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VIVOTEK surveillance system provides US school district open learning environment

VIVOTEK surveillance system provides US school district open learning environment

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 9/15/2014 | Article type: Education

The Prairie Hill School District is a gateway community on the North East state line. The District is part suburb and 100% committed to offering the finest instructional program in the area. It believes that an effective instructional program requires a school environment where student safety is top priority. To ensure the safety of its students, as well as staff, the Prairie Hill School District recently deployed VIVOTEK network surveillance cameras with Exacq video management software.

While student safety is a main concern at the Prairie Hill School District, it is also important to create a friendly and open learning environment. With this in mind, the district was looking for an advanced surveillance system that could deliver clear and accurate image detail with fewer cameras installed as inconspicuously as possible.

With the recommendation from Professional System, Inc., a local provider of technology services, including surveillance system design, installation, and services, Prairie Hill School District decided to deploy the VIVOTEK network cameras because of their superior image quality, resulting in significantly fewer cameras needed and providing overall surveillance success while maintaining a friendly school atmosphere. “After comparing solutions from multiple manufacturers, it quickly became clear that VIVOTEK meets all the requirements,” said William A. Burton, President of Professional System, Inc. “With a mixture of indoor and outdoor VIVOTEK cameras, we were able to create a complete surveillance system that not only provides safety to students and staff, but also help the school to catch and record conflicts and interactions between students during school activity, which helped the school administration to control and maintain peaceful activity.”

A total of 196 VIVOTEK cameras ranging from 1 to 3 Megapixel resolution were installed throughout 8 campuses by Professional System Inc. in three installation phases to serve different surveillance needs. In phase one, a total of 74 VIVOTEK cameras were installed in interior and exterior areas throughout the main 3-story building for general surveillance, including 41 units of FE8171V, an outdoor vandal-proof fisheye camera with 360° field of view. FE8171Vs were mostly installed in the hallways and library because of their wide angle field of view which significantly reduce the amount of cameras needed for complete coverage. “One of the security concerns was monitoring incidents during break times when there were large amount of students moving between classes. Using a VIVOTEK FE8171V wide angle camera, we were able to capture a panoramic image that normally requires 2-3 IP cameras,” said William. “This installation not only resulted in significant savings to the school district, but also provided an open and friendly learning environment due to the discreet form factor of the camera housings.”

During the 2nd installation phase, 60 VIVOTEK cameras were installed mostly on the exteriors of the remaining 7 campuses, including multiple units of SD8314E, an outdoor pan tilt camera with 18X optical zoom to monitor parking lots and other outdoor activities. With the 18X optical zoom capability, an administrator can easily zoom into a particular area of interest to record important data, for example, license plate details. After the completion of installing all the outdoor cameras, Professional System plans to kick off the final installation phase in August 2014 to install additional 62 VIVOTEK cameras in the interior areas throughout 7 campuses.

The security team at the Prairie Hill School District seamlessly manages and monitors the recorded high definition video captured by VIVOTEK cameras using Exacq management software in the security office, with the surveillance video also being accessible by selected administrators, including the school Principal. The combination of VIVOTEK's cameras with Exacq management software has proven to be a reliable enterprise surveillance system. “We were impressed with how well VIVOTEK's cameras work with the Exacq software,” said William. “With the user-friendly features from Exacq and superior image quality from VIVOTEK cameras, we delivered the most ideal solution for our customer.”

With student and staff safety a key priority at the Prairie Hill School District, the new VIVOTEK surveillance system offers the ability to keep everyone safe while maintaining an open educational atmosphere. “The VIVOTEK surveillance cameras help the school to catch and record conflicts and interactions between students during school activity; this is a very important piece to help the school to control and maintain peaceful activity,” said Julia Veazey, Director of Technology at the Prairie Hill School District. “We are very happy with the result and look forward to deploying more VIVOTEK cameras later this year to further enhance the level of security across the board.”

4 hotel security highlights provided by 5 leading suppliers

4 hotel security highlights provided by 5 leading suppliers

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 9/12/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Hotel security deployment has become even prominent than ever as a strong growth has seen in the international tourism industry over the past decades. It is projected that in 2030, international tourist arrivals worldwide will reach the gate of 1,800 millions, compared to around 500 millions arrivals back in 1995, according to Statista.

The requirements from hospitality vertical are no longer merely focusing on traditional surveillance and access control deployments, despite it is widely recognized that blending in the surrounding decoration is the baseline for hotel security installation. In today's market, a unified solution that effectively assists hotel operation and staff management is much more popular and desirable.

In this article, would like to show our readers some of the latest and the must-know considerations provided by several professional global suppliers in the terms of deploying hotel solution in the up-to-date market:

1. Guests' comfort and safety always come first
In the hospitality security market, guests' requirements have to be the highest consideration. Despite the fact that the most important thing for video surveillance is capturing clear monitoring pictures possibly needed, in a hotel, the foremost function of surveillance systems should be providing guests peace-in-mind feeling.

“For guests, the hotel rooms as well as the public areas of the hotel are used for their purposes and comfort. But for the hotel staff, it is seen as their workplace, which also brings a different aspect of video surveillance into mind,” according to AXIS Communications. “A video surveillance system will contribute to the guest safeguarding since it can help hotel security management to detect incidents and intrusion and act upon it as well as preventing it from happening.”

The luxury boutique hotel, La Suite West, located in London has deployed a discret surveillance system consisting of Axis network cameras that blend in with hotel decor.

2. IP gets an upper hand for its flexibility, remote monitoring, high-quality image, and cost-efficiency
Undeniably, compared to analog system, network systems is more flexible and, generally, cost-efficient when system expansion is in need. “We are definitely seeing a trend of more hotels adopting IP cameras as opposed to analog, due to the ease of integrating IP cameras with current security or control systems, and the cost saving achieved by using less cabling,” according to SONY Electronics Asia Pacific.

Not to mention the high image quality delivered by IP systems which makes it easier to spot details such as suspects' facial features. More importantly, network recording can be forwarded to related authorities conveniently as emergent incident taking place. Network systems also imply that remote monitoring via smart devices has become a real possibility.

Dahua Technology has also provided an alternative option for end user who desires for HD image resolution without immigrating from analog to IP systems. “HDCVI provides full HD and 720p image resolution based on the exsisting cabling, while it's cheaper than IP solution at the same time, so it is very natural for HDCVI to gain the favor from owners who run places with analog surveillance systems,” as Sancha Xia, Overseas Sales at Dahua Technology indicated. Earlier this year, Dahua has provided in-house HDCVI solution to 5-star hotel in Shanghai better securing the hotel and guests.

3. Extreme light and low-light condition make image unrecognizable – WDR & 3D DNR
For the end users in hotel vertical, it is inevitable to deal with surveillance under extreme light or low light condition. The entrance is one of the most important locations to watch over carefully 24/7. However, the surveillance could be challenging at the entrance and areas with varying light condition making people and incident too hard to recognize.

“Wide dynamic range (WDR) technology is a network camera feature that handles a wide range of lighting conditions in a scene…WDR enables objects to be visible in both bright and dark areas by applying various techniques,” as AXIS Communications suggests.

On the other hand, noise reduction is a necessary technique when it comes to hotel surveillance systems adoption. Under low-light or no-light condition, increased noise in the monitoring picture may lead to misjudgment, taking image noise as a true motion. “IP cameras provided by LILIN are equipped with 3D digital noise reduction (3D DNR), and, at the same time, incorporate spatial noise reduction. The entire image processed with 3D DNR technology is clear and noise-free,” according to Merit LILIN. One of the most established chained hotel in Beijing deployed LILIN's video security systems with advanced technologies such as WDR and 3D DNR to reach total situational awareness.

4. Security systems as added value for hospitality – branding and operation management
Due to the increasing terrorism incidents in the past decade, security has become a main concern for the tourists and business trip travelers as many are aware of possible security threats during trips. Therefore, a high-level and stringent security system can often drive hotel revenues and boost occupancy, as Pavel Petrov, Solution Consultant of Business Developement of EMEA at Bosch Security Systems convinced. “Therefore, more and more hotels worldwide do opt for voluntary certification procedures, marketing themselves as safe hotels. On the other hand, a major security breach can have devastating effects on hotel's brand, which is usually its most important asset.”

Moreover, security systems deployed in hotel can be further used as part of the hotel management. For example, not only biometrics access systems can be installed in guest rooms and staff offices, it can also be used for time attendance management. Surveillance monitoring, other than its security purpose, can be used as food and beverage management and staff training material in order to improve hotel services.



Full Content of Hotel Feature 2014 
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FLIR imaging cameras secure diamond mines in Namibia day and night

FLIR imaging cameras secure diamond mines in Namibia day and night

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 10/27/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Oranjemund, situated in the far south western corner of Namibia, means mouth of the Orange River. Accessing the town is impossible without a special permit issued by the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy. In Oranjemund, diamond theft is a serious concern as it is one of the richest diamond fields in the world. A big sign saying, “Diamond theft hurts us all – Don't do it”, is one of the first things visitors see when they arrive at the local airport.

Stealings planed by criminal groups
Diamonds are very small and easy to conceal. Therefore making sure that as little as possible diamonds are being stolen is of the utmost concern to all mining companies. Even to the company which holds multiple mining licenses in Oranjemund, diamond theft is a serious issue.

While the mines are very rich and produce stones of the highest quality, most of the product is gem stone quality, used for jewellery, with only a very small percentage of industrial stones. Workers working on the bedrock, the bottom layer where the diamonds are situated, regularly spot diamonds with the naked eye. If a worker picks up a diamond and hands it over, the experts will determine the value of the stone and 70% of its value is given to the honest finder. This way we try to discourage theft. Nowhere else can a worker gain this amount of money for a precious stone.
The problem is that workers are sometimes under pressure from criminal organizations to steal diamonds. Still numerous people are trying to steal the diamonds. Though at the “black market” they will only receive a small amount of the stone's value. Although strict security measurements are in place, they still try to steal using different methods.

Strict security deployment
The bedrock area is a critical area to guard when it comes to fighting against diamond thieves. Movable wireless camera systems called “spider cameras” on the bedrock mining sites are introduced for monitoring workers closely. These are small, movable CCTV cameras installed on the bedrock, close to the workers.

Thermal imaging cams detect stealing in the dark
For workers with stealing plans, they become aware of being monitored. Therefore the thieves hide stones in a remote area of the bedrock area. During the night, the thieves come back to collect the diamonds. On active bedrock sites, FLIR Systems SR-100 thermal imaging camera has been deployed in real cases. There is not supposed to be any activity on the bedrock sites during night time. If anyone tries to access at night to pick up diamonds, the suspects can be seen immediately on monitors. The pan/tilt function can effectively track the target to help security patrol on the way arresting the suspects.

Customized housing enhance image quality against harsh conditions
The cameras operating on the bedrock areas are operating in extremely harsh conditions. Close to the sea, they are susceptible to salt spray, and exposed to strong winds. To customize the solution, , FLIR have constructed a “Stainless Steel 316” housing although the cameras are extremely well protected. The FLIR Systems SR-100 cameras are installed in the housing together with a CCTV camera which overlooks the bedrock during daytime. The housing containing the two cameras is installed on a pan/tilt which increases situational awareness and allows following people when necessary. ”

Guarding all essential areas
Entrance, exit and no-mans land secured

The essential areas for security include not just the bedrocks, but also the entrance and exit to the mining areas. They are all secured and monitored with thermal imaging cameras. However, between the mining area and the town exists a “no-mans land”.
In a real case, security people monitor the entrance and exit to the Mining Area and the “no-mans land” with other equipment in place, and continuously with a FLIR Systems PTZ-35x140 MS thermal imaging camera. During daytime, the daylight camera installed in the PTZ-35x140 MS operates; when it gets dark, it is switched to the thermal cam. The PTZ-35x140 MS, perfect for security needs, can zoom in and catch closer look at suspect's activities.

Tricky stealing attempts stopped
One of the ways that people try to get diamonds out of the mining area is by shooting crossbow arrows over the “no-mans land”! The arrows are hollow and the inside is filled with diamonds. According to local security professionals, an accomplice picks up the arrows on the other side. Thanks to the PTZ-35x140 MS, we can now monitor, in total darkness and also in foggy conditions, what is happening alongside the fence. If we see people approaching and suspect illegal activity we send out a patrol. Since the PTZ-35x140 MS is mounted on a robust pan/ tilt mechanism, we can overlook an entire area and if necessary follow a suspect person so that he can not get away.”

Excellent value created

To the local mining companies, they reckon they get excellent value for their money paid. The FLIR Systems cameras contain a Vanadium Oxide detector, producing excellent images, revealing the smallest of details. These images are produced with a frame rate of 9 Hz, saving the clients any export license to install them in Namibia. However, they save more. Compared to other cameras that have been installed, which contain a BST detector. In order to operate well, they needed an internal mechanical chopper that calibrates the image. This chopper was very susceptible to breakdowns. With FLIR Systems material, the clients are no longer bothered by these problems. They get excellent value for the money paid.

With real deployment in Oranjemund , thermal imaging cameras have proven their worth here. Advantages of thermal imaging compared to traditional fences and cameras are clear. Given these success stories in local mining areas, more projects are being considered.

Nedap improves fertility, health and well-being of every animal in the herd

Nedap improves fertility, health and well-being of every animal in the herd

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 9/11/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Launch of Nedap Heat Detection with Standing and Lying Monitoring
Nedap is launching Heat Detection with Standing and Lying Monitoring, a comprehensive solution that enables dairy farmers to continuously and automatically monitor heat, health and well-being aspects of their entire herd. The new Standing and Lying Monitoring functionality monitors five of a cow's daily behavioural aspects: standing, lying and walking times, the number of times she stands up, and the number of steps she takes per day. A cow shows the same pattern of behaviour and movements every day. Standing and Lying Monitoring accurately reflects these behaviour patterns. Any changes in one of these aspects indicate that there may be something wrong with the animal concerned. The Nedap Heat Detection system with Standing and Lying Monitoring detects these changes at great distances 24/7 and identifies animals in the herd in heat or with possible health problems in good time. This enables the livestock farmer to easily achieve better fertility results and to monitor and promptly treat animals with possible health problems or risks. The system therefore plays a key part in the quest for sustainable dairy farming, while increasing the number of lactations and the life span of the animals. In addition, the livestock farmer can achieve and maintain the best possible production results from every animal, no matter how big the herd is. The new functionality is an addition to the well-known Nedap Heat Detection system, which will remain available at the same price.

Nedap Heat Detection with Standing and Lying Monitoring
Developments around the automatic tracking and monitoring of individual animals are progressing in leaps and bounds. Besides Heat Detection, Nedap is focusing on automatic detection of more and more behavioural aspects and signals that indicate the health and well-being of individual animals and enable them to be treated preventively. With the need to upscale and produce sustainably, automatic monitoring of individual animals is something farmers can't afford to be without. Focusing on the fertility, health and well-being of the individual animal can considerably increase the farm's total yield.

A cow shows the same pattern of behaviour and movements every day. With this in mind, Nedap is launching Standing and Lying Monitoring. This system gives a representative picture of this daily behaviour pattern based on five behavioural aspects: the time the cow spends lying, standing and walking, the number of times she stands up, and the number of steps she takes per day.

The behavioural aspects monitored by Standing and Lying Monitoring were chosen for good reason. A cow feels on top form and performs best when she has a daily routine of repeated behaviour and events. She needs to lie down about 12 to 14 hours per day to ruminate, rest, sleep and take the weight off her hooves, and also to enable good blood circulation in the udder for good milk production. The Nedap system alerts the farmer in good time of any changes in the cow's lying behaviour that indicate she is lying down less, so that negative consequences can be avoided. Alternatively, a cow may be lying down for the same number of hours per day but standing up less often. Standing up much less than the average 12 times per day is a sign that something may be wrong and that further investigation is needed. Then the negative consequences of standing up too little, such as eating too little, can be avoided.

The length of time a cow spends standing still has been included in the Standing and Lying Monitoring functionality because cows are generally busy all the time. Cows should only be standing still doing nothing for a relatively short time. If this time increases, the system will issue an alert so that the animal and her surroundings can be checked for possible causes of this unusual behaviour. Finally, Nedap Standing and Lying Monitoring monitors the length of time an animal spends walking and the number of steps she takes per day. Any changes in these can also be a sign of health problems. The farmer can avoid serious consequences by checking and treating the animal early on or adjusting his/her animal management.

Standing and Lying Monitoring comes combined with the reliable Heat Detection system in the Nedap Smarttag Leg. This Smarttag costs the same as the one in the existing Heat Detection system. Nedap Heat Detection with Standing and Lying Monitoring detects 24/7 and at great distances: up to 75 m around the antenna in the barn, or about 500-1,000 m – depending on local circumstances – with the Long Range antenna in the pasture. This gives the dairy farmer more control over the production results of every animal in his/her herd.

Nedap Heat Detection: complete range for custom solutions
Nedap offers a complete range of equipment for Heat Detection with integrated Health Monitoring. The Nedap Smarttag provides accurate Heat Detection with Standing and Lying Monitoring in the leg version or Eating Monitoring in the neck version. Both the Smarttag Neck and the Smarttag Leg can be optionally combined with identification technology for use in management applications (ISO). Data transfer takes place at great distances 24/7. No matter what the dairy farmer's needs are or what demands are made by the farm's automation, Nedap always offers the best technology for an effective solution.

Nedap. Vital Element for Growth
As the world's population and prosperity increase, milk and meat producers are seeing a rise in the demand for their products. At the same time, requirements for quality and food safety are becoming ever stricter and raw material, labour and energy costs are rising. To respond to these challenges, for the past 35 years Nedap has been supplying the perfect high-tech solutions to enable livestock producers to grow sustainably. Feeding, milking, separating, sorting and heat detection: barn automation based on electronic individual animal identification helps livestock farmers care for their animals individually and monitor their production and condition. This saves valuable time, creates peace and quiet in the barn and provides a clear overview. Costs go down and profits go up. And it enables farmers to produce in a much more animal-friendly way. Nedap. Vital element for growth.

Axis network cameras monitor construction of remote fish farm

Axis network cameras monitor construction of remote fish farm

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 9/9/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

AgriMarine Technologies Inc. of Comox, B.C., is a producer of innovative aquaculture fish-farming technology. The company uses proprietary, solid-walled floating tanks to meet the public's growing demand for sustainably raised seafood. However, the fish farms are built in remote marine locations, making it a challenge to monitor their construction. The company also wanted time-lapsed videos of the construction for marketing purposes.

AgriMarine turned to full-service media integrator Tremain Media to provide monitoring and daily timelapse video of its construction site at Lois Lake, where it was assembling four fish tanks. To provide optimal coverage, both a fixed Axis network camera and a pan/ tilt/zoom (PTZ) network camera were deployed onsite. The PTZ camera allows AgriMarine to remotely adjust the camera's angle of view when the location of the tanks change, and the HDTV 1080p resolution provides detailed zooming when needed. Real-time images are stored at the edge on the cameras, on local FTP servers and pushed via satellite to time-lapse processing and storage system in the cloud.

Prior to implementing the Axis network cameras, AgriMarine staff needed to travel for hours to retrieve video footage. With remote access, that time is saved, and AgriMarine can use the time-lapse footage and daily recaps to manage the project. Additionally, they can also use the clear and detailed images to support their marketing efforts.

Remote monitoring
AgriMarine has been involved with fish aquaculture since the 1980s using traditional net systems. In 2000, they became involved with land-based systems on Vancouver Island and discovered that, while the fish thrived within the tanks, the pump-ashore land-based farms were far too costly. Instead, the company deployed a team of designers and engineers to develop a solid-wall marine tank for finfish farming in the species' natural habitat. The eco-friendly, in-water tanks are 3,000 m3 in size and designed to reduce energy use, curb environmental impact and improve management of animal health. Originally, AgriMarine installed analog cameras to monitor the tanks' construction, but the tanks were being built in the remote Lois Lake on Vancouver Island. Accessing the site required a three-hour ferry ride followed by another hour of driving, and this significantly limited how often their head office could retrieve footage. “During the pilot project, we had to spend half a day getting to the site, so we could only do it every six days,” says Robert Walker, President of AgriMarine Technologies. “This wasn't acceptable, since we needed more timely information.”

Eyes on the ground and water
AgriMarine turned to Tremain Media for help. The Vancouver Island-based company provides remote video monitoring and daily time-lapse solutions that can be accessed over the Internet. They installed an AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Camera and an AXIS P3364-VE Network Camera to monitor tank construction through timelapse images taken at 10-minute intervals. The high-resolution HDTV 1080p time-lapse video allows the design team to analyze specific details of construction without making additional trips to the site. Because of their ease of installation, the cameras can also be moved without hassle in the case of drift or tidal changes. Both cameras target different locations to give a wide view of the farm: the PTZ camera follows tanks as they move, while the fixed camera is installed on a pole with a concrete base that can be moved if required.

Covering the distance
AgriMarine originally wanted to employ a real-time feed, but a constant data stream was too costly to transmit over satellite Internet, and they opted for time-lapse video instead. They can, however, activate a live video feed for special events or emergencies. Each camera has a 32GB SD card onboard for local edge storage. This data is also backed up to two FTP servers on location and sent via satellite to Tremain Media's cloud-based visual data system, where it is managed by the company's Render Engine video management software. From there it is processed into daily time-lapse footage provided to AgriMarine in whatever size or format is needed. “We have a lot of redundancy built into the system. We're dealing with a mission-critical implementation, and there's only one chance to get the footage,” Tremain says. “We only use Axis cameras for our time-lapse and monitoring systems because of their reliability and quality. As a videographer by trade, quality is key to me.”

Marketing in high definition
Beyond the ability to monitor construction, AgriMarine found the videos could also be used as an effective marketing tool to raise their profile in the industry. “It's very exciting. At the same time as we're building the tanks, we can now show investors and prospects what we're building,” Walker says. At a trade conference in Abu Dhabi, the time-lapsed video was the focal point of their display. “They found it really drew people to their booth,” Leah Tremain, owner and CEO of Tremain Media. “That type of ‘booth bait' is really important, because their product isn't necessarily easy to understand if you don't see the size and scope of these projects.”


Hikvision helps secure operations at a leading Food Distribution facility

Hikvision helps secure operations at a leading Food Distribution facility

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision partnered with Imperial Surveillance, a full-service security company, to protect operations at Midwest Foods, one of the North America's largest food distributors. The project allowed the end-user to upgrade the existing technology to create a hybrid system and a gradual upgrade to digital without significant capital investment. The new technology offered by Hikvision also allowed for increased operational efficiencies, enhanced security, and additional cost savings.

Hikvision's technology was brought in when Midwest Foods called upon Imperial Surveillance to integrate their existing analog cameras into a state-of-the-art digital network. When they decided to add IP cameras in key areas, Hikvision's 3MP EXIR Turret Network Camera, with long-range infrared and three-axis lens adjustment, was the only sensible choice. Hikvision's 960H Hybrid DVR and the eight-channel 7608 Embedded NVR with built-in PoE switch rounded out the installation, making a seamless connection between analog and digital on the production line.

“Hikvision's products have more features and functionality than the competitors',” explained Domenic DiPietra, security consultant at Imperial Surveillance. “The communications capabilities between the cameras and the NVR are impressive, especially when working with a hybrid system. What's more, Hikvision offers ‘plug and play' functionality like nobody else, which makes for a smooth and straightforward installation process.”

Midwest Foods began to notice the benefits of their new system immediately. “The new security system prevents basic theft in a way that the old system couldn't have done.” Dan Tingle, IT Manager for Midwest Foods, affirmed. The new system has also given Midwest Foods a more effective way of monitoring food safety concerns. Midwest's strict guidelines guarantee that their products are void of biological and physical hazards. Video surveillance prevents everything from allergen contamination to potential terrorist activity.

“I also appreciate how I can check in on things using an app on my phone,” Mr. Tingle added. Hikvision's iVMS-4500 app, available on iTunes and the Google store for smartphones and tablets, includes powerful, user-friendly capabilities such as playback and live view at the tap of a button. Features like this are another example of how Hikvision empowers security directors to utilize advanced technology in a simple and skillful way.

Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA, remarked, “Hikvision provides proven and tested video surveillance solutions for a diverse array of markets. We are thrilled to be able to show measurable improvements in security operations for our customers. Success of our project with Imperial Surveillance serves as a great example of the kind of benefits our technology provides to the end-users like Midwest Foods.” Mr. He continued: “As we continue to rapidly expand in North America, we look forward to bring even more success stories to the marketplace.”

SeSys delivers 500th ATEX certified digital IP CCTV

SeSys delivers 500th ATEX certified digital IP CCTV

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 9/9/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX AG, one of the leading manufacturers of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has announced that SeSys, an Advanced Partner has shipped its 500th ATEX / IECEx digital IP CCTV camera based on a modified MOBOTIX core within a unique design certified for use within inhospitable, hazardous or explosive areas.

The SeSys ATEX and IECEx certified models offer high resolution images for live monitoring and can include integral storage to record any images for post processing or record keeping. Recording can be event driven based on motion, light, or an external trigger, for example a temperature or water vapour sensor. Events can also generate alarms, sending images to alert users or alarm receiving centres of any activity.

All units have been validated by Sira, the UK's leading Notified Body for Ex Product Certification across both the ATEX and IECEx standards. The cameras are certified for ATEX zones 1, 2, 21 and 22 as well as IP66 rated and an optional IP67 rating.

The SeSys models utilise core MOBOTIX features such as Power-over-Ethernet, no moving parts and decentralised connectivity which allows the cameras to be quickly installed and integrated into existing environments.

“Our ATEX cameras have proven popular with defence equipment manufacturers and contractors due to their small size and extremely high levels of reliability,” explains Dan Eames, Technical Director for SeSys, “With no moving parts and a purely digital PTZ function, cameras do not need servicing once deployed – in fact some of our original units deployed in 2008 have run continually without requiring any maintenance which can be an expensive process requiring production lines to be suspended.”

The cameras are used for both security and manufacturing control processes. For example, in one installation, ATEX cameras are used to display the lights and dials on a remotely operated piece of equipment in a high risk area. “In that installation, a particular set of lights turning on will generate an alert to staff in the control room,” says Eames. According to Eames, at half the cost and a third of the size of legacy analogue ATEX certified units, SeSys has experienced strong demand for its cameras and will be demonstrating the units at the upcoming ‘security essen 2014' event in September.

Dominic Chapman, UK country manager for MOBOTIX added, “We actively encourage our partners to build on our technology and develop new use cases and we applaud the technical evolution that SeSys has shown in establishing itself as an innovator in this exciting sector of the market.”

Suprema provides biometrics access control solution to hotel in Spain

Suprema provides biometrics access control solution to hotel in Spain

Editor / Provider: Suprema | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Customer
The Alma Hotel in Pamplona is a luxury boutique hotel located in city of Pamplona which is famous of its internationally well-known San FeminFestival. The hotel has been opened just before the start of the 2010 San FeminFestival and it features latest high tech equipment and amenities in guest rooms, public areas and various hotel facilities.

The management also decided to implement cutting-edge biometric access control in each guest rooms and around the property to increase intelligence and efficiency in hotel operation by introduction of real time monitoring on facilities and staff available.

Precision Consulting in Spain, designed, planned and executed the Alma Hotel project. Suprema'slatest IP-based biometric access control system has been installed throughout the hotel including guest facilities (such as rooms, spa, parking, restaurants and bar), staff facilities and payment systems. The system also features real-time staff monitoring and housekeeping management. In addition, the client set strict requirements on its access control system for both operational and design aspects. The Suprema BioEntry Plus EM devices were installed to rooms, public areas and staff's access points, and BioStation fingerprint terminals were selected for time attendance control for staffs. Overall system was to be controlled by Suprema's BioStar IP-based distributed access control system software.

The installation of BioEntry Plus was well integrated with hotel's interior design concept and also enabled easy maintenance. The system also allows users to choose between fingerprint and RF card for their authentication. Suprema's system provided variety of RF cards, fingerprint and PIN access.

The Solution
80 units of BioEntry Plus have been installed over the Hotel Alma Pamplona. BioEntry Plus have been installed on all 60 guest rooms and other facilities such as entrances, spa, parking ramps, warehouses and 2 units in reception for registration.

The devices installed at the reception are to guide check-in guests to register on the same device to be found in rooms and other access points throughout the hotel.

BioStar software was set and configured to control the entire access control system as well as time attendance management for the hotel's employees.

Each access control devices were connected into TCP/IP network and connected to AC switch with their own relays. This minimizes possibilities of system crash and communication failure by isolating problems to each connection points.

EverFocus surveillance deployed in Grand Hyatt Cairo cruise restaurant

EverFocus surveillance deployed in Grand Hyatt Cairo cruise restaurant

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 9/4/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel provides visitor a unique sightseeing and dining cruise in Egypt. It has been as popular as ever to oversea visitor and local residents. Maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction means ensuring that Grand Hyatt Cairo runs like clockwork and kept everything under control, as well as going the extra mile when incidents or problems occur in anytime. For this reason, the Cruise Directors at the Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel Collection began searching for a system that would allow them to ensure precise control over the maintenance and repair activities that take place in the service areas during boat tour.

The Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel installed EverFocus EHD525EX and EHD350HQ series Rugged dome Cameras in the River Nile Tour Boat. The video streams from the cameras of each supply station are transmitted via the network to the monitoring control center located in the boat, where the operators can monitor and manage all network cameras and terminals. The administrators can access the UI via DVR with live video view by using a web browser and they can monitor the PTZ cameras via EverFocus Control keyboard (EKB500). A monitor wall has been installed in the control center. Digital signals are converted back into analog signals and sent to the monitor wall with live video from the cameras. The operators of the center can monitor remote video on the monitor wall in real-time.

The excellent quality of the images obtained even in extreme light conditions enables uninterrupted monitoring of areas in cruise, thus guaranteeing the safety and peace of mind of the guests. The client is fully satisfied with the solution.

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Samsung Techwin tells why it invests in analogue product line

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 9/3/2014 | Article type: Security 50

In a brief interview Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd, has explained the decision to invest in the development of a new generation of analogue cameras and recorders.

Q: Tim, at a time when IP network based video surveillance solutions are increasingly being specified for projects of all sizes, why has Samsung Techwin made what many will think is a surprising decision to introduce a new range of analogue products?
A: The widespread adoption of IP is inevitable and at Samsung Techwin we have been developing our open Platform WiseNetIII 1.3MP, 2MP and 3MP camera range, as well as our ‘zero configuration' NVRs that are changing the way we all work with IP based video surveillance.

There is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems. These maybe working well but the users may now wish to upgrade to achieve improved identification grade images, which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver; and the users are not ready for various reasons to migrate to a network based solution.
We have therefore introduced our new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras (1000TVL) and DVRs that are interoperable with the many thousands of existing analogue CCTV systems across Europe.

Q: Where do you think they are likely to be installed?
A: Anywhere there is a need for a highly competitively priced video monitoring solution but where the user does not wish to compromise on quality or functionality. Collectively the first eight new models are in fact designed to offer solutions for a wide range of application, and environments from offices, retail stores, schools, hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

Q: Do think the Beyond series is likely to be specified for new installations?
A: Although we have introduced the new cameras and domes with legacy systems in mind, we believe that the new cameras and DVRs will prove to be very popular with installers who are not as confident with network based solutions and where their customers do not at this time wish to invest in an IP infrastructure.

Q: What is so special about the Beyond analogue series?
A: Primarily it is the fact that they incorporate 1280H technology which offers users the opportunity to capture and record very high quality images at 1000TV lines. Equally important, the eight new cameras and domes are equipped as standard with innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

Q: Can you give some examples of this?
A: 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, such as reception 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.

Q: Are the new cameras and DVRs compatible with all existing analogue systems?
A: Yes, the good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, and legacy analogue systems.

Q: With so many already on the market, was it really necessary for Samsung Techwin to introduce some new DVRs?
A: We did so to ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the new eight Beyond models and by this I mean that the new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs can simultaneously record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

We have also taken the opportunity to make the new DVRs are user friendly as possible. For example, they 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. They also have an individual camera loop-through feature and a simple HDD upgrade facility.

They also 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.

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