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Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Bosch to display full-range intelligent solutions for maximize connected security in Dubai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

From 18th to 20th January INTERSEC 2015 in Dubai will showcase the latest technologies in Commercial & Information Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health. Bosch Security Systems will display its full range of security, safety and communications products as well as solutions for stadiums, airports, energy & utilities and hotels in Saeed Hall 1, booth S1-H18.

 

 

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Video Surveillance Systems:
Punishing winds, relentless rain, temperatures that drop far below zero - no matter how severe the conditions get, a surveillance operation must go on without interruptions. The MIC IP 7000 HD family is developed by Bosch for these extreme applications. These PTZ cameras combine high-quality HD image capture with an IP68/NEMA 6P certified housing, meaning they can be used at temperatures from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius and humidity of up to 100 percent. They are also resistant to rain, snow, dust, wind and powerful vibrations. This means the MIC IP 7000 HD family is particularly suitable for outdoor use. Even in extreme low light conditions (down to 0.01 lux) the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD provides HD images and clear color images where other cameras would have already switched to monochrome. The MIC IP 7000 HD family provides IP video images of the highest quality, and is used among other things to provide security for inner cities, highways and critical infrastructures.

With DINION IP ultra 8000 MP, Bosch is setting new standards in the field of wide-angle yet detailed surveillance. This new camera simultaneously supports a wide-angle overview and multiple focus points on a single screen to focus on details without losing the bigger picture. Its 12 megapixel or 4K ultra HD resolution allows any given subject to be viewed in hitherto unknown detail even when zoomed-in. The DINION IP ultra 8000 MP offers the decisive clarity needed for collecting security relevant evidence for highly detailed and effective retrospective analysis. Now it is easy to keep an eye on the crowd, for example in a football stadium, and providing enough detail to identify individual persons.

The DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit from Bosch makes professional video surveillance easy for everyone. Many small and medium business owners would feel safer with a professional video surveillance system to secure their personnel and property. However in reality, the vast majority of solutions that are available are beyond most people's technical capabilities. Now Bosch has revolutionized the market with the DIVAR IP 2000 – a cutting edge video recording system offering the ability to create a video surveillance solution with professional security features that is both easy to install and easy to use. All it takes is installing the IP cameras, connecting them to the DIVAR IP 2000 storage unit and going to its web address to start the configuration. Its intuitive set-up wizard guides through a few quick steps to get the system up and running. There is no need to be an IP specialist; the system is ready to go in about 15 minutes to record everything that happens on a premises.

With the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS), operators can always playback or view live video and rely on continuous recording, even if network components and the servers fail. This is enabled by an Operator Client that streams video directly from the cameras and storage whilst running independently from the Management server. With edge recording and ANR (automatic network replenishment), recording is guaranteed even when the system is down. This unique build-in resilience is protecting the system against critical failures. This is “Maximize system availability”.

Fire detection System:
The AVENAR detector 4000 with the new eSMOG feature provides constant monitoring of environmental electromagnetic conditions. This combines unsurpassed reliability with an outstanding detection performance.

The AVENAR detector 4000 features Bosch's proven ISP technology (Intelligent Signal Processing) through which all sensor signals are processed continuously by smart algorithms using neuronal networks. This results in best in class differentiation between real fires and disturbance values. The detector series also includes models with the innovative Dual Ray technology.

Intrusion detection System:
The Modular Alarm Platform “MAP 5000” is a flexible intrusion alarm system – covering up to 1,500 addresses, 500 areas and 1,000 users per system. It is tailored for medium sized applications up to high end projects such as airports or other transportation premises. The system allows for expansion at any time in the project and is backed up with a secure, fast and robust addressable bus technology “Local Security Network”.

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

The best of both worlds – Taiwan hardware & software savvy

Editor / Provider: Lingo Lin, a&s SMAhome | Updated: 11/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Cloud computing is a key contributor in innovative application towards the internet of things (IoT). This trend is gradually taking form, which will bring forth new challenges for enterprises in business models and innovations.

StarVedia president Jeffrey Wu explained that the IoT is the next stage of evolution for information and communications technology (ICT), and that Taiwan's cloud service capability will put it ahead of its competitors.

StarVedia currently offers one-stop-shop for OEM and ODM (GUI and back-end infrastructure.) The company is launching its own “YesCam” brand in a bid to tap into the Chinese market. Wu said their Wi-Fi module is 100% MIT (Made in Taiwan), beginning from material and design to production.

When it comes to software powerhouse, D-Link is one of the many shining examples to be reckoned in Taiwan.

D-Link, a leading global networking solutions provider for enterprise and consumer markets, has in the last 2 years endeavored to provide a fully-integrated, easy to use smart solution for the masses. Their smart home lineup includes network cameras, gateways, routers, smart plugs, sensors, cloud service, and app.

With D-Link's software ingenuity, the company has spent two years in the development of their own cloud service, named aptly the “D-Link Cloud,” which is a revolutionary product series comprising of D-Link cloud router, cloud camera, and cloud storage products. The Mydlink Home app works in conjunction with their cloud service.

Also, JSW is a renowned wireless solution provider based in Taiwan, with products ranging from digital wireless security systems and network cameras to video door phones and home control gateways/sensors, including Cloud and app solutions. Their wide-ranging services encompass the security sector, home safety, agricultural vehicles and front/backend S/W related solutions.

According to OvisLink Vice-President Albert Yeh, the company is integrating “intelligence” to the mini-dome camera line by incorporating new features to their bundled software. The AirLive smart software has built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that features: Face detection & recognition, iMotion detection, Trip zone, Object counting, and e-Fence.

As smart cameras continue to evolve and improve with time - new CPUs, ICs and image sensors, - the technology gap will remain tight amongst competitors because everybody is churning out cameras with near or similar hardware specs.

“Expertise is not about having the best components, but in component tuning,” Dr. Yeh said.

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ASSA ABLOY Aperio secures i2 office solutions across the UK

ASSA ABLOY Aperio secures i2 office solutions across the UK

Editor / Provider: ASSA ABLOY | Updated: 11/13/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

ASSA ABLOY Access Control's innovative Aperio wireless locking solution is the preferred choice for specialist serviced office providers i2 Office.

Customer
i2 Office offers fully serviced and furnished offices of the highest quality on flexible terms with the latest technology to suit all sizes of business in city center locations across the UK.

Challenge
Each of i2 Office's sublets had been hardwired into an existing access control system, which had proved costly and time consuming. When it decided to upgrade its security systems, the customer therefore wanted inspirational security technology that was user friendly and that eliminated the use of cabling around doors.

Solution
Each office is now secured with Aperio wireless locks. This eliminates the use of cabling and operates without needing to replace the existing access control system, thereby minimizing installation costs. Access can be granted or denied instantly without having to update cards, which benefits i2 Office when there is a change of tenant, as it saves time and resources. Installing Aperio wireless locks has transformed each of i2 Office's sublets into an aesthetically pleasing, safe and secure environment for everyone.

Bosch delivers networked evacuation solution for three Kuwait refineries

Bosch delivers networked evacuation solution for three Kuwait refineries

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 11/7/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Bosch Security Systems has delivered an IP-based and networked public address and voice evacuation systems to all refineries of Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). KNPC is mainly responsible for the oil refining and gas liquefaction industry in Kuwait and operates three refineries throughout the country: Mina Abdullah Refinery, Mina Al Ahmadi Refinery, and Shuaiba Refinery.

In a move to improve employee safety on the refineries' premises and to streamline operations, KNPC decided to implement modern evacuation systems with superior intelligibility and a central management platform for all three refineries.

Local Bosch partner Knetco designed and implemented the solution based on Bosch's digital PRAESIDEO public address and evacuation system. One of these systems was installed at each of the refineries, supporting a total of 4,500 horn and ceiling speakers, 212 amplifiers and seven network controllers. Divided into eight independently addressable zones each, the systems cover office buildings, control buildings and workshops.

In order to enable central controlling, monitoring and broadcast of emergency messages, all PRAESIDEO systems in the individual refineries were connected to the operator's Emergency Control Center in the head office building. The connection was implemented utilizing the existing network infrastructure so that no costly cable works were required. Being based on open standards, the entire solution could also easily be integrated with the existing siren system.

NBM Distribution Limited as the newest UK MOBOTIX distributor

NBM Distribution Limited as the newest UK MOBOTIX distributor

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 11/5/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has recognised NBM Distribution Limited, a specialist supplier of data network cabling architecture solutions and security products, as its “Newcomer of the Year” following its first full year as the newest UK MOBOTIX distributor.

The award presented at the recent partner event at the MOBOTIX headquarters in Langmeil, Germany follows NBM achieving target growth and certifying its technical lead to the MOBOTIX “Train the Trainer” programme allowing NBM to offer advanced training courses on MOBOTIX technologies to its active partners.

Established in 1988, NBM Distribution services the growing demands of the networking market. Based from premises in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, NBM supplies products to an active community of data cabling installers, IT professionals and security specialists across the UK.

“We are pleased to have been recognised by MOBOTIX for our hard work over the last year and consider our relationship a great part of our ‘single vendor strategy' designed to offer our partners a complete stack of solutions across CCTV, access control, networking and power systems,” explains Danny Kindell, Managing Director for NBM Distribution. “MOBOTIX is the only CCTV vendor we work with and this gives us a great focus and desire to commit resources to helping add value to our relationship and build a professional sales and support distribution business in support of MOBOTIX and our channel partners.”

NBM operates a 11,000 square foot warehouse that carries in-depth stock of structured cabling, switching, racking and security products from leading manufacturers including Brand-Rex, Hellermann Tyton, Prism, Allied Telesis, Ackermann, Fujikura, Ideal, Unite Technologies, Psiber, Cablelay, Tecspur, Power Data Technologies and Rittal.

“NBM has shown a real commitment to MOBOTIX and has grown beyond expectations,” said Dominic Chapman, UK & Ireland Country Manager for MOBOTIX UK, “It is for these reasons that we selected NBM for our annual ‘Newcomer of the Year” award and look forward to working closely with Danny and his team during 2015.”

Vietnam rallies behind security

Vietnam rallies behind security

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 11/4/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The anti-China protests that escalated to a riot in May resulted in damages to factories in industrial parks. Many of them were looted or burned down, causing injuries and several deaths to people who were caught in the incidents. The aftermath of the event led to losses of millions of dollars in damages and ceasing of manufacturing operations, as well as temporarily causing economic consequences as factories were required to close down for safety issues. Such violence meant an increase in security demand. Now, Vietnam is reevaluating their security issues, looking to improve safety and deter future incidents.

ECONOMIC GROWTH STILL STRONG
Despite the riot, Vietnam is unlikely to suffer significant economic impact. According to IHS Research, the economic and commercial impact on Vietnam's investment image in the wake of the anti-China riot will be limited, since production is likely to resume quickly in the affected areas. Additionally, the drop in Chinese investment is expected to be temporary, as it is more likely to delay commitment to new projects than lead to the cancellation of existing projects in Vietnam. In fact, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, China has 893 projects on going in Vietnam, with a total registered capital of US$4.7 billion. Furthermore, Japan and Taiwan, the two biggest investors in Vietnam, have registered capitals of $28.7 and $27.1 billion respectively in the country, showing that investors still see Vietnam as an ideal location for investing.

So what does this mean for security? According to Tran Nguyen Dung, Director of HDTEK Technology, “Growth of the security industry is due to market demand. Recently, the real estate market has recovered a bit, the bank system problems are being solved step by step, the belief in the stock market is increasing, and the exchange rate is quite stable.”

SECURITY AWARENESS INCREASES
During the chaos, the lack of security made catching culprits who vandalized and robbed factories even more difficult, as many did not have any surveillance cameras or intrusion alarms installed. With insufficient equipment to capture clear footage of incidents, families who lost loved ones in the riot were not able to bring justice to the criminals. However, this experience has led more Vietnamese people and companies, many of which normally ignored security issues in their organizations before, to become more aware of their security system and services, creating a turning point for the Vietnamese security industry, according to Hoang Qui Hop, GM of T&T Security.

“I believe this incident is a wake-up call for Vietnam's manufacturing sector,” said Terence Ng, GM of IndoChina at Bosch Security Systems. “Many industrial parks and factories were set up over the past years since Vietnam started industrialization, but there were insufficient or no investment in protecting and securing these facilities which is posing a threat to the safety and security of personnel. Now, industrial park and factory owners can no longer take security for granted and need to work on a comprehensive protection plan for their personnel, assets, and facilities.”

Hop also observed that apart from upgrading security systems to protect themselves, “companies are starting to work more closely with local authorities for assistance to obtain information about their employees for background checks, and human resource departments in companies are taking more interest in their staff.”

GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO BRING BACK INVESTORS
Vietnam has offered tax breaks and other incentives for companies whose factories were damaged or destroyed during the riot to maintain trade relations, with a reduction of up to 30% in special consumption tax, and reduced import and export tariffs. The government has also committed to ensuring absolute safety for people, businesses, and foreign agencies in accordance with the law and its international commitments.

“The government will have to give assurances to all foreign investors all over the world that it is making its best effort and taking measures to restabilize the business environment for foreign invested companies in the country,” Ng stated. Similarly, Dung emphasized, “Vietnam is a reliable environment to invest. They [the government] are giving compensations to the damaged companies. This is a very good way of handling the situation.”

Additionally, more companies from various verticals have been approaching security solutions, fueling additional growth in the Vietnam security industry. There is an increase in market demand by industrial parks, correction facilities, and city and marine surveillance verticals, which are faced with the need to satisfy companies and citizens requiring protection against future incidents, and to ensure reliable security systems are in place, said Ng.

LOOKING FOR NEW PREVENTION TECHNOLOGIES
Although the incentives offered to companies affected by the riots by the Vietnamese government are not directly related to security, money saved from tax and rent deductions can go to investing in security solutions.

“Companies must seriously look into a physical protection system to protect their assets and facilities against further theft, sabotage, or other malevolent human attacks,” suggested Ng. This system should involve “the setting up of a factory security team, equipment, and procedure to deter, detect, or delay any intrusive action.” He further emphasized the need for a plant's security forces to be able to delay an attack or defend itself until it can notify an emergency response team. Similarly, Bryan Quý, Sales Director of Namson Engineering, emphasized that security solutions providers should supply users with solutions to better connect consumer security systems to the police or government agents to process support requests faster.

In regard to equipment, Ng suggests that there will be an increase in market demand for high resolution HD and megapixel cameras with wide dynamic range and low-light sensitivity functions, as demand for video clarity and recognition capabilities have become increasingly evident. Other products such as external and internal alarm sensors for perimeter and facility protection, and access control linked with video systems to prevent unauthorized access are options for companies to install to protect their property. Video content analysis with functions such as crowd detection, loitering, and fire and smoke detection can be used to immediately recognize risks and reduce the need for human operators. With the growing location of banking ATMs, security solutions are needed to secure different banking locations.

Nguyen Minh Cuong, Assistant Manager for System Solution Division of Panasonic Vietnam, notes that camera and alarm systems are basic requirements, with an estimated growth of over 10%  for the banking security market. High resolution cameras will be popular in order to monitor customers' behavior in the ATM booth, and remote monitoring will also be an option for banking security solutions. Alarm systems are on the road to becoming the most essential technology for ATMs, as the feature to alert authorities or operators in situations is the main purpose of security systems, especially after business hours.

SOLUTIONS, NOT JUST PRODUCTS
Regardless of whether the riot brought more business to security companies, security companies still need to step up their game. According to Ng, it is essential for security solution providers to be able to offer a comprehensive intelligent solution — one that can reliably capture, analyze, store, view, and manage large amounts of video and alarm information, from early detection of potential problems to final response action. It would also be ideal to have software solutions with site maps and integrated functions to different sensors and elements of the physical protection system. Combining both equipment and software solutions would form a multifunctional and expandable platform that fits into the company's personal requirements.

Since the riot, security solutions providers are under more scrutiny to maintain standard codes and regulations for security solutions, said T&T's Hop, “especially for banks, factories, airports, seaports, casinos, and oil and gas industries. Not only should they sell products but also solutions with the after-sales service.”

Post riot, more people will be willing to spend money on security issues. For example, more homes will install 24-hour-monitored security systems with burglar alarms, panic call, and fire alarm functions. Hop noted that the cost of security systems is not expensive at this time; therefore, it is affordable to install one or two HD IP cameras in a residential home. Furthermore, with the evolution of technology, most people own smartphones or tablets, allowing consumers to monitor their houses through security apps on-the-go via the Internet.

POSITIVE OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE
Despite the negative impact brought on by the riots, growing security awareness as a result of the events will hopefully provide Vietnam with the push it needs to jump-start its security market. Furthermore, as the economic situation in Vietnam — and across the globe — continues to improve, as well as adding on the support of the government to bring in more foreign direct investment, Vietnam has the tools it needs to build up and improve its security landscape.

Nedap reinvests in AEOS with next-generation controllers

Nedap reinvests in AEOS with next-generation controllers

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 11/4/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap introduces the new AEOS Blue hardware line. This new generation of controllers builds on the successful AEOS Security Management Platform, the first software-based platform for security management. While other security manufacturers pursue growth through acquisitions, Nedap maintains its focus on ongoing investment in this platform. Now on the sixth generation of controller, with AEOS Blue Nedap once again unlocks a new realm of software-driven functionality. The AEOS Blue has the simplicity and elegance you expect, and will also deliver cost savings for both the installer and the customer.

With AEOS Blue, Nedap launches an energy-efficient, powerful hardware line consisting of door controller, door interface and power, for a self-contained solution that can handle the simplest to the most complex security needs. Aside from the hardware, another new feature of the AEOS Blue is the completely redesigned and simplified software licensing model, which makes the price of AEOS Blue more competitive than ever for its range of functionalities, such as the control of air locks and revolving gates. The new AEOS Blue software licensing model makes the calculation and design of security systems perfect and correct every time.

Most powerful controller in security market
Once installed, additional security features can be added to the AEOS Blue at any time. For example, the comprehensive selection of AEOS software components allow secure doors to be customised easily for holding areas and camera surveillance. And no additional investments in new access control hardware are required: Nedap has also made the most powerful controller in the security industry compatible with PoE+. Even power is provided through the existing network infrastructure, saving on installation costs and eliminating the need for installation of separate power feeds.

“Nedap believes that the best security systems are designed as IT systems. That's why 15 years ago, we decided to separate software and hardware on the controller. That means we can not only define the functionality of the hardware through the software, but can also easily adapt that functionality to changing requirements and needs. Just like you would expect from your computer,” says Albert Dercksen, Manager Research & Development of Nedap. “Of course, the hardware determines how much you can get out of your software. Our new cost-effective hardware line, AEOS Blue, puts all the functionality of the AEOS software in your hands.”

Networked security system for major hotel development in Turkey

Networked security system for major hotel development in Turkey

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 10/31/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch Security Systems has delivered a networked security solution for one of Turkey's major hotel developments: the new Hilton complex in Bursa. It combines the 5-star Hilton Bursa Convention Center & Spa with the 3-star Hampton by Hilton Bursa. Located close to Bursa city center, historical heritage sites and the business district, the visually striking Hilton Bursa Convention Center and Spa offers splendid views of the majestic Ulu Mountain and is only a short distance from the Intercity Highway, linking the major cities of Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir.

The two hotels are located next to each other, but operated as two separate entities. However, the management required an integrated security system covering both Hotels and allowing central management and operations.

The 5-star hotel features 187 guest rooms, twelve meeting rooms, two ballrooms with capacities of 1,200 and 800 people respectively, a spa and wellness center and multiple restaurants. Hampton by Hilton Bursa offers 107 guest rooms, a fitness center, a restaurant and a fully equipped meeting hall.

To protect guests, employees and visitors of both hotels, Bosch partner Ateksis designed an integrated security solution with fire detection systems, access control, video surveillance and voice evacuation. All these systems are networked and centrally managed and operated via Bosch's Building Integration System (BIS). Next to the security systems, Bosch also delivered thermo technological equipment, such as three Buderus heating boilers and their control technology.

Ateksis implemented the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series in both hotels, which can be operated independently but are managed as a single integrated solution. In public areas such as lobbies, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Bosch's series of invisible fire detectors were used to support the classy architecture. For the same reason, the integrator chose to use elegant dome cameras in these areas. In total, approximately 250 IP cameras were installed together with the Bosch Video Recording Manager as a distributed network video recorder solution. The cameras support intelligent video analysis to alert the operator whenever specific, pre-defined events occur. Private areas with limited access are secured by Bosch's AMC access control systems, using card readers for general purposes and fingerprint readers in high security areas such as the IT room.

In case of an emergency, the digital PRAESIDEO public address and evacuation system from Bosch can be used to deliver intelligible evacuation instructions. All 59 zones of the system, matching the zones of the fire alarm system in the building, can be reached individually by PRAESIDEO to ensure targeted addressing. In addition to the security solution, Ateksis also implemented a comprehensive Audio/Video system in the ballrooms and the conference center.

With the networked and integrated security solution covering both hotels, the operator was able to combine highest security standards with great operational efficiency. Using specific cameras and smoke detectors also allowed making the entire solution very inconspicuous, not disturbing the luxury ambience of the hotels.

A new image for city Maceió

A new image for city Maceió

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/23/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Axis network cameras help Alagoas' government reduce crime rates, identify unregistered vehicles and raise driver awareness.

Mission
The Secretary of State for Social Protection has taken on the challenge of fighting crime and reducing violence and traffic accidents. Its investments have included the expansion of the number of local and military police and the installation of video surveillance systems, not only in the capital, but also in cities in the interior of Alagoas.

Solution
A total of 125 AXIS Q6034-E, AXIS P1354-E and AXIS P1344-E Network Cameras were installed across 26 of Maceio's 50 districts. These models include mobile cameras that can pan 360° and fixed cameras for reading license plates, which are considered one of the more advanced features of the project. The system also uses the SecurOS video management software solution from Intelligent Security Systems (ISS), an Axis partner, and uses Eyes Nwhere for OCR, along with HP storage servers and Enterasys core switches.

Result
The cameras installed in Alagoas have boosted the agility of security force activities. The video surveillance center allows effective monitoring of Social Defense intelligence targets in the fight against organized crime. Thanks to their HD quality, these images can be used as evidence in police investigations involving various types of crimes. And crime rates have been falling.

Optimizing human resources
According to the Core Unit of the Social Defense Integrated Operations Centers, when a camera records an incident the response procedure starts with the work of the camera operator monitoring a certain location. A supervisor is informed and they immediately engage the operations center. At the operations center, teams can use ten high resolution screens and individual computers to display everything that is happening at key strategic points around the city.

The supervisor is also responsible for defining what kind of public safety personnel (firefighters, military police or local police) are to be sent to the incident. Depending on the incident, images can be shared with other security agencies after undergoing an internal review. So the cameras optimize the use of public resources and serve the needs of the population.
The same thing happens at bars and restaurants that have a “panic button”, which is used in dangerous situations. When it is pushed, it triggers an alarm in the Military Police operations center - following a cooperation agreement between the Maceió Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel) and police headquarters. The entire 125-camera project includes mobile cameras that can pan 360º and fixed cameras that are ideal for reading license plates. The design uses 98 AXIS Q6034-E PTZ Network Cameras, along with 22 AXIS P1344-E and five AXIS P1354-E Network Cameras, all with high definition resolution.

License plate reading
One of the main advantages of the project is its ability to monitor traffic so as to ensure good traffic flow and keep an eye out for accidents and crashes.
Cameras operate along the main roads in and out of the city with the support of radio operators, and the images are monitored at the Municipal Transport and Traffic Division headquarters.
The license plate cameras allow plates to be crosschecked against a database of stolen vehicles and can identity vehicles that have not paid their registration fees.

Homicides on the decline
“One of the biggest technical challenges of this project was to put the first phase on-line in 30 days. We needed to install 20 cameras and 100 km of fiber optics, set up the entire server infrastructure, and remodel the Control Center. We had to increase the number of staff in the field to get the work done on time,” says Edson J. Pires, Eyes Nwhere Director of Projects and Products.
Police statistics are already revealing the outcomes of the project. Intelligence from the State Department of Social Defense shows the drop in homicides in the state is due “to operations and measures taken by the state government in fighting crime”, through measures that include “the added value of technology used in this initiative, including video surveillance in the capital and elsewhere in the state,” a government official said. Amilton de Lucca, CEO of Eyes Nwhere said that sharing images among various agencies and coordinating the work of the government plays an essential role in achieving a significant reduction in violence. “In the places where the Axis cameras were installed, crimes has fallen by as much as 70 %. The population is feeling much safer,” explains Amilton.
The images of public roads are also helping to raise residents' awareness of traffic laws. Maceió's Superintendent of Transportation and Traffic has released videos captured by Axis cameras showing serious accidents on Maceió's main roads, such as Av. Durval de Goés Monteiro and Fernandes Lima—such as a scene where a vehicle runs a red light and collides with another. In making the videos public, the Secretariat said that “many accidents could be prevented and lives saved if drivers drove more carefully.”

Axis transportation security solution for Quito really counts

Axis transportation security solution for Quito really counts

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

Quito among the first using people counting for improved municipal bus system.

Mission
In the capital city of Ecuador over 100 trolley buses move through the streets where modern skyscrapers share space with churches and other colonial-era architectural gems. The Trolleybus public transportation fleet – overseen and operated by the Quito Metropolitan Passenger Transportation Authority (QMPTA) – mobilizes a ridership of 250,000 passengers daily. The population's reliance on the bus system required a security solution that could guarantee total control over a service that runs 24 hours around the clock, 365 days a year.

Solution
Under this premise it was necessary to implement a video surveillance system that would allow for the monitoring of bus stops and terminals as well as manage people counting. The system installed consists of 142 AXIS P1344-E; AXIS P1343 and AXIS P5522-E Network Cameras set up by systems integrator BT Security, an Axis partner in Ecuador, and managed using Intelligent Security Systems' (ISS) SecurOS software.

Result
Implementation of a system-wide video surveillance solution has enabled centralized monitoring by the Collection and Operations department, thus providing a tool that has contributed to achieving improved transportation service to the communities throughout Quito and its neighboring municipalities. Advantages derived from the installation of the system include prior notification of events that could affect operations, and the compilation of legal evidence in the event of incidents.

Making history
The QMPTA provides uninterrupted service all year round. Its urban transportation network consists of interconnecting lines between intermediate transfer hubs and designated stops, making it possible for passengers to design their own routes and reach any area of the city for just one single fare.

The system consists of main lines operating in dedicated lanes with large-capacity buses that travel between the majority of stops and stations. In order to provide a high-resolution security system, Axis partner and systems integrator BT Security installed 92 AXIS P1344-E Network Cameras at stops and terminals, all streaming HD-quality video. “The objective was to provide coverage of the areas of monetary exchange and around the stops, with the goals of improving collections performance and user access to stations, as well as bolstering security within the facilities and increasing availability of buses during peak hours”, explained Andres Dueñas, Director of Integration & Automation Solutions at BT Security. According to Dueñas, “An alternative solution was required that would be capable of incorporating times and dates scattered throughout our own internal systems into the new system, which was necessary for us to carry over our headcount data.” The project put in place consisted of five cameras with each one running people-counting video analytics technology provided by ISS. However, overcoming the obstacles to implementing such an innovative solution was not achieved overnight.

“Tracking headcounts in the vicinity of open-air transportation stations was a real challenge, in terms of dealing with issues such as shadows, contrasts, elevated groups of people and areas that include permanent security personnel”, affirmed Daniel Mariño, ISS regional director. The major difficulties encountered centered on the effects caused by direct sunlight casting shadows within headcount zones – solved with the use of polarized glass in the vicinity of stations along with careful positioning of the AXIS P1344 cameras. “With the right engineering and careful camera selection, this is today a reality”, recounted Mariño. The system integrator also installed 23 AXIS P1343 Network Cameras in areas of monetary exchange and customer service for improved security throughout these sites. “And to complete the project we have installed 21 AXIS P5522-E Network Cameras in terminals and at selected stops with the objective of improving the availability of transportation as well as the perimeter security of the chosen sites,” said Andres Dueñas.

Incidents resolved
On average, around 30 lost items per month are found by service personnel, conductors and security guards at the stops and inside stations and buses. It's a job that requires the aid of technology.

The video surveillance network is administered, monitored and managed through the ISS SecurOS system, supported by five servers with an archival recording capacity of 20 days. It runs on a multi-server architecture, managed as one unified command and control system from the headquarters of the QMPTA, allowing for the management of live streaming and recorded video, panic buttons and motion detectors during unscheduled hours aided by the automatic display of alarms before operators so they can react immediately. “It has become a reliable, low-maintenance solution seeing that the platform itself maintains its systems and databases without the need for human intervention”, detailed Mariño. In addition, a team of seven operators monitors the system in a 7x18 format in order to be able to attend to any alarms triggered and anticipate events. All components integrated into the system are of premium quality, such as Category 6A structured cabling.

For Franklin Caranqui, QMPTA Technology Coordinator, another advantage of the system is to be able to access video that allows the community to identify and resolve incidents or events arising during the use of the public transportation system. Once the project was up and running, an impressive capacity to withstand varied conditions was observed in the cameras, resulting in benefits to the use of video analytics that demand a zero failure rate while maintaining the continuity of a service that's heavily relied upon by the population 365 days a year.

 

 

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