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Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dahua Technology successfully helps to secure Ventanilla in Lima, Peru, together with local distributor Best Security del Perú.

Covering a total land area of 73.52 km², Ventanilla is the largest district of province Callao and accommodates over 500,000 population, which leads to a high population density and more pressure on city infrastructures and facilities. The same as some other rising cities around the world, Ventanilla is in face of problems such as traffic jams and crimes, so the municipal government determined to create a better and safer living environment for citizens by launching safe city project with an all-around surveillance deployment.

However, the project was ticklish to proceed at beginning as Ventanilla is a mountainous seaside city, which means installation and cabling would be a big challenge. To better figure out what would be the most optimal solution to this case, Dahua dispatched a professional team to Peru in order to provide first-hand support in time. Taking both topography and budget into consideration, Dahua and Best Security del Perú came up with a wireless solution, by which, all the media data can be transmitted to the center via access points, avoiding installation complexity and save spending on labor and cable at the same time.

The complete solution includes network speed domes, NVRs, transmission devices, video-wall system, a control keyboard, which are of the best C/P ratio and high stability as required by the government.

Hundred units of Dahua IR speed domes are installed across the city, getting streets and corners covered; and its IR distance is up to 80 meters, ensuring a good visual effect even under unfavorable lighting conditions.

Meanwhile, 128-channel super NVRs and 16-channel NVRs are used as storage devices in order to manage massive data volume. Take super NVR as an example, it is of 384Mbps incoming bandwidth capability, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and the NVR supports RAID5, which further ensures data safety and system stability.

The wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded.

In addition, there is a Dahua 3 x 3 46-inch video wall installed in control room, incorporated applied with a video-wall controller to have a better central management, which can better optimize the manpower and police operations.

“Generally, Dahua products performs well and the system operates stably for the whole project”, said Christian E. Buleje Pun, Manager of Information and Telecommunication Technology at Municipal of Ventanilla. “We appreciate the reliable quality, smooth running, low costs and advanced service of Dahua. Surely, we will continue select Dahua as our future cooperative brand for security projects in the future. If Dahua can provide longer warranty, that will be perfect. ” continued.

“It was always a pleasure to work with Dahua Technology,” said Manuel Nolazco N., Gerente Técnico Comercial at Best Security del Perú. “They’ve done a lot of safe city cases around the world, which is very helpful and supportive during the implantation, and we are looking forward to cooperate more on safe city projects with Dahua in Peru.”

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Milestone Systems adds support for Axis wide-angle cameras

Editor / Provider: Milestone Systems | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has just released its bi-monthly Device Pack 7.8 for the XProtect portfolio of products. The most significant feature in this upgrade is support for a new type of hybrid cameras combining a PTZ and a 360-degree camera.

An example of the new type of hybrid cameras is the AXIS Q6000-E network camera. This camera offers a 360° overview provided by four 2-megapixel camera heads, and when integrated with AXIS Q60-E camera, it simultaneously offers high-detail optical zoom on areas of interest.

Using XProtect clients, with just a single click operators can optically zoom in on details of interest with high precision while at the same time being able to maintain an overview of large areas of up to 20,000m² (215,000 sq. ft.) – about the size of four football fields.

The release of Device Pack 7.8 also marks that Milestone remains committed to supporting the broadest range of cameras and devices on the market – currently over 100 brands and more than 4,000 models. This means that more than 1,000 devices have been added in a year. This is the highest annual growth ever.

“The release of this device pack clearly shows the power of open platform technology. We are not only adding a brand new type of camera, we have also added support for more than a thousand devices in a just a year,” says Christian Bohn, Milestone Systems VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances. “This clearly shows our dedication to ensure that our customers and channel partners have the broadest and most comprehensive device support in the industry, now and going forward.”

Milestone XProtect Device Packs include optimized drivers that enable the relevant capabilities of a camera or other hardware device to be managed by XProtect software. Milestone works closely with the device manufacturers in the Camera Partner Program (CaPP) to achieve the optimal interaction between their devices and the XProtect VMS. This ensures the highest quality for a video surveillance solution, which is important for total system operability, efficiency and stability.

Axis launches rugged cameras designed for outdoor use on vehicles

Axis launches rugged cameras designed for outdoor use on vehicles

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS P3905-RE is an outdoor-ready camera addition to the family of compact, rugged and discreet cameras of the AXIS P39-R Network Camera Series. They are all specially designed for onboard video surveillance in or on buses, trams, subway cars and other rugged environment vehicles.

Axis Communications announces AXIS P3905-RE Network Camera. It is designed to be mounted on the exterior of a vehicle, increasing safety onboard and to simplify incident investigations. For example, the camera can be used for rearview surveillance alongside the vehicle outer surface, or down mounted over a door. It could also be used as a forward-facing camera.

AXIS P3905-RE has passed the demanding IP6K9K tests. It withstands tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks, bumps and temperature fluctuations as well as normal maintenance of a vehicle like washing.

“AXIS P39-R series is specially designed for onboard use in a variety of vehicles. It delivers high image quality in HDTV resolution, and edge storage for demanding customer requirements. The cameras also feature an active tampering alarm function for the detection of tampering attempts such as blocking or spray-painting. AXIS P3905-RE Network Camera is a natural extension in this series. It comes ready in a rugged outdoor housing and offers a cost-efficient and reliable installation. It is ideal for buses, trams, trucks and emergency vehicles” says Erik Frännlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “Axis’ Corridor Format that gives a vertical image format is naturally supported and is perfect for these kind of applications” he concludes.

AXIS P3905-RE comes with a 6 mm lens that provides a 55° horizontal field of view optimized for the typical use of survellaince alongside a vehicle. If a wider field of view is required, the housing also allows customer to change to a 3.6 mm lens offering an 87° horizontal field of view. The new outdoor housing is offered as a separate accessory to AXIS P3904-R and AXIS P3905-R that comes with the 3.6 mm lens at delivery.

All AXIS P39-R cameras are available with either a male RJ45 connector or a rugged M12 connector. The cameras provide a pixel counter for verifying that the pixel resolution of an object meets specific requirements.

The new AXIS P3905-RE is available through Axis’ distribution channels.

2015 Access control: Mobile access picks up steam

2015 Access control: Mobile access picks up steam

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Using the mobile phone to authenticate has become increasingly popular, and this trend is set to continue down the road. One major advantage is that using the phone carries a “care” factor. “The average person is more aware of their phone and its location than any other article they carry with them, including their wallet or key ring,” Brad Aikin, Business Leader of Electronic Locks, Allegion said. “Consumers take better care of their mobile device than any other article they carry with them.”

The home remains a sector with high growth potential for mobile access, for no other reason than the technology being able to create an automated environment in addition to providing access. Using the mobile device to turn lights or PCs on and off, for example, can now be done at the home, and this trend is set to continue.

Right now, there are two competing mobile authentication technologies, namely near-field communication (NFC) and Bluetooth low energy (BLE). Each has its unique characteristics and is expected to drive the market.

NFC: More and More Ubiquitous
NFC is now featured on the iPhone 6 as well as a variety of brands including Alcatel, Asus, BlackBerry, Nexus, HTC, Kyocera, and LG. “With an increasing majority of phones on the market today including NFC functionality within them, it is only a matter of time before the usage increases for access control as well,” Aikin said.

However, applications are limited and mostly center around mobile payment, in particular Apple Pay. “Overall, NFC-enabled devices are only one part of the equation. Administering the new services and creating new policies will also need to be addressed,” Blake Kozak, Senior Analyst, IHS said.

BLE: Not to Be Ignored
Another area to be looked at is Bluetooth low energy, also known as Bluetooth Smart, which many say offers advantages over NFC. “For NFC, you've got to be within a few centimeters of the reader, so it works very much like your traditional plastic card,” Jason Ouellette, Product Line Director for Access Control at Tyco Security Products said.

That's different with BLE, which can detect multiple objects with 30, 40, or even up to 50 feet of range, not to mention the availability of Bluetooth-enabled phones. “You are talking about 3 billion devices that are out there today, that are Bluetooth Smart-enabled, without the use of any special chips. So all we're doing is leveraging an enormous network of devices that are already out there,” Ouellette said.

Applications include controls in smart homes, where lighting and air conditioning can all be adjusted with the mobile device. Medical applications are available as well, allowing users to check their various bodily functions on their phones. NFC or BLE, a major issue that needs to be addressed is security, in particular the interception of data. “I think ‘eavesdropping' is the most important issue to be dealt with,” said Norana Johar, COO, FingerTec. “People can ‘listen' to whatever data you are sending.” “When the mobile device is used in a security solution, there needs to be further levels of encryption,” said Rene von Franquemont, EMEA Product Marketing Manager at Honeywell Security. “The way the mobile credential is securely enrolled to the mobile device and how the activation process is set up in both the mobile device and the access control system requires more work.”

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Mission
Cincinnati, Ohio is an historic American city of 300,000 with a highly developed downtown, diverse neighborhoods and over 20 miles of shoreline along the Ohio River. Working with Federal Signal Corporation, a security and safety systems integrator and Axis partner, the Cincinnati Police Department decided to enhance their operations by installing several analog cameras downtown in 2008. However, in just two years, the CPD decided the analog camera technology was not delivering the image clarity it needed. It decided to retire its analog cameras in favor of more advanced, high-definition network camera technology.

Solution
The CPD asked Federal Signal to design and install a new IP-based, citywide surveillance system comprised of nearly 100 Axis high-definition pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) managed by Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform which includes the Omnicast video management system. Most of the critical locations did not have a communications backbone, so Federal Signal, a wireless broadband expert, designed and deployed a wireless streaming solution featuring a secured Firetide mesh network and Point-To-Point licensed backhaul utilizing Cambium PTP 810 microwave transmitters for longer distances.

Result
While the Axis cameras are used to help the CPD deter and apprehend criminals, they also play a vital role in public safety. Cameras monitor the downtown business districts, neighborhoods throughout the city and the riverfront to protect the welfare of residents and visitors to the area. They have been used to rescue boaters on the Ohio River, monitor weather conditions on city thoroughfares and help contain hazardous spills.

To provide its officers with additional support, the CPD consulted with other departments and citizens' groups to discuss the benefits of installing cameras in the city. Together, they developed a plan and deployed the first analog video cameras in the downtown business district in 2008. Two years later, the department was ready to expand the coverage into neighborhoods and along the riverfront. At that point, they decided a more advanced IP video solution would deliver far better image quality than the original analog technology.

Immediate incident response
Axis partner Federal Signal recommended high-definition AXIS Q6034-E and AXIS Q6044-E PTZ Network Cameras for the job.

According to Nirmal Chudgar, Director of Business Development/Professional Services for Federal Signal, reliability was a key factor in recommending Axis. “From past experience we knew that Axis technology always worked and technical support would always be there when we needed it,” Chudgar said. All cameras are managed through Genetec Security Center video management system at a sophisticated operations center at police headquarters. The video travels over the City's fiber optic network, as well as by wireless technology. Firetide mesh nodes allowed the City to add Axis cameras in critical areas without wired connections. For longer distances, Cambium Networks' PTP 810 microwave transmitters provided a reliable high bandwidth backhaul for the video traffic. Highly efficient H.264 compression technology retains HD resolution without overwhelming the mesh network's throughput or consuming excessive data storage. The video is stored for 14 days on a 64 TB Dell Compellent SAN as well as on SD cards inside the cameras for backup.

“When an incident occurs, officers on duty in our Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) can grab control over the Axis PTZ cameras and zoom in for a closer look,” said Barry Whitton of the Cincinnati Police Department Technology and Systems Section. The cameras can also be accessed on video walls in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Center during major events. The readily accessible video allows the CPD to quickly assess situations and determine the most appropriate response. Whitton recalled one instance where the department received a report alleging a fight involving 20 people armed with guns and knives.

“There was a camera right there,” Whitton said. “We were able to see, almost as the incident was being dispatched, that the report was not correct. The crowd was small, and there were no guns and no knives.” In 2013, the CPD added the mobile application from Genetec Security Center to push video out to officers in the field. “This has been an especially valuable tool in covert operations and emergency response situations on the streets and along the Ohio RIver,” Whitton said.

In addition, the CPD operates a mobile command van that tows a trailer housing lights and Axis cameras mounted on a boom for events in open fields, parking lots or other temporary locations. Whitton stressed that the department is very conscious of the balance between public safety and individual privacy, and they have strict guidelines on who can operate the cameras and for what purpose.

“Everything we do is audited,” Whitton said. “We keep close tabs on who has camera access, and we tightly control who has permission to use them and request archived video.”

Providing digital back-up on the road and in the water
“Video cameras don't replace police officers in the field, but they do give them another set of eyes,” Whitton said. Those extra eyes have been particularly valuable in recovering stolen vehicles. When the Real Time Crime Center gets an alert that a stolen car has passed a license plate recognition camera, an RTCC officer takes control of the nearby Axis PTZ cameras, if available, to follow the car as it drives through the city streets.

“We had one case where we wanted to make a safe, controlled stop to apprehend the car thieves. We didn't want them jumping out of the car and fleeing the scene. We watched the vehicle on the Axis camera and radioed the officers near the scene to execute the stop when the car reached the bottom of the hill.”

The CPD also uses Axis PTZ cameras to support maritime security efforts along 25 miles of the Ohio River shoreline. They often share the video with the US Coast Guard and other regional maritime first responders from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

In one incidence, an intoxicated man crashed his car on the Kentucky side of the river and tried to flee by swimming to Ohio.

“I was able to track him as he swam along the shore and direct the police boat where to fetch him out of the water,” Whitton said.

Sharing the benefits of public safety cameras citywide
As the system grew, its role evolved from policing crime to enhancing public safety and increasing the City's overall quality-of-life. The CPD shares the real-time video with other city departments, including Fire, EMS and Traffic Engineering. The video has been used to support such diverse efforts as directing first responders during medical emergencies and diesel spills, tracking snowfall on major roadways and charting the progress of highway construction projects.

In addition, the CPD partnered with a major local university, parks, metropolitan housing authorities and a casino to add cameras along the perimeter of their properties to ensure the safety of those heading to and from those locations.

According to Chudgar, “What makes this such a successful public safety tool has been the strong collaboration among everyone involved in this mission critical initiative – our Axis and Genetec technology partners, our wireless broadband vendors, ourselves and the Cincinnati Police Department.”

GEUTEBRUCK launches Easy Server G-Scope/6000

GEUTEBRUCK launches Easy Server G-Scope/6000

Editor / Provider: GEUTEBRUCK | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Security 50

G-Scope/6000, the Easy Server in the G-Scope video management family, is a fully functional server, "out of the box". It is as easy to install and to use as a PC. When the reliability of server technology is required, but the level of complexity and flexibility need to remain easily manageable, GEUTEBRUCK's G-Scope/6000 is the perfect fit. Just take it easy.

Its performance meets the high standards of the G-Scope family. The 64-bit G-Core video engine combined with the integrated GPU acceleration guarantees 3 times faster image processing, while the dual database architecture ensures rapid access to memory images and a high level of protection against tampering. Integrated video analysis rounds out the package: Activity Detection for motion-triggered recording or also for motion detection in indoor areas along with scene validation for monitoring the cameras are standard features. Options such as powerful video analysis for outdoor security applications and automatic number plate identification for access control expand the features to meet any wishes.

Reliability and redundancy are an integral part of the Easy Server: Redundant power supply, SSD for the operating system and integrated RAID system provide a level of availability equivalent to that of an IT server. With its high level of expandability, the G-Scope/6000 can fulfill demanding tasks with just a single device: 8 hard disk slots provide storage capacity for up to 42TByte in RAID5; up to 64 IP and 16 analog camera inputs make it possible to secure larger objects. The G-Scope/6000 can of course be integrated into any network, to secure even larger areas or distributed sites, for instance.

Samsung Techwin increases flexibility of iPOLiS mobile app

Samsung Techwin increases flexibility of iPOLiS mobile app

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 2/26/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin announced that iPolis Mobile for Android & Apple iOS devices has been upgraded and can now support playback directly from SD cards inserted into Samsung Techwin cameras.

The added flexibility offered by this enhancement to the iPolis Mobile app is likely to be of particular interest to users who wish to remotely retrieve recorded video of specific incidents captured by a small number of cameras installed in their home or working environment, as it negates the need for a DVR or NVR to record and store the video.

The free iPOLiS Mobile app can be downloaded from the Android Play store and iTunes. It can be set up in less than a minute, after which users are able to view streamed video from their selected camera via a wireless or 3G network. Key features include auto detection for adding new devices and ‘Event’ search to provide easy access to recorded video.

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

VIVOTEK launches box IP camera IP816A-HP for traffic monitoring

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces the launch of the IP816A-HP, a professional 2-Megapixel box network camera with advanced image process technologies such as WDR Pro and SNV (Supreme Night Visibility) and several unique features, making it the perfect camera for monitoring traffic, and tunnels.

Featuring WDR Pro, the IP816A-HP is able to provide superior visibility in environments with high contrast lighting conditions. WDR Pro allows the IP816A-HP to capture both the dark and bright parts of an image and combine up to 2 separate frames to generate a highly realistic representation of the original scene. In addition, utilizing 3D Noise Reduction technology, the IP816A-HP is able to suppress sensor noise, thus reducing bandwidth consumption and enhancing image detail in extremely bright as well as dark environments. In order to ensure optimal image quality at all times, the IP816A-HP is equipped with a P-iris lens, which maintains the iris opening at an optimal level at all times, resulting in both superior sharpness and superior depth of field.

Most uniquely, VIVOTEK has introduced its newly developed Snapshot Focus function to the IP816A-HP, allowing the installer to record a short clip of the scene on site, and then playback this clip at any speed to check, or fine-tune, the focus. Moreover, the IP816A-HP is also designed with VIVOTEK’s RBF (Remote Back Focus) System, enabling the installer to adjust focus even more precisely.

Tim Su, Director, Marketing Communication Department, VIVOTEK indicated “In traffic monitoring or license plate recognition applications, because of fast moving vehicle, it can be difficult for installers to ensure that the focus is set at an optimal level for clear surveillances. VIVOTEK, based on its profound and professional experiences in network camera solutions development, is proud to launch the IP816A-HP with quite a few innovative features, revolutionarily solving the problem.“

Exacq and Arecont Vision secure Dubai Courts

Exacq and Arecont Vision secure Dubai Courts

Editor / Provider: Exacq | Updated: 2/25/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dubai Courts wanted a way to easily monitor day-today operations and easily export video of incidents. Dubai Courts consulted First Security Group LLC, a local security integrator, and Harco Group to find a video surveillance solution that fit their needs. After working with First Security Group and Harco Group and looking at various options, they selected Arecont Vision cameras, an exacqVision network video recorder (NVR) and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

First Security Group placed 58 Arecont Vision two megapixel IP cameras throughout Dubai Courts facility. Cameras cover both inside and outdoor areas. The new IP cameras provided high quality images and video details that their previous analog cameras did not have.

First Security Group installed an exacqVision Z-Series NVR. This recorder stores up to 32 terabytes of video and uses continuous-duty, enterprise-class drives. The front-mount drive bays provide Dubai Courts with the opportunity to easily expand their system in the future. The exacqVision recorder provided a high level of performance and reliabilty. Additionally it has the capacity for Dubai Courts to expand their system at any time.

To view live and recorded video, Dubai Courts IT and administration have access to view the exacqVision client on their desktop computers. They can easily monitor all areas of the courts with the exacqVision VMS software displayed on a video wall.

The ease-of-use and remote connection through the free web service application has made it easy for Dubai Courts employees to monitor and control security operations. The high performance exacqVision Z-Series supports simultaneous video to web and mobile clients with 1,800 frames per second.

With the exacqVision solution, Dubai Courts has prevented losing valuable assets and also has video evidence of any incidents reported. When a visitor or employee has a complaint about an incident on the facility, IT personnel can quickly review the video from that time frame and specific area. exacqVision gives them the capability to save incidents and group them together for later viewing with the bookmarking feature. exacqVision makes searching for video of incidents seamless.

Bosch acquires middleware specialist ProSyst

Bosch acquires middleware specialist ProSyst

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 2/24/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bosch Group, intends to acquire the company ProSyst. Agreements to this effect were signed on February 13, 2015. ProSyst employs some 110 associates in Cologne, Germany, and Sofia, Bulgaria. The company specializes in the development of gateway software and middleware for the internet of things. These facilitate the interaction between connected devices in the smart home, connected industry, and mobility segments. The company's customers include leading appliance manufacturers, automakers, and chip vendors, as well as telecommunications and energy service providers. The acquisition is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. It has been agreed that the purchase price will not be disclosed.

Device management for the internet of things
ProSyst's solutions are built on the Java programming language and OSGi technology. “On this basis, the company has been developing successful gateway software and middleware that serves as a link between devices and the cloud for more than ten years. This link is essential for interconnecting buildings, vehicles, and machines,” said Rainer Kallenbach, the president of Bosch Software Innovations. “In Bosch, we have a strategic partner with a strong global sales network. This alliance means that we can play a bigger role in the growing market for the internet of things and decisively expand our global position,” said Daniel Schellhoss, the founder and managing director of ProSyst. Applications for Java and OSGi include the smart home and industrial manufacturing segments. Software that is written in Java and combined with OSGi technology can be automatically installed, updated, and uninstalled remotely without the need to reboot the device each time. This remote access is frequently realized via gateway software, which also ensures that devices can be intelligently controlled. For example, the software can receive and assess information on electricity prices or weather forecasts, and then pass it on to the central heating system to increase its operating efficiency.

Uniform networking for central heating systems, household appliances, and security cameras
The ProSyst software also assumes a kind of “translator” role. If things such as central heating systems, household appliances, and security cameras are to be interlinked in a smart home, they must all “speak the same language.” This is especially difficult when the products are from different manufacturers, use different communication protocols, or are not web-enabled. “In combination with the Bosch IoT Suite from Bosch Software Innovations and the Bosch Group's expertise as a leading producer of sensors and appliances, the ProSyst software will enable our customers to launch new applications on the internet of things more quickly and be one of the first to tap into new areas of business,” Kallenbach said. “The ProSyst software is highly compatible with the Bosch IoT Suite, our platform for the internet of things. Above all, it complements our device management component by supporting a large number of different device protocols. This will allow us to achieve an even better market position than before.”

The Bosch Software Innovations subsidiary is a provider of one-stop solutions in the area of the internet of things. Service activities round out the company's offerings. Its core product is the Bosch IoT Suite. Bosch Software Innovations employs around 550 associates around the globe at locations in Germany (Berlin, Immenstaad, Stuttgart), Singapore, China (Shanghai), and the U.S. (Chicago and Palo Alto).

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