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Transition from analog to IP

Transition from analog to IP

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 4/28/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Observing the popularity rate of various industry sectors, IP-based surveillance installations are still falling below expectations. Most are still sitting on the sidelines waiting for more attractive incentive features to make the migration even though there are quite a few forerunners adopting digital based solutions.

Generally speaking, a typical upgrade is to move from a poor quality analogue system to a little better quality analogue system, as opposed to an upgrade of the underlying infrastructure to allow the transition to much more effective digital based system technology. In addition, majority of retail environments do not demand complex security systems to achieve monitoring in real time and their sites are not large-scale based either. Analogue systems are able to satisfy their current requirements, which explain why many places until today still have no interests to adopt digital/IP based solutions for their security needs.

Some wanted to move towards newer IP technology while still utilizing their existing analogue system though, and LILIN provides out-of-the-box deployment solutions to enable cost-effective analogue to IP migration. LILIN is unique in its ability to provide users with a complete end-to-end solution from a single manufacturer, including cameras, recorders, and software. Therefore, LILIN is capable of delivering a complete security surveillance solution and support a hybrid environment to help clients migrate to IP system over time.

Hybrid DVR provides a scalable system for future expansion of additional IP cameras and servers. Combing the best of both the analogue and digital worlds, 4-channel Hybrid DVR, NDR104, from LILIN, a leading manufacturer of IP video cameras, recording devices, and software, is a versatile video management platform. Thanks to the scalability of LILIN Hybrid DVR, you can easily integrate surveillance system and IP cameras and load analog and digital video data into the same interface to become a comprehensive hybrid solution. NDR104 comes with a rich panel of features to streamline surveillance operations and enhance management capabilities. With built on an open platform system, NDR104 allows users to easily add additional cameras and change our cameras as their project demands, and end-users required little to no training to use the Hybrid DVR device.


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Indian security market to grow after May election 2014(1)

Indian security market to grow after May election 2014(1)

Editor / Provider: a&s Asia Editorial | Updated: 4/28/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In 2013, equity markets remained tame due to slowing economy, bonds lost value as interest rates rose and physical assets such as real estate and gold also started feeling the effect of economic slowdown. However, a late surge of revival in 2013 has investors and experts excited. The gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 4.8% late 2013, as against 4.4% in the previous quarter. Rupee depreciation concerns have also subsided. Externally, the global economy is stabilizing, with better growth expected in 2014. Indian exports have already started to lift. On the home front, fewer downside risks, a more competent central bank governor, and the prospect of better government after the May election have boosted business and investor confidence.

Market Continues to Grow
General security awareness was relatively low before the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008, said Aditya Khemka. CEO and Director, Aditya Infotech. “At that time, there weren't too many security products available. The technology was not that advanced and the market was highly fragmented. For instance, the video was only for viewing. The usability, stability, and even the delivery of security technology were not great and clear.”

India security spending dramatically increased after the Mumbai bombing as people began to aware that this could happen to anyone, added Khemka. The bombing made people aware of the issue of security and the importance of it. “After that, hotels and the hospitality industry started to install surveillance equipment. Security guards and cameras are seen in hotels. The mindset just changed. Corporates, government segments, and even rich consumers now see security a must. Also, new houses put security as top priority and invest on it.”

IP Solution Requires Education and Training
Analog surveillance systems still account for a great percent of the Indian market share, while IP systems just started and were applied to government projects. “IP solutions just started in India and the growth used to be slow over these two years due to lack of large projects. The growth will be faster this year after the general election and the new government,” said Khemka. “Education and training on both disties, installers, integrators, and even the market are required to drive the IP applications forward.”

India, as one of the emerging market around the world, we will keep promoting values of IP solutions and being the leader for that, according to Sudhindra Holla, Country Manager India & SAARC, Axis Communication. "We'll never be the cheapest in the market. Instead, we manage project-related cases such as banking. Also, we will continue to educate the market with our training programs, which help engineers, integrators, and architects design solutions for each project. They can better appreciate the values of the quality of products and importance of reliability. Keep-iP-simple and TCO are what we are educating the market as well. We are eager to enter the tier-2 and -3 markets. It will also tap India's large base of SMBs to grow its business. We will continue to grow our channel base as well as strengthen relationships with our existing channel partners to make our products available and accessible to these customers. Our main focus is to spread geographically across industries. For this, we are expanding our footprint in all the key verticals and geographies in which we were not present before. We are also working on some solutions and continue to invest in developing solution-oriented, segment specific channels, which would enable system integrators and users to install their existing cameras in a much easier way."

Key Verticals

City Surveillance
India is expected to be an attractive market for safer city solutions with seven announced projects to be completed in the next 10 years. Initially known as the Mega City Policing Project, each individual project aims at invigorating policing capabilities to detect and counter potential threats in urban areas. The key objective is to neutralize growing threats to individuals and residences, critical infrastructure, and economic centers.

Many cities across India are already covered by video surveillance with plans for more projects to extend coverage. However, city surveillance projects in India have been known for their delays and holdups. Khemka explained that since every city has its own requirements to fit their own local needs, regulations for city surveillance varies. Many projects have even been scrapped and put up for tender a number of times before finally being executed.

The major challenge in implementing city surveillance project is to follow the multi-body guidelines given by different nodal agencies, hence the entire process gets stretched and chances of delays. “The biggest challenge in city surveillance projects in India are unified expectations and guideline from numerous agencies such as police department, city development agency, and more,” said Shakti Leekha, Senior GM & Head, Bajaj Electricals.

Despite slow processing and constant delays, India offers tremendous business opportunities in city surveillance projects as surveillance system deployment has been at its minimal. With more and more cities opt for safe city project. “We feel that after the election, more projects will surge and speed up,” said Yatindra Mishra, Regional Manager, West, Systems Solution Div. Panasonic India.

Security has become a primary concern due to increasing crime rate followed by incidents like ATM robbery in Bangalore, according to Ashish Dhakan, CEO and MD, Prama Hikvision. “Government mandate some guidelines demanding the newly deployed 16,000 ATMS, each has to be with 4 cameras. Each ATM has 4 cameras is definitely a good number and demand for security. We are also paying attention to security as a service (SaaS) catering to banking segment as some of the banks may not invest that much on ATM cameras. Our strategy is to offer a good mix of price, value, service, and innovation. By expanding our distribution network, we are reaching out to all part of India.”

Seeing this vast potential owing to growing urbanization and rising demand for safety and security solutions, Gunnebo India, also announced plans to establish its global R&D center at Halol in Gujarat. “The capacity extension will be utilized towards enhancing existing production capacity of traditional physical security products but will also be extended to the special ATM-line,” said Per Borgvall, President and CEO, Gunnebo. “As part of our strategic initiative we plan to set up an R&D centre in India to get closer to the market and have growth markets in Asia like India in focus. We also want to make investments in the Indian market since we see a very interesting development and growth for the coming years within our core businesses. It is important for us to grow our presence and capacity to supply products locally."

The Mumbai Bombing also shackled the hospitality industry as well. The 26/11 terrorist attack when 166 people were killed in the twin attacks on the Taj Mahal Hotel and Trident Oberoi in Mumbai, changed the perception of the hospitality sectors. Traditionally, security at a hotel means just peripheral guarding and monitoring entry and exit points. X-ray machines, handheld and walk-through metal and explosive detectors for people and luggage are strengthened measures in India, especially in high-occupancy, five-star hotels. Hotel security in India is much tighter today, according to Joy Jacob, Sales Manager, Smiths Detection Veecon Systems. “As a world leading designer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, weapons, chemical agents, biohazards, narcotics and contraband, we have the most comprehensive range of detection technologies in the India, including X-ray, trace detection, millimeter-wave, infra-red, biological detection and diagnostics. Demand for greater hotel security has also increased substantially in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.”  (to be continued)


Milestone: IP video is becoming mission critical to worldwide business

Milestone: IP video is becoming mission critical to worldwide business

Editor / Provider: Eric Fullerton, chief sales & marketing officer, Milestone System | Updated: 4/28/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

IP video these days is for more than just security: people who install it for security monitoring reasons are finding other uses for it. More and more end users are engaging with it for other business operations. IP video is thereby becoming mission critical. How is this measured? Basically, if the video system doesn't work properly, and the bottom line of the business is impacted, this determines that it has become a mission critical tool.

Mission critical means that companies cannot function without the video. You could even say that video technology is becoming a utility with which a company can run their daily operations. This is enhanced greatly by the increasing number of video integrations into business systems.

We know from many of our customer installations worldwide that IP video is proving to add value to the bottom line and becoming imperative to daily operations. Let's look at some examples:

Manufacturing: Production status is aided by monitoring the products with clear video images to check in fine detail for grade and quality, also overseeing the process itself. Total overview of distant sites assists with remote management of business activities. RFID with video records and tracks an item from the moment it is removed from a warehouse shelf throughout its journey as it is measured, weighed, tagged and packed for shipment.

Food industry: Video monitors equipment and personal hygiene, safety apparel, location cleanliness, proper food handling, storage, packaging, serving, and transport of goods. Timing and freshness can be critical: authorities demand adherence to regulations. Video provides evidence these are upheld, and the stamps of approval prove quality that justifies higher prices.

Healthcare: Video is becoming vital for better patient care and safety, also insuring doctors and nurses follow required hand-washing and other sanitation practices that reduce costly infections. Monitoring high-risk patients in emergency and psychiatric rooms fosters greater personal safety and faster response to alerts. Narcotics cabinet monitoring is more effective with the integration of video and access control systems.

Traffic Control/Parking Facilities: Video assists in efficient vehicle movement in airports, on railways, waterways, highways, city streets and in garages. It can be linked to traffic lights for prioritizing certain routes during rush hours, festivals, sports events, etc.

This list goes on in every sector of business. Mission critical application of video underscores its growing value and importance. And when video becomes mission critical, there should be no compromise.

No need to compromise with freedom of choice
The self-made tycoon Andrew Carnegie said: “Principles should never be compromised”. And I agree.

When you make decisions on anything that is mission critical on how to run your company or organization, you should not compromise. You don't have to compromise on business values, on more efficient operations and profitability, on ways to enable new business, and striving for happier customers.

You don't have to compromise in the company you work for or the partners and products you work with. You can choose the broadest ecosystem of professionals who are trained and certified to deliver the best in solutions and skills.

The open platform ecosystem is adding more value to end users than what one company could do alone. And each company controls the value they bring to the market. The open platform approach enables the incremental appreciation of value - as compared to the depreciation of a proprietary system that always ends with a forklift upgrade in order to move forward with new innovations that become available.

End users demand future proofing
We still see vendors trying to lock customers into a proprietary solution. Such a ‘single stack' approach means having to replace the entire system when problems occur or new innovations come along from other vendors that you cannot incorporate. These offerings may look good right now, but they are short-term solutions.

Andy Grove, previous CEO of Intel Corporation and author of Only the Paranoid Survive, wrote: “…once you buy into a proprietary arrangement, you are stuck with it. If there is a problem, you can't just throw out one part of the vertical stack; you will have to abandon the entire stack.”

Why put your company into a locked situation with no path forward? Why compromise? Choose an open platform to enable a multi-stack approach - and a flexible, more profitable future.

- By Eric Fullerton, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Milestone Systems


Czech Republic and Axis make live video streaming from the stratosphere

Czech Republic and Axis make live video streaming from the stratosphere

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/28/2014 | Article type: Education

Czech civil association, Zadna veda, realized the Stratocaching popular science experiment in fall 2013 in cooperation with the server. The project rested in launching a weather balloon with a special basket, from which 12 flying capsules should have been released in the stratosphere. Such capsules imitating the design of a maple samara were equipped with GPS trackers and upon landing, they became the subject of a geo-location game whose purpose was to find them. The project included provision of live streaming from the balloon available at the server. The camera system, including the antenna, had to fulfill high demands: The weight of the whole configuration could not exceed 600 grams and, at the same time, was supposed to be functional even under extreme freezing conditions and at the distance of tens of kilometers.

Despite the initial doubts regarding digital video streaming, the realization team, in cooperation with NetRex, decided to use an AXIS P1214-E Network Camera, together with a radio modem and a special multi-polarization antenna. This camera model was selected for its minimal weight; however, for its use under extreme freezing conditions in the stratosphere, it was necessary to provide additional heating for the camera's optical components. A signal from the basket was received by a ground station equipped with a parabolic antenna, and video was then provided to the server via the NetRex streaming platform.

The video streaming configuration placed in the balloon's basket weighed a mere 586 g. However, it was able to provide fascinating live streaming HD video almost for the whole duration of the flight. At the end, the camera feed was watched by more than 220,000 viewers online, on the server. Thousands of others watched the video recording from the camera's memory card.

“ We are proud that as the first in the Czech Republic, we managed to realize live video streaming from the stratosphere and to introduce the beauty of the Earth and modern technologies to the public,” said Petr Bakos, the project's Chief Designer and a member of the organizing association Zadna veda.

Jan Kuznik, the Editor in Chief of the magazine who initiated the project within the server, says: “We were literally shocked by interest shown by the public. The video from the stratosphere enchanted almost a quarter of a million online viewers – and that could have been achieved only thanks to the Axis tech -nologies and deployment of the NetRex team.”

Is 6 decagrams enough to transmit from the stratosphere?
During the first phase, the authors of the experiment envisaged only video recording using a GoPro camera. Weight was the main obstacle: The thing is, regulations effective in the Czech Republic prohibit the launch of an unmanned balloon with the overall weight exceeding 3 kg. Therefore, there were only a mere 600g of weight left for the streaming configuration. If we take into account extreme freezing conditions in the strato - sphere, which had actually reached -69°C, and very unstable behavior of a balloon tossed by wind tens of kilometers away from the ground receiver, it seemed that the idea of live streaming was ill-fated. In addition, some members of the realization team did not have confidence in digital broadcasting – use of the IP camera, radio modem, and the 13 cm wavelength band seemed much more problematic than the classical analog transmission. Despite that, the IP technology earned its place in the basket's configuration thanks to experience of the NetRex experts and a lot of discus - sions between team members. Therefore, in addition to the GoPro Hero 3 camera providing recording only, an AXIS P1214-E Network Camera intended for recording and live streaming, was installed as well.

Space technologies handled by enthusiasts
In addition to camera experts from NetRex, the Strato - caching team also consisted of engineers from the Czech Technical University in Prague and experienced radio communication amateurs. Video transmission would not be possible without a special custom-made multi-polarization antenna placed in the basket whose counterpart consisted of a ground 120 cm parabolic an -tenna with 27 dBi gain. However, that is not all. In order not to lose the signal, two independent transmitters of telemetric data using the APRS and RTTY amateur radio communication sys -tems were placed in the basket. The ground station had processed this telemetric data and, using custom-made software, it had controlled a special rotator that had always adjusted the parabolic antenna in the right di -rection. Therefore, the technology that is otherwise used to receive transmissions from satellites in orbit also served well in this enthusiastic project. The camera team overcame other obstacles derived from the proj -ect's unusual assignment as well: AXIS P1214-E, which is used mainly for discreet monitoring of ATMs and similar installations thanks to its miniature size and high-quality image, was supplemented with auxiliary heating via a heating wire and a bimetal thermostat.

Analog system received another blow: It works even from “space”
At the end the result of the experiment exceeded all expectations. The balloon reached the maximum height of 30,722 meters and landed on private land located 47 kilometers away from the start point. For the whole duration of the 117-minute flight, the camera, with the exception of some short black-outs, provided high- quality video streaming with resolution of 1280x800 pixels that was also recorded to the internal 64 GB mi - cro SD card. Radio communication was lost no sooner than several hundred meters above the ground. How - ever, at that time, the basket descending on a parachute was already visible to the organization team, whereas recording on the memory card had been made even in the car while driving back. The live streaming on the Internet was watched by more than 220,000 viewers. In addition, NetRex also added two ground IP cameras (AXIS P5534-E and AXIS P1354) to the stream, and the viewers had been able to switch among them as they pleased – one streaming from the launch site and one from the control center. Therefore, the whole experiment received unusual publicity – thanks to the advantages of the network video technology.



Dahua HD IP solution secures Morocco phosphate manufacturer

Dahua HD IP solution secures Morocco phosphate manufacturer

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 4/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

OCP group has recently upgraded its video surveillance system with Dahua HD IP solution.OCP group with derivatives market headquarter in Morocco, has been a key player in international phosphate market since its founding in 1920. It is world's largest exporter of phosphate rock and phosphoric acid as well as one of the world's major producers of fertilizer. Its production site had been equipped with analog system for several years, however, the system failed to give useful information after an incident. Thus, OCP group decided to level up their security by adding Dahua HD IP solution as a complementary as well as replacing its old DVRs.

Depending on customers' needs, clear monitoring image was the top priority; with OCP's wide production site, it is of great importance to deploy both indoor and outdoor cameras, Moreover, since the manufacturing base was secured by different branding devices, product compatibility becomes a key issue. Under professional suggestion of COUNTRY TECH, Dahua's local distributor, OCP group decided to take Dahua speed domes (SD6980-HN & SD6582A-HN), NVRs (NVR3216) and DVRs (DVR0804HF-L) to secure their assets.

Dahua 1.3/2-megapixel network speed domes provide real-time recording at high definitions with maximum 100-meterIR distance, ensuring a wide visual range at night as well as other poor-lighting conditions; domes' ingress protection rating is up to IP67 and IK10 to against harsh weathers. NVR3216 supports maximum 120fps@1080P recording and accommodates two HDDs for data storage.

“We put quality first when selecting products,” said Afaf RAIS, Sales Manager of COUNTRY TECH. “Partnering with Dahua for several years made us confident about the products and services they provide; meanwhile, all that are based on a reasonable price. During the project, Dahua showed professionalism and offered very good support and services.”

“Phosphate is the economic pillar in Morocco, we are proud that our solution and products could be applied to secure it,” said William Zhou, Sales Director of Latin America and Africa at Dahua Technology. “Global demand for high definition solution continues to grow, take Africa as an example, in recently years, we have seen more and more projects asking for IP solutions, and thus we will work more on this and bring more region-oriented products and solutions to the market.”

Synectics unveils COEX TriMode camera range

Synectics unveils COEX TriMode camera range

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 4/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Synectics has launched a new range of COEX TriMode camera stations which offer three light-condition operating modes in one unit, for greater operational flexibility and image clarity in all possible light conditions.

The supplier of advanced surveillance solutions to the global oil & gas and marine sectors, has designed the new low voltage, lightweight and compact units to be more adaptive to specific conditions by enabling seamless switching between colour, mono and thermal imaging at the touch of a button.

This makes the TriMode ideal for protecting onshore or at-sea critical marine, and oil and gas assets - such as FPSOs, drilling stations/platforms, pipelines or LNG carriers - where weather, light conditions and overall visibility can fluctuate rapidly between extremes. Day or night, the technology means that exceptional image quality is guaranteed through smoke, solar glare, ice, mist, torrential rain, fog or even complete darkness.

The corrosion resistant COEX TriMode camera stations, suitable for IP or fibre applications, are ideal for both hazardous and operational areas.

Certified to international standards and tested to withstand shock, vibration and explosion impact, they also offer absolute positioning integration. This facility enables operators to capture high quality images, with accurate position data, of approaching vehicles, vessels or human intruders up to 10km away, even in difficult visual conditions and - in the case of at-sea applications - irrespective of ship pitch.

Darren Alder, Engineering Director at Synectics, said: "From navigating through dense fog or detecting hazardous ice flow at-sea, through to monitoring environmental impact or identifying potential security/site safety threats onshore, the COEX TriMode guarantees dependable and meaningful image capture."

The lightweight and durable camera stations, with continuous rotation pan and tilt capabilities and continuous zoom, feature a pre-heat mode for safe start-up in sub-zero conditions, but can also operate in temperatures up to +60 degrees C. All models also incorporate a virtually indestructible gearbox with backlash eliminating technology to ensure smooth, proportional speed control.

Viet Highlands Coffee deploys GKB surveillance

Viet Highlands Coffee deploys GKB surveillance

Editor / Provider: GKB | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Highlands Coffee is a brand of Viet Thai International Joint Stock Company (VTI). Highlands Coffee brand launched into high-end hotels and supermarkets in 2000 via packaged Roast & Ground coffee. They opened their first café in October 2002. Till now, with over 50 cafés in Vietnam, Highlands Coffee is looking forward to upgrading their security performance into one single IP-based monitoring system that is proving capable of growing along with the development of the nation continues.

50 café shops of Highlands Coffee chain was guarded by GKB network cameras ensuring a secure shopping experience. The Highlands Coffee has installed 50 vandal proof IP domes (D34724) to monitor the entrances and cash desks in particular. Besides, GKB's unique Cloud platform is allowed the administrator to remotely control and manage each branch's video anytime, anywhere.

Centralized operations for greater efficiency and effectiveness
To control and manage all areas of multiple branches, GKB Cloud platform provides a range of unique features, combining high performance with simplicity of operation and intuitive interface and scaling management, and making Highlands Coffee's security Easier.

Complete chain store security network
GKB network camera offers real-time and live viewing and recording which are perfect for preventing employee theft and securing coffee shops environment. GKB Envoy Viewer-11 is 64CH remote access PC-based software and able to play back up to 16ch at 1080P simultaneously with friendly digital zoom-in for snapshot, live view, and playback.

MOBOTIX supports UK Morrison Supermarkets upgrades surveillance

MOBOTIX supports UK Morrison Supermarkets upgrades surveillance

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 4/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX, a manufacturer of digital high-resolution and network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Wm Morrison Supermarkets that is helping to secure access and reduce management complexity across 40 critical sites supporting the retailers “farm to fork” business strategy.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets is a major UK food retailer with over 500 stores across Britain and subsidiaries including Farmers Boy, a manufacturer and distributor of food products; Woodhead Bros, a meat processing business; FlowerWorld, a wholesale flower business and other business interests including multi-channel online retailing.

The company prides itself on its hands on approach to the food distribution chain and in 2008, the newly appointed Data Centre Services Manager, Darryl Shears, began a program to strengthen the resilience and security around its critical IT infrastructure as part of a wider software migration from legacy systems to a unified Oracle based platform.

“We have sites that range from northern Scotland, to Bridgwater in the south west and Sittingbourne in the south east and managing this estate from a centralised team in Bradford is a logistics challenge,” explains Shears, “We need to be able to monitor key comms rooms and IT equipment remotely both proactively to stop any issues from escalating and to react quickly to ensure any problems are dealt with effectively.”

To this end, Morrisons decided upon a strategy to upgrade each of these vital IT and comms rooms with environmental monitoring, remote surveillance and remote access control technology. With a requirement for an ultra-reliable, easy to manage yet flexible system, the firm turned to Express Data, a trusted and long serving technical adviser and installation specialist for assistance.

Following an extensive evaluation programme and based on a number of strong reference site examples, the supermarket group selected a solution including MOBOTIX CCTV cameras, Panduit environmental monitoring and access control technology. “The MOBOTIX solution, especially the hemispheric technology allows us to use just one or two cameras to cover single or multiple rooms with the resolution and reliability we required,” explains Shears, “In addition, the built-in flash storage support means that we can still record the site even if we have a network connectivity issue.”

The team based in Bradford can use the MOBOTIX cameras to view anybody requiring access to a secure room and remotely open doors and monitor any activity within the room. The system has the option for fully bi-directional audio and requires only 5W per camera which aligns with the company's stated aim to use low energy technologies across its operations.

Over the last 24 months, Express Data has worked with Shears and his team to implement upgrades at an additional 11 sites and created a standard blueprint for the resilience and security at each of the critical sites.

The build includes power redundancy and best practice access procedures with a full visual audit trail. In total, the supermarket has deployed around 140 cameras and, “…as we roll out new sites or make any changes, we now see MOBOTIX as part of our standard build and the system has proven extremely reliable while seamlessly integrating into our other operational systems and processes.”

 Milestone XProtect  provides Finnish schools and harbor with full-range protection

Milestone XProtect provides Finnish schools and harbor with full-range protection

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 4/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

“Installing Milestone XProtect has done the trick. We have reduced the cost of vandalism by approximately €50,000 (around $69,054) per year. Now we have practically no costs in regards to vandalism. What originated as a need for general security has evolved: One of the main benefits of our solution is the broad usage of it.” - Eero Polonen, Technical Manager, Kontiolahti Municipality.

The Challenge:
Before installing Milestone XProtect software, Kontiolahti Municipality was subjected to extensive vandalism at schools and in the harbor. The harbor was especially plagued by theft of boat motors and oil, littering and other destructive activities that the old security system was not equipped to handle.


The Solution:
Installing Milestone Partner Hallstrom designed and implemented an efficient solution with Milestone XProtect Professional and XProtect Essential to manage 200 AXIS, Sony, Vivotek and Mobotix cameras. The cameras are installed throughout the entire municipality at hospitals, sports fields, harbors and schools. Hallstrom integrated Blackbox Light Control System, which has enabled the municipality to use XProtect Smart Client and Milestone Mobile to control not only cameras, but also all public lighting systems. Hallstrom set up the users with the XProtect Smart Client Finnish language interface, which significantly eases day-to-day operations for Kontiolahti Municipality.

The Advantages:
The Milestone XProtect solution has provided Kontiolahti with increased safety and has led to a significant reduction in vandalism saving around USD69,054 a year. The municipality can easily expand their security solution to more uses with the Milestone open platform.

Large yearly savings from reduced vandalism thanks to Milestone
The Milestone surveillance solution is installed all over Kontiolahti Municipality for many purposes, including keeping the citizens of Kontiolahti safe in public: “The general opinion in the population is that security has increased after we have installed the new solution,” states Eero Polonen, Technical Manager at Kontiolahti Municipality. The estimated savings are €50,000 a year due to reduced vandalism.

“Before we installed Milestone XProtect we were experiencing a lot of vandalism at schools in our area and at the harbor, where fuel and motors from the boats were frequently being stolen. That was the reason why we decided to install a new security system: to reduce the destruction of our facilities and further increase safety for our population,” states Polonen.

“A new security system was badly needed since the previous one was both outdated and lacked user-friendliness” relates Polonen.

To find a better solution to secure the municipality, Eero Polonen teamed up with Milestone Partner through seven years, Hallstrom LTD Partnership. Hqllstrom is a Finnish expert in the fields of ICT and security, and is one of the leading suppliers of IP-based surveillance solutions in Finland. Their effective solution with Milestone XProtect Professional and XProtect Essential has significantly made a difference in helping the municipality with their problems.

“We chose Milestone XProtect because the product is reliable and stable, which is very important for us. Moreover, the Milestone solution is scalable, so it can be used in everything from small systems to very large systems. That is a big advantage,” says Polonen.

Kontiolahti gets additional benefits from using open platform software
Besides helping the municipality reduce vandalism, the video monitoring solution is also used to secure the personal safety of citizens living in elderly homes and for checking conditions at sports venues: “With Milestone Mobile we remotely check the condition of a sports field to plan maintenance, for example,” says Polonen. The solution has also proven to be beneficial during the long cold winters: “In winter the staff can remotely check how much snow falls to decide how often they have to plow ice away from roads and parking places.”

 The integration benefits of open platform
Kontiolahti Municipality sees many advantages of the Milestone open platform that makes it easy to integrate with third-party systems.

“Hallstrom has integrated XProtect with the Blackbox Light Control System. This allows us to control the lights at different locations directly from the XProtect Smart Client interface,” says Polonen. “A big plus in regards to the XProtect Smart Client is that it has been translated to Finnish. That contributes to making the clients easy to use. In general, I think the XProtect Smart Client is very intuitive and easy to manage and the fact that we can use the same client for all platforms is an extra plus.”

It was the system integrator Hallstrom who recommended Kontiolahti to go with the Milestone solution, and Hallstrom has thoroughly trained each of the users in how to use the solution. “We have received very good support from Hallstrom who has quickly responded to our questions and inquiries throughout the purchasing, installation and support process,” concludes Eero Polonen and adds that the municipality is planning on expanding the solution to cover even more institutions.


Fact box



XProtect Professional and XProtect Essential


XProtect Smart Client and Milestone Mobile

NUmber of cameras


camera models

15 AXIS P1357E cameras, 20 Mobotix D14 cameras and 60 Vivotek MD7650 cameras, and a few Sony and Vivotek PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras

type of network

3G network, wireless LAN and the municipality's intranet

Central/Local management

Local, remote


Blackbox Light Control System



IndigoVision expands video solution into 150 Colombian cities

IndigoVision expands video solution into 150 Colombian cities

Editor / Provider: IndigoVision | Updated: 4/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

The number of Colombian cities using IndigoVision's solution for surveillance has increased by 24, bringing the total to 150.

IndigoVision's unique Distributed Network Architecture (DNA) has been key for the Colombian National Police Force, allowing easy system expansion. The unrivalled hardware compression allows remote monitoring of any camera across all 150 cities.

More about IndigoVision's city surveillance:
Urban challenges
City centers cover large geographical areas consisting of diverse buildings and environments. Public buildings and facilities are prime terrorist targets and inner cities often have high crime areas. Traffic management is essential for safety and operation of urban areas. Hosting demonstrations, carnivals and sporting events all require temporary and flexible surveillance solutions.

Mobile applications' traffic monitoring & crime reduction
IndigoVision has been deployed in a number of mobile applications, including monitoring vans and command vehicles. Fault-tolerant NVRs with removable hard discs coupled with excellent compression and easy wireless network implementation means that IndigoVision is the ideal solution for mobile and rapid deployment surveillance.

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