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Axis network cameras stand guard over remote power plants

Axis network cameras stand guard over remote power plants

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/18/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Mission
GDF Suez is the world's largest independent electricity producer, generating more non-nuclear electricity than any other provider. GDF Suez Canada operates two large 10-megawatt solar facilities and 13 wind-turbine sites, each producing 10 to 99 megawatts of power. These sites are all in remote locations, so managing and securing them would be expensive and labor intensive were it not for modern networked security cameras.

Solution
GDF Suez Canada partnered with systems integrator Freedom Lock and Security to install and manage AXIS P3364-LVE Fixed Dome Network Cameras and AXIS P5534-E and Q6034-E PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) Dome Network Cameras at its wind and solar sites. The cameras record still images of the equipment for maintenance and management, and the PTZ units are set to “patrol” specified areas. In-camera analytics detect motion and trigger alerts, and the system is connected over fibre to central GDF

Suez facilities, where the data is stored on two terabyte video servers running Luxriot VMS. GDF Suez staff can view the feeds on computers, tablets or smartphones.

Result
The cameras have produced significant reductions in both vandalism and theft. Power plants use a great deal of copper wiring, and this makes them high-value targets for thieves. The cost of shutting down to replace lost wiring climbs quickly. GDF Suez found that preventing even one theft more than pays the hardware and operation costs of networked surveillance cameras.

Security challenges
The solar and wind power-generation facilities operated by global power company GDF Suez are vast installations set in remote areas of Ontario. The seven wind power sites are located on working farm land and each has six turbines scattered across unfenced land. GDF's two 80-acre solar sites are fenced but, with approximately 42,000 solar panels at each site, they are still vulnerable to determined vandals.

Value of deterrence
Vandals are drawn to power facilities, according to Augusto Di Maria, Director of Project Management at GDF Suez Canada. “At one site, on an annual basis, we would get a pickup truck driven down one of the roads and lit on fire. We always had to go in and clean up the mess. You also get people with golf clubs and a bunch of balls who come out to see what damage they can do to solar panels. The panels are surprisingly strong, but if you hit them just right you can do damage.”

To secure its sites, GDF partnered with Freedom Lock and Security to install a total of 40 Axis network cameras at its wind and solar plants. The all-IP cameras are a mix of AXIS P3364-LVE Fixed Dome Network Cameras, and AXIS P5534-E and AXIS Q-6034-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras.

“Since we've had the cameras, the vandalism issue is gone. The cameras are a deterrent, because when you are out to cause mischief, you look around to see if there are security measures. If you see cameras, you leave.” While the presence of Axis cameras alone has kept vandals at bay, the intelligent network video has allowed GDF to take security to the next level

Image usability matters
When an incident does occur, image quality is paramount, as Di Maria learned at a previous job. “We had people steal a lot of copper and copper connectors, and the video system captured them doing it. But the quality was horrible: we couldn't read a license plate or see a face, or even tell what color the car was. If we had better cameras, we could have figured out who did it.”

Di Maria wanted a better system at GDF Suez, and Gord van der Grinten of Freedom Lock and Security recommended Axis. “As an integrator, Axis is a win-win. If you put in second-rate equipment it will inevitably fail, and that is bad for the client and bad for my business.” The cameras use existing fibre connections at the power plants to link to video servers at GDF Suez' offices. The cameras are all made by Axis, and the VMS is from Luxriot.

The PTZ cameras pan through a preset surveillance area. If onboard analytics detect motion, the cameras lock in on that area. “The cameras record 24/7 at a lower resolution, transmitting the images to the GDF servers, but anytime they sense motion, they immediately begin recording in high-definition and trigger an alert to GDF Suez,” van der Grinten said. “The analytics have proven to be very effective in this environment.” In many areas, ambient light is strong enough to provide adequate illumination even at night, but when that is not the case, the sites employ the cameras' Lightfinder technology.

The cameras also take regular snapshots of the far-flung equipment to monitor issues such as snow loads on solar panels. These images are used daily by maintenance staff. “We have them rotating at intervals to take snapshots of solar panels and email those to maintenance personnel. We are looking for factors such as snow loads, and we chose the cameras based on their ability to take still photos and send them off,” van der Grinten said. Di Maria added that “part of our role is to ensure we know when the panels are covered in snow, and that is much easier to do if they can refer to these photos.”

Worthwhile investment
The return on investment has been immediate. “Copper theft is a huge problem, and not so much because of the actual value of the copper but because of the delays caused by theft,” Di Maria said. “We have to isolate a station—turn everything off, and lose that revenue—and then send someone in to replace the copper, fix the fence, etc. It's costly and it's a huge nuisance. If I can prevent one theft of copper, then I've paid for the cameras 10 times over — easily.”

Dahua debuts HDCVI: First long-distance HD analog technology

Dahua debuts HDCVI: First long-distance HD analog technology

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by:Dahua | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In November 2012, Dahua Technology debuted HDCVI technology to the world. As it is one of the latest innovations of HD-over-coax technology, a&s International would like to analyze its market potential and test its performance in security applications.

With the world debut of HDCVI (High Definition Composite Video Interface) -- the latest technological breakthrough in long-distance HD-over-coax technology, Dahua Technology demonstrated both its R&D capability and determination to become a total solutions provider. The innovative HDCVI makes possible the transmission of HD video without latency over a distance of up to 500-meter via coaxial cables. In other words, end users now have the option to upgrade existing systems from standard definition to megapixel high resolution at a lower cost.

Although network video technology has penetrated the majority of market sectors and geographic regions, the current global security market is still dominated by analog systems in terms of sales volume. Accordingly, Dahua still sees plenty of opportunities in the traditional analog market. “For a big commercial building with around 40 million coaxial cables, recabling can be extremely costly and time consuming. At the same time, end users want higher picture quality. Therefore, we believe end users would increase their demand of HD-over-coax technology and Dahua's latest innovation, which enables HD video transmission via coaxial cable within a 500-meter distance would be the solution to fit all these requirements,” said Liquan Fu, President of Dahua.

Global marketing with focus on Asia
With a strong network of local distributors around the world, Dahua plans to market HDCVI not only internationally, but also in Asia. The company sees Asia as one of the biggest markets and a region where HD demand is booming, especially in the ASEAN member states. “Statistically speaking, the ratio of analog to IP products is currently 9 to 1 in India. The Indian market is one of the markets experiencing great demand for HD, as is the Brazilian market. Therefore, we can predict that HDCVI has the potential to shine in other analog-dominated markets too,” said Tim Shen, Overseas Marketing Director at Dahua.

Currently, Dahua is confident that there will be great demand for HDCVI in verticals where HD video is required, but end users want hassle-free IP video systems and are often reluctant to replace the entire existing infrastructure of cables. These include the residential sector and certain SMB sectors, such as retail, banking and casinos.

Total HDCVI solution
In addition to HDCVI cameras, Dahua is going to launch HDCVI Tri-brid DVR in the first quarter of 2014. HDCVI Tri-brid DVR works with analog, IP, as well as HDCVI systems. “Therefore, there shouldn't be compatibility issues between HDCVI, regardless of the type of system that is already in place. We do believe with the launch of this new product, integration and compatibility with HDCVI will reach a higher level,” said Shen.

In the coming year, Dahua is planning on several local roadshows with its partners to better present HDCVI to local systems integrators and installers. Meanwhile, it has just launched a microsite — HDCVI Academy. “HDCVI Academy is designed to be a platform for interaction between Dahua, our existing partners, and potential partners. For instance, all of our distribution partners can access HDCVI Academy for updates on HDCVI, from product models, case studies, SDK, technical support, and even new bracket selection,” said Shen. “In addition, we have an interactive bulletin board to answer all questions that people might have at any stage of installing HDCVI cameras or HDCVI in general. HDCVI Academy is a portal for more people to understand the benefits that HDCVI brings and how they can be benefit from HDCVI.”

TIPS:Basics of HDCVI Technology
HDCVI technology is not the same as analog image processing technology, HD digital technology, or IP megapixel technology. The biggest difference between this technology and others lies in that HDCVI combines the analog modulation-demodulation technology (transmission) of analog image processing with the high-resolution optical imaging of HD digital technology and IP megapixel technology. This provides HDCVI with the best of both worlds – high-resolution display and rapid analog transmission. The result is rapid analog transmission in a fast provisioning system that is easy to set up, but at the same time avoids the headaches common with network video systems, such as bandwidth instability, data packet loss, and latency.

HDCVI camera test performance
As a reliable and trusted source of information for the security industry, a&s conducted a test on HDCVI front-end imaging and storage devices to learn more about this technology. The test included 2 DH-HAC-HFW2200S waterproof, infrared high-definition HDCVI bullet cameras; two DH-HAC-HFW2200S waterproof, infrared high-definition HDCVI mini dome cameras; and one HDCVI based DH-HCVR7808S hybrid DVR.

True Color Display
The true color display capabilities of HDCVI are confirmed in the test. The 2-megapixel camera supports 1080p and real-time, high-resolution transmission of 720p at a maximum frame rate of 60fps. The HDCVI-DVR supports 1080p to QCIF multi-resolution, and 1-30fps storage and transmission. It supports up to a maximum of 8 blocks of 4TB hard disks (enabling a maximum storage capacity of up to 32TB). The following results are obtained in tests where the DVR video parameters are set at a resolution of 1080p, frame rate of 25fps, and bandwidth of CBR 4Mbps.

1080p high-definition performance
After the high-definition images transmitted via HDCVI are demodulated by the DVR and processed via H.264 encoding and decoding, the horizontal and vertical resolutions of real-time image quality forwarded by HDMI can reach up to 950TVL. Furthermore, edge definition is close to 900TVL and 8-bit is easily identified on a 10-bit gray scale. The same image quality is achieved with both a 2-megapixel IP and HD-SDI camera. Color images are also consistent when compared against the 24 colors of the Color Checker.

The next test looks at performance of videos taken outdoors and indoors. First up, the images taken at noon on rainy days (<1000 Lux) are detailed, with branches hundreds of meters away remaining identifiable. Next, images taken in the evening with street lamps (>20Lux) are clear and transparent, with good noise control. Finally, the automatic gain control of the camera is good indoors, and under normal light conditions, images are clear and easy to view with moderate screen brightness.

Applicability in low-lux settings
When placed inside a camera obscura, the color of images taken in light levels above 14 Lux are consistent with those taken under normal light levels, but color performance is affected at Lux levels below that. However, the AGC is switched on upon further reduction of light levels and together with 3D noise reduction capability, color images remain clear and crisp. The cameras switch to black and white images when light levels fall to 1.06 Lux to produce clean, noiseless, and clear images. When light levels are as low as 0.18 Lux, the cameras automatically switch on infrared lights to produce sharp and clear images. With IR illumination, the camera is still capable of a 20-meter effective surveillance range in darkness.

Hybrid input Incorporates all images
In addition to HDCVI signals, Dahua's HDCVI high-resolution, analog solution also supports standard-definition analog video, 960H analog video, and network video resolutions of 1080p and below. HDCVI, 960H and D1 video signals can be accessed through the same BNC. It is also worth mentioning that this product is ONVIF compatible and supports third party front-end devices.

Transmission Distance Reaches Over 300-meters
HDCVI is capable of long transmission distances and its transmission distances of various coaxial cables are as follows:

* RG-59/U guarantees up to 500 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720p
* RG-59/U guarantees up to 300 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 1080p
* RG-6/U or higher specification cable guarantees up to 650 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 720p
* RG-6/U or higher specification cable guarantees up to 400 meters of high-quality and reliable transmission at 1080p

OSD menu control via coaxial cable
In this test, it was discovered that the HDCVI solution allows for remote control of the camera's OSD on the DVR client side. This is achieved simply through connecting the DVR with the camera via the coaxial cable. Once that is done, the end user would be able to, for instance, enter the “PTZ” menu in the video channel to control the camera's functions and image parameters. The advantage of this technology is less upfront investment, as the coaxial cable transmits images and controls the cameras. Moreover, back-end remote control of the camera allows for more precision and saves valuable time.

Excellent anti-interference performance
In the test, 6 sources of video inputs are transmitted and accessed simultaneously. In addition, there are numerous network cables, wires, displays, exchanger, and PTZ controllers in operation. However, it was discovered that images remain stable and the system is under control. Finally, when radio signals and magnetic fields in the form of receiving and dialing phones, are introduced at both ends of a 300-meter, 96 braiding coaxial cable, the image displays remain unaffected.

Supports twisted-pair transmission
This HDCVI solution also supports twisted-pair data transmission. In this test, the camera and DVR is connected via a 2-meter, cat5 twisted-pair cable that is also connected to a UTP convertor that is widely available on the market -- UTP Balun, coaxial twisted-pair convertor. The image display was normal and the image quality was identical to the results obtained when coaxial cables are used. Furthermore, DVR remote control of the OSD menu remains normal. According to the manufacturer's installation guidelines, 17Ω ordinary cat5 twisted-pair cable can transmit up to 300 meters at 720p, while 17Ω ordinary cat5 twisted-pair cable can transmit up to 200 meters at 1080p.

Steady and reliable transmission
A 2-megapixel HDCVI camera was connected with a 2-meter coaxial cable, while another identical camera was connected to a 300-meter coaxial cable. To observe the transmission performance of different cable lengths, images of an electronic stopwatch are then shot through the system to be processed by the DVR and HDMI local decoding. It is fair to say that the latency between the cables is the same, even though they are of different lengths. Latency is controlled within the range of 280 to 310ms and is consistent in all the tests.

Video playback is clear and smooth
DH-HCVR7808S supports 4 inputs of simultaneous playback at 1080p simultaneous. When video playback is tested, there is no difference between the quality of video images and the real-time video screenshot. The definition, color reduction, smoothness, and real-time effect are the same in all the following types of video formats: high-definition analog, 960H, 1080p high-definition, or standard-definition analog video. This indicates a proper processing of the DVR encoding and decoding.

Luxriot Mobile is available for beta testers

Luxriot Mobile is available for beta testers

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by:Luxriot | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Luxriot Mobile is a free application for Android and iOS, it allows users to access Luxriot VMS Servers' live and recorded video streams using smartphones or tablets from almost anywhere. This easy to use application allows multiple cameras monitoring simultaneously.

Until now most of the customers already were able to use their mobile devices to view live and recorded video from their VMS'es via the Luxriot Broadcast Server. But Luxriot finds introducing native applications for Android and iOS to be a great improvement for customers, since native application allows Luxriot to offer more important features as well as to increase usability and outcome from Luxriot VMS.

Following features will become available for beta testers:
- Live video from one or multiple cameras
- Play back recorded video
- Video stream quality adjustment for efficient bandwidth utilization
- Multiple Server setup
- Save camera screen layouts
- Snapshot to share
- Connect using 3G, 4G and Wifi


A&H Software House, is a global developer of an open architecture Video Management System – Luxriot VMS. Luxriot VMS accepts MJPEG, MPEG4 and H.264 as well as HD and megapixel video streams from Network (IP) cameras, encoders and video capture boards. Luxriot VMS is integrated with over 2500 devices from all major manufacturers and provides a client-server architecture to build hybrid scalable solutions from a single NVR/DVR to the multiple server system with thousands of cameras.

Lumidigm fingerprint sensors track vaccination records

Lumidigm fingerprint sensors track vaccination records

Editor / Provider: Lumidigm | Updated: 3/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Lumidigm, part of HID Global, announced that its multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors, as part of a solution created by VaxTrac, will help to stop vaccine waste at 31 new clinics in southern Benin. The latest version of the VaxTrac system uses fingerprints of both mother and child for more robust identification. The use of fingerprints for vaccine tracking has already become very popular. In a preliminary assessment, the use of biometrics in the vaccination process has led to a 10% increase in the number of women returning to the clinics.

“The women are always asking for their baby's fingerprints to be taken,” affirms Aplogan Nicephore Ange-Guy, vaccinator in Allada, Benin. “There is a growing demand for it. They say to me, ‘Take my child's fingerprint.' They think it's cool.”

Without a proper and reliable means of identification, vaccine wastage rates are higher than 50 percent in some of the most challenging African locales. VaxTrac solves this problem with a biometric vaccination registry that is operated and managed in the field with low-cost mobile devices. Adult and child patients are identified in the registry with fingerprint sensors from Lumidigm. Returning patients can pull up their vaccination records with the touch of a finger, allowing the healthcare worker to deliver appropriate care.

The expansion in Benin, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, includes full-scale, comprehensive training of new health workers and an updated version of the VaxTrac system that features reporting mechanisms for health workers and VaxTrac partners at the Ministry of Health, as well as a dashboard and other customized information features available at the clinic level.

"The new expansion is really exciting!” adds Meredith Baker, project manager, VaxTrac. “It's amazing to work with our Benin staff to grow what started as just a notebook and a fingerprint scanner into a vast network of highly trained health workers who are engaged with our project every day and are proud to say that they have a VaxTrac system at their clinic."

LAPD selects Axis cameras to secure 2014 Academy Awards

LAPD selects Axis cameras to secure 2014 Academy Awards

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/14/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Axis Communications, the global network video surveillance provider, announced the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) selected a mix of HDTV-quality pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) Axis network cameras to provide video security and live situational awareness along the red carpet at the Academy Awards on March 2.

The LAPD's commitment to rock solid, reliable security technology is essential to protecting high profile events like the Academy Awards, pro sports victory parades and the final journey of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour. The red carpet scene is one of the most popular entertainment spectacles of the year, and viewers from across the globe tune in to watch the media interview and photograph their favorite celebrities as they arrive in style wearing clothing and jewelry worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The LAPD was confident that Axis IP cameras and software connected via a wireless mesh network would provide the necessary support to help keep the night glamorous, fun, and incident-free.

“What I appreciate most about the Axis camera system and software is that we no longer have to think about the technology or how to use its capability. High quality resolution, video storage that is searchable and retrievable helps us best leverage our resources,” said Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Commanding Officer for Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department.

Axis' PTZ cameras were strategically placed in the block surrounding the Dolby Theatre. A wireless mesh network connected the cameras to the command center at the police headquarters seven miles away in downtown Los Angeles. With the cameras managed remotely through AXIS Camera Companion software, the LAPD had an easily deployable, temporary solution to ensure the safety of Hollywood megastars waving to the world on their way to the theatre.

Video Surveillance: Beyond Hollywood Magic
Despite what movies and television often show, the ability of a computer lab technician to magically enhance poor quality video with software is vastly overstated. In the real world, it's paramount that the surveillance cameras capture the best possible video for image usability. Faced with a number of challenges including large crowds, variable outdoor lighting conditions, cameras flashes and the fact that red is one of the hardest colors for video to render, the LAPD chose IP cameras that could overcome these challenges, capture the best possible images at the forefront and ensure the video was reliably recorded and readily accessible.

This meant the LAPD needed HDTV-standard quality cameras with responsive pan/tilt/zoom functionality, ability to handle a wide dynamic range of lighting (WDR), Power over Ethernet connectivity and on-camera SD card edge storage. Camera placement was also critical, and the LAPD combined comprehensive, wide angle overhead views with additional dedicated cameras at high risk zones throughout the area. With this set up, officers on the ground could relay any suspicious activity back to police headquarters so commanders could zoom in and provide instant support.

For the job, the LAPD chose HDTV 1080p AXIS Q6035-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras and HDTV 720p AXIS P3354-E PTZ Dome Network Cameras. Each outdoor-ready camera was connected to a wireless mesh node housed inside a custom-built watertight enclosure to protect against inclement weather. The edge-based AXIS Camera Companion software running inside the camera network allowed commanders the ability to select, control and view all cameras wirelessly on 70-inch display monitors at City Hall, as well as access the recorded video.

“With all the TV cameras, world-famous celebrities and expensive wardrobes packed into a single city block, the LAPD had an incredibly tough job,” said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager, Axis Communications, Inc. “We're proud the high quality images and flexible installation opportunities offered by Axis network cameras allowed the LAPD to provide the top-notch security needed for such a high profile event.”

UMC Utrecht upgrades camera system to IP with Axis

UMC Utrecht upgrades camera system to IP with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 3/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Mission
UMC Utrecht wanted to upgrade its existing camera system to IP and at the same time adapt a new central camera platform, with the aim of integrating diverse systems to achieve a more efficient and effective security organization.

Solution
Axis partner VisiOn ISP installed a central, fully redundant video management system from Genetec at UMC Utrecht with both fixed and mobile Axis network cameras. The platform seamlessly integrates with the existing Company Registration and Information System (BREINS) and offers extended functionality in order to provide targeted and efficient protection of specific areas, situations and public streams. In addition to real time images, the platform also offers extended possibilities for rapid scanning of stored images.

Result
The central video platform offers UMC Utrecht a way of efficiently protecting an extensive organization with several locations. In addition to a complete overview from the alarm center, locations and public streams within the hospital are also adequately protected with the intelligent functionality of the Genetec platform and the Axis cameras. For this, central triggers can be set to send observers a signal if an anomaly occurs. By coupling signaling with procedures, security staff can assess situations better and improve response times. An extra benefit of the new environment is that information generated by the platform can be used to optimize security even further. Finally, the platform is sufficiently scalable to enable the seamless integration of new developments.

Optimized security with central camera platform
The University Medical Center of Utrecht (UMCU) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands. Spread over several buildings, a staff of over 15,000 works around the clock to provide excellent care based on the building blocks of knowledge and people. For the safety of both employees and visitors, UMC Utrecht uses network cameras. This allows security staff to systematically monitor areas, situations and public streams. In the past, UMC Utrecht used various camera platforms and systems. To improve the efficiency of the security, central video management platform was chosen, based on Axis network cameras.

Retaining investment
The need to extend and replace the cameras in the AZU hospital and WKZ children's hospital led UMC to invite tenders for a central camera platform. Van Wandelen says, “We were looking for an integrated platform with a direct link to our Alarm Center Management System, Breins. To retain earlier investments, we also wanted to integrate some existing cameras into the new environment.” After an extensive selection process, system integrator and Axis partner VisiOn ISP appeared to meet all the requirements of UMC Utrecht. They offered a redundant platform based on a selection of Axis network cameras for interior and exterior use, including Axis video encoders for the analog cameras to be reused. The new Genetec video management platform is coupled to the Breins system. At the moment, UMC Utrecht has around 180 network cameras in use; this will be expanded to 250 in the future.

Extra eyes
According to van Wandelen, security cameras effectively give observers extra eyes. “Through the combination of an integrated environment and intelligent functionality, we can now make the cameras work better for us. With the functionality of the new cameras, we are better able to match the security level to the space concerned. By combining these options smartly, we can structure hospital security more efficiently.”

Fast search functions
Another advantage of the new video management platform is a shorter response time to incidents. Van Wandelen says, “Cameras are a very effective aid here. For example, on receiving an alarm from a panic button, officers can take a direct look from a distance to get a good assessment of the situation and decide on the required action accordingly.” To optimize the security process further, UMC Utrecht wants observers to have to look at screens as little as possible. “It might sound contradictory, but we have to observe and only act when anomalies occur. It's also easy to review images later; for example, by searching back on the basis of recorded movements. This can also be done from various locations. This is a practical benefit if we want to investigate an incident.”

Bosch provides integrated security solution for

Bosch provides integrated security solution for "The Star" entertainment hub

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security | Updated: 3/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems has delivered an integrated security solution for “The Star”, an iconic multi-purpose building in Singapore. Located right in the central Buona Vista area, “The Star” is a new architectural landmark and combines an upscale shopping center with more than 100 shops and restaurants, called the Star Vista, and a cultural zone named the Star Performing Arts Centre. The Star Vista occupies the lower six levels of the building, while the Star Performing Arts Centre with its impressive 5,000 seat auditorium is located on the upper nine floors.

Designing a security environment for “The Star” was a real challenge. A shopping centre with its public places and more than 100 individually operated shops has much different requirements than an events complex with a huge theatre and a large multi-purpose hall. Furthermore, the Star Vista and the Star Performing Arts Centre are owned and operated by two individual companies, which strived for an integrated solution securing the entire development.

 

The local Bosch partner InfoCom & Security Systems therefore designed a very modular security system based on standard network technologies. Thus, they were able to exactly meet the different needs of individual zones of the building while seamlessly combining all these local solutions into one integrated and centrally managed system.

The security solution for “The Star” includes Bosch's video surveillance, public address and access control systems. IP-based Bosch FlexiDome and Autodome cameras throughout the building are managed and operated through the Bosch Video Management System. The video solution offers decentralized recording and Intelligent Video Analysis from Bosch for very efficient operations. Bosch's Praesideo Public Address and Evacuation system serves for background music and voice announcements in regular operations. In case of emergency it can also be used as an evacuation system. Video surveillance, public address and access control systems are integrated via the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS) which enables central management and operations and greatly eases coordination between the two operators of the building.

Dahua participates 10th ONVIF Developer's Plugfest in Fukuoka

Dahua participates 10th ONVIF Developer's Plugfest in Fukuoka

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/13/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Dahua Technology, an international manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance products headquartered in Hangzhou, China attended the 10th ONVIF Developer's Plugfest in Fukuoka.

The Plugfest consists of 2 parts, peer to peer testing and user scenario testing, not only allowing manufacturers to inter-test separately, but also providing a chance to simulate a real operation environment for testers, for example, multiple brand devices operating at the same time.

Being a full member of ONVIF, Dahua Technology carried out tests as a device provider for both device and client under Profile S and Profile G. During the three-day testing, there are over 5 client venders and 15 server providers inter-testing with Dahua, including Axis, Canon, Exacq, Pelco, Samsung and etc. The testing result shows that both Dahua client and server conform to the ONVIF Network Interface Specification Set, version 2.4.1; and its front-end and storage devices could support recording search/control, replay and many other functions under Profile G; and start to support new features such as video analytics, OSD in addition to basic ones such as video, PTZ, event and alike.

“Dahua attaches great importance to interoperability and this is our third time attending the event,” said James Wang, Overseas Product Director at Dahua Technology. “We see ONVIF developer's plugfest not only a single event to spot out issues of compatibilities, but also an opportunity to keep ourselves posted with the latest industrial trends.”

“Among the testers, some are already our partners, and some may will be one. Dahua will hold an open mind and take more initiatives to bring value-added benefits for our customers as well as accelerate the industry development,” Wang continued.

HID Global enhances security at National University of Singapore

HID Global enhances security at National University of Singapore

Editor / Provider: HID Global | Updated: 3/12/2014 | Article type: Security 50

HID Global, a worldwide provider in secure identity solutions, announced that its networked access controllers and readers have been selected by the National University of Singapore Suzhou Research Institute (NUSRI) in China to enhance campus security and facility management. The solution fully leverages the university's existing TCP/IP network investment to deliver a web-based access control system that provides centralized monitoring and report generation, as well as the ability to establish staff access level settings and control the usage of facilities.

With dozens of geographically dispersed buildings that house expensive equipment, NUSRI's new access control solution includes HID Global's VertX V1000 network controllers, VertX V100 door/reader interfaces, and smart card readers to monitor access to different buildings and enable advance reservations functionality to access key campus facilities such as laboratories, hazardous materials storage rooms and machine rooms.

“After our extensive assessment, we selected HID Global's physical access control solutions for its leading technology and comprehensive product functionality,” said Mr. Xu, project manager of integrators of NUSRI. “The open architecture IP-based access control solution supports the system already deployed in the field to save cost. Additionally, the system is scalable to enable future expansion, which addresses the growing demands of our campus and subsidiaries, while also providing better cost control.”

“We are very pleased that NUSRI selected HID Global's solution to enhance their security and facility management,” said Eric Chiu, sales director of Greater China with HID Global. “We will continue working closely with the local integrator to identify and solve the school's future security requirements as its needs evolve.”

Barcelona shopping mall upgrades with Dahua IP surveillance solutions

Barcelona shopping mall upgrades with Dahua IP surveillance solutions

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/12/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Heron City shopping mall is one of the biggest shopping centers in Barcelona, Spain. The mall is stationed with many street-popular brands, along with a wide range of restaurants and a big underground supermarket.

Like any place where large crowds of people gather, shopping malls are susceptible to criminal activity. As a local popular shopping center, Heron has its existing analog surveillance system but requires an updated HD demand, including high definition, fast transmission, versatile video management and etc. However, the today's Spanish market, the market share is still de facto analog system and people are not yet familiar with IP solutions, as network setting is not as that easy as analog one.

With great effort of IPTECNO VIDEOVIGILANCIA, Dahua's local distributor in Spain and Working Security, a local system integrator, the mall executives decided to embrace IP technology, and Dahua IP system was finally chosen after rounds of competition thanks to its professional solution and excellent support.

The team took a reconnaissance to find out where to best deploy cameras before implementation as a strategic placement could efficiently prevent thefts, deter crimes as well as increase customer safety. Therefore, the mall executives take not only product performance but also camera design, disk capacity, ease of use, maintenance, and other factors into account. And Dahua's camera models of SD6982A-HN, SD6582A-HN, IPC-HFW3200SP, IPC-HDW2100P and NVR models of NVR5832, NVR5208-P meet the eyes.

2-megapixel IR bullet (IPC-HFW3200SP) and 2-megapixel eyeball domes (IPC-HDW2100P) feature the design to meet the scenarios for both indoor and outdoor. Meanwhile, they are also vandal-proof in case of any malicious attempts. These cameras are perfectly designed for public open areas, entrances and exits, cashier in stores and parking lots.

The 2-megapixel speed dome features Dahua in-house block camera, rendering clear and crisp images, and its IR distance reaches up to 100 meters, ensuring a wide range vision at poor-lighting surroundings. The PoE NVR they adopted saves a lot of time and support 8-ch 1080P playback; meanwhile, it support dual-stream recording, which is to record the real-time main stream and extra stream of all IP camera at the same time.

“IP business is growing slowly in Spain because of economic turmoil,” said Jordi Bassa, General Manager of IPTECNO VIDEOVIGILANCIA. “It is important to have IP system with competitive price, Dahua has the kind of products which meets the market demands. With the implement of this project, we do hope it will lead us to become a successful IP system provider.” Jaime Gonzlezm from Working Security put it: “we are happy to be involved in this case and expect to have further cooperation with Dahua and IPTECNO to introduce and accomplish more HD IP projects in Spain.”

“I learned from IPTECNO that there are many public places using conventional system in Spain,” said Elmer Zhang, Sales Director of Europe at Dahua Technology. “This is a great potential for IP and by this project, the end-user experienced the benefits from IP. Moreover, we also enhance the cooperation and trust with IPTECNO to better provide the right IP solution and services for Spanish market.”

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