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Hikvision Releases WDR Network Camera with Motorized Vari-focal Lens

Hikvision Releases WDR Network Camera with Motorized Vari-focal Lens

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision announces a new addition to its WDR network camera family: the DS-2CD764FWD-E (I)(Z) 1.3 Megapixel WDR Network Dome Camera with optional motorized vari-focal lens and IR LEDs.

Apart from its industry-leading WDR technology and low-light capability, this camera outrivals its competitors with the addition of its unique motorized vari-focal lens. By allowing the user to adjust the DS-2CD764FWD-E(I)(Z) through Hikvision's remote zoom and One-Touch Focus feature, this camera brings a new level of functionality to the market. This easy-to-use feature is operated via the camera's user interface (i.e. Video Management Software or IE Client).

Hikvision further incorporated a built-in IR LED illuminators for true day / night surveillance in the new DS-2CD764FWD-E(I)(Z). Even in total darkness, armed with this advantage, objects as far away as 20 meters can now be seen with superb quality.

“We are expanding our WDR network camera line to offer customers more high quality options. Our Hikvision DS-2CD764FWD-E(I)(Z) not only delivers high resolution images, regardless of backlight conditions and low-light environment, but also simplifies the ability to focus of any image – remotely, quickly, and easily,” said Polo Cai, Vice President of Hikvision.

Additionally, this camera supports vandal-resistant housing to protect against tampering or physical damage. Other key features include: 1.3 megapixel high resolution and HD720p real-time recording, 120dB wide dynamic range, 3D digital noise reduction, and an ultra-low illumination functionality (0.01 Lux @ F1.2, 0 Lux with IR). As well, ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI protocols are supported.

Samsung Techwin Introduces Affordable HD Camera Range

Samsung Techwin Introduces Affordable HD Camera Range

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung has introduced five additional ‘affordable' HD network camera models following on from the highly successful launch in June 2012 of the SNB-5001 1.3 megapixel network camera.

“The level of interest in the SNB-5001 from customers across Europe has been remarkable but has not surprised us,” said Tim Biddulph, IP Product Manager for Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “We knew from our conversations with installers that there would be a greater demand for HD cameras that can capture evidence grade images if they could be offered at a price which would make them affordable for the majority of office and retail video surveillance projects. The introduction of these additional models will provide installers with the flexibility to choose a camera specification which matches their client's specific requirements.”

All of the ONVIF compliant models support H.264 and MJPEG compression methods, providing the option to simultaneously transmit images to multiple locations at various frame rates. 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.

The five new models are:
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

Each of the models are equipped with a scene change tampering feature which creates an alert if, for example, paint is sprayed on a camera lens or if there is unauthorized movement of a camera away from its usual field of view.

Other shared features include four programmable Motion Detection zones, 12 programmable Privacy Zones and PoE (Power over Ethernet). The new models also have 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 cameras and domes have a multi–language webpage for easy set up.

As is the case with all Samsung professional security products, the five new models are supplied with full support services from Samsung Techwin Europe, including free system design, free technical support and a full three-year warranty.

Vivotek Launches 5-Megapixel Fisheye Camera

Vivotek Launches 5-Megapixel Fisheye Camera

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Vivotek is launching the FE8172/72V, its first 5-Megapixel fisheye camera, for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Equipped with 5-Megapixel CMOS sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1920x1920 or 1080p up to 30 fps and a 1.05 mm fisheye lens for 180 degrees panoramic view or 360 degrees surround view, Vivotek FE8172/72V camera is able to not only eliminate blind spots but also provide the greatest coverage with the finest details.

"We are launching a series of 5-Megapixel solutions this year, starting with the FD8372 designed for demanding outdoor environments," said William Ku, Director of Brand Business at Vivotek. "The 5-Megapixel fixed dome has received tremendous positive feedback from the industry and we are confident that the fisheye camera will, too."

Vivotek FE8172/72V boasts a numerous advanced features in addition to what is readily available on the award-winning FE8171V, the 3.1-Megapixel first generation fisheye camera. This celebrity product of Vivotek has enjoyed its fame as since its launch in Q3 2011.

The FE8172V, the outdoor model, is EN-50155 certified and proven capable of performing in a railway application as the EN-50155 standard is used to regulate electronic equipment on rolling stock. The IP66-rated design, on the other hand, protects the camera against water and dust intrusion. The vandal-proof IK10-rated housing allows for robust protection from vandalism. As for the FE8172, the indoor model, it is designed to be installation-friendly and thus comes with a dimension smaller than the FE8172V.

According to Ku, Vivotek FE8172/72V is designed for open areas such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores and offices.

Korean City ALPR Capability Boosted by Arecont Vision

Korean City ALPR Capability Boosted by Arecont Vision

Editor / Provider: Arecont Vision | Updated: 7/25/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Clear images from Arecont Vision 2 megapixel IP cameras enable the use of fewer cameras in a license plate recognition (LPR) installation in the city of Ulju-gun, Ulsan, South Korea. Given the higher resolution of Arecont Vision's AV2105 cameras, the Korean city was able to use a single camera to view two lanes rather than requiring a camera for each lane. This one simple change provided a 60 percent cost savings without compromising the system's ability to read license plates.

Daesung Net, the installing dealer for the Ulju-gun surveillance project, was looking to reduce system costs while preserving system performance. The systems integrator also wanted superior image quality and high resolution video in minimum illumination situations with easy installation.

Vehicles are often used by people committing crimes, and the Ulju-gun government wanted a system that could recognize a license plate number and lead to an arrest. Ulju-gun administrators incorporated opinions from the police department and other local organizations in implementing the new system, which included a total of 70 Arecont Vision AV2105 cameras.

“The benefits of using Arecont Vision megapixel video cameras with LPR are increased resolution and wider coverage,” said Becky Zhou, VP of Sales – Asia Pacific Region, Arecont Vision. “The picture quality and digital zoom capabilities of the Arecont Vision camera line provide a tremendous value to the city of Ulju-gun.”

Arecont Vision's AV2105 is a 2 megapixel H.264 IP camera that provides video at 24 frames per second (fps). The camera uses H.264 compression to minimize bandwidth and storage needs. The camera's combination of H.264 compression and superior low-light performance made it a natural choice for the Ulju-gun municipal surveillance project.

GeoVision Releases Tribrid Solution

GeoVision Releases Tribrid Solution

Editor / Provider: GeoVision | Updated: 7/19/2012 | Article type: Security 50

GeoVision will release HD-SDI solution to fulfill the demand of megapixel resolution solution over coax cabling. The new line-up is comprised of a HD-SDI WDR box camera (GV-SDI-BX100) and a 4-channel HD-SDI hardware compression card (GV-SDI-204). They are integrated seamlessly with GV-DVR, a tri-brid video management platform that supports combination of analog CCTV, IP and HD-SDI cameras.

HD quality live view, zero image loss and latency
For installation sites that requires uncompressed digital video or HD quality with zero image loss and latency at live view (such as casinos or banks), or places where analog infrastructure are still functional, HD-SDI provides a perfect choice for installers to offer benefits of high-definition to customers, without having to operate outside of their technical comfort zone.

Complete accessory to support HD-SDI
GeoVision's support to its HD-SDI solution is quite complete. For example, for long distance installation, GeoVision provides GV-SDI Repeater, and for HDMI display, GV-SDI-to-HDMI converter could be used.

Up to 32 channels in a tri-brid system
With the current solution, GV-SDI-204 (a 4-channel HD-SDI hardware compression card) supports up to 4 cards, maximum of 16 channels HD-SDI Full HD cameras in a system. When adding analog or IP cameras, it can form a maximum of 32 channels surveillance solution.

IP-Based Storage for Mission-Critical Applications

IP-Based Storage for Mission-Critical Applications

Editor / Provider: Submitted by Anixter | Updated: 7/26/2012 | Article type: Tech Corner

Network video is the leading driver of the growth in the video surveillance security market. It's not only altering the fundamental infrastructure of security systems, but it is also spurring innovation in tangential area, such as marketing, behavioral analytics and traffic management. Servers, storage and workstation technologies are therefore key components of an IP-based physical security solution. However, many organizations seek to leverage existing assets or idle capacity to meet their video surveillance needs instead of creating a tailored solution to meet the organization's needs. Even though analog video solutions put together over the years in a disparate way might pass for minimally sufficient, the data-intensive nature of network video technologies make this approach problematic. With the prediction that more than 70 percent of all network cameras will have megapixel resolution by 2015, an integrated and holistic approach to building an IP-based video surveillance solution is needed today.

Evidence indicates that the use of manufacturers' minimum specifications as a one-size-fits-all solution is creating systems that struggle to address customers' application requirements for video surveillance and other business functions. Given the forecast that nearly half of all video security systems will run off network cameras by 2014, nonstandard systems will begin to underperform as systems scale.

This White paper pays special attention to the future of network video and servers, storage and client workstations needed to ensure mission-critical video surveillance remains available and high performing.

Trending: Integration and Open
The shift toward integration and open-architecture platforms for IP-based physical security is placing greater importance on facilities, security and IT professionals to collaborate in making key hardware decision. Research shows that an increasing part of physical security will run on the IT network:
- 26.4 percent of cameras were IP-based in 2010. (IMS Research)
- Conservation projections put that figure at 48.9 percent in 2014, which means that nearly half of video security systems will run off of network cameras. (IMS Research)
- More than 70 percent of network cameras shipments will be megapixel resolution by 2015. (IMS Research) 

Discussing all the other significant advancement in video technology, the move toward network cameras and high-resolution alone will drive IP-based physical security planner to seek out integrated server, storage and workstation solutions than can handle the immense increase in bandwidth and processing needs. New technologies such as edge storage are inherently integrative, which allows users to fill in the gaps for out-of-network mobile applications or network failures. In some instances, companies are leveraging third-party data centers to host cloud-effective solution for smaller applications today. From the shift to open and redundant architecture hardware, to the emphasis on total cost of ownership and return on investment, market trends all point to a more integrated IP-based physical security vision.

Benefits of Integration
An integrated network video solution is more robust, scalable and cost effective than an analog system. With improved reliability, redundancy and flexibility of an open-architecture solution, which can exceed any appliance or commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution, a truly integrated IP-based physical security solution can also take advantage of today's best technology, such as higher camera counts, resolutions, access control integration, more intuitive and powerful user interfaces and multiple analytics.

A purpose-built IP-based physical security solution can also result in both short-and long-term cost savings. By removing the necessity to maintain separate networks, organizations can experience a reduction in capital, maintenance, manpower and equipment costs. When properly planned and executed, an integrated IP-based physical security solution will result in less downtime, which lowers the total cost of ownership.

Market Challenges
Of course, as with any complex technology, there are always significant challenges. Complexity can also be a hindrance to a clear migration path, with maintaining legacy infrastructure, long-term organization strategy and cost which is always top-of-mind. Interoperability limitations also present obstacles, with en users concerned about being too dependent on any single manufacturer, managing the multiple communication protocols and dependence on support, especially for highly sophisticated IP-based physical security solutions.

For those looking for a defined migration strategy to network video, the path is muddled as well. Today there are countless manufacturers that purport to have a clear migration path toward an open architecture platform. However, there is simply no one clear migration path to network video that applies to all applications. Even though organizations such as ONVIF are working toward industry standards, the lack of interoperability in many video system products is a serious concern for planners and integrators, which is especially true when it comes to mission-critical functions. Supporting high-resolution cameras from multiple manufacturers requires significant storage and server capabilities to handle the increased bandwidth.

Best Practices: Purpose-Built, Video-Optimized
When designing or migrating toward a new IP-based physical security solution, the best servers are purpose-built and optimized for video applications. Servers need mission-critical drives with high I/O capabilities and near unconstrained workload capacity. Server configuration is vital and should include memory, storage and processor specifications that ensure optimum scalability for video. Servers should have the capacity to accommodate future growth, including the ability to record higher frame rates without dropping frames, higher resolutions and cost-effectively store video data for longer periods.

Another vital consideration is external storage, typically needed for greater than 30 TB requirements. The storage needs in a typical network video solution can be immense, with potentially hundreds or more high-resolution cameras capturing as many as thirty frames per second, operating 24×7.

The most common mistake made is to look at streaming video as just another form of data. The case for purpose-built video storage over traditional data solutions focuses on five key areas:
- Massive database size need
- I/O-intensive operations
- Intolerances of system latencies
- Constant bit-rate streaming
- Demanding operating environments , such as temperature, vibration, bit-error rate and more

Because of the intrinsic nature of streaming video, each of these five areas requires a purpose-built approach that takes into account unique needs, capabilities and system demands. There are many external storage options available, including direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS), iSCSl, Fibre Channel and storage area networks (SAN).

An emerging trend is edge or on-board storage, which stores audio and video recordings within cameras, typically using an SD card. Edge storage is particularly beneficial for mobile security or applications that experience network connection interruptions. Edge storage is an excellent complimentary enhancement to central storage to facilitate comprehensive and seamless video coverage building additional redundancy in the solution.

Weakest Link
One often overlooked piece is the client viewing station. Many times an existing workstation or standard PC specification meant for employees is used as the client viewing station, which vary in configuration based on their originally intended purpose. However, the highly demanding needs of video requires a workstation built for continuous 24/7 performance, 365 days a year.

Purpose-built workstations for video feature higher level cooling systems, 450 watt and greater power supplies, dual Ethernet adapters (for management), server-grade processors and expanded display capabilities. Today's high-resolution graphics adapters draw from the power source, increasing impact when installing multiple adapters. The primary demands on client viewing stations are compression and process-intensive decoding in order to properly render video. And, as compression algorithms continue to evolve, the demand on workstation performance will only grow exponentially. Keeping that in mind, video processing workstations should be as future-proof as possible, with the ability to expand and scale up to support future compression algorithms.

At the end of the day the client viewing stations represents the user experience and should not be cut short only to reduce the quality and effectiveness of the entire network video station.

Going Forward
With rapid achievements in network video technology, consultants, integrators and end users are challenged with migrating away from disparate legacy systems to a more integrated, holistic approach. Migrating to a network video solution requires servers, storage and workstations that can scale and support future technologies, meet specific application challenges and allow for the development of a long-term technology continuum. By going beyond single-manufacturer systems and embracing open-architecture solutions, organizations can better meet their application requirements and provide flexibility throughout the network. Given the forecast the nearly half of all video security systems will run off network cameras by 2014, nonstandard systems will begin to underperform as systems scale. Choosing servers, storage and workstations that perform seamlessly with the network will ensure mission-critical video surveillance systems remain available and high performing.

Dutch Hospital Selects IQinVision to Enhance Quality of Care

Dutch Hospital Selects IQinVision to Enhance Quality of Care

Editor / Provider: IQinVision | Updated: 7/18/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

IQinVision nnounced Elkerliek Hospital in the Netherlands has chosen IQinVision HD megapixel cameras for its recent upgrade to IP video surveillance. Xserius is the distributor for the project, and Flexposure is the project integrator.

Elkerliek Hospital supplies modern, high-quality basic care to its patients. The hospital is run under the motto, “Providing quality care begins with the design of good, modern services for parking, reception, and security.” Thanks to this philosophy and commitment, the hospital was recently recognized as the “Most Hospitable” in the Netherlands.

When hospital administrators decided to upgrade to IP video surveillance, they wanted to accomplish traditional security goals and to optimize extra services and health care. To accomplish these goals, project managers decided a deep integration between parking, access, and other security systems would be required. In order to integrate IP cameras into the overall system, it was crucial that the cameras chosen demonstrate excellent performance in low light situations. The hospital also wanted megapixel quality cameras to ensure detailed camera images at all times.

The decisive factor in choosing IQinVision was the proven ability of the IQeye megapixel cameras to meet Elkerliek's expectations. As a result, and due to IQinVision's open standards, Flexposure was able to successfully integrate 150 IQeye cameras into the centralized security system. As an added bonus, the project solution is future-proof: camera numbers can easily be expanded and cameras can be moved anywhere there is a network connection, should the need arise.

Integration and centralization of different systems within the hospital helps ensure the safety of all patients and staff, and such integration also provides important resources and information to make the best medical care possible. Detailed camera images, managed by a Mirasys VMS, are now used to facilitate parking, confirm access control information, and are available for other uses in the central control room. “The Elkerliek Hospital project is an excellent example of the expanded role integrated security systems can play,” commented Henri Nieuwstraten, GM, Xserius.

Vivotek Secures Largest Transport Company in Queensland

Vivotek Secures Largest Transport Company in Queensland

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 7/18/2012 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Named in honour of Queen Victoria, Queensland is the second-largest and third-most populous state of Australia. Transit Australia Group is the largest privately owned public transport company in Queensland, Australia. From bus manufacturing through to the delivery of scheduled, school and chartered services, the company delivers transport products and services to the government, the industry and various communities of Queensland. Sunbus is one of the bus production entities owned by Transit Australia Group, carrying residents of Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Townsville, Magnetic Island and Cairns. Additional similar organizations under Transit Australia Group oversee other neighbourhoods, such as Gold Coast and Tweed Shire. Recently Sunbus embarked on a first and foremost surveillance system establishment throughout the facilities.

As this is a depot surveillance project, there are various sections on the premise that need to be covered. ADI was the distributor. After consulting with Kraut Enterprises, VIVOTEK‘s highly valued system integrator partner in Australia, it was decided that the cameras would be placed at the repair centre, the factory, the office building and the entire depot from an aerial view. VIVOTEK IP7361, FD8361, MD7560 and SD7323 were the chosen solutions.

VIVOTEK IP7361, a 2-Megapixel bullet designed with various outdoor-specific features, such as concealed wiring and tamper detection, was installed at the bus repair and services centre. At the centre, employee safety was the greatest pressing concern. Workers test run the buses on the brake pit. The buses are driven on the pit, so that they can have the brakes tested on them. According to Andrew Kraut, ICT Systems Administrator from Kraut Enterprises, the users found the IP7361 particularly impressive because it offers so much more than he could bargain for. It was affordable, cost-effective and high-performance. Also, with advanced features like multiple streams, ePTZ function, PoE compliance, on-board storage, two-way audio and many more, the IP7361 is an all-in-one, highly versatile monitoring device. As of Q3 2012, VIVOTEK IP7361 will have experienced an upgrade and been replaced with the IP8361, its second-generation model with enhanced features and higher performances.

Inside the factory, Kraut chose the 2-Megapixel, bandwidth-efficient VIVOTEK FD8361 to take on the role of supervising the labourers and the assembly line. Designed for highly professional applications, the FD8361 delivers impeccable image quality with the finest details. In this particular environment, where fast motions and activities are constantly taking place, users would often demand that the camera is capable of capturing as many movements as possible during work hours. However, after work hours, suspicious behaviours and potential criminal activities would be the priority. The FD8361 is equipped with activity adaptive streaming for dynamic frame rate control, which meets the needs of many industrial end-users. For a camera suitable for the industrial vertical market, it also needs to be easily installed at any corner and spot in the factory for easy viewing of the entire scene from every possible angle. The 3-axis mechanical design makes the device perfect for ceiling or wall mount installation. The FD8361 also comes with a vari-focal lens (3 ~ 9 mm), which allows for versatile applications in various types of environments.

VIVOTEK MD7560 was chosen to monitor the traffic in the area of reception and employees or visitors entering and existing the building. With such elegant design, this compact, 2-Megapixel MD7560 does not give out an intriguing vibe to those coming in and out of the premises. The device is also vandal-proof and comes with the tamper detection function, perfect for building surveillance. On the other hand, many system integrators working with VIVOTEK choose the MD7560 and other mobile dome models for various transportation projects, showing strong confidence in the brand and proving the positive reputation of the products.

As for the entire depot, including the parking lot, VIVOTEK SD7323 is set up in the control room for staff to zoom in on passing and parked vehicles in the yard. It is imperative that the users can clearly see and make out the identification numbers on the vehicles in order to be aware of what vehicles they have available for use with their bus routes. The feature of 360 degrees continuous pan and 90 degrees tilt makes the monitoring process smooth and effective. Also, the two-way audio function allows for instant communications between a vehicle operator and an employee in case of an incident. Designed for demanding outdoor surveillance applications and with IP66-rated housing, the speed dome meets the users‘ requirement for being able to identify close-up images of distant objects and withstand challenging weather conditions.

Customer Feedback
Andrew is extremely pleased with the performances of the VIVOTEK cameras. According to him, the image quality is impeccable and the technologies implemented on the products are highly advanced and suitable for professional projects as such. "I would definitely recommend VIVOTEK cameras to all other members of the security industry," said Kraut.

Stacey Lien, Chief Regional Sales Manager for Australia, also pointed out that VIVOTEK highly values the Australian market and is investing more in this territory. "We look forward to working closely with our partners in Australia and continuing to deliver effective solutions to all members of the surveillance industry."

Promising Verticals Fuel Bullish Growth in Turkey

Promising Verticals Fuel Bullish Growth in Turkey

Editor / Provider: a&s Turkiye | Updated: 7/19/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

Vibrant Verticals
The pick-up in the construction sector accelerated growth in the private sector with new residential, retail and health care projects. There were also many security projects in finance and education.

However, the largest budgets this year came from the public sector. Projects at the fore were city surveillance, transportation projects (airports, undergrounds, tunnels, et cetera.) and public buildings.

Major Projects
The most attractive projects of 2011 were for Turk Telekom, Zorlu Center, Sabiha Goksen Airport, and the National Archives.

In addition to the large projects, there were also many medium scale projects, which were mostly integrated projects that include fire detection and extinguishing systems, video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection.

In 2011, an increased number of projects required IP-based HD video surveillance systems and card access systems, and demanded integration between the systems, said Bilgecanan Bilgis, Marketing Manager at Ateksis. “Antalya Airport, Medipol Hospital, Bursa Hilton and Hampton by Hilton, and Fenerbah?e Ulker Arena are projects in Turkey which we would like to be part of and concentrate on, and Malabo Congress Center Haydar Aliyev Center abroad.”

Levent Yildir?m, Director of Siemens Substructure and Cities Sector Building Technologies, said that Siemens surpassed their goals in 2011, citing numerous projects that are worth more than $100,000 in value: Buyaka Complex (shopping center, residence, office), Hilton Hotels, Erdemir, Sandoz, Magnesia Shopping Center, Tarsu Shopping Center, Habom (Aviation Maintenance Center), Marmara Park, Zorlu, Safir, Aliaga Prison, Bodrum Airport, Izmir Special Provincial Directorate of Administration KGM. He also stresses the contributed part of the accomplishment to foreign projects, most of which are located in neighboring countries like Iraq, Russia, Algeria, et cetera.

Gurani Kilic, Country Sales Director for Bosch Security Systems, mentions projects that were conducted in collaboration with their partners and are worth more than $500,000 in value: Sorgun, Soke, Didim Surveillance Cameras Projects, Highway Tunnels Projects, Turkiye, Kirazli – Olimpiyatkoy Subway Line Project, Istanbul, Antalya Airport Domestic and International Lines Terminal 2.Section, Antalya, Republic of Turkiye Central Bank, Bursa, BSH Factory, Istanbul, Bagc?lar Medipol Hospital, Istanbul, Hilton Hotel, Bursa, Cumhuriyet University, Sivas, Archaeology Museum, Hatay, Ma?ka Residence, Istanbul, European Residences, Istanbul, Terrcity Shopping Center, Antalya.

Bulent Cobanoglu, GM of Senkron Guvenlik, mentioned two important bank projects by Honeywell: Standardizing systems for the merged Fortis and Turkiye Ekonomi Bank, as well as a card access system for Garanti Bank that covered 50 management buildings.

2012 and Crystal Ball
Although 2012 will be a difficult year, the consensus is that growth in the security industry will continue despite the economic slowdown, said Tarkan Tuncel, GM of Kekova.

The recession prospect in the world economy in 2012 weakens the prospect for growth in Turkey, Kilic said. “In 2012, there is a 4-5 percent growth prospect in the general economy and 6-7 percent in the construction sector. We can say that the security systems sector will indirectly be affected by this conjuncture in 2012."

“In addition, the pick-up in Libya and the neighboring countries in the last quarter of the year is good news for our sector,” Kilic continued, saying that the continuation of public investments and the mega projects into 2012 suggests that the security industry will continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace.

Yusuf Ziya Oncel, Sales Manager at Pelco Turkey, predicts that 2012 will be a year when no one will be able to conduct aggressive enterprises, but that “we will keep a wary eye so that we can maintain our stability.” According to Oncel, the next 10 percent of growth will be achieved via digesting the growth that occurred in 2010 and 2011, while also stabilizing the total sales at the same levels.

Hidayet Yilmaz of NFS Guvenlik also agrees that the security market will continue growing in 2012, although at a slower pace. According to Yilmaz, the city transformation that will be carried out in 2012, especially in big cities, will have a positive impact on the market.

Cobanoglu shares the consensus. “If there is a crisis, we have to conduct business is different ways. We have to hold fairs and seminars to continue to educate the market. Otherwise, it is hard to hold on.”

In terms of products, industry experts agree that sales for IP-based systems and megapixel cameras will continue to grow. Yildiz has high hopes for network cameras and regularly expands their IP-based product groups. IR cameras and mobile DVR's also show similar potential.

Green buildings will play a key role for the security industry in 2012. Green buildings make extensive use of automation technologies to make them easily manageable, traceable and intelligent, and are great investments in terms of ROI. Especially big cities, green buildings will begin to flourish and; companies that operate and develop products in this field will be able to perform well even in bad economies, according to Kilic."

Additionally, Profilo Security Systems Sales Manager, Ertan Gedik predicts that the alarm system projects will increase for gas leak, fire and flood detection.

Lingering Problems
Although 2011 evaluations and 2012 predictions point to growth and development for the security industry, there are a few problems that need to be solved.

Products and companies must form and adhere to standards. “Although Turkey is among the few countries that will grow, compared to other nations in Europe and the Middle East, regulations and standards are still not what they should be,” Ozan Demirel, Region Manager, Controls and Security Systems, UTC Climatel said.

Cobanoglu believes that the lack of certification for security companies is a problem, saying that there is no selection process or evaluation even though there are more and more companies entering the market.

Cobanoglu continues to talk about another issue: there is no specialty customs for the security sector in Turkey. “Unfortunately, we still pay Special Consumption Tax (SCT). Video surveillance cameras are taxed as luxury items, following the footsteps of the digital camera found in everyone's pocket. However, these systems are not luxury — they are a necessity. Cancelling the SCT and lowering VAT would directly affect the end user and increase our sale, while also preventing illegal activities regarding security equipment, such as counterfeiting and bootlegging."

Turkey Alive and Kicking

Turkey Alive and Kicking

Editor / Provider: a&s Turkiye | Updated: 7/19/2012 | Article type: Hot Topics

According to IMS Research, Turkey is the No. 1 security market in the Middle East region, ahead of Saudi Arabia.

A key driver for growth was that Turkey's economy improved significantly in 2010, explained Gurani Kilic, Country Sales Director for Bosch Security Systems. “New constructions— real estate sectors—grew by nearly 10 percent. In 2011, Turkey's economy broke the world record with 11 percent growth in Q1; overall, Turkey saw 7.5 percent growth in 2011.”

Kilic says the security industry enjoyed an active year in 2011, citing increased investments in Turkic nations and the surrounding regions, despite the debt crisis in Europe and riots in Libya and North Africa.

New constructions play a key role in the security industry's substantial growth, agreed Bulent Cobanoglu, GM of Senkron Guvenlik. “Fire warning systems and intercom systems were heavily used in new buildings, and large quantities of perimeter security and video surveillance systems were put in place. The security industry, of course, benefited greatly from these installations.”

However, the sudden increase in the parity of dollar near the end of 2011 had a negative impact on the security industry. “2011 started off pretty well, but we had a rough time during the last quarter and had to adjust our expectations for November and December.” said Ali Yildiz, GM of Oncu Guvenlik.

Still, 2011 was a good year for the security industry. The electronic security market has for years sustained its constant growth except for the periods of severe crises and 2011 was therefore positive for the electronic security market, stresses Ismail Uzelli, Chairman of Board at Sensormatic.

UTC Fire & Security Turkey saw 50 percent growth in 2010 and 35 percent in 2011, which signals a healthy rebound for Turkey's security industry. Turkey is now the 6th largest market in the UTC Fire & Security EMEA organization, said Ozan Demirel, Region Manager, Controls and Security Systems, UTC Climate.

For Bosch Security Systems, Turkey was the strongest growing country office in EMEA in both 2010 and 2011, according to Kilic.

20% Growth
Overall, industry experts agree that the security industry grew by 20 percent in 2011, compared to 2010. The security industry has generally grown by around 20 percent annually, and 2011 was no exception, said Hasim Yalssn, GM of Bilmak.

Saruhan Acar, GM of Bilgi Elektronik, arrived at a similar conclusion after studying its own volume, customer portfolio and sales. Acar said the security industry grew by at least 20 to 25 percent in 2011. Excluding the last mile, revenue for security equipment reached$500 to $600 million when including actual installations.

“Turkey's vigorous economy has been growing at a rate that is not seen much in Europe,” Kilic said. For Bosch Security Systems Turkey, sales increased by 32.4 percent in 2011. Kilic said that sector capacity in Turkey reached $275 million in 2011.

Videofon Security Systems achieved a growth of 15 percent in 2011, said CEO K.Mehmet Kahramanoglu. Kahramanoglu said the overall capacity of the sector in 2011 was around $650 million and dissects this number into product groups: Video surveillance (50 percent), intrusion detection (20 percent), fire alarm (10 percent), access control (10 percent) and others (10 percent). 30 percent of total sales revenue is contributed to installation and services, Kahramanoglu added. Uzelli provided a break down with similar conclusions: Video surveillance (60 percent), intrusion detection (12 percent), fire alarm (8 percent), access control (5 percent) and others (15 percent).

Honeywell Turkey's Mustafa Altunta? broke the numbers down as well: $250-300 million for CCTV, $70-80 million for intrusion, and $40-50 million for access control. Altuntas said that with perimeter security and special/private security equipment included, the electronic security market reached nearly $400 million in revenue in 2011.

When it comes to the distribution of security products, video surveillance takes one lion share of the total revenue. Total sales of video surveillance products reached $150 million, with the total security market pegged at $450 to $500 million, said Yusuf Ziya Oncel, Sales Manager at Pelco Turkey.

Following the market shrinkage following the crisis, the current electronic security market is around $440 million, said Levent Yildirim, Director of Siemens Substructure and Cities Sector Building Technologies.

The numbers are largely in the same range, but there is still a lot of potential for growth, said Metin Kastro, GM of Pronet Security. “Approximately 140,000 to 150,000 residences and offices have subscription to communication centers. With 17 million houses and 2 million offices in Turkey, we still have a lot to achieve.”

Moving forward, Ekrem Ozkara, GM of Okisan, predicts 15 percent growth in 2012, citing the increasing high-level projects in Turkey and its neighboring countries.

Products Carrying Momentum
Sales for network cameras have continued to grow. On the video surveillance side, growth has been mainly driven by IP-based video surveillance systems, which has approximately doubled, Oncel said. Having 90 percent of their sales came from IP-based systems, Oncel predicts that the analog market will be completely replaced by IP by 2014.

Acar agreed that video surveillance took the spotlight in 2011, and noted that IP-based systems are preferred over analog, especially when it comes to public tenders.

On the other hand, ?obanoglu believes that IP-based systems' market share of 10 to 12 percent in the video surveillance market underlines two basic problems: Data storageand transmission. Data storage is expensive, Cobanoglu said, and better compression technologies need to be developed to overcome this problem. Transmission will also benefit from better compression, since current bandwidths are not practical for video surveillance. IP-based video surveillance will show more potential once these two problems are solved, Cobanoglu said.

Regardless, there is always a need for more detailed images. Altuntas points at megapixel cameras as one of the rising stars of 2011, emphasizing that cameras with 10 and higher megapixels are now more common.

Kilic said that, one of the most significant developments in the security industry in 2011 was increased demand for HD video surveillance systems and products. In 2010, Bosch launched a HD product line that was developed to meet the demand for HD video in the IP-based security systems market. In 2011, this product group significantly expanded with new product launches.

Ozkara mentioned that Mobile DVR were one of the most important developments in 2011. He said that many cities have announced mobile DVR projects since 2011, following new regulations. 800 to 1,000 mobile DVR projects have been launched for school buses and public buses, and Ozkara predicts that demand for this product group will accelerate in 2012.

Uzelli added that the servers and network switches emerged in 2011 as another development. Security companies have become significant server and switch vendors due to the increased demand for them in security projects, Uzelli said. He said that server and network switch sales is becoming a big chunk of revenue for security companies. On the other side, IT companies are trying to become security companies, Uzelli said, and will be continue to acquire big security players.

Uzelli continued to emphasize that biometric access control and integrated HD video surveillance systems are on the rise, and that “companies that offered customers total solutions with high brand value and appropriate pricing undertook significant projects.”

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