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Axis releases F Series modular miniature cameras

Axis releases F Series modular miniature cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Axis Communications has newly introduced modular camera series --F Series-- that gives customers discreet surveillance solutions that provide high image detail, and allows great flexibility in choosing the units that are ideal for the installation.

Axis F Network Camera Series presents a highly flexible, modular network camera series that involves extremely discreet HDTV 1080p cameras with wide dynamic range. The new series is ideal for ATMs (automated teller machines), banks, stores, hotels, as well as rugged environments such as ambulances and police cars.

“Axis F Series enables great flexibility and discreetness with superb video performance, even in high-contrast lighting conditions,” says Erik Frannlid, Axis' Director of Product Management. “The series is based on a divided network camera concept, where the camera is split into a lens and image sensor unit, and a main unit. This concept was first introduced in the Axis P12 Series. When we developed the Axis F Series, we took into account the feedback we received from Axis P12 to provide customers with even better solutions.”

The divided network camera concept allows a small sensor unit to be installed discreetly in tight places and the bigger main unit to be placed elsewhere and away from public view. Axis F Series consists of units that are all sold separately. The series includes Axis F41 Main Unit and four compatible Axis F sensor units with different form factors and lens types for different field of views. Axis F41 Main Unit houses the processor, network, power, SD card slot and other connections, and can connect to one Axis F sensor unit. Each sensor unit, which consists of a lens and image sensor, comes with the choice of a 3-m or 12-m (10-ft. or 39-ft.) pre-mounted cable for connecting to the main unit.

“The small sensor units give users the flexibility to easily and discreetly install them, even in very tight spaces,” says Frannlid. “They can be flush-mounted in walls, ceilings, doorways, elevators and behind sheet metal with only the small lens surface visible—in the case of the pinhole unit, just a tiny hole for the lens. Certain Axis F sensor units can also withstand tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks and temperature fluctuations, which make them ideal for use inside and outside of emergency vehicles. The modular concept also gives customers the flexibility to purchase the sensor unit that is ideal for their application.”

Axis tailored surveillance solutions for Brazil luxury venture

Axis tailored surveillance solutions for Brazil luxury venture

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/18/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Luxury venture in southern Brazil uses high-quality images to provide customers with security inside the building and in the parking lot.

Mission
Security is a major concern among shopping center patrons in Brazil, yet camera quality is not always up to the task of meeting these needs. When designing Patio Batel, an upscale shopping center in Curitiba, in the state of Parana, the Soifer Group opted for high-reliability cameras with good image quality.

Solution
Jugend, a consultant with extensive experience in shopping centers that has worked with Axis Communications on various projects, approved the installation of Axis equipment at Patio Batel. All three lines of Axis cameras were involved in the installation, from the most affordable to the highest performers – a total of 320 cameras and 14 different models. Important parts of the setup include the AXIS P3346-VE and AXIS P1346-E Network Cameras, offering Full HD image quality and advanced iris control. XProtectR Corporate software, from Axis partner Milestone, was chosen for image management.

Result
The choice of Axis equipment offers the shopping center operators increased reliability of their video surveillance system, in terms of both image display and storage. The peace of mind for this critical operation means a greater sense of security for shop owners and mall customers.

Parking facilities
Patio Batel is a large-scale development. Occupying 20,450 m2 of land, it houses 200 operations, in addition to 4 anchor stores. There are countless accesses, with various forms of internal circulation, involving 7 elevators and 32 escalators. This meant that even the very architecture of the shopping center was a challenge in terms of integration. The most critical areas were the vehicle entry and exit points, where the shopping center needed superb image quality in order to monitor access to its five-level garage with 2,300 covered spaces. These accesses were a concern because one of them faces Avenida do Batel, a roadway with high vehicle traffic that could not tolerate traffic jams at the mall entrance blocking the roadway. The other access, off Rua Hermes Fontes, experiences very bright sunlight at certain times of the day. This bright light can be blocked abruptly when a car passes by – a common situation in many parking lots. “The challenge was to use one camera with very fast light compensation speed. Based on a study conducted in conjunction with Axis, we decided on the AXIS P1346-E Network Camera. The camera handles light compensation using software, and it proved to be the best choice,” says Eduardo Wojciechowski, project manager at Axis's consulting partner Jugend. But this is not the only model used for vehicle access control. “We chose to work with several models of strategically positioned cameras, achieving complete coverage and ensuring quick staff response when needed.”

Variety of spaces
Shopping centers have specific surveillance needs. The heavy influx of people must be monitored from the moment they arrive, either by car or by pedestrian access. With a high volume of data traveling on the network, good database management is a necessity, and above all, fast and efficient video information search capabilities. The Patio Batel shopping center handles all this through cutting-edge solutions.
There are cameras covering the main entrance, technical areas, the food court, and access to ancillary areas such as bathrooms, baby changing facilities, the “teen space,” senior bathrooms, the information desk, and more. Some of the M-line models used include AXIS M3204 and AXIS M3014. From the P-line, the solution uses AXIS P3344, AXIS P3346-VE and AXIS P1346-E. AXIS Q6034-E Network Cameras from the Q-line were also installed. “The correct placement of each camera contributed to the creation of an efficient design,” says Cristiano de Morais Lima, for Patio Batel.

Milestone's XProtectR Corporate platform was selected to manage all 320 cameras. “Only major video management and storage solutions can offer this kind of reliability and efficiency in a system like this one,” notes Giovanni Ferraz, Channel Business Manager – Brazil at Milestone. The video wall located in the control room uses the XProtect Smart Wall Base License specifically. The shopping center's network assets are balanced for optimal performance of the video surveillance systems, with scalable redundant uplink throughput. “The right specifications for products such as cameras, switches and storage arrays required extensive deployment studies,” acknowledges Cristiano de Morais. Bandwidth was carefully defined, from the camera through storage, making Patio Batel an example for other newly built or expanding shopping centers.

 

 

March Networks unveils 6700 Series Hybrid NVR and Edge 4e Encoder

March Networks unveils 6700 Series Hybrid NVR and Edge 4e Encoder

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 6/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, is pleased to introduce its new 6700 Series Hybrid Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and the Edge 4e Encoder. The high-performance products support a cost-effective transition to high-definition (HD) IP video and advanced business intelligence applications, while providing outstanding reliability and browser-based video management. In addition, the 6700 Series recording platform incorporates privacy masking and other privacy protection features to meet varying video surveillance guidelines across Europe.

"These latest additions to our portfolio make it easier for customers to deploy advanced IP video solutions sooner and more affordably," said Net Payne, Chief Marketing Officer, March Networks. "They support capabilities that deliver practical business benefits to an organization, and incorporate industry-first features that save customers and channel partners service costs in the field."

6700 Series Hybrid NVR
Initially available in 16 and 8-channel models, the 6700 Series recording platform provides exceptional hybrid flexibility, supporting any combination of analog and IP cameras up to a maximum of 16 IP cameras. Its optimized H.264 video compression ensures detailed, HD video and sharp analog image capture without increasing storage requirements.

Designed with channel partners in mind, each 6700 Series Hybrid NVR comes with a unique QR code on the front panel. Technicians working at a customer site can scan the code using March Networks' free GURU smartphone application to access a wide range of product information and utilities, such as on-the-spot troubleshooting, warranty status and express return material authorisations. The industry-first application is compatible with iOS and Android devices and can significantly reduce the time and effort required to service systems in the field. In addition, the rack-mounted 6716 R Hybrid NVR includes March Networks' innovative docking-station design, which further streamlines maintenance by allowing camera cables to remain in place when servicing is needed.

The 6700 Series recorders are fully managed with the March Networks Command video management system (VMS) and its powerful, browser-based client - one of the only thin software clients able to support complete system configuration and administration in addition to live and archived video access. Other system features available with the 6700 solution include interactive mapping, smart card and USB token authentication, and the ability to set user permissions down to the camera level and hourly timeframe.

Edge 4e Encoder
Also new to the March Networks portfolio is the new Edge 4e Encoder. The four-channel encoder enables organizations to seamlessly convert video from existing analog cameras into digital video running on an IP video network. The high-performance device works in concert with Command VMS installed on March Networks hybrid NVRs or industry-standard servers. It offers full frame rate resolution (25 fps PAL / 30 fps NTSC), H.264 and M-JPEG compression streams for bandwidth efficiency, and can stream all four channels in parallel to an optional internal SDHC card for enhanced redundancy.

As an added cost-efficiency, the Edge 4e Encoder requires just one license for all four video channels - making it a compelling and affordable option for IP video migration in many enterprise environments.

March Networks will demonstrate the next-generation 6700 Series Hybrid NVR solution and Edge 4e Encoder, along with its complete IP video solutions portfolio, in Stand D900, Hall S11 at IFSEC International, June 17-19, in London, UK.

TOP10 most popular security products for May 2014

TOP10 most popular security products for May 2014

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 6/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

asmag.com here to present the TOP 10 product with the most click-through rate in May 2014.

Let's have a quick look: The TOP 10 seats for May 2014 were taken by Axis, CEM, Dynacolor, Hikvision, Optex, StarVedia, Synectics, and VIVOTEK. Six out of ten awards go to IP surveillance cameras, and half of them are panoramic cameras; nine out of ten products are from the companies of Security 50, while StarVedia is the only non-Security 50 provider.

Speaking of which, two of Hikvision's winners for the last four months have made it to this list once again. Hooray! Meanwhile, VIVOTEK's panoramic camera has its comeback after three months. Other than that, the rest of the seven products on the list for May 2014 are all new comers.

1. Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I(W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera


HOORAY! The fifth crowned-month in a row since its first honor in December 2013! Hikvision DS-2CD2412F-I (W) 1.3MP IR Cube Network Camera takes the first place of TOP 10 for May, gaining 595 clicks in total, with slight increase from 529-click in April. As always, more than half viewers came from America, whereas Asian and European take up the other half. This cube camera comes with passive infrared sensor (PIS) and is capable of detecting objects within a range of 10 meters; meanwhile, this IR Cube camera is able to sustain a weather of -30 °C ~ 60 °C (-22 °F ~ 140 °F).

2. Synectics 5MP 360-degree Camera


The second place goes to a new face, Synectics 5MP 360-degree camera, receiving massive supports from Asia and America – 41% and 39% respectively – among the total amount of 346 clicks. The is the first out of three panoramic cameras in the TOP 10 last month, as panoramic fisheye camera has become a hot topic recently. This megapixel panoramic camera embedded with progressive CMOS sensor, coming with quad viewer, motion detection, ePTZ, and IR Cut filter removal.

3. CEM Emerald


Coming to the third place, another new comer, CEM Emerald smart card reader is following closely behind with 327 click-through rate from viewers worldwide. Interestingly, this product has gained quite even attention from Asia, America, and Europe (23%, 36%, 38%), unlike most of the products are specifically favored by one of the area. CEM Emerald is designed with 4.3” LCD tough screen, integrated with voice over IP (VoIP) intercom.

4. StarVedia IC711w Wireless Camera


The fourth place here is also taken by a new comer, StarVedia IC711w wireless camera, which had its recent appearance in a&s SMAhome (http://www.asmag.com/showpost/17116.aspx). The IC711 series, a new lineup featuring a smaller size and more functions, gained 302 click-through rates in total – 38% and 39% are taken up by viewers in Asia and America respectively. IC711 is set up as an application-driven design. Instead of using a module, the Wi-Fi chip and antenna are embedded on the camera board making this device more compact as the performance is maximized.

5. Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I(W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera


Sitting at the fifth place, Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-I(W) 3MP IR Cube Network Camera has made it into this list for the sixth times in a row. Since its first appearance in TOP 10 list in December 2013, this IR Cube camera has been one of the hot products on the TOP10 throughout the last six months with a steady click-through rate. This 3MP Cube Cam has received a total of 300-click coming dominantly from America with 64%, 20% from Europe, and 15% from Asia.

6. Axis M3027-PVE 5MP Panoramic Fixed Mini-Dome


Chasing right behind at the sixth place is Axis M3027-PVE panoramic fixes mini-dome, taking 290 clicks among the global viewers – almost half of it is contributed by American area, whereas Asian viewers take up a prominent 37%. Axis M3027 is the second panoramic camera awarded on the Top 10 for May, featuring 360/180-degree view, 5-megapixel resolution, and vandal resistance. This camera is deal for people-tracking management especially in public areas.

7. VIVOTEK FE8174V 5MP 360-degree Fisheye Fixed Dome


Let's welcome VIVOTEK FE8174V's comeback in May 2013. It was first included in the TOP 10 earlier this year with an obvious preference from Europe. As panoramic cameras have become a topic lately, this 5MP 360-degree fisheye fixed dome camera successfully drew the attention of American and Asian viewers, with 49% and 37% respectively, in a total of 287-click.

8. Hikvision TV2810D-MPIR Vari-Focal IR Lens


The eighth place, following right after with a total of 268 clicks, is taken by another new face, Hikvision TV2810D-MPIR Vari-Focal IR Lens, drawing most attention from America viewers with 44%; Asian 31%; and 22% from European. This 3-megapixel vari-focal IR lens, featuring focal length of 2.8-10mm, is capable of delivering high-performance day-and-night view and satisfies the challenges from low-light conditions.

9. Dynacolor DynaGuard I Series Embedded Linux System NVR


The ninth place is also taken by a newcomer, Dynacolor DynaGuard I Series, with 267-click in total, only a tiny step behind the previous award. Interestingly, this latecomer received a major support from European countries with a percentage of 47, unlike others that came from America or Asia. DynaGuard I Series NVR is a 6-ch Linux-embedded NVR; it is an idea storage allowing system integrators to reduce expenditure on network bandwidth and equipment. Meanwhile, users are able to monitor remotely by using specific mobile device APP on the smart phones.

10. Optex SL-650QN Quad Beams Active Infrared (AIR) sensor


Last but not least the tenth goes to Optex SL-650QN Quad Beams Active Infrared Sensor, the seventh new face in the TOP10 this month. As it may be the last on this list, the Optex sensor is still eye-catching among all the others, receiving a noticeable 148-click from American area with the total clicks of 260. Optex SL-650QN features Quad beam with aspherical lenses; the new telescope lens has a high level of visibility for optical alignment work. The detection range goes from 60m/100m/200m.

* 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.

Dahua brings HDCVI at IFSEC 2014

Dahua brings HDCVI at IFSEC 2014

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 6/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

During IFSEC Inte'l 2014, Dahua has rolled out the latest security solutions featuring new technical applications, to name some, Dahua cloud, Light Hunt, fisheye lens, and of course don't miss the show spotlight – HDCVI. Come for a quick overlook of what Dahua has at show.

Ultra-Smart Solution
New network camera — 8-series with triple-stream encoding, real WDR, intelligent IVS, region of interest & Defog supported, integrated with Dahua smart NVR, this solution would perfectly meet high-end applications and satisfy your professional demands.

HDCVI
HDCVI is an optimal solution for megapixel high definition application, featuring non-latent long-distance transmission at lower cost. 1080P and 720P solutions will be showed. The latest tri-brid HDCVI DVR is the eye-catching among all.

Beneficio Series
Beneficio Series is designed for entry-level and cost-effective market, with product portfolios of NVR 4-series and network cameras including mini size IPC-HFW4200E, IPC-HDBW4200E, and middle size IPC-HFW5202C, IPC-HDBW5202. Beneficio Series brings great values to meet your small- to medium-scale applications.

VIVOTEK 'Smart, Simple and Superior Surveillance Solutions' at IFSEC 2014

VIVOTEK 'Smart, Simple and Superior Surveillance Solutions' at IFSEC 2014

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce its participation in the 2014 IFSEC International, which shall take place from the 17th to the 19th of June at the ExCeL London. VIVOTEK will display its latest intelligent technologies and next-generation products at Booth C1100 located within the venue, bringing visitors all-new experiences with VIVOTEK's self-developed smart, simple, and superior surveillance solutions.

VIVOTEK's Executive Vice President, Steve Ma, asserted, “Social and economic development have led developed and developing countries to place focal attention on the building of smart cities. However, enhancing efficiency and improving quality of life are key prerequisites for realizing a smart city. VIVOTEK demonstrates a high level of commitment to accelerate the prevalence of smart cities, putting tremendous resources into relevant research and development to consequently produce smart, simple, and superior surveillance solutions that facilitate the construction of smart living environments.”

VIVOTEK aims to promote the development of smart cities through the installation of smart, simple, and superior surveillance solutions, and thus highlights its intelligent applications, small form-factor and easy-to-use solutions, and renowned lighting technology at the 2014 IFSEC International.

- Smart (Intelligent Application):
To expand the camera scalability and create more benefits for customers, VIVOTEK introduces the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP); an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Several intelligent features, such as object counting, line detection, field detection, face detection, and heat map, among others, can be directly installed in VIVOTEK cameras, significantly contributing to security and business efficiency. The FE8181V, VIVOTEK's newly developed 5-Megapixel IR fisheye fixed dome network camera is equipped with VADP, and will be employed at the IFSEC to demonstrate heat map applications.

- Simple (User-Friendly Solutions):
To achieve the goal of improving the security, efficiency, and productivity of retail staff and ensuring a safer shopping environment for customers, VIVOTEK has developed a user friendly “Convenient Retail Solution.” This solution comprises the ND8321, a plug-and-play network video recorder, elegantly designed ultra-mini bullet network cameras, and ultra-mini dome network cameras. This comprehensive solution not only improves the operational flow of retail stores, but also ensures the quality of customers' shopping experiences. Moreover, VIVOTEK developed a compact, easy-to-use Split Camera System for ATM applications. This system comprises recessed camera units and a video core that minimize inconveniences to ATM users, but simultaneously capturing their features clearly.

- Superior (Renowned Lighting Technologies):
Low-light object identification functionalities have become a fundamental criteria in the market because of increasing demand for the effective security and intelligent utilization of video footage. To offer unparalleled visibility under low light conditions, VIVOTEK has designed cameras with SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) technology and 3 types of WDR solutions in the development of its products, namely, WDR Enhanced, WDR Pro (100-120dB), and WDR Pro II (140dB). VIVOTEK's latest professional outdoor bullet network camera, the IP8355EH, is equipped with low-light technology and WDR Pro II. This model will be on display at the IFSEC.

In addition, VIVOTEK has newly developed a 5-Megapixel IR fisheye fixed dome network camera, the FE8181V. This model is furnished with a removable IR-cut filter to provision for both daytime and nighttime operations, and equipped with a 10 meters built-in IR illuminator that delivers uniform lighting for 360° surround view at night.

Canon acquires Milestone for major advance in network video surveillance business

Canon acquires Milestone for major advance in network video surveillance business

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 6/16/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Canon has signed an agreement to acquire Denmark-based Milestone Systems A/S, a world leading provider of open platform video management software, via its subsidiary Canon Europa N.V. The new combination will create a formidable player in the fast growing network video surveillance market by combining the strengths of Canon's innovative imaging technology with Milestone's industry-known video management software expertise.

Canon has a clear ambition to drive future growth through diversification and has identified network video surveillance as a strategic new business area. Bringing Milestone into the Canon Group will significantly enhance Canon's software capabilities in this sector.

The acquisition expects to create strong synergies with Canon's customer focus and R&D culture. As part of the Canon Group, Milestone will be able to accelerate its business and development of new products. In addition, Milestone will be able to use Canon's business and consumer channels to expand its global market presence.

Rokus van Iperen, President & CEO, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa, explains: "Canon is aiming to take a leadership position in network video surveillance and we are making an important strategic investment today to realise our objective to expand in this market. Together with Milestone, we can accelerate our growth by delivering new advanced products and solutions for new sectors, through new channels, to offer greater customer value. We are very excited about working with such a talented and innovative company and we welcome Milestone into the Canon Group."

Lars Thinggaard, President & CEO, Milestone Systems: "Milestone is extremely excited about the huge potential that being part of a global group will provide. Canon respects how we built our business with our partners and supports our strategy of providing open platform solutions and therefore the need to remain a standalone company within the Canon Group. We feel this step is right for taking both our business and support for suppliers and partners to a new level."

Milestone's successful Open Platform business model is essential to its future success and Milestone will continue to provide open platform solutions to the market, while operating as a standalone company within the Canon Group. Canon fully supports Milestone's open platform strategy and respects their strong partnerships.

FLIR layered security approach

FLIR layered security approach

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 6/16/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

FLIR believes that a layered approach to wide area surveillance and perimeter intrusion detection is necessary to provide advanced warning of potential threats – before they cross a perimeter. Security solutions should not only monitor and protect a physical barrier but also extend beyond the fence to sense, detect, and identify threats, which is especially the case with critical infrastructure, allowing security operators sufficient response time to protect people and facilities.

FLIR offers combinations of uncooled fixed / pan-tilt thermal imaging cameras, ground surveillance radars and long-range multi-sensor imaging systems working together to provide a significantly “hardened” perimeter that will serve to enhance overall security.

Perimeter technology that goes beyond the fence
FLIR multi-sensor systems and integrated solutions for surveillance security are now available for critical infrastructures. All of these systems may be operated independently or in a fully integrated radar/sensor network.

FLIR uncooled fixed thermal imaging cameras can be positioned to cover fence lines, creating a “thermal fence” by leveraging the excellent detection capabilities of thermal imaging cameras coupled to the built in video analytics , that can provide true edge detection of potential intruders on the fence line area.

FLIR medium and long range pan / tilt multi-sensor systems can be deployed to receive alarms from fence line layer of cameras with slew-to-cue integration for security operators to assess the alarm.

FLIR ground-based radars, high resolution radars that accurately detect and track vehicles, small vessels, people, and crawlers, swimmers in virtually any climate, weather, or lighting condition completing a “persistent surveillance solution” to continuously monitor a perimeter and other designated areas using rules-based detection methods; eliminating the need for constant human monitoring of video screens. Upon detection of an intrusion attempt, multi-sensor imaging systems will slew-to-cue to provide target assessment and visual tracking.

With FLIR integrated thermal imaging cameras and radar systems, layered security solutions can truly begin beyond the physical fence and/or virtual fence at sea. Understanding the nature of a threat is critical to intercepting and defeating it. For any effective security system, it is a key requirement of knowing where the threat is coming from, its current location and where it is going. FLIR ground surveillance radars (detection), paired with slew-to-cue ‘ready' FLIR Pan Tilt medium and long range thermal/daylight cameras (assessment), which effectively monitor and control real fence/perimeter breaches, enable security personnel to monitor and control the security zone by intercepting threats before they can complete their mission.

 Advantages
-give lowest cost per km of protection
-robust all weather, night & day performance
-scan,classify and track multiple targets at the same time
-slew to cue and target tracking integration.

No matter what the complexity of the installation is, from a small substation to a 40- km perimeter, users still need to detect, assess, and respond (see video). Our free site planning tool allows you to build and extend your protection both on fence lines and beyond; Click here for immediate experience.

Where are FlIR solutions applied?
– Airports
– Dams
– Manufacturing plants and R/D complexes
– National Labs and sites
– Petrochemical
– Ports, Power plants (nuclear and conventional)
– Prisons
– Residence/Palace
– Water Treatment

With more than 40 years of experience for land-based, man-portable, maritime and airborne applications, FLIR Systems continues to develop technologies that fulfill customer needs. From long range detection to wide area surveillance, using millimeter-wave radar, short-, mid-, and long-wave infrared, cooled and uncooled technologies, FLIR Systems offers a full spectrum of solutions for any security solution.

Click here to get more Flir application stories!

 

Hikvision video surveillance safeguards Montreal schools with Milestone

Hikvision video surveillance safeguards Montreal schools with Milestone

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 6/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global provider of video surveillance products and solutions, and Milestone Systems, an industry provider in open platform IP video management software (VMS), announce the successful implementation of a large-scale project that aims to provide secure environments for hundreds of schools throughout Montreal. Almost nine hundred Hikvision IP cameras were installed utilizing Milestone VMS and archiving. This integration allowed the Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board to significantly elevate safety and security for the students, faculty and staff members.

"The video quality provided by Hikvision cameras has been truly superb," said Rémi Asselin, IT services director, Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board. "Both Hikvision and Milestone products demonstrated outstanding functionality for educational facilities. We are very happy with the outcome."

Alpha TSi, a leading Canadian integrator specializing in the network security architecture sector has been at the forefront of implementing this critical project. Hikvision cameras which the company installed included fixed domes for indoors and outdoors: 1.3MP domes with true WDR (wide dynamic range), true Day/Night, superior low-light performance, motorized lens for remote focus and remote zoom, and POE/High POE. Both camera types are fully integrated with the Milestone software including SD edge storage support.

"Hikvision cameras have great image quality, impressive true WDR, motorized lenses that are easy to adjust using the Milestone VMS, and the edge storage precisely meets the client's needs," said Philippe E Bergeron, vice president, Alpha TSi. Sébastien Céré, president of Alpha TSi, added, "We were really impressed with Hikvision's prompt customization for putting together a special firmware required by the scale of this project. This is the kind of service we just don't see from everyone."

Hikvision operates in a diverse set of verticals including educational campuses and offers a wide range of best-in-class IP and analog camera products and video recording products, ranging from SMB sectors to professional enterprise applications. As a commitment to its customers, Hikvision annually reinvests seven percent of its revenue into R&D for continued product innovation and improvement. The company has been experiencing tremendous growth in the North American market over the past several years and is looking to expand further into new verticals.

Jeffrey He, president Hikvision USA commented: "We are very pleased to be a part of this successful implementation. Our products have been proven time after time to be truly innovative and adaptable.” He went on to say, “We look forward to expanded cooperation with Milestone and our other technology partners with the goal to exceed our customers' expectations in delivering best-in-class video surveillance products and solutions to the North American market."

The Milestone XProtect software provides three flexible client interfaces in 27 languages for the efficient administration of the system, the users, and the cameras that are distributed across the multiple sites. Live video is also recorded for fast searching in case of incidents, and easy sharing or export to authorities.

"Milestone has a special focus on the education sector, to support the future of our world through knowledge by helping to ensure that its environments are safe today. This large implementation in the schools of Quebec also attests to our strong relationship with Hikvision as one of our fastest growing Manufacturer Alliance Partners,” Peter Lintzeris, sales manager/directeur des ventes, Canada for Milestone Systems.

TVT launches TVI, ready for the huge potential in Asia markets

TVT launches TVI, ready for the huge potential in Asia markets

Editor / Provider: a&s Asia | Updated: 6/13/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

TVT Digital Technology, having accumulated 15 years in R&D of video surveillance technologies, launched TVI, another new HD-over-coaxial solution on the market. The company claims that this one-of-a-kind technology has successfully solved the limitations of HD-SDI solutions, as well as offers an even more economical and easy-toinstall/ use solution. TVT is one of the very few companies able to provide two different types of HD-over-coaxial solutions and has also developed a complete IP surveillance product line. With 15-years experience in international business, TVT sees tremendous potential in Asia.

TVT Digital Technology, a leading Chinese video surveillance manufacturer, just launched a brand new HD-over-coaxial solution — TVI — in May, which is able to compete with other similar solutions on the market via an even more cost-efficient and easy-to-install method. The company is not new to the security industry; since 1999, the company has been focusing on developing video surveillance technologies. TVT is a technologydriven company, and its R&D investment accounts for almost 20 percent of their annual sales turnover. Now, the company has approximately 1,000 employees of which 30 percent work for R&D. To fulfill their customers' requirements in various market sectors, TVT concentrates on developing a complete product portfolio with IP, HD-SDI, and now TVI technologies. According to a report from IMS Research (an IHS company) in 2013, TVT was ranked number one in the world in terms of global shipment of HD-SDI products. With TVI, the new HD-over-coaxial solution, TVT is able to provide their customers different types of HD video surveillance products. According to Joe Qiu, Sales Director of TVT Digital Technology, TVT is one of the very fewcompanies that can offer such a wide range of video surveillance products. Currently, there are about 100 million coaxial cables being deployed in the world and each one of them is connected to an analog camera. In the next three to five years, they will all be replaced by HD cameras. However, a certain group of users, who have big concerns with the cost of re-cabling, installation, and extra network devices, will be more likely to select a more economical and easy-to-install solution to upgrade to HD, instead of adopting IP cameras directly. That is where HD-SDI and TVI really stand out. “The replacement market is huge. I don't think analog products will have any chances here since HD-SDI and TVI will quickly dominate this market by offering much more extra advantages,” said Qiu.

What is TVI?
TVI and HD-SDI both are HD-over-coaxial solutions. However, bottlenecks for HD-SDI still remain, such as transmission distance, storage, and total cost. “Fortunately, now, we've successfully developed the TVI solution, which is able to solve HD-SDI's previous problems by acquiring 90 percent of HD-SDI technology but conducting analog transmission via coaxial cable,” he said. Because TVI can convert the digital signals to analog ones, it extends the transmission distance, reduces the total cost, and takes less storage capacity. Its distance can reach from 300 to 500 meters via coaxial cables. Furthermore, TVI transmits CVBS 75ohm analog signals, with resolution in 1080P and 720P at 30 frames per second, which is hard to be achieved by other HD-over-coaxial solutions, according to Qiu. Users even can just change their old analog cameras and DVRs to TVI cameras and DVRs to get a brand new 1080p surveillance system, which doesn't require any other special knowledge or extra labor cost.
Many people might have some doubts before choosing a new technology, such as its future compatibility and availability. Qiu explained the overall benefits of using TVI to clarify these doubts in the following:
First, TVI comes from a US-based company that does not supply chips to a sole manufacturer, but eventually will also provide chipsets to other manufacturers all over the world. Customers, in the future, can freely choose their TVI suppliers due to the wide-range of supply chains for TVI on the market. Therefore, TVI is more likely to become an industry standard, not a proprietary technology/solution. As an open solution, TVI is a future-proof technology, which has high interoperability and compatibility with other video surveillance products. For example, TVI DVRs can be compatible with 720p and 1080p cameras from other brands simultaneously. These facts provide many advantages for TVT's customers, especially to reduce inventory. After all, TVI offers a very cost-efficient solution for customers, targeting the middle-to-low-end markets using coaxial cables. HD-SDI, instead, will concentrate onhigh-end markets.
TVT believes that Asia will be the first market to adopt this technology and followed by the rest of the world. In Asia, unstable bandwidth is still a headache for systems integrators to build up a reliable IP system. Meanwhile, many of them still lack sufficient IP knowledge. Both of these factors hinder the wide adoption of IP in Asia. As as result, Qiu believes around 50 percent of the installers in Asia will be more likely to find TVI easier to use. Because of the huge business potential of TVI, TVT aims to develop comprehensive TVI product portfolios. The company has already completed their TVI product line, which includes 4-,8-, and 16-channel DVRs and cameras, ranging from speed domes and box cameras, categorized by price range from high, middle, to entry-level ones, and by resolutions in 1080p and 720p.

TVT develops HD solutions of IP, HD-SDI and TVI
Because customers may have either new or retrofit projects, it is nearly impossible for them to abandon the existing analog systems or coaxial cables completely. Therefore, “as a total solution provider, we aim to provide our customers a variety of products/methods to migrate to full IP — a combination of IP, HD-SDI, and TVI products, which offer a more practical and cost effective solution,” Qiu emphasized. On another note, TVT has also established a smart home product center. Aiming to secure SOHOs, SMBs, and residential clients; the first product launch can be expected in the second half of this year.

TVT: professional OEM partner of global buyers
TVT really differs from other big names in China in that the company has focused on servicing global clients since the first day it was established. Right now, TVT has exported over 50 percent of their products to overseas markets. TVT has built strong manufacturing power through OEM, providing professional services and products to support its global clients. “Later this year, we will establish three new factories to start mass production of DVRs, cameras, and others. By which we can largely improve our lead time but increase our overall quality and fulfill our customers' requests in a timely manner. Plus, TVT's R&D team now is reorganized according to product lines, which, of course, makes the team much more market-oriented,” Qiu said. Recently, TVT has started to expand its market share in their domestic market, China, with its own brand. “Eventually, TVT will also promote our own brand in overseas markets, too,” he added.

Focusing on Asian markets
In recent years, TVT has been eyeing many business opportunities in Asia even though Asian markets are more price sensitive, compared to other markets. “TVT is able to educate and guide these Asian clients to select the proper solutions, with reasonable cost, at good timing since we have a complete range of products,” said Qiu. “More importantly, TVT finds ways to maintain quality and affordability. First, TVT will introduce some entry-level products to the Asian market. Second, we endeavor to make our products easy to install and use; therefore, we provide plug-&-play, POE NVRs, and cloud service. The TVI product line is also another example. Using TVI, installers won't meet too many difficulties because TVI works with the coaxial cables.” For TVT, Asia is quite an important market. Therefore, the company has started to prepare for its first overseas branch office in Asia. Qiu continued, the second step should be deployment of TVT's sales teams, with the ultimate goal to provide localized services and marketing.

TVT possesses competitive business propositions
From customers' perspective, choosing the ideal manufacturer usually requires meeting several criteria. First, they will evaluate how fast the manufacturer can keep up with the current technologies and the variety of products they can offer. Second, they will focus on the ratio of their products' cost versus performance. Without a doubt, Chinese manufacturers, especially, have the advantage here, compared with companies from other regions. “I would say, TVT has met all these criteria. Beyond that, the company really stands out from others since it is always taking the right approach at the right time by offering the most pertinent solutions for the market,” concluded Qiu.

TVT: Global number one HD-SDI Supplier
According to a report by IMS Research (an IHS company) in 2013, TVT was ranked number one in the world in terms of global shipment of HD-SDI products. Traditional video surveillance installers and systems integrators from Europe and the U.S. are the major clients of HD-SDI. Compared to TVI, HD-SDI targets high-end markets using coaxial cables. These clients need HD high resolution, but are restricted by their budget and previous experience, product features, and certain institutional policies in video surveillance performance, such as minimum to no latency, and high confidentiality.

 

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