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Analog solutions upgrade to HD cameras

Analog solutions upgrade to HD cameras

Editor / Provider: Alf Chang | Updated: 1/22/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

Summary
Analog cameras still holds 70% to 80% of the market share, while network cameras have matured in features, performance and technology. Analog providers are mainly focused on providing an easy upgrade option for existing customers through standards like 960H, HDCVI, ccHDtv, HD-MDI, etc. Secutech 2014 will feature all the latest and greatest HD Analog products.

Analog technology has gradually improved for almost 30 years. In addition to the tried-and-tested CCD and DSP components, chipmakers like Aptina, Pixelplus, OmniVision, Sony, Fullhan and Nextchip have invested heavily in developing HD imaging technologies. Korean and Taiwanese camera manufacturers have also worked hard to become the main providers of HD solutions.

While traditional analog cameras were mainly powered by CCD image sensors and DSPs, the new generation of HD cameras swop out CCD image sensors for CMOS to improve ISO, resolution, noise processing, energy efficiency and such. Taking advantage of CMOS sensors, HD cameras are now capable of more than 700TVL.

Furthermore, analog cameras often use backend IC for additional image processing to enhance raw video signals captured by the image sensors. While each chipmaker takes a different approach, they all have three common enhancements, namely auto white balance (AWB), auto exposure (AE) and auto focus (AF)—also known as the 3A algorithm.

AWB is used to correct color distortion that is caused by changes in color temperature. For example, image sensors capture a yellow hue at dusk due to a lower color temperature, while images appear to have a blue tint in daylight because of a higher color temperature. Using these algorithms, analog cameras not only capture better images in low-light environments, but also provide better color reproduction and compensate color cast.

For detailed information on resolution, low-light and WDR imaging, 2D/3D noise reduction, OSD and other HD  characteristics, please register for Secutech 2014

Chart-1 Type of light by color temperature.

 

VIVOTEK integrated panoramic PTZ technology with AxxonSoft VMS

VIVOTEK integrated panoramic PTZ technology with AxxonSoft VMS

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 1/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the successful integration of its innovative, a Panoramic PTZ solution with AxxonSoft's next-generation open-platform video management software (VMS), Axxon Intellect Enterprise and Axxon Next. The seamless cooperation signifies increased collaboration between VIVOTEK and AxxonSoft in developing cutting-edge technologies for the IP surveillance market.

VIVOTEK was one the first in the industry to launch the unique and innovative Panoramic PTZ feature in 2012, incorporating VIVOTEK's latest 5-Megapixel fisheye fixed dome network cameras SF8172/72V and a 2-Megapixel full HD speed dome network camera SD8363E. The solution provides a 180° panoramic view or 360-degree surround view without blind spots, allowing users to simultaneously monitor an overview of an area from a fisheye camera and a detailed regional view from a speed dome. The synergy of the 2 makes Panoramic PTZ especially suitable for department stores, station lobbies, airports, casino, parking lots, or any wide open areas where comprehensive monitoring and extreme video details are needed. The design and the originality of Panoramic PTZ have upended the traditional concept of security cameras, receiving accolades such as the German-based GIT 2013 Security Award, the Taiwan Excellence Awards and “The Best Innovation Product Award” from the MIPS show in Russia.

Since its establishment, VIVOTEK has collaborated with international and regional video management software programmers closely to seamlessly integrate camera functionalities onto different platforms. In response to the increasing market demand for Panoramic PTZ, VIVOTEK turned to AxxonSoft to implement a highly cost-effective solution that meets users' diversified needs.

Murat Altuev, President of AxxonSoft indicated, “It is our great pleasure to cooperate with VIVOTEK on the Panoramic PTZ integration project. AxxonSoft, since its founding, has been dedicated to helping end users build highly agile and quality security systems to satisfy versatile commercial needs. Together with VIVOTEK, our esteemed partner, we are creating more possibilities for the security industry and provide end users with safer, more reliable IP-based surveillance systems.”

Steve Ma, Executive VP at VIVOTEK, stated, “From the day we launched Panoramic PTZ, the market has adopted the new trend with success stories from around the globe. Today, we are pleased to announce the successful integration of our innovative Panoramic PTZ solution with AxxonSoft's VMS. The integration undoubtedly increases the compatibility of our Panoramic PTZ and brings increased benefits to the end users.”

EverFocus upgrades Taipei City to IP surveillance

EverFocus upgrades Taipei City to IP surveillance

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 1/20/2014 | Article type: Security 50

A new EverFocus IP surveillance system was installed to secure entrances, exits, hallways, parking lots, and the outdoor areas near the City Hall building.

Mission
Always attentive to technological innovation, Taipei City Government Hall, the government building located by Taipei City Hall metro station in Xinyi District, Taipei, decided to upgrade its video surveillance system from analog to network at the end of 2013.

A new IP surveillance system was designed to secure entrances, exits, hallways, parking lots, and the outdoor areas near the City Hall building. The new IP surveillance system provides Taipei City Government real time image and better image quality, and thus provides citizens a convenient and safe environment to visit.

Solution
WebChain Technology is responsible for providing the Taipei City Government building a new network camera surveillance security system. With network system planning, designing, constructing, and maintenance professions, WebChain Technology chose EverFocus' products to cater customer's needs.

3 EverFocus IP cameras are chosen in Taipei City Hall project. EDN3260 2 MP Full HD Network Indoor IR & WDR Dome Camera is mainly installed indoor for hall way monitoring, EZN3260 2 MPHD Outdoor IR & WDR Bullet Network Camera is installed at the entrances and exits, and EPN4220 2 MP True Day/Night Outdoor Network Speed Dome Camera are put outside of the building to protect the surrounding areas.

EDN3260 is a 2 MP HD network camera which delivers high definition image quality. EDN3260 optimizes the IRIS opening under all lighting conditions with motorized Vari-focal P-IRIS Lens. EDN3260 is suitable for indoor applications that require clear image details and WDR supported. EDN3260 conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices – even from other manufacturers. Users can also use EverFocus Mobile Applications to remotely view the live views of the cameras through your handheld devices; or use EverFocus CMS to remotely manage multiple IP devices connected on the network.

EZN3260 captures the most details in stunning HD quality, it supports multi-streaming in both H.264 and M-JPEG for various network conditions. It features a built-in slot for micro SDHC card, providing uninterrupted recording in case network is down. Power Over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) provides power to the camera via a single network cable, eliminating the need for power cables and greatly simplifying the installation. The EZN3260 supports motorized vari-focal auto IRIS lens and remote Zoom & Focus lens control via web browser. With IP66 waterproof rating, the EZN3260 is suitable to perform in moisture and various outdoor weather conditions that require superior image details. The EZN3260 conforms to industry ONVIF/PSIA standard, allowing great interoperability with a wide range of 3rd party network video devices.

EPN4220 is installed outdoor around the Taipei City Hall building. It is a high-performance, multi-stream, H.264 IP speed dome camera that provides MP HD image size at a frame rate of up to 30fps. With a built-in slot for a micro SDHC card, providing local recording when events trigger – EPN4220 conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices –even from other manufacturers. Functions such as exclusive masking, pan / tilt limits, tracking on patrol and flexible resume functions are all supported. The EPN series is designed for simple installation and supports all types of outdoor / indoor mounting applications.

Result
The existing analog camera in Taipei City Hall building has been converted to IP-based technology using EverFocus HD network cameras, allowing real time monitoring in public areas. The speed dome EPN4220 which is installed at the petition area supports dual streams, providing a two-way communication between the control room and citizens when there's a protesting event taking place.

The IR function of EverFocus cameras have allowed the video images of low light areas easier to be captured by the network cameras and send it to the control room, which is not feasible with analog system.

With the new IP-based surveillance system, Taipei City Hall now can sufficiently prevent crimes and obtain the recording data easily in the future.

LILIN VMS solution tailored for hotel management

LILIN VMS solution tailored for hotel management

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by LILIN | Updated: 1/20/2014 | Article type: Tech Corner

LILIN video management system solution provides services for hotel business including daily video surveillance, employee training aide, vehicle traffic control, average daily customer flow, and hotel security system. LILIN, offers a wide range of network based products including HD IP cameras with high compression rate, panorama network cameras, VD022 video decoder, People Counting analytics, integration video delivery tied in with credit card machine and ePOS (electronic point of sales) system, ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) technology, and CMX (central video management software).

Other than the products and services mentioned above, the high compression rate provided by LILIN is able to help reducing hard drives required. In addition, Sense Up+ technology is able to be applied at the driveway environments and see color video at night, without the use of infrared illuminator – energy saving as a result. Also, Auto Focus technology will help to save relevant labor cost and time consumption, and with all the features listed, LILIN has what it takes to construct a well-thought-out round-the-clock hospitality-specific video surveillance solution.

Application at Reception Lobbies
Check-in concierge level lobbies, main exit and auxiliary exit can adopt FD2452 panorama fisheye camera. Being mounted on the central ceiling area to capture 360° complete surround view or the option to choose install the fisheye camera vertically against the wall in capturing 180° panoramic view. FD2452 has a built-in removable IR cut filter, 24/7 non-stop operation surveillance camera function, and able to see clearly even during nighttime without sufficient lighting support. FD2452 is equipped with built-in microphone, audio recording feature to record customer and staff conversations, and through CMX (central video management) recorder transitioning into AVI files for training purposes. FD2452 panorama network cameras have 1.05mm fisheye lens, de-wrapping hardware technology to recover untwisted true viewable footages.

FD2452 is available to deliver two 180° panoramic view or one 360° surround view + two PTZ view. No loud motor noise and mechanical maintenance issue, which provides flawless check-in counter area footages.

Credit card machine and ePOS system are able to synchronize with CMX recorder via RS-232 transitioning into TCP/IP protocols. All transactions made by ePOS and credit card machine system are recorded for future references and audit-related management.

Hotel's corridors can adopt L series IP cameras with 9:16 aspect ratio Corridor Format for vertically oriented video streams. Compare to general 16:9 recording mode, Corridor Format is about seeing everything in absolute clear view with high resolution rate. Thanks to LD2222 IP camera's compact form factor design, guests will not be bothered by their presence. L series cameras are the ideal selections to be employed at long and narrow hallway areas. Sense Up+ within LD2222, which has high sensitivity in low light condition and no motion blur. Replacement of IR supplement technique at corridor environments, still able to provide color video outputs, this can save a ton of electricity costs for the long run.

Welcoming driveway, main entrance and exit
Welcoming driveway, main entrance and exit, where would require lens can be managed and zoomed. The fully IP-66 water proof certified IPS420ES (outdoor) or IPS520 (indoor) speed domes are designed specifically to be applied in harsh environments, featuring 20X optical zoom lens and superb quality Full HD 1080P video outputs. The speed domes apply PoE (Power over Internet) for convenient configuration while installing the cameras – this can greatly minimize total installation time. LILIN speed dome are perfect to be used in both indoor and outdoor parking facility. With the help of LILIN CMX ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) technology being employed at the vehicle entrance gate, is able to analyze and recognize license plate numbers.

Auto Focus IP cameras
ZD2322 and ZR2322, are designed in a mini glassy dome form factor, 150mm diameter in size, and embedded mounting design are able to fit into restaurants, offices, conference rooms, lounge bars, and upscale retail stores. ZR2322 network camera is equipped with infrared feature, still has the ability to provide top-notch quality video outputs even in absolute no light condition. Z series network cameras have built-in Auto Focus technology, is capable of effectively positioning the cameras at the right focus angle in 30 seconds – this saves at least 40% installation time. Remote focusing feature from a distant location is available as well. Management team at hotels is given options to control zoom-in and zoom-out function after 3X optical zoom lens is installed in place. Z series cameras have a built-in removable IR-cut filter, AGC (automatic gain control) feature to produce usable images, and WDR (wide dynamic range) enhancement feature to accurately display the details of both the brightest and darkest area in a scene.

Eco-friendly Design
LILIN Pro series Full HD IP cameras are equipped with Sense Up+ technology. Eco-friendly energy saving design delivers exceptional video outputs at low light environment. iMEGAPRO series is especially great for parking entrance gate to capture crystal clear image without installing additional infrared illuminator– saves electricity bills on a long-term basis scale.

LILIN Pro series Full HD IP cameras have built-in 3D digital noise reduction (3D DNR). 3D DNR has the capacity to effectively handle the traditional frame-to-frame noise reduction, and at the same time incorporate spatial noise reduction. The entire scene is processed by 3D DNR technology that every part of the image is clear and noise-free. Full HD 1080P resolution only requires 3Mbps bandwidth support; this can greatly ease hard disk space loading. In addition, WDR (wide dynamic range) technology is capable of dealing with direct lighting in the day and near total darkness in the evening. WDR is suitable to be deployed at hotel's main and auxiliary exits to accurately identify incoming and outgoing customers.

Video Management for Managers at Hotels
For hospitality management, LILINViewer application on iOS operation system is an ideal way to create the peace-of-mind for managers who are always on the move to view real-time actual video feed at any time. LILINViewer app pushes the actual video feed of any disturbance and sends accurate and instant notification with an option to view the real-time video playback to assess the situation. LILINViewer is able to synchronize with LILIN NVR, DVR, and IP cameras with built-in SD card redundancy. LILIN's mobile app – LILINViewer, is the most efficient way to assist hotel managers to well manage and monitor hotel daily operations.

LILIN's CMX1108 recorder, is capable of recording up to 108-channel H.264/MJPEG Full HD IP cameras and/or DVR/NVR recorders. CMX1108 has the ability to connect with 108 pieces of IP cameras displayed onto large screen external monitor, and acts as TV Wall application outputs. It is capable to extend many more outputs when coupled with VD022 video decoders. Without using PC device, VD022 consumes only 17W energy saving spec design, to deliver virtual matrix system and manage groups of videos. LILIN developed solutions to satisfy all hospitality-specific needs, and designed with a number of unique features that are easy-to-use. ePOS system is tied in with CMX1108 recorder in such a way that alarms can be raised on events such as till draws being left open.

ANPR
ANPR technology is integrated in CMX recorder – it can read vehicle registration plates. CMX also embedded People Counting analytics, allows hoteliers to measure hourly traffic levels and evaluate performance across the whole chain. eMap feature live video are available in CMX to provide handy tools to manage floors, and automatically provide alarm-related video footage. CMX1108 recorder can help staff at hotel central security department to systematically manage videos and filter out unauthorized vehicles from entering the facility.

NVR404c fan-less design
High-class retail shops, upscale restaurants, and conference meeting centers are the kind of places where need absolute noise-free disturbance. LILIN's NVR404c is designed with no fan, it is an ideal product to be installed in such upper scale facilities. NVR404c is also able to in synch with CMX recorder and provide remote video management.

Hotel solutions provided by LILIN focus on 1) small and exquisite form factors to fit into hotel's decoration style, 2) eco design helps reducing operation and installation costs, 3) video management provides checked in guests receive worry-free stay which they deserve, 4) recorded videos are good education materials for staff training purposes, and 5) via ANPR and People Counting analytics, to effectively manage and summarize customer traffic flow.

Motels, hotels, and resorts can take great advantage of LILIN's surveillance solutions to supply comfort peace of mind environment. LILIN cameras' compact form factor design, guests will feel safer and not to be bothered by their presence. Labor installation costs and operation cost, which LILIN has taken into account at initial designing stage, i.e. Sense Up+ will cutback use of infrared-based cameras, 3D noise reduction technology can efficiently reduce hard drivers usage, eco-friendly VD022 video decoder can use of TV Wall application without depending on a PC, and ANPR technology is able to cross-check vehicle registration plates. LILIN's well-rounded hospitability-specific video management provides all visiting guests and employees at hotel the safest environments.


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EverFocus announces IP speed domes EPN4220p and EPN4220pi

EverFocus announces IP speed domes EPN4220p and EPN4220pi

Editor / Provider: EverFocus | Updated: 12/26/2013 | Article type: Security 50

EverFocus Announces Product Release of EPN4220p / EPN4220pi, the newest 2 Megapixel, 20X Optical Zoom, PoE, True Day/Night IP Speed Dome Camera.

The EPN4220p / EPN4220pi are 2 Megapixel outdoor and indoor IP speed domes delivering image quality of up to 30fps at resolution of 1920 x 1080, built-in 20X optical auto focus zoom, with removable IR cut filter for true day/night function. The outdoor model is equipped with a vandal-proof IK10 and weather proof IP66 housing. Both model feature 360°rotation, 0.01°~180° pan and tilt travel along with sheer position accuracy, making it excellent in providing the fast and accurate tracking ability. A maximum of 192 preset positions are available to be programmed for precise location of target areas. The EPN models are designed for simple installation and can be applied to indoor and outdoor usage: airports, ports, casinos, shopping centers, station and parking lots.

According to the product marketing manager Tony Lin, “The biggest difference between the new EPN4200p / EPN4200pi models and previous EPN models is that the new EPN4200p / EPN4200pi models are equipped with Power over Ethernet, which provides the power and network connection through one network cable.”

The camera supports H.264 and M-JPEG multi-stream output for simultaneous live monitoring and high-resolution recording. Moreover, the camera features the Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) function, which can offer high quality images even under back light circumstances where intensity of illumination can vary excessively.

T In addition, a built-in micro SDHC card slot and Power over Ethernet features are provided. Since the camera conforms to ONVIF / PSIA for compatibility with other network video devices, it interoperates with a wide variety of hardware and software systems. EPN4200p / EPN4200pi also support live monitoring of video from mobile devices via EverFocus's CMS & MobilFocus / MobileFocus Plus Apps (iOS and Android), which make it easier for users to monitor their real time images with convenience.

Hikvision solutions assist in Iraqi security industry rebound

Hikvision solutions assist in Iraqi security industry rebound

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/19/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Obviously, Iraq has gone through a great deal of upheaval in its recent history. Where much of its infrastructure was damaged by the first Gulf War in the early 90s, 2003's second Gulf War had a far more crippling effect.

Ahmed Shakir, CEO at the Iraqi-based security integrator Khairat Annabaa, explained: "After 2003, the private security industry was dealt a variety of problems; however the lack of IT professionals really affected our ability to provide modern solutions and modern security for our businesses."

However, with a decade's worth of hard work and dedication, both Iraq, and its businesses, are starting to bounce back. Mr. Shakir noted that the private security sector is beginning to thrive and Hikvision products are a growing presence in this revival.

Professional Security
For over 20 years, many private Iraqi businesses relied on an armed guard for security purposes. While this does provide a basic level of security, it also has a great many drawbacks and shortcomings. A guard is far from a comprehensive solution.

However, with the revival of professional solutions, its benefits have extended beyond solely better protection for a particular business. Khairat Annabaa's fuel storage distribution center project in Iraq's Amarah City illustrates this point.

Utilizing Hikvision's DS-2DF1-716 IR Network Speed Dome Camera, DS-2CD8254-EIS Network Bullet Camera, DS-2CD2012-I Network Bullet Camera, DS- 1100KI Keyboard, and DS-9616NI-SH NVR, this Amarah City solution not only provided an upgrade over guards, but also helped build security Infrastructure, improved overall security and most importantly, it promoted tourism

Building Security Infrastructure
Khairat Annabaa was initially an IT company. Now, through the improvement in both Iraqi infrastructure and economy, the time was ripe for Khairat Annabaa to use its IT knowhow and move into the security industry. Mr. Shakir noted, "The emergence of better Internet capacity, namely WiFi, has provided a great opportunity in the security industry for us."

Specifically, WiFi has greatly lowered the cost for solutions. In this fuel distribution center project, Hikvision's DS-2DF1-716 IR Network Speed Dome Cameras are placed on exterior towers to view the adjacent road; and utilizing its 30x optical zoom and 80m IR range functions, the license plates on cars entering the facility.

Additionally, the DS-2CD8254-EIS and DS-2CD2012-I Network Bullet Cameras are placed at specific fixed locations - such as critical areas such the primary fuel storage area - and along the borders to provide broader perimeter security. Both models can be as close as 100 meters or as far away as 4 kilometers from Hikvision's DS-9616NI-SH NVR.

For both camera models, WiFi makes this solution economically viable and provides the ability for managers and security personnel to access these cameras in their own offices; thereby providing an easier, cheaper, and more efficient solution. Additionally, Hikvision's DS- 1100KI Keyboard benefits by allowing 255 cameras to be used by 1 keyboard, and the ability to automatically utilize the cameras' zoom function on this keyboard.

Improving Overall Security & Terrorism Concerns
This fuel depot represents an important link in the overall Iraqi fuel supply chain. As a vital component to the economy, this site requires a suitable solution to the importance it holds.

Located on the main road between Amarah and Basurah, and near a logistically-important bridge for this road, this location is of obvious importance. However, the special nature of this specific site brings additional concern. Not only are important roads, bridges, and this fuel depot at this location, but also a thriving community with homes and an elementary school.

By utilizing WiFi to inexpensively link Hikvision cameras to Hikvision's DS-9616NI-SH NVR, managerial and security offices across great distances, this solution also provides improved overall security for the community at large.

Concurrently, this solution has "greatly reduced issues of terrorism. Now, with these Hikvision cameras monitoring not only the station, but the surrounding area, the community is much safer. This applies to common crime, but also to possible terrorism issues. Earlier, without cameras and WiFi, there wasn't a deterrent. Now, with these cameras and 8 hard disks of NVR hard-drive storage to record incidents, we can provide proactive safety measures," explained Mr. Shakir.

With Hikvision and Khairat Annabaa's IT abilities, Amarah City's fuel storage distribution center gained more than a simple solution. It gained a solution that provides protection - and civic stability.

IDIS expands DirectIP camera selection to meet various needs

IDIS expands DirectIP camera selection to meet various needs

Editor / Provider: IDIS | Updated: 12/11/2013 | Article type: Security 50

IDIS launched a new range of flagship cameras that grows its DirectIP line up to suit a wide range of customers with external and low-light requirements.

The expanded line-up includes two new domes plus a bullet and zoom camera that all leverage DirectIP plug-and-play capability as well as being ONVIF compliant. All these new full-HD and 30ips models feature an array of capabilities comprising multi-streaming, two-way audio and alarm input/output, true day and night, PIR motion detection and use Power over Ethernet (PoE). The flagship DirectIP? series now includes:
Bullet (DC-T Series) – Full-HD 1080p resolution, 30ips, multiple streams, motorised focus zoom, true day and night, PIR motion detection, IR and white LED, vandal-proof, heater, two-way audio and alarm I/O, PoE.
Zoom (DC-Z Series) – Full HD 1080p resolution, 30ips, multiple streams, 18x A/F optical zoon, true day and night, two-way audio and alarm I/O, PoE.
Speed Dome (DC-S Series) – Full-HD 1080p resolution, 30ips, multiple streams, 18x A/F optical zoom, true day and night, vandal-proof, two-way audio and alarm I/O, PoE.
Flat Dome (DC-F Series) – Full-HD 1080p resolution, 30ips, multiple streams, 56mm low profile design, true day and night, DNR, BLC, PoE

Brian Song, Managing Director of IDIS Europe, commented, “The expansion of the camera range underlines the scope of DirectIP for a wide range of industry segments--from small to large multi-site applications. With our industry-leading R&D focus, we will continue to invest in DirectIP to meet the current and future demands of a full-HD, networked and high-performance surveillance solution.”

Sanyu Elementary School adopts VIVOTEK surveillance solutions

Sanyu Elementary School adopts VIVOTEK surveillance solutions

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 12/6/2013 | Article type: Education

A Safer Campus Where Children Can Learn and Grow
Schools are places for students to learn and acquire professional and social skills. For children and young adults, school is also a place that shapes their personality, integrity and self-respect. However, schools often double as public places that are open to communities, making the safety and security on campus exceptionally important. Issues that may compromise campus security are diverse, ranging from trespassing and theft, to bullying, vandalism and injury. School-aged children are vulnerable and lack awareness when it comes to confronting danger. Thus, an integrated security mechanism with advanced and seamless surveillance should be installed on campus, securing a safe learning environment for children. With an advanced surveillance system, school staff can perform security networking right on campus, and police or security can do so remotely. If a suspicious person or object is detected, the alarm will trigger, mobilizing real-time assistance. Early detection of a dangerous situation on campus significantly increases the likelihood of prevention.

Enhanced Infrastructure, Strengthened Security
Sanyu Elementary School, located in the Tienmu area of Shihlin District, Taipei, Taiwan was founded in 1993. With a strong commitment to education, Sanyu Elementary School has executed a series of initiatives for building up a safe campus for its 1,500 students from grades 1 to 6. The school prioritizes healthy development and quality education, which can be seen in various academic courses, dynamic and multifaceted extracurricular activities, vigorous physical education programs and events, and a comprehensive tutorial system. However, solid security is needed for all these initiatives to operate smoothly, and to ensure parents that their children are learning in a safe environment. Sanyu Elementary School has put lots of effort and resources into security infrastructure enhancement and renovation. The surveillance system, as the pivotal mechanism for security on campus, also got an overhaul. After seeing the insufficient image quality of the existing analog cameras, the school decided to upgrade to an IP-based surveillance system. With VIVOTEK's local distributor Zero One Technology's professional advice and support, 48 VIVOTEK network cameras were chosen for the project. The two major reasons that Sanyu Elementary School go with VIVOTEK were: First, VIVOTEK is a leading brand in Taiwan. Second, VIVOTEK provides quality solutions, which have been also well recognized by other schools.

Unparalleled Visibility, Seamless Monitoring
48 network cameras have been installed in hallways, stairways, and around sports grounds, creating a seamless shield of protection for children wherever they are on campus.

Hallways and stairways, which are semi-outdoor areas, are places with high contrast lighting conditions. Capturing fine details while maintaining superb image quality can be challenging under such circumstances, only cameras with excellent image processing capability are adequate. VIVOTEK's IP8332-C, a 1MP bullet-style network camera, features a removable IR-cut filter and IR illuminators, effective up to 15M. This camera captures video with exceptional image quality and resolution around the clock. As for harsh outdoor environments, the IP8332-C is encased in weather-proof casing to withstand rain and dust, ensuring stable operation and monitoring under any weather condition. The IP8332-C is also an ideal option for monitoring hallways and stairways.

Apart from the indoors, children have physical education classes and play around outside on the sports grounds. However, monitoring this area can be challenging considering the openness of the premises. VIVOTEK's speed dome network camera SD8312E, with its sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, was installed for sports ground surveillance. The SD8312E is capable of fast, precise movements with continuous 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt. Designed with WDR Pro technology and a removable IR-cut filter, the camera is able to deliver unparalleled visibility day and night, clearly capturing every move on the ground. VIVOTEK's IP8130, a 1MP small-sized and elegant designed cube network camera, was installed in the security office at the school entrance. Any activity around the security office, such as intrusion or vandalism, can be monitored, protecting not only the security guard staff, but also school children. With a supporting smart phone application, VIVOTEK's iViewer, security guards can access live video off-site in real time through iPhone or Android platforms.

VIVOTEK is the Best Choice for Cementing Campus Security
Kelly Huang , Director of General Affairs at Sanyu Elementary School stated: “Ever since the establishment of Sanyu Elementary School 20 years ago, our top priorities have been the children's safety, positive growth and excellent scholarship. The school has put great effort into making the environment safer and friendlier. After VIVOTEK's cameras were installed, our surveillance quality improved significantly. The clarity and fine details in the footage delivered by VIVOTEK network cameras have exceeded our expectation. We are convinced that VIVOTEK is the best choice for campus security.”

William Ku, Vice President of VIVOTEK's International Business Division, stated: “Campus safety always needs to be stressed. Providing our children with a safe and enjoyable learning space ensures sound development. In recent years there have been several devastating attacks on schools around the world. There have been heartbreaking tragedies and innocent children have suffered, there have been incidents in the U.S, China and South America. Sometimes attacks are unpredictable, but precautionary measures, like a comprehensive security mechanism with advanced surveillance capacity, can minimize the possibility of tragedies and irreversible loss.”

VIVOTEK reinforces the SUPREME series product line

VIVOTEK reinforces the SUPREME series product line

Editor / Provider: Vivotek | Updated: 12/6/2013 | Article type: Security 50

VIVOTEK announced the launch of a new series of speed dome network cameras, specifically, the SD8314E, SD8324E, SD8316E, and SD8326E, bolstering its SUPREME series product line. Featuring D1 resolution and 18x/36x optical zoom lens, SD8314E/24E/16E/26E are capable of delivering superb image quality.

Similar to the new-generation speed dome network camera (SD8363E) previously launched by VIVOTECH, SD8314E/24E/16E/26E are designed with several advanced features, including the IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing, a sophisticated pan/tilt mechanism, and a built-in auto tracking feature.

The IP66- and NEMA 4X-rated housing protects the camera body against rain, dust, and corrosion over an extended temperature range of between -40°C to 55°C, and ensures stable operation under extreme weather conditions and hazardous environments. With the pan/tilt mechanism and the built-in auto tracking feature, the SD8314E/24E/16E/26E cameras are able to rapidly and accurately capture movement from a 360-degree pan and 220-degree tilt angles. In addition, this new line of cameras instantaneously reacts to suspicious moving objects over extended areas.

Moreover, the WDR Pro Technology was designed to secure image quality under light-challenging circumstances, subsequently ensuring unparalleled visibility in high contrast environments. Similar to alternative VIVOTEK true day/night cameras, the SD8314E/24E/16E/26E cameras are equipped with removable IR-cut filters to maintain clear images around the clock. Because the SD8314E/24E/16E/26E cameras demonstrate exceptional reliability and precision, they are especially ideal for large indoor or outdoor areas, such as airports, ports, and stadiums.

Hikvision protects Canada's largest CSI facility

Hikvision protects Canada's largest CSI facility

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 12/5/2013 | Article type: Government & Public Services

The American television show CSI is a popular series in the North American market, but with syndication in the majority of the world's countries. The work done on shows like this is not simply Hollywood magic, but it is based on real science done by real law enforcement agents, forensic technicians, and scientists.

State-of-the-Art Facility
Case in point is the brand new Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex in Toronto, Canada. This facility, opened in September 2013, and is the largest of its nature in Canada, and represents one of the three largest in the entire world.

TV-style CSI operations are housed in the Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex (FSCC), it is also designed to handle issues related to biology, toxicology, chemistry, firearms, document and photo analysis, and electronics. Additionally, the FSCC includes multiple examination bays, ballistics facilities, and Canada's first Containment Level 3 autopsy suite, as well as being equipped to cope with mass fatality events such as airline crashes.

To protect these scientists, researchers, examiners, and administrative staff, as well as the facilities themselves, something more down-to-earth was needed: Hikvision security technology.

Marcomm Systems Group, the integrator working on the project, teamed with Carillion (the facility management company for the FSCC) to design a comprehensive solution to achieve these ends.

The Hikvision Advantage
During the installation process, Hikvision cameras were chosen, this project marks an important step for Hikvision in the Canadian market. Specifically, it is the first massive public project of this scale in which Hikvision has been involved. As such, it was important for Infrastructure Ontario (the quasi-public, quasi-private owner of this project) to see proof of Hikvision's quality. Hikvision's quality passed testing at all levels. And, being able to seamlessly integrate with the existing VMS software platform without any difficulties, or modifications was the final seal of approval.

Once approved, four Hikvision camera models were selected - The 2MP Vandal Resistant Network Dome Cameras, 1.3 MP Indoor and Outdoor Network High Speed Dome Cameras, and 1.3MP WDR Outdoor Network Cameras now provide the eyes for the FSCC.

These models, placed liberally throughout the FSCC, are positioned to monitor the roof line, building exterior, parking areas, medical labs, courthouse, jail cells, ballistics testing rooms, administration facilities, as well as other critical areas.

Due to the sensitivity regarding the nature of this project, exact locations, as well as Hikvision camera benefits in relation to these areas cannot be specified.

Realities of the Public Sector
The issue of quality is paramount for the Government of Ontario, as well as its real shareholders - the general public, who will ultimately be paying for a portion of this facility with their tax dollars. As such, financial responsibility is a real concern for all the players involved - from Infrastructure Ontario to Carillion to Marcomm Systems Group. Therefore, the ultimate goal was to provide top-level technology, but at a competitive price.

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