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Honeywell expanded HDZ Series PTZ cameras to analog

Honeywell expanded HDZ Series PTZ cameras to analog

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 1/15/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell expanded its line of HDZ Series PTZ cameras by adding analog technology that gives companies more affordable options to augment their video surveillance systems.

The newest analog HDZ PTZ camera offers image quality and features comparable to the line's IP cameras, including indoor/outdoor zoom and 360-degree capabilities. Ideal for mid-range to high-end facilities across a range of industries, the HDZ Series cameras provide up to 1080p resolution, 360-degree continuous rotation function and a zoom lens, ensuring sharp clarity at any depth of field. All the highly-responsive products in the line offer a simple installation process, as well as added levels of security in case of network failures.

Additionally, all the members of the HDZ family are True Day/Night PTZ cameras equipped with Wide Dynamic Range—ideal for environments with high contrast and changing light conditions. Because the HDZ Series products are designed to handle installations where detailed coverage of longer distances are essential, they are ideally suited for surveillance of cities, roads, airports, government facilities, gaming, schools, campuses, commercial and industrial environments.

Mounting options are available to offer the utmost in flexibility for indoor and outdoor applications, and electronic image stabilization ensures superior image quality in unstable mounting conditions like high wind or vibration. In addition, the outdoor units are housed in IP66-rated tamper resistant domes to protect the cameras from damage by dust or heavy rain.

“Whether a company can afford IP video or not, most of them are asking for higher-quality video. Expanding the HDZ Series to include analog gives them even more options to achieve that,” said Chris Koetsier, director of product marketing, Honeywell Security Group. “Oftentimes, the facilities that depend most on advanced video surveillance – such as airports, schools, and casinos – can't access the newest technologies, whether due to budget constraints, existing cabling infrastructures or just wanting to remain with familiar routines. These cost-effective HDZ PTZ cameras fill that gap.” The release of the analog HDZ completes the HDZ Series, which also includes the IP 720x480 SD (standard definition) and the IP 1080p HD (high definition) cameras. Each option uses the latest technology in resolution, data storage and image stabilization to suit a variety of surveillance needs.

Axis and Milestone help reduce crime in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland

Axis and Milestone help reduce crime in Clackmannanshire, central Scotland

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 1/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Scotland's Clacksfirst Limited, which manages the Clacksfirst Business Improvement District (BID), was looking for a cost effective security system to help provide a safe and secure business environment for more than 200 firms based in the 10 business parks and industrial estates which are part of Scotland's first county-wide BID, based in Clackmannanshire. Clacksfirst received responses to the tender from six firms including IP video integration company and Axis partner Boston Networks.

Solution
All tender respondents offered a traditional ANPR system but Boston Networks' went further and proposed a system that could not only collect number plates but also identify the type of vehicle, even picking out vehicle signage 24 hours a day. AXIS P1354 Network Cameras deployed in the business parks also enabled identification of people inside vehicles and pedestrians entering and leaving the parks on foot.

The Axis cameras were configured in day/night mode. By using Raytec Vario Infrared lighting units it was possible to capture high quality images of all vehicle number plates at night. This configuration enabled image glare from vehicle lights to be eliminated. Edge-based video motion detection analytics was used inside the AXIS P1354's to ensure only scenes with vehicle or pedestrian movement were captured and recorded. Milestone XProtect Professional video management software was used to record, manage and securely distribute video recordings rapidly in case of incidents.

Result
Clacksfirst has seen a 50% reduction in crime across all business parks in the BID since it began managing them. In addition, the new system delivered Return on Investment (ROI) in under 12-months from going live. Business owners and their employees in these parks reported feeling more secure, while metal and machinery theft was virtually eliminated.

Improvements to boost economic development
Clacksfirst Limited, originally established in 2008, is a private organisation funded by a combination of commercial developers, park leaseholders and central government. Its role is to stimulate inward investment and to provide a strong collective central voice for businesses in the BID area. Clacksfirst BID sources external funding to enable it to promote Clackmannanshire as a business destination. Clacksfirst won its second fiveyear contract to run this BID in April 2013 following a commitment to tighten security in the business parks after a rise in theft and anti-social behaviour there during the economic downturn. Clacksfirst represents over 200 companies in 10 business parks centered in the Alloa area of Clackmannanshire County.

Kevin Deighan, Project and Community Safety Manager at Clacksfirst said: “We consulted with a panel of experts including representatives from the Forth Valley Division of Police Scotland, Scottish Business Resilience Centre and Clackmannanshire Council; before putting together a Request for Tender document which specified an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system to provide accurate recording of number plates of vehicles entering and leaving all BID business parks around the clock.”

Clackmannanshire Council Leader, Gary Womersley, said: “Clacksfirst BID has enabled businesses to collectively invest in improvements which have benefited them and will encourage new businesses to locate here. The BID is driving positive change and boosting economic development in Clackmannanshire. Ultimately this will benefit local people by unlocking economic improvements which help create more jobs in the county.”

Kevin Deighan of Clacksfirst said: “Clacksfirst has always sought to improve the environmental appearance and enhance security in the BID. Through implementation of this IP CCTV system we move so much closer to delivering on our five year business plan for businesses in the parks and industrial estates which backed us.

It also helps us send a clear and positive message to businesses outside Clackmannanshire which might be persuaded to relocate into the county as a result of our improved security record here.”

Quick ROI due to efficient system
The AXIS P1354 Fixed Network Cameras deployed in Clacksfirst BID are fixed day and night cameras with superb image quality, delivering excellent H.264 performance in a robust design. Superior video quality is provided with progressive scan in multiple individual H.264 streams, as well as Motion JPEG streams.

Paul Goodbrand, Operations Director at Boston Networks, explained: “We selected the excellent AXIS P1354 Network Camera with built-in Lightfinder technology together with a Theia SL940 lens, optimised for use with IR for day/night cameras and delivering16x digital and 4.5x optical zoom capability.”

The focus assistant, remote back focus and pixel counter features simplifies installation. This camera was configured with a specialist lens from Axis technology partner Theia Technologies and worked alongside a second partner Raytec, whose IR lighting ensures delivery of crisp images at night.

Kevin Deighan of Clacksfirst added: “ROI was achieved in such a short timeframe primarily because the new surveillance system proved to be a highly effective deterrent to potential criminals. It stopped metal and machinery theft as well as anti-social behaviour in its tracks.”

The new system also helped resolve one potentially costly incident in The Whins Business Park which sits within the BID. A lorry driver, turning in a car park there in the middle of the night, simply backed up too far and hit a wall which then collapsed. The following morning the company, which leases a nearby business premises and this car park, was able to use the new system's video recordings to identify the owner of lorry which had knocked down his wall. The company responsible has agreed to pay for rebuilding of the wall after the high quality video recordings of the whole incident were sent to the lorry driver's employer.

Sido Muncul installs VIVOTEK system to revolutionize plant security and ensure the high quality of health products

Sido Muncul installs VIVOTEK system to revolutionize plant security and ensure the high quality of health products

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 1/14/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Sido Muncul: Safeguarding Indonesian Health Since 1940
Sido Muncul is one of Indonesia's leading producers of Jamu (an herbal health drink) as well as a wide range of other health products. From the humble beginnings of a small household business in 1940, Sido Muncul has grown steadily to become a key provider of herbal health products while constantly striving to provide only the highest quality nutritional supplements and guaranteeing the purity of their ingredients.

This is no simple task as Sido Muncul's factory occupies a huge 34 hectare plot of land in Klepu, Semarang, in Central Java, and includes 7 separate laboratories focused on Instrumentation, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Formulation, Pharmacognosy, Stability, and Chemistry. These laboratories are all equipped with the latest tools and devices and operate to the highest standards. Further, Sido Muncul's state-of-the-art production process adheres to extremely high standards and exceeds the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) guidelines. Sido Muncul also pays great attention to product safety and therefore keeps strict records of the production process in order to maintain process uniformity and ensure products of a consistently high quality.

The Challenge: Sido Muncul's Old CCTV Surveillance System Had Reached Its Limits
Within this context of extremely high demands on the safety and security of the production process, Sido Muncul decided that its old system of analog CCTV security monitoring was no longer offering high enough quality coverage and lacked an IR capability. Further, its old PC recording and viewing system was unreliable – often crashing or randomly going offline. A new video management system was also needed. In short, this high-tech operation had outgrown its previous surveillance system and required a high-tech security system to match its exacting standards.

The Solution: VIVOTEK – A Natural Fit with Sido Muncul
A total of 200 VIVOTEK cameras were installed across Sido Muncul's largest plant. The high quality coverage, IR capability, and smooth operation of VIVOTEK cameras in all conditions ensured that the production process could be monitored, losses prevented, and human resources managed effectively. Further, some cameras were used to monitor any waste from the production process. VIVOTEK also supplied a brand new video management system, bringing Sido Muncul's total surveillance system into a new era of functionality and stability.

High Quality IP Cameras Secure the Integrity of the Production Process
For the warehouse and factory, 150 VIVOTEK IP8332 Day and Night Network Bullet cameras were chosen for their high image quality and versatility. Equipped with a 1-megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at a smooth 30 fps, the IP8332 is an all-in-one camera capable of capturing high quality and high resolution video. Further, it can adapt to any lighting conditions as it features a removable IR-cut filter as well as IR illuminators effective up to 15M for superior image quality around the clock. Making this VIVOTEK camera an even more enticing choice, the extensive features of the IP8332 are provided in an economical package, meaning Sido Muncul was able to install a large number of cameras and ensure total coverage of their production process.

For office spaces, IR capability was desired by the Sido Muncul, and FD8134 Fixed Dome Network Cameras provided this, as well as the highest possible image quality in all lighting environments while maintaining a sleek and stylish appearance. For a camera with a 1-megapixel sensor enabling viewing resolution of 1280x800 at 30 fps, users need to look no further for an all-in-one camera capable of capturing high quality, high resolution video.

For outdoor areas, IP8362 2MP Full HD Network Bullet Cameras and IP7361 Day and Night Network Bullet Cameras provided coverage of the huge 34 hectare grounds. The WDR feature of the IP8362 ensures startlingly clear images in all light conditions, and its IR illuminators and IR-cut filter mean that this image quality is provided throughout the day and night. Both cameras feature rugged housing designed to protect the integrity of the surveillance system from both the environment and any attempts to tamper with the cameras.

The Latest Surveillance Solution, the Simplest Installation.
Finally, this quantum leap in security and production-process surveillance at Sido Muncul's largest plant was able to be achieved easily and quickly thanks to VIVOTEK's commitment to providing cameras and systems that are not only easy to install, but also simple to maintain. In fact, in moving from the old CCTV system and its reliance on extensive cabling networks, Sido Muncul's new VIVOTEK surveillance system is actually easier to maintain, while providing astonishing advances in coverage and image management. As a result of this upgrade, Sido Muncul now boasts a surveillance system

Eight cities video-linked with Milestone ring of protection

Eight cities video-linked with Milestone ring of protection

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 1/14/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Open platform IP video management software (VMS) from world-leading provider Milestone Systems is improving safety and public services in eight cities around Minnesota's largest metropolis. Minneapolis/St. Paul is the most populous area in the state with a sprawl of more than 3,000,000 people.

Eight cities here covering more than 200 square miles have formed a valuable circle of relationships by connecting their video surveillance to protect citizens and quickly resolve incidents that can cross between their borders. With the networked Milestone XProtect® video management software, individual municipalities control their own security monitoring yet quickly connect with neighboring systems for collaborations.

“We had a collective idea between municipalities to centralize local systems with the same IT backbone. Every city can adopt software from the Milestone platform to have its own system. But there are times administrators may want to open access to their system to solve a mutual incident, and they can get assistance from neighboring emergency services for as much help as possible to solve a problem. Sharing camera feeds through Milestone has been a valuable yet easy-to-integrate solution that each municipality has eagerly installed,” says Tim Ferrian, Director of Sales and Marketing, Pro-Tec Design.

Security integrator Pro-Tec Design identified the parallel and individual needs of each city and their various departments. For example, the police department in one city has a variety of unique applications different from the IT department, schools or retail business in another. The widespread commonality for all cities was the need for IP video management software (VMS) to replace limited legacy analog systems.

Milestone XProtect VMS with its open platform technology allows each city to monitor and secure its own assets, be it a government building, transit stations or city-owned business. Milestone enables each to strategically design and install the hardware and software that meet its own needs, providing a cost-effective, flexible solution that can also be shared across locations to leverage more resources. With a combined Milestone VMS service, updates and maintenance are streamlined for quick response from Pro-Tec.

Milestone solves the core needs of each municipality but offers versatile feature sets and client interfaces that address unique requirements. For example, Milestone Mobile is deployed on tablets and smartphones. The cities are saving money by efficiently deploying emergency services, knowing exactly what they are dealing with before sending out first responder teams. Pro-Tec also expanded the open platform into additional applications, such as video integration using XProtect® Transact for government-owned retail stores.

Pro-Tec's relationships with the cities in Minnesota developed from a foundation of card access control and video surveillance, so a transition into open platform, network-based VMS that could integrate the two was a logical step.

“We could see the shift in security and surveillance to IP, and we wanted to partner with strong companies to provide our clients with a solution beyond their current expectations that could easily be installed, upgraded and expanded over time,” says Ferrian. “Milestone understood this, not only in the technology's infancy but how it would evolve to what end-users expect in the future, to deliver as a flexible core offering.”

There are many common themes within city surveillance: watching out for the visitors of city halls, keeping track of persons in custody at police stations, providing evidence for investigations, protecting staff and equipment, monitoring community pools and protecting the government from liability, or watching intersections for public works operations (moving snow, salting roads). There are also such needs as monitoring a busy farmer's market, senior centers, community sports, schools, historical landmarks, water towers and treatment facilities.

These eight cities are currently linked via Pro-Tec's Milestone video solution: Shoreview, Farmington, Brooklyn Center, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Edina and Minneapolis Proper. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Minneapolis Convention Center are included within this ‘Ring of Protection'.

Nick Lovejoy, IT Specialist, City of Edina says: “Our Milestone installation process was very simple; the interface is easy to use and very straightforward. It's evident in our day-to-day operations that the Milestone interface has helped us improve services in the city, addressing and solving many issues with a quick turnaround.”

Brooklyn Center has integrated the Point of Sale (POS) systems at its liquor stores with Milestone's XProtect® Transact software, which displays video associated with register transactions. This integration gives a time-synchronized interface linking receipt data with corresponding video, extending the monitoring of operations to include actual cash register data. This identifies problems involving POS and credit cards to reduce shrinkage and fraud, providing a safer shopping environment.

“Ease of use was extremely important when deciding on our VMS installation,” states Patty Hartwig, IT Director for Brooklyn Center. “We did our research looking for user-friendly, adaptable and easy-to-modify solutions. Our system needed to play back and pull up video in an instant. We put an extreme value on the Milestone VMS protecting our city assets: we required a product that would be here today, tomorrow and in the future. Milestone has and continues to show that value.”

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Global channel players get ready for solutions

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept, a&s International | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the following, a&s interviewed several value-added distributors to see how they actually transformed to become value-added resellers, distributors and wholesalers. Locally, some provide better return merchandise authorization (RMA) and extra benefits for customers, such as free project consultation, warranty expansion, and free technical support. Some of them are also ready to launch solutions for customers, under their own brand names.

 

Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director, Aditya Infotech, India

Aditya Infotech (AIL), the technology arm of Aditya Group, is India's No.1 security products enterprise, delivering technology-driven security and video surveillance solutions with special expertise in electronic video surveillance products and solutions. AIL caters to 6,500-plus channel partners in more than 300 cities from 45 offices. Aditya Khemka, CEO and Director for Aditya Infotech, said, “In 2015, we will continue to consolidate our relationship with our business partners via best of services, be it pre-sales, designing, logistics, sales, service, commissioning, and tech support.”

Khemka also confirmed that the switch from devices to solution has been significant and was triggered by the complex surveillance needs of wider range of business verticals. He said, “Our channel community actively provided solutions and catered to the varied surveillance needs. We witnessed the introduction of wider range of cameras, which fit into every need — high resolution, hostile environment, fire, temperature, adverse weather, and so on. In 2015 as well, we will continue to focus on diversifying the range of products and solutions to cater to any custom needs.” CP PLUS launched a cloud-based free DDNS solution in 2014. With this service, DVRs can be configured and settings can be saved on the cloud. The latest trend in the security industry is integrated surveillance solutions. The company also provides a comprehensive, all-in-one, cost friendly, and comprehensive framework for specific needs. CP PLUS' latest home solution is a one-stop intelligent, integrated, and interactive solution.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director, TVC, Mexico

TVC is a professional and awarded security device wholesaler in Mexico for systems integrators, installers, and some local distributors. Being in the market for over 13 years, TVC has16 offices and branches in Mexico. Recently, the company just opened another new distribution center with a point of sales in Iztacalco, Mexico City, with almost 3,000 square meters.

Baltazar Zuniga, Director of TVC, said IP adoption in the Mexican market still remains very low, and IP is used mostly in large-scale, infrastructure, and government projects. The ratio for the number of IP versus analog systems is probably around 25 percent against 75 percent. There are several factors that cause the low IP adoption in this country: Mexico is a quite price-sensitive country, and also its IP infrastructure still couldn't be compared with other developed countries. Zuniga added, “It also explains why the latest HD-over-coaxial solutions, such as HDTVI and HDCVI, look very promising in Mexico.” Although the IP penetration is comparatively low in Mexico, TVC still has worked with several leading brands, such as VIVOTEK, for more than 10 years, and the company just recently started the partnership with Bosch.

In this price-sensitive country, TVC has started to become more focused in solutions since two years ago in order to get more involved in project markets. Zuniga said there are two ways for them to offer solutions. “One is through the original system/solution suppliers. For instance, VIVOTEK, Dahua, and Bosch provide solutions themselves. So, we just join them in the trainings for our channels. Otherwise, we cooperate with some suppliers to make some changes on the firmware in our device to make our products more compatible with other device. Recently, we tried developing a time-attendance system, particularly designed by ourselves through cooperation with ZKTECO. We worked with our own engineers to develop a time-attendance system using fingerprint recognition, and the connection can be through a cloud server. When the device sends the information to the server, the management in the headquarters can see all the information from the devices. With fingerprint recognition, the employees can freely go to any offices of the company.”

Maulik Shah, CEO, Facility Security Division, Autocop India

Autocop Facility Security Division, having a complete distribution and service network across India, is a one-stop-shop for all security and safety needs that caters to individuals and organizations across verticals. Maulik Shah, CEO for Facility Security Division at Autocop India said, “We have grown by 35 percent year-on-year and expect 40% growth in 2015. We have shed non-performing brands and been focusing on key brands and models to drive growth next year. We are also investing on refining technical and sales team and planning to expand in tier two cities. In addition, we would add brand-specific team members and business development teams for certain verticals.”

Maulik also said the company has moved from box selling concept to solution offering concept and is a valued-added distributor, offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. He continued, “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and closely working on key projects that help partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak. We also reach out to end customers jointly and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support. Recently, besides video surveillance, we also have added access and entrance control over last year which has given us new customer base.”

Leonard Tye Lee Yew, Business Development Director, Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore

Bricomp International, a major distributor in Malaysia and Singapore, has embarked on a transformation journey to become a total security solutions provider since 2011. Leonard Tye Lee Yew said the company has grown its team to include solution specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent requirements. “We've also spent many hours in educating our partners (systems integrators) in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” Tye said.

Introducing a partners' program is key to a successful relation with Bricomp's partners as this is a form of recognition to them. “Our partners' program includes the three main elements of support to our channel partners: sales and presales, marketing, and after-sales and technical. As projects become more complex, we have also started introducing professional services to our partners. In the event a partner needs a certified engineer to help with testing and commissioning, we can offer this option to them,” he said.

“We are also working with our partners to provide budgeting for customers planning to migrate to a hybrid/IP solution with the integration to electronic access control systems. The process is longer as educating the end-user about their options and the available technologies takes time. However, we find this segment very potential for real growth as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported/repaired,” he said.

Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO, Luis+ Security Systems, Russia

Luis+ Security Systems is the official distributor of many well-known Russian and foreign brands. The key points of its strategy are to work both in the field of simple distribution and in complex project realizations by selling affordable security products and supplying expensive security products. “We are the distribution partner for many Russian leading security manufacturers, such as Bolid, Argus-Spectr, PERCo, ITV-AXXON, and foreign leading security manufacturers such as Bosch, Honeywell, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Axis, Panasonic, Samsung, and Hikvision. We do not need to change anything in our strategy,” said Feodor Zhidomirov, CTO of Luis+ Security Systems. “We get a very high customers' satisfaction by suggesting complete security solutions to our customers via our strong marketing strategy, technical engineers, fair price, and technical training center that provides legal certification on different brands. We also develop our own OEM product lines: LTV (video surveillance) and LPA (PA),” Zhidomirov continued.

Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman, PFN Technology, Iran

PFN Technology is a major distributor of IP video surveillance and network devices in Iran. Mansour Farzaneh, Chairman of PFN Technology stated in 2015, there will be more challenges and competitions in the security market (Iran), which mostly comes from low cost brands like Chinese brands. “Our plan is to compete with them by reducing our cost, expanding warranty to three years, increasing free technical and marketing supports in training and exhibition, and free project consultant,” commented Farzaneh.

“We have free project consultants because we want to take care of our customers more. We want to have a more frequent communication with them to help find out what kinds of products and solutions are suitable for them since mostly the customers don't have enough product knowledge,” he continued. In addition, return merchandise authorization service and free technical support are also very important for us to get a project.

Moreover, to gain more market shares, “We need to provide our partners with solutions, not products only. We bundled cameras and NVRs as total video surveillance solutions for educational centers, hospitals, and healthcare offices. We also have developed and expanded our product range, for NVR, PoE switches, and software for better support for our partners.”

Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey

As a value-added distributor of many global brands, Rustu Arseven, GM, Tesan Iletisim A.S., Turkey shared the following: Tesan is unfortunately challenged by companies which import cheap, low-quality, and nonstandard equipment with false information in Turkey. With our sales, technical, and marketing teams we are able to stand strong against this price-oriented trend. As a result of our effort we have managed to grow 20 percent in security industry in 2014, compared to 2013. We are expecting to manage even better in 2015 due to our investments for especially Ttec surveillance systems, which is our own brand.

Tesan is already a value-added distributor which has more than 2,000 partners including resellers, systems integrators, and chain markets. We have been offering our brands to consumer, SMB, and enterprise markets. Next to our own brand Ttec, we have distributorships of so many global brands such as LILIN, Qnap, Engenius, Dell Sonicwall, Jabra, Zte, Billion, Panasonic (DECT phones), Sony (video conference), Energizer, Samsung (digital camera), Nikon (digital camera), and Verbatim (LED). With our extensive portfolio of network and telecom products we have been offering our partners the comfort of supplying all their communication and networking product needs from one point, as well as providing technical support even on the field most of the time. In addition to what we always have been doing, we have taken some aggressive actions with our Ttec brand and enhanced our surveillance system solutions in 2014.

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Surveillance integration - why people matter

Editor / Provider: Synectics | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

As investment in Middle East industrial, financial and critical infrastructure continues to rise, increasing protection of assets crucial to ongoing economic and social development is naturally becoming a higher a priority.

At Intersec 2015 in Dubai, global surveillance business Synectics will explain and demonstrate how achieving this is as much about people as it is about technology.

Paul Webb, Managing Director of Synectics, said: “The Middle East market is familiar with the concept of security systems integration – unifying multiple systems (CCTV, perimeter security, access control, emergency alarms etc.) into a single environment to streamline and enhance protection and operations. Advances in IP-based surveillance networks and HD camera technology have supported growth in this concept.

“But while integrated security represents a vital step forward in asset protection, collating information from disparate data streams in this way is only part of the equation. To fully maximize the opportunities this presents, it is necessary to understand the interplay between technology and personnel and then take action from that vantage point.

“How individuals and teams use and respond to data will ultimately dictate the security and operational outcomes for any site, whether that's an airport, gas plant or a city traffic network.”

In 2014, Synectics rolled-out its open and fully scalable Synergy 3 command and control software platform that integrates alarms and events, security and process control subsystems, surveillance, and other essential site systems. Crucially, the solution can be programmed to detect and understand potential threats by mining the data captured, and present that information to best guide appropriate action.

“It's about data ergonomics”, said David Aindow, Product and Technology Director at Synectics, “presenting the right data, in the right way, at the right time for the right people to act on it.

“This concept was integral to our development of Synergy 3, demonstrated by features such as the customisable Graphical User Interface (GUI), interactive mapping engine (with Geospatial Information System (GIS) technology), and dynamic workflow functionality to guide operators through required response procedures and protocols in specific situations.

“It's also the driving factor behind the latest enhancements we'll be highlighting at Intersec, specifically around task management – enhancements that help operators identify and enlist the skills required to resolve specific issues.

“For example, a single subsystem alert (perhaps form a perimeter fence) can now trigger immediate visual/audio feed correlating with the incident location, and an associated workflow programme to guide operators in responding. Operators can also cross-reference information received with a database of skillsets to identify appropriate first responders and issue coded alerts to the relevant personnel via SMS. On task completion, whatever that task may be, the responding personnel can then use mobile devices such as telephones and tablets to automatically update the control room operator accordingly.

“It's a solution that closes the loop on incident identification and response, and that's how ultimate protection and efficiency is achieved.”

Synectics will be demonstrating Synergy 3's mapping, workflow and integration capabilities at booth S1-D12, alongside its COEX™ C2000 TriMode and new C3000 HD IP camera stations.

The surveillance solutions specialist will also be demonstrating its Synergy Tablet which offers mobile situational awareness, taking the concept of personnel integration a step further by delivering system capabilities to operatives in the field.

Paul Webb concluded: “Intersec has always been a show about innovation and this year is no different. What's most exciting for us as a business though, is being able to meet customers face-to-face and demonstrate how innovation can marry with real world needs and practicalities in order to deliver tangible security and operational benefits.”

For further updates from Synectics regarding Intersec 2015, follow @synecticsglobal on Twitter

VIVOTEK unveils the world's first L2 PoE gigabit switch with unique IP surveillance management functions

VIVOTEK unveils the world's first L2 PoE gigabit switch with unique IP surveillance management functions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 1/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the launch of its AW-GEV-264A series, the world's first L2 PoE Gigabit switches with IP surveillance management functions. The AW-GEV-264A series, referred to as the VivoCam PoE switch, is a 24-port managed L2 PoE Gigabit switch. In addition to comprehensive features of a L2 PoE Gigabit switch, the AW-GEV-264A is easy to manage, configure, and monitor VIVOTEK IP cameras, video servers, NVRs and central management software.

Tim Su, Director, Marketing Division, VIVOTEK, stated, “As a total solution provider, VIVOTEK has accumulated profound expertise in surveillance system implementation and provided the market with our comprehensive product offerings. Based on innovative spirit and design talent, VIVOTEK adds several unique and exclusive features to the existing capabilities of the L2 Protocol and creates the VivoCam PoE switch product line, allowing users to discover all VIVOTEK devices and deploy a surveillance network topology automatically. Today, we are pleased to be the first in the market to launch PoE switches with IP surveillance management functions, reaffirming VIVOTEK's leading position in the industry. In order to make the surveillance system management easier and more intuitive for users, we will keep bolstering our VivoCam PoE switch product line in the future.”

The AW-GEV-264A series is comprised of the AW-GEV-264A-185 and AW-GEV-264A-370, which support a 185 Watt power supply and 370 Watt power supply respectively. The AW-GEV-264A series adopts a unique graphic management approach, enabling users to view the entire surveillance system structure and device conditions by either topology or floor plan. Moreover, users can also map their outdoor surveillance application via Google map. In addition to this unique graphic management, the AW-GEV-264A series offers troubleshooting and traffic monitoring functions, helping the user to clarify connection problems or device issues. The backup function for the IP camera configuration files is another important design, facilitating the batch reboot and restoration of camera devices. With all of these features and more, the AW-GEV-264A series is the best PoE solution for managing VIVOTEK cluster network surveillance devices.

In order to enhance efficiency of surveillance system implementation and create a more robust system for global clients, VIVOTEK has started offering comprehensive Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) solutions from commercial to industrial applications. The commercial series includes a wide range of managed PoE switches, unmanaged PoE switches, PoE extenders, and PoE injectors while the industrial series includes industrial PoE switches and industrial media converters. VIVOTEK is attending Intersec Dubai during January 18th – 20th, 2015. The AW-GEV-264A series will be demonstrated live on-site. We sincerely invite you to visit VIVOTEK team at stand, No. S1-K26.

Hikvision to showcase its new WiFi router NVR at INTERSEC

Hikvision to showcase its new WiFi router NVR at INTERSEC

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 1/14/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision, the global leader of innovative video surveillance products and solutions, reveals the new generation DS-7108NI-E1/V/W WiFi Router NVR, in an expansion of the company's highly trusted Easy IP line-up. The versatile WiFi NVR, which will be included in Hikvision's display at its INTERSEC booth, provides the most convenient way yet to set up a network video surveillance system. It allows automatic IP camera connection and video recording without any interference, making this stylish product a perfect solution for SMB applications. With the straightforward WiFi NVR set-up steps, anyone can easily equip their home or office with the WiFi NVR.

Wireless router
The DS-7108NI-E/V/W boasts a built-in WiFi router supports 802.11 b/g/n and has a built-in dual WiFi antenna. Connect to the NVR WiFi router's strong wireless internet hotspot from anywhere in the home or office with your stationary and mobile devices. Save on cost with an NVR and router rolled into one.

Silent fan
The WiFi router NVR is equipped with a silent fan that automatically adjusts its speed as necessary for heat dissipation, making it an un-intrusive addition to a productive work environment. This is particularly suitable for home application.

Internal hard drive
The new WiFi Router NVR provides the added convenience of containing an internal hard drive, which circumvents the need to install one manually. Users can choose between capacities of 1T, 500G, or opt for none.

The product supports up to 6 megapixel resolution recording, and up to 1920x1080P resolution for HDMI output. Additionally, it supports up to 8-ch real-time live video viewing and playback at 1080P.

A WiFi surveillance solution you can bank on
As a part of Hikvision's Easy IP Solution, the WiFi Router NVR brings Easy Connection and Easy Viewing when coupled with Hikvision Easy IP WiFi cameras and video management software. By scanning the QR code on the back of the camera and NVR through the free Hikvision EZVIZ app, these devices can be added to the EZVIZ platform. After being added to the platform, users can view live video and playback, as well as manage video information over the internet anytime and anywhere.

The DS-7108NI-E1/V/W WiFi Router NVR will be on display at the upcoming INTERSEC Expo in Dubai, January 18-20. For more information about this product, please visit the Hikvision booth at SA-C11.

Promises, project and politics: Asia's three P's stabilizing the region

Promises, project and politics: Asia's three P's stabilizing the region

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 1/12/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

As we wind down 2014, a&s is taking a peek at how the Asian security industry has been impacted by several events over the past year, both good and bad. It's been an especially up-and-down year, as everything from political climates to infrastructure development has had an impact on the market. Another point of emphasis is a steady influx of projects, and how Asia is finally taking note of security.

Traditionally, the security industry in Asia has always been a little bit behind the Americas and Europe in terms of technological advancements and adoption. One reason for this is that Asia is a bit of a unique region — there is a broad spectrum of different countries with many different levels of advancement, development, and demands. With Asia shaken up by a number of incidents and events that have happened across the year, the region has experienced both improvements as well as setbacks. In all, stability has been gradually settled; however, when put under a deeper scope, there are still more questions than answers to be found in terms of future expansion and demand.

Looking Back
From the elections and changes in government in India and Thailand, to social upheavals in Vietnam and Hong Kong, the political climate has had profound impacts on the economic scale both in terms of security and as a whole. Natural disasters and other accidents have also played a role, as everything from typhoons battering the Philippines to the two Malaysian Airlines tragedies also having economic consequences. In all, 2014 has been an eventful year, and changes are on the horizon.

On the overall scope o f things however, As a is still one of the most important markets for the security industry. With many advancements in technological infrastructure as well as global and domestic investments, many countries have started focusing on more advanced security solutions as well as upgrades from past conventional ones. It's also an interesting note on how some Asia markets have reacted to slower-than-expected IP development, as HD-overcoaxial is still prominent in a large portion of the region, especially in the Southeast Asian countries.

Injecting Life Into New Projects
Despite the recent political impacts on countries in Asia, optimism remains high as belief that economic stimuli set forth by the various new governments will benefit the markets heavily. For the security industry, this opens new doors on projects by both taking advantage of the improving economy as well as a thriving and evolving industry. For example, in the Philippines, the Aquino administration passed a mandate recently called No CCTV, No Permit, mandating that all high-risk businesses including restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, and warehouses wishing to renew their business permits must have installed a reliable video surveillance system.

New Prime Minister, New Start for India
Other examples of an influx of projects include the new prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, setting forth a series of economic boosts. According to Kapil Matta, Director of Marketing and Sales for MitKat Advisory, Modi has put together a series of reforms specifically aimed at creating projects to improve on the Indian infrastructure the country's safety and reputation. As Matta noted, recent budget announcements that will allocate large amounts of money to defense spending, smart cities, and private capital will go a long way towards benefiting and advancing security and indeed, the entire economy. With a fresh approach courtesy of Modi, the security industry in India is estimated to approach US$6.5 billion by the beginning of 2015.

Coup Brings Stability in Thailand
On the Thailand side of things, another key factor for their local security industry lies also in government projects . Because of the military coup d'état in May that resulted in the installment of General Prayuth Chan-ocha as the acting prime minister, the political climate remains unpredictable. However, in the months that have followed, the situation has stabilized and General Chan-ocha has introduced a series of steps that will re-pursue what the prior government promised in introducing new projects to kick-start the economy on the fast track again, especially key verticals like transportation, city surveillance , a n d administration buildings. Security projects are mostly concentrated in Bangkok for city surveillance and traffic monitoring. Outside of Bangkok, the government has also allocated budget, administered from the Subdistrict Administrative Organization ( S A O ) , t o protect the rural areas of Thailand.

Finally, since the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is scheduled to be formed by 2015, it will make Thailand open up in a broader direction for its adjacent countries, like Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. With more tourists and foreign workers coming to Thailand , the government will also strengthen up security around the city.

HD-over-Coax Brings Options
Because IP solutions have not taken as big of a hold of Asia as previously thought, HD-over-coaxial solutions Form a large part of the Asian surveillance market. In some markets, like Japan, it's especially worth noting that HD analog systems still reign supreme. As an example, Yasuo Tobinaga, President and CEO of Tenpo Planning explained that from 2012 to 2014, the company's H D -over- coaxial market increased from 10% to 30%. “Various camera systems, including HD-overcoaxial, will see a rise in 2015.”

Another important factor to point out is the transition to HD-over-coaxial solutions and to IP from older analog systems. Recently, a number of Asian manufacturers, especially from Taiwan, China,and Korea, have been strongly promoting their latest HD-over-coaxial products, with very high price-effectiveness and long transmission distances. Some of the existing IP video surveillance providers have started to feel the decrease in their growth rates, because of the latest HD-over-coaxial products on the market. In the future, the entire Asian continent might start facing competition between IP and HD-over-coaxial, especially in the SMB sectors. It might result in the SMB sectors slowing down the migration to IP-based solutions.

China Grows its Market Shares
Tied directly into the surveillance markets, and hot on the heels of the video surveillance industry in Southeast Asia is the giant that is China. In the analog video surveillance world, China is arguably the number one in the world. With many large, established companies in China, they leave large footprints in the Asian industry. As an industry expert explained, Chinese companies are very competitive, very strong. They have also impacted the industry in more ways than one, forcing many distributors and providers across Asia to slash prices and play catch up. Because of the price factor as well as the notion of China's ever-improving quality, China will continue to play a very important and big role. From an industry point-of-view, cost consciousness is obviously the prime focus. China has a lot to serve and provide.

Expectations for 2015
Some keys to hone in on for 2015 include continuous IP infrastructure development, project availability, total solutions distributors, and the HD-over-coax market. Next year should mark a pivotal point for the region, especially as Asia continues to catch up to North America and Europe.

The region is becoming hotter by the day, especially as global manufacturers and distributors continue to establish their footprint in the developing Asian countries. There's definitely a lot of room for more potential and growth, and 2015 should in the end be a solid year for security in Asia.

Box Movers to Total Solutions
Reacting to global trends seen in the security industry, valueadded distributors are beginning a shift to total solutions. With a big part of the market still dominated by traditional box-moving distribution, this new trend is being marketed towards more direct interaction and end-to-end support with end-users. According to Maulik Shah, CEO of Facility Security Division at Autocop India, one of the factors that the company is honing in on now is offering technical end-to-end solutions, paid commissioning, and training services. “We are reaching out to key specifiers via roadshows and events and are closely working on key projects that help our partners win the case in their favor. We ensure that our partners are well trained and become more responsive in the areas where they are weak.” Shah continued, “We also reach out to end customers jointly with our partners and offer proof of concept, design assistance, and technical support.”

Besides working more closely hand-in-hand directly with end users and providing technical support,the opportunity is also there in developing more adaptable solutions that more cater to the specific needs of different users. According to Leonard Tye, Business Development Director of Bricomp International, Malaysia and Singapore, the company has recently grown its team to include solutions specialists and architects that can help customers design and tackle the most stringent of requirements. “We've spent many hours in Educating our partners and systems integrators in the latest IP solutions and technologies,” said Tye. According to him, this takes time, as the process is about educating end users about their options and available technologies. “However, we find this segment to have very real potential for growth, as systems start to age and products become obsolete and can no longer be supported or repaired.”

Infrastructure Developments
Another key point in Asia is the continual development and upgrades of existing infrastructure. Always an important matter, especially as security continues to move towards IP, there are both notable ups as well as downs. In Australia for example, promised country-wide, reliable broadband access by way of the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN) has been hit by many delays and budgets concerns. However, the belief is still there that the NBN will be up and running by 2017.

Not all is dreary though. In the Philippines, for example, GDP growth ranks first in all of Asia, and the Aquino administration has passed several mandates that directly benefit the security industry. Public-private partnerships (PPP) enacted to create projects across many sectors have also had the industry eyeing the country with a close eye. Business process outsourcing trends have also had investors from many different countries aligning with local developers in fast-tracking the infrastructure advancement, and new mandates like No CCTV, No Permit have also further allowed the industry to grow and develop.

Many countries as well are also focusing on expanding infrastructure. Because of the obvious point that security as a whole is expanding to IP, the focus from not just government, but also foreign investments has been on expanding broadband access. In regions like Indonesia, Thailand, and India, heavy emphasis and much of the budget has been allocated towards expanding 3G and even 4G accessibility.

Still a region where HD-over-coaxial plays a huge role, IP may finally be on the horizon. Hartono Tan, Product and Business Development Manager for Hotware Indonesia explained, “Our government has a great concern about network infrastructure. Many city surveillance projects are being built up in the incoming years. The development of network infrastructure is a promising step, and as a country with the fourth largest population in the world, Indonesia needs to catch up in security.”

Game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond

Game changing trends and technologies for video surveillance in 2015 and beyond

Editor / Provider: Atul Rajput, Axis Communications | Updated: 1/9/2015 | Article type: Security 50

With the Internet of Things (IoT) continuing to be a hot topic throughout 2014, across all industries -- whether it's about smart cars or intelligent kitchen appliances -- more consumers and businesses are now aware of the advantages of being connected to the internet.

It's a concept none more relevant than to security professionals and business owners trying to ensure the safety of their organisations.

As many security professionals predict, the new HD standard 4K or ‘Ultra HD' continues to be a hot topic and the next natural step in the industry's ongoing strive towards better image quality and greater surveillance camera coverage. In the surveillance world, 4K is expected to take its full effect in 2015 and beyond. Image quality is a core consideration and while everyone is talking about 4K, the real challenge is to optimise image quality for the particular task at hand, regardless of how bad it is or what the ambient conditions are. Technology that enhances image quality for advanced video applications will be a key innovation here and an industry driver. However, the advancements in image quality have created bigger pressure on managing the resources to support them. For example, they can have a significant impact on network bandwidth and storage requirements, increasing the need for more effective compression methods.

Video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) and cloud computing
This is when video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) becomes useful for managing and archiving video footage captured by surveillance cameras onto cloud storage. Video surveillance systems can be a powerful tool in preventing or investigating crime when installed in locations such as shopping centres, parks, banks, airports, and other public transport locations. Rapidly increasing demands for video surveillance systems have been driven by growing safety and security concerns worldwide.

According to Transparency Market Research, the video surveillance and VSaaS market is expected to reach a value of $42.81billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 19.1% from 2013 to 2019. By system, the IP based video surveillance market is expected to grow rapidly at a CAGR of 24.2% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019.

The hardware market was valued at $9.49billion in 2012 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.3% during the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. It comprises of analogue and IP-based video surveillance cameras, recorders and storage, encoders, and monitors. The recorders and storage segment held the largest share of 37% in 2012 of the total hardware market followed by surveillance cameras with a 32% share but is expected to lose share in the coming years due to a growing preference for cloud-based storage (VSaaS). Also, the share of surveillance cameras is expected to increase to around 46% by 2019 owing to the growing popularity of IP-based video surveillance cameras that offer better video quality and have in-built recorders.

Cloud computing may well have been the buzzword in IT circles for several years, but a new era is very much upon us. Whether in a public environment, where tenancy on servers is shared with other customers, or in a private environment, where your data and applications are stored in isolation on a system, cloud computing brings three advantages to your network; redundancy, scalability and shifting costs from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operating expenditure (OPEX). Depending on whether the cloud is hosted or run internally, there may also be the convenience of leaving routine maintenance like upgrades, updates and patches, to a third party.

Cloud storage will inevitably grow and grow throughout 2015. A recent survey by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) in conjunction with Axis, questioned nearly 300 UK retailers, encompassing over 20,000 stores, about how they would like to access in-store surveillance footage and whether access from a mobile device would be beneficial. The results showed that majority of UK retailers (82%) wanted to view in-store video remotely – a rise of 6.5% from 2013. This obvious drive for the need to make ‘real time' decisions based on the footage was reinforced with over 68% of retailers wishing to use a mobile device (eg. smartphone or tablet) to access in-store video.

Scalability doesn't just factor in the need for more cameras, it also enables access to more computing power and storage if, for example, a higher resolution or faster frame rate is needed. In another example, if analytics are needed for customer traffic pattern analysis, the processing capacity is already there and only paid for when required.

Better functioning analytics running on the edge are also appropriate for critical infrastructure applications. For instance, the extra computing power could be used to store half a million car number plates and also capture registrations from cars driving past at up to 24 miles per hour.

Another interesting aspect of VSaaS is that it offers users the possibility to add additional services to their video surveillance – such as guard force or remote monitoring services.

Analytics, business intelligence (BI) and big data
Analytics technology is also likely to finally take off within the surveillance industry from 2015 – enormous amounts of structured and unstructured data (big data) essential for gaining valuable insights. With network cameras' capability to provide higher resolution video and to be connected from everywhere and around-the-clock, security departments are receiving more information from more sources. Therefore, more analytics are needed to help organisations make sense of the tremendous amount of information, such as images and videos. Increasingly intelligent applications are needed to help categorise and interpret the wealth of information, so it can be turned into something useful.

The ‘three Vs' of big data; volume, velocity, and variety, can provide vital information during a crisis by providing the right data at the right time. By starting with more factual data, such as surveillance footage, physical access control data, and cyber activity information and then building useful associations, costs can be reduced by only searching for the most relevant information.

This is where IP video transforms the surveillance camera from a forensic tool aimed at solving problems to a proactive tool designed to improve business processes. According to the CRR retail survey, integration with BI applications was the single most important reason for UK retailers to migrate to IP video, with 27% citing it as their main driver. Nearly half of the UK retailers polled also said that people counting (49.2%) and queue management (49.9%) were the two most important non-security network IP applications that most interested them.

Video images can be used in conjunction with analytical ‘horsepower' to analyse retail customer traffic patterns and shopping behaviour, as well as gather data to isolate bottlenecks in-store. Mix that up with other structured and unstructured data sources, including transit schedules, lists of promotions, competitor pricing data, social media etc. and a skilled data analyst can tease out patterns and relationships that retailers never knew existed – data that could give a significant competitive advantage.

Video compression and bandwidth usage
Video compression technologies are aimed at reducing and removing redundant video data so that a digital video file can be effectively sent over a network and stored on portable media. With efficient compression, a significant reduction in file size can be achieved with little or no adverse effect on the visual quality. The video quality, however, can be affected if the file size is reduced further by increasing the compression level for a given compression technique.

There are several video compression standards including Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 Part 2 (simply referred to as MPEG-4) and H.264 – the latter being the latest and most efficient video compression standard and already the standard for video surveillance and other industries, such as entertainment.

At the same time, the continual improvement in image resolution and light sensitivity for example, also increase the data output from the cameras – imposing higher demands on the efficiency of the video compression. Video surveillance manufacturers need to balance the upsurge in resolution with improvements to H.264 compression algorithms to make sure network bandwidth and storage costs do not spiral out of control. A combined effort of working on noise reduction methods and bit rate reduction should run in parallel with investigation into new video codecs to get the best results.

Beyond improvements in current H.264 compression, the future will embrace H.265 technology, which is rapidly gaining interest in the broadcast industry. H.265 can reduce bandwidth and storage demands by up to 50% under the right circumstances, so expect the technology to be introduced into the security industry over the next few years. It's likely to be initially deployed in high-end, high-resolution cameras, and it's expected that H.264 and H.265 will co-exist for a while within the industry.

Conclusion
Ultimately, high quality images and videos such as 4K resolution needs to be supported by the right technologies in order for organisations to get the most out of their data, which can be analysed and turned into useful insight not only for security purposes, but also for efficiency to gain a competitive advantage. I believe this really should be the key consideration for everyone who is looking for the next ‘big thing' in surveillance.

                                          - By Atul Rajput, regional director, northern Europe, Axis Communications

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