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LILIN USA supplied video surveillance for Chevrolet dealership

LILIN USA supplied video surveillance for Chevrolet dealership

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 9/2/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

LILIN USA teamed up with Clark Security Products, Dave Clark Construction, Alpha Electric, and Tom Bell Chevrolet to complete the largest renovation of any existing Chevrolet dealership to date.

The ultimate goal of the dealership owners was to retain redundancy with the video backup in the case of a hard drive experiencing downtime failure. LILIN provided a 36-channel server (CMX1036) with RAID storage, offering a back-up drive if the primary hard drive is unavailable. Camera-wised, the show room indoor premises is comprised of more than 30 pieces of HD LILIN iMEGAPRO series IP-based cameras, including the IPD2322ESX3.6 flush mount dome cameras as well as IPR6122ESX3.6 IR dome cameras mounted on the ceiling for both indoor and outdoor areas.

In addition, LILIN IPR7334ESX3.6 outdoor IR bullet-type cameras with built-in ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) feature are able to capture license plate numbers on the driveway. LILIN also supplied an IPS6224M 1.3 megapixel resolution with PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) feature high speed dome camera is able to tour the overall car sales lot; the dealership staff can therefore benefit from accessing playback remotely in the facility's office.

LILIN USA is proud to gain this opportunity in creating such ideal retail experience for Tom Bell Chevrolet. Tom Bell Chevrolet is very pleased with the image quality what LILIN security system delivered and would like to thank all of those involved in bringing this project to fruition.

VIVOTEK launches 1080p Full HD speed dome network camera SD8363E

VIVOTEK launches 1080p Full HD speed dome network camera SD8363E

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/8/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of the state-of-the-art 1080p Full HD speed dome network camera SD8363E. With several advanced features as exceptional frame rate, extreme weatherproofing, IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing, and WDR Pro technology, SD8363E is uniquely designed with 360°continuous pan and 220° extended tilt range, which effectively eliminates dead angles while zooming in and provides extra coverage with improved viewing angles. Representing the next generation in network speed dome cameras, SD8363E is especially ideal for monitoring wide open indoor and outdoor spaces as airports, ports, stadiums, highways and parking lots, where high-level reliability and precision under challenging surveillance conditions are always required.

Featuring WDR Pro and a removable IR-cut filter, SD8363E is capable of coping with challenging lighting conditions and generating image quality close to the capabilities of the human eyes around the clock. With real-time H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression technology, extra smooth video quality with resolution up to 30 fps at 1080p is secured while conserving valuable network bandwidth.

To ensure reliable and stable operation under harsh environmental conditions, the IP66 rating and extreme weatherproofing protect the camera against rain and dust within a wide temperature range of between -40°C to 55°C. Together with the NEMA 4X-rated housing, corrosion and ice formation on the enclosure can be avoided. The new electronic dehumidifier component can also be utilized to precisely control the humidity inside the closure in accordance with the ambient environment.

Steve Ma, VIVOTEK's Executive VP, stated, "We are pleased to announce the official launch of our next generation speed dome SD8363E. With our experience in professional surveillance technology, and by listening carefully to the market, we have responded to the market's demand for a speed dome with cutting-edge features. VIVOTEK is proud to have successfully developed the SD8363E to fulfill our customers' needs to demanding, high-end surveillance applications."

VIVOTEK IP cameras to secure Moldavian city hall

VIVOTEK IP cameras to secure Moldavian city hall

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 8/1/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Chisinsu, with more than 700,000 inhabitants, is the largest city in Moldova and also the country's political, economic and cultural center. The very first record of Chisinsu dates back to the 15th century. It achieved city status in the early 19th century and became the capital when the Moldavian Soviet Socialistic Republic was established. With the city's long and fascinating past, there are many historical sites that attract tourists. Chisinsu City Hall, located in the central part of the city, is more than 110 years old, and acts as the hub of the capital city. Built in an Italian Gothic style, Chisinsu City Hall is itself one of the city's historical and architectural monuments. In view of the need to provide high-quality security for the historic building and grounds, as well as for VIP guests from all over the world, Chisinsu City Hall sought better surveillance solutions from Moldova Security, which is VIVOTEK's local distributor. With their high performance and superior video quality, VIVOTEK's cameras were chosen.

In this project, a few VIVOTEK IP camera models were installed, including the day/night bullet camera, dome camera and speed dome camera. All are equipped with a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor and removable IR-cut filter. With superior video technology, these cameras can not only deliver the superb image quality around the clock, but also optimize the bandwidth usage. Exceptional image quality is especially important for the Chisinsu City Hall, where accurate identification 24 hours a day is required.

Designed for outdoor surveillance, the bullet camera features several advanced features that ensure excellent monitoring performance, including an auto-iris lens, mounting bracket with cable management, tamper detection and weather-proof IP67-rated housing. The speed dome, another outdoor camera used for this project, is designed especially for monitoring wide-open indoor or outdoor spaces or situations where high precision is required. In addition to using a weather-proof housing, the speed dome can operate in a wide range of temperatures between -40°C and 55°C, ensuring normal operation even under extreme weather conditions. Since Moldova's average temperature in January is -4°C, the speed dome, with such strong weather-proofing features, turns out to be the most suitable choice. Moreover, because it is equipped with WDR technology, the speed dome provides clear images even under high-contrast or backlit lighting conditions. The dome camera, featuring superb megapixel image quality, provides wide coverage while delivering the finest details. With other advanced features such as 802.3af PoE, an SD/SDHC card slot, and real-time MPEG-4 and MJPEG compression technology, the three cameras are ideal cameras for enhancing security inside and outside of Chisinsu City Hall.

Sharon Lee, Director of VIVOTEK's Europe Business Division, stated: “It's our great pleasure to have been chosen by Chisinsu City Hall. Preservation of the historic building and surroundings should be emphasized and highly valued. A comprehensive security infrastructure with a high-quality and seamless surveillance system is pivotal to this preservation. VIVOTEK's cameras, with numerous advanced features, such as video cropping for bandwidth saving, tamper detection, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, are the best choices for this project.”

VIVOTEK cams help ensure security and compliance at S. African gaming authority

VIVOTEK cams help ensure security and compliance at S. African gaming authority

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/17/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The National Gambling Board (NGB) is subject to strict security requirements, as it is the agency within the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) responsible for the oversight of matters related to casinos, gambling, betting and wagering in South Africa. In order to achieve compliance with the DTI's standards and requirements, the NGB approached the SBD Group, an existing partner of the NGB, to install a turnkey security solution in the NGB's new offices.

SBD, provided with the specifications for the project, proposed a complete solution that included access control, a biometric system, and comprehensive audio-visual facilities including video conferencing in the NSB's main boardroom. The foundation of this comprehensive system lies in the video cameras. SBD turned to Miro, VIVOTEK's official distributor in South Africa, for the cameras as well as the switches and software required to run the installation. Viewing the clarity of the cameras' video, the sustainability of the solution and the good service provided, the NGB opted for VIVOTEK and Miro.

For this project, VIVOTEK's fixed dome, speed dome, fisheye and bullet style network cameras were adopted. VIVOTEK's range of cameras have been recognised for their excellent picture clarity, delivering extremely clear and detailed images, making them perfect for an environment like the NGB offices. Ideal for locations and situations requiring accurate identification, VIVOTEK's cameras support tamper detection, which detects data loss from camera tampering in real time. When the camera is blocked, redirected, or spray-painted, security staff will be alerted immediately in accordance with the camera settings.

Implementation of the entire project required two months, with very few installation issues. Where there were a few teething problems with the software, Miro helped resolve them within days. The software, VAST, provides a powerful hierarchical system for an unlimited number of stations and cameras with full functionality for a diverse range of applications.

SBD's Adrian Kriel said, "We proposed VIVOTEK's range of cameras to the client because of the quality of the products. We installed a full range of cameras - from the fisheyes to the domes, and everything in between – as well as the switches and VAST software to run the system. In addition, Miro's assistance on this project was exceptional because we were given a very short turnaround time. We had a week to get all of the products in, and somehow they managed to make it happen. In a complex installation like this, it is essential that everything functions perfectly. The products and service helped ensure that."

Hikvision releases 2-MP 30x IR network speed domes

Hikvision releases 2-MP 30x IR network speed domes

Editor / Provider: Hikvision Digital Technology | Updated: 7/12/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision announced the availability of its new DS-2DF7286 2MP Network IR Speed Dome, together released is DS-2DF7276 offering 1.3MP resolution. Both cameras feature an 30x optical zoom capability, as well as smart features to make surveillance easier. These two models offer users an excellent surveillance option for high-resolution and clear video monitoring as both provide long range visibility, 24 hours a day, in all lighting conditions.

As noted, the DS-2DF7286 and DS-2DF7276 Speed Domes stand out by offering a 30x optical zoom capability. This helps users observe close-up detail of distant objects and individuals. This can be particularly beneficial in environments where tracking and zooming are paramount (such as airports, highways, stadiums, and scenic sites).

An additional benefit offered by these two is “smart” features. Engineered with a smart tracking function, both domes can detect any progressively moving object and follow it within the camera's area of coverage without fault. Facial detection is further supported to ensure that an individual's face is present in the picture during tracking. A smart defog feature is also incorporated to help improve the clarity of images captured in poor weather conditions, such as rain or fog; and smart IR technology is added to address the problem of over-exposure of IR LEDs at the center of images.

Furthermore, another interesting feature is ROI (Region of Interest) encoding. This allows capture high resolution images of key information such as license plates and facial detection, and also decreases non-ROI's image quality to save on overall bandwidth.

Utilizing high performance CMOS, the DS-2DF7286 and DS-2DF7276 provide high-quality imaging with up-to 1920x1080 and 1280x960 resolution apiece. With true day / night capability, the two speed domes deliver detection level surveillance at distances of up-to 120 meters, even in total darkness. Finally, 3D DNR technology even helps to eliminate image noise in low-light conditions without creating ghosting and blurring; while DWDR is supported to make these cameras ideal for locations where there may be a strong contrast in lighting conditions.

VIVOTEK launches seamless 360° panoramic PTZ system

VIVOTEK launches seamless 360° panoramic PTZ system

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 7/5/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of its 360° seamless surveillance solution Panoramic PTZ, an innovative new surveillance technology developed by the VIVOTEK R&D team. Incorporating VIVOTEK's latest 5-Megapixel fisheye fixed dome network cameras SF8172/72V and a 2-Megapixel full HD speed dome network camera SD8362E, the solution provides a 180° panoramic view or 360° surround view without blind spots, allowing users to simultaneously monitor an overview from a fisheye model and a detailed regional view from a speed dome.

The combination of a fisheye global view and a speed dome accomplishes a seamless surveillance solution in which the fisheye camera's global view is used as the "command" unit to detect events over an entire area, and the speed dome acts as the "slave" to track and optically zoom in on suspicious objects for increased detail. In addition, by activating the auto tracking feature, the fisheye is used to trigger the speed dome to track moving objects automatically before an operator may be aware of the occurrence of an event. The synergy of the combination makes Panoramic PTZ especially ideal for department stores, station lobbies, airports, casino, parking lots, and any wide open area, where comprehensive monitoring and extreme video details are needed.

In terms of image quality, SF8172/72V and SD8362E, both equipped with high megapixel resolution sensors, removable IR-cut filters, and WDR technology, are able to cope with challenging lighting conditions and secure superb image quality 24 hours a day. Both cameras, enclosed with IP66-rated housings, are able to secure the camera body to withstand rain and dust, ensuring operation under harsh weather conditions. In addition, SD8362E can withstand a wide temperature range between -40°C and 55°C, while SF8172V, with a vandal-proof IK10-rated housing, can effectively resist physical damage.


Omanian auto dealer gets robust eyes

Omanian auto dealer gets robust eyes

Editor / Provider: Hikvision Digital Technology | Updated: 5/31/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Located at the heart of Muscat, Suhail Bahwan Automobiles, the biggest automobile dealer in Oman, recently deployed an IP-based video surveillance system consisting of 100 Hikvision Digital Technology cameras, VMS and network keyboards to secure its perimeters. Technosolutions, the system integrator for this project designed the surveillance system.

Suhail Bahwan offers cars from BMW, Infinity, and Nissan, and boasts some of the largest showrooms for these models. With such impressive, and lucrative, facilities, Suhail Bahwan placed emphasis on securing the safety of not only its cars, but the many employees and customers. For this solution, the client's goal was to monitor all critical showroom locations, such as entrances, exits, POS, customer service counters, and a variety of other employee work areas to be monitored with a high-resolution video surveillance system. To further simplify and gain added efficiency, network keyboard was chosen to operate this video surveillance solution.

For indoor areas like reception and financial transaction counters, Anoop Nair, Sales Manager at Technosolutions chose the 2-megapixel vandal proof dome. He noted that Oman's automobile showrooms have experienced instances of camera vandalism. Obviously, in sensitive locations where money is involved, the client preferred vandal proofing. Many of these showrooms had preexisting hardware and logistical infrastructure. An example of this was PoE enabled network switches. Nair utilized the 2-megapixel dome PoE and saved installation costs by eliminating expensive fiber optical cabling to a central location. 4CIF low light D/N network domes monitored employee hallways, since lights in these showrooms are turned off when the area is closed at night.

The main entrance is covered by a 2-megapixel IP66 waterproof dome. A less-obtrusive dome was chosen over a more visible box camera. The camera's 30 meter IR range can monitor both entrance and parking lot areas. The 2-megapixel network IR bullet camera provides coverage for a variety of areas, such as internal access control locations, outdoor parking lots, and vehicle entry/exit areas that do not possess access control. The camera that has a 30 meter IR range is positioned to read license plate numbers.

The indoor network PTZ high speed dome, placed on the interior of the four-meter high showroom ceilings, exploits 23x optical zoom to “provide coverage of each and every nook of showroom and see people and objects that normal bullet/domes cannot,” explained Nair. Placed on top of the building is the outdoor network IR PTZ speed dome. Similarly, a 36X optical zoom provides the ability to zoom onto any object or person at a long distance, and comes with 80 meter IR range.

Do more with less

Do more with less

Editor / Provider: By Tevin Wang, a&s International | Updated: 5/14/2013 | Article type: Tech Corner

Fisheye cameras have been around for years, but real-life adoption seems to be limited, due to a limited number of offerings and VMS integrations. Things are changing for the better, as more camera manufacturers and management software providers pay more attention to the optics and user benefits. a&s looks into the latest developments.

Panoramic and hemispheric lenses have been used by photographers for decades. Nowadays, one can literally shoot images with panoramic or fisheye effects with smartphones. Still, what is common in the consumer electronics industry may be exotic in security.

The panoramic camera offers both the 180-degree and 360-degree panoramic view using a single fisheye lens or several normal lenses. “For a panoramic camera using several lenses, the panoramic image is produced by stitching the images shot by each of the lenses,” said Osborne Fang, Marketing Manager at Brickcom. “On the other hand, the fisheye camera provides the panoramic image with a single lens. Due to the extremely wide viewing angle of the fisheye lens, the image is distorted and dewarping technology is needed to turn the image into a normal one, readable to the human eye. Hence, dewarping is one of the keys to the final image quality of the fisheye camera.”

Petra Bennermark, Product Manager at Axis Communications, added, “A panoramic camera refers to either a camera that is mounted on a wall and gives a 180-degree view from the wall or a ceiling-mounted camera that gives a 360-degree view of the area below the ceiling. A camera with a 180-degree fisheye lens constitutes one technical solution to such a camera. So I would say that a fisheye camera is a subset of panoramic cameras.”

One way to envision a 180-degree view is to imagine standing in the center of an alley with your back against a wall. “Cameras mounted where your head is would be able to see the whole alley including both ends and the wall that your head is against,” said Ellen Cargill, Director of Product Development for Scallop Imaging (a division of Tenebraex).

Pluses & Trade-Offs
It is important that user s understand what they get and what they do not get from fisheye cameras. Fixed cameras, however mounted, cover narrow fields of view and multiple cameras are required to give adequate coverage of wide areas. PTZ cameras, on the other hand, require manual control and are therefore most often pointing to the wrong place at the wrong time. “A fisheye camera mounted on a wall or on the ceiling in the center of a room or area can cover a vast area with no blind spots, no moving parts, and no manual control required,” said David Myers, CTO at AMG Systems. “While not totally replacing fixed and PTZ cameras, fisheye cameras provide total coverage and reduce both the number of cameras required and the infrastructure required. The ability to follow a subject on a single camera is also of great benefit in forensic analysis”

Some trade-offs still exist for fisheye cameras. As a fisheye camera uses a specialized lens that distorts the image of a scene to fit it into a single view, circular fisheye images do not use all the pixels on an image sensor. Also, image magnification diminishes as the subject moves toward the edges of the scene despite that megapixel image sensors and digital image processing have improved fisheye performance on the edges of the field of view.

Distortion & Pixel Check
Fisheye lenses project a circular footprint and have constant or linear distortion from the center to the edge. Objects closer to the camera appear bigger, while they reduce rapidly in size as the distance from the camera increases. In other words, users could have an unavoidable drop-off in image quality at the edges. These issues might be “magnified” after dewarping. It is similar to the difference between a globe and a map of the world when attempting to provide a two-dimensional representation of the three-dimensional world. Both poles are squished, like oversized representations of Antarctica and Greenland on some maps. The same goes for a fisheye lens: the farther an object is from the center of an image, the more distorted it becomes.

Image distortions and pixel drops of fisheye cameras are hard to read from technical specs. The best way is to actually test the cameras and check the details. “When comparing, make sure that you compare ‘apples to apples' — that is, the same part of the scene, the same field of view, same distance and direction angle from the camera,” Bennermark said.

There is a lot of confusion when it comes to representing the true resolution of fisheye cameras as they, compared to fixed cameras, have a smaller optical image sensor. Greg Alcorn, Director of Global Sales at Oncam Grandeye shared some simple mathematics that can help end users and integrators check exactly what resolution they are getting. “Most manufactures use a 5-megapixel sensor, or 2592 by 1944 pixels, and the image is then cropped to the size of the lens, or a circle within a rectangle. The circle, therefore, has a diameter of 1944 pixels and the following equation is used to calculate the true resolution. The actual resolution equals the area of the circle. [In this case, the actual resolution is 972x972, which is 2.9 megapixels.]"

Human eyes are not used to optical distortion and dewarping is created for this purpose. Dewarping can be done on fisheye cameras or on the client application. “The achievable optical resolution of the lens and the achievable resolution of the image sensor play an important role on the image quality of the dewarped image,” Fang said. “For example, a high-optical resolution fisheye lens with the 5-megapixel image sensor can provide more detail than the same lens with the 1-megapixel image sensor. Meanwhile, the computation power of the processor determines the time it takes for the dewarping function to process the raw optical image.”

In-camera dewarping offers direct dewarped views based on user's need. User can choose the number of dewarped views of the scene and the camera will do the rest. “Dewarping on the camera lets the customer create virtual views or narrow-field windows that create blind spots similar to conventional cameras. The windows may be moved using PTZ commands over the network, and will then have latency similar to what is currently associated with mechanical PTZ cameras,” Alcorn said. “[However], dewarping on the camera does not allow the ability to retrospectively view the 360 image, which is one of the biggest advantages of using 360-degree cameras.”

Dewarping on the client side, on the other hand, allows for retrospective viewing, which enables the user to go back in time to view the total scene in its original form and then pan, tilt, and/or zoom within the 360-degree image as desired. “An additional advantage to dewarp on the client side is the ability for multiple clients to view the same image with different perspectives concurrently. There is no time slicing required as with traditional PTZ cameras or 360 cameras with dewarping onboard the camera,” Alcorn added.

However, Alf Chang, Senior Consultant at a&s held a different opinion. ”In-camera dewarping may also allow multiple clients to view the same image with different perspectives. This relates more to NVRs than where the dewarping occurs. Indeed, the mode or numbers of dewarped views can only be set by one user at the front end. These dewarped views and footage are stored at the NVR. Via NVR, it is still feasible for multiple clients to view the same image with different perspectives. ”

Dewarping in the camera or on the client side have their pros and cons. When cameras are capable of dewarping themselves, installers or integrators have fewer concerns regarding the loading on the client side because the camera is doing the processing. Dewarping on the client side, on the other hand, offers comparatively more flexible and retrospective viewing. There are many dewarping methods. “Some well-known dewarping methods include stereographic projection, equidistant projection, and cylindrical projection. Each method has its own advantages, and the implementation details of the dewarping methods have to adapt to the optical characteristics of the fisheye lens used,” Fang said. “The key is the popularity and compatibility with the VMS.”

VMS Interoperability
Most fisheye manufacturers require a separate SDK for dewarping and e-PTZ controls. This makes integration to V MS systems challenging. In order to enhance the algorithm to the fullest of fisheye cameras, a VMS with full support is crucial. Limited VMS integration will block immersive fisheye cameras from being used effectively. VMS which support multiple manufacturers or even an established standard are key for broader adoption of fisheye cameras.

Oncam Grandeye is optimistic about the potential of fisheye cameras and increased integration with VMS platforms. “Technology moves forward and image quality gets better. VMS, like everything else, is advancing. We have developed an SDK for multiple platforms that can be integrated into any clientside application. It comes with our patented dewarping technology using OpenGL and 3D modeling techniques to project a texture map of the image onto p-surface (a 3D object, generated by a computer graphic system). This takes advantage of current state-of-theart GPUs (graphic processor units), which reduces the load on the CPU. Performing dewarping on the CPU could use as much as 20 percent of the CPU's performance, based on the size of the image and frame rate,” Alcorn said.

Myers agreed. “We provide the software to our VMS partners which allows fast dewarping of the high resolution fisheye live and recorded through their viewing software.”

Brickcom is also eager to increase its technology partners. “Our fisheye camera is compatible now with more than 40 VMS solutions thanks to the open ImmerVision 360-degree viewing standard,” Fang added.

If cameras are capable of dewarping, VMS interoperability is not a concern. “As Axis does dewarping in the camera, VMS is subscribed to the already dewarped images. These dewarped images can be dynamically controlled to make it a digital PTZ camera. There is no need for VMS applications to deal with dewarping,” according to Bennermark.

Future Development
Some manufacturers are launching day-night fisheye cameras for 24-hour coverage. Also, they can be deployed outdoors. The goal is to allow fisheye cameras not to be limited to indoor installations but to wider outdoor areas.

For the past few years, the greatest advances in IP-based video surveillance have been in compression and megapixel technology. These technologies bring panoramic and hemispheric cameras up to a new level, and they can be used in more applications than before, said Steve Ma, Executive VP of VIVOTEK. “With today's sensor and lens technologies, manufacturers are able to provide high quality 360-degree cameras. We will bundle fisheye cameras and speed dome cameras as a solution for great perspectives and details, which allows users to simultaneously monitor both an overview and a detailed regional view of any given scene.”

A mission with a vision

A mission with a vision

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by VIVOTEK | Updated: 5/13/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The Hajj Organization in Tehran, Iran has been organizing the Hajj Mission since 1991, providing services to Hujjaj, who are Muslim pilgrims from Iran, with the aim of promoting Hajj and serving Hujjaj by facilitating and organizing all aspects of Hajj. With its pivotal role and sizable scale in Iran, the organization requires high-security surveillance to ensure the overall safety of the Hujjaj and the daily operation of the Hajj Mission. The manager of the organization decided to install several IP cameras, and VIVOTEK cameras, with excellent quality at a reasonable cost, became the organization's first choice.

Pooya Fara Negar, VIVOTEK's distributor in Iran, provided the professional consultation and design. A total of 178 cameras were installed indoors and outdoors. Outdoor areas are covered by 11 SD8323E, 12 IP7361 and 53 IP8362 cameras, while 73 FD8161 and 27 FD8162 cameras were installed indoors. Two IP8162P cameras were installed in the official area.

The SD8323E, a network speed dome with several superior features — such as the ability to capture clear video even in environments with high-contrast lighting conditions, a weather-proof IP66-rated housing, and 360° continuous pan and 90° tilt — is an ideal camera for monitoring open indoor/outdoor spaces. Equipped with a powerful 36x zoom lens and WDR technology, the camera is also able to capture sharp images at a great distance even under challenging lighting conditions. The SD8362E was thus installed outside of the organization for monitoring the grand square in front of the building.

Bullet cameras IP7361 and IP8362, with 2-megapixel resolution, weather-proof IP67-rated housings, removable IR-cut filters and IR illuminators for superior image quality around the clock, were chosen for a wide range of outdoor applications. The IP7361 was installed in the outdoor corridor, while the IP8362 was chosen to monitor the parking lot, taking advantage of its WDR enhancements, which allow users to identify image details in extremely bright as well as dark environments.

For monitoring the building halls, the FD8161 and FD8162 were used. Featuring a 2-megapixel sensor and ePTZ functionality, these cameras are able to provide extremely wide coverage with the finest details and enable users to focus on close-up shots of different areas. Moreover, the FD8162, which also incorporates WDR capability, is able to capture clear footage even when both bright and dark areas are present in the same field of view.

As for the official area, the IP8162P — a 2-megapixel camera with several advanced features like a P-iris lens, built-in Focus Assist button for precise focus adjustment, WDR Enhanced technology for an unparalleled ability to capture detail in extremely bright and dark environments — is able to monitor a much more comprehensive area than can a standard VGA camera, allowing users to fully enjoy the HD video.

Sacred, Secured
Access to all of these cameras is via a private Intranet. VIVOTEK's stand-alone NVR enables the Hajj Organization to record, monitor and manage video data simultaneously through the Internet. Both live video feeds and recorded video footage are centrally managed.

William Ku, VP of International Business at VIVOTEK, stated: “We are so glad to have the chance to enhance the security of the Hajj Organization. I believe that VIVOTEK cameras with their superior quality are able to meet the client's needs by providing clear footage and accurate event tracking around the place. Also, the Hajj Organization can monitor the status of all cameras and storage in real time and manage videos in a centralized way. We are expecting to provide more security support to the Hajj Organization in the future.”

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EverFocus wins IP Camera Excellence Award at Secutech International 2013

EverFocus wins IP Camera Excellence Award at Secutech International 2013

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 5/6/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus awarded the camera Excellence Awards in IP camera contest at 2013 Secutech in Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall last week.

2013 Secutech, International Security Expo held from Apr. 24 -26, attracted over 520 manufacturers and professional visitors from 19 countries to Taiwan. EverFocus - an a&s 2012 Security Top 50 manufacturer -- received 2013 Secutech Camera Excellence Awards with their EAN3300― a 3 Megapixel IP Camera. With this award, the well-known CCTV manufacturer made a clear announcement to the world that they are ready for the IP battle, and once again proved their continuous hard work in IP producing is paid-off.

Earlier this year, the EverFocus EPN4220 IP speed dome received this year's Taiwan Excellence Award. Winning another IP camera Excellence Award at Secutech shows that the expansion of their product line is continuing successfully. The award proved their R&D engineers have also developed an extensive expertise in IP products.

During the contest, organized by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media, cameras of various brands were set up to monitor the color saturation and restoration, effective frame rate, camera shutter speed, and resolution performance. The contest also had an on-site live demo component, that not only served as a clear buyer's guide for IP Cameras but also a big encouragement for EverFocus and its business partners.

The EverFocus EAN3300 is a box-type IP camera delivering 3 Megapixel image resolution. It features WDR functionality, which can provide clear images even under back light circumstances where intensity of illumination can vary excessively. H.264/M-JPEG multi-stream output is available for simultaneous live monitoring and high-resolution recording. The EAN3300 is designed for simple installation and supports all types of indoor mounting applications.

The HD-SDI Demonstration was also a highlight of the Secutech. HD-SDI cameras and DVRs were installed to monitor banking activities in a simulated environment. EverFocus showed off their EPHD04 DVR and EQH5202, providing a total banking solution and achieved resounding success in this demonstration.

The EverFocus EPHD04 DVR supports 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 resolution HDcctv cameras and offers real time HD recording and playback for all cameras at 1080p resolution. At the same time, all cameras are available for remote live display with reduced bandwidth. The built-in HDcctv DVR web server enables live display and playback of video footage without the use of specific software - a PC with web browser is all you require. Users can search video by date, time and event or filter by type of recording quickly and efficiently.


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