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Honeywell security solutions chosen to secure Groupama's Noisy-Le-Grand premises

Honeywell security solutions chosen to secure Groupama's Noisy-Le-Grand premises

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 4/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The customer
Groupama is one of the largest mutual insurance groups in France providing insurance, banking and other services in 11 countries. Activeille is a subsidiary of Groupama focussing on the protection and remote monitoring of property and people since the 1990s. Activeille's services are APSAD certified, and include risk assessment as well as security system installation for Group members and customers. In 2011, under the direction of Activeille, Groupama decided to upgrade its security system at the Noisy-Le-Grand site located in Ile-de-France. Honeywell's video protection and intrusion detection solutions were chosen to secure the 40,000 square metre site. Christophe Pillet, key-account sales manager at Activeille, and Group security expert was appointed to oversee each stage of the project.

The situation
Built in the 1970s, the Groupama offices at Noisy-Le-Grand are spread across two buildings including 8 floors and 3 basements within which are offices, kitchens, and other facilities.

In addition to close to one thousand people accessing the Groupama buildings daily, the site is located adjacent to “Les Arcades” shopping centre and shares public access via an esplanade located between the two Groupama buildings which is also accessible to the centre's 12.5 million annual visitors. So risk on this site is therefore twofold; firstly with Groupama employees and customers and, secondly with the general public eager to access the shopping centre's retail space.

In 2011, Groupama recognised that its incumbent security system had become obsolete and no longer met the security standards required for this type of site. Activeille recommended that the entire security system be modernised. "We had to completely rethink the security system on the site, while adhering to APSAD certification standards. We had no video surveillance system, only an intrusion detection system. We wanted to put in place a comprehensive solution that would allow us to see the entire site," explains Christophe Pillet.

The solution
Implementation of the new security system was subject to a preliminary assessment carried out by Activeille, taking into account Groupama's needs and the specific requirements of the site. Following this assessment, the project was put out to tender. The solution had to allow the integration of video surveillance with the intruder detection system. Christophe Pillet explains why Honeywell's integrated solution was selected - "With the buildings being relatively large, we had to find technology that enabled us to secure all the premises while limiting the number of security guards required. The Honeywell solution allowed us to respond to all these challenges by combining the integrated intruder detection and access control system - Galaxy® Dimension with Network Video Recorders (NVRs) from the Honeywell Fusion range.”

The advantages
* Optimal security across the entire site
Given the surface area, location and multi-site infrastructure, Activeille had certain requirements for the security system. It required a solution that would provide remote, centralised management from security posts and also respond to the needs of the security team to improve their safety and increase their autonomy, particularly at night when the number of guards would be reduced. Activeille therefore installed the Galaxy Dimension integrated intruder detection and access control solution covering over two hundred zones and six Fusion NRVs at two control centres. The recorders manage eighty IP cameras, including two PTZ domes. Security guards can now monitor areas remotely from PC screens, which reduces the number of physical interventions required alone on site, thereby improving their safety and saving time. "The security system is like a second person", reports one of the site's security guards. Christophe Pillet adds "The intruder detection system is integrated with the video surveillance system, so when triggered, verification images are sent directly to the control centre, making it possible to manage the situation quickly, securely and effectively."

* A comprehensive security solution able to provide large-scale customisation
The Honeywell intruder-detection system makes it possible to define autonomous groups. "On this site we have identified up to 16 groups, enabling us to programme and set the alarm in specific areas of the building at certain times, while keeping other areas operational. The security system is operational 24/7 depending on which parts of the building are occupied. As an example, when the company's restaurant is closed, the intruder alarm is automatically activated. “This unique, integrated solution is really easy to use, programme and activate", explains Christophe Pillet.

*A reliable and certified security system
The new security system has been designed to be APSAD R81 certified, facilitated by the NF&A2P 3-shield certified Honeywell Galaxy Dimension solution. APSAD R81 is an installation regulation that defines minimal technical requirements and methods for implementing automatic detection systems designed to detect and alert to the approach, penetration and/or movement of an intruder in monitored areas. "To do this, we have fitted access control modules and motion sensors on the main entrances and emergency exits to provide two levels of detection. In the event of an alarm, the access control module will trigger the cameras. Hence video surveillance is in place, where cameras are automatically triggered to film the monitored area using cameras corresponding to the entrance in question. We can thereby verify the source and cause of an alarm quickly and easily. The risk of false alarms is reduced and the reliability of the system reinforced", explains Christophe Pillet.

Christophe Pillet concludes, "the implementation of this Honeywell system has allowed us to fully secure the entire site and all staff, as well as shopping centre customers who frequently use the esplanade, an area monitored by Activeille. Installing security cameras in this location has significantly reduced cases of vandalism and damage. We have expanded the Honeywell solution to other Group buildings, using the Galaxy® Dimension integrated intruder detection and access control solution and for video surveillance with Honeywell's Fusion NVRs and IP cameras. We also offer Honeywell solutions to our clients. For businesses with complex sites, we install the same system, while for residential properties and small businesses, we recommend Honeywell's Domonial wireless intruder alarm solution.”

* A partner of choice
Groupama is one of the largest mutual insurance groups in France. Launched in the early 1990s, Activeille is a subsidiary of Groupama specialising in the remote monitoring of property and premises. Activeille services are APSAD certified (APSAD R81 for intrusion detection systems, R82 for video protection systems and P3 for remote monitoring), and include risk assessment as well as security system installation (intrusion detection, video protection and access control systems, remote monitoring and verification services, alarm intervention and security-guard services etc.) for Group members and customers. It carries out its activity in partnership with a large network of security installation companies throughout France. Designed for businesses, local authorities and professionals, Activeille offers customised security installation with the option to purchase or lease surveillance equipment, as well as remote monitoring solutions (24/7) including alarm attendance and maintenance services. The company has 40,000 customers using its remote monitoring services to protect their homes and business premises. The company provides remote management services for intruder detection, deterrence and alarms, as well as home monitoring and intervention at the location of the incident.

The products
* Galaxy Dimension integrated intruder alarm and access control solution
* Fusion Network Video Recorders
* IP Dome video cameras

Axis announces its first video door station for identification and entry management

Axis announces its first video door station for identification and entry management

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/15/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station is an open IP-based door station for two-way communication, high-definition video and remote entry control. It is an ideal complement to any surveillance installation and offers new levels of security for effective identification and entry control.

Axis has a proven track record of bringing product innovation to the security and surveillance market. With AXIS A8004-VE we will provide our customers with an easy to install video door station that extends the capabilities of the security system. AXIS A8004-VE allows our customers to quickly and easily identify and communicate with persons at the door and securely let them in. This is a perfect complement to any surveillance system and as easy to install as any network camera,” said Peter Lindström, Director of New Business at Axis Communications.

AXIS A8004-VE is a weather- and vandal-proof video door station suitable for both indoor and outdoor installations. The door station comes with a high-performing intercom function that provides clear and echo-free two-way speech with visitors and an integrated HDTV camera with WDR and excellent low-light performance. The unit offers reliable 24/7 identification of visitors even in the most challenging environments. Power over Ethernet allows for installation with a single network cable and provides sufficient power to support and control most standard door locks directly from the unit.

For small- to mid-sized installations, such as retail stores and offices, AXIS A8004-VE will help improve security of the premises and simplify everyday operations. The door station makes it possible to communicate and identify visitors and enables remote entry control from an IP-desk phone, a mobile device or directly in a Video Managment System (VMS).

For enterprise installations, such as airports or larger industries where integration of different systems such as video surveillance, access control, IP telephony are needed, AXIS A8004-VE is based on open standards and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). By being fully compliant with ONVIF, VAPIX and SIP the product is easy to integrate with other systems. This enables Axis' Application Development Partners to provide solutions that meet specific customer requirements.

“Genetec's vision to offer customers a holistic approach to security management that includes video surveillance, access control and SIP-based communications through our Security Center software, coupled with the seamless integration of the AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station, will ensure end users attain a greater level of situational awareness. Not only will they be able to respond to incoming calls while viewing live video from AXIS A8004-VE, but they will also be able to take action from a single unified interface, such as unlocking a door or locking down a facility” said Jimmy Palatsoukas Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Genetec.

The product will be supported in AXIS Camera Station 4.20 planned for launch in May and AXIS Video Hosting System (AVHS). Video management software from Axis' Application Development Partners such as Aimetis, Genetec, Honeywell, Milestone and SeeTec will have full support for AXIS A8004-VE.

Further features of the AXIS A8004-VE Network Video Door Station include:
* Acoustic echo cancelation and noise reduction
* Multiple inputs and outputs for remote control of doors-locks and other equipment
* Support for third party mobile application for identification and remote entry

AXIS A8004-VE will be available through Axis' distribution channels in May.

VIVOTEK and Genetec announce strategic cooperation supporting Stratocast Cloud Platform and H.265 codec

VIVOTEK and Genetec announce strategic cooperation supporting Stratocast Cloud Platform and H.265 codec

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/15/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Along with continued growth and the expansion of surveillance applications, the demand for more efficient, intelligent and cost-effective surveillance systems keeps increasing. Committed to delivering the most advanced surveillance solutions to its valued global customers, VIVOTEK, the world leading network camera brand, has forged a strategic cooperation with Genetec, a global unified IP security solutions provider. VIVOTEK is announcing this week the integration of its cameras to support Stratocast, Genetec's cloud-based video surveillance service, and upcoming support for its H.265 cameras in Genetec Security Center.

Stratocast enables customers to rapidly deploy a reliable and easy-to-use video surveillance system that avoids the complexity of managing on-premises hardware by securely recording video in the cloud. Small-and-medium sized businesses (SMBs) can take advantage of VIVOTEK cameras and Stratocast to deploy a highly affordable and convenient cloud-based video surveillance system that they can access from any internet-enabled device. With the integration expected to become available in summer 2015, VIVOTEK will also develop a “Stratocast VADP package” for VIVOTEK IP Cameras through the Open Platform System VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP) to ensure a rapid and seamless system setup.

As demand for higher resolution and clearer video quality grows, H.265, the high efficiency video codec technology, continues to drive market interest. Today, H.264, the predecessor of H.265, is the accepted standard codec used by most security manufacturers. With the release of new H.265-compatible equipment, end-users will be able to benefit from reduced bandwidth through greater video compression. Acutely aware of these advances, VIVOTEK has allocated considerable R&D resources into equipping its network cameras with H.265 over the past year.

VIVOTEK is working in collaboration with Genetec to develop integration for its H.265 cameras to ensure performance and compatibility in Genetec Security Center. By adopting H.265, VIVOTEK and Genetec end-users can enjoy a lower total cost of ownership due to the high image compression rate and low storage consumption.

“We are excited that our Stratocast cloud-based video surveillance service customers will now have an expanded choice of network cameras from VIVOTEK,” said Francis Lachance, Director of Product Management, Genetec. “In addition, our strategic alliance to develop and support the H.265 codec with VIVOTEK cameras will allow Security Center enterprise customers to benefit from this new compression format for reduced bandwidth and improved video quality,” added Lachance.

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK said: “We are delighted to have the strategic cooperation with Genetec on the Stratocast cloud service and H.265 support, which undoubtedly strengthens our competitiveness in the market and provides our valued customers with more comprehensive and united solutions under such a competitive and connected market environment. VIVOTEK, is already known for superior image processing capability, and “will keep on working closely with our software partners to explore more innovative and advanced solutions to make our world safer and indeed better.”

VIVOTEK application development platform successfully integrated with AxxonSoft VCA functions

VIVOTEK application development platform successfully integrated with AxxonSoft VCA functions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/13/2015 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is delighted to announce that the integration of AxxonSoft's video content analysis “AnalyticVideo Tracker” function with the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP) has been successfully completed. Designed for tracking objects by characteristics, the “AnalyticVideo Tracker” can identify various types of objects (individual people, groups of people, or vehicles) and transmit the detected information, i.e. metadata to AxxonSoft's video management software (VMS), Axxon Next, and Axxon Intellect Enterprise for further analysis and reporting.

In early 2014, in order to expand its cameras' benefits and create further added-value for customers, VIVOTEK introduced VIVOTEK VADP, an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Using this advanced but flexible platform, video content analysis functions like object counting, line detection, field detection, face detection, heat map, and so on can be directly installed onto VIVOTEK cameras. Now, the integration of VIVOTEK VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker allows the direct execution of object-tracking at front-end VIVOTEK network cameras, enabling a drastic decrease of CPU loading at the back-end server and creating greater efficiency across the entire surveillance system.

Murat Altuev, President of AxxonSoft said, “This successful integration is absolutely an outstanding achievement. Our customers can now enjoy effective and efficient video content analysis without increasing the back-end CPU loading and sacrificing the performance of their surveillance. Thanks to VIVOTEK, together we are able to provide our customers with a smart solution, maintaining stability and agility while providing advanced analytics of video content.”

William Ku, Vice President, Brand Business Division, VIVOTEK said: “We're delighted to see this great integration of our VADP with AxxonSoft's video content analysis functions. The realization of in-camera video content analysis and the seamless interoperability between our VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker certainly fulfills our ongoing goal of bringing substantial benefits to our valued customers worldwide.”

The successful integration of VADP and AnalyticVideo Tracker will be demonstrated live using VIVOTEK's MD8531H mobile dome network camera from April 13-16 in Moscow at MIPS 2015, an international exhibition for the security and fire safety industry. Come visit the VIVOTEK booth and find out more information about this and other exciting developments.

Axis strengthens its network video solution offering for small systems

Axis strengthens its network video solution offering for small systems

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 4/10/2015 | Article type: Security 50

With the continued growth of video surveillance in the SMB market, new solutions that expand storage capacity and flexibility and enhance ease of use for this segment are needed. To meet the cost, installation and maintenance requirements for SMBs, Axis has strengthened its offering specifically for small systems. For efficient storage of video, AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB is a reliable high performance edge storage solution. The launch of AXIS Camera Companion 3 will introduce Axis Secure Remote Access, which improves ease of installation by removing the need of manual port forwarding and router configuration.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, strengthens its offering for small systems with the launch of AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB, a memory card optimized for surveillance applications, and AXIS Camera Companion 3, a major upgrade of the multiple award-winning surveillance solution for small systems. “The penetration of AXIS Camera Companion in small businesses shows that users really appreciate the simplicity, ease-of-installation and freedom of use that it offers. This new version further streamlines the installation process and provides even more flexibility for small security systems,” says Peter Friberg, Axis' Director Solution Management.

For optimal storage of video content, the new AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB combines the market and technology know-how from SanDisk, a global leader in flash storage, with the extensive security system expertise of Axis. “Working with Axis, a market leader in network video, we have gained unique insight into the needs and requirements of surveillance applications, thus allowing us to optimize our products for this use,” says Oded Sagee, senior director and general manager of Connected and Computing Solutions at SanDisk. “Our vertically integrated approach and expertise in flash memory enables us to architect our industrial grade storage solutions to provide the reliability needed to offer trusted performance that's absolutely critical for the security and surveillance markets.” Reliable high performance edge storage is specifically useful in 1-4 channel AXIS Camera Companion systems, offering de-centralized video recording and eliminating the cost and the risk with centralized solutions. The AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB is delivered with a SD™ card adapter and supported by Axis 3-year warranty.

AXIS Camera Companion software turns Axis cameras into a surveillance solution that typically comprises of
1-4 cameras and supports up to 16 channels.
The new version, AXIS Camera Companion 3, introduces Axis Secure Remote Access, which removes the need of manual port forwarding and router configuration, thus enabling an easy to setup, encrypted communication between cameras
and smartphone or PC clients.

“With Axis Secure Remote Access it is evident that security has been taken into consideration from the start,” says Jonas Magazinius, security consultant at Assured AB.

In addition, AXIS Camera Companion 3 offers an updated user interface with several performance improvements, such as instant camera switching in live view for enhanced user experience and sharper client de-warping for better image usability of overview cameras with 360 views. “The combination of AXIS Camera Companion 3, the new AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB and the recently announced Axis' Zipstream technology for reduced bandwidth and storage needs futher aligns our solutions to meet the unique needs of the small systems market,” added Peter Friberg.

The new AXIS Surveillance microSDXC Card 64GB will be available through Axis sales channels during Q2 2015.

Grundig improves safety at the DHL managed Tesco Frozen National Distribution Centre

Grundig improves safety at the DHL managed Tesco Frozen National Distribution Centre

Editor / Provider: Grundig Security | Updated: 4/9/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

A revolutionary new site management system has recently been installed at the DHL operated Tesco National Frozen Distribution centre in Daventry, saving the company hundreds of man hours and dramatically improving efficiency and safety.

DHL Supply Chain Ltd employed integrator Piggott and Whitfield (P&W) to develop an IP CCTV system for monitoring frozen pallet placement and health and safety practice at its deep freeze, automated distribution warehouse. The CCTV system comprised Aimetis Symphony™ video management software (VMS) with Grundig IP CCTV dome cameras.

The Tesco National Frozen Distribution Centre is a 25,000 sq. m site and one of four similar facilities run by DHL Supply Chain Ltd for Tesco in the UK. It has 500 members of staff working 24/7. The coldstore warehouse is made up of 12 double deep aisles for pallets. It operates at -22°C, with Dematic Automated storage and retrieval cranes replenishing continuously. Aisles are 30m tall and 100m long, with five intermediate floors between aisle groups containing conveyors, where staff members pick goods for delivery to Tesco stores.

The challenge
Suppliers have scheduled delivery times for unloading their frozen cargos. The more efficient the turn around on doors the more effectively the coldstore environment is maintained.

The Dematic cranes will not place a pallet on a shelf if they sense an obstruction, which can be anything from loose packaging to a misplaced or damaged pallet. A member of staff then has to harness up in freezing conditions and climb as high as 30m above the ground to remove the obstruction manually to then return to the ground level and manually, by remote, put the pallet away. This can take 15 – 20 minutes and happens as often as 100 times a week, delaying the unloading and stacking process. Additionally, if the person should fall, although the safety ropes will hold them, they can experience suspension trauma. In the freezing conditions, this can mean they will only survive for 15 minutes. Clearly, strict adherence to Health and Safety procedures is critical in mitigating risk of accidents.

The solution
P&W installed tough, vandal-resistant, low temperature, infra-red Grundig IP CCTV dome cameras, supplied by The Security Buying Group. The cameras, which are heated, operate at extremely low temperatures, in the dark and are powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet) for minimal temperature impact. The cameras are installed on each side of the cranes looking towards the pallet locations in the aisles.

An Aimetis Symphony™ VMS system processes and records the camera video streams, allowing operators to view images from the cranes using wireless, tough notebooks (portable HMI screens). If a crane stops for any reason, they can identify the obstruction and in most cases, manually operate the crane from the ground to store the pallet.

“P&W was able to create a bespoke, wireless network solution that kept the CCTV security data within the DHL network and totally separate from Tesco's own data network,” explained Billy Currie, Campus Automation and Facility Manager at DHL Supply Chain Ltd. “Other companies had tried to offer a solution, but failed.”

Chris Riesen, Intelligent Solutions Manager at P&W stated, “P&W's specialist network and data communications expertise provided a bespoke solution to a difficult challenge. We tested our solution in one aisle, before implementing the system across the entire warehouse. There were a lot of demanding criteria to meet, including low temperatures; wireless operation because of crane movement; low light operation; and a robust, network solution that was totally separate from the wider Tesco distribution network.”

The results
“We could not have predicted the effectiveness of the system,” said Billy Currie. “In 96 – 99% of cases, my staff can safely recover the crane from the ground without having to climb to continue operation. Before the installation, we would have around 100 stoppages a week, so efficiency has been dramatically improved through reduced downtime!

“Site Health and Safety has also been improved as staff members rarely have to climb cranes to check for obstructions. We have also been able to ensure staff members adhere to our strict Health and Safety whilst working at height and in coldstore conditions, reducing risk to themselves and the business. DHL has been able to reduce risk and improve staff performance.

“Many of the genuine sensor alerts were caused by loose packaging or debris from pallets affected by the deep freeze environment. We have worked with suppliers to resolve this problem, which has improved efficiency further.”

P&W has provided a system that no other integrator could offer. They have installed a live, proactive IP CCTV system in a challenging environment, which works alongside crane sensors in an intelligent manner. Most significantly they have provided a wireless solution that operates solely on the DHL network, without interfering with the Tesco network and risking supply chain down-time.

DHL Supply Chain Ltd is now adding IP CCTV to other areas of the site, to ensure Health and Safety compliance and to dramatically improve efficiency and safety. The entire warehouse and external security cameras will be incorporated into the same Aimetis system, totalling around 80 cameras on a single server. A roll out to the other frozen distribution centres in the UK is also planned.

With great power comes great responsibility - The Medupi power station project

With great power comes great responsibility - The Medupi power station project

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 4/8/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Eskom – One of the World's Largest Power Companies
Eskom is a South African electricity public utility established in 1923. It is the largest producer of electricity in Africa, and is ranked seventh in the world in terms of power generation capacity, and ninth for sales. Eskom has engaged in the construction of the Medupi Power Station near Lephalale in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. This dry-cooled coal-fired power station is expected to become the largest in the world, comprising six 800 MW turbines for an accumulated capacity of 4800 MW.

The Entire Surveillance System Got Overhauled
The sheer size of Medupi Power Station presents numerous challenges in terms of security. Primarily, the site required a comprehensive solution that could not only effectively operate over extended distances, but also concurrently produce high-resolution video feedback. Moreover, the lack of onsite network infrastructure amplified the difficulty of producing an effective solution. Stallion Security, the original surveillance system integrator for Medupi Power Station, was re-commissioned in late October, 2014 by Eskom to overhaul the initial onsite surveillance system completely. Stallion's proposal was extensively review by the technical specialists of the Medupi Project Team, whom outlined several non-negotiable requirements. These requirements included the deployment of an ultra-high-resolution imaging system capable of not only surveying the entire site, but also zooming in on targets at a distance.

VIVOTEK's Solutions – Seamless Integration of Quality and Performance
To fulfill Stallion's proposal, two hundred VIVOTEK cameras, comprising the FE8174V and SD8363E models, were commissioned and installed in specific areas of the power station to monitor smoke stacks, conveyors, and canteens in the power station.

A total of 131 FE8174V cameras were commissioned. This model features a 5MP CMOS sensor capable of producing 1080p Full HD images at 30 FPS. Equipped with a 1.5 mm fisheye lens for 180° panoramic view (wall mount) or 360° surround view (ceiling/floor/table mount) without blind spots, the camera is able to provide coverage of wide, open area like Medupi Power Station. Moreover, the FE8174V features a removable IR-cut filter, maintaining clear images 24 hours a day. The FE8174V's IP66-rated and IK10-rated vandal-proof housing effectively provide robust protection from, rain, dust and physical damage. The camera supports industry-standard H.264 compression technology, alleviating considerable strain on the already-lacking network infrastructure of the power station.

A total of 69 SD8363E cameras were commissioned. This model offers 1080p Full HD resolution at 30 FPS. The camera is equipped with a 20x optical zoom lens, producing images with exceptional quality, even when zoomed in at close range. Similar to the FE8174V, this model also supports industry-standard H.264 compression technology to conserve bandwidth. In addition, the IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing protect the camera against rain, dust, and corrosion, and increase the camera's durability against temperature fluctuations, rendering this model perfect for outdoor applications.

The cameras are connected to Milestone Systems XProtect Corporate. XProtect Corporate is IP VMS designed for large-scale, high-security deployments that demand high-performance surveillance. Using the software's single management interface, system administrators can efficiently control all cameras and security devices regardless of the system's size or if it is distributed across multiple sites. For systems demanding supreme situational awareness and precise response to incidents, XProtect Corporate has interactive maps linked to alarms and included support for XProtect Smart Wall. Furthermore the system can easily be adapted to specific and changing needs for video intelligence. The open platform technology enables optimized support for advanced cameras like VIVOTEKs, and the ability to use extension modules enabling functions like video analytics.

Customer Feedback
The diversity and flexibility of VIVOTEK products have allowed Stallion Security to repeatedly develop comprehensive and customized surveillance solutions to satisfy the unique requirements of Eskom. In addition, the holistic, integrated solution outlines the ease of the implementation and the use of the Milestone XProtect Corporate software with VIVOTEK cameras, making the holistic solution for Medupi Power Station a sustainable, scalable system for their future growth needs. The Medupi Power Station can easily expand its system based on situational and financial requirements in the future. Mr. Alvin Flaum, technical director at Stallion, reports, “The client is extremely happy with the quality of images produced by the VIVOTEK cameras.”

Hikvision provides a safe and secure Harbour for Dun Laoghaire

Hikvision provides a safe and secure Harbour for Dun Laoghaire

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 4/8/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Lying 12 kilometres south of Dublin City Centre, Dún Laoghaire (pronounced Dunleary) is widely recognised as having one of the finest man-made harbours in the world. The harbour itself consists of two huge granite piers. The East Pier is one mile long, the West Pier even longer, and together they enclose more than 100 hectares of terminal buildings, car and lorry parks, commercial piers, and leisure craft marinas. Having been the major gateway to England for goods and people for 200 years, it is also now on track to becoming Ireland's major marine, leisure and tourism destination having received significant investment to extend its recreational and amenity value. Keeping this huge area safe for all visitors is a major undertaking and Hikvision cameras and hybrid recorders have recently been added to make sure this happens.

Overcoming the challenge of existing infrastructure and low visibility
The harbour complex is managed by the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) and it has been a user of CCTV for many years. The coax-cable analogue system betrays its age by concentrating heavily on the ferry terminal and the immediate surroundings – the harbour's raison d'etre throughout the twentieth century. However, even a once busy ferry operation takes up just a relatively small part of the massive harbour. With the East and West Piers separated by more than a kilometre at their mainland ends and extending far out into the Irish Sea, there is a large area contained by the two piers that has become a bustling hub of activity. It is now home to many marine activity-based businesses ranging from a Powerboat School to Yacht clubs and a Scuba Diving centre and a very large and still growing Marina complex for private leisure craft of all sizes. And, around the older ferry terminal, the new activities have given rise to a new generation of restaurants, car parks and other leisure businesses.

DLHC became increasingly concerned that the existing analogue CCTV infrastructure was only giving them a good overview of an increasingly marginal resource – the ferry terminal – and not providing an adequate level of surveillance of the new activities. What was clear was that the existing system incapable of keeping up with the increasing pressures of the site and Cork-based Hikvision distributor Mercury SD was called in to advise on upgrading the entire system.


“Providing effective surveillance throughout Dun Laoghaire Harbour was a challenging prospect,” says Kevin O'Connell, System Designer at Mercury SD. “The landside of the harbour is an increasingly busy and crowded area, the older ferry terminal now surrounded by a large number of newer tourist hotspots and commercial areas, and then we also had to consider the explosion of water moorings and activities that the old system was never designed to accommodate. The whole focus of the CCTV surveillance system had to change into one that encompassed the whole harbour complex.

“The harbour is also highly prone to extremely variable weather conditions, including frequent occurrences of high winds, severe rain and fog. Visibility can go from clear to poor in minutes and this means any new CCTV system that has a remit to concentrate its surveillance on the exposed harbour walls and marina complex should be capable of coping with the worst of these environmental extremes while continuing to deliver clear images.

“Finally, DLHC were keen to retain the existing analogue system if possible whilst extending the reach of the CCTV system to the entire 100 hectare site.”

A modernised coastal surveillance solution
Kevin O'Connell and other members of the design and installation team at Mercury SD made three site visits to the harbour before proposing their detailed scheme for a hybrid solution.

The new plan retained all the existing coax cable that was laid within the harbour and concentrated the existing analogue cameras to cover the ferry terminal and its immediate surroundings. Some of the new Hikvision IP cameras were then added to the coax cabling using IP over Coax transceivers while the IP cameras intended to greatly extend the reach and scope of the surveillance to the more far-flung reaches of the harbour were linked in using Ubiquiti wireless links. All the cameras link back to the pair of Hikvision hybrid recorders located in the harbour office near the ferry terminal, from where a PTZ camera in the lighthouse is controlled.

Whatever the weather
“All the new cameras offer Hikvision's SMART imaging and detection, most prominently the Smart Defog and Smart IR features,” explains Kevin. “These technologies in particular were a huge selling point for the new solution, overcoming the problems that burdened the old CCTV system when the harbour was beset by the unpredictable weather, even though most of the analogue cameras were indoors.”

The Smart Defog and Smart IR features help improve the clarity of images. Smart Defog modifies the image correction algorithm to improve the whole image's visibility and clarity in poor weather conditions, such as rain or severe fog. Smart IR addresses the common problem of over-exposure of IR LEDs at the centre of images, automatically adjusting the IR strength to improve visibility.

All except one of the new Hikvision cameras were enclosed in a marine grade housing; being DS-2CD4012F 1.3 megapixel SMART IPC units along with DS-2CD4032F-A 3 megapixel pieces. The Hikvision DS-2DF7284-A Network IR Speed Dome Camera was installed at the lighthouse as part of the new upgrade. Regularly used in busy areas such as stations, airports, railways and commercial centres, it oversees some of the busiest parts of the harbour and is a core CCTV feed for the harbour team. This PTZ camera provides 360° surveillance through its endless high-speed panning capability, offers a large 20x optical zoom capability to detect the smallest details and combines this with an IR range of up to 120 metres. The camera can also be shared by the emergency sea rescue services in the event of an incident in close proximity.

“At the centre of the new surveillance solution are Hikvision DS-9016HFI-ST 16/16 Hybrid Recorders, which enabled us to retain the majority of the older analogue cameras while adding in the Hikvision IP units,” adds Kevin. “The DS-9016HFI-ST features H.264 video compression, a recording resolution of up to 5 megapixels, 16 channel synchronous playback, and also HDMI and VGA output at up to 1080p, alongside a storage capacity of up to 12TB.”

Exceeding Expectations
The installation of the new surveillance solution has proved an immediate success. Tim Ryan, Harbour Manager at Dun Laoghaire says, “The Hikvision system specified has exceeded our initial expectations. We use the system 24 hours a day to monitor the inner harbour area, consisting of car parks, walkways, buildings, busy junctions and ship berthing areas. We have been able to provide An Garda Siochana (the police force) with evidence for a number of incidents that have occurred since the installation. In each case the coverage and quality of footage was of a high standard. The DS-2DF7284-A PTZ camera installed at our East Pier Lighthouse has proven beneficial in assisting with Search and Rescue and has the capability to be utilised by the local Coast Guard unit to monitor and record an incident on land or sea. Our recording equipment allows us to archive footage for approximately sixty days, which is also hugely beneficial to us.”

Fantastic snow world! Ogni Murmanska secured by Brickcom IP cameras

Fantastic snow world! Ogni Murmanska secured by Brickcom IP cameras

Editor / Provider: Brickcom | Updated: 4/7/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Ogni Murmanska, located in Murmansk, is one of the most famous snow parks in Russia which attracts numerous tourists around the world. The visitors are always amazed at the extremely fabulous ski slopes, and travel here again and again to experience the excitement of the speedy sport. Meanwhile, parents love to take their children to spend the holiday in the Ogni Murmanska with joy and smiles. In order to provide a safe entertainment environment for the visitors, Ogni Murmanska deployed a high quality IP-based video surveillance system for the 24hr monitoring and emergency prevention, thus, people can enjoy the fantastic snow world without worries and fears.

With the Sony Exmor sensor, Brickcom VD-300Np vandal dome IP camera is capable of the 3-megapixel resolution and superior night vision. In addition, Brickcom WDR Enhancement® enables the VD-300Np to view the images clearly even if the objects are in strong backlight. Furthermore, the VD-300Np is IK10 vandal-proof and IP67 weather-proof, therefore, it can definitely work stably in the harsh environments. All these capabilities enables the VD-300Np to deliver the best image quality with trusted reliability, whether during the day or at night.

The VD-300Np also features SmartFocus®, which allows the installer to adjust the zoom and focus remotely and easily. This feature makes the installation work a lot easier and faster. After the cameras are installed and connected to the network, the installer can adjust the zoom and focus in the control room. SmartFocus® is a great time and cost saver, since it saves a lot of labor on-site and the installer can stay away from the bad weather and dangerous locations.

Combined with superior image details, high reliability, and ease of deployment and use, the VD-300Np is the outstanding camera choice for Ogni Murmanska to achieve the risk management and improve the overall safety quality of the snow park.

Honeywell brings high definition to analog video surveillance, making HD hassle free

Honeywell brings high definition to analog video surveillance, making HD hassle free

Editor / Provider: Honeywell | Updated: 4/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

Honeywell introduces its High Quality Analog (HQA) to its Performance Series lineup, a video surveillance solution that provides high-resolution images on analog infrastructures, reducing the time and costs typically associated with installing new IP or hybrid HD systems.

Honeywell HQA uses high-definition over coax (HDoC) technology – allowing dealers to use existing analog cable to get HD quality without the need to design new infrastructure or rip and replace wires.

Additionally, a choice of nine different cameras and nine DVRs make it a more cost-effective solution than IP products.

“HD quality has become an expectation in the surveillance industry because having sharp images is essential to the jobs of security personnel. This system allows you to convert your existing analog cable, use your existing infrastructure, and see HD video without the expense of an IP system,” said Alan Stoddard, senior director of marketing, Honeywell. “For customers seeking HD functionality who may not be ready to replace – not to mention relearn – entire infrastructures, the Performance Series HQA is the ideal solution.”

HDoC technology enables 720p or 1080p high-definition analog cameras at short and long range. Incorporating True Day/Night features, they can be added to existing non-HD analog cameras without network interference to minimize downtime.

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