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Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Milestone amps up with new sales director and managers

Editor / Provider: Milestone | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Milestone Systems aims to continue its position as the market leader for open platform IP video management software (VMS): the company has recently hired more strong players for managing sales in North America, Austria, Germany and Switzerland and the UK. A new Finance Manager has also come on board in the US and the fast-growing Bulgarian office has a new HR Manager. The Danish headquarters has hired a Product Manager and Marketing Manager, too.

Mike Taylor is now the Director of Sales, North America, for Milestone Systems. Since July, he has been responsible for driving new business, tasked with expanding the local, regional and national integrator base and building out the consulting and Architects & Engineers (A&E) Program. Mike Taylor has been in the security industry for over 18 years in key roles that include Brivo Systems Senior Director of Sales and AMAG Technology Vice President of Sales, having started his career with ADT Security Systems.

 

 

 

 Peter Grubauer is Milestone Country Manager DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) since May. He has extensive experience in selling and managing sales teams, from previous positions with Novell, Polycom, Tandberg, Cisco Systems, and Vidyo. He works with a motivational management style from a proven history of building, guiding and retaining high-performance teams to develop and implement strategies for accelerated growth.

 

 

 

 Ava Parissay joined Milestone Systems at the Danish headquarters in June as Senior Products Manager in the Professional Business Unit. With a B.A.Sc. Computer Engineering and M.B.A. from Simon Fraser University, she has worked more than ten years in the high-tech industry, most recently as Product Manager at Avigilon in Canada where she was responsible for the device portfolio and integration program. Prior to this, she was a Product Manager and Head of User Interface Design at Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates.

“Ava will support our team in a number of activities across R&D, Sales and Marketing. She will take ownership of the strategic three-year roadmap for the Professional Business Unit,” says Janne Jacobsen, VP Professional Products, Milestone Systems.

 

 

Tamron explores new territories

Tamron explores new territories

Editor / Provider: a&s Asia editorial team | Updated: 8/22/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

Tamron, a well-known lens company, in security, has made several new changes in its R&D, marketing, and services to better fit current customers' lens needs. In this article, Tamron discusses specific business strategies concentrating on their OEM business and how to stay ahead in technology and market shares.

Korean and Chinese lens manufacturers have brought on cutthroat competition in the global market, pushing many leading Japanese lens manufacturers to transform and widen the technology gap. Tamron is a role model here, exploring new technologies and markets. Over the years, Tamron has strengthened itself by developing high-end technologies such as 1,080P full HD and future 4K or even 8K lenses. The company also began business in India two years ago, seeking new business opportunities, such as safe city projects, for its expansion in South Asia. Finally, Tamron is also preparing to reach out to more vertical markets, especially in the transportation sector — city surveillance and ITS — and even non-security applications. Now, with all these new changes, Tamron is ready for another turning point in its business.

Increasing Focus on OEM Business
The lens industry has changed quite a bit. The increasing sales from lens and camera bundles have led to the rise in the lens OEM business. “Besides the C/CS mount type lenses, Tamron has shifted more to OEM business. Now, we have around two thirds of our business in OEM, mainly dealing with camera manufacturers,” said Koji Masunari, GM of Tamron. “To collaborate with camera manufacturers, it is important to stay flexible to match their specific needs.” Masunari elaborated that Tamron is able to provide 20 to 30 types of one single product model to tailor to a camera manufacturer's requirements. In addition, “to achieve the greatest picture quality with IR cut, for instance, communication and engineering supports in mechanical and software parts become very crucial. We work very closely with our customers around the world with stationed technical support staff in each of our subsidiary offices in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and China. What we provide are very instant service, technical support, and sales communication in each local market.”

To stay price competitive in price sensitive markets, such as in Southeast and South Asian countries, Tamron moved its lens production mainly to China and more recently to Vietnam. “The R&D and all the assembly jig preparation will still stay in Japan,” he said, to keep a good balance on quality and price of Tamron's products.

Expansion In South and Southeast Asia
Besides OEM business, another focus for Tamron right now is to actively penetrate more new emerging countries. The company set up a subsidiary office in India two years ago. Masunari said, “We are right now developing business customers directly and proceeding marketing activities in Indian market. Since India has a high demand from many government projects, such as transportation and banking, we hope to work more closely with some major systems integrators with our high-end products.” He continued, “However, the necessity of high-end products has not been understood by customers yet and it will probably take a long time for Tamron to gain the large business in this market. We now promote aggressively the value of high-end products by participating in exhibitions, roadshows, and products seminars in that market.” Starting from India, Tamron then continues expanding to other countries in South Asia. Among Southeast Asian countries, Tamron will put great effort into well-developed countries like Singapore and Thailand to stimulate sales. Additionally, emerging countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia will be Tamron's next targets.

Staying Ahead In Technology Advancement
The standard requirement from the security industry for picture resolution is getting higher and higher. A few years ago, VGA resolution was still the norm, but 1,080P full HD has since become the standard. Today, 4K products are just coming out, but there have already been talks about 8K in the market. “We need to contribute more for picture quality and try to eliminate the error rate in the best possible way. To support this, the lens quality is very important and it is required for lens design to eliminate all the color bleeding, flare, and ghost,” said Masunari.

The product design has to be advanced, and so do the production facilities. “We also have invested in more precise part measurements and high assembly techniques,” he emphasized.

To gain more market shares, it is also essential for a lens company to have a complete product portfolio to support camera manufacturers and systems integrators for different projects. “What we try to do is make the product design very simple to use and easy to understand for our customers. For instance, Tamron has the double vari-focal solution, which covers all focal lengths from wide to tele with just two 3-megapixel lenses,” Masunari said.

Keeping ahead in technologies, “Tamron's R&D will definitely focus on developing megapixel lenses, such as 2K, 4K, or 8K, and special lenses for panoramic or wide-angle view and a low-light environment, in the near future,” he emphasized.

Exploring new Verticals and Applications
For its future development, it is important for Tamron right now to explore more new applications and vertical markets for security lenses in all different regional markets. The transportation sector, especially for city surveillance and ITS, is an important business segment for the company. “The ITS market has strong opportunity in the Asian market as the growth ratio of automobile ownership is rapidly growing. Regarding city surveillance, we expect business possibility not only in the emerging Asian market but also in Japan as well, especially due to the coming Tokyo Olympic Games,” Masunari said.

Generally, in the field of ITS, fixed focal length lenses have been the main selection for their sensitivity; however, Tamron has developed a large aperture zoom which realizes high sensitivity from wide to tele and the company is now promoting it in the market. As for city surveillance, which requires continuous 24-hour recording, the tendency was that night recording would lose picture quality under infrared lighting. However, Tamron has created a lens that will keep its quality day or night — no matter what the lighting is the image quality will not be affected. As sensitivity is an important factor, the company has also developed a zoom lens which the F number of wide and tele zoom position has minimum difference. With this lens, Tamron can provide clear and sharp images for 24/7 surveillance.

Tamron particularly promotes these products to new companies that have been targeting transportation and expects to form more good partnerships, in order to penetrate these new market segments together. Finally, in the future, Tamron sees more applications in biometric products such as facial recognition and thermal cameras. For the non-security product segment, Tamron also sees potential in wide-angle lenses for video conferencing and some special lenses for medical usage.

New changes, Big growth
Tamron definitely serves as a good role model in the lens industry having made so many new changes in its latest technological development, production, and market expansion in order to take the lead in the market. Now, all that is needed is time for the company to reap all the positive results as a result of their effort, positive results we can expect will come soon in Asia.

Bosch provides one-stop security solution to Yves Rocher in Thai

Bosch provides one-stop security solution to Yves Rocher in Thai

Editor / Provider: Bosch | Updated: 8/21/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Bosch video surveillance solutions are now installed across all Yves Rocher outlets in Thailand. Yves Rocher, a leading global cosmetic and beauty brand that is rapidly expanding in Thailand has entrusted Bosch to keep their outlets across the country, safe and secure with our video surveillance solutions. Working with Bosch partner, CCTV Thailand, a video surveillance system was installed to allow central monitoring of all Yves Rocher outlets.

Each outlet is approximately 24 square meters and is installed with 4 indoor dome cameras. The Bosch VDC-260 cameras are used in each outlet to monitor the cashier, entrance and display shelves. The cameras are connected to a Bosch DVR-480 recording unit that enables real-time digital recording.

Footage from the DVR is centrally monitored with the Bosch Video Client (BVC). The BVC is simple to install, configure and intuitive to use and is ideal for applications such as retail stores like Yves Rocher. This software allows Yves Rocher's security team to view images from multiple cameras on a single PC monitor and easily archive video clips. BVC displays live video from up to 20 standard and high definition cameras simultaneously.

With the Bosch video surveillance system keeping their existing 50 outlets secure and well monitored, Yves Rocher plans to equip their future outlets with the same solution which is easy to maintain and monitor centrally. In addition, the 3-year warranty and efficient after sales follow up gives them peace of mind to focus on their core business without worrying about store security.

*     A one-stop video surveillance solution to monitor Yves Rocher outlets across Thailand

* Excellent image resolution and digital video recording that enables precision monitoring at all outlets

* Flexible viewing options via the Bosch video client maximizes the efficiency of security monitoring

NUUO Mainconsole guards Costa Rican hydroelectricity plant

NUUO Mainconsole guards Costa Rican hydroelectricity plant

Editor / Provider: NUUO | Updated: 8/21/2014 | Article type: Infrastructure

This project will not only help Costa Rica address its growing demand for electricity but also contribute to the country's goal of reducing its carbon emissions,' said Jean-Marc Aboussouan, who heads infrastructure financing for private sector projects at the IDB's Structured and Corporate Finance Department. “Moreover, the successful implementation of the environmental and social elements in this project will provide an important model for hydroelectric projects in Latin America.

Customer Profile
ICE stands for Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. It is the Costa Rican government owned electricity and telecommunications services provider and generates annual revenues of around $1,844 million. One of their biggest projects in Central America is undoubtedly the Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Reventazón, or the Reventazón Hydroelectric Project. This project aims to construct a 305.5 MW hydropower plant in the Limon Province in Costa Rica, using waters from the Reventazón River to generate an average of 1,407 gigawatt-hour (GWh) of electricity per year. Once completed, the plant will represent approximately 10 percent of Costa Rica's total installed electricity generation capacity.

Solution
Approximately 3,000 workers work over a wide range of area involved in this project, and demand for security is huge in order to provide a safe and secure ground for workers and for management to monitor project progress. For unparalleled flexibility and NVR features, the system integrator chose NUUO Mainconsole solutions for this particular site. “NUUO products are very easy to install and we have great success with the solutions they offer from NUUO,” said Steve Herra Villalobos, coordinator of department of electronic security.

NUUO Mainconsole is among one of NUUO's best VMS solutions for enterprises. Stable, flexible, with easy integration options. NUUO Mainconsole is very easy to use and features special Tri-brid solution that incorporates both analog and digital camera inputs along with a capture card for maximum compatibility benefits.

Benefits
For a project as large as the hydroelectric project it is paramount to have local and remote viewing functions available along with efficient management of cameras spread through a large surrounding area. NUUO Mainconsole, outfitted with multi-stream capability that efficiently adjust streaming quality depending on viewing environments and connections speeds, can ensure the best viewing experience under any environment. Multi-stream means high resolution views can be streamed to the local viewing ports, and smaller, more efficient videos to the remote viewing app, saving precious bandwidth and ensure smooth video loading.

NUUO Mainconsole also provides additional features that were crucial for the project requirements. Individual recording channel data retention function allowed the project managers to keep video data for up to 45 days, and is available by individual channels, thus allowing considerable hard disk savings. NUUO Mainconsole also came with advanced video analytics with license plate recognition for additional security benefits.

Flexible, intelligent, powerful. These are the main benefits of NUUO Mainconsole. NUUO Mainconsole is the best choice when you have existing older analog systems but wants to upgrade to IP cams. It provides seamless integration between older and newer types of cameras. NUUO Mainconsole is also flexible. Choose from different combinations between software, capture card, and certified hybrid machines to ensure optimum performance. The configuration option is limitless.

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Samsung Techwin Beyond 1280H offers 1000TVL recording with analog systems

Editor / Provider: Samsung Techwin | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Samsung Techwin's new Beyond 1280H series of 1000 TV Lines analogue cameras are equipped as standard with a long list of innovative and technically advanced features which until now, users might have only expected to see built into IP network cameras.

To ensure that customers can gain maximum benefit from the outstanding quality images captured by the eight new analogue models, Samsung Techwin has also introduced new high performance 4, 8 and 16 channel Beyond DVRs which can simultaneously record the extremely high quality 1000 TV lines images in real time across all their channels.

“We have introduced the new Beyond 1280H series of analogue cameras and DVRs in support of those many thousands of CCTV users across Europe who want to cost effectively extend the life of their existing analogue systems,” said Tim Biddulph, Product Manager for the Security Solution division of Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd. “Whilst widespread adoption of video over IP is inevitable, there is nevertheless an almost countless number of existing analogue CCTV systems which are working satisfactorily. End-users may however now need identification grade images which their existing analogue cameras cannot deliver. The good news is that the Beyond series is fully interoperable with current, existing and legacy analogue systems.”

Many of the new highly competitively priced models feature enhanced Wide Dynamic Range which, with performance greater than 120dB, can accurately produce images in scenes that simultaneously contain very bright and very dark areas. They are also equipped with SSNR IV, Samsung Techwin's new generation of noise reduction technology, to deliver high resolution images in night time conditions without any smear or “ghosting”. Other key features include various forms of video analytics, and defog which can improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions such as rain, smoke or fog.

Beyond DVRs
In addition to the Beyond 4 channel SRD-476D, 8 channel SRD-876D and 16 channel SRD-1676D, which can all record 1000 TV lines images in real time across all of their channels, Samsung Techwin has also introduced the 16 channel SRD-1656D, which has the ability to record in real time, CIF quality images captured by connected cameras. De-Interlace support on each channel ensures sharp, accurate display of still images.

All four new Beyond DVRs, which have a single channel audio output, offer the flexibility to separately configure each of their channels to make best use of the available storage capacity by enabling users to set the specific image quality/resolution required for each camera location. With the exception of the 4 channel SRD-476D which has a single internal HDD, the Beyond series of DVRS have four internal SATA HDDs and each provide the option for extra video storage via two external SATA ports.

The Beyond DVRs benefit from a new ultra user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface) and offer authorised users the option to remotely view live or recorded video from a PC or any Android or IOS supported smartphone or tablet via Samsung Techwin's license-free SSM, SmartViewer or iPOLiS Mobile monitoring software. A built-in web viewer offers enhanced compatibility via Chrome, Explorer and Safari.

The new cameras and domes in the Beyond 1280H series are:
* SCB-5003 WDR 1280H bodied camera
* SCB-5000 1280H bodied camera
* SCD-5083 WDR 1280H Dome Camera
* SCD-5080 1280H Dome Camera
* SCV-5083 1280H WDR Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCV-5080 1280H Vandal-Resistant Dome Camera
* SCD-5083R 1280H WDR IR Dome Camera
* SCV-5083R Vandal-Resistant WDR IR Dome Camera

Collectively the first eight new models are designed to offer solutions for a wide range of applications and environments from offices, retail stores, schools and hospitals and warehouses, to more challenging environments such as airports, ports, transport facilities, car parks and town centres.

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Kantech releases Intevo with exacqVision VMS software

Editor / Provider: Tyco Security Products | Updated: 8/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Kantech, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, one of  the world's largest pure-play fire protection and security companies, announces the release of the Intevo integrated security platform which now includes the latest version of the exacqVision video management system (VMS) software.

Designed to unify access control, IP video and intrusion for small to medium-sized businesses, Intevo seamlessly integrates the Kantech EntraPass software with exacqVision VMS software into a single solution. Intevo also includes support for DSC PowerSeries and MAXSYS alarm panel integration, giving users plug-and-play capability.

“With the move to the Exacq software, Intevo brings the powerful and intuitive features of the exacqVision VMS, such as faster and more intuitive video searching capabilities, to customers as part of an easy to deploy, integrated security platform,” said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Tyco Security Products.

The exacqVision software features SpeedSearch, where video frames automatically populate on the screen upon conducting a search and advance as the timeline cursor is moved. Users can also begin an investigation while video is still downloading, providing faster access to the necessary evidence, particularly for low bandwidth connections.

Intevo is optimized for the use of American Dynamics Illustra Series HD cameras — supporting up to 32 IP cameras per system. Using the exacqVision software, Intevo supports over 2,000 models of the industry's leading IP camera including fisheye/panoramic models with client-side de-warping.

The Intevo platform is preloaded with the latest version of Kantech's EntraPass Corporate Edition security management software, which supports the EntraPass Web remote user platform and the EntraPass Go mobile application right out of the box. EntraPass allows customers to view, manage and play back video linked to access control events as well as perform everyday access control functions such as locking and unlocking doors.

Historical city Yerevan makes its first step to safe city with Avigilon

Historical city Yerevan makes its first step to safe city with Avigilon

Editor / Provider: Avigilon | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The Capital of Armenia deploys Avigilon High-Definition Surveillance System as critical first step in safe city Initiative
One of the oldest cities in the world dating back to 782 BC, Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, is the country's political and economic hub. With more than a million residents and attracting tourists from around the world, Yerevan is compact and crowded, with an intense cultural life that draws a lot of traffic. Like all municipalities, Yerevan is vulnerable to threats driven by overcrowding, criminal activity, and natural disasters. To improve the safety of its citizens and visitors, the city has launched a “Safe City” initiative to reduce and prevent crime, and enhance the quality of life in the city. At the heart of its Safe City initiative is the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, currently deployed in the city's roads and parking lots with plans to cover the entire city to better protect its people, property, and assets.

Challenge
Manage municipal paid parking system and roll out a Safe City initiative to better protect people, property, infrastructure, and assets.

Solution
Parking City Service has deployed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in parking areas within the city center, and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of 24x7 continuous surveillance footage on 40 Avigilon Network Video Recorders located in the new air-conditioned data center.

Benefits
- Effective management of paid parking system
- Secure parked vehicles and prevent crime
- Generate revenue for city
- Assist in traffic flow management - Faster footage search and export times
- High-quality image detail for identification - Scalable to meet future Safe City goals

The First Step
As a first step in Yeravan's Safe City Project, the municipality engaged Parking City Service, a local provider of surveillance system design, installation, and support, to manage the surveillance system deployment at the city's parking lots and to monitor traffic in the crowded downtown core. “We believe that customers of the new paid parking system should receive good value for their money – ensuring the safety of vehicles is absolutely critical,” said Vazgen Harutyunyan, director at Parking City Service. “We looked at solutions from all the major players and selected the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for its exceptional image quality that captures the smallest details, advanced search and playback functionality, and ease-of-use.”

Avigilon in the City
Parking City Service has installed 1,600 Avigilon HD 5 MP Bullet cameras with adaptive IR technology in designated parking areas to date and plans to install another 5,400 Avigilon HD cameras for complete coverage across the entire city. Six operators manage the surveillance system using Avigilon Control Center (ACC) software with High Definition Stream Management (HDSM)™, storing up to two weeks of continuous surveillance footage on 20 Avigilon Network Video Recorders (NVRs), located in the company's new air-conditioned data center. Parking City Service installed the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system in no time, with excellent support from the Avigilon team. “We had no issues with installation and set-up, and Avigilon answers any questions we had promptly and accurately,” confirmed Harutyunyan.

Parking System Management
The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is used primarily to manage the city's new paid parking system and regulate what has been a disorderly situation for years. “We leverage the image quality of the Avigilon HD cameras to capture the license plates of vehicles parked in our lots and if payment is not made, a ticket is issued,” explained Harutyunyan. Operators review archived footage to identify vehicles that have not paid, creating a five-minute video clip that is attached to the ticket. “We create between 500 to 600 video clips each day, which we are able to do efficiently using the advanced search and playback features of the Avigilon Control Center software,” noted Harutyunyan. The Avigilon high-definition surveillance system ensures patron safety and parking availability, and also helps generate revenue for the city that can be used to further improve traffic flow in the downtown core.

Intuitive Searching Saves Time
Searching through large amounts of footage can be time consuming work, but operators can dramatically reduce the time required using the advanced functionality of the ACC software. Operators can digitally zoom in on image details from single or multiple cameras to capture necessary data and have full control over forward and reverse playback with drag and zoom capabilities for faster search times. “Avigilon Control Center is extremely user-friendly and intuitive, so we can quickly search through multiple cameras for fast results – in fact, we can complete all our reports in just a half an hour, even when multiple cameras are involved,” stated Harutyunyan.

Exporting Video Boosts Safety
The city also leverages the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system for public safety purposes, reviewing footage of theft, vandalism, crime, and accidents in surrounding areas for investigative purposes. Feedback from local law enforcement and municipal agencies has been positive. “We can quickly and easily export video to help police in their forensic work,” explained Harutyunyan. “In one case, in which a man entered a building with a rifle, we were able to immediately provide footage which led to his arrest within hours.” Surveillance video is also shared with the city to assess traffic flow or analyze other urban planning concerns. “By collaborating with the city, we can help improve traffic flow, reduce crime and congestion, and enhance the overall quality of life in Yerevan.”

Clear Image Detail
Another key selling feature of the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system is its exceptional image quality – both day and night. The Avigilon HD Bullet cameras are equipped with built-in adaptive infrared (IR) illumination to increase in-the-dark visibility without using a visible light source, important for operators to effectively capture minute details, such as license plate numbers, at any time of the day or night. “I also really like the fact that the Avigilon HD cameras come with an integrated lens for remote focus and zoom control,” said Harutyunyan. “I can easily change a camera's focus from 3 mm to 9 mm or 22 mm for even greater clarity.”

Future Scalability
Scalability was another important requirement, especially given the city's plans to expand the surveillance system right across the municipality. “With the Avigilon surveillance system, we will have no blind zones in the city center, with cameras installed on posts every 30 to 40 meters,” described Harutyunyan. “The Avigilon system will easily grow with us as we work towards 100 percent coverage of the entire city within the next few years.”

A Safer City Environment
The parking lot surveillance solution is just the first step in Yerevan's Safe City Initiative to enhance public safety and protect critical infrastructure, property, and assets. With broader access to surveillance footage, city officials can respond to events faster and more accurately than before to reduce crime and manage crisis situations in real-time – on every street corner. “Our final goal is to create a safer city for residents and visitors alike,” concluded Harutyunyan. “With easier and more timely access to high-quality surveillance footage through the Avigilon high-definition surveillance system, we can easily achieve greater situational awareness for better overall protection.”

 

SimonsVoss launches new

SimonsVoss launches new "SmartIntego" product line

Editor / Provider: SimonsVoss | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

With the system integration solution SimonsVoss SmartIntego connections to existing complex access control systems are now easier than ever before. System component auto-configuration in the SmartIntego Manager ensures that there is far less work involved in component integration compared to other systems.

Of all technologies deployed in buildings, security technologies are of particular crucial significance. Systems for fire and burglar alarms, video surveillance and access control contribute enormously to people's security and safety. To reduce complexity amalgamation of different systems are on the increase. In buildings such as hospitals, universities, public authorities equipped with several office doors and conference rooms, an extensive access control system is often already installed, usually a card-based system with an online access control station. Access authorizations are stored there and also secure the classic offline card reader. With the development of SmartIntego SimonsVoss provides the ideal solution to handle system integration into already existing access control systems. SmartIntego consists of the electronic components locking cylinder, door fitting SmartHandle and GatewayNode.

Oliver Quaisser, Sales Director for SmartIntego, describes the SimonsVoss system integration product: "For many building operators, equipping an entire building with card readers and wiring them is too costly, too complex and in some cases due to building specifications simply not possible. Card readers are normally only employed for outside doors or safety-relevant doors. In other cases, the doors are equipped with mechanical systems and keys. To replace these mechanical systems, SimonsVoss is offering a cost-effective overall solution with SmartIntego, which seamlessly integrates into the existing access control system, providing a fast return on investment.“ With this new product line SimonsVoss targets the leading international system integrators.

The electronic locking cylinder - SmartIntego and electronic door fitting SmartHandle - SmartIntego supports the transmission standards of all conventional card formats such as MIFARE Classic, MIFARE Plus, MIFARE DESFire/EV1, Legic Advant UID, HID iClass UID and MIFARE UID. Installation is performed without any cables and drilling. With a battery life of up to 80,000 locking operations in online mode, the components do not require any maintenance for several years.

The GatewayNode - SmartIntego ensures the perfect connection between the digital locking cylinder or SmartHandle and the central building security control system. As an intermediary device between the intelligence in cylinders and door fittings on the one hand and the access control system on the other, the GatewayNode ensures seamless cooperation between peripheral devices and the security software. A series of characteristics transform the radio-based hub with an RS485 and TCP/IP interface into an exceptionally powerful access manager. Each GatewayNode is capable of handling up to 16 locking devices. Thanks to its highly developed internal components, it is able to transmit so-called white lists with up to 250 entries from the access control system to the peripheral devices and keep them up to date. This ensures optimum flexibility, even in offline mode.

 

VIVOTEK introduces advanced video content analysis solutions

VIVOTEK introduces advanced video content analysis solutions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/19/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK has announced its first video content analysis (VCA) application package, which includes three key functions: Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting. Introduction of the new VCA application package follows the debut of the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform (VADP), an open platform for integrating video analytic functionality within its cameras. Now, the VCA package can analyze data directly on a camera to provide solutions for business applications, in addition to traditional security use cases.

Powerful Intelligent Functions
The Field Detection feature allows users to define a zone in the field of view for automated monitoring. Whenever a person or object either enters or leaves this zone, the event is automatically detected, and notification is sent to the video management server or other back-end infrastructure. Line Crossing functionality is used to set up a virtual line within the camera's field of view so that when a person or object crosses the line, the event is detected. VIVOTEK's implementation of this feature detects line crossing from either the left or the right, or from either direction at once. In addition to obvious security applications, the Field Detection and Line Crossing could be used to demarcate a zone in the field of view corresponding to an area in physical space where access is restricted.

The Object Counting feature is particularly valuable for retail applications, providing quantitative data on variables such as in-store traffic and shopper behavior, as well as for transport-related applications, where the function can be used to track the number of passengers, vehicles, and so forth. Software accessing the precise numerical data provided by the Object Counting algorithm can then provide a reliable basis for users to make business decisions, improve service, increase operational efficiency, perform in-depth analysis, and more.

In the business realm, these three key functions aid to improve the customer experience, adjust staffing levels, or determine sales conversion rates, among many other possibilities.

Tapping Market Trends
VIVOTEK Executive Vice President Steve Ma remarked, "The use of surveillance cameras is expanding from their traditional role in security to business applications. VIVOTEK is leading this trend in a big way with our on-camera video content analysis and the VIVOTEK Application Development Platform. We can't wait to see the powerful software plug-ins that developers are going to create using this combination-and the benefits they will bring to retailers and other customers around the world."

The full VIVOTEK video content analysis suite, including Field Detection, Line Crossing Detection, and Object Counting modules, is available immediately on VIVOTEK's MD8562, FE8174/74V, and FE8173 cameras. The company plans to integrate Field Detection and Line Crossing functions in other camera models in the near future.

VIVOTEK offers PoE solutions for surveillance market

VIVOTEK offers PoE solutions for surveillance market

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/15/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announces that the company now offers Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) solutions to the surveillance market, including a wide range of PoE switches, PoE extenders, and PoE injectors. PoE solutions enable a single cable to provide data connection as well as electrical power to network surveillance devices. By adopting PoE solutions, the cost of the entire surveillance system implementation can be significantly reduced.

With profound market experience, VIVOTEK sees a strong demand for PoE products with high quality and compatibility. VIVOTEK has especially introduced IEEE 802.3af and IEEE 802.3at high power standards to its PoE switches and injectors, supporting power as high as 60 watts to be delivered over an Ethernet cable. In addition, VIVOTEK designed PoE extender for extending the surveillance system to 300 meters without any additional power supply required, significantly saving the implementation manpower and hardware costs. The PoE extender is especially for factory applications. With the introduction of VIVOTEK PoE products, the implementation of a complete and long distance surveillance system has been transformed into a simple task.

VIVOTEK's Executive Vice President, Steve Ma, stated, “To fulfill clients' needs with high quality and cost effective solutions is always VIVOTEK's top priority. Today, VIVOTEK proudly announced its PoE products to offer clients with comprehensive solutions. This progression enables clients to build surveillance systems without having to waste time and energy searching for components or software from other companies. With professional consultancy from VIVOTEK, installing a surveillance system is now as easy as ever.”

Besides PoE extenders and PoE injectors, VIVOTEK especially developed a wide range of PoE switches, such as 4-channel, 8-channel, 16-channels, and 24-channel form factors for industrial and commercial applications.

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