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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.

Through this strategic partnership, VIVOTEK will become the first network camera manufacturer to integrate its devices for Stratocast by leveraging the recently released Genetec Cloud Link protocol.

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.”

Milestone Systems delivers highly automated version of license plate recognition software

Milestone Systems delivers highly automated version of license plate recognition software

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

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces XProtect LPR 2015 with general availability April 15.

As a fully integrated add-on component to the XProtect® Smart Client, the 2015 version of XProtect LPR provides customizable match list fields and an extended reporting capability.
This not only empowers operators to take the right decisions when granting vehicles access, it also enables easy documentation of recognized vehicles with full details, video thumbnails and
license plate close-ups.

With its new configuration wizard and extensive localized documentation, XProtect LPR 2015 is easier than ever to setup and configure, while ensuring high recognition accuracy with a new snapshot driven tuning process.

The 2015 edition of XProtect LPR works with 13 new country-optimized recognition modules and covers an extended geographical area of over 100 countries and states in total.

Actionable and Extendable with open platform technology
XProtect LPR 2015 enables customers to automate actions, which reduces the need for manual intervention. Examples of such cost reductions include:

* Controlling gates to facilities automatically
* Automating toll way/highway gates
* Identifying cars belonging to VIP customers for gas stations or shopping malls
* Sending alerts, if black listed cars are detected

Using the Milestone Integration Platform SDK the XProtect LPR can be integrated with external systems and applications further extending the usability of the system. Examples of this could be:
* Statistical applications and business intelligence applications
* Looking up owner information in national vehicle databases for integration with CRM or other relevant systems
* Managing license plate lists automatically with information from external systems

Fully integrated - optimized work productivity
XProtect LPR is fully integrated with the XProtect Smart Client where the license plate functionality can be seamlessly used with maps, alarm management and other functions in the XProtect Smart Client A dedicated LPR event log instantly presents detected license plates and presents the information together with the related camera.

New Reporting Function
XProtect LPR 2015 can easily document recognized vehicles in an XProtect LPR report that meets user-defined search and filtering criteria. The PDF report includes video thumbnails of the recognized vehicles, close-up of the license plates, match list information and details about detection time of day.

Advanced match list handling
XProtect LPR uses match lists to group and determine actions for detected license plates. Examples of such custom lists could be lists of stolen cars, expected visitors or priority customers.

Custom fields in match lists makes it possible to link additional vehicle, driver or owner information to a specific license plate. This information is automatically presented in the XProtect Smart Client user interface or in reports, whenever the particular license plate is recognized. The new XProtect LPR module also supports wildcards in license plate list matching, which handles cars with similar license plate information.

Match lists can be managed via the XProtect Smart Client interface, where operators can add and remove vehicle registration numbers to selected lists, making it easy to ensure that lists are always fully updated.

Ease of Configuration
The new configuration wizard guides the system integrator through the configuration steps and provides recommendations to configuration settings and the physical installation. High recognition accuracy is ensured through a new snapshot driven tuning process.

“The new release of XProtect LPR enables us to be agile and react timely to the rising demands in the marked for highly automated and integrated LPR-solutions. We see a growing need for automated license plate recognition in a wide range of application areas.” Says Bjørn Eilertsen, Vice President of Corporate Products Business Unit at Milestone Systems. “XProtect LPR 2015 provides the opportunity for Milestone channel partners to explore new possibilities beyond the traditional security domain.”

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.

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.

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.

Suprema and Genetec announce integration support for true identity biometric access control

Suprema and Genetec announce integration support for true identity biometric access control

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

Suprema, a leading global provider of biometrics and security technology and Genetec, a manufacturer of open platform, unified IP security solutions, have integrated their systems offering an advanced identity management solution. The companies have just made this exciting announcement: Suprema biometric devices can now be paired with Genetec's Security Center unified security platform through Entertech Systems' BioConnect 3.0 identity management platform. Together, these products simplify the process of deploying, enrolling and managing biometrics for secure access control in any situation.

The Suprema devices integrated with Genetec Security Center include BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini.

“Suprema is very pleased to integrate its global leading biometrics technology into Genetec Security Center. The benefits of True Identity will offer enhanced security and extra convenience for the Synergis access control features in Genetec Security Center,” said Young S. Moon, Vice President of Suprema. “This integration includes a wide range of premium biometric-driven access control devices that are suitable for indoor and outdoor installation, and will efficiently meet a wide range of system requirements.”

This new integration greatly facilitates managing the true identities of employees, visitors and the general public. Customers no longer have to worry about the security risks involved in approximation technologies like cards, PINs, fobs or keys – which can be borrowed,
shared, lost or stolen.

Suprema works with customers in a wide variety of markets to ensure finger and face recognition is used effectively every day for secure access to both physical facilities and software applications.

Genetec's flagship solution, Security Center, is an open-platform IP security system that merges IP access control and video management within a single unified solution. A seamless and real-time link between BioConnect and Security Center allows cardholder profiles to be captured centrally in Security Center, thereby eliminating duplicate activities, such as the dual cardholder data entry typically found in traditional integrations between standalone systems. Additionally, access control events generated by biometric devices can be monitored centrally through Security Center, while activity reports from doors with Suprema biometric devices can be consolidated with traditional doors and also linked with video for greater situational awareness. Genetec customers will benefit from the added features of proven biometrics, and centralized monitoring and activity reporting for traditional and biometric devices.

“With this new integration between Security Center and Suprema biometric devices, our customers will be able to overcome some of the major barriers to biometric adoption," said François Brouillet, Access Control Product Manager for Genetec, Inc. "BioConnect is an easy-to-use system integrated with Security Center. The simple enrollment process offers convenience and security when incorporating cutting-edge biometrics."

“Genetec is a leader in unified physical IP security management systems worldwide. By aligning with Suprema and Entertech Systems, Genetec is able to offer a truly integrated biometric access control system with its video security and ALPR capabilities for the first time," said Rob Douglas, CEO of Entertech Systems. "This integration through our BioConnect identity management platform is a successful example of market leaders coming together to enable easier adoption of biometrics. At Entertech Systems, we are purpose-built to help access control systems and end users overcome the three main obstacles to mainstream adoption of biometrics, including cost, complexity and on-boarding users."

The Suprema line of biometric devices and Entertech Systems' BioConnect application are now available through Genetec. For more information, contact:

On April 15-17, Genetec, Suprema and Entertech Systems will be at ISC West 2015 in Las Vegas. Genetec will be at booth #10053, and Suprema and Entertech Systems at booth #17101.

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.

ONVIF releases first client test tool for Profiles S, G, & C

ONVIF releases first client test tool for Profiles S, G, & C

Editor / Provider: ONVIF | Updated: 4/9/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

ONVIF, the leading global standardization initiative for IP-based physical security products, announced the release of its first Client Test Tool, which tests clients for conformance to ONVIF's Profile S, G, and C specifications. The new test tool specifications are now available to members on the ONVIF website within the Developers' Forum.

ONVIF's Client Test Tool allows hardware and software-based clients such as video management systems, building management systems, physical security information management (PSIM) systems to be tested for conformance to ONVIF profile specifications. The Client Test Tool determines conformance to the mandatory requirements of Profiles S, G and C.

The new test tool allows ONVIF to verify that the client has been tested with multiple devices and that the client meets conformance specifications...brings ONVIF one step closer to a transparent and integrated process to achieve ONVIF conformance.

Previously, manufacturers needed to claim that their client worked successfully with a minimum of three individual profile devices in order to obtain a Declaration of Conformance. The new test tool allows ONVIF to verify that the client has been tested with multiple devices and that the client meets conformance specifications.

"ONVIF's Client Test Tool was created to answer the physical security community's call for increased interoperability and accountability,” said Hugo Brisson, Chair of ONVIF's Client Testing Workgroup. "With this initial release of the Client Test Tool, this brings ONVIF one step closer to a transparent and integrated process to achieve ONVIF conformance.”

The Client Test Tool tests conformance to the mandatory requirements of Profiles S for video streaming and configuration, Profile G for recording searches and Profile C for door/access point control. The conditional specifications for each profile will be included in the Client Test Tool's second release, currently scheduled for summer of 2015. New service releases will be introduced every six months to expand the test scope of the Client Test Tool and will address improvements in usability.

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.”

Thermal alarm system ensures children's safety at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Thermal alarm system ensures children's safety at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by FLIR | Updated: 4/7/2015 | Article type: Infrastructure

Check in areas at airports might not seem like a dangerous place, but they are more dangerous than one might think. Each year there are several accidents worldwide where someone, usually a young child, escapes the attention of their parents and sneak through the rubber flaps into the baggage belt conveyor system. Apart from frightening the child the many moving parts and conveyor belts in the baggage distribution system can cause serious injuries. That is why the Sabiha Gökçen Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, has installed a thermal imaging safety system that shuts down the conveyor belts the moment anyone enters the baggage handling area.

The safety system consists of four FLIR A310 thermal imaging cameras, each covering two conveyor belts leading from the check in area to the baggage handling system. For each thermal imaging camera four regions of interest (ROI's) are defined. A temperature threshold is determined at around 31 °C. For the alarm to go off, however, it is not enough for a small part of the ROI to reach a temperature above the threshold. Over a certain percentage (about 20%) of the area in the thermal image that is defined as a ROI needs to be above the threshold for the alarm to go off.

When an alarm goes off the thermal image is instantly displayed in the control room and it is also automatically emailed to airport officials. This enables them to quickly determine whether it is a person or a piece of baggage triggering the alarm. “If it is a child we can swiftly intervene and bring the child to safety", explains Kaan Türkmen, who is responsible for the airport's baggage handling system. "If there is a false alarm, caused by an exceptionally warm piece of baggage, we can get the conveyor belts running again in no-time. So even if there might be an unwanted alarm the delay will be quite minimal.”

Lowering the unwanted alarm rate
“We have performed a lot of tests and this system works really well”, explains Kaan Türkmen. “Several of our own employees have climbed into the baggage system to simulate the situation where a child climbs onto the conveyor belt and as it turns out the conveyor belt stops running every time we try it.” According to Türkmen there were a few unwanted alarms in the beginning. “Baggage can heat up in the sun due to warm weather to over 30 °C. These warm bags can trigger the safety system. Fine tuning the settings has helped lower the current unwanted alarm rate to near zero. Even so I would rather have a few unwanted alarms then have one instance where a child remains undetected.”

Investigating sensor technologies
Before the FLIR A310 thermal imaging cameras were installed several other technologies were tested, but according to Türkmen none were satisfactory. “For two years we tried other technologies, but no other sensor could accurately distinguish between a child and a piece of baggage, so either the chance that a child would go undetected was too big or the unwanted alarms rate was too high. Then last year one of the airport technicians came up with the idea to use thermal imaging. He knew that portable thermal imaging cameras are used for predictive maintenance inspections and he suggested we should investigate this technology as a basis for our safety system.”

“We turned to FLIR Systems and its local distributor Sentez”, continues Türkmen. “We looked at the possibilities, performed several tests and we were amazed by the results. The FLIR A310 thermal imaging cameras provide high quality thermal images and accurate temperature readings, enabling us to accurately detect the body warmth of a human entering the baggage handling area through the conveyor belt, while keeping the unwanted alarm rate low. I am convinced that thermal imaging is the best possible technology for this safety system.”

FLIR A310 thermal imaging camera
The FLIR A310 thermal imaging cameras that are included in the conveyor belt safety system at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport contain an uncooled microbolometer detector that produces thermal imaging with a resolution of 320 × 240 pixels at a thermal sensitivity of 50 mK (0,05 °C). According to Türkmen the FLIR A310 thermal imaging camera is the ideal tool for this safety system. “The thermal image quality is astounding, but other factors are equally important. The wide choice in optics that FLIR offers is crucial for us, since the wide angle lens allows us to monitor two conveyor belts with one camera. The digital outputs allow the system to automatically shut down the conveyor belt if an alarm is triggered. Lastly the software that FLIR provides, FLIR IR Monitor, is very useful. By fine tuning the settings in the software the amount of unwanted alarms was reduced without compromising the detection performance.”


According to Türkmen the choice for FLIR Systems was easy. “We did investigate other thermal imaging camera suppliers but none of the other suppliers could deliver the same combination of a high quality thermal imaging camera, a wide choice in optics, local support through the Istanbul based distributor Sentez, user friendly but also feature packed software and the flexible connectivity options that enabled easy integration in our conveyor belt control system. In other words: there simply is no other thermal imaging camera supplier that delivers such a complete package for automation applications.”

For both the installation and the process of fine tuning the system settings the airport relied on FLIR products distributor Sentez. Founded in 1997 the Sentez Group has many years of experience in the installation of camera systems, including thermal imaging monitoring systems. “The FLIR A310 thermal imaging camera is very user friendly and relatively easy to install”, explains Sentez sales manager Emre Budak. “We were able to integrate the FLIR A310 thermal imaging cameras in the conveyor belt control system with relative ease."

Worth the investment
According to Türkmen the thermal imaging safety system has lowered the probability of an accident happening in the baggage handling system involving a child to near zero. “That makes the safety system definitely worth the investment. I therefore think that other airports will start installing such thermal imaging based safety systems as well. It is probably just a matter of time.”


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