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IDIS launches a range of UHD cameras and monitors

IDIS launches a range of UHD cameras and monitors

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 6/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS has launched a new range of monitors and cameras, further extending its DirectIP one-stop-shop surveillance solution at this year's IFSEC International at London's ExCel.

End-to-end designed and manufactured by IDIS, the extensive range of 32 to 98-inch full-HD and Ultra High-Definition monitors suit a wide range of security applications for businesses large or small. The range features superior image quality, rugged metal chasses, less image sticking, anti-glare and active backlit control for consistent brightness with a versatile selection of interfaces.

Cementing a commitment to lead technological advances in surveillance monitoring, the new line up introduces the world's largest security monitor at 98-inches, plus the world's narrowest 3.6mm bezel to bezel 55-inch video wall. The new range is simple to install and delivers the durability and reliability IDIS customers have to come to expect, including a five year life of 24/7 operation and industry-leading low power consumption, up to 30 per cent lower than competitive models.

Also launched during IFSEC, new 4k cameras utilise unrivalled 30 images per second performance with no visible network latency — extending DirectIP's signature image quality to four times the resolution of full-HD. Inviting visitors at IFSEC to the ultimate surveillance experience, IDIS demonstrated how and why DirectIP is the most comprehensive networked surveillance available to the marketplace.

Commenting on the extended DirectIP range, Greg Kulesza, IDIS Europe, Technical Manager, said, “UHD and 4k technology presents a huge leap forward in quality and resolution, especially for users of legacy analogue CCTV. With our range of monitors, we further extend our one-stop-shop philosophy by offering customers everything required to build a cost-effective and powerful—yet simple to install—networked and full-HD surveillance solution.”

Implemented globally by businesses large and small across a wide range of markets, DirectIP delivers a fast return on investment through low cost of ownership and operational efficiency. Packaged as an end-to-end solution, comprising a range of camera, monitor, network video recorder (NVR), and comprehensive video management software, DirectIP solutions deliver plug-and-play simplicity, combined with highest-quality performance and reliability.

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 1)

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Big data is a buzz word. Many industries have tried to reply by analyzing big data to make good predictions on everything ranging from weather forecasts to decision making in different forms and subjects. However, why has the security industry also become so fascinated by “big data?” The reason could be traced back to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing investigation. The United States successfully crowdsourced information from social media, like Twitter and Facebook, and multiple video surveillance cameras to quickly identify and locate the criminals. This lesson opened the eyes of the whole world to learn the power of using mass data provided by the public, and more importantly, the different resources from security systems.

However, many experts also pointed out current security systems do not provide much information before an event even though they are connected to an IP network. Therefore, the industry has been trying to figure out how to make security equipment get involved in pre-event management and also play an active role in preventing crimes or disasters, instead of merely acting as a tool for post-event investigation. Of course, first of all, networkability is definitely a must in security devices, then, each device must be connected, like multiple sensors, to provide data. Then, there is intelligent video (or VCA), which is getting more important since it helps to make security information meaningful. By using intelligent video, security systems can produce loss prevention data or heat maps for retailers. Whenever the video security systems are connected with “external” WiFi-enabled tracking devices, the shop can better prevent perspective shoplifters and plan their marketing campaigns. Secondarily, it needs a proactive situational awareness tool, something like physical security information management software (PSIM), to seamlessly integrate different security and non-security equipment and further provide an immediate response to events.

In addition, through cloud computing, all the data is processed in the cloud; therefore, people are starting to wonder who is able to access this data and how to protect the integrity of the data. In the physical security world, we may also care about who is in my space and where these visitors are going and what they are doing. Therefore, identity management may play a vital role in the trend of big data.

To sum up, when the world starts to look into “big data” and how IoT can benefit everyone, the trend forces the security industry to gradually switch their attention to data and content beyond product specifications to better fit the needs of a connected world. Major technologies providers have started to add more value to security information/ content with their unique approaches.

Ultra-high 4K Resolution and Wide-angle Cameras Provide More Details
Although the improvement to 4K resolution seems very natural in consumer electronics and security technologies, 4K-resolution, ultra-high HD security cameras still captured the limelight at major security shows this year. Whenever 4K starts to become the mainstream in the industry, security cameras can be expected to provide more detailed and clearer video images of the environment, events, and subjects than the past. More importantly, 4K resolution cameras can largely reduce the total cost of ownership of a project by doing more with less, compared to low resolution cameras. Companies such as Axis Communications, Arecont Vision, Bosch Security Systems, Hikvison Digital Technology, IQinVision, and Sony Electronics all pre-announced 4K cameras last month. Performing at 30 frames per second makes 4K cameras stand out. “Arecont Vision 4K camera produces high-quality image at 30 frames per second and delivers about 8.3 megapixels. Arecont Vision‘s10- megapixel camera delivers 7 frames per second. When it was released in 2010, it was the first dual mode 10-megapixel and 1080p camera in the industry,” said Scott Schafer, Executive VP of Sales, Marketing, and Service at Arecont Vision. It can be predicted that all these companies should have their 4K cameras ready for the market later this year. However, some experts still warn that 4K camera users need to pay extra attention to selecting compatible 4K NVRs and monitors. Without using a 4K monitor, the video quality might be compromised.

Pelco is focusing on a different approach to provide more details to situational awareness video with their latest 360-degree camera, which is a joint venture combining OnCamGrandeye's technology and Pelco's video managment applications. Coupled with Pelco's customer support and service, this adds an important tool to the market, said Craig Dahlman, Director-Analog Video Products of Video Line of Business at Pelco by Schneider Electric. Similar products can also be seen at other major network video surveillance vendors, like Panasonic System Communications. Panasonic‘s 360-degree cameras enable several different viewing options. For example, diverse image distribution modes, including four independent video streams for maximum flexibility.

Intelligent Vi deo Helps Deliver Meaningful Messages
It is not enough to have a high-resolution video only for generating data. In order to acquire meaningful information, rather than just raw data, and even provide timely diagnosis/response to an event, intelligent video is the best candidate, when talking about big data. What it influences in the security field now is how to use the accumulated data from intelligent video for different purposes. “The focuses of video surveillance innovations have evolved from video functionality, to video integration, and now to video enabling. By enabling processes with video, the open platform fosters many innovations to optimize business operations in different verticals,” according to Karl Erik Traberg, Head of Corporate Communications and Business Development at Milestone Systems.

For example, “A retail store uses multiple cameras enabling real-time analytics such as traffic counting, queue management, heat maps and demographics. The system accumulates all the information by date and time, and if associated with the POS information, can deliver key information, such as average sale and conversion metrics. Ultimately, and depending on the information, retailers can leverage these insights to adjust their marketing strategies and even staffing for different time periods,” said Masa Karahashi, Senior VP, Engineering at 3VR.

Hank Monaco, VP of Marketing at Tyco Integrated Security also further explained in a big picture, “For many retailers, we are also seeing a big move now toward leveraging multiple technologies working together to help drive higher store performance. For instance, retailers are finding that leveraging video services to gain visibility into POS activity helps to drive improved customer experiences and manage more accurately what is on the shelf which also can lead to higher sales. We see technologies working together, such as EAS used byond loss protection, and tied into POS register, RFID for inventory tracking, and also analytic video to understand customers‘ behaviors, such as dwell time — how much time a customer stands in front of the stock display without making a purchase or how fast a customer picks up a product(s) from a shelf and then makes a purchase. Essentially, retailers are seeing that technology that does more can also help them make decisions in the store on a more predictive basis and allows them to see farther ahead. This drives the store performance which helps them gain competitive advantage and improved bottom line results.”

We can imagine that, if the information is also shared with or connected to other non-security, external systems, it could be something really valuable even to city surveillance or other researches. However, how to reduce false alarms in intelligent video is always the focus for security. The latest motion sensor detection sensors by Mobotix are able to filter the objects according to directions of movement. Therefore, it only records video or triggers an alarm if an important event actually occurs. Interference caused, for instance, by trees moving in the wind, shadows, passing clouds, or snowfall is consistently ignored.

Thermal Comes to Intelligent Video for 24/7 Detection
In some particular scenarios, intelligent video might meet certain limitations and challenges. “The main drawback of standard CCTV systems arises from their reliance on reflected light — inability to operate at night, adverse effects due to shadows and lighting changes,” according to the research paper titled “Thermo-Visual Feature Fusion for Object Tracking Using Multiple Spatiogram Trackers,” by Ciaran O Conaire et al. For a critical environment, the combination of thermal cameras and intelligent video is a good match for 24/7 detection. After the partnership of FLIR Systems and VideoIQ in 2010, FLIR also recently partnered with PureTech Systems for wide area surveillance solution.

Another piece of good news for the industry is that the falling price in thermal technology will allow more security cameras to enjoy the benefits of thermal. FLIR announced the release of three new lines of its thermal security cameras starting at economical prices, which further demonstrates how the combination of thermal cameras and intrusion video analytics can actually be an affordable and also effective solution, said Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. At the same time, DVTel also announced its thermal cameras at an affordable price, also featuring intelligent video analytics.

FLIR also launched its cloud-based platform for users to remotely access their security cameras. In the future, thermal with intelligent video cameras will also start to provide more meaningful data to make our environment safer.

 

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How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 2)

How big data and IoT revolutionize the security industry (Part 2)

Editor / Provider: Jill Lai, a&s International | Updated: 6/25/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

"Big data" and the "Internet of Things"(IoT) now are not only discussed in the IT and communications idustries, but they are also ready to influence and even upturn the securiy industry. While we anticipate a connected society, the world is also vulnerable to malicious physical and cyber security attacks. Fortunately, security technologies have evolved and developed to prevent any disasters from happening.

When the world starts to look into "big data" and how IoT can benefit everyone, the trend forces the security industry to gradually switch their attention to data and content beyond product specifications to better fit the needs of a connected world.

Open Platforms Drive Total Integration
Integration has been an unstoppable trend in all industries, especially when it comes to IoT. Eventually, in a connected world, every system will be connected in a single network. The security industry will also continue to evolve. To build up a future-proof solution, integrating different systems through proprietary SDKs and APIs no longer seems like enough. Companies now concentrate on how to construct a more open platform in order to seamlessly manage and utilize different resources in different security equipment. According to Genetec's white paper, it suggests that a truly unified platform in video surveillance can optimize resources by sharing common servers and databases for authentication and permission, licensing, configuration settings, alarms and evens, audit and activity log, video recording, and access logs.

"Because of the open and standardized features, IP-based video surveillance has become more accessible and affordable. End users in small-scaled market sectors, such as SMBs, now are willing to consider IP-based products. We do see an increased demand for these types of products from the education sector in K-12 schools, retail and even residential sectors are picking up," said Kostas Mellos, product marketing, video, Interlogix and Lenel.

Looking at the access control market only, it has been actively developing with the introduction of different new technologies. The market's high growth still mainly comes from the migration from mechanical locks to electronic locks. However, what is really driving the growth of the market is the need for open platforms. Access control systems, in the past, were very closed, simply for restricting entrance to a building, room, and property. Until recently, users have started to realize the benefits whenever it links with other systems. “What really differentiates us from other companies is, in our hardware and firmware. We develop to an open platform and protocol, which is very critical for the credentials and access control systems for future expansion or integration of other future technologies. That is why we are chosen for replacement projects and also big projects, like One World Trade Center,” said April Daltron-Noblitt, Director of Vertical Marketing at Allegion. Both the access control and video surveillance markets are developing their solutions very fast in open platforms, which also is closely tying both sides together. Companies, like Axis, Avigilon, and Genetec have developed their own integrated systems. The partnership of video and access control companies has become basic to form an integrated system. “Genetec offers its end users a unified security platform, which seamlessly integrates video, access control, and license plate recognition. The open platform supports a vast ecosystem of cameras, access control edge devices and third party software tools, including analytics, biometrics and perimeter detection hardware.

Genetec's IP access control system is also increasing its compatibility with other access control hardware products. The most recent ones are our partnerships with ASSA ABLOY and Salto, who produce quality WiFi, PoE wireless locks,” said Andrew Elvish, VP of Marketing and Communication at Genetec.

On the other hand, PSIM is not only able to supervise multiple distinct systems and further manage information coming from these systems, but also presents all the information in a single user interface, which plays a vital role in big data and IoT. “Verint recently launched a new situation management platform that allows users to integrate a variety of systems providing real-time intelligence to respond to events,” said Courtney Mamuscia, Global Communications Director of Verint Video & Situation Intelligence Solutions at Verint Systems. “This new solution expands our current PSIM application that has experienced significant growth in the critical infrastructure sectors and city-wide surveillance.”

However, some experts also warn that some PSIM products might have problems in lacking a built-in video, access control, and event integrated solution, which should be the key for selecting a “real” PSIM.

Social and Business Identity Takes Shape
While IoT gradually takes shape in the access control industry, end users have become more comfortable with making online payment via cards, PCs, tablets, mobile phones, and other wearable devices. Paym, a UK-based company, announced in April that consumers can use their mobile to make bank payments in the country. This trend is also going toward granting physical access control remotely via mobile devices, making access control as a service (ACaaS) gain more adoption. Furthermore, Brivo Labs claimed itself an IoT company, which launched its and also the industry's first social access management solution this year. Its main objective is to use social identities to “develop innovative applications that connect virtual communities with physical spaces,” said on Brivo Labs' website. According to Lee Odess, VP of Marketing at Brivo Systems and GM of Brivo Labs, by using Brivo Labs' API platform, physical access authorization now can be granted by using your profile on social networks, like Facebook and LinkedIn, on mobile devices and wearable computing devices, such as Google Glass. It is truly a revolution in the physical access control field. Next, Brivo will develop their solution to adopt Bluetooth devices to provide end users more convenience to remotely access and manage doors.

Identity Management Spurs Growth of Biometrics
When we, as end users, start to enjoy the freedom of multiple ways of payment and easy access to a space, worries about the security mechanism in these solutions arise. What makes things worse is when we lose our credit cards, with tap-andpay- on-the-go feature, or mobile phones or devices, it also means we lose our credentials and even precious money. On the other hand, for enterprise users, especially multinational companies, how to well secure their physical and intellectual property, help workers make mobile offices work more efficiently, and get easy access in these spaces without spending extra time and paper work becomes their top priority in access control. A robust identity management solution becomes prerequisite for users ranging from public to enterprise users. For enterprise users, multi-factor identities for both physical and logical security could be the best choice; biometrics is an important factor binding all these together.

HID acquired IdenTrust to expand our identity management and secure authentication solutions offering, and enable us to provide banking customers with a trust network for issuing, authenticating, and using digital identities based on open standards,” said Jeremy Hyatt, Director of Global Public Relations of HID Global. “Our Lumidigm acquisition extends our multi-factor authentication portfolio with biometrics for high-security environments, while positioning us to deliver a variety of new secure identity solutions.” Besides, biometrics also becomes a unique selling point for different fields because of its unique identification feature, according to Bill Spence, VP of Sales of North America, Europe and Australia at Lumidigm. In amusement parks, biometrics has attracted many return customers. Lumidigm's solution was adopted by amusement parks, where parents' fingerprints had to match their child's RFID wristband when collecting them from the park grounds. On top of that, the system can also ensure that only one person uses each ticket. To prevent ticket fraud, parks today can link each ticket to a specific customer with the touch of a finger.

The demand for identity management provides new startups with pretty big business opportunities too. Bionym developed the first wearable authentication device that utilizes a user's electrocardiogram (ECG) to validate a person's identity, according to their company website. Zwipe, a new, next-generation biometric card, a contactless smart card credential with on-card fingerprint reading, eliminates the problems of solely deploying PINs and standard cards. The contactless Zwipe biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the card through something they are, a fingerprint, using their already installed card reader. Only then will the card system activate the lock. This is much more secure than simply using a standard card, which verifies only something they carry, the card. Also many companies, which develop NFC rings and bracelets, intend to provide more flexible and innovative solutions to secure our access to either the virtual or non-virtual world.

A Connected World Makes a Safer Environment?
Thanks to IoT, we can expect a connected world in the future. Although new technologies bring us more convenience in terms of mass information and life comfort, do these also help us construct a safer environment? Without making security the priority, I am afraid that all these new and innovative technologies would be in vain. If the aforementioned developments in the security industry can cause everyone to be more aware of security, I would say the future of this connected world will be bright

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Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Vietnamese beverage giant deploys Genetec security platform

Editor / Provider: Genetec | Updated: 6/24/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Vietnamese Beverage giant installs over 1200 cameras with Omnicast Video Surveillance and AutoVu License Plate Recognition for the most progressive security surveillance in local beverage industry.

Located just outside Ho Chi Minh City, in Binh Duong, Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group (THP) is a leading beverage corporation that develops, manufactures and retails an assortment of bottled drinks to Vietnam and other Asian countries. Superseding the regional sales of global giants such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, THP houses 6,000 square meters of office space, 7,500 square meters of factory space, and 46,000 square meters of warehouse space in their state-of-the-art headquarters.

With over 4,000 employees and billions of Vietnamese Dong of inventory leaving their facility daily, THP focuses on delivering quality products in a safe environment. While they had an analog video surveillance system in place, properly handling investigations was difficult and time consuming. The grainy images from DVR tapes and interrupted reliability of the system made securing their facilities even more challenging.

Instead, THP wanted to find a proven enterprise-class and feature-rich IP-based security system that would speed up investigations, offer easy access to managers overseeing operations, and cut costs by using existing hardware. From an IT standpoint, flexibility in network configuration and tools that would leverage their existing network infrastructure were also important.

After considering many solutions, THP relied on the expertise of Mr. Nguyen Quang Dinh, Chairman at Orion New Tech and Certified Genetec Integrator, to choose Genetec Security Center. According to Nguyen, “While the unified security platform cost-effectively offered all the functionality and flexibility they needed, it also allowed for centralized monitoring of both video surveillance and license plate recognition systems under a single, easy-to-use and robust platform.”

Largest Video System in Vietnam Unified with LPR
Representing the greatest number of surveillance cameras for a single security project in Vietnam's history, Omnicast, the video surveillance system of Security Center is managing just over 1200 cameras.

Thanks to flexible network configuration, Security Center allows THP to maximize their 11 server infrastructure, with the ability to host more than 100 cameras per server. THP is now able to minimize hardware investments, and curb the associated costs of powering, cooling and maintaining the equipment at such a massive site. Similarly, by using the bandwidth of each network segment only once, the Multicast capability in Security Center allows many users in various locations to view a video feed simultaneously without overcrowding the network or overloading the servers to redirect the stream, which is often a limitation of other video systems in the market.

In terms of storage, there is room for 500TB of archiving, which allows THP to retain video recordings for 30 days. For added reliability, THP has Omnicast Failover Archiving and Directory setup to ensure uninterrupted live monitoring and access to critical information, even in case of hardware failure or network interruptions.

Outside their headquarters, they reinforce their perimeter security with eight AutoVu license plate recognition (LPR) cameras. The AutoVu LPR cameras track the comings and goings of delivery trucks, capturing license plate reads as they pass by the cameras' field of view at the weighing stations. Alongside the license plate reads are date and time stamps, and a colour image of the vehicle. This data is sent back to the Security Center platform and unified with Omnicast video surveillance. In the event that a theft is reported, THP's security team can easily pull up video tied to the LPR reads so they can see exactly who was driving the truck as it entered and exited the facility.

A Feature-Rich Platform Engineered to Boost Efficiency
With two 12-hour shifts of security operators manning the system daily, the ease of system usability has really helped them reduce response time to incidents and quickly find information during investigations. THP offers Mobile capabilities to floor managers who use their phones to check up on operations from anywhere in their headquarters. Orion has also helped THP set permission levels in Security Center, so certain tasks and video are restricted only to those who have authorized access.

Visual tracking is another feature that THP operators have enjoyed. Instead of having to remember camera names or IDs in a list of 1200, they are now easily able to track a moving target in the factory, jumping from camera to cameras with the single click of a button directly from the video tile. And with the support for the bidirectional audio functionality of the cameras, operators in the control room can efficiently communicate with floors managers, without having to walk through the facility.

Setting the Benchmark Well Into the Future
Concerning their future plans, THP is looking at possibly expanding their surveillance system to three other remote factories throughout Vietnam, and tie them all back to the central headquarters in Binh Duong. This will all be possible thanks to the Genetec Federation feature which allows THP to manage all their Security Center systems as one single virtual system, while still maintaining independence for local security teams.

Furthermore, knowing Security Center is open and highly-customizable, THP is also interested in integrating other third-party systems into the unified platform like access control, video analytics and possibly more. This will help to further simplify their operations by automating tasks, handling alarms, and managing system components across all security and business systems from a simplified user interface.

Until then, THP's forward-thinking approach to security, technology and operations has set its massive Binh Duong facility as the benchmark to other local offices and manufacturing plants in the region.

 

Korean luxurious casino deploys Webgate HD-CCTV solution

Korean luxurious casino deploys Webgate HD-CCTV solution

Editor / Provider: Webgate | Updated: 6/23/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

WEBGATE, the Korea-based surveillance equipment provider, as well as a division of of Daemyung Enterprise, has completed the HD-CCTV surveillance system installation for a world-class casino in Pusan, together with their partner company SARADA.

The casino, located in Haeundae, is one of the top tourist destinations in Korea. It offers not just a wide selection of slot machines and tables where guests enjoy baccarat, blackjack and roulette. The whole casino is divided into various sections according to features and styles, providing premium service and amenities from a world-class casino, to meet expectations from travelers around the world.

While the casino sees huge money being handled during games every day, the video surveillance system becomes one of the core facilities in preventing illegal game or theft. This casino had been operating its video surveillance system with analog camera and DVR for a long time. However, there has been a continuous request of upgrading to full-HD video surveillance system. Representativesof the casino security  department had chosen WEBGATE's HD-CCTV system,  after making thorough comparison between "IP camera system based on network" and "HD-CCTV system based on HD-SDI transmission technology".

HD-CCTV system can make use of  the existing coaxial cables of  the analog system,  and can transmit full-HD digital video without frame loss. Unlike IP systems, it doesn't cause delay during video compression or network transmission, and provides real-time video monitoring for security personnel. Thanks to the advanced video CODEC solution, DVR can record high quality video which is undistinguishable from the live video, so its recording can serve as evidence when accidents occur. Besides, the camera's anti-motion blur function, and high reliability  both played an essential part in making WEBGATE a solution provider.

One Cable Solution:
HD-CCTV's “One Cable Solution” was applied to casino's video surveillance system. One Cable Solution configuration means that by using the coaxial cable, DVR supplies power to camera and controls cameras' OSD menu and zoom/focus. Also, in this configuration, all channels have 30fps to provide full-frame recording. Casino security personnel are very satisfied with the new HD-CCTV system because they can have the most optimized system by operating the system in the same way with conventional ones. They said that they will continue to upgrade their rest analog system as well.

UK First Direct Area relies on Avigilon Control Center Software

UK First Direct Area relies on Avigilon Control Center Software

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 6/23/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Challenge
To provide a newly built, world class arena with the latest generation security technology that could efficiently manage and monitor all areas of the venue to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.

Solution
From a 24-hour control room inside First Direct Arena, the security team manages their high-definition surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) Enterprise Network Video Management Software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM) technology. With the Avigilon solution in place, the security team at the arena is able to manage dozens of IP cameras that oversee the piazza, stands, parking lot, concession areas and entry points. Operators of the Avigilon system use ACC Mobile to view live and recorded footage remotely from their smartphones and tablets. With Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs), the team is able to store up to 30 days of continuous surveillance footage.

Benefits
With the user-friendly and intuitive ACC software, the security team at First Direct Arena is able to monitor and manage crowd activity - both in the stands and throughout the exterior of the venue. The advanced search functions of ACC help the security team locate and accurately assess recorded footage in minutes. With the Avigilon ACC platform, the security team is able to monitor a large number of IP cameras and record footage without freezing or slowing down the system. - Improve crowd management
- Reduce investigation time
- Accurately assess incidents in the stands
- Protect against false liability claims

A State-of-the-Art Arena Deploys Avigilon High-Definition System to Protect Patrons and Improve Crowd Management
For decades, Leeds was the largest city in the United Kingdom (UK) without a major venue to host concerts and sporting events. After much demand for a modern and functional venue, city officials planned to build a multi-purpose concert hall with a spectacular fan-shaped design. In the fall of 2013, with Sir Elton John playing to a capacity audience of 13,500 people, First Direct Arena officially opened its doors for business. The arena will play host to over 140 events per year ranging from professional sports matches to top-billed music concerts to Disney on Ice. In order to protect the £50 million, approx $85 million, venue and all patrons in attendance, management needed to deploy a sophisticated HD video surveillance system. First Direct Arena engaged leading UK-based security specialists, Reflex Systems Ltd., to deliver an integrated solution incorporating video surveillance, access control, and perimeter and intruder detection. Under the recommendation of Reflex Systems, First Direct Arena chose the ACC software because of its multiple features and capability to efficiently manage a full-scale IP surveillance system. It also helped that a wide range of high-profile arenas and stadiums like the Slovnaft Arena (Slovakia) and Rogers Centre (Canada) relied on the Avigilon solution. Lee Sinnott, facilities manager at First Direct Arena agreed, “I saw that Avigilon products were deployed in numerous stadiums throughout North America and Europe,” Mr. Sinnott said. “It was comforting to learn that the system could be used for exactly what I needed it for.' What the Arena needed was a system that would be easy to use, provide efficient storage management and immediate and accurate searching capabilities. All features, Mr. Sinnott says, the Avigilon system delivers. “I would say our Avigilon system is significantly better than any kind I've seen previously,” he said.

Efficient Crowd Management
According to Mr. Sinnott, First Direct Arena predominately uses HD video surveillance to effectively and efficiently monitor crowd flow. With the ACC software, security personnel are able to monitor a variety of situations, such as altercations in the stands and theft, in an organized and timely manner. “The Avigilon system enables us to mitigate out some of the problems,” Mr. Sinnott said. “We've encountered less problems with crime because we can predetermine if there is going to be an issue somewhere.” The software has also been helpful in identifying possible interferences in traffic flow in and around the arena. “ACC has allowed us to manage our multiple cameras better than we have previously in other venues,” said Mr. Sinnott. “Say we see on the monitors that there is congestion at the front of the bar. We can now quickly adjust our staff and make dynamic changes so that we can provide better service at our concession stands.” Mr. Sinnott also points out that HD video surveillance helps accurately assess incidents where liability of the arena is a factor.

User-Friendly Software
Managing a large scale video surveillance system, required by most major arenas, can be a daunting task for security personnel. But the intuitive ACC software has simplified the process for First Direct Arena's security employees. “To be honest, we find the overall feel of the software to be user-friendly and easy to train employees on,” said Mr. Sinnott. ACC's advanced search features have also been a time-saving tool for Mr. Sinnott's staff. “With our older software suites, downloading the large amounts of data could take hours,” he said. “Avigilon's solution is so much simpler and this is a true benefit of the system. Rather than tying one of our security officers up for hours on end looking for a needle in a haystack, I can just download the segment of footage I need.” The value of the system is proven when the venue's security personnel can quickly submit footage to local law enforcement officials to assist with investigations. “Providing evidence to our local police force is easy and the footage has been of excellent quality,” Mr. Sinnott said. “The efficiency of the Avigilon system and clear images provided cuts down significantly on resources and time spent.”

Top-level Functionality
In addition to the main control room on the ground level that monitors the entire premise 24 hours a day, First Direct Arena uses a second control room during events to monitor its grounds. With the ACC software in use in both rooms, Mr. Sinnott states that the synchronization of communication between operators is seamless. “The ability for collaborative investigations was another key factor in our choice of Avigilon because of the flexibility and functionality the feature gave us in both control rooms,” said Mr. Sinnott. “Typically, our older system just provided mirror images of the other screen. If an operator was watching one image in our main control room, an operator in our opposite control room would be watching the same image. With Avigilon we have complete control of functionality from both locations.” If one of the control rooms is disconnected, the security team can easily move to the system in the room without missing a beat. “This kind of flexibility gives us greater control and added functionality,” said Mr. Sinnott.

LILIN security solution deployment empowers SMBs do more with less

LILIN security solution deployment empowers SMBs do more with less

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 6/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

In today's economy, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their IT organizations need to “do more with less.” The migration from traditional analogue to IP is underway in the SMB sector. We see the migration to IP growing relatively fast in the past 2 years since IP systems provide better resolution, pictures, and overall delivery of the features of video products.

LILIN provides great ways to cut cost and complexity for SMBs. SMBs have considerably smaller budgets in terms of security needs compared to their larger enterprise counterparts. Typically, the sales cycle of SMBs is much shorter than those of large enterprises, as there is less inter-departmental decision making needed. In general, it will take less than 3 months from point of enquiry through quotation, site survey, and, lastly, to when the installation is complete.

In regards to product requirements, SMB sectors typically deploy up to sixteen cameras with storage needs of up to one month depending upon individual business nature. LILIN's compact L series, Pro series, and Auto Focus Z series IP based cameras were designed to target retailers as well as SMB users. In order to accommodate a range of storage requirements, it is very significant for video solutions to have future-proof scalable storage options.

Simplicity in installation is also essential requirements for the SMB sector. LILIN developed its SMB solution based upon a plug-n-play approach to simplify installation and operation. The plug-n-play approach enables installers with only basic IT expertise to easily deploy an IP video solution.

LILIN NVRs are able to record at 1080P and footage stored on the NVR can be remotely playback on handheld devices including iOS and Android platforms. Standalone NVR Touch series comes with plug-n-play usability, which auto detects LILIN network cameras through IPScan utility with built in WS discovery technology is especially beneficial for SMB users who are not necessarily tech-savvy.

 

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Bosch launches DINION IP starlight 8000 MP camera

Bosch launches DINION IP starlight 8000 MP camera

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 6/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Regardless of time-of-day, object of interest movement or extreme low light situations, the new 5 megapixel DINION IP starlight 8000 MP camera delivers relevant IP video images 24/7. With this video surveillance camera, Bosch Security Systems sets a new quality benchmark in round-the-clock video surveillance. Due to its comprehensive technical specifications this is the ultimate 24/7 camera securing critical infrastructures, parking lots, city surveillance projects and many other applications with challenging lighting conditions.

Becoming the ultimate 24/7 camera
The DINION IP starlight 8000 MP delivers five megapixel details even in extreme low light situations and captures moving objects in 5 megapixel resolution at up to 30 frames per-second. The latest sensor technology combined with the sophisticated noise suppression results in a light sensitivity of 0.0121 lux at full 5 megapixel resolutions in color and even 0.00825 lux at 1080p resolution. The DINION IP starlight 8000 MP produces full color images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have turned to monochrome images. Where others show no image at all, it still delivers detailed monochrome images. Possible disturbances caused by fluctuating front or backlight are eliminated by Bosch' built-in intelligence. The intelligent Auto Exposure (iAE) technology dynamically adjusts the exposure of the camera to automatically adapt to changing light conditions providing perfect exposure of objects of interest every time. The iAE technology also contributes to the outstanding dynamic range of the camera which boasts a massive 103+16 dB for the 1080p mode.

Intelligent Video Analysis
Another differentiating feature of the DINION IP starlight 8000 MP is built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It helps to focus on relevant situations by alerting you when needed, or automatically track objects of interest. IVA also adds sense and structure to video data by adding metadata. This allows the quick retrieval of the relevant images from hours of stored video. Metadata can also be used to deliver irrefutable forensic evidence or to optimize business processes based on, for example, people counting or crowd density information. By using the camera's ability to simultaneously combine 8 of the 15 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced to a minimum.

24/7 remote access and camera control
Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. It also allows access to camera controls, live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime from anywhere. Dynamic Transcoding also enables you to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material. The DINION IP starlight 8000 MP is supported by Dynamic Transcoding in 1080p mode in combination with either one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET.

Lower storage costs and network strain
To reduce storage costs and network strain the camera features intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR). The power of this technology is that it leads to bandwidth only being used when needed. When there is little or no movement in the scene, less bitrate is required. Therefore, iDNR actively analyses the scene distinguishing between relevant information such as moving objects and image noise artifacts. The degree of noise reduction is adjusted accordingly so that important objects are captured and image noise artifacts suppressed, optimizing the camera's bitrate. Thus, iDNR saves up to 50% on bitrate and hence storage and network strain without compromising video quality. Local storage on the camera further enhances network performance by compensating for short network outages, so ensuring that video data is continuously available in VRM systems without breaks.

Bosch IP standard-definition and high-definition cameras, encoders and analytics work seamlessly with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems. Further details of the Bosch Integration Partner Program are available at ipp.boschsecurity.com.

American Dynamics releases VideoEdge NVR

American Dynamics releases VideoEdge NVR

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 6/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

American Dynamics, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, has released version 4.5 of its powerful, high-performance VideoEdge VMS with new features that provide customers more secure and efficient systems for businesses and organizations that require an active surveillance environment.

VideoEdge Network Video Recorder (NVR) adds a new level of ease and efficiency for surveillance operators. With features such as Auto Discovery, users can locate cameras on the network and assign IP addresses to any VideoEdge NVR with the click of a button, reducing time significantly.

“The changing landscape for surveillance is dictating a new list of ‘must-haves',” said Steve Carney, Director of Video Product Line Management for Tyco Security Products, “and this latest version of VideoEdge responds to those security-critical situations with effective, reliable and intuitive tools. “We are focused on providing the unique features required by customers who rely on their surveillance systems for fast, real time incident response.”

Such customers include those in retail environments who are looking for solutions to theft as well as data that helps them better understand customer behavior. VideoEdge provides both. Its powerful Heat Mapping tool lets retailers see where customers are lingering – important information that lets retail marketers see where the hot items are, or where they may need additional promotional displays. This feature is also very useful in other markets such as sports and entertainment, healthcare, and other venues for tracking foot traffic patterns, ensuring visitors are receiving adequate assistance.

The latest version of VideoEdge also includes a new Watermarking process that allows security officials to assign a unique visual mark to the video that is specific to its business. This maintains the integrity of recorded video and protects the owner from fraudulent use of the video.

The victor Unified Client helps you manage all of your live and recorded video from VideoEdge, exacqVision, Intellex and ADTVR video recording solutions, all from one, intuitive interface. victor is part of a powerful NVMS that includes advanced policy management, health monitoring, Smart Search, instant playback, and more, ensuring the security and safety of your entire organization whether a single site, or a multi-location, globally dispersed enterprise. For those enterprise customers who use Software House C?CURE 9000, victor Enterprise provides unification for SAS (satellite application server) and MAS (master application server). Deploying victor and C?CURE 9000 software at the same time, into the same IP system has never been easier. For those customers in smaller sites, victor Express has been designed to eliminate the need for an SQL database, thus simplifying and saving installation time.

The VideoEdge NVMS and victor Unified Client are available through American Dynamics' worldwide channel partners.

Condominium in Brazil installs Axis full HDTV cameras

Condominium in Brazil installs Axis full HDTV cameras

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 6/19/2014 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Mission
The Helbor Magnifique residential condominium, located in downtown Joinville, in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, is comprised of three 18-story towers, with two units on each floor. More than 100 families come and go at all hours using three separate entrances, overseen by a 24-hour security desk that also monitors vehicles entering and leaving the development's parking area, with nearly 350 parking spaces. The video surveillance system therefore needed to be able to handle the size and busy activity of the condominium development.

Solution
A study was conducted to identify the surveillance points needed to provide complete coverage of the condominium facility, including all common areas and entrances for residents, employees, and service providers, among others, as well as the surrounding areas. The study suggested installing 79 Axis network cameras. Traders Service, an Axis partner, installed AXIS P1357 full HDTV network cameras, along with Axis high-resolution models AXIS P1354 and AXIS M2014-E. The elevators were equipped with AXIS M3113-R units. All cameras are managed using software from Aimetis, another Axis partner.

Result
The Helbor Magnifique condominium became a trendsetter in Brazil as the first residential building to install a professional video surveillance system using full HD cameras. The wide coverage provided by these cameras enables 24-hour surveillance of building interiors and the surrounding area, ensuring that all residents enjoy the sense of security that they expect at home.

Mixed transmission mode
Due to the horizontal and vertical distances the video surveillance system needed to cover, Traders Service chose to use Ethernet cabling throughout the project, except in the elevators. In order to avoid running cables over the entire 70 meters between the lowest level of the garage and the top floor of the buildings, Traders Service opted for wireless transmission using AXIS M3113-R Network Cameras. The client said that the motors did not create any interference in the image quality provided by the cameras. In such a varied environment, the ability to create appropriate solutions for each space was essential. The entire property, covering 130,000 square feet, has a recreational area that includes swimming pools, saunas, a spa, yoga room, multi-sports court, fitness area, playroom, party rooms, home cinema, home office facilities and a games room, as well as gardens and patios, adding complexity to the undertaking's security needs. Some 31 AXIS M1054 units were installed in the hallways in the residential and service areas. There is also an AXIS M2014-E bullet-style camera in the corridor leading to the service entrance using Corridor Format, a feature unique to Axis. This transforms the 16:9 HDTV camera image aspect ratio to 9:16 - ideal for corridors, entryways or narrow passages. This feature maximizes image quality and eliminates wasted bandwidth and storage space.
The underground garage has three interconnected levels that have access to the shared service area and elevators. 18 AXIS P1354 day/night camera units were installed here, providing fixed video surveillance offering high performance, robust design. Another nineteen AXIS P1357 units were installed to cover the outdoor areas of the condominium; these allow large areas to be scanned, while maintaining exceptional image detail. These day/night cameras feature a P-Iris lens to provide optimal image clarity.

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