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Axis safeguards Singapore Polytechnic's School DMIT

Axis safeguards Singapore Polytechnic's School DMIT

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/31/2014 | Article type: Education

The School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT) at Singapore Polytechnic, one of Singapore's most prestigious tertiary education providers, has been in operation since 1980. The School aims to play an important role in the expanding digital ecosystem, by being a strong source of talent for the IDM (Interactive Digital Media) and ICT industries. To prepare students for the digital world, DMIT nurtures and develops students using a variety of channels such as innovative teaching approaches, inspiring learning spaces, immersive experiences, multidisciplinary projects and leadership training programs.

Since DMIT is so focused on developing Singapore's next generation of computer experts, many of its teaching rooms house the latest, state-of-the-art technology. For example, students working towards a Diploma in Infocomm Security Management are trained in a Cyber War Game Center to help build their skills in effective teamwork, resourcefulness and working under pressure.

In addition to this game development centre, DMIT has a motion capture studio, a music and audio production suite and a visual effects studio which make up just some of the high-tech facilities housed within the DMIT. On top of this, the school is home to about 950 Windows and Mac workstations and the associated peripherals.

With such a significant level of investment in technology, it is critical that the school is secure at all times, not just to protect the assets of DMIT but also to ensure the safety of all staff and students working in the school with such high-value equipment.

Solution
DMIT enlisted the help of Seng Joo Hardware to develop a security solution to protect its key assets. One of Seng Joo's key recommendations was switching the School's surveillance cameras from its legacy analog CCTV cameras to an IP network-based surveillance solution. A digital security solution was befitting of a school with a reputation for being ahead of the curve digitally and technically.

After a thorough review of the school, the best camera locations were identified and a combination of AXIS P3344 and AXIS M3114-R Network Cameras were installed throughout the School's premises and teaching rooms. The Axis cameras were installed in high traffic areas, as well as in those areas which are likely to generate significant interest from thieves. DMIT covers a significant amount of ground with three blocks, and three to four levels. However, the Axis cameras are all Power over Ethernet, which means that a separate power source is not required, greatly simplifying the installation process.

DMIT is using AXIS Camera Station software to manage the footage gathered by the Axis cameras. This software program is a comprehensive video management tool which makes monitoring, recording and playback simple and easy to do on any PC. The installation of this system allows facilitators and admin staff with no IT training to manipulate the cameras as they wish. The School has also installed Axis illuminators to provide the cameras with enough light to provide a meaningful image.

Result
With the solution in place, the School can now monitor key areas, especially in some of the more technological advanced labs with the utmost accuracy and clarity. The greatest benefit of this particular system is the ability to view a clear picture from anywhere in the world, providing there is an internet connection. This gives administrators the peace of mind that their School is only a couple of clicks away, no matter where in the world they actually are.

Another benefit of the solution to DMIT is its ease-ofuse. The installation is truly a turnkey solution. Only the most basic training was required for the staff involved in the installation and maintenance of the solution. Other staff members who have the authority and necessity to view the footage are also able to do so without any in-depth training or instruction, thanks to the AXIS Camera Station software.

Another string in the bow of the Axis camera solution, and of IP surveillance technology in general is the simple maintenance from a technical point of view. With the legacy analog solution, DMIT needed to ensure there was enough space for tape to store the footage that was constantly being saved. With the IP surveillance system, the footage is stored digitally, either to hard drives on premise, locally on the cameras themselves, (Axis cameras are equipped with an SD card slot for local storage), or in the cloud.

The Axis installations have proven successful in that they have been a deterrent for would-be thieves and vandals. The cameras provide live and recorded images of the campus' hotspots and have been successful in preventing and identifying any would-be criminal activity. There has been a noticeable increase in confidence that security requirements at DMIT will be met as a direct result of this solution which has in turn boosted the School's reputation.

Council depot decreases false alarms by Optex Redwall laser sensor

Council depot decreases false alarms by Optex Redwall laser sensor

Editor / Provider: OPTEX | Updated: 7/31/2014 | Article type: Security 50

A council depot in Dudley experiencing up to 80 false alarms in 45 minutes when opening every morning, has practically eradicated the problem by reviewing the existing sensor locations and deploying OPTEX laser detection technology.

The site stores building materials including paving slabs, electrical cabling and some council vehicles, and is protected by a CCTV system triggered by infrared motion detection sensors, but was suffering numerous false alarms due to staff arriving for work and congregating in front of the building, and from wildlife along the canal footpath that runs along two sides of the perimeter. Historically, intruders have broken through one of the perimeter walls and stolen central heating boilers and piping, and also climbed up on to the roof and entered the building through the skylights. Some 18 REDWALL long range passive infrared detectors (PIRs) were installed throughout the car park and the perimeter of the building to protect the elevation of the storage warehouse a few years ago. The operational needs of the site had changed but the sensors were still in their original location and the false alarms generated when staff is arriving to work were causing a headache for operators at Visual Verification's remote monitoring center in Timperley, Cheshire.

The location of the existing sensors needed a rethink as well as the mix of detection technologies to specify to avoid staff triggering the system.

Replacing the traditional volumetric sensors protecting the building, a REDSCAN laser detector has been installed on top of the building in a vertical application, covering the facade and a one meter area from the wall, working in conjunction with two cameras. Creating a virtual wall, the laser sensor only detected people standing next to the building wall and ignored those further away. This resulted in the false alarm rate falling by 80%.

Out with Keys, in with Smartphones

Out with Keys, in with Smartphones

Editor / Provider: EIFEH STROM, a&s International | Updated: 7/29/2014 | Article type: Hot Topics

The idea of wireless locks is picking up in the residential sector as interest in smart homes grows. Taking advantage of this are several companies who have come out with smart locks for home use. By taking advantage of consumer desires for convenient, mobile solutions, smart locks are making their home debut.

Wireless locks are finding their footing in more verticals. That includes the residential sector, which is seeing some traction in wireless lock adoption. With the mobile trend playing a big role in the smart home and home automation market, as well as the desire for everything to be more convenient, keyless locks seem like a natural next step. Enter smart locks. As the popularity of smart homes continues to grow and the number of smartphone users continues to multiply, the convenience of being able to control everything from lighting to entertainment from a smart device has become more than just novelty: it's become a requirement.

Smart locks that use smart devices as keys may sound like a practical idea since physical keys are easily lost and copied; however, security concerns regarding automatic unlocking and lost phones, among others, makes some consumers nervous. So, is there a market for it? According to Chris Bone, VP of Access Control Solutions for EMEA at ASSA ABLOY, there seems to be. “In the residential sector, it's more about local attitudes to keyless entry,” pointed out Bone. “Scandinavia and parts of Asia, in particular, have been early adopters of wireless entry systems. But these new technologies are moving up the agenda everywhere. Mechanical keys are an old-fashioned technology and people are looking for new solutions that make sense in a digital world.” Currently the most talked about and/or most anticipated smart locks on the market include: the August Smart Lock, Goji Smart Lock, Lockitron, and Kwikset Kevo powered by UniKey.

Startups Cash In
Even though the market for smart locks is new, there is definitely a following of techies eager to get their hands on the technology. As a result, several startups have seen strong support by curious and anxious consumers. Startups like August, Goji, and Lockitron have all become well-known names in the smart lock realm. However, the newness of the smart lock idea is made apparent when trying to buy one from any of the aforementioned companies, as delays have plagued all three of the companies, not an uncommon occurrence for startups. Regardless, the promise of these products and their innovation are keeping home automation and smart home consumers intrigued.

Deadbolts Get Dresse d Up
There are several types of smart locks coming out for consumers to choose from. Things to consider when choosing a smart lock include preference for a lock made to fit over an existing deadbolt or one that replaces the deadbolt. Also, consideration of what type of deadbolt is already in place needs to be made if retrofitting is the chosen option, as certain solutions only work for single-cylinder deadbolts. For example, the August Smart Lock can only be retrofitted onto a single-cylinder deadbolt — the most common type of deadbolt found in North America — and is not compatible with mortise or Europeanstyle cylinders. For those not in North America or with other types of deadbolts, offerings like Goji's smart lock that replaces the existing deadbolt claims to fit most doors in the U.S. and Europe, according to their website. Questions regarding whether a certain smart lock will fit an existing door can be addressed by each individual company, all of which offer to assess whether or not their solution is compatible if a photo of the existing deadlock is emailed to their support team.

Smart Connections
Other things to consider when choosing a smart lock is the type of wireless communication protocol the lock uses. By using popular communication protocols such as Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth LE), Z-Wave, and ZigBee, lock companies are looking to appeal to consumers by providing them with easy ways to connect with the protocols most commonly used in home automation and smart home devices.

Bluetooth LE
Like Classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE is able to maintain a similar communication range using the same 2.4 Ghz frequencies; however, compared to Classic Bluetooth the amount of power consumed by Bluetooth LE has been considerably reduced, making it ideal for home and security applications such as smart locks. However, one drawback is that Bluetooth LE, also known as Smart Bluetooth, is only available on newer smartphones. For example, Bluetooth LE is available on iPhone 4s, which debuted in October 2011, and newer models, but is only available on Android 4.3 and later, which was only released in July 2013. However, it is interesting to note that even though Bluetooth LE is still quite a new communication protocol, it is the most widely used for smart locks. In fact, August, Goji, Kwikset Kevo, and Lockitron all use the Bluetooth LE protocol. Moving forward, the number of compatible devices will only grow, making Bluetooth LE a good option for smart locks. Overall, popularity of the Bluetooth LE protocol is expected to continue growing, with ABI Research predicting the number of Bluetooth LE devices to reach 133 million by 2018.

Z-Wave
Z-Wave is one of the most popular wireless communication protocols used in the residential market. ABI Research noted that Z-Wave enjoys support from consumers, particularly in the DIY segment. The interoperability of Z-Wave's wide portfolio of vendor products gives consumers more choices regardless of the distribution channel or supplier, which is a huge plus. Again, though, despite widespread use with home automation and smart home devices, none of the previously mentioned four smart locks is Z-Wave compatible. The Danalock by Poly-Control, a Denmarkbased company, however, is Z-Wave compatible.

ZigBee
ZigBee, a global, open, low-power, wireless mesh networking standard, is one of the most popular when it comes to home devices. In 2012, ZigBee dominated IEEE 802.15.4 and claimed the top share of node shipments at 4.5 million, according to an August 2013 report by ABI Research. Despite its popularity among home automation and smart home devices, Goji's smart lock is the only one among some of the most talked about smart locks that offers ZigBee compatibility. This may come as a bit of a shock considering that ZigBee is one of the most commonly used communication protocols for home automation and smart home devices. However, considering that not even all ZigBee devices are interoperable, maybe it isn't so surprising.

No Smartphone? No Problem!
Just because the lock is smart does not mean a smartphone is required to use one. Both the Kwikset Kevo and Goji Smart Lock have key fobs available for those without compatible devices. The Kevo fob provides the same touch-to-open feature as an authorized smartphone via Bluetooth LE. A fob comes with the Kwikset Kevo lock and is pre-enrolled with the lock, allowing users to simply press and release the fob's enroll button to activate it, according to their website. In a similar fashion, Goji offers electronic Bluetooth fobs for purchase separately through their website.

Safety First!
As with any technology, concerns regarding the security and safety of smart locks have risen, giving some consumers pause. For the most part, security does not seem to be a major concern for these companies, assuring their products are secure. For example, Goji's website states it has implemented communication protocol and data storage security in accordance with bank industry standards and best practices, which includes public/ private key exchange, 256-bit encryption, and multiple layers of security. Additionally, Goji's mechanical lock is UL-compliant. Similarly, Lockitron and August assert that they use the same security protocols used in electronic banking and robust encryption. Does this mean that these locks are hack-proof? No, but nothing really is, and anyone wanting to hack them would have to go through a lot of trouble. One particular security concern for many is “What if a stranger comes to the door? Will the door auto-unlock when I approach the door?” Most companies say that the option to auto-unlock is optional and can be turned off. This “solution,” though, relies on the fact that users will remember to turn off the function once they are home. To address this problem, the Kwikset Kevo is equipped with the unique patentpending Inside/Outside Intelligence technology. This unique solution claims to be able to detect whether or not the authorized device is inside or outside the home before granting access. Therefore if the device is detected to be inside, approaching the door will not unlock it, preventing unauthorized access. Other common questions such as “What if my phone battery dies?” and “What if I lose my phone?” are also causing consumer distress. Smart lock makers have tried to make this “problem” a non-problem by allowing user to access their accounts through other smart devices or call a customer service line so they can deactivate lost keys. This is exactly the approach Goji took; a simple phone call to Goji's call center or logging into one's account via another smartphone allows a person to disable access to the lost phone.

Don't Throw Your Mechanical Key Just Yet
Smart locks are new and innovative, but new is the key word here. Like any new technology, time is needed to work out the kinks and for the technology to mature. Integration will eventually have to be better addressed as out of the four smart locks mentioned, only the Goji Smart Lock is compatible with one of the two most widely used communication protocols for home use; although, the Kwikset Kevo powered by Unikey has plans to eventually provide ZigBee and Z-Wave compatibility. While compatibility with ZigBee and Z-Wave maybe in the works for the others, other compatibility issues exist as well. Lockitron claims to work with any smartphone, saying older phones can use Lockitron through text message commands, but Lockitron has been experiencing massive delays in shipments, so reviews are still sparse. Goji specifies compatibility with “modern” iPhones — 4s and newer — and Android 4.4 phones with Bluetooth 4.0 ability, but that still leaves out a wide range of smartphones. Similarly, the Kwikset Kevo app is currently only available for download on Apple products including iPhone 4s and newer, as well as newer generations of iPod Touch and iPad; however, an app for Android and Blackberry is underway. Despite these things, in a world where everything is getting smarter and convenience is becoming a standard, smart locks, in time (maybe a long time), could be the next big thing. Until then, don't throw out your mechanical keys just yet.

 

MOBOTIX protects data centres and communication rooms in Leeds City Uni

MOBOTIX protects data centres and communication rooms in Leeds City Uni

Editor / Provider: MOBOTIX | Updated: 7/29/2014 | Article type: Security 50

MOBOTIX AG, one of the manufacturers of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Leeds City College to secure access to critical data centres and communication rooms across multiple sites.

On 1st April 2009, Leeds City College was formed following the merger of three of the city's renowned colleges; Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley. Then in 2011, Joseph Priestley College also merged into the expanded new college, serving a community of over 40,000 students and employing in the region of 1,500 staff, making it one of the area's largest employers. In 2012, the College was given an OFSTED rating at “Grade 2, Good, with Outstanding features”, for the overall effectiveness of its provision.

Behind the scenes of the merger, four ICT infrastructures combined for the delivery of services while benefiting from the natural economies of scale created by the new larger entity. Following a tendering process, Leeds City College selected Express Data to lead a project to help design and build an integrated data network. Express Data is a trusted and long serving technical adviser and installation specialist that had previously worked with Leeds Thomas Danby College.

The new network would be built around a highly resilient fibre core to ensure that the loss of any one critical data centre or network link would allow for an active failover and continuation of ICT services. Another consideration was around the physical security of critical data and networking elements spread across Leeds at 15 college sites. “We run approximately 300 application servers and 770 network switches in support of over 40,000 students, 1,500 staff and have committed to a 98 % uptime,” says Dave Newsham, ?Service Delivery Manager for Leeds City College, “We are very proud to have consistently achieved this benchmark and making sure that critical network elements are properly maintained and secured with fully audited access is an essential requirement.”

Although the legacy colleges had previous installations of CCTV, these were predominantly focused on monitoring building access, common areas and car parking. Unfortunately, the notion of CCTV monitoring for ICT assets was supported in only an ad-hoc fashion by a few of them. Following due diligence and after seeking advice from Express Data, a solution based on MOBOTIX CCTV benefiting from distributed technology and built-in local storage was created to fulfil the technical implementation criteria while reducing the need for an expensive CCTV central control room or network upgrade.

“The majority of the locations are darkrooms or places with almost no footfall,” explains Newsham,” this means that most of the cameras show black screens or static images, and as such, there is no requirement to transmit high resolution video over the network all the time. However, if somebody enters these areas we need to be able to see exactly who it is and what they are doing. To meet this requirement, we have set up alerts to only send video back to our MxControlCenter software when there is a scene change such as a door opening or person entering a data centre or comms room.”

Newsham and his team also benefited from the built in temperature sensors in each MOBOTIX camera, “Although we have environmental monitoring at the larger sites, MOBOTIX now provides us with a solution for smaller comms rooms and as a backup to the other sensors,” he adds.

To date, Express Data has installed 20 MOBOTIX cameras across college sites including a number of Q24 and Q25 hemispheric models that cover entire rooms in high definition quality. “The use of hemispheric cameras providing a 360 degree viewpoint means that can monitor larger areas that would normally require several cameras with just a single MOBOTIX unit. This approach makes the deployment easier while reducing cost and complexity,” says Newsham.

“Our plan is to use MOBOTIX across the entire critical ICT infrastructure and the reliability and performance of the implementation has been faultless since the first unit went in during the summer of 2009,” adds Newsham, “We are now looking at some of the ‘bells and whistles' such as out of hours alerting and integrating monitoring into our new NOC (Network Operations Centre) and the MOBOTIX technology is certainly up to the task.”

Bulgarian-Turkey border protected by TVT IP surveillance solution

Bulgarian-Turkey border protected by TVT IP surveillance solution

Editor / Provider: TVT | Updated: 7/25/2014 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Kapitan Andreevo - one of the most important European border check points is deploying TVT's IP based surveillance solution. The location is known as a jammed border line crossing by trucks, bused, and vehicles from surrounded areas the whole year. Therefore, reliability and value for money were the key requirements for Bulgarian Government.

The importance of this trasnportation security project is that the border check point is not merely an European community border, it also separates christianity and islam countries around this area.

Furthermore, Bulgarian-Turkey border is under serious supervision by the EU authorities due to the severe political and internal shocks in Syria over past decades. In fact, this CCTV project is part of Bulgarian national total control on the borders. This system is mainly used to help the authorities not only to control and monitor the traffic and order and border area rules, but also passenger's behaviour.

Solutions
RAK, the leading surveillance products supplier, also TVT's official distributor in Bulgarian market, supplied the equipment for this Kapitan Andreevo project. The project is completely IP-based solution providing 120 units of TVT's TD9511D - 1.3 Megapixel Network IR-dome camera; 80 units of TVT's TD9411D –1.3 Megapixel Network IR-dome camera; 15 units of TVT's TD-9620 – 2.0 Megapixel Network Speed Dome camera; 14 units of TVT's TD-2816NE-L – 16CH 1080P Network Video Recorder; NVMS1000 -- TVT's video management software for local monitoring and control.

Cameras, which are mostly installed outside in this bulgarian boarder surveillance case, must be able to withstand harsh weather condition and capture clear video image at night. The TD9511D and TD-9411D, equipped with ICR and weather proof IP66 housing, are ideal equipment to be deployed under such condition. Furthermore, the cameras' WDR function enable them to capture quality image from the high-contrast light environment. The IR illuminators around the lens can reach up to 20-meter distance for night vision. The 2-megapixel TD-9620 Network high speed dome are mainly installed at the outdoor area to safeguard the boarder by utilizing its 20x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom.

The storage system, NVR TD-2816NE-L, provides a storage of 6TB allowing the users to connect with at most 16 IP cameras on each unit and record 1080P/720P image. With TVT's NVMS1000, a video management software that support 1000+ cameras, the whole boarder region is under good watch.

Feedback
“We could proudly say that TVT IP devices – camera and NVR – have successfully reached EU requirements for specification and quality,” the project manager of the local installer said . “The climate at the Balkans area is very extreme. During the summer we have temperatures over 40 celcius degrees; and during the winter, sometimes the temperature could fall lower than minus 25 celcius degree at night. We have to make sure that the systems will run nonstop under any condition. ”

Bosch MIC IP 7000 HD family goes IP

Bosch MIC IP 7000 HD family goes IP

Editor / Provider: Bosch Security | Updated: 7/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Bosch Security Systems offers the MIC family of ruggedized pan-tilt-zoom cameras for reliable surveillance in the most difficult outdoor locations and other challenging environments, combining high-quality HD imaging with an IP68/NEMA 6P-rated IP architecture. The new MIC IP 7000 HD family delivers the highest quality of IP video surveillance images everywhere, even in areas with extreme conditions like roads or highways, transportation facilities, city surveillance and critical infrastructure sites. The cameras withstand a wide range of harsh conditions – from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius with up to 100 percent humidity, as well as rain and snow, high wind gusts and significant vibration.

The new MIC IP starlight 7000 HD camera delivers HD video images in extreme low light situations and captures moving objects in 720p HD resolution at up to 60 frames per second. It delivers video images where others fail, even down to 0.01 lux. Clear HD images are captured in color down to 0.05 lux – when others switch to monochrome – to reveal accurate color details that support significantly in security event identification. Its ability to capture fast moving objects and excellent performance in extreme low light situations make the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD ideal for securing, for example, areas along highways.

The MIC IP dynamic 7000 HD offers 1080p resolution and captures multiple exposures of the same scene to provide maximum detail in areas with both bright and dark lighting conditions. The wide dynamic range and intelligent backlight compensation ensure that moving objects or specific objects of interest are enhanced and can be easily identified in scenes with simultaneously bright and dark areas, which typically challenge standard cameras.

Both cameras also feature intelligent de-fog technology to dynamically adjust camera contrast settings to deliver the best quality in scenes affected by fog, smog, mist or other low contrast scenes.

Detection of objects of interest in complete darkness is ensured by the optional MIC illuminators. These illuminators consist of both IR and white light LEDs, and operators can switch between the two light sources with a single click. This enables detection of objects up to a distance of 175 meters.

Intelligent Video Analysis
Another differentiating feature of the MIC IP 7000 HD family is built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It helps to focus on relevant situations by alerting you when needed, or automatically tracking objects of interest. IVA also adds sense and structure to video data by adding metadata already in the camera. This allows the quick retrieval of the relevant images from hours of stored video. Metadata can also be used to deliver irrefutable forensic evidence or to optimize business processes based on, for example, people counting or crowd density information. By smartly using the camera's ability to simultaneously combine 8 of the 15 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced to a minimum.

Among other uses, IVA can assist in monitoring unmanned stations or pipelines where people are not expected during normal operations, and since security guards cannot be everywhere all the time or watch everything at the same time, IVA alerts can also be sent to mobile devices when needed.

In addition, intelligent Tracking (iTracking) automatically tracks moving objects based on predefined alarm rules or a simple click. By intelligently distinguishing between single and multiple reference points, iTracking will provide uninterrupted tracking. Optimal capture of the object of interest is assured by dynamically adjusting the field of view. With intelligent tracking, it becomes easier never to lose track of objects of interest.

24/7 remote access and camera control
Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Combined with the Video Security app, users are allowed access to camera controls, live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. It also enables you to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material. The new MIC IP 7000 HD family is fully supported by Dynamic Transcoding in combination with either one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET transcoder.

Lower storage costs and network strain
To reduce storage costs and network strain the new MIC IP starlight 7000 HD and MIC IP dynamic 7000 HD cameras feature intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR). The benefit of this intelligent technology is that it leads to bandwidth only being used when needed. When there is little or no movement in the scene, less bitrates is required. Therefore, iDNR actively analyses the scene distinguishing between relevant information such as moving objects and image noise artefacts. The degree of noise reduction is adjusted accordingly so that important objects are captured and image noise artefacts suppressed, optimizing the camera's bitrates. Thus, iDNR saves up to 50% on bitrates and hence storage and network strain without compromising video quality. Local storage on the camera further enhances network performance by compensating for short network outages, so ensuring that video data is continuously available in VRM systems without breaks.

Dependable operation and easy installation
Using the VIDEOJET connect 7000 with MIC and other Bosch IP cameras provides high Power over Ethernet support and added flexibility in network configuration and remote video access. Its built-in network switch supports connections to multiple IP cameras, which makes it an ideal configuration for installations along perimeters or highways. Smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images within limited bandwidth connections and full access and control of HD video images from anywhere at any time is made possible through its built-in transcoder which supports the Dynamic Transcoding technology.

Bosch IP standard-definition and high-definition cameras, encoders and analytics work seamlessly with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems.

The cameras will be available in July 2014.

Hikvision launched 6MP IR fisheye camera

Hikvision launched 6MP IR fisheye camera

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 7/24/2014 | Article type: Security 50

Hikvision is set to reveal its newest edition: the DS-2CD6362F-I(S)(V) 6MP IR Fisheye Network camera. This 6MP IR Fisheye features a 1/1.8” progressive scan CMOS sensor to provide high-resolution images of up-to 3072 x 2048, 30 frames-per-second, and a 1.19 mm fisheye lens for a 360° panoramic view.

Choice of 3MP Model with WDR
A 3MP model of the WDR Fisheye Network Camera is also available - the DS-2CD6332FWD-I(S)(V). This 3MP model features a 1/3” progressive scan CMOS sensor, 120 dB WDR (wide dynamic range), and streams video of up-to 1536 x 1536 resolution at 30 fps.

See All Around with Only One Eye
It's all about seeing more with just one camera than with multiple cameras. Case in point, a single 6MP/3MP IR Fisheye Network Camera does the work of multiple cameras in both indoor and outdoor surveillance environments. Hikvision's unique fisheye is designed to capture images from every corner of a particular location and eliminate blind spots with only its single camera. Both models are equipped with IR functionality, offering up-to 15m IR distance of visibility under low or even zero-light conditions. Features such as these make both Fisheyes a great choice for detailed coverage of wide, open areas like airports, shopping malls, parking lots, retail stores, offices, restaurants, classrooms, and more. Furthermore, a state-of-the-art housing unit and IP66 rating protect the camera against outdoor elements like rain and dust, and allows it to confidently withstand temperatures ranging from -30°C to 60°C.

Multiple Display Modes
The 6MP/3MP IR Fisheye Network Camera supports several viewing modes, including the aforementioned 360° overview (in 6 megapixel resolution and 3 megapixel resolution, respectively), a horizontal panoramic view, PTZ quad window, and PTZ multi-window modes. Customers can also utilize this smooth PTZ functionality to easily zoom, and focus, on any region of interest (ROI).

Multiple Compression Formats
MJPEG and H.264 video compression formats are supported. Additionally, these cameras feature multiple H.264 compression profiles, allowing users to optimize bandwidth and storage without compromising image quality. Furthermore, supporting ONVIF, PSIA, and CGI standards, both Fisheye models offer the ability to easily integrate with other video surveillance equipment and systems.

Other features include a built-in micro SD/SDXC slot (with a total capacity of up-to 64GB), a DI/DO interface to connect to alarm devices for further security control purposes, and an inbuilt high-quality audio intercom that allows two-way communication.

Fisheye Camera Combines with PTZ Dome
To further benefit the users, Hikvision has launched a Fisheye Camera and IP PTZ Dome Camera combo which elegantly provides a panoramic's 360° surround view while offering the capability for a detailed regional view from a speed dome. A perfect solution to monitor wide areas in the greatest of detail!

Arecont Vision megapixel cameras pass with flying colors at Texas school district

Arecont Vision megapixel cameras pass with flying colors at Texas school district

Editor / Provider: Arecont Vision | Updated: 7/22/2014 | Article type: Education

Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) is a recognized leader in college and career readiness in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, offering a comprehensive curriculum to meet the needs of every student. The District consists of roughly 41 square miles tucked along the Texas/Mexico border and serves almost 16,000 students in four high schools, four junior high schools, fourteen elementary schools and two special needs schools. Administrative offices and warehouses are also part of the facilities belonging to Mission CISD.

Challenge
For school districts across the country, video surveillance and security systems are no longer an option – they are must-haves. Mission CISD had an analog surveillance system in place, but found that its effectiveness was hampered by many limitations. First, the resolution of the images produced by the analog cameras was too low for identification. Next, after-the-fact forensic investigations were more difficult, if not impossible, to conduct due to the poor quality of the video that was captured. Finally, because the pan/tilt units were often facing the wrong direction at critical times, there was always a strong possibility that they would not capture video of an event that would be helpful in an investigation. For these reasons, the analog system was deemed unable to meet the district's current and future security needs without a significant upgrade. As a result, Mission CISD made the decision to deploy a new digital video system.

Megapixel Solution
After conducting research over the course of five years, school administrators concluded that the best solution for their application was a megapixel video system. Once this had been decided, they set out to find the cameras that would provide the performance necessary to deliver the level of image quality Mission CISD required. Working with the project integrator, American Surveillance Company Inc., located in Brownsville, Texas, the district selected Arecont Vision as their provider based on the company's wide selection of high-quality megapixel cameras that include 180- and 360-degree panoramics and audio-enabled models. The many additional features standard in the company's megapixel cameras, such as motion detection, day/night functionality, vandal-resistant housings, and remote focus/remote zoom, made the decision to use Arecont Vision's products even easier.

American Surveillance Company installed more than 700 Arecont Vision cameras and a storage system in a two-phase implementation across 28 Mission CISD locations, which are connected via fiber optic cable. The cameras transmit video to a central command center for storage and monitoring. The center is equipped with a video wall that allows operators to view live images or archived video of any of the installed cameras.

Megapixel Benefit
It was immediately apparent that the Arecont Vision cameras were able to capture greater detail in higher resolution than from the analog system, making facial recognition a reality. Post-incident investigations had been difficult using the analog system, and the remote zoom feature of the Arecont Vision cameras made that process much more effective and efficient. Operators can zoom in on any area of live or recorded video for better situational awareness and identification of individuals involved, along with the small details of an incident. Since the 180- and 360-degree cameras continuously capture a much wider field than the previous analog cameras, there was no need for pan/tilt cameras and the associated field-of-view challenges.

Another benefit of megapixel cameras from Arecont Vision is that fewer cameras are needed to provide the significantly improved surveillance coverage the new system provides. “Having a complete field of view 100 percent of the time allowed Mission CISD to go back and have an important digital zoom capability for investigation needs. With one Arecont Vision camera, Mission CISD can now cover the same area as six or seven analog cameras,” said Jaime Escobedo, President and CEO of American Surveillance Company Inc. “The resolution of the video is so high that you can easily see all the details that you need to help resolve disputes or handle situations, both live and after the fact.”

Using H.264 compression technology to dramatically reduce bandwidth and storage requirements, the Arecont Vision cameras can capture full motion video at 30 frames per second at full resolution without compromising image quality at any point in the process. Among the Arecont Vision megapixel cameras selected for installation at the Mission CISD were the AV2155DN and AV5155DN MegaDome cameras, the AV1125 MegaView camera and the AV20185DN and AV20365DN SurroundVideo panoramic cameras.

QNAP Viostor NVR & CMS safeguards Chinese Culture University in Taipei

QNAP Viostor NVR & CMS safeguards Chinese Culture University in Taipei

Editor / Provider: Sponsored by QNAP | Updated: 7/21/2014 | Article type: Education

In order to manage a 115-hectare wide campus and to provide a safe educational environment for its students, Chinese Culture Univaersity located in Taipei, Taiwan had installed around 650 cameras supplied by QNAP throughout the campus to keep a close eye on buildings, the sports stadium, and open spaces.

Background
Founded in 1962, the Chinese Culture University (CCU) is one of the largest universities in Taiwan with an enrollment of about 32,000 students. It has an educational vision to grow and promote Chinese culture, particularly tradition Chinese arts and physical education. CCU is now organized into twelve academic colleges including Liberal Arts, Foreign Language and Literature, Journalism and Communications, Arts, Environmental Design, and more.

Challenge
In order to manage a 115-hectare wide campus and to provide a safe educational environment for its students, CCU had installed around 650 cameras throughout the campus to keep a close eye on buildings, the sports stadium, and open spaces. Originally CCU used a PC-based recording software solution but Mr. Chen, the leader of the CCU Surveillance Department, discovered that “the PC-based solution isn't stable enough, and the PC shuts down from time to time,” said. Therefore, CCU started to look for a Linux-based standalone NVR system for a more reliable surveillance system. CCU also required a central management system (CMS) in their main control center to help centrally monitor and manage the spacious campus. Wergen Technology Co the long-term cooperative system integrator for CCU, recommended QNAP security surveillance solutions as ideal choices for upgrading their system.

Solution
CCU has several buildings that have mini monitoring rooms for observing nearby cameras. A total of 21 QNAP VioStor NVR VS-8140 Pro+ units were installed in each of these rooms. Security administrators can easily use the VioStor NVR for real-time monitoring and video playback with HDMI local display. Now, videos recorded with resolutions of D1, 1.3M, and 2M can be properly retained for 1-month without a problem as the VioStor NVR supports a large storage capacity. CCU also does not need to worry about data loss as the QNAP VioStor NVR provides RAID 5 protection against hard drive failure.

CCU also deployed a QNAP VioStor CMS VSM-4000U-RP at the main control center, so security administrators can centrally monitor and manage all the surveillance videos from multiple NVRs with minimum effort and maximum efficiency. With the flexibility of selecting a smaller video stream, the bandwidth consumption between each mini monitoring room and the main control center can be optimized to prevent overloading. All the surveillance devices are connected by a dedicated Gigabit LAN, ensuring no network interruption from other network services.

Result
“QNAP surveillance solutions make management of a big, wide campus easier than I expected and it helped us reduce occurrences of student violence,” said Mr. Chen. “There are more benefits for the structure planning. For example, the local display at each mini monitoring room eliminates the need to purchase additional PCs, saving more of our budget. Most important of all, we can enjoy a much more stable and reliable surveillance system thanks to QNAP's Linux-embedded solution.”

A slice of small system surveillance with Axis

A slice of small system surveillance with Axis

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 7/17/2014 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Mission
Following an attempted break-in, Andover, MA restaurant King's Subs and Pizza needed a cost-effective security solution. As a small business in an industry with razor-thin margins, King's Pizza went looking for the highest quality surveillance system that fit within their budget. They also needed cameras that could provide the most flexibility of installation to cover all the important areas with minimal hassle. Additionally, as self-admitted technology novices, King's Pizza required a system that was user-friendly and easy to learn.

Solution
After contemplating installing a consumer-grade analog DVR system, King's Pizza elected to go with the similarlypriced, yet much higher quality Axis IP solution with in-camera edge storage. They installed five 720p HDTVquality AXIS M10 Series Network Cameras in key locations throughout their store. All video footage is recorded onto the SD cards within the cameras, and the system, once configured, runs selfcontained without the need for a computer or laptop thanks to the AXIS Camera Companion software. King's Pizza can even access real-time or recorded video on a smartphone whenever they need.

Result
Not only does the IP surveillance system provide reliable, round-the-clock security for the restaurant, but the owner can also use the footage to track business operations, monitor cash register transactions and investigate incidents. The ability to view archived video has had an immediate positive effect on the restaurant's bottom line. The owner can track whether an ingredient such as premium steak is being used too much, or see if there is a reason for discrepancies in each night's receipts. Every dollar counts for small businesses, and Axis network cameras help ensure they are all counted correctly.

An order of surveillance, but hold the DVR
Owner Dave Young purchased King's Subs and Pizza in 1996 after working there as a cook since 1991. Today, King's has 15 employees, including delivery men, with anywhere from three to seven working at one time. Following an attempted break-in, Young began shopping to replace his long-broken analog camera. After comparing similarly-priced analog and IP solutions, he found the high quality video and cost-effective edge storage options offered by Axis cameras to be the best fit. Five 720p HDTV-quality AXIS M10 Series Network Cameras were installed throughout the restaurant to cover the front and back doors, cash register, customer counter, and kitchen, as well as the office where the money is counted at closing time. The edge storage capability meant that all surveillance video would be recorded to the cameras' internal SD-cards, while AXIS Camera Companion software turned the system into a self-contained recording solution. The cameras connect to a standard networking switch – not even a computer is needed for the system to record. Because King's opted for edge storage and eliminated the need for a costly and maintenance-heavy DVR, the pizza shop was able to utilize a much higher quality IP camera solution at a comparable price.

Easy as pie: Searching for cost-saving evidence
While the fear of being robbed was the initial impetus for looking for a new surveillance system, the IP solution has proven to be more of an operational asset than Young could have ever imagined. “It's is helping to improve the bottom line,” Young said. When the shop is busy, it's all hands on deck. Yet, sometimes those hands make mistakes. “Waste is a huge deal in this business,” explains Young. “My hamburger is cash to me. If I start to see irregularities in our food costs, I can review the video to answer, ‘Why am I losing here?'” Young will log in to the viewing client and focus on the kitchen to see, for instance, if too much steak is being cooked for a particular meal, or whether food was dropped and had to be thrown out. Other times, it's simply a matter of a hot selling order that week. In one instance, Young noticed a major discrepancy when balancing the register. A review of the video revealed the shift manager had reversed a refund at the customer's request. Not only was money not stolen, but the video showed the manager making a correct decision and reinforced Young's confidence in the recently-promoted employee. The ease-of-use of the new IP system helps Young recoup time he lost in the past playing detective without any clues.

“I am not what you'd consider a tech guy. The fact that I can get in there and figure it out without anyone really showing me how, that says something.” He regularly uses the Investigation Mode to move the video frameby- frame to pinpoint what he's looking for. He also discovered that the snapshots enable him to zoom in on the 720p image. “It's phenomenal. I rarely ever need to zoom in because of the clarity of the cameras, but I have that option. There's nothing to it: just a few clicks and you're good to go.”

Security to go
Despite his exceptional staff, Young doesn't take many days off as the owner. But the ease of use, clarity, and remote monitoring capabilities of the IP system just might allow him to fully relax while spending a day doing what he loves most: fishing. “I downloaded the TinyCam app on my Droid,” says Dave, “and if I'm away running errands or actually take some time off to do some fishing, it's great that I can check in on the restaurant wherever I have a connection. I've got a tremendous staff who I trust implicitly. But the ability to check in – even just to see how busy we are – gives me that extra little bit of comfort.”

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