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FLIR thermal security cameras prevent outdoor fires

FLIR thermal security cameras prevent outdoor fires

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 8/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Every year stories about wildfires make newspaper headlines. In scorching weather countryside is left tinder-dry by a prolonged heat wave, resulting in major wildfires. Because of human negligence or malicious intent, forest wildfires result in a major cost for society, the loss of valuable forest areas, and the risk of human casualties.

 

 

Application story
In order to offer a solution for this ever returning problem, FLIR systems offers a fire detection camera system based on thermal imaging technology that is able to detect fires in an early stage and over a long range.

Thermal imaging technology for outdoor fire protection
Thermal imaging cameras for fire detection are not new. They have been used for example for indoor detection in waste plants, which often contain thousands of tons of solid waste. This waste is potentially flammable when stored, due to self-combustion, spontaneous chemical reactions between the disposals or methane gas-building. Cameras like the FLIR A130 F and FC-R Series for example detect fires based on temperature changes and actually measure the temperature. When a certain, unwanted temperature level is reached, the registered camera images can trigger an alarm.

And although a forest fire application is the origin of this system, it is also suitable for use on any outdoor fire detection environment, or indoor long range areas. It can be applied for a wide variety of installations, like industrial premises, solar fields, electrical stations, flammable outdoor deposits, nuclear plants, airports, ports and many others.

FLIR thermal cameras highly stable in tough environment
Both FLIR A310F and the FC-R-Series Security cameras have been designed in such a way that the survivability of the camera in electrically adverse environments is guaranteed. “Power sources in forest areas are generally not the most stable ones, due to the remoteness and vastness of those areas,” “Voltage dips or interruptions can cause a normal camera to break. Also, lightning strikes can be fatal for a security camera system.”

Moreover, A310F and FC-R-Series Security cameras have been engineered with propriety FLIR circuitry to provide a high degree of protection against a variety of problematic power conditions that have been shown to cause problems for typical cameras. The benefits of this added protection include: uninterrupted operation in a wide range of conditions, a high degree of protection against electrical storms and immunity to electrical noise in industrial environments.

Thermal imaging cam see the unseen in the dark
FLIR FC R Series and A-Series Fixed and Pan Tilt Series cameras can be installed almost anywhere to monitor critical equipment and other valuable assets. They will safeguard plants and measure temperature differences to assess the criticality of the situation. This allows users to see problems before they become costly failures, preventing downtime and enhancing worker safety. They can also be used for Security & Surveillance.

Although most of the thermal imaging cameras that are being used in a security & surveillance environment do not need to measure temperatures, there are some cases in which the ability to measure temperature offers advantages. Thermal imaging cameras become definitely necessary when Security & Surveillance needs to be combined with temperature monitoring of critical installations.

A typical example is substation monitoring. With a thermal imaging camera that is able to measure temperatures, users can monitor transformers and other substation equipment during daytime. And during the night, the same thermal imaging camera can be used for perimeter security.

Why not using the same cameras to do both?
Security professionals around the world have been using FLIR thermal cameras for perimeter and critical asset security for years. Facility operations and safety personnel have been using FLIR cameras to gather non-contact temperature measurements and condition monitoring data for decades.


By merging FLIR industry-leading thermal imaging cameras with thermal video analytics and non-contact temperature measurement, the FC R series, and the A310 Fixed and Pan/Tilt camera systems create a multi-role solution for perimeter intrusion detection and facility safety monitoring. With FLIR Analytics users can use security cameras to measure and display actual object temperatures and generate alarms when thresholds are exceeded, even at remotely monitored facilities.

 

 

Benefits of FC- R Series A310F and PT cameras
* Perimeter security with thermal imaging and analytics
* Equipment monitoring to anticipate unexpected failures
* Wide-area surveillance for fire detection and monitoring of critical materials
* Alarms based on actual object temperatures exceeding pre-set thresholds

 


 

Benefits of Thermal Analytics Applications
Powerful and versatile, FC- R Series and A310 cameras with FLIR Thermal Analytics protect users from loss on multiple fronts. Pole-mounted fixed cameras using FLIR Analytics provide automated alarming of intruders, while cueing pan/tilt cameras to interrogate alarms for more detailed assessment. When no intrusion alarms are present, the cameras can examine substation components for heat signatures that signify efficiency loss or impending failure and generate temperature alarms. Proactively fixing these faults saves utility companies from losing millions of dollars in revenue due to unplanned service interruptions every year. These same cameras provide intrusion alarm assessment with built-in analytics and respond to alarms generated by other third-party devices. Strategically positioned cameras send alarms when a concentrated area shows a temperature increase.

These FLIR Thermal Analytics solutions protect facilities from intrusion, fire hazards, premature equipment failure, and other factors that can lead to expensive downtime and lost revenue.

As a proven application for:
-Monitoring hazardous chemical storage facilities, bulk coal piles
-Forest Fire detection
-Substation Monitoring
-Airport Fire detection
-High value asset monitoring
-Major high density people venues/locations

Bosch to demonstrate maximize connected security in Essen

Bosch to demonstrate maximize connected security in Essen

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In today's interconnected world, smart businesses find ways to in-crease the intelligence and interoperability of every facet of their infrastructure. Discover in hall 3/stand 409 how Bosch gives end users intelligence at every level of your infrastructure: in the device, through the data transmission and at the point of use. So the users can turn smart connections into faster reactions.

Now let's take a look at our new products and solutions, which we are happy to present to you at our stand.

Let's begin with our latest IP camera, the DINION IP ultra 8000 MP. With the launch of its DINION IP ultra 8000 MP camera featuring latest 4K ultra HD technology, Bosch is changing the game when it comes to wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. As a result, the DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons

We have developed the MIC IP 7000 HD-family for extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, thus ensuring reliable monitoring in demanding weather, installation, and lighting conditions. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. It provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, high-ways, and critical infrastructures.

Moving on now to Bosch's intrusion technology:
We have been continuously developing our AMAX 2100 to 4000 intrusion control panels for small to medium-sized applications since their market launch in the last year. This means that you can now conveniently program various macro functions via the panel control center. For example, an individual arming configuration can be performed via a button. An integrated audio alarm is now also available. In the event of an intrusion, the owner or the monitoring center receives a voice message from the panel and can respond immediately.

The fire detectors in Bosch's new AVENAR 4000 series deliver information that, as well as reporting a hazard, can also give clear, simple details regarding disturbance variables caused by radio masts, for example. This can significantly reduce the expenditure for the installation or maintenance of a system.

We would also like to present our cost-effective solution for audio playback in public address and voice alarm systems: The Line Isolator System (LIS) speaker.

The easy-to-install system comes without the need for expensive E30 wiring and creates redundant speaker loops for public address and voice alarm systems. LIS is certified for use in Europe in accordance with EN 54-16 and is suitable for commercial use in buildings with lots of speakers – such as office buildings and hotels.

Of course, this was just a small selection of what we would be happy to present to you live at our stand.

Bosch provides one-stop security solution to Yves Rocher in Thai

Bosch provides one-stop security solution to Yves Rocher in Thai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/21/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch video surveillance solutions are now installed across all Yves Rocher outlets in Thailand. Yves Rocher, a leading global cosmetic and beauty brand that is rapidly expanding in Thailand has entrusted Bosch to keep their outlets across the country, safe and secure with our video surveillance solutions. Working with Bosch partner, CCTV Thailand, a video surveillance system was installed to allow central monitoring of all Yves Rocher outlets.

Each outlet is approximately 24 square meters and is installed with 4 indoor dome cameras. The Bosch VDC-260 cameras are used in each outlet to monitor the cashier, entrance and display shelves. The cameras are connected to a Bosch DVR-480 recording unit that enables real-time digital recording.

Footage from the DVR is centrally monitored with the Bosch Video Client (BVC). The BVC is simple to install, configure and intuitive to use and is ideal for applications such as retail stores like Yves Rocher. This software allows Yves Rocher's security team to view images from multiple cameras on a single PC monitor and easily archive video clips. BVC displays live video from up to 20 standard and high definition cameras simultaneously.

With the Bosch video surveillance system keeping their existing 50 outlets secure and well monitored, Yves Rocher plans to equip their future outlets with the same solution which is easy to maintain and monitor centrally. In addition, the 3-year warranty and efficient after sales follow up gives them peace of mind to focus on their core business without worrying about store security.

*     A one-stop video surveillance solution to monitor Yves Rocher outlets across Thailand

* Excellent image resolution and digital video recording that enables precision monitoring at all outlets

* Flexible viewing options via the Bosch video client maximizes the efficiency of security monitoring

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin's new Beyond 1280H series of 1000 TV Lines analogue cameras are equipped as standard with a long list of innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

To ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the eight new analogue models, Samsung Techwin has also introduced new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs which can simultaneously record the extremely high quality 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

“We have introduced the new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras and DVRs in support of those many thousands of CCTV users across Europe who want to cost effectively extend the life of their existing analogue systems,” said Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Whilst widespread adoption of video over IP is inevitable, there is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems which are working satisfactorily. End-users may however now need identification grade images which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver. The good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, existing and legacy analogue systems.”

Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Beyond DVRs
In addition to the Beyond 4 channel SRD-476D, 8 channel SRD-876D and 16 channel SRD-1676D, which can all record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all of their channels, Samsung Techwin has also introduced the 16 channel SRD-1656D, which has the ability to record in real time, CIF quality images captured by connected cameras. De-Interlace support on each channel ensures sharp, accurate display of still images.

All four new Beyond DVRs, which have a single channel audio output, offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. With the exception of the 4 channel SRD-476D which has a single internal HDD, the Beyond series of DVRS have four internal SATA HDDs and each provide the option for extra video storage via two external SATA ports.

The Beyond DVRs benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

The new cameras and domes in the Beyond 1280H series are:
* SCB-5003 WDR 1280H bodied camera
* SCB-5000 1280H bodied camera
* SCD-5083 WDR 1280H Dome Camera
* SCD-5080 1280H Dome Camera
* SCV-5083 1280H WDR Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCV-5080 1280H Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCD-5083R 1280H WDR IR Dome Camera
* SCV-5083R Vandal-Resistant WDR IR Dome Camera

Collectively the first eight new models are designed to offer solutions for a wide range of applications and environments from offices, retail stores, schools and hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

VIVOTEK introduces advanced video content analysis solutions

VIVOTEK introduces advanced video content analysis solutions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK has announced its first video content analysis (VCA) application package, which includes three key functions: Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting. Introduction of the new VCA application package follows the debut of the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Now, the VCA package can analyze data directly on a camera to provide solutions for business applications, in addition to traditional security use cases.

Powerful Intelligent Functions
The Field Detection feature allows users to define a zone in the field of view for automated monitoring. Whenever a person or object either enters or leaves this zone, the event is automatically detected, and notification is sent to the video management server or other back-end infrastructure. Line Crossing functionality is used to set up a virtual line within the camera's field of view so that when a person or object crosses the line, the event is detected. VIVOTEK's implementation of this feature detects line crossing from either the left or the right, or from either direction at once. In addition to obvious security applications, the Field Detection and Line Crossing could be used to demarcate a zone in the field of view corresponding to an area in physical space where access is restricted.

The Object Counting feature is particularly valuable for retail applications, providing quantitative data on variables such as in-store traffic and shopper behavior, as well as for transport-related applications, where the function can be used to track the number of passengers, vehicles, and so forth. Software accessing the precise numerical data provided by the Object Counting algorithm can then provide a reliable basis for users to make business decisions, improve service, increase operational efficiency, perform in-depth analysis, and more.

In the business realm, these three key functions aid to improve the customer experience, adjust staffing levels, or determine sales conversion rates, among many other possibilities.

Tapping Market Trends
VIVOTEK Executive Vice President Steve Ma remarked, "The use of surveillance cameras is expanding from their traditional role in security to business applications. VIVOTEK is leading this trend in a big way with our on-camera video content analysis and the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform. We can't wait to see the powerful software plug-ins that developers are going to create using this combination-and the benefits they will bring to retailers and other customers around the world."

The full VIVOTEK video content analysis suite, including Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting modules, is available immediately on VIVOTEK's MD8562, FE8174/74V, and FE8173 cameras. The company plans to integrate Field Detection and Line Crossing functions in other camera models in the near future.

Smart lock: Unlocking a smarter, more secure home

Smart lock: Unlocking a smarter, more secure home

Editor / Provider: a&s SMAhome | Updated: 8/18/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

According to a survey by Consumer Reports, 67 percent of Americans rely on deadbolt locks as the primary mean to secure their homes. However, the survey also revealed that 20 percent of Americans leave the front door unlocked at least occasionally. Another problem is that door keys are small infrequently used objects that are easily misplaced. Smart locks set out to solve these problems, with some extra twists.

With the Internet of Things picking up momentum, its residential applications allow device makers to cheaply add wireless connectivity to everything in a home. Wireless connectivity, in conjunction with a strong focus on user experience, sets the stage for new types of residential access control systems. According to a recent report by NextMarket Insights, the global smart lock market will grow from $261 million today to $3.6 billion by 2019.

“The mainstreaming of the smart home is driving innovation in previously forgotten categories of home hardware and systems,” said Michael Wolf, Chief Analyst with NextMarket Insights. “Established security and home hardware companies increasingly face competition from upstarts who are introducing a new breed of smart and connected locks into the market.”

What is a smart lock?
A new type of wireless door lock that allows a user to use mobile devices to remotely lock or unlock the door, send permanent or temporary virtual keys to guests to grant access, and receive push notifications when the door is accessed. Some also integrate with smart home systems. These locks are generally affordable, rather than luxury items.

CURRENT OFFERINGS
At the moment, six smart locks have garnered the most media attention because they show the potential of a reimagined residential access control system that can be easy to install and use, and provides additional convenience compared to conventional deadbolt locks like remote access and integration with smart home systems. Push notifications and visitor logs also help boost security. The main theme is to make smartphones the primary key to the door, and a key fob, mechanical key or PIN code as backup plan. However, each company took a different approach with their smart lock designs.

Earlier smart locks, such as those made by Schlage and Yale were based on Z-Wave and Zigbee and were integrated into smart home platforms. However, multiple newer types of smart locks began appearing in 2013, offering direct control and user authentication from a smartphone app. These locks use Bluetooth Smart and WiFi connectivity to make the authentication process more convenient; the protocols are supported by most smartphones, which makes it easier to detect proximity with users carrying key-replacement devices.

The August Smart Lock was funded by angels and designed by Swiss designer Yves Behar. Users can control and manage the lock with an iOS, Android, or web app. Guests who have received a virtual key are able to unlock the August Smart Lock with their smartphones. Users can set the duration for which a virtual key is active, or manually disable them at any time. In addition to recording a visitation log, the lock also send a push notifi cation to a user's smartphone when guests go in or come out of the house.

Lockitron was the first smart lock to be successfully crowdfunded, although multiple design and manufacturing problems have delayed its shipping date long past its originally scheduled one, during which multiple competitors have sprung up and some have beat them to the market. It is a simple smart lock that fi ts directly over an existing deadbolt on the back of a door and is unlocked with a smartphone.

Users can also grant access to friends, family and guests through the app. The lock itself connects to a home network using WiFi, so it can send you notifi cations no matter where you are. Users with smartphones supporting Bluetooth Smart will see the door unlock automatically when an authorized device is in its range of detection. Goji was successfully crowdfunded on Indiegogo. When released, it will offer an additional option to open one's door through customer service representatives, who will be available 24/7. Aside from sending virtual keys, proximity-based unlocking and smartphonecontrolled operations, the smart lock can also snap a photo whenever someone is at the door and sends photo and text alerts to a user's smartphone; it also records all activities and makes the logs available through the Goji smartphone or web app. The Goji Smart lock replaces an existing deadbolt rather than retrofi t onto one and has high-tech-looking units on both the interior and exterior sides of the door.

The exterior-facing unit can display text and be opened to reveal a keyhole for physical keys. Kwikset Kevo debuted on the American reality competition series Shark Tank. Powered by UniKey and back by lock incumbent Kwikset, Kevo was the first of newer types of smart locks on the market. Kevo detects ekeys through Bluetooth, and its tap-to-open feature is a convenient way to open doors. Users do not receive notifi cations each time the door is unlocked, but can look up the lock's complete access history on the smartphone app. “A simple touch of the lock initiates verification between the smart device and the lock, unlocking or locking as a result. The user is no longer required to fi sh for keys, unload packages, pizzas or children from arms, said Dirk Wyckoff, VP of Sales and Marketing of UniKey Technologies. “On top of that, an administrator of the lock can send and delete additional eKeys for access to other people, determine the parameters of usage for those people (time or day, etc.), all without ever surrendering a physical key.”

Smart locks released by two other lock giants Schlage and Yale take a more conservative approach, but then they have been offering these locks for a much longer time. Both feature touchscreen number pads that look bulky and old-school, and do not provide flashy features like the other smart locks do. Both companies offer ZigBee and Z-Wave versions of their locks, which work well with many smart home systems. “We believe that while the smart and connected lock market today is largely Z-Wave and Zigbee based,” said Wolf. “There will be strong demand in coming years for newer direct-connect smart and cloud-connected locks using other radio interfaces."

IS NFC BECOMING A NONFACTOR IN THE SMART HOME?

NFC technology is highly secure and has a better overall power management profile than low energy Bluetooth, and there are clear use cases for the technology in a variety of security, access control, authentication and identification. A few years ago, it seemed like NFC was a serious technology to watch across a number of different segments. The most obvious was retail and payments, where Google threw its support behind NFC as a key technology for contactless payments. As a result, many retailers installed thousands of contactless payment systems with NFC technology over the last five years.

While Google was supportive, the other half of today's modern mobile duopoly has not been. Apple hasn't integrated the technology, at least not yet, and hasn't made clear whether they have any plans to do so anytime soon. Big retailers have been cautious about the technology without Apple's support, and some retailers, like Starbucks, have opted for alternatives like Square card readers. New alternatives and Apple's lack of support has led to waning interest in NFC as a retail payment technology, and recently some retailers who had installed it have actually started to disable the NFC capabilities.

In 2011 Yale, one of the big-three lock makers, announced they would integrate NFC into one their electronic locks and even demoed it at CES 2013, but they never released a NFC-integrated lock and based on my conversations with the company, it doesn't look like one is imminent.

Lockitron, a smart lock startup does have NFC in its forthcoming smart lock, but this is the only one of the new-generation smart locks that I know of with NFC integrated. However, the company is struggling to get locks out to its crowdfunded backers, and even if they do its not clear that this will give any momentum to NFC as an authentication technology for smart locks. Still, even with these few bright spots, it doesn't look to me like we're seeing significant interest in NFC in today's smart home. News in January that Apple had filed a patent for an NFC/Bluetooth LE/Wi-Fi usage in unified mobile payment implementation is a dim sparkle of hope on the horizon, because I think if Apple moves into NFC it could revive the technology. And, by extension, widespread adoption of NFC into iOS devices could give some much needed momentum to NFC in the smart home as well.

CONSTRAINTS
While advances in mechanical door locks have made them more secure over the past few thousand years, the relationship between people, doors and door locks have not changed: person + key = entry. With residential doors locks now incorporating IT and wireless connectivity, it seems possible that this relationship can be more convenient, efficient and secure. Perhaps locks can even be built-in to the doors, removing the need for a door knob. However, even though locks are no longer constrained by the complications of mechanical designs, it will be a while before radical changes will be affordable to most people.

The idea of futuristic doors that automatically open and close are nothing new; they can be seen in retail stores, hospitals, offi ce buildings and more. The problem is they are still too expensive for most homeowners, more so when security is added into the mix. “An automated system of your front door opening automatically on your approach in the manner you live your life with the affordable technology present today is not reality,” Wyckoff said. There are also other problems that have yet to be solved in products that cater to the average consumer. “Can every front door be aligned and insulated properly? What are suitable jams and thresholds? How about power availability?” Wyckoff asked. “Yes, but not at an acceptable cost to the masses. When addressing the mass market, we must respect what their front door looks like; in North America, it's a traditional door with a deadbolt cylindrical tubular lock. That door may swell with the seasons. That door may not quite latch properly and the deadbolt may even be used to simply hold it shut from a gentle breeze.”

“If I had a lot of extra money, there are materials and craftspeople that could install a very fancy entry system for me,” Wyckoff continued. “That system may not have UniKey's touch-to-open entry making it simple, but I bet it would be nice; I may just need to take out a second mortgage in order to pay for it. One of my kids may even have to forego college.”

MOVING FORWARD
The trade-off between what is possible and its cost of implementation places a limit at the front door, so it is safe to assume that the door itself will not go through any radical changes in the near future. However, the locks that are fitted onto the doors will see some interesting developments over the next few years. The standard key has worked for hundreds of years and is based on mature technology and manufacturing processes, making them cheap to produce and easy to replace. Smartphones, on the other hand, are much more expensive to replace—although opening the front door would probably be the least of a user's worries if the smartphone is misplaced. While it is unlikely that smartphones will replace mechanical keys in the near future, the introduction of smart locks show a glimmer of hope for better residential access control systems going mainstream.

 Video Doorphones Move Beyond Access Control
Video doorphones, or video intercoms, have evolved from mere entry management systems into into multifunctional devices that support network connectivity and home automation features. Video doorphones for smart home serve as the core of a smart home, integrating security, communication and home automation features. Video door phone systems generally comprises control monitors and and door stations with built-in megapixel cameras. Popular features consist of inter-building and remote communication, access control and guest monitoring.

However, manufacturers have a hard time differentiating their products from those of competitors because the industrial design needs to be conservative to be compatible with many types of decor and cannot follow design trends because product life is often tens of years. New features are also difficult to introduce because the system needs to be reliable. According to Amroad, “when functions are very similar, establishing a positive emotional connection with users is the key. Hence, design and quality are an important driver to differentiate a brand from another. Making durable products, from the aesthetical and material point of view, is essential. “Deployment is another big differentiation factor. Right now, installing these products is difficult, time-consuming, expensive. It is a task that can be completed only by highly trained technicians. However, in the next few months well designed systems will allow for quick and reliable installations in a matter of minutes, resulting in lower prices for clients and more efficient maintenance.”

Burn baby burn: Southeast Asia's fire market fires up

Burn baby burn: Southeast Asia's fire market fires up

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s Asia | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Southeast Asia's fire market is set for impressive growth, driven by various positive factors including the region's economic expansion and more stringent regulations, which have led to stronger demand. Meanwhile, end users are looking for better and more cutting-edge technology, which includes wireless and IP solutions.

The fire and safety market has never grown out of style as people attach significant importance to the protection of life and property. Recent estimates by Research and Markets estimate that the global fire safety market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.9 percent from 2013 to 2018, when the market size is expected to reach US$66.6 billion.

Among the places where growth in fire equipment and products are especially noticeable are Southeast Asia countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. According to estimates by Frost & Sullivan, Southeast Asia's fire safety market will grow at a CAGR of 8.1 percent between now and 2017, reaching a size of $548.3 million by that year. “Yes, no doubt the Asian fire and safety market is set to grow successfully,” said Robin Chen, Marketing Manager of Lightak.

Economic Expansion
The upbeat sentiment certainly has to do with Southeast Asia's economy, which is on a roll. A recent survey from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development indicated that Southeast Asia economies will grow at a CAGR of 5.4 percent between now and 2018. Among them, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam will record high growth rates of 6 percent, 5.8 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, over the next five years.

This expansion has led to a construction boom in the region and increased incomes for citizens, who now attach greater importance to fire safety. “There is definitely a stronger need for asset and life protection,” said Chen.

Regulations Trigger Demand
Tighter regulations on fire safety in Southeast Asia have also triggered demand for products. In Thailand, for example, fire alarm is law. Every building has to have fire alarm systems, according to Suwong Ratchawong, Fire Safety Technical Manager for Thailand at Siemens Ltd., Building Technologies Division.

Adds Warodom Sucharitakul, MD of Shinaracha Frotector, a Thailand-based fire protection consulting firm: “Fire safety systems are required in buildings higher than 23 meters or bigger than 10,000 square meters. There are also requirements that maintenance programs for fire safety systems be done in factories.”

Other Southeast Asian countries also have similar codes. In India, all buildings 15 meters in height or above must have a control room on the entrance floor of the building with communication systems to all floors. In Singapore, every floor of a building with height of 24 meters or above is required to have a water sprinkler system. These regulations create business opportunities for suppliers eyeing the Southeast Asia market.

Technological Trends
An increase in fire safety awareness in the region has led to growing interest in more sophisticated fire safety technology, for example addressable panels, wireless, and IP.

Addressable Panels
Addressable fire control panels hold several key advantages over conventional ones. In a conventional panel, which remains popular due to its lower cost, up to 80 loops can be included, with each loop connecting 20 to 30 devices such as detectors and call points. The drawback is that it can only identify the zone where is a fire may be taking place. An addressable fire control panel, on the other hand, can have hundreds of devices connected to a loop, each with its own unique address that enables the panel to recognize the exact location of the fire.

“There are more applications of addressable fire alarm systems from residential complexes to commercial projects, indicating increased demand and need for more precise detection,” said Henry Shaw, Overseas Manager at Horing Lih Industrial. According to the company, its addressable control panel can have a maximum of 32 loops, each able to connect with 250 addressable devices. That's a total of 8,000 addressable points.

Wireless
Besides the more mature fire safety solutions, Southeast Asian users are also exploring new technologies, for example wireless and IP. In the words of Lightak's Chen, there is definitely strong interest in these technologies, especially among those who can afford them. “In India, for instance, you've got lots of noblemen. These are the people who need protection the most,” he said.

Wireless fire products are those that require no wiring between devices and the panel. Examples include wireless alarms and detectors, which are becoming more prevalent in the market. “Wi-Fi is suitable for particular projects. For example, you have two or three buildings, and the distance between building and building may be 800 meters, making it quite difficult to lay cable or fiber optic,” Ratchawong said. “Also, for antique buildings, they cannot dig roads and put in fiber optic. That's when they can use Wi-Fi.”

IP
IP-based fire equipment is another phenomenon that has picked up steam in Southeast Asia. According to a recent report by IHS, a main reason for the technology's growing acceptance is its ability to connect with other devices in home automation systems. “Here, buildings are integrating fire equipment with building management, security, and lighting equipment to improve operational efficiencies and have fewer people reviewing and monitoring the information,” the report said.

Ratchawong corroborated IHS's observation. “Information technology like the Internet is already coming to Southeast Asia. Most of the owners and end users would like to incorporate fire alarm system into these technologies, like control panels communicating with each other through the Internet,” he said.

With new technologies emerging, it's important for suppliers to keep up with the changing market taste to ensure best business results. “Manufacturers always have to follow exactly what's needed by the customer,” said Lee Ran-huang, GM of Ching Gu Electronics. “You must also have a vision of what will be needed five to ten years later.”

Challenges
Price will continue to be a challenge for suppliers in the Southeast Asian market, where competition is fierce due mainly to cutthroat price war waged by Chinese manufacturers, who offer products at super low prices and in the process push out other players.

While smaller manufacturers find it hard to survive in this environment, larger companies respond by offering products with superior quality and functionality. Siemens, for example, has come up with products with intelligence in it. “Our detector has a microprocessor inside, with which it can make decisions on whether there is real fire, or it's just false alarm,” said Ratchawong.

Another challenge, in particular for smaller companies, is requirement that products be certified by international certification bodies like UL and FM. In large government or private projects, certified products must be used, and suppliers who can provide them have a better chance to win the contract. These suppliers tend to be larger companies who can afford the huge certification fees.

Rosy Prospects
Challenges aside, the Southeast Asia fire market is set for remarkable growth that can't be ignored. Regional economic expansion, the growing importance that people attach to safety, and the adoption of new fire technologies all contribute to rosy prospects for Southeast Asia's fire market down the road. The popular catchphrase “Burn, baby, burn” indeed encapsulates the sentiment that both manufacturers and users have for the market.

TOP10 most popular security products for July 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for July 2014

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com is honored to disclose the TOP10 for July 2014, as the summer has hit the record-high temperature all around the world!

Let's go through the award list in July quickly:

There are 7 manufacturers making it into the TOP10 ranking in July. Although this is not the first enter for most of the companies, every product on the list is definitely new face in town!

Bosch, Dahua, and Hikvision are taking two seats respectively, while others go to ioteo, Nextchip, Samsung, and VIVOTEK. Among these awarded suppliers, most of the suppliers are coming from Asia – Dahua and Hikvision from China; VIVOTEK from Taiwan; Nextchip and Samsung from Korea. On the other hand, couple of leading European providers, Bosch Security Systems and ioteo, are seen in this list, taking three seats in total.

Taken as a whole, the TOP10 for July has shown a wide and diverse interests from the visitors; nevertheless, it is obvious that smart home applications have made up half of the list, suggesting that the Internet of Things and smart home market show a promising aspect. Camera wise, dome cameras, mini-cam, and devices come with PTZ function are most favored. Interestingly, this is the first time that a Wi-Fi camera included in TOP10. Apart from cameras and DVR, touch screen keypad, AHD, and smart home solution can also be seen in the ranking in July.

1. Dahua Smart Home Solution


Drum roll please, ladies and gentlemen! The crown of the TOP10 for July has finally given to a different player! Dahua Smart Home Solution took a total of 462-click in one month, climbing to the top of the ranking in July. Asian visitors has contributed almost half of the credit with 201 clicks; readers from America takes up about one third of the crowds.

Dahua Smart Home Solution adopts TCP/IP protocol, integrating video intercom, home security, remote control, and alarm systems altogether. This product enables the users to remotely control the systems via smart devices and watch real-time monitoring.

*While smart home market becomes blooming, Dahua Smart Home solution, the new comer in smart home business, is definitely a big challenge to players in the industry. For the review of smart home seminar held by a&s SMAhome Magazine in August, please check here.

2. ioteoCam Wi-Fi camera


With 434-clicks in total running behind as the second place, ioteoCam Wi-Fi camera got the second place in July, showing equal popularities from America, Asia, and Europe areas – Asia received 138-click; America 134; Europe 131.

ioteoCam features cloud management, cloud storage, inccidents notification, and 5-miniute easy setup, allowing users to view live streaming video and play-back recording from smart devices directly from anywhere anytime. This intuitive device is perfectly made for users from homes and small businesses verticals.

3. VIVOTEK FD8168 Ultra-mini Fixed Dome Network Camera


The thrid place of the TOP10 for July goes to VIVOTEK FD8168 Ultra-mini Fixed Dome Network Camera, taking an amount of 403 clicks from all around the world – 35% coming from American area; 28% and 29% from Asian and European countries respectively.

This VIVOTEK 2-megapixel ultra-mini fixed dome provides real-time recording under a resolution of 1280x720, and 15 frames per second at 1920x1080. It may be super-mini, but nothing comes less within it. Featuring easy installation, and other than that, this camera is also embedded with MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC card slot for on-board storage.

4. Samsung Techwin SNP-6320H 2MP Full HD Network PTZ


The 2-megapixel full HD network PTZ by Samsung, SNP-6320H, is seated at the fourth place with 319-click in July. This Samsung's latest full HD PTZ draws a wide interest from the american visitors, taking up almost half of the overall click-through rate. Falling right behind is Asia (31%), as the readers from European countries only take up 17%.

This IP66-rated network PTZ is equipped with 32x optical and 16x digital zoom lens and embedded with H.264 dual codec, fearuting functions not only Day & Night mode, wide dynamic range, but also auto tracking, intelligent video analytics, bi-directional audio support.

To get a&s‘ latest collection of high speed dome cameras, please click here.

5. Dahua 7224/7232L 24/32CH 960H Standalone DVR


Falling slightly behind, Dahua 960H Standalone DVR, the second triumph of Dahua in July, takes the fifth place with 315-click, gaining the most click-through rate, 147 clicks, from American readers; whereas 33% comes from Asia and 21% from Europe.

This Dahua 960H standalone DVR features 1080p realtime preview, supporting all channel real time recording and simultaneous realtime playback and multiple network monitoring. This 960H DVR model has 3D intelligent positioning with Dahua PTZ dome cameras.

6. Hikvision DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW 1MP Mini IR PT Camera


The sixth place goes to Hikvision Mini IR PT Camera, DS-2CD2Q10FD, obtaining a popularity of 310-click from the visitors all around the world – American areas take up 44% by 134 clicks; 38% is coming from Asia; 15% is dedicated by European.

This adorable-looking cam from Hikvision features HD720p real-time video recording, PIR detection (line-crossing detection etc.), IR LEDs at a distance up to 10-meter, and motorized pan/tilt rotation.

7. Bosch AUTODOME 7000HD Dome Camera


The seventh honor of the TOP10 for July 2014 goes to Bosh AUTODOME 7000HD Dome Camera. Clicks-through rate from American region accounts up to 50% of the total 307-click; whereas Asia and Europe share other 43% with 130 clicks.

This high-resolution full HD PTZ camera by Bosch delivers real-time surveillance video at 1080p, coming along with 20x dome just in case the users need more detail in the picture. Furthermore, this PTZ camera is equipped with intelligent tracking with on-board Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA).

8. Nextchip AHD(Analog High Definition)


Nextchip Analog High Definition has aroused high attention of the Asian visitors with 161 clicks, marking more than 50% of the total click-through rate; in the mean time, guests from American and European countries got about other 140 clicks in total.

Analog High Definition (AHD) is an alternative standard for HD data transmission solution which is trending now. AHD1.0 Tx/Rx transmits data of 720p at 25fps or 30fps with minimized data loss, supporting COMET and CVBS simultaneously.

*AHD, along with HDCVU, and HDTVI, are seen as the popular potential solutions for analog market. Just early in this August, Dahua makes a significant step, partnering with HDcctv Alliance to promote its patented HDCVI technology, which is expected to increase its interoperability among brands of devices. For story of Dahua's strategic decision, please see here.

9. Hikvision DS-2DF1-57A 1.3MP Network Speed Dome


The ninth of TOP10 ranking for July is taken by Hikvision DS-2DF1-57A 1.3MP Network Speed Dome, Hikvision's second awarded product in July, with a total of 281-click. As a majority of 45% of the click-through rate is coming from American areas, visitors from Europe and Asia take up even more as a whole with 48%.

This 1.3MP Speed Dome is embedded with H.264 video impression techonology, coming with wide dynamic range function and enabling the end users to record pictures of 25fps at 720p. Meanwhile, users have options of 18x optical or 12x digital zoom.

10. Bosch B942 Touch Screen Keypad


Only couple clicks behind the previous awardee, Bosch B942 Touch Screen Keypad, as the second product by Bosch included within the ranking for July, received 279 clicks in last month. A definate majority of the visitors are coming from American areas; Asian and European regions take up about 40%, while Africa and Oceania is less than 10% in total.

This keypad by Bosch gives prominence to its beautiful modern design and color graphic touch screen display, and with the built-in presence detector, the light gose on automatically when user approaches the keypad. Instead of merely using pass code, this system allows use of a token as replacement; or for use with dual authentication for higher security.

 

* Please note that the above statistics are not based on the sum of clicks but the accumulation of IP addresses. 
For last month's TOP10 products, click here.

Axis: An eye in the sky with benefit

Axis: An eye in the sky with benefit

Editor / Provider: Ivan Medved, Director Global Business Development AVHS, Axis Communications | Updated: 8/12/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Everything that can become digital will become digital, given the right time. That maxim even applies to the security video recording industry, which traditionally is very conservative in its outlook. Even though digital recording devices have been available for a number of years, a large majority of the security sector still relies on coax analog recording systems to protect their clients' premises or businesses, limited to provide only basic surveillance.

A lot of this mind-set rests with traditional attitudes and a view that ‘good enough' technology will do, just as it always has. But in the era when we have high definition television, Blu-Ray viewing and ultra-sharp images from devices as small as our mobile phones, it is an anachronistic and ‘blurred' way to view the world.

As more and more IT-based industries move solutions to ‘the cloud', the security industry too will provide its benefits and solutions through cloud-based or hosted services. Digital IP camera networks don't just provide the advantage of vastly improved image enhancement, but can provide remote accessibility, enabling multiple, authorized users to view live and recorded video at any time and from virtually any network in the world. This is especially advantageous if users need a third-party company, such as a security firm, to also gain access to the video.

A network video system can grow with a user's needs. IP-based systems provide a means for many network cameras and video encoders, as well as other types of applications, to share the same wired or wireless network for communicating data; so any number of network video cameras can be added to a system without significant or costly changes to the network infrastructure.

As a result, the IP-based surveillance system typically has a lower cost of ownership than a traditional analog CCTV system. An IP network infrastructure is often already in place that a networked video application can piggyback of the existing network. IP-based networks and wireless options are much less expensive alternatives than traditional coaxial and fiber cabling for an analog CCTV system.

Hosted services
The benefits with IP-based surveillance system allow security operators to provide hosted video services – known by a host of acronyms including Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS), or Managed Video as a Service (MVaaS). Whatever moniker you may wish to put on it, it comes down to the same thing - service providers can now provide additional ‘cloud-based' services, adding value that would not be possible with a local installation.

Many companies are now embracing the concept - from small businesses, retailers, IT providers and consumers, we are all becoming more and more comfortable with using data stored ‘in the cloud'. IMS Research* reported a bright future for Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) throughout 2012 and beyond, with the market growing by around 20% to 30% a year. If we consider that we already use cloud services for, such as online banking, data backup, web-based email, or photo file sharing, then it becomes apparent that we are more and more ready to accept cloud based services, even if we don't immediately recognize it.

For security purposes, business users can now lease hosted services and choose the parts they need. They don't need a big initial investment, but just pay a monthly fee for a subscription to a service. Neither do they need to be experts on the solution, nor can leverage their installers' expertise and competence to gain an optimized solution for their business.

The hosted service provides additional security and remote storage and remote monitoring. Business management functions can also be enhanced. Users can subscribe to operational services or applications such as heat mapping or people counting or virtual guard tour. As the whole system is scalable, an IP-based system can help grow their business and with their business.

The IT reseller also gains a number of up-front benefits. The hosted VSaaS solution provides them with new business streams – as it is easy to install and configure, they have the opportunity to tie up their customers to monthly subscription models. The small or medium sized business customer doesn't need to take-on large capital-investment projects, but can easily contract and service with configurable programme, choosing the optimum number of cameras, resolution and storage.

They can also bring all the channels together with other IT-based services and cloud-based solutions. They system grows easily with their business and is independent of the location, whether it be spread across several sites, old premises or new.

Potentially the opportunities for service providers are high. Additional services can be added to their existing customer offer, allowing them to generate new revenue streams. Suddenly their customers will have the ability to record and store security information remotely, but yet gain access to it whenever and wherever they want it, and from whatever kind of device they are using. They could be at a remote office, at home, or even on the beach, and can view a security recording from last week or even ‘live'. They can access that using a PC, laptop, tablet, or a mobile phone, and access images from premises that are maybe hundreds of miles away. And it will be safe from hackers, theft, IT failures, fire or vandalism. All of this can be offered as a premium service which drives extra revenue towards hosted service providers. In addition to traditional security services the customer will have the possibility to benefit from new services to further develop and protect their business such as remote guard tour and guard-force services as well as business management services such as drive thru, promotions, daily deliveries and cash protection.

An Eye in the Sky
For many, trusting a third party provider to look after their physical data and security is a hurdle to overcome. As a basic provision, any IP-based security device should have the multi-level passwords, SSL encryption, VPNs and firewalls to protect it from external attack. In addition, all the compliance regulations met by the big data storage players apply to video surveillance hosting providers, including SAS70, RAS Encryption and ISO 27000-1.

In short, using a cloud-based provider is, in many ways, more secure than the traditional analog system as there's no physical recording equipment available to steal or on-site video evidence to destroy.

For any small business with sufficient bandwidth that needs a small number of cameras to protect vital areas, such as common entrances or business-critical areas, an IP-based system is ideal. Businesses will find IP-based security cameras simple enough to install themselves, and can buy surveillance and other services from a provider. Any company with less than 10 employees, with leased-office space, and with an internet connection will find the solution ideal for their needs.

Installation is also simple and easy. A video hosting system takes around 15 minutes to connect to a web hosting service with an IP provider. Users don't need to be IT experts to get up and running, and any initial system costs are easily reduced by removing local management and storage costs.

For those users with existing analog systems, there is no need to replace the entire investment. For example Axis Communications provides a full range of video encoders which are able to convert analog systems to digital. Additional networked storage devices can store recordings and events to save bandwidth and increase system performance. This means, solutions are scalable and costs are controllable and as users go through the growth curve, so can their response to networked solutions.

Many of the doubts regarding access and reliability are being eroded as more and more companies join cloud based networks, and especially as back-up systems such as Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are available to back up video streams if a network goes down or increase performance if bandwidth is limited, allowing the user to watch and record high-quality video in HDTV definition.

Like everything in modern life, technology and solutions advance and evolve. Hosted systems provide a remote yet intelligent solution to users' needs. Compared with a traditional analog installation, hosted video will provide not only traditional monitoring and recording, it will serve as a platform to provide new possibilities to effectively manage a business, allowing the customers to subscribe from wide range of new video based services. Other than surveillance a hosted camera can be used to remotely verify deliveries or false alarms, count the number of people in a store or be used to follow-up promotional activities. The possibility for the video service provider to physically send staff to the customers store if needed also provides new level of security. The subscription based model puts the user in control and allow him to benefit from services to more effectively handle his business.

---By Ivan Medved, Director Global Business Development AVHS, Axis Communications

Verint honors 2014 channel partners in annual partner summit

Verint honors 2014 channel partners in annual partner summit

Editor / Provider: Verint | Updated: 8/11/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Verint Systems has recently announced its 2014 Channel Partners of the Year during its annual Public Safety Partner Summit held in Chicago, Illinois in May. The awards honor partners that show exemplary performance in project wins, customer service and technical innovation.

Partner of the Year for Mid-Market Enterprise Intelligence
The 2014 “Partner of the Year” was awarded to Sound Communications, an Ohio-based organization founded in 1983 that services businesses and public entities for its performance in selling Verint's enterprise solutions. The company delivers innovative voice and data recording solutions, and combines these platforms with enhancements such as quality monitoring, speech analytics and workforce management. It also provides security solutions to a wide range of customers. Sound Communications has demonstrated innovative marketing of Verint's software and dedication toward its customers and community.

“The Verint portfolio is an important component of our business as it empowers our customers to benefit from Sounds Communications' vast network of services and solutions,” says Darin Cooper, chief technical officer, Sound Communications.

Public Safety Partner of the Year
SBM Electronics has been named the 2014 “Public Safety Partner of the Year,” an award honoring the highest producing partner for Verint's Public Safety solutions. SBM is a Pennsylvania-based provider of sales and service for audio capture and recording solutions, with coverage across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. The company prides itself on offering superior personalized service and affordable high-quality business products. During the same partner summit, SBM Electronics also received the 2014 “Quality Award,” which acknowledges its close collaboration with Verint to meet the needs of a diverse client base.

“We're proud of our strong relationship with Verint and receiving this award, which demonstrates and further reinforces the market's need for comprehensive, reliable technologies combined with attentive customer service,” comments Bill Fitzpatrick, vice president, SBM Electronics.

“We're pleased to honor Sound Communications and SBM Electronics for their critical roles driving and contributing to the ongoing success of Verint solutions,” says Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions™. “These two companies exemplify the importance of our channel partner network and demonstrate a commitment to delivering solutions that meet the unique requirements of today's customers.”

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