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March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

March Networks video surveillance selected to protect ATM in Sweden

Editor / Provider: March Networks | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

March Networks®, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, has announced that Bankomat AB, one of Sweden's largest ATM services providers, has selected the company's high-performance 8000 Series Hybrid NVRs for advanced security and asset protection of a 2,200 ATM network, with an initial large-scale rollout slated for completion by the end of 2014.

Bankomat is co-owned by the five largest banks in the country: Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and Swedbank, and has been gradually consolidating each financial institution's ATM network. Many of the ATMs previously had no video surveillance or relied on a variety of different vendor platforms.

Stanley Security, a March Networks certified partner, recommended the March Networks 8704 Hybrid NVR as the ideal platform for Bankomat, and is currently managing the rollout. The 8704 model is designed for space-constrained locations like an ATM and has optimised H.264 compression – unique to March Networks – that delivers detailed HD video and noticeably sharper images from legacy analogue cameras without impacting video storage requirements. The highly-reliable recording platform also features an internal backup battery guaranteeing a systematic shutdown in the event of a power failure, a variety of security features and up to 2 TB of onboard storage.

“The unique model offered by Stanley Security and March Networks delivers greater efficiencies for ATM oversight,” explained Bankomat Security Chief Peter Svahn. “The ATMs are equipped with between two and four cameras. Many of the sites have older analogue cameras, but a transition to IP technology is in the works. IP cameras give us much better quality, so there's no reason I can see to work with analogue equipment.”

Stanley Security, which is also responsible for managing and servicing the video solution and retrieving video at Bankomat's request, is using March Networks' Enterprise Service Manager (ESM) software for centralised control of all recorder programming.

“The decision to standardise on March Networks made sense,” said Anders Gustafsson, Stanley Security's Stockholm-based Vertical Segment Manager for banking. “They are a preferred vendor in the banking market because of the functionality of their systems, their ease of use and reliability. It's not often that we have to replace a March Networks recorder.”

Complementing the video security at each ATM is Stanley's Pacom access control system, which allows security operations personnel to remotely unlock ATM service doors for authorised armoured car staff. Integration with the March Networks system allows Stanley Security guards to access video at the location to keep an eye on the scene and alert law enforcement in the event of a holdup or unauthorised access.

NICE Actimize partners with Alacra for financial risk assessment solutions

NICE Actimize partners with Alacra for financial risk assessment solutions

Editor / Provider: NICE Systems | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

NICE Actimize, a NICE Systems business and the largest and broadest provider of a single financial crime, risk and compliance software platform for the financial services industry, announced today that it has partnered with Alacra, Inc., an industry-known provider of online business information solutions. The alliance is designed to integrate Alacra's market leading customer onboarding and Know-Your-Customer tool, Alacra Compliance Enterprise (“ACE”) and Alacra's Reference Data Platform, into NICE Actimize's Customer Due Diligence (“CDD”) anti-money laundering solution. The combined solution will create one of the most advanced and innovative customer risk assessment tools in the marketplace.

Powered by Alacra and supported by NICE Actimize's extensive experience in providing anti-money laundering solutions, the NICE Actimize CDD solution will offer seamless integration with third-party data providers to allow financial institutions to easily identify and manage the investigation processes of high risk customers by leveraging external data sources to offer enhanced real-time data investigations. This joint solution will proactively monitor the latest breaking news, as well as client defined lists, thus providing users with a proactive system which monitors both internal and external risks.

Delivering a complete customer risk solution, the enhanced Actimize CDD solution addresses multiple needs across the entire due diligence process lifecycle, including the contextualization of aggregated negative news data into a “newspage” format. Additionally, the primary capabilities of the joint product include a unified interface designed to search, access and append negative news content to risk-rating reports and automation of a periodic review process via alert pushes based on verified data changes and “new negative news”.

The joint capabilities also include a risk-based scoring engine based on hundreds of pre-built risk factors and packaged algorithms. An additional data auto-population feature addresses data quality efficiency and allows financial institutions to onboard corporate and individual customers in a quicker, more standardized way.

“Our customers and industry regulators have been demanding a more integrated tool to assess risk within their customer base,” said Joe Friscia, president, NICE Actimize. “By combining NICE Actimize workflow and analytics functionality with the know-your-customer, reference data tools from Alacra, we have created one of the industry's most advanced and comprehensive risk assessment tools.”

“NICE Actimize is a leading force in anti-money laundering solutions, and we are looking forward to bringing our proven reference data integration tools and technology to its customers and their implementation of Customer Due Diligence capabilities,” said Steve Goldstein, CEO of Alacra. “Having access to a centralized list of PEPs, sanctions and enforcement lists, as well as adverse news, will give Actimize customers enhanced capabilities to be fully compliant with the latest anti-money laundering and know-your-customer standards.”

Alacra Compliance Enterprise, an award-winning on-boarding and KYC tool, addresses regulatory and risk requirements with an efficient, consistent and documented vetting process. Alacra products offer a single point of access to comprehensive business data from more than 75 premium publishers providing company financial information, business news, sanctions and PEPs lists, credit information, shareholding data, investment analysis, market research and databases for legal entity identification. Alacra's aggregated premium content help clients quickly access the information they need to make informed decisions.

NICE Actimize's AML solution suite enables integrated AML lifecycle management while delivering insight across the customer lifecycle to ensure cost-effective AML operations for a positive, holistic customer experience. The suite includes five components, including Suspicious Activity Monitoring, Customer Due Diligence, Watch List Filtering, CTR Process and Automation, and a FATCA Compliance solution.

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Tyco holds live demonstrations for dealers and integrators in Spain

Editor / Provider: Tyco | Updated: 10/22/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Tyco Security Products recently conducted a series of technology events in Spain. The multi-day sessions hosted in late September and October provided educational opportunities to dealers, integrators, monitoring stations and their customers on both current products and new technologies implemented by Tyco Security Products.

These free events allowed more than 150 participants to meet with the sales and technical teams from the various Tyco Security Products brands, partake in discussions, and provide feedback on the company's offerings, integration plans and product roadmap. Live demonstrations of security solutions from Tyco Security Products alarm and intrusion brands (DSC, Sur-Gard, Visonic, and Bentel Security,) as well as access control brands for video surveillance (CEM Systems,Kantech, American Dynamics and Exacq Technologies) complemented the presentations.

“With stops in Madrid and Barcelona we brought the latest product information directly to our customers and provided them the ability to experience first hand the many synergies within our portfolio,” said Ángel Vázquez, Regional Sales Director – Europe, Tyco Security Products. “Offering an up-close look at these technologies that span access control, video and intrusion, attendees were able to determine how best to configure a state-of-the-art security system, whether for their clients or for their own business.”

The meetings highlighted several product introductions, including PowerSeries Neo from DSC, the industry's most comprehensive hybrid intrusion detection system, Visonic's innovative PowerMaster 33 wireless intrusion system, and the ABSOLUTA 3.5 G3 intrusion panel from Bentel. In access control, the innovative Intevo Compact platform from Kantech offers integrated access control, video and intrusion to the small and medium business market. American Dynamics presented its growing portfolio of IP HD cameras, including the cost-effective Illustra Flex series, the Illustra Compact series for discrete surveillance and the 180 to 360-degree Illustra 825 fisheye camera for active surveillance environments as well as the powerful victor and VideoEdge 4.5 network video management solution. Sur-Gard displayed the SG System 5, a new IP and analog compatible monitoring receiver. From Exacq Technologies, attendees experienced the exacqVision Edge solution, a full-featured server software that runs directly on an IP camera or encoder without the need for a separate server.

Avigilon appoints Margaret Herndon to VP of global marketing and communications

Avigilon appoints Margaret Herndon to VP of global marketing and communications

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 10/21/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Avigilon has announced the appointment of Margaret Herndon to vice president of global marketing and communications, effective immediately. Ms. Herndon is responsible for leading Avigilon's communications, marketing strategy, and building awareness for its industry-leading security and business intelligence solutions that keep both personnel and assets safe and enable customers to make better business decisions. Based in Dallas, Texas, Ms. Herndon will report directly to Bryan Schmode, Avigilon's chief operating officer.

With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Herndon brings experience in technology marketing, building awareness and demand generation campaigns for IT software and services. Throughout her career, she has worked with global sales and marketing teams to drive brand awareness and support business objectives through creative campaigns, focusing on specific vertical industries.

“Compelling, creative marketing is key to our future growth and success,” said Bryan Schmode, chief operating officer, Avigilon. “I am very pleased to welcome Margaret Herndon to lead our marketing organization. Her entrepreneurial approach is a great fit for Avigilon, and I am confident that her extensive marketing experience – from both start-up and Fortune 50 companies - and proven track record leading global teams will help take our business to the next level.”

Prior to Avigilon, Ms. Herndon spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard (HP), holding senior leadership positions in software, enterprise services and the corporate marketing divisions of the company. In these roles, she led marketing and product marketing teams tasked with creating strategy, messaging and global launch campaigns targeting a C-level audience. Most recently, Ms. Herndon was vice president of global industry marketing at HP, where her team was responsible for creating campaigns and sales enablement programs for CIOs in the public sector, health and life sciences, banking, manufacturing, and transportation industries. Prior to HP, Ms. Herndon was vice president of marketing at TruLogica, a Dallas-based identity management software start-up organization. She is credited with helping create and launch TruLogica's brand, moving it from a small identity management company to being acquired by HP.

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.

 

 

VIVOTEK debuts compact split-type camera system VC8201

VIVOTEK debuts compact split-type camera system VC8201

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK is pleased to announce the debut of its compact Split-type Camera System VC8201, which is comprised of two camera units, CU8131 and CU8171, and a VC8201 video core. Designed separately, the bodies of the camera units are much more compact than general network cameras, making them easier to install and harder to notice.

The CU8131 and CU8171, two camera units especially developed for the Split-type Camera System, are both designed as recessed dome type. With a 1-Megapixel CMOS sensor and WDR Pro technology, the CU8131 can capture clear and detailed images in environments with sharp lighting contrasts. The 5-Megapixel CU8171, featuring a fisheye lens, provides a 180° panoramic or 360° surround view without blind spots. In addition, the VC8201 video core supports different combinations of the two camera units (up to two 5-Megapixel fisheye camera units) with 8-meter long cables, dramatically simplifying the installation process.

Incorporating some more advanced features like 3D Noise Reduction, tamper detection, 802.3af compliant PoE, SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, and VIVOTEK's 32-channel recording software, the Split-type Camera System is perfectly suitable for places with intricate interior design or complex layouts, such as retail stores, offices, galleries, museums, and vehicles. Steve Ma, Executive Vice President of VIVOTEK, noted, “We are pleased to introduce our Split-type Camera System to the market today. Considering trends in camera miniaturization and user-friendliness, VIVOTEK has come up with a very clever response in the Split-type Camera System. The installation flexibility and outstanding image quality of this new product is sure to meet our clients' every need.”

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

The keys to seamless healthcare solution

Editor / Provider: Michelle Chu | Updated: 10/20/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the terms of security for healthcare vertical, there are different phases needed to be taken care of. Unauthorized access to the patient's medical record or expensive medications and equipment will not only cost the hospital a great fortune but also jeopardize their reputation. However, it is important to make sure that the visitors, patients, and injured are easy to go around in the hospital.

The multifaceted security challenge that the healthcare organizations are now facing now is to maintain flexible access and safe environment for patients and visitors while increasing protection on confidential data, staffs, equipment, and medications, suggested by Brian Song, Managing Director at IDIS Europe.

However, facing a more competitive market, many hospitals are demanded to upgrade infrastructure and heavily invest in IT systems in keeping accordance with regulations, and even expand into new areas beyond the hospital, according to Josh Phillips, Director of Marketing of Enterprise and Critical Infrastructure at Verint. “All new projects are selecting IP to match extensive investments that hospitals are making in IT infrastructure,” Phillips emphasized. “Those with analog are considering migration strategies.”

Regarding to the complex security demands from healthcare sector, asmag.com is going to present some highlights from the industry aspects.

Integration of Key and Facilities Management
The high staff turnover rate in a hospital can lead to unauthorized copies of keys distributed to people. Meanwhile, different security levels are in demand throughout the hospitals – from perimeter security for the surrounded area to personal storage. It is crucial to be able to distinguish individual access authority; in the mean time, making sure that patients and visitors are at their most convenience during their staying in the hospital. Therefore, instead of manual managing procedure, a comprehensive access control system that can effectively assist the manager to cope with urgent incidents is preferable.

“Having a master key system that can be managed centrally allows staff with the necessary authority to access rooms, without having to waste time trying to locate the correct key or find out the correct pass code,” said Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK. Furthermore, the systems need to be easy and intuitive for less experienced users to manage.

Nothing can be more troublesome when it comes to physical key management. Imagine how much trouble you will have to go through if a person who possesses the key to the medication cabinet has left the building. “Integrating key management with access control allows businesses to meet their key and asset protection needs by implementing advanced key management and locker systems to provide a total solution for security and facilities management,” mentioned Ross Bale, Business Development Manager in the UK at Nedap.

Meanwhile, better management on the lockers can also reduce the physical lockers and space needed. “By seamlessly integrating electronic locker management into the access control platform, it ensures that the maximum numbers of lockers are available for staff to use,” Bale continued.

IP System and Video Analytics is Dominating
Hospital is one of the sectors that require high efficiency the most. When it comes to bringing out the utmost efficiency, IP systems are definitely the most convenient option. “In today's market, a majority of healthcare facilities seek out IP-based surveillance solutions. These technologies offer far more functionalities and return-on-investment than their analog counterparts,” stated Jack Meltzer, Senior Director of Global A&E Program at DVTEL.

Not only is CMOS sensor able to deliver high-resolution images with more details, but the real-time recording can be used for video analysis and integrated with alarms, access control, and other systems, helping end users to take appropriate actions on emergency immediately. For instance, IP surveillance systems can integrate with infant tagging systems at the nursery section in a hospital, providing live monitoring and deterring potential criminal activities, according to Meltzer.

“Video management software is suggested to install considering that the recording, live media data, and instant playback can be operated on a single computer or separate computers according to the client's preferences,” said Steve Ma, Executive Vice President at VIVOTEK.

Speaking of surveillance camera deployed by healthcare sector, other than superior low-light performance, a discrete design of the camera is often highlighted due to the demand not only on ensuring patient's privacy and also for blending into surrounded design. “Small form-factors cameras and cameras with WDR function and good low-light performance are suggested since they can be easily blended into the interior design and able to capture clear image quality under challenging lighting conditions,” recommended Ma.

PSIM Has You Fully Covered
Besides adopting surveillance and access control systems that come with added values, integrating all security systems under the same platform is trending in this vertical.

Lacking of prompt response to emergency may cost tens to hundreds of life in a hospital, leading to devastating consequence. In order to shorten response time to incidents, it is essential to have comprehensive preparation for any possible emergent scenarios.

“A PSIM based security management system offers healthcare environments with a wide range of benefits such as increased situational awareness, which enables a Common Operating Picture for all security operatives, as well as correlating intelligence for real time verification of alarms. It also provides improved efficiencies, which can be achieved from a reduction in false alarms, the prioritization of the most appropriate security resources, and better guidance of response teams using both audio and visual intelligence and helps to reduce training requirements,” said James Candy, VP Technical Services, CNL Software. “Sophisticated post incident reporting and dashboards also provide valuable insights helping to improve the overall performance of security personnel, processes and infrastructure.”

What's Coming Up

Home Care Market is Full of Potential
A promising growth on IP surveillance can be expected in the healthcare sector. As the budget remains a main concern for most of the hospital security manager, IP solution, coming with lower cost of ownership, is much more attractive.

Moreover, while the global population continues to grow and it will be even more difficult to provide sufficient rooms for all of the patients, a new healthcare market is rising. “It will become more common for the elderly and sick people to stay at home and receive treatment and support from the comfort of their home environment,” Johan Åkesson, Business Development Director for Retail at Axis Communications. “Within the home care market the use of network video surveillance plays an important role, making it possible for hospital staff to monitor patients in their home, follow up on treatment and take action in case something happens.”

RFID Propels Innovative Applications
“The recent launch of Apple's long-awaited tap-to-pay technology on its new iPhone 6, using NFC (near field communication) based technology, makes the residency of contactless access control on smartphone seem quite tangible and not too far away. The innovative world of gesture technology is also set to make an impact on how individuals will be able to control a variety of RFID devices,” suggested Hughan.

 

Editor's Highlights - Case Studies

SALTO Systems safeguard Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland

Nedap keyless drug storage for Darent Valley hospital

Hospital in India kitted out with VIVOTEK cameras

AXIS helps you keep an eye from home on baby in the hospital




Nedap responds to market demands with software and open standards in security solutions

Nedap responds to market demands with software and open standards in security solutions

Editor / Provider: Nedap | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Nedap responds to new challenges in the field of security with the use of software components in security systems. These challenges arise from changing laws and regulations – such as the Act on Privacy, proposed by the European Commission – and increasing external threats, such as hackers. Under the influence of these changes, Security Managers have to deal with a completely new reality. During Security Essen, Nedap demonstrated how security systems can be directly adjusted to meet new requirements in the field of security by modifying software. Together with other opinion leaders in the industry, Nedap also considered the question of how to respond to new trends. Open standards and new software solutions play a crucial role here.

‘The security world is constantly changing and new laws and regulations can have a major impact on the design of a security system. The number of threats a security system must offer protection against is also constantly increasing. This is difficult with systems that are based on hardware and which are therefore fixed and closed. These systems cannot adapt to the new reality of the Security Manager', says Ruben Wegman, CEO of Nedap. ‘The only way to solve this is with software. Software modifications not only allow you to respond flexibly to current requirements, but also to new security issues in future.'

During Security Essen, Nedap showed that it is possible to respond easily to existing and future requirements by separating hardware and software. For example, by offering anti-passback as a software component, the security system can be adjusted directly to changing rules, without having to adjust hardware. Anti-passback ensures that a person cannot re-enter a building using an access badge unless the badge has first left the building. This prevents the access badge from being lent to other people.

Open standards for more flexibility
The use of open standards can also result in greater flexibility in organisations. For example, SOAA – the open standard for electronic offline locks – provides organisations with greater choice when it comes to offline locks and a more secure system. Until recently, it was hardly possible to combine multiple electronic offline locks from different suppliers into a single access control system. However, this is a requirement for many large European companies, who indicate that they will no longer be investing in these locks until there is some form of standardisation. During Security Essen, companies such as Assa Abloy, Uhlman & Zacher and Nedap showed what this standard means in practice. The open standard allows companies to easily integrate different brands of offline locks, meaning companies can now choose the product that best fits their needs. This provides the company freedom of choice and saves costs, as they are no longer tied to one supplier. The combination of open standards and software-based solutions enables companies to build on their current system, without having to constantly buy completely new systems.

Companies need a partner who can help them make a risk-free investment, and who will act as an advisor and keep them informed about new developments. Effective collaboration between suppliers is also important, partly to avoid integration problems. The integration of the new AXIS A1001 Door Controller with AEOS software is a good example of this.

 Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to EXIR network bullet cameras

Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to EXIR network bullet cameras

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Homes, offices and small-to-medium enterprises are set to benefit from the addition of Hikvision's advanced EXIR Bullet network cameras to its easy IP solution line-up. The DS-2CD2T series of 2- and 3-Megapixel cameras feature high-performance LED light sources and a revolutionary rectangular lens for seamless HD formatting but now boast Infrared Gain Glass for ultimate light transmittance and unparalleled levels of night-time surveillance.

The DS-2CD2T series also features 3D DNR and DWDR image enhancement technology, dual video streams, Power over Ethernet capability and an IP66 environmental protection.

Improved infrared light transmittance
Both the 2 and 3-Megapixel DS-2CD2T series cameras use specially coated Infrared Gain Glass for improved infrared light transmittance. This delivers even clearer images and is especially well suited to applications that require high resolution images to be captured in low-light environments. With an IR range of up to 80 metres from its four EXIR LEDs, the DS-2CD2T-I8 is ideal for perimeter intrusion detection, especially at night time.

EXIR Technology
The DS-2CD2T series also incorporates Hikvision's EXIR infrared array technology to provide industry-leading illumination in any low- or zero-light environment. Benefiting from an advanced, highly efficient light source that provides up to 30% more illumination efficiency compared to other LEDs and a revolutionary rectangular lens for uniform scene illumination and seamless HD formatting, Hikvision's EXIR cameras deliver the most advanced levels of night-time surveillance available on the market today.

Part of Easy IP Solution
The DS-2CD2T series Network Bullet EXIR cameras are part of the Hikvision's Easy IP solution, boasting Easy Installation and Easy Viewing with the combination of Hikvision Plug & Play NVR and video surveillance software.

Installation is a simple 2-step process that's even easier than Analog - plug the camera(s) into the NVRs PoE port(s), then connect the monitor and you're ready to enjoy HD video recording instantly without IP address forwarding. Easy Viewing allows you to watch and play live video anytime and anywhere. Users just need to simply download the Hikvision EZVIZ smartphone app for free, by scanning the QR code on the back of camera through EZVIZ app, live video viewing and playback will be available over the internet remotely. It's completely configuration free and it's that easy!
Enabling users to excellently monitor environment day & night, this new EXIR camera series gives users the confidence that their property is securely protected.

Available models
DS-2CD2T22-I3 / DS-2CD2T22-I5 / DS-2CD2T22-I8 - 2.0 MP EXIR Network Bullet Cameras.
DS-2CD2T32-I3 / DS-2CD2T32-I5 / DS-2CD2T32-I8 - 3.0 MP EXIR Network Bullet Cameras.

Thailand picking up the pieces

Thailand picking up the pieces

Editor / Provider: Steve Chin, a&s Asia | Updated: 10/17/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

At first glance, with its beautiful attractions and large populations of tourists, the Kingdom of Thailand might not seem all that bad or unstable. However, in the last year, political instability and corruption have ransacked the country and slowed economic growth to a halt. With a recent military coup and a new prime minister installed, Thailand looks to stabilize and rebuild its industries. “For the past few years, there have been lots of conflict and fighting. There has been little progress in the country. Right now though, with the military coup happening, the country has cooled down and is more stable. There are now strong indications that the Thai economy will recover,” said Suwich Chitkasemsuk, MD for Digitalcom.

A Glance Back
2013-14 have been two years of economic and political turmoil for Thailand. Stemming from the influence of Thaksin Shinawatra on Thai politics, the majority of the Thai population viewed Thaksin as highly corrupt and damaging to Thailand's democracy and economy. Coupled with the fact that political parties allied to Thaksin have won majorities in every election since 2001, the political hotbox became an issue of fierce debate and turbulence. With the aim of removing Thaksin's influence on politics and the creation of an elected “people's council” to oversee reforms, anti-government protests began in November 2013 calling for the resignation of Yingluck Shinawatra, sister of Thaksin. The protests eventually resulted in the Royal Thai Army declaring martial law throughout the nation, followed by the removal of power from Yingluck, a military coup d'état, and the establishment of a military junta. In recent events, Prayuth Chan-ocha, army chief of Thailand, has now been established as the new interim prime minister.

A BETTER OUTLOOK
Overall, the general consensus regarding the coup seems to be a positive one. Somchai Prajaksoot, MD of Digital Focus explained, “After the coup, the political situation is stable and the economic outlook is better. The security industries have still increased.” There is a definite sense of renewed, if wary, optimism that the new government will reinvigorate economic scenarios as well as the security industry, launching new projects, and creating a better, safer Thailand.

Projects Lead the Way
Key for the Thai security industry lies in government projects. Understandably, they have been few and far between. Feelings across the security market seem to be that one of the most harmful things during the periods of unrest was lack of government projects as well as broken promises. As Johnny Trivitayakhun, MD for Security Communication Center put it, “What was felt, and seriously impacted security companies were government-related projects, where payments were delayed extensively during the periods of unrest.” Pointing once again to the political factors, it's easy to Market Dynamics understand why government projects have been scarce or delayed, as the government's focus has been on quelling unrest and ensuring stability. Further complicating problems, Nuttawaj Chieobangyang, CEO for Coretech, also pointed out that many company projects in the past year have been lost, because the new government evaluates everything to a very fine degree. Every project will be under review, and if the price is too high, an auction will be held, which will shake the whole market. He further added that many companies are not very happy about this.

However, the general belief is that the new government will pursue what the previous governments have left undone. “Since the majority of the spending has to come from the government sector, in order to help drive the economy, I see no reason why there will be any negative impact. On the contrary, I believe that the current government is truly aware of how to best drive the economy, bringing peace and stability to Thailand,” said Trivitakaykhun. The transportation sector, city surveillance, and administration buildings are some government projects to keep an eye out in the future, he added. On the commercial side of things, feelings seem to be somewhat split. Another area of big impact for the security industry is that there seems to be overall more stability. According to Prajaksoot, commercial projects including banks, hotels, retail, and hospitals are still a big factor, as he cited Digital Focus' established dealer and SI network. Tanakrit Rojanasiraprapa, MD for Bacom Internetwork, also added, “Many big projects have been announced. After the coup, the commercial sector invested nearly US$1.5 billion in commercial projects including big groups of condos, department stores, and large buildings.” Trivitakaykhun echoed a similar feeling, “Commercial projects which were put on hold as a result of the coup, will eventually resume towards early next year.”

Arnon Kulawongvanich, MD for Bangkok OA, commented on a different side, explaining that he expects good movement from the private sectors. “The military government is busy trying to reshape everything, not only in the way they run the country, but the fact that they want to clean up everything. And cleaning up takes time,” he said. Because of this, it is of importance that the private, commercial sectors remain strong, being able to offer up larger scale projects. Kulawongvanich also mentioned that Bangkok OA, with 12 years of partnership with Samsung Techwin, continues to promote their solutions in car parking structures, access control, and visitor management. The company is also the exclusive partner of NUUO, working with local Thai software companies to further promote PSIM solutions.

Rollouts of 4G Postponed
The elephant in the room right now in Thailand is a question of how big of an impact the political situation has affected the Thai infrastructure. Because of delays in government projects, adoption of new technology and phase-outs of older ones have not occurred in some aspects yet. A very important factor critical to the Thai economy seems to be the adoption of LTE (4G). Originally promised a while ago, 4G technology and adoption in Thailand are still in its trial periods and are also still delayed. Trivitakakyhun also added, “4G in Thailand has yet to be officially seen, let alone reliable 3G services. Wireless communication obviously plays a drastic and important role when it comes to modern security solutions. Bureaucracy and political instability have cost Thailand dearly.” To add to this, Reuters also reported that in July, Thailand's military government postponed an auction of 4G mobile phone bandwidth for one year, potentially causing billions of dollars of lost investment and sales in a sector that accounts for a tenth of the economy. According to the same article, “Mobile network providers were banking on extra bandwidth to enable faster data communications services, creating an opportunity to increase revenue.”

Regardless of the project delay, 4G development still remains an important indicator to the country's development of network devices. “We do know that the respective bodies in the communication industry have done reviews to analyze the mobile management spectrum in 4G. Recently, there have been trials of LTE that is aimed at bringing the latest telecommunications knowledge and technological experience to the public and private sectors. We believe that this technology will be implemented in Thailand in due time,” said Nafis Jasmani, Regional Business Development Manager for South Asia Pacifc at Axis Communications.

MIGRATION OUT OF ANALOG
Tied into the issue of bandwidth, the adoption of IP-based solutions has also been impacted by the political situation. Nevertheless, with the political climate finally settling down, and the military government coming to terms with the economic scenarios, things are looking up. As William Ku, VP for the International Business Division at VIVOTEK mentioned, “At the current stage, most of the Thai users still use analog systems. The adoption of IP-based security solutions has not been totally prevalent yet. However, with increasing demand for clear and detailed footage in order to enhance security and intelligent video solutions for strengthening organization operation, the move from analog systems to IP-based security solutions is happening in the Thai security industry.” Another trend noted by Rio Mao, Sales Director of APAC at Dahua Technology is the fact that easy-to-use and affordable cost solutions will be ideal, and new functions to facilitate sales lie in value-added products in video surveillance systems. One thing worth keeping an eye out for, however, is the fact that city surveillance projects being touted by various city governments in Thailand are now aiming for IP-based solutions that are easy to integrate with existing solutions. According to Prajaksoot, “For city surveillance government projects, they now require certain specs of IP cameras. They are just now switching from analog to IP. Cameras are now very cheap,” which drives higher adoption of IP cameras.

HD-over-Coaxial a Factor
Another important factor to point out is the transition to HD-overcoaxial solutions and to IP from older analog systems. Recently, a number of Asian manufacturers, especially from Taiwan, China, and Korea, have been strongly promoting their latest HD-over-coaxial products, with very high price-effectiveness and long transmission distances. Some of the existing IP video surveillance providers have started to feel the decrease in their growth rates, because of the latest HD-over-coaxial products on the market. In the future, not just Thailand, but the entire Asian continent might start facing competition between IP and HD-over-coaxial, especially in the SMB sectors. This may result in the SMB sectors slowing down the migration to IP-based solutions.

China Grows its Market Shares
Tied directly into the surveillance markets, and hot on the heels of the video surveillance industry in Thailand, and indeed the rest of the world, is the giant that is China. In the analog video surveillance world, China is arguably number one in the world. With many large, established companies in China, they leave large footprints in the Thai industry. As Prajaksoot explained, Chinese companies are very competitive, very strong. They have also impacted the industry in more ways than one, forcing many distributors and providers across Thailand to slash prices and play catch up.

Because of the price factor as well as the notion of China's ever-improving quality, China will continue to play a very important and big role. “Cost consciousness is obviously the prime focus, from the client's point-of-view. China has a lot to serve and provide. Today, we are experiencing a level comfort when it comes to quality improvement and technological know-how, which makes Chinese manufactured products more attractive, especially when compared to other neighboring countries,” said Trivitakkayhun. Kittichai Samittwuttikul, Director for SMC Group, also brought up another factor in China, where he mentioned that price competitions with companies from Shenzhen are very high. A point elaborating on is the fact that some Shenzhen companies can even offer 720TVL cameras at the price of a 360TVL without sacrificing quality. By taking an aggressive approach to gaining the market, these companies are now putting FOB prices online and offering longer-term payment plans. In order to stay competitive, SMC Group has started to promote its own brand, establishing franchised outlet shops, as well as project design and installation shops for different projects.

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE
All-in-all, things are looking up in Thailand. Forecasters are predicting mild growth this year with stronger aspects the year after. “I believe that the Thai economy has shown signs of improvements, and growth momentum should pick up late this year. The changes that are happening will ensure both tourists and locals alike will start spending and investing,” said Trivitakakyhun. Ku also brought up the point that Thailand has been one of the founding countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and also one of the key ASEAN members. “ASEAN is a transnational organization for accelerating economic growth and regional prosperity.” One final factor lies also on the political side. Hopefully, as Prayuth Chan-ocha's government continues to settle in, stability and economic reforms will continue. The launching of better IP infrastructure and 4G will also play a big role. “Foreign investment in Thailand as a result of country reforms will also be a factor,” said Prajaksoot. Hopefully, this rings true and Thailand will again be prosperous and stable.

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