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Asia Update: Convex brings precision machinery to IP surveillance

Asia Update: Convex brings precision machinery to IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: Convex | Updated: 3/11/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

Founded in 1997, Convex was a precision machinery manufacturer, providing semiconductor companies with production equipment. Now, Convex provides total solutions for network video and robotics as well. Myung-Ho Yoo, President and CEO of Convex, possesses a strong background and deep knowledge of optics and video surveillance technologies. Yoo's know-how enabled Convex to develop its new network speed dome modules with distinctive features. The module has a maximum preset speed of 600 degrees-per-second, and minimum pan/tilt speed at 0.01 degrees-per- second. Its pan-and-tilt system is equipped with sensors that can automatically detect and recover, within one degree of accuracy, to the position where incidents or movements occur. Capable of 360-degree pan and 190-degree tilt, this module supports multiple protocols with a highly precise pattern track sequence. It also comes with a locking stopper, which provides easy and secure installation.

Convex provides total solutions for IP surveillance, producing products ranging from network cameras and video rack systems to video walls and matrices. Yoo insisted the entire system — starting from the hardware and software — must be designed based on the module. In this way, clients are able to scale their systems according to their needs. Yoo pointed out that the whole purpose of Convex's design is to make IP surveillance more convenient, like the plug-and-play feature in traditional analog products.

Taiwan food processor grows security infrastructure with company

Taiwan food processor grows security infrastructure with company

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/8/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

I-Mei Foods, one of Taiwan's largest food product manufacturers since 1934, recently underwent a major security upgrade by replacing its outdated analog surveillance system with VIVOTEK IP cameras. VIVOTEK assessed, planed and implemented the upgrade at the I-Mei Apprentices Training Center (ATC) with 330 cameras. An optical fiber network was also installed to accommodate bandwidth requirements from the megapixel cameras.

The food company's main objective was to enable system administrators to perform remote monitoring through a centralized control room, and implement the system over a secure, autonomous network environment. One of the challenges of the project was the diverse environments the cameras would need to operate in, since the facility encompasses two production areas, including an exhibition and display area, retail operations and an outdoor natural park.

To meet these needs, 281 weatherproof 1.3-megapixel bullet cameras were installed in the production areas to provide high-resolution video. The outdoor camera with its IP66-rated housing can withstand occasional high temperatures and humidity. Eleven outdoor HD WDR cameras were also installed to monitor the grounds and access points of the center. The cameras can retain clear images under challenging lighting conditions and help capture license plates of vehicles entering and exiting the site. The video system at the retail area allows for clear views of the pass of sales between customers and cashiers, according to two managers at the I-Mei engineering department.

In addition, VIVOTEK installed 37 dome cameras for discreet monitoring inside the elevators, and a 2-megapixel speed dome with 20x zoom and WDR support in the Eco Village park area. I-Mei is using the latter primarily to capture attractive footage from the park, a function for which its HD video capabilities make it eminently suited.

S. African boutique resort safeguards VIPs with networked surveillance

S. African boutique resort safeguards VIPs with networked surveillance

Editor / Provider: Axis Communications | Updated: 1/31/2013 | Article type: Residential & Consumer

Mission
The Saxon has been voted the World's Leading Boutique Hotel for the past six consecutive years, it is a sumptuous destination designed to offer luxury and comfort to top echelon guests whilst ensuring that their security and privacy are never compromised. Catering to local and international note-worthy personalities, such as the illustrious Nelson Mandela, the visiting prominent patrons choose the hotel for its exclusivity, serene beauty and unsurpassed attention to detail.

Due to the high profile of the clientele, it is of utmost importance that the security be discreet, non-intrusive, yet absolutely fail-safe. "No intrusions, no interruptions" is the mantra at The Saxon and surveillance needs to ensure that it obeys this dogma. A system revamp was required to integrate the existing CCTV cameras and introduce a high-tech security solution that is as distinct as the premises and people it protects.

Solution
Camsecure, an Axis partner, selected almost 80 Axis network cameras for the surveillance, whilst Axis video encoders were utilized to convert the analog signals from six existing CCTV systems scattered around the property to digital signals, allowing the recordings to be centralized to a single control room. Milestone XProtectR Professional IP video software supports the cameras. The video encoders have also facilitated an easy expansion of the system, as cameras can be added at any time with minimal effort.

Security in critical areas, such as the main gate and reception, has been reinforced by the installation of Axis221 network cameras. The Axis 221 offers exceptional image quality boasting up to 45 frames per second in VGA resolution (640 x 480 pixels), it uses a high performance lens and a progressive scan CCD image sensor that enables moving objects to be presented without distortion. These cameras are supported by Axis 231D+ high-speed dome network cameras that provide additional detail, where required, in vital areas.

Axis 209FD network cameras were chosen for their discreet, low-profile appearance. The AXIS 209FD is a fixed dome camera specifically designed for deployment in cases where inconspicuous monitoring is imperative. The tamper resistant casings also enhance the cameras overall appeal.

Result
The Saxon is not only a temporary home to many visiting VIPs, it also houses an extensive collection of original artwork that is protected by this technologicallyadvanced surveillance system.

"The surveillance is also a preventative measure," says George Cohen, MD of the Saxon Boutique and Spa, knowing that the imposing guards at the gates can react faster to any impending matters with alerts from the system. The tranquility and privacy of the important guests inside is not compromised. "On the few occasions where we've had incidents, we were able to prevent them from coming into the hotel property and to give both ourselves and the police a very quick review of what was going on for the best response and resolution."

Senior managers are able to track employees' progress and monitor the effectiveness of staff interactions with guests to further ensure the Saxon Hotel's superlative standard of service.

"The beauty of Axis network cameras is their endless versatility and the vast product range that allows for an installation that meets all of our customer needs," remarks Francois Malan, Technical Director of Camsecure, "The Saxon has taken advantage of the latest technology in order to maintain the exceptionally high standards that they are renowned for."

EverFocus receives Taiwan Excellence Award for EPN4220

EverFocus receives Taiwan Excellence Award for EPN4220

Editor / Provider: EverFocus Electronics | Updated: 1/24/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus IP speed dome, EPN4220, has received this year's Taiwan Excellence Award.

Delivered by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Taiwan Excellence Award recognizes technologically innovative products produced by enterprises in Taiwan. As an award winner for five consecutive years, EverFocus continues to impress.

EverFocus EPN 4220 is network-based speed dome camera specifically designed for professional applications. This masterpiece offers 2-Megapixel resolutions and a built-in 20x optical, guaranteeing impeccable image quality, in addition to cutting-edge features, such as digital slow shutter, wide dynamic range, dynamic noise reduction and digital image stabilizer.

Equipped with IP66-rated housings and true day/night function with removable IR cut filter, the EPN 4220 is certain to withstand all environments. The advanced motion detection function also meets the needs of every end-user.

On the installation side, the speed domes boast the unique feature of one-click easy installation and up to 192 preset positions, deserving of the name as user-friendly surveillance camera devices.

"EverFocus is proud to be named once again as an award winner and will deliver more award-winning products for the years to come," said Jessy Lee, Director of System Planning and Development Center at EverFocus.

The Awards Program invites an international panel of judges to participate in the selection. Criteria include R&D, design, quality and marketing. Proven to have exceeded expectations of all four categories, EverFocus indeed sets a fine example for all other surveillance camera manufactures in Taiwan.

Argentine mining facility improves safety and efficiency using IP surveillance

Argentine mining facility improves safety and efficiency using IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Over the past thirty years, the Argentinean town Sierra Grande, located in the southeastern corner of the Rio Negro Province, has experienced a wide variety of ups-and-downs. During the 1980s, Sierra Grande was a bustling town prospering from its rich natural iron ore deposits and mining capabilities. Conversely, the 1990s brought government-ordered mining stoppages, the unemployment of thousands, and a mass exodus from this once proud town.

Thankfully, with government reversing their Sierra Grande mining ban, the 2000s have seen a sharp uptick in both the fortune of this region and in the lives of those who bring the ore out of the mines.

However, it took more than simply reopening the mines to allow Sierra Grande to thrive once again. To help do so, Hikvision was brought in to both secure the mining facility and increase efficiency.

MCC Minera Enters
When MCC Minera Sierra Grande acquired mining rights to this town in 2006; it knew a great many challenges needed to be overcome.

In particular, of the three existing underground deposits – labeled North, East, and South – only the South dig-site is currently in use. Currently, Sierra Grande's mine extraction capacity is approximately 2.8 million tn. of iron ore per year.

A High-Tech Solution
Of particular note, the natural environment of not only the mining area, but the entire region, of Sierra Grande was a major cause for concern. Specifically, this section of the Rio Negro Province is famous for its harsh desert landscape and even harsher desert weather. As such, before MCC Minera opted for Hikvision, a thorough examination of other security manufacturers' products was conducted Lic. Christian Uriel Solano, President of Security One Argentina – Argentina's official Hikvision distributor for this project – noted, “It came down to two main factors: technology and durability. Both of these aspects proved that not only would Hikvision products be up the task from a technology standpoint, but they would be able to withstand any weather this unforgiving desert could throw at them.”

MCC Minerva was not looking for a simple CCTV for basic security purposes. Instead, the goal was to build a comprehensive solution that provided security and improved overall mining efficiency. Not only would Hikvision products be asked to withstand the blazing heat and bitter cold, but they would be asked to do so outside in the bright light, underground in virtual darkness, as well as combining analog and digital components both indoors and out. “It was an extremely complicated and technologically advanced case, and we congratulate the integrator on this project, Krall Infromatica, for really doing an excellent job,” Solano summed up.

The Nuts & Bolts
Beginning at the perimeter, Hikvision' DS-2DF1-714 IR network high speed dome and DS-2CC5173P-VP IR Vandal Proof & Weather Proof dome camera were tasked with providing general surveillance of the area. Complementing this was the iDS-2DF1-517 WDR network high autotracking speed dome to man sensitive areas. In particular, both cameras' IP66 rating provide assurance against weather factors, while the latter's embedded intelligence algorithms allow an operator the ability to preprogram specific triggers and immediate notification features.

However, due to the fact that these outer perimeter walls stretch over a kilometer from the main administrative facility, it was impractical to connect these cameras with cabling. Instead, Hikvision's DS-6101HFI-IP digital video server was used to convert the perimeter cameras' analog signals to the digital IP network wirelessly; providing both higher efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Of particular note was the DS-2CD7153-E 2MP network mini dome amera, with its HD 720P real time video, and vandal-proof housing. Strategically placed on the port to monitor the loading process of raw iron ore onto waiting ships, this high resolution camera was able to both increase productivity and increase worker safety due. Additionally, its housing allows it to withstand the punishment from rock and other debris periodically catapulted upwards from the moving conveyer belt.

Moving lower, the DS-2CC192P(N)-IRT IR bullet camera's IR LEDs and vari-focal lens provided a similar ability within the darkened mines; while the DS-2CC192P(N)-IR bullet camera did the same in both administrative and other mining settings. Additionally, the DS-2CC1192P(N)(-A) box camera's low-illumination ability complemented all of the above throughout the many office and administrative settings comprising MCC Minera's facilities.

Rounding out this total solution were both the DS-7316HFI-ST standalone DVR and DS-7208HVI standalone DVR to record these closer cameras in 4CIF resolution real-time recording; while the DS-9516NI-R embedded NVR was responsible for recording the outer perimeter's wireless IR cameras on its embedded linux-based system.

Health beverage company in Vietnam protects premises with Hikvision network domes and IR cams

Health beverage company in Vietnam protects premises with Hikvision network domes and IR cams

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 11/23/2012 | Article type: Security 50

In Vietnam, the Tan Hiep Phat Beverage Group (THP) provides health bottled beverages is in various different economic stages throughout the world. Various lines of this company's health-centric products even outsell offerings from global giants such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi. In many respects, THP is single-handedly reshaping how the Vietnamese consumer chooses what to drink.

Headquartered in Binh Duong (near the nation's most populous city – Ho Chi Minh City), THP's business offices are actually connected to the company's main factory facility. Impressive as this compound is, November, 2011, brought another landmark first: it represents the greatest number of surveillance cameras for a single security project in Vietnam's history.

The Backbone of this Solution
Wimax Communications, Hikvision's authorized distributor in Vietnam (and a consultant on this project that was responsible for designing the overall network, recording system, and VMS software) selected 860 individual Hikvision IP cameras to form the backbone of this solution.

Hikvision's 440 units of DS-2CD754FWD-EI 2MP WDR network dome cameras are located throughout the 6,000 square meters of office space, 7,500 square meters of factory space, and the 46,000 square meters of warehouse space. The cameras utilize a 1/3” progressive scan CMOS, 120dB of wide dynamic range, up to 2 megapixel (1920 x 1080) resolution, full HD 1080P real-time video, a day / night auto switch, 20m IR LED optional, and vandal-proof housing.

Dinh Nguyen, MD at Wimax Communications, explained, “We placed this WDR dome at virtually every location throughout this large facility. We chose the DS-2CD754FWD-EI 2MP WDR because it provides an excellent picture with great clarity – a vital requirement for this project. Specifically, this wide dynamic range feature allows us more options in placing cameras throughout the facility.”

At 252 individual units, Hikvision's DS-2CD8253F-EI 2MP IR bullet camera is the second-most represented camera. Mr. Nguyen noted, “The DS-2CD8253F-EI 2MP is located both indoors and outdoors, so IP66 weather-proof rating is absolutely critical.

Since the DS-2CD8253F-EI 2MP is also located outdoors, a true day / night feature ensures time of day is not an issue. Furthermore, 2-megapixel high resolution, HD720p real time video recording, and ePTZ control guarantee it is easy-to-use and provides a high-quality experience.

The DS-2CD853F-E 2MP network camera represents an additional 92 units of these IP cameras. Features such as up to 2 megapixel resolution, H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG video compression, a 1/3' progressive scan CMOS, true day / night, SD/SDHC card slot, and optional Wi-Fi give “this camera the ability to accurately zoom onto both objects and people throughout the general factory areas,” Mr. Nguyen noted. “It doesn't matter if we're interested in a particular box of products, or someone's face – we can see both perfectly with this model,” Mr. Nguyen added.

44 units of the DS-2CD8153F-E 2MP network cube camera secure office areas. In this case, the DS-2CD8153F-E 2MP's internal microphone and speaker plays an important role and provides an additional level of security. Mr. Nguyen noted “this camera's ability to record audio is perfect for internal areas where important business matters are discussed.”

In this solution, audio data is kept for 30 days in the facility's security center, allowing a strong insurance that any potential misunderstanding can be quickly – and accurately – resolved. As with the other cameras, this model owns a 1/3” progressive scan CMOS, H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG video compression, up to 2 megapixel resolution, HD 720P real time video, as well as a day / night auto switch, and optional Wi-Fi functionality.

Comprising 35 units is the final piece of this camera puzzle: Hikvision's DS-2DF1-572 1.3 MP Network High Speed Dome. Powerful PTZ control, 3D intelligent positioning functionality, and 18x optical zoom make this the perfect camera to protect THP's warehouse facilities. “360 degrees of pan provides a wide view of coverage and the ability to instantly check on issues such as finished goods,” Mr. Nguyen explained.

Saudi Arabian supermarket chain minimizes shrinkage with surveillance and PA systems

Saudi Arabian supermarket chain minimizes shrinkage with surveillance and PA systems

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security Systems | Updated: 11/6/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Over the past 40 years, Carrefour group has continued to grow so that it becomes one of the global distribution groups. As the second-largest and Europe's largest retailer, the group operates four main grocery store formats which are hypermarkets, supermarkets, hard discount and convenience stores. Carrefour group currently has over 15,000 stores, either company-operated or franchised. With a presence in 30 countries, over 54 percent of the group turnover derives from outside France. The group expects strong potential for further international growth in the future, particularly in such large national markets as China, Brazil, Indonesia, Poland and Turkey.
 
Carrefour hypermarkets are very large retail areas receiving thousands of visitors per day. Each store also has up to hundred employees. To maintain optimum security and safety for people as well as products Carrefour management has to overcome many operational challenges. The CCTV system considered as an antitheft system in the past is nowadays offering much more thanks to advanced features: monitoring of products and assets, assistance in managing manpower and operations as well as supporting safety equipment whenever incidents have happened.
 
Rajab and Silsilah (RS), a partner of Bosch Security Systems, ensured all its hypermarkets safety by deploying more than 10 CCTV and public address (PA) in existing facilities.
 
The products in this project include Dinion 455 and high speed dome cameras that allow 360 degrees surveillance (AutoDome). The control rooms are equipped with high quality reliable digital recorders along with matrix switcher. Thus, the used control equipment allows a comprehensive viewing of live and recorded images in the easiest way which makes the operators' tasks more efficient.
 
Praesideo, the digital public address and voice evacuation system in the market, allows to meet all the requirements for paging, sales promotions, call for prayers and for emergency evacuation.
 
Moreover, the system's optical network offers total freedom in its design of the system. It is even IEC60849 certified so that all emergency evacuation standards are met.
 
The solution Bosch provided for all the Saudi Arabian Carrefour markets has substantially supported their operations by increasing security and safety in the premises. Hence, employees can put the focus on their business again.

Indian IT firm secures offices with Hikvision solution

Indian IT firm secures offices with Hikvision solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/28/2012 | Article type: Security 50

NIIT Technologies Ltd., located in India's industrial hub – Greater Noida – and a part of the northwest state of Uttar Pradesh, provides such an example.

When NIIT Technologies – IT company offering end-to-end software solutions and services to customers around the globe – wanted to secure their corporate offices, they contacted Microtek Electronic Industries. As such, Mr. Mishra designed a customized solution that included three Hikvision products: the DS-2AF1-512 Analog High Speed Dome, the DS-7416HI-ST Standalone DVR, and the DS-1003KI Keyboard.

From the beginning, analog technology was chosen over a digital signal “because the quality is good, it is a bit more flexible in terms of price, and most Indian companies are more familiar with analog,” explained Mr. Mishra.

Thus, a series of DS-2AF1-512 Analog High Speed Dome were placed outdoors to secure the perimeter. Locations deemed as critical, such as parking, the outer boundary walls, as well as the main entrance and exit were selected for camera sites. “The physical installation of the cameras poised certain difficulties, primarily due to wiring issues,” Mr. Mishra noted, “but the actual configuration and operation of these speed domes was simple.”

Ease-of-use was greatly valued in this project, as Mr. Mishra elaborated: “The DS-2AF1-512 is a very efficient camera – both training and daily operation were straight-forward and uncomplicated. For example, presets and patrols can be easily programmed into this speed dome … providing quality surveillance for large areas of outdoor perimeter space.”

Additionally, an IP66 rating provides protection against climatic elements, while electronic true day / night functionality, and low illumination ability ensure the DS-2AF1-512 provides “sharp pictures in the day, as well as the night,” Mr. Mishra stated.

Other camera features include a 1/4” Sony Super HAD CCD, 3D intelligent positioning function, a powerful PTZ control, and a programmable alarm trigger.

As with just-mentioned Hikvision speed dome, the DS-7416HI-ST Standalone DVR also benefited from ease-of-use. In this case, a user-friendly GUI provided easy operation and functionality. Additionally, up to 4 SATA hard disks and 8 network disks can be connected to a DS-7404HI-ST model; with each disk providing a maximum of 2TB storage capacity, allowing “2-3 months or recording – easily – for this particular solution,” Mr. Mishra noted.

Furthermore, with H.264 video compression and up to 4CIF resolution, “extremely clear pictures, with excellent resolution, are provided by the DS-7404HI-ST,” Mr. Mishra added. Additional features include up to 1024×768 VGA output resolution, dual stream support, up to 16-ch synchronous playback, and HDD group management.

The final component in this solution is Hikvision's DS-1003KI Keyboard. This keyboard incorporates all DVR front panel functions, the ability to separately control DVR and PTZ functions, DVR support, a cascading keyboard, and a 3D joystick. Mr. Mishra explained, “This keyboard makes using our speed domes much easier. In keeping with our goal of overall ease and efficiency, the use of this keyboard allows a security operator to quickly move the camera and immediately focus on a point of interest.”

Ultimately, this NIIT Technologies' solution represented what Hikvision stands for, as Mr. Mishra summed up: “Hikvision has great quality and provides extremely long-lasting products. These products provide top-of-the-line security technology, all bundled inside an easy-to-use package. India's security market greatly values these qualities, and it is a big reason why I've chosen to exclusively only sell Hikvision.”

Brazilian palace gets comprehensive coverage from Hikvision total solution

Brazilian palace gets comprehensive coverage from Hikvision total solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/17/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Within the heart of Brazil's Federal District lies the capital city of Brasilia: a location where the nation's core governmental institutions and facilities are located. But, nestled among these governmental buildings sits Itamaraty Palace - the head office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Naturally, as Brazil's direct connection to the rest of the world, this facility takes on an additional dimension of security importance. In 2010, the decision was made to secure this facility with a state-of-the-art surveillance program; and as such, 2011 brought a series of Hikvision products into Itamaraty Palace – marking the first instance of a Brazilian governmental facility to enjoy this level of high-tech surveillance protection.

The Bread & Butter of Palace Security Befitting such an important building, Hikvision rolled out four different high-tech cameras to provide ideal coverage over a variety of specific locations and varying circumstances. This comprehensive package included the DS-2CD7133-E VGA Vandal-proof Network Mini Dome Camera, the DS-2CD712F-E Network Dome Camera, the DS-2DF1-516 Network High Speed Dome, and the DS-2DF1-517-B WDR Network High Speed Dome.

“Each of these Hikvision models was selected for a precise purpose. But, they all have in common the same great Hikvision technology, providing both 24/7 surveillance and 24/7 confidence – exactly what a project of this stature required,” noted Alvaro de Souza, CCTV manager at VMI Sistemas de Seguranca – Hikvision's official distributor in Brazil; and an integration partner in this project.

In the case of the DS-2CD7133-E VGA Network Mini Dome Camera, this model was placed in a variety of locations throughout the facility. “We needed a small camera, something not immediately noticeable, to place in both indoor and outdoor locations,” explained Mr. Souza.

But, this versatility required a unique technology-set to successfully accomplish its goal in these many different locations: “For example, for units placed on the roof – both inside and out – required the DS-2CD7133-E to provide excellent coverage ... as well as the ability to see wide areas of real estate, due to sight-obstruction issues from ongoing construction,” explained Mr. Souza.

This construction, a natural extention of the architecturally-beautiful Itamaraty Palace's 40 years of service, was an aspect that VMI took into account. Yet, regardless of any modifications achieved through modernization, nothing would change the fact that many of the conditions – indoors included – were not truly environmentally secure.

Fortunately, the vandal-proofing on these units also serve as weatherproofing, thereby allowing the DS-2CD7133-E to seamlessly operate in outdoor, semi-outdoor, and totally-indoor environments. Complimenting this vandal-proofing is a 1/4” progressive scan CMOS, H.264 / MPEG4 / MJPEG video compression, super-low illumination, a day / night auto switch, 3-axis adjustment, an IP66 rating, and PoE.

Securing the indoor corridors is Hikvision's DS-2CD712F-E Network Dome Camera. Chosen for its vari-focal lens, allowing precise focus and control in rooms of vastly varying dimensions, the DS-2CD712F-E's “proved perfect for this specific digital application,” Mr. Souza related.

Additionally, a high-performance Sony CCD, H.264 / MPEG-4 dual stream real-time video compression, SDHC card local storage, and support IE client for network preview all help the DS-2CD712F-E to overcome Itamaraty Palace's architectural challenges.

With the indoors already confidently secure, the outdoor arena required a different technological skill-set. Due to the differing circumstances, two Hikvision models were employed to provide coverage. The first was for low-light areas, such as the corners of buildings and parking areas – so, the DS-2DF1-516 Network High Speed Dome fit-this-bill perfectly.

Designed with up to a 36× optical zoom, a powerful PTZ control, 3D intelligent positioning and true day / night functionality all allow this camera to optimally track movement; such as individuals or automobiles moving – regardless of lighting conditions.

Finally, the outdoor compliment: Hikvision's DS-2DF1-517-B WDR Network High Speed Dome. With additional features, such as a 128× wide dynamic range, 3D noise reduction, and an IP66 rating; this unit is a perfect outdoor speed dome to “monitor non-controlled lighting environments,” Mr. Souza explained. “We installed the DS-2DF1-517-B for the borders of this building, where certain areas do not have much light, and others vary in brightness depending on the time of day. The low shutter of this model is ideal since it allows more light to enter the lens,” he contiuned.

 US pool and park combat vandalism with Hikvision solution

US pool and park combat vandalism with Hikvision solution

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 9/7/2012 | Article type: Security 50

Virtually every country around the world is negatively affected by vandalism. Graffiti and the destruction of both public and private property are issues that continue to haunt government officials, commercial institutions, and citizens of every level.

The United States is no exception. According to recent government data, the cost of vandalism in America is estimated to range anywhere between $10 and $25 billion annually.

Recently, the borough of Hamburg, Pennsylvania, USA chose to combat vandalism – and those who are engaged in it – through the inventive installation of Hikvision security products that provide both improved overall security and a tangible deterrent against vandalism.

A Better Option
Hamburg's Borough Pool and Recreation Park area is not only a source of civic pride for the city; it is also an important regional recreation area. Offering a large park, public pool, and facilities for public concerts, this park serves as a hub for Hamburg and the many surrounding communities to enjoy their recreational moments. Additionally, these civic facilities also act as a catalyst for Hamburg's local business community – and as such, any perceived downturn in the status of this park has a negative cascading effect throughout the borough.

“Fairly recently, we've had a growing problems with a variety of vandalism - type crimes in our Hamburg Borough Pool and Recreation Park area,” explained John Leonforte – Codes Administrator at this location.

“Initially, we attempted to address this issue through private security; but we found that not only was it expensive – roughly $20,000 annually – it also did not significantly reduce the levels of destruction in public property and graffiti,” added Mr. Leonforte.

Changing gears, Hamburg chose to invest in a comprehensive security solution featuring Hikvision products. Mr. Leonforte noticed an immediate impact: “Within two days of these Hikvision cameras being installed, there was a significant drop-off in vandalism. Obviously, these cameras had a strong deterrent value, but we needed to be able to support this with technological innovation to maintain our initial gains.”

Two Different Cameras, Two Different Goals
Quarterbacking many of the technical issues regarding the installation of this solution was Brad Heckelman, Hikvision's U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional Manger. Mr. Heckelman chose Hikvision's DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome Camera, as well as the DS-2DF1-672 1.3 MP Network Speed Dome Camera to serve as the eyes of this solution.

In many respects, the DS-2DF1-672 1.3 MP Network Speed Dome acts as the lynchpin of the solution. “Among many beneficial features, we chose this camera for its 18x optical zoom, plus up to 10x digital zoom, which provide a tremendously detailed and high-quality picture. Additionally, the 1/3” Sony CCD chip allows this camera to work very well in changing lighting conditions,” explained Mr. Heckelman.

Installed on elevated positions at select locations throughout the park, and controlled remotely, this PTZ camera offers 360°endless pan range and -5° ~ -90° tilt range, thereby providing up to 2 miles of tremendously clear pictures in any direction. Interestingly, if there were no viewing obstructions (trees, building, etc.), “we could literally use only one DS-2DF1-672 model– this is how good the zoom image quality is, regardless of distance,” noted Mr. Heckelman.

Additionally, an IP66 weather-proofing standard ensures problem-free functionality from any outdoor weather conditions this camera will face. And as Pennsylvania is known for extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter, this is an absolute necessity for any camera in this part of America.

The second Hikvision camera in this solution, the DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome, serves a slightly different – but no less important – function.

Placed throughout the outdoor park and pool, as well as inside facilities such as the concession stand, this camera keeps a focused watch over areas deemed as high priority. “Traditionally, one of the areas that has been particularly challenging, from a graffiti perspective, has been the back of the band shell. However, now, with this camera providing 24/7 surveillance on this specific location, we have not had one new incident of graffiti,” noted Mr. Leonforte.

Virtual PTZ functionality allowed Hamburg to focus the DS-2CD762MF-IFB 1.3 MP Vandal Proof & Weather Proof Network Dome on areas of vandalism concern – such as the above-mentioned band shell – and also on areas of safety concerns … such as the diving area in the pool and the parking lots. “We were able to alleviate our vandalism problems as well as provide our patrons with an increased sense of security,” summed up Mr. Leonforte.

Furthermore, both vandal-proofing and weather-proofing provide protection against the weather and those who might be otherwise tempted to physically tamper with these cameras.

Importantly, an IR cut filter with auto switch and infra-red illuminator provide excellent low-light ability at any time of day; and 1280 x 960 pixels of resolution allow operators to zoom onto these sensitive areas with great clarity, regardless of circumstances.

Mr. Leonforte added, “The motion detection feature on this camera is particularly useful to our situation. This allows our police department the ability to set specific cameras to turn on when something catches its attention … thereby helping officers to immediately recognize a potential threat and respond, instead of just hoping that an officer will notice it as the various camera pictures cycle through.”

NVRs
Two Hikvision NVR models were selected to round out this solution: the DS-9516NI-S Embedded NVR and the DS-9616NI-SH Embedded NVR.

For Mr. Heckelman, the key to both of these units was the massive storage ability: “Most NVRs only have a 4 SATA interface. These two Hikvision models both have 8 SATA, which allows up to 16TB of memory – far exceeding the industry norm.”

Additionally, both allow great resolution, with the DS-9516NI-S providing up to 5 megapixels (2560 x 1920) recording resolution; and the DS-9616NI-SH an HDMI output of 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Importantly, these Hikvision NVRs allowed the borough of Hamburg to save money by putting this solution on a network. As such, the police department has the ability to monitor video surveillance of the park and adjacent areas; while Hamburg squad cars are able to utilize wireless Internet-connected laptops to access the same information. An additional group, Hamburg Park management, also has PC access to these surveillance cameras. Mr. Leonforte notes, “We keep access to these PCs in an access-controlled environment … in this way, we are able to ensure only the proper personnel can view and manipulate our public cameras.”

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