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GeoVision Launches 1.3 Megapixel Hybrid LPR Cameras

GeoVision Launches 1.3 Megapixel Hybrid LPR Cameras

Editor / Provider: GeoVision | Updated: 7/12/2012 | Article type: Security 50

GeoVision launches a 1.3-megapixel (1.3MP) hybrid license plate recognition (LPR) camera, with 10 meters (32.8 ft) IR LED range, for those who are looking for an IP camera dedicated only to capture high definition vehicle license plate images with broaden field of view. In some cases it could take as many as two-lane, and still with recognizable images good for recognition engine.

1.3MP networkable in LPR camera
GeoVision has been putting a lot of efforts in the research and development of LPR management systems and cameras, and hybrid LPR camera (GV-Hybrid LPR camera) has been the innovated product that has recently been released for this professional market. As the name suggests, the camera outputs both in analog and digital, with the digital it gives 1.3MP high definition license plate images for recognition.

Intelligent IR
GV-Hybrid LPR camera is one of the few IP cameras in market that is designed solely for the purpose of capturing vehicle license plate images. In that it means from the default settings to the auto-adjusts, the camera is aimed to produce high contrast images, avoiding chances of overexposure or hot spot effects, even under challenging day/night lighting, and harsh temperature.

Outdoor with heater and fan
The camera (IP66-standard) is also good for outdoor installation, and with the built-in heater and fan, it ensures reliable performance at all times. It is rather easy to setup as configurations to camera can be done through a user-friendly web-based interface. For those who are looking for an IP camera dedicated for a LPR system, GV-Hybrid LPR camera is worth to try.

Samsung Techwin Introduces Full HD 20x PTZ Network Dome Camera

Samsung Techwin Introduces Full HD 20x PTZ Network Dome Camera

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 7/10/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Air and sea ports, car parks, schools, large retail stores, petrol station forecourts and sports stadia are just a few of the environments where operators are likely to value the 20x optical zoom facility incorporated into the SNP-6200, Samsung's recently introduced network Full HD network PTZ dome camera.

The SNP-6200 is capable of capturing 2 megapixel evidence grade images which can be displayed in 16:9 format at Full HD 1080p resolution and utilises Progressive Scan technology to provide sharp edges on moving subjects and vehicles.

“Despite its competitive price, we have packed the SNP-6200 with an almost endless list of features which can offer practical benefits to security personnel who are endeavouring to keep one step ahead of thieves and vandals,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “The SNP-6200, for example, supports multi-streaming of video using either H.264 and MJPEG compression and can therefore be simultaneously used for real-time monitoring, mobile monitoring, high quality or high-efficiency recording, SD memory recording and for E-mail notification purposes.”

The ONVIF compliant SNP-6200 is equipped with license-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), which includes optical tripwire and enter/exit direction detection, as well as an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects.

In addition, Samsung's Smart Codec technology offers facial recognition and for specific areas of interest within a scene to be captured at a higher resolution than the rest. This means that areas such as doorways, human faces, or windows are transmitted or recorded at full resolution, whilst other areas with the scene are reduced to save file sizes and put the user firmly in control of bandwidth management.

Other features include Wide Dynamic Range, PoE (Power over Ethernet), a multi language on-screen display and an Internal SD memory card slot to locally store or back up alarm triggered video. The SNP-6200 is also fully compatible with Samsung's licence-free NET-i viewer software which allows remote viewing, control and administration of single or multiple site security systems via a PC anywhere in the world.

The SNP-6200H which has been launched at the same time, shares the same features of the SNP-6200 but is designed to operate effectively in harsh environments where the temperature may be as low as -50°C or as high as +50°C. It is IP66 rated and supplied inside an aluminium housing with a sunshield, fan and heater.

The SNP-6200 and SNP-6200H are offered with an extensive range of accessories and brackets to provide a choice of wall, pole, parapet, pendant, corner and in-ceiling mounts.

Dahua Technology Takes off in Mediterranean Region

Dahua Technology Takes off in Mediterranean Region

Editor / Provider: a&s China Best Buys | Updated: 7/29/2012 | Article type: China Corner

Morocco, a kingdom in North Africa that has enchanting scenery and an intriguing cultural background is an attractive market for Dahua Technology to tap. With close cooperation with its exclusive local distributor — Country Technologie, an experienced company specializing in providing a wide range of services to the IT community, Dahua Technology successfully participated in some local applications covering various industries.

Oil Industry — Petromin Corporation
Located in Jeddah, Petromin Corporation is the market leader in Saudi Arabia for the oil industry. Over the past two decades, it has produced over 150 various products and exported to more than 35 countries in GCC, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Globally the oil industry continues its prosperity, but still, we can learn about some unfortunate accidents that led to irrecoverable losses. Thus, Petromin Corporation planned to improve its production safety by adding Dahua DVRs to its current video surveillance system.

DH-DVR1604LE-L is a 1.5U DVR with 16 channel video inputs and 4 audio inputs. It supports 1st ch & 9th ch D1 & other channels CIF realtime recording. The unit accommodates 4 SATAs & 1 eSATA. In addition, it supports HDMI (up to 1080p) & VGA simultaneous output.

Furniture & Decoration Retailer — Kitea
Kitea is the most influential furniture & decoration retailer in Morocco. The enterprise is driven by a simple but fantastic idea of offering modern furniture which is practical and incorporated with aesthetics considerations, which are affordable for all Moroccans.

Kitea has opened scores of retail stores in Morocco, which means they have plenty to consider about: the store condition, display layout, cashier desk etc. Therefore, they were keen to have qualified storage devices with multichannel inputs to get ongoing events in control.

After careful consideration and testing, DH-DVR3204LE-U was selected for Kitea. DH-DVR3204LE-U is a 2U DVR with 32 channel video inputs and 16 channel audio inputs. It supports all channel CIF or special channel D1 realtime recording. The unit accommodates 8 SATAs & 1 eSATA.

Manufacturing Industry — Automotive Wiring System Morocco
As a leading provider for Volkswagen Polo, AWSM owns a credit for the world's best-selling cars by offering reliable wiring harnesses. Located in Tangier Free Zone (TFZ), it has a mass production order demand each day. Therefore, to further standardize and regulate the production procedure as well as ensure the product quality, AWSM chose Dahua's cameras and have them installed in workshops and offices. The selected camera model — DH-IPC-HFW3300 is a 3-megapixel full HD network camera that not only has outstanding image quality, but also interoperability and compatibility for future integration.

Featuring 1/2.8" 3-megapixel SONY PS Exmor CMOS image sensor and advanced TI DaVinci Series DSP, it presents a wonderful full HD image quality and crisp and sharp detail reproduction.

Dahua Technology values the Moroccan market due to its special geographical position and strong economy, William Zhou, the Sales Manager in charge of Latin-Africa region, added: "Morocco is one of our important target areas, we will continue to work closely with our exclusive regional distributor and participate more in local projects to offer even better products and services to all clients who use our products." The General Manager of Country Technologie, Mr. Anas also expressed his satisfaction for nice cooperation with Dahua Technology, he appreciates the excellent support from Dahua over the years and looks forward to further cooperation.

Low Light Megapixel Network Camera from Hikvision

Low Light Megapixel Network Camera from Hikvision

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/5/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision recently introduced a new network box camera -- DS-2CD855F-E that features 2 megapixel resolution and excellent low-light capability, suitable for high definition day / night surveillance applications.

A camera's performance in dark areas is taking on a larger degree of importance in today's surveillance world which requires round-the-clock monitoring. Realizing this, Hikvision introduced series cameras capable of excellent low-light performance, the DS-2CD855F-E 2MP low light camera is notable from them.

Incorporating Hikvision's powerful ISP (Image Signal Processing) technology, the DS-2CD855F-E can excel in ultra low light environments - the camera's sensitivity in dark environments is greatly improved. The product features an IR cut filter allowing the camera to automatically switch to B/W mode and the ability to operate under a minimum illumination of 0.005Lux@ F1.2. Moreover, Hikvision 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology further helps the camera to deliver utmost image quality and reduce the blurring of moving objects.

The DS-2CD855F-E can well meet customers' demand for consistent high-quality images regardless of low light conditions, which makes it very competitive in the IP surveillance market.

Samsung Introduces New HD Network Camera

Samsung Introduces New HD Network Camera

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 7/4/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung's new SNB-5001 1.3 megapixel network camera is designed to provide an affordable HD video surveillance solution for retail and office type environments.

“Worldwide there are thousands of video surveillance systems being installed each week where the superb quality images which can be captured by HD cameras, could help users take their security to a much higher level,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe. “Until now, the relatively high price of HD cameras has prohibited their use for the vast majority of these installations. We have produced the SNB-5001 specifically to overcome this problem in that it incorporates most of the important features associated with HD technology, but at an affordable price level.”

The ONVIF compliant SNB-5001 supports H.264 and MJPEG compression methods, providing the option to simultaneously transmit images to multiple locations at various frame rates, including 1.3 megapixel (1280 x 1024), 16:9HD (1280 x 720), QVGA (320 x 240), SVGA (800x 600) and VGA (640 x 480). A number of different users, if authorised, are therefore able to monitor live images at one location, record video evidence at another or view live and recorded images on a Smartphone or iPhone via the Samsung iPOLiS application.

A scene change tampering feature incorporated into the SNB-5001 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. Four programmable Motion Detection zones, 12 programmable Privacy Zones and PoE (Power over Ethernet) are just a few of the additional features built into the SNB-5001 which 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. Fully compatible with Samsung's license free NET-i-Viewer software, the SNB-5001 has a multi–language webpage for easy set up.

“Although ideal for applications where a large number of HD cameras are required, the price point of the SNB-5001 means that it can also provide a cost effective option as a replacement for existing analogue cameras at locations such as office receptions, or at the front of retail stores, where there is a requirement to capture evidence grade images of any activity,” said Tim Biddulph.

Secutech International 2012 — China's Perspective

Secutech International 2012 — China's Perspective

Editor / Provider: Evangeline Xie | Updated: 7/6/2012 | Article type: China Corner

The event is Asia's largest international exhibition and conference for the electronic security, info security, fire and safety industry sectors. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the exhibition is no longer just a sourcing fair, but a center of innovation and a propeller of industry.

Overall Performance
No other show like Secutech catering to the full supplying chain of the industry. It is designed as a manufacturing powerhouse by offering lens, image sensor, the DSP and codec to the integrated solutions for various applications. Unlike other largescaled international exhibitions which emphasis the quantity, Secutech is characterized by good quality that is also the screening standard for the exhibitors.

This year attracted more than 25,510 visitors from 97 different nations. There are 56 Chinese exhibitors taking an active part in the event, such as the well-known brands Dahua and Hikvision as well as some other quality companies. Beside the first tier's nice performance, second-tier players also presented an eye-catching demonstration.

Michael Chen, Vice President for Zhejiang Dahua Technology, recognized that Secutech has offered an international stage. “It is a good platform to show products and new technology, as well as to network,” he explained. “I am happy to see different products here and to have a chance for sharing experiences with exhibitors from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.”

New Highlights
Secutech is designed to be a manufacturing powerhouse, providing a platform for all exhibitors to showcase their new products of the year. Visitors can find the latest innovative products from video, storage device, access control, lens and more. New products from Chinese exhibitors are among this year's highlights.

Video Surveillance
Sunell showcased its 720P/1080P megapixel network mini dome with IR and fixed lens, 720P/1080P megapixel network eyeball camera with compact base, 720P/1080P megapixel network bullet camera with cable management bracket, easy installation and adjustment.

Another Chinese manufacturer TVT has refined its products from front-end to back-end. The company releases its total solution of network products as well as HD-SDI. With its adoption of Hisilicon chips and the outward design, TVT products have highlighted the overall performance of Chinese manufacturers.

Youguan CCTV Technology showcased its new vari-focal IR high speed dome and HD-SDI vari-focal IR high speed dome, both are of the third generation. When it comes to HD-SDI, there are several exhibitors foreseeing its future demanding. “We showcase our latest HD-SDI camera at the show,” said Sales Manager of OFK Technology. “We expect HD-SDI will have more demanding in the future while the market and few technological concerns have been solved. From Secutech, lots of buyers are also paying attention to its development.”

For the part of lens, Ricom and Leading can be excellent players. The release of the megapixel lens after the earthquake has met the Japan's market niche, those lenses are welcomed by many manufacturers from Korea and Taiwan due to the top quality and original technology.

Leading showcased its 10-megapixel 1/2.3-inch 5.4mm no-distortion lens, 5-megapixel 1/1.8-inch fisheye lens as well as 5-megapixel lens for intelligent transportation system. “Europe and America is our target market, we aimed to provide the perfect optical solutions for the high-end customers within the shortest time,” said Beth Wu, Vice President of Xiamen Leading Optics. “To-date, we can realize high definition in the front-end part and our quality is being credited compare to other foreign brands,” added Wu.

How to Better Serve Customers
Sunell put much strength in the promotion of network camera, which can be judged by its elaborate booth. Its general engineer of R&D also joins the overseas exhibition around the world for acquiring multiple demands of foreign buyers.

TVT has business all over the world now, but it sees greater chance in Europe now than that in other countries. They believe the value is mainly incorporated in complete solutions, reliable quality, and right products at right price. “We will definitely enhance our communication with customers. All the service is about how to make our customer profitable at low risk,” said Joe Qiu, Overseas Business Director of TVT.

In Qiu's opinion, to get this target done, they need more engineers for better software and hardware, more technical sales for better education and communication, and also need more serious quality control to maintain the delivery quality.

“We designed the mechanical parts, hardware, and software. It's different in following aspects in the IR technology and the mechanical design,” said Eddy Que, General Manager of Youguan, “we make the lower part rotating, thus reduce the burden of rotation and speed could be higher. Also it avoids breakdown of BNC cable as the cable will not rotate together with the dome.”

Additionally, the company has set up channels in Europe, North America and Middle East for shortening the distance with customers, which are the key point of its overseas market are located in Europe and North America, where the integrity and consistency are what matter.

Other Highlights
Giant Alarm System Company showcased multi-frequency remote control duplicator and rolling code receiver. “Using the special duplicators which are produced by our company, all users can copy to have new transmitters which can be used directly and the new ones will work well and won't send same codes as original ones,” said Pan Defeng, General Manager of Giant Alarm System. “Adopting the rolling code encoder program which is written by our company gives controllers top security since other companies' products can't copy our transmitters.”

“Nowadays, there are more and more competitors who can produce at cheaper price, the market is not made-in-China, in such case, how to fix our market, improve our service and innovate our products would be a great challenge,” said Pan. “We need to search new opportunity to enlarge our market share, so our biggest challenge is how to enter into emerging market and catch it,” added Pan.

Anson showcased its network security recorder (NSR), which integrates DVR, video surveillance, access control and alarm function. Medium and small-scaled security project can be accomplished with only one NSR, allowing system stability and cost-effectiveness in the application.

Challenge and Expectation
It seems still so gloomy ahead for the world economy. The security industry inevitably cannot be influenced from the turmoil. Moreover, the industry is also shaping not only from the technological front but also from the business model front.

“At the transitional period from analogue to high definition, the refinement of the product line will impose some pressure manufacturers. Therefore, manufacturers need to move ahead with their in-house values, in terms of innovation and quick responding to the mainstream,” said Zhao Bin, General Manager of Anson.

“Increasing competition on the pricing brings impediment for the application range of middle to high technology products, as well as new production development, this is the challenge we are facing right now.” said Ann Wu, Vice President of Sunell.

TVT finds the biggest challenge now is to differentiate themselves from others, technically and commercially. “It is important to be special and make your customer feel the difference,” said Qiu, “Another challenge is how to process information in a better way with our customers, and to respond to market demands more efficiently.”

According to Que, presently, there are too many suppliers on the market, some are good, and some are not. The problem lies in the fact that buyers can't tell which are good or not, which are real. “Youguan's strength is R&D and technology, and we need to make more effort to promote us, to let our customers know how we are different,” added Que.

Youguan adopts the technology from Germany and Japan, the IR can zoom in and out simultaneously with the zoom module, according to the light condition. And also the IR lamp is 3rd generation IR technology, the IR light is more uniformly distributed and avoid flash light effect of traditional IR LED. The company made a special IR compensation light for wide angle at short distance, which guarantee clearer image.

On the contrary, there are still numerous Chinese suppliers who still being ignorant to buyers' requirement and reluctant know-how to market in overseas market. Compared with the manufacturers from Taiwan and Korea, the performance of some Chinese players seems a bit rough occasionally in terms of the technical personnel, marketing and expertise.

Manufacturing is the undeniable advantage for most of Chinese suppliers. Generally speaking, the Chinese-made quality has improved greatly. However, we expect more and more Chinese suppliers paying more attention to business quality and in the near future, more buyers will be gratified with business with most of Chinese manufactures.

Vivotek Provides Wider Megapixel Range to Norbain for Better Euro Coverage

Vivotek Provides Wider Megapixel Range to Norbain for Better Euro Coverage

Editor / Provider: Norbain | Updated: 6/28/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Norbain and Vivotek have joined forces to offer customers 5-Megaxpixel IP surveillance solutions. Vivotek, a leading brand in the security industry, is known for its specialty and expertise in system applications and integrations.

The strategic partnership will extend the reach of Vivotek's wide range of products to the European market. The comprehensive product line of Vivotek includes network cameras, video servers, video receivers and central management systems.

According to Sharon Lee, Sales Director of Brand Business at Vivotek, Vivotek has had a long standing relationship with Norbain, who has played a vital role in strengthening market coverage of the brand in Europe. "Our European expansion is in direct response to the increasing demand for IP-based surveillance products and solutions around the globe," said Lee. "The security industry is highly competitive and growing rapidly. Users are constantly seeking versatile, easy-to-use and reliable solutions. Although there are many choices on the market for network cameras, none of them comes close to the usability, affordability and reliability of Vivotek.”

Designed by Vivotek's innovative Research & Development teams adopting ground-breaking codec technologies, the 5-Megaxpixel solutions are ideal for professional applications.

“Vivotek have again listened to what the market requires and have delivered more products that enhances their current range of IP based surveillance cameras,” comments Buzz Coates, Norbain's CCTV manager. “Working in conjunction with Vivotek extends our customers' confidence in Norbain's ability to supply affordable and reliable products/solutions in the IP-based video surveillance industry.”

Avigilon Management Platform Integrates With Scallop Imaging Camera

Avigilon Management Platform Integrates With Scallop Imaging Camera

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 6/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Scallop Imaging, the market innovator in high resolution, panoramic video cameras, and Avigilon, a leader in high-definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance solutions, announced the integration of Scallop Imaging's D7-180 camera with the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) video management platform. The D7-180 generates seven megapixel resolution across a panoramic, 180 degree field of view, and features H.264 compression and Power over Ethernet (PoE). The ACC software, with High-Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology, delivers full situation awareness and indisputable image detail, delivering faster response times, reduced investigation times, and superior overall protection.

“The Avigilon Control Center platform captures, manages and stores high-definition, multi-megapixel surveillance video while efficiently managing bandwidth and storage. By integrating Scallop Imaging D7-180 cameras with ACC, businesses can now choose to deploy Scallop Imaging's patented distributive imaging technology with Avigilon's intuitive video management software,” said Peter Jones, President of Scallop Imaging.

“At Avigilon we pride ourselves on our openness and ease of integration. Our partnership with Scallop Imaging is a testament that we easily integrate with leading manufacturers,” said Keith Marett, VP of marketing and communications at Avigilon. “This partnership will allow users to easily access and search video generated by Scallop Imaging's cameras.”

Scallop Imaging's D7-180 seven megapixel digital camera distributes the imaging task across multiple, small image sensors, processing over 100 megapixels per second to calibrate, synchronize and merge video in real time. The result is two simultaneous video streams: a 720p HD stream composed of a true 180 degree, non-fisheye, situational awareness view at 15 frames per second, and up to four instantly repositionable zoom windows at full pixel resolution at 15 fps; and a full resolution (5120x1280 pixels) video stream at one fps.

Vivotek Keeps Travelers Safe While Dining at Malaysian Airport

Vivotek Keeps Travelers Safe While Dining at Malaysian Airport

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 6/25/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia‘s top travel destinations, possessing an extensive range of attractions and activities that cater for the cosmopolitan shopper, culture enthusiast, history buff and nature lover. The airport is always filled with travellers. The constant flock of tourists has kept the businesses in the airport thriving, yet at the same time, brings various safety concerns to the owners and the airport authorities. Sushi2Go, located at one of the terminals inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport, recently experienced a surveillance system setup. The solution and the equipment were provided by Vivotek and Taching Electronic Sdn. Bhd, distributor of Vivotek in Malaysia.

There are several terminals within the Kuala Lumpur International Airport: Main Terminal and a contact pier, Satellite Terminal A, Low Cost Carrier Terminal and KL City Air Terminal. Sushi2Go sits on the shop lot situated in the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). LLCT is a project specifically designed and built to accommodate the high growth of passenger movements for the Low Cost Airlines.

Sushi2Go is a Japanese fast food restaurant specializing in sushi take-out services, in particular for busy travelers who are always on the go. According to Steve Chow, Sales Manager of Taching Electronic Sdn. Bhd, the owner of Sushi2Go was in the process of developing business strategies to enhance his business and improve sales performances. Security cameras could not only help track the traffic flow and the general surroundings of his store but also maintain quality control for better customer services. Most importantly, they play a vital role in combating criminal activities, such as internal as well as external thefts, robberies, vandalism and other incidents resulting in inventory shrinkage.

Though it was the first time for the owner of Sushi2Go to deploy a surveillance system for his store, he was well aware of the benefits and importance of high-megapixel and high-definition of a camera. He approached the experts from Taching Electronic Sdn. Bhd for their expertise and consultation on the system design and implementation process with the layout plan of the store. After reviewing comparisons between analog cameras and network-based high-megapixel cameras, the owner of Sushi2Go chose Vivotek IP8132 as the monitoring device.

Vivotek IP8132 is an ideal solution for indoor surveillance as it tends to blend in well with the interior design. This compact, elegant model thus becomes a favourite of many system integrators, particularly for installation against the wall. With adjustable mounting brackets, the IP8132 can be easily installed at various spots, corners, angles and other tight spaces on the premise. Such feature is predominantly prevalent in the retail vertical market because the end-user often needs to supervise multiple areas, such as the office, the storage, the push-carts, the entry point, each of the kiosks, each of the cash registers, each of the line-ups and many more. A User-friendly, hassle-free installation process facilitates the possibility of having such demands met because the installers can mount the camera practically anywhere on site.

Other considerations which prompted the store owner to go with Vivotek IP8132 included the price, the performance, the image quality and the ability for off-site monitoring. According to Steve, the owner was very happy with the total package offered by Vivotek. First of all, the IP8132 was extremely cost-effective. Not only was it well priced, it was equipped with more advanced features than any retail end-user could bargain for - 1-Megapixel sensor, viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 frames per second (fps), tamper detection, multiple streams, bandwidth saving functions, privacy button to pause monitoring and much more. The store owner was also satisfied with the 32-channel recording software that came with the camera. With Vivotek iViewer, he was able to view and access footages real time via his smart phone or tablet. Such remote monitoring is important to him as well as many retail owners as they are sometimes physically away from the store.

Hikvision Megapixel Solution Working on Brazilian Rail

Hikvision Megapixel Solution Working on Brazilian Rail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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