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VIVOTEK debuts the world's smallest fisheye network camera FE8180

VIVOTEK debuts the world's smallest fisheye network camera FE8180

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/25/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK, with solid R&D resources and extensive experience in fisheye technology, is pleased to announce the launch of the world's smallest 5MP fisheye network camera, the FE8180. The FE8180's extremely low profile, with a diameter of only 90mm, further bolsters VIVOTEK's fisheye network camera products portfolio and satisfies diverse market needs. The launch of the FE8180 signals the dawn of a new era of simple but powerful panoramic surveillance.

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “The most unique part of a fisheye camera is the wide angle view, which enables surveillance covering the entirety of a wide open space. From an economical perspective, users are able to capture a panoramic image that would usually require two or three cameras, saving on the total cost of implementation and simplifying the entire surveillance system. In the past few years, VIVOTEK has invested deeply in advanced and innovative fisheye network camera development. With the series launch of several high quality fisheye network cameras with excellent functionality and discreet outlook, VIVOTEK gained invaluable experience and took the leading position in the fisheye camera market. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of the world's smallest fisheye camera, the FE8180, a truly all-in-one surveillance solution with comprehensive functionality suitable for indoor surveillance. Looking forward, VIVOTEK will continue our commitment to fisheye camera development and continue to provide markets with more advanced fisheye network cameras for diverse applications.”

Featuring a detailed 5-Megapixel resolution sensor, the FE8180 is able to deliver clear and detailed images. When combined with WDR Enhancement and 3D Noise Reduction features, unparalleled visibility and image quality can be guaranteed around the clock while simultaneously improving on bandwidth efficiency. Designed with a 1.57 mm fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) with zero blind spots, the camera is able to provide coverage of wide, open areas, such as airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices and more. Add to this local or client side dewarp functionality and hemispherical images captured from the FE8180 can be converted into conventional rectilinear projection for viewing and analysis. Further, by utilizing the ultra-smooth ePTZ and cutting-edge Pixel Calculator functions, users can easily zoom in and focus on a region of interest (ROI) and be confident that the image will remain clear and of the highest quality. In order to make the installation and surveillance even more flexible, a flat back-panel mounting bracket for the FE8180 is also available. This bracket allows the FE8180 to be mounted on walls or a ceiling with a 15° tilt mount bracket.

Currently available VIVOTEK fisheye network cameras include the 5-Megapixel FE8174/74V and FE8181/81V. In addition to 5-Megapixel and fisheye fixed dome features, FE8181/81V are equipped with a removable IR-cut filter for Day & Night functionality, and a built-in 10 meter IR Illuminator for uniform lighting across a 360° surround view. Additionally, in order to deliver even more value to our customers, the full VIVOTEK video content analysis suite, including Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting modules, is available immediately on VIVOTEK's FE8174 and FE8174V cameras.

Diversity: Hallmark of RFID

Diversity: Hallmark of RFID

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 12/23/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

RFID first hit the market in the 1970s and has seen continued improvements over the years, making it an effective technology for tracking and managing goods with applications in a variety of vertical markets. RFID exists in different types and forms. Chief among them are LF, HF, UHF, active, and passive RFID, each with unique applications in different verticals. This article chiefly examines the technology behind long-range RFID.

RFID, or radio-frequency identification, can trace its history to after the Second World War, when devices transmitting and retransmitting radio waves carrying audio information were invented for covert operations. The first true RFID device, a passive transponder with memory, was unveiled in 1971 and patented in 1973.

While RFID is not a new concept, it has never gone out of style since its introduction in the last century. From parking lots to highways, factories to offices, RFID can now be found in various parts of our everyday life. According to IDTechEx, the RFID market is worth US$8.9 billion in 2014, a rise from $7.8 billion in 2013 and $7 billion in 2012. The figure is expected to rise to $27.3 billion By 2024. The market research firm also predicts 6.9 billion tags will be sold by the end of 2014 — versus 5.8 billion in 2013 — to retailers, event organizers, and animal farmers, among others.

RFID's popularity has to do with its ability to effectively identify, manage, and track goods, in the process saving businesses a huge amount of money in labor and management costs. The technology works by way of communication between a reader and a tag and generally includes the following features:

1. Read-Write: Data stored in the tag can be read, without any contact, by the reader, which can read multiple tags at the same time. Meanwhile, data can also be written into the tag for operators to know the status of the order or delivery process.

2. Diversity in shapes and sizes: Unlike paper labels which come in specific sizes, RFID isn't limited by the size of the tag, which can be in different shapes and be as small as possible.

3. Resistance to dirt/stains: Unlike paper labels, which become unreadable when dirtied or soiled, RFID tags don't have this problem.

4. Reusability: Since data stored in the tag can be overwritten, the tag can be reused over and over again on different products.

5. Bigger memory: A barcode contains 50 bytes of data, while an RFID tag can contain several megabytes of data.

Diversity Rules
RFID comes in many forms, each with its special features and applications. The technology can be categorized in two ways: by the frequency of the signal transmitted (low-frequency, high-frequency, and ultrahigh-frequency RFID), and by whether there is power in the tag itself (active RFID vs. passive RFID).

This technology employs the 9kHz to 135kHz band of the radio spectrum. It is limited by the reading distance, which is approximately 1.5 meters. Limited memory capacity is another disadvantage with this type of RFID. However, there are several advantages as well, one of which is its immunity to metal or wet environments. Meanwhile, since this frequency band is open in most countries, there are fewer regulatory issues. Applications are mostly in animal management on farms, access control, and theft prevention.

HF RFID uses the 13.56MHz frequency band. It is also limited by the reading range of 1.5 meters, and there are different standards applied to this particular RFID. However, HF RFID is a highly accepted technology with different applications, for example access control payments, automation, asset tracking, library management, and electronic airline tickets. “HF RFID allows high flexibility as well as good stability and security,” said Klaus Klosa, MD at LEGIC Identsystems.

UHF RFID signals range from 300MHz to 1.2GHz. The reading distance is not limited by 1.5 meters and can go anywhere from 1 centimeter to 15 meters. The technology is also well-standardized. Disadvantages include susceptibility to the environment. Interference when overlapping with devices using the same frequency range may also happen. In fact, this frequency band is banned for commercial use in Japan.

Despite all this, UHF RFID has enjoyed strong growth, especially in areas, such as retail, where strong inventory visibility is needed. “UHF technology is strongly growing compared to other frequencies due to its high performance and good standardization,” said Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product Management at HID Global.

Active vs. Passive
The method of powering the RFID tag differentiates between active and passive RFID. Active RFID uses an internal power source, such as a battery, within the tag, which can transmit signals to the reader. Passive RFID, meanwhile, uses tags that rely on the energy from the reader to stay active.

Each has its advantages and disadvantages. For active RFID, the read range is significantly longer and can go as much as 100 meters. On the negative side, the tag is limited by battery life and can be quite expensive, ranging from $15 to $100 per tag as opposed to passive tags that cost anywhere between 15 cents to $5. Applications include real-time tracking or any systems where high-volume assets are moving within designated areas. Passive RFID, meanwhile, literally “sleeps” when not being powered by a reader field. It's low-cost and requires only minimal maintenance fee. Its best area of use is moving high-volume assets through a fixed point. “All ‘typical' RFID applications are those that do not require active tags,” Aufreiter said.

Tags and Readers
Tags come in different sizes and shapes, from those the size of one's fingernail to those comparable to Christmas cards — although the trend is moving towards making tags smaller and smaller.

Tags can be worn as wristbands, embedded in tickets, placed on cargoes, and inserted in clothes. In other words, users should pick tags that suit their needs and purposes. In terms of the materials that the tags are made from, they are also diverse and wide-ranging as the tags themselves. “Typically materials differ in heat, cold, UV, flame or chemical resistance, rigidity or flexibility, and cost. Depending on the use case, the proper tag housing material is chosen by the manufacturer,” Aufreiter said.

Readers consist typically of the reader module and the antenna. “Some readers support more than one concurrently connected antenna or have the processing power and flexibility to do certain calculations with the data read internally, so that the network and SAP system in the back does not have to deal with raw data but receives already consolidated results,” Aufreiter said.

Things to Look for in Implementations
One thing people need to understand about RFID is that the experience can't be duplicated. “You finish one project, you take this project model and copy to the next project, and make a quick profit — that simply doesn't work,” said Brian Ma, Sales Representative at GIGA-TMS. “Each scenario is different. Every project is customized.”

It is therefore necessary to sit down with clients and talk about what they want to achieve with RFID. “Work closely with the end users of the solution in the field, so that they can see the benefit of the new solution and give you valuable feedback. Do not only look at tag and reader costs alone, but calculate the ‘bigger picture' for costs and benefits,” Aufreiter said.

Technically, “installers need to keep in mind the positioning of antenna and if enough care is been taken to shield from the environment where the installation is being done,” said Atul Ghaisas, Business Development Manager of Store Performance Solutions for APAC at Tyco Retail Solution. “The distance between the reader and the antenna should be based on the manufacturer's recommendations and should not be more than that which can reduce the RF signal and cause a deterioration of power and performance of RFID reader.”

Can't Live Without It
With different RFID technologies in place, companies and businesses can effectively track and manage goods and automate processes that were once handled by human labor. In the process, huge amounts of cost are saved. With growth set to continue, RFID will become a more prominent part of our daily life.

Comparison of RFID of Different Frequencies





Low frequency


Immunity to metal or wet environments, fewer regulatory issues

Limited by reading distance of approximately 1.5 meters

Animal management, access control, theft prevention

High frequency


High market acceptance, flexibility, and reliability

Limited by reading distance of 1.5 meters, different standards

Access control payments, automation, asset tracking, library management, and electronic airline tickets





Long reading distance from 1centimeter to 10 to15 meters, well-standardized

Susceptibility to the environment, interference when overlapping with devices of same


Retail, logistics, toll collection, car park

Avigilon HD solution helps keep a growing community school safe

Avigilon HD solution helps keep a growing community school safe

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 12/23/2014 | Article type: Education




Deploy an advanced surveillance system to maintain the safest school environment possible at all times of the day and night.



The school installed 93 Avigilon HD cameras including six Avigilon HD 1 MP PTZ dome cameras and 13 Avigilon HD 2 MP cameras to monitor key entrance and exit points, thoroughfares, and outdoor areas and 64 Avigilon HD 2 MP and 10 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras to monitor key circulation areas, staircases, corridors, and communal areas within the buildings. Users monitor the system 24x7 using the Avigilon Control Center (ACC) network video management software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™ technology and store up to 14 days of continuous surveillance footage on five Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVR).

Benefits to Parrs Wood
* Improved safety on campus
* Health and safety compliance

Benefits of the Avigilon Solution
* Quick installation
* Full and affordable coverage
* High-quality image detail and zooming
* Superior low-light performance
* Cost effectiveness, ease of use
* Reduction in TCO / Faster time to value

Parrs Wood High School in Manchester, England Makes School and Community Safety a Priority with Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System

Founded in 1967, Parrs Wood High School in East Didsbury, Manchester, England, is a popular and growing community school that was rebuilt in 2000 to better accommodate its 1,500 high school pupils and 400 Sixth Form students aged 11 to 18. Dedicated to helping students achieve academic success and secure their future in the workplace, Parrs Wood maintains strong ties to the local community, opening its doors for public use after hours. Driven by its belief that “Every Child Matters,” Parrs Wood implements policies, practices, and procedures to safeguard the emotional and physical well-being of staff, students, and the community at large. To help create the safest environment possible, the school recently upgraded to the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for broader and more detailed coverage of the entire campus at any time of the day or night.

Health and Safety Compliance
Committed to health and safety compliance, Parrs Wood embraces a culture of continuous improvement to maintain a safe school environment. “Health and safety considerations are part of every decision made at Parrs Wood and are therefore integral to our organisational function,” said Andy Shakos, head teacher at Parrs Wood High School. As part of its ongoing focus on student safety, the school decided to replace its aging analogue-based surveillance system, which did not provide adequate coverage, was beginning to fail, and offered poor image quality, particularly on replay.

For help, school administrators turned to VtecZoom, a provider of surveillance and access control systems design, installation, and support throughout the United Kingdom. “VtecZoom is an approved installer with the Manchester City Council so we trusted that they could help us find a more advanced system that would deliver better results within our budget,” explained Eugene Forbes, Head of Corporate Services, Parrs Wood High School. “Recommending the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality, advanced manageability, and broad coverage; VtecZoom demonstrated a clear understanding of our issues and worked closely with us for two years to design a surveillance system that addresses our specific requirements.”

Complete and Affordable Coverage
“As one of the integrators in the UK to achieve Avigilon Gold Status, we knew that the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system would deliver the power, quality, and manageability needed to help Parrs Wood achieve its high safety and security standards,” asserted Deryck Petty at VtecZoom.

The school installed 93 Avigilon HD cameras in key areas across campus, including six Avigilon HD 1 MP PTZ dome cameras and 13 Avigilon HD 2 MP cameras to monitor key entrance and exit points, thoroughfares, and outdoor areas and installed 64 Avigilon HD 2 MP and 10 Avigilon HD 1 MP cameras to monitor key circulation areas, staircases, corridors, and communal areas within the buildings. The school's four-person security team manages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance solution using the Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™ technology and monitors the system 24x7. The school also installed five Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVR) to store 14 days of continuous surveillance footage.

A Quick Install
Installation time was a key consideration for the school. “We did not want engineers onsite when students and staff returned to school after the summer holiday, so it was imperative that installation be complete within the six-week time period,” noted Mr. Forbes. Consultants from Avigilon, VtecZoom, and Capital, a customer and business process management services provider, worked together to complete installation during the strict timeframe. “The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system was up and running seamlessly for the new academic year, providing maximum coverage within our tight timeline and budget – we could not be happier.”

Ease-of-use was another top system requirement. “Offering smooth movements on replay, Avigilon Control Center software makes search and playback effortless, helping us achieve superior results in no time,” stated Mr. Forbes. Delivering an excellent user experience, ACC offers simplified functions, such as the thumbnail search to pinpoint small changes in large areas, provides more camera views, and facilitates navigation from camera to camera to help users quickly find an incident, review it, and accurately identify individuals and events. “Using the software's advanced features, we can follow individuals from camera to camera with no jerkiness or lost detail on replay, helping us make faster and more accurate decisions.”

Improved Theft / Crime Detail
The school, along with local law enforcement, has been very impressed with the Avigilon system's usability, which has played a key role in several investigations to date. In one case, school administrators were able to review footage of an out of school time bicycle theft. “In a matter of minutes, we were able to follow the perpetrator from camera to camera, accurately identify the individual, track him, and report the incident to the police, who have since followed-up and caught the thief,” confirmed Mr. Forbes.

Clear Visibility Day and Night
Another noteworthy attribute of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its image quality, which is far superior to the school's previous analogue system. “The main weakness of our old system was the picture quality, particularly on replay and during the night when images were virtually unusable,” explained Mr. Forbes. “Avigilon delivers first class images both live and recorded to significantly boost our success in investigations.” In particular, Mr. Forbes has been very impressed with Avigilon's incredible low-light performance. “Avigilon offers a marked improvement in night time surveillance, which was a key selling feature for us, since community groups use our facilities in the evenings,” he added.

Unparalleled Clarity from Long Distances
School administrators have also been impressed with Avigilon's zooming capabilities. Using the Avigilon HD 1 MP PTZ dome camera with a built-in 20x optical zoom lens, the school can gain unparalleled image detail across the large school site. With such powerful zooming capabilities at their disposal, system users can capture evidence-quality facial recognition to better secure the campus at any time of the day or night. “Avigilon delivers first-class images in both live and replay mode to help us identify and address potential issues before they become a serious safety concern.”

Promoting School Culture
With a long tradition of academic success and service to the community, Parrs Wood High School believes that its strong ties with local organisations will ultimately benefit its students as they move forward in life. “Playing a key role in our community, we remain steadfast in our commitment to a safe learning environment where all students, staff, and visitors feel valued, encouraged, and challenged to succeed,” concluded Mr. Forbes. “We intend to review the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system on an annual basis to highlight our achievements and identify new areas for coverage as we continually strive to improve our school's health and safety culture.”

Hikvision unveils 1080P Ultra Low-light PTZ network camera

Hikvision unveils 1080P Ultra Low-light PTZ network camera

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/23/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is expanding the DarkFighter range of ultra-low-light surveillance cameras with the release of the DS-2DF8223I-AEL PTZ network camera. This cutting-edge camera utilizes Hikvision's industry-leading, ultra-low-light MP lens and is designed specifically to capture sharp color and monochrome images in extreme, low-light conditions. The result is crystal-clear color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras.

The DS-2DF8223I-AEL DarkFighter PTZ opens up new opportunities for 24-hour CCTV surveillance. The incorporation of EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), 120dB WDR and a host of Smart Detection technologies further improves image quality and operational convenience. The overall excellence of the camera has been recognized by the IFSEC Security & Fire Excellence Awards which has nominated the new DarkFighter PTZ as a finalist for "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year".

Award-winning low-light specifications
The DarkFighter camera features a large, two-megapixel, 1/1.9 inch progressive scan CMOS image sensor for capturing full color images down to 0.002 Lux and B/W to 0.0002 Lux. Together with a 120 dB WDR (wide dynamic range) and Hikvision's 3D DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technology, the camera is capable of streaming full HD 1920 x 1080 video at full frame rate. IR distance of up to 200 metres is further supported to ensure image capture in the darkest environment.

Smart features
The camera features a wide range of Smart detection features, including face detection, intrusion detection, line crossing detection and audio exception. The great improvement on security efficiency benefits users and, more importantly, key events/objects are recorded for further forensic needs. These features, combined with smart tracking, which enables the camera to detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the camera's area of coverage without fault, place the DarkFighter head and shoulders above other PTZ and IP cameras. Smart Defog and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) are further supported to improve image quality in challenging conditions.

High power optics
DarkFighter PTZ is fitted with a fast and powerful 23x optical zoom lens, which zooms from wide open to fully zoomed in less than five seconds. This high-power lens is capable of rotating endlessly through a full 360 degrees and tilting from -20 to 90 degrees. Besides, its ultra-low-light performance is augmented with infrared capability over a range of 200 meters. In addition, up to 300 preset positions can be programmed and the new camera also enables up to 32 presets in up to 8 patrols. The DarkFighter PTZ will also scan up to 4 patterns and supports up to 24 ROI areas.

The DS-2DF8223I-AEL DarkFighter PTZ is the latest member of the growing DarkFighter family of ultra-low-light CCTV cameras. It is fully protected by an integrated heater in the sturdy IP66 and vandal-proof housing, making it the perfect candidate for deployment in challenging outdoor environments both day and night down to temperatures as low as -40°C. High-PoE and 24VAC power supply are supported as well.

In addition, Hikvision is also expanding customer choice with the introduction of another DarkFighter PTZ member, the DS-2DF6223-AEL 2MP Smart PTZ Outdoor Network Camera. This camera shares all the other excellent functionalities of the DS-2DF8223I-AEL with the exception of IR capability.

For more information on the DarkFighter PTZ network cameras, please be sure to stop by the Hikvision booth SA-C11 at the coming INTERSEC show.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l airport implements integrated security solution from SDI and Verint

Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l airport implements integrated security solution from SDI and Verint

Editor / Provider: Verint Systems | Updated: 12/22/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

SDI (System Development Integration, LLC), a systems integrator specializing in airport security technologies, and Verint® Systems announced that together they will deliver the first phase of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport's (MSP) Integrated Video and Information Systems Network (iVISN) Surveillance System. The iVISN Program will replace its current CCTV system with advanced technology to help enhance and maximize security capabilities and improve the performance of security personnel.

MSP is located in Minneapolis and St. Paul near the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield. Spanning over 3,400 acres, MSP has one airfield, four runways and two terminal buildings. Serving more than 32 million passengers a year, it accommodates over 430,000 landings and takeoffs annually, making it the 12th busiest airfield in the United States.

To implement the first phase of the iVISN Program, as well as provide ongoing support, MSP selected SDI. SDI has partnered with local firms Pro-Tec Design and Premier Electric, which will provide field implementation and integration services and electrical contractor services, respectively. Additionally, TRICOM Communications will deliver structured cabling and electrical services.

"SDI's intimate knowledge of the nuances of an airport's concept of operations, security protocols and underlying technology components will serve to drive the technical solution to the operational reality that MSP envisions,” said David A. Gupta, SDI Chief Executive Officer.

SDI will implement Verint's Nextiva® Video Management Software™ (VMS) and Nextiva Physical Security Information Management™ (PSIM), both of which MSP selected in August 2012. The Verint VMS solution will monitor both conventional and megapixel IP cameras across an integrated IP-based network. Bridging the video system to the airport's security and access control system, the SDI team also will deploy the Verint PSIM solution. Upon completion of what will be a multi-phased deployment, the system is expected to include more than 2,500 cameras, 100 workstations, and a variety of video analytic and informational interface programs, including license plate recognition.

“Nextiva Video Management Software and Nextiva Physical Security Information Management are part of Verint's fully-integrated IP security suite, which is designed to help airports—like Minneapolis-St. Paul—better protect facilities, provide greater situational awareness and optimize security operations,” added Steve Weller, senior vice president and general manager, Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions™. “Once deployed, the Nextiva solution will support the airport in handling its operational complexities and security challenges even more efficiently.”

Around the world, airports and critical infrastructure organizations of all sizes count on Verint Video and Situation Intelligence Solutions to deliver advanced security and business intelligence. Based on years of experience, Verint has a proven track record of delivering scalable, fault tolerant, high-availability solutions designed to cover security and surveillance across an airport's entire network—from terminals and perimeters, to parking lots and other facilities. Today, airports across the globe use Verint Nextiva to enhance situational awareness, improve emergency preparedness and response, and provide authorized personnel with comprehensive security and operations intelligence.

Named as the integrator of record for the iVISN project, SDI has been providing delivery of robust VMS and PSIM design, implementation, integration and maintenance for airport and public safety clients since 1991. The firm has a well-established track record of deploying large-scale VMS within live, Category X airport environments, as well as integrating Cat X standard operating procedures into PSIM platforms to deliver enhanced airport security operations. Additionally, SDI has an in-house network infrastructure group to deploy necessary network infrastructure and storage components.

Sony's video security solution selected for Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line

Sony's video security solution selected for Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line

Editor / Provider: Sony | Updated: 12/23/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Sony has been selected to equip and install a video security solution capable of covering all of the stations operated by Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line - the Yurikamome Line.

The project, which is scheduled to be completed in January 2016, will see over 200 Sony HD-capable network cameras installed throughout the 16 train stations on the Yurikamome Line, all managed from a customized Sony-built central monitoring station.

Fast-moving transport environments can present numerous security risks, as bustling crowds can provide cover for potential crime. As a result, the transport sector has very specific video security needs, requiring clear, reliable images in busy areas, and under any lighting condition. Sony's cameras were selected for the Yurikamome line thanks to their innovative View-DR technology, which combines multiple images taken at different exposures to provide a final clear image. When this is combined with Sony's dynamic light response and image stabilizing technologies, consistently high-quality images are delivered, even under shifting light and weather conditions, such as glare from the sun, overcast days, and even at night. Operators will now be able to monitor security images in real time, helping to ensure the safety of travellers and a smooth-running service throughout the line.

The upgraded video security solution is in response to renewed commercial investment in the Tokyo Waterfront area in recent years, which has made the area increasingly busy. As one of the main transport lines for this area, the number of travelers using the Yurikamome Line is expected to grow. Sony's video security solution will help ensure their safety as they travel, and reflects the company's commitment to making viable, high quality security solutions available for all market applications.

The full solution comprised of:
Installed in Stations:
* HD Network Cameras: 202 units
* Box cameras: 94 units
* Dome cameras: 64 units
* PTZ cameras: 44 units

Central Administration Building
* Monitoring system

Ryan Kawashima, Strategic Marketing Manager for Video Security, Sony Europe said: “The transport sector is a key focus for Sony and we are delighted to have been selected to equip all of the stations operated by Tokyo's New Transit Waterfront Line with our HD video security cameras. We trust that these discreet cameras will help to ensure that travellers on the Yurikamome Line travel in safety at every point in their journey.”

Hikvision introduces mini fisheye camera to

Hikvision introduces mini fisheye camera to "Easy IP" range

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Fisheye Network Camera will bring new level of security to small-to-medium businesses
Hikvision is set to bring new levels of security to convenience stores, hotels, restaurants, offices and other small-to-medium enterprises with the introduction of the DS-2CD2942F Fisheye Network Camera. This cutting edge camera incorporates a high-quality lens and 4-megapixel detector in a discrete, ultra-compact design small enough to be inconspicuous on any ceiling yet provides complete situational awareness for entire rooms.

The DS-2CD2942F is the latest addition to Hikvision's "Easy IP" range of cameras, NVRs and VMS software, which are specially designed to bring the benefits of simple installation and operation to small- to medium-sized business or home. The panoramic view with multi-view de-warping and digital PTZ, plus on-board storage of up to 64 GB and choice of Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity means a single DS-2CD2942F can usually replace the plethora of traditional CCTV cameras installed in most public areas.

Wide Field of View
The new DS-2CD2942F features a 4-megapixel, 1/3" Progressive Scan CMOS image sensor allied with a 1.6mm F1.6 lens boasting a 186° field of view. Together with the digital PTZ control and multi-view de-warping of the dual image streams, the new camera will provide crystal-clear coverage across a far wider area than other camera types. Instead of fitting multiple narrow-angle box or bullet cameras, "Easy IP" users can now reply on a single ceiling-mounted DS-2CD2942F to capture all their images without blind spots. Hikvision's 3D DNR and digital WDR technology also secures superior image quality at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

24-Hour Surveillance
The DS-2CD2942F is equipped with electronic day and night cycling, and is capable of operating in low-light conditions down to 0.01 lux in colour and 0.001 in black and white. The new camera can also operate down to zero lux over a range of up to 8 metres if the IR option is specified.

Multiple Alarm Triggers
The DS-2CD2942F maximises security options for users through a wide range of alarm triggers and a customisable day/night switch, allowing automatic or scheduled triggering. Alarm triggers include Line crossing, Intrusion detection, Motion detection, Dynamic analysis, Tampering alarm, Network disconnect, IP address conflict, and Storage exception.

The "Easy IP" Range
Hikvision's "Easy IP" range brings together a complete solution of cameras, NVRs (network video recorders) and VMS (video management software) focused on easy installation, easy viewing and easy Wi-Fi connection. "Easy IP" allows users to monitor their home or business on their PC, tablet or smartphone through a uniquely simple interface. Wi-Fi camera connection is just easy, without IP address forwarding; and Automatic Network Reconnection (ANR) enables on-board storage supported cameras - like the DS-2CD2942F - to create temporary recordings automatically and upload the stored video when the connection recovers. Users can choose from a full range of "Easy IP" cameras, including indoor and outdoor bullet and dome cameras, mini-dome cameras, cube camera, a Mini IR Pan & Tilt camera and the new DS-2CD2942F. All share a rich feature set and unmatched price-efficiency.

 Brand new commercial center in Tehran equips itself with VIVOTEK's surveillance solutions

Brand new commercial center in Tehran equips itself with VIVOTEK's surveillance solutions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/18/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Matching State-of-the-Art Security with Style in Iran’s Capital.
The ancient city of Tehran has been rebuilt to reflect modern ideas and innovative designs many times throughout its history; however this constant evolution has always adhered to strict aesthetic standards. Continuing this spirit, VIVOTEK camera systems, offering the absolute latest in surveillance technology while maintaining stylish appearance, have become increasingly popular in this city of 8.3 million.

Located in the west of Tehran City, the brand new YAS Commercial Center was in need of an advanced and comprehensive surveillance system. It required cameras and connectivity solutions to cover a range of interior and exterior spaces, including parking areas, main corridors, entrances and exits, and other spaces, for protecting people inside or outside the Center. Pooya Fara Negar, distributor of VIVOTEK on this case, worked hard to come to a full understanding of the YAS Commercial Center’s needs, and provide a perfectly tailored IP-based security and surveillance system.

VIVOTEK Cameras for Complete Coverage – Inside and Out.
A total of 305 VIVOTEK cameras were installed across both the interior and exterior spaces of the YAS Commercial Center, ensuring complete coverage of all areas under any lighting or weather conditions, while maintaining a low profile and blending in with the stylish design of the center.

Tehran’s Environment: A Harsh Test for Technology – No Problem for VIVOTEK’s Cameras
Tehran’s climate, which may be unpredictably harsh at times with temperatures ranging from −17 °C to 43 °C, would test the mettle of any surveillance system. VIVOTEK’s IP8332 and SD8363E were chosen to meet this harsh challenge, and of course for their superior image quality in all lighting conditions. 82 IP8332s, a bullet-style network camera, were installed to cover parking areas. Incorporating a number of advanced features, such as a 1MP sensor enabling 1280x800 viewing resolution at a smooth 30 fps, a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators effective up to 15M for superior image quality around the clock, and an IP66-rated housing to withstand rain, dust and other environmental pollutants, the IP8332 is an ideal option for outdoor parking lot applications. 11 high performance SD8363E speed domes with 20x zoom lenses were also installed around building perimeters to ensure total coverage. The SD8363E features 1080p Full HD resolution, IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing, and real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression.

Interior Spaces – Broad Coverage Requirements Met With Low Profile Solutions
For indoor environments such as corridors, foyers and communal areas, FD8137H, IP8131, FD8164 and FD8166 were selected and installed for their small sizes, quality design, and excellent image quality. The VIVOTEK FD8164 is an easy-to-use fixed dome network camera specifically designed for indoor security applications with a compact, stylish exterior. Designed with 2-Megapixel CMOS Sensor, FD8164 enables capturing high quality and high resolution video. VIVOTEK FD8166 is an extremely small fixed dome network camera. With installation as easy as one-two-three and Power over Ethernet functionality, setup time is less than 120 seconds, making installation quick and easy.

William Ku, Vice President of VIVOTEK's International Business Division, further commented: “We’re very excited about the successful installation of this VIVOTEK system for the YAS Commercial Center. We at VIVOTEK are always happy to meet challenges and to exceed expectations, and we particularly enjoy working in the beautiful but challenging environment of Tehran as it gave our IP8332, with its weather and dust-proof housing a chance to prove its resilience.”

exacqVision 6.6 release introduces ESM failover for increased reliability

exacqVision 6.6 release introduces ESM failover for increased reliability

Editor / Provider: Exacq Technologies | Updated: 12/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Exacq Technologies, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, introduces the ability to set up and manage failover on exacqVision servers with exacqVision 6.6 and Enterprise System Manager (ESM) version 3.0, a health monitoring program for use with exacqVision Enterprise networked video recorders (NVRs). The new exacqVision version 6.6 VMS (video management system) also includes updates to the views and event monitoring features in exacqVision, faster searching with the Exacq mobile app and additional updates to ESM.

The new ESM failover functionality continually monitors exacqVision recorders. A system failure can be detected within 15-30 seconds and an actual failover to a spare server or servers can be automatically instigated in a matter of minutes. Failover functions include IP cameras, recording schedules, user rights, event linking, serial profiles, archiving configuration and more. Once the protected recorder is back online, ESM automatically transfers all functionality back to the original server. Users can also use ESM Failover to perform manual failover on exacqVision recorders at any time to conduct system maintenance.

“The new ESM Failover feature adds substantial value to our exacqVision enterprise solution,” notes Scott Dennison, Director of Marketing, Exacq Technologies. “We recognized the need for our customers to maximize video recorder uptime and delivered a failover solution to ensure video recording is never interrupted.”

In addition to the new failover feature, ESM version 3.0 also adds features that improve server user management over an enterprise network. This makes it easier for system administrators to add and remove servers and users from defined groups.

exacqVision 6.6 gives users and system administrators greater flexibility and personalization when creating and using the views feature. Views can now be shared with all users, shared with a defined group of users or kept private to individual users. Version 6.6 also provides increased event monitoring flexibility. Users can prioritize events to ensure the most important events always display first. Additionally, users can drag live cameras into an event monitoring video panel at any time. These updates to event monitoring ensure that the most important video is always in front of an active viewer. Version 6.6 of exacqVision adds support for over 100 new IP camera models from leading manufacturers including American Dynamics, Arecont Vision, Axis, Bosch, Panasonic, Samsung, and Vivotek. The exacqVision VMS now supports nearly 2,200 IP camera models.

The latest Exacq Mobile app (Version 3.10) for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices now utilizes the same SpeedSearch functionality found in the full client software. SpeedSearch provides significantly faster search results as video frames automatically populate on the screen for faster investigations. This is an ideal solution for searching video over low-bandwidth connections using mobile devices that rely on cellular data.

The exacqVision VMS is accessed with the freely distributed exacqVision client software (Windows/Linux/Mac), the exacqVision free web browser client available for all leading web browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera), as well as the free Exacq Mobile app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 devices. The VMS software is included with pre-configured exacqVision recorders or it can be installed on third-party Windows or Linux based systems.

VIVOTEK expands after-sales service capacity with technical support and warranty policy

VIVOTEK expands after-sales service capacity with technical support and warranty policy

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Continuing its strong commitment to providing solutions and services that best meet the needs of its global customers, VIVOTEK announced the expansion of its global after-sales service network and warranty policy on a superior range of its network cameras.

VIVOTEK's after-sales services include extensive technical support, and product repair and replacement within the warranty period. In order to support our business development in various markets, which is both rapidly expanding and plays a pivotal role both strategically and geographically, VIVOTEK has cooperated with several professional Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) centers and valued global distributors, enabling them to provide VIVOTEK's high standards of technical authorization. Just this year, VIVOTEK completed the signing of a cooperative agreement with Mexico-based MDS (Mantenimiento de Seguridad). At present VIVOTEK has successfully built a strong after-sales service at 16 sites across 5 continents, including 4 official RMA centers and 12 distributors' offices. The 4 RMA centers are located at VIVOTEK's headquarter in Taiwan, ComServe Network in the Netherlands, AGS Digital Service in Brazil and MDS in Mexico while the 12 distributors are located in China, Indonesia, India, Iran, Egypt, South Africa, North America, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.

In addition to after-sales services, VIVOTEK, has announced an extension of its warranty to 3 years for a series of its latest advanced network cameras. These include 6 fixed dome network cameras (FD8355HV, FD8355EHV, FD8365HV, FD8365EHV, FD8155H, and FD8165H); 4 bullet type network cameras (IP8355H, IP8355EH, IP8365H and IP8365EH); and 2 box network cameras (IP8155HP and IP8165HP). These cameras are all equipped with advanced features, such as WDR Pro, WDR Pro II, Supreme Night Visibility and extreme weather-proof. Global customers, who have bought or are going to buy, can now enjoy a 3-year warranty for these 12 network cameras, expanded from the previous 2-year warranty.

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “VIVOTEK, through seamless integration with local repair centers and also our valued distributors in various regions, has built a strong service network across the globe, ensuring timely customer support, and minimizing service latency. The expansion of our warranty period, in addition to demonstrating our strong belief in the high quality and durability of our products, will give our global customers even greater confidence in cooperating with VIVOTEK. In the near future, we will introduce the 3-year warranty to even more models.”

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