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VIVOTEK surveillance solution bolsters German Hypermarket EDEKA Voth

VIVOTEK surveillance solution bolsters German Hypermarket EDEKA Voth

Editor / Provider: VIVOTEK | Updated: 3/3/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

The EDEKA Group is one of Germany's most successful companies, with success attributed to the seamless collaboration between the three levels of the Group - management, wholesale, and retail. EDEKA Voth in Lemgo is one branch among several EDEKA's retailers.

EDEKA HQ is located in Hamburg, where strategies are formulated to create and maintain smooth IT structures throughout the entire organization. The wholesale level, comprising seven regional wholesale businesses, is to supply top-quality goods to 4,000 subsidiary, self-employed retailers nationwide, and support management in terms of distribution and expansion. The retailers provide not only top-class products, but also friendly and professional customer service. The EDEKA Voth management acknowledges that the security plays a crucial role influencing the stability and sustainability of operations. From this aspect, EDEKA Voth places considerable effort in building an impermeable security infrastructure for protecting consumers and employees. EDEKA Voth has reviewed its security options in 2013.

A comprehensive solution is designed for encompassing the entire branch
SECOMP, a German-based distributor of VIVOTEK products, is widely known in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors for providing quality services in Germany. Therefore, SECOMP was commissioned to revamp the security system in EDEKA Voth. Following careful planning and cooperation with CNS in Lemgo, a comprehensive solution was designed that encompassed both indoor and outdoor surveillance throughout the entire complex. Twenty-four VIVOTEK's cameras were installed throughout the complex, comprising a combination of FD8166, FD8335H, IP7361, and MD7560.

FD8166, regarding its ultra-mini size, low-profile design and the excellent quality, was specifically selected for monitoring grocery aisle activity. Twenty FD8166 cameras, one between two aisles, were installed throughout the complex. This model features a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1920x1080 resolution video at 15 FPS. Additionally, the camera supports the industrial-standard H.264 compression technology, which drastically reduces file size and conserves network bandwidth. This technology is essential in this context due to the number of cameras installed.

The fixed dome network camera FD8335H, featuring WDR Pro, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, was selected for monitoring back door activity around the clock. Designed with 1-megapixel CMOS sensor, the camera is capable of capturing 720p HD at 30 FPS. Additionally, the IK10- and IP66-rated housing renders this model ideal for outdoor applications.

The bullet style IP7361 was selected to monitor the warehouse loading area. The IP7361 is equipped with a 2-megapixel CMOS sensor (1600x1200) with a 6 to 9 mm vari-focal, auto-iris lens that enables the camera to deliver extremely detailed images at 6 times the coverage of conventional VGA cameras without sacrificing storage space or network bandwidth. Similar to the FD8335H model, the IP7361 features the IP66-rated housing, removable IR-cut filter, and built-in IR illuminators, making this model perfect for outdoor surveillance.

For the entrance of the complex, fixed dome network camera MD7560 was opted. The MD7560 features an advanced 2-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of capturing 1600x1200 resolution video. It also supports a wide-angle lens, making this camera ideal for areas with high volumes of activity, such as store entrances. The IP67-rated tamper- and vandal-proof housing further increases the robustness of the camera, enabling it to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

Achievement: Fully satisfaction with the performance and highly confidence in future cooperation
Overall stringency in surveillance has increased significantly since the employment of the solution in November 2013 while maintaining the ease of use and seamless operations. The customer is fully satisfied with the performance of the solution and expresses confidence in future collaboration.

The strategic advantages of reinforcing the security of an organization from the bottom of the structural pyramid are countless. At a consumer level, the tangible sense of security throughout the shopping experience elevates consumers' loyalty, satisfaction, and repurchase intention, generating positive word-of-mouth. At a management level, a sound security infrastructure frees decision-makers to tackle other aspects of management, formulating decisions with greater value for the company. At an organizational level, consumers' positive word-of-mouth and managers' favorable decisions created in the previous levels reinforce investor confidence in the organization, ultimately increasing market size. Therefore, the state-of-the-art solutions developed by VIVOTEK not only explicitly satisfy security and surveillance demands, but also implicitly promote organizational progress.

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Dahua secures safe city Ventanilla in Peru with wireless solution

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Dahua Technology successfully helps to secure Ventanilla in Lima, Peru, together with local distributor Best Security del Perú.

Covering a total land area of 73.52 km², Ventanilla is the largest district of province Callao and accommodates over 500,000 population, which leads to a high population density and more pressure on city infrastructures and facilities. The same as some other rising cities around the world, Ventanilla is in face of problems such as traffic jams and crimes, so the municipal government determined to create a better and safer living environment for citizens by launching safe city project with an all-around surveillance deployment.

However, the project was ticklish to proceed at beginning as Ventanilla is a mountainous seaside city, which means installation and cabling would be a big challenge. To better figure out what would be the most optimal solution to this case, Dahua dispatched a professional team to Peru in order to provide first-hand support in time. Taking both topography and budget into consideration, Dahua and Best Security del Perú came up with a wireless solution, by which, all the media data can be transmitted to the center via access points, avoiding installation complexity and save spending on labor and cable at the same time.

The complete solution includes network speed domes, NVRs, transmission devices, video-wall system, a control keyboard, which are of the best C/P ratio and high stability as required by the government.

Hundred units of Dahua IR speed domes are installed across the city, getting streets and corners covered; and its IR distance is up to 80 meters, ensuring a good visual effect even under unfavorable lighting conditions.

Meanwhile, 128-channel super NVRs and 16-channel NVRs are used as storage devices in order to manage massive data volume. Take super NVR as an example, it is of 384Mbps incoming bandwidth capability, rendering a smooth HD real-time preview and recording; and the NVR supports RAID5, which further ensures data safety and system stability.

The wireless video transmission system includes access points, feeders, PoE, antennas and power cables, allowing a 3.0km to 5.0km long-distance fast transmission with a wide angle, by which, the coverage is further expanded.

In addition, there is a Dahua 3 x 3 46-inch video wall installed in control room, incorporated applied with a video-wall controller to have a better central management, which can better optimize the manpower and police operations.

“Generally, Dahua products performs well and the system operates stably for the whole project”, said Christian E. Buleje Pun, Manager of Information and Telecommunication Technology at Municipal of Ventanilla. “We appreciate the reliable quality, smooth running, low costs and advanced service of Dahua. Surely, we will continue select Dahua as our future cooperative brand for security projects in the future. If Dahua can provide longer warranty, that will be perfect. ” continued.

“It was always a pleasure to work with Dahua Technology,” said Manuel Nolazco N., Gerente Técnico Comercial at Best Security del Perú. “They’ve done a lot of safe city cases around the world, which is very helpful and supportive during the implantation, and we are looking forward to cooperate more on safe city projects with Dahua in Peru.”

Axis launches rugged cameras designed for outdoor use on vehicles

Axis launches rugged cameras designed for outdoor use on vehicles

Editor / Provider: AXIS | Updated: 3/2/2015 | Article type: Security 50

AXIS P3905-RE is an outdoor-ready camera addition to the family of compact, rugged and discreet cameras of the AXIS P39-R Network Camera Series. They are all specially designed for onboard video surveillance in or on buses, trams, subway cars and other rugged environment vehicles.

Axis Communications announces AXIS P3905-RE Network Camera. It is designed to be mounted on the exterior of a vehicle, increasing safety onboard and to simplify incident investigations. For example, the camera can be used for rearview surveillance alongside the vehicle outer surface, or down mounted over a door. It could also be used as a forward-facing camera.

AXIS P3905-RE has passed the demanding IP6K9K tests. It withstands tough conditions such as vibrations, shocks, bumps and temperature fluctuations as well as normal maintenance of a vehicle like washing.

“AXIS P39-R series is specially designed for onboard use in a variety of vehicles. It delivers high image quality in HDTV resolution, and edge storage for demanding customer requirements. The cameras also feature an active tampering alarm function for the detection of tampering attempts such as blocking or spray-painting. AXIS P3905-RE Network Camera is a natural extension in this series. It comes ready in a rugged outdoor housing and offers a cost-efficient and reliable installation. It is ideal for buses, trams, trucks and emergency vehicles” says Erik Frännlid, Director of Product Management, Axis Communications. “Axis’ Corridor Format that gives a vertical image format is naturally supported and is perfect for these kind of applications” he concludes.

AXIS P3905-RE comes with a 6 mm lens that provides a 55° horizontal field of view optimized for the typical use of survellaince alongside a vehicle. If a wider field of view is required, the housing also allows customer to change to a 3.6 mm lens offering an 87° horizontal field of view. The new outdoor housing is offered as a separate accessory to AXIS P3904-R and AXIS P3905-R that comes with the 3.6 mm lens at delivery.

All AXIS P39-R cameras are available with either a male RJ45 connector or a rugged M12 connector. The cameras provide a pixel counter for verifying that the pixel resolution of an object meets specific requirements.

The new AXIS P3905-RE is available through Axis’ distribution channels.

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Axis joins the Queen City's guard

Editor / Provider: Axis | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Government & Public Services

Mission
Cincinnati, Ohio is an historic American city of 300,000 with a highly developed downtown, diverse neighborhoods and over 20 miles of shoreline along the Ohio River. Working with Federal Signal Corporation, a security and safety systems integrator and Axis partner, the Cincinnati Police Department decided to enhance their operations by installing several analog cameras downtown in 2008. However, in just two years, the CPD decided the analog camera technology was not delivering the image clarity it needed. It decided to retire its analog cameras in favor of more advanced, high-definition network camera technology.

Solution
The CPD asked Federal Signal to design and install a new IP-based, citywide surveillance system comprised of nearly 100 Axis high-definition pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) managed by Genetec Security Center, the unified security platform which includes the Omnicast video management system. Most of the critical locations did not have a communications backbone, so Federal Signal, a wireless broadband expert, designed and deployed a wireless streaming solution featuring a secured Firetide mesh network and Point-To-Point licensed backhaul utilizing Cambium PTP 810 microwave transmitters for longer distances.

Result
While the Axis cameras are used to help the CPD deter and apprehend criminals, they also play a vital role in public safety. Cameras monitor the downtown business districts, neighborhoods throughout the city and the riverfront to protect the welfare of residents and visitors to the area. They have been used to rescue boaters on the Ohio River, monitor weather conditions on city thoroughfares and help contain hazardous spills.

To provide its officers with additional support, the CPD consulted with other departments and citizens' groups to discuss the benefits of installing cameras in the city. Together, they developed a plan and deployed the first analog video cameras in the downtown business district in 2008. Two years later, the department was ready to expand the coverage into neighborhoods and along the riverfront. At that point, they decided a more advanced IP video solution would deliver far better image quality than the original analog technology.

Immediate incident response
Axis partner Federal Signal recommended high-definition AXIS Q6034-E and AXIS Q6044-E PTZ Network Cameras for the job.

According to Nirmal Chudgar, Director of Business Development/Professional Services for Federal Signal, reliability was a key factor in recommending Axis. “From past experience we knew that Axis technology always worked and technical support would always be there when we needed it,” Chudgar said. All cameras are managed through Genetec Security Center video management system at a sophisticated operations center at police headquarters. The video travels over the City's fiber optic network, as well as by wireless technology. Firetide mesh nodes allowed the City to add Axis cameras in critical areas without wired connections. For longer distances, Cambium Networks' PTP 810 microwave transmitters provided a reliable high bandwidth backhaul for the video traffic. Highly efficient H.264 compression technology retains HD resolution without overwhelming the mesh network's throughput or consuming excessive data storage. The video is stored for 14 days on a 64 TB Dell Compellent SAN as well as on SD cards inside the cameras for backup.

“When an incident occurs, officers on duty in our Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) can grab control over the Axis PTZ cameras and zoom in for a closer look,” said Barry Whitton of the Cincinnati Police Department Technology and Systems Section. The cameras can also be accessed on video walls in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and 911 Center during major events. The readily accessible video allows the CPD to quickly assess situations and determine the most appropriate response. Whitton recalled one instance where the department received a report alleging a fight involving 20 people armed with guns and knives.

“There was a camera right there,” Whitton said. “We were able to see, almost as the incident was being dispatched, that the report was not correct. The crowd was small, and there were no guns and no knives.” In 2013, the CPD added the mobile application from Genetec Security Center to push video out to officers in the field. “This has been an especially valuable tool in covert operations and emergency response situations on the streets and along the Ohio RIver,” Whitton said.

In addition, the CPD operates a mobile command van that tows a trailer housing lights and Axis cameras mounted on a boom for events in open fields, parking lots or other temporary locations. Whitton stressed that the department is very conscious of the balance between public safety and individual privacy, and they have strict guidelines on who can operate the cameras and for what purpose.

“Everything we do is audited,” Whitton said. “We keep close tabs on who has camera access, and we tightly control who has permission to use them and request archived video.”

Providing digital back-up on the road and in the water
“Video cameras don't replace police officers in the field, but they do give them another set of eyes,” Whitton said. Those extra eyes have been particularly valuable in recovering stolen vehicles. When the Real Time Crime Center gets an alert that a stolen car has passed a license plate recognition camera, an RTCC officer takes control of the nearby Axis PTZ cameras, if available, to follow the car as it drives through the city streets.

“We had one case where we wanted to make a safe, controlled stop to apprehend the car thieves. We didn't want them jumping out of the car and fleeing the scene. We watched the vehicle on the Axis camera and radioed the officers near the scene to execute the stop when the car reached the bottom of the hill.”

The CPD also uses Axis PTZ cameras to support maritime security efforts along 25 miles of the Ohio River shoreline. They often share the video with the US Coast Guard and other regional maritime first responders from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

In one incidence, an intoxicated man crashed his car on the Kentucky side of the river and tried to flee by swimming to Ohio.

“I was able to track him as he swam along the shore and direct the police boat where to fetch him out of the water,” Whitton said.

Sharing the benefits of public safety cameras citywide
As the system grew, its role evolved from policing crime to enhancing public safety and increasing the City's overall quality-of-life. The CPD shares the real-time video with other city departments, including Fire, EMS and Traffic Engineering. The video has been used to support such diverse efforts as directing first responders during medical emergencies and diesel spills, tracking snowfall on major roadways and charting the progress of highway construction projects.

In addition, the CPD partnered with a major local university, parks, metropolitan housing authorities and a casino to add cameras along the perimeter of their properties to ensure the safety of those heading to and from those locations.

According to Chudgar, “What makes this such a successful public safety tool has been the strong collaboration among everyone involved in this mission critical initiative – our Axis and Genetec technology partners, our wireless broadband vendors, ourselves and the Cincinnati Police Department.”

GEUTEBRUCK launches Easy Server G-Scope/6000

GEUTEBRUCK launches Easy Server G-Scope/6000

Editor / Provider: GEUTEBRUCK | Updated: 2/27/2015 | Article type: Security 50

G-Scope/6000, the Easy Server in the G-Scope video management family, is a fully functional server, "out of the box". It is as easy to install and to use as a PC. When the reliability of server technology is required, but the level of complexity and flexibility need to remain easily manageable, GEUTEBRUCK's G-Scope/6000 is the perfect fit. Just take it easy.

Its performance meets the high standards of the G-Scope family. The 64-bit G-Core video engine combined with the integrated GPU acceleration guarantees 3 times faster image processing, while the dual database architecture ensures rapid access to memory images and a high level of protection against tampering. Integrated video analysis rounds out the package: Activity Detection for motion-triggered recording or also for motion detection in indoor areas along with scene validation for monitoring the cameras are standard features. Options such as powerful video analysis for outdoor security applications and automatic number plate identification for access control expand the features to meet any wishes.

Reliability and redundancy are an integral part of the Easy Server: Redundant power supply, SSD for the operating system and integrated RAID system provide a level of availability equivalent to that of an IT server. With its high level of expandability, the G-Scope/6000 can fulfill demanding tasks with just a single device: 8 hard disk slots provide storage capacity for up to 42TByte in RAID5; up to 64 IP and 16 analog camera inputs make it possible to secure larger objects. The G-Scope/6000 can of course be integrated into any network, to secure even larger areas or distributed sites, for instance.

2015 Access control: Experts pinpoint growth sectors

2015 Access control: Experts pinpoint growth sectors

Editor / Provider: William Pao, a&s International | Updated: 2/24/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

IHS estimates the overall growth for the access control industry will be 8.8% in 2015, although that figure is likely to change since this is only the beginning of the year, cautioned Blake Kozak, Senior Analyst at IHS.

Regionally, North America will continue to grow, although not by the same margin as last year. “I do think there will be some shifts in the trend, so this year growth may be a little lower in North America, and higher growth is expected especially in APAC and Latin America,” said Jason Ouellette, Product Line Director for Access Control at Tyco Security Products.

Mike Sussman, Technical Director at TDSi, echoed that comment. “The market is booming internationally, particularly in Africa and Southeast Asia as these markets develop commercially. Even in the U.K., the construction industry's growth is picking up pace after the lull of the late 2000s,” he said. While access control has applications in different sectors, growth is set to be particularly noticeable in certain vertical markets. These include:

Education: Demand in education continues to be strong given school violence and educators' efforts to attract foreign students. “With so many schools, universities, and colleges that have yet to implement holistic access control solutions in their premises, this could be the area of growth for the access control industry this year,” said Norana Johar, COO at FingerTec.

Healthcare: Another area is healthcare, which “continues to see strong growth, especially for electronic locks, to protect patient records, storage closets, drug carts, lockers, among others,” said Kozak.

Residential: Residential security is booming in North America as electronic locks and video are helping to drive the smart home adoption. As for other regions, “although the EMEA and Asia have yet to see this trend, there has been high demand for luxury condos and apartments, especially in parts of Southeast Asia,” Kozak said.

Utilities: Utilities will continue to see strong adoption, especially in many developing countries that are looking to renew their focus on infrastructure development over the next five to 10 years.

SMBs: Demand from small and medium businesses is also growing. “Our belief is in SMBs, which will mainly be driven by two factors,” said Lee Odess, VP of Marketing at Brivo Labs. “First, upfront costs for the system are declining, and second, awareness and demand for the service by this segment are increasing.”

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Philippines: On the fast track to success

Editor / Provider: Lisa Hsu, a&s Asia | Updated: 2/20/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

The Philippines have defeated all odds and will make a remarkable recovery in 2015 despite the impact of natural disasters over the past few years. Economic growth is back on track, with public-private programs that will help boost the growth of the private sector, and big events happening this year will fuel the growth for security.

This year will be a positive year for the Philippines, with a forecast GDP growth of 6.8 percent, fueled by inflow of foreign direct investment and remittances. Impacted by a string of natural disasters in the past two years, including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the strongest typhoon to ever hit land, the Philippines still managed to achieve a 5.3 GDP growth last year. According to BDO UniBank, the biggest likely change for 2015 will be accelerated implementation of infrastructure projects under the government's public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Moreover, as the world's largest center for business process outsourcing (BPO), opportunities will present itself with more demand for security and protection for data and employees who work at unruly hours.

Uncertainty for 2016 Elections
Presidential elections will be held in 2016, which may lead to postponement of some projects. Some investors may delay key decisions till a new government is formed and wait to gauge what the future policy environment will be before launching major projects. At the same time, nearing the upcoming election, talk of more projects and activities from the government to gain more votes will hopefully turn into real projects, as growth initiatives must continue. According to Rosalie Real, Project Manager of CBR2 Marketing, “Some agencies will hurry up and purchase before elections, while others who are either indecisive or have no final requirement yet will have to wait after the election is over to continue their projects.”

According to Matthias Boehm, Country Manager of Bosch Security Systems, the elections are considered to be “hot months” in security and safety; most projects are still being rolled out, while some are put on hold.

Security Growth Benefits From Economy
The Philippines has recently been named one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, and the security industry has benefitted from this trend. “The security industry matures almost every day. As we integrate electronics to this field, the security industry then takes a bigger leap, which opens up many possibilities for surveillance, access control, finger prints, face detection, voice recognition, and building management systems (BMS), etc. If we look at it on a general basis, growth for the industry doubles every year,” said Zel A. Ortiz, Sales and MD of Alcon Philippines Technologies and Solutions.

2015 is a busy year for the country, with events that will be sure to fuel the growth of security. The Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Summit will be held in Manila this year, which the country will appoint a large amount of the budget to security, as it is a main concern. “We are preparing for important visits in 2015, particularly for the APEC summit, for which reason our airports are already in the process of renovation. Entertainment facilities such as casinos and resorts are also in progress in several parts of the country, but predominantly in Manila,” said Boehm.

Also this month, Pope Francis will visit the Philippines to give blessing to the country that suffered from Typhoon Haiyan, which will urge the country to be more aware of security, and take extra precautions by upgrading their current systems at crowd drawing events during the Pope's visit. The Pope's decision to ride in an open vehicle instead of a bulletproof, enclosed "popemobile" poses as a security challenge, and the country has issued additional security forces to ensure protection, including additional soldiers and maritime security surveillance.

“No CCTV, No Permit” Fuels Growth
The policy “no CCTV, no business permit” implemented in 2014, is an essential driver for the security industry, especially surveillance growth and security awareness. With law enforced to mandate surveillance systems as part of business owners' security measures, the public will soon realize the importance of monitoring their premises that can not only deter criminal activity, but also catch culprits.

The policy is implemented in most of the major cities in the Philippines, requiring new and existing businesses to install surveillance systems on their premises in order to obtain business permits. Establishments such as banks, shopping malls, service stations, super markets, money changers, 24-hour convenience stores, schools, fast food restaurants, car dealerships, and other crime-vulnerable establishments such as jewelry and pawnshops, hotels, game and amusement establishments, and health clubs are under the ordinance to install surveillance cameras in order to continue their businesses. “The new legislations implemented by local government units all over the Philippines have definitely placed importance on security, particularly in the use of surveillance systems as a preventive measure against crime. It is now a matter of strictly implementing this policy that will define the standard for surveillance with help of video surveillance manufacturers. This way, more options will be made available to SMBs and will then spur growth in the sector,” Boehm explained.

“No CCTV, no business permit” has set the standard for surveillance systems as the policy has specified a range of requirements for surveillance placement of cameras inside and outside of the establishment, hardware requirements that are needed to record incidents and clearly identify culprits, as well as suitable storage memory that can store the footage for forensic evidence. “The policy will push surveillance growth because it can greatly reduce petty crimes in SMB sectors like supermarkets, convenient stores, etc., and at the same time it helps to contribute security in the public,” said Ortiz. Moreover, in order to push the growth of surveillance in the Philippines, education is essential to allow consumers to know what is appropriate for their requirements. “We manufacturers have to keep educating SMB customers what will be their benefit when they deploy security surveillance systems, or they will simply install no-use cameras just to meet regulation, which is not beneficial at all,” Masami Eguchi, GM of APAC at Panasonic System Communications stressed.

As growth for surveillance is fueled by the policy, business owners have started to realize the importance of video surveillance for their establishment. “Since the government issued a video surveillance requirement, most business owners at first resolve to buy cheap surveillance products just for compliance. Later on as they experience the importance and what good quality products could bring, they are adapting to change. IP cameras and HD-over-coaxial products are fast becoming popular. Consumers learn by asking about resolutions, clarity, and infrared for night viewing. The Philippine government offices, schools, private businesses will surely evolve to upgrading their system these coming years,” said Real.

Private Sector Takes the Lead
Recently, growth in the private sector has been booming with the help of PPP projects. As a result of the government's agenda in the development and implementation in infrastructure, project demand is high. “Mid-high projects have been stronger driven from the commercial sector, e.g., hospitality and gaming that needs security in their operations, which are verticals driving the security industry in the Philippines. It will continue in 2015 with commercial projects from the private sector driving forward,” said Sunny Kong, Director of Sales in APAC at Milestone Systems.

According to Eguchi, though the current market size in the Philippines is still small, it has extremely high growth. “Panasonic would like to contribute to the commercial sector, such as retail stores, and banking,” he added.

Projects to Improve Tourism 2015 is “Visit the Philippines” year, a campaign designated to bring in more tourism to the country, with a target to reach 10 million tourist arrivals. To promote this, there is a need to improve facilities for airports, hotels, residential, commercial, and entertainment establishments that will help bring in more tourists within the year, which will also further boost the security market. According to Tamir Ginat, Senior VP for APAC at IndigoVision, some of the big projects going on that will boost tourism in the Philippines are casinos, smart city projects, the Philippines international airport, and the Philippines light rail transit (LRT).

According to Ivan Tjahjadi, Country Manager of ASEAN at Axis Communications, “To date, the highest growth for us is manufacturing, transport and commercial projects. These industries now require more security and intelligence in their system. Integration also is a big factor since most of them have old systems running.”

Residential Boom
In recent years, various verticals have been growing, especially the residential sector which continues on its cycle of boom as a result of rising demand, capital growth, and rental yield. Developers are committed to addressing the problem on housing shortage. Lately, the trend now is to build mix-use township projects in order to house various types of establishments.

“In all these constructions, security will definitely have a big part to play in ensuring the safety of the general public,” said Boehm.

All Eyes on Philippines
All eyes are on the Philippines as it continues to grow at an optimistic pace, with the help of the BPO industry and government spending for PPP. Additionally, the “no CCTV, no business permit” policy will be a crucial factor that can help the security industry in the Philippines to grow awareness and promote growth. The Philippines will see a prosperous year as it goes on the fast track to success.

Dahua upgrades Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank security in Yemen

Dahua upgrades Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank security in Yemen

Editor / Provider: Dahua | Updated: 2/19/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank is the biggest and the most prevalent bank in the Republic of Yemen. The bank plays a very active role in reinforcing country’s economic status in the field of savings, financing money transfer and currency exchanging in compliance with the Islamic rules.

The previous video surveillance adopted in Alkuraimi Islamic Microfinance Bank was analog, which can no longer meet today’s requirement in monitoring — limited image resolution and easy to get interfered are the key weakness. Therefore, the Islamic Bank seeks for a system upgrading, which can not only provide crystal and clear images, but also flexible and scalable for future integration.

The Islamic Bank set the bar quite high for the image quality, as was pointed out by the officer, they do not allow any detail missing, in other words, currencies, people’s faces, and staff operation should be easily recognized by system. The bidding competition was furious as well, there were in total 14 brands under selection, and Dahua was the only Chinese candidate. Each product has to be tested under a stimulated environment for several months to see whether it can fully satisfy the tough standards.

The testing result was a surprise to the bank officials as they found that among the tested products, Dahua system was the most stable one, and the image was very clear with an excellent color reproduction; meanwhile, there was almost no delay in video capturing, which made the bank to adopt Dahua complete solution as the final decision. The solution includes cameras, storage devices and control management software offered by Balfakih Electronics & Security Solution, Dahua’s local distributor in Yemen.

More than 97 branches that scattered around the country are applied with thousands of Dahua cameras and hundreds of NVRs. The main surveillance areas include entrances, lobbies, counters and vaults where have a high traffic or frequent transaction.

Cameras installed are in multiple shapes and resolutions as the environment varies. For example, 1.3-megapixel WDR network dome cameras (IPC-HDBW3101) and 2-megapixel dome cameras (IPC-HDBW3200) are suitable for entrance surveillance as the WDR ones can not only render high quality images under strong lighting contrast, but also are enable to provide clear pictures in darkness thanks to its superb low light performance. Meanwhile, its IK10 rated vandal-proof ability can fully withstand viciousness attacks.

For counter surveillance, bullet and box cameras are installed with a specified monitoring angle to regulate the operation and clearly capture customers’ behavior. Others products such as speed domes at different models, for example, eco-savvy series and 3-inch mini PTZ domes are adopted to have a wider surveillance area in an efficient way.

As for outdoor surveillance, there are five large bank branches in Yemen are installed with Dahua 2-megapixel full HD IP positioning system (PTZ1182A-N), which has a powerful optical zoom up to 20x and support 200 meters IR distance, acting like a second defense to protect the perimeter.

When it comes to storage, hundreds of 16-channel network video recorders (NVR5416-16P) and five network storage devices (ESS1504A) are provided to guarantee large volume storage under 7/24 surveillance. The whole system runs on Dahua Smart DSS (CMS software) to have a central control and management.

"This is Dahua’s first high-end case in Yemen, and the Bank board didn’t hold an open attitude to Chinese brand,” said Hafidh Balfakih, Deputy Manager of the Balfakih for security Solutions. “They used to like some other UK & Korean brands, what changed their mind is after a series and rigid testing of Dahua’s NVR. The great performance shows its stability and quality.”

“This project is one of the biggest projects of banks in Yemen, and the Alkuraimi is the largest banking network in Yemen.” Said Steve Wang, Sales Manager of Middle East at Dahua Technology. “This project will be the example for the whole CCTV market in Yemen, and we believe the cooperation between Dahua and Balfakih will be mutual beneficial and long term friendly partnership.”

Seagate partners with Micron

Seagate partners with Micron

Editor / Provider: Seagate | Updated: 2/17/2015 | Article type: Hot Topics

Micron Technology and Seagate Technology announced a strategic agreement that establishes a framework for combining the innovation and expertise of both companies. The framework of the agreement will enable customers of the two companies to benefit from a focused approach to deliver industry-leading storage solutions, helping them innovate faster and more effectively.

While initially focusing on next-generation SAS SSDs and strategic NAND supply, Micron and Seagate anticipate that this multi-year agreement will extend into future collaboration on enterprise storage solutions featuring Micron NAND flash memory.

“As two of our key partners, we look forward to the benefits of this Micron and Seagate collaboration in future NAND flash-based storage technologies,” said Mike Kerouac, President of Global Product Operations for EMC Corporation.

“The strategic agreement between Micron and Seagate promises to deliver new and innovative flash-based storage solutions,” said Trevor Schick, Senior Vice President, EG Global Supply Chain, HP.

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“The collaboration will assure both Seagate and Micron target the growing enterprise flash market with industry-leading offerings across both of our product portfolios,” said Darren Thomas, Vice President of Storage, Micron. “The relationship provides Micron access to enterprise drive technology and platforms, expanding our portfolio and accelerating our push into the enterprise market segment.”

Hikvision secures Jewellery store in Saudi Arabia

Hikvision secures Jewellery store in Saudi Arabia

Editor / Provider: Hikvision | Updated: 2/16/2015 | Article type: Commercial Markets

When the Kingdom's most prestigious luxury goods and jewellery store placed as much need on protecting its existing prestige decor as protecting millions of dollars-worth of stock, Hikvision overcame the challenge with the installation of 75 ultra-discreet IP dome cameras embedded into the ceilings.

Located on the Red Sea and with a population of 5.1 million, Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's second largest city and the country's primary port. Situated just 65 kilometres west of Mecca, the city is also the primary gateway for people travelling to the centre of the Islamic faith. With more than 2.5 million pilgrims per year and a host of tourists wishing to enjoy the diving and other attractions of the Red Sea, Jeddah is Saudi Arabia's primary resort destination.

The city's geographic location also places it at the very heart of the region encompassing the Middle East and North Africa with all the capital cities situated within two hours flying time. These relatively short commuting distances, combined with the high levels of tourist and religious visitors, mean that the city ranks second only to Dubai in commercial importance.

Jewels in Jeddah
The Al Fitaihi Holding Group was founded in 1878 by Ahmad Hossain Abdullah Fitaihi. Then, it was a simple silver jewellery business but the company expanded, first into Gold and later into other luxury items. Today, the Al Fitaihi Holding Group is the largest distributor of luxury goods in Saudi Arabia and the only publicly listed Saudi Arabian company within the jewellery and luxury industries with more than 100 branches.

Al Fitaihi's premier store is situated on Madina Road at the heart of Jeddah's city centre and accommodates a variety of cosmetic and beauty products, ornaments, household decorations, clothing and textiles. It is also home to the company's most exquisite and high value jewellery boutique and this alone places high demands on the CCTV security system.

Hiding the security for high value property
In light of the increasing amounts of very high value inventory being carried by the store, Hikvision's local distributor - Okaz International - was asked to design a totally new CCTV surveillance system. The installation, which comprises 75 cameras and 6 high-capacity NVRs, has just come into service.

“Although our client completely understood the importance of investing in technologically advanced, high quality CCTV equipment to protect their high-value goods, one of the major considerations with this project was the client's absolute insistence that we ensure that the CCTV cameras were as unobtrusive as possible, complemented the existing, prestige decor, and could be installed with as little disruption as possible,” says Mr Mohan, the executive manager of Okaz International.

“Other major project objectives were an assurance of very stable performance for both the camera and the NVRs (Network Video Recorders), high resolution video streaming and recording of the cameras monitoring the cashier, and the capacity to further expand and augment the system over time.”

“Taking all these challenges into account, we designed a 75-camera IP system around the 3 megapixel DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) indoor dome camera and mounted each of the cameras on Hikvision's DS-1227ZJ embedded in-ceiling mount to minimise their impact on the high standard decoration. Each camera was linked to a central control room containing six DS-9632NI-RT NVRs.”

Small but formidable HD cameras
Okaz International chose the Hikvision DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) network dome camera throughout the store, installing all 75 of them into the ceiling using the DS-1227ZJ mounting, which allows the lens within its glass dome to show below the ceiling but hides the body of the camera completely. Already a small and neat camera, in this configuration the DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) projects just 50 mm.

Mr Mohan believes the choice of camera is a crucial element of the successful project. “Discreet the cameras may be but this is not at the expense of performance. The 3 megapixel 1/2.5” progressive scan CMOS sensor has a maximum resolution of 2048 x 1536 and supports dual full HD 1080p real time video streams. The powerful sensor is matched with a bright F1.6 motorized vari-focal lens and IR LEDs for true night-time operation.

“The system monitors all areas of the store, with particular emphasis on key display areas and the cashiers. The DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z)'s 3 megapixel resolution allows continuous, high-resolution monitoring of the cashiers desks, essential to allow the security team to prevent mishandling of cash and other monetary transactions. It also allows the management to evaluate mistakes and inconsistencies regarding revenue sheets and cash-up figures. The high quality images produced by the DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) are also very important assets in helping the security staff monitor the high value displays, especially the jewellery, many of which are tiny but incredibly valuable. Prevention of misappropriation of items such as these was a key target of the new system and the results so far are perfect.”

“Installation was made easier and quicker due to the cameras PoE capability and, although we did not use the integrated SD card slot for on-board storage, this will be extremely valuable in many applications as will the vandal-proof housing,” added Mr Mohan.

Powerful storage
All the network cameras in the store were connected to six NVR units. Okaz International selected the DS-9632NI-RT for the task, believing it to be ideally suited to in-store management of the CCTV system with its sophisticated HDD quota and group management.

“Naturally, Al Fitaihi's brief specified a copious amount of storage but, just as the camera had to fit in with the décor, ease-of-use for the security staff was a major consideration for the NVRs,” says Mr Mohan. “Therefore, we installed six Hikvision DS-9632NI–RT NVRs, each of which offers video recording of up to 32 channels of 5 megapixel video and partners perfectly with the 3 megapixel DS-2CD754F-E(I)(Z) cameras deployed throughout the store. Playback ease-of-use is equally impressive, with HDMI or VGA output of up to 16 synchronous channels at full HD 1080p resolution. Network connectivity is not an issue either, with each NVR offering dual gigabit network interfaces and storage capacity and security will not present a problem with support in each unit for up to 8 SATA drives of up to 4 terabytes each and RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 disk array support.”

Future Jewels
According to Mr Mohan, “This first collaboration between the Al Fitaihi Group, Okaz International and Hikvision has been a great success. A large factor in this is the very high quality of the Hikvision products and it is fitting that some of the Kingdom's most valuable jewellery is being watched over and protected by some of the world's most advanced technology.”

“Having secured Al Fitaihi's most prominent store in Saudi Arabia, we are already evaluating other opportunities to place more and more Hikvision products in their branch stores as well.”

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