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SCATI provides surveillance solution controlling 300 bank branches in Venezuela

SCATI provides surveillance solution controlling 300 bank branches in Venezuela

Editor / Provider: SCATI | Updated: 7/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The video-surveillance solution implemented by SCATI has the capacity to control 300 bank branches and more than 1,000 ATMs distributed throughout the country

Challenge
The facility houses the corporate headquarters of a large financial institution and is located in the fifth highest skyscraper in Venezuela. The building, which is 159 metres tall, was inaugurated in 1982 and has 32 floors, including 4 for parking. The purpose of the project is to offer the company a complete security solution for its network of banking branches and ATMs as well as other special installations.

Solution
The solution to provide security for BBVA headquarters consists of more than 20 SCATI VISION IP video recorders able to record more than 700 IP and analogue cameras installed, with enough storage to capture high-definition images. SCATI's security platform can manage multiple CCTV systems in 3 special facilities, 300 bank branches and more than 1,000 ATMs distributed throughout Venezuela from a single control centre.

The video recorders are managed by three SCATI WATCHER management workstations with hardware redundancy, located in the control centre of the building and with support from the AMC (Advanced Management Centre). This powerful software has been designed for easy remote administration of the complete plant of video recorders and offers multiple functionalities to cover the needs of bank operators: video display, equipment configuration, alarm management, advanced search functions, map management and the generation of groups of devices, among others.

The main control centre is also equipped with the powerful SCATI WALL management and monitoring tool for professional monitoring of a large number of cameras. This application offers high response capacity in the event of incidents thanks to automatic display of video associated with alarms.

Users can manage and view all the cameras installed in the building from a single station and set up the scenarios that best match their distribution and critical video surveillance areas.

The control centre consists of two virtual matrices with two SCATI WALL operator workstations, each covering four monitors and capable of managing up to 64 cameras and viewing scenarios from up to 36 cameras simultaneously at 300 IPS and up to HDTV resolution, or 4CIF in the case of analogue cameras.

The 20 latest-generation video recorders installed are equipped with redundant power supplies, hard discs (Raid6) and network cards (teaming). In addition, 40 encoders are installed to convert analogue signals to IP.

The project also entails the design and installation of a dedicated fibre network, with redundancy between control centres through a 20Gb/s LAN backbone and a latest generation network infrastructure that enables optimum CCTV system performance, ensuring availability of the video and future growth.

Advantages
The hybrid solution for video management provided by SCATI allows scalable migration to an IP system using the existing cameras without over-dimensioning the recording equipment. This is a comprehensive and flexible solution to manage and monitor a large number of geographically dispersed unattended systems: bank agencies, ATMs and corporate offices.

The implemented solution offers high image-quality and availability for the identification of offences in real time. It is based on state-of-the-art compression formats that optimize and adapt to available bandwidth.

SCATI SUITE's powerful tools make it easy to customize and automate video recorder plant maintenance and supervision tasks and reduce the management resources required.

Among the solutions implemented is SCATI HUB, from which users can perform advanced management of alarms triggered in any security facility. It is characterized by easy integration with all the security systems of the facility: access control, anti-intrusion systems, physical sensors, etc., thereby enabling centralized management of all the alarms from a single control centre. Minimum incident response times are ensured by its wide range of customized parameters and the possibility to program automatic actions in the event of alarms.

The institution thereby benefits from automatic supervision and management of its large number of remote devices and has considerably reduced ATM fraud. At the same time, this flexible platform optimizes all the resources by generating automated tasks.

Military police of Salvador da Bahia deployed SCATI on-board video system on patrols

Military police of Salvador da Bahia deployed SCATI on-board video system on patrols

Editor / Provider: Editorial Dept. | Updated: 7/3/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Challenge
On the occasion of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, the Secretaria da Segurança Publica do Estado da Bahia (Public Security Bureau) decided to create an Integrated Emergency Management Centre (IEMC) in Salvador da Bahia, which includes radio communications and video surveillance systems. This centre employs 70 operators and manages 200 Police patrols, which makes it one of the most important emergency management centres in South America.

These 200 patrols have two cameras available to record the inside and outside of the patrol car along with a system integrating communications and video recording and transmission in a single device which is adapted to the specific conditions of an on-board system. A single interface is used for video and communications management, accessed through an on-board touch screen.

The most vital challenge of this project is real-time video transmission from the patrols to the IEMC over a 3G network which, due to the movement of the vehicles, offers a narrow and variable bandwidth.

Another key aspect is the integration between the communications and video technologies in both the on-board application and the IEMC. This integration simplifies system operation and provides improved efficiency and increased capabilities.

Solution
The SCATI technical staff selected 2 SCATI EYE On-Board Mini-dome cameras for each vehicle with the key specifications to provide high-quality video in this environment. These cameras comply with the EN-50155 standard on vibration resistance and their ruggedised design includes IP66 and IK08 protection and PoE power supply, which simplifies the installation.

Each vehicle has an on-board ruggedised video recorder, which includes a GPS module, a TETRA transceiver, a 3G module and a Wi-Fi module, forming an integral vehicle solution for video surveillance and communications. SCATI VISION OnBoard and the MVC-6000 vehicle console are installed on this unique compact hardware platform, providing a significant cost, space and installation-time reduction.

SCATI VISION On-Board recording software can be managed remotely from the IEMC with the suite of SCATI applications, or locally by the police agents via the touch screen installed in the patrol vehicles. SCATI CAR offers the agents access to realtime video not only from the vehicle's own cameras but also from the cameras in other vehicles.

SCATI CAR also offers the option of manually marking the recordings, capturing snapshots or increasing the quality of the recording, plus the possibility to access and download the recorded video to a USB storage device. SCATI CAR is embedded in the interface of the vehicle console, providing the possibility to manage all kinds of communications, remotely access the databases, browse the Internet and monitor the video feed from a single interface.

The state-of-the-art SCATI LINKER application prioritises and combines video requests to utilize the available bandwidth more efficiently in order to optimise video access in emergency situations, in which several vehicles and IEMC operators are all trying to access the same video.

SCATI WATCHER workstations are installed in the IEMC in order to manage on-board video recorders remotely, search video footage, monitor real-time video and perform all kinds of management operations. The SCATI ROUND automatic maintenance application remotely monitors the status of the on-board recorders and performs mass operations, such as software or configuration updates, over the entire installed plant.

Operators can also access the video from the Communications System applications thanks to the tight integration between both systems. The operators can check the recorded video and access the real-time feed from the vehicles via an interactive map. Additionally, they can quickly access the video contents associated with geo-located calls and pop-up windows with video associated with alarms, and they can send video from other vehicles to the units.

Advantages
The full integration between SCATI VISION video recording software with SCATI CAR on-board user interface and the communications management vehicle console enables both technologies to function on the same hardware unit and provides access to them via a single interface. This considerably simplifies police agents' tasks and reduces the costs and time spent by system administrators.

The implementation of video in the applications of the communications Control Centre enables better fleet coordination thanks to real-time video, as the IEMC can give more specific instructions to the units.

And lastly, the system installed by SCATI has satisfactorily solved the critical aspect of the project: real-time video service over a narrow bandwidth network. The powerful SCATI LINKER application has provided optimum performance managing the variable bandwidth of the network, streaming video effectively in response to as many client requests as needed.

Reshaping the EMEA region for access control

Reshaping the EMEA region for access control

Editor / Provider: Blake Kozak, IHS analyst | Updated: 7/1/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

On the heels of the recent announcement that Kaba and DORMA would merge, comes the news that Allegion plans to acquire SimonsVoss from HgCapital. This latest merger would again reshape the access-control market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The merger of Allegion and SimonsVoss would immediately create the second largest company in the EMEA region, after the market leader, Assa Abloy. The merged Kaba and DORMA would then rank third in the region.

Note: This most recent merger still requires approval, by the German Bundeskartellamt, which prohibited a planned merger of Assa Abloy and SimonsVoss back in 2008.

SimonsVoss, the world's largest supplier of digital cylinder locks, currently has limited penetration in the Americas, so this move will certainly help the company enter this highly competitive region. Furthermore, the acquisition will help create a more well-rounded portfolio for both companies. IHS estimates that the majority of SimonsVoss revenues are generated from electronic locks and credentials, while Allegion has a more diverse portfolio that spans wall readers, panels, software and electronic locks.

For the overall electronic access-control market, larger companies are starting to come together to provide seamless solutions, increase in-house expertise and expand the supply chain with a global focus. There have been many mergers in the past; however, most were regional and specific. We are now seeing many more high-value acquisitions that immediately affect market share rankings.

If access-control companies continue to merge and expand in this manner, the move toward more open standards may take a step backward, because end-users will have wider product ranges and greater expertise from a single source.

Even so, IHS expects these types of acquisitions will continue, as suppliers bolster their positions, not only on a regional basis, but also to take advantage of end-user growth (e.g., residential, utilities, healthcare) and services (e.g., ACaaS and VSaaS).

It remains to be seen if video and access-control companies will cross over and provide a more fully integrated solution, or if companies will continue to enrich their current portfolios on a more linear path. One key acquisition strategy could be centered on capabilities and expertise across multiple disciplines.

Today it is becoming increasingly crucial for companies to have IT, software and platform expertise, in addition to equipment. These acquisitions will increasingly focus on helping companies expand beyond components.

SCATI provides centralized security in 300 ATMs in Colombia

SCATI provides centralized security in 300 ATMs in Colombia

Editor / Provider: SCATI | Updated: 7/1/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

SCATI reduces ATM fraud thanks to its SCATI CASH solution, which ensures transaction traceability in ATMs by associating ATM transactions with video.

Challenge
The financial institution has more than 400 branches in the Andean country, proof of its solid leadership in the market and its strong international footprint. The purpose of the project was to equip its network of over 300 ATMs throughout the country with the latest fraud prevention measures. The application of state-of-the-art technology is one of the entity's commitments and differentiates it from its competitors.

Solution
SCATI CASH is a specific solution used to reduce fraud in branch and remote ATMs by associating transactions with video and improving transaction traceability. SCATI CASH makes it easier to detect frauds in real time, checks good practices in users and their cards and improves preventive security by activating automatic protocols if suspicious behaviour is detected. The entity has implemented other SCATI SUITE tools that are fully integrated with the rest of the applications and devices installed throughout the plant of video recorders (corporate buildings, offices, etc.) and therefore facilitate comprehensive security management from the control centre. SCATI software tools can be integrated with the bank's alarm panel so the user receives information in real time as to whether the branch is open or closed, thereby reducing possible robberies or intrusions.

The SCATI ROUND tool provides automated and remote maintenance of all the equipment, thereby facilitating preventive fault detection in devices. It is also a key element in the management of a scalable system thanks to its capability to program bulk operations on groups of recorders, such as configurations, updates, etc.

This software manages preventive maintenance by carrying out remote problem diagnosis and constant monitoring of equipment status. It also enhances task execution on recorders, such as time zone synchronisation or automatic bulk downloads. Its web interface can be used for searches and to obtain statistics, as well as to generate reports.

Advantages
The SCATI platform automates the search and query processes in stored video for multiple cameras, as well as real-time monitoring. The purpose is to eliminate manual operation and improve incident response times. These tools give operators the capacity to program alerts generated by ATM transactions with a card number and amount, and POS transactions, without needing to stop the recording and then associate them with the video from the more than 1,000 cameras installed in the ATM plant.

The incorporation of video-monitoring reduces fraud committed in the financial institution by identifying criminal groups and suspicious activities in its ATMs. This is used to activate protocols that ensure rapid and efficient management of any incident that may occur.

Forensic security is one the most notable advantages of the SCATI VISION solution. SCATI VISION's image processing tools and the option of associating external events to the video via physical ports enables the software to perform advanced video searches, thereby saving operator time and streamlining investigations.

In overall terms, the SCATI video-surveillance solution can adapt to the needs of the financial institution to provide a speedy and effective response to any events or incidents that may arise in the more than 300 ATMs distributed throughout the country.

In addition, the flexible nature of the platform and its high capability to adapt to the needs of the bank and the legal and technological changes that the future holds makes it even more advantageous for the institution. Additional benefits are resource optimisation by generating automated tasks, fraud reduction and the automatic remote supervision and management of a large number of distributed devices.

EtherWAN certified as a network solution partner with Milestone

EtherWAN certified as a network solution partner with Milestone

Editor / Provider: EtherWAN Systems | Updated: 6/30/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

EtherWAN Systems, a leading manufacturer and provider of industrial network solutions, announces the endorsement of Solution Partner by Milestone Systems, the leader in open platform IP surveillance video management software (VMS). EtherWAN has proven successful network integration of IT infrastructure components, access control and Milestone VMS in the large-scale IP surveillance scenario.

In an IP surveillance project in South East Asia, EtherWAN's EX17242 24-port Power over Ethernet switches have formed a steady IP network with CAT6 and fiber optic connections; As a result, the PoE cameras, SCADA and access control systems on site communicate seamlessly through EtherWAN's Ethernet transmission equipment. The surveillance data is collected and sent to the control center for further event and alarm notifications processed by XProtect® Professional, a comprehensive open platform VMS by Milestone. Such integration is made possible in consequence of the implementation of Milestone Integration Platform Software Development Kit (MIP SDK).

“EtherWAN is glad to join Milestone's Solution Partners in light of shaping reliable network transmission, minimizing installation and maintenance time of IP surveillance systems,” states Ben Chiang, Business Development Manager of EtherWAN, “We will continue to accumulate and share outstanding integration experience with our global partners and distribution channels in order to provide the most reliable network solutions for both Milestone and EtherWAN users. In order to fulfill this mission, we will make long-term efforts to work with all partners from different application fields.”

Macro trends driving global demand for network security solutions

Macro trends driving global demand for network security solutions

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 6/29/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Background
The global market for network cameras is expected to grow by between 16 to 22 percent annually in the next three to four years, according to reports by market research companies TSR and IHS. A large part of the growth is expected to be in the Asian and Latin American markets. The Chinese market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment, which also includes analogue cameras, amounted to 33 percent of the total global market in 2013, which was then worth USD 13.5 billion.

Axis has an indirect distribution model and a network of more than 75,000 partners in 179 countries. Axis' sales are made to distributors, who in turn sell to system integrators and resellers, who sell to the end customer. Axis offers a broad portfolio of network-based products and solutions to enterprise, medium and small customers in nine different customer segments: transportation, retail, bank & finance, city surveillance, critical infrastructure, education, manufacturing, healthcare and public sector.

Axis' competitors are large international vendors as well as small niched companies, in total over 400 competitors globally. Mature markets are characterized by competiveness around quality and new technology while some emerging markets are instead characterized more by price competitiveness.

Urbanization and rapid developments in IP-connectivity are driving the continuously growing demand for network security solutions

The latest World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report identifies failure of critical infrastructure and severe social unrest as two main global risks during 2015. The need to create a safer and more secure society continues to be the overarching driving force behind continued strong growth in the global video surveillance market.

The demand for IP-based security solutions continue to grow in all market regions and the most prominent driving forces for this are urbanization and technology development,
both global in nature.

On the one hand, continued strong market demand is tied to dynamic macroeconomic factors having to do with social- and economic development, especially rapid urbanization. On the other hand, rapid developments in IP-technology and the rise of hyper-connectivity, often referred to as the Internet of Things, are creating new areas of use for network video in areas not typically associated with video surveillance, namely visual and business intelligence.

Urbanization drives the need for intelligent security solutions
With ongoing rapid expansion of urban areas in Asia, Africa and other areas, pressure on transportation and other critical infrastructure is mounting. The latest World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report identifies failure of critical infrastructure and severe social unrest as two main global risks during 2015.

Prevents and solves crime
Growing population density in urban areas across the world increases the need to build smarter cities that can meet the security needs of its citizens, who have a right to feel safe. Surveillance camera technology is increasingly viewed as a critical component for law enforcement's ability to solve and prevent crime. There is growing public acceptance for video surveillance and mounting societal willingness in general to use technology to help ensure the safety of citizens.

Innovations in network video technology have led to a number of advanced privacy protection solutions that can be used to ensure that cameras only record what's necessary and that the material is protected and safely stored. For example, functions such as privacy masks that automatically blur faces or configurable pan, tilt and zoom limits can provide additional privacy protection while encryption and IP address filtering enable increased data protection.

Developing cities require more intelligence
Large scale investments in infrastructure such as public transportation systems, new housing developments, energy infrastructure and industries are all driving global demand for smart and effective security solutions.

Network solutions for smart cities
Intelligent security solutions are crucial building blocks for constructing the environmentally and socially sustainable cities of the future. Network camera solutions can for example measure traffic flows and provide real-time intelligence to traffic controllers, carefully monitor large areas around power plants, ports and other critical infrastructure to help protect against sabotage and terrorist attacks, help protect passengers and employees of public transportation systems, prevent vandalization and protect government buildings and schools.

The hyper-connected world/Developments in IP-based technology
New technology and the rise of the hyper-connected world is another main driving force for the global network video market. Increasingly sophisticated network camera technologies are allowing cameras to be integrated with physical access control systems and used together with software solutions, mobile devices and cloud technology. Integrated security systems that combine network cameras with physical access control systems and software solutions, are now used to heighten security in for example schools, hospitals and government buildings.

The development of advanced video analytics solutions has created a new area of use, namely around video as visual intelligence, commonly referred to as business intelligence. Network camera end-users who want to optimize their business processes are increasingly looking to surveillance solutions for answers. Whether it is to optimize cost, functionality, efficiency or security, customers are increasingly relying on network video and thus demanding various new innovative solutions.

Today, customers in both private and public sector segments request solutions that are tailored for their specific needs. Whether it is to enable people to create a smarter, safer world or to find new business opportunities through visual intelligence, innovations combining network camera and IP-technology have opened the door for highly advanced and specialized solutions.

IHS report on CCTV and video surveillance equipment market in Oceania region

IHS report on CCTV and video surveillance equipment market in Oceania region

Editor / Provider: Sandeep Nayak, IHS analyst | Updated: 6/25/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Oceania market for CCTV and video surveillance equipment, which is estimated to have been worth $190 million in 2014, is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% until 2019.

IHS forecasts that the market will experience a continued shift towards network video surveillance solutions. The Australian market is expected to account for most revenues across the forecast period, with an increasing number of government funded public surveillance projects being implemented.

Other key findings of the report include:

* The market in Oceania is not price sensitive and more emphasis has been provided on the specification of video surveillance equipment.

* Video management software solutions and cloud-based storage solutions are being incorporated into the enterprise surveillance solutions to provide better and easier management of the surveillance cameras and other peripherals.

* The Oceania market is a strong adopter of analytics. Particularly in the retail market as business intelligence applications are enabling end-users to monitor customer behaviour.

* Tourism has been experiencing a boost across Oceania region. With increasing number of tourists visiting the country, there is a need for advanced surveillance solutions to be incorporated into the region which is leading to the growth of the market.

Now available! Xesar 2.0 with virtual network

Now available! Xesar 2.0 with virtual network

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by EVVA | Updated: 6/24/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Xesar is the innovation from EVVA. Developed and manufactured in Austria, the electronic locking system offers companies a wide variety of products, areas of application and beautiful, timeless design. With Xesar 2.0 we have enhanced Xesar by a virtual network and countless new functions only twelve months after its market launch.

Employees, customers, suppliers – scores of people access and exit companies every day. In this process, it is particularly important to quickly, easily and efficiently assign access authorisations.

Xesar controls complex outdoor and indoor tasks in companies, such as offices, trade, retail, healthcare and educational facilities, but also cultural institutions and leisure facilities. You can flexibly grant and revoke access authorisations.

Now available! Xesar 2.0 offers increased transparency, convenience and security
With the free Xesar 2.0 download we have enhanced Xesar by countless new functions only twelve months after its market launch. Xesar 2.0 provides an improved overview, more convenient operation as well as maintenance and the system is highly secure in any application. From today Xesar 2.0 will be available to download for all new Xesar customers at www.evva.com

With the new software release EVVA will also offer a trailblazing enhancement as an optional extra: the virtual network. "Xesar 2.0 with the virtual network is unique on the market for electronic access system. Thanks to the maximum level of available and up-to-date data it is possible for the first time to obtain an overview of doors with outdated states that still require updating and blocked identification media that are still in circulation with only one click", Christoph Karl, EVVA Xesar product manager, explains. The virtual network must be additionally enabled using the Softwareplus card.

The virtual network is enabled using the Softwareplus card
The virtual network uses the issued identification media to exchange information between software and doors to always keep the system up to date. "The Softwareplus card is required to enable the Xesar virtual network. It is available from any EVVA Partner. Then simply expose the code on the rear of the card, enter it in the Xesar software in the Softwareplus package section. The virtual network is then activated for a period of three years."

Identification media are provided with update information (blacklist) from a central coding station (also possible with wall readers from autumn 2015). Select any validity periods for identification media: "We recommend validity periods of under ten days to keep the level of upto-date identification media in circulation to a maximum", Karl explains.

The information is then transferred from door to door on the way through the facility. In this process, identification media update door states and collect door information, such as battery states, access events, deletions or unlocking attempts by blocked media. The information is subsequently passed on to coding stations, where it is evaluated to reconfigure the security status in the software.

"Security has never been as transparent as with the new Xesar virtual network. The automatic, real-time evaluation feature means your facility is always up to date in terms of security", Karl adds in light of the functional enhancements of Xesar.

A release promotion for projects with over 30 doors
We have launched an introductory promotion on the occasion of the Xesar 2.0 release: if you as an EVVA Partner order products for a project with a minimum of thirty doors between 1 July up to and including 31 October you receive the Softwareplus card free of charge.

VIVOTEK's total surveillance systems deployed by casino in North Cyprus

VIVOTEK's total surveillance systems deployed by casino in North Cyprus

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 6/30/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The Acapulco Resort, North Cyprus: Cyprus Tradition Meets Western Comfort
Located on the sparkling white sands of one of Northern Cyprus's most naturally beautiful beaches, and looking out over the shallow, crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea, the Acapulco Resort (North Cyprus) is not just a place to relax and have fun, it is a place to be seen. As well as a long, 1km stretch of golden sand beach, offering a wide range of water-sports, the resort also features the biggest pool complex in Northern Cyprus, replete with a waterfall and a sunken bar. And in the evening, as the sun melts into the ocean, the Acapulco Resort creates its own bright lights, with an extensive array of restaurants, an open air disco and bar, and the stylish, high-class Pasha casino.

The Challenge: A New Security System, Stylish and State of the Art, was Needed for the Casino
In any luxurious holiday resort, the safety of the guests and their personal belongings is of utmost importance and the Acapulco Resort spares no expense in this department. However, one area of the Resort has always posed the greatest challenge for any security system – that is the extensive and stylish Pasha Casino. While the casino is built for the comfort and entertainment of the Resort's high-rolling guests and thus must present an elegant face, the gaming area also needs to be monitored closely to ensure fair-play. Until this year the casino management had attempted to carry out this surveillance with an old analog surveillance system, but in 2015, they finally reached out to distributors ONCU to help them bring the casino's security system up to speed, as well as into style.

One of the great things about the Acapulco Resort is that there's such a wide variety of facilities available. However, the diverse range of facilities at the Pasha Casino presented a diverse range of security challenges. The surveillance system needed to be stylish and with a small footprint, it also needed to provide coverage of a range of areas, some brightly light and subject to glare, some with less light than most IP cameras could cope with. Perhaps most demanding was the casino floor, where precision focus was required to monitor the gaming activities.

The Solution: What Challenge? VIVOTEK's Wide Range of IP Cameras See More but Show Less
Thankfully, VIVOTEK, no stranger to diversity, or to challenges, provides such a wide range of IP cameras and surveillance solutions that the Pasha Casino could be covered without difficulty or fuss. Particularly well matched to the job were VIVOTEK's FE8181 and FE8181V fisheye network cameras which both offer 360-degree surround coverage while keeping out of sight, and Smart IR illumination to bring dark areas into view. The FD8135H fixed dome camera took care of the other end of the spectrum, with its WDR Pro enabling the camera to provide crystal clear imagery even in areas of high contrast light. The IP8371E bullet network camera played its part too, incorporating Smart Stream technology, which can be used to optimize resolution on a desired object or area to maximize bandwidth usage. Joining this already impressive team, VIVOTEK's SD8364E was chosen for its superb image quality, sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, patrol function, auto detection and tracking modes, making the camera able to easily keep track of the busy action on the casino floor.

One hundred and thirty FD8168 ultra-mini fixed dome network cameras were also chosen for their unique ability to provide surveillance of the highest quality, while blending into even the most stylish interiors. Knowing how important it is to avoid down-time in a casino, VIVOTEK has also made the FD8168 extremely simple to install with compact housing and standard PoE power input design, as well as a MicroSD card slot for local storage use.

A casino presents another challenge for surveillance systems. While visibility is vitally important, not every area can be brightly lit. VIVOTEK's FD8169 fixed dome camera, equipped with 15 meter infrared and 3D Noise Reduction technology, is specifically designed to produce crystal clear images even when the lighting is set low to enhance the atmosphere of the casino.

With adopting the comprehensive surveillance solution of VIVOTEK, the full coverage is ensured as the games goes on. Even in the busy and constantly changing environment of the casino gaming floor, security operators can remotely monitor every flip of a card and every spin of a roulette wheel from their high-tech control room.

Making Total Surveillance Simple: VIVOTEK's VAST Central Management Software
As is clear, VIVOTEK has provided a broad range of IP cameras to meet the needs of the Pasha Casino. However, just because the network of cameras is diverse, doesn't mean managing them needs to be complicated or difficult. Thanks to VIVOTEK's self developed VMS VAST central management software, the whole system can be intuitively managed remotely. VAST supports hundreds of cameras and stations in a hierarchical structure of system for monitoring, recording, playback and event trigger management with ease-of-use and efficient control. Moreover, VAST also offers a video wall solution, VAST Matrix, allowing the live monitoring of hundred of cameras. Serving as the brains of this diverse team of IP cameras, VIVOTEK's VAST software ensures that this diverse range of VIVOTEK cameras all work in perfect harmony to ensure the safety of the guests of the Pasha Casino at the Acapulco Resort, North Cyprus.

The changing VMS landscape

The changing VMS landscape

Editor / Provider: Eifeh Strom, a&s International | Updated: 6/18/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

In the past few years the security industry has witnessed several major M&As involving VMS companies. These M&As have come in the form of hardware companies acquiring VMS companies (e.g., Canon Europe acquiring Milestone Systems, Panasonic acquiring Video Insight, and Tyco acquiring Exacq Technologies) and one VMS company acquiring a fellow VMS (e.g., OnSSI acquiring SeeTec).

The reasoning behind most of these M&As seem pretty obvious. Whether it be to gain market share in new market regions, or to acquire new technology and create a fuller solution, these M&As are changing the VMS landscape. Now, the question is, how exactly will these M&As effect the VMS market, open platforms, and independent VMS companies?

The Many Sides of Consolidation
For the most part, anyone in the security industry will attest that M&As and market consolidation are a good thing: it is a sign of market maturity. In fact, consolidation fuels innovation and competition. But what does this mean for independent VMS companies that are now up against those with large corporations and plenty of investment capital behind them? While concern has been expressed over the possible repercussions of consolidation on open-platform standards, independent companies don't seem too worried about what that means for the future of the independent VMS.

More Investment, More Support
For those that have been acquired by larger companies, the benefits are obvious: more investment and more support. These two things are exactly what Mike Taylor, Director of Sales for North America at Milestone Systems, highlighted. The acquisition of Milestone Systems by Canon Europe last year sent shockwaves through the security industry, as the number one VMS company globally, best known for their commitment to an open platform, had been acquired by a relative no one in the security industry, Canon Europe. However, this marriage, according to Taylor, is nothing but beneficial to Milestone. "For us, there is additional investment which brings with it new growth opportunities in head count. We've changed our structure for the new year as to how we're going to market. And by having that additional investment it's given us the opportunity to add significant new roles, as well as upgrade our talent."

Power in Independence
Obviously, more investment opens up a lot of doors for R&D, talent recruitment, and marketing. Smaller, independent VMS companies definitely acknowledge these advantages. Despite the advantages, IPConfigure, an independent VMS company that specializes in cross-platform product offerings, also noted the drawbacks of outside investment — with more investment comes more complexity in running a business, which is exactly what Chris Uiterwyk, CEO and President expressed. According to Uiterwyk, IPConfigure has no immediate plans to acquire or merge with any other company for several reasons. "We're open to strategic partnerships but at the end of the day being independent means we don't have outsiders forcing us down paths that we don't believe are good for IPConfigure or the industry," he said. "As a result, the IPConfigure team has absolute influence over the company's destiny. Making informed and sound decisions comes faster and results in the development of new technologies ahead of our competitors."

M&As have also helped independent VMS companies increase their market value due to the uncertain future of recently acquired competitors. According to Uiterwyk, "The demand for our products and the value of our company goes up every time there's a M&A event, primarily because there are fewer independent VMS companies. However, customers do question the future of independent VMS companies realizing they too could become an acquisition target. This becomes a larger issue for integrators and installers who make large financial commitments to educate their sales and technical staff on a particular technology and expect a long return on their investment."

Likewise, Randy Miller, VP of Sales of WavestoreUSA pointed out remaining independent also gives them a leg up with integrators. "While we highly value our partnerships with those third-party partners that have involved themselves with competitive platforms, those that have not are garnering a greater attention from the integrator base that we're most interested in," he said. "Whether they're national, regional, or local integrators, they know they can go out and select the camera that fits their job in the best way, that WavestoreUSA is out there ready to enable them to be able to manage that."

Will Consolidation Close the Market?
One of the biggest concerns surrounding M&As has to do with whether or not they will close in on the openness of the market. Despite the fact that Canon has vowed to keep and support Milestone as a standalone company, there still remain many skeptics.

Eric Fullerton, CEO of Vicon believes that consolidation in the market is driving what he calls proprietary behavior. "We saw Exacq get acquired by Tyco and now they are prioritizing the Tyco cameras. You saw Panasonic buy Video Insight, now that's going to be included in the Panasonic solution as a proprietary VMS. You've seen Canon buy Milestone and Axis, and even though they're saying, 'We're not going to change anything,' they used US$2.5 billion; they're going to have to do something to get ROI. So, I predict that is going to drive more proprietary behavior."

In the end, it is the customer that will be the loser if the market starts to close in, according to Andrew Elvish, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Genetec. "When you see consolidation in an industry, often it signifies lock ups. Users are going to be locked into an offering where they can't choose different camera vendors or the right software for their needs. We think customers should have maximum choice. And we worry that with consolidation it makes sense for the acquirer to say we've acquired these brands so we want to build synergies between them. Ultimately, I think the customer loses out."

Openess for All
Regardless of what is going on in the marketplace and who has acquired who, the desire to keep the market open is an important point for major VMS vendors. As the two top VMS companies in the world, Genetec, who says being independent is part of their DNA, and Milestone, who is now part of Canon that also acquired Axis Communications, are both committed to providing an open platform to their customers.

Smaller VMS companies have also strongly committed to remaining open. "Open platform desirability is one of our core messages for 2015. The camera of your choice, the IP device of your choice, the system of your choice… We highly value the fact that open platform, open to choose really means something. The value that brings is significant and it's real to the integrator, it means they remain in complete control of their system offerings in the field," Miller added.

One thing is for sure, these types of M&As are not done. And, as the market moves to provide fuller solutions, we can expect to see further changes in the VMS market.

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