a good position to increase market share.

On the other hand, if servers find a way to simplify the installation, configuration, operation and maintenance process, they also have good growth potential. “Centralized, server-based systems, with external IP-SAN, will continue to grow through the end of the decade, because of increased scale, reduced project costs and simplified multisystem management capability,” Law said.

Megapixel and HD cameras have increasingly significant implications for video recording and storage. “The trend toward higher resolution will continue to impact the storage market over the short-to-medium term,” said Sam Grinter, Market Analyst at IMS Research, in a prepared statement.

One big problem facing solution providers is to ensure quality, remote megapixel streaming. Fluctuating bandwidths may collapse the entire system, warned Kevin Shih, GM of FaceID. One possible solution is auto streaming, which adjusts the resolution and frame rate based on the amount of available bandwidth and the size of the monitoring window.

Improvements in processing technology will also help. “New Intel CPUs are embedding more graphical processing elements and will help increase overall performance, while reducing the costs,” said Florence Shih, GM of Thecus Technology. “Elements such as USB 3.0, HDMI or 10 Gigabits can be added much more easily.”

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are not commonplace in surveillance applications. More expensive but more dependable, they can be useful in specialized applications within video surveillance. Implications might include more efficient video analytics and video coding, said Lee Caswell, founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Pivot3.

SSDs can also be used in applications where the drives might not be in a secured, fixed location, such as military, railway and police, said Chris Williams, Director for Wavestore.

Cloud-based computing and storage are already popular in the IT and home consumer markets, Whitney said. Due to the more conservative nature of security, IP-based video surveillance is moving at a slower pace, but cloud and VSaaS, nevertheless, are emerging as a formidable competitor against on-site storage options. “Globally, vendors are starting to introduce their own cloud-like remote monitoring services. Positioned as a service not unlike the fire and burglar alarm monitoring marketplace, they are extremely simple and low-cost for the user.”

The main barrier to large deployments of cloud and VSaaS is price. Monthly subscriptions currently cost between $5 and $30, depending on the level of service and the inclusion of hardware, according to IMS Research. “The current show stoppers are the cost of powerful WAN connections,” agreed Stephen Beckmann, Video Product Marketing Manager in EMEA, American Dynamics, (a Tyco Security Products company).”

Whitney expects that a rise of hybrid systems will precede entire VSaaS and cloud systems. For example, a simple, local appliance based on commodity server hardware can retain a small amount of video that is then fed into the cloud for central recording, retention and monitoring. “That reduces the complexity and cost of the local system, while centralizing costly security resources, such as storage and operational personal, at a central security operations center or IT data center,” Whitney said. To record and store right, there is definitely more than meets the eye.

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