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Bosch introduces 1080p HDR cameras

Bosch introduces 1080p HDR cameras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honeywell Security joins HD-SDI bandwagon

Honeywell Security joins HD-SDI bandwagon

Editor / Provider: Honeywell Security | Updated: 10/1/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell HD-SDI Solution integrates the latest HD-SDI technologies to stream uncompressed digital videos at superb high-definition image qualities. It is most suitable to be installed in railways, airports, financial institutes, critical infrastructures where high quality images and quick response for emergency are required.

Honeywell Offerings
4-channel HD-SDI digital video recorder that offers 1080P real-time display and recording, 4-channel simultaneous playback and 8 HDDs storage capacity.

3 Megapixel CMOS HD-SDI camera featuring true day/night switch and local OSD menu

2 Megapixel CMOS HD-SDI PTZ dome featuring 20x optical zoom and true day/night switch, with four mounting solutions to choose from.

These 2 cameras deliver real-time 1080P video streams to the HD-SDI DVR, hence comprising a complete HD-SDI video surveillance system from the front end to storage.

The HD-SDI solution can be used in conjunction with the HDCS V2.0, a multi-DVR central management system.

Axis Communications introduces affordable panoramic cameras

Axis Communications introduces affordable panoramic cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 9/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications presents 360° fixed mini dome cameras with a 5 megapixel sensor that enables detailed, high-quality 360° or 180° panoramic views of wide areas. The competitively priced indoor AXIS M3007-PV and AXIS M3007-P Network Cameras provide retail stores, hotels, schools and offices with cost-effective solutions to getting wide overviews that help users detect activities and track the flow of people.

“Axis' new 360° fixed cameras give price-sensitive market segments the option of using just one camera to get the big picture, with great details, at an affordable price,” says Erik Frannlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “The cameras also have substantial capacity for intelligent video applications and support a range of video management software including the complimentary AXIS Camera Companion.”

The cameras, which are the latest additions to the AXIS M30 Series, can be mounted on ceilings for 360° overviews or on walls for 180° panoramic views. Both AXIS M3007-PV and AXIS M3007-P support several viewing modes, including 360° overview in 5 megapixel resolution, as well as horizontal panoramic views and quad views that have been dewarped for easy viewing. The quad view mode is suitable, for instance, when the camera is positioned at an intersection of corridors. The cameras also provide view area modes that allow users to digitally pan, tilt and zoom in on areas of interest. Multiple streams in H.264 and Motion JPEG can be sent simultaneously.

AXIS M3007-PV—as with the recently announced AXIS M3006-V and the launched AXIS M3004-V and AXIS M3005-V cameras in the series—is a vandal and dust-resistant fixed dome camera. AXIS M3007-P, which has a different outer shell with no cover over its lens, is an extremely discreet camera that can be mistaken for a smoke detector.

AXIS M3007-PV/-P cameras come focused at delivery, which shortens the installation time. They are also fitted with a 2 m (6.6 ft.) network cable and support Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af), which eliminates the need for power cables and reduces installation costs.

AXIS M3007-PV/-P offers considerable support for the installation of intelligent video applications through the AXIS Camera Application Platform. In addition, the cameras' built-in microSDHC card slot enables several days of recording to be stored locally on a memory card. When local storage is used together with the free AXIS Camera Companion, users have an easy way to remotely view and manage video from up to 16 cameras per site.

Hikvision's Megapixel Solution Working on Brazil's Railroad

Hikvision's Megapixel Solution Working on Brazil's Railroad

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/20/2012 | Article type: China Corner

As a reflection of the industry trend, Hikvision continues to develop products demanded by the customer and continues their further expansion into this IP surveillance segment of the market.

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
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.

One such component that added this dual value was one of Hikvision’s 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.”

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. Hikvision’s 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. 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. 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 1/3” progressive scan CMOS”provides the ability to view the thousands of everyday passengers running to catch their trains and always in a clear and accurate fashion. 3-axis adjustment allows 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, they are being taken care of.

Ambarella releases 'ultra-HD' IP cam SoC with analytics and low power consumption

Ambarella releases 'ultra-HD' IP cam SoC with analytics and low power consumption

Editor / Provider: Ambarella | Updated: 9/25/2012 | Article type: Component

Ambarella, a developer of low-power, HD video compression and image processing semiconductors, introduced S2, a security IP camera System-On-Chip (SoC) with support for the new 4K Ultra HD video standard. Ambarella's S2 family of SoCs is based on a Dual Core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a high-performance video engine that delivers multi-stream H.264 encoding up to 4K (3840x2160p30) resolution for outstanding image clarity and detail. Hardware analytics acceleration combined with the dual-core CPU provide the processing power necessary to enable cameras to analyze video content and make intelligent decisions based upon it. Leveraging low-power 32nm process technology and Ambarella's proprietary system architecture, the S2 delivers 1080p60 encoding in less than one Watt and 4K video encoding in less than two Watts.

“By delivering 4K video and multi-core CPU performance in a 32nm low-power design, Ambarella is enabling high resolution video in compact camera form factors,” said Fermi Wang, President & CEO of Ambarella. “With S2, our customers have a flexible platform to create highly intelligent IP cameras that have outstanding image clarity.”

The S2 family provides an array of IP camera design choices. The family is comprised of software and pin-compatible SoCs that range in performance from 1080p45 encode with a 500 MHz dual-core CPU to 4K Ultra HD encode with a 1 GHz dual-core CPU. Camera designers can also access advanced features including analytics hardware acceleration, panoramic lens de-warping, hardware face detection, digital PTZ and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The Linux based S2 SDK supports a wide range of image sensors and enables features such as WiFi connectivity, cloud services, local SD Card recording and transcoding. The SDK also offers comprehensive 3A and image tuning tools for customization.

S2 Feature Summary:
* Image Sensor Pipeline with high-speed SLVDS/MIPI/HiSPi interfaces, up to 32-megapixel sensor resolution.
* WDR with multi-exposure fusion to improve video in high-contrast lighting conditions.
* Advanced 3D noise reduction with de-ghosting to enhance low-light performance.
* 4K video (3840x2160p30 or 1920x1080p120) H.264 encoding to support the new Ultra HD standard. Multi-streaming to enable independent resolutions, frame rate and quality. Support is also offered for video transcoding and low-latency encoding.
* Dual Core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with NEON and a 512 KB L2 cache provides headroom for customers' applications, as well as enhanced power efficiency and real-time performance compared to single-core architectures.
* Analytics hardware acceleration for efficient processing of tasks like object tracking, trip zone perimeter control and intelligent motion detection.
* Real-time hardware-accelerated de-warping for 180/360 degree panoramic lenses.
* AES/3DES/SHA-1/MD5 encryption engines.
* Rich set of interfaces allows for compact designs and includes 32-bit DDR3L, Gigabit Ethernet, USBG 2.0 host and device, HDMI, SDXC SD Card, and dual sensor interfaces.

Historic city in Georgia modernizes public security with Messoa cams

Historic city in Georgia modernizes public security with Messoa cams

Editor / Provider: Messoa | Updated: 9/25/2012 | Article type: Infrastructure

Situated at the foothills of the Trialeti mountain range, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is an ancient city founded in the fifth century. Although Tbilisi has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, the layout of the Old Town remains mostly intact with narrow alleys and traditional architecture, drawing tourists to this historic city.

In 2011, the municipal administration of Tbilisi kicked off a renovation project to modernize the city, especially some of the old districts. A vital part of this project was to replace the old CCTV surveillance systems with an integrated IP-based system. This 2-year project aimed to provide a more modernized, safer urban environment for its residents and the foreign visitors.

Securing street corners with IP Technology from MESSOA
The old CCTV system was hindered by its technical limitation and the city's hilly terrain; therefore, the municipal government was looking for an extremely reliable IP-based solution, which provides high image quality and scalability to overcome the issues they were having with the analog system. With the aim to enhance security, namely crime prevention, municipal property protection, and rapid response in case of incidents, a total of 300 cameras will be installed at strategic street corners or security hot spots across the entire city.

After examining proposals from several competitors, the city chose United Security, a local system integrator specialized in IP video surveillance technology, to implement this large-scale project. To meet the city's surveillance demands while achieving the best possible performance, United Security opted for MESSOA NCR870 Full HD network cameras for the job.

Full HD performance ensures public safety
The NCR870 is an outdoor-ready infrared (IR) network camera featuring exceptional Full HDTV video quality to capture every movement in the monitored scene. Powered by the proprietary Lumii Low Light Optimizing Technology, the camera is also built in with IR illumination up to 25 meters to provide noise-free images around the clock. The NCR870's IP67-rated weatherproof housing ensures reliable operation to cope with the rainy climate in South Caucasus. The streamlined, compact profile of the NCR870 suits the modernizing urban landscape.

Thus far, 75 cameras have been deployed in the downtown area as the project continues to expand to the rest of Tbilisi. With the new IP system in place, the security staff at the central surveillance station now is able to view real-time video streams in megapixel clarity and to respond quickly to any incident spotted on the monitor screen.

The municipality administration is also pleased with the results they are seeing. They are especially satisfied with the image quality they are getting from the NCR870 Full HD cameras and the level of centralized control over the area that they did not have before. They are confident the city of Tbilisi will soon become a friendly environment not only for the citizens, but also for the visitors from around the world.

Bosch automates target tracking for AutoDome 800 series HD PTZ cams

Bosch automates target tracking for AutoDome 800 series HD PTZ cams

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 9/25/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems announces firmware version 5.52 for the AutoDome 800 Series HD Pan-Tilt-Zoom Cameras, which adds the new Intelligent Tracking feature to the two megapixel (2 MP) dome. Intelligent Tracking uses Auto-Dome's built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) to constantly monitor scenes for motion and automatically track objects moving within the camera range.

Customers can use IVA from Bosch to stipulate conditions that will instantly activate tracking - such as a vehicle moving through an area in a specific direction. Operators can also trigger tracking of objects by clicking on a moving target within live video to prompt the camera to keep it in the scene with pan, tilt, and zoom actions. The camera will resume tracking a target after it passes behind a privacy mask or if it is temporarily concealed by a stationary object. AutoDome continuously tracks the target when it reappears or if motion is detected along the same trajectory.

Combining Intelligent Tracking with the greater pixel density and 20x zoom delivered by the 2 MP / 1080p HD cameras ensures targets' activities are not missed and important identifying characteristics - such as facial characteristics and license plate numbers - are captured, even from great distances. As a result, AutoDome 800 Series HD PTZ Cameras equipped with Intelligent Tracking are a major asset to overall surveillance, supporting security personnel with a powerful automated monitoring system.

In addition to AutoDome 800 Series HD Cameras, Intelligent Tracking is featured on AutoDome 700 Series IP Cameras - giving customers who require automated tracking the option to choose standard definition or megapixel surveillance.

Making HD less of a gamble for casinos

Making HD less of a gamble for casinos

Editor / Provider: Tevin Wang | Updated: 9/21/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Under current economic conditions, figuring out a cost-effective and future-proof technology migration path is not easy for any industry. “Because so many operators are still using analog, it is very difficult to integrate HD into the current infrastructure,” said Scott Paul, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “A cost-effective means of transporting the existing analog cameras into the digital system and maintaining the existing analog system is essential. Educating and training operators to go digital and understanding the new operation is also essential.”

When converting to a digital system, whether it is HD or not, the first challenge is the infrastructure. “Typically, most analog systems run via coaxial cables, which are incompatible for running technology that is Ethernet based,” said Scott Bartlett, CEO of Southwest Surveillance Systems. “Instead of changing all the wiring, we use baluns that give us the ability to convert the Ethernet signals over the coaxial cable braids. This keeps us from having to replace all the wiring and in addition, enhance our distance limitations.”

Another challenge lies in the monitor room as running both an analog system as well as a digital system can be very problematic. “Some casinos are trying to use their existing monitors or workstations to convert digital to analog (which creates terrible video signals) and then pump the digital signals back through their analog video matrix. Others are running two separate systems and keyboards. Neither situation is a good one,” Bartlett said. “We have used video scalers such as Barco and RGB to perform all the converting and scaling for the video. The video scalers take multiple inputs and convert the signal, whether it is analog or digital to a DVI output thus providing the maximum resolution available without the up or down converting.”

It can be expensive to convert existing analog infrastructure with and/or to establish robust and reliable IP infrastructure. “Even adding a few IP cameras requires a thoughtful, forwarding thinking network design and plan,” said John Katnic, VP of Global Gaming at Synectics. “Even if it costs a bit more upfront, engineer a robust network solution that can scale to the projected system size and will provide the resiliency required by regulators.”

In addition, network based video management requires higher caliber IT-trained technicians to design, configure and maintain. “And because gaming regulators often prohibit IT departments from touching the gaming network, surveillance departments are often underequipped to manage these IP-based solutions and have to play catch up on the fly,” Katnic cautioned.

The use of multicast routing on the network side in casinos is another thorny issue. “Depending on the manufacturer, there is a lot of multicast traffic on the networks. This can create huge bottlenecks and communication errors if the network is not designed properly. The byproduct of this is tearing or choppy videos. Even though most like to blame the networks when things do not work properly, we find that the network is seldom the actual issue,” Bartlett said. “It is also critical to ensure that, in the casino HD video space, that single mode fiber be installed from the intermediate distribution feed (IDF) rooms to the main distribution feed (MDF) room. This will ensure that 10-, 40- and even 100-Gbps backbones will not be an issue. If multi-mode fiber is installed from the IDF to the MDF and you want to install a 10-Gbps backbone, the distance will be limited to 100 meters.”

Network latency can be caused by a multitude of factors from routing to camera settings. “At the end of the day, casinos that are still using an analog system are typically experiencing about a 60 millisecond delay so no matter what, they will experience a greater delay when they go digital,” Bartlett said. “This latency will be exacerbated by poor network design or improper camera settings or even poor quality cameras with inadequateWDR capabilities. “

Cameras that lack adequate WDR capability will inevitably cause a lot of noise on the video signal. The noise equates to motion/high bandwidth and thus creating high network traffic and storage requirements. “High-quality HD cameras are a must in my opinion. I know there are literally thousands of IP cameras on the market but there are not that many that can truly meet stringent gaming requirements,” Bartlett said. “It is the responsibility of system integrators to thoroughly test the cameras and network equipment they want to use in order to ensure that regardless of what the spec sheet says, they can meet the requirements in real life.”

“Latency induced via the encoding and decoding process remains a key issue — not present in analog technologies — and is a reason why some casinos still maintain an analog matrix “front-end” and utilise their SD digital recording systems solely for playback/review,” Paul said. “This is still a major issue for the adoption of HD in gaming areas for PTZ. For this reason, many casinos are beginning the transition by starting to implement HD in areas such as entry and exit locations and static camera locations [more than gambling tables].”

HD cameras recording at 30 fps in HD resolution put huge weights on bandwidth and storage. Different camera manufacturers deal with this issue differently. “Leading IP device manufacturers and their VMS partners offer a variety of ways to efficiently and automatically manage storage, bandwidth and latency by changing camera recording settings (data rate, resolution, frame rate) on the fly based on motion, defined third party alarms or manually initiated VMS macros. However, this is typically up to the selected VMS application to manage. Taking advantage of these types of IP camera functions requires ‘deep' integration between cameras and VMS and should not be considered a given. Some cameras offer dual streaming and when fully integrated with VMS, the camera can send a full HD stream to the recorders for optimum playback quality, and simultaneously multicast a second, less bandwidth intensive SD or CIF stream to the monitor wall or a mobile device to avoid latency or overtaxing available bandwidth,” Katnic said. “In coming years, more IP encoding devices and VMS will support scalable video codec (SVC) which, rather than producing dual or triple streams for varied usage, produces one full-featured, multilayered stream that enables clients to subscribe to the stream quality level appropriate for their bandwidth or application.”

Camera features such as region of interest generally can be of help in terms of bandwidth reduction while event triggering applications save storage space. However, these features are not legally allowed in certain gaming areas. “Most gaming standards require 100 percent motion of video recording in gaming areas so this is typically not an area where value-based configuration or programming is employed,” said Douglas Florence, Business Development Director for Global Gaming, Avigilon.“Depending on the location of the casino in the world, the percentage of gaming versus security/public areas will vary. In a mega resort, 60 percent of the cameras could be managed in this manner, where parameters of pixels per square inch or square foot are set to create an event-based recording mode.”

“We are typically “handcuffed” by gaming regulations and seldom, if ever, can use triggering events, loiter modes, or lower the resolution for gaming specific cameras,” Bartlett added. “These may be acceptable for “back of house” areas but never in money or gaming areas. As drives are getting larger and storage in general is getting cheaper, it does not seem to be an issue as of lately.”

Storage and Redundancy
With technology changing and desire to go from two megapixels to 5, 10 or 20 Megapixel HD, the amount of storage remains to be a challenge. “Storage is expensive (30 to 40 percent of the total surveillance system price), and is directly related to picture quality, which is related to the data rate and retention period for each camera,” Katnic cautioned. “IP HD cameras average 5 to 6 Mbps, which is three to four times more data/storage compared to H.264-encoded analog cameras. HD video requires more servers, software, rack space, electricity, cooling and maintenance. Also, storage servers with high density 2- or 3-TB drives configured in RAID 5 or 6 take much longer to rebuild following a drive failure, which adds vulnerability to retained data and recordings. Just because you can record in HD doesn't necessarily mean you should, especially when you have to justify cost/reliability strategy for the HD cameras.”

The different risks associated with IP systems require careful analysis and resiliency planning. “For instance, traditional analog matrix systems will display live video on the analog wall even if the network and/or DVRs go down. Some analog to digital encoder-based systems will even keep recording when the network fails,” Katnic added. “However, that is not the case with an IP camera-based system. When the network goes down, both recorded and live video will be lost if the cameras do not support edge based storage. All that video will be lost cannot be recovered.”

“Hybrid systems, which involve greater complexity and reliance on network technology, have potential risks too and casinos have expressed concern about being able to meet the mandated regulatory requirements for continuous recording with no gaps in recording. With hybrid solutions, network failures could potentially prevent the operators from accessing playback/reviews, but the analog recording should likely remain unaffected,” Paul said. “Failed DVRs could be easily addressed via a matrix macro to switch the analog inputs to a standby DVR unit if necessary. Solutions such as matrix switching DVR inputs for “fail-over” have now been replicated in digital technology; stand-by technologies, clustering technology and cloud-based storage all pool together to allow for redundancy in recording as well as multicast recording to provide true redundancy. This solution should adequately address these concerns.“


Chinese temple, garden in California protects relics and visitors with Hikvision solution

Chinese temple, garden in California protects relics and visitors with Hikvision solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/21/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Oroville Chinese Temple & Garden
Up north of Sacramento, in the city of Oroville, the Chinese Temple stands as a California landmark and an epitome of Chinese culture. Playing the role of a museum, it is home to hundreds of priceless Chinese artifacts, including embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, medicinal herbs, and gold among others. Beyond its rich cultural heritage, the Temple is also open to public and provides worship services for devotees far and beyond the city. Thousands have flocked to the Temple during traditional Chinese festivals to offer their prayers and immerse in its tranquil and spiritual surroundings. Its traditional architecture and intricate decorations have earned its listing on the National Register of Historic Places and as a key attraction by locals and tourists alike.

A lack of watchful eyes
The Temple showcases a wealth of Chinese relics for public viewing. Visitors are spoilt with a seemingly endless array of Chinese culture. However, the limited number of staff and the lack of a large organized security department make the Temple highly prone to theft and burglary. The layout of the buildings resembles traditional Chinese architecture with pillars and angles that make it challenging for caretakers to monitor activities when it is flooded with visitors. Reliance on public law enforcement is not an efficient solution due to lag between the times of reporting and the arrival of law enforcers. It is no wonder that the Temple faces a nearly insurmountable challenge of extending its watchful eyes over petty crimes, intelligently camouflaged by wave after wave of visitors. Loss and damage to property are unthinkable!

Defending spiritual grounds
All is not lost. When there's a will, there's a way. Turning to modern technology, Hikvision's centralized security camera system emerged as a perfect solution to the Chinese Temple's growing need for surveillance. Hikvision is a China-based premier supplier of state-of-the-art digital surveillance technologies with satisfied clients and success stories spread across the world. The Temple opted to use Hikvision's DS-2CD752 (I)FB(H) and DS-2CD762(I)FB(H) vandal proof network dome cameras to defend its spiritual premises.

The sizes of the DS-2CD752(I)FB(H) and DS-2CD762(I)FB(H) network cameras are 160mm x 134mm (6.30”×5.30”), sufficiently small to be discretely mounted on the ceilings, so as to avoid the public eye and yet provide quality supervision of the premises. The DS-2CD752(I)FB(H) is a 2.0 megapixel camera with an angle view of 101° - 30.4°, while the DS-2CD762(I)FB(H) has a 89° - 24° angle, providing a wide viewing range. Both cameras support audio and video streams, with maximum image resolutions of 1600 x 1200 and 1280 x 960 respectively. More importantly, they support Ethernet technologies and can be combined with other Hikvision products to form more comprehensive security solutions.

A comprehensive solution for a complex layout
The cameras enable the Temple to closely monitor all activities within its premises, including the dark corners, with minimal manpower, thus saving costs and minimizing the use of human resources. Both cameras can be linked to an alarm system so as to provide surveillance around the clock. A small security task force is sufficient to monitor activities at the Temple through the meticulous lens of the cameras. Unauthorized activities and emergency events such as vandalism and injury can be easily spotted through their high resolutions. Security personnel can then trigger the necessary alarm to alert the Temple and neighboring law enforcement agencies. This is particularly useful during Chinese festivals when unlawful behavior can easily go unnoticed amidst the ceaseless crowds. Vice Mayor Thil Chan Wilcox, who holds the Temple dear to her heart given the historical links between its history and her family, was immensely impressed by the capabilities of Hikvision's technologies. She commented on the simplicity and depth of the solution. “The cameras are very powerful and easily put up. A perfect fit for the layout. Without them, it would have been impossible to monitor everything that's going on,” she said. Indeed, even the most unnoticeable gestures from visitors could not escape the watchful lens of the strategically positioned cameras. All it takes is a staff member or two to peruse the screens from the office and everything is within the Temple's control. The wide coverage of the cameras also came as a surprise to Hikvision's installation officer, Larry Tracy. He explained that they “installed fewer cameras than originally intended because they worked far better than expected.”

Even the weather is overcome
Humidity, dust, and heat, are a bane to electronic devices. The intricate circuitry of many electronics has often fallen prey to the hands of Mother Nature. However, the design team of Hikvision has taken careful consideration of these issues. The robust physical designs of these network cameras enable them to withstand wide temperature ranges under different weather conditions, thereby reducing maintenance costs in the process.

No more malfunctioning in bad weather, no more routine checks for operational issues. These network cameras provide the same optimum performance regardless of the weather. Temple staff members have praised their rugged designs: A single installation for sustainable satisfaction. Just set them up and let them do their work. It is no wonder that staff members can set their minds at ease for the foreseeable and unforeseeable future.

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