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Milestone platform to include AMG-Panogenics dewarping plug-in

Milestone platform to include AMG-Panogenics dewarping plug-in

Editor / Provider: AMG-Panogenics | Updated: 11/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

AMG-Panogenics, the British manufacturer of sophisticated 5 megapixel cameras, announces that their integration of PanoCam360 with Milestone's XProtect VMS has been completed and the camera is now fully working with Milestone.  

 
Christian Bohn, VP of Corporate Marketing & Alliances at Milestone Systems, said, “I don't think we have ever seen such a fast integration by a manufacturer using our MIP SDK and ONVIF driver. I must credit AMG-Panogenics: the plug-in to our XProtect smart client interface with the device was done in record time. This means that the camera's on-board dewarping facility is now fully available in the Milestone XProtect smart client.”
 
 “PanoCam360 streams 12.5 frames per second and the on-board de-warping reduces the processing requirement back in the control room. Offering up to 14 de-warped video streams/independent camera views simultaneously alongside the full-resolution fish-eye view makes PanoCam360 the most powerful and versatile 360 degree camera range available. The camera is completely developed and manufactured in the UK and works on an open software platform, which makes it very easy to integrate. As you might expect from the global leader in open platform IP VMS, the Milestone XProtect software is the perfect partner technology for the AMG-Panogenics 360 degree camera. The Milestone integration platform SDK is a pleasure to work with and has enabled us to develop a plug-in module which adds our own dewarping technology into the Milestone XProtect smart client. We also tested the camera's ONVIF features together with the Milestone XProtect ONVIF driver and this worked perfectly, first time.” said David Myers, CTO of AMG-Panogenics.

Korean rail yard fortifies security and fire detection with networked system

Korean rail yard fortifies security and fire detection with networked system

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 10/31/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

Mission
Korea Railroad is a public corporation in charge of managing the national railroad of Korea and related business. The Goyang Rolling Stock Workshop (GRSW) of the metropolitan rolling stock maintenance depot is the starting point and final destination of Korea Train eXpress (KTX). It sits on more than 1.3 million square meters of land and consists of 31 buildings.
 
To ensure the safety of the large site of the GRSW, TNX Systems, Axis's partner, proposed and installed full HD-grade Axis network cameras. Axis PTZ dome network cameras installed in the GRSW not only provide full HDTV quality and 20x optical zoom, but also have day and night functionality to provide high-quality images in places where there is almost no light.
 
Also, Axis CS-mount multifocal DC-Iris lens deliver 1-megapixel/HDTV high resolution streams with 30 fps using progressive scan to provide excellent quality images without any motion blur.
 
Ensuring safety through integration with the fire detection system
The automatic fire detection system automatically detects heat or smoke in case of fire, indicates where the fire started, and triggers alarms. Axis network cameras and TNX VMS are linked to the automatic fire detection system and display accurately where the fire started on a map and show images taken with the cameras in a pop-up. With the ability to now correctly grasp the situation and respond when a fire breaks out, the loss of lives and property are minimized, and shortcomings of existing firefighting facilities are remedied.
 
Client/server architecture makes it possible to access images anytime, anywhere
The GRSW used Axis network cameras and TNX's VMS IMVS to build the client/server-based video surveillance system that makes it possible to monitor images in real-time and search and play back recorded images not only at the central control room, but also in each office of the inspection garage. IMVS' perfect performance has been proven.
 
Using the optical communication network to install stable network cameras
Optical fiber was used to build the network infrastructure in the rolling stock depot on a large lot consisting of many buildings. As a result, it was possible to reduce the cost far more than with the existing analog system. PoE is supported so that power and cabling construction is not necessary, thereby reducing installation costs. Since the streaming is based on optical communication (real-time streaming protocol), which prevents image loss and noise due to transmission distance, the best image quality was secured.

Korean church improves congregation safety with networked surveillance

Korean church improves congregation safety with networked surveillance

Editor / Provider: Axis Communictions | Updated: 10/30/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Gwacheon Church and its congregation was founded 60 years ago. Although the church had managed well without any security system such as CCTV, its rapid growth made it necessary to more comprehensively manage church property. In particular, the church wanted to install an easy-to-use, yet efficient video surveillance system for the kindergarten within the church compound, as well as the church interior, exterior, and parking lots.
 
But the church’s main building, education center, and social works wing are separated by large distances so integrating the system was a challenge. The solution was to install an IP camera system capable of supporting network infrastructure and high-resolution video.
 
Given the extensive, open-ended nature of churches, high-resolution images were an absolute necessity for monitoring. For surveillance of spacious prayer halls and large parking lots, Axis network cameras were the ideal solution. Gwacheon Church has improved its security level significantly through the use of Axis network cameras which are suitable for various applications and environments.
 
Solution
Initially, Axis partner, Sunjin Infotech, set out to create a network infrastructure by using an SDSL sender/receiver at the education and social works centers along with a video extension solution through network cables in spots where monitoring was needed.
 
Installing conventional analog CCTV between remote buildings may incur significant costs and headaches for installation and maintenance along with signal deterioration when sending and receiving analog signals. Gwacheon Church cut costs while gaining high-resolution video signals by using SDSL technology that creates an environment to connect IP-based equipment. Through the network-based technology, the video images saved in the NVR system can be delivered to far-away locations via the UTP cable.
 
For security monitoring, indoor fixed dome cameras and fixed cameras were installed in several areas. In three outdoor parking lots, PTZ cameras and fixed cameras were mounted to eliminate blind spots. This avoided congestion problems during peak worship service times and simultaneously solved security issues.
 
All of this was done using the PoE technology which allows power supply and video recording with one cable. All of the cameras could monitor in real-time while permitting video searches via NVR later.
 
In addition to being able to save and search video files via NVR, the system is highly flexible to a degree that system managers can perform real-time monitoring anytime, from anywhere. The church tested several video security systems but the Axis solution was the clear choice; one of the reasons being that it enabled parents to view videos of their children in kindergarten from any location.  
 
Result
With Axis network cameras, Gwacheon Church has deployed and is managing a comprehensive security system with minimum staff. Since the cameras have been carefully selected to meet specific requirements, they offer maximum effectiveness for each application. The camera system, including the 2-megapixel HDTV camera and an array of high-resolution network cameras, guarantees the safety of the church and its congregation through progressive scan high-quality video.

Euro 2012 in Ukraine, triple venues, triple the security

Euro 2012 in Ukraine, triple venues, triple the security

Editor / Provider: LILIN | Updated: 11/5/2012 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The operators of the Ukrainian venues of Kiev (Olympic Stadium), Kharkiv (Metalist Stadium) and Lviv (Arena Lviv) set fan security and safety as their top priority for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (commonly referred to as the Euro 2012). To make up for the UEFA's limits on law enforcement involvement, the organizers had to look for innovative and cost-effective technologies and solutions. Data Link, the main security systems integrator, was responsible for designing, installing, integrating and configuring the security systems for these large venues. For easier security management and quicker response coordination, the venue administrators decided on a network-based approach and looked to Axxonsoft, Basler and LILIN to get the job done.
 
LILIN's IP product line, iMegaPro, was chosen for its remote control capabilities and 360-degree pan with optical and digital zoom features. These premium features were accentuated with the high-quality video and maximum zoom of Basler's 5-megapixel IP cameras. The cameras were under the command and control of Axxonsoft's Axxon Intellect, minimizing human negligence and optimizing event response. “The project was indeed remarkable, for the rather rigid deadlines and limited budget,” said Dmitry Danilchenko, Director of Data Link. “The organizers of the Euro 2012 managed to opt for the best possible — namely Basler, LILIN and Axxonsoft — under the circumstances and project restraints. We are very proud to have created such a state-of-the-art security system: the best hardware operated by the best software. It is our belief that Ukraine will soon catch up with other parts of Europe, as it strives to develop truly safe cities and implement advanced security systems.”
 
A true witness to the European Football Championship success, LILIN and its Euro 2012 installations have proved the brand's worth and the reliability of its solutions and partners. The triple play by Axxonsoft, Basler and LILIN in Ukraine not only watched over the often overzealous soccer fans, but paved the way for future collaborations with the best of the best in the industry.

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Italian five-star hotel enhances security measures prior to holiday season

Italian five-star hotel enhances security measures prior to holiday season

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 10/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

The Alpina Dolomites Lodge, located on the Alpe de Siusi (Seiser Alm) in Italy South Tyrol province, was faced with the need to have video surveillance system that could not only ensure guests safety but protect its guests without being invasive of their privacy, and that would fit in perfectly with the modern architecture and design of the complex.
 
The structure required video surveillance system with aesthetic features that would uniformly fit into the refined design of the complex and the elegance of the furnishings, and would not disturb the freedom and peacefulness of the guests.
 
The solution developed by Aviscon avails itself of 46 Axis network cameras connected to a Milestone server, that allow for the effective monitoring of both indoor and outdoor areas. Part of the installation was carried out while the hotel was being built, to ensure safety of the construction site, where more than 100 workers were present on a daily basis.
 
Compact and small-sized Axis cameras were chosen, with a discreet presence and outstanding performance, capable of producing images with megapixel resolution and HDTV, with high quality. The nine indoor corridors were each equipped with two Axis 209FD network cameras specifically fitted with long lens. Their ultracompact design and depth of only four centimeter  made it possible to easily install them on the ceiling, while the optics ensure full coverage of the 45 meter-long corridors.
 
For the garage and outdoor premises, the hotel opted for Axis P3344 due to its WDR and functionality for both day and night. Axis P1344 completes the video surveillance requirements for the outdoor areas. They are protected against dust, rain, snow and sunlight and can work at temperatures as low as -40°C.
 
To allow the owners the possibility for remote monitoring via mobile and fixed devices installed in another hotel complex located 27 km away, a wi-fi type network architecture was developed with dorsal positioned on the summit of the mountain that physically separates the two structures. The fact that the system includes PoE and system alarms are managed via the Milestone server has reduced the need for servicing, while the antitampering alarms enable instant detection of any attempts to tamper with the cameras.

Samsung Techwin releases building-block NVR

Samsung Techwin releases building-block NVR

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 10/25/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung introduced new ONVIF compliant SRN-1000 NVR which provides up to 24TB of on-board video storage capacity. There is the potential of an additional 24TB of storage via two external e-Sata direct storage devices.

An unlimited number of SRN-1000s can work in harmony to provide a seamless server style video recording solution.

“We have taken the mystique and fear out of estimating how much video storage to allow for,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe. “Even experienced installers have told us that this can be a very costly mistake if they get it wrong, but it is obviously of particular concern for those who have limited experience of installing Video over IP systems.” By using a simple calculation chart and by taking into account the frame rate and image resolution requirements for each of the specified cameras; it is a simple matter to calculate how many SRN-1000s will be required for any video surveillance project.

The Linux based SRN-1000 NVR can record at 100MBs, supports H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG, and is fully compatible with Samsung Centralised Management Software which enables users from anywhere in the world to have access to live or recorded video via a PC or mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.

In addition to Samsung megapixel and HD cameras, the SRN-1000 also supports AXIS, Panasonic and Sony ONVIF compliant cameras.

The SRN-1000 is supplied with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

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.

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